BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The Public Bridge Authority (PBA), which oversees the Peace Bridge, could not come to an agreement on development on the U.S. side of the bridge.
The PBA is in a standoff with Canadian authorities, and the stalemate is putting a stop to plans to build a new plaza on the U.S. side.
Friday, former Buffalo Mayor Anthony Masiello says he has come to the PBA Board with a mandate from Governor Andrew Cuomo to create the best shared border crossing in the nation.
"It was very clear to me that we're almost there on that vision. We have a great Canadian plaza, one that's effective, efficient, and modern, beautiful...it works. We want the same thing for the American side," Masiello said.
But the PBA Board has five Canadian members and five members from the United States who continue to deadlock.
Friday morning the two sides couldn't approve the minutes of previous meeting without a five-to-five vote. It was tense even before two state Legislators from Buffalo proposed dissolving the authority. Now the Canadian contingent says just the possibility that state lawmakers might actually move to dissolve the authority will make it harder to borrow money.
Board member Rocco Vacca said, "If you want to send a positive sign, a positive sign is go have your bill go through, but we're going to start your process of re-marketing our bonds because if we don't do that, we're forced to repay our bonds this time next year...we're done."
The Canadian contingent made a motion to re-market $150 million in bonds, but that became deadlocked in a five-to-five tie, and no progress was made again. Even the normally talkative Sam Hoyt had little to say on the way out.
"We want to get things done, we want to get them done quickly and we want to work with the entire board...that's all I got," Hoyt stated.
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