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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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Buffalo - Today, Mayor Byron Brown, joined by Congressman Brian Higgins, State Senator Tim Kenney, State Assembly Member Crystal Peoples Stokes, Erie County Legislator Peter Savage and University District Council Member Rasheed N.C. Wyatt, announced that a High-Intensity Activated CrossWalK (HAWK) signal has been activated on Kenmore Avenue at the intersection of the North Buffalo Rails-to- Trails path.  The HAWK signal - the first in the City of Buffalo - is a new traffic control device designed to improve pedestrian safety. “The HAWK signal on Kenmore Avenue will provide improved safety for pedestrians and cyclists as they exit the popular North Buffalo Rails-to-Trails,” said Mayor Brown.    “This is another example of the great collaborations that are underway in Buffalo to further improve our roadway infrastructure.  With city, state, and federal funds, we finished an $8.5 million investment along Kenmore Avenue, while also linking our popular North Buffalo Rails to Tr
Congressman Higgins, Supervisor McMurray & Mayor Kulpa Call for “Open Road Tolling” in Western New York
Following the announcement that New York State will begin the conversion to 100% electronic tolling for several bridges and tunnels in the New York City area, local leaders are pushing for a similar transition in Western New York.  Congressman Brian Higgins, Grand Island Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray and Village of Williamsville Mayor Brian Kulpa came together to advocate for “Open Road Tolling” as a means to relieve congestion, improve air quality, encourage business growth  and provide for more efficient transportation for local residents.  “The antiquated toll system as it exists today costs drivers gas and time, detracts from a friendly business climate and certainly takes a toll on our environment,” said Congressman Higgins who issued a letter to the New York State Thruway Authority advocating for the transition to “open road tolling” in Western New York.  Village of Williamsville Mayor Brian Kulpa said, “Implementing high speed collections will encourage com
Congressman Higgins & Buffalo Passport Agency Invite the Public to Passport Day 2016 & Announce Plans for Buffalo Passport Agency Expansion
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined Buffalo Passport Agency Director James Theis to announce the details of Passport Day 2016 as well as plans for a major expansion of the federal agency in Buffalo.  The Buffalo Passport Agency will host a special passport day on Saturday, October 15.  Day:                     Saturday, October 15 Time:                 10:00am – 3:00pm Location:          111 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY Payment:          Credit card, personal check, exact cash (no change is given)   Applicants may choose routine service (4-6 weeks) or expedited service (if they need a passport in less than four weeks).  Expedited service costs an additional $60.  Applicants will be seen on a first come, first served basis, and no appointment is necessary.  The Department of State celebrated Passport Awareness Month in September with the launch of the #PicturePerfectPassport public awareness campaign to improve the q
Congressman Higgins' Letter to NYS Thruway Authority

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