State buys controversial Busti Ave for demolition
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State buys controversial Busti Ave for demolition

August 6, 2012
Gov. Andrew Cuomo passed through the City of Buffalo on Saturday so fast the local media was alerted only three hours ahead of his visit!

He announced a preliminary agreement where the State of New york buys the Busti Avenue properties then turns them over to the Peace Bridge Authority to move forward with its plans to build a controversial truck stop after demolition.

A group of protestors met the governor concerned about the land grab and the impact of air quality on the neighborhood already suffering one of the highest incidences of respiratory diseases in the city including cancer.

Gov. Cuomo thinks its a new day for the residents in the City of Buffalo saying to the media assembled, “This is more evidence of a new day in Buffalo,”... “... You can feel it in the streets. You can feel it in the air. Let’s keep going.”

Yes, they feel it in the air, the smog, exhaust fumes from the non-stop trucks and cars that idle at the Peace Bridge more so now since 9/11, after security was tightened, the traffic held up longer passing slower through the bridge.

Residents feel the governor is not well-informed or does not want to be about the health hazards to the community of the State land purchase of Busti Avenue, especially the children whose future has been compromised for a truck stop that has not been well thought out, planned or designed, while the concerns of the residents are ignored.

The Buffalo News reporter commented he sounded like he was at a campaign rally. Also, the paper mentioned the grand-standing by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in an economically depressed areas such as Buffalo makes him look good as he prepares to run again for governor and takes a shot at the White House.

Video produced by Maria Rosa. Tim Tielman seen talking to the media spokes person for a local preservation group, the Campaign for Greater Buffalo.
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