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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced applications for federal fire grants are now available online. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be accepting applications for the Fiscal Year 2011 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program between August 15 and September 9, 2011. All applications are submitted to DHS and go through a non-partisan, merit based review ranked by factors established by a panel of fire service professionals.
Representatives Brian Higgins (NY-27) and Kathy Hochul (NY-26), members of the House Committee on Homeland Security, have asked for a committee hearing to discuss Hezbollah’s influence in North America. The two Members are particularly focused on the militant group’s presence in Toronto, Canada, an area only about 100 miles from the Western New York region that Higgins and Hochul represent.
Today, Representatives Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY), Brian Higgins (D-NY), and Kathleen C. Hochul (D-NY), members of the New York Congressional delegation and members of the House Committee on Homeland Security, announced their co-sponsorship of the False Travel Documents Prohibition Act of 2011 (H.R. 2431). The recent incident involving a passenger who was able to board a flight from New York’s John F.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) welcomed local firefighters to the first of two workshops for Departments interested in applying for federal fire grant funding through the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
This year Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) will host two workshops for local firefighters interested in applying for federal fire grant funding through the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). At the workshop, participants are invited to learn first-hand from a DHS Fire Grant Specialist how to put together a qualifying application. All applications are then submitted to DHS and go through a non-partisan, merit based review ranked by factors established by a panel of fire service professionals.
“Today by a vote of 273-150 the House of Representatives voted to reject a provision in the Homeland Security Appropriations bill that would have excluded Buffalo-Niagara, Albany, Rochester, Syracuse and over other areas identified as high-risk from being eligible for funding through the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) program.
This evening, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a member of the Homeland Security Committee, spoke against a provision in the FY2012 Homeland Security Appropriation bill, which will eliminate Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) funding for the Buffalo-Niagara region, and supported an amendment to restore the opportunity for WNY to be eligible for the program.
Below is video of Congressman Higgins’ remarks:
As the House of Representatives considers FY2012 Homeland Security Appropriations (H.R. 2017), Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a member of the Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs Committees, announced plans to introduce an amendment to change a portion of the bill that restricts the Buffalo-Niagara region and other cities across the nation from being eligible for Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Program Funding.
Congressmembers Brian Higgins (NY-27), Louise Slaughter (NY-28) and Paul Tonko (NY-21) sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) opposing the decision to remove Albany, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse from eligibility in the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Program for 2011.
After the FY11 Continuing Resolution cut the UASI program by $162 million, rather than reducing funding for all 64 urban areas, 32 regions, including the upstate New York communities, were eliminated from the program entirely.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced the beginning of construction on a project that will consolidate facilities at Sector Buffalo for the U.S. Coast Guard. The work, made possible with federal funding secured by Congressman Higgins, will allow for public access to a new section of the Outer Harbor including the historic Buffalo Lighthouse.