Infrastructure and Jobs
Investing in our infrastructure has historically been a non-partisan issue. However, in recent years, Congress’ investment in addressing America’s crumbling infrastructure has been pathetically weak. The American Society of Civil Engineers gives our infrastructure a D+ grade and the World Economic Forum ranks America 24th in infrastructure. Transportation for America estimates that there are 63,000 structurally deficient bridges in the United States – 2088 in New York State and 99 in Western New York alone. Brian has consistently called on Congress to make a bold investment in nation building right here at home. In 2012 he introduced the Nation Building Here at Home Act , which would have invested $1.2 trillion over five years to rebuild our infrastructure, with the potential to create 27 million jobs and reduce unemployment to 5.6 percent.
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the transformation of the new Buffalo Harbor State Park, the City of Buffalo's first state park, is now complete. New York State purchased the once neglected property in 2013 and immediately invested $15 million across 3 phases to remediate the brownfield and transform all 190 acres into a vibrant state park. Today, more than 240,000 people visit the park annually.
Buffalo, New York – Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, Congressman Brian Higgins and state and federal partners provided an up close look today on the quickly progressing habitat restoration at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (NYSDEC) Ohio Street Boat Launch. Through the investment of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funding, this popular park is being enhanced to include improved wildlife habitat and public access to the Buffalo River along the Ohio Street Corridor.
Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined his colleagues on the House Ways and Means Committee for a bipartisan meeting with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to discuss binational collaboration as conversations continue related to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced federal grants totaling $356,000 to support the growth of small businesses and jobs in Western New York. The federal funding is allocated through the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund). The mission of the CDFI program is to increase economic opportunity and community development for underserved populations in distressed communities.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined leaders from the Massachusetts Avenue Project (MAP) and Grassroots Gardens of Western New York to announce a federal grant totaling $389,088 for the Buffalo Community Food Hub Project.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) believes the Buffalo-Niagara region is an ideal choice for Amazon’s new headquarters and is emphasizing Western New York’s strengths in a letter to the company’s CEO.
Congressman Brian Higgins, who has frequently objected to the U.S. Department of Energy’s transport of liquid nuclear waste between Canada and the United States without a thorough environmental review, won approval for legislation that will help support efforts to prepare and protect communities impacted.
Congressman Brian Higgins, New York State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, Senator Chris Jacobs, Assemblymember Ray Walter and Village of Williamsville Mayor Brian Kulpa are calling on the New York State Thruway Authority to dedicate available funding to transition the toll plazas in Williamsville and Lackawanna to electronic tolling.
Citizens Campaign for the Environment led a “Save the EPA” rally with Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and several Western New York environmental organizations emphasizing the importance of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) role in protecting the health and safety of communities.
Statement by Congressman Brian Higgins:
“The people of Grand Island and Western New York spoke up and demanded action on the Grand Island tolls, and we are grateful to the Governor for once again listening to the pleas from Western New Yorkers.