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March 9, 2013

Peace Bridge plan unveiled

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — on the process, which she said was often held in Canada where those without passports or an enhanced New York license would be unable to attend. She added that the Olmsted Parks Conservancy was as well as the Buffalo River Yacht Club were involved in the process. 

“We feel that the governor and the authority should definitely be reaching out to the neighborhood instead of reaching out to elitist membership organizations who are nowhere near the west side,” Soto said. “It’s just an issue of transparency and the democratic process. The people who live there should be involved.” 

Sam Hoyt, president of the Empire State Development Corp. in Western New York and chairman of the Peace Bridge Authority, said residents had plenty of time to comment during an environmental impact study that he said was “by its very definition a very public and open process.” 

“I’m dumbfounded,” he said. “We’re moving cars and trucks that are virtually on top of city residents and moving them onto a highway.” 

He added Cuomo’s primary goal for the Buffalo region was to improve its economy, part of which is bolstered by Canadian commerce. 

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