40 Years Ago, July 10, 1974
LaFalce appeals on residents' behalf
Assemblyman John J. LaFalce (140th District) forwarded an appeal on behalf of Grand Island bridge commuters to state Thruway Authority Chairman R. Burdell Bixby.
Noting that in this time of "energy crisis" other states have made great efforts to encourage car pooling and other measures that reduce the drain on ready fuel, Assemblyman LaFalce suggested to the authority chairman that he consider extending the life of the 90-day booklet (toll tickets) and that collectors waive the specific book for that one car.
The state legislator cites the fact that the state of California, in an effort to accommodate regular commuters, has extended the life of toll tickets purchased for the San Francisco Bay Bridge for a period of six months. Mr. LaFalce stated that in his opinion it would seem logical that the state of New York takes the same step.
... A report yesterday indicated that the Thruway Authority might be considering some of Mr. LaFalce's suggestions on behalf of Island residents. ...
30 Years Ago, July 6, 1984
Residents resent Sheenwater proposal
Building 17 homes on five-acre lots in the proposed Meyer-Sheenwater subdivision was angrily protested by taxpayers in the area, which includes the north side of Lang Road near West River Parkway.
Objections were that additional septic tanks would add to the drainage problem the homeowners said already exists.
The subdivision is planned on 92 acres having Love Road frontage and extending to the rear of some West River service road properties.
Approval of the final plat plan was withheld by the Town Board until the project is reviewed by the Planning Board ... .
20 Years Ago, July 8, 1994
Town clamps down on parking violators
The handicapped parking law requirements for commercial and public establishments are being called to the attention of Grand Island business people in an effort to put teeth in the local mandate approved by the Town Board in 1988.
"Since the law went into effect, many Island businesses have voluntarily complied with its regulations," said Supervisor James H. Pax. "However, some have not."
"If your facility has less than 10 parking spaces, you are exempt from the regulation of the local law," Pax said in a letter to businessmen this week. "However, we encourage all business owners to provide handicapped parking accessibility.
On or about Oct. 1, town personnel will begin inspections "to assure compliance with this important statute," Pax said.
The crackdown on noncompliance was initiated by Councilman Gail Lazenby at a recent board meeting. Noting the local law was revised to comply with the state law in 1998, he also recommended clamping down on motorists who disregard it.
Lazenby said having local businesses obey the law by providing handicapped parking is one phase of meeting the situation. Ticketing able-bodied motorists who use the spaces set aside for the handicapped is also to be continued by town, county and state police.
10 Years Ago, July 9, 2004
Island staple closes its doors
For more than 40 years, Grand Island Quality Cleaners at 1971 Staley Road has served the residents of the Island in getting the clothes cleaned.
But that Island tradition will come to a close this weekend.
Owners Norman and Mary Parisi will be closing the doors on the establishment on July 10.
"I have been doing this for 42 years," Norman said. "I've met a lot of wonderful people. It is sad to see us go, but it is time to move on." ...
Norman said he is looking forward to retirement.