In reaction to the wreck in Quebec that has killed 47 people, New York’s senior U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in downtown Albany with Mayor Jerry Jennings Monday afternoon to discuss train safety. Already this week, Schumer has asked the federal government to step in to find a solution to recent breakdowns in New York City’s subways and commuter rails following three breakdowns in the past month. Schumer says shipping oil has economic benefits, but must be done safely.
President Barack Obama says New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly would be "well-qualified" to run the Department of Homeland Security.
Kelly has been floated as a possible replacement for outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. She's leaving to take over the University of California system.
Obama didn't confirm whether he is actively considering nominating Kelly, saying the commissioner "might be very happy where he is." But Obama says if Kelly isn't, he'd want to know about it because Kelly would be well-qualified for the Homeland Security post.
The waiting list for federal funds to help homeowners and businesses rebuild in the wake of flooding across Central New York and the Mohawk Valley is growing.
The flash flooding brought on by the heavy rains of June 27 and 28 devastated many communities across Central New York. Residents in many flooded communities along the Mohawk River are waiting for help - looking to Albany and Washington for assistance in cleanup and rebuilding.
New York’s senior United States Senator is trying to use his clout to convince Amtrak to accommodate bicyclists on trains to Albany, Saratoga Springs and the North Country.
Anyone who takes Amtrak from Boston to Portland knows about the railroad's "Bring Your Bicycle On Board" program. U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer says it makes good economic sense to roll the initiative out on Amtrak's Adirondack and Ethan Allen Trains as well.
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer is proposing legislation that would set additional rules for how leaks about government secrets are investigated.
Schumer said yesterday on CBS' "Face the Nation" that when the government is going to ask a news organization to divulge information it first must go to a judge. He says that judge would "impose a balancing test" to determine which is more important, the government's desire to find the information or the robust freedom of the press.
This week, the Migrant Power Alliance launched a National Action against deportations. The group is calling on Democratic New York U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer to champion family unity and remove the punitive components of immigration reform.
Monica Arias Miranda of the Hispanic Coalition, New York says immigration reformists have been directing a lot of their efforts toward Schumer.
Schumer last summer asked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to modify the federal school lunch program to incorporate Greek yogurt as a high-protein meat alternative. USDA officials told Schumer this week that they are starting a pilot program that could lead to more Greek yogurt in schools as early as April.