Homeland Security & Public Safety
With a district bordering Canada, Brian is a recognized leader on matters related to the US-Canadian relationship. In his roles as Co-chair of the Northern Border Caucus, Co-chair of Canada-US Inter-Parliamentary Group, and a member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, Brian seeks out opportunities to build our binational relationship, fighting for adequate staffing and systems to allow for the efficient flow of goods and people across the border.
Brian works to build safer neighborhoods through his support of the federal fire grant program, the Justice in Policing Act and common sense legislation to reduce gun violence including universal background checks.
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"This legislation is better than nothing – but barely. It is an underwhelming, pathetically weak bill that does little to repair our crumbling infrastructure, fix our economy or create jobs for our returning veterans. What a missed opportunity.
“I was pleased to hear that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has officially eliminated regulations relating to street sign lettering and reflectivity that would have required local municipalities to replace signs,” said Congressman Higgins. “This process would have been costly and would have diverted transportation funding in already stretched thin budgets away from other more needed infrastructure improvements.
Congressman Brian Higgins and New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan are calling on the New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA) to reconsider plans to close its existing E-ZPass Walk-In Center on Grand Island.
With new pilot fatigue rules in place, Western New York Members of the House of Representatives are now turning their attention to pilot qualifications and training as they continue the fight for one level of aviation safety. In a letter to U.S.
Congressman Brian Higgins facilitated a meeting between Calspan Corporation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in Washington, DC for a discussion about the local company’s role in national transportation safety efforts.
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.
Following the revelation that Pinnacle Airlines approved six-figure salary increases for its executive leadership mere weeks before entering bankruptcy protection, Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representatives Kathy Hochul (NY-26), Brian Higgins (NY-27), and Louise Slaughter (NY-28) today sent a letter to Pinnacle Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer John Spanjers demanding that they put aviation safety first as the company juggles limited resources.
“Lincoln called them land improvements; Eisenhower understood that infrastructure investment led to jobs when he initiated the national highway system in 1956. Governor Andrew Cuomo is setting an example for the entire nation by making infrastructure a priority again in New York State.
After the announcement that Pinnacle Airlines, owner of Colgan Air, will file for bankruptcy, Representatives Kathy Hochul (NY-26), Brian Higgins (NY-27), Louise Slaughter (NY-28), and Tom Reed (NY-29) today sent a letter to the company urging it to honor its obligations to the families of the victims of Continental Flight 3407, which crashed in Clarence Center in February 2009.
The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is re-opening the former Route 219 (South Cascade Drive and Miller Road) Bridge over Cattaraugus Creek several weeks ahead of schedule, acting Regional Director Darrell Kaminski announced at ceremonies held at the bridge today. Residents and local businesses depend heavily on this bridge, which is why NYSDOT worked diligently to re-open this important link as quickly as possible. The bridge was originally scheduled to be re-opened in early April.