Congressman Higgins to Host Federal Fire Grant Workshop

Congressman Brian Higgins invites local firefighters, emergency medical personnel and others interested in learning more about federal fire grant opportunities to an upcoming workshop in Western New York. 

The workshop will be held:

Tuesday, September 1, 2015


Erie County Emergency Services Training & Operation Center

3359 Broadway

Cheektowaga, NY 14227




U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand along with Congressmembers Brian Higgins and Chris Collins announced $303,000 in federal funding through the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) to advance employment efforts that support “ladders of opportunity” for Western New York job seekers.  


$8 Million in Federal Funding to Strengthen Cancer Screenings Across New York

New York State is expanding its efforts to prevent colorectal cancer, the state’s second leading cause of cancer death. Over five years, $8 million in federal grants will go toward new screening initiatives that will be administered by the New York State Department of Health. Each year, nearly 10,000 New Yorkers develop colorectal cancer and more than 3,000 die as a result, however with regular screenings, many of these diagnoses and deaths can be prevented.


NIH awards UB $16 million clinical and translational science grant

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The University at Buffalo has been awarded a prestigious, four-year, $16 million Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to speed the delivery of new drugs, diagnostics and medical devices to patients.

The grant will establish the UB Clinical and Translational Research Center as the hub of the Buffalo Translational Consortium. UB is the lead institution of the consortium in partnership with Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the Great Lakes Health System, UBMD and community health organizations.


Higgins Pays Tribute to Van Miller on House Floor

On the Floor of the House of Representatives, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) recognized the life of Van Miller, the longtime radio announcer for the Buffalo Bills.  Miller served as the “Voice of the Bills” from 1960 to 1971, and again from 1977 to 2003.  He was a beloved figure in Buffalo and remains a cultural icon for his enthusiastic and memorable calls.  Mr. Miller passed away on July 17th, 2015. 


Higgins Announces Vacant Homes Act of 2015

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined members of the Distressed Properties Task Force in Western New York to announce the Vacant Homes Act, a bill designed to expedite the sale of underwater homes and foreclosures to prevent the buildup of vacant homes in neighborhoods and communities. 


Six Western New York Students to Attend United States Service Academies

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that six students from his Congressional District will be attending one of the United States Service Academies this year. Service Academy appointments are made based on nominations by a member of Congress or the Vice President.  Each service academy ultimately decides which nominees will be accepted into the school. 


Congressman Higgins Presents U.S. Army Specialist Wilmer Olivencia with the Purple Heart for Wounds Sustained During the Vietnam War

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) presented United States Army veteran Wilmer A. Olivencia with a Purple Heart and other medals earned for wounds sustained and service during the Vietnam War. 

“Specialist Olivencia came home at a time when veterans did not receive the warm welcome they deserved but today we are honored to right this wrong and extend sincere appreciation on behalf of a grateful nation,” said Higgins.  “He fought for his country and had to fight again to regain his health and mobility.  His determination is incredible and bravery is commendable.”