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Letter: Higgins does hold forums, just not town hall meetings

Higgins does hold forums, just not town hall meetings

I read with interest The Buffalo News July 19 editorial about Congressman Tom Reed’s town hall meetings. While it is certainly appropriate to compare Rep. Reed’s constituent contact in town hall meetings with that of the other members of Western New York’s congressional delegation, I disagree with the statement that Rep. Brian Higgins doesn’t “make a point of such forums.”

Higgins is, if anything, omnipresent in the district. He visits with constituents at “Congress on Your Corner” events and regularly holds meetings in local communities that give his constituents an opportunity to offer their opinions in a one-on-one setting. Indeed, I recently helped organize a public meeting which was attended by a number of residents who disagreed with several of the congressman’s positions, challenging him to defend his record. The congressman did so graciously and stayed until all questions were answered.

I may not always agree with everything my congressman does, but it’s not fair to suggest he isn’t willing to listen to constituents.

Frank Housh, Esq.

Buffalo

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