The Erie Canal set to reopen this Spring, NYS Sen. Ryan speaks against proposed canal name change

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(WIVB)– The Erie Canal will open this Spring and New York State says the waterway will operate starting in mid-May.

The season will wrap up in October.

There are no changes to the canal’s normal hours of operation.

Meanwhile, several state senators are speaking out against a proposal to rename the canal.

New York State is proposing to market the Erie Canal and the Empire Trail together as the “Empire Line.”

State Senator Sean Ryan said in a statement, “Changing the name of the Erie Canal would damage a brand that has been built for centuries.”

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