By jmaloni  |  Niagara Frontier Publications  |  3/27/15

Funding awards announced by Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee

The Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee announced funding awards totaling more than $2.2 million to 12 projects for the latest round of funding. The awards approved at the meeting March 24 include (project award listing and sponsor):

Buffalo Museum of Science: Tifft Education Center, phase one: $112,500

Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy: Cazenovia Park shoreline and trail rehabilitation project: $120,000

Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy: Riverside Park south loop trail project: $404,000

Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy: Delaware Park – Scajaquauda Trail, Point of the Meadow: $35,400

Cazenovia Community Resource Center: boating center, phase three: $90,000

City of Buffalo: LaSalle Park improvements – foot of Porter Avenue: $200,000

County of Erie: revitalization and waterfront access enhancement strategy – Erie County park and trail system along the Niagara: $225,000

County of Erie: Tribute Garden enhancement and beautification – Isle View Park: $181,660

County of Erie: Black Rock Canal Park improvements, phase three: $425,000

Historical Society of the Tonawandas: Niagara River and Erie Canal signage expansion project: $23,465

City of Tonawanda: intermodal transit hub: $70,000

Valley Community Association: Buffalo River Fest Park comfort station, signage and cameras: $321,000

The Standing Committee is composed of one representative from Erie County, the City of Buffalo, Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy and the New York Power Authority. All project applications for consideration were submitted by the Jan. 26 deadline and reviewed by the Buffalo and Erie County Standing Committee Feb. 24.

Additionally, the committee unanimously approved Alan J. Bozer as the new Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee chairman. Bozer is the committee’s Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy representative. He is a partner with the law firm of Phillips Lytle.

The Buffalo and Erie County Standing Committee receives Power Authority funds as part of a settlement agreement related to the 50-year license received by NYPA for the Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant in 2007. The committee receives $2 million a year during the license term.

NYPA is the nation’s largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. 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. More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower.

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