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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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Community Celebrates the Grand Opening of Grace Guest House
Western New York Community leaders celebrated the opening of Grace Guest House, the first nonprofit guest house in South Buffalo to serve families with a loved one being cared for at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo.     Cynthia Battista, Grace Guest House President & Founding Director said, “We are here today because of the time, talent and treasures selflessly donated by many individuals, families and organizations in our community, but none more so than Michael Salvadore, President of Concrete Applied Technology Company (CATCO).   Michael believed in Grace’s mission when it was just a vision, stood strong with us through it all and provided the financial means for Grace to serve families in this beautiful guest house.  Today’s ribbon cutting ceremony reflects the culmination of Grace’s four-year incubation as a grass roots start-up that was powered by the strength and tenacity of its inaugural board.  At the same time, today’s ceremony celebrates the beginning of our
Statement by Congressman Brian Higgins on Tax Reform Framework
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), Member of the House of Representatives Budget Committee and Vice Ranking Member on the House Ways and Means Committee released the following statement in response to the tax reform framework: “Over the past several decades we’ve seen a stark gap between the very wealthy and struggling Americans.  The McConnell/Ryan tax proposal only serves to broaden that divide.  A plan centered on the failed trickle-down premise delivers greater tax benefits for millionaires at the expense of hard-working middle-class families.  “Of particular concern for homeowners is the proposed elimination of the state and local property and sales tax deduction, just one component of this backward tax proposal with deep consequences, threatening to raise taxes on average households in Western New York by approximately $815 annually.   “Today was a start, not a finish.  What we need is tax fairness.   I am hopeful that through thoughtful dialogue we can agree
Congressman Higgins Comments on White House Meeting with President Trump on Tax Reform
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), Vice Ranking Member of the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, was among a bipartisan group of Ways and Means members invited to the White House for a meeting with the President to discuss tax reform.  Rep. Higgins released the following statement following the meeting: “Today’s meeting was an opportunity to impress upon the President the impact that any proposed changes to the tax code could have on the vast majority of our constituents who are middle and working class and who view the tax code not as a tool that can be exploited but as a responsibility to be, often begrudgingly, met. I welcomed the chance to advocate on behalf of Western New Yorkers who are fearful that the potential removal of essential provisions like the state and local tax deduction will affect their livelihoods. I also impressed upon the President the potential for the repatriation of corporate profits held abroad could have in leveraging long overdue infr
Congressman Higgins Announces $356,000 for Efforts to Boost Small Business Opportunities & Grow Jobs in Western New York
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced federal grants totaling $356,000 to support the growth of small businesses and jobs in Western New York.  The federal funding is allocated through the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund).  The mission of the CDFI program is to increase economic opportunity and community development for underserved populations in distressed communities.  “Western New York is fortunate to have innovative partners in Launch NY and the Westminster Economic Development Initiative supporting eager new entrepreneurs in the development of new businesses,” said Congressman Higgins.  “This federal funding will support the good work they are doing guiding initiatives that feed the local economy.” Since established in 2012, Launch NY has helped more than 700 companies employing more than 2,280 people.  Launch NY intends to use its CDFI award of $168,000 to address the existing gap in mentor-dr

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