Chris Collins

Chris Collins

NEW YORK's 27th DISTRICT

Collins Calls for New IJC Chair and Commissioners to Address Failed Plan 2014

2017/10/20

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) condemned claims by International Joint Commission (IJC) Chair Lana Pollack that Plan 2014 and the IJC were not responsible for Lake Ontario’s shoreline flooding this past spring. Collins and other elected officials, including Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and community leaders all along the Lake Shore have been vocal about the lake-level regulation plan that leaves the south shore of Lake Ontario in danger of historic erosion. During a speech at a conference on Great Lakes restoration and in an interview with the Democrat & Chronicle, Pollack said that Lake Ontario flooding was not a result of Plan 2014.

“Ms. Pollack and the IJC have failed the people of Western New York, especially those that have experienced devastating damage to their businesses and property,” said Collins. “Instead of working to fix the problems and make sure destruction like this does not occur again, the IJC is passing the blame and making excuses.”

After first reviewing the plan in 2013, Collins took the lead alongside state and local elected officials to speak out against the negative impact the plan would have on the Lake’s shoreline and the region’s economy. Plan 2014 increases the frequency by which Lake Ontario’s water levels are raised and lowered, significantly increasing the annual costs of shoreline maintenance and negatively impacting Lake Ontario’s rapidly deteriorating shoreline. 

Despite concern from local elected officials, the IJC and the State Department, under the Obama Administration, forged ahead with Plan 2014 in December 2016 as Obama’s term was coming to an end. Record high water levels during the spring and summer of 2017 have caused unprecedented damage to property owners, businesses, and municipalities along Lake Ontario. 

“Lana Pollack and the rest of the IJC need to be replaced. I have confidence that the Trump Administration will act quickly to appoint commissioners who understand the needs of Lake Ontario residents and will work with their Canadian partners to address these critical issues,” added Collins.

Collins has met with both President Trump and Vice President Pence and urged for the replacement of all IJC commissioners. On Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence joined Collins and Western New York families in Lancaster for a tax roundtable at Performance Advantage Company. In July, Collins joined President Trump on Air Force One for a trip to Long Island. During both meetings, Collins shared his concerns about Lake Ontario’s shoreline flooding, the IJC and Plan 2014.

 

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Congressman Collins Joins Scouts at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site’s Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge Day

2017/10/10

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) met with Boy Scouts over the weekend at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site for its Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge Day program. Amongst the requirements for a Citizenship in the Nation merit badge, a Scout must be able to discuss the three branches of government, discuss how each branch functions, and discuss the importance of checks and balances. To help Scouts meet this requirement, Congressman Collins was asked to discuss how he recently secured desperately needed federal funds on behalf of the Site.
 
Since the spring of 2015, the Site has worked in coordination with the Greater Niagara Frontier Council (GNFC) of Boy Scouts of America to provide local Scouts with an opportunity to earn Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, American Heritage, and Public Speaking merit badges.
 
“Scouting gives our nation’s youth an opportunity to develop their qualities of leadership, serve their fellow neighbors, and help their communities grow stronger,” said Congressman Collins. “It was a great privilege to have a chance to speak to Scouts about my role as a Member of Congress, their rights as Americans, and what it means to be a good citizen. The TR Site’s five merit badge programs have helped over 200 Scouts understand the importance of good citizenship and I know their work will go a long way in shaping the next generation of leaders here in Western New York.”
 
Congressman Collins also spoke to Scouts about his role as a Member of Congress and how he is able to help local organizations navigate federal regulations or policies. After federal regulations caused the Site’s annual allocation from the National Park Service to be withheld, Congressman Collins was able to work with the U.S. Department of Interior to ensure these funds were swiftly released so the Site’s operations went uninterrupted. In addition to the Scout program, the Site formally recognized Congressman Collins for his efforts and for his continued support of the Site in Congress.
 
“Earlier this summer, the TR Inaugural Site found itself in a challenging position in relation to its annual allocation from the National Park Service,” said Stanton Hudson, Executive Director of the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site. “With a new administration in Washington, new regulations were promulgated that had the effect of temporarily holding up the Site’s funding for the Department of the Interior. Thanks to the swift intercession by Congressman Chris Collins and his staff, funds were released within a matter of days so that we were able to continue our work and prevent operations from being disrupted.”
 
 “When a scenario similar to the one the TR Site recently found itself in occurs, both my staff and I will contact the appropriate agency, department, or branch of government to advocate our position and work towards a timely resolution,” said Collins. “As a Member of Congress I have a responsibility to ensure policies and regulations that are enacted at the federal level have a positive impact on the quality of life here in New York’s 27th Congressional District, and I was glad that we were able to work with the Department of the Interior on behalf of the TR Site to secure this desperately needed funding.”
 
Click here for information on the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site.

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Congressman Collins Announces $785,000 in USDA Rural Development Funding for the Town of Bethany

2017/09/28

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $785,000 in federal funding for the Town of Bethany. This $785,000 was awarded through the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Water and Waste Disposable Loans and Grants Program. The Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas.

 “The USDA’s Water and Waste Disposable Loan and Grant Program is a prudent use of federal funding that helps rural communities here in Western New York provide reliable access to clean water for its residents,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “Constructing Water District #2 has been a top priority for the Town, so this funding is certainly welcome news for Bethany residents. I was glad to work with Supervisor Hyde to secure this critical USDA funding that will undoubtedly improve the quality of life both in Bethany and in Genesee County.”

The Town of Bethany has been awarded a USDA Rural Development loan of $785,000.00, which will be used to address health code issues associated with a number of the Town’s water wells. In addition, the Town of Bethany intends to create Water District #2, a project that is estimated to cost $1,354,000.00, which will extend public water service to 40 residential and 1 other user in the Town who currently do not have access to safe potable water.

“First and foremost I want to thank Congressman Collins for his support of this critical USDA program,” said Carl Hyde, J.R., Bethany Town Supervisor. “Because of this funding, residents of Bethany will now have access to clean drinking water and I am glad to know Congressman Collins supports keeping the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program intact.”

To learn more about the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program, including eligibility requirements, please click here.

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Collins Supports Comprehensive Tax Reform Framework

2017/09/27

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) released the following statement in support of the U.S. House of Representatives Republican framework on tax reform that was released today:

“Updating our nation’s tax code will be one of the most important accomplishments we will see under President Trump. The House Republican framework is what will truly make America Great Again by making our country more competitive around the world and allowing families to keep more of what they earn. Lower corporate tax rates and repatriation of dollars that are overseas will directly stimulate investment and job growth in Western New York and around our country. It’s time for Congress to follow President Trump’s lead and fix the broken, outdated tax system that has burdened hard-working individuals and has crushed our economy.”

For more information on the House Republican tax reform framework, click here.

 

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Collins Met with DOL Secretary Acosta to Discuss Expanding H-2A Visa Program

2017/09/26

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) met with United States Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta today to discuss expanding the H-2A Agricultural Visa program. This program allows agriculture employers to hire workers on a temporary basis to fill seasonal jobs. 

Under the current program, America’s agricultural employers that require year-round workers are met with challenges as it relates to finding a legal, experienced workforce. The H-2A visa program does not currently provide a category for year-round livestock workers, including dairy. Both crop and livestock farmers depend on affordable labor, yet an oversight in the H-2A program has put the latter at a disadvantage when it comes to obtaining workers.

“I’ve talked with hard-working farmers across Western New York who are struggling because they are unable to retain year-round workers,” said Collins. “Our dairy farmers especially are burdened with an H-2A program that does not allow them to hire the individuals they need to milk cows, feed livestock, and maintain the herd.” 

The agriculture industry is vital to the Western New York economy. Collins’ Congressional District includes almost 5,000 farms which produce more than $1 billion of products sold each year.

Collins said one area of the H-2A program that needs improvement includes changing eligibility to include year-round agricultural operations such as dairy, nursery, and fresh cut operations. The meeting with Secretary Acosta was based on the fact that the Department of Labor (USDOL) has the ability to make rule changes that would immediately amend program guidelines.  

“I urged Secretary Acosta to take action on this issue now. Western New York’s and America’s farmers can’t continue to be burdened by these ineffective rules and regulations while waiting for Congress to act,” Collins added.

Collins was joined by Members of Congress from across the United States who also discussed streamlining the H-2A application process. Recommendations presented would reduce redundancies and improve operating efficiencies.  

“I am committed to working with President Trump, Secretary Acosta and my colleagues in Congress to make the necessary reforms that are good for our agriculture industry, and in turn, good for our economy.”

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Congressman Chris Collins Announces $5,078,000 in USDA Rural Development Funding for Town of Byron, Village of Wyoming

2017/09/22

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $2,220,000.00 in federal funding for the Village of Wyoming and $2,858,000.00 in federal funding for the Town of Byron. This $5,078,000.00 was awarded through the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Water and Waste Disposable Loans and Grants Program. The Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas.

 “Communities throughout all of Western New York deserve reliable access to clean drinking water,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “Constructing and maintaining water systems oftentimes are costly projects, but the Water and Waste Disposable Loan and Grant Program provides federal assistance to ensure rural communities, like the Town of Byron and Village of Wyoming, are still able to provide clean water for their residents. I’m proud to announce this $5,078,000 award and I know it will help residents of both communities grow stronger and healthier.”

The Town of Byron has been awarded a USDA Rural Development loan of $2,108,000.00 and a grant of $750,000.00, both of which will be used to address the lack of clean, accessible drinking water in the area. The Town of Byron intends to create Water District #8, a project which is estimated to cost $2,858,000.00, will extend public water service to 107 residential users in the town who currently do not have access to safe potable water.

“On behalf of the Town of Byron, myself, and residents of the affected area, we greatly appreciate the work that Congressman Collins has done on our behalf,” said Peter Yasses, Byron Town Supervisor. “Most of the residents have had to haul drinking water in, and so this funding will address that issue and ensure we can provide adequate fire protection as well.”

The Village of Wyoming has been awarded a USDA Rural Development loan of $1,554,000.00 and a grant of $666,000.00 to assist with fund restorations and replacements to local water systems. The Village of Wyoming intends to address ongoing issues with on-site wastewater systems, which have been causing groundwater quality impairments within the Village’s public water supply. This project, which is projected to cost $2,220,000.00, will provide a secondary source of water to 163 residential and commercial users and will ensure the Village’s water supply is preserved and protected.

“This is something our Village needed, as we have less than 500 village residents and only one water well,” said Nate Norton, Village of Wyoming Mayor. “This USDA funding will allow us to redo our water system, which has been a priority of ours for years. This will have a significant and direct impact on the quality of life of for here in Wyoming and we thank the Congressman for his support. We look forward to improving our water systems in the near future.”

To learn more about the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program, including eligibility requirements, please click here.

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Congressman Collins Announces $1,520,000 in SAFER Grant Program Funding for Firemen’s Association of the State of New York

2017/09/20

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $1,520,000.00 in federal funding for the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY). 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.

“This SAFER grant funding is going to have a tremendous impact on residents of NY27 and all of New York State, as it will help ensure the future viability of volunteer fire departments and help collegiate students serve their community while pursuing higher education,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “In April of this year, I expressed my full support for FASNY’s application and joined Erie County legislators to highlight the impact FASNY’s work has had on the communities we represent. Today I am proud to announce FASNY’s application has been approved and will be awarded this critical funding.”

This $1,520,00.00 in SAFER Grant Program funding will allow FASNY to continue its recruitment and retention campaigns, both of which aim to ensure all volunteer fire departments and organizations throughout the State of New York are staffed with an adequate number of trained first responders. A 2016 financial impact study released by FASNY found that over the course of FASNY’s SAFER grant period (2011-2015), New York State has recruited approximately 20,000 new volunteer firefighters.

“Volunteer fire departments provide fire protection, fire prevention and emergency medical services in most of New York State, but with increasing call volumes and other challenges, we need more volunteers to staff those departments at levels that can consistently provide an effective level of response,” said Kenneth Pienkowski, President of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY).  “This SAFER grant will go a long way towards augmenting the existing efforts of FASNY and the entire volunteer fire service to recruit and retain new volunteer firefighters.  We are very grateful to all of our local federal elected officials for their help in securing this grant to help us maintain and grow the volunteer ranks across the state.”

In addition, FASNY utilizes SAFER Grant Program funding to implement its volunteer firefighter tuition reimbursement program, which incentivizes collegiate students to join their local volunteer fire departments while pursuing higher education. Since the program was implemented in spring 2012, over 400 Erie Community College students have taken advantage of this opportunity.

"This important funding is critical for the continuation of the FASNY tuition reimbursement program,” said Tommy Chmielowiec, Erie Community College Firefighter Support Specialist. “This program has been a tremendous success and is a key tool in our efforts to recruit and retain local volunteer firefighters. Approximately 420 local Western New York volunteer firefighters have, or are, participating in this program. We appreciate Congressman Collins' strong advocacy on behalf of our local volunteer firefighters and will continue to work with him in the future."

“I’m grateful to Congressman Collins for his efforts in securing this funding for FASNY,” said Ted Morton, Erie County Legislator. “Volunteer firefighters are the backbone of our community; they face increasing demands on their time and money as rules and regulations continue to increase with little relief. This program will be key in helping recruit new firefighters and has the added benefit of helping increase enrollment at ECC.”

“This funding is critically important to keeping recruitment high and retention rates up in local fire companies,” said Ed Rath, Erie County Legislator. “The number of volunteer firefighters has dropped significantly in recent years and this is a tool that can only help in recruitment efforts. I’d like to thank Congressman Collins for his leadership and support of the grant application.”

The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, "front line" firefighters available in their communities.

 

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Collins, Higgins, Reed, Slaughter Fight Against Watering Down Pilot Training Requirements

2017/09/15

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) and 18 additional Members of Congress sent a letter to United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Chao and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Huerta expressing concern and disappointment with recommendations to modify and repeal pilot training rules. Suggested changes from the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) would reduce the training and experience requirements specified in the Airline Safety and FAA Extension Act of 2010. Since the passage of this legislation, and enactment of a rule requiring pilots have 1,500 training hours, there have been zero fatalities on commercial airlines.

The bipartisan action to achieve one level of safety among our nation’s regional and mainline carriers was sparked in 2009 by the tragic crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 in Clarence Center, NY. ARAC claims that the pilot training qualifications impose more costs than benefits to regional airlines, although since implementation of qualification rules the United States has experienced the safest period in aviation history.

“Thanks to the families of Flight 3407, our skies have been safe for the last seven years because of enhanced training requirements,” said Collins. “We will not give up on our fight to keep these requirements in place. If the regional airlines want to recruit more pilots they should offer better wages and better working conditions.”

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) said, “Industry decisions should be based on public safety, not industry profits. Pilot training concessions come at the expense of human life. Hard-fought reforms, championed by the Flight 3407 families, have resulted in no further lives lost and safer skies for everyone.  We will fight to keep it that way.”

“We will always remember the tragedy that took the lives of so many in the crash of Flight 3407. We will continue to honor their memory by standing with their loved ones to enhance flight safety regulations. We need to keep these important reforms in place to prevent such fatalities from occurring in the future. I am happy to join with my colleges to urge Secretary Chao to not reverse these important regulations,” said Congressman Tom Reed (NY-23).

“It is because of the tireless work of Flight 3407 families that we were able to pass into law new standards mandating that every pilot, whether regional or commercial, is well-trained and well-rested,” said Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25). “These families have turned their immeasurable grief and loss into action that has protected the life of every person who gets on an airplane. There hasn’t been a single fatal regional airline crash since these measures were enacted, and it is inconceivable that these safeguards could be put on the chopping block by the administration. This is perfect example of why efforts to erase regulations that protect the health and safety of all Americans are so dangerous. We must protect the gains we’ve made and the safety of all air travelers.”

Full text of the letter can be read below:

September 15, 2017

The Honorable Elaine Chao
Secretary
U.S. Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, D.C. 20590
 
The Honorable Michael Huerta
Administrator
Federal Aviation Administration
800 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20591
 
Dear Secretary Chao and Administrator Huerta:

Earlier this year, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) tasked the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) to suggest potential reforms of current regulations.  As you know, ARAC’s initial recommendations were finalized yesterday, September 14, 2017.

We are writing you today to express our concern and disappointment with the inclusion in the  final report to modify and repeal elements of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 121.436 (14 CFR 121.436).  In 2010, 14 CFR 121.436 was codified in law through the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010 (PL.111-216).  From pilot fatigue guidelines to new training methods for pilots, this law has helped achieve One Level of Safety among our nation’s regional and mainline carriers and gone a long way in preventing accidents like that of Flight 3407.

This bipartisan action to prioritize aviation safety was sparked by the tragic crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 seven years prior in Clarence Center, N.Y.  There is no valid argument that this legislation has not kept our flying public safe.  Since the passage of this legislation and the enactment of these Pilot Qualification Hours, there have been zero fatalities on commercial airliners.  This period of over eight years with no fatal crashes represents the longest such period in U.S. aviation history by over three times.

We take issue with ARAC’s reasons to modify and repeal the qualification hours stating that the rule imposes costs that exceed benefits and that it eliminates jobs or inhibits job creation.  You cannot put a value on the life of a person; the countless number of lives that have been saved because we have safer pilots certainly outweighs any monetary cost associated with this rule.

Further, the qualification hours have been in place since 2013, giving pilots and airlines ample time to comply with this regulation. Claims that changes to this rule are necessary to ameliorate a supposed pilot shortage ignore the meager salaries and less-than-ideal working conditions that have been characteristic of regional airlines for well over two decades.  These historical factors are the true drivers of any difficulties that these airlines may be having in attracting qualified first officer applicants. 

We thank you for your continued cooperation and efforts to ensure safe travel aboard all airlines and we urge that these stricter first officer qualification training and experience requirements which were unanimously enacted by Congress seven years ago are preserved in their current form.

Sincerely,

Rep. Chris Collins
Rep. Brian Higgins
Rep. Carol Shea-Porter
Rep. Glenn 'G.T.' Thompson
Rep. Gwen Moore
Rep. Jerrold Nadler
Rep. Josh Gottheimer
Rep. Bill Pascrell
Rep. Kevin Brady
Rep. Lee Zeldin
Rep. Leonard Lance
Rep. Louise Slaughter
Rep. Mark DeSaulnier
Rep. Pete King
Rep. Salud O. Carbajal
Rep. Walter B. Jones
Rep. Ruben Gallego
Rep. Tom Reed
 

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Congressman Chris Collins Secures $29,232 & $145,153 in AFG Program Funding for the Woodlawn & Wendelville Volunteer Fire Companies, Respectively

2017/09/14

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $29,232 in federal funding for the Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Company and $145,153 for the Wendelville Volunteer Fire Company. Both grants were awarded through the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program, which is designed to help first responders improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types.

“When our local firefighters arrive at the scene of an emergency, it is critically important they are able to quickly and safely locate any person in need of assistance,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “This $174,385 in total AFG funds for the Woodlawn and Wendelville volunteer fire companies will help them purchase new equipment and save more lives. I am glad this investment is being made in New York’s 27th Congressional District and I look forward to working with all of our local departments who participate in the AFG Program.”

The Woodlawn VFC will use this $29,232 federal grant to purchase new thermal imaging cameras. These newly purchased cameras will significantly improve the Company’s ability to locate victims in need of assistance during emergencies of all types.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to get this funding,” said Kevin Jewett, Chief of the Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Company. “We will be able to replace our old thermal imaging cameras so that in the event of a fire we can locate victims and keep our firefighters safe. We will continue to work with Rep. Collins on issues impacting our local fire departments.”

The Wendelville VFC will receive $145,153 in AFG program funding that will be used to purchase 26 new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) air packs. The 26 new SCBAs will provide members of the Wendelville VFC with breathable air when responding to an emergency situation.

“This important funding will allow the department to purchase 26 new air packs,” said Mark Walter, Chief of the Wendelville Volunteer Fire Company. “This equipment is critical for keeping our firefighters and community safe. Our department looks forward to continuing to work with Congressman Collins to support local first responders and ensure they have the tools they need to save lives and protect property.”

The AFG Grant Program provides direct funding assistance to fire departments, State Fire Training Academies, and non-affiliated EMS organizations to enhance their response capabilities and to more effectively protect the health and safety of both the public and emergency response personnel with respect to fire and all other hazards.

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Congressman Collins Secures $42,066 in SAFER Grant Program Funding for the Lancaster Fire Department

2017/09/14

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $42,066 in federal funding for the Lancaster 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.

“Today I am proud to announce the Lancaster Fire Department will receive $42,066 in SAFER grant program funding that will be used to enhance the Department’s outreach efforts so they can recruit new firefighters,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “The SAFER grant program has had a significant impact on New York’s 27th Congressional District, as many of our departments find it difficult to fund the high costs associated with recruitment campaigns. These funds will benefit Lancaster residents for years to come and I want to thank the Lancaster Fire Department’s members for their selfless service.”

The Lancaster Fire Department will use this $42,066 in SAFER grant program funding to support volunteer recruitment efforts through advertising and outreach campaigns.

“The SAFER grant will help support our efforts to recruit and retain members,” said Bill Shroeder, Lancaster Village Mayor. “The funding will allow us to have the resources we need to recruit new members and keep the ones we have. Without grant funding we would not be able to create a program like this. We look forward to continuing our work with Rep. Collins on issues important to local fire departments.”

The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, "front line" firefighters available in their communities.

 

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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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