NEW YORK STATE Unwelcoming scare for rare user

Just when New York state thought it could not get any worse for its 1-year-old Western New York Welcome Center, located out of the way off Interstate 190 in Grand Island, it did. The sky — or ceiling — began falling.

A tourist from Plattsburgh who spent last weekend in Niagara Falls reported to The Buffalo News this week he was nearly injured by the falling tiles after stopping at the center to use its restrooms earlier in the week.

“I was unhurt but I could have absolutely been hurt or potentially killed. This was not like wafer board. These were significant panels,” Bob Dickie told the News. “They were about three-quarters of an inch thick …”

Today, Chautauqua County officials will be presenting an update on a study for a center at the New York state line in Ripley. We’re interested in hearing the results.

As for the Grand Island site, it was built in the wrong location where low numbers of travelers utilize a facility that is already facing some structural issues.

Just one more poor government decision that wastes our taxpayer dollars.


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