Niagara County legislators recommended to the state Tuesday to change the name of the Robert Moses State Parkway to the Niagara Scenic Parkway in the western end of the county.

In the resolution, approved unanimously, it says "the name Robert Moses means little to tourists and is no longer descriptive of today's purpose of informing visitors this roadway will take you to the prime viewing areas."

The resolution was sponsored by Vice Chairman Clyde Burmaster, R-Ransomville, and Legislator Rebecca Wydysh, R-Wheatfield.

In late October the same resolution went before the Infrastructure and Facilities Committee, on a motion by Mark Grozio, D-Niagara Falls. That resolution was sponsored by the four Niagara Falls Democrats and Burmaster, but it did not get a second from the other committee members, all Republicans.

Tuesday, Minority Leader Dennis Virtuoso, D-Niagara Falls, questioned why there was now interest in approving the resolution when it hadn't changed from when it failed in October.

"I'd like to know the reason why they changed their mind," he said.

When 2015 ended, Burmaster said, the resolution needed to be reintroduced.

"Legislator Wydysh and myself both feel this is a good idea," he said. "It is time for change. Change is now while they are considering doing work."

Burmaster said he had been contacted by the various towns affected by the name change, which were for it. He said the change would "enhance our tourist efforts."

Contact reporter Rikki Cason at 439-9222, ext. 6252.

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