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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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Congressman Higgins to Host Service Academy Night
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) will host Academy Night 2016, an opportunity for high school students, families, school administrators and counselors to find out more about service academy institutions, programs and the application process. Representatives from the U.S. Military Academy, Naval Academy, Coast Guard Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, Air Force Academy and R.O.T.C programs will be in attendance.  Each of the military academy representatives will be available to answer questions and provide more information about the admissions process, eligibility, and nomination requests. Service Academy Night will be held at 6:00pm on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at Williamsville South High school, 5950 Main Street in Williamsville. “Academy Night provides a great opportunity for students to hear first-hand about the application process as well as the education experience from alumni who’ve been through it themselves,” said Congressman Higgins.  “Students considering this hi
Higgins Announces Approval of House Bill Keeping Kids Korner Open
Kids Korner at the Buffalo VA Medical Center is one step closer to renewal thanks to approval of legislation announced by Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26).   The program offers free childcare to veterans visiting the VA Western New York Healthcare System for health and mental health appointments.  “Kids Korner meets a need among veteran parents and grandparent caregivers who in increasing numbers are finding access to childcare as a barrier to meeting their own healthcare needs,” said Congressman Higgins.   A one year extension of Western New York’s Kids Korner program was included in the Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2016 (H.R. 5985) approved by the House of Representatives this week.   Kids Korner opened at the Buffalo VA in 2011 as one of three pilot projects nationwide to provide child care services to veterans.  Originally set to expire in September of 2013, Higgins fought the proposed closure of the program in 2013 and has led the pu
Higgins Announces Federal Grant for Buffalo Sabres Warriors Hockey
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced a $15,000 federal grant for Buffalo Sabres Warriors Hockey, a Western New York initiative providing opportunities for on-ice traditional and sled hockey programs for local veterans.  The funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Adaptive Sports Programs for Disabled Veterans and Members of the Armed Forces initiative.   The Buffalo Sabres Warriors Hockey Program was one of 90 initiatives nationwide, representing a wide variety of athletic opportunities, receiving a total of $7.8 million.  “The Buffalo Sabres Warrior program supports athletics as an outlet for mental and physical rehabilitation in a friendly and competitive environment that encourages camaraderie,” said Congressman Higgins.  “I commend the Buffalo VA and Sabres for their continued collaboration and commitment to serve our active-duty military and veterans.”   Said Brian Stiller, VA Western New York Healthcare System Director, “Th
Higgins Announces $468,566 Grant to NFTA for Go Buffalo Mom Program
Congressman Brian Higgins, NFTA Executive Director Kimberley Minkel, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County President & CEO Michael Weiner, and Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council Principal Planner Kelly Dixon   Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) will receive $468,566 from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to support the Go Buffalo Mom program. The program will assist low-income, high-risk pregnant women in the City of Buffalo reach medical appointments and improve prenatal care. “Nothing should keep an expecting mother from receiving healthcare, especially a lack of transportation options,” said Congressman Brian Higgins. “The Go Buffalo Mom program will reduce barriers to care, improving health outcomes for both the mother and her child.”   Kimberley A. Minkel NFTA Executive Director said, “NFTA-Metro is pleased to be able to play a role in providing needed transportat

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