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

Contact:
Paul DeMichele
914-390-8186
paul.demichele@nypa.gov

January 8, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 

LEWISTON—The next meeting for the Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 4 p.m. at the Marcy Casino, Hoyt Lake at Delaware Park. The meeting is open to the public.

The meeting agenda includes a review of project presentations for proposals under consideration for this round of funding. The projects that will be invited to give presentations are: City of Tonawanda, Niawanda Park Pavillion; Buffalo Olmsted Parks, Minnow Pools; City of Buffalo, Times Beach Pathway and Fencing; and Canadian Consulate General, Boundary Waters Treaty Centennial Celebration.

The committee is composed of one representative from Erie County, City of Buffalo, Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy and the New York Power Authority (NYPA). All applications under review at the meeting were submitted by the Dec. 10, 2008 deadline and are being considered for the next round of funding by the Buffalo and Erie County Standing Committee, which will be announced on Feb. 10, 2009.

Guidelines and instructions for projects seeking funding from the Buffalo and Erie County Standing Committee are posted at http://niagara.nypa.gov. Project submission questions should be directed to Rob Daly, senior licensing specialist, NYPA, at rob.daly@nypa.gov

The Buffalo and Erie County Standing Committee receives funds from the Power Authority 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 and Erie County Standing Committee will receive $2 million a year.

This past July, the Buffalo and 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 was allocated $400,482.

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