Cross Border Commerce
The successful growth of Western New York’s economy heavily depends on our ability to maintain and grow our relationship with Southern Ontario. Each year, the Peace Bridge alone facilitates the transport of over $30 billion in commerce, spurring $227.4 billion in economic activity, and supporting one million jobs. Brian has been an advocate for creating reliable access at the border as a means to foster this economic relationship. As a result of Brian’s advocacy to the Department of Homeland Security, the Peace Bridge has been included in a pre-inspection pilot to inspect trucks coming into the United States with the goal of easing congestion and decreasing wait times at the border. Additionally, Brian successfully urged U.S. Customs & Border Protection to increase staffing at the Peace Bridge and other local border crossings.
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"We support the Peace Bridge Authority's plans to demolish properties it owns which are currently sitting vacant and have been slated for demolition for 8 years. The issues surrounding these actions are not new, have been long-discussed, and should not encounter any further delay."
In a meeting of the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) pushed for the Peace Bridge to be included in a plan to initiate pre-inspection to speed the flow of traffic along the northern border. Higgins, a member of the committee, directed his comments to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano at a meeting discussing the proposed 2013 budget.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) released the following statement in response to the Peace Bridge Authority’s Request for Proposals (RFP):
Congressman Brian Higgins released the following statement in response to Governor Cuomo’s budget plan:
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) is asking the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner to begin the process of allowing pre-inspection at the Peace Bridge, a critical step to moving forward with construction on the smaller Peace Bridge plaza plan.
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representatives Brian Higgins, Louise Slaughter, and Kathy Hochul urged the office of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to expedite the exploration of commercial pre-inspection opportunities and the implementation of Customs Plaza renovations at the Peace Bridge international border crossing in Buffalo. As the busiest passenger vehicle crossing and third busiest commercial vehicles crossing on the Northern border, the Peace Bridge plays a vital role in the overall economic viability of Western New York, the state, and the country.
Today Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) confirmed federal agencies involved in Peace Bridge expansion project are moving toward consensus on a reduced footprint for the U.S. Plaza. The news comes after Congressman Higgins’ call on Wednesday afternoon with U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a member of the House of Representatives Committees on Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs, sent a letter to the U.S. Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) asking for expedited effort on the Peace Bridge construction project including consideration of a reduced footprint for the American plaza.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a newly appointed member of the House Committee on Homeland Security has been chosen to serve on the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security and the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, key appointments for the Western New York border community’s safety and economic potential.