Bipartisan Effort Underway to Make Canal, Western Terminus Eligible for Federal $
Washington, DC—Congressman Brian Higgins (D-Buffalo) is supporting efforts by Congressman James Walsh (R-Onondaga County) to redefine the New York State Canal System to concur with the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Act of 2000.
Higgins, who serves as a member of the House’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, says that redefining the canal system in this way would automatically qualify the 524 miles of navigable canal for future federal funding. Any project authorized in such a bill, once approved, would be eligible for appropriated federal funding during or after the 2007 federal fiscal year. The funding would come from the Army Corps of Engineers.
Higgins has added his support to the efforts of Congressman Walsh, a senior member of the House’s Appropriations Committee and chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs. Chairman Walsh is widely recognized as the state’s delegation’s preeminent expert on the Erie Canal.
“The Western Terminus of the Erie Canal is a critically important historical and cultural resource important to the future development of Buffalo’s Inner Harbor,” said Higgins. “This redefinition is an important step, and I’m pleased to join Chairman Walsh and my other colleagues in supporting this redesignation,” Higgins added.