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.
More on Infrastructure and Jobs
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that Northrop Grumman Amherst Systems has been awarded a $10,367,772 contract with the United States Air Force through the Department of Defense for the production of additional Joint Threat Emitter systems.
“Local workers are helping to equip our armed forces with state-of-the-art training equipment and while their work supports our troops, this contract supports the Western New York economy and jobs,” said Congressman Higgins.
Perry Street stretches from HarborCenter in Downtown Buffalo through the Cobblestone District and into South Buffalo’s Old First Ward. Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) travels the 1.1 mile route frequently and, troubled by the vacant and deteriorating conditions of publicly owned property in the area, is proposing a plan to help the neighborhood reach its great potential.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), Erie County Legislator Peter Savage and Village of Kenmore Mayor Patrick Mang marked the start of construction on a more than $800,000 project improving pedestrian and recreational bicycle access along Elmwood Avenue in the Village of Kenmore.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is formally putting federal agencies on notice about the hazardous conditions creating alarming lead contamination rates in Buffalo, Western New York and thousands of other “hotspots” reported in a recent Reuters special report. Higgins criticizes proposed budget cuts that would further exacerbate lead poisoning rates among children and in a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Ho
Buffalo is a City with heart. We see it in our sports fans, in neighbors digging one another out after snowstorms, in the expats drawn like a magnet back home, or in communities rallying around a family in need. There is something not quite tangible that makes this place we call home special – the people.