Congressman Calls Lawmakers Kennedy & Conrad “Invaluable” to Securing Funds
South Buffalo, NY—Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) today presented city and county leaders with federal transportation funding for rehabilitation projects on major thoroughfares in South Buffalo.
At a news conference attended by Erie County Legislator Tim Kennedy (2nd District – South Buffalo) and South District Buffalo Common Councilmember Jeff Conrad, Higgins presented a ceremonial check for $720,000 for the repair and maintenance of three major thoroughfares in South Buffalo. These projects include:
• $400,000 for the repaving of the full length of McKinley Parkway, from Heacock Park south to McKinley Circle (at Dorrance Avenue);
• $160,000 for the repaving of Hopkins Street, from Tifft Street south to the South Park ring road;
• $160,000 for the repaving of South Park Avenue, from Bailey Avenue west to the Buffalo River.
“Federal transportation dollars put local people to work, and make roadways safer for motorist and pedestrians,” said Higgins, who serves as a member of the House’s Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, the committee having primary jurisdiction over this bill. “We worked hard in this bill to bring local resources home to local communities, and working with Legislator Kennedy and Councilman Conrad, we were able to bring home more than $600,000 to make these streets safer,” Higgins added.
Legislator Kennedy added, “We are tremendously grateful to Congressman Higgins and to the House in general for adopting this transportation bill and including our communities in it. I have worked with Congressman Higgins since his days in the State Assembly to bring these needed improvements to local roads, and I am proud to be part of a team that worked with Congressman Higgins to secure these funds.”
Councilman Conrad added, “McKinley Parkway, Hopkins Street and South Park Avenue are all important thoroughfares in our community, and each will benefit tremendously from this infusion of federal money. Road repairs in local communities mean local jobs for local residents, and they also mean enhanced economic development for the business districts in local areas. I’m delighted that Congressman Higgins was able to secure these funds which will go a long way toward making these streets safer for drivers, passengers and pedestrians alike.”