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When the House of Representatives votes Thursday on beginning a formal impeachment investigation, Western New York will have two votes on the floor: Corning Republican Tom Reed and Buffalo Democrat Brian Higgins. Former Clarence Republican Chris Collins resigned his congressional seat after a felony conviction and is not eligible to vote.

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It seems increasingly likely that a special election for the western New York congressional seat vacated by the disgraced Chris Collins will be held the same day as New York’s presidential primary in April -- and that has Republicans in the state crying foul.


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A Western New York Medal of Honor winner, who had been viewed by political observers as having an excellent chance of getting the Republican nomination to run next year for the seat given up  by former Rep. Chris Collins, says he will not be seeking that congressional spot.

Chris Collins' departure from Congress has opened the door to Washington for an aspiring politician. Several have already announced their candidacies for the 27th district, which covers a large, mostly-rural portion of Upstate New York. For those looking to understand the complexities of the district, Batavia may be a good place to start, so says Howard Owens of The Batavian. Owens' message that Batavia sits at "the heart" of the district seems to be making an impact. State Senator Rob Ortt announced his candidacy in front of city hall and two others--State Senator Chris Jacobs and Grand Island Supervisor Nate McMurray--have sat down for extensive interviews with Owens.


Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul is staying in her current job, even though some have called for her to run for the western New York congressional seat that’s vacant after Chris Collins resigned.

Collins pleaded guilty to federal charges related to insider trading.

Hochul spoke to WWXI’s Karen DeWitt.


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The son of former Clarence Rep. Chris Collins and the son's prospective father-in-law have each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud in federal court in Manhattan.

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Along with resigning from Congress, how else will Chris Collins' life change now that he is facing time in federal prison? Collins may have to give up his work with the Boy Scouts.


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A special election for the 27th Congressional district seat just vacated by Republican Chris Collins will eventually happen according to Gov. Cuomo. But when will it occur?

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Nate McMurray is doubling down on his campaign following the resignation of Rep. Chris Collins, expressing confidence he can win Collins’ heavily Republican 27th Congressional District as a Democrat.

 

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Former congressman Chris Collins has pleaded guilty in an insider trading case, a day after he resigned from Congress.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul could win the congressional seat Chris Collins resigned on Monday. Hochul said she agrees—but she’s still not going to run.


Mark Tenally / AP

The House of Representatives on Tuesday morning formally accepted the resignation of Chris Collins. Now that his political career has come to an end, what is next for the Clarence Republican and the 27th congressional districtdistrict?

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Jerry Zremski of The Buffalo News about New York Rep. Chris Collins' resigning from the House ahead of his expected guilty plea to insider trading charges.

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Rep. Chris Collins (R-Clarence) is resigning his House seat and plans to change his plea in the federal insider trading case against him.

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Local members of Congress are weighing in on the controversy over a phone call that President Donald Trump had with the Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Rep. Chris Collins is praising EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler for getting rid of an Obama-Era clean water rule known as Waters of the United States. The rule expanded the streams and waterways under federal jurisdiction, including ephemeral waters which are streams which don't run 12 months of the year.


Sen. Rob Ortt

Former North Tonawanda mayor and current state Sen. Robert Ortt  has announced his candidacy for the 27th Congressional district seat.

There might be two familiar faces dueling across the 27th Congressional District next year, with Grand Island Supervisor Nate McMurray saying he will take a run for the heavily-Republican and conservative congressional seat.


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Democrat Nate McMurray made it official Saturday morning -- he's running for Congress in the 27th district next year.

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Under a perfect blue sky on a giant portico overlooking Lake Erie, Daniel Shaw's Purple Hearts were delivered yesterday on Purple Heart Day, symbols of his 2007 death in combat in Iraq.

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Rep. Chris Collins says he is happy federal prosecutors have dropped some of the charges against him and against his son Cameron in his insider trading case.


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Federal prosecutors in New York have dropped some charges against Congressman Chris Collins who was indicted last year in a federal insider trading case.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Today is the annual observance of Purple Heart Day in the United States. First created by George Washington on August 7, 1782, it's the world's oldest military decoration currently being used. Many veterans and families of deceased veterans who are owed this medal, however, must often undergo a painstaking process to acquire the deserved medal.

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Grand Island's Nate McMurray is positioning himself for another possible run for Congress.

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Buffalo's Republican State Sen. Chris Jacobs announced in May. Williamsville attorney Beth Parlato announced Monday. However, the primary for NY-27 is nearly a year away, so incumbent Chris Collins said Tuesday he is "in no hurry" to decide on another run.

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Rep. Chris Collins (R-Clarence) weighed in Tuesday on the debate about a potential offshore wind project in Lake Erie.


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Family law attorney and former judge Beth Parlato has announced her candidacy for the Republican nomination in New York's 27th Congressional District.

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Rep. Chris Collins has introduced legislation that withholds federal highway funds from any state that grants driver licenses or ID cards to undocumented immigrants.

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State Senator Chris Jacobs announced Friday he is running for Congress, eyeing the 27th District and saying the man holding that seat now, Chris Collins, is ineffective in light of his pending legal problems. Jacobs' announcement drew scorn from not only Collins but also another potential challenger.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and public officials around the state continue to blame the International Joint Committee for the high water levels in Lake Ontario. While IJC critics point to Plan 2014 being the root of the problem, other Great Lakes experts say Mother Nature is playing a bigger role. So what happens next? WBFO’s Nick Lippa visited Olcott to speak with residents and officials about the issue.

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