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The United States is one step closer to banning the sale of personal care products containing microbeads following passage of legislation by Rep. Brian Higgins.


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Area residents who helped build the atomic weapons of the Cold War may now qualify for compensation. Rep. Brian Higgins says says workers at Hooker Chemical and other local factories were exposed to radiation without adequate monitoring or protection.

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Some members of Western New York's congressional delegation are split over President Barack Obama's recent rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline application.


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Developer Mark Croce is offering one floor of the Statler to help convince the University at Buffalo to return its Law School downtown.

Reacting to Friday morning's confirmation that KeyCorp is buying First Niagara, local leaders say they will work to preserve jobs that many fear will be lost as part of the deal.


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The march of a car-friendly Main Street through Downtown is continuing, with another $18 million in federal funding committed to the project.


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Congressman Brian Higgins recently won unanimous support in Congress for a measure requiring the Department of Homeland Security to conduct a terrorism threat assessment on the transportation of chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological materials in the United States. 

The NFTA is looking at a 1,600-foot extension of the Metro Rail, wrapping around First Niagara Center and running toward Michigan Avenue and the Cobblestone District. It would include a new station along South Park Avenue.


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Congressman Brian Higgins was in Buffalo yesterday talking about developments in the Middle East.

Nearly four years after the Dillon Courthouse was vacated, the property could be brought back to life.


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While there are many people from this area going to attend parts of the papal visit to the United States, three departed Tuesday with special access: Congressman Brian Higgins, Niagara University President Father James Maher and Response to Love Center Executive Director Sister Mary Johnice Rzadkiewicz.


Higgins urges ECHDC to back new waterfront redevelopment

Sep 16, 2015
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While saying Buffalo's waterfront has enjoyed a banner year, a local federal lawmaker says the region cannot be complacent. Congressman Brian Higgins is urging financial support for two proposed new waterfront projects.


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An estimated 4-point-4 million dollars will be divided among more than a dozen local agencies in Erie and Niagara Counties to improve transportation and mobility for senior citizens and people living with disabilities.

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Some members of Congress want Canada to require makers of the painkiller oxycodone to use the same kind used in the United States, which is more difficult to use illegally.


Higgins bill presses banks to move on foreclosed houses

Jul 22, 2015
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Congressman Brian Higgins announced proposed legislation on Tuesday which aims to cut down on the length of time a foreclosed or abandoned property lingers until it is finally sold. It's a bill supporters say protects families who cannot afford to keep those homes, as well as protects property values for neighbors.

Higgins discusses Middle East trip, stopping ISIS

Jul 6, 2015

Rep. Brian Higgins was among a delegation which recently traveled to the Middle East to meet with other leaders concerned about the rising influence of the group that calls itself Islamic State .

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Traffic across the Peace Bridge into the U.S. should be moving a lot faster in the wake of the experimental system of checking trucks before they start across.


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Friends and family to deceased war veteran Corporal Robert J. Smith gathered in West Seneca Sunday morning to recognize him for his contributions during the Vietnam War.

The time limit on veterans' education benefits would be eliminated under a bill proposed by Rep. Brian Higgins, who says veterans who put their lives on the line should have flexibility when seeking an education.

Many of Buffalo's political leaders will be gathering today to witness the formal Presidential candidacy announcement by Secretary Hillary Clinton.

Higgins co-sponsors drug act known as 'TREAT'

Jun 1, 2015
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A local congressman is among those co-sponsoring a bipartisan bill which would make it easier for doctors and other medical professionals to prescribe medication to treat opioid and heroin addiction.

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The first and only state park in the City of Buffalo opened on Sunday, and is set to offer Western New Yorkers a new waterfront destination.

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Homeless women in Buffalo may soon have a safe place to sleep at night as the Matt Urban Center plans on providing temporary housing in the city's Broadway/Fillmore neighborhood.


Higgins announces Social Security accountability bill

Apr 28, 2015
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A bill is being introduced by Congressman Brian Higgins that supporters say will bring more transparency to the Social Security Administration, as well as more public input in cases of field office closings.

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Rep. Brian Higgins is introducing legislation to protect the Great Lakes from nutrient contamination.

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The push is on for approval of a helipad atop the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital at the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus but, before construction, the pad needs to be signed off by local, state, and federal officials.

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Colleges across the country may soon compete to be designated as “Manufacturing Universities.”

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Rep. Brian Higgins believes the region's psychology is changing as residents see the emergence of new buildings and an active waterfront. The congressman delivered that message at a talk at Medaille College Thursday night.

Higgins recalls Mario Cuomo

Jan 2, 2015

Buffalo-area Congressman Brain Higgins is joining the many in recalling former New York Governor Mario Cuomo who died on Thursday at the age of 82.  Higgins said Cuomo eloquently expressed "the essence of what the Democratic Party has been in America."

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The 113th Congress ended with lawmakers receiving one of the lowest job approval ratings. Political battles and partisan bickering and gridlock created a dismal 2014 session.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked to one local congressman about moving beyond the wall that divides lawmakers. 

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