Lancaster , New York
Small home comes with pressing problem
Survey puts parkland too close for closing
By Matthew Spina Buffalo NEWS STAFF REPORTER
Updated: 06/25/07 6:56 AM
(*Excerpts from article.)
*The Sherwood family needed special action from the Erie County Legislature, a swift five-hour drive to Albany, and then a hurry-up vote by the State Legislature before it broke for summer.
Here’s the saga by which all other house sales must be judged:
Thirty years ago, George F. Sherwood built a trim ranch-style house of less than 2,000 square feet at 66 Lakeside Crescent in Lancaster, next to Como Lake Park.
*Part of the kitchen and yard were on parkland — a tenth of an acre mistake made more than 30 years ago.
What to do? The Sherwoods asked to buy the sliver of park land, judged to be worth $10,000.
Officials agreed it did not detract from the park at all. For years, it had been assumed to be a part of 66 Lakeside Crescent.
*Nicholas Sherwood of Depew found that, to start, he needed to deal with two layers of government and then obtain two special votes from the County Legislature.
“It was kind of sad, because it sounded like such a nightmare,” said Kathy Konst, the county legislator from Lancaster who helped shepherd the second vote through the house last week.
*The County Legislature did not have the final say. To “convey” its park land, the county needed state permission. And the State Legislature would act only after it received the original “home rule” request from Erie County.
*So Nicholas Sherwood was waiting in the wings at 2:30 p.m. Thursday when county lawmakers cast their unanimous vote as their first order of business.
Sherwood wrapped a hand around his crucial paperwork, one piece of paper for the Assembly, the other for the State Senate,
Then he drove to Albany, to deliver the documents personally to aides for Sen. Dale M. Volker, R-Depew, and Assemblyman Dennis H. Gabryszak, D-Cheektowaga.
What a cast of familiar names.
Cathy Konst- Erie County Legislator
Assemblyman Dennis H.Gabryszak
New York State Sen.Dale Volker
How many people do you know that would receive this kind of "Special Action", by every layer of Government from Town to the State Senate?
How many times have you ever heard of our Government taking action like this , and handled personally - with this kind of speed?
How many people do you know could have persuaded , all those governmental agencies to fix "Their Mistake."
Then that family would actually end up buying a Part of a "Government owned Park!"
Just because all the players are
"Local" players/friends , would that have anything to do with the "Special Action" taken to "Fixing" this "Mistake!"
I guess its all in how one "Interprets" the "Honest Mistake"
" Sound familiar ! "
So , this is their idea of ,
"Equal Representation Under The Law."
This post is not a political jab at any one party or members - Its just to show an example of how things can work.