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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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Federal, State & Local Leaders Want $750,000 Slated for Toll Booth Rehab to be Directed to Electronic Toll Conversion in Williamsville & Lackawanna
Congressman Brian Higgins, New York State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, Senator Chris Jacobs, Assemblymember Ray Walter and Village of Williamsville Mayor Brian Kulpa are calling on the New York State Thruway Authority to dedicate available funding to transition the toll plazas in Williamsville and Lackawanna to electronic tolling.  The New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA) has budgeted $750,000 to “Rehabilitate Buffalo Division Toll Booths” in 2018.  The State announced on August 22, 2017 plans to transition the Grand Island tolls to a cashless system by March 2018.  Local leaders are calling for the transition to electronic tolling at the Williamsville and Lackawanna barriers as well.  “We shouldn’t be investing three-quarters of a million dollars in the status quo.  Electronic tolling technology exists and is highly effective in other regions of the country and state,” said Congressman Higgins.  “Removal of the antiquated toll barriers would lift an unnecessar
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Facility at Buffalo Niagara International Airport
BUFFALO, N.Y., August 23, 2017- The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced the official opening of its new Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Facility at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. NFTA officials will be joined by Congressman Brian Higgins and New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul to mark the occasion with the ceremonial ribbon cutting. “Today marks another milestone in the emergence of the Buffalo Niagara International Airport as a major aviation hub and driver of economic growth in Western New York," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who took part in this morning's ribbon cutting.  "This outstanding new facility aids first responders in their task of protecting passengers and the public, and it positions the airport for future expansion and success.” Congressman Brian Higgins said, “The airport is an active facility that serves a growing passenger base from Western New York, Southern Ontario and all who visit the region.   This new ai
On the Eve of the 72nd Anniversary of the End of WWII, Congressman Brian Higgins Presents Seven Medals to Family of Joseph Allaire, a Navy Ship Photographer, who Witnessed the Surrender of Japan Aboar
On the 78th anniversary of the beginning of WWII and the eve of the 72nd anniversary of the end of the war, Congressman Brian Higgins, Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Joe Emminger and United States Navy Lieutenant Commander J.T. Redford presented the Allaire family with the medals Joseph E. Allaire earned while fighting for our country aboard the USS Missouri during World War II. World War II spanned from September 1, 1939 when Germany invaded Poland, through September 2, 1945 when Japan surrendered, ending the war.  The U.S. entered the war following the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.  Over 318,000 members of the United States Army lost their lives and more than 62,000 members of the United States Navy were killed in action. “Tomorrow marks 72 years since the end of World War II and today we pause to remember those who served, were wounded, and those who never made it home,” said Congressman Higgins.  “We thank the Allaire family for the incredible sacrifices this ba
Congressman Higgins Presents Women’s Army Corps Service Medal & Other Recognitions to 100 Year-Old Veteran Patricia Knibbs
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) was joined by City of Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, local representatives and members of the United States Army Buffalo Recruiting Station for a special presentation to 100 year-old World War II veteran and Niagara Falls resident Patricia Knibbs.  “Mrs. Knibbs is a trailblazer who joined an exceptional band of women and defied customary roles more than seventy years ago to bravely serve our country,” said Congressman Brian Higgins.  “We are inspired by her initiative, captivated by her story and forever grateful for her service.” City of Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster said, "Now more than ever, the legacy created by Mrs. Knibbs and her commitment to putting country before self in some of its darkest and most challenging days should serve as a proud example to the men and women of the United States. I am honored to stand with Congressman Higgins and my fellow lawmakers to recognize a true American hero and thank her for her selfless dedi

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