Congressman Higgins Votes to Approve Bill Delivering Over $9.5 Million for Projects in WNY
Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives in approving the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act, which contains nine 2009 appropriations bills.
“This bill makes critical investments in projects that will have a high impact in today’s evolving economy,” Higgins said. “In addition to creating jobs and boosting our local economy, many of the projects funded in this region look to new, innovative ways to conduct business in areas of education, public safety, transportation, healthcare and agriculture.”
Funding for the following projects within Congressman Higgins’ district is included in the Omnibus bill:
- $237,000 for an infrastructure project on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
- $376,000 for Dunkirk Harbor
- $333,000 for the relocation of Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital services
- $285,000 for a State of the Art Science Center at Canisius College
- $475,000 for the establishment of a railroad quiet zone in Hamburg
- $475,000 for runway improvements at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport
- $950,000 for the Cars Sharing Main Street project
- $143,000 for the transition to electronic health records at Catholic Health System facilities including: St. Joe’s, Sisters, Mercy and Kenmore Mercy Hospitals
- $200,000 for police technology equipment in Lackawanna
- $1,146,000 for operation and maintenance of the Black Rock Lock
- $300,000 for a drug and crime prevention effort in Hamburg
- $47,000 for the Buffalo Harbor
- $450,000 for crime surveillance cameras in Buffalo
- $1.9 million for a methane project at the Chautauqua County Landfill
- $96,000 for Buffalo River remediation
- $196,514 for an initiative to attract business to the Medical Campus
- $475,750 to help Chautauqua farmers commercialize willow crops for renewable energy projects.
- $951,500 for Nanodynamics to develop a fuel cell stack for operation on biogas
- $475,000 for new hybrid busses for the NFTA
TOTAL = $9,511,764
Funding for several of the above projects was requested jointly by Congressman Higgins, Senator Charles Schumer and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. Senator Schumer was the lead advocate for the Cars on Main Street, Catholic Health System and Chautauqua County landfill projects.
This bill includes a 5% reduction in earmark levels, building on last year’s 43% reduction. With approval of the Omnibus bill in the House of Representatives complete, the bill now moves to the Senate for consideration next week.