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New York News
3:55 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

US Senators From NY Urge Canada To Raise Duty-Free Amount

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The U.S. senators from New York are urging Canada to raise a threshold for duty-free purchases by its citizens to boost shopping excursions to places like Buffalo, Watertown, Niagara Falls and Plattsburgh.

In a letter to the Canadian ambassador, Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand say raising Canada's threshold from $20 per shipment up to the U.S. level of $200 for imported goods shipped home would have "a significant and positive impact" on U.S.- Canada trade.

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New York News
1:00 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

NY Families With College Students Could Save Millions A Year Under Schumer Bill

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College is one of the biggest expenses facing families across New York and the nation. Politicians and educators are actively working to mitigate the financial impact of the high cost of tuition and resulting student debt.

The cost of a college education has been spiraling upward for years, to the point where some call it “a national crisis” — specifically, a debt crisis, expected to have, in the long-run, a negative effect on the U.S. economy. 

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Capital Region News
1:56 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Schumer: USPS Zips To Get Town A Code

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A Southern Saratoga County town is one step closer to getting its own ZIP code.

During a visit there just one week ago, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced he was joining the effort to secure a zip code for the town of Halfmoon, and began pushing the  U.S. Postal Service to agree to a Zip Code Boundary Review Process.

"Halfmoon is one of the fastest growing towns in Saratoga County, not only in terms of population, but also in terms of commercial activity, and the lack of a unique ZIP code is holding the town back."

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Capital Region News
6:33 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

A Town Without ZIP Code

Assemblyman Jim Tedisco looks on as Senator Charles Schumer explains his plan to get Halfmoon its own ZIP code.
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For years, the residents of one southern Saratoga County town have found themselves been between a rock and a hard place — a place out-of-towners have had trouble finding.

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12:49 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Drones Fly Into Limbo

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The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to issue its draft rules for the use of small drones any day now — but that has been the status quo for months.   New York U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer has gotten involved, and it's hoped his clout may spur the FAA into making regulations official.

Drones — once the subject of science fiction, popularized on early 2000s TV shows like Dark Angel — are fast becoming common components of everyday life. But regulations have lagged behind technology’s cutting edge.

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Hudson Valley News
2:28 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Awaiting Answers, Officials Call For Improving Safety At Rail Crossings

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Elected officials who toured the train wreckage from last week’s fatal Metro-North crash in Westchester County say there are many questions about the so-called third rail. On Friday, they also toured the crash site, and talked about improving safety at rail crossings. As WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports, many questions remain about the deadliest Metro-North accident to date.

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Hudson Valley News
6:43 am
Sat February 7, 2015

Senator Schumer, Others Tour Train Wreckage, Crash Site

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and other elected officials Friday toured the wreckage of the Metro-North train from Tuesday’s fatal crash in Westchester County.

Schumer, after seeing the burnt first car of the train, said it was looking into a coffin.

“It’s so sad and gut-wrenching. It’s one of the worst experiences I’ve had in elected life.”

He and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut along with New York congressional representatives Nita Lowey and Sean Patrick Maloney also visited the crash site. Schumer said a lot of questions need answers.

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Hudson Valley News
8:22 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Lawmakers To Visit MTA Crash At 2

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U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Senator Chuck Schumer, Congresswoman Nita Lowey and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney of New York will meet with National Transportation Safety Board officials this afternoon. The lawmakers will see the wreckage of the Metro-North train crash that resulted in six people dead and more than a dozen injured. They will also visit the scene of Tuesday’s collision.

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Western New York News
4:23 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Pilot Joins Families From WNY Crash To Push Air Safety

Chesley Burnett Sullenberger
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Pilot Chesley Sullenberger and relatives of passengers killed in a western New York plane crash say they'll fight any efforts to roll back hard-fought flight safety reforms.

Sullenberger, who landed a disabled passenger jet on New York's Hudson River, appeared Monday with Sen. Chuck Schumer near the site of the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 in the Buffalo suburb of Clarence.

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New York News
11:58 am
Sun February 1, 2015

Schumer Pushes Vet's Suicide Prevention Bill

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 (November 2014)
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  U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer is urging his Senate colleagues to pass bipartisan legislation aimed at improving mental health care and suicide prevention resources for America’s veterans, including approximately one million veterans living in New York State.

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