Niagara Gazette

July 15, 2013

Falls tourism board lends a hand to Higgins in power authority fight

By Justin Sondel
Niagara Gazette

The Niagara Falls Tourism Advisory Board is doing its part to help U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins in his quest to get the New York Power Authority to pay for the removal of the Robert Moses Parkway.

Board members submitted materials — historic maps, newspaper clippings — they gathered in an effort to help Higgins, D-Buffalo and Niagara Falls, get an idea of what the street scape was like before the roadway was constructed, as he asked them to when he met with the board in March.

Jerauld Genova, the board's chairperson, said that the board recognizes the success the Higgins has had in negotiating with the power authority and wants to help him get more for the Falls.

"He's had great success with the Buffalo waterfront and I think Congressman Higgins wants to do whatever we can do here to just pick it up," Genova said.

Higgins, who began representing Niagara Falls in January after winning reelection in a redrawn district that includes the Cataract City, announced shortly after reclaiming office that he intended to negotiate with the authority to get them to pay for the removal of the roadway, which sits on NYPA land.

Genova said the board will be meeting with state representatives to discuss the matter.

Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, and Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-Lewiston, have both ben invited to the board's September meeting, he said.