Chuck Schumer

8:12 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Schumer Warns Of Flood Insurance Cost Hikes

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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer warns big increases in the national flood insurance premiums are expected.

Schumer says he's supporting a measure to delay the spike until the Federal Emergency Management Agency completes its national study which includes considering affordability.

Schumer told reporters Thursday he hopes to freeze premiums for the time the study is being done for Congress. That could take years.

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Capital Region News
4:15 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Schumer Backs Expanded 'BusPlus' Service

The Capital District Transportation Authority's "Bus Plus" initiative got a big boost from a U.S. Senator today.

CDTA rolled out its BusPlus rapid transit service in April 2011 along the Central Avenue corridor, connecting Albany, Colonie, Niskayuna and Schenectady.  New York’s senior Senator, Democrat Chuck Schumer, made an appearance at The College of Saint Rose in Albany.  Schumer announced the plans to launch two new BusPlus routes.

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1:36 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Schumer: Your Smart TV May Be Watching YOU!

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York is calling on major television manufacturers to come up with a uniform standard of security to be used in all new internet and video-enabled televisions that would prevent hackers from spying on consumers.

The new so-called “smart TV’s” feature embedded cameras and microphones like the ones found in new laptop and netbook computers. The sets are sold in stores as “internet ready,” and the devices they contain are capable of being remotely activated.  Therefore, as Schumer says, your TV may be watching YOU!

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New York News
4:38 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Schumer Makes Case For Boosting Rail Safety

Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings with NY US Senator Chuck Schumer on the grounds of the Federal Building in Albany.
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Longtime rail safety advocate U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in Albany Monday to express his concern for New Yorkers who live and work in communities along rail freight lines.  With the accident in Quebec that killed 47 people still fresh, Schumer is pushing for new regulations governing tanker car safety.

The Democrat and state’s senior Senator notes oil and ethanol have been transported by train for years, but with increased supplies, oil companies find it more profitable to ship hazardous petroleum products by train.

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New York News
2:23 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Schumer: Address Freight Train Derailment Risks

Senator Chuck Schumer.

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.

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7:40 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Obama: NYC Official 'Well-Qualified' For DHS Post

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.

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Central New York News
4:35 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Flood Victims Look To Government For Assistance

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo listens to details of ‎#flood damage in ‎#Mohawk at a meeting with local officials ‎#CNY
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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.

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New York News
3:33 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Lawmakers push Amtrak for bike baggage cars

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and state Sen. Betty Little of Warren County appear with other lawmakers and officials at the Albany/Rensselear Train Station, 17 June 2013.
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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.   

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7:42 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Schumer Proposes Senators Look At Media Protection

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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.

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New York News
12:12 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Immigration Reform Emerges As Hotbutton Issue

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.

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