U.S. Senator Charles Schumer

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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8:39 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Local Officials' Reactions To President Obama's State Of The Union Speech

U.S. President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union Speech Tuesday night. Local officials react to issues mentioned ranging from free community college to the state of the economy to raising taxes on the wealthy.

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7:32 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Schumer: Outlaw Homemade Explosives

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  U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says he is introducing legislation to make it illegal to build homemade bombs. 




The New York Democrat said Sunday that current federal rules could potentially allow someone to make homemade explosives without breaking the law. He says that the Boston Marathon bombing and the publication by terrorist groups of recipes for homemade bombs show the need to criminalize the activity.


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Hudson Valley News
8:55 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Schumer To Push For Route 17 Expansion In Light Of Sullivan Casino

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says a highway that runs through the Hudson Valley should be expanded. He says the expansion is key to accommodating the anticipated increase in traffic with a casino coming to Sullivan County.

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New York News
6:16 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Schumer: Feds Should Pay Hospitals For Ebola Preparations

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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer is calling for the federal government to reimburse hospitals around the state that spent millions preparing for Ebola — even if they didn't see a single case of the disease.

Schumer said Thursday his office surveyed hospitals around the state, determining that dozens of them spent between $25,000 and $40,000 on Ebola training, hazmat suits and other equipment. Five hospitals designated by the state as Ebola treatment centers spent an additional $5.5 million.

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