Towards the end of 2023, it was announced that the long-term Congress representative for Buffalo and Western New York would step down after nearly 20 years in office.

Brian Higgins, who has stepped down to become the CEO of Shea's Buffalo, represented the 716 for two decades, and now that he has vacated his seat, the office needs to be filled.

There has been much speculation about who would take over, and now we're one step closer to finding out.

Date For Congressional Special Election Is Set for New York 26

Late on Monday, February 12, 2024, New York Governor Hochul announced that the special election to replace Higgins in Congress would happen on Tuesday, April 30, 2024.

With Brian Higgins’ departure from Congress, a special election to ensure representation for the 26th District will be held in April... From our days representing Western New York in Congress together to our partnership in the years since, I am grateful for Brian’s service to our State and our country. I wish him all the best as he embarks on a new chapter of service and look forward to working with his successor to improve the lives of New Yorkers.
-Kathy Hochul, Governor of New York State

Governor Kathy Hochul / New York State
Governor Kathy Hochul / New York State

Several people are vying for the office. The Erie County Democrats have endorsed Tim Kennedy for the seat, and several others have made their intentions known.

2024 Is Going To Be A Busy Year For Elections

The announcement that the special election will take place on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, just adds another wrinkle to what is shaping up to be a very busy year for elections.

So far, the following elections are set for this year:

  • Presidential Primary Election - April 2, 2024
  • Congressional Special Election - April 30, 2024
  • State/Local Primary Election - June 25, 2024
  • General Election - November 5, 2024

It looks like democracy is hard at work; let's hope people are ready to participate.

Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.
–Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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Who Will Replace Rep. Higgins In Congress?

The surprise resignation of Brian Higgins opens the field for someone to fill his seat in the US Congress, but who should it be? These people have been mentioned as the most likely candidates.

Gallery Credit: Ed Nice

Take A Look Inside This Abandoned Hospital In Buffalo, New York

The Facebook page Abandoned and Beyond Buffalo, NY, takes us inside this vacant hospital that has been empty since 2017. There are plans to redevelop this massive property, but they have not come to fruition yet.

The photos shared here are meant for entertainment and educational purposes only. Under no circumstances should you enter this property. By doing so, you risk bodily harm and/or arrest and prosecution for trespassing on private property. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you do not attempt to investigate the inside of abandoned buildings without proper knowledge, experience, and legal authorization.

Gallery Credit: Ed Nice

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