Originally Published in The Buffalo News
September 9, 2019
By Mark Sommer
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said four years ago that a carousel “should be the jewel on the top of the Canalside crown.”
That day is getting closer.
The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. on Monday approved the $5.3 million attraction, putting the solar-powered carousel on track to open at Canalside in July 2020. The agency will request transfer of the land from the City of Buffalo, set site preparation in motion and authorize a long-term lease with Buffalo Heritage Carousel, allowing the release of $1.2 million committed by Cuomo in 2016 when he made the remark.
“I just think it’s going to be great,” said Steven Ranalli, president of the waterfront agency. “The color and the sound will really amplify the southern end of Canalside and tie into the beach and Clinton’s Dish.
“It’s another piece of the story of Buffalo,” Ranalli said. “Carousels were a big part of Buffalo’s story by being made in North Tonawanda for so many years.”
Laurie Hauer-LaDuca, the carousel group’s president, said the National Carousel Association’s national convention is already planning a special trip to Canalside to see the whimsical attraction on Sept. 10, 2020.