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Next Meeting And Agenda Announced By Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee

Contact:
Connie Cullen
914-724-0309
connie.cullen@nypa.gov                                                                             

November 21, 2008

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LEWISTON—The next meeting for the Buffalo & Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee will be Monday, Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. at the Marcy Casino, Hoyt Lake at Delaware Park.  The meeting is open to the public. 

The meeting agenda includes selection of a fund trustee, grant administrator and fund depository, and the schedule of upcoming Standing Committee meetings.  The committee is composed of one representative from Erie County, City of Buffalo, Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy and the New York Power Authority (NYPA). 

The Dec. 10 deadline for applications detailing proposed Greenway projects to be considered for the next round of funding by the Buffalo & Erie County Standing Committee was announced in August.  Approved projects and funding levels are expected to be announced on Feb. 10, 2009.   

Guidelines and instructions for projects seeking funding from the Buffalo & Erie County Standing Committee are posted at http://niagara.nypa.gov.  Project submission questions should be directed to Rob Daly, Special Advisor for Relicensing, New York Power Authority (NYPA) at rob.daly@nypa.gov.   

The Buffalo & Erie County Standing Committee receives funds from NYPA, as part of a settlement agreement related to the 50-year license received by NYPA for the Niagara Power Project in 2007.  During the term of the license, the Buffalo & Erie County Standing Committee will receive $2 million a year.

This past July, the Buffalo & Erie County Standing Committee approved its first three projects, which were all deemed consistent with the Niagara River Greenway Plan, and project funding levels.   The projects are: Shoreline Trail Signage submitted by Erie County received $205,000, Scajaquada Creekside Trail Improvements presented by the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy was given $1,210,467 and Fisherman’s Landing developed by Town of Grand Island got $400,482.  

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■    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 a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.

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