Kennedy: Encouraged by Zemsky's Response on Buffalo Terminal Funding

State senator seeks $5 million in Buffalo Billion allocated for project

Tom Puckett
January 31, 2018 - 2:00 pm

Albany, NY (WBEN) State Senator Tim Kennedy says he's encouraged by State Department of Economic Development Commissioner Howard Zemsky's agreement dedicating state funding for the Buffalo Central Terminal and its overseeing organization, the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation would align strategically with the state’s development goals for the surrounding community.

Kennedy is seeking $5 million in allocations as part of the Buffalo Billion. “I was pleased to hear Commissioner Zemsky’s openness to state funding for the Buffalo Central Terminal,” said Senator Kennedy. “The Commissioner is a Buffalonian, and he knows how important this complex would be to the revitalization of the Broadway-Fillmore community. I understand he was not able to make a direct commitment of funding at that moment, but I am encouraged that he agrees with the importance of restoring the Central Terminal to its former glory, and of implementing the recommendations of the Urban Land Institute.”

Zemsky, who helped to secure state funds to cover the costs of a recent Urban Land Institute (ULI) study of the site, also pointed out that the state’s intervention in helping to pay for the study is indicative of a willingness to provide follow-up funding as well, and stated it would be hard to imagine opposition to state investment in the site.

“The Central Terminal Restoration Corporation was proud to partner with Empire State Development on the recent ULI study,” said CTRC Vice Chair Paul Lang. “We agree with the study’s call for the professionalization of our organization, which would ensure there is a full-time staff dedicated to the historic Central Terminal. This funding proposed by Senator Kennedy would be a game changer for CTRC, and we stand ready to be a responsible steward of any public funding we receive. We're also excited to continue expanding our diverse events schedule to bring in as many people as possible to experience the history and grandeur of the Central Terminal."

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