Ryan: NFTA Suspending Negotiations for the Sale of Small Boat Harbor to Private Developer is Good News for Western New York

April 20, 2012

The NFTA Board of Directors Voted Yesterday To Suspend All Negotiations To Sell the Small Boat Harbor and Gallagher Beach To Private Developers

Ryan: Suspending Negotiations Will Provide An Opportunity To Rethink How Best To Develop The Outer-Harbor And Get The NFTA Out Of The Business Of Owning Waterfront Property

Following a vote yesterday by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to suspend all negotiations to sell the Small Boat Harbor and Gallagher Beach to private developers, Assemblyman Sean Ryan released the following statement:

“I’m glad the NFTA has decided to go back to the drawing board and suspend negotiations to sell important public assets along Buffalo’s waterfront to a private developer. The NFTA needs to get out of owning waterfront land, and I have been encouraged by recent steps they have taken on that front. But the NFTA should get out of owning waterfront land all at once. Segmenting the land and selling it off to various entities will make it more difficult to develop. By selling the small boat harbor and Gallagher beach to a private developer, it would have only solved parts of their problem, and would have only made it harder for the NFTA to get back to their core mission of public transportation. Considering the fact that public assets must be used for public benefit, this sale would have put that principle in serious jeopardy. We should use this opportunity to reassess what needs to be done to ensure development along the outer harbor, while at the same time maintaining public access. Going forward, the NFTA should work with the Empire State Development Corporation and the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation to create a strategy to get the NFTA completely out of the business of owning waterfront land.”