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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Over $429,000 in funding awarded for Stow Ferry

Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton announced $429,033 of U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funding for Chautauqua County. The DOT grant will support improvements for the Bemus Point-Stow Ferry.

"The Bemus Point-Stow Ferry is a gem of Chautauqua County, providing both a snapshot of the area's vibrant history and a major tourist attraction for Western New York," said Schumer. "These federal funds will go a long way in ensuring that this nearly two hundred-year-old ferry service will continue its rich tradition of crossing Lake Chautauqua for years to come."

"This is great news for Chautauqua County. The Bemus Point-Stow Ferry has been crossing Lake Chautauqua for nearly two centuries, and this investment will support critical improvements so that the ferry remains one of New York's historical treasures," said Clinton.

"This is yet another example of our federal elected officials helping Chautauqua County preserve one of our local treasures. The Bemus Point-Stow Ferry has been in continuous operation since 1811 and as such it has significant historical value to our region," said Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards. "I am delighted that these grant dollars can be invested in preserving one of the few inland ferries operating in all of the Eastern U.S. We will be upgrading the landings and bulkheads on both sides of the lake, to improve the access to and operation of the Ferry. I cannot thank our elected officials enough for their support especially Senators Schumer and Clinton and Congressman Higgins, who invested considerable time in this effort."

The Bemus Point-Stow Ferry will receive a grant of $429,033 for the rehabilitation of ferry terminal facilities.

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