Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27), Congressman John Katko (NY-24), and county legislators, Dave Godfrey and Lynne Johnson, today released the following statements after meeting with State Department officials about the International Joint Commission’s (IJC) plans to implement new guidelines regulating the water levels of Lake Ontario.
“The IJC’s Plan 2014 hurts homeowners and businesses along Lake Ontario’s shoreline,” said Congressman Collins. “I am vehemently opposed to this plan which would quicken erosion along shrinking shorelines, lower property values for specific homeowners, and have a negative impact on the region’s economy by limiting recreational and commercial boating. I remain committed to working with my colleagues in federal, state, and local government against the plan’s implementation and am glad Congressman Katko and county legislators Dave Godfrey and Lynne Johnson could join me in this fight.”
“Today’s meeting was yet another opportunity to discuss the potentially devastating impact that Plan 2014 could have on Wayne County’s shoreline, economy, and vast agriculture community,” said Congressman Katko, who hosted a similar meeting earlier this year with Wayne County lawmakers and representatives from the U.S. Department of State and the White House Council on Environmental Quality. “I’m appreciative of Representative Collins’ efforts in facilitating this meeting. I recognize the value of preserving our natural resources and supporting conservation measures, but Plan 2014 could cause a great loss of shoreline, erosion damage to property, and flooding in Wayne County. It is critical that we make these points known to stakeholders on a federal level, and that we continue to have an open dialogue moving forward.”
Plan 2014’s intent is to re-establish Lake Ontario’s natural water level fluctuations to restore the region’s natural wetlands and environmental diversity. The proposal has met significant resistance due to the disproportionate damages that will fall onto Lake Ontario’s southern shore communities.
Speaking to IJC’s own predictions, Niagara County Legislator David Godfrey added, “This plan is going to be economically devastating for our entire area. There appears to be no interest from the IJC to assist with what will be the equivalent of a manmade disaster to our communities.”
“The approval by the IJC of Plan 2014 is government at its worst. The IJC did not listen to the voice of people,” said Orleans County Legislator Lynne Johnson.
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced his office’s satellite office hours for the remainder of November. 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:
Monday, November 23, 2015
York Town Hall
2668 Main Street
York, NY 14592
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Java Town Hall
1429 Main Street
Java Center, NY 14082
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Middlebury Town Hall
51 Sherman Avenue
Wyoming, NY 14591
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Alexander Town Hall
3350 Church Street
Alexander, NY 14005
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement demanding Governor Andrew Cuomo stop his plans to accept Syrian refugees into New York.
“Ensuring the safety and security of our country and Western New Yorkers is my central focus,” said Congressman Collins. “At this point, we cannot guarantee with 100 percent certainty that the refugees we are accepting from Syria don’t pose a threat to our community. Until we have a process in place that achieves that goal, I am calling on Governor Cuomo to stop plans to accept Syrian refugees.”
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement urging local schools to participate in this year’s “Holiday Mail for the Troops” Program.
“I am proud to once again invite all elementary age students in New York’s 27th District to create holiday cards for our troops,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “The holiday season is fast approaching and many of our brave service men and women will not be able enjoy it at home with their families. Nothing can replace being with loved ones and friends during the holidays, but together we can brighten this holiday season for our troops.”
With your help, we will distribute holiday cards to the brave men and women at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station to show our appreciation for their service.
Participants are asked to drop off the holiday cards to either of Congressman Collins’ district offices no later than Tuesday, December 1st, 2015, to ensure delivery by Christmas.
Lancaster District Office Geneseo District Office
2813 Wehrle Drive, Suite 13 128 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221 Geneseo, NY 14454
Phone: (716) 634-2324 Phone: (585) 519-4002
Please contact Bryan Piligra at Bryan.Piligra@mail.house.gov if you have any questions about how your school can participate. You can also reach Bryan by phone at (585) 815-5286.
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman ordered daily fantasy sports companies – DraftKings and FanDuel – to stop accepting bets from New York residents.
“New York's Attorney General once again proved that he is singularly focused on grabbing newspaper headlines,” said Congressman Collins. “In this draconian decision, Schneiderman is unilaterally denying hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers that use FanDuel and DraftKings the ability to compete in this game of skill. Instead of looking to score political points, the Attorney General should be working with federal and state lawmakers to ensure laws are being followed. Instead, he's opting for a two minute drill. Let’s all take a timeout from government overreach and make sure we get it right.”
Congressman Collins serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is the primary panel overseeing these games of skill on the federal level.Read More
WASHINGTON — Several Republicans Thursday heaped blame on the Obama administration for the failure of more than half of the cooperatives set up under the health law to infuse competition into the insurance market.
The collapse of 12 out of 23 operating co-ops is providing a fresh opportunity for the GOP to criticize the Affordable Care Act and make the health law a talking point in the presidential election. The criticism was aired at a hearing by a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee to examine the failing startups, which received more than $1 billion in federal loans that may not be paid back.
Republicans pointed the finger at Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, saying the federal agencies erected hurdles that imperiled the co-ops’ survival and haven’t been forthcoming in providing information on what went wrong.
“It was another example of the administration’s desire to conduct dangerous experiments with our nation’s health care,” said Dr. Michael Burgess (R., Texas) of the co-ops. “The rate of failures continues to accelerate.”
Democrats criticized the GOP for using the collapse of the co-ops to attack the health law—and said Republicans share responsibility because they cut funding that hobbled co-ops’ financial security.
“This should not be a partisan issue, we should all figure out what’s going on with these closings,” said Rep. Diana DeGette, (D., Colo.)
The 2010 law gave seed money to establish co-ops to compete with larger and more established insurers. Co-ops have now collapsed in a dozen states: Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, New York, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah. They insured more than 550,000 consumers.
The Obama administration hasn’t explained why some co-ops, such as those in Kentucky and New York, got additional solvency loans despite fiscal problems, said Sen. Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) in testimony. The administration also hasn’t addressed when the government will be paid back the millions the co-ops got in low-interest loans, he said.
“We still don’t have any good answers,” he said.
Requirements by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are posing barriers to success, said Dr. Peter Beilenson, CEO of Maryland’s Evergreen Health co-op. He said needed changes include amending loan agreements to allow co-ops to raise private capital and revising a risk formula that puts co-ops at a disadvantage.
New York’s co-op is in such dire financial shape that its policies will no longer be available after Nov. 30 instead of the end of December. That is leaving more than 100,000 of its customers with less than two weeks to obtain new coverage by a Nov. 15 deadline.
Roughly 400,000 customers are covered by the existing co-ops, some of which are also facing financial difficulties. Democrats said at Thursday’s hearing that the downfall of co-ops will restrict competition, potentially leading to higher premiums.
“This was set up for failure from day one,” said Rep. Chris Collins (R., N.Y.) “We’re here because Obamacare was set up for failure. You know the saying, you can put lipstick on a pig but it’s still a pig. That’s what we got here.”Read More
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after President Obama formally rejected the Keystone XL pipeline.
“President Obama once again put politics ahead of American job opportunities and the energy security interests of our country,” said Congressman Collins. “Rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline wastes an opportunity for America to achieve energy independence and create tens of thousands of good-paying jobs.”Read More
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after the House passed the Surface Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015.
“Investing in our nation’s roads, bridges, and highways will improve traveler safety, interstate commerce, and our economy,” said Congressman Collins. “This legislation ensures Western New York can access the resources needed to address our crumbling infrastructure.”
Full text of the legislation can be read here.
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement reminding students of the deadline to apply for U.S. Service Academy nominations.
“As a Member of Congress, I am honored to nominate students from New York’s 27th District to attend United States Service Academies” said Congressman Chris Collins. “Our nation’s service academies would be lucky to have the intelligent and hardworking students that make up Western New York attend their institutions.”
The deadline to apply for a Congressional Nomination to a U.S. Service Academy through Congressman Collins’ office is Friday, November 6th at 5:00 PM. Service Academy Review Board interviews will be conducted on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at the Batavia City Hall and are required for a nomination.
Information for what is required to apply can be found on the Congressman's website at chriscollins.house.gov/services or by calling 716-634-2324. Prospective applicants should request to speak with Kristine Bieniek, the Congressman's Service Academy Coordinator. She can be reached at 716-634-2324.Read More
Never in my lifetime did I think I would open an app on my phone and, within minutes, have an on-demand car service pick me up and take me where I want to go. Unfortunately, while I can access this service when I am in places like Washington D.C., New York City and many other cities around the nation, I can’t when I am home in Western New York.
Due to excessive government regulations that protect certain special interests, Western New Yorkers are being denied what ride sharing companies offer, both in services and entrepreneurial opportunities.
Services like Lyft and Uber use a mobile phone application to connect people in need of a ride with local drivers through a simple and easy process. For folks who need a ride, companies like these provide an on-demand, convenient, and affordable service. For qualified drivers, ride sharing companies provide an opportunity to earn additional income on their own time using their own vehicle.
As ride sharing has rapidly expanded throughout the country, New York state and many of its municipalities have refused to allow these companies to provide their services to upstate residents. Instead, state and local governments have caved to special interests using the excuse that they need to figure out how to properly regulate these companies. Basically, government refuses to adapt to the changing marketplace in which these companies operate.
Instead of welcoming these innovations, New York and its municipalities want to limit their potential through expensive and unrealistic licensing requirements and burdensome regulations.
Not all of New York suffers from this lack of service. New York City has allowed the companies to operate on a limited basis, while upstate New Yorkers have been deprived of ride sharing services altogether.
Governmental indecision on how to deal with these companies is denying millions of New Yorkers the benefits of private sector innovation that most of the country now enjoys.
Our country is the land of opportunity because of the companies and individuals who rise above restrictive barriers to operate and grow their businesses. Our state and local leaders need to stop issuing restrictive regulations that strangle business innovation.
It is time to open the doors to innovation and allow Uber and Lyft to freely operate in our region.Read More
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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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