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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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Aug 5, 2014 Press Release

Ohio Street

BUFFALO – Buffalo motorists may notice a few new changes to the $11.3 million Ohio Street construction project.  Today, Mayor Byron Brown and Congressman Brian Higgins announced that crews, who started the conversion process two months ago, are on track for early completion, with 40% of the infrastructure redevelopment project completed.

Jul 22, 2014 Press Release

“Today’s discussion about transporting people between the inner and outer harbors is a welcome one resulting from the significant transformation of Buffalo’s waterfront.  The Buffalo waterfront saw its first public water-based transportation with the debut of the Queen City Ferry in 2011, and continued dialogue about public access to the water is timely. I applaud the New York Power Authority for responding to an effort for expanded ferry service we initiated two years ago and are pleased it is now moving forward thanks to willing partnerships and new public demand.”  

May 13, 2014 Press Release
Governor Cuomo today officially designated the Buffalo Harbor State Park as the 180th State Park in New York’s system and the first in Buffalo that will propel the revitalization of the city’s waterfront. The designation is tied to the official transfer of 340 acres of land on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor from the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) to New York State where there will be a destination playground, picnic pavilions, and a redesigned break-wall at the marina, featuring a pedestrian walkway overlook, fishing access and seating.
Apr 1, 2014 Press Release

Construction on an $11.3 million plan to turn Ohio Street into a tree-lined parkway linking Buffalo’s inner and outer harbors began today. Mayor Byron Brown and Congressman Brian Higgins announced that the city has moved forward with the construction phase of a 1.4 mile stretch of Ohio Street, between Michigan Avenue and Fuhrmann Boulevard. 

Feb 27, 2014 Press Release
Today the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) took action to officially transfer its Buffalo Outer Harbor property to Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC).
Jan 13, 2014 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) hailed action by the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) to begin the process of accepting the transfer of Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) Outer Harbor property. Upon execution of the documents, ECHDC will own approximately 353 acres of property previously under NFTA control. Under the agreement New York State Parks will operate Gallagher Beach and the Small Boat Harbor.
Nov 25, 2013 Press Release
Phillips Lytle LLP, one of the region’s preeminent law firms, cut the ribbon today on its new 85,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art offices. The law firm occupies the top four floors of the eight-story former Donovan State Office Building, now known as One Canalside.