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Letter: Higgins getting results for Western New York

Higgins getting results for Western New York

It’s great to see Canalside finally getting new amenities. But I was thinking: not much happens without Rep. Brian Higgins pushing for it.

Not long ago, Higgins stood at Canalside to push officials to get moving on their master plan; now it’s happening. Years ago, Higgins said the state was wasting waterfront acreage storing NYPA’s ice boom along Fuhrmann Boulevard; that space is now Wilkeson Pointe, a great waterfront recreation area. Higgins fought for a state park on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor when he was an assemblyman; now it’s happened, and without a parking fee. And while Buffalo’s new station won’t go there, Higgins fought tirelessly for the Central Terminal; when redevelopment begins, we’ll know it was Higgins’ efforts that drew the attention this building needed.

Up in Niagara Falls, when the Power Authority denied its responsibility for constructing the Robert Moses Parkway – dividing the city’s downtown from one of the best urban waterfront areas in the world – Higgins went to work. He uncovered NYPA’s role in planning and building the parkway, which went so far as to evict longtime homeowners. In response to Higgins’ pressure, NYPA relented and is now funding this redevelopment.

My advice to fellow Western New Yorkers: If you want something to get done around here, get Higgins involved. He gets results.

Emily Reid


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