Buffalo & Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee Awards $1.7 Million of NYPA Funds to Local Waterfront Projects

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Lou Paonessa
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April 16, 2014


LEWISTON—The Buffalo & Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee approved more than $1.7 million in funding recently for five projects to improve the waterfront along the Niagara River Greenway.  The following entities proposed projects that were awarded funding: Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, Buffalo Olmstead Parks Conservancy, Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association, Cazenovia Community Boating Center and the Niagara 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council. The funding is from the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and was made possible as a result of the federal relicensing of NYPA’s Niagara Power Project in 2007.

“The New York Power Authority is proud to support these great projects that will help the region capitalize on the natural beauty of the river,” said Harry Francois, regional manager, Western New York, NYPA.  “Taken together all the projects funded under the Niagara River Greenway Plan are having a palpable effect on the aesthetics and economic vitality of western New York and transforming the way the community—residents and tourists alike—use the waterfront.”

The project funding awards are:

As one of four standing committees established through the relicensing of the NYPA power project, the Buffalo & Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee distributes funding from NYPA for projects that are deemed consistent with the Niagara River Greenway Plan.  The other committees are Greenway Ecological Standing Committee, Host Community Greenway Fund Standing Committee and the State Parks Standing Committee. Greenway funding to the committees from NYPA adds up to $9 million annually over the 50-year license term for a total of $450 million.

The Buffalo & Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee is composed of one representative from Erie County, City of Buffalo, Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy and NYPA.  The committee receives $2 million a year from NYPA and money not allocated during a year carries over to the following year.  Since its establishment, the committee has approved $13.9 million in funding for support of 39 projects for the Niagara River Greenway.  For a complete list of the projects, visit: http://niagara.nypa.gov.

About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority has been designated as the lead entity via Executive Order 88 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to form a central management and implementation plan to carry out his Build Smart NY plan to reduce energy use by state facilities by 20 percent by 2020. ■ NYPA uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.■ NYPA is the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities in various parts of New York State, participation in a unique public/private partnership to contract for power from a clean generating plant in Queens, and its operation of more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state.■ For more information visit www.nypa.gov and follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Wordpress, and LinkedIn.