Jamestown Gateway Station Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

October 26, 2012 Updated Oct 18, 2013 at 7:47 PM EDT

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Jamestown Gateway Station Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

October 26, 2012 Updated Oct 18, 2013 at 7:47 PM EDT

JAMESTOWN, NY (WKBW/Release) - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer released a statement today after the Jamestown Gateway Station ribbon cutting and grand opening.

Since 2005, Schumer has worked closely with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi, Congressman Brian Higgins, project developers and other elected officials to secure over $5.5 million in funding for this project, which revitalized the vacant Erie Lackawanna Railroad Station and reconnected the historic station to the Riverwalk Connector Trail now underway along the Chadakoin River.

“Today’s grand opening of the Jamestown Gateway Station will jumpstart the long-awaited renovation of the vacant Erie Lackawanna Railroad Station, and reconnect this historic art deco landmark with the Riverwalk Connector Trail."

"Reclaiming the landmark station to make a new multi-modal civic-and-visitors’ center is a linchpin to revitalization efforts; it will welcome residents and tourists from far and wide to enjoy the past, present and future of Jamestown history, nature and cultural bounty."

"The Erie Lackawanna Railroad Station has been vacant since 1973, which is far too long, and I am thrilled that after years of hard work to secure over $5.5 million in funding and savings, this project has pulled into the station.”