More on Waterfront Development
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), who advocated for action and investment at the North Aud Block, released the following statement in response to Governor Cuomo’s release of the preferred development concept for the North Aud Block:
Washington, DC – U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Congressman Brian Higgins (D-NY-26) today announced that following their push, the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes their provision to increase funding for the National Maritime Heritage Grant Program.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of the new Lakeside Complex on Buffalo's Outer Harbor. The 20-acre site includes a new bike park, event lawn, trail for walking or cycling and beautiful landscaping to attract more visitors and residents to the city's waterfront.
In remarks on the Floor of the House of Representatives, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) credited a federal infrastructure investment, converting a crumbling, one-way Fuhrmann Boulevard into the Outer Harbor Parkway, with serving as a catalyst in Buffalo’s waterfront build out. The progress that continues is transforming Buffalo’s image and creating new economic opportunity.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) released the following statement in response to today’s deadline for North Aud Block proposals:
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) voted in support of S. 74, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization today. The bill had previously passed in the Senate with a vote of 78-22 and now heads to the White House for the President’s signature.
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) 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.
In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) expressed dismay at the news that the Sudanese President has pardoned an individual who aided in the escape of John Granville’s killers and pledged to work with the State Department to bring justice for the slain Buffalo native.
“Each year the State of the Union provides an opportunity for the President to lay out a framework for our National agenda and begin a discussion that will put us on a path to an even stronger America. A nation is only as strong as its infrastructure and a renewed focus on this nation’s human and physical infrastructure is long overdue.