Kearns Says the NFTA Should Return Waterfront Property to the City

December 15, 2011 Updated Dec 15, 2011 at 7:08 PM EDT

By WKBW News

December 15, 2011 Updated Dec 15, 2011 at 7:08 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) Tuesday the Buffalo Common Council approved a resolution calling on the NFTA to return a prime stretch of waterfront property to the city. The property includes the popular Small Boat Harbor and Gallagher Beach. During a Buffalo Common Council waterfront development meeting Councilman Mickey Kearns asked corporation council to look into the legality of the city applying imminent domain to the land.
On December 19th the NFTA board of directors is expected to discuss proposals that they have received for the land, behind closed doors, in executive session. "I did ask our law department to do some research on whether that's proper, whether they can go into executive session...I'm hoping that they don't.", said Kearns, following the committee meeting.
A NFTA spokesperson tells Eyewitness News that if the proposals are discussed on the 19th they will be discussed in executive session. "You're not going to negotiate a sale of property in open session, it's just not done. It's certainly any board's right, it's actually their fiduciary responsibility, to not negotiate in open session.", said C. Douglas Hartmayer, the director of public affairs for the NFTA.
Kearns fears that a private buyer could purchase the land without input from the public.