This greenway would span two counties, multiple towns and cities, and would be an asset to residents who may not live in waterfront localities. Managing a project that is regional in scope through the state sounds more appropriate than tasking it to local governments.
Strange that the only projects mentioned as off kilter are in Niagara county. Guess what. This money is available because of the power generating capacity of Niagara Falls, which is in Niagara County. So, I would say Niagara county has some say in the use of these funds. By the way, Isn't canal side getting some of these funds? I wonder what percentage of the membership of these committees hail from Niagara County?
I wonder how they plan to greenify much of Niagara Falls through the Tonawandas. Much of that is privately owned. River Road definitely could stand to see some improvements though.
I'm *really* glad this is finally getting some attention. The use of those funds should be focused on its intended goal of linked parklands along the entire niagara river.
The PPG report should be useful in refocusing work back to creating a beautiful, continuous Greenway. Too much money has been diverted to non-Greenway projects.
Who are those committees which they mention as the decision maker?
(committees in state legislature? Or separate groups appointed by - who? The governor?)
Anyhow, maybe instead of those committees whoever they are, it would be better if decisions like these are voted on by local elected bodies so at least there could be some potential for local voter accountability. Perhaps county legislatures of Niagara & Erie for projects in each.
NY state govt could define parameters for how it's allowed to be spent, then step back and let local elected officials decide on projects - subject to audits by state comptroller.
Not that county legislators are usually great in any way, but with the current set up it seems like nobody's accountable for decisions even in theory.