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Five of the 13 Republicans being mentioned as possible candidates to replace Rep. Chris Collins in the 27th Congressional District on the November ballot don’t live in the sprawling district. Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw, for example, does. Erie County Legislator Edward Rath doesn't. Neither do state Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer or developer Carl Paladino …

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The eight county Republican chairs in New York's 27th congressional district will meet Tuesday night in Batavia to begin discussions on removing the indicted Rep. Chris Collins from the ballot and, they hope, replacing him with a new GOP candidate. The county chairs will meet at Batavia Downs, Republican sources said. Collins, who faces federal insider trading charge…

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WASHINGTON – Several of the prominent people who bought stock in Innate Immunotherapeutics after Rep. Chris Collins touted it to them – from former Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff to local businessmen to two members of Congress – still hold shares of a company that traded at 22 cents a share Friday, down from a peak last year of about $11.61. That information comes from an…

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WASHINGTON — "Collins loses millions as stock collapses – but others may have gotten out early" — The Buffalo News, June 27, 2017. It seems, in retrospect, that a clairvoyant wrote that story, but no. With the help of Google, an Australian blogger and an old source from Buffalo, I did. I'm still gobsmacked that it even happened, but let me try to explain. It all s…

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Republican prospects who might replace Chris Collins in the contest for New York's 27th Congressional District for the most part kept quiet Sunday as GOP chairs from the eight counties that make up district prepare to meet early this week to discuss how to get Collins' name off the ballot and pick a replacement. Assemblyman Raymond W. Walter, R-Amherst, is among the man…

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Democrat Nate McMurray on Sunday said his approach won't change, no matter who Republicans find to replace Rep. Chris Collins on the ballot. At the same time, the GOP began figuring out how it will sort through the numerous candidates seeking the seat. McMurray, the Grand Island supervisor, earlier this year launched an underdog challenge to the well-funded incumbent, a…

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WASHINGTON — In dollar terms, Rep. Chris Collins' legal problems are at least five times worse than the money issues faced by the Democrat who wants to replace the Clarence Republican in Congress. Collins, who was charged last week with 11 felony counts related to an alleged insider trading scheme, spent $253,938 on legal fees in the year ending June 30, federal records…

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Leecia Eve’s name will appear on a ballot for the first time come Sept. 13, but that doesn’t mean the candidate for state attorney general hasn’t been around government and politics for almost all of her 53 years. One of four competing for the Democratic nomination in the party primary, Eve has absorbed lots of politics – beginning as the daughter of Arthur and Constanc…

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Spaulding Lake is one of the most well-known addresses in Western New York, a neighborhood where homes have sold for more than $1 million. And one of its most well-known residents is Republican Rep. Chris Collins. On Saturday, karma, comeuppance and sympathy were among the reactions expressed by his Clarence neighbors after he announced he would not seek re-election …

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Rep. Chris Collins, who faces multiple felony insider trading charges, said his decision not to seek re-election is "a tough thing, a tough thing." But it's a tough thing, too, for Republican leaders in New York's 27th congressional district. Collins' withdrawal from the race on Saturday left them with a complex legal effort to remove the lawmaker from the ballot and…

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Michelle M. Roman is expected to be the Democratic candidate for mayor of Lockport in November, The Buffalo News learned Saturday. Meanwhile, The News also learned the Niagara County Republican Party commissioned a poll to test where GOP Mayor David R. Wohleben stands against other prominent Lockport Republicans who might be nominated for mayor. The political scrambl…

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Who will replace Chris Collins in the race for the 27th Congressional District? Names of potential Republican candidates started to emerge Saturday shortly after the 10 a.m. announcement of Collins' exit from the race. Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw was the first to announce his candidacy; not long after the names of several state elected officials start…

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Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw says he's running for the 27th Congressional seat now that embattled Congressman Chris Collins is stepping aside. Mychajliw released a statement shortly after 11 a.m. Saturday that read, in part: "This has been a sad and difficult week for NY27. I respect Congressman Collins' decision and I than him for his decade of public…

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WASHINGTON – Some 9,929 miles from a New York courtroom where prosecutors charged Rep. Chris Collins with insider trading, there's another set of laws that might seem to put the Clarence Republican in more legal jeopardy. But when asked about the U.S. government's case against Collins, spokespeople for both the Australian securities regulator and the Australian Stock Ex…

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WASHINGTON – As a longtime director and shareholder of an Australian company, Rep. Chris Collins has been sort of a worldly guy. But now the world is focused on him. "Pro-Trump U.S. congressman indicted for insider trading," the Bangkok Post tells us. "Indictment of Rep. Chris Collins highlights problems with lawmakers serving on corporate boards," laments the Jap…

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Rep. Chris Collins says the insider trading charges filed against him are “meritless,” and the Clarence Republican vows to go to trial to clear his name. But in a federal court where more than 90 percent of criminal cases end up in plea deals, clearing his name won’t be easy for Collins or his two co-defendants, according to defense attorneys who spoke to The Buffalo Ne…