Sometimes I just don't understand what the members of the Niagara County Legislature are thinking. Quite frankly, my blood is boiling this morning over these ridiculous protocols our friendly legislators are poised to support for spending Greenway money that was part of the NYPA relicensing agreement.
According to today's Buffalo News article, the Power Coalition has developed protocols for spending their Greenway money. It takes six votes of the members to agree that a project is consistent with the Greenway plan. The members are the Power Authority, the county, the City of Niagara Falls, the towns of Lewiston and Niagara and the Niagara Falls, Niagara-Wheatfield and Lewiston-Porter school districts.
Now, getting six municipalities in Niagara County to agree on anything is hard enough. But here's the galling part. If any member who voted against the project doesn't like the ruling, they can challenge it in an elaborate arbitration process.
So, basically, we have just given the New York Power Authority, which never has treated this region particularly well, the opportunity as a voting member of the committee to kill, or at least jam up for long periods of time, any project that they don't like.
What if they just don't feel like spending the money? Challenge the project and hope you win or delay it long enough to kill it.
So, let's say Niagara Falls has a project and it has the six votes needed to spend the money (why other members even need to vote on each other's projects is beyond me), that should be enough. But wait, the know-it-alls from NYPA in Albany or White Plains or NYC or wherever they are hanging their hats decide that they don't like the project. And hence, the inertia that has plagued this community for half a century continues. What I am missing here that would make our elected leaders agree to this?
We are calling on the full Legislature to reject this set of protocols until NYPA's veto power is removed.
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