BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Brian Higgins announced legislation Friday to reauthorize the Erie Canal Heritage Corridor.
Its status is set to expire next year. If approved, it would stay a Heritage Corridor for the next 15 years. This will help preserve canal history and plans for the future through 2030.
Sen. Gillibrand said, “Daily, you will see recreational boats on the water, people hiking and biking along the trails, and families picnicking in the parks. The history and recereation along the Erie Canal makes Upstate New York a great place to live, work and raise a family.”
The State Canal Corporation says the canal has a $6 billion economic impact on New York, plus the value of tourism brought to the state.