Congressman Chris Jacobs
US Congressman for the 27th District
Chris Jacobs is a conservative reformer, small businessman, a former State Senator representing Western NY, and currently representing the 27th Congressional District. He was first elected to the Senate in 2016 and re-elected in November of 2018, Chris has been a strong voice for Western New York, fighting against policies driven by New York City political interests that are harmful to the region. He has also been a strong advocate for government reform.
Prior to his election to the Senate, Jacobs was the first Republican Clerk elected in Erie County in 40 years. As County Clerk, Jacobs was credited with reforming the operations of the Office’s Real Estate Division which had fallen into dysfunction. Jacobs drove dramatic efficiencies and revenues throughout the Clerk’s Office without increasing the number of employees. He was also credited with building the Clerk’s “Thank A Vet” Program, now the largest veterans discount program of its kind in the entire state. As Clerk he also ran the County’s Pistol Permit Division, where he received accommodation for his strong defense of 2nd Amendment rights, especially during the passage of the New York SAFE Act.
A small business owner, Jacobs is the founder and owner of Avalon Development. Founded in 2002, Avalon has redeveloped many vacant and historic buildings in Western New York . Chris has received numerous awards for bringing older buildings and the communities around them back to life. His projects have focused on providing unique and affordable space for small businesses to thrive. Jacobs’ business experience is one reason he believes that small business creation and growth is critical to the region’s comeback.
Jacobs first job after college was working in Washington DC for former Buffalo Congressman and Buffalo Bills Quarterback Jack Kemp. In 1994, Jacobs returned home to Western New York to start the BISON Scholarship Fund, a charity that raised donations to help send children to private and religious schools. BISON will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary this fall, over that time providing scholarships for more than 20,000 children throughout Western New York. Jacobs believes that all children in American, no matter their income or their address, deserve an education of the highest quality.
Jacobs grew up in Western New York. He is married to Martina Jacobs and they have a daughter, Anna. He is a graduate of Boston College and has an MBA from American University in Washington DC and a law degree from SUNY Buffalo.
Congressman Tom Reed
US Congressman for the 29th District
Congressman Tom Reed was first elected to represent the 29th District of New York in a special election held November 2, 2010. He took office during the “lame duck” session of the 111th Congress and began his own full two-year term in the 112th Congress on January 5, 2011. Reed was re-elected on November 6, 2012 to serve a two-year term in the new 23rd District.
In June 2011 Congressman Reed was appointed to the Committee on Ways and Means. The Ways and Means Committee has broad jurisdiction over many issues including tax policy, trade, health care, and Social Security. He serves on the Human Resources, Oversight, and Select Revenue Measures subcommittees of Ways and Means.
Tom currently Co-Chairs the House Manufacturing Caucus and Congressional Natural Gas Caucus and is Vice Chair of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus.
Previously, Tom served on the Rules, Judiciary, and Transportation and Infrastructure committees.
Tom graduated from the Ohio Northern University College of Law in 1996 and began work in Rochester, N.Y. After opening his private practice, he spent the next 11 years building his law firm and other businesses dealing with real estate and mortgage brokerage.
Tom has served on many community boards in the Corning area. He served one full term as Mayor of the City of Corning from 2008 through 2009.
Website: Rep. Tom Reed
Senator Pamela Helming
NYS Senator for the 54th District
Pam Helming, and her husband Gary, have been residents of Canandaigua for over thirty years and have raised their two children, Catherine and Evan, in the local schools and community.
After graduating from Hiram College in 1984, Pam worked with developmentally disabled individuals which led her to manage several local group homes. From this experience, Pam learned that she wished to dedicate her life to serving others. Her desire to make a difference in the community led to public service, first as a town board member, and later being elected Town Supervisor of Canandaigua.
As Canandaigua Town Supervisor, she reduced property tax rates, cut unnecessary expenses, repaired infrastructure, and grew jobs by attracting new businesses and development. As a Town Board Member, Pam introduced a resolution in opposition to Gov. Cuomo’s disastrous SAFE Act.
A champion for the vast local natural resources in the region, Pam serves as a member of the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council, and has worked diligently to preserve, protect, and promote water quality and the overall environment in the region.
Recognizing the importance of the small local community in which she raised her family, Pam has devoted her time to a variety of causes including serving as Vice President of the Board for the Parkside Drive, a veterans housing project opening later this year, as well as a member of the Quail Summit Senior Living Center Board of Directors. She has also served as a volunteer for the United Way and helped with fundraising efforts for numerous organizations in the community.
Website: Senator Pamela Helming
Assemblyman Jeff Gallahan
NYS Assemblyman for the 131st District
Jeff Gallahan was elected to the New York State Assembly on November 3, 2020. His district is comprised of Ontario County and parts of Seneca County.
Jeff believes that his real-world experience will be beneficial to the people of his district and throughout New York. He is a believer in the “American Dream” and has raised his children to be hard-working while leading by example. As an Assemblyman, Jeff will fight to hold the line on taxes and push for an end to recently enacted bail reform measures. He believes this is a critical time in history when it comes to police and community relations, and we must ensure law enforcement has all the tools necessary to keep our communities safe. Jeff is committed to standing up for middle-class values, small businesses and our important agricultural community.
Prior to being elected, Jeff was a journeyman machinist at the General Railway Signal Company, moved into Cutting Tool Sales with various Manufactures and moved up the ranks, eventually taking on a number of management roles. Jeff and his wife, Lynn, are proud small business owners and founded CR7 Food Trailer and Catering in 2017. The business serves Manchester and surrounding communities. Through this venture, they are able to give back to a variety of causes by donating their time and resources, including the Boy Scouts of America and the Shortsville American Legion. He has also served as the Manchester Town Supervisor for 11 years and 4 years prior as Town Councilman.
Jeff is the founder of The Red Jacket High School trap shooting team where he teaches local youth about firearms safety. He also volunteers for the Sons of the American Legion, Clifton Springs Area YMCA and is a proud supporter of the Back the Blue movement and local sportsman clubs.
A lifelong resident of Ontario County, Jeff and his wife of 42 years Lynn, are the proud parents of two children who attended local schools and grew up in the community and proud grandparents of 3 grandchildren.