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May 30, 2009 Press Release
A broad-based coalition of environmental, sports, labor and religious groups were joined by Representative Brian Higgins at a media event at the Erie Basin Marina with a flotilla of kayaks, canoes and fishing boats to highlight the need to protect Lake Erie from nuclear contamination. The federal and state governments are proposing to leave vast amounts of nuclear waste at the West Valley site for up to 30 years and probably longer. Scientists found in a state-funded independent study that, over time, leaking nuclear waste from the site, located 30 miles south of Buffalo, can pollute Lakes Erie and Ontario and harm public health and the economy in the U.S. and Canada.
May 28, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced the winners of the annual Congressional art competition, “An Artistic Discovery.” The competition, initiated in 1982, includes hundreds of thousands of high school students from across the nation. One piece from each congressional district will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol Building. The winning students are invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony in Washington, DC on June 24, 2009.
May 28, 2009 Press Release
Mayor Byron W. Brown, Congressman Brian Higgins & Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that $17.6 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act have been approved for the Buffalo Sewer Authority’s planning, design and construction of the Hamburg Drain Control Facility, which collects and processes input from twenty sewer regulators within the Hamburg drain system. The federal stimulus funds will be matched with $8.8 million from the Buffalo Sewer Authority.
May 27, 2009 Press Release
Today U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins, Mayor Byron Brown and County Executive Chris Collins, in conjunction with the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) and Buffalo Place Inc., officially unveiled plans for daily summer programming at the harbor site. The extensive schedule will consist of various children’s activities, cultural re-enactments, historical lectures, educational seminars, guided canal district tours, live music, an indie market, kayak and bicycles rentals, adaptive water sports, sailing classes, as well as concerts and other special events. In addition, the Erie Canal Harbor site will once again host a major Independence Day celebration and fireworks display, featuring local live musical talent and a patriotic atmosphere.
May 26, 2009 Press Release
“Today President Obama announced Judge Sonia Sotomayor as his choice to replace Justice Souter on the U.S. Supreme Court. A graduate of Yale and Princeton, Judge Sotomayor’s breadth of professional experience as an attorney and a Jurist over the last 30 years is extensive and impressive. Combine that with her personal history as a woman of Puerto Rican descent raised in New York by hard working parents and we have a nominee with the legal knowledge and the real world experience that makes her well suited to serve effectively on the Nation’s highest court. I commend the President for his choice and encourage swift confirmation by the Senate.”
May 21, 2009 Press Release
The U.S. House of Representatives today approved an amendment introduced by Congressman Chris Lee (NY-26), Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28), and Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) that initiates an independent, comprehensive review of all commercial airline pilot training and certification programs. The amendment was included in H.R. 915, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009.
May 20, 2009 Press Release

Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted with his colleagues in the House of Representatives to approve the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights, a bill which provides tough new protections for consumers facing excessive credit card fees, sky-high interest rates, and unfair agreements that credit card companies revise at will.  The bill now moves to the President’s desk.

May 20, 2009 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives to approve the 21st Century Green High-Performing Public Schools Facilities Act (H.R. 2187). 

May 20, 2009 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) is pleased to announce that Lake Shore Central High School senior Eric Christopher Renn has been accepted to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point.  Renn, a resident of Angola, NY, was nominated by Congressman Higgins for the program.  

May 20, 2009 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) said local residents will soon see construction trucks at work along Interstate 86 and a number of other Chautauqua County roadways in the with the help of $6.12 million in federal Recovery Act funds.

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