Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) led over 30 of his House of Representatives colleagues in a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano objecting to further funding cuts to the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) program and asking that eligibility be restored for all cities who have participated in the UASI program in the past.  In the letter, the Members write in part: “As our local law enforcement and first responders cope with a new reality that goes beyond traditional crime, limiting UASI funding to only 25 metropolitan areas—a  61% decrease from fiscal year 2010 funding allocations—is irresponsible. And beyond an inability to prepare for and respond to terrorist attacks or other catastrophic events, state and local governments will undoubtedly lose invaluable capability gains and advancements made in previous years.” In FY 2010, 64 regions, including Buffalo-Erie-Niagara (BEN), were eligible for the UASI program. The Buffalo region received $5,544,750 in UASI funding. In FY 2011 and 2012, this number was reduced to 31 and the Buffalo region was among the eliminated cities.