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Keuka Spring Vineyards Awarded Governor's Cup

The 33rd New York Wine Classic announced its winners Wednesday afternoon. The Governor’s Cup once again went to a Finger Lakes wine, a 2017 Gewurtztraminer from Keuka Spring Vineyards. It’s not a common varietal to take top honors, but winemaker August Deimel says it’s a grape that shows off the unique qualities of the Finger Lakes.

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Reacation to the announcement that Rep. Chris Collins, a Western NY Republican, will suspend his campaign for re-election, but does plan to serve out the rest of his term this year:

Monroe County Republican Chairman Bill Reilich issued a statement on Saturday, saying  that he has been in contact with fellow County GOP Chairs from Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston, and Ontario counties.

Saturday has turned out to be a big day for political news in Western New York.

Besides the word that Rep. Chris Collins will serve out his term but will suspend his campaign for re-election, we also were informed by the Monroe County Board of Elections that Governor Cuomo will issue a proclamation on Monday calling for a Special Election to fill the current vacancy in the 25th Congressional District.

Western New York Congressman Chris Collins is suspending his campaign for re-election. After his recent indictment on insider trading charges, on Saturday morning, he released this statement:

"Democrats are laser focused on taking back the House, electing Nancy Pelosi Speaker and then launching impeachment proceedings against President Trump. They would like nothing more than to elect an 'Impeach Trump' Democrat in this District, which is something that neither our country or my party can afford.

The news this week that Congressman Chris Collins is facing a federal indictment alleging that he was involved in insider trading, has put a new spin on the fall elections in Western New York.

One of Collins’ fellow House Republicans in this region, Tom Reed of the Southern Tier, says the allegations against Collins are serious, but he says any decision about his political future are up to Collins and the voters.

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The 33rd New York Wine Classic announced its winners Wednesday afternoon. The Governor’s Cup once again went to a Finger Lakes wine, a 2017 Gewurtztraminer from Keuka Spring Vineyards. It’s not a common varietal to take top honors, but winemaker August Deimel says it’s a grape that shows off the unique qualities of the Finger Lakes.

(WXXI News & AP) Congressman, Chris Collins, a Republican from Western New York, says he will remain on the ballot running for re-election in New York as he fights charges that he used inside information about a biotechnology company to make illicit stock trades.

At a press conference in Buffalo Wednesday night, Collins called the charges “meritless” and said he looks forward to being exonerated. He earlier pleaded not guilty to insider-trading charges.

On the same day that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York City announced insider trading charges against Congressman Chris Collins, the Securities and Exchange Commission also  announced the filing of civil charges against the Western NY Republican, as well as his son, Cameron Collins, and a third individual, Stephen Zarsky.

The SEC complaint seeks penalties, and permanent injunctions against Collins.  It also seeks to bar him from being an officer or director of a public company.

Here is part of the statement from the SEC:

Tempers flared Wednesday at the New York State Board of Elections, where commissioners voted to limit the subpoena powers of the investigator in charge of enforcing campaign finance violations.

The investigator, Risa Sugarman, said it’s a case of blatant “political interference,” while board commissioners accused Sugarman of being secretive and playing the “victim.”

NEW YORK (AP, NPR & WXXI News) - Republican U.S. Rep. Christopher Collins of New York has been indicted on charges that he used inside information about a biotechnology company to make illicit stock trades. 

The charges were announced and the indictment unsealed in New York City on Wednesday. 

The indictment charges Collins and two others, including the congressman's son, with conspiracy, wire fraud, and other counts. 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Democrats in the New York state Assembly say any broadband provider picked to replace Charter Communications in the state should be required to observe net neutrality.

Twenty-five Democratic lawmakers proposed the idea Monday.

The state recently revoked its approval of Charter's merger with Time Warner Cable Inc. and ordered the company to find a new provider for its more than 2 million New York customers.

The lawmakers say whichever company replaces Charter should be prohibited from altering web speeds or traffic to favor certain sites or apps.

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