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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"Western New Yorkers have waited fifty years for waterfront development to happen and we aren't waiting anymore. After nearly a decade of talk there comes a point when this community should expect our business partners to either sign on the dotted line or we as a community must again stand up for ourselves and demand we move forward.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) issued a letter to Bass Pro Shops CEO Johnny Morris and President Jim Hagale calling on the company to make a final decision about building a store within Buffalo’s Canal Side waterfront development project in the next two weeks.
BUFFALO – Mayor Byron W. Brown today was joined by Congressman Brian Higgins, and Jordan Levy and Larry Quinn of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation to announce a community development agreement that will bring investment and job creation to the city’s emerging waterfront and its traditional neighborhood commercial districts.
U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins, County Executive Chris Collins and Mayor Byron Brown, in conjunction with the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) and Buffalo Place Inc., today unveiled plans for daily summer programming at the harbor site. The extensive schedule will consist of various children’s activities, historical re-enactments, guided tours, live music, kayak rentals, sailing classes, as well as concerts and other special events.