Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, said he views the recent news of the expansion of the Aquarium of Niagara and recreational activities along the waterfront as a sign of the progress Niagara Falls has made in the three years since he took office. When completed, he said these expansions will provide more tourist attractions to keep visitors in the city longer, providing a boost to the various hospitality-related businesses in the city.
The projects are being supported by state investments through the "Buffalo Billion," the Power Proceeds Allocation Board and a $40 million economic development competition for Niagara Falls tourism. In addition, Ceretto has written to the Niagara River Greenway Commission for additional investment in the Aquarium of Niagara expansion.
"Niagara Falls is blessed with one of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world. For too long, we have been unable to capitalize on this tremendous advantage," Ceretto said. "Since Gov. Cuomo has made transforming Niagara Falls a top priority, we have begun the process of transforming the city into a world-class tourist destination with attractions that complement the natural beauty of the falls. The governor and I have teamed up to advocate for Niagara Falls and move the city forward. This means more family-sustaining jobs for hard-working Western New Yorkers."
Ceretto sees progress in these and other economic development projects he has worked on with Cuomo. Working in a bipartisan manner to deliver family-sustaining jobs to Western New Yorkers, Ceretto and the governor have also brought $40 million for an economic development competition to improve Niagara Falls tourism, negotiated an agreement on the Hamister Hotel, and invested $25 million in Niagara Falls State Park. They are also working on redeveloping the Rainbow Mall and redesigning the Robert Moses Parkway to open up the Niagara waterfront for commercial development.
"Now that the Gov. Cuomo and I have teamed together to advocate for Niagara Falls, we may be looking at a new dawn in Niagara Falls," Ceretto said. "There is a lot of work left to do, but it's time to finish the job and put the days of watching our kids move away to find jobs behind us. The governor and I will be working together through every step of the process to make sure these economic development projects, which have the potential to transform our city, get finished."