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Congressman Chris Collins Recognizes Pike Man as ‘Veteran of the Month’


Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement recognizing United States Air Force Veteran, Frank Fraser, of Pike, as New York’s 27th Congressional District’s ‘Veteran of the Month’ for October. 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 recognize Frank, a true patriot and valued member of the Wyoming County community, as our office’s Veteran of the Month,” said Congressman Collins. “Frank has spent his entire life devoted to serving his country and his fellow citizens, and it was a privilege to join the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors to recognize Frank for his commendable service. 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.”

Frank Fraser was a member of the United States National Guard in high school and served in the United States Air Force from June, 1957 to January, 1961. After completing both basic training and advanced training in avionics, Frank received orders to report to RAF Sculthorpe England. While there, he traveled throughout the country on special duty assignments working on a variety of tactical fighter aircraft. After receiving an Honorable Discharge at the conclusion of his service, Frank was recognized with the Good Conduct Medal. After returning home, Frank’s work ethic kept him actively involved in his community, working as a counselor for the Office of Training and Employment Opportunity in Wyoming County and later as a vocational teacher at the Groveland Correctional Facility. Frank also helped launch the Wyoming County transit bus service and has remained an active supporter of veteran issues for decades.

Congressman Collins joined Frank’s family, fellow Wyoming County residents, and members of the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors at their monthly meeting where Frank was presented with a Congressional Certificate of Commendation and a flag flown over the United States Capitol Building. Mr. Fraser was presented this recognition on Tuesday, October 11, 2016.

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



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Congressmen Chris Collins and John Katko Meet with Federal Officials and Reiterate Their Strong Opposition to IJC Plan 2014


Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) and Congressman John Katko (NY-24) continued to voice their strong opposition to the International Joint Commission’s (IJC) Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Plan for the 2016 Fiscal Year after receiving a briefing yesterday from federal officials involved in the plan’s implementation.

“The IJC’s Plan 2014 will devastate homeowners and businesses along Lake Ontario’s shoreline,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “This plan is an example of government decision-making at its worst. The plan fails to take into account the devastating economic impact it will have on our lakeshore communities, and doesn’t adequately protect our eroding shore-line. I remain vehemently opposed to this ill-conceived plan and will do everything in my power to ensure it does not receive the funding needed for its implementation.”

“It is deeply disappointing that the Administration continues to push Plan 2014 without properly consulting with the people who would be most directly affected by it,” said Congressman John Katko. “My lakeshore constituents have voiced concerns for years about the potentially devastating impact this Plan could have on their communities, but have not had their concerns addressed, or even meaningfully acknowledged. Until the Administration directly addresses the concerns of my constituents, I will do everything in my power to stop Plan 2014.”

Staff Members from the Council on Environmental Quality, the Department of Commerce, the Department of the Interior and the State Department were present at yesterday’s briefing.

Also known as Plan 2014, the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Plan would require federal funds to increase the frequency by which Lake Ontario’s water levels are raised and lowered.  Plan 2014 would raise the current maximum water levels by 2.4 inches, significantly increasing the annual costs of shoreline maintenance.  Local residents are concerned about the negative impact this plan will have on Lake Ontario’s already rapidly deteriorating shoreline.  These water level changes will also threaten the economic activities of residents, businesses, and farms which rely on consistent lake water levels.

Local legislators also reaffirmed their strong opposition to the plan.

“If Plan 2014 goes through, every taxpayer in our lakeshore counties will suffer because everyone has to make up the difference in the loss of sales tax revenue from our fishing industry, recreational boaters, and the devaluation of lakeshore property on the south shore of Lake Ontario,” said David Godfrey, Niagara County Legislator. “This is not only a shoreline issue; taxpayers will have to pay the price for this totally irresponsible plan.”

“The approval by the IJC (International Joint Commission) of Plan 2014 is government at its worst.  The IJC did not listen to the voice of people,” said Lynne Johnson, Orleans County Legislator. “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, with no economic mitigation to our lakeshore communities.”

“Plan 2014 is based on inconclusive data and speculation,” said Steve LeRoy, Sodus Town Supervisor and Chairman, Wayne County Board. “Hundreds of houses, roads, bridges, wastewater plants, public water lines and countless businesses have been built based on the current Order that was implemented nearly 60 years ago. No one person or group should feel so empowered that they could disregard that Order at this point in time and force massive hardship on our communities. Plan 2014 violates an international treaty, it places 100% of the losses on the south shore of Lake Ontario and if implemented, will guarantee a "man-made" multi-million dollar catastrophe. The possible benefits simply do not outweigh the inevitable losses.”

Congressman Collins has voiced strong opposition to the IJC’s Plan 2014 since it was introduced.

  • In 2013, Congressman Collins toured the Olcott and Wilson harbors with state and local elected officials to highlight the negative impact the plan would have on the Lake’s shoreline and the region’s economy.
  • In July, 2014, Niagara County Legislator, David Godfrey, and Orleans County Legislator, Lynne Johnson, joined Congressman Collins in a meeting with State Department officials to express their concerns.
  • In November, 2015, David Godfrey and Lynne Johnson joined Congressman Collins and Congressman John Katko (NY-24) in another meeting with State Department officials to denounce the plan.
  • In March, 2015, Congressman Collins sent a letter to the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs that requested language preventing the IJC from using any funding to implement the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Plan (Plan 2014) for the 2016 Fiscal Year. 



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Congressman Chris Collins Announces $1,411,200 Grant for the Genesee County Airport


Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $1,411,200 in federal funding from the Federal Aviation Administration for the Genesee County Airport, located in Batavia. The grant will assist the Genesee County Airport in funding the final phase of its airport construction project. The airport is building an aircraft-parking apron, a taxiway extension, and removing of a number of runway obstructions.

“Using federal funds to support local infrastructure projects will help establish an environment that promotes future economic development and employment opportunities,” said Congressman Collins. “This $1,411,200 grant will provide Genesee County with the funding it needs to complete the final phase of its project. Grants like these allow for more efficient and effective airport operations that will benefit our region for years to come.”

“This crucial FAA grant will allow Genesee County to complete Phase 3 of our Airport project, which includes the removal of the old terminal building and hangar,” said Raymond Cianfrini, Chairman of the Genesee County Legislature. “We appreciate our partnership with Congressman Collins and look forward to giving him and our community a tour of the completed project.”

The Congressman’s office remains available to assist any local government pursuing a federal grant.



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Congressman Chris Collins Helps Secure $194,862 Grant for the Perry-Warsaw Airport


Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $194,862 in federal funding from the Federal Aviation Administration for the Perry-Warsaw Airport, located in Wyoming County. The grant will assist the Perry-Warsaw Airport in funding a replacement front loader with a plow attachment to ensure the airport is serviceable during snow periods.

“Investing federal funds to support local infrastructure projects will establish an environment suitable for future economic growth,” said Congressman Collins. “This grant will equip the Perry-Warsaw Airport with the resources they need to ensure the safety of incoming and outgoing travelers. Grants like these allow for more efficient operations, which increases air-traffic to the airport, and ultimately benefits Wyoming County.”

“This $194,862 in federal funding will ensure that our airport is well-suited to attract future economic development and tourism opportunities,” said Jim Brick, Perry Town Supervisor. “This equipment will replace our outdated and aging front loader that will undoubtedly improve the safety of all travelers. We look forward to continuing working with Congressman Collins to improve the Perry-Warsaw Airport.”

The Congressman’s office remains available to assist any local government pursuing a federal grant.



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Congressman Collins is Named a “Friend of Farm Bureau” by the American Farm Bureau Federation


Congressman Chris Collins today released the following statement after receiving the “Friend of Farm Bureau” award from the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF).

“The American Farm Bureau Federation recognizes that the agriculture industry has always been one of the primary economic drivers throughout our country, especially here in Western New York,” said Congressman Collins. “I was proud to promote AFBF’s mission in Congress by supporting legislation that will strengthen the lives of rural Americans and help build robust agriculture communities for our nation’s farmers. I am honored to be a ‘Friend of Farm Bureau’.”

In a letter addressed to Congressman Collins, dated September 7, 2016, “The American Farm Bureau Federation gives the ‘Friend of Farm Bureau’ award to members of Congress who have supported Farm Bureau issues, as demonstrated by their voting records, and who were nominated by their respective state Farm Bureau and approved by the AFBF Board of Directors,” wrote Dale Moore, Executive Director of Public Policy for the American Farm Bureau Federation. “Thank you for your support of America’s farmers and ranchers and food security for America’s consumers.”

Established in 1919, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) is an independent, non-governmental, voluntary organization that is governed by, and represents, the farmers and ranch families of America. The Farm Bureau is local, county, state, national and international in its scope and influence and is non-partisan, non-sectarian and non-secret in character. The AFBF works tirelessly to improve access to education, economic opportunities, and social advancement for agriculture producers at all levels.

For more information about the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), please visit:



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Congressman Collins Dedicates the Bergen Post Office in Honor of Barry Miller


Congressman Chris Collins today released the following statement after dedicating the currently unnamed Bergen Post Office, the “Barry Miller Post Office,” in memory of Barry’s outstanding service to the Bergen community. Congressman Collins joined the Miller family today to formally dedicate the Bergen Post Office and unveil a memorial plaque in his name.

“Barry Miller was a pillar of the Bergen community and someone who spent his entire life serving others,” said Congressman Collins. “The ‘Barry Miller Post Office’ will keep his memory forever ingrained in Bergen. I want to thank the members of the Bergen community for showing their support today.”

“Barry Miller was deeply involved in the Bergen community and his passion showed in his dedication to service and answering the call of those in danger,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Today, we collectively remember and honor this extraordinary and generous New Yorker. This designation is a fitting tribute for a hometown hero in the community he held near and dear.”

“It is an honor to have the legacy of Barry Miller, and the Miller name, forever associated with the Bergen Post Office,” said Ronald Coons, Manager of Post Office Operations.

“Our family finds it difficult to adequately express our appreciation for this great honor,” said the Miller Family. “We are particularly grateful because it will be a lasting memorial for Barry. We love you, son.”

Barry Miller, a lifelong Bergen resident, was a member of the Bergen Volunteer Fire Department for 31 years, including ten as an Assistant EMS Chief, before he was tragically killed in the line of duty on September 23, 2015. In addition to his service with 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.

Shortly after Mr. Miller’s passing, Congressman Collins introduced legislation to rename the currently unnamed post office located at 15 Rochester Street, Bergen, New York as the “Barry Miller Post Office.” On Tuesday, June 21, 2016, the House of Representatives voted to pass this legislation with unanimous consent. Senator Gillibrand introduced companion legislation in the Senate, which unanimously passed on July 7, 2016. On Friday, July 15, 2016, the President signed it into law. Full text of the legislation can be read here.

To view pictures from the day’s event, please visit here.



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Congressman Chris Collins Announces $43,200 Grant for the Perry-Warsaw Airport


Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $43,200 in federal funding from the Federal Aviation Administration for the Perry-Warsaw Airport, located in Wyoming County. The grant will assist the Perry-Warsaw Airport in funding a new automatic weather observing system-II.

“Grant opportunities that will give our local governments access to up-to-date technology to significantly improve the quality, efficiency, and safety of its daily operations is a smart investment and a responsible use of federal tax dollars,” said Congressman Collins. “Investing in infrastructure projects like the Perry-Warsaw Airport’s AWOS system will provide accurate, current, and site-specific weather information that will positively impact Wyoming County for years to come.”

“This AWOS system will give us accurate weather information that will undoubtedly improve the local air safety,” said Jim Brick, Perry Town Supervisor. “Overall, this system will empower economic development and enhance airport functions that will allow more businesses and individuals to use it. We look forward to continuing to work with Congressman Collins to support the Perry-Warsaw Airport.”

The Congressman’s office remains available to assist any local government pursuing a federal grant.


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Congressman Chris Collins Announces Application Period for the FY16 Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program


Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced the application period for the Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) Program for FY16. Administered through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) each year, the AFG Program is designed to help local fire departments and Emergency Management Service (EMS) providers improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types. 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 resources. This year alone, thirteen departments throughout NY-27 have been awarded roughly $1,275,900 in federal funding assistance through the AFG Program.

“This prudent use of federal tax dollars will ensure the continued safety of our first responders and the communities they protect,” said Congressman Collins. “I look forward to working with this year’s applicants and I encourage all NY-27 fire departments and EMS providers to apply.”

FEMA will begin accepting applications from eligible departments beginning on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 8:00AM. Applications must be submitted by Friday, November 18, 2016 at 5:00PM.

Interested applicants with further questions or those seeking letters of support from Congressman Collins are asked to call his Geneseo District Office at (585) 519-4002.



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Congressman Chris Collins Announces $35,764 Grant for the Terry’s Corners Volunteer Fire Company in Gasport, NY


Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $35,764 in federal funding for the Terry’s Corners Volunteer Fire Company, located in Gasport. 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.

“For volunteer fire departments, the high costs associated with membership recruitment and retention programs are significant obstacles to overcome,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “Access to funding through the SAFER grant program provides volunteer fire departments and EMS organizations an opportunity to implement new recruitment strategies and expand on current training practices. These efforts will certainly maintain the safety of our local communities and I am honored to help the Terry’s Corners Volunteer Fire Company secure this vital funding.”

“It is critically important that small, rural fire companies like ours are able to effectively recruit new members and maintain retention efforts,” said Bill Fisher, Terry’s Corner Fire Department Chief. “This $35,764 award will help support those efforts and allow us to continue serving our community each day. We look forward to continue working with Congressman Collins to push for increased SAFER and AFG funding for volunteer fire departments.”

This federal grant will allow the Terry’s Corners Volunteer Fire Company to implement a new incentive program that will reward members who frequently respond to calls and participate in training opportunities. The Company will also purchase a new digital sign, which will be displayed outside the department, to encourage recruitment.

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 Announces Satellite Office Hours for the Month of September


Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced his office’s satellite office hours for the month of September. 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:


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

10:00 – 11:30 AM

Covington Town Hall

584 Perry Road

Pavilion, NY 14525



Thursday, September 8, 2016

10:00 – 11:30 AM

York Town Hall

2668 Main Street

York, NY 14592


City of Batavia

Thursday, September 15, 2016

10:00 – 11:30 AM

Batavia City Hall

One Batavia City Centre

Batavia, NY 14020



Thursday, September 15, 2016

12:00 – 1:30 PM

Elba Town Hall

7 Maple Avenue

Elba, NY 14058



Monday, September 19, 2016

2:30 – 4:00 PM

Sanborn-Pekin Free Library

5890 West Street

Sanborn, NY 14132



Wednesday, September 21, 2016

3:00 – 4:30 PM

Wales Town Hall

12345 Big Tree Road

Wales Center, NY 14169



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Phone 202-225-5265
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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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