BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The Peace Bridge is anything but peaceful right now, especially now that a local lawmaker wants to do away with the authority all together.
NY State Assemblyman Sean Ryan said, "The public is sick and tired of the stagnation around the Peace Bridge issue. The PBA was never going to be around forever."
A local democrat and republican wants to get rid of the International Public Bridge Authority or PBA, and transfer management over to the NFTA.
Republican State Senator Mark Grisanti and Assemblyman Ryan want the PBA to pay off their currents bonds and begin the dissolution process.
"It's a complicated process because it is a bi-national commission. But make no mistake, the first step is with New York State because it is a New York registered corporation," said New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan.
New York State Senator Mark Grisanti said, "Once that takes place we can then move forward on our side with expanding, getting these trucks off the bridge, taking care of safety concerns and beautifying front park and this area."
Assemblyman Ryan said having Canadian decision makers on the PBA doesn't benefit Western New Yorkers.
Ryan claims in the last 15 years the PBA has spent over $100 million dollars on the Canadian side and less than $20 million on the American side.
"Our Peace Bridge entrance looks awful, the Fort Erie peace bridge entrance looks beautiful," Ryan said.
Governor Cuomo is also pointing fingers at Canadian officials.
Just two days ago he sent them a heated letter saying in part, "Peace Bridge progress is in jeopardy and Governor Cuomo says it's because Canadian officials are dragging their feet."
New York State Senator George Maziar also spoke on the issue saying, "Dissolving this will open up this entire process in a much more transparent way."
The PBA has not gotten back to News 4 regarding their reaction towards the situation.
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