Chris Collins

Chris Collins

NEW YORK's 27th DISTRICT

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

2016/09/16

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

2016/09/15

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

2016/09/14

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: http://www.fb.org/.

 

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

2016/09/10

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

2016/09/09

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

2016/09/08

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

2016/09/01

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

2016/08/31

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:

Covington

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

10:00 – 11:30 AM

Covington Town Hall

584 Perry Road

Pavilion, NY 14525

 

York

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

 

Elba

Thursday, September 15, 2016

12:00 – 1:30 PM

Elba Town Hall

7 Maple Avenue

Elba, NY 14058

 

Cambria

Monday, September 19, 2016

2:30 – 4:00 PM

Sanborn-Pekin Free Library

5890 West Street

Sanborn, NY 14132

 

Wales

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

3:00 – 4:30 PM

Wales Town Hall

12345 Big Tree Road

Wales Center, NY 14169

  

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Congressman Chris Collins Announces $100,953 Grant for the Boston Volunteer Fire Company

2016/08/26

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $100,953 in federal funding for the Boston 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.

“Oftentimes, volunteer fire departments in our local communities are faced with significant financial limitations that restrict their access to new equipment and training,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “The AFG program allows our local fire departments and EMS organizations to apply for funding assistance in an effort to maintain safety standards for its first responders and allow them to keep our communities safe. I am honored to help the Boston Volunteer Fire Department secure this vital funding.”

“Access to grant funding through the AFG program is critical for smaller departments like ours,” said Patrick Penrod, Boston Volunteer Fire Department Chief. “This funding will now allow us to purchase much needed protective equipment and new turnout gear to keep our volunteers safe while we protect our community. We look forward to working with Congressman Collins in the future and support his efforts to increase AFG funding.”

This federal grant will allow the Boston Volunteer Fire Department to purchase new turnout gear. This personal protective equipment will ensure the safety of the first responders as they respond to 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.

 

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Congressman Chris Collins Announces $531,700 Grant for the Akron Fire Company

2016/08/25

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $531,700 in federal funding for the Akron Fire Company. 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 consistently put their lives on the line to protect and serve those in need,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “Providing them with the equipment, training, and funding they need to do their jobs safely and responsibly will ultimately lead to more efficient first responders and safer communities. This grant funding will also allow first responders to use their resources more effectively, and I am honored to help the Akron Fire Company secure this vital funding.”

“The $531,700 SAFER grant will allow our Company to increase our membership and purchase training equipment to meet the technological needs for our coursework, drills, and physical fitness,” said Keith Hochreiter, President of the Akron Fire Company. “This grant will also allow the Akron Fire Company to continue balancing fiscal responsibility and the needs of our community that we proudly serve.”

This federal grant will allow the Akron Fire Company to expand its hiring practices and maintain a sufficient number of on-duty firefighters. The Akron Fire Company will also use these funds to ensure they are equipped with the proper technology to train efficiently and remain both mentally and physically fit at all times.

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 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


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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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