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Mar 2, 2009 Press Release

BUFFALO, NY March 2 – In difficult economic times like these, a donation that supplements Buffalo’s efforts to increase the firefighting capabilities of the Buffalo Fire Department will help make firefighters, city residents and business owners safer.

Feb 27, 2009 Press Release
Today Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined West Side Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) Executive Director Linda Chiarenza to announce $87,500 in federal NeighborWorks Funding which will be used toward the essential neighborhood programming offered by West Side NHS. Department of Housing and Community Renewal Buffalo Regional Director Thomas Van Nortwick was also on hand to announce $216,000 for a new Mortgage Check Up Program offered at the center and in the community.
Feb 27, 2009 Press Release
In a letter to President Obama, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) applauded the commitment made in the President’s address to the nation to ‘launch a new effort to conquer a disease that has touched the life of nearly every American by seeking a cure for cancer in our time’ and he encouraged the President to personally witness the great work happening at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus when he visits the Western New York Area.
Feb 27, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) reported that several Western New York municipalities are set to receive over $6.1 million in additional Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and more than $8.37 million in Homeless Prevention Grant allocations made available through the approval of the 2009 Federal Recovery Act.
Feb 26, 2009 Press Release
Today, the House of Representatives considered H. Res. 183, a resolution introduced by Congressman Chris Lee (NY-26), Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28) expressing condolences to the families, friends, and loved ones of the victims of Continental Connection Flight 3407. The House is expected to pass the measure tomorrow.
Feb 25, 2009 Press Release
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.
Feb 24, 2009 Press Release
“Tonight Congress and the country listened as our President, in office just four short weeks, laid out a very realistic and optimistic picture of the state of our nation. With a strong focus on our national economy President Obama provided new hope for middle class families like many in Western New York struggling to find work and afford quality healthcare.
Feb 24, 2009 Press Release
U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Brian Higgins today announced that the Omnibus appropriations bill will include $475,000 for the Town of Hamburg. The funding would be used to design, purchase, and install supplemental safety measures at four highway grade crossings within the Town, and would designate a 4.5 mile long quiet zone along Hamburg's railroad tracks to alleviate noise from passing trains. The bill will now proceed to the House and Senate Floors as the next steps in the appropriations process.
Feb 23, 2009 Press Release
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and Congressman Brian Higgins today announced their new legislation to help combat the vacant housing blight in the Buffalo area and across the country. The new legislation would create a pilot program, which Schumer and Higgins today vowed to fight to implement in Buffalo, that would send grants and flexible funding to 15 small cities and 15 large cities across the country to help address vacant properties. The legislation is a new and innovative approach to fighting the vacant housing problem that has been exacerbated by rising foreclosures.
Feb 20, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) released additional information on the $250 payment designated for seniors, disabled veterans and retired railroad workers under the recently approved American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.