LAKEWOOD – The democratic candidate running to represent Chautauqua County in the state’s 150th Assembly District is calling on New York State to provide assistance to fight the weed and algae infestation on Chautauqua Lake. Dr. Rudy Mueller (D-Lakewood) says that because New York State is considered the owner of Chautauqua Lake, it needs to fulfill its responsibilities and provide the major financial resources needed for its preservation.
In a media release sent out Monday afternoon, Mueller said that the health of Chautauqua Lake is in serious trouble and the people of Chautauqua County have already done their part to help preserve and will continue to do so, but adds that the state needs to now step in. Mueller says Chautauqua Lake needs millions of dollars in investment over the next ten years in order to survive this Century, and points to the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council and the billion dollars in funding it received from the state as the source.
Mueller is calling on all members of this Council to recognize Chautauqua Lake as vital to the County’s economic development and future. He also encourages leaders in our community to apply for these multi-million dollar grants before July 15.
Chautauqua County recently received $50,000 in funding in this year’s budget for weed harvesting, but that Mueller says that is no where near the amount needed to preserve the county’s most important asset. Mueller is running against incumbent assemblyman Andy Goodell in the November general election.