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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 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.

May 27, 2009 Press Release
Today U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins, Mayor Byron Brown and County Executive Chris Collins, in conjunction with the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) and Buffalo Place Inc., officially unveiled plans for daily summer programming at the harbor site. The extensive schedule will consist of various children’s activities, cultural re-enactments, historical lectures, educational seminars, guided canal district tours, live music, an indie market, kayak and bicycles rentals, adaptive water sports, sailing classes, as well as concerts and other special events. In addition, the Erie Canal Harbor site will once again host a major Independence Day celebration and fireworks display, featuring local live musical talent and a patriotic atmosphere.
May 18, 2009 Press Release
Mayor Byron W. Brown, Senator Charles Schumer and Congressman Brian Higgins today announced that the City of Buffalo will this week advertise for bids on the reconstruction of four historic streets in the city’s Inner Harbor area.
Apr 29, 2009 Press Release

Late yesterday, Congressmembers Brian Higgins, Chris Lee, Steve Israel, Carolyn Maloney and Eric Massa introduced a bill (HR2133) in the House of Representatives that would require the New York Power Authority to direct into a special fund profits from the sale of unused energy that was allocated for Western New York industries for Western New York waterfront, cultural, park and economic development projects. 

Apr 18, 2009 Press Release
On Saturday, April 18 2009, Congressman Brian Higgins and Assemblyman Mark Schroeder will kick off Earth Week 2009 with a beach sweep lead by Hands On Greater Buffalo, WNY AmeriCorps, and Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper at Gallagher Beach at 8:30am. Volunteers will arrive at 8:30am for the short reception before spreading across the beach and ridding it of debris and litter, creating a safe environment for beach goers. The Gallagher Beach Sweep will complete 12 noon.
Apr 17, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins, joined Mayor Byron W. Brown New York State Assemblyman Mark Schroeder, New York State Senator William Stachowski and Erie County Legislator Tim Kennedy to announce an infrastructure improvement program for the Tifft Street corridor in South Buffalo.
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.