Howard Milstein a Buffalo Bills owner candidate, per reports

Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE

Milstein, worth an estimated $3.8 billion, is the chairman of the New York State Thruway Authority, a successful real estate developer with land holdings in Niagara Falls, and a former co-owner of the New York Islanders.

Reports from WGRZWIVB and the Associated Press indicate that New York City real estate developer Howard Milstein is interested in purchasing the Buffalo Bills.

Milstein, 62, co-owned the New York Islanders from 1997-1999, and has previously made unsuccessful bids to purchase both the Cleveland Browns and the Washington Redskins.

Governor Andrew Cuomo named Milstein, one of his biggest campaign supporters, the chairman of the New York State Thruway Authority in July of 2011. WGRZ reports that Milstein's family is worth an estimated $3.8 billion, and would plan on keeping the team in Western New York if he's the successful bidder. Milstein owns 140 acres of undeveloped land in Niagara Falls, per the AP, but WGRZ also reports that that land is not considered any part of Milstein's potential bid on the team.

Milstein is the latest name on a list of potential bidders on the Bills - one that already includes Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, rock star Jon Bon Jovi and widely known business personality Donald Trump, who remains the only entity to publicly disclose his interest in the team. The Jacobs family has also been linked to the team; Jeremy Jacobs Sr. has disclosed that he will remain owner of the Boston Bruins, while Jeremy Jacobs, Jr. has stated only that his family will work to keep the Bills in Buffalo.

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