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Mayor Brown Joins Congressman Higgins, Assemblyman Schroeder And County Legislator Kennedy To Announce Infrastructure Improvements In Hickory Woods Neighborhood

Apr 9, 2009
Press Release

Mayor Byron W. Brown today joined Congressman Brian Higgins, New York State Assemblyman Mark Schroeder and Erie County Legislator Tim Kennedy to announce an infrastructure improvement program for the city’s Hickory Woods neighborhood. The effort, funded by a $500,000 grant through the New York State Community Enhancement Facilities Assistance Program and a $125,000 match from the City of Buffalo, involves the repair and replacement of neighborhood sidewalks and curbs.

“These are the type infrastructure improvements that are essential to the overall quality of life for residents in any neighborhood in the city, but especially the residents of the Hickory Woods neighborhood who have long endured serious questions about the environmental quality of the area,” said Mayor Brown. “Thanks to the initial effort made by Congressman Higgins, while he served in the New York State Assembly, and the subsequent support of Assemblyman Schroeder and Legislator Kennedy, this project will provide much needed improvements to sidewalks and curbs throughout the neighborhood.”

According to engineering estimates, approximately 95,855 square feet of new sidewalks, as well as new curb replacements, is scheduled for the Hickory Woods neighborhood through this infrastructure improvement program, which will be advertised next week for bids on construction contracts. It is anticipated that work will commence in mid-June with completion by the beginning of December 2009.

"The residents of this neighborhood have suffered long enough. After the conclusion of the legal proceedings, some residents will choose to stay in the neighborhood and others will move away,” said Congressman Brian Higgins.  “Today's announcement will make some of the investments necessary to make this neighborhood better for those residents who choose to stay and build their futures here."

"This neighborhood is in dire need of these improvements, and I would like to commend Mayor Brown and Congressman Higgins for their unyielding commitment to the residents of Hickory Woods," said Assemblyman Schroeder.  "This investment will completely change the look and feel of Hickory Woods, and I am very excited to see it completed."

“The residents of the Hickory Woods neighborhood have long fought to have their community needs heard and these issues resolved,” said Erie County Legislator Tim Kennedy. “I’m proud to stand with Mayor Brown, Congressman Higgins and Assemblyman Schroeder as we take another step to ensure that the residents’ voices are heard and their neighborhood improved.”