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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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Mar 21, 2009 Press Release
In letters to the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and Governor Paterson, Congressman Brian Higgins is condemning the recent sweep of $306 million in NYPA funds to the State's general fund which he points out “took more resources out of Western New York in one day then the Niagara Power Project's relicensing settlement will invest here in fifty years.” In addition the Congressman is calling NYPA’s latest move to increase rates to customers unconscionable.
Jan 29, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (D-NY) today announced approval by federal transportation officials of his plan to save $11.8 million in federal funds that had been designated for economic development in Western New York, but which were set to expire absent his intervention.

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