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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

Jul 13, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), citing the historically low interest rates, says that the federal government should be working with greater urgency to make critical investments in infrastructure nationwide.

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Jul 11, 2016 Press Release

Keybank Commits To Workforce Levels That Are Equal To Or Greater Than The Current Combined Footprint Of The Two Banks By 2021, And All Keybank And First Niagara Branch Employees Will Be Offered A Full-Time And Comparable Job With The Bank


Schumer & Higgins Also Secure Commitment That Keybank Will Become National Leader In Addressing Zombie Properties


May 19, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) introduced a new strategy to repair our nation’s infrastructure today, the Nation Building Here At Home Act of 2015. The bill aims to create a new grant program to rebuild our nation’s roads, bridges, transit systems, and water infrastructure.

Feb 26, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced $200,000 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration to include Western New York as one of thirteen sites across the nation chosen to implement an Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) system to help combine technology and real-time travel information on local highways.

Jan 23, 2015 Press Release

BUFFALO– Today, Mayor Byron Brown, joined by Congressman Brian Higgins, members of the Buffalo Common Council, New York State Legislature, Empire State Development Corporation, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA), Buffalo Place, Shea’s Performing Arts Center and business community, marked the completion of the $8 million redevelopment of the 600 Block of Main Street with a ceremonial vehicular parade along this premier stretch of Main Street. 

Jan 22, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives in support of increased funding for infrastructure.  Infrastructure investments within the United States are vital to continue to provide safe and efficient means for travel and commerce.

Dec 2, 2014 Press Release

Buffalo, NY - Mayor Byron Brown and Congressman Brian Higgins officially re-opened a 1.4 mile stretch of Ohio Street today, which continues to undergo an $11.3 million rehabilitation. Ohio Street is now operational, with nearly 70% of the work completed.  The remainder of the project will be completed in spring 2015.

Oct 15, 2014 Press Release


Congressman Brian Higgins, City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan and Buffalo City Councilman David Rivera announced the start of a major reconstruction project on the Ferry Street Bridge connecting Niagara Street to Squaw Island. 

Oct 8, 2014 Press Release

BUFFALO, N.Y. (October 8, 2014) – Health care for kids and their mothers took a major leap forward today as Kaleida Health held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital.

Physicians, employees, donors, elected officials, and other dignitaries were on hand to kick off construction on the new $270 million facility.

Aug 5, 2014 Press Release

Ohio Street

BUFFALO – Buffalo motorists may notice a few new changes to the $11.3 million Ohio Street construction project.  Today, Mayor Byron Brown and Congressman Brian Higgins announced that crews, who started the conversion process two months ago, are on track for early completion, with 40% of the infrastructure redevelopment project completed.