Congressman Reed Reacts To Collins Resignation

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ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – New York Congressman Chris Collins announced his resignation on Monday afternoon. He is facing charges of insider trading and is expected to change his plea to guilty sometime Tuesday.

Collins represents New York’s 27th congressional district. It borders the district represented by fellow Republican and Trump ally, Tom Reed.

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Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., right, listen as President Donald Trump speaks,Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Reed issued a statement that read, “We are pleased to see this issue brought to a close, and we urge Governor Cuomo to waste no time in calling for a special election to ensure the people of New York’s 27th Congressional District have proper representation in Washington.”

When Collins was indicted, Reed called the allegations “serious” and referred to the fellow Republican’s decision to run for re-election a “family decision”.

Collins won re-election in November after being indicted for insider trading.