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Sep 13, 2019 Press Release
Army Veteran Earned Lady Columbia Wound Certificate, Which Pre-Dates Today’s Purple Heart, For Injuries Sustained on September 14, 1918

On the eve of the 101st anniversary of the day United States Army veteran John C. Murray was wounded in action, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) presented Private First Class Murray’s family with a Purple Heart and other long overdue military medals for service during World War I.


Sep 12, 2019 Press Release
BOUND (Border Officer Utilization for National Defense) Act Ensures Northern Border Isn’t Compromised by Staffing Diversions to Southern Border

Congressmembers Brian Higgins (D- NY-26) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) announced introduction of the BOUND (Border Officer Utilization for National Defense) Act, requiring minimum staffing levels for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers stationed at ports of entry along the northern border. 


Sep 10, 2019 Press Release
Corporation for National and Community Service awards encourage volunteering on 9/11 as a tribute to victims, survivors, and those who served in response to attacks

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that two Western New York organizations were selected for September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance Grant Awards totaling more than $103,000 from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

Sep 9, 2019 Press Release
Project Furthers Gerard Place's Mission of Strengthening the Community and Empowering Individuals and Families Toward Self-Sufficiency

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of the $6 million transformation of a former parish hall into the new Gerard Place Community Center on the East Side of Buffalo. Gerard Place works to eliminate barriers which prevent people from escaping poverty.

Sep 9, 2019 Press Release
2019 on Track to be Worst for Toxic Blooms Causing People to be Sick and Pets to Die

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is asking the United States Army Corps to expand a pilot project, which is seeing success in combatting Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB), to the Great Lakes.  

Sep 5, 2019 Press Release
Higgins Objected to Plan Putting $14M NFARS Project at Risk

Today the Trump Administration announced that the Pentagon will divert $3.6 billion in military construction projects to pay for the border wall.  Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), has learned that the $14 million training and fitness center at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS) is not on the list of cuts at this time.

Sep 5, 2019 Press Release
In May, Customs And Border Protection Executed A Plan To Temporarily Move Up To 300 Northern Border Officers To The Southern Border; Staffing Shortages Caused Hours-Long Delays At WNY Ports Of Entry, Impeded Cross-Border Trade And Created The Risk Of Security Vulnerabilities

To Prevent Such Needless Security And Economic Danger In The Future, Schumer, Higgins Announce Legislation—BOUND Act—To Set A Minimum Customs Staffing Requirement At The Northern Border


Sep 4, 2019 Press Release
The FEMA Grant will be used to purchase equipment and provide training for firefighters that will enhance their rescue and life-saving operations

Buffalo, NY - Mayor Byron W. Brown and Fire Commissioner William Renaldo, joined by Congressman Brian Higgins, announced that the City of Buffalo received a $322,000 grant for the Buffalo Fire Department.

Aug 31, 2019 Press Release
Congressman says: “Each passing day represents a failure to fully protect the 2.7 million daily passengers as intended under the 2010 law”

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) learned that the Secretary of Transportation has forwarded a “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” on the Pilot Records Database to the Office of Management and Budget for formal review.

Higgins released the following statement in response: 

Aug 30, 2019 Press Release
$15.8 Million Infrastructure Project Builds on Over $400 million in Investments Along Buffalo River Corridor

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and State Senator Tim Kennedy were joined by community leaders to announce $10.625 million in new funding for renovation to the Ohio Street Lift Bridge.  The recent allocation, through the Federal Highway Administration’s National Highway Freight program with matching funds through New York State, is in addition to $5.23 million in previously allocated federal