Chuck Schumer

Patrick Garrett

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer today unveiled his plan to make malt barley eligible for federal crop insurance for New York farmers, as in other states.

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White House officials recently held a year-end conference call highlighting progress made in the U.S. economy in 2014. They also discussed what they’d like to see accomplished in the new year.

The call recapped a year of continuing economic growth in the U.S., six years after the economic collapse that has served as the backdrop to the administration.

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The Capital District Transportation Authority is getting $15 million in federal funding to replace its outdated dispatch and vehicle communication system with new state-of-the-art equipment.

The announcement was made by U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer.  Congressman Paul Tonko  provided a letter of support for the grant:   "Anytime we can improve the CDTA services and impact the ridership favorably, and strive and achieve greater efficiencies, that is welcome news, and we're doing it without relying on state or local revenues."

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New York's senior U.S. Senator says he is backing Governor Andrew Cuomo for reelection.

Speaking Friday morning in Saranac Lake, Democrat Charles Schumer says he supports Cuomo's bid for a second four-year term.

Cuomo is facing a primary challenge from long shot  Zephyr Teachout, who narrowly lost a nomination bid against the governor at the Working Families Party convention but picked up the support of the powerful Public Employees Federation union this week.

"I'm supporting Governor Cuomo all the way," Schumer said.

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer criticized the Obama administration's recent proposal that would effectively cut $40 million from state sewer and water projects, jeopardizing more than 340 critical sewer upgrades in upstate New York. 

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A day after Crimea overwhelmingly voted to rejoin Russia despite international criticism, New York’s senior U.S. Senator says Russia must not be allowed further into Ukraine. Democrat Chuck Schumer spoke today in Albany.

New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in Glens Falls today to call for Environmental Protection Agency funding to cleanup brownfield sites throughout the city.

Senator Schumer gathered with Glens Falls mayor Jack Diamond and other local officials at the Former Aroxy Dry Cleaners. The brownfield site on Warren Street is one of six high-priority locations within the city that officials are focused on redeveloping.

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Domestic fares at Albany are up 27 percent since 2008, and the number of passengers has fallen; many airlines have merged since the days Senator Schumer helped bring Southwest to the region. He believes now is the time to bring a new airline into the Albany mix.  "We're hoping that if Jet Blue were to come to Albany, they could add service to already popular routes. Routes like Washington, Orlando, South Florida or Tampa, and in doing so, connecting residents to more travel destinations."

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Anti-hunger groups are calling on one of New York's U.S. Senators to block cuts to food stamps.

Anti-hunger activists have launched a statewide campaign urging New York Senator Chuck Schumer to vote against any farm bill that includes cuts in food-stamp funding. They also want Schumer to push to restore recent cuts.

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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer visited Schenectady tuesday to give the city a helping hand and make some much-needed housing improvements.

The backdrop to Schumer's appearance along the electric city's Broadway in the Bellvue section: a blighted building damaged by fire four years ago. Its absentee landlord has left the property fallow for years.

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