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Hudson Valley News
6:50 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Senator Schumer Backs Sing Sing Museum Plan

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New York’s senior U.S. senator has put his weight behind an effort to build a museum at a world-famous prison in Westchester County. He says the museum would have the potential to occupy a “must see” list for the New York City metropolitan area.

Democratic Senator Charles Schumer says the museum at the Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, which sits along the Hudson River, would be among the first at an active prison and a major driver of tourism for the Hudson Valley.

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Capital Region News
3:29 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

HUD to Schumer: "No Worries!"

US Senator Chuck Schumer with Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia
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New York's Senior US Senator was in Troy Monday, pledging to fight possible federal cutbacks in Department of Housing and Urban Development funding to the city -  the battle cry may be moot.  

Senator Chuck Schumer voiced concerns that Collar City census figures dropped below 50,000 residents, it could lose Community Development Block Program funds earmarked for neighborhood improvements.  "It would deprive Troy of about $2.5 million in CDBG funds each year, and that would de-leverage and reduce private funding by millions and millions more."

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Capital Region News
6:59 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Shrinking Troy Could Lose HUD Funding

"In 2012, Troy dropped from 50,072 people to 49,946 people." ~ Senator Charles Schumer (Mayor Lou Rosamilia looking on)
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New York Senator Chuck Schumer was in Troy today to kick off his campaign to prevent the Department of Housing and Urban Development from reforming the Community Development Block Program in a way that would remove the Collar City from eligibility.

People count. A census tally of the number of residents that came up 54 citizens short could cost Troy funding the city has come to rely on.

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US News
6:32 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Schumer Wants FDA To Halt Approval Of Palcohol

US Senator Charles Schumer and Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple.
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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer stopped by the Albany Boys & Girls Club Friday afternoon, continuing his crusade against a powdered alcohol product positioned to hit store shelves in the fall.

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US News
11:31 am
Sun May 11, 2014

Schumer Urges Reward For Return Of Nigerian Girls

Radical Islamist group Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of nearly 300 school girls.
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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York is calling on the U.S. State Department to establish a reward for reliable information leading to the rescue of 276 missing girls in Nigeria.

Schumer says the U.S. should also provide refugee status to anyone who isn't a terrorist and helps find them while placing on its terrorist watch list any individual discovered buying one of the girls or harming them.

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New York News
9:32 am
Sun May 4, 2014

Schumer Asks FDA To Block Powdered Alcohol

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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is asking the Food and Drug Administration to prevent a powdered alcohol from reaching store shelves this fall, saying that it would become "the Kook-Aid of teen binge drinking."

The New York Democrat in a letter says the product Palcohol can be mixed with water, sprinkled on food or even snorted and easily concealed.

Palcohol's parent company Lipsmark disagrees, saying it would be painful to snort and will be sold under the same restrictions as liquid alcohol.

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Capital Region News
3:20 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Schumer To FEMA: OK $6.7M For Troy Seawall

NY Senator Charles Schumer at the Troy Seawall.
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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was at Troy's Hudson River waterfront this morning to call for $6.7 million in federal spending to reinforce the Collar City's seawall.  

Schumer is urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to swiftly approve $6.7 million in federal funds for much-needed repairs and improvements to the Troy seawall, which was severely damaged by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene three years ago.  “We’re gonna fight hard for it.”

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New York News
12:49 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

New Yorkers Tighten Purse Strings

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The recession may be over, but many New Yorkers say they still feel a pinch in the pocketbook, paying more for just about everything on stagnant salaries. For many it's another day, another bill. People in high places have heard citizens' cries.

GOP gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino has been holding a mirror to citizen sentiments with his campaign mantra.   "We're losing more people to other states than any other state in the country. 400,000 people in the last four years.  We are losing because we have the highest taxes in America. And it's not even close."

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WAMC News
6:33 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

NY's Schumer And CT's Murphy Weigh In On Russia-Ukraine

The Crimean peninsula is shown in black, Ukraine in green and Russia in a red-like hue.
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A day after Crimea overwhelmingly voted to rejoin Russia in a vote criticized by the West, the focus for United States Congressional leaders is turning toward making sure Russia doesn’t push into the rest of Ukraine.

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy returned from a trip to Ukraine over the weekend with a bipartisan group of eight Senators. The Democrat from Connecticut serves on the Senate’s Committee on Foreign Relations.

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New York News
6:32 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

JetBlue To Serve Albany Airport in 2015

Senator Chuck Schumer at Albany Airport waving a letter he received from JetBlue.
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A national airline is gearing up to add Albany International to the list of airports it serves.   Another feather in Senator Chuck Schumer's cap: about a month ago, the Democrat was at Albany Airport promoting the idea of convincing JetBlue to add Albany International to the list of airports it serves. On Monday, Schumer was back at the airfield waving a letter he received from the carrier.    "This letter says - JetBlue is starting service at last here in Albany, in 2015!"

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