Selectman Joe Higgins, the running mate of first selectman Jamie Cosgrove for the last 4 elections, has passed away at 74. He had been dealing with a variety of illnesses related to diabetes.
Higgins was a legend in the fire community, serving as Deputy Director of dispatchers in New York City, including handling dispatch on 9/11.
Once retiring to Branford, he became active locally, ultimately running with Cosgrove for office.
We will have more information as it becomes available. We extend our sincere condolences to the Higgins family, he will be greatly missed.