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Update From Sochi

Feb 7, 2014|

Sabres' Mike Gilbert

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  1. Debate Preview NY Daily News's Ken Lovett

    Wed, 22 Oct 2014

    With the New York governor debate is tonight in buffalo joining us on the WB and lifeline Camelot that with the New York Daily News he's the Albany bureau chief Ken good morning. Good morning set the stage for us what you think we're in for tonight with this. Hook I think we're gonna see a little bit of fireworks perhaps it's not going to be. As good as the one on one debate we've got to two main candidates Governor Cuomo and Republican run that story you know but we also have. My the party candidates at the insistence of the governor of Green Party candidate Howard Hawkins and libertarian. Michael McDermott which I defy you to find some of them even heard of Michael Mick and. Can what you expected and to be the main issue tonight. Do you think it might be the way the governor dealt with a Moreland commission or fracking or what do you think. I think it's going to be all of that I think yeah this is the shot barrage that's still Leno he's hit Cuomo. On the economy he says Cuomo on the moral and commission and the handling of the leak. Subsequent investigation by the federal of the US attorney. Hydro fracking obviously is the big issue so I think depending on who's talking Sally Hawkins is gonna hit the governor. I'm. I don't backing because Hawkins as opposed to whether he says that you know you can take up the fact of the governor's. Office apparently pushed for changes in the study that was done about Hydro fracking. Absolutely you know cut the truth Q parties got it on the attack. Against the governor of the first kind of well you know they'll be in the same Blake got together but on the other hand. He's got to show who he is and what he's gonna do you have to put out an affirmative. Affirmative platform of the don't. Are as Governor Cuomo he's right now according to Siena holding a twenty point lead here over history in Graham. Governor global got to do is make no mistakes he he can't pull up he can't look like he's forty can't look like. He's. And your beliefs and stage he's gonna have to. Talk about his record which I'm sure he's gonna do and contrast to himself that he's been doing. With the rob actually know who he calls an ultra conservative. The debate being from buffalo I am pretty sure he's also gonna talk about. The buffalo billions something my best to win those criticized and all the new construction going on. And I can you mentioned a hallway Hawkins and we'll stand on the Hydro fracking. What do you suppose is minor candidates. Might say otherwise you know we know that they're going to be asked to. Respond to specific issues but there's always a chance they're gonna pump their own agenda. Little by helicopter in the big thing is Hydro fracking I think that's going to be is his big point. And the reality is about how he Hawkins lucky poles with 9% that's. Hawkins has the potential to do more damage to Cuomo's. Ultimate result then even after Reno at school I was consistently polling at about 33% which is really the normal Republican kind of should turn out that the base Republican support. But the government wanted to be more international purposes and also he wanted to probably top the father who got about 64%. When he ran for reelection in 86. But you'll have to Hawkins gets 910%. 8%. That drags the governor down just don't have a big win over west Toledo but it dragged for governor into the mid to low fifties and that's something he doesn't want. So they could actually play spoiler in a way. While spoiler to the point that the governor you know don't get the margin or the percentage of victory you want to certainly. We all polls show he's up by at least 20% in debt so we'll have a big wins but it may not be so hyper when he wants. This is the only debate of the season. Yeah rather Bruno has been pushing that issue he has wanted a series of regional one on one debate. He also what I had wanted at least one televise a televised one on one debate the governor refused he had offered up doing ache. One on one radio debates prior to ask enough good noted that. You would think he would have taken a given his word is in the polls and how far is and fundraising. And taken it in the bill passed and governor brewer. NAFTA and the one on one televised debate but he duty said he wouldn't do the one on the radio. Ken thanks for joining us this morning appreciate it. Bureau aren't that's Ken Lovett he's the Albany bureau chief for the New York Daily News.

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Let's open up the WB and live -- we are going all the way to Sochi in Russia. And those -- Mike Gilbert is Mike is vice president for. Public relations for the Buffalo Sabres Mike from -- helping with the public relations for you as a hockey in my good morning. Good morning guys everybody don't. -- -- -- pretty god and my I read the Buffalo News -- Sullivan's saga as you got to the Olympics having the same issues as most journalists that. Paint on the walls of the rules hadn't dried yet windows were still being installed. He was in the lobby for hours before getting keys to a hotel what about you any issues. Now no issues at all like unfortunately Jerry had maybe some -- -- in another and the few reports back to the states. It's some people had some problems. Every one minute -- a problem there's ten people did couldn't be happier. I think he's one of the -- become very apparent is that besides let's go in the Olympics it's it's massive how many people here. Definitely infrastructure and buildings and -- and I think because the games haven't started yet. You know these issues with accommodation is not a story that. And so opening ceremony starts -- that quickly what -- revert back to look at the issue sort of against. What about security might mean honestly do you feel safe over there. Completely -- I was a little uneasy calm and over but since I got here -- You know and a big -- perimeter of this area is she is here. -- fencing in the police surround. Is to get into this area it's probably adds a ten mile area. You have to go to magnetometer if you would -- -- GSA it -- core chips go to your bags that. And that's all. -- then and then once you're inside and government security. As you get to new trend that's here so. Really -- -- inside the caucus system and the Bob. Very safe and you know there has been really -- security issues are -- that continues don't go up against. -- we -- at seven above zero here in Western New York right now what's the weather like there. And job can only imagine I'm looking out the window of the up. Main press center and the mountainsides probably 55 degrees and sunny here the weather. Since I got here on Sunday other element a drop of rain. And it's then that's good deep inside -- that -- and you know unbelievable. How nice it is to. I think people who bought in which at least might want to -- expert here. We realize it's a beautiful city. While that's incredible. Mike -- -- UB for the opening ceremonies. Actually I just found out about a half an hour ago that the idea to have an actual -- particular embassy to go to itself. I don't know where I will be but I absolutely would be. In fact I do have a seat and I really look forward to it should be a real highlight it was an opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games. Tell us -- your job for USA hockey. I brought her execute the basically what my role in your job is to assist in the media operations of between all of its first week that Baghdad and help out when it seemed the majority here. The start I have to -- And also just do it would just to go up and get ready for the mainstream. The NHL player certainly leaving Sunday. And three charters and out of Newark one charter out of Atlanta. Are they will -- you're and so she during the day on Monday. And then not to USA -- practiced Monday night Tuesday Wednesday. And they outplayed. Starting next Thursday so. This practice and my role is to -- in in in media operations to make sure the players staff. -- I would urge it do what they need done with the media in the national broadcasters here. He might there are reports that crowds are big concern for the games for the Russians a low attendance yesterday on the slopes. Our tickets widely available in a sent and sent him a chair also -- hearing -- Yeah yeah it's tickets tickets are available I have heard that Susan there's no doubt about it but one of the interest and stands. It is to get into this part of this area you'd be credentialed -- to -- so. If you're livable and associated thirty miles an account. In some tickets com open in not to be able to go because you haven't had a background check out of the process so everybody who comes game. That are either you know why aren't we did a background check it party. Where I didn't watch well I think one she just couldn't get extra tickets available. How do you give them the way it would you give them cheeks people who think. That would commit to the area into the venue so be it just to see that is. And so far it's worked its what a difference. Enjoy the Olympic Games Micah and a stay -- we'll talk to you soon. Mike Gilbert vice president for public relations for the Buffalo Sabres -- in Sochi Russia.

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