In a story March 3 detailing the feud between Rep. Brian Higgins and developer Carl Paladino, the developer said he was insulted when a Higgins’ aide tape-recorded a meeting between the two former friends at about the time the Affordable Health Care Act was passed in 2009. Higgins, though, says no staff aide ever recorded a meeting between him and Paladino.
A Higgins representative said the congressman’s version is that a meeting could have taken place at an earlier date but not about health care, and that the conversation was not recorded and an aide was not present.
Higgins also pointed out that Paladino hosted a fundraiser for him in 2006 – not 2004 – underscoring his contention the developer continued to support him even into his early Congressional career.
The story incorrectly reported Higgins’ age. He is 53.