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Despite failing to ignite action from the Senate, Congressman Brian Higgins says the Democratic sit-in at the House chambers “effective in galvanizing public opinion” on what he calls “common sense gun safety measures.”

Gun control debate heats up again in Congress

Jun 14, 2016

The worst mass shooting in American history has re-ignited the debate over gun control. Senate Democrats plan to force a vote on legislation this week. WBFO's Chris Caya has reaction from some of the region's Congressional delegation. 

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A new online prepay option for commercial vehicles is now available at the Peace Bridge as part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection's latest effort to support a more efficient flow of traffic across the Canadian border.

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The future of one of Buffalo’s most commonly used highways may be getting some serious scrutiny. Congressman Brian Higgins is calling on the New York State Department of Transportation to immediately begin an environmental review of downtown Buffalo’s Skyway.

Great Lakes threatened by House bill

May 23, 2016
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The Great Lakes could become a spawning ground for invasive species under a bill recently passed by the House. It would eliminate federal oversight of ballast water that some ships carry around the world.

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Electric bills might come with a shock soon. Rep. Brian Higgins says wholesale prices have been spiking since the Huntley plant in Tonawanda was shut down in February.

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Saying that it has too many bases, the Pentagon is suggesting that some should be closed. However, there is pressure in Congress against closing any bases, like the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

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Plans are being made for the shipment of highly enriched uranium waste across the Canadian border and into the US.

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Dancers, dignitaries and shoppers gathered inside The Broadway Market Friday to mark the official launch of the Easter shopping season at the Buffalo landmark.

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By early 2017, the City of Buffalo's rental stock will include nearly 100 apartments in two new buildings overlooking the Buffalo River.

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Congressman Brian Higgins reported no update on potential plans for the re-use of Buffalo’s DL&W Terminal as a multi-modal transit hub.

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After more than two years of construction, finishing touches are under way on the new lodge at River Fest Park in Buffalo’s First Ward. It’s another of the milestone achievements for one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods.

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Key Bank's proposed takeover of First Niagara is running into opposition from elected officials.

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Almost seven years after 50 people died in the crash of Flight 3407 in Clarence Center, the victims' families are still fighting to protect the flying public. They were joined Tuesday by every member of Western New York's congressional delegation in Washington.  

Buffalo’s renaissance has seen success, in part, because the city has learned to embrace its unique characteristics and remake them to meet current and future demands. So far, it’s been done well on the downtown waterfront, with one exception – the DL&W Terminal.

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Solar panel installations will get another five-years of tax credit under the massive tax and spending bill approved in Congress last week. Proponents say the move will benefit the region's economy.

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A campaign is underway to change the Food and Drug Administration's 35-year-old ban on gay blood donors.

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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.

Keystone rejection draws opposing views

Nov 9, 2015

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.

Development coming to Dillon Courthouse

Sep 30, 2015

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.

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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.