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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.”

What the DADT Repeal Really Means

What the DADT Repeal Really Means

On September 20, 2011, The "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy, legislation that prohibited LGBT Americans from being "out" in the military was repealed.   It is a day that will go down in history, included in textbooks that our children will study.  Digging deeper, what does the DADT Repeal really mean?

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.

Councilmember Marlette Recommends Barriers to Improve Public Safety

Councilmember Marlette Recommends Barriers to Improve Public Safety

(Amherst, NY)---In light of the recent tragedy at a local Amherst restaurant, Deputy Supervisor Guy Marlette has created a resolution to the Amherst Town Board which directs the Planning Director to draft a Local Law to amend site plan regulations to require protective structures be placed between the parking lot and the place of assembly (such as a restaurant) where required, as a matter of public safety.

Mr. Marlette states “There are many types of barriers that can add protection where there is public assembly. It is imperative that our Building and Planning Departments examine this area of site plan regulations.”

Mr. Marlette’s resolution goes before the Amherst Town Board Monday, September 26, 2011 at 7PM.

Resource Center Awarded $11.9 Million Contract for Production of A-22 Cargo Bags

Resource Center Awarded $11.9 Million Contract for Production of A-22 Cargo Bags

A Statement Released by Sen. Schumer's Office

Schumer Announces Over $1.7 Million in HUD Grants for Jamestown

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. - Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $1,643,624 to the City of Jamestown. The money awarded is broken down through a $ 1,271,692 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and a $371,932 HOME award. These formula grants will support critical housing services for New Yorkers not readily available through any other private or government source. Schumer applauds HUD’s selection of Jamestown for these awards.

“The lack of decent, affordable housing is one of the greatest threats to New York State’s long-term economic success,” said Schumer. “These grants are important because they provide much needed affordable housing to help make sure that people in Jamestown have a roof over their heads and viable communities to raise their families in.