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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 Says Approval of Water Legislation Is Good News For Western New York
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced approval of the Water Resources Development Act (S. 612) delivering support for projects enhancing local waterways, improving water infrastructure and rebuilding the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District headquarters.   “Water-based improvements have a multi-generational impact on our health and environment and as we’ve demonstrated locally can be a smart and lasting economic silver bullet,” said Congressman Higgins, a member of the Congressional Great Lakes Task Force.  “This bill allows us to continue to build on the revival of Western New York waterways and make long-overdue investments in the Buffalo Army Corps team that is leading many of these projects.” The Army Corps headquarters is located on Niagara Street in Buffalo along the Niagara River.  The Buffalo District oversees 38,000 square miles from Massena, New York to Toledo, Ohio and is responsible for planning, constructing, and operating water projects to r
On 75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor Congressman Higgins Pays Tribute to Those Who Served
As the nation and the world mark the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in solemn remembrance, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) paid tribute to those who served in the battle including South Buffalo’s own United States Army Corporal Earl Wickett.    (To access video click above or go to: https://youtu.be/1krGF-dAgC8) In 2011, before his passing, Congressman Higgins recognized Mr. Wickett for his service.  Congressman Higgins made the following remarks on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor on the House of Representatives Floor: “Today marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the tragic attacks on Pearl Harbor. It is a day we reflect and remember over twenty-four hundred Americans whose lives we lost that morning.  “Today, I especially remember Army Corporal Earl Wickett, a South Buffalo native who was stationed at Pearl Harbor on the day of the attacks. Mr. Wickett went on to fight on behalf of our nation for over four years. Following his tour he returned home
Buffalo - Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced the first public meeting as part of the process to help determine the location of the new Amtrak Station.  The event will take place on Thursday, December 15, 2016, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm in the Buffalo Common Council Chamber, located on the 13th Floor of Buffalo City Hall.   “We are pleased that there is so much community interest in the train station selection project and look forward to hearing testimony from residents on potential sites across the City of Buffalo,” said Mayor Brown.    When Mayor Brown announced the names of the Committee Members, he also informed the community that the public meeting process would begin almost immediately, and it has with the kickoff of the first public meeting, scheduled for December 15th.   The committee will work in tandem with NYSDOT, which has selected WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff to do the technical work associated with the site selection process.  The Stakeholder Committee is compr
Higgins Applauds GBNRTC Action On Skyway Environmental Review
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced continued progress on efforts to examine removal of the Buffalo Skyway.  On Monday, December 12, the Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council (GBNRTC), the region’s transportation planning board, took action to endorse plans for formal environmental review of Skyway alternatives. “A full environmental review provides this community with data to make informed decisions about the future of the Skyway,” said Congressman Higgins.  “This is a necessary first step in the potential removal of the elevated highway that we believe has outlived its usefulness and serves as a structural barrier to the continued economic growth along our waterfront.” Higgins has been pressing for Skyway removal for years and in June received confirmation from the New York State Transportation Commissioner that the Department of Transportation will move forward with a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).  The $6 million review will be

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