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Feb 4, 2009 Press Release
In an effort to prevent local televisions from going dark on February 18th, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) and his colleagues in the House of Representatives voted to approve S. 352, a bill that will delay the digital television conversion allowing for additional time to get coupons to the 17,613 households in Western New York currently on a waiting list.
Feb 4, 2009 Press Release
“With today’s bipartisan passage and President Obama’s immediate signing of the SCHIP bill, President Obama and Congress are demonstrating that change has come to Washington, and that we are moving forward to improve the quality of life for American families struggling during these hard times. This expansion of the SCHIP program comes at a time when a safety net for our nation’s most vulnerable children is more critical than ever. With more than 2.6 million jobs lost last year alone, Americans are seeing the healthcare they and their children depend on disappear. Helping to provide access to affordable health care coverage is an important step forward in improving economic security and quality of life for American families. Our work to repair America’s broken healthcare system and provide all Americans with the best healthcare possible is far from complete. But today’s expansion of healthcare to an additional 4 million children is a victory for American ideals and a major step toward a healthier future.”
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Feb 3, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that the Department of Homeland Security is now accepting applications for grants through the Fire Prevention and Safety Program.
Feb 2, 2009 Press Release
Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined Village of Mayville Mayor Martin Bova, Jr. along with other Mayville officials and firefighters to announce that the Village of Mayville Fire Department will receive $66,101 in federal Homeland Security funding in the twenty-first round of Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program (AFGP) awards for fiscal year 2008.
Feb 2, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) named ten local residents to serve as members of his Service Academy Advisory Committee. Appointees met to interview students applying to a military academy and make recommendations to Congressman Higgins. Service academy appointments are made by the President of the United States based on congressional and/or military recommendations. Each service academy ultimately decides which nominees will be accepted into each program.
Jan 31, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins, Mayor Byron W. Brown and other area leaders met today with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to discuss ways to improve the economy and create jobs in Western New York.
Jan 29, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (D-NY) today announced approval by federal transportation officials of his plan to save $11.8 million in federal funds that had been designated for economic development in Western New York, but which were set to expire absent his intervention.
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Jan 28, 2009 Press Release
The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York announced today the award of a $40,000 affordable housing grant to the Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation and Improvement Corporation (“CHRIC”) to help fund the rehabilitation of a condemned building on Main Street in Sherman into affordable housing. Upon completion, the building will provide two single-family housing units.
Jan 28, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted today with the majority in the House of Representatives in support of critical legislation to create and save 3 to 4 million American jobs. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was approved by a vote of 244-188. Developed with the Obama Administration, this job creation package will rebuild America, making us more globally competitive and energy independent, and transforming our economy for long-term growth; give 95 percent of American workers an immediate tax cut; and invest quickly in the economy.
Jan 27, 2009 Press Release
Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that the Alden Fire Department will receive $52,248 in federal Homeland Security funding in the twenty-first round of Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program (AFGP) awards for fiscal year 2008.

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