The Grass is Greener, Taller on Grand Island

September 27, 2013 Updated May 27, 2010 at 11:35 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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September 27, 2013 Updated May 27, 2010 at 11:35 PM EDT

Grand Island, NY (WKBW) -- Frank Greco has been watching spectacular sunsets from the porch of his Grand Island home for more than 35 years.

"The sunsets are just beautiful," Greco said. "The river color changes everyday from dark blue to a green."

But lately, Greco and his neighbors along West River Parkway are seeing too much green.

The grassy median and strip of waterfront that runs nearly six miles along the west coast of the island is overgrown.

In some spots, the grass has grown more than three feet high.

New York State has not cut the grass once this season due to the ongoing budget crisis in Albany.

"Well I think the state should get its act together and mow the parkway, like they promised years ago," said Peter McMahon, Grand Island's town supervisor.

"There are people crossing these two roads -- and when they're coming out of the weeds if they don't see a car and a car doesn't see them -- there's the potential for an accident," McMahon said.

Residents who live along the east end of the road have right-of-way access to the riverfront. Some homeowners have docks and boats there.

A leisurely boat ride now requires a hike through brush and weeds.

"It's sad that the state has gotten into this position. We had a meeting with the state today -- unless it's an emergency they don't have money for fuel," said Greco.