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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) expressed shock and disappointment upon learning of plans by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to “postpone” the 2013 National Veterans Golden Age Games in Buffalo, NY. Higgins is urging the VA Secretary to reconsider and proceed with the event, titled Warriors on the Waterfront scheduled for May 30 through June 4, 2013.
“Today’s meeting of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Board drew thoughtful discussion about the future transportation needs in downtown Buffalo. I commend Chairman Howard Zemsky and Executive Director Kim Minkel’s announcement that the NFTA will prepare a scope of work for a feasibility study regarding the future of the DL& W site and Metro Events Station.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) spoke on the House Floor to bring attention to the serious consequences that sequestration would have on the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS), Niagara County’s largest employer. In his speech, Higgins notes that these budget cuts would force the Air Force to delay construction of a $6.1 million flight simulator and would require 2,300 Air Force civilians across New York State to be furloughed, resulting in over $17 million in lost wages.
Following a formal review process, New York State has indicated removal of the Robert Moses Parkway will be pursued. Congressman Brian Higgins released the following statement in response:
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) President & CEO Dr. Donald Trump and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Federal Government Relations Director Hillary Clarke to outline the local impact of federal investments in cancer research and the devastating impact cuts, including possible sequestration, would have on both the economy and the effort to improve cancer outcomes.
Following an incident at the Veterans Hospital in Buffalo exposing patients to infection due to faulty insulin pen use, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is saying warning signs should have prevented this error and is asking for improved coordination and communication to safeguard United States veterans.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Anthony Caruana recently presented Town of Tonawanda Resident Elias Abousaid with a Purple Heart for wounds received in action during his service in Iraq.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) will host a grand opening of his new office serving Niagara County. The open house event will be held on Wednesday, January 30th at 3pm. Community leaders, local business owners and residents are invited to stop by the office located at 640 Park Place in Niagara Falls.