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For Immediate Release:
March 13, 2012
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Department of State Approves Town of Hamburg’s Amendment to its Local Waterfront Revitalization Program

New York State Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales announced today his approval of an amendment to the Town of Hamburg Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP). The LWRP, originally approved in 1989, serves as a long-term land management program for the Town’s Lake Erie waterfront resources that seeks to strengthen the local economy, expand waterfront access opportunities, and protect natural and cultural resources. The LWRP was amended to more effectively reflect the impact of the changes occurred during the past two decades in the Town’s waterfront resources and overall land use pattern.

Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales said, “The Local Waterfront Revitalization Program establishes a consensus between the Town and the State, assuring that we work in partnership to implement this revitalization strategy. As with Hamburg, we encourage communities which have completed an LWRP to periodically review the need to update it so we can continue to revitalize and protect each community and its natural resources.”

Hamburg Supervisor Steven J. Walters noted, "The completion of this amendment to the Town of Hamburg's Local Waterfront Revitalization Program serves to provide the Town with an updated vision and comprehensive plan for ongoing and future development along our nine mile length of scenic Lake Erie shoreline. This document will also assist us in protecting and enhancing our important natural resources, as well as improving public access to our waterfront area. We are very pleased to have worked in close partnership with the Department of State throughout this undertaking. In addition, I would also like to commend Wendel Duchscherer Architects & Engineers for the efforts and fine work that they provided in their services to the Town on this project."

The amendment to Hamburg’s LWRP was prepared in collaboration with the Department of State and adopted under provisions of Article 42 of the Executive Law and its implementing regulations. To support the Town’s efforts to implement its LWRP, the Department has awarded $71,000 from the Environmental Protection Fund - Local Waterfront Revitalization Program for the redevelopment of an underutilized public waterfront site and Seaway Trail Visitor's center, and provided technical assistance for the preparation of this LWRP amendment.

The Department of State works in partnership with more than 300 communities across the state through the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, from Sag Harbor on Long Island’s east end to Buffalo along Lake Erie to address numerous waterfront issues, such as economic development, protecting natural resources, and enhancing public access opportunities.