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Niagara County lawmakers call for renaming Robert Moses Parkway

LOCKPORT – Niagara County Legislature Minority Leader Dennis F. Virtuoso said Monday that five legislators said they will co-sponsor a resolution at the Oct. 20 meeting, asking the state to take Robert Moses’ name off the riverfront parkway from Niagara Falls to Youngstown.

The request calls for the Robert Moses Parkway to be renamed the Niagara Scenic Parkway. Moses, the powerful state official sometimes called New York’s “master builder” of the 20th century, played a key role in the creation of the parkway and the Niagara Power Project in the 1950s. However, the name change drew 80 percent support in a recent online poll conducted by the Historical Association of Lewiston. Virtuoso said the resolution was requested by Mamie Simonson of Lewiston. She said the City of Niagara Falls and the Village and Town of Lewiston also have been asked to pass similar measures.

The resolution is sponsored by the four Niagara Falls Democratic legislators – Virtuoso, Owen T. Steed, Jason A. Zona and Mark J. Grozio, along with Legislature Vice Chairman Clyde L. Burmaster, R-Ransomville. It says the Robert Moses name “is not helpful or descriptive” and the new name would enable visitors “to quickly understand the parkway’s purpose and benefits.”

The state is now making plans to remove part of the parkway, between Main Street and Findlay Drive in the Falls, to improve access to the Niagara River gorge.