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Sen. Kennedy Calls Redistricting Proposal Political Gerrymandering

Sen. Kennedy Calls Redistricting Proposal Political Gerrymandering

Senator testifies before LATFOR public hearing at Buffalo City Hall

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, called Senate Republicans’ redistricting proposal a clear example of political gerrymandering during his testimony before the panel tasked with redrawing the state legislative map at their public hearing Thursday. He urged the panel to take their remap proposal back to the drawing boards.

“Rather than making compactness, contiguity and communities of interest the guiding principles of the redistricting process,” Senator Kennedy said, “it appears you have manipulated the map and carefully plotted districts with the goals of maintaining power and safeguarding vulnerable incumbents.”

Congressman Higgins Announces Application Period for Federal Fire Grants

Congressman Higgins Announces Application Period for Federal Fire Grants

A Statement Released by Congressman Brian Higgins' Office

Window for Local First Responders to Apply Opens Today 

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be accepting applications for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grants starting on January 30, 2012. SAFER grants assist local fire departments with staffing and deployment capabilities to ensure that communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards.

“Western New York fire companies have benefitted greatly from SAFER grant funding in years past,” said Congressman Higgins. “I strongly encourage local fire companies to submit applications this year for assistance with recruitment and retention of first responders.”

Higgins Requests Meeting with Postmaster General

Higgins Requests Meeting with Postmaster General

A Statement Released by the Office of Rep. Brian Higgins

Higgins Calls Existing Data Calling for WNY Closings Inadequate and Insulting

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) wants answers from the United States Postal Service and he’s going to the top.  Frustrated by the lack of data to justify closings and drastic job cuts in Western New York, the Congressman is asking the U.S. Postmaster General for a meeting to discuss the issue. 

2011 Election Results: Town of Hamburg

2011 Election Results: Town of Hamburg

 

TOWN CLERK (4 Year Term): Catherine A. Rybczynski (Uncontested)

TOWN JUSTICE (4 Year Term): Walter L. Rooth (Uncontested)

 

ERIE COUNTY

9th LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 

Lynne Dixon                           56%                    12,718

Jonathan Gorman                42%                    9,288

Higgins, Kennedy Take Action to Stop Prescription Drug Abuse

Higgins, Kennedy Take Action to Stop Prescription Drug Abuse

Congressman, Senator join Avi and Julie Israel, other local advocates to encourage Western New Yorkers to fight the epidemic

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) and N.Y. State Senator Timothy M. Kennedy (58th District) announced actions they are taking to address the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse. This announcement comes just days after U.S. Attorney William Hochul and N.Y. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman hosted a summit calling for action to fight the prescription painkiller problem and as the nation kicks off Red Ribbon week (October 23-31) an annual anti-drug awareness campaign.

Nearly 100 Members Join Higgins, Slaughter, Hochul, Reed in Fight for Action on Aviation Safety

Directive on Pilot Fatigue Now Two Months Overdue

Congressmembers Brian Higgins (NY-27), Jean Schmidt (OH-2), Louise Slaughter (NY-28), Kathy Hochul (NY-26), and Tom Reed (NY-29) are continuing to keep up the pressure on completion of a federal aviation safety rule, now over two months delayed, and nearly 100 members of the House of Representatives are joining them in pushing for the rule to directly address issues related to pilot fatigue.    

“We are now 963 days past the horrific crash of Flight 3407 and with each tick of the clock without new pilot fatigue rules in place thousands of lives are put at risk,” said Congressman Higgins.   “Together we are sending a strong message that we can’t afford to put flight safety on standby.”

Higgins Speaks on Need to 'Rise Above Prejudice' on House Floor

Higgins Speaks on Need to 'Rise Above Prejudice' on House Floor

Congressman Applauds End to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell but Cites WNY Bullying Incident As Reminder that “Our Work Is Not Done”

Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) spoke on the Floor of the House of Representatives in support of the continued fight against discrimination in America.  In his remarks, the Congressman celebrated the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, but cited the recent tragic incident in which a teen from the Western New York community took his own life as a result of bullying as further evidence that more must be done. 

Below is the text of Congressman Higgins remarks:

Mr. Speaker,

I am proud to come before this body today to celebrate the end of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.