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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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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.
Sep 25, 2009 Press Release

New York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel was joined by Congressman Brian Higgins, State Assemblyman Mark J.F. Schroeder and other officials today to break ground on the new permanent warm-weather storage site for the Lake Erie-Niagara River Ice Boom, with the site also to serve as the location for a new neighborhood park that NYPA will develop.

Sep 21, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins, Mayor Byron Brown, leaders from Empire State Development, Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation and the New York State Department of Transportation announced efforts to seek federal transportation funds to support construction of a Buffalo Harbor Bridge which would connect downtown with the waterfront.
Sep 8, 2009 Press Release
Mayor Byron W. Brown and Congressman Brian Higgins today participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the reconstruction of four historic streets in the city’s Inner Harbor area.
Jun 30, 2009 Press Release
Today Empire State Development’s Dennis Mullen, U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27th), Mayor of Buffalo Byron Brown, Erie County Executive Chris Collins and other elected officials, in conjunction with the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) and Empire State Development (ESD), held a ceremony celebrating the upcoming completion of asbestos remediation and demolition work at the former Memorial Auditorium (Aud) site. In addition, the attendees formally opened the Aud’s 1939 time capsule and presented prizes to the winners of the Aud demolition photograph contest.
Jun 15, 2009 Press Release

Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) submitted a formal proposal to Governor Paterson and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) requesting 36% of the net revenue produced by the Niagara Power Project be devoted to economic development and tourism efforts in Western New York, including moderately-priced waterfront housing on Buffalo's Outer Harbor for the first time in the city's history.

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