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.

2018-2019 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.

ChairPieter SmeenkFairport
Vice ChairHarry Sicherman Lockport (NY-27)
SecretaryBarbara Blanchard
TreasurerJohn McGlonePalatine Bridge (NY-19)
Ex OfficioGay VietzkeSecretary of the Interior Designee
Paul Beyer NYS Department of State
Fred Bonn NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation
Clinton BrownBuffalo (NY-26)
Laura DiBetta*NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
James FarrRochester (NY-25)
Joe Finan*Easton
Thomas X. GrassoRochester
Carol B. GreenoughWhitehall (NY-21)
Doug HamlinSkaneateles
Marilyn HigginsCanastota
Frank ProtoSlaterville (NY-23)
Peter RyanNYS Department of Transportation
Mary Elizabeth StewartAlbany (NY-20)
Brian StrattonNYS Canal Corporation
Alan VincentLittle Falls (NY-22)
Paul WebsterNiskayuna
Peter Wiles Jr.Macedon
Kal WysokowskiCanandaigua

* Secretary of the Interior appointment pending

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
Carl H. Blowers Montour Falls
Robert ElliottCroton-on Hudson
Mark HettlerLiverpool
John McGlonePalatine Bridge
Harry SichermanLockport
Pieter SmeenkFairport
Peter WelsbyYoungstown