Gov Paterson in Niagara Falls

October 29, 2010 Updated Oct 29, 2010 at 8:48 PM EDT

By Laura Gray

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October 29, 2010 Updated Oct 29, 2010 at 8:48 PM EDT

Niagara Falls, NY (WKBW) -- The governor was in Niagara Falls Friday to announce a New York State High Speed Rail planning board and a 2.5 million dollar discretionary grant to make the Customs House a high speed rail related facility. With the elections just days away, the governor also addressed his decision to layoff state workers and his advice for the next governor.
As for the high speed rail project, the public should start seeing the first sings of progress in about 18 months in Niagara Falls. Studies are being done now so its not clear how long it will take or how much money it will cost to create the state-wide rail system.
Governor David Paterson's arrival in Niagara Falls comes one day after the announcement that nearly 900 state employees will be laid off by the end of the year. Unions say they will fight this decision. They argue that that Governor Paterson broke a memorandum of understanding. He says that agreement is not legally binding. "They're saying because we signed an mou, it's legally enforceable. Well it is not. The court of appeals has said time and time again that you can not delegate your authority in the executive branch." Paterson says.