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January 22, 2013

City officials target state park section of Robert Moses Parkway

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Niagara Gazette — Council Chairman Glenn Choolokian said the council put forth the resolution to call on state and federal lawmakers to include the city in the conversation.

"We want to send a message that we are aware of what's going on," Choolokian said. "The business owners, the politicians, the people of Niagara Falls, they want direct traffic through Niagara Falls. We don't want a direct shot right to the state park."

The resolution states that a copy of the document will be sent to the offices of Gov. Andrew Cuomo; U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Niagara Falls and Buffalo; State Senator George Maziarz, R-Newfane and State Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-Lewiston.

"We're going to be aggressive," Choolokian said. "Hopefully they'll listen to us."

Mayor Paul Dyster, who has been working with state parks on the parkway redesign for several years, said he agrees with the sentiment of the resolution, but that the low-speed, one-way road that is planned was the result of a compromise.

"The design may not be exactly what everyone wanted, but it serves everyone's interests and it's a whole lot better than what we have now," he said.

Dyster said state parks wanted some type of road to remain in place of the highway-style parkway.

"What we tried to do was make the thoroughfare as pedestrian friendly it can be," he said.

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