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Today, in light of news that the Canadian government will close its Consulate in Buffalo, the Western New York Congressional delegation wrote to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper strongly urging him to reverse course and consider the negative effects of this closure. The representatives noted that this decision will negatively impact Western New Yorkers, Canadians and businesses on both sides of the border.
Congressman Brian Higgins paid a visit to Anderson Precision, a locally-owned manufacturing company in Jamestown, NY.
“The announcement from the Postmaster General that the William Street Mail Processing Facility will remain open for at least three more years is welcome news. I am pleased that the United States Postal Service has listened to our arguments and recognized that their original closure plan was ill-conceived. This reversal highlights the importance of speaking out and challenging the federal bureaucracy and shows what can be achieved by joining together and using our voices to fight for what’s right.
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the University at Buffalo has been awarded a $2,570,749 health care innovation award through the federal government. University Emergency Medical Services was one of only 26 awards announced today in the first round of grants administered through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid innovation.
Congressman Brian Higgins is calling on the Speaker of the House of Representatives to bring postal reform legislation, approved by the U.S. Senate last week, to the Floor for a vote in the House.
“This isn’t a perfect bill but it may be our best opportunity to keep the Buffalo mail processing center open,” said Higgins. “The House must step up and act. The alternative would be devastating to not just the nearly 700 people who work at the site but thousands of other jobs at hundreds of businesses across Western New York that rely on the services this facility provides.
"It is with a tremendous sadness that we learned of passing of our friend Billy Delmont.
Congressman Brian Higgins released the following statement regarding the approval of S. 1789, the 21st Century Postal Service Act, by the U.S. Senate:
Representatives Brian Higgins (NY-27) and Kathy Hochul (NY-26) are looking for answers following the abrupt cancellation of flights by Direct Air and the subsequent bankruptcy filing by the company. Last week, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge ruled that the company be liquidated under a Chapter 7 filing. According to published reports, proceedings shed light on an alleged shortfall in the escrow account required by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) intended to hold ticket buyer’s funds.
Congressman Brian Higgins, a co-chair of the bipartisan House of Representatives Congressional Hockey Caucus, released the following statement following the announcement by USA Hockey that the inaugural All-American Prospects Game will be held at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo: