Assemblyman Sean Ryan — the far-left leaning Democrat from the West Side of Buffalo who has loudly opposed Chick-fil-a from opening locations in Cheektowaga and unabashedly supports drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants — is now uncharacteristically silent about a petition to restore the Scajaquada Expressway’s speed limit to 50 mph.
That petition was launched a few days ago by former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra, and it has already garnered nearly 10,000 signatures.
Ryan applauded the State Department of Transportation in 2015 when a 30 mph speed limit was first implemented along the 3.8-mile roadway. The move has caused headaches for motorists, who now largely avoid the route or disobey the speed limit.
Giambra, who supports participatory planning processes as a matter of principle, is open to all urban design ideas and wants that dialogue to continue.
“But, until we achieve a design consensus and DOT is ready to break ground — which could take years — let the people drive on the expressway that exists today,” Giambra has told local media outlets.
Ryan plans to run for State Senate in the 60th district, which encompasses parts of North Buffalo and the West Side. His assembly district encompasses Delaware Park and much of the Scajaquada Expressway, which is causing many to wonder why Ryan is so silent on an issue he has not been shy about in the past.