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Waterfront Plans Stalled with Homeland Security

By Joyce Kryszak

Buffalo, NY – 27th District Unitedd States Congressman Brian Higgins said the Power Authority's approval of the re-licensing agreement is good news for Buffalo's waterfront. But he said the hard work is far from over.

The champion of the $279 million deal is taking no time off to savor the victory. Higgins said there is still one big hurdle to get past before the waterfront plan can be fully implemented.

Much of the design is dependent upon approval of the shared border agreement with Canada for the future Peace Bridge. And Higgins says that agreement is stalled with homeland security.

Still, Higgins saidd waterfront development will not be dormant while lawmakers continue to push for that approval.

While he continues pushing forward those projects, Higgins said he is also hopeful about winning his newest battle. He wants more revenue directed to Buffalo from the future downtown casino.

Higgins has proposed the state's share be put into a designated fund that would support local cultural organizations. Although he said it is early in the battle, Higgins said he's confident it too can be won.

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