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Oct 19, 2009 Press Release
“Jim and Jill Kelly have worked tirelessly to raise awareness about the important role newborn screening can play in treating and preventing genetic disorders and Hunter’s legacy will live on through this program. While Jim Kelly is routinely remembered in Western New York for his passes on the football field, his leadership pushing for passage of the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act is arguably his greatest victory - one that children and families will benefit from for generations to come. “
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Oct 16, 2009 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) introduced the Green Energy Investment Zone Act (H.R. 3834) a bill that would enhance renewable energy tax credits for economically distressed cities.

Oct 14, 2009 Press Release
“I applaud President Obama’s statement today announcing his support for a $250 payment to seniors to offset the 2010 Social Security COLA freeze. This news will give seniors in Western New York and across this nation peace of mind in knowing that there will be a little extra money available to cover the basics – including housing, food and medical expenses. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on the House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee to take swift action on this matter to ensure seniors receive the relief they need and deserve in the upcoming year.”
Oct 14, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Chris Lee (NY-26), Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28) today called passage of H.R. 3371, the Airline Safety and Pilot Training Improvement Act of 2009, a strong first step forward to improve the safety of air travel in the United States. This bipartisan legislation includes a number of long overdue reforms that address aviation safety and passenger confidence in the wake of the Continental Connection Flight 3407 tragedy that claimed the lives of 50 people on February 12, 2009. Among the key provisions of the bill are measures to combat pilot fatigue, increase commercial pilot licensing requirements, improve training practices and establish an electronic pilot records database.
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Oct 13, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) and representatives from the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) announced 91 new, clean, energy efficient buses will hit the streets of Western New York over the next 15 months thanks to $39,711,371 in federal funding.
Oct 12, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) and Village of Brocton Mayor J. Dale Abram stood at the Brocton Bridge to announce the completion of improvements to the structure.
Oct 12, 2009 Press Release
With the backdrop of a foreclosed house acquired by CHRIC in Jamestown’s PRIDE neighborhood, Congressman Brian Higgins announced today that Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation and Improvement Corporation is receiving $26,640 to support the agency’s foreclosure prevention counseling efforts. The grant will enable CHRIC to continue providing foreclosure counseling countywide for homeowners in danger of foreclosure.
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Oct 10, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), representatives from the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) and Gary Hill, the President of Union Concrete and Construction announced traffic pattern changes to Route 5 and Fuhrmann Boulevard which will allow for the final year of construction along the new Outer Harbor Parkway.
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Oct 9, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded Chautauqua County with a grant totaling $2,641,354. The funds are provided through HUD’s Lead Hazard Control Program.
Oct 9, 2009 Press Release
"The announcement this morning awarding President Obama with the Nobel Peace Prize recognizes that a new era of American diplomacy -- one committed to multilateralism, cooperation, strength, and the restoration of U.S. relations with the world -- has been ushered in. Congratulations to President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton and all of those involved for their work to reduce nuclear arms, reach out to the Muslim world and encourage cooperative solutions that will make America and world safer. As Americans, we should take great pride and encouragement that our country is regaining its world standing, providing some hope for our economic and national security future."

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