Niagara Falls is getting a raw deal from the state

While the City of Buffalo gushes over the Buffalo Billion, courtesy of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, it appears that the City of Niagara Falls receives the poor step-child treatment. This is the second time Niagara Falls has been steamrolled. The first was the ruse to build a Maid of the Mist U.S. docking area without competitive bidding for the boat ride. This time it was the state’s plan to move the parks police station from Goat Island to the gorge. The city has twice offered a perfectly sensible site that it received from the New York Power Authority. Let’s hope the state’s recent suspension of work at the gorge site leads to a more suitable location.

While the city itself continues to deteriorate, the state is spending money on the park. Only one sentence in a recent News article told why the parks police station is being moved: “The state seeks private firms to operate various types of hospitality facilities in the parks.” It may sound good that the state will spend $15 million in new projects in addition to the $25 million announced work. Not mentioned is that the money spent by tourists in the park goes to the state. New amenities on Goat Island will only hurt the poor City of Niagara Falls even more. Steamrolled indeed!

Marlene Schotz

Wilson