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Late last week President Obama outlined his counter terrorism vision. The President said "America is at a crossroads" when it comes to the changing nature of terrorist threats.  He warns that Americans need to be vigilant against the increase of homegrown terror threats.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley caught up with a Western New York Congressional leader who is a ranking member of the counter-terrorism intelligence committee.


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Officials cut the ribbon Friday on a dock extension along the Buffalo waterfront.

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As early as Monday, we may find out if two Canadian residents had help in their alleged plot to blow up a train between New York City and Toronto.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is proposing a border crossing fee for those traveling into the country from Canada. So far the idea is drawing opposition from representatives across Western New York.

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The Ontario government wants to beef up security on passenger trains following the arrests of two men accused of planning a terror attack. The train that was allegedly targeted runs through western New York.

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April 22 marked Earth Day and on Buffalo's waterfront, Rep. Brian Higgins introduced legislation to help clean up the Great Lakes through upgrades to wastewater treatment plants.

Veterans Golden Age Games back on

Apr 2, 2013
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The Department of Veteran Affairs has reversed course and now says the 27th Annual National Veterans Golden Age Games are back on, after being postponed last week.

Schumer seeking to stop Bank of America closure

Mar 27, 2013
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A high-ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee is looking into Bank of America's decision to shut down it mortgage processing center in Getzville.

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Long delays on the Peace Bridge could soon be a thing of the past.  As WBFO's Chris Caya reports - a new agreement's in place designed to speed truck traffic across the span. 


Sequestration: Airports & the border

Feb 28, 2013
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Changes could be on the way for the traveling public both in the air and on the ground if the $85 billion worth of spending cuts take effect as planned.  

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Rep. Brian Higgins is calling for the removal of yet another section of Western New York highway in a call to restore waterfront access.

WNY delegation supports fiscal cliff agreement

Jan 2, 2013
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After weeks of gloomy warnings regarding an impending federal fiscal cliff, Congress worked at the last minute to avoid the automatic spending cuts and tax hikes that would have taken effect in the new year.

Congressman Higgins "it's not all about gun control"

Dec 18, 2012
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Western New York Congressman Brian Higgins says in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, it's not all about gun control. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked to Higgins before he headed back to Washington Monday.

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Congressman Brian Higgins is calling on the NFTA to give up its waterfront property for a couple of dollars, but the Transit Authority is not keen on the idea.  

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The NFTA should focus on its core mission of public transportation and not stand in the way of waterfront progress, says Rep. Brian Higgins. 

DOT to study Skyway alternatives

Nov 27, 2012
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Rep. Brian Higgins says the New York State Department of Transportation will conduct a cost-benefit analysis of alternatives to the Buffalo Skyway. 

Former Buffalo councilman David Rutecki dies

Nov 21, 2012

Former Buffalo common councilmember and community leader David Rutecki has passed away. Rutecki died of a stroke overnight in New York City. 

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The fourth anniversary of the crash of Flight 3407 is approaching and a number of aviation safety changes still have not gone into effect.

Higgins says fiscal cliff can be avoided

Nov 9, 2012

Now that the election is over, the national conversation has quickly turned to the "fiscal cliff." That's the term being used to describe the automatic spending cuts and tax increases set to take effect with the new year.

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Congressman Brian Higgins easily won his re-election bid Tuesday over challenger Mike Madigan. 

State official offers path to Skyway demolition

Oct 25, 2012
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The Cuomo Administration is apparently willing to consider Rep. Brian Higgins' recent call for removing the Buffalo Skyway.

During a stop downtown for a progress report on Canalside, Lt. Governor Robert Duffy touted the billion dollars Governor Andrew Cuomo has pledged for economic development.

Duffy said there is a process in place for requesting funding for Skyway demolition. He said if the Regional Economic Development Council lists the project as a top priority, then "the state is certainly going to listen."

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The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority has requested development proposals for its outer harbor lands delaying the transfer of ownership.

The delay was criticized by Representative Brian Higgins as unnecessary. Higgins claims that transferring the nearly 400 acres now to the Erie Canal harbor Development Corporation or the City of Buffalo will maintain the momentum of development that has been established.

The delay means that the transfer will not take place until January or February.

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After years of effort, American Customs and Immigration officers may soon be working on the Canadian end of the Peace Bridge.
           
The Canadian end of the bridge is far larger and far more modern than the U.S. end and shifting Customs and Immigration to Fort Erie has been pushed for years with Washington saying, "No."

Now, Washington is saying, "Let's give it a try," along with a similar 18-month test in Washington State.

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After years of rejecting the concept, authorities on both sides of the border have agreed to allow U.S. inspectors to conduct truck searches in Fort Erie.

The Buffalo News reports an 18-month pilot program at the Peace Bridge and at an international crossing in Washington state will be monitored to see if traffic flow can be improved without compromising security.

Obama signs bill to name courthouse after Jackson

Oct 5, 2012
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President Barack Obama signed a bill Friday that names Buffalo's new federal courthouse in memory of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson. 

The naming legislation, sponsored by Congressman Brian Higgins, was approved by the House in July and passed by the Senate in September. 

Robert Jackson was raised in Frewsburg and spent much of his young adult life in Jamestown and Buffalo.  He rose through the legal ranks to become U.S. Solicitor General, U.S. Attorney General, and eventually Supreme Court Justice in 1941. 

Higgins to DOT: Stop funding obsolete Skyway

Sep 24, 2012
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After a successful summer of activities that attracted thousands of people to the downtown waterfront, Congressman Brian Higgins is once again calling for removal of the Buffalo Skyway.

Higgins points out the the state Department of Transportation recently rated the bridge over the Buffalo River "functionally obsolete," because it lacks shoulders, and structurally "deficient."

Dillon courthouse continues to sit empty

Sep 18, 2012
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Buffalo's new federal courthouse has been open for months, but an important part of the project remains undone.

According to Congressman Brian Higgins, plans for the new building included re-using the old courthouse.  
    
Standing at the corner of Court Street and Niagara Square Monday, Higgins told reporters the government's landlord agency, the General Services Administration, should be following through on its plans to reopen the former Dillion Federal Courthouse. 

Rep. Brian Higgins says the U.S. needs to let the unrest in the Middle East "play itself out."

An privately-produced, anti-Islam film made in the America has provoked a week of unrest in predominantly Muslim countries.  But Higgins, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, says the U.S. can not impose itself in every conflict . 

"Those places aren't going to change until those people want to change. What we can do is influence our country and how we are viewed as a nation throughout the world," Higgins said.

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A bronze statue honoring the late Buffalo Mayor Jimmy Griffin now stands outside the downtown ballpark he helped build. 

Th statue was unveiled Friday afternoon outside of Coca Cola Field in the area known as James D. Griffin Plaza at the corner of Swan and Washington streets. 

Griffin, who served as mayor for 16 years from 1978 to 1993, died in 2008.  He was considered instrumental in getting what was then Pilot Field constructed in 1988.

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Economic opportunity and security challenges along the northern border were among the issues discussed during an Congressional Field Hearing in Buffalo today. 

Representative Brian Higgins, the Ranking Member of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence arranged the hearing.  Erie County Emergency Management Commissioner Dan Neaverth and Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour were among the witnesses called to testify at Buffalo's Federal Courthouse. 

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