Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, said he is pleased the next steps in the redesign of the Robert Moses Parkway can now take place. Ceretto wrote a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo asking for the project to be advanced, and was recently informed steps will be taken to expedite the design process. Ceretto said this is an example of his partnership with Cuomo to create jobs for Western New Yorkers through economic development.
"The news that the next steps in the redesign of the Robert Moses Parkway can begin is great for the people of Western New York. I thank the governor for his responsiveness to my request and his partnership in improving the quality of life here," Ceretto said. "Our cooperation over the last three years has delivered new economic development projects and a sense that Niagara Falls and Western New York are finally starting to turn around."
On Sept. 3, Ceretto sent a letter to the governor following up on a conversation they had about the Robert Moses Parkway. Ceretto asked the governor for a final scoping document on the RMP, because the redesign could not go forward until it was issued. This week, Ceretto was informed by the governor's office that the document was issued. This means that design work for the first phase of the redesign can now begin.
The proposed changes to the Robert Moses Parkway will remove the portion of the highway between Main Street and Findlay Drive in the north end of the city. This, Ceretto said, will open up the Niagara waterfront for much-needed economic development. In addition, this space will also be used for nature trails that will showcase the Niagara waterfront's natural beauty.
Ceretto and Cuomo have worked together to bring economic development to the Niagara Falls area. They have delivered the Buffalo Billion, established the Power Proceeds Allocation Board, secured the $89 million owed to Niagara Falls by the Seneca Nation of Indians, and created an economic development competition for Niagara Falls that will bring an additional $40 million investment to the city.