NYS Canal Revitalization Act: Rebuilding the Erie Canal Better, but skeptics emerge
New York State is trying to rebuild the Erie Canal...it is in serious trouble both structurally and financially.
The Governor of NY has offered up a new NYS Canal Revitalization Act, a Bill to be voted on to help the owners of the Canal, New York Power Authority (NYPA), fend off the financial hardship that comes with owning a 200 year old canalway system.
The local press has also started to discuss this new Revitalization Plan, some in New York and outside of the state are behind this change, while others are voicing opposition to it.
Here's a story from Albany Times Union on this plan and how it is centered on how the proposal would aid Fund Raising capabilities for the Erie Canal System
And another story from the the BUFFALO NEWS that shares some concerns of boaters. Unsure why boaters would oppose this amendment, as this proposal is about FUNDING the Erie Canal to keep it OPEN, but somehow "unfounded facts" and "unsupported opinions" have taken hold and some see this as a sign the Erie Canal will close.
Just another group that appears critical of the new Ownership and spreads their opinions online BEFORE fully understanding all of the safety issues and financial challenges that the New York Power Authority & the New York Canal Corporation are facing.
An well-informed public is a smarter public, and a public that can better make decisions that help ALL of those who use and enjoy the Canal, not just a select, special interest audience.