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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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Oct 31, 2011 Press Release

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Buffalo Urban Development Corporation, the City of Buffalo and Erie County joined today to celebrate the completion of Ship Canal Commons, a 22-acre waterfront park in the City of Buffalo. The new, public green space is an amenity for the existing business park, developed as part of the successful brownfield remediation project along Union Ship Canal at Buffalo Lakeside Commerce Park.

Oct 17, 2011 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, members of the Buffalo Lighthouse Association and leaders from Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation to celebrate new public access to the waterfront adjacent to the U.S. Coast Guard Buffalo Sector property and historic Buffalo Lighthouse.

Aug 16, 2011 Press Release

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Jul 19, 2011 Press Release

“In recent months we have made significant progress transforming public infrastructure along the inner and outer harbors to make the area attractive for economic development that will support jobs in Western New York. With this agreement today we bring new life to the Donovan site which has sat vacant for years and see millions of dollars in private investment at that location as well as an additional $4 million dollars for additional waterfront progress in the surrounding area over the next 15 years.

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.