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Higgins Presses for Multiple Staffing at Major Airport Air Traffic Control Towers

Higgins Presses for Multiple Staffing at Major Airport Air Traffic Control Towers

Congressman Hopes Review Provides Controllers Needed Support and Passengers Peace of Mind

In a letter to the U.S.

Slaughter Says Affordable Care Act a “Game Changer” for Consumers

Slaughter Says Affordable Care Act a “Game Changer” for Consumers

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28) today celebrated the one-year anniversary of passage of the Affordable Care Act, which extends health insurance coverage to millions of Americans and implements significant consumer protections when obtaining and retaining health insurance.

Slaughter said “I am proud to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act.  This landmark law has a strong and positive impact for Western New Yorkers and families throughout the United States.

Legislator Dixon Announces Erie County Opposes Wind Farms in Lake Erie

Legislator Dixon Announces Erie County Opposes Wind Farms in Lake Erie

BUFFALO, NY- A resolution sponsored by Legislator Lynne Dixon (Evans, Hamburg, Brant) opposing the exploitation of Lake Erie as a site for a wind farm was approved by the Erie County Legislature during its Thursday, March 17, 2011 session.

“I am glad the Erie County Legislature approved my resolution sending a strong message about protecting our Great Lakes,” Legislator Dixon said. “By doing so we are taking a stand on the issue, especially on behalf of our communities that live on Lake Erie and for all who use it for recreation.” 

Representing several communities located along Lake Erie, Legislator Dixon has been heavily involved in examining the possibility of wind farms since taking office in January of 2010.

Higgins Fights Flood Map for Old First Ward

Higgins Fights Flood Map for Old First Ward

Congressman Asks FEMA to Take Hundreds of Buffalo Homes Out of Flood Zone

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) is again waging a fight against federal flood maps, this time taking aim at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) flood zone in the City of Buffalo’s Old First Ward. 

“Again we see federal flood zone designations not based in science or reason placing unfair burdens on local homeowners and discouraging investment in the Old First Ward,” said Congressman Higgins, a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, which has jurisdiction over FEMA.  “We stand with local residents and business owners and approach this fight like we do others, by providing good, solid facts that support our argument.” 

Congressman Higgins sent a letter to the FEMA Regional Administrator requesting a revision of the Flood Insurance Rate Map for the Buffalo neighborhood.

Higgins Fighting to Make Historic Tax Credits User Friendly

 Higgins Fighting to Make Historic Tax Credits User Friendly

Congressman Says Changes Would Fuel Economic Growth

Western New York is home to magnificent historic treasures but Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) says the antiquated interpretation of National Park Service regulations are creating barriers for developers looking to invest in and rehabilitate local landmarks.

“The purpose of Historic Tax Credits is to encourage redevelopment and reuse of some of our most extraordinary structures but the outdated process is instead creating hurdles for the individuals trying to do just that,” said Congressman Higgins, Co-Chair of the Revitalizing Older Cities Task Force.  “I look forward to working with the National Park Service to facilitate changes that alleviate the current obstacles and allow for the rebirth of these sites and the economic and job growth that comes with it.”

Higgins Leads Effort to Restore Federal Security Funding to WNY

Higgins Leads Effort to Restore Federal Security Funding to WNY

Congressman Fights to Keep Millions for Buffalo Border Community and Other High-Risk Locations

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a member of the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, is leading an effort to restore Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) funding to the Buffalo area and similarly sized regions across the state and nation.  A bipartisan group of twenty-three Representatives have signed on to Congressman Higgins letter opposing an amendment, passed by the House, which would reduce UASI eligible cities from 64 high-risk urban areas to only 25.

“While smaller in population, Buffalo and other cities with unique risk features have been identified as high-threat areas and together with my colleagues we are fighting to make sure public safety is not abandoned in our communities,” said Congressman Higgins, who serves on the Border and Maritime Security and Counterterrorism and Intelligence subcommittees.

Congressman Higgins Invites Local Students to Submit Artwork

Congressman Higgins Invites Local Students to Submit Artwork

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) is inviting students to participate in the annual congressional art competition, “An Artistic Discovery.”  For the first time, the competition will go high-tech with all artwork displayed online.  Participants are also invited but not required to submit work featuring a Western New York theme.

“Our talented student artists in Western New York present amazing work,” said Congressman Higgins.  “Each year we are proud to bring the winning piece to D.C., feature the work locally and this year we look forward to expanding the public display to our online sites for everyone to see and enjoy,”