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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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Oct 8, 2010 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined local residents, who served on the Outer Harbor Parkway landscape panel, as construction workers planted one of the last trees and put some of the final touches along the stretch scheduled for completion later this month.

October 8, 2010 - Outer Harbor Parkway

Sep 14, 2010 Press Release
Standing along the Erie Canal Commercial Slip, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) outlined his plan for next steps in Buffalo’s waterfront development. The Congressman formally submitted the plan to Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) after receiving Bass Pro’s July 29, 2010 letter “withdrawing from further consideration of this (Canal Side) development” and has been working on implementing components of his plan over the last several weeks.
Jul 30, 2010 Press Release

"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. 

Jul 20, 2010 Press Release

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. 

Jul 19, 2010 Press Release

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.

Jun 22, 2010 Press Release

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.

Jun 4, 2010 Press Release
Today Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) cited continued improvements along the Outer Harbor project transforming Fuhrmann Boulevard and surrounding public spaces.
Apr 22, 2010 Press Release
"Earlier this month, we expressed our outrage at New York State’s unnecessary suspension of construction contracts resulting in job losses and delays for major projects such as the Outer Harbor Parkway. Just today, during a Buffalo radio interview, the Governor gave due credit to the notion that particular federally funded projects ought to receive the assigned monies which Western New York rightly deserves. I welcome this development and encourage the state to release these funds as soon as possible.”
Apr 9, 2010 Press Release
In a letter to Governor Paterson, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) expressed outrage at New York State’s unnecessary suspension of construction contracts calling it a direct threat to New York’s delicate economic recovery at the worst possible time.
Mar 2, 2010 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) and leaders from the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy announced support for a Peace Bridge plaza using an existing construction option that would preserve Frederick Law Olmsted’s "Gateway" vision for Front Park.