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Apr 27, 2009 Press Release

Today, Senator Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressmembers Brian Higgins, Chris Lee, Louise Slaughter and Eric Massa introduced legislation in their respective Houses in Congress to allow former Bethlehem Steel workers to receive compensation under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICP).

Apr 23, 2009 Press Release
Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined a bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives to pass H.R. 1139, the COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) Reauthorization Act. The legislation, cosponsored by Higgins, will put 50,000 more police officers on our nation’s streets, including an estimated 4,822 additional officers in New York State. It authorizes $1.25 billion a year for COPS hiring grants, $350 million a year for COPS technology grants, and $200 million a year for hiring community prosecutors.
Apr 23, 2009 Press Release
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and Congressman Brian Higgins, during a personal meeting urged Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan to support the Community Regeneration, Sustainability, and Innovation Act of 2009, and choose Buffalo as one of 30 cities nation-wide to be selected for a pilot program to fight the blight of vacant housing. During the meeting Schumer and Higgins also requested that Sec. Donovan ensure that any HUD grant program designed to fight vacant housing through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act be applicable to abandoned properties and not just houses that have been foreclosed upon. This qualifies many more structures in Western New York as eligible for federal funding, as the region has a large number of abandoned, but not foreclosed, properties. An additional $2 billion in Recovery Act funds will be given out in grants to cities that face vacant housing problems.
Apr 23, 2009 Press Release
Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB) and Roswell Park Cancer Institute have been awarded over $2.2 million in Recovery Act funding for new research and technology initiatives in Western New York.
Apr 22, 2009 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced he will introduce federal legislation aimed at keeping more of the profits from the Niagara Power Project here in Western New York. 

Apr 20, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) and City of Dunkirk Mayor Richard Frey announced $376,000 in federal funding for dredging efforts in Dunkirk Harbor. The funding, secured by Congressman Higgins through the House Energy and Water bill at the request of Mayor Frey, will allow for smoother sailing of recreational and commercial vessels navigating the waters.
Apr 20, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined the American Cancer Society in issuing a “Road To Recovery Challenge.” The goal of the project is to recruit 50 new volunteer drivers for the American Cancer Society’s service program. “Road to Recovery” links patients in need of a ride to cancer treatments with volunteers willing to donate their time and the use of their car to provide free transportation.
Apr 18, 2009 Press Release
On Saturday, April 18 2009, Congressman Brian Higgins and Assemblyman Mark Schroeder will kick off Earth Week 2009 with a beach sweep lead by Hands On Greater Buffalo, WNY AmeriCorps, and Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper at Gallagher Beach at 8:30am. Volunteers will arrive at 8:30am for the short reception before spreading across the beach and ridding it of debris and litter, creating a safe environment for beach goers. The Gallagher Beach Sweep will complete 12 noon.
Apr 17, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins, joined Mayor Byron W. Brown New York State Assemblyman Mark Schroeder, New York State Senator William Stachowski and Erie County Legislator Tim Kennedy to announce an infrastructure improvement program for the Tifft Street corridor in South Buffalo.
Apr 16, 2009 Press Release
Last April, 2234 Seneca Street in South Buffalo was like any other neighborhood bank branch, with a steady flow of customers making deposits and withdrawals. A year later, the massive vault remains, but the people using this building are not investing in CDs or bonds, they are investing in their future.