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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

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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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Hudson Valley News
6:40 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Senator Schumer Aims To Crack Down On Cell Phone Thefts

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A registry of stolen cell phones will launch the end of this month. New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says the database is intended to crack down on the black market for cell phones. He wants to go a step further, with legislation.

New York’s senior senator recently visited the City of Poughkeepsie police station where he referred to this year’s statistics on cell phone theft.

Captain Steven Minard is with the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department.

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Hudson Valley News
8:23 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Senator Schumer Calls For Review Of Indian Point Riverfront Security

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New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer Monday stood alongside the Hudson River waterfront in Peekskill, calling for the Department of Homeland Security to review riverfront security at the Indian Point nuclear power plant.

New York’s senior senator urged the U.S. Coast Guard, which is under the jurisdiction of the Homeland Security Department, to quarterback the effort to provide a maritime security plan for Westchester County-based Indian Point.

He says federal, state, and local resources in the form of boat patrols are available.

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Hudson Valley News
9:36 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Campaign Mailing Draws Criticism from U.S. Senator

A closely-watched county executive race in the Hudson Valley has one of New York’s U.S. Senators reacting to what Democrats say is a misleading campaign mailing.

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Hudson Valley News
11:00 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Politicos Talk Casino Gambling in NY

A New York congressman and his potential opponent have weighed in on whether to allow casino gambling in the state. A U.S. Senator chimes in as well.

On Tuesday, New Yorkers will vote on a ballot proposition about whether to allow up to seven gambling casinos upstate. If voters give the go-ahead a few casinos could be built in the Catskills, in regions represented by Republican Congressman Chris Gibson.

Democrat Sean Eldridge, who in September formally announced a campaign for the nomination to run against Gibson in 2014, is also supportive, but with caveats.

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