Chris Collins

Zremski shares factors in Collins sentencing

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Critics of disgraced Congressman Chris Collins say he got off lightly when he was sentenced Friday to 26 months in prison for his role in an insider trading scheme. The Buffalo News is reporting Sunday Collins benefited from a 2005 Supreme Court ruling. Back then, the high court struck down manadatory federal sentencing rules that would have required the judge in Collins' case to sentence him to 46 to 57 months. News Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski has been covering the Collins saga since he first brought the allegations of insider trading to light in 2017.

WNYC

Chris Collins will serve more than two years behind bars for the insider trading case that caused his fall from congressman to convicted felon.

National Public Radio

Chris Collins will learn his fate Friday afternoon in a Manhattan courtroom. 

 

Perhaps no one but U.S. District Court Judge Vernon Broderick knows what Collins’ sentence will be, but hundreds of pages of court documents filed over the last week and a half may provide some insight.

 

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Chris Collins’ friends and family repeatedly noted his strong moral compass and Boy Scouts membership in their letters asking a federal judge for leniency.

 

Prosecutors, in their own letter to the judge, say those facts mean Collins should serve longer.

 

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The special election to fill out former Rep. Chris Collins' term in the 27th Congressional District will apparently be held April 28, the same day the state's presidential primary will be held.

National Public Radio

A family man who had a momentary lapse of judgment. A businessman who used public office to increase his personal wealth.

 

The approximately 170 letters filed in U.S. District Court this week paint very different pictures of disgraced former Congressman Chis Collins. 


 

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Chris Collins won’t be sentenced for insider trading until next week, but his potential sentence may already have been revealed.

 

The U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services System has recommended the former Congressman serve a year and a day in prison, as well as pay a $200,000 fine.

Eileen Buckley / WBFO News

Lawyers for an ex-U.S. congressman say he is humbled and remorseful after pleading guilty to conspiracy in an insider trading scheme and should face no time behind bars.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

A prominent New York Republican said her party can hold the congressional seat vacated by Chris Collins, part of his felony guilty plea to insider trading.

Former congressman Chris Collins and two men charged with him in a federal insider trading case have agreed to settlements with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

There are many candidates and no official Election Day set to fill the seat vacated by former Rep. Chris Collins. A political newcomer threw her hat into the ring Monday in the closely-watched content.

Associated Press

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.


Alex Brandon / AP

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.


National Public Radio

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.


Kyle Mackie / WBFO

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.

U.S. Capitol

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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