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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer

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Apr 25, 2016
The “Nipper Building” at 991 Broadway.
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It’s one of the defining characteristics of the Albany skyline: the Old RCA Victor mascot Nipper, who still sits atop the former RCA Building. Visiting today, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer says the pup has become a regional icon. A new development plan would transform the so-called "Nipper Building" into downtown residential and commercial space.

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Senator Charles Schumer

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says he will push for President Obama's emergency funding request of $1.9 billion to combat the spread of Zika virus. Schumer said more than 800 Americans have contracted the mosquito-borne illness, with 60 confirmed cases in New York.

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is calling on the Federal Highway Administration to fast track approval of a shared-use plan for the new Tappan Zee Bridge. He especially supports local officials on the Rockland side in their preference for a particular plan.

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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer wants the federal government to help daycare centers test their water for lead. 

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer today visited  Wildwood Programs in the town of Guilderland, promoting legislation he says would  empower disabled people.
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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer today visited  Wildwood Programs in the town of Guilderland, promoting legislation he says would  empower disabled people.

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With the battle against heroin addiction ramping up nationwide, Governor Andrew Cuomo last week proclaimed that independent pharmacies across New York may provide the antidote without a prescription.  

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New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is calling on phone carriers to make robocall blocking technology available to landline and cellphone customers.

Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on phone carriers to make robocall blocking technology available to landline and cellphone customers.

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The city of Troy is getting more federal funding to shore up its seawall.

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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer wants to require the Federal Aviation Administration to institute minimum seat-size rules for airlines, which he says now force passengers to sit on planes "like sardines."

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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is slamming a White House proposal that would cut nearly $300 million from counterterrorism programs.

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Senator Charles Schumer

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) is asking college students to turn up the pressure on Congress to make college more affordable. 

Sen. Schumer at the podium. (Plug Power, Latham NY Feb. 1, 2016)
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New York Senator Chuck Schumer has been making headlines on several fronts -

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On Sunday Democrat Charles Schumer unveiled a three-point plan to address the virus .

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New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is asking the Saint-Gobain company to cooperate with state and federal authorities as work begins to remove a chemical contaminant from the Hoosick Falls public water supply.

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Even as fundraising prowess remains a key indicator of success in the presidential primary campaign, a group of U.S. Senators are prompting the Securities and Exchange Commission to shed light on so-called "dark money" and help address what they see as a growing crisis of out-of-control political spending.

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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer stood at a rail crossing in Orange County on Thursday to talk about needed safety upgrades. The Democrat says there have been too many accidents and close calls at the site and he’s urging CSX to come to the table.

Kurt Hahn is emergency manager for the Town of Cornwall and Village of Cornwall-on Hudson. He showed Senator Chuck Schumer the area along the CSX tracks in the village where a November 25 accident occurred, the most recent at the site.

(Hahn and Schumer discuss accident along tracks.)

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Ulster County has a new designation that will allow it to receive federal assistance in the fight against drug trafficking and the heroin epidemic.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer Thursday announced that the President’s Office of National Drug Control Policy has designated Ulster County a federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, or HIDTA.

“So this is great news for Ulster County. I pushed hard for it,” said Schumer. “They applied the first time; they didn’t get it. They came to me. We worked with them on their application and praise God they got it.”

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The Glens Falls region has a rich history of medical device manufacturing. More than 2,000 people work in New York’s “Catheter Valley”.

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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer says his CIDER Act will be a boon for Capital Region apple producers and for the upstate economy.

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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says federal officials need a new plan to assess how would-be extremists use social media.

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Top New York officials are asking the federal government to help the state to block people on the terror watch list from legal gun purchases.

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If you live in Albany County and you're giving or getting a drone for the holidays, you have time to get it airborne before any "no fly zone" is imposed.  A bill before county legislators that would ban the devices has been grounded for the time being.

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Federal funding for fire departments looking to buy new equipment or train new firefighters is down, putting pressure on local departments to do more with less. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer recently concluded his annual 62-county tour of New York state in Rensselaer County, where he launched a push to increase grant programs for firefighters.

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New York lawmakers and advocates are calling upon Congress to renew a law that provides health benefits for first responders who grew ill after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

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A survey of 250 oil train bridges across America found that almost half showed signs of deterioration.

Albany legend Henry Johnson memoralized in Washington Park.
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An exhibit posthumously honoring World War I hero Sgt. Henry Johnson, awarded of the Medal of Honor this year, opens today in the War Room of the State Capital.

New York state is also awarding Johnson the Medal of Valor, its highest honor. 

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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer wants the Food and Drug Administration to investigate a new caffeinated peanut butter that targets the athletic and fitness market.

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has gone to bat for college students: he's calling on his Senate colleagues to immediately reauthorize and extend a 60-year old financial aid program that he says has enabled millions of students to attend college.

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