I really was not following this issue closely until I attended the Public hearing on July 20th. Since that time there has been great controversy. The Niagara River Connector Trail project was started by the Town Board of Grand Island by a resolution passed on July 15, 2013. CLICK HERE TO SEE MINUTES
The then Supervisor Mary Cooke then filed an application with the Niagara River Greenway Commission to get the project underway. CLICK HERE TO SEE APPLICATION
Since the public meeting on July 20, 2016 two (2) online petitions have be created. One for people to vote YES for the bike path project and one to vote NO for the bike path. The vote is currently at 372 people for and 76 people against. 83% are for and 17% are against.
I have been hearing all these conflicting stories. I heard the West River Homeowners Association is against it. I then asked what is that? I didn’t know there was an HOA over there? Then I was told it wasn’t really an HOA. For you readers who don’t know, when you purchase a condominium, townhouse or other type of property in a planned development such as a leased land property, a gated community, or even an ordinary subdivision, sometimes you are obligated to join that community’s homeowners’ association (HOA) and pay monthly or annual HOA fees for the upkeep of common areas. I was told the West River Home Owners Association is not a HOA but a group formed to protect their rights. OK, that is great, I can see it. I am all for protecting everyone’s riparian/dock rights, property interests, etc. I was then told there are 240 homes over there and only 40 people that belong to that organization. So now I am wondering why that term is being thrown around?
I have talked to many people and most that I talk to are for the project. So I asked why did the Town Board of Grand Island vote against it? The main answer I am getting is. It’s politics. It’s Mary Cooke, Ray Billica, Mike Madigan and Dick Crawford are trying to sabotage the new Supervisor Nathan McMurray. They want him gone. He is doing a good job. This small group wants Grand Island to fall back to the way is was when they controlled the Town. Apparently, when Nate McMurray got elected he started to do what a good leader does and got this project going again because it had fallen stagnant. I am being told Mary Cooke doesn’t want him to get any credit for the project so she is trying to torpedo it even though it is good for the Town. Ask yourself this question. If Mary Cooke started it, why is she now against it? It makes no Sense. And Ray Billica standing up in front of 200 people and saying the Town is not behind this is even more puzzling.
Hasn’t everyone been complaining the West River is falling into disrepair? And now we the Town have the ability to get $2,500,000 to invest into the West River area. Yes, but these people don’t want whats good for Grand Island. They want whats good for them. And that is cronyism.
We the citizens of Grand Island need to stand up and get rid of these people. They and their friends and families have been living off us taxpayers for decades. My previous post exposed one of those people. They don’t want change. They want cronyism.
I am attaching both petitions for all of you to see.
And in the reality of it. The Town Board of Grand Island has no say to block this project. This is a State Project. I have been told their was a similar situation in 2007 in the City of Buffalo on a project in the Canal there. And the Common Council voted unanimously against it and the State went forward anyway.