Niagara Gazette — When another article revealed $11 million of Niagara River Greenway funds were marked for “new and improved athletic fields” in the NF School district, the pieces started to fit. Mayor Paul Dyster properly abstained on this vote (didn’t support it), because he’s a Greenway Commissioner. But he also supports Alt. 6 for total removal. He signed the petition for it, as did other members of his family. Now the school board vote appears to be a “get even” vote, a retaliation. This is only an opinion, of course. There’s no proof of it.
But it’s interesting that the County Legislative chair thinks 11 million dollars worth of Astroturf for the athletic fields is a good idea, a suitable greenway project, and the Legislature also supports Alt 3. A few years ago when the Legislature was asked to evaluate the evidence and support total removal they declined, concluding it wasn’t an issue that fell within their legislative responsibility. Somehow they’ve managed to change their minds about that.
What’s next? Will Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, whose director of community relations is on the “Parkway Preservation” committee, be cheering for Alt 3? How about Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center? I wonder if their sudden interest and weak reasons in support of Alt. 3 will give me another laugh.Helen Kress is a Niagara Falls resident.