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 ChairKal WysokowskiCanandaigua
SecretaryHarry Sicherman
Lockport (NY-27)
TreasurerJohn McGlonePalatine Bridge (NY-19)
Secretary of the Interior Designee (ex officio)Gay VietzkeNational Park Service
Immediate Past-Chair (ex officio)Pieter 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)
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
pendingNYS Department of Transportation

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.

ChairJudy McKinney-CherryWatkins Glen
Vice ChairBrad PackardBuffalo
SecretaryKimberly M. SeagerOswego
TreasurerMark HettlerLiverpool
Immediate Past-Chair (ex officio)Paul R. NeureuterEast Amherst
Board of Directors
Barbara BlanchardAlbany
Paul ComstockHouston, Texas
Robert ElliottCroton-on Hudson
Joe FinanGreenwich
Marilyn HigginsCanastota
John McGlonePalatine Bridge
Harry SichermanLockport
Kal Wysokowski Canandaigua