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William Sweitzer

New York State Canal Corporation
Deputy Director, Public Affairs Office

Bill joined the Canal Corporation’s Public Affairs Office in February of 2012, serving as Deputy Director. For the past three years he has led the Canal Corporation’s marketing program and spearheaded community outreach efforts across the state’s Canal corridor. Bill has an extensive background in hospitality, sales and customer service. For fun he enjoys hiking and camping with his family and is an avid fisherman.


New York’s Canal system includes four historic canals: the Erie, Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca.  Spanning more than 500 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.  The Erie Canalway Trail is a multi-use trail, designed to accommodate pedestrians, bicyclists, and cross-country skiers. More than three-quarters of the 365-mile Canalway Trail from Albany to Buffalo is now a dedicated off-road trail, much of it along the canal’s former towpath.  Together the canals and trail create a world-class recreationway that is a vibrant, scenic and unique New York resource. Like Canals on Facebook at NYS Canal Corporation. Follow Canals on Twitter at @NYSCanalCorp.