U.S. Senator Charles Schumer

New York News
6:30 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Senator Schumer: Heroin 'Skyrocketing' In Capital Region

Senator Charles Schumer at the podium, Albany County Court House, December 1, 2015.
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New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in Albany today to lead the call for getting emergency anti-drug trafficking funding into the Capital Region.

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New York News
6:27 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

New Flood Gauges For New York Rivers

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Areas along the Hudson, Mohawk and Oswego rivers will soon have new tools to warn of possible floods.  U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has set aside nearly $1.5 million for the installation of stream gauges in 23 counties.

A trio of storms named Irene, Lee and Sandy, changed the way New York feels about climate change.

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Capital Region News
12:53 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Albany Observes Veterans Day 2014

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy waves to the crowd.
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As they did in many cities across the region, people lined the streets of New York's capital today for the 59th annual Veterans Day Parade.  Albany's parade stepped off at the corner of Central Avenue and Partridge Street at 11 a.m. Marchers proceeded down Central Avenue past a reviewing stand on the steps of the old NYS Education Building.    

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New York News
6:42 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Schumer: We Must Protect Service Members & Families From The Pain of Suicide

Schumer: We Must Protect Service Members & Families From The Pain of Suicide. Looking on: Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Congressman Paul Tonko, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy
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New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer joined with local veterans and servicemembers today to push a bill that would help stem the growing military suicide rate by expanding mental health screening.

Speaking the day before Veterans’ Day at the Sheehy Palmer VFW Post in Albany, Schumer said that, traditionally, the military has provided the most effective mental health screening only for those who are preparing for or returning from deployment, despite research that shows suicides occur just as often among service members who have never deployed.

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New York News
7:59 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Schumer: Feds Should Review 'Dangerous' Guardrails

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Senator Charles Schumer says the federal government should investigate whether faulty guardrails have been installed along upstate New York roadways. The Democrat wrote to the Federal Highway Administration Monday asking for a review of where the rails are so they can be quickly replaced.

Trinity Industries Incorporated stopped shipments of its ET-Plus guardrails after a Texas jury ordered it to pay at least $175 million for misleading regulators. A whistleblower says the company changed the guardrails' design but never told regulators.

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New York News
4:46 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer Endorses State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk On Re-Election Bid

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New York State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk today received an official endorsement from fellow Democrat U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. Senator Schumer and Congressman Paul Tonko joined Senator Tkaczyk to announce the endorsement at the Rotterdam Public Library.

Tkaczyk faces former Rotterdam Assemblyman George Amedore in a rematch of a race decided by 18 votes two years ago.

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Hudson Valley News
1:26 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Schumer Visits New Paltz To Endorse Eldridge

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer swung through the Hudson Valley Thursday, endorsing a few Democratic candidates — some seemingly facing long odds in November.

New York’s senior Senator stopped in Poughkeepsie to endorse fellow Democrats state Senator Terry Gipson and Assemblymember Didi Barrett before heading across the Hudson River to New Paltz in Ulster County to endorse 19th Congressional District candidate Sean Eldridge.

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Capital Region News
6:03 am
Wed September 24, 2014

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer Pushes Bill Banning Top Ten Toxic Flame Retardants

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer in Albany on Monday announced new legislation to ban the top ten most toxic flame retardants.
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According to a new study led by University at Albany researcher Dr. Susan Shaw, flame retardants found in household furniture, children’s toys and pillows are highly carcinogenic. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in Albany yesterday to push a new bill banning the 10 most toxic flame retardants.

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Capital Region News
6:36 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Medal Of Honor Campaign Advances For Albany WWI Hero

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The U.S. Senate has passed legislation that would allow the president to consider awarding a posthumous Medal of Honor to Sgt. Henry Johnson, a World War I hero from upstate New York.

Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, the bill's co-sponsor, says Friday that his measure passed unanimously Thursday. It now goes to the House for a vote. If approved, the legislation goes to the president for consideration.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel last month recommended awarding Johnson the nation's highest military decoration for bravery in combat.

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New York News
4:53 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Schumer Introduces Medal Of Honor Bill For NY Soldier

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New York Sen. Charles Schumer has introduced legislation to allow a black World War I soldier from Albany to receive a posthumous Medal of Honor.

The Democrat introduced a bill in the Senate Thursday that would exempt Sgt. Henry Johnson from the rules specifying that a Medal of Honor must be awarded within five years of the heroic act being recognized. A companion bill will be introduced in the House.

Schumer announced last month that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel recommended Johnson receive the nation's highest military decoration for bravery in combat.

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