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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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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.
Feb 2, 2010 Press Release
“Action taken by the New York State Economic Development Power Allocation Board today represents the last step necessary in finalizing an agreement that will deliver $55 million in net new funding, and $105 million in total, to support waterfront development efforts in Western New York. I would like to thank Governor Paterson, New York State Power Authority President Richard Kessel and Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation Chairman Jordan Levy for their cooperation and commitment to what will be a transformative project for this region. Through the merger of vast public spaces, retail and residential features Canal Side will provide us with one of the greatest economic development opportunities our region has ever seen, creating jobs and economic activity in an area long barren and devoid of financial gain. I look forward to continued momentum on this effort which will put shovels in the ground and people to work in the coming months.”
Jan 21, 2010 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) provided the following resources that allow local residents to stay connected to his efforts locally and in Washington, DC. In addition, the Congressman provided other useful links for federal and local information.
Dec 15, 2009 Press Release
Today, in separate board meetings, the New York State Power Authority (NYPA) Board of Trustees and the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) Board of Directors approved the agreement, announced by Governor Paterson on Saturday, December 12, which will expedite NYPA relicensing settlement payments to Western New York.
Dec 12, 2009 Press Release
Governor David A. Paterson today announced the landmark enhancement and acceleration of investment in the revitalization of Buffalo’s waterfront. This renewed commitment will support redevelopment efforts in Buffalo’s inner and outer harbors areas, including the burgeoning Canal Side Project. In addition, the Governor announced that the New York Power Authority will enhance and expedite funding for the redevelopment project. The Governor was joined by Congressman Brian Higgins, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and New York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel in making the announcement at an event today in Buffalo.
Oct 10, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), representatives from the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) and Gary Hill, the President of Union Concrete and Construction announced traffic pattern changes to Route 5 and Fuhrmann Boulevard which will allow for the final year of construction along the new Outer Harbor Parkway.