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2014-09-10 / Local News

Gillibrand pushes for historic recognition of Barge Canal

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand recently urged the National Park Service to place the Barge Canal on the National Register of Historic Places.

This designation — which includes the Erie Canal, Oswego Canal, Champlain Canal and Cayuga-Seneca Canal — would expand opportunities for federal historic tax credits, and other resources, to support economic development initiatives near the Barge Canal.

“The Barge Canal is a historic treasure in New York State and includes some of America’s most recognized waterways,” Gillibrand said. “Spanning across the state, the New York State Barge Canal is home to many recreational activities and commercial developments. I will continue to work hard to ensure the National Park Service recognizes how important the Barge Canal is to New Yorkers and to ensure this much-deserved designation is granted.”

The Barge Canal spans more than 500 miles and includes the Erie Canal, the Oswego Canal, Cayuga-Seneca Canal and the Champlain Canal.

The Erie Canal was established in 1825, and development of other canals soon followed. According to a report by the New York State Canal Corporation, the Erie Canal’s non-tourism economic impact is more than $6.2 billion annually, supporting more than 8,800 direct and 26,400 indirect jobs. The canal systems have shaped history in upstate New York and created opportunities for economic development throughout the state.

In her letter to National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, Gillibrand wrote, “Listing the NYS Barge Canal in the National Register of Historic Places would be an exciting and appropriate action, further establishing the waterways’ stature and creating additional economic development opportunities for NYS residents and business owners.”

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