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Congressman Higgins Reports VA Moving Forward on Plans for Veteran Cemetery in WNY

Congressman Higgins Reports VA Moving Forward on Plans for Veteran Cemetery in WNY

This afternoon the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced action they are taking to begin the process of locating a National Veteran Cemetery in Western New York.

“The men and women who have served this nation fall within a unique rank deserving of the recognition and reverence bestowed by a veterans’ cemetery,” said Congressman Higgins.  “I commend the Administration for moving forward on the process that will give Western New York veteran’s families the option for a veteran burial close to home.”  

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Cemetery Administration maintains 131 national cemeteries, including 7 in New York State.  However the closest to Western New York is located in Bath, NY, approximately 80 miles away. 

At House Hearing, Higgins Questions Homeland Security Secretary About Peace Bridge

At House Hearing, Higgins Questions Homeland Security Secretary About Peace Bridge

WASHINGTON, D.C. - At today’s House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee hearing, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a member of the Committee, asked direct questions regarding the future of the Peace Bridge expansion project in Western New York.

The committee hearing, titled “Understanding the Homeland Threat Landscape - Considerations for the 112th Congress” featured Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and National Counterterrorism Center Director Michael Leiter as invited witnesses.

Senator Tim Kennedy Responds to Property Tax Cap Passing in Senate

Senator Tim Kennedy Responds to Property Tax Cap Passing in Senate

ALBANY, N.Y. – With Western New York families and businesses struggling under the largest tax burden in the nation, Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, co-sponsored Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s property tax cap program bill – which caps the growth of property taxes at the lesser of two percent or the rate of inflation – to help push the tax cap through the Senate.  


It’s an important step forward in the bipartisan efforts of Senator Kennedy and his colleagues to combat the state’s skyrocketing taxes.  


“Western New York’s hardworking families and business owners have made it very clear that the time for property tax relief is now,” Senator Kennedy said. “Since 1977, New York has had the highest combined state-local tax burden in the nation for every year but three, and property taxes have continued to soar ever-higher, drastically outpacing wage growth and the rate of inflation. The unfortunate side effects have been economic decline and rapid population loss. During the last three decades, over 100,000 people have fled Erie County – that’s nearly 10 percent of our population. 

Buffalo Common Council Meeting Summary for Jan. 25, 2011

Buffalo Common Council Meeting Summary for Jan. 25, 2011

Call for an Education Summit in the City of Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Buffalo Common Council adopted a resolution sponsored by Council Members Demone A. Smith and Michael P. Kearns and co-sponsored by Council Members Richard A. Fontana and Darius G. Pridgen calling for an educational summit to be held to discuss the issues affecting and to identify options for improving, the quality of education in the City of Buffalo Public School System. 

The City of Buffalo Public School System suffers from low achievement and is consistently among the lowest producing school systems within New York State (“NYS”).  With an overall graduation rate of around 60 percent, students who drop out of school are much more likely than their peers to become unemployed, live in poverty, receive public assistance, be incarcerated in prison, have health problems, be divorced, and/or be single parents of children who tend to become school drop-outs. 

Congressman Higgins’ Response to the State of the Union Address

Congressman Higgins’ Response to the State of the Union Address

“In today’s 2011 State of the Union Address President Obama outlined the United States’ game plan toward winning the future, and first up is job creation and economic growth.  Americans are justifiably impatient and we need to fuel that urgency with opportunities for success for our businesses, for our innovators and for our children.

“America can compete against any nation in the world when given the tools to do so. We should start by preparing our children for greatness with an unmatched quality education and preparing our businesses for prosperity by leveling the playing field impacted by China’s unfair economic policies and extending the Research and Development tax credits that feed the entrepreneurial hunger to develop cutting edge breakthroughs. 

Higgins Named to Homeland Security Committee

Higgins Named to Homeland Security Committee

Congressman to Continue Leadership on Border Issues, Security Funds in New Role

This week, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) was selected by the House Democratic Caucus to serve on the House Committee on Homeland Security and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

“I am honored to have been appointed to serve on Homeland Security Committee, positioning our border community in the forefront of national discussions and helping to advance the Peace Bridge project and improve our border operations to strengthen economic ties with our Canadian neighbors,” said Higgins, a member of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus.  “Moreover, with a position on the Committee with jurisdiction over FEMA, I will continue to fight against unfair, outdated flood maps and for relief when communities like Silver Creek, devastated by flooding, and Buffalo, hit by the October Storm, are overwhelmed by natural disasters.”

Congressman Higgins & Mayor Brown Announce $322,400 Federal Fire Grant for Buffalo

Congressman Higgins & Mayor Brown Announce $322,400 Federal Fire Grant for Buffalo

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell W. Whitfield, Jr. announced a new federal grant totaling $322,400 for the Buffalo Fire Department.

“This significant federal grant will continue to build on the critical investments protecting our firefighters and making our streets safer,” said Congressman Higgins, who is newly appointed to the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee.   “I commend the city administration and fire department leaders for putting in the hard work necessary to build a qualifying grant application and help deliver these funds to Buffalo.”