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 work will begin Monday on a $10.3 million project to replace the Harlem Road Bridge in the towns of Cheektowaga and West Seneca in Erie County. The project is part of the Governor's $518 million program to replace and upgrade scour critical and flood prone bridges to ensure they are protected from future threats. Work is scheduled to be completed in December 2018.
Today, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was joined by Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), Erie County Legislators Peter Savage (3rd District) and Kevin Hardwick (4th District), Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Joseph Emminger, Mayor of the City of Tonawanda Rick Davis, Executive Director of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (“NFTA”) Kimberley A.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and New York State Senator Tim Kennedy announced that the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has agreed to the Congressman’s request for a full and formal Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to examine alternatives to the Buffalo Skyway.
“A comprehensive review of the Skyway positions this community to make the best decisions moving forward,” said Congressman Higgins.
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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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.