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Modified: June 4, 2021 6:03am
Created: June 3, 2021 10:29pm

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June 4, 2021

(Buffalo) – Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw Jr. released this statement on Hamburg Councilwoman Beth Farrell’s proposed resolution (below) opposing the removal or restrictions of the Skyway for traffic or vehicular use:


“Beth Farrell shows strong leadership by proposing this resolution.  I thank her fellow Councilman Mike Petrie for supporting it.  The Hamburg Town Board should put politics aside and unanimously pass this Skyway resolution at their next meeting.  My first correspondence fighting to keep the Skyway was to Congressman Brian Higgins on April 8th, 2021, almost two months ago.  In the same respect, Mike Petrie and Beth Farrell have been meeting with concerned taxpayers and community stakeholders for many months.  They’ve done their homework on this important issue.  Now Councilmembers Farrell and Petrie are showing decisive leadership by taking a strong position on the future of the Skyway.  We must all work together to stop the destruction of the Skyway.  It will hurt Hamburg taxpayers for many generations.  Taxpayers must be heard on this issue. I look forward to a public forum in July, as proposed by Councilwoman Farrell in her resolution.”

Hon. Stefan I. Mychajliw Jr.



Resolution – Skyway - 6/7/21


Whereas, the Town of Hamburg, including its Villages of Hamburg and Blasdell, is a thriving and vital community engaged in initiatives targeting revitalization, including economic and waterfront, and

Whereas, given the Town of Hamburg’s location south of the City of Buffalo, the Route 5 and Skyway corridor provides an efficient transportation route and connectivity to the City of Buffalo and points beyond essential to ongoing revitalization efforts, and

Whereas, removal of the Skyway Bridge or restricting vehicle traffic from the bridge would result in significant hardships for the residents and businesses of Hamburg and the Southtowns,

Now Therefore Be It Resolved that the Hamburg Town Board affirms the Skyway Bridge as essential to the community for commerce, revitalization, access to employment, public safety, and efficient travel to points north, and opposes its removal or restrictions to vehicle use, and

Be It Further Resolved that the Hamburg Town Board will hold a Public Forum at its July meeting (date TBD) at 7 pm to afford the public additional opportunity to express their position on this issue.

Moved:  Farrell

For pdf of statement and resolution, click HERE