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A crowd gathered at the Pembroke Community Center in Corfu Wednesday to hear the latest about the region's new veterans cemetery – including some more bad news, about yet another delay. While the first phase of the Pembroke cemetery project will result in burials starting late next year, the second – originally said to follow the first by months – now won't be under…

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WASHINGTON – Veterans will gather in Corfu Wednesday afternoon to hear the latest about the region's new veterans cemetery – including some more bad news about yet another delay. While the first phase of the cemetery project will result in burials starting late next year, the second – originally said to follow the first by only months – now won't be under construction u…

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WASHINGTON – Chris Collins faces a likely criminal sentence of up to 57 months in federal prison, but his troubles don't begin and end there. Collins also likely faces fines of tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars, as do his son and his son's future father-in-law. And that's not even taking into account what they might have to pay to settle a separate civil l…

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NEW YORK – They complained about then-Rep. Chris Collins long before prosecutors did. And on Wednesday, a day after the Clarence Republican pleaded guilty to two felony insider trading charges and resigned in disgrace, many of the people who were on to Collins early said they were glad to see justice being done. "My first reaction was relief, followed almost immediat…

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NEW YORK – Former Rep. Chris Collins Tuesday pleaded guilty to two felony counts tied to an insider trading scheme in a deal with prosecutors that calls for him to spend up to 57 months in federal prison. In doing so, Collins – whose resignation from Congress took effect Tuesday – essentially admitted he had been lying when he insisted for the past 14 months that he was…

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Collins breezed through "Buffalo Nite in Washington" last week as if it were just any other Buffalo Nite. He gripped. He grinned. He noted that the chicken wings seemed better this year than they were in earlier years. Then, later in the week, he went to his office in the Rayburn House Office Building and collected some of his most prized persona…

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When Chris Collins walks into court Tuesday in Manhattan — where he is expected to plead guilty to federal charges tied to an alleged insider-trading scheme — he will join a relatively exclusive list. There have been at least 19 members of Congress since 1987 who were charged with a crime while still in office and who later were convicted or pleaded guilty, according to…

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In June 2017, Rep. Chris Collins learned of grim news from the Australian biotech company where Collins was a director and largest shareholder that wasn't public yet. Monday, Collins resigned his seat in Congress. The 27 months in between brought a slew of bad publicity, charges of insider trading against Collins and two other defendants including his son, a hard-fou…

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UNITED NATIONS — Three old Republican friends were standing around the lobby of a secure hotel on the eastern edge of Manhattan one afternoon last week. They sipped coffee as diplomats, foreign officials, politicians and ear-bugged agents milled about. A bomb-sniffing dog, with an officer in tow, meandered by. A news alert popped on Michael Caputo’s phone. “They’re goin…

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WASHINGTON – As the first impeachment drama in more than 20 years unfolds in the nation's Capitol, members of Congress from Western New York will be, at least at the start, little more than bystanders. House Democrats plan to delve deep into President Trump's request that Ukraine investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden – but no local lawmakers serve on a…

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By Nicholas Fandos WASHINGTON – Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday that the House would begin a formal impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, saying he had betrayed his oath of office and the nation’s security in seeking to enlist a foreign power for his own political gain. “The actions taken to date by the president have seriously violated the Constituti…

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WASHINGTON – Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand saw a lot of the country during her failed campaign for the presidency – but she also missed more than a third of the Senate's votes. Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, didn't show up for 38% of the Senate's votes between Jan. 20 and this Tuesday, according to statistics compiled by GovTrack, a website that keeps close track of what…

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Tom Reed was rushed to a local hospital Thursday after collapsing just before a Capitol Hill television interview. "After a thorough evaluation by the doctors at George Washington University Hospital, Tom was discharged with a prescription for a few days rest," said Reed's spokesman, Will Reinert. Reed was in the rotunda of the Cannon House Office B…