GRAND ISLAND, NY (WKBW) - A popular and scenic parkway in Erie County is causing distress for some homeowners and they're blaming the state for the eyesore. Homeowners along West River Parkway in Grand Island claim the state is neglecting the waterfront treasure due to its lack of maintenance and mowing on the property. Frank Greco and his wife have lived along West River Parkway for 37 years. The Greco's say since the 2007-2008 recession, they've seen a decline in the mowing and maintenance of their beloved parkway. The property is maintained by the New York State Department of Transportation.
"The grass will grow 4 feet high and that brings ticks and vermin," said Greco. "For people that actually cross over the parkway, it's a safety issue because when the grass is that high you can't see little kids that use the water when you're driving."
A spokesperson for the Department of Transportation says their workers must abide by a statewide mowing policy that says parkways should only be mowed no more than 3 times a year. The Grand Island Town Supervisor believes West River Parkway is unique and does not fit into the current state policy.
"This is someone's front yard. Very seldom do you have a D.O.T. maintained road that have people's homes abutting them and that's the difference," said Grand Island Town Supervisor Mary Cooke. "So when it all got lumped into the D.O.T. and they make these decisions, it's very different because it's a wide strip and it is someone's front yard."
A few days ago Senator Mark Grisanti sent a letter to Majority Leader Dean Skelos on the matter. Grisanti is trying to secure $100,000 for a maintenance project that would be an open bid. The winning entity would help maintain West River, LaSalle and Robert Moses Parkways along with sections around the Grand Island Bridges for 5 years.