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Congressman Higgins Suggests Ways to Stay Connected

Congressman Higgins Suggests Ways to Stay Connected

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) provided the following resources that allow local residents to stay connected to his efforts locally and in Washington, DC.  In addition, the Congressman provided other useful links for federal and local information.
 
“With the expanded use of online tools, social media and mobile technology, a central part of serving the people of Western New York is staying connected to where residents find the latest information and being involved in those conversations,” said Congressman Higgins.
 
Higgins, a new member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, recently returned from a trip to the Middle East, with a stop originally scheduled in Egypt.  He added, “It’s no secret that social media has a growing influence in major world events such as those seen in Egypt and Iran.  These tools are giving people around the world a new voice and providing a vehicle for communication that can lead to a greater social good.”

Poloncarz Announces the Formation of the New York State Elected County Comptrollers’ Association

Poloncarz Announces the Formation of the New York State Elected County Comptrollers’ Association

BUFFALO, NYEarlier this month, elected comptrollers from across New York State convened to formalize a relationship that has been evolving over the past several years.  The newly formed New York State Elected County Comptrollers’ Association (NYSECCA) is a non-partisan collaboration committed to protecting the integrity and independence of their oversight role in county government. 

Elected comptrollers are charged with independent oversight of governmental operations.  There are eight elected county comptrollers in New York State and together they want to ensure their “watchdog” status provides the most effective services to their constituencies.  

“County Comptrollers hold a unique position across New York State.

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.

Statement of Erie County Clerk on the Proposed NYS Budget

Statement of Erie County Clerk on the Proposed NYS Budget

BUFFALO, NY - Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul said she was relieved that the State budget proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo did not include new fees or major changes that would impact motorists. “Hopefully the days of balancing budgets on the backs of our drivers are over.  In the previous State budget, our residents endured 25% increases in DMV fees over our strong objections.  I am very pleased that the Governor understands that the cost of owning and maintaining vehicles, especially with the unconscionably high cost of gas these days, has meant too many hard-earned dollars drained from the pockets of our residents.  I give the Governor a great deal of credit for understanding the plight of our customers and as a result, is leaving them alone.

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.