Congressman Brian Higgins

Representing the 26th District of NEW YORK




Education is one of the most powerful tools we can give our children. From early education all the way through graduate studies and beyond, Brian strongly believes that all students should be given an equal chance to succeed. In order to prepare students to enter the workforce, Higgins has been a strong advocate for math and science education, in addition to workforce training programs, to give students the marketable skills they need to compete in a globalized economy. Brian has also been outspoken on the need to make higher education more affordable to reduce the skyrocketing education debt burden faced by so many recent graduates. 


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Mar 16, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) said the White House Budget Blueprint, released Thursday, March 16, delivers a devastating blow to Western New York families and the local economy. 


Sep 1, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined representatives from the Parent Network of WNY and Buffalo School District to announce a $500,000 federal grant awarded through the United States Department of Education aimed at expanding learning and outcomes for Buffalo School Students with disabilities. 

Aug 4, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined The Service Collaborative of WNY (TSC) to announce a federal grant totaling more than $3.4 million to support the AmeriCorps Builds Lives through Education (ABLE) program in Western New York. 

Mar 15, 2016 Press Release

Buffalo, N.Y. – U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Brian Higgins today announced $24,294,448 in federal funding for the Community Action Organization of Erie County. The federal funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Head Start and Early Head Start Program to support and expand education and development services for low-income children in the community. Funding was allocated through two grants, one for $22,472,229 and the second for $1,822,219.


Sep 29, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and Villa Maria College announce a federal grant totaling more than $1.984 million for the College, provided through the U.S. Department of Education.

“Villa Maria College has a longstanding tradition of excellence in education and commitment to community service,” said Congressman Higgins.  “This grant will support Villa’s outreach efforts and work guiding students through to graduation.”

Sep 15, 2015 Press Release

Cheektowaga, NY – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Brian Higgins today announced a new push to secure student fitness programs for schools across the country, amid Congressional efforts to cut physical education funding. Standing at Union East Elementary School with Congressman Brian Higgins, Superintendent of Cheektowaga Central School District Dennis Kane, Union East Elementary School Principal Brian Bridges and Erie County Health Commissioner, Dr.

Aug 13, 2015 Press Release

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The University at Buffalo has been awarded a prestigious, four-year, $16 million Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to speed the delivery of new drugs, diagnostics and medical devices to patients.

The grant will establish the UB Clinical and Translational Research Center as the hub of the Buffalo Translational Consortium. UB is the lead institution of the consortium in partnership with Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the Great Lakes Health System, UBMD and community health organizations.

Feb 27, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced two upcoming deadlines for educators and authors applying for funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).  The deadlines for NEH-funded Summer Seminars and Institutes and the new Public Scholar Grant Program fall within the first week of March 2015.

“Education in the humanities is essential to the progress of our country” said Rep. Brian Higgins. “These courses and stipends encourage critical thinking and creative dialogue about how to improve and enrich our communities.”

Dec 12, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the award of over $2.12 million in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services for Niagara County Head Start.

“When we provide children with the tools to learn at an early age, it opens doors to education and opportunity for years to come,” said Congressman Brian Higgins.

Niagara County Head Start, Inc. Executive Director Geraldine Donovan noted that the organization has been in the business of Head Start since 1977 and currently serves 470 children. 

Sep 24, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced over $1 million in grant funding for the Buffalo Board of Education, the Cleveland Hill Union Free School District and the Cheektowaga Central School District.  The grants, awarded through the Department of Education, aim to make schools safer and improve mental health and supportive services for students.