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School Board rejects plan for narrower Greenway

The Niagara Falls School Board on Thursday night voted to oppose a proposal to narrow the geographical boundaries of the Niagara River Greenway.

"These sponsors of this proposed legislation should be ashamed of themselves," Board member Robert Restaino said.

Without mentioning their names, he was talking about a proposal from State Sen. Mark Grisanti and Assemblyman Sean Ryan.

The district is planning to use millions of its own Greenway dollars on new athletic fields behind Niagara Falls High School, a location that would be ineligible for funding if the Grisanti-Ryan proposal were to become law.

School Board President, in voting to oppose the Grisanti-Ryan measure, said she was doing it "for Mark Zito."

Zito, the late school board member, spearheaded the Niagara County-based effort to gain settlements with the New York Power Authority during the federal relicensing of the Niagara Power Project.

The vote to oppose the measure was 8-0, with Board member Don J. King absent.

Niagara Falls School Superintendent Cynthia Bianco was one of several Niagara County officials who spoke out against the Grisanti-Ryan proposal at a meeting earlier Thursday.


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Aaron Besecker joined The Buffalo News in 2007, where he has covered communities in Western New York as a beat reporter, multimedia journalist and assistant online editor. A Buffalo native, he began his career in journalism at the Niagara Gazette.

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