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Chris Collins' political ally nominated as U.S. Marshal for Western District

President Trump has nominated a Buffalo private investigator and former commissioner of Erie County Central Police Services as the next U.S. Marshal for the Western District of New York.

Trump announced the nomination of Peter M. Vito on Friday. Vito was commissioner of Central Police Services from 2008 to 2012, when Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, was county executive. Vito is chief executive officer of Peter M. Vito & Associates, a private investigation firm he started in 1979.

The Western District covers 17 counties. Vito would oversee security and protection of federal courts in Buffalo and Rochester, criminal investigations, fugitive apprehension and execution of federal court orders. Charles F. Salina, current marshal for the Western District of New York, was appointed in 2011 by President Obama.

Vito began in law enforcement in 1972 as a deputy sheriff in Erie County. He was a part-time investigator for the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office from 1986 to 1993.

Vito was one of four leaders of Collins’ campaign committee for county executive and assisted Collins' transition committee.

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