New Commissioners Appointed to Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission

AMSTERDAM, NY- The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission will welcome five new commissioners at a swearing ceremony at its meeting on April 25 at 10 a.m. at the Crystal Ristorante in Amsterdam.

The Commission meets quarterly to plan and direct activities to assist in the preservation and interpretation of the nationally-significant historical, natural, scenic, and recreational resources of the Corridor and help to foster community revitalization.

The public is welcome to attend.

Joining the Commission are:

Jonathan T. Daniels, Executive Director of the Port of Oswego Authority, Oswego; Nominated by Congressman Bill Owens (NY-23)

James R. Farr, Assistant Director of Recreation, City of Rochester, Department of Recreation and Youth Services; Nominated by Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28)

Marilyn R. Higgins, Vice President of Community Engagement & Economic Development at Syracuse University, Syracuse; Nominated by Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25)

Brian U. Stratton, Director of the New York State Canal Corporation; Nominated by Governor Andrew Cuomo

Ann M. Thane, Mayor of Amsterdam; Member At Large

“Our new commissioners are critical to helping us preserve and promote the extraordinary resources and stories of the Erie Cananlway,” said Judy Schmidt-Dean, Commission Chair. “They each bring unique experiences, knowledge, and capabilities that will complement our 27- member federally appointed commission.”

Daniels said: “I am proud to receive the appointment to serve as a member of the Commission. As the first “superhighway” for New York and the young nation, the Erie Canal has served generations in providing unsurpassed access for industry and recreation. As a user of the system, I look forward working with my fellow Commissioners in meshing the multiple uses of this transporation wonder.”

The National Heritage Corridor stretches 524 miles across the full expanse of upstate New York, following the present NYS Canal System and its historic alignments.

Its federally-appointed commission and staff collaborate with communities and organizations to preserve and interpret New York’s nationally significant canal heritage, enhance heritage development and tourism, and ensure a vibrant future for the 2.7 million New Yorkers who live within the Erie Canalway.

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