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Originally appeared in Artvoice on June 28th, 2012.

Dear Mayor Brown,

We write to thank you for the letter you sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo requesting he delay the demolitions of the properties on Busti Avenue.

We agree with your assertion that the PBA’s lack of transparency is disturbing. Our organizations are concerned about the West Side’s asthma epidemic and are interested in maintaining and restoring the neighborhood. The Peace Bridge Authorities recent actions threaten to worsen a public health crisis and destroy the fabric of this historic neighborhood.

Our organizations are deeply committed to making Buffalo a healthy, sustainable and just place to live, work, and play. We appreciate you taking a strong stand on this important issue. We look forward to working with your office in the future to make the West Side and the City of Buffalo a healthy and vibrant place to live.


Erin Heaney, Clean Air Coalition of WNY; Jessica Bauer- Walker, Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo; Jamie Snyder, Erie County Asthma Coalition; Sam Magavern, Partnership for the Public Good; Lou-Jean Fleron, Partnership for the Public Good; Nestor Hernandez, The Belle Center; Aaron Bartley, PUSH Buffalo; Judith M. Anderson, Environmental Justice Action Group of Western New York, Inc.; Louisa Fletcher-Pacheco, VOICE Buffalo, Inc.; Reverend Alberto Lanzot, Primera Iglesia United Methodist Church; Reverend M. Bruce McKay, Pilgrim St. Luke’s United Church of Christ; Maritza Martinez, Green for All