Chris Collins

Chris Collins

NEW YORK's 27th DISTRICT

Congressman Collins Applauds Trump’s Commitment To Farmers and Small Business Owners

2019/09/12

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) praised EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s signing of the repeal of the Obama-Era Clean Water Rule, commonly known as the, “Waters of the United States.”

The signing of the repeal is part of a two-step process ordered by President Donald Trump in February 2017.  This first step overturns the Obama-era regulation and re-enacts rules established prior to 2015. The second step of process is for the EPA to propose a replacement rule, which is expected before the end of this year.

“This was nothing more than a giant power grab by the Obama Administration that had real and harmful consequences on America’s hardworking farmers and small business owners,” said Congressman Collins. “This rule has serious implications for our local farmers, it allows bureaucrats to determine if small divots or puddles were considered ‘navigable waters’.  President Trump made a promise to farmers across the nation and I applaud him for keeping it by repealing these outrageous regulations. ”

In 2014, Congressman Collins attempted to block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) from expanding federal control under the Clean Water Act by leading a letter to the EPA Administrator and the Department of Army Secretary urging them not the move forward. A majority of Congress signed on to Congressman Collins’ letter.

Congressman Collins additionally was a cosponsor of H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, which would prevent the EPA and the Army Corp of Engineers from implementing the proposed rule that would redefine “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. This legislation passed in the House but was not taken up in the Senate.

The repeal is expected to be challenged in court by a number of environmental groups. 

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Congressman Collins Announces $229,088.55 In Grants For Three Local Fire Companies

2019/09/10

Clarence, NY – Today Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) announced $229,088.55 in federal funding for three local fire companies. The Depew Fire Department will receive $14,246.66, the Memorial Volunteer Fire Company of Chaffee-Sardina NY, Inc. will receive $150,175.23, and the Fishers Fire District will receive $64,666.66. The grants were 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.

“Firefighters answer a noble calling to put the lives of others before their own,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “It is imperative that our fire departments have the resources necessary to keep their members safe while they are protecting others. This is an excellent and prudent use of federal money and it provides a tremendous service to communities here in New York’s 27th Congressional District.”

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 Chris Collins Announces $402,622.85 in Grants for Two Local Fire Companies

2019/09/06

Clarence, NY – Congressman Chris Collins today announced $402,622.85 in federal funding for two local fire companies. The local companies are the Olcott Fire Company, Inc., and the Richmond Fire District. These grants were 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.

“Providing the necessary funding for our first responders is an excellent use of federal resources,” 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.”

The Olcott Fire company, Inc. was allocated $28,670.47 and the Richmond Fire District was allocated $373,952.38 in grant funding.

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 Chris Collins Announces $146,742.85 Grant For the Armor Volunteer Fire Company, Inc.

2019/08/30

Clarence, NY - Congressman Chris Collins today announced $146,742.85 in federal funding for the Armor Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. in Hamburg, NY. 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.

“The AFG program helps community fire departments access federal funding to protect their members and keep the communities they serve safe”, said Congressman Chris Collins. “Our local heroes need the proper resources to do their jobs and protect our communities. Many small 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.”

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 CHRIS COLLINS ANNOUNCES $702,884 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE LIVINGSTON WYOMING CHAPTER NEW YORK STATE AREA REHAB CENTER

2019/08/22

Clarence, NY - Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $702,884 in federal funding for the Livingston Wyoming Chapter New York State Area Rehab Center. The grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Head Start Projects Program which promotes school readiness of children under five from low-income families.

The Head Start program supports children in growth and development through a variety of services depending on the needs of the local community. Their programs are based in centers and schools, but also in child care centers and family care homes. Children gain the access to early learning for school readiness, healthcare needs, and family well-being.

“Congratulations go out to the Livingston Wyoming Chapter New York State Area Rehab Center for receiving this competitive grant and continuing to provide children and teens with critical programs,” said Congressman Collins.  “I also want to thank the Department of Health and Human Services for investing back into Western New York and allowing our children to have the learning tools they need to grow and become successful.”

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

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Congressman Chris Collins Pushes National Suicide Hotline Designation Act

2019/08/21

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) is pushing the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act (H.R. 4194), bipartisan legislation which designates “9-8-8” as the universal telephone number for the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system. This system currently operates through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Veteran’s Crisis Line. Congressman Collins is an original co-sponsor of the legislation in the House.

“When experiencing an emergency, everyone knows to dial 9-1-1, but now those dealing with a mental health crisis will have an easy to remember number that will provide them with the help they need,” said Congressman Collins. “This legislation is crucial in saving the lives of Americans all over the United States and end the stigma surrounding mental health.”

This legislation authorizes states to collect a fee limited to supporting local crisis centers that are affiliated within the national network area that funds the suicide hotline services similar to that of existing emergency services. Also this legislation will set a deadline of one year for the FCC to complete the nationwide upgrade to ensure all lines have access to 9-8-8.

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COLLINS HONORS VIETNAM VETERANS AT PINNING CEREMONY

2019/08/19

Clarence, NY - Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today hosted a Vietnam War Commemoration Event in Springville honoring Vietnam Era veterans who are members of the American Legion Post 431 and distributed commemorative lapel pins from The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. 

“The memory is vivid in the minds of these outstanding individuals and each veteran has a different story to tell,” said Congressman Collins. “What our nation experienced during that time is unlike any other war, and we hold these Veterans in a very special regard. This was an extraordinarily humbling event and these Veterans have my deepest gratitude for their selfless service.”

In addition to the Vietnam War Commemoration, President Donald Trump officially designated each March 29th as National Vietnam War Veterans Day to honor and thank U.S. Vietnam Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifices. Approximately 9 million Americans, 7 million living today, served in the military from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975. More than 58,000 Americans died while serving during Vietnam war era.

“I was honored to meet so many remarkable men and women today and plan to host similar events around my district in the future,” added Congressman Collins.

The Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin is available to any veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during the period of November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location. Veterans interested in attending future ceremonies should contact Congressman Collins district office at 716-634-2324 or visit chriscollins.house.gov.

More information is available at www.vietnamwar50th.com

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Congressman Chris Collins Announces $750,000 in Federal Funding for Neurovascular Diagnostics, Inc.

2019/08/16

Clarence, NY – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) announced $750,000 in federal funding for Neurovascular Diagnostics, Inc. in Buffalo. This grant was awarded through the National Science Foundation’s Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) program which invests in high-tech small businesses to transform discoveries into innovative commercial technologies.

Partnered with the University of Buffalo, Neurovascular Diagnostics, Inc. is developing low-cost blood test for detecting unruptured brain aneurysms. Currently, brain aneurysms are identified using imaging of the brain that is expensive and time consuming. 

“Patients can show no symptoms that an unruptured aneurysm is present which is why I applaud the Neurovascular Diagnostics, Inc. for developing a way to lower the cost for detecting this,”said Congressman Collins. “This grant funding will allow researchers to expand their studies and accelerate creating adequate screening tools to identify this deadly medical condition.”

This grant funding will be used for validating and testing a novel blood-based diagnostic to detect unruptured brain aneurysms in asymptomatic patients. In the U.S., approximately 2-5% of the population (about 6-17 million Americans) harbors an unruptured brain aneurysm. Since aneurysms are largely asymptomatic, these individuals are unaware of the potential danger they are in.

 

 

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CONGRESSMAN CHRIS COLLINS ANNOUNCES USDA FUNDING TO IMPROVE WATER INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE TOWN OF BERGEN

2019/08/08

Clarence, NY - Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing a $5,900,000 loan and a $3,058,000 grant to the town of Bergen in Genesee County. This loan and grant will be used to install a water distribution system.

“I applaud the Trump Administration for investing federal funds back into the town of Bergen to improve rural water infrastructure,” said Congressman Collins. “Now residents will be provided with reliable water which will yield key health benefits and spur economic growth.”

This project will extend public water service to 335 residential connections and to 32 commercial properties in the town that do not have safe access to potable water.

Rural community leaders can apply for these funds electronically by using the interactive RD Apply tool. They can also apply through one of USDA Rural Development’s state or field offices.

For more information on USDA’s projects to upgrade water and wastewater systems in rural communities, click here. Municipalities seeking assistance from the USDA are encouraged to call Collins’ Clarence District Office at 716-634-2324.

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CONGRESSMAN CHRIS COLLINS ANNOUNCES $883,754 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR SUNY COLLEGE AT GENESEO

2019/08/08

Clarence, D.C. - Congressman Chris Collins today announced $883,754 in federal funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for SUNY College at Geneseo. The grant will help fund the ADVANCE Partnership: Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges Partnering and Liaising Across the Nation that SUNY Geneseo is leading.

“Supporting projects aimed at increasing STEM training for teachers is crucial to improving the education for those in Western New York,” said Congressman Collins. “Providing SUNY College at Geneseo with this funding will equip them with the necessary tools that will provide more knowledge to students in the STEM field then before.”

This project will ensure that efforts include attention to intersectional issues in STEM academic workplaces which will contribute to the effectiveness of strategies that are being adapted.

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

 

 

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Congressman Chris Collins Press Conference

2018-08-09 01:05:06


Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) Discusses the Importance of Scouting on the U.S. House Floor

2017-05-24 19:30:18


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


Contact Information

2243 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-5265
Fax 202-225-5910
chriscollins.house.gov

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 first elected Mr. Collins to Congress in November of 2012 and he won reelection in November of 2016 and November of 2018.

Previously, Congressman Collins served on the House Small Business, Agriculture and Science, Space and Technology committees, and The House Energy and Commerce Comittee.

Chris comes to Capitol Hill with extensive experience in both the private and public sectors. Before serving as Erie County Executive, Chris built a career as a business owner and entrepreneur, creating and saving hundreds of American jobs.

Private Sector Businessman

Chris Collins is a successful small businessman with 36 years in the private sector, saving and creating hundreds of good-paying jobs in Erie, Niagara, and Monroe counties. His current companies include:​

  • Mead Supply – Equipment rental company

  • Oxygen Generating Systems Intl. (OGSI) – Oxygen generation machinery

  • Schlyer Machine – Custom design of vivarium cage and bottle washers

  • Volland Electric – Electric repair shop, crane & hoist and electrical distributor

  • ZeptoMetrix Corporation – Biotechnology (infectious disease)

The key to success at all of these companies is the implementation of Lean Six Sigma, which drives efficiency and quality.

The Congressman began his professional career with Westinghouse Electric in 1972, spending eleven years with the company in various positions of increasing responsibility including Manager of the Westinghouse Gear Division. When Westinghouse announced it was closing its Buffalo facility, Collins purchased the assets of the Gear Division and founded Niagara Falls based industrial gear manufacturer Nutall Gear Corporation in 1983.

Erie County Executive

In 2007, Chris Collins was elected Erie County Executive despite a voter enrollment of almost two Democrats for every one Republican. He took over the largest county in Upstate New York with a $1.2 billion budget and 5,000+ employees. At the time, Erie County was effectively bankrupt; having a state imposed control board, no cash surplus, runaway debt, and many roads, bridges, parks, and beaches inoperative. Remarkably, Collins’ business mentality and implementation of Lean Six Sigma resulted in a staggering turnaround for Erie County. In 4 years, Erie was transformed from a county in the worst financial shape of any county in New York State to one with financial prospects and upward trajectory. During his tenure, Collins’ accomplishments included:

  • Reduced overall debt by over $120 million

  • Created a cash surplus in excess of $100 million

  • Reduced county employment by over 1,200 employees (22%) saving $72 million per year

  • Reopened every bridge, road, park and beach that was closed and even rebuilt the historic toboggan runs

  • One of the few large counties to fully pay state imposed pension costs without borrowing

  • Got rid of the State imposed fiscal control authority in 18 months and got approval for a 4 year plan (2012-2015) that would further reduce county debt by another $100 million

Core Values

In Erie County, Collins articulated 6 core values that formed the basis for his decision-making. Now, he carries these core values to Washington as the Congressman for New York’s 27th Congressional District.

  • Smaller Government – reforming the tax code lowering rates and eliminating loopholes

  • Personal Accountability – refusing to increase entitlement programs

  • Local Decision Making – stopping Washington from telling us how to live our lives

  • Fiscal Discipline – balancing the federal budget in 10 years

  • Government that Serves Taxpayers – implementing programs that serve individuals, not interests

  • Respecting Future Generations – ensuring a bright future for our children and grandchildren

Leadership in times of emergency

In February 2008, Erie County experienced a Hepatitis A emergency when an infected employee handled produce at a popular supermarket.  Over the course of several days, the County vaccinated and inoculated 10,000 people to protect the public.  The event was one of the largest vaccination events in the history of the United States.

One year later, tragedy struck Erie County when Continental Flight 3407 crashed in a residential neighborhood, killing all 49 passengers and crew on board, and one person on the ground in Clarence Center.  Collins was one of the first public officials on the ground and immediately declared the situation a State of Emergency. Throughout the night and over the next several days, Collins worked to ensure the cooperation of Erie County departments and other government agencies in the recovery, investigation and family support efforts.

In the summer of 2009, flooding devastated Southern regions of Erie County. Dozens of homeowners lost the contents of their basements and first floors.  Collins mobilized the County’s Emergency Services and Public Works departments to assist local governments in their recovery efforts.  Erie County also successfully lobbied the Federal government to provide FEMA aid dollars to both local governments and individual homeowners.

Personal

Chris lives in Clarence, NY with his wife Mary. He has 3 children and 4 grandchildren. He has a BS Mechanical Engineering from NC State and an MBA in Finance from University of Alabama at Birmingham. He 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 chairman of the GNFC National Jamboree for 2001, 2005, 2010, 2013, and 2017 as well as the World Jamboree for 2007. Chris is the recipient of the prestigious Silver Beaver Award for service to scouting and named 2005 Horizon Citizen of the Year.


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