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Ceretto supports parkway project

by jmaloni
Mon, Dec 12th 2011 05:25 pm

Lawmaker calls for increased dialogue to move region forward

John Ceretto, R-I-Lewiston, today participated in a joint appearance with U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster to announce support for a fast tracking of federal funds to demolish a southern portion of the Robert Moses Parkway.

The project aims to remove the Robert Moses Parkway between John Daly Boulevard and Main Street and replace it with a park road, creating pedestrian access between Main Street and the Waterfront Park. Ceretto credited the plan as a boon for residents of Niagara Falls and a project that can create jobs in Niagara County.

"I have been a constant voice for finding ways for the City of Niagara Falls to attract the visitors that come to Niagara Falls State Park," said Ceretto. "This will ensure greater activity around our hotels, our casino and our restaurants, and develop our waterfront."

Ceretto further pushed for increased dialogue between the levels of government for overall growth in Niagara Falls. "With the involvement of the federal, state and local governments, it's clear that it is this shared involvement that gets things done," he said.

"I give my full endorsement for the fast tracking of these important federal resources," Ceretto added. "With $5 million in state funding already approved for the project dealing with a state highway and a state park, I expect Senator Schumer's office will work with my office to see this project across the finish line. The state is the catalyst here, with designated funds, and I hope that consistent dialogue between the levels of government can spark greater and lasting economic development for the City of Niagara Falls."

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