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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.

More on Environment

Mar 12, 2009 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that New York State will receive $517,796,513 in funding through the federal Reinvestment and Recovery Act to use toward projects that improve energy efficiency in homes.

“These funds will immediately create jobs for those who manufacture, sell and install products like windows or furnaces and provide significant, long term savings for those making the energy upgrades,” said Higgins. 

Mar 11, 2009 Press Release
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and Congressman Brian Higgins today met with FTC Chairman Leibowitz to urge him to move forward on the investigation of the gas price disparity in Western New York. Schumer and Higgins laid out the severity of the problem to the new FTC commissioner and illustrated the effect it had on cash strapped families. They asked him to conclude the study as rapidly as possible and ensure that FTC not only made the study public, but provided detailed solutions that could be implemented quickly.
Mar 9, 2009 Press Release

Today Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a member of the House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, announced additional details on the provisions included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which will provide tax credits and savings for local homeowners. 

Feb 25, 2009 Press Release
Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives in approving the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act, which contains nine 2009 appropriations bills.
Feb 24, 2009 Press Release
“Tonight Congress and the country listened as our President, in office just four short weeks, laid out a very realistic and optimistic picture of the state of our nation. With a strong focus on our national economy President Obama provided new hope for middle class families like many in Western New York struggling to find work and afford quality healthcare.
Feb 17, 2009 Press Release
On Tuesday, February 17, 2009, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) spent his day visiting local businesses that are leading the way in developing energy efficient and renewable technologies. This January Congressman Higgins was appointed to serve on the House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, a role that, among other things, includes development, oversight, and approval of federal renewable energy tax credits.
Jan 26, 2009 Press Release
In the first full week of the new Obama Administration, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and Congressman Brian Higgins today announced their plan to call on the next Chair of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – who is expected to be named by the new administration shortly – to speed up the current FTC investigation of the gas price disparities in Western New York late last year, require it be made public and make sure it covers all bases.
Dec 8, 2008 Press Release

In a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Congressman Higgins details the disturbing profit margin figures for Western New York gas retailers made available through the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS).  While industry sources indicate that it takes about 11 to 13 cents per gallon of gas to profitably operate a gas station, the current average national profit margin is 23.6 cents per gallon, attributable to what some in the industry call the “sticky down.”    Disturbingly, when examining local profit margins Congressman Higgins’ office found local profits to be more than double