New company in charge of Erie Basin Marina

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Buffalo Common Council unanimously awarded the contract to operate the Erie Basin Marina to a local company that ran the marina about 30 years ago.

The operators of Smith Boys Marina in North Tonawanda will open the Erie Basin Marina on May 15th and have agreed to keep rates the same as they were last year. They have also agreed to profit no more than 25 cents per gallon on gasoline.

The previous vendor, Brand On, was allowed to profit up to 50 cents per gallon.

City lawmakers moved to cut ties with Brand On after audits from the city comptroller’s office in 2007 and again last year showed the company overcharged the city more than $500,000 by getting unauthorized breaks on their rant and on gasoline that was unaccounted for.

Brand On claims it did have authorization for the breaks and its case is now before an arbitrator.

But with the boating season two months away, city lawmakers needed a company to operate the marina. On top of North Tonawanda, Smith Boys operates marina in Chautauqua and the Finger Lakes.

Brand On also operated The Hatch restaurant. The Brown administration has asked the Common Council to approve a new contract with Riverfront on the Niagara, which operates Aqua where Harry’s Harborplace used to be. That request was sent to a committee.

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