The state's political situation is threatening the financing for the city's proposed $2.8 multipurpose stadium, but city officials remain confident that money will be forthcoming from Albany.
The Democratic-controlled Assembly this week passed a capital projects bill that includes $44.6 million for new stadiums. However, no money was allocated for stadiums planned in communities represented by Republicans. That included Batavia's Dwyer Stadium as well as Auburn and Watertown.
Instead, the money would pay for two projects in Rochester as well as stadiums in Jamestown, Syracuse, Utica and Oneonta.
City Councilman Barry W. Bower, who heads the Dwyer Stadium Task Force, said Thursday officials remain confident that the state will approve some kind of financing that would provide $1.4 million in Urban Development Corporation funding to replace the 56-year-old stadium.
Dwyer is the home of the New York-Penn League's Batavia Clippers. The Clippers, like other minor league teams are under a mandate from major league baseball to update its stadium or surrender the franchise.
Bower said he is almost daily contact with Assemblyman Charles H. Nesbitt, R-Albion, who represents Batavia. Assemblyman Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Springville, and State Sen. Mary Lou Rath, R-Williamsville, both of whom represent Genesee County, have also promised to help the city's bid, according to Bower.
The Clippers hope to have the 2,500-seat stadium ready for the 1996 season. Meanwhile, a Batavia Regional Recreation Corporation has been formed to seek other users for the ballpark. The city hopes to make the stadium operations self-sufficient