Chris Collins

Chris Collins

NEW YORK's 27th DISTRICT

Congressman Chris Collins Helps Secure $653,728 Grant for the Fishers Fire Department

2016/07/21

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $653,728 in federal funding for the Fishers Fire Department. The grant was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program, which is designed to help fire departments maintain a sufficient number of firefighters.

“Our first responders routinely risk their lives to protect us,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “The least we can do is provide them with the equipment, training, and funding they need to do their jobs. This grant funding will help create more efficient and effective first responders, and I am honored to help the Fishers Fire Company secure this vital funding.”

“The $653,728 SAFER grant will allow the Fisher Fire District to increase our on-duty staff, further increasing the capability of the Fishers Fire Department,” said Andy Stromfield, Fishers Fire Department Chief. “Having extra on-duty staff working in collaboration with our current volunteers will allow our Fire District to consistently protect our area from danger. Thank you to Congressman Collins for his continued support.”

“Our brave, local firefighters do an incredible job, and it is important that we give them the training and support they need to always stay safe while helping those in need,” said Jack Marren, Victor Town Supervisor. “This is exciting news for the Town of Victor and our residents. I look forward to continuing to work with Congressman Collins to deliver results for the residents of the Town of Victor and Ontario County.”

This federal grant will allow the Fisher Fire District to expand its hiring practices and maintain a sufficient number of on-duty firefighters. This will also allow the Fisher Fire Department to efficiently answer the increasing number of calls consistent with the rapid growth in the area.

The SAFER Grant Program provides direct funding assistance to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase, or maintain, the number of trained first responders in their communities.

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Congressman Chris Collins Helps Secure $134,443 Grant for the Darien Volunteer Fire Department

2016/07/21

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $134,443 in federal funding for the Darien Volunteer Fire Department. The grant was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), which is designed to help first responders improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types.

“Our first responders routinely risk their lives to protect us,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “The least we can do is provide them with the equipment, training, and funding they need to do their jobs. This grant funding will help create more efficient and effective first responders, and I am honored to help the Darien Volunteer Fire Department secure this vital funding.”

“This $134,443 in AFG funding will help our Department purchase new SCBA Air Packs,” said Joe Marino, Darien Volunteer Fire Department Chief. “It is crucial that our Department has these pieces of basic equipment to keep us safe as we protect the Darien community. We look forward to working with Congressman Collins in the future as he continues to work on behalf of our local volunteer fire departments.”

This federal grant will allow the Darien Volunteer Fire Department to purchase new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) Air Packs. This will provide the volunteer firefighters with breathable air whenever they are in an “immediately dangerous to life or health” atmosphere.

The AFG Program provides direct funding assistance to first-responder organizations to obtain much needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles and training.

 

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Congressman Chris Collins Announces $28,353 Grant for the East Avon Fire Department

2016/07/11

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $28,353 in federal funding for the East Avon Fire Department. The grant was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), which is designed to help first responders improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types.

“Our first responders routinely risk their lives to protect us,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “The least we can do is provide them with the equipment, training, and funding they need to do their jobs. This grant funding will help create more efficient and effective first responders, and I am honored to help the East Avon Fire Department secure this vital funding.”

“The $28,353 grant from FEMA will allow our fire department to upgrade its stock of aging Automatic External Defibrillators,” said Chris Batzel, East Avon Fire Department Chief. “This will allow for a defibrillator to be located in every piece of our front line apparatus, which will provide a better chance for us to save lives. The East Avon Fire Department and part of the Town of Avon Fire District membership feel very fortunate to have received this award from FEMA.”

This federal grant will allow the East Avon Fire Department to upgrade their out of date Automatic External Defibrillators and provide the department with an opportunity to purchase a chest compression device. The chest compression device will eliminate the need for first responders to conduct manual chest compressions during CPR-related incidents.

The AFG Program provides direct funding assistance to first-responder organizations to obtain much needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles and training.

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Congressman Chris Collins Helps Secure $218,096 Grant for the Lewiston Volunteer Fire Company

2016/07/06

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $218,096 in federal funding for the Lewiston Volunteer Fire Company. The grant was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), which is designed to help first responders improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types.

“Our local heroes need the proper resources to do their jobs and protect our communities,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “Many fire companies and emergency medical service providers are unable to purchase necessary equipment upgrades due to financial limitations. This funding will help create more efficient and effective first responders, and I am honored to help the Lewiston Volunteer Fire Company secure this vital funding.”

“The $218,096 in Assistance to Firefighters Grant award funds will allow the Lewiston Volunteer Fire Company to train new recruits and give our existing firefighters an opportunity to maintain their skills with continuous hands-on training,” said John Penzotti, Lewiston Volunteer Fire Company Chief. “Having this equipment in our district will allow for more frequent training and will also reduce the number of times a year we have to take our fire equipment and personnel out of our district to utilize remote training facilities. Allowing our firefighters to have maximum training opportunities will undoubtedly result in safer response environments for our volunteers and ultimately a better, more protected public.”

This federal grant will allow the Lewiston Volunteer Fire Company to purchase a mobile training facility and various training devices.

The AFG Program provides direct funding assistance to first-responder organizations to obtain much needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles and training.

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Congressman Chris Collins Introduces Constitutional Amendment to Block Presidential Recess Appointments

2016/07/05

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today introduced a joint resolution, which would amend the U.S. Constitution to block presidential recess appointments. In 2012, President Obama made several recess appointments while the Senate was in pro forma session. These appointments were later ruled unconstitutional.

“We have seen President Obama abuse his executive power via the pen and the phone too many times,” said Congressman Collins. “With the current Supreme Court vacancy possibly deciding the balance of the Court, we need to ensure that the president cannot circumvent the will of Congress to put someone on the Supreme Court. This Constitutional Amendment will protect the Legislative Branch’s ability to check the Executive Branch.”

Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution allows the president to nominate “Officers of the United States” with the “Advice and Consent of the Senate.”  This language allows the president to nominate positions including ambassadors, agency heads, and federal judges. After such nominations, these officers must then be voted on and confirmed by the Senate.

Clause 3 of this same section allows the president to “fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate.”  In 2014, the Supreme Court decided in NLRB v. Noel Canning that the president may not make a recess appointment when the Senate is in a pro forma session, but he may still make a recess appointment when the Senate is in an intra- or inter-session recess.  If someone were to be appointed during a recess, their commission would end at the end of that session of Congress. This Amendment to the Constitution would eliminate the president’s recess appointment power, forcing all important agency and court positions to be confirmed by the Senate. 

“It’s been 111 days since President Obama nominated Merrick Garland for the bench, and while the Senate has continued to hold their ground on proceeding, we need to ensure the president cannot fill this slot – in the form of a recess appointment,” continued Congressman Collins. “The presidential recess appointment power served a legitimate purpose when Congress was out of session for long periods of time and it was difficult for members to get to Washington to confirm presidential appointments, but now the power only serves as a way for the president to circumvent the Senate confirmation process.”

Full text of the proposed joint resolution amending the Constitution can be read here. Original cosponsors include Michael Bishop (R-MI), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), Pete Olson (R-TX), and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA).

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Rep. Chris Collins Announces Nearly $180,000 in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Funding

2016/06/28

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced that the Erie County Soil & Water Conservation District has been awarded nearly $180,000 in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding by the Great Lakes Commission. The grant was awarded for a project to reduce phosphorus and sediment in the Cayuga Creek watershed.

“The Great Lakes are one of the prized natural resources of North America, and it is our responsibility to preserve and protect them for future generations to enjoy,” said Congressman Collins.  “I congratulate the Erie County Soil & Water Conservation District on this significant recognition of their important work to protect the health of our waterways and communities. This grant highlights the need to fully fund the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to continue protecting the Great Lakes, which are a vital economic and environmental asset for Western New York.”

“Congratulations to the Erie County Soil & Water Conservation District for receiving this funding to protect water quality in the Great Lakes,” said Tim Eder, executive director of the Great Lakes Commission. “This project is yet another example of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative generating important economic and environmental improvements in communities across the region. Thank you to Rep. Collins for your continued support of this important initiative.”

Every year, tons of polluting phosphorus and sediments enter the Great Lakes Basin, causing massive economic and environmental losses and damages and contributing to the formation of Harmful Algal Blooms and dead zones.  The Great Lakes Commission’s Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program strategically addresses this problem with a unique, targeted grass roots approach which awards grants to nonfederal agencies and nonprofit organizations in priority watersheds throughout the region.

This year, 15 projects totaling nearly $2 million were funded by the Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program to install on-the-land practices to reduce phosphorus runoff and sedimentation into the Great Lakes.

Funding for this program is provided by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative under a cooperative agreement between the Great Lakes Commission and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.


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House Passes Legislation Introduced by Congressman Collins to Rename Post Office in Honor of Bergen Resident Barry Miller

2016/06/21

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed by unanimous consent legislation to rename the currently unnamed post office located at 15 Rochester Street, Bergen, New York as the “Barry G. Miller Post Office.”

“Barry Miller was a pillar of the Bergen community,” said Congressman Collins. “The passage of today’s legislation to rename the Bergen post office will memorialize Mr. Miller’s life of selfless community service. I am honored to have introduced this legislation, and look forward to this bill being signed into law by President Obama.”

“Barry enjoyed nothing more than serving his community and he dedicated his life to helping the people of Bergen,” said Tracy and Loretta Miller, Barry’s parents. “This is a fitting tribute to his service, and we look forward to continuing to work with Rep. Collins to make this a reality.”

Barry Miller was a lifelong Bergen resident, graduating from Byron-Bergen High in 1983 and serving as a member of the Bergen Volunteer Fire Department for 31 years including 10 as assistant EMS Chief before he was tragically killed in the line of duty. In addition to working at the Bergen Volunteer Fire Department, Barry was the Genesee County Coroner, a member of the Bergen Town Board, and owner of Miller's Millworks in Bergen and the Beaver River Lodge in the Adirondacks.

Full text of the legislation, H.R. 4372, can be read here.

 

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Congressman Chris Collins Recognizes Mt. Morris Man as ‘Veteran of the Month’

2016/06/20

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement recognizing United States Army Veteran, Sam Maggio, Sr., of Mt. Morris, as New York’s 27th Congressional District ‘Veteran of the Month’ for June. The ‘Veteran of the Month’ is a new program established by Congressman Collins’ office to recognize the dedication and service of NY-27’s veterans.

“I was honored to have the opportunity to meet with Mr. Maggio and hear about his service in the Army,” said Congressman Collins. “Seeing Mr. Maggio receive this honor, surrounded by his brothers in the Mt. Morris Fire Department, was a special moment. We are grateful for Mr. Maggio’s service to our country and the residents of Mt. Morris. My office will continue to recognize a local ‘Veteran of the Month’ as a small thank you to the thousands of Western New York veterans who have selflessly served our country.”

Sam Maggio, Sr. served with the 169th Infantry in the 43rd Division of the United States Army during the Korean War. After returning home, Sam decided to continue dedicating his life to serving others and joined the Active Hose Company of the Mt. Morris Fire Department in 1961. Throughout his life, Sam has been actively involved in a number of local veterans organizations, the Ole Boys Car Group, and the Mt. Morris Active Hose Company. Congressman Collins was joined by Sam’s fellow firefighters at a ceremony where Sam was presented with a Congressional Certificate of Commendation and a flag flown over the United States Capitol Building. Mr. Maggio was presented this recognition on Saturday, June 18, 2016.

To nominate a NY-27 ‘Veteran of the Month’ please submit an inquiry to NY27Veteran@mail.house.gov, or contact our Lancaster district office at (716) 634-2324.

To view pictures from this weekend’s event, visit here.

 

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Rep. Collins Introduces Resolution Commemorating 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America Federal Charter

2016/06/15

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after introducing a resolution commemorating the 100th anniversary of the day the Boy Scouts of America was granted its Federal charter.

“The Boy Scouts of America have played a pivotal role in shaping millions of young lives across our country,” said Congressman Collins. “The values I learned, as a Scout, have formed the foundation of my beliefs and positioned me to succeed throughout my professional career. This resolution officially recognizes one of America’s most influential organizations and I look forward to the Boy Scouts of America continuing their good work.”

On June 15, 1916 the Federal charter of the Boy Scouts of America was passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate and signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson. In the past 100 years, the organization has helped shape the lives of millions of young men. There are more than 2,400,000 youth and 1,000,000 adult volunteers actively involved today in the Boy Scouts of America.

The full resolution, which has 33 original cosponsors, can be read here. The Senate introduced a similar resolution today, which was led by Senator Mike Enzi (WY).

Congressman Collins co-chairs the Scout Caucus in the House of Representatives and is a life-long member of Boy Scouts, an Assistant Scoutmaster, an Eagle Scout, a member of the Executive Board – Greater Niagara Frontier Council (GNFC) and was chairman of the GNFC National Jamboree for 2001, 2005, 2010, and 2013 as well as the World Jamboree for 2007.

 

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Congressman Chris Collins Announces Satellite Office Hours for the Month of June

2016/06/06

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced his office's satellite office hours for the month of June. These satellite office hours are held in addition to the normal office hours at Congressman Collins' Geneseo and Lancaster district offices.

Residents of NY-27 are encouraged to attend these satellite office hours to obtain assistance with casework relating to any and all federal matters including Social Security benefits, Medicare, and interactions with federal agencies including the Veterans Administration and Small Business Administration. Staff members will be available at the following times and locations:

 

Avon

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

9:30 – 11:00 AM

Avon Village Hall

74 Genesee Street

Avon, NY 14414

 

Newfane

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

10:00 – 11:30 AM

Newfane Community Center

2723 Main Street

Newfane, NY 14108

 

Sheldon

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

10:30 – 12:00 PM

Sheldon Town Hall

1380 Centerline Road

Strykersville, NY 14145

 

Le Roy

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

1:30 – 3:00 PM

Le Roy Town Hall

48 Main Street

Le Roy, NY 14482

 

Arcade

Thursday, June 16, 2016

10:30 – 12:00 PM

Arcade Village Hall

17 Church Street

Arcade, NY 14009

 

Hamburg

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

10:00 – 11:30AM

Hamburg Public Library

102 Buffalo Street

Hamburg, NY 14075

  

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Congressman Chris Collins Addresses the Administration's Illegal Payments to Insurance Companies

2016-07-08 20:24:17


Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) Speaks on H.R. 4372, June 21, 2016

2016-06-21 20:50:02


Rep. Chris Collins (NY-27) Discusses the Medicaid DOC Act on the House Floor

2016-03-02 22:01:48


Congressman Collins Questions HSS Secretary Burwell

2015-03-02 20:24:36


Congressman Chris Collins Energy and Commerce Committee

2015-01-07 17:06:03


Congressman Chris Collins Speaks on H.R. 5078, September 9, 2014

2014-09-10 13:05:12


Congressman Chris Collins Speech on the 122nd anniversary of The Pledge of Allegiance

2014-09-10 13:04:53


Congressman Chris Collins Questions EPA Deputy Administrator

2014-07-30 21:09:40


Congressman Chris Collins Speaks with WHEC on Increases Caused by Obamacare

2014-07-14 23:11:40


Congressman Chris Collins Speaks on H.R. 5031, the STEM Education Act

2014-07-14 20:27:33


Congressman Chris Collins Voices His Concerns Over EPA Regulations

2014-07-09 19:15:14


Congressman Collins Expresses Concerns on WGRZ Over Housing Undocumented Immigrants in New York

2014-06-26 17:18:47


Congressman Chris Collins Addresses the House on Need for Newborn Screening Legislation

2014-06-24 23:16:22


Congressman Collins on WIVB: Blasts Buffalo VA's Continued Negligence

2014-06-24 18:36:33


Congressman Chris Collins Speech on Army Sergeant Brett Gornewicz

2014-06-17 19:16:14


Congressman Chris Collins Questions FAA Administrator Huerta

2014-06-16 17:53:40


Congressman Chris Collins Accountability for Veterans Speech

2014-06-09 21:48:20


Congressman Chris Collins WROC Interview June 6, 2014

2014-06-09 16:50:26


Congressman Chris Collins Small Business Committee Hearing 5/29

2014-05-29 21:24:03


Congressman Chris Collins Questions Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

2014-04-11 14:54:02


Contact Information

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Committee Assignments

Energy and Commerce

Congressman Chris Collins represents New York’s 27th Congressional District in the House of Representatives.  The 27th District of New York includes 105 towns spread out over eight counties in Western New York and the Finger Lakes.  The residents of NY-27 elected Mr. Collins to Congress in November of 2012.

Congressman Collins serves as a member of the House Small Business, Agriculture and Science, Space and Technology committees. He is also the Chair of the Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology, which is charged with examining how the cost of healthcare is impacting American small businesses.

Congressman Collins comes to Capitol Hill with both private and public sector experience. Before being elected to Congress, Chris served as Erie County Executive and built a career as a business owner and entrepreneur, creating and saving hundreds of American jobs in Western New York.

A mechanical engineer, the Congressman began his professional career with Westinghouse Electric in 1972.  Chris lives in Clarence, NY with his wife Mary. He has three children and three grandchildren and remains active with the Greater Niagara Frontier Council Boy Scouts of America.


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