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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.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) is again waging a fight against federal flood maps, this time taking aim at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) flood zone in the City of Buffalo’s Old First Ward.
Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted against the FY 2011 Continuing Budget Resolution (H.R. 1), which makes severe cuts to dozens of programs that directly impact the economic stability of Western New York.
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.