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New England News
6:30 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Welch Calls For Long-Term Funding To Highway Trust Fund

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As the nation’s Highway Trust Fund teeters on the brink of insolvency, Vermont Congressman Peter Welch is joining calls for reauthorization and a long-term funding solution.

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WAMC News
8:27 am
Mon February 24, 2014

NY Sen. Schumer: Guidelines Needed For Car Data

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New York Senator Charles Schumer is calling on federal regulators to set guidelines to protect consumers as car companies collect personal information through "smart car" technology and sell it to third parties.

Schumer announced Sunday that he's asking the Federal Trade Commission and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to establish guidelines requiring carmakers to notify drivers when they are being tracked and allow drivers to opt out completely from sharing information.

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Hudson Valley News
8:43 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Senators Urge Congress To Add Funds For Federal Railroad Safety

WASHINGTON – In the wake of the December 1 Metro-North derailment that killed four people and injured over 60 others, two US senators have asked Congress to increase funding to the Federal Railroad Administration for added inspections.

Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) have asked for an increase of $15 million over this year’s sequestered budget, bringing the total in the Obama administration’s request to $185 million for safety and operations.

The additional money would fund 45 more inspectors.

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New York News
6:02 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Schumer: Ambulance Funding Threatened

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New York Senator Charles Schumer warns that ambulance crews are threatened with the loss of critical funding.

At stake is $40 million in Medicaid payments statewide used to pay for ambulance services. He says that critical funding will expire Jan. 1 if Congress doesn't act first.

The Democrat says that without action, urban ambulances will lose 2 percent of their federal funding and rural services will lose 3 percent.

Schumer says ambulance crews say the funding is vital. He is proposing a five-year extension of the funding.

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New York News
6:27 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Senators: Put Cameras On Train Tracks, Engineers

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After a New York commuter train derailment killed four people, two federal lawmakers want trains to be outfitted with cameras pointed at engineers and at the tracks.

Sens. Charles Schumer of New York and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut held a news conference Sunday at Grand Central Terminal, one week after the derailment in the Bronx. The Democratic lawmakers are urging the Federal Railroad Administration to implement the cameras.

The National Transportation Safety Board has suggested it.

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New York News
6:20 am
Tue October 29, 2013

More Federal Sandy Aid Coming To NY, NYC

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A second round of federal Sandy recovery aid is coming to New York City and New York state.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced the funding on Monday.

Today is the anniversary of the superstorm.

Donovan said New York state will be getting nearly $2.1 billion. New York City will get over $1.3 billion in Community Development Block Grants.

That's in addition to federal money that was allocated earlier this year.

Donovan was joined by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sen. Charles Schumer, and Reps. Nydia Velazquez and Jerrold Nadler.

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New York News
6:39 am
Mon August 5, 2013

NY Senator: Internet-Equipped TVs Could Spy On You

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New York Senator Charles Schumer says new Internet-equipped televisions could be spying on you.

The Democrat, New York’s senior Senator, called for security standards for televisions with built-in web cameras.

The senator says hackers can easily access microphones and video images captured by the new television technology.

The technology is supposed to allow for video chats.

Manufacturers have suggested that consumers tape over the camera and unplug the TV when it's not in use.

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Hudson Valley News
8:35 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Schumer To Give Groups Access To Background Checks

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WASHINGTON – Camps, children’s organizations and not-for-profit groups that hire employees or use volunteers need better access to background checks for those potential workers, Senator Charles Schumer said Wednesday, so he is pushing legislation that would let employers gain access to federal criminal background checks.

In the Hudson Valley alone, there are over 1,800 registered sex offenders and roughly 100 related crimes last year.

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New York News
7:24 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Schumer: $5M For Mohawk Valley Flood Counties

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New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand say $5 million in federal aid for road and infrastructure repair will be provided to a dozen upstate counties slammed by recent flooding in the Mohawk Valley.

Schumer says the aid can help counties repair roads washed out and damaged by the flooding that hit June 28 to July 4.

The disaster area covered Allegany, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Franklin, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Niagara, Oneida, Otsego and Warren counties.

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New York News
7:33 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Schumer Pushes Long-Term Stream Gauge Funding

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WASHINGTON – There are 56 federally funded flood gauges in the Hudson Valley with a total of over 200 throughout the entire state. Funding expires on a regular basis and there is an ongoing battle to have it restored.

Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) announced on Wednesday he is pushing to have long-term funding for the gauges – 300 new ones in New York alone.

He acknowledged the federal budget is facing tough times, but he said not providing the $63 million to expand the flood gauge program would be pennywise and pound-foolish.

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