BUFFALO, NY - A new campaign that hopes to engage the public in the outer harbor development process with the state has formally organized. Now nearly two dozen local groups are acting as one, hoping a stronger and leaner voice will protect the public's voice while working with the state.
Nearly twenty groups including Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper and The Sierra Club have come together to form a new coalition called "Our Outer Harbor."
The goal is to keep the public part of the outer harbor development discussion with the state of New York.
Nicole Matteson is one of the organizers and told us, "we were all splintered voices and not using our power the best, officials said join together and speak as one voice and engage the public... we'd have a better shot at protecting land on outer harbor. "
Western New York has a history of making some costly mistakes and missing opportunities, Lynda Schneekloth summed it up quite well, "so that we don't destroy what's there, we have a habit here of doing that, trying to make things better and don't, we have to be very cautious of that."
In addition to educating the public on the outer harbor, the new coalition's goal at it's first meeting was to continue the planning process, and begin a strategic call to action. "So many people in Buffalo have been shut off from the waterfront, all the way from the North and to the South, this is an incredible opportunity to not squander and keep open and public and invest in the next fifty years of buffalo" Matteson said.