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Western New Yorkers know too well the painful costs of pollution and other forms of environmental degradation and neglect. Over 30 years ago the Buffalo River was declared biologically dead and ecologically destroyed, and only through a persistent restoration effort was it remediated and shows vastly improved water quality. Brian believes that we must learn from this history to prevent the recurrence of environmental disasters like Love Canal and Tonawanda Coke in our district. His work in Washington, D.C. focuses on the conservation and care for the many precious natural resources here in Western New York. From the Great Lakes, to our waterways, to our parks and natural public spaces, Brian is fighting to ensure the federal policies enacted in Congress help to support a healthy environment and protect those most vulnerable to pollution and exposure to hazardous substances. To achieve these goals of preservation, Brian has been a strong supporter of federal funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and the Water Resources Development Act.

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Dec 8, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that New York is among the first 18 states approved for a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) appliance rebate program. Local consumers will be able to receive rebates between $50 and $550 for qualifying Energy Star refrigerator, clothes washer, freezer and dishwasher purchases during President’s week in February 2010.
Oct 22, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted to approve HR 3585, the Solar Technology Roadmap Act, legislation which authorizes over $2 billion for new solar technology research and development through unique public-private partnerships.
Oct 16, 2009 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) introduced the Green Energy Investment Zone Act (H.R. 3834) a bill that would enhance renewable energy tax credits for economically distressed cities.

Oct 13, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) and representatives from the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) announced 91 new, clean, energy efficient buses will hit the streets of Western New York over the next 15 months thanks to $39,711,371 in federal funding.
Oct 2, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has been awarded $2,500,000 for improving renewable energy technologies. The federal funds were made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to candidates eligible for $43 million in Green Innovation Grants.
Sep 19, 2009 Press Release

Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) sent a letter asking the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) to reject the proposal by New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) to increase rates for electricity and gas delivery by 18.6% and 17.4% respectively.

Sep 16, 2009 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted to approve HR 3246, the Advanced Vehicle Technology Act, a bipartisan bill from the Science and Technology Committee, which authorizes the establishment of an Energy Department vehicle technology research and development program.

“These vital research programs are the gateway towards revitalizing the strong manufacturing industry of Western New York,” said Congressman Higgins.  “In turn, improving fuel efficiency and vehicle technology are at the forefront of strengthening our country’s economic standing and energy security.”

Aug 5, 2009 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Honeywell International Inc. a grant totaling $27.3 million.   Honeywell International’s facilities in Buffalo, NY and Metropolis, IL will utilize the federal grant for lithium ion battery development.

Jul 20, 2009 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted with his colleagues in the House of Representatives to approve H.R. 3183, the Energy-Water Appropriations for the Fiscal Year 2010 including long term energy and water infrastructure investments in Western New York.

Jul 14, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) will receive $2.52 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the purchase of seven hybrid-electric buses. This is in addition to a $294,000 federal grant for a hybrid bus awarded in June.