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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“Buffalo’s Outer Harbor area has great potential to become a major attraction that would help change the city’s regional and national image from an old industrial center to a city of new and exciting possibilities. Changing the waterfront ownership is fundamental to this goal…”
~ New York State Assemblyman Brian Higgins in 2002
Buffalo NY - The transformation of Scajaquada Creek gains momentum with a new waterfront park project led by Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper and the Buffalo Niagara River Land Trust. On Monday September 28, representatives from both organizations were joined by Congressman Brian Higgins, Senator Marc Panepinto and local community groups at a ribbon cutting ceremony to commence their collaborative efforts to demolish a condemned building and create a publicly accessible waterfront park and paddle-sport launch at 1660 Niagara Street in Buffalo.
In a detailed report highlighting investments leading to the quiet renaissance along the Buffalo River, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) outlined his vision for next steps of action to maintain waterfront momentum and capitalize economically on significant federal resources supporting the environmental revitalization of the Buffalo River.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Buffalo District Commander Lt. Col. Karl Jansen to announce a $2.179 million dredging project in the Black Rock Channel.
Buffalo, NY - Mayor Byron Brown and Congressman Brian Higgins officially re-opened a 1.4 mile stretch of Ohio Street today, which continues to undergo an $11.3 million rehabilitation. Ohio Street is now operational, with nearly 70% of the work completed. The remainder of the project will be completed in spring 2015.
Congressman Brian Higgins, City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan and Buffalo City Councilman David Rivera announced the start of a major reconstruction project on the Ferry Street Bridge connecting Niagara Street to Squaw Island.