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Congressman Higgins Questions Lack of Transparency As Decision on Train Station Selection Looms

Apr 18, 2017
Press Release
Public to be Kept Out of Final Meeting, Members Have Yet to Receive Agenda or Public Comments

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), a member of the Buffalo Train Station Selection Committee, is expressing concern about the lack of transparency and public inclusion in the process for the site selection of Buffalo’s new train station, scheduled to be decided this week. 

In a letter sent to the Committee’s Chairman and Facilitator Congressman Higgins requested clarification on whether the Committee’s last meeting would be open to the public and media. 

In an emailed response late yesterday, the Congressman was informed that the committee believes itself to not be subject to public meeting laws and therefore the public would only have the opportunity to view the meeting via livestream. 

Higgins is also questioning why members have not received any copies of public comment, submitted through the website or an meeting agenda, with less than 24-hours to go before the last meeting and anticipated decision.

The final meeting of the train station selection committee is scheduled to take place at Empire State Development Offices at 95 Perry Street in Buffalo on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 9:00am.