Chris Jacobs

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Republican Congressman Chris Jacobs, who won a special election for New York’s 27th Congressional District less than five months ago, declared he had won a full term Tuesday night, saying he was confident absentee ballots would not change the outcome of the race.


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They covered a wide variety of issues, from the economy and COVID-19 to immigration, abortion rights and racial inequity. But the debate among three candidates for New York's 27th Congressional District at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute had none of the interruptions and other problems witnessed in recent nationally-televised political debates.

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The US-Canada border remains closed to non-essential traffic through November 21st. Officials on both sides of the international boundary announced the latest extension, while two local federal representatives renewed their frustration.

Two members of Congress, one from each major party, offered their thoughts on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's suggestion that if a COVID relief package agreement with the Trump Administration couldn't be reached within the next 48 hours, a deal will be unlikely until after Election Day.

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Two members of Congress from New York called on the National Transportation Safety Board to reverse its decision not to send an investigator to the scene of a small plane crash that killed a prominent attorney and his niece.

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Republican Chris Jacobs became the newest House member on Tuesday taking the oath of office to fill the unexpired term of Chris Collins, who left Congress after pleading guilty to federal insider trading charges.

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After calling it too soon to concede or claim victory in the 27th Congressional District special election, Democratic candidate Nate McMurray spoke Friday of focusing on November, when he'll have a rematch against Republican Chris Jacobs and, as McMurray sees it, the Trump agenda itself.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has made the electoral process a bit different this year for some, but Erie County’s Board of Elections has been hard at work ensuring every vote is counted, no matter how or where you voted.


State Sen. Chris Jacob's office

Despite a higher than usual number of absentee ballots left to be counted, Republican State Sen. Chris Jacobs declared victory Tuesday night in the special election for New York’s 27th Congressional district, as well as the three-way primary for who will represent the GOP in the race for the seat this November.

 

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An alliance of Republican lawmakers was in a Lockport heavy industry plant Tuesday pushing to reopen Western New York, as three regions of the state prepare to start opening later this week.

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Between now and April 28, voters in the sprawling, rural farming eight counties of the 27th Congressional District are likely to see a lot of Republican State Sen. Chris Jacobs and Democrat Nate McMurray. They are squared off in the special election called Monday to fill the seat vacated by Chris Collins.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has officially called an April 28 special election for the 27th District seat vacated by former congressman Chris Collins.

Parlato for Congress

Erie County Conservatives have made the struggle for Chris Collins' old congressional district even more tangled, choosing Beth Parlato as the party choice for the seat.

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Democrat Nate McMurray will take another shot at Congress. After narrowly losing to Chris Collins in 2018, McMurray says he's ready to challenge Republican State Senator Chris Jacobs in a special election for New York's 27th Congressional seat. Erie County Democrats endorsed McMurray last night. This morning, he expressed confidence to WBFO. "I know this place. I know these people."


Over the last two decades, eight different politicians have held the seat in New York's 60th Senate district. As Geoff Kelly points out, Republicans and Democrats have struggled to stay in the seat, though some have used the post to jump to other offices. Byron Brown was the senator before turning his sights on Buffalo's City Hall. Now, Chris Jacobs is leaving the senate as he seeks a spot in Washington as the congressman for New York's 27th District. Kelly speculates on who will next serve a district where a moderate approach to politics seems necessary.


Many observers believed David Bellavia would win the 27th Congressional seat, if he chose to run. On Sunday, the war hero announced he will not enter the race, opening the door for other interested parties. Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy believes Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw will soon enter the race. Batavia Assemblyman Steve Hawley could also join a heavy Republican field that also includes state senators Rob Ortt and Chris Jacobs, and attorney Beth Parlato.


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A special election has yet to be called for Western New York's 27th Congressional District, but a heavy supply of political money is finding its way into the coffers of the declared candidates. While the district only recently lost its representation with the resignation of Chris Collins, Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy says campaign treasuries are on the rise for the declared candidates.

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.


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.


State Senator Chris Jacobs, R-Buffalo, is calling on the State Thruway Authority to suspend Grand Island bridge tolls until Canadian drivers are required to pay them.

"McMurray for U.S. Congress" website

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.

Parlato Law

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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As contenders put their hat into the ring and rumors continue to swirl in regard to the 27th Congressional District election in 2020, one candidate rumored to make a run at it is staying pat.

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The New York State Assembly has passed and sent on to the State Senate a bill to allow driver's licenses for people in the country illegally. Supporters of Green Light New York are excited - and showed it at a rally in front of Lafayette High School in Buffalo.

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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.

Special Olympics New York

Special Olympics New York will see $50,000 less in funds from New York State’s budget this fiscal year.

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State Senator Chris Jacobs, in collaboration with the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, will distribute thousands of bags specially designed to render unwanted drugs useless for purposes of safe, environmentally-friendly disposal.

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State Senator Chris Jacobs, considered by many to be a formidable challenger in the race for Erie County Executive this fall, has withdrawn his name from consideration as a Republican contender.

Got drugs? Get rid of them...statewide

Jan 4, 2019
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Drug drop-off sites are not new, but this weekend New York joins Washington as the first two states to adopt a unified statewide drug take-back program for unwanted prescription and non-prescription drugs.

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