Mayors React to State Announcements

Falls Mayor Dyster and Buffalo Mayor Brown on Wednesday announcements

Mike Baggerman
May 25, 2017 - 4:00 am

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - There were two major announcements during Governor Cuomo's visit to Buffalo on Wednesday.

The first was a $53 million expansion of Moog, Inc. The company is expanding it's Elma campus to include an aircraft manufacturing facility which will include new machinery and equipment. The Cuomo administration expects the expansion to create 100 new jobs and is expected to be completed by December 2018. 

Another portion of the Moog expansion is to create a new space propulsion facility in Wheatfield to design, manufacture, and test a variety of propulsion systems and components for satellites and launch vehicles for commercial and military customers. That project is expected to be completed in December 2021 and add an additional 100 jobs. 

"It's great to see them expanding their operations there," Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster said. "They've been a major player in aerospace and defense technology for quite some time. It brings I think a type of employment to our economy that is very much needed, white collar jobs requiring STEM degrees. This is very important to keeping economic development balanced in Niagara Falls."

Dyster explained that while Niagara Falls tourism is extremely strong there's only a limited number of opportunities. The expansion of Moog will also allow young, white collar workers to stay in the area because of the added openings.

The second major announcement was a $2 million investment from the state into the development of the Aud Block site at Canalside. Currently a vacant pit, the investment of the area can "wet the appetite" of potential developers according to Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.

"It's certainly enough to close a gap," Brown said. "With all the other investment here I think developers are going to be pretty excited about that opportunity. Within a stone's throw you have the $200 million HarborCenter that the Pegula's have done that is attracting half-a-million people each year."

The new development at the Aud Block site will create more buildings in an area that is very popular for foot travel. That means there could be less green space at Canalside.

"I'm not worried about that," Brown explained. "We have a 2004 Master Plan that we have been following that calls for a mixed-use development that preserves some of the green space. But some of the green space was always supposed to be developed."

Brown did not know when the request for proposals for the Aud Block site would be received. 

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