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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Today Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) Chairman Jordan Levy joined with members of the ECHDC Board of Directors, Congressman Brian Higgins, Erie County Executive Chris Collins and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown to greet the Queen City Water Ferry as it launched from the Commercial Slip on Buffalo’s Inner Harbor. The service is the first of its kind for Western New York and will connect the Inner Harbor, Buffalo River and Outer Harbor.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced the beginning of construction on a project that will consolidate facilities at Sector Buffalo for the U.S. Coast Guard. The work, made possible with federal funding secured by Congressman Higgins, will allow for public access to a new section of the Outer Harbor including the historic Buffalo Lighthouse.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Today, USA Triathlon, Eclipse Multi-Sport and the Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission (BNSC) announced the creation of the Nickel City Triathlon (NCT), which will be a part of the six-city USA Triathlon Elite Race Series in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
The NCT will have its first running on Sept. 24 and 25, 2011. With more than 1600 athletes from United States, Canada, Mexico and parts of Europe expected in Buffalo to compete, the event will have an estimated economic impact of $500,000.
Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted no on the 2011 federal spending bill, calling the plan particularly bad for Western New York priorities.
The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation’s (ECHDC) Board of Directors today approved a slate of items that will begin to change the way that Western New Yorkers connect and interact with their waterfront.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) commended unanimous approval by the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) Board providing $1,990,245 in New York Power Authority (NYPA) relicensing settlement agreement funds toward continued progress on the project to construct the Buffalo Harbor Bridge.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation Chairman Jordan Levy announced completion of the project that reconstructed four cobblestone streets at Buffalo’s Inner Harbor.
“We set ourselves apart when we build on what is unique to Western New York,” said Congressman Higgins. “With this project, infrastructure rich with history becomes a path to our economic future, as we create an environment attractive to visitors and business alike.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced ongoing work along the Outer Harbor’s Union Ship Canal funded with $2 million in federal funding provided through the Recovery Act.
“We continue to build, one project after another, on the great progress along Buffalo’s waterfront,” said Congressman Higgins. “With this $2 million federal investment in Western New York we are supporting jobs during the current construction phase and continuing to make this area, once economically dead, economically viable again.”
Congressman Brian Higgins, New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), Acting Commissioner Stanley Gee and Acting Regional Director Darrell Kaminski today were joined by federal, state and local officials at a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the $60 million Outer Harbor Parkway project in the city of Buffalo, Erie County.