With Federal Review of Robert Moses Parkway North Project Underway, Higgins Calls for Swift Action on Removal

As the community gathered to participate in the federal review process for a project to remove the Robert Moses Parkway North Section, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) continued his call for swift action to fund the project and bring it to construction.  The public session held this week is a requirement of the Federal Highway Administration as a component of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process. 



Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as Representatives Brian Higgins, Louise Slaughter, Chris Collins and Tom Reed joined together in Washington, D.C., with the families of Flight 3407 to kick off their advocacy efforts around the upcoming FAA Reauthorization Bill. Together, they announced their push to make sure that the aviation safety regulations the families fought so hard to pass – including rules on pilot training and fatigue – are not rolled back or watered down as part of the reauthorization negotiations.


Higgins Announces February Congress on Your Corner Schedule

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the Congress on Your Corner schedule for the month of February.  The Congress on Your Corner program makes staff from Congressman Higgins’ office available at satellite sites throughout the district to ease access to the office and better serve the needs of constituents.


The February Congress on Your Corner schedule is as follows:


Tuesday, February 10 – 10:00am – 11:30am

John Duke Center

1201 Hyde Park Boulevard, Niagara Falls


Friday, February 13 – 10:00am - 12:00pm


FHLBNY Awards $1.2 Million in Affordable Housing Grants in Buffalo

Buffalo, New York – The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York announced today the award of a $1,036,000 grant to The Evergreen Foundation of West New York, Inc. to help finance the Evergreen Lofts Supportive Apartments project, which will convert a five-story vacant building into 56 affordable apartments; and the award of a $200,000 grant to the University District Community Development Association to help finance the UDCDA Home Repair Program, which will rehabilitate 20 owner-occupied homes. Federal Home Loan Bank members First Niagara Bank and Evans Bank, N.A.


Congressman Higgins Applauds Move to Pull Bad Border Bill

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives in support of the cancellation of this week’s vote on the Secure our Borders First Act.  The legislation included provisions, which could create long delays at already congested northern border crossings.   In last week’s Homeland Security Committee meeting, Higgins offered an amendment to ensure that any additional inspections would be matched with adequate staffing and i


Congressman Higgins Advocates for Increased Infrastructure Funding

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives in support of increased funding for infrastructure.  Infrastructure investments within the United States are vital to continue to provide safe and efficient means for travel and commerce.

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Statement by Congressman Brian Higgins in Response to the 2015 State of the Union Address

“In tonight’s State of the Union Address we heard the President outline an agenda that focuses on programs that strengthen American families and invest in American workers.  In 2014 the United States added 3 million jobs, the highest job growth this nation has experienced since 1999.  Our national agenda must focus on efforts to sustain the progress we've made and increase economic opportunities moving forward.  “U.S. student loan debt is greater than $1 trillion. The cost of college is creating barriers to education and loading graduates with debt.  Community colleges can serve as a real vehicle for career advancement and a tool for workforce training.  Bringing down tuition roadblocks relieve struggling families, open up opportunities for students and add skilled workers. “Western New York is home to over two dozen higher education institutions and arguably the most dedicated workforce in the Nation.  Efforts to promote public, private and college partnerships in the advanced manufacturing industry would support projects like the solar manufacturing initiative at Riverbend and others turning economic dead zones into initiatives supporting local, quality job opportunities that fit the needs of today's economy.  "Still, while progress is being made in areas like these, we are falling short on the robust investments needed in infrastructure and medical research.  Our roads and bridges are crumbling and promising medical breakthroughs are slipping through our fingers due to lack of funding.  These issues are not Democratic or Republican issues but American issues, and they should be addressed with the thoughtful vigor and collaboration that gets results, creates jobs and builds the foundation for a better tomorrow.  “In the end, we heard and we know, that America is at its best when we come together.  We owe it to one another and future generations to do just that.”