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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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US News
4:56 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Officials Push Missile Shields For Commercial Jets

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Two New York legislators are urging the government to study whether American passenger jets should be equipped with devices protecting them against missiles like the one that brought down a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine.

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer and Congressman Steve Israel are asking the Department of Homeland Security, Defense Department and Federal Aviation Administration to consider technologies that would shield commercial aircraft.

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Hudson Valley News
8:09 pm
Sat July 26, 2014

Westchester County Airport Lands Funding For Improvements

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New York’s two U.S. senators have announced funding for an airport in the Hudson Valley.

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New York News
12:16 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Oil Trains Under Political Microscope

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There have been several developments this week impacting oil trains, the subject of national and local debate.

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday issued new proposed rules on tankers transporting oil including quickly phasing out the use of old DOT-111 rail cars for moving crude oil and other hazardous liquids. The rules would include new operational requirements to lower operating speeds and enhance braking capabilities for high-hazard flammable trains. 

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Capital Region News
4:33 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Albany Airport To Get Upgrade

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Albany International Airport is receiving federal funding for an upgrade.

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Paul Tonko tuesday announced that Albany International Airport will receive nearly $4 Million dollars in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation for vital airport upgrades.

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New York News
6:14 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Schumer Pushes To Keep Export-Import Bank Running

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was at General Electric in Schenectady this afternoon calling on fellow lawmakers to keep the Export-Import Bank intact.

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New York News
7:24 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Schumer: Highway Funding Row Would Delay Project

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says dozens of highway projects in New York state would be delayed if Congress can't reach an agreement on federal highway funding. 

The Democrat said last week that the state would be forced to either put off projects or pay for them without federal assistance if lawmakers don't replenish the federal highway trust fund.

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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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