Gov. Cuomo will be skipping the Buffalo Bills’ playoff game this weekend after all — following uproar and a 40,000-signature strong online petition over his planned attendance.
Instead, Cuomo said on Wednesday that he’s giving his ticket away.
“I’m going to give my Bills ticket to a nurse from Erie County Medical Center as a way of saying thank you and honoring all healthcare heroes,” the governor said at a press briefing.
He didn’t identify the lucky fan, who will be one of 6,700 people allowed into Bills Stadium on Saturday afternoon for the squad’s first home playoff game since 1996.
“I’ll be here working on the State of the State which will be a labor of love,” Cuomo added of his annual address scheduled for Monday.
Fury among Bills fans exploded after Cuomo announced a limited crowd would be let into the stadium for the historic matchup against the Indianapolis Colts — including himself.
A Change.org petition calling for a ban on Cuomo at Bills Stadium has received more than 40,300 signatures as of Wednesday morning.
“If he thinks he has more right to a seat in that stadium over people who have waited over 20 years for this opportunity, then people better be there to protest his entry,” the petition reads. “This is OUR team! This is OUR home. We don’t want you here.”