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Written by on October 1, 2019

Rep. Chris Collins

Republican Congressman Chris Collins is expected to appear in federal court today after announcing he will be stepping down from his congressional seat.
Collins announced yesterday that he was resigning from the position he’s held since 2013, and now the 27th District representative is said to have a date in a New York City courtroom where he is likely to plead guilty to at least one of the charges included his indictment for federal insider trading.
Collins was initially scheduled to go on trial in February.
It remains the decision of Governor Cuomo whether to hold a special election to fill Collins’ seat for his remaining term.
If a special election is held, party leaders would select their candidates and they would need to run another campaign to be re-elected in 2020.
On the Republican line Senators Robert Ortt and Chris Jacobs along with Attorney Beth Parlato have announced plans to seek the 27th District seat.
Medal of Honor recipient David Bellavia is considering throwing his hat in the ring as well according to reports.

Summit Street man jailed without bail after allegedly threatening police.
44 year old Jon Roblee of Summit Street in the city was taken into custody by Batavia Police following a disturbance complaint at a Summit Street address Sunday night.
Officers reported he was allegedly in possession of a pipe and was quickly apprehended.
Roblee is charged with a Class E Felony count of first degree Menacing, and Obstructing Governmental Administration.
He was ordered to be held in the Genesee County Jail without bail.

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.
Thursday the board will also consider accepting an application for over 820-thousand in tax incentives from Wright Associates for an $8.9 million capital project that would include the purchase and renovation of an existing building on Wright Avenue in LeRoy.

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.
If he can’t play, it’ll be up to backup QB Matt Barkley to lead the team.


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