Brian has long believed in a simple formula for waterfront development: remove the barriers to public access and provide high-quality public space along the water’s edge, and economic growth and development will follow. In 2005 he led the charge to secure a $279 million hydropower relicensing settlement from the New York Power Authority, which is funding much of the work at the Inner Harbor, and fought for the creation of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, which is directing the improvements. The past several years have seen an unprecedented transformation at Canalside and the next several years promise equally stunning changes at the Outer Harbor, along Niagara Falls’ waterfront with the partial removal of the Robert Moses Parkway, and in the Tonawandas.
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BUFFALO – Today, May 24, 2017, Congressman Brian Higgins and New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan celebrated the announcement of progress and new investment at the former Aud Block sites at Canalside. Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that $2 million in state funding would go toward kick-starting development on the South Aud Block Site. In addition, an RFP will be issued for the South Aud Block in June, and for the North Aud Block this fall.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) welcomed the news that Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) is advancing plans for development at Canalside.
Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representatives Paul Tonko and Brian Higgins today announced that the Omnibus Appropriations package, which is set to pass Congress, raises the lifetime funding cap for the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor to $12 million. Designated as a National Heritage Area in 2000 (NHA), the federal investment is $2 million more than the previously authorized level.
BUFFALO, NY – April 22, 2016, Spring cleaning was in full-effect. Over 2,000 Western New Yorkers participated in tidying up the shorelines across Erie and Niagara County for Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper’s annual Spring Shoreline Sweep.
The event targeted 40 shoreline sites in need of stewardship and litter removal throughout Erie and
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced approval of the Water Resources Development Act (S. 612) delivering support for projects enhancing local waterways, improving water infrastructure and rebuilding the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District headquarters.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced an estimated 1.5 million visitors spent time at Canalside this summer, up from approximately 1 million in 2015. In addition, the Outer Harbor saw nearly 250,000 visitors this summer. New and expanded food, music, games, exercise, history, relaxation, art and other activities were offered to attract more visitors to Buffalo’s waterfront.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) was joined by researchers from the Buffalo State Great Lakes Center to announce funding from New York Sea Grant to support an innovative study intended to identify the source impacting water quality in the area around Gallagher Pier on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor.
With another waterfront summer season well underway and a record-breaking one million-plus visitors expected at Canalside this year, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan are applauding Erie Canal Harbor Development (ECHDC) action to expand ferry service between Buffalo’s Inner and Outer Harbors.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) filed formal comments with the New York State Parks Commissioner expressing support for the preferred alternative option for the West River Greenway Connector Trail project in the Town of Grand Island.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and New York State Senator Tim Kennedy announced that the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has agreed to the Congressman’s request for a full and formal Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to examine alternatives to the Buffalo Skyway.
“A comprehensive review of the Skyway positions this community to make the best decisions moving forward,” said Congressman Higgins.