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Higgins Shocked by House Vote Denying $250 Cost Relief for Seniors on Social Security

Higgins Shocked by House Vote Denying $250 Cost Relief for Seniors on Social Security

On Wednesday Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted for H.R. 5987, the Seniors Protection Act but the bill failed to receive the over two-thirds support needed for approval. The legislation, cosponsored by Higgins, would have provided a one-time $250 payment to seniors on Social Security to compensate for an automatic formula that calculates no Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2011.

“I am saddened to see partisan Washington politics win out at the expense of seniors in Western New York and across the nation,” said Congressman Higgins.

“For Social Security recipients in this community that $250 payment, while not exorbitant, certainly goes a long way toward paying heating bills or prescription costs. The issue of making sure our seniors have the most basic of necessities should not be one that divides but instead a national priority we can all unite behind.”

The meaning of Thanksgiving as President Lincoln intended it to be

We get so lost in the secular version of thanksgiving and shopping on Black Friday, that we have forgotten the reason for this holiday. We no longer give thanks as President Abraham Lincoln wanted in celebration of America being one after the Civil War. We no longer give thanks as intended but rather see it as a day of greed in some cases

In 1621, after a hard and devastating first year in the New World the Pilgrim's fall harvest was very successful and plentiful. There was corn, fruits, vegetables, along with fish which was packed in salt, and meat that was smoke cured over fires. They found they had enough food to put away for the winter.

Gallivan Overcomes Party Bosses to Claim Volker's Seat

Pat Gallivan will begin his term as State Senator in the 59th District in January and owe no one in his own party. Gallivan defeated former County Chairman Jim Domalgowski, who had been anointed by County Exec Chris Collins and endorsed by Carl Paladino, in the September primary. Gallivan then went it alone in the general election, not riding the Paladino freight train like so many other locals. Now Gallivan is his own man owning a seat in a heavily Republican district for as long as he wants it.

The Debate Is On ... and We Want Your Questions

WGRZ Seeks Questions for Monday's Debate

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- On Monday, October 25 at 9 a.m., all three candidates for the 59th District New York State Senate seat will square off in a debate hosted by WGRZ-TV 2 On Your Side.

2 On Your Side Reporter Scott Brown will be the moderator for Monday's debate, and he wants to know what questions you would pose to Cynthia M. Appleton (D), Patrick Gallivan (R) and David J. DiPietro (TEA).

Send your questions to Scott by email. The debate will be broadcast live on WGRZ.com.

HEALTHeLINK Unveils $16.1 Million Beacon Community Initiative to Fight Diabetes

BUFFALO, N.Y. – In June 2010, HEALTHeLINK received the largest Beacon Community Award in the United States from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Beacon Project was created to help communities use health information technology to forge cooperation and use resources effectively toward local priority health goals.

HEALTHeLINK was joined today by Dr. David Blumenthal, the point person for the national health information technology initiative, as well as other dignitaries, including Congressman Brian Higgins and New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Richard F.