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Congressman Higgins Invites Local Students to Submit Artwork

Congressman Higgins Invites Local Students to Submit Artwork

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) is inviting students to participate in the annual congressional art competition, “An Artistic Discovery.”  For the first time, the competition will go high-tech with all artwork displayed online.  Participants are also invited but not required to submit work featuring a Western New York theme.

“Our talented student artists in Western New York present amazing work,” said Congressman Higgins.  “Each year we are proud to bring the winning piece to D.C., feature the work locally and this year we look forward to expanding the public display to our online sites for everyone to see and enjoy,”

Congressman Higgins Suggests Ways to Stay Connected

Congressman Higgins Suggests Ways to Stay Connected

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) provided the following resources that allow local residents to stay connected to his efforts locally and in Washington, DC.  In addition, the Congressman provided other useful links for federal and local information.
 
“With the expanded use of online tools, social media and mobile technology, a central part of serving the people of Western New York is staying connected to where residents find the latest information and being involved in those conversations,” said Congressman Higgins.
 
Higgins, a new member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, recently returned from a trip to the Middle East, with a stop originally scheduled in Egypt.  He added, “It’s no secret that social media has a growing influence in major world events such as those seen in Egypt and Iran.  These tools are giving people around the world a new voice and providing a vehicle for communication that can lead to a greater social good.”

Congressman Higgins Reports VA Moving Forward on Plans for Veteran Cemetery in WNY

Congressman Higgins Reports VA Moving Forward on Plans for Veteran Cemetery in WNY

This afternoon the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced action they are taking to begin the process of locating a National Veteran Cemetery in Western New York.

“The men and women who have served this nation fall within a unique rank deserving of the recognition and reverence bestowed by a veterans’ cemetery,” said Congressman Higgins.  “I commend the Administration for moving forward on the process that will give Western New York veteran’s families the option for a veteran burial close to home.”  

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Cemetery Administration maintains 131 national cemeteries, including 7 in New York State.  However the closest to Western New York is located in Bath, NY, approximately 80 miles away. 

At House Hearing, Higgins Questions Homeland Security Secretary About Peace Bridge

At House Hearing, Higgins Questions Homeland Security Secretary About Peace Bridge

WASHINGTON, D.C. - At today’s House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee hearing, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a member of the Committee, asked direct questions regarding the future of the Peace Bridge expansion project in Western New York.

The committee hearing, titled “Understanding the Homeland Threat Landscape - Considerations for the 112th Congress” featured Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and National Counterterrorism Center Director Michael Leiter as invited witnesses.

Buffalo Common Council Meeting Summary for Jan. 25, 2011

Buffalo Common Council Meeting Summary for Jan. 25, 2011

Call for an Education Summit in the City of Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Buffalo Common Council adopted a resolution sponsored by Council Members Demone A. Smith and Michael P. Kearns and co-sponsored by Council Members Richard A. Fontana and Darius G. Pridgen calling for an educational summit to be held to discuss the issues affecting and to identify options for improving, the quality of education in the City of Buffalo Public School System. 

The City of Buffalo Public School System suffers from low achievement and is consistently among the lowest producing school systems within New York State (“NYS”).  With an overall graduation rate of around 60 percent, students who drop out of school are much more likely than their peers to become unemployed, live in poverty, receive public assistance, be incarcerated in prison, have health problems, be divorced, and/or be single parents of children who tend to become school drop-outs. 

Slaughter Responds to the State of the Union

Last night the President laid out a vision of America that he’s matching with planned investments to make them more than dreams.

It is his belief, and it is also mine, that America is capable of big things once again.

I was pleased to hear that his administration has highlighted high speed rail as one of the visions we will invest in to make it a reality. It will help rebuild Upstate New York and it is an investment worth making.

I look forward to working with him on this as well as rebuilding our infrastructure, increasing the number of college graduates so we will once again lead the world, and building a new economy as we protect American jobs with strong intellectual property rights.