Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, in an effort to get the redesign of the Robert Moses Parkway started, discussed the project with Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his visit to Lockport last week, and followed up with a letter to the governor. The meeting took place prior to the governor's press conference on flood relief.
The two discussed the steps that still need to be taken to get the redesign of the Robert Moses Parkway underway and how that can be accomplished. Ceretto followed up with a letter to the governor describing the project and its necessity.
"Economic development in Western New York is a top priority for both the governor and myself. I appreciated working with him to get the Peace Bridge project started and to resolve the casino gaming money dispute. Now, we have another opportunity to help Western New York families," Ceretto said. "The redesign of the Robert Moses Parkway has been held up far too long. We need to open up the waterfront for ecotourism and commercial development that will provide jobs for Western New Yorkers. I look forward to working with the governor on this important project."
Local officials working on the project informed Ceretto that a "final scoping document" from the state has been completed, but state permission is needed to release it. In the letter, Ceretto asked the governor to issue this document. He called the redesign of the Robert Moses Parkway "just as important to the well-being of Western New York families" as the Peace Bridge and Seneca Nation of Indians casino resolution because it would open up the Niagara waterfront for ecotourism and commercial development.