Nate McMurray

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Western New York Republicans are pondering their options for finding a new candidate, now that federal insider trading charges have led Rep. Chris Collins to suspend his campaign for re-election.

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Rep. Chris Collins may have suspended his campaign for re-election but before dropping out the Clarence Republican sparked a lot of interest in his Democratic challenger Nathan McMurray.

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Congressman Chris Collins has suspended his re-election efforts after he was indicted on insider trading charges last week.

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She was defeated six years ago by the man now holding her former seat in the House of Representatives. Earlier this year, Governor Andrew Cuomo suggested she'd be an ideal candidate to challenge Chris Collins this November. But Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, during an appearance in Buffalo, says she's better serving people in her current role.

Political observers are recalculating their expectations for the race in the 27th Congressional District in light of Chris Collins' legal troubles. Roll Call, the Washington D.C.-based publication, had rated the race as "solidly Republican" before Collins was indicted on charges of insider trading. Roll Call's Bridget Bowman tells WBFO that doors are now opening for Nate McMurray that may give the Democratic challenger the money needed to fund an upset.


Most political observers believed the Republican party would hold New York's 27th Congressional district in the November election. That belief may have wavered yesterday when Congressman Chris Collins was indicted on charges of insider trading. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy points out how the majority of voters in the district are registered Republican. But he also predicts Democratic challenger Nate McMurray's campaign will receive a substantial financial boost from national interests hoping for an upset in the district.


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Rep. Chris Collins (R-Clarence) and two others pleaded not guilty to insider trading charges in a federal courtroom in Manhattan on Wednesday. During an evening news conference in Buffalo afterward, Collins rejected calls that he resign from Congress.

John R. Witt

Several more miles of the local waterfront will soon be open for the public to enjoy. Plans are moving forward for a riverfront pedestrian trail on Grand Island. 

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Grand Island soon will be home to the largest community solar installation in New York state. The $7 million project was recently unanimously approved by the Town Board.