Congressman Higgins on Italian Heritage Festival & Outer Harbor

Higgins: "I was a little concerned because traffic was backed up but..."

Mike Baggerman
July 17, 2017 - 1:26 pm

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Congressman Brian Higgins attended Buffalo's Italian Heritage Festival at the Outer Harbor over the weekend and explained that it was important to see people enjoy the waterfront.

"I thought there were a lot of people there," Higgins said, drawing laughter from the crowd. "I was a little concerned because traffic was backed up but (Buffalo police) did a good job of troubleshooting whatever problems had occurred given the Outer Harbor is a new venue for them."

The congressman said he wasn't in a position to judge whether the waterfront was a better location for the festival than its old location on Hertel Avenue. However, he did say that officials supported the organizers decision to move the festival back in February.

Buffalo's Outer Harbor continues to develop but the congressman said he doesn't want it to become like Buffalo's downtown area.

"The Outer Harbor is more of an expansive land," Higgins said. "We don't want to compete with the more densely developed downtown Buffalo. Buffalo doesn't need another city at the Outer Harbor. What we need is a beautiful waterfront to complement the good and growing city that we have."

Higgins highlighted the new state park, whose second phase is underway, the Tifft Nature Preserve, 1,000 new boat slips, and a new break wall that people can access for recreational purposes.

LISTEN: Brian Higgins discusses Italian Heritage Festival at Buffalo's Outer Harbor

Italian Fest - Higgins RAW.mp3

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