Bon Jovi, Trump, Bills fans and local leaders react to Pegula news

Buffalo Sabres new owner Terry Pegula is introduced to fans before an NHL hockey game between the Buffalo Sabres and the Atlanta Thrashers in Buffalo, N.Y., Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Western New York is buzzing Tuesday as news spreads that Terry and Kim Pegula have reached an agreement with the Buffalo Bills to buy the team. The NFL owners need to approve the sale before it can become official.

Fans and local leaders are reacting to the news, celebrating the Bills’ future in western New York. Jon Bon Jovi and a group from Toronto went through the bidding process, and issued a statement to the Pegula family Tuesday:

Bon Jovi released this statement: “On behalf of Myself, Larry Tanenbaum and Edward Rogers, we wish Terry and Kim Pegula all the best as they continue the legacy and tradition of the Buffalo Bills and the Wilson family.”

Real estate mogul Donald Trump was also a part of the bidding process, he released a statement saying, “It was my great honor to have the opportunity to bid on the Buffalo Bills Football Team. A large part of the reason for my bid was to ensure that the team remained in Buffalo. I would like to congratulate the Pegula family on what will be, I am sure, a wonderful purchase. I would also like to congratulate the fans of the Buffalo Bills in that, I have no doubt, that the team will now remain in your wonderful city.”

On News 4’s Facebook page, Scott Mcinnis said, “Thanks to Mary Wilson and the trust for doing the right thing.”

Luke Wachob said, “My entire life people have feared the Bills would leave Buffalo. That ends today.”

Shaun Shattuck said, “Thank you Kim and Terry Pegula! Today is a great day for Bills fans.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo released this statement: “From day one, keeping the Bills in Buffalo has been one of our administration’s top priorities, and reports that Terry and Kim Pegula have been chosen as the team’s new owners highlight a tremendous step toward making that goal a reality. The Bills are an integral part of Western New York, from its economy to its culture, and as the team’s new owners the Pegulas will ensure that the Bills remain at the core of the region’s identity – just as the late Ralph Wilson, Jr. did for 54 years. Terry and Kim have already shown their commitment to the region through the Buffalo Sabres and the construction of the HarborCenter development, and I look forward to working with them in the years to come to keep the Bills in Buffalo, where they belong.”

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer released this statement: “Today’s announcement is great news for Western New York, the Bills, and their passionate fans, who will now be able to breathe a huge sigh of relief. The Pegulas are the perfect choice to carry on Ralph Wilson’s indelible legacy – like Ralph, they have a true commitment to Western New York, are people of serious integrity, and will be excellent owners. Most importantly, based on extensive conversations I have had with Terry over the past few months, he and Kim are deeply committed to keeping the Buffalo Bills in Western New York for generations to come.

I commend the Bills’ leadership, and especially Mrs. Wilson and Jeff Littman, for selecting the Pegulas, and for the thought and care they put into this entire sale process. I look forward to working with Terry and Kim in the weeks, months, and years ahead to ensure a speedy confirmation by the NFL and to help keep the Bills playing – and winning – in Western New York for many, many years to come.”

Congressman Brian Higgins released this statement: “Western New York is cheering the news that Terry and Kim Pegula will be the next owners of the Buffalo Bills.  The Pegulas have been the clear fan-favorite to carry the ball, following the distinguished 55-year tenure of the franchise founder Wilson family.  The Pegulas’ genuine love for this community is palpable.  With their waterfront investment in HarborCenter, Terry and Kim Pegula have been a part of remaking Buffalo.  We welcome their leadership contributing to continued momentum driving pride in our teams and in our community.”

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz released this statement: “On behalf of all Erie County residents and Buffalo Bills fans everywhere across the globe, I am very pleased to see Terry & Kim Pegula prevail in the bidding process and prepare to move forward with ownership of the Bills. As I have said all along, my primary interest throughout the ownership transition was in keeping the Bills in Buffalo, and with the Pegula family as new owners those concerns have been put to rest for me and for all Bills fans. I spoke to Mr. Pegula earlier this afternoon to congratulate him and express my administration’s desire to work closely with him and his team as the sale is finalized and attention focuses on the long-term status of the Bills in Erie County. I would like to thank the Pegulas for their belief in our region, their commitment to Erie County, and their professionalism throughout the bidding process. I would also like to thank Mrs. Mary Wilson, Jeff Littmann, Russ Brandon, Mary Owen, and the entire Bills organization for their hard work throughout this trying time and for their role in securing a new owner with such strong ties to Western New York. The Bills have been an outstanding community partner since Ralph Wilson placed them here in 1960, and I thank them for their many contributions over the past 50-plus years while looking forward to the next chapter in their history here.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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