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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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is sounding the alarm on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) efforts to rollback safeguards for clean water. Higgins isn’t alone; the President’s own EPA Science Advisory Board is expressing concern.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), who advocated for action and investment at the North Aud Block, released the following statement in response to Governor Cuomo’s release of the preferred development concept for the North Aud Block:
Washington, DC – U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Congressman Brian Higgins (D-NY-26) today announced that following their push, the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes their provision to increase funding for the National Maritime Heritage Grant Program.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced approval by the House of Representatives of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report, authorizing national defense funding and related programs for fiscal year 2020.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives approved the Coastal and Great Lakes Communities Enhancement Act (H.R. 729), a bipartisan package of legislation protecting Great Lakes and Coastal communities from the impacts of climate change.
The bundled legislation included an amendment submitted by Congressman Higgins directing United States Geological Survey research to include the impacts of harmful algal blooms, nutrient pollution, and dead zones on Great Lakes fisheries.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) was joined by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District to announce $12.455 million in federal funding to the Army
Corps in 2019 for improvements to the Buffalo Harbor.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and Empire State Development Vice President of Waterfront Development Steven Ranalli were joined by New York State Senators Chris Jacobs and Tim Kennedy, New York State Assemblymember Sean Ryan, and City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown to detail progress on the latest project underway along Buffalo’s Outer Harbor.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced three new projects to expand Buffalo's waterfront and build on the region's community and economic growth in order to attract more visitors and offer new recreational and cultural opportunities for residents. Approximately $24 million will improve water access, highlight Western New York's rich history, and support the continued growth of the area's tourism sector, which generated more than $3 billion in direct visitor spending in 2017.
The projects and investments include:
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is pushing for the DL&W Terminal in Buffalo to receive federal funding in the next round of awards granted through the U.S. Department of Transportation.
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Along the old DL&W rail corridor, a ribbon of green runs from the Buffalo River across from Solar City to the DL&W Terminal in downtown Buffalo near Canalside. This land, which extends for a mile and a half through The Valley, The First Ward, and the Perry neighborhood, is owned by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA). These days the only thing that runs along the unused rail lines are deer, trees, and wildflowers.