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For Immediate Release:
May 12, 2011
Contact: Lisa MacSpadden
Deputy Secretary of State for Communications & Community Affairs


The Department of State applauds state and local collaboration on initiative aimed at strengthening
local economies, expanding waterfront access, and protecting area’s treasured resources.

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE - New York State Acting Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales today announced his approval of the Chautauqua Lake Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. The initiative is a long-term inter-municipal management program for the waterfront resources of the nine communities along Chautauqua Lake. They include the towns of Busti, Chautauqua, Ellery, Ellicott, and North Harmony and the villages of Bemus Point, Celoron, Lakewood, and Mayville.

“I commend the municipalities for working together to establish a long-term revitalization program that seeks to strengthen the local economy, expand waterfront access opportunities, and protect natural and cultural resources,” said Acting Secretary of State Perales. “The Local Waterfront Revitalization Program establishes collaboration among each of the nine communities and the state, assuring that we work in partnership to implement this revitalization strategy. Waterfront resources have played a pivotal role in the heritage of these nine communities and they are essential to a vibrant future,” he added.

The Department of State works in partnership with more than 250 communities in the state through the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, from Sag Harbor on Long Island’s east end, to Buffalo along Lake Erie.  A key part of the program is an implementation strategy describing what each community can accomplish on its own, and where it needs help from state and other public agencies. With respect to state assistance, grants from the Environmental Protection Fund - Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (EPF LWRP) are available to waterfront communities for the preparation and implementation of these programs. Preparation of the Chautauqua Lake Local Waterfront Revitalization Program was financed through a $46,000 EPF LWRP grant.

Acting Secretary of State Perales further noted, “We stand committed to continuing our productive partnership with these communities through the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.  To begin its implementation, we also provided a grant of $36,000 to the Village of Celoron to complete community visioning for the future development of the Celoron’s commercial district, Lucille Ball Memorial Park, and the former Celoron Amusement Park site. In addition, we provided $86,500 to the Village of Mayville to restore its historic railroad depot adjacent to Chautauqua Lake.”

Town of Chautauqua Supervisor Donald Emhardt commented, “I would like to thank my predecessors, the late Jim Weidman and Sid Compton, for starting this project and having the insight to see it through. I believe the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program is an excellent plan that will enable the Chautauqua Lake communities to work together to more effectively improve our waterfronts, enhance recreational opportunities for residents and visitors, and protect Chautauqua Lake, which offers some on the best fishing in western New York. This shows the abilities of the towns and villages around the lake to work together with the State of New York for the betterment of western New York. The Department of State is to be commended for this proactive approach to helping communities.”

“The Local Waterfront Revitalization Program establishes a shared vision for the Chautauqua Lake waterfront and identifies future actions needed, including projects which will strengthen the local economy and improve our ability to take advantage of tourism opportunities,” said Village Celoron Mayor, John Keeney. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Department of State to advance implementation of the program.”

Don McCord, senior planner for Chautauqua County Planning and Economic Development who oversaw preparation of the program also added his support of the initiative. “The Local Waterfront Revitalization Program is a long-term strategy for the revitalization of our communities along the shores of Chautauqua Lake,” said Mr. McCord. “The Department of State's continued support has been a key factor in both advancing revitalization efforts in Chautauqua Lake communities, and in helping to protect and improve the water resource. We greatly appreciate the Department of State's efforts to work as partners with us on these important issues.”