Brian has long believed in a simple formula for waterfront development: remove the barriers to public access, provide high-quality public destinations along the water’s edge, and economic growth, private development and opportunity will follow. In 2005 he led the charge to secure a $279 million federal relicensing settlement from the New York Power Authority, which has funded and continues to fund parks and public improvements along Buffalo’s Inner Harbor, including Canalside, and Outer Harbor.
In 2013, Brian set out to help the City of Niagara Falls reclaim its waterfront. He pushed for removal of the Robert Moses Parkway to reconnect people and neighborhoods with their waterfront and insisted the New York Power Authority was responsible for paying for it.
Brian’s waterfront efforts reach outside of the Cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Examples include: federal funding for the West River Parkway on Grand Island as well as the Intermodal Hub & Comfort Station connecting waterfront trails in the Tonawandas.
In Congress Brian is a champion for programs that promote, invest in and protect our water. Robust funding for the Army Corps of Engineers ensures waterways are navigable and shorelines are protected. Continued protection of our National Heritage Areas build new opportunities in Niagara Falls and along the Erie Canal. As a member of the Congressional Great Lakes Task Force, Brian fights to reduce threats to our water, including chemical and wastewater pollution, harmful algal blooms, and invasive species, and pushes for expanded funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which has led to revitalization of the Buffalo River.
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“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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
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.
“Yesterday Jordan Levy called to inform me of his resignation as Chairman of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation.
Congressman Brian Higgins released the following statement regarding NFTA Board’s acceptance of a bid at the Small Boat Harbor: