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115th Congress


With FAA Authorization Set to Expire on September 30th, Leaders and Flight 3407 Families Call for Congress and Federal Agencies to Maintain Achieved Flight Safety Standards

Congressmembers Brian Higgins (NY-26) Tom Reed (NY-23) and the families of Flight 3407 are calling for action to reauthorize the “One Level of Safety’ standards achieved in hard-fought legislation passed in 2010, following the crash of Continental Flight 3407. 

Higgins Announces Approval of Bill Extending Buffalo VA’s Kids Korner

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced legislation approved by the House of Representatives includes language that extends the Kids Korner childcare program at the Buffalo VA Medical Center through 2019. 

“Buffalo has been an example for the country, demonstrating when you offer in-house child care for veterans, it removes an obstacle for treatment,” said Congressman Higgins.

Exciting Work Underway Along Buffalo’s Outer Harbor

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and Empire State Development Vice President of Waterfront Development Steven Ranalli were joined by New York State Senators Chris Jacobs and Tim Kennedy, New York State Assemblymember Sean Ryan, and City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown to detail progress on the latest project underway along Buffalo’s Outer Harbor. 


$6.5 Million Grant to Expand Empire State Trail Initiative in Western New York

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has received a $6.5 million grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation to expand the Empire State Trail initiative in Western New York. The grant will be used to enhance the trail with gateways, signage, kiosks, bike racks and other amenities that will make it a world-class destination. The grant will also be used to help complete the Shoreline Trail and add trail amenities from Buffalo to Niagara Falls.

With Senate to Vote on Legislation to Address Opioid Crisis, Leaders Make Final Push for Funding to Help New York State Combat Opioid Epidemic, Increase Funding for Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs That Help Prevent Drug Abuse & Prescription Fraud

Buffalo, NY – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited Save the Michaels of the World, Inc. in Buffalo to push for funding to combat the opioid epidemic and support prescription drug monitoring programs that help prevent opioid abuse and prescription fraud. Gillibrand was joined by U.S. Representative Brian Higgins, New York State Senator Tim Kennedy, and community leaders.

Congressman Higgins Announces Over $1.828 Million for Buffalo Niagara International Airport

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced $1,828,253 in federal funding for improvements to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. 

“Big changes are coming to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and these federal funds will contribute to a number of projects aimed at improving efficiencies and the passenger experience,” said Congressman Higgins. 

Congressman Higgins to Host Fire Grant Workshop

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) invites local firefighters to an upcoming Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program Workshop in Western New York. 


“This workshop will give local firefighters the tools to put together competitive applications that give departments the best opportunity to bring federal resources home,” said Congressman Higgins. 


The workshop will be held:


Monday, September 24 - 6:00pm

Erie County Division of Fire Safety

Training & Operations Center

3359 Broadway

Crisis Intervention Training Grant Provides Expanded Law Enforcement Education on Mental Health Issues

ERIE COUNTY, NY— Today Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz joined Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), City of Tonawanda Mayor Rick Davis, Commissioner of Mental Health Michael Ranney, Commissioner of Central Police Services James Jancewicz, and Police Chief William Strassburg with representatives of the City of Tonawanda Police Department at the Tonawanda City Police HQ to announce an early diversion grant of $1.65 million over 5 years to provide Crisis Intervention Training (“CIT”) to law enforcement agencies across Erie County.

Higgins Says Proposed Tariffs on Hats Could Cost Consumers & Local Jobs

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is calling for headwear products used to manufacture hats in the United States to be removed from the Administration’s proposed list of goods slated to be hit with a 25% tariff.  Higgins, a member of the House of Representatives Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, raised objections to the proposal in a letter and remarks on the House Floor.