Collins Pushed Business Partner’s Brother for Judgeship

Updated 3:11 p.m.| New York Rep. Chris Collins is pushing for the brother of his business partner to be nominated for the federal bench.

Collins invested between $3.5 and $14 million in the business of Nick Sinatra, a developer in Buffalo, the Buffalo News reported. Nick Sinatra’s brother is John Sinatra Jr., who Collins is pushing for a federal judgeship.

Sources told the News that Sinatra’s name was on a list of likely judicial appointments the Trump administration sent in July to New York’s two U.S. senators, both Democrats. But Sinatra’s nomination has not moved any further than that.

Collins has pull with President Donald Trump as he was the first House member to endorse him for president last year. Trump has since relied on Collins for advice on filling federal positions and the federal judgeship in Buffalo.

Both Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand declined to comment to the News. And Tyler Ross, a White House spokesman who used to work for Collins, did not respond to a…

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