Evening News Briefing
Written by Dan Fischer on October 1, 2019
Former Congressman Chris Collins pleaded guilty in an insider trading case, a day after he resigned from Congress and set off a scramble to fill his seat in his Republican-leaning district.
Collins had initially denied charges he leaked confidential information about a pharmaceutical company and was set to go to trial next year in federal court in Manhattan on conspiracy, securities fraud and other charges.
But on Monday, the court filed papers saying the Republican from western New York would be withdrawing his not guilty plea and he submitted a resignation letter to Congress.
After his plea, Collins expressed regret and said he had failed his constituents.
Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, told reporters outside a Manhattan courthouse that this case should serve as an important example…
With Collin’s departure, it will be up to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to set a special election to replace him. The governor said earlier today that the timing remains uncertain for an election that’s expected to now draw even more candidates to an already crowded field.
An arrest has been made in the social media threat that closed LeRoy Central Schools.
LeRoy Police tell WBTA they have charged a juvenile with Falsely Reporting an incident last Friday.
School officials said the juvenile was a student at LeRoy Junior-Senior High School.
The case is now being turned over to family court.
The Genesee County Economic Development Center will consider a 126,000 in tax breaks for Six Flags Darien Lake.
The park is planning a new 60-ft tall water ride expected to open next year.
The EDC says the tax break will help retain 380 jobs at the park. The EDC also noted in a statement that Darien Lake is one of the county’s largest sales tax generators.
There’s still no word yet on if Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen will be able to take the field this weekend. Allen left the team’s 16-10 loss to the New England Patriots Sunday after getting hit in the head. Since he’s still in the NFL’s concussion protocol, his status for this Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans is unclear.
From the campaign trail: Durin Rogers picks up two new endorsements in his bid for full time Batavia City Court Judge.
The coordinators of Genesee County’s Justice for Children’s Program and the county’s Student Transition and Recovery program have backed Rogers.