Higgins fights to keep social security office

AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB)- The first social security check was issued 74 years ago Friday. On this Friday, Congressman Brian Higgins will be on Sheridan Drive to make his case for keeping the doors open at a local Social Security Office.

The closing  is expected to save the Social Security Administration almost $4 million over the next ten years, but it could have a negative impact on the people it serves.

News 4 caught up with some western New Yorkers when the closing was first announced. They say the wait at the Sheridan Drive office is already more than an hour long, and closing one office could make the wait even longer at the other three in the area.

Higgins is appealing the consolidation and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare hopes an appropriations bill will help to change things, too.

“There are a lot of seniors in our area, there’s a lot of individuals who are disabled who depend on those offices,” Higgins said.

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare President and CEO Max Richtman said, “I think once this legislation is completed there will be a process that’s in place to allow more input from the public to address these kinds of situations.”

Higgins will beat the Social Security Office Friday at 11 a.m. to explain why this office is so important to the people of western New York, including thousands of international students and the large number of seniors in the area.

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