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Cuomo announces millions in aid to transform areas of Buffalo

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo came to Buffalo’s Museum of Science Wednesday with a bag of goodies for the city and region.

Cuomo said $30 million would be spent to turn the Scajaquada Expressway into a safer pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly, low-speed urban boulevard.

He said $6 million in funds would be used to study putting a deck over a three-quarters of a mile stretch of the Kensington Expressway from Best Street to Ferry Street. And $54 million was be used to boost NFTA funding. And the governor said an additional $4 million was being spent for the next phase of returning cars to Main Street in downtown Buffalo.

“The arrows are pointed in the right direction,” he said. The hard work is done. ... Now you have to keep going. It’s the lesson of Thurman Thomas,” he said, with a nod to the Bills great who was sitting in the front row.

Cuomo said an additional $4.5 million was being invested in Niagara Falls State Park and two other state parks.

Cuomo made those announcements after declaring his Buffalo Billion initiative to be a success. He said now it’s time to take the energy and excitement over Buffalo’s resurgence to the next level.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz called the Scajacuada and Kensington announcements “game changers.”