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On Tuesday, WAMC’s Alan Chartock conducted a lengthy interview with New York U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer. The Democratic Minority Leader spoke as Washington is gripped by the presidential election, the health of President Trump, and a looming Supreme Court battle.

Democrats are in agreement that State and Local Tax deduction changes are bad for New York State.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Senator Chuck Schumer begins his series of conversations with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Schumer Campaigns By Not Campaigning

Oct 27, 2016
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It looks like New York Senator Chuck Schumer will be reelected to a fourth term on November 8, barring any major turn of events. Schumer is nearly 40 points ahead of his nearest opponent in the polls, and the bigger question now is, will Schumer be the next Senate Minority Leader or Majority Leader?

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Foreign trade deals are a contentious issue at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Now New York’s Senior Senator, Chuck Schumer, is weighing in, saying he’s against the Trans Pacific Partnership proposal, known as the TPP.

In Albany, Schumer Pushes Malt Barley Insurance

Jan 12, 2015
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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer today unveiled his plan to make malt barley eligible for federal crop insurance for New York farmers, as in other states.

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White House officials recently held a year-end conference call highlighting progress made in the U.S. economy in 2014. They also discussed what they’d like to see accomplished in the new year.

The call recapped a year of continuing economic growth in the U.S., six years after the economic collapse that has served as the backdrop to the administration.

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The Capital District Transportation Authority is getting $15 million in federal funding to replace its outdated dispatch and vehicle communication system with new state-of-the-art equipment.

The announcement was made by U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer.  Congressman Paul Tonko  provided a letter of support for the grant:   "Anytime we can improve the CDTA services and impact the ridership favorably, and strive and achieve greater efficiencies, that is welcome news, and we're doing it without relying on state or local revenues."

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New York's senior U.S. Senator says he is backing Governor Andrew Cuomo for reelection.

Speaking Friday morning in Saranac Lake, Democrat Charles Schumer says he supports Cuomo's bid for a second four-year term.

Cuomo is facing a primary challenge from long shot  Zephyr Teachout, who narrowly lost a nomination bid against the governor at the Working Families Party convention but picked up the support of the powerful Public Employees Federation union this week.

"I'm supporting Governor Cuomo all the way," Schumer said.

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer criticized the Obama administration's recent proposal that would effectively cut $40 million from state sewer and water projects, jeopardizing more than 340 critical sewer upgrades in upstate New York. 

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A day after Crimea overwhelmingly voted to rejoin Russia despite international criticism, New York’s senior U.S. Senator says Russia must not be allowed further into Ukraine. Democrat Chuck Schumer spoke today in Albany.

New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in Glens Falls today to call for Environmental Protection Agency funding to cleanup brownfield sites throughout the city.

Senator Schumer gathered with Glens Falls mayor Jack Diamond and other local officials at the Former Aroxy Dry Cleaners. The brownfield site on Warren Street is one of six high-priority locations within the city that officials are focused on redeveloping.

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Domestic fares at Albany are up 27 percent since 2008, and the number of passengers has fallen; many airlines have merged since the days Senator Schumer helped bring Southwest to the region. He believes now is the time to bring a new airline into the Albany mix.  "We're hoping that if Jet Blue were to come to Albany, they could add service to already popular routes. Routes like Washington, Orlando, South Florida or Tampa, and in doing so, connecting residents to more travel destinations."

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Anti-hunger groups are calling on one of New York's U.S. Senators to block cuts to food stamps.

Anti-hunger activists have launched a statewide campaign urging New York Senator Chuck Schumer to vote against any farm bill that includes cuts in food-stamp funding. They also want Schumer to push to restore recent cuts.

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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer visited Schenectady tuesday to give the city a helping hand and make some much-needed housing improvements.

The backdrop to Schumer's appearance along the electric city's Broadway in the Bellvue section: a blighted building damaged by fire four years ago. Its absentee landlord has left the property fallow for years.

Schumer Warns Of Flood Insurance Cost Hikes

Nov 15, 2013
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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer warns big increases in the national flood insurance premiums are expected.

Schumer says he's supporting a measure to delay the spike until the Federal Emergency Management Agency completes its national study which includes considering affordability.

Schumer told reporters Thursday he hopes to freeze premiums for the time the study is being done for Congress. That could take years.

The Capital District Transportation Authority's "Bus Plus" initiative got a big boost from a U.S. Senator today.

CDTA rolled out its BusPlus rapid transit service in April 2011 along the Central Avenue corridor, connecting Albany, Colonie, Niskayuna and Schenectady.  New York’s senior Senator, Democrat Chuck Schumer, made an appearance at The College of Saint Rose in Albany.  Schumer announced the plans to launch two new BusPlus routes.

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York is calling on major television manufacturers to come up with a uniform standard of security to be used in all new internet and video-enabled televisions that would prevent hackers from spying on consumers.

The new so-called “smart TV’s” feature embedded cameras and microphones like the ones found in new laptop and netbook computers. The sets are sold in stores as “internet ready,” and the devices they contain are capable of being remotely activated.  Therefore, as Schumer says, your TV may be watching YOU!

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Longtime rail safety advocate U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in Albany Monday to express his concern for New Yorkers who live and work in communities along rail freight lines.  With the accident in Quebec that killed 47 people still fresh, Schumer is pushing for new regulations governing tanker car safety.

The Democrat and state’s senior Senator notes oil and ethanol have been transported by train for years, but with increased supplies, oil companies find it more profitable to ship hazardous petroleum products by train.

In reaction to the wreck in Quebec that has killed 47 people, New York’s senior U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in downtown Albany with Mayor Jerry Jennings Monday afternoon to discuss train safety. Already this week, Schumer has asked the federal government to step in to find a solution to recent breakdowns in New York City’s subways and commuter rails following three breakdowns in the past month. Schumer says shipping oil has economic benefits, but must be done safely.

Obama: NYC Official 'Well-Qualified' For DHS Post

Jul 17, 2013

President Barack Obama says New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly would be "well-qualified" to run the Department of Homeland Security.

Kelly has been floated as a possible replacement for outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. She's leaving to take over the University of California system.

Obama didn't confirm whether he is actively considering nominating Kelly, saying the commissioner "might be very happy where he is." But Obama says if Kelly isn't, he'd want to know about it because Kelly would be well-qualified for the Homeland Security post.


The waiting list for federal funds to help homeowners and businesses rebuild in the wake of flooding across Central New York and the Mohawk Valley is growing.

The flash flooding brought on by the heavy rains of June 27 and 28 devastated many communities across Central New York. Residents in many flooded communities along the Mohawk River are waiting for help - looking to Albany and Washington for assistance in cleanup and rebuilding.

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New York’s senior United States Senator is trying to use his clout to convince Amtrak to accommodate bicyclists on trains to Albany, Saratoga Springs and the North Country.  

Anyone who takes Amtrak from Boston to Portland knows about the railroad's "Bring Your Bicycle On Board" program. U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer says it makes good economic sense to roll the initiative out on Amtrak's Adirondack and Ethan Allen Trains as well.   

Schumer Proposes Senators Look At Media Protection

May 27, 2013
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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer is proposing legislation that would set additional rules for how leaks about government secrets are investigated.

Schumer said yesterday on CBS' "Face the Nation" that when the government is going to ask a news organization to divulge information it first must go to a judge. He says that judge would "impose a balancing test" to determine which is more important, the government's desire to find the information or the robust freedom of the press.

This week, the Migrant Power Alliance launched a National Action against deportations. The group is calling on Democratic New York U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer to champion family unity and remove the punitive components of immigration reform.

Monica Arias Miranda of the Hispanic Coalition, New York says immigration reformists have been directing a lot of their efforts toward Schumer.

Schumer: Feds work to bring Greek yogurt to school

Jan 31, 2013
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Schumer last summer asked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to modify the federal school lunch program to incorporate Greek yogurt as a high-protein meat alternative. USDA officials told Schumer this week that they are starting a pilot program that could lead to more Greek yogurt in schools as early as April.

Al Qaeda in Syracuse

Jan 8, 2013

Senator Chuck Schumer was in Syracuse on Monday afternoon, telling reporters that 26 small businesses have  been hacked.  At least two are being sued by their phone companies for not paying their bills.

CNY Central is reporting that compromised phone numbers in Syracuse are being linked to telephone accounts in Somalia and the Philippines traced back to Al-Qaeda.