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State cuts lead to restricted travel on canal

Baldwinsville's Lock 24 along the Seneca River.

Baldwinsville's Lock 24 along the Seneca River.

— “This could still have a strong economic impact on Baldwinsville,” Kotzin said, adding those opposed to the budget cuts should contact the governor’s office to voice their disapproval.

The economical impact isn’t the only concern. The canal system has an aging infrastructure, which is more than 100 years old. Kotzin said those employees that are being laid off have the knowledge and experience to maintain the system.

“This creates significant safety concerns,” he said. “When the season gets busy, they need all hands on deck – they aren’t going to have the staff to maintain the locks. Stuff is breaking down and they don’t have the people to fix it.”

Baldwinsville Mayor Joseph Saraceni agreed.

“We want to ensure that this historic piece of New York State is maintained,” Saraceni said.

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