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Schumer aims to protect Niagara Falls, Erie Canal heritage areas

WASHINGTON – Tourism efforts aimed at promoting Niagara Falls and the Erie Canal stand to lose more than $1 million annually in funding under President Trump's proposed fiscal 2019 budget, but Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Friday he will fight that move.

The Trump budget would eliminate the National Park Service's National Heritage Area program, which funds two efforts locally: the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area and the Erie Canalway National Heritage Area. The Niagara heritage area funds the Discover Niagara Shuttle, while the Canalway heritage area promotes stops of interest along the canal.

Schumer, a New York Democrat, said the programming those groups offer would hurt tourism in Western New York.

"Our National Heritage Areas are the keepers of America’s stories and are economic engines for tourism," Schumer said. "I will fight these drastic cuts to make sure our National Heritage Areas in New York gets the resources they deserve."

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