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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: Enough Talk About Dismantling Health Care in America, Let’s Get to Work Providing the Health Care Americans Deserve
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) says it is time for the conversation about healthcare in American to shift, from one that tears down healthcare to one that builds it up. Higgins, who serves as a member of the House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means which has jurisdiction over healthcare legislation, outlined ways Western New York is leading the way in innovative delivery and said expanding on policies that work, including Medicare, could be the future of healthcare. “For too long healthcare in America has been a political football but access to quality coverage and care is no game for the American people,” said Congressman Higgins.  “It’s time for a genuine shift in the dialogue that ensures a system of healthcare that Americans can afford and deserve.”  National Pilot Project Underway in Erie & Niagara County Erie and Niagara Counties are among approximately 20 regions in the nation selected to participate in Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+). 
Buffalo’s Chief Judge Leads First Opiate Intervention Court
Buffalo City Court Chief Judge Thomas P. Amodeo joins UB Family Medicine, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown, Horizon Health Services CEO Anne D. Constantino and other dignitaries in announcing the creation of the country’s first Opiate Crisis Intervention Court, a one-of-a-kind program to deal with the rising heroin epidemic. The new court, under the judicial supervision of Judge Craig D. Hannah, began on May 1 and works in conjunction with Drug Court, which was established in 1995 by Buffalo City Court with Judge Robert T. Russell, Jr. in response to the crack cocaine epidemic. “We were finding that opiate addicts who were arrested needed a more immediate and much more significant support system,” says Judge Amodeo. “We couldn’t wait for the traditional court process. Many of these people were dying on us.” Buffalo is the only city in the country receiving a grant from the U.S. Department o
Leaders Celebrate the Opening of Williamsville’s Village Square
Williamsville, N.Y. – Spring Street, Rock Street, and the Williamsville Water Mill Plaza have a new look following completion of a $3.45 million project transforming the area into a new “village square” providing a beautiful public gathering space in the center of Williamsville.  “Ellicott Creek and Glen Falls are two of the Village of Williamsville’s greatest assets. This project, which simultaneously improves our water quality and creates a sense of place at the historic Williamsville Water Mill plaza is a win-win,” says Village of Williamsville Mayor Brian Kulpa. “I would also like to thank the business owners here on the North side of Main Street, who persevered through the construction.” “Williamsville has always been a place that provides a unique connected community and this project continues to build on the village character,” said Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26).  "The environmentally friendly features of this project provide lasting protection for t
Higgins Says Future of DL&W and Amherst Rail Extension In Jeopardy Under Proposed Federal Budget
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) says two long-underway local transportation projects, extension of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) Metro Rail to the DL&W and creation of a Buffalo to Amherst light rail corridor, are now at risk of not happening due to a federal budget proposal that eliminates the programs intended to support these projects. “The DL&W can be under construction in 12-24 months but without funding, both of these project plans could end up back on the shelf,” said Higgins. “Shortchanging federal transportation funding is shortsighted.  These projects go way beyond extending Metro Rail; as we’ve seen with Cars Sharing Main Street, federal investments of this type drive private sector interest and investment and can change the direction of struggling cities.” DL&W The NFTA examined options to extend Metro Rail beyond its current last stop into the century-old Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad Terminal (DL&W).

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