The Niagara County Legislature has made the decision not to take a position on the issue of whether to keep or remove the Robert Moses Parkway between downtown Niagara Falls and Lewiston.
My question is, who was even looking to the county leg to take a position on this issue, and more importantly, why? This roadway was not designed by the county, nor was it constructed by the county, owned by the county or maintained by the county. The Parkway is a state (DOT) road and it's maintained by State Parks.
For over eight years, various entities have been studying the long-term use of the Parkway. They've studied whether or not to remove it, whether to cuts the number of lanes, whether or not to upgrade it or to simply maintain it as is. In eight years of studies, not a single tangible recommendation has been implemented.
But why anyone is looking at the county leg to make this decision is beyond me. This a state decision, and the one state elected official that represents both Lewiston and Niagara Falls is Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte. She is the one person that is in the best position to determine the direction of this debate.
Her problem is this. If she comes out in support of removing the Parkway, she pisses off the residents of Lewiston. If she comes out in support of keeping the Parkway, she alienates the people of Niagara Falls. Why? Because everyone needs to protect their little fiefdom. The "leaders" in Niagara Falls believe that the Parkway gives visitors a way out of their city, and they want a captive audience. The folks in Lewiston want to keep the Parkway because it allows visitors to Niagara Falls a quick getaway to scenic Lewiston. It's all very unseemly.
That being said, the people that control this decision are refusing to make a decision. This is 1,000 miles away from being in the hands of the county leg. Francine, who has completely alienated people outside of the Falls, is the one who needs to make this call. As usual, unfortunately, she continues to pass the buck - except when it comes to supporting her pimp, Shelly Silver.
This issue has dragged on way too long. This is a state issue, I only wish we had a state legislator representing that end of the county who actually has the ability to take responsibility for her responsibilities.