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Congressman Higgins Pushes for Termination of National Flood Insurance Program

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined fellow House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee member Candice Miller (MI-10) in introducing an amendment to H.R. 1309, the Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2011, which would terminate the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). 

“The Flood Insurance Program is fundamentally flawed and economically broken,” said Higgins.  “In Western New York and other communities across the nation it levies a mandatory flood tax on homeowners who are at virtually no risk of flooding and see absolutely no benefit.  It hinders small business growth, negatively impacts property values and is driving up our national debt.  We need to lead with common sense and eliminate, rather than extend, this unfair program.”

McKinley House Finds an Owner Via Habitat

McKinley House Finds an Owner Via Habitat

This morning, June 2nd, 2011, a three-bedroom modular house began its move from McKinley High School to a building site at 50 Wilson Street, Lackawanna, initiating a new collaboration with Habitat for Humanity Buffalo and the Construction Industry Education Foundation.  The house is being moved from the school on Elmwood Avenue, where the students built it, to a poured foundation. 

448 Elmwood Celebrates Grand Opening in Buffalo’s Elmwood Village

448 Elmwood Celebrates Grand Opening in Buffalo’s Elmwood Village

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Common Council Member David Rivera were on hand Wednesday, May 25, to help cut the ribbon at the grand opening of 448 Elmwood, a new building now home to 12 luxury apartments, Coffee Culture, ICU Optical Sunglasses and additional commercial space. Partners in the project are The Krog Corporation of Orchard Park, The Frizlen Group Architects of Buffalo and Michael Ferdman.

Located in Buffalo’s Elmwood Village, 448 Elmwood stands on a corner formerly occupied by a vacant fast-food restaurant. The location is just five minutes from downtown Buffalo and the Peace Bridge.

West Side Neighborhood Housing Services, Congressman Higgins Announce $68,150 from NeighborWorks Ame

West Side Neighborhood Housing Services, Congressman Higgins Announce $68,150 from NeighborWorks Ame

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) and West Side Neighborhood Services announce help for Western New York, through a $68,150 grant from NeighborWorks® America, at a time when communities are taking early steps back from the housing crisis and jobs need to be created most.   This flexible funding source will help West Side Neighborhood Housing Services in a variety of ways, including providing key service delivery funds for homebuyer education, owner-occupied rehabilitation, foreclosure prevention and community building programs.

West Side Neighborhood Housing Services’ Executive Director, Linda Chiarenza, says these flexible funds are vital as Buffalo communities face increasing needs and decreasing funding.

Richardson Olmsted Complex January 26th Public Meeting

Richardson Olmsted Complex January 26th Public Meeting

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Please join the Richardson Center Corporation on Wednesday, January 26, 6:00 pm at Rockwell Hall Performing Arts Center for an informational and interactive meeting on the Richardson Olmsted Complex South Lawn. 

The South Lawn will be a welcoming landscape for public enjoyment. As an important component of the Master Plan Core Project, the South Lawn landscape, circulation and entry encompasses a 4 acre area between the Towers Building and Forest Avenue. The design plans carry out a contemporary interpretation of the Olmsted design for new and existing users.  

At the meeting, plans for this $4 million construction project will be unveiled and the community will have the opportunity for discussion. Updates on the Master Plan, stabilization, parking relocation, ownership and implementation schedule will also be presented.  Questions? Call (716) 849-6070 or email.

List of Broadway-Fillmore Properties to be Auctioned Next Week

Next week is the city of Buffalo's annual foreclosure auction on properties with delinquent taxes.

I took the city's list and extracted properties in zip code 14212.

I organized the spreadsheet by street.

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It is a three-day auction that will begin Oct. 25 in the in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center...the homes, businesses or vacant lots will be offered for sale to the highest bidders.

For more information about auction and a full listing of properties throughout the city, visit the City of Buffalo's website. http://www.ci.buffalo.ny.us/

Home Repair Funding Just Awarded

The Matt Urban Center has been awarded $700,000 by the Affordable Housing Corporation and the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal to administer an owner-occupied repair program to assist low income homeowners in a targeted area of East Buffalo.

Some units will be targeted for persons who are elderly and persons with physical disabilities. Additional funding will be provided by the NYS DHCR Weatherization Assistance Program. Program to open in 2011.

Please call 893-7222 x 213 for program details.