Chris Collins

Chris Collins

NEW YORK's 27th DISTRICT

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 Helps Secure $231,858 Grant for the Blasdell Fire Department

2016/06/01

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $231,858 in federal funding for the Blasdell 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 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 Blasdell Fire Department secure this vital funding.”

“The Village of Blasdell Fire Department is grateful to have been selected for an Assistance to Firefighters Grant award from FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security,” said Michael Petrie, Mayor of Blasdell. “With the help of FEMA and the persistent support of Congressman Chris Collins, Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, when the alarm rings, our first responders will be ready and fully equipped to answer the call and fulfill our duty to protect the lives of our citizens and minimize property damage. Blasdell firefighters go into harm’s way to keep all of us safe. This grant will provide our first responders the equipment they need to do their job and protect themselves.

“I would especially like to thank Congressman Collins and his staff for their annual hosting of a grant workshop, where FEMA officials offer guidance to applicants before the application deadline. Chris has always made himself available to Blasdell and we remain grateful for his support.”

This federal grant will allow the Blasdell Fire Department to acquire 25 complete sets of turnout gear and 25 complete sets of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA’s) to replace obsolete gear that is 16 and 14 years old, respectively. A SCBA is a device worn by firefighters and rescue workers to provide breathable air in dangerous environments.

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 Recognizes Lake View Woman as ‘Veteran of the Month’

2016/05/31

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement recognizing United States Coast Guard Veteran, Paulette Gough, of Lake View, as New York’s 27th Congressional District’s ‘Veteran of the Month’ for May. 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 Paulette, and hear her share memories of her time in the Coast Guard,” said Congressman Collins. “Seeing Paulette receive this honor, surrounded by family and friends, was truly special. We are all very grateful for her 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.”

Paulette Gough served in the United States Coast Guard for 24 years and retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 3 on May 1st, 2015. Paulette earned a number of medals and commendations during her service with the U.S. Coast Guard, including five USCG Commendation medals, three Meritorious Team Commendation Ribbons, two National Defense Ribbons, and a Humanitarian Service Medal. Congressman Collins joined Paulette’s son, her husband Paul, and neighbors at a ceremony where Paulette was presented with a Congressional Certificate of Commendation and a flag flown over the United States Capitol Building. Mrs. Gough was presented this recognition at her home on Saturday, May 28, 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.

Photos from the event are available here.

 

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Congressman Chris Collins Helps Replace 48-Star American Flag Stolen from Iwo Jima Memorial

2016/05/31

Congressman Chris Collins today released the following statement after his office donated a 48-star American Flag to the Town of Wales this past Memorial Day Weekend.

Two weeks ago, a cherished American flag featuring 48-stars was stolen from the Iwo Jima Memorial in the Wales Town Park. The unique 48 stars on the flag represented the exact number of states in the Union at the time American troops stormed Iwo Jima. Congressman Chris Collins joined members of the Wales community to make sure the flag was replaced in time for Memorial Day.

“After reading about the stolen 48-star flag, I immediately reached out to the Town of Wales and the Wales Historical Society to see what my office could do to help,” said Congressman Collins. “When an unfortunate act like this occurs within a community, it is important that we do what we can to rectify the situation. I was proud to offer my help and present a replacement 48-star flag to the Wales community so they can continue to recognize our nation’s veterans. I also, would like to thank Wales Town Supervisor, Rickey Venditti, Robert and Deanna Ziegel from the Wales Historical Society for their leadership in honoring and recognizing the service of our local veterans.”

The replacement 48-star American flag was flown over the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. in recognition of our local veterans.

“The town of Wales is very honored an thankful for Congressman Collins' help with returning this flag to our community,” said Rickey Venditti, Town of Wales Supervisor. “I'd also like to extend a special thank you to the Congressman's staff for working with us as well to present this 48-star flag that was flown over the Capitol Building so we can continue to extend our gratitude for our veterans.”

Deanna Ziegel, Town of Wales Historian, also added, “We are so thrilled that Congressman Collins made the extra effort to deliver this flag for our veterans and community. The Town of Wales certainly took a blow when this flag was stolen. All of the Town residents, including myself, were so happy and honored that he took the time to stop in himself and take the actions necessary to deliver this flag back to us.”

Photos from the event can be viewed here.

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More Obamacare Failures: New York Premium Rates Set to Skyrocket

2016/05/19

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after reports surfaced that health insurers operating in New York’s Obamacare exchanges requested premium rate increases by as much as 89%.

“These requested premium increases come on the heels of the total failure of the New York-based, Obamacare-created CO-OP Health Republic, which has already cost taxpayers more than $265 million at the end of 2015,” said Congressman Collins. “The failure of Health Republic forced thousands of beneficiaries onto more expensive plans and, based on the insurer requests, these beneficiaries will see substantial rate increases next year.

“Now Obamacare’s runaway premium costs are devastating families, businesses, and individuals in Western New York. President Obama’s health plan needs to be left behind with the rest of his failed presidency.”

The report detailing the insurer requested rate hikes can be read here. Health insurers in New York requested increased rates hikes of 17.3% on average.

 

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Congressman Chris Collins Announces $88,858 Grant for Adams Fire Co.

2016/05/18

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $88,858  in federal funding for Adams Fire Co. in Wheatfield, New York. 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 Adams Fire Co. secure this vital funding.”

“This funding will allow the Adams Fire Company to purchase 36 sets of new protective turnout gear,” said Chris Pino, Fire Chief, Adams Fire Company. “This important equipment will help keep our firefighters safe as they protect our local residents and will allow us to continue providing the best possible service to our community. We appreciate Congressman Collins assistance and look forward to working with him again in the future to support our local fire departments.”

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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House Passes 18 Bills to Combat Opioid Epidemic

2016/05/13

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed 18 pieces of legislation this week to combat the nation’s opioid epidemic.

“The opioid epidemic continues to devastate communities here in Western New York,” said Congressman Collins. “There is no silver bullet to fix this issue, but the bipartisan legislative items passed this week will help communities across America educate individuals about the dangers of opioid abuse and work to eradicate this severe epidemic. What is clear is that all levels of government need to be doing everything they can to help tackle this issue before more lives are lost.”

Here is a complete list of the bills that passed the House of Representatives this week. Among the bills are pieces of legislation that establish new grant programs to help local communities, increase opportunities for veterans to become emergency medical technicians, and expand efforts to reduce the overprescribing of opioids.

Eleven of these bills were passed out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which Congressman Collins is a member.

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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


Congressman Chris Collins Speaks in Support of the Save the American Workers Act

2014-04-03 18:37:53


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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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