Erie Canal

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The newest in the fleet of tugboats on the Erie Canal was christened Friday in honor of women’s suffrage leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

In the 19th century, the canal was like the interstate highway of the day. It was frequently the path traveled between Seneca Falls and Rochester as Cady Stanton and her fellow suffragists coordinated their campaign for women’s rights.

At Friday morning's dedication at Corn Hill Landing in Rochester, Cady Stanton's great-great-granddaughter, Coline Jenkins, said tugboats are a metaphor for the life's work of her historic ancestor.

NYS Canal Corp.

The New York Power Authority and the New York State Canal Corporation say they will not appeal  a  court decision that halted a controversial program that involved the clear-cutting of trees along the embankment of the Erie Canal.

Instead, state officials say they will move forward with a comprehensive environmental review of the program across the entire canal system, not just the towns that took legal action which include Brighton, Perinton and Pittsord.

We talk with the winners of the Reimagine the Canals Competition, a $2.5 million contest aimed at transforming the Erie Canal into a hub for economic activity, recreation, and tourism.

We discuss the winning projects and what the developers hope for the future of the Erie Canal. In studio:


The winners of the "Reimagine the Canals" Competition were announced Wednesday.

The contest sought the best ideas to spur economic development along the canal corridor, as well as boost tourism and recreation spending

The first winning entry seeks to build pocket neighborhoods along the canal, with homes surrounding a common green space with direct access to the canal.

NYS Canal System turns 100

May 10, 2018
Tianna Manon

15 years on the Erie Canal? Try 100.

The New York State Canal System is officially 100 years old and the Canal Society of New York and the State Canal Corporation celebrated the big day on Thursday with a ceremony, inviting a Theodore Roosevelt impersonator, unveiling the plaque listing the canals as a national landmark and opening one of the locks.  

NYS Canal Corp.

Earth Day is this weekend, and for the 13th year in a row, New York State Canal Corporation is holding its annual Canal Clean Sweep.

The Canal Corporation is expecting nearly 3,000 volunteers to fan out across the canal and help beautify the area, along with celebrating the centennial of the canal system, formerly known as the Barge Canal.

A state judge on Wednesday ruled in favor of the Towns of Pittsford, Perinton and Brighton in their effort to halt the clear cutting of trees along the Erie Canal, at least until the Canal Corporation and the New York Power Authority comply with the State Environmental Quality Review Act. It is, for now, a victory for residents and community members who have argued the project is wrong-headed, and potentially unsafe.

We hear from the Power Authority, and our guests in studio:

  • Ginny Maier and Elizabeth Agte, members of the Stop the Canal Clear Cut group

Discussing the controversy over clearing the banks of the Erie Canal of vegetation. Our guests:

The Erie Canal is getting quite a birthday party. It was 200 years ago this month when construction began on the Canal. When it was completed in 1825, the canal connected Lake Erie with the Hudson River - forever changing a young nation, socially and economically. It’s the latter that state and local leaders are working to emphasize. While the Erie Canal has been described as an “empire builder” by Professor of Religious Studies S. Brent Rodriguez Plate, does it still have relevance as an economic force today? 

It’s been 200 years since the birth of the Erie Canal. While it was a game-changer in our nation’s history, on this edition of Need to Know we discuss whether it still carries economic weight.

Also on the show, what you may not see on the campaign trail in the race for Rochester mayor. This week we’re tagging along with Alex White to learn about the person behind the politician.

And, our Top of the Class series continues. We’ll talk with a recent high school grad with big goals to help create unity in our society through architecture and sports.