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Congressman Brian Higgins released the following statement in response to current conditions at the USS The Sullivans:
“The USS The Sullivans is a National Historic Landmark and a true Western New York treasure. Just 10 days ago, on the 79th anniversary of the vessel’s launch, we announced $490,000 in federal funding to support repairs needed to protect the ship and the incredible history that goes with it.
“We were just at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park yesterday honoring veterans, and join the community in being shocked and sickened to see The Sullivans taking on water to this extent today. We are in communication with the City of Buffalo and the Naval Park. We thank the United States Coast Guard Station Buffalo and local emergency personnel and the Naval Park team for all they are doing to save The Sullivans.
“The state of The Sullivans today is an urgent reminder of the need to adequately fund the National Maritime Heritage Grant Program and ensure floating military history like those here at the Buffalo Naval Park and across the country are preserved for generations to come.”
Higgins personally secured $490,000 in the 2022 federal budget for the USS The Sullivans. He has also been a national leader in the push to increase funding for the National Maritime Heritage Grant Program.