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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Regional Administrator Adolfo Carrión, was joined by Representative Brian Higgins, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, and members of the Buffalo Niagara Consortium to announce the award of a 2011 Sustainable Communities Grant totaling $2 million. The grant will be used to develop a Regional Plan for Sustainable Development for the Erie and Niagara counties that make up the Buffalo Niagara region.
Western New York Members of Congress, Reps. Louise Slaughter (NY-28), Brian Higgins (NY-27), Kathy Hochul (NY-26) and Tom Reed (NY-29) today wrote to FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt asking him to implement the recommendations found in a government study citing problems with the FAA’s oversight of pilot training. The Members also called on Administrator Babbitt to move forward with a pilot training rulemaking process in order to adequately prepare first officers for flying regional aircraft.
Representatives Hochul, Higgins, and Slaughter released the following statement after news that the NTSB has requested Pinnacle Airlines to fully disclose all information, including emails, related to the crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407:
Today, Representatives Kathy Hochul (NY-26), Brian Higgins (NY-27), Louise Slaughter (NY-28), and Tom Reed (NY-29), along with Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, called on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate whether Colgan Airlines intentionally withheld emails from a federal agency during the investigation of the crash of the Continental Connection Flight 3407 in February 2009.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representatives Brian Higgins (NY-27), Louise Slaughter (NY-28) and Kathy Hochul (NY-26) sent letters to both the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Colgan Airlines demanding to know why emails sent by Colgan Air, related to the qualifications of the pilot who crashed Continental Flight 3407, were not presented during the initial crash investigation.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) totaling $3,577,600 for a project along Niagara Street in Buffalo's West Side.
"Niagara Street is a critical corridor connecting our city with our northern suburbs and our country with Canada," said Congressman Higgins. "This grant will enhance the gateway experience, with cleaner vehicles, state-of-the-art traffic coordination and information all of which will provide a more user-friendly experience."
Western New York’s congressional delegation, Reps. Louise Slaughter (NY-28), Brian Higgins (NY-27) and Kathy Hochul (NY-26) today announced that $1.2 million has been awarded to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) to evaluate transportation alternatives in the Amherst-Buffalo Corridor. The funding, awarded through the Federal Transit Administration’s Alternatives Analysis program, will be used to identify ways to increase the ease, speed and convenience of commuting in this well-travelled area.
Yesterday, Members of the Western New York delegation met with executives of Pinnacle Airlines, the owner of Colgan Air. Colgan was the regional carrier operating Flight 3407, which crashed in Clarence Center in February 2009.
The following is a joint statement from Representatives Kathy Hochul (NY-26), Brian Higgins (NY-27), and Louise Slaughter (NY-28):