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Higgins and New York Colleagues Call on Social Security Administration to Reconsider New York Field Office Closings

Feb 28, 2014
Press Release

Congressman Higgins (NY-26) and his New York colleagues in Congress, Congressman Dan Maffei (NY-24) and José Serrano (NY-15), wrote a letter to the Social Security Administration opposing the proposed closure of four New York Social Security field offices in Amherst, Bronx Hub, Kingston, and Williamsburg.

“The need for the Amherst Social Security office is critical,” said Congressman Higgins. “I urge the Social Security Administration to take the specialized needs of our community members into account and realize the devastating effect that a closure would have.” 

In their letter, the Members urge Acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn Colvin to reconsider these proposed closings and also ask for further information about the processes used to identify field offices for closure. 

The Members suggest that the additional $11.7 billion dollars allocated to the Social Security Administration in the FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations bill remove the need for field office closures. 

Higgins has been a vocal advocate for keeping the Amherst Social Security field office open since the announcement of the proposed closure and has stood with impacted communities to raise awareness for the pressing need for the local office. He has also introduced H.R. 3997, the Social Security Administration Accountability Act, which would require that the Social Security Administration provide adequate justification before closing any field offices.