Gathering will include representatives from Oswego, Rome, Watkins Glen and Geneva

For Immediate Release: 09/26/18

The New York State Canal Corporation, Department of State and State University of New York will co-host a forum at SUNY Oswego to discuss the transformation of communities along New York's canals that have received funds from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

The forum is the fourth in a series of discussions tied to the bicentennial of the Erie Canal.

John Maggiore, the Governor's Director of Policy, will deliver the keynote address.

Representatives from Oswego, Geneva, Watkins Glen and Rome will be on hand to discuss their experiences.

WHAT: Erie Canal Bicentennial Forum on downtown revitalization in canal communities

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 27, 1 p.m.

WHERE: SUNY Oswego, Marano Campus Center, Room 132.

WHO: John Maggiore, Director of Policy, Office of the Governor; Canal Corporation Director Brian Stratton; Deputy Secretary of State Kisha Santiago-Martinez; representatives from Rome, Geneva, Watkins Glen and Oswego

Contact: Steven Gosset,, (914) 327-9300.

About the New York State Canal Corporation

New York's canal system includes four historic canals: the Erie, Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca. Spanning 524 miles, the waterway links the Hudson River with the Great Lakes, the Finger Lakes and Lake Champlain. The canals form the backbone of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and connect hundreds of unique and historic communities. In 2018, New York is celebrating the bicentennial of the start of the Erie Canal's construction.

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