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Congressman Higgins Pushes for Termination of National Flood Insurance Program

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined fellow House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee member Candice Miller (MI-10) in introducing an amendment to H.R. 1309, the Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2011, which would terminate the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). 

“The Flood Insurance Program is fundamentally flawed and economically broken,” said Higgins.  “In Western New York and other communities across the nation it levies a mandatory flood tax on homeowners who are at virtually no risk of flooding and see absolutely no benefit.  It hinders small business growth, negatively impacts property values and is driving up our national debt.  We need to lead with common sense and eliminate, rather than extend, this unfair program.”

Congressmen Reed & Higgins Offer Amendment to Restore Funding for West Valley Clean-Up

Congressmen Reed & Higgins Offer Amendment to Restore Funding for West Valley Clean-Up

WNY Members Say Investments Now Save In the Long-Term

 

U.S. Representatives Tom Reed (NY-29) and Brian Higgins (NY-27) have together introduced an amendment to increase funding designated for clean-up efforts at the West Valley site, a move aimed at protecting the greater Western New York community and saving money over the long-term.  The Reed-Higgins Amendment would restore $41 million to the non-defense environmental cleanup fund in H.R. 2354, the FY 2012 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill. 

Assemblyman Gabryszak: Legislation Would Prohibit Most Bonuses for Employees of Public Authorities

Assemblyman Gabryszak: Legislation Would Prohibit Most Bonuses for Employees of Public Authorities

Government authorities should be open and honest about what they are doing and how they are spending taxpayer dollars. This session, I authored a bill that passed the Assembly requiring the New York State Power Authority (NYPA) to submit an annual report to the governor, the comptroller and the fiscal committees of the Legislature (A.4250-A). It would establish a more standardized and thorough report of the utility’s finances, keeping NYPA’s business reporting practices in line with those of utility companies.

Assemblyman Gabryszak: Assembly and Senate Pass Comprehensive Ethics Reform

Assemblyman Gabryszak: Assembly and Senate Pass Comprehensive Ethics Reform

Sweeping ethics reform will make NY government more transparent, accountable

For years, the Assembly has pushed for strong ethics reform measures to shape up Albany and restore New Yorkers’ faith and trust in government. The recently passed Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011 is the culmination of those efforts, and it promises to be transformative (A.8301). The measure will take a hard line with unethical public officials, usher in greater disclosure and empower a newly created watchdog commission to crack down on corruption.

Program on Human Trafficking: Speaker from the International Institute of Buffalo

Program on Human Trafficking: Speaker from the International Institute of Buffalo

Join us in a fascinating program as Elizabeth McIntyre of the International Institute of Buffalo speaks about the practice of human trafficking locally. In addition, Historical Society Director of Collections Walter Mayer will present an artifact and story from the 1870s. The program takes place on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

According to the International Institute of Buffalo, even today, in the twenty-first century, and even here, in Western New York, there are slaves. Every day and everywhere there are people who have been tricked or forced to leave their homes and then find themselves in jobs where they are paid little or nothing, held captive, unable to be self-sufficient, abused and exploited. These people are modern-day slaves. They are victims of human trafficking, the exploitation of people for others’ financial profit. They escape or are rescued often with nothing but the clothes on their back.

Congressman Higgins Announces Grant Workshops for Local Firefighters

 Congressman Higgins Announces Grant Workshops for Local Firefighters

This year Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) will host two workshops for local firefighters interested in applying for federal fire grant funding through the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS).   At the workshop, participants are invited to learn first-hand from a DHS Fire Grant Specialist how to put together a qualifying application.  All applications are then submitted to DHS and go through a non-partisan, merit based review ranked by factors established by a panel of fire service professionals. 

“The federal fire grant process is highly competitive and will get more so as resources become limited,” said Higgins, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee.  “Our workshops give local firefighters the best opportunity to try to bring these federal dollars home.”’

Gabryszak: Take Time to Honor Our Fallen Soldiers this Memorial Day

Gabryszak: Take Time to Honor Our Fallen Soldiers this Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, Americans take time to remember and honor the most extraordinary Americans of all: the brave American soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defending our country, our freedoms and our way of life. Memorial Day weekend, an occasion often used to mark the beginning of summer, gives us an opportunity to come together as a community, participate in patriotic parades and take time to honor our fallen heroes.