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ENG: Brian Higgins (born October 6, 1959) is the U.S. Representative for New York's 26th congressional district. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Early life, education and career A native of Buffalo, Higgins served three two-year terms on the Buffalo Common Council (city council) from 1988 to 1993, representing the South District. In 1993, during his final year on the Council, Higgins was rated “Buffalo's Best Lawmaker” in a 1993 Buffalo News Survey of Western New York business and community leaders. He graduated from Buffalo State College with a B.A. in political science in 1984. He later received an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1996. After that, Higgins served as the 145th District representative to the New York ...
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Rep. Higgins Signs on as MBL Co-Sponsor

Rep. Brian Higgins (D-Buffalo/Jamestown) recently signed on as a co-sponsor of the Small Business Lending Enhancement Act of 2011 (S. 509/H.R. 1418), which would raise credit unions' MBL cap to 27.5 percent of assets. He is the tenth representative from New York to support the legislation. The Credit Union Association of New York, CUNA and other state associations/leagues have been working diligently to advance the Small Business Lending Enhancement Act in Congress. Through district office visits and other grassroots advocacy, New York credit unionists have helped build impressive support ...

Higgins Calls for Clean Payroll Tax Cut Bill

Frustrated with unrelated add-ons and wasted time on one-house legislation, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) took to the Floor of the House of Representatives to encourage his colleagues to abandon today’s consideration of H.R. 3630 and instead begin serious debate on clean legislation to cut the payroll tax for middle class families in Western New York and across the nation. If Congress doesn’t act the payroll tax will go up to 6.2% on Jan. 1 from its current reduced rate of 4.2%. Congressman Higgins supports efforts to keep the payroll tax cut but disagrees with the convoluted ...

Higgins Forms House Urban Area Security Initiative Caucus

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced the formation of a House of Representatives Preserving Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Capability Gains Caucus and related legislation to protect the federal investments made to UASI communities. The UASI program, administered by the Department of Homeland Security, focuses on enhancing regional preparedness in identified high-risk areas through collaboration that fosters integrated emergency prevention, protection, response and recovery. Buffalo-Niagara is among regions nationwide that will no longer qualify to apply for these funds after ...

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Higgins Stresses the Need to Remain Vigilant on Flight Safety
While draft reauthorization legislation for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) does not currently include changes to the aviation safety reforms made since the crash of Flight 3407, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) said threats to flight safety remain with potential amendments circulating that would dismantle requirements under current law.  The current FAA authorization will expire at the end of September.  The House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee are both meeting this week to debate changes to the legislation.  Some in the airline industry are pressuring lawmakers to water down the first officer pilot qualification rule, which requires a co-pilot to attain 1,500 hours of flight time.  Higgins joined his Western New York colleagues and the families of Flight 3407 to speak out against attempts to dismantle flight safety.  He also made the following remarks on the House Floor:   
Higgins Announces More Than $2 Million in Grant Awards to Roswell Park Researchers to Study Breast Cancer Recurrence and to Develop Melanoma Drug
Two researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute recently received grants totaling more than $2 million [$2,420,152] from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to investigate an underlying cause of why some breast cancers recur and to develop a new treatment for melanoma. Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), Co-Chair of the House of Representatives Cancer Caucus, said, “Roswell Park, the nation’s first cancer center, has a long history of innovation and continues to demonstrate a driven resolve to be ahead of the curve on cancer discovery today.  These projects exemplify the need and urgency for adequate federal research funding to supporting new therapies including work like this providing hope to patients facing a very challenging diagnoses.” Jianmin Zhang, PhD, Associate Professor of Oncology in the Department of Cancer Genetics and Genomics at the Buffalo comprehensive cancer center, received $2 million [$2,002,312] for a prestigious five-year R01 project exploring an unde
Congressman Higgins Announces July Congress On Your Corner Schedule
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the Congress on Your Corner schedule for the month of July.  Through the program, staff from Congressman Higgins’ office are available at satellite sites throughout the district to better serve the needs of constituents. The July Congress on Your Corner schedule is available below: Tuesday, July 11th  10:00am-12:00pm Cheektowaga Senior Center 3349 Broadway, Cheektowaga   Friday, July 14th 10:00am-12:00pm Schiller Park Senior Citizen Center 2057 Genesee Street, Buffalo   Friday, July 14th 9:00am-12:00pm John Duke Senior Center 1201 Hyde Park Boulevard, Niagara Falls This special Congress on Your Corner is taking place at the 6th Annual Niagara Elders Exercise Loop Walk, which will include a number of organizations providing information on health and wellness.    Thursday, July 20th 12:00pm-3:00pm Town of Tonawanda Public Library 160 Delaware Road, Kenmore This Congress on Your Corner is in conjunction with the Tow
Congressman Higgins Announces over $2.42 Million in Federal Funding for University at Buffalo Nurse Training Programs Allowing for Expanded Healthcare Partnerships in Niagara County
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced three federal grants totaling over $2.42 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for nurse training programs at the University at Buffalo (UB) and community health services in Western New York.  “This federal funding has the dual benefit of encouraging and supporting those seeking opportunities in healthcare fields as well as expanding services in underserved areas and ultimately improving the quality of care in the region,” said Congressman Brian Higgins.  A $1.4 million federal grant through the Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Program will supplement a 2016 award of $1.8 million for a program improving access to primary care in clinics at the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Tuscarora Health Center, Seneca Gaming Clinic and the Golisano Center for Community Health. The grant will support behavioral/mental health services in the clinics, provide stipends to students participating in clinica

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