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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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Sep 10, 2012 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins joined community stakeholders to call for swift action on the proposal to convert Ohio Street in the City of Buffalo from a broken and dilapidated stretch of industrial roadway into a Riverfront Parkway.  

Sep 5, 2012 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins joined New York Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Regional Director Darrell F. Kaminski to detail work underway at Union Ship Canal, the latest in a series of projects along Buffalo’s Outer Harbor.  

Union Ship Canal

Aug 29, 2012 Press Release

“In recent months we have built the infrastructure to make Buffalo’s waterfront an attractive destination.  The foundation we’ve laid is getting the attention of the general public and private sector developers, including two solid proposals for the Webster Block.  Progress must continue to be made at the waterfront.

Aug 16, 2012 Press Release

Explore & More Children's Museum today announced the selection of Gyroscopea museum planning, architecture and exhibit design firm, to lead its master planning process, taking a critical step towards opening a children’s museum on the Buffalo waterfront. The Master Plan will be funded by The John R. Oishei Foundation, the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) and Fisher-Price. 

Jul 17, 2012 Press Release

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, and members of the Buffalo and Erie Country Naval and Military Park 1812 Celebration Committee, and U. S. Navy Rear Adm. Greg Nosal, Commander, Carrier Strike Group Two, will hold a press conference tomorrow at 11 a.m., on the steps of Buffalo City Hall to announce Buffalo Navy Week and the Commemoration of the War of 1812, which will be held Sept. 10-17, 2012. 

May 23, 2012 Press Release

The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) today joined with Congressman Brian Higgins, Margaret Overdorf of the Valley Community Association, Tod Kniazuk of the Western New York Arts Services Initiative (ASI), entrepreneur Mark Goldman and representatives from Neto Hatinakwe Onkwehowe and the Hispanic Youth Music Project to launch the first season of summer programming along the Buffalo River and Ohio Street corridor.

May 17, 2012 Press Release

“Just one week ago we called on the NFTA to move swiftly on a plan to remove itself from the waterfront business.  Today the Authority’s Property Risk Management Committee unanimously supported plans to proceed with actions to relinquish its Outer Harbor property.  

May 15, 2012 Press Release

“Hockey great Wayne Gretzky once said, ‘a good hockey player plays where the puck is…a great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.’  This is yet another example of Terry Pegula’s commitment to not just our team’s future but our community’s future.     

May 11, 2012 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins, New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan and other local leaders laid out a plan that would once and for all take the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) out of the waterfront business.

Mar 1, 2012 Press Release

“Yesterday Jordan Levy called to inform me of his resignation as Chairman of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation.