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Republican Chris Jacobs became the newest House member 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.

Jacobs, who has been a state senator, had the support of President Donald Trump and won a special election last month against Democrat Nate McMurray.

In remarks on the floor of the House, Jacobs said he promised to fight hard every day for the comeback of the region he represents.               

NEW YORK (AP)  The son of former U.S. Rep. Christopher Collins was spared a prison sentence Thursday after pleading guilty in an insider trading conspiracy with his father.

U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick ordered 27-year-old Cameron Collins to serve 500 hours of community service over the next five years. He also fined him $150,000.

Prosecutors had asked that he serve at least three years in prison and federal sentencing guidelines recommended it.

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Former Congressman Chris Collins will spend 26 months in jail for insider trading charges. The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Vernon S. Broderick in Manhattan on Friday.

Collins broke down in court and apologized to his family and his former constituents and colleagues.

“I stand here today as a disgraced former member of Congress,” he said. “My life has been shattered.”

Collins' lawyers had argued he was sorry and should face no prison time. Prosecutors, however, argued he should go to prison for nearly five years.

It looks like a special election to fill out the term in the 27th Congressional District will be held April 28, the same day that the presidential primary will be held.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has not yet formally announced that date, but an official with the  New York Attorney General’s office indicated in court Monday that is the date that Cuomo will set for an election to fill the seat previously held by Republican Chris Collins, who resigned last September. Collins resigned at around the time he also pleaded guilty to charges in an insider trading case.

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A Western New York Medal of Honor recipient, who had been viewed as having an excellent chance of getting the Republican nomination to for the seat given up by former Rep. Chris Collins, says he won’t be running.

David Bellavia, who was honored at the White House in June with a Medal of Honor for service in Iraq, said on Sunday he will not be a candidate for a special election.

That election is needed to fill the seat vacated by Chris Collins who resigned after pleading guilty in an insider trading case.


NEW YORK (AP)  Former Western NY Rep. Chris Collins pleaded guilty Tuesday in an insider trading case, a day after he resigned from Congress and set off a scramble to fill his seat in his Republican-leaning district. 

Collins had initially denied charges he leaked confidential information about a pharmaceutical company and was set to go to trial next year in federal court in Manhattan. But on Monday, the Republican from western New York and staunch supporter of President Donald Trump withdrew his not guilty plea and resigned from Congress. 

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he will declare a special election for the 27th Congressional district seat just vacated by Republican Chris Collins.

Collins resigned on Monday and is expected to plead guilty in federal court in Manhattan this afternoon in connection with an insider trading case against him.

Rep. Chris Collins (NY-27), is resigning from Congress ahead of an expected guilty plea in a federal insider trading case against him. Collins submitted his resignation to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Governor Andrew Cuomo Monday, although the resignation will not take effect until the House meets in a pro forma session Tuesday.

He is expected to plead guilty in an insider trading case accusing him of leaking confidential information in an urgent phone call made from a White House picnic, according to court records filed Monday. 

Field is getting crowded for 27th Congressional District race

Aug 12, 2019

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.

Incumbent Rep. Chris Collins, who defeated McMurray in 2018, is positioning himself for another run despite his federal indictment on insider trading charges. Republicans Chris Jacobs and Beth Parlato are in the race and others may soon join the fray.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Indicted Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Collins declared victory Tuesday in his western New York district, saying a count of absentee ballots preserved his lead over Democratic challenger Nate McMurray.

"Congressman Collins led and won on election night and maintained that lead during the entire recanvassing process," Collins' campaign spokeswoman Natalie Baldassarre said in a statement.