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June 21, 2013

Court rules Maid work can continue

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Tonawanda News — “I think the papers show significant inconsistencies with their experts,” Shaw said.

The coalition sued Maid of the Mist in April in an attempt to stop construction on the site on the grounds that various state agencies were pushing the project through without adhering to public vetting processes related to the site’s historic significance and possible environmental contamination from the industrial work that occurred at the top of the gorge.

That suit was dismissed on procedural grounds by State Supreme Court Justice Catherine Nugent Panepinto, lifting a temporary restraining order that had stopped work on the site for about a week.

Shaw said that while work will continue while the appellate court is on summer recess, her clients will continue to pursue their appeal of Panepinto’s decision.

“It’s not like this is over in New York,” Shaw said. 

The coalition, through Shaw, filed the motion on June 7, asking the appellate division to halt work, alleging that Maid of the Mist and its contractor, LP Ciminelli, were disrupting the historic integrity of the state-owned site, which was added to the federally recognized National Register of Historic Places in February after a push from the state.

Louis Ricciuti, president of the coalition, photographed steel support beams that he said are significant historic remnants of the site as they were being loaded into a Dumpster. He posted the pictures on a photo sharing website for all to see. 

Ricciuti was not immediately available for comment on Thursday. 

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