“We weren’t asking for handouts – we just wanted to keep some of our own revenue that we were generating.”
LGA: On a scale of 1-10 (with 1 being extremely difficult and 10 being extremely easy) how was the city of Rochester to work with regards to the War Memorial lease?
Donner: “A rating is tough. Maybe a 3-4 … overall. Johnson was better to work with. His administration was more like a 5-7. Also the County Executive at the time was good to work with – Jack Doyle. After Johnson, an extraordinarily hard line was taken. There were a lot of politics going on behind the scenes. They weren’t going to not appease the only billionaire in town. The only way to keep up was a better lease. The city said no. If you look around, how do you think Utica got a team back? Binghamton…they got a sweet heart of lease. Those communities want their team. You know, we weren’t asking for handouts – we just wanted to keep some of our own revenue that we were generating.”
“In the beginning, profits were invested 100% back into the team. Because….pride in the city and to win championships. Even [...]Read More