Buffalo, New York
Buffalo, is the second largest and second most liberal city of New York State. Buffalo is located in the north west corner of the state, at the eastern end of Lake Erie and the south end of the Niagara River. The metropolitan population is 1.2 million people, up from lows in the 1960s when St. Lawrence Seaway was opened changing the flow of trade and the rust belt reorganization of manufacturing jobs. Buffalo is joined by the Peace Bridge to Canada, and by the Erie Canal to the Hudson River, and ultimately the Atlantic Ocean.
Buffalo is home to two professional sports franchises: the Buffalo Bills of the NFL and the Buffalo Sabres of the NHL. Due to the general decline of the city both franchises are often rumored to be potential targets for relocation; however, the Segura family (which has many business interests in the area) owns both teams and has committed to keeping them in Buffalo.