Budget Woes in Albany Threaten Progress at Outer Harbor

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 4, 2010 at 11:32 AM EDT

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Budget Woes in Albany Threaten Progress at Outer Harbor

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 4, 2010 at 11:32 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- Construction crews say they are about three months ahead of schedule on the outer harbor revitalization project.

However the $80 million plan that includes a revamp of Furhman Boulevard and added park space could be slowed down due to Albany's budget problems.

Albany is about two months behind on its payments to the company doing the construction work. The federal money that was approved for the project is being held-up due to the delayed state budget.

Currently, the state owes Union Concrete about $1.2 million, though the company says it's committed to the project and will continue working as long as they can. Though should they not receive some kind of payment in the next month, they may be forced to stop work.

Congressman Brian Higgins saying in a press conference Friday that he will put pressure on Albany to meet their obligations to keep the project moving.

There is already much talk about new development along the outer harbor, including condos and new restaurants.