Niagara Gazette


January 20, 2013

CITY DESK: Higgins takes a side on parkway issue


Niagara Gazette — Higgins, of course, is fighting a similar battle in Buffalo where he is attempting to convince officials at all levels to find the funds necessary to tear down the Skyway — another stretch of road that he believes has cut a key Western New York community off from a waterfront it desperately needs to flourish and grow. 

"We're either going to invest in the past or invest in the future and the same holds true here with the Robert Moses Parkway," Higgins said. 


Standing corrected

I've been around here since 1999 and it seems like by now nothing pre-dates me anymore.

However, in my column last week, I mistakenly suggested that former Niagara County Industrial Development Agency Chairman Henry Sloma never held elected office. 

Not true. I apologize for the oversight. 

Sloma served as a councilman in Lewiston, having been elected to the town board in 1973. 

He pointed out that during his tenure as a councilman, he put forth the initiative to create the Fire Advisory Board which propagated a fire code for the town. He also noted that there's a plaque on the wall in the town hall recognizing his accomplishments. 

"Since that time I have served my community in a variety ways and I will continue to do so into the future," said Sloma in an email. 

Sloma also noted in an email that while he may be done with the NCIDA board, Niagara County hasn't seen the last of him. 

"I'm not done," he wrote. "I'm just getting my second wind."

Contact City Editor Mark Scheer at 282-2311, ext. 2250.

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