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Apr 13, 2010 Press Release

Albany, Apr 12--ENrG, Inc., a Buffalo specialty ceramics maker for clean-power applications, has been awarded a $500,000 New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) contract to develop components of a system to help significantly reduce emissions and fuel use from idling truck engines.

Apr 12, 2010 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that Western New York has been chosen to receive a $200,000 Brownfield Job Training grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  

Apr 11, 2010 Press Release

"The death of President Lech Kaczynski is tragic.  I join with millions of Polish-Americans, including all in Western New York, in mourning his passing and that of the 95 passengers he was traveling with when their plane crashed yesterday en route to Russia. This morning President Kaczynski's body was returned to Warsaw.

Apr 9, 2010 Press Release
In a letter to Governor Paterson, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) expressed outrage at New York State’s unnecessary suspension of construction contracts calling it a direct threat to New York’s delicate economic recovery at the worst possible time.
Apr 7, 2010 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) and Mayor Sam Teresi announced a $367,800 federal Recovery Act grant to support traffic equipment improvements and synchronization along the City of Jamestown’s Main Street corridor.
Apr 5, 2010 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced he will host a workshop for local firefighters interested in applying for federal fire grant funding through the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). At the workshop, participants are invited to learn first hand from a DHS Fire Grant Specialist how to put together a qualifying application. All applications are then submitted to DHS and go through a non-partisan, merit based review ranked by factors established by a panel of fire service professionals.
Apr 1, 2010 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins announced that West Side Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc., a member of the national NeighborWorks network, has received $229,550 in flexible federal dollars through NeighborWorks America, which will support affordable housing and community development activities in the City of Buffalo.
Mar 26, 2010 Press Release
New York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel announced two multi-million dollar contracts with Western New York companies to advance significant projects for the Power Authority. The projects – a facility at the new ice boom storage site and public park and new circuit breakers for the Niagara Power Project’s switchyard – were approved earlier this week by NYPA’s Board of Trustees.
Mar 25, 2010 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a member of the House of Representatives Dairy Caucus, joined other members of Congress in asking Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack to increase support prices to farmers.

Mar 25, 2010 Press Release
Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Representatives Louise Slaughter and Brian Higgins and Mayor of Buffalo Byron Brown announced that they have written a personal letter to the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), William Craig Fugate, asking the agency to drop its outrageous claim against the city of Buffalo for over $3M. The claim, which stems from the city’s response to a now infamous 2006 storm, the ‘October Surprise’ which nearly shut down the city when trees and power lines were brought down due to high winds, snow and ice. FEMA has recently told Buffalo that it spent too much during the 2006 storm, and it owes FEMA $3M. This claim comes against the city of Buffalo despite the fact that FEMA worked hand-in-hand with city officials during the storm to coordinate a response, approving the city’s expenses and reimbursing the city in full for the expenses related to this unusually strong October storm. FEMA’s claim comes after performing a flawed audit of the city’s actions which did not properly take into account the severity of the storm and the city’s superb track record of responding to emergencies.