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Written by on September 30, 2019

Genesee County Congressman Chris Collins has resigned from the House of Representatives.
Multiple sources say Collins, who represented the 27th District of New York, will enter a guilty plea tomorrow afternoon in U.DS. District Court admitting he engaged in insider stock trading.

In August of 2018, Collins was charged with insider trading and lying to the FBI, along with his son Cameron and Stephen Zarsky, the father of Cameron’s girlfriend.
Collins was accused of using non-public information from an Australian biotech firm to tip off his son to sell stock in the firm ahead of a failed clinical trial for a drug that treated multiple sclerosis.
Collins was serving as a board member of the company at the time.

Collins narrowly won re-election in November of 2018 over Democratic challenger Nate McMurray. McMurray has announced plans to seek the same office again next year. State Senators Robert Ortt and Chris Jacobs along with Darien Attorney Beth Parlato have also announced plans to seek the 27th District seat on the Republican line.
Medal of Honor recipient David Bellavia is said to be mulling a run for the seat.

 

Well known Batavia Republican, State Assemblyman Steve Hawley said he was shocked by today’s news

Hawley has previously expressed interest in running for the congressional seat now vacated by Collins. He renewed his interest today but stopped short of actually saying he would be a candidate.
There are a couple of options available for filling Collins seat.
The seat could be left vacant until the end of the term or a special election could be called

Hawley has previously expressed interest in running for the congressional seat now vacated by Collins. He renewed his interest today but stopped short of actually saying he would be a candidate.
There are a couple of options available for filling Collins seat.
The seat could be left vacant until the end of the term or a special election could be called.

GCEDC to consider incentives a new water ride at Darien Lake.
The Genesee County Economic Development Center board will consider approving incentives of approximately $126,000 for Six Flags Darien LLC at the board’s meeting Wednesday to hear plans of building a nearly $1.6 million 60-foot tall water ride called the Wahoo Wave, at the Hurricane Harbor water park which is set to open in 2020.
The project will help retain 380 jobs at one of the county’s largest sales tax revenue generators.


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