Rep. wants to keep Social Sec. Office open

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A local congressman is trying to top the doors from closing for good at the Social Security Office in Amherst.

Congressman Brian Higgins stood with workers and Amherst residents at the office on Sheridan Drive on Friday. The administration wants to close the location to save money, but Higgins argues that would be troubling for international students and senior citizens.

“A resident living in a senior facility in Amherst would have to take the bus, rail, or walk over a quarter of a mile to reach the Social Security Office in Buffalo. A trip taking over an hour one way. This is unacceptable,” he said.

The office also houses People, Inc., which manages cases for hundreds of Social Security recipients and people with developmental disabilities.

The Social Security Office is slated to close in less than two months.

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