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    Falls, Gorge site tour by USA Niagara a “Fail”

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    From the Niagara Falls Reporter:

    The latest skirmish between the David of the citizens of the city of Niagara Falls and the Goliath of state agencies such as State Parks, USA Niagara and the New York Power Authority, when it comes to waterfront development, appears to have been settled in our favor, at least for now.

    “I am comfortable calling a VICTORY on this,” posted film industry executive and community activist Ken Cosentino on social media late last week, “…there will be no commercialization down in the gorge, and nothing will be constructed that will interfere with the natural environment. All business endeavors will strive to use pre-existing structures; all enterprises will be geared more towards providing equipment rental (such as fishing poles or snowshoes) to tourists in order for them to best enjoy the gorge in its natural state… USA Niagara will respect the resolution passed by our City Council on Monday, July 24th. So, to reiterate, we the people of Niagara Falls, NY have officially preserved the Niagara gorge.”

    Ice Boom Thwarts Nature and Tourism for the Profit of NYPA

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    From the Niagara Falls Reporter:

    It’s been over ten years now since I addressed New York Power Authority executives at their re-licensing hearing seeking the elimination of the ice boom on Lake Erie – Niagara River. Read More…

    Cuomo seeks to complete Empire State Trail by 2020, add Goat Island lodge in Niagara Falls

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    From Niagara Frontier Publications:

    Also, speaking of the outdoors and encouraging guests to stay longer, Cuomo announced big plans for Niagara Falls State Park and the Niagara Gorge on Monday while at the University at Buffalo.

    “We’re going to reclaim 135,000 acres of the Niagara Gorge corridor, preserving the rich ecology,” Cuomo said. “It will be the largest expansion of green space since the days of Olmstead. Part of the gorge belongs to (the New York Power Authority), which committed $1 million for conservation to that section of it. We will complete the ecological restoration of the gorge and we also understand that we need to generate more activities for tourists on the Niagara Falls side of the falls. When you look across the river, you see Canada has more activities. … We need to correct that, and we’re going to do it in Niagara Falls. On Goat Island, we will create a year-round destination for tourism and build a world-class lodge with sweeping views of the Niagara River.

    “(Empire State Development) will also be issuing (a request for proposal) to build greater outdoor activities on Goat Island that will boost tourism and give people an international destination to visit. So we’re very excited about that.”

    Governor announces $3.5M for parkway removal effort

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    A $3.5 million payment for the final design phase of the Niagara Gorge Project has been approved by the New York Power Authority.

    The project includes the removal of 2 miles of expressway segments of the Niagara Scenic Parkway, and replacing it with a scenic trail network and smaller road for local traffic to enhance access to the waterfront and adjoining neighborhoods in Niagara Falls.“The Niagara Gorge is a natural wonder that, because of the former Robert Moses Parkway, has effectively been walled off to the public for far too long,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. “This action brings us one step closer toward finishing this project and increasing access to this scenic gem for Western New Yorkers and visitors alike.”

    It seems to take Niagara Falls, NY a very long time to get these sorts of projects approved, funded, and then completed!

    New Sign on Parkway shows Cuomo’s Contempt for City, Reporter, Feds

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    From the Niagara Falls Reporter:

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo, through his associates at State Parks and the New York Power Authority, sometime over the past week perpetrated an act of such petty vindictiveness and blatant contempt for Niagara Falls that we thought it appropriate to come up with a special name for his attitude towards us…

    The Dec. 8 issue of the Niagara Falls Reporter hit the newsstands and the internet last Thursday morning. It featured an article headlined “Feds to Cuomo: Parkway Signage out of Compliance”.

    At some point over the succeeding four days, as of 11 am on Monday, Dec. 12, a brand-new, large, obtrusive “motherboard” sign, identical to those that, as we previously reported, have been determined by the Federal Highway Administration to be dangerously distracting and in violation of traffic safety regulations and ordered removed by the agency, was erected along the Robert Moses Parkway as it traverses the Niagara Power Project.

    This story isn’t particularly interesting, other than the fact they are complaining about a highway sign. I think Niagara Falls, NY has a lot to offer, but I don’t think highway signs are their biggest problem.

    Ice boom removed

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The removal of the Niagara River Ice Boom is well underway.

    Personnel from the New York Power Authority began opening the boom’s 22 spans on Tuesday.

    As a result of the mild weather conditions this winter season, a significant amount of ice cover on Lake Erie never materialized, making conditions ideal for the ice boom’s removal.

    Last year, the boom opening began on April 20. The latest date for the start of the boom opening was May 3, 1971 and the earliest start date was Feb. 28, 2012.

    Engineering review to start for Robert Moses Parkway

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    From the Buffalo News:

    A preliminary engineering and environmental review for the removal of the Robert Moses Parkway along the Niagara River Gorge is to begin in May, Assemblyman John D. Ceretto announced Friday.

    Ceretto, R-Lewiston, said the New York Power Authority is paying $2 million to fund the work, which Ceretto called “the next step in opening up the Niagara waterfront for development and bringing more business into downtown Niagara Falls.”

    Falls tourism board lends a hand to Higgins in power authority fight

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    The Niagara Falls Tourism Advisory Board is doing its part to help U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins in his quest to get the New York Power Authority to pay for the removal of the Robert Moses Parkway.

    Board members submitted materials — historic maps, newspaper clippings — they gathered in an effort to help Higgins, D-Buffalo and Niagara Falls, get an idea of what the street scape was like before the roadway was constructed, as he asked them to when he met with the board in March.

    Preservationists seek injunction to stop work on Maid of the Mist facility

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Construction on the Maid of the Mist’s new boat dock and storage facility in the Niagara Gorge went on in the rain Monday, while the fight to halt the work is continuing in court.

    The Niagara Preservation Coalition has asked the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court to issue an injunction to stop the work on the $32?million project because items it describes as “significant historic building remnants” were recently photographed being removed from the site.

    The group also says the New York Power Authority has not followed its own guidelines for how to proceed when “unanticipated” items are found.

    New stairway into Niagara Gorge planned near Whirlpool Bridge

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    From the Buffalo News:

    A new stairway will descend into the Niagara Gorge from a scenic overlook near the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge under a plan to enhance trails and viewpoints at three points in Niagara Falls and Lewiston.

    The new stairs will descend about 300 feet to a second overlook above the lower Niagara River, said Edward Alkiewicz, licensing manager for the New York Power Authority.

    “The main focus and feature of this project is to have another spot in the gorge where people can relatively easily — because of the construction of a new trail and stair system—get into the bottom of the gorge,” said Albert J. Nihill, associate landscape architect for the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

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