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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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Jul 1, 2011 Press Release

In another sign of its ongoing commitment to providing what the public wants on the waterfront, the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) today opened a temporary extension to the Central Wharf and a new waterfront food shack. The wharf extension adds an additional 400 feet of waterfront access and establishes a crucial link along the water between the Inner and Outer Harbors via the Ohio Street Corridor. Food at the waterfront was among the top three items requested by the public during outreach sessions held in the fall and winter of 2010.

Jun 13, 2011 Press Release

Plans for the summer 2011 daily programming at Canal Side were officially announced today by Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) Chairman Jordan Levy, U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins, County Executive Chris Collins and Mayor Byron Brown. The number of events and attractions being offered has tripled, from 115 last year to over 300 for the upcoming summer season.

Jun 9, 2011 Press Release

On the Buffalo River, in the shadows of Buffalo’s mighty grain elevators local leaders marked the latest progress along Buffalo’s waterfront with the grand opening of Buffalo River Fest Park.

June 9, 2011 - Peg's Park

Jun 8, 2011 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), Assemblyman Mark J.F. Schroeder and New York Senator Tim Kennedy announced the latest project contributing to the transformation of Buffalo’s waterfront.  The Western New York leaders released details on the current construction project at Gallagher Beach. 

“In incremental steps we are building the waterfront that this community demanded and deserves,” said Congressman Higgins.  “These improvements will complement the new Parkway and give waterfront destination seekers a new outlet to visit and enjoy.”

May 27, 2011 Press Release
June 4th is National Trails Day. Promoters of the 518-mile National Scenic Byway that parallels the freshwater shoreline of New York and Pennsylvania want you to “Get up! Get outside! Enjoy the great outdoors!” by geocaching along the 75-cache Great Lakes Seaway Trail. The 518-mile byway for leisure driving and great vacations parallels the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Niagara River and Lake Erie in NY and PA.
May 19, 2011 Press Release

Today Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) Chairman Jordan Levy joined with members of the ECHDC Board of Directors, Congressman Brian Higgins, Erie County Executive Chris Collins and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown to greet the Queen City Water Ferry as it launched from the Commercial Slip on Buffalo’s Inner Harbor. The service is the first of its kind for Western New York and will connect the Inner Harbor, Buffalo River and Outer Harbor.

Apr 27, 2011 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced the beginning of construction on a project that will consolidate facilities at Sector Buffalo for the U.S. Coast Guard.  The work, made possible with federal funding secured by Congressman Higgins, will allow for public access to a new section of the Outer Harbor including the historic Buffalo Lighthouse.

Apr 21, 2011 Press Release

 BUFFALO, N.Y. –  Today, USA Triathlon, Eclipse Multi-Sport and the Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission (BNSC) announced the creation of the Nickel City Triathlon (NCT), which will be a part of the six-city USA Triathlon Elite Race Series in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

The NCT will have its first running on Sept. 24 and 25, 2011. With more than 1600 athletes from United States, Canada, Mexico and parts of Europe expected in Buffalo to compete, the event will have an estimated economic impact of $500,000.

Apr 14, 2011 Press Release

Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted no on the 2011 federal spending bill, calling the plan particularly bad for Western New York priorities. 

Apr 12, 2011 Press Release

The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation’s (ECHDC) Board of Directors today approved a slate of items that will begin to change the way that Western New Yorkers connect and interact with their waterfront.