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Thanks to its proximity to the Niagara River and the Erie Canal, the City of Tonawanda Police Department's marine division is in prime position to respond quickly to water emergencies with its $250,000 rescue boat. Only one thing prevents that from happening: easy access to the boat, which is kept at a nearby dock and brought to the police department when it is needed. …

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The City of Tonawanda sits as a nexus between two great bodies of water - the Niagara River and the Erie Canal. Now two recreation projects in the Tonawandas that would improve both trails and docks on the combined waterfronts are being considered for Niagara River Greenway funding. "This would really make a huge difference in the city,"  City of Tonawanda Mayor Rick…

Jeanne Leccese, who was named the executive director of the Niagara River Greenway Commission in September 2016, resigned from her post at a commission meeting on Tuesday. Leccese left to join the staff at Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper. The nonprofit is dedicated to protection of the Niagara watershed, which is one of Leccese's passions, said Lou Paonessa, a commission bo…

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The Western New York Land Conservancy plans to purchase approximately 140 acres of the 157-acre Assumption Cemetery on Grand Island to create a forest preserve there, and is seeking funds from the Niagara River Greenway Commission. The not-for-profit land conservancy has already received letters of support for the proposed Assumption Forest Preserve from the Catholic Ce…

Town of Tonawanda

The Tonawanda Rails to Trails had a successful grand opening this summer, but town officials are already moving forward on the next step – a $330,000 enhancement project that will provide better access to the 3.9 mile trail from 12 intersections along it. The town plans to seek major funding for the project from the Niagara River Greenway Commission. The proposed Tow…