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Sep 17, 2018 Press Release
New York’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Has Helped Reduce Doctor Shopping and Prescription Opioid Abuse by 90 Percent Since 2013, But New York Doesn’t Have the Data It Needs from Half of States Across the Country to Help Prevent Opioid Addiction

Buffalo, NY – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited Save the Michaels of the World, Inc. in Buffalo to push for funding to combat the opioid epidemic and support prescription drug monitoring programs that help prevent opioid abuse and prescription fraud. Gillibrand was joined by U.S. Representative Brian Higgins, New York State Senator Tim Kennedy, and community leaders.

Sep 15, 2018 Press Release
Korean War Veteran and Longtime Law Enforcement Leader Forever Remembered

Local leaders gathered for the dedication of the Bailey Bridges and Bailey Peninsula Natural Habitat Park in Buffalo in honor of the late Sheriff Thomas F. Higgins, a law enforcement leader and United States Marine Corps Korean War Veteran. 


Sep 13, 2018 Press Release
Federal Funds to Support Improvements to Runway Apron and Approaches

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced $1,828,253 in federal funding for improvements to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. 

“Big changes are coming to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and these federal funds will contribute to a number of projects aimed at improving efficiencies and the passenger experience,” said Congressman Higgins. 

Sep 11, 2018 Press Release
WNY Departments Invited to Training on September 24th

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) invites local firefighters to an upcoming Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program Workshop in Western New York. 


“This workshop will give local firefighters the tools to put together competitive applications that give departments the best opportunity to bring federal resources home,” said Congressman Higgins. 


Sep 11, 2018 Press Release
$1.65 million, 5-year grant to aid law enforcement in identifying, working with individuals with mental health issues, substance abuse disorders. 15 local law enforcement jurisdictions have already received CIT training including City of Tonawanda, Town of Cheektowaga

ERIE COUNTY, NY— Today Erie County Executive Mark C.

Sep 6, 2018 Press Release
Plan for 25% Tariff Would Hit New Era Cap Workers & Customers

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is calling for headwear products used to manufacture hats in the United States to be removed from the Administration’s proposed list of goods slated to be hit with a 25% tariff.  Higgins, a member of the House of Representatives Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, raised objections to the proposal in a letter and remarks on the House Floor. 

Sep 4, 2018 Press Release
Federal Award to Support Recruitment Efforts

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and City of Tonawanda Mayor Rick Davis announced a federal fire grant totaling $359,448 for the City of Tonawanda Fire Department.  The award is provided through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Services (SAFER) program. 

Aug 31, 2018 Press Release
Congressman Calls for “No Leniency” As Company Prepares to Answer to Federal & State Agencies

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is calling for federal and state agencies to put a stop to Tonawanda Coke, a company that has, for years, exhibited a blatant disregard for the health and safety of its employees and local neighbors and continues to be an unscrupulous business generating lasting negative impacts on Western New York air quality and the environment. 

Aug 30, 2018 Press Release
Federal Community Block Grant Investments in Town Top $1 Million

Congressman Brian Higgins and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced completion of improvements to three roads in the Town of West Seneca, marking the latest in a comprehensive infrastructure effort supporting repaving work on 18 streets in West Seneca over the last 8 years with the support of federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. 

Aug 29, 2018 Press Release
Higgins, other Members of NY Delegation had called on ITC and Commerce Dept. to reconsider the effects of the tariffs

The International Trade Commission (ITC) has released a unanimous 5-0 ruling determining that antidumping and countervailing tariffs on Canadian imports of uncoated groundwood paper did not cause material harm to the U.S. paper industry, and has nullified them.