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“Today the Federal Aviation Administration announced tower closings at 149 airports across the United States. Thankfully the Niagara Falls International Airport, which was previously on the list, is not among them. While the tower has been spared from closure, our community is still suffering the impacts of sequestration, and threats to flight safety still exist.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) called an American Society of Civil Engineer’s analysis on the state of roads, bridges, and sewers in America as further evidence of the critical need for a serious investment in America’s infrastructure. On Tuesday, March 19 the ASCE released their 2013 “Report Card” giving America a “D+” grade.
On the fourth anniversary of the crash of Continental Flight 3407, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25), Congressman Tom Reed (NY-23), and Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) are urging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to continue to make implementation of airline safety reforms a top priority. Specifically, the Members ask for timely implementation of provisions on pilot qualifications and crewmember training – regulations that are both long overdue and that would remedy one of the most serious errors contributing to the Flight 3407 crash.
Congressman Brian Higgins announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is revising its policies related to public charter flights in response to hardships felt by consumers when charter operator Direct Air abruptly stopped service in March.
Congressman Brian Higgins took to the House Floor to encourage his colleagues in the House of Representatives to make adequate investments in transportation infrastructure that will positively impact communities for the future.
Representatives Brian Higgins, Kathy Hochul, Louise Slaughter and Tom Reed remained steadfast in their united fight for new flight safety rules following the crash of Flight 3407 in 2009. Today the Western New York Congressmembers are calling on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to act with urgency and maintain nothing but the strongest standards as the Administration works to advance new rules for pilot training.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) and Congresswoman Kathy Hochul (NY-26) commended the Department of Transportation (DOT) upon learning that Xtra Airways, a carrier operating flights for Direct Air, has been fined $300,000 in response to flight cancellations resulting from Direct Air’s sudden closure.
Congressman Brian Higgins is asking the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) to put the brakes on long-term maintenance of the Buffalo Skyway while alternatives are reviewed. Specifically, Higgins is requesting the DOT refrain from including expensive Skyway rehab on the State’s Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) projects list.