The Power of Public-Private Partnership

The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission and its non-profit partner, the Erie Canalway Heritage Fund work together with federal, state, and local agencies and organizations to plan for, encourage, and assist in historic preservation, conservation, recreation, interpretation, tourism and community development throughout the National Heritage Corridor.

2015-16 Corridor Commission

Created by Congress in 2000, the federally-appointed Erie Canalway Commission is tasked with managing activities of the National Heritage Corridor. It receives financial support and technical assistance through the National Park Service, subject to annual Congressional appropriations.

ChairRussell AndrewsSyracuse
Vice ChairBarbara BlanchardAlbany
SecretaryAlan VincentLittle Falls
TreasurerPieter SmeenkFairport
Ex OfficioMichael CaldwellSecretary of the Interior Designee
Fred Bonn*NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation
Clinton BrownBuffalo
Jackie CzubNYS Department of Agriculture & Markets
James FarrRochester
Anthony GiardinaNYS Department of State
Thomas X. GrassoRochester
Carol B. GreenoughWhitehall
Marilyn HigginsSyracuse
William “Sam” B. Hoyt IIIEmpire State Development Corporation
John McGlonePalatine Bridge
Frank ProtoSlaterville
Harry SichermanLockport
Mary Elizabeth StewartAlbany
Brian StrattonNYS Canal Corporation
Ann ThaneAmsterdam
Peter Wiles Jr.Macedon

* Pending Approval by Secretary of Interior

Erie Canalway Heritage Fund Board

The Erie Canalway Heritage Fund is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit that assists in carrying out the work of the Commission. The Heritage Fund secures additional private and public resources and helps implement the Corridor's award-winning Preservation and Management Plan.

ChairThomas D. BlanchardBuffalo
Vice Chair Robert ElliottCroton-on Hudson
SecretaryKimberly M. SeagerOswego
TreasurerPete WelsbyYoungstown

Board of Directors
Russell S. AndrewsSyracuse
Kent BarwickNew York City
Barbara BlanchardAlbany
Lee DeAmicisSyracuse
Paul NeureuterEast Amherst
Brad PackardBuffalo
D. Kenneth PattonNew York City
David S. SampsonTroy
Pieter SmeenkFairport
Alan N. VincentLittle Falls
Advisory Committee
John Winthrop AldrichAlbany, NY
Thomas F. Judson Jr.Rochester, NY
Nicholas S. WinslowPasadena, CA