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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) responded to President Trump’s draconian budget proposal to eliminate the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program founded in 1974 that currently provides over $22.73 million in federal funding to municipalities in Erie County and Western New York.
While Congressman Brian Higgins can’t be in Buffalo for the grand opening of the historic Shea’s Seneca building on January 10, 2019, he celebrated the restoration of the landmark from Washington, D.C. Higgins, who grew up in South Buffalo, recalls the days when Shea’s Seneca served as an anchor for a bustling Seneca Street. The Congressman cited the value of historic tax credits in encouraging investment in preservation projects like this one, which are restoring older buildings and re-energizing the surrounding neighborhoods.
ERIE COUNTY, NY— The Erie County Department of Senior Services (“ECDSS”) has announced plans to initiate an expansion of the department’s popular congregate dining program to include select local restaurants as dining options.
A $375,000 federal grant received by the Westminster Economic Development Initiative, Inc. (WEDI) will help increase healthy food choices and strengthen the local food network by expanding and enhancing programs at the West Side Bazaar.
The effort will strengthen connections with local farmers, provide healthy cooking classes, and boost environmentally sustainable practices at the Bazaar.
“First and foremost, I commend the work of Canadian and United States intelligence and law enforcement agencies for successful efforts to thwart an attack on our nations. The US and Canada, linked literally and figuratively by bridges of peace, remain vigilant partners in our efforts to impede terrorists actions on our soil.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today with Canada authorizing two phases of primary inspections of commercial cargo in Canada, including one at the Peace Bridge in Buffalo, NY.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) spoke on the Floor of the House of Representatives detailing the stress sequestration would put on our Nation’s borders and the impact that would have on Western New Yorkers and our local economy. Higgins is a member of the House Committees on Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs and serves on the US-Canada Inter-Parliamentary Group. His congressional district includes four international border crossings between the United States and Canada.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the City of Niagara Falls Fire Department has been awarded $42,400 in federal funding through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program.
“More than 17 million people lost loved ones, homes, businesses or were otherwise directly affected by the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy. Recovery will be a long and challenging road for our neighbors in the Northeast only made more difficult by the Speaker’s decision to turn his back on those hurting most. Congress acted swiftly in 2005, approving aid for the victims of Hurricane Katrina in just 10 days.