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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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.