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.

Erie Canalway National Heritage 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.

ChairBarbara BlanchardAlbany (Sen. Schumer)
Vice ChairHarry Sicherman Lockport (NY-27)
SecretaryKal WysokowskiCanandaigua
TreasurerJohn McGlonePalatine Bridge (NY-19)
Ex OfficioGay VietzkeSecretary of the Interior Designee
Past-ChairPieter SmeenkFairport
Paul Beyer NYS Department of State
Carl BlowersMontour Falls (NY-23)
Fred Bonn NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation
Clinton BrownBuffalo (NY-26)
John CallaghanWaterford
James FarrRochester (NY-25)
Susan Herlands HollandIthaca (Sen. Gillibrand)
Peter RyanNYS Department of Transportation
Mary Elizabeth StewartAlbany (NY-20)
Brian StrattonNYS Canal Corporation
Alan VincentLittle Falls (NY-22)
Peter Wiles Jr.Skaneateles
pendingEmpire State Development
pendingNYS Agriculture and Markets
pendingNYS Department of Environmental Conservation

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.

ChairPaul R. Neureuter East Amherst
Vice ChairKimberly M. SeagerOswego
SecretaryJudy McKinney-Cherry Watkins Glen
TreasurerBrad PackardBuffalo
Past-ChairThomas D. BlanchardBuffalo
Board of Directors
Kent BarwickNew York City
Barbara BlanchardAlbany
Paul ComstockHouston, Texas
Robert ElliottCroton-on Hudson
Joe FinanGreenwich
Mark HettlerLiverpool
Marilyn HigginsCanastota
John McGlonePalatine Bridge
Harry SichermanLockport
Kal Wysokowski Canandaigua