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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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United Effort Leads to New Sign Identifying Unity Island
Congressman Brian Higgins, Erie County Legislator Peter Savage and Buffalo Common Councilmember Joseph Golombek, Jr. were joined by members of the Black Rock Riverside Alliance and representatives from the Seneca Nation of Indians to unveil a new sign identifying Unity Island in the City of Buffalo.  “This marker provides visitors with an appreciation of the unique history of the site and rightfully renames the Island as a place that unites us rather than divides us,” said Congressman Higgins.  “Often the best changes are those that are community-driven and collaborative in nature,” said Legislator Savage.  “Local residents and organizations deserve the credit for initiating the effort for a Unity Island historical marker.  We are pleased to work with fellow local representatives to help realize the community’s vision for this project.” “We are very pleased to be here today to dedicate this new Unity Island Historic Marker,” said Doreen DeBoth, Black Rock Alli
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Higgins Announces Over $245,000 Federal Award for Launch NY
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced a federal grant totaling $245,460 for Launch NY through the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).  The award was funded through the EDA’s Seed Fund Support Program which is aimed at filling the gaps in early-stage capital for startup companies.  “I have worked closely with Launch NY since its inception which has only strengthened my confidence in this impressive organization’s leadership to build upon its success in structuring and piloting its new seed fund to scale-up the operations successfully,” said Congressman Higgins in a letter of support for Launch NY’s application sent to the EDA in June.  “With the tremendous progress we are making transforming the region’s economy from traditional industries to new innovation-driven sectors, Launch NY fills a vital missing piece of our resource network,” Higgins added. “Congressman Higgins has understood what it takes to create an innovation-based economy and the
Congressman Higgins Announces November Congress on Your Corner Schedule
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the Congress on Your Corner schedule for the month of November. Through the program, staff from Congressman Higgins’ office are available at satellite sites throughout the district to better serve the needs of constituents. Below is the November Congress on Your Corner schedule: Monday, November 7th 10:00am – 11:30am John Duke Center 1201 Hyde Park Boulevard, Niagara Falls   Thursday, November 10th  11:00am – 1:00pm Amherst Senior Center 370 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst   Thursday, November 17th 10:30am – 12:30pm Delavan-Grider Community Center 877 E. Delavan Avenue, Buffalo   Thursday, November 17th 9:00am – 11:00am Grand Island Town Hall 2255 Baseline Rd, Grand Island   Friday, November 18th  9:30am – 12:00pm Town of Tonawanda Senior Center 291 Ensminger Road, Tonawanda   During Congress on Your Corner, residents have the opportunity to talk directly with someone from Congressman Higgins

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