Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation. Buffalo First.

WBFO News photos by Ashley Hassett

Members of a citizens group called Buffalo First rallied outside of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation Thursday.  The protesters were from a group called Buffalo First and they stood in the rain singing songs and holding picket signs in support of small local businesses.

Executive Director of Buffalo First Sarah Bishop said they were calling on the ECHDC to sign a community benefits agreement that would ensure the agency hire local businesses for 50% of their projects on the waterfront.