Mayor Joe Butler can rightfully crow about the city this year successfully lobbying for full state and federal funding of a now $5M connector road through Stateway Plaza. The state will handle acquisiton of land, something city hall had been unable to do. Promises of more retail development have spurred the Western Boulevard project which has been hampered by costs the city itself was reluctant to incur.
The Mayor personally lobbied officials in Albany as part of the process.
Mayor Butler is also reportedly trying to put the brakes on a large spending binge a majority of Council wants to move ahead with.....Hizzoner wants to slow down on the Thompson Park Pool lawmakers want to build. This is a tough one as staff and the Mayor can rope a dope the pool in hopes Council loses interest, but the fact is the four Council members are strongly out front wanting it.
My guess is they will lose interest as the realization of cost seeps in and the fact no angel is going to fly in and pay for it. It will take time, but the old pool will be decommissioned at some point.