|Address||43 Morgan Road |
Buffalo, New York 14220, United States
|| October 06, 1959
Jan 04, 2021 06:06am
Married - Catholic -
|Info||Brian Higgins |
Born to working class parents in South Buffalo, New York, Brian Higgins was first elected public office 1987. As a City of Buffalo Common Councilman, Brian was rated the best Buffalo lawmaker in a 1993 Buffalo News survey of Western New York business and community leaders.
In January 1995, Brian was admitted to Harvard University and awarded the inaugural Western New York Harvard Graduate fellowship, and in June 1996 received a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy and Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Also an alumnus of Buffalo State College, Brian completed graduate and undergraduate studies in history and political science, respectively. Brian also serveed as a lecturer in the History and Economics departments at Buffalo State College.
Brian Higgins was elected to the New York State Assembly for the 145th District in November 1998. As Assemblyman for the 145th District, Brian has made economic development and job creation a key focus of his service. Brian has secured nearly $20 million in state funding to revitalize lands then controlled by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA), including the area commonly known as "Gallagher Beach." Brian also led the effort to create a new state park along the Outer Harbor on the beach site.
In November of 2004 Brian was first elected to serve as the Congressman representing New York's 27th District which includes a portion of Erie County and all of Chautauqua County. In his first term he played a vital role in negotiating the relicensing settlement agreement for the New York State Power Authority's Niagara Power Project which delivered $279 million to WNY.
Brian is a recipient of the Judge John D. Hillary Scholarship Award recognizing his commitment to education and community, and was a member of the inaugural Business First "Forty Under Forty" class, recognizing his professional success and community involvement at an early age.
Brian and his wife Mary Jane -- a special education teacher in the Buffalo Public School system -- are the proud parents of two young children, John and Maeve. They are parishioners at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in South Buffalo.