Not a big deal?
It might appear that way, until you stop and reflect on the millions of taxpayer dollars which have been spent to build miles of such trails in recent years.
And though they often tick off jobs, crime, and education as the issues which seem to concern their constituents the most, elected officials say something as simple a nature trail --once it is built -- will often elicit the most positive feedback to their offices.
"I've had more positive feedback about this trail than just about anything else we've done in Irondequoit in the last two years," said Monroe County Legislator Stephanie Aldersley, (D) Irondequoit, as she attended the official grand opening of the Irondequoit Lakeside Trail.
Nearly five miles long, it connects the Seabreeze area of the town to the Port of Rochester, largely along the shore of Lake Ontario. The cost of the project was more than 2-million dollars. Well worth it in the mind of New York State Senator James Alesi (R) Perinton.
"It's a quality of life issue, an environmental issue, an economic issue...even an educational issue. And it's for everyone to use," he said.
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