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President Donald Trump will be in Upstate New York on Monday, making a couple of stops.

He will first travel to Fort Drum on Monday afternoon where he will sign the National Defense Authorization Act.

North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik invited Trump to visit Fort Drum back in March. It’s a president's first visit to Fort Drum since Barack Obama came to the Army base near Watertown in 2011.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A coalition of clergy members, labor unions and people whose criminal convictions were overturned are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign legislation that would create a panel to investigate prosecutorial misconduct.

The bill was passed earlier this year by the Legislature. It would create a commission that would look into complaints about district attorneys. The commission would have the power to sanction prosecutors who are found to have abused their power.

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The Democratic candidate in the 27th Congressional District, Nate McMurray made a stop in Rochester Saturday night at a union hall, at the Communication Workers of America Local 1170 on Lake Avenue.

That followed an appearance in Lockport earlier in the day, as McMurray tries to build on recent moment caused by the indictment of Republican incumbent Chris Collins on insider trading charges, and then, Collins’ announcement on Saturday that he would be suspending his campaign.

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Reacation to the announcement that Rep. Chris Collins, a Western NY Republican, will suspend his campaign for re-election, but does plan to serve out the rest of his term this year:

Monroe County Republican Chairman Bill Reilich issued a statement on Saturday, saying  that he has been in contact with fellow County GOP Chairs from Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston, and Ontario counties.

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Saturday has turned out to be a big day for political news in Western New York.

Besides the word that Rep. Chris Collins will serve out his term but will suspend his campaign for re-election, we also were informed by the Monroe County Board of Elections that Governor Cuomo will issue a proclamation on Monday calling for a Special Election to fill the current vacancy in the 25th Congressional District.

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Western New York Congressman Chris Collins is suspending his campaign for re-election. After his recent indictment on insider trading charges, on Saturday morning, he released this statement:

"Democrats are laser focused on taking back the House, electing Nancy Pelosi Speaker and then launching impeachment proceedings against President Trump. They would like nothing more than to elect an 'Impeach Trump' Democrat in this District, which is something that neither our country or my party can afford.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York State Fair officials are asking the operators of the state's 52 county fairs to discourage the selling or displaying of items that could offend fair-goers or pose public safety concerns. 

Although the state Department of Agriculture and Markets' message doesn't specifically mention Confederate flags, Thursday's letter from Commissioner Richard Ball was sent just days after a group urged county fairs to prohibit sales or displays of the banners. 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The indictment of Rep. Chris Collins on insider trading charges is drawing new attention to the freedom members of Congress have to serve on corporate boards or to buy and sell stock in industries they're responsible for overseeing.


The news this week that Congressman Chris Collins is facing a federal indictment alleging that he was involved in insider trading, has put a new spin on the fall elections in Western New York.

One of Collins’ fellow House Republicans in this region, Tom Reed of the Southern Tier, says the allegations against Collins are serious, but he says any decision about his political future are up to Collins and the voters.