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Newly Released al-Qaeda Magazine Cites Buffalo-Niagara Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, City of Niagara Falls Mayor Paul...

WNY Delegation Urges Homeland Security to Set Up Shop at Niagara Falls Air Base

Members of Western New York’s Congressional delegation are pressing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish missions at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS).   In a letter to the Acting Secretary of DHS, Congressman Chris Collins, Congressman Brian Higgins, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Senator Charles Schumer urged the Department to consider NFARS as a regional location for several DHS missions including Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customers and Border Protection, and certain operations of the U.S. Coast Guard.     The delegation stressed the strategic advantages of the NFARS, including the secure nature of the facility and the fact that the closest Coast Guard response team is currently based in Detroit.  Adding Coast Guard helicopters and other critical safety equipment to the NFARS would be a benefit to both DHS and the surrounding region.   The letter also urges DHS leadership to consider the cost effectiveness of such a move.  While DHS studies locations for regional operations in the Northeast, the delegation believes that the immediate and appropriate space available at the NFARS makes the location an ideal fit for DHS and American taxpayers.   “The Western New York Delegation is committed to working together to ensure that the NFARS remains a critical military installation and a significant source of employment and economic activity for Western New York,” said Congressman Collins. “Locating regional DHS missions at the NFARS would be a win for both the federal government and our local community.”   “The Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station plays a critical role in our community and our country’s national security,” said Congressman Higgins. “We need to position the base for longevity and strength for generations to come.”   “Bringing a Homeland Security mission to Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station would help the agency leverage the major assets we have right on site, including the air field, firing range and medical clinic,” said Senator Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “This is a highly cost-effective method that would give the agency access to these resources it wouldn’t otherwise have – and it’s a step we should take to keep this economic engine for Western New York.”    “Niagara Falls Reserve Station is ideally suited by its geography, resources, and experience for Department of Homeland Security missions,” said Senator Schumer. “The feds should take advantage of Niagara Falls existing capacity and proximity to Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and the international border with Canada by locating regional DHS missions at NFARS, where they could conduct border security as well as search and rescue missions.  A DHS station at NFARS will help to build synergies and opportunities for collaboration between various federal agencies and local research partners, and I will work with my colleagues from Western New York to see this important plan come to fruition.”   NFARS is currently home to the 914th Airlift Wing of the U.S. Air Force Reserve and the 107th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard.        
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Phillips Lytle LLP Opens Its Doors at One Canalside Welcoming Nearly 300 Employees to the Former Donovan State Office Building Site

Phillips Lytle LLP, one of the region’s preeminent law firms, cut the ribbon today on its new 85,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art offices. The law firm occupies the top four floors of the eight-story former Donovan State Office Building, now known as One Canalside.   [[{"fid":"344","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"tagName":"IMG","src":"https%3A//","type":"media","attributes":{"class":"media-element file-teaser","height":"360","width":"480"}}]] “This new space offered us a blank canvas to create a law office that will be a vehicle for outstanding client service by enabling collaboration, efficiency and innovation. Our firm has grown and prospered on lower Main Street for the last 179 years and we look forward to continued success while contributing to the vibrancy of Canalside,” said David J. McNamara, Managing Partner, Phillips Lytle.   Lieutenant Governor Duffy took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony, praising the vision and momentum that is sparking a bright future of Buffalo’s historic Erie Canal Inner Harbor and Buffalo’s entire waterfront.    "Thanks to Governor Andrew Cuomo's steadfast leadership, Buffalo is experiencing a major transformation in the region's economy, and nowhere is that more evident than along the city's waterfront," Lieutenant Governor Duffy said. "Benderson Development Company's innovative vision for the former Donovan State Office Building transformed this space into a functional, state-of-the-art home for Phillips Lytle. Today's ribbon cutting continues to build on the momentum we have created throughout the region, and I would like to thank all of our partners who played a role in making today possible."   Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC), a state entity that supports and promotes the creation of infrastructure and public activities along Buffalo’s waterfront, assumed title to the Donovan Building in December 2007 and started asbestos remediation.  It later decided the best use for the building would be adaptive reuse and issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the redevelopment of the building which was awarded to Benderson Development Company.   In July 2011, Benderson Development Company and Phillips Lytle formally announced the first significant private investment in the emerging Canalside area.  The more than $30 million project involved stripping the vacant government building down to its steel beams and giving it a modern exterior and ultra-functional interior.   Eric Recoon, Vice President of Development & Leasing, Benderson Development Company, welcomed One Canalside’s anchor tenant and thanked Phillips Lytle for its unwavering belief that the 51-year-old steel skeleton of the former Gen. William J. Donovan State Office Building could become a catalyst for future waterfront investment.   “We are thrilled to welcome Phillips Lytle – the first occupant in the first private sector development in this emerging district – into the aptly named One Canalside building.   Years ago, when Benderson first became involved with Canalside, we had a vision of being part of a true urban renaissance occurring at Buffalo’s Inner Harbor,” Mr. Recoon said.   “Phillips Lytle shared that vision – and collectively we have helped create something special.  We are so proud to be aligned with this historic Buffalo law firm, in this exciting new district and in this iconic new structure,” he added.     Rep. Brian Higgins, a long-time advocate of redevelopment of Buffalo’s waterfront said One Canalside “represents more than just an address.”   “It is a statement of confidence in the future of our waterfront, our city and our region,” Rep. Higgins said.  “We laid the groundwork through infrastructure investments at our waterfront; Phillips Lytle believed in what was happening and made a commitment long before construction trucks were the booming presence they are today.  Their leap of faith as the first private sector office tenant at Canalside constitutes a move that is a win for them and a win for downtown Buffalo as well.”    We congratulate Phillips Lytle for bringing its premier law firm to the extraordinary location of One Canalside,” said Robert Gioia, ECHDC Chairman. “Gov. Cuomo identifies the waterfront as an economic driver in his strategy for building on Buffalo’s strengths. The vision began with the overwhelming success of the attractions at Canalside and now it is expanding to One Canalside, the historic canals at the former Aud site, HarborCenter, Ohio Street and the Outer Harbor. Phillips Lytle is an important part of the synergy that is rapidly turning the waterfront into a place of pride for both businesses and the residents of Western New York.”   The opportunity to build-from-scratch allowed Phillips Lytle to promote overall functional efficiency and attorney collaboration.  The 128 attorney offices are designed for increased work efficiencies and are ergonomically designed.   The 85,000-square-foot law office also features 13 conference rooms, up from 10 in the firm’s former Seneca One Tower location.  The new headquarters also boasts 10 rooms with state-of-the-art video conferencing, up from two in the prior location.   There are also three gathering areas and eight new collaboration rooms that will aid communication and teamwork across various functions in the firm.     The brand new Phillips Lytle office also has a dedicated training and expanded, technology-enabled mock courtroom.   “It was one thing to work with our project partners to put our dream office on paper, but I can’t fully describe the thrill of watching those plans become a physical reality.  We are really proud of what we have created, and will be reminded of how fortunate we are to be located in this community each and every time we walk through our office doors,” Mr. McNamara said.   “This marks an important day in Buffalo,” said Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown of Phillips Lytle’s new office space at the $30 million One Canalside facility.  “Today’s ribbon cutting is another sign of progress in the Canalside area, where over $500 million in economic development activity is underway, including the $175 million HarborCenter project that stems from my plan to transform a surface parking lot into a job-producing investment. As Canalside continues to grow and succeed, we expect it to spur even more investment and job growth.”   Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz noted Phillips Lytle’s nearly two century tie to Buffalo’s lower Main Street.   “As Phillips Lytle moves nearly 300 employees into new space at One Canalside, it is fitting to note their history and continuing commitment to our community. I also note that this new, state-of-the-art building is a triumph in itself, as the Donovan State Office Building has been adaptively transformed into an efficient and contemporary site for business, as well as a cornerstone for the revitalized Canalside district.  I welcome Phillips Lytle to their new home with best wishes for many years of productivity ahead,” Mr. Poloncarz said.    With lower Main Street roots tracing back to the solo practice of Orsamus H. Marshall, which opened in 1834, Phillips Lytle drew from its heritage and Buffalo’s history in setting the decorating themes and names for its conference rooms.    As it moves to its new home, Phillips Lytle has made great efforts to reduce its environmental impact.  In preparation for the move, the firm recycled over 221 tons of paper, digitized 1.6 million pages of documents, and eliminated significant storage and filing space. As a “paper lite” office, the firm expects to drop its annual paper consumption by at least 20 percent through a number of technology-aided conservation methods.     

Higgins Discusses Changing Economic Landscape of Western New York

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), who grew up in the shadows of Bethlehem and Republic Steel, welcomed developments at the RiverBend site to bring new opportunities and jobs that fit the dynamics of today's economy.      [[{"fid":"343","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full"},"tagName":"IMG","src":"http%3A//","type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"Higgins Applauds Gov Cuomo's Announcement on South Buffalo Redevelopment","class":"media-element file-full"}}]]   (To access video go to:   In remarks on the House Floor Congressman Higgins said, “This morning New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is in my neighborhood home of South Buffalo to announce a $225 million redevelopment of a former steel-making plant that will bring 850 new jobs to Buffalo.   “This project announcement will transform the 200-acre former Republic Steel site into a new clean energy and research campus that will breathe new life into a formerly contaminated industrial area that is situated along the Buffalo River and has been economically dead for the past 30 years.   “This announcement, along with $75 million in federal and private investments to clean up the Buffalo River and shoreline, is creating a new dynamic economy in Buffalo, an economy marketed by new waterfront development and clean energy manufacturing.    “Energy independence and hundreds of new jobs in the new economy are remaking Buffalo, NY and this project should serve as a national model to grow the economy and for nation building right here at home.”    Over the last few years infrastructure improvements in and around the Buffalo River and the Inner and Outer Harbors that have injected new economic viability at our waterfront including an August announcement of nearly $1 million in federal funds to support Buffalo Niagara Riverkeepers’ work in the RiverBend area advancing their successful 'Rust to Blue' model.  The Riverkeeper project supported 50 jobs and improves approximately 2,800 linear feet of shoreline at RiverBend including the addition of more than 2,000 native plants and trees.   RiverBend is located on a 200 acre site which falls within the South Buffalo Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) and is the former home of Republic Steel and Donner Hanna Coke facilities.     Congressman Higgins also applauded news of job and plant growth at the Ford Stamping facility in Western New York, “For years we’ve stressed the need to reclaim what is naturally ours by keeping the clean, cheap hydropower generated in Western New York in this community to support job and economic growth right here in our region.  The close working relationship between management and labor as well as the strong work ethic of WNY employees and the plant’s proximity to the international border makes the local plant a choice location for growth.  We thank Ford for their longtime commitment to the region.”    Earlier this week the WNY Power Proceeds Allocation Board recommended that the Power Authority approve $1 million in funding for Ford’s $101 million project to upgrade the Hamburg Plant.   Higgins has long argued the value of keeping power profits generated at the Niagara plant in Western New York and the state legislation establishing the Power Proceeds Allocation Board is modeled after federal legislation introduced by Congressman Higgins in 2009.    In September Ford announced a $682 million expansion at its assembly plant in Oakville, Ontario which has a close relationship with the Hamburg Plant supported by the flow of goods across the border by rail and by truck via the Peace Bridge.    Ford has had a long history in Western New York.   The Buffalo Stamping Plant opened in 1950 on an 88-acre site with 1.2 million square feet of working space. This will mark the 8th major expansion of the local plant, including a $136 million investment in 2011.  The Ford stamping plant, manufactures metal stampings and welded sub-assemblies for Ford's car and trucks, and currently employs about 600 people.          
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Governor Cuomo Announces National Grid to Invest $4.2 Million to Upgrade Infrastructure Along Buffalo's Ohio Street Corridor

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that National Grid will invest approximately $4.2 million in infrastructure upgrades to the Ohio Street corridor in Buffalo with the potential for another $10 to $12 million in the next several years. This investment will ensure that the corridor from Michigan Avenue to the Ohio Street lift-bridge is shovel-ready in order to attract mixed-use development. National Grid’s contribution complements the more than $10 million investment being made by state, city and federal governments to turn Ohio Street into a tree-lined parkway linking Buffalo’s inner and outer harbors. Ground was also broken today on the City of Buffalo’s recently approved streetscape project, which includes the reconstruction of the street between its start at Route 5/Fuhrmann Boulevard and Michigan Avenue, plus improvements at St. Clair Street between Ohio and South streets.   “National Grid’s decision to upgrade the infrastructure along the Ohio Street corridor shows confidence in what New York State is undertaking along Buffalo’s waterfront and in the First Ward community,” said Governor Cuomo. “Working together with both public and private partners, we are making the corridor shovel-ready and marking another important development that further revitalizes our waterfront and restores economic growth in Buffalo. Building off of the success of Canalside, National Grid’s contribution will help us attract additional investment and mixed-use development to a formerly blighted area.”   Lieutenant Governor Robert J. Duffy said, “The Ohio Street Corridor, here in the Old First Ward, is a key connector between downtown Buffalo and the Outer Harbor. Over the past few years we have seen great strides in growing the Inner and Outer Harbors toward their fullest potential. We thank National Grid, as well as our partners in government, for their investments to grow this area, which will help to create an even brighter future for the entire waterfront.”   National Grid Regional Executive Dennis Elsenbeck said, “We want to replicate the public and private sector success being experienced at Canalside where a walkable and livable community is successfully co-existing with various milestone economic development projects and initiatives. This investment in infrastructure will allow us to not only enhance reliability in the corridor, but also to meet the energy needs of any new development which we all believe will occur as a result of the success of the model being implemented at Canalside.”   Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said, “2012 and 2013 have been great years for Buffalo - the best in decades. We’re excited that National Grid’s corporate commitment to economic development will help us meet the energy needs of the Ohio Street corridor, where today we also break ground on an $11.3 million infrastructure improvement project that will transform this stretch of roadway into a pedestrian friendly parkway that provides a link between Buffalo’s inner and outer harbors. Today’s announcement is another great example of how public investment in infrastructure can propel private development and growth.”   Rigidized Metals Corporation President & CEO Rick Smith said, "The timing of this project is perfectly aligned with the resurgence of the shoreline of Buffalo River as a great place to work, live and play. These infrastructure improvements will invite more businesses to join us down in the 'New' First Ward. I can’t wait to welcome our new neighbors.”   National Grid is in the process of installing duct work and cabling for undergrounding of electric wires and services along the corridor. The construction will improve aesthetics in the area in line with ECHDC plans, while allowing National Grid to plan for and meet future growth without the need to dig up streets. The company also is examining the potential for a new electric substation and other upgrades in the area that would add an additional $10 million to $12 million in investment.   The ECHDC Board of Directors previously adopted the General Project Plan (GPP) in April 2013 for the reconstruction of Ohio Street as a landscaped riverfront arterial that will serve as a link between the inner and outer harbors in Buffalo. The underutilized corridor, spanning the Buffalo River from downtown Buffalo to the Outer Harbor, will be transformed into an attractive, green parkway with significant landscaping, decorative lighting, pocket parks and pedestrian/biking lanes. As previously announced, the project will cost $11.3 million, with Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation spending $2.3 million through NYPA funds, along with funding from the City of Buffalo and the federal government.   In addition to today’s National Grid announcement, ground has been broken on the City of Buffalo’s streetscape project. The Buffalo Common Council last week approved a $10 million contract for the redesigned parkway, which will include new lighting and landscaping, as well as walking and biking paths. The contract was awarded to CATCO and will be supported by $7.2 million in federal funds; $1.8 million from the New York Power Authority’s relicensing agreement and $1.1 million from the city. Work is expected to start in the spring and wrap up in summer 2015.   Congressman Brian Higgins said, “The conversion of Ohio Street into a riverfront parkway is the next major step in Buffalo’s waterfront revival. National Grid’s significant commitment to this transformative project will provide infrastructure enhancements that improve a critical connector between local neighborhoods, downtown and our waterfront in addition to preparing the area for future opportunities.”   Senator Mark Grisanti said, “These improvements will change the future of Ohio Street. By giving the existing and new businesses the power they need you are flipping the switch for a brighter economic picture for the entire waterfront and Western New York.”   Senator Tim Kennedy said, “Buffalo’s Old First Ward has a long, storied history, and with the reconstruction of Ohio Street, I believe this neighborhood’s future is just as promising. The new Ohio Street will connect the rich industrial past of the Buffalo River community to our bright future as a world-class waterfront city. The progress along Buffalo's waterfront and within this historic neighborhood continues, and there’s now the potential for it to grow even faster with this targeted infrastructure investment from National Grid, which will help attract new development to the Ohio Street corridor.”   Assemblyman Sean Ryan said, “The redesign and transformation of Ohio Street takes a huge step forward today thanks to a critical investment from National Grid. Connecting downtown to the outer harbor is an important part of our waterfront development strategy. Today's announcement is great news for Ohio Street, which is benefiting from a collaboration between federal, state, and city governments, as well as the private sector. I look forward to seeing the fully redesigned parkway in just a few short years.”   Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said, “National Grid’s significant investment represents an important step forward in the revitalization of the Ohio Street corridor. They are a valued partner in the ongoing renaissance happening there, and I commend them for their vision in these infrastructure improvements and their dedication to our region. As a result of their partnerships with federal, state and local governments, this vital corridor to downtown Buffalo and our renewed waterfront will see new life as an attractive spot for business and economic growth.”   Buffalo Common Council Member Christopher Scanlon said, “Buffalo’s waterfront plays a key role in the continued turnaround of Western New York’s economic picture. We can see the positive changes at the Inner Harbor with Canalside. Now the picture is changing in this strategic corridor of Ohio Street. A new streetscape, improved infrastructure and future businesses will help turn this area into a place of pride where people can come to work and relax.”   Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation Chairman Robert Gioia said, “Ohio Street is the connector between the fantastic progress at Canalside and the work that has begun at the Outer Harbor. Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, ECHDC is focused on putting all of the pieces of this waterfront puzzle together to create a brighter economic picture for Buffalo.”      
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Higgins Recognizes National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month on House Floor

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) spoke today on the House Floor in honor of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.    Higgins encouraged his colleagues in the House of Representatives to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s in their own communities and to support H.R. 1507, the Health Outcomes, Planning, and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer's Act.    The Congressman has been an outspoken advocate for increasing funding for medical research, including finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.    In honor of Alzheimer’s Awareness month over 20 Western New York bakeries are offering purple icing on baked goods and several landmarks will be lit up in purple including:  Niagara Falls and the Seneca Niagara Casino on November 15, the Electric Tower in Buffalo on November 18th and the Peace Bridge on November 22nd and 23rd.  For more information on Alzheimer’s and the resources available to families visit       [[{"fid":"337","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full"},"tagName":"IMG","src":"http%3A//","type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"Higgins Recognizes November as Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month","class":"media-element file-full"}}]]   (To access video, click above or go to:   The text of Congressman Higgins’ remarks is below:   Mr. Speaker,   I rise today to recognize November as National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month.    Over 5 million Americans nationwide are living with Alzheimer’s. It is a disease who afflicts the victim, but also the family. It is a disease whose origins are unknown, but whose end is absolutely certain. It is a disease that takes your mind, your dignity, and eventually your life.    In 2013, Alzheimer's will cost the nation $203 billion. This number is expected to rise to $1.2 trillion by 2050.    Mr. Speaker, I commend the work of the Western New York Alzheimer’s Association and local advocate Nancy Swiston, who work so hard this month – and year-round—to highlight the effect of Alzheimer’s disease.    Alzheimer’s disease is a public health crisis that can’t be ignored. I urge my colleagues to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s in their own communities and support the bipartisan HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act to improve diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.   
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Higgins Applauds Release of Pilot Training Rule

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) celebrated today’s release of stronger pilot training requirements by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).    “As we learned all too well following the crash of Flight 3407, pilot training can mean the difference between life and death,” said Congressman Higgins. “The flying public owes its thanks to the persistence and tireless advocacy of the dedicated families of those aboard Flight 3407, who never stopped fighting to keep these flight safety reforms a priority in Washington, D.C.”    This rule is one of several reforms released by the FAA in response to the legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in August 2010 in the wake of the February 2009 crash of Colgan Flight 3407 in Western New York. It would directly address training for high altitude and autopilot stalls, including the increased use of simulators.     Higgins, as well as the entire Western New York Congressional delegation, has fought along with the Families of Flight 3407 since 2009 to secure passage of the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010, in addition to the release and enactment of final rules on pilot qualifications and flight and duty times.  
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Higgins Announces Grant Opportunity for Local Fire Departments

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) application period is now open and invites local fire departments to apply.     The AFG program provides competitive grants to fire departments and nonaffi...
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Statement by Congressman Brian Higgins

"The completely unnecessary events of the last 16 days have been a drain on the American economy and on America's confidence in Washington's ability to put people before politics.   According to Standard and Poor's, the shutdown has taken $24 billion out of our economy and most would ask "for what?" Western New Yorkers are frustrated and so am I.  With this resolved we must now refocus, build consensus and take action on issues that move this nation forward."
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Robert H. Jackson Name Officially Unveiled on United States Courthouse in Buffalo

On September 30, 2013 members of the Western New York community gathered for a ceremony celebrating the dedication of the United States Courthouse in Buffalo for Robert H. Jackson and unveiling the United States Supreme Court Justice and Western New York native’s name on the building’s wall.  Representatives of the federal government, courts, legal community, leaders from Jamestown’s Robert H. Jackson Center and Jackson’s family and friends were in attendance.    “Robert H. Jackson was at the center of some of the greatest judicial debates of the 20th Century, and to this day, his intellect, his judgment, and his character makes proud the region he called home.  Today’s ceremony will cement the legacy of a man who dedicated his life to the pursuit of justice, and achieved great ends in the struggle for civil rights, and the prosecution of war criminals at Nuremberg,” said Senator Charles Schumer.  “I was proud to introduce the legislation with my colleagues that made today possible, because I can think of no better way to honor his legacy than to rename the courthouse – not far from where he lived and worked – in his honor.”   “The downtown Buffalo U.S. courthouse will now officially carry the name of Jamestown’s own Justice Robert H. Jackson – honoring his tremendous public service to our community and our entire country,” said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. “From serving on America’s highest court, to his role as the architect of the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg, Justice Jackson always served with integrity, and was a true champion for human rights. This is the perfect opportunity for Western New York to celebrate and honor his legacy.”    “Justice Jackson’s story is a uniquely Western New York story – a uniquely American story – and there is no doubt in my mind that, with his name on our courthouse, his story will continue inspire Western New Yorkers for generations to come,” said Congressman Brian Higgins.    “We are absolutely honored to have the federal courthouse named for the only Justice of the United States Supreme Court to come from Western New York,” said Robert H. Jackson Center Co-Founder Greg Peterson.  “Many people, private and public, worked to make this tribute to Justice Robert H. Jackson a reality.”    Denise L. Pease, U.S. General Services Administration Regional Administrator added, “Today's ceremony not only honors the memory of Justice Robert Jackson, but we also add to the prestige of this beautiful building by naming it after him. The Robert H. Jackson United States Courthouse is one of the many significant federal courthouses that will continue the legacy of great public buildings that we can be proud of in this country.”   “Justice Jackson is widely regarded, in the U.S. and internationally, as one of law’s leading figures,” said Professor John Q. Barrett of St. John’s University and the Robert H. Jackson Center.  “It is to Buffalo and western New York’s great credit that the Jackson Courthouse recognizes his great achievements as a lawyer and a judge.”   During the ceremony, a bust of Jackson which will be on display inside the courthouse was also presented.  The bust, created by Dexter Benedict, is a replica of one currently featured in a statue in Jamestown, NY and another recently presented to Chief Justice of the U.S. John G. Roberts, Jr. for display in the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC.    A New Home for Federal Law Rises in Buffalo  Construction on the 10-story, 261,000-square-foot federal courthouse began in 2007 after Congress authorized General Services Administration (GSA) to proceed on the $137 million project in Buffalo.   The building, which sits on a 1 3/4 acre parcel at Niagara Square, is home to five District and four Magistrate courtrooms, as well as supporting space for the U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Attorney, Probation and Pretrial Services, the Federal Public Defender and the U.S. General Services Administration.     The glass covered structure, which opened in November of 2011, features an entranceway that includes an inscription the United States Constitution etched into glass facade.  The building achieved LEED Gold certification under U.S. Green Building Council standards and won the 2011 Award for Design and Manufacturing Excellence from the Architectural Precast Association.   Honoring Jackson’s Legacy  On October 5, 2012 President Obama signed into law H.R. 3556, which named Buffalo’s new federal courthouse for Justice Robert H. Jackson. The bill, which was introduced by Congressman Brian Higgins in the House and Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand in the Senate, received final passage from Congress in September of 2012. The bill received bipartisan support, including co-sponsorship by the entire New York Congressional Delegation.    The Life of Robert H. Jackson Jackson was raised in Frewsburg, New York, near Jamestown, and as an adult lived on Johnson Park in Buffalo, just streets away from the new federal courthouse named in his honor.  He was a prominent local and soon regional and national attorney, practicing law for two years in the historic Ellicott Square building and then in Jamestown, New York until 1934 when President Roosevelt called him to public service in Washington, DC.    His titles there included: Assistant Attorney General for Tax and Antitrust, U.S. Solicitor General, and U.S. Attorney General.  In 1941 Jackson was appointed to the United States Supreme Court, where he served for thirteen terms and took part in numerous historic decisions, including the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education, which prohibited racial segregation.     In 1945 President Truman asked Jackson to take leave from the Court to serve as the United States’ Chief Prosecutor for the United States during trials prosecuting Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg.   Despite his prominent role in one of the most notable international trials, Jackson never forgot his roots.  Upon returning from Europe, he took a train to Buffalo to address the University of Buffalo’s centennial and receive its first-ever honorary degree.     Robert Jackson died in 1954 and is buried at Maple Grove Cemetery in Frewsburg, New York, not far from his childhood home.