(WBEN) U.S. Senator Charles "Chuck" Schumer visits Buffalo today and his office says he will unveil a plan that will keep the Buffalo Bills here for the long term.
Schumer a Manhattan Democrat, is scheduled to hold a news briefing out in front of Ralph Wilson Stadium this afternoon and insiders say it is likely that he will touch on various NFL rules on matching funds for stadium improvements.
Schumer is raising the issue at a time when Erie County and the Bills are negotiating a new lease for Ralph Wilson Stadium. A spokesman for Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz tells WBEN the senator's announcement is however about broad NFL issues .
His announcement comes after a long history of talks with the National Football League about possible changes in revenue sharing rules for small market teams like the Buffalo Bills.
The Bills are not involved in the senator's news conference. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is in Western New York for a previously scheduled and apparently unrelated appearance at Chautauqua Institution near his native Jamestown.
In several recent years, Schumer has regularly addressed the team's future in remarks right before the start of the preseason.
We'll keep you posted. The news conference is scheduled for 2:15 pm