Vote YES for the West River Bike Path!

The old cronies and their “YES” man Mike Madigan voted against the West River Connector Trail. Ray Billica went to far as to get up in from of a room with 200 people an lie and say the Grand Island Town Board did not support this. When he himself voted to start it. CLICK HERE TO SEE HIS VOTE! That’s right Ray! You have been outed as a LIAR!

Mike Madigan has become a “YES” man for Mary Cooke, Dick Crawford and Ray Billica. He is their “YES” man because they control the Republican Committee that hands out the Republican Endorsements if you want to run for Public Office in Grand Island. These people (Mary Cooke, Dick Crawford and Ray Billica) are the OLD GUARD. They are still in control of your Town. You can stop them and I will tell you how in up coming posts. WE THE PEOPLE CAN BREAK THEIR CONTROL. THE PROCESS HAS ALREADY BEEN STARTED. IF YOU ARE A REGISTERED REPUBLICAN YOU WILL NEED TO VOTE IN THE UPCOMING PRIMARY ELECTION ON SEPTEMBER 13th FOR NEW REPUBLICAN COMMITTEEMEN. YOUR VOTE CAN END THEIR CONTROL “FOREVER”.

The West River Connector Trail was a good project for Grand Island. Some homeowners wanted the original plan to be amended so it would work out better for the people living on West River. They wanted some of the parking lots to be moved or removed.

As a taxpayer on Grand Island, I do not want my tax dollars to pay to repair or have the Grand Island Highway Department maintain the West River Parkway. The West River Parkway is falling into dis-repair. The New York State Department of Transportation will not invest any funds into it because their is no traffic there. They will not even plow this in the Winter. This road is doomed to never get any money to repair it. Grand Island has an opportunity to get $2,500,000 and invest it into the West River Parkway area. And then have the New York State Parks Department keep it up. That means us Taxpayers can be relieved of $2,500,000 of repair and improvement costs. Its a NO BRAINER. However, our illustrious Town Idiots (Ray Billica, Chris Aronica and Mike Madigan) voted against it. Just like they took down their competitors political signs in 2015, just like they wasted $270,000 in legal fees in 2015 defending lawsuits because of their ridiculous actions and continue to waste our tax dollars and then on top of it give Town Hall Jobs to their families and friends. These people need to go!

Let’s show them how insignificant they are. And that a Ray Billica, Chris Aronica and Mike Madigan’s NO vote means nothing to the State of New York. We the People of Grand Island can show New York State our Vote. Sign the Petition in favor of the West River Connector Trail.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION IN ACCEPTING $2,500,000 from the STATE OF NEW YORK to improve the West River Parkway!

Here’s what you (Ray Billica, Chris Aronica and Mike Madigan) have to look forward to in the next election. These are all Grand Island Voters! They are all learning how to connect and voice their opinion against you bumbling fools that have been running our town and using it as a piggy bank to support your cronyism giving Town jobs to your families and friends. Your time in office is coming to an end. The only reason you (Ray Billica, Chris Aronica and Mike Madigan) have voted against the West River Pike Path is because our New Supervisor is in support of it. You are all hypocrites.

August 5
All this rhetoric from the naysayers about the State of New York and broken promises is nothing but a monotonous whine. This trail is a progressive step forward. Don’t let a bunch of cave dwellers keep the public from using and enjoying state owned parkland that our taxes pay for. New York State Parks needs to complete this project. This project will open up one of the most scenic vistas of the Niagara to the general public. West River homeowners opposing this trail have no right to expect that all of us taxpayers should maintain this waterfront land solely for their personal pleasure at the exclusion of everyone else.

August 5
My family has lived on Grand Island on west river road for over 30 years. We would love nothing more than to have a bike/walking path on the outer parkway. I’m not sure why the interests of the tax paying citizens are not being fairly represented by our appointed officials. Obviously the land owners on west river road all want this so the refusal to recognize this desire is bewilderingly odd.

August 4
As a west river homeowner I am for closing West River Rd Parkway and turn into a safe bike path!

August 4
I am a W. River resident and am fully in support of closing this 55MPH speedway that is in front of my home. A bike & walking path will be an asset.

August 3
i live on west river and the parkway closing to become a beautiful quite bike path would be fantastic thank you

August 3
I live on West River Road. Build the recreational path using the present West River Parkway, make the West River Service Road safer, beautify our environment, (it is my understanding that the bank will be made more beautiful by removing the overgrowth that has overtaken the parkway over the years), make it accessible for everyone, not just the privileged few. Actually, since the state owns it anyway, it is not “ours”, i.e., West River Road homeowners, to claim. It will help the environment, the economy, and the view shed. The other path they are talking about will require guard rails to keep the cars and non-motorized vehicles apart, and those guard rails will be unsightly, to say the least. Traffic can be directed over GI Blvd. Leave the service road for the people on West River. It doesn’t have to be anything but a local road.

August 2
As a West River homeowner I support the bike path!

August 2
We need this! As chairman of GI’s parks and rec advisory board, and as a runner I am 100% behind this project. Open the waterfront for all to enjoy!

August 2
Friends, Countrymen, ISLANDERS!!! Lend us your ears…and signatures. Please share this on Facebook, in email, on Twittter, snapchat, instagram, reddit, on messenger. We need everyone who wants this project to sign this. Our voices are needed to prove the town board that they DO NOT speak for the majority of Islanders.

August 5
The West River has been home to my family for over 60 years. When NYS decided to put a marina in our backyard, the thought of losing the tranquility of our stream and marshland was disturbing. Can you imagine our thoughts when we envisions hundreds of boaters and fishermen invading “our” space. It’s probably very similar to how some of the current West River resident feel. I know some of them that keep their boats there now so our perceived inconvenience is now their convenience, right? However, now we accept that marina in our backyard. Myself and my parents before me have found the ability of walking to our boat slips far outweighs that feared intrusion. I look at the conversion of the parkway into a bike path as another opportunity to increase the recreational activities available on the Island. And provide a much safer path along the river. Those naysayers might learn to embrace the change too.

August 5
After a slow ride down the West River last evening in the truck I will miss it but this bike path will be even better. Remember when EZ pass was started and how many were against it, well now we wouldn’t want to be without it and the bike path will be the same. Shame on the board members that voted against it I don’t believe they represent mainstream Grand Islanders only a chosen few. I am all for the bike path and commend the board members that can see the light and smell the roses.

August 5
Lifelong GI resident. I support the West River bike path.

August 5
I have never seen so many ignorant comments in my life in reference to those against the bike path…..

If any of these silly voices in your head took the time to look at any plans, you would see that no access is being cut off to anyone. This plan enhances everyones use of the river, except now more people can use it for a purpose. And the river is not owned exclusively by a west river homeowner as much as some may think it is.

Would you rather have a highway in front of your house or a leisurely bike path? And if the state decides to maintain the area more, then great. If they decide to keep things the same…well it still looks unmaintained, but you now have a bike path!

There is absolutely no reason to use this the parkway to commute to anywhere. Joy riding and joy riding alone is the sole reason anyone uses this road. Baseline, Fix, Whitehaven, Love, Staley…..these are all roads that lead to the thruway and if you do so happen to love the parkway so much, traveling fix rd to love rd along the parkway you are saving 3 minutes of travel time vs using west river rd…..and if you live on west river, you have to drive on west river rd to get to the parkway for at least 30 seconds which means nobody on west river is getting anywhere more than 2 minutes and 30 seconds faster…..dont believe me? Clock it. And I bet you’ll find the view a lot more enjoyable at 30mph vs 55mph

Enough of this circa 1960 mentality. Stop holding Grand Island back with your incredibly ignorant and fearful thoughts. And anyone who thinks this is just about Grand Island needs to get off the island now and then…this is about anyone in the region. Visitors are what makes our community strong.

Anti path reasons that make no sense:

1). Don’t make the bike path because the elderly like to drive there (the elderly can also drive west river or park at the overlook, as can anyone else)
2). I want to be able to have access to the water (any access you have now, is only enhanced by this path)
3.) I don’t want more people coming to Grand Island (there are new bubble condominiums being built on mars, I suggest you move there)
4.) I use the road to commute to work (your current route makes no sense, I promise there are just as quick of routes elsewhere)
5.) I am worried about scuba diver access (look at the plans, any access they have or ability to drive a car to the overlook are all still in tact)
6.) Enjoy a snack and read (the state does in fact want to take away all snack eating privileges on the bike path)
7.) the bikepath without car traffic would become an overgrown eyesore (there must currently be cars that cut grass when driving through)
8. The roads were once widened to allow bike traffic on the side of the road (this just isnt safe and certainly is of no interest to parents and their kids)
9.) I don’t want parking lots in front of my house (I added this one because its in fact the only anti-path comment that makes any friggin sense)
10.) A wasted view of the river (how well can you see the river when driving 55+ mph)
11.) Anything taxpayer related (this is all state money that they are giving the town, either they accept the money or they lose the money and nothing extra is being spent on maintaining anything, this road and greenspace already exists and is already “maintained”, this path only makes it better.

August 5
My family has lived on Grand Island on west river road for over 30 years. We would love nothing more than to have a bike/walking path on the outer parkway. I’m not sure why the interests of the tax paying citizens are not being fairly represented by our appointed officials. Obviously the land owners on west river road all want this so the refusal to recognize this desire is bewilderingly odd.

August 5
What a great idea. I see it adding to the value of the west river residents. Who wouldn’t want to live near a park? East River has no issue without a parkway, why would West River?

August 4
Open that parkway for the bike path and then let’s heavily promote Grand Island as a Bike Town that will bring visitors to our hotels.

August 4
The West River Parkway belongs to the public, let the public decide how it will be used. I am a resident of Grand Island and in favor of the bike and walking path.

August 4
As a west river homeowner I am for closing West River Rd Parkway and turn into a safe bike path!

August 3
I am a W. River resident and am fully in support of closing this 55MPH speedway that is in front of my home. A bike & walking path will be an asset.

3 Comments on "Vote YES for the West River Bike Path!"

  1. I’ll bet the person that wrote this doesn’t live on West River, There are many people against this idea, 1400 cars use the parkway every day, that means the cars will be on the service road. There is already a bike trail that only about 20 people use on nice days on the service road. Pro bikers will not use the bike path. So the idea is to displace 1400 people for 20 people. Taking out the parkway was not the original plan. If you like the West River so much then buy a house there. A lot of money was spent on Fishermans Park on the East River, that probably sounded like a good idea then, I hardly ever see anyone there. The same will happen to the bike path. This is a bad idea.I Vote NO

  2. All those who use the Parkway to get to work on Staley will not use the 30 MPH Service Rd. They will switch to exiting the thruway at Whitehaven to Alvin to Staley. Others who use the West River Parkway Exit can be directed to Long Rd and on to Grand Island Blvd. The Service Rd can be designated as such with no thru traffic allowed.

  3. Dorothy Rowswell | August 23, 2016 at 5:48 pm | Reply

    I love the drive along the parkway, and have used it more than once a week for 40+ years. I live at the south tip of the Island and when coming over the north bridge, get off the thruway as soon as I can to enjoy the pace of Grand Island traffic, and the scenic drive at a reasonable speed. I would most certainly endorse the addition of a bike path, parallel to the service road. I have never seen West River crowded with bicyclists

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