After a year-long push by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the New York State Barge Canal has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.

Gillibrand says the Barge Canal has played a pivotal role in the growth and development of not only New York State, but the entire country.

Gillibrand said, "I was proud to fight for this designation because the canal is a symbolic reminder of New York's excellence from the 1800s to this present day, honoring generations of our history and industry. Today, the New York State Barge Canal gets the recognition it truly deserves as it officially becomes a National Historic Landmark."

The Barge Canal will celebrate its Centennial in 2018.

The NYS Barge Canal extends through Albany, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo and includes the Erie Canal, the Oswego Canal, the Cayuga-Seneca Canal, and the Champlain Canal, stretching 525 miles across New York State.