Gov. Cuomo Defends Buffalo Beach Takeover
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s announcement last week that New York state is taking over Gallagher Beach and Buffalo’s Small Boat Harbor came within several years after some area parks were closed because of a budget crisis, the Buffalo News reported.
And two towns have taken over operations at two state parks, Woodlawn Beach in Hamburg and Joseph Davis in Lewiston. So how can the state take on a new park?
“It’s a question of priority. You don’t need to operate every park in the state,” Cuomo said Sunday morning in Orchard Park.
The governor was in town to mark the Buffalo Bills' home opener, and the 10-year agreement keeping the Bills in town.
But he was asked about his announcement last week that the state will take over Gallagher Beach and the Small Boat Harbor, along with 130 acres on the outer harbor that the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority has owned since the 1950s.
“Where our involvement is important, that’s where we want to be,” Cuomo said. “This outer harbor has sat undeveloped too long.”
Cuomo said other cities take advantage of their location on a waterfront, but Buffalo has not until recently. He said “we here in Buffalo” have been sitting next to the great asset of Lake Erie and doing nothing about it.
“I’ve driven by for years and just looked at the waterfront. Why don’t they develop the waterfront?” he said. “So we’re finally doing what we should have done years ago.”