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Chairman wants NFTA off the waterfront

Acting NFTA Chairman Henry Sloma agrees with Congressman Brian Higgins that it's time for the transportation authority to surrender its Outer Harbor property. 

Higgins is calling for the land to be sold to another agency, perhaps the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation for one dollar.

That's okay by Sloma, with one qualifier.

"The public has to weigh-in, too. This is their land."
The NFTA has owned Waterfront land since the middle of the last century when it took over the old port authority.

Sloma says the land has become a fiscal drain, impairing the authority's ability  to provide the best transportation services it can.

He proposes it would be best to transfer the land in October after the operating season for the Small Boat Harbor has ended.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.