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May 24, 2013

Greenway changes pushed

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Niagara Gazette — Their proposed legislation would require standing committees to approve only projects that advance the greenway plan, while refining the greenway boundaries and definitions of projects that are eligible for funding.

"The focus of the greenway plan has drifted away in recent years, and our legislation is essential to bring the focus back to the original vision of creating a linear system of parks along the Niagara River," Ryan said. "When people see projects miles away from the shoreline being funded, they are perplexed, and wonder why the focus is not on improving the shoreline of the Niagara River. We are proposing simple, common-sense reforms that will guide the Greenway Standing Committees to make good decisions regarding our valuable waterfront." 

During Friday's press conference, Grisanti and Ryan were joined by Sam Magavern of the Partnership for the Public Good and Jill Jedlicka from Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. Both Magavern and Jedlicka expressed support for the proposed legislation, which still must be approved by the state legislature.

"We stand at a pivotal point in time - our community is recognizing that more often than not, the relicensing settlement funds are being invested in projects that are not consistent with the spirit and intent of the law, nor the vision of the Niagara Greenway," Jedlicka said. 

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