Charles Schumer http://wrvo.org en Schumer says schools struggling to fund safety programs http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-says-schools-struggling-fund-safety-programs <p></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:05:29 +0000 Tom Magnarelli 54295 at http://wrvo.org Schumer says schools struggling to fund safety programs National Grid says supply costs, cold temperatures impacted winter electric rate spikes http://wrvo.org/post/national-grid-says-supply-costs-cold-temperatures-impacted-winter-electric-rate-spikes <p></p><p>For some people living in central and northern New York, this past winter wasn’t just cold and snowy, it was expensive too. The higher electric rates many customers were saddled with even prompted Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) to call for a federal investigation last week into whether or not consumers were being unfairly overcharged.</p><p>While at the 10th Annual Symposium on Energy in East Syracuse Ken Daly, president of National Grid New York, said that he shares the pain that many consumers felt when they received their bills during the coldest parts of the season.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 10:03:57 +0000 Gino Geruntino 53863 at http://wrvo.org National Grid says supply costs, cold temperatures impacted winter electric rate spikes Schumer calls for investigation into high winter electricity rates http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-calls-investigation-high-winter-electricity-rates <p></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:07:45 +0000 Gino Geruntino 53706 at http://wrvo.org Schumer calls for investigation into high winter electricity rates Schumer calls on USDA to assist upstate dairy farmers with Farm Bill http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-calls-usda-assist-upstate-dairy-farmers-farm-bill <p></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:56:41 +0000 Ellen Abbott 53505 at http://wrvo.org Schumer calls on USDA to assist upstate dairy farmers with Farm Bill Schumer vows to fight troop reduction at Fort Drum http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-vows-fight-troop-reduction-fort-drum <p></p><p>New York Sen. Chuck Schumer says he’s not afraid to use his political might to protect Fort Drum from cuts to the military budget. Schumer held a press conference at Watertown City Hall Wednesday as the Pentagon prepares to axe up to 100,000 Army troops.</p><p>The possibility of an Army downsizing to 1940s levels is fraying nerves in military communities nationwide. But on Monday, concern deepened. The Army circulated a sort of worst-case scenario report – and it included assessing the loss of nearly 90 percent of the troops stationed at Fort Drum.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:39:34 +0000 David Sommerstein 52976 at http://wrvo.org Schumer vows to fight troop reduction at Fort Drum Schumer asks for expedited delivery of sterilazation products for central New York hospitals http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-asks-expedited-delivery-sterilazation-products-central-new-york-hospitals <p></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:33:22 +0000 Ellen Abbott 52869 at http://wrvo.org Schumer asks for expedited delivery of sterilazation products for central New York hospitals Schumer calls for more airline passport checks http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-calls-more-airline-passport-checks <p></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:15:53 +0000 Ellen Abbott 52844 at http://wrvo.org Schumer calls for more airline passport checks Schumer calls for new heroin abuse tracking database http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-calls-new-heroin-abuse-tracking-database <p></p><p>With heroin abuse raging among young adults and in rural communities, New York's senior senator is calling for a new state-wide database to be created so local law enforcement agencies can better track the drug's use.</p><p>Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., says a database for heroin hospitalizations and arrests would be the first in the nation.&nbsp;</p><p>"The problem is that the increase in heroin abuse - it was going down for a long time, now it’s going up - so we have to catch up," Schumer told reporters Wednesday.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:29:27 +0000 Ryan Delaney 52247 at http://wrvo.org Schumer calls for new heroin abuse tracking database Cold weather could mean fewer bees to pollinate fruit come spring http://wrvo.org/post/cold-weather-could-mean-fewer-bees-pollinate-fruit-come-spring <p></p><p>This winter’s cold temperatures are creating tough survival conditions for honeybees. Come spring, the bees will be relied on to pollinate upstate New York apple, cherry, and other fruit trees.</p><p>Mike Martino began the winter with a hundred bee colonies on his Honey Hill apple orchard in&nbsp;Chittenango. He estimates he’ll lose about 30 colonies by spring time. He’s hoping the prolonged frigid temperatures of the past few months don’t kill off more.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:08:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 51691 at http://wrvo.org Cold weather could mean fewer bees to pollinate fruit come spring With robocalls rising, Schumer pushes for tougher enforcement http://wrvo.org/post/robocalls-rising-schumer-pushes-tougher-enforcement <p></p><p>Despite the national "do not call" list, the number of telemarketer violations has tripled in New York state.</p><p>Sen. Charles Schumer says that likely has to do with companies using computer-generated robocalls to target households.</p><p>Schumer has introduced a new bill, called the QUIET Act, that he says will strengthen penalties against companies that violate the rules. He says new technology is allowing robocallers to skirt the current laws.</p><p>"The robocall industry is blatantly ignoring federal laws, so we have to fight fire with fire," Schumer said.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 20:34:23 +0000 Ryan Delaney 50936 at http://wrvo.org Olympics-bound Chobani yogurt stuck in customs http://wrvo.org/post/olympics-bound-chobani-yogurt-stuck-customs <p></p><p>A shipment of Chobani Greek yogurt bound for the Olympics is still stuck in customs at a New Jersey airport.</p><p>The upstate New York yogurt maker is a sponsor of the U.S. Olympic team. The yogurt is supposed to feed American athletes competing at the winter games in Sochi, Russia.</p><p>New York Sen. Charles Schumer has <a href="http://www.schumer.senate.gov/Newsroom/record.cfm?id=349392" target="_blank">urged the Russian ambassador</a> to the United States to let the yogurt leave the country.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 20:00:11 +0000 Ryan Delaney 50935 at http://wrvo.org Olympics-bound Chobani yogurt stuck in customs Schumer says Farm Bill deal good for New York farmers http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-says-farm-bill-deal-good-new-york-farmers <p></p><p>New York Sen. Charles Schumer says it’s “a good day” for upstate New York farmers now that there is a deal in the House of Representatives and Senate for a Farm Bill.</p><p>Congress is expected to begin voting on the bill later today. The five year farm bill, agreed upon in committees on Monday, reduces crop subsidies and increases crop insurance.</p><p>Farm Bills were first written during the Great Depression. This latest one took two years of negotiation.</p><p>Schumer, a Democrat, says the bill is especially good for small dairy farmers and maple sugar tappers in New York.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 10:33:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 50539 at http://wrvo.org Schumer says Farm Bill deal good for New York farmers Port of Oswego receives new equipment http://wrvo.org/post/port-oswego-receives-new-equipment <p></p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 17:06:49 +0000 Gino Geruntino 50282 at http://wrvo.org Port of Oswego receives new equipment Schumer calls for more federal heating aid for New Yorkers http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-calls-more-federal-heating-aid-new-yorkers <p></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 12:25:41 +0000 Ryan Delaney 49685 at http://wrvo.org Schumer calls for more federal heating aid for New Yorkers Congress saves fire hydrants from scrap yard over lead rules http://wrvo.org/post/congress-saves-fire-hydrants-scrap-yard-over-lead-rules <p></p><p>Public water departments have been saved from being required to scrap thousands of brand new fire hydrants.</p><p>Congress has passed legislation that will exempt hydrants from stricter federal rules about lead in plumbing. The Senate passed the bill last night and the House version had already been approved.</p><p>Under the Environmental Protection Agency's new lead in drinking water rules that were set to go into effect in January, hydrants as they’re made now would be deemed unusable because they contain too high of an amount of lead.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 19:39:51 +0000 Ryan Delaney 48758 at http://wrvo.org Congress saves fire hydrants from scrap yard over lead rules Federal funding for ambulance services at risk http://wrvo.org/post/federal-funding-ambulance-services-risk <p></p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 21:45:04 +0000 Ryan Delaney & Gino Geruntino 48542 at http://wrvo.org Auburn milk plant hopes to capitalize on export market http://wrvo.org/post/auburn-milk-plant-hopes-capitalize-export-market <p></p><p>A new dairy processing facility under construction in Cayuga County plans to make most of its money on the export market and its owners are hoping trade rule changes don’t hinder that.</p><p>An $80 million dairy facility going up in Auburn plans to sell powdered milk to countries in Asia and North Africa, but current trade rules with some of those countries could make exporting their products difficult.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:36:02 +0000 Ryan Delaney 48139 at http://wrvo.org Auburn milk plant hopes to capitalize on export market Schumer calls for drone crash investigation to be made public http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-calls-drone-crash-investigation-be-made-public <p>New York's U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer wants the investigation into the crash of an Air National Guard unmanned drone to be made public.<br /><br />The Air Force is investigation the <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/military-finds-pieces-crashed-drone-investigation-continues" target="_blank">crash of an MQ-9 Reaper into Lake Ontario last month</a> while on a training flight with the 174th Air Guard Wing, based out of Syracuse. Training flights resumed two weeks after the incident.<br /><br />Schumer, a Democrat, says that's alright since most drones are safe.<br /> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:35:07 +0000 Ryan Delaney 48113 at http://wrvo.org Schumer calls for drone crash investigation to be made public Fire hydrants could have to be scrapped under new EPA rule http://wrvo.org/post/fire-hydrants-could-have-be-scrapped-under-new-epa-rule <p></p><p>Water authorities are in danger of having to scrap thousands of brand new fire hydrants if a new federal environmental requirement is allowed to go through as written.</p><p>The Onondaga County Water Authority keeps a stockpile of 200 fire hydrants on hand to replace broken or damaged ones. They cost $1,200 each.</p><p>The EPA is lowering the amount of lead that can be in things that touch drinking water, like sink faucets, but it could also render local water authority's stockpile of hydrants useless.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:04:53 +0000 Ryan Delaney 48086 at http://wrvo.org Fire hydrants could have to be scrapped under new EPA rule Schumer supports St. Joseph's tele-monitoring plan http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-supports-st-josephs-tele-monitoring-plan <p>U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is throwing his weight behind a Syracuse hospital's plan that could ultimately save taxpayers $1 million. Saint Joseph’s Hospital is trying to get a federal grant that will help pay for a system meant to streamline care for Medicare patients.</p><p>Probably the most interesting part of the plan is the ability for hospital staff to tele-monitor a patient who’s at home, says Schumer.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 19:25:37 +0000 Ellen Abbott 47770 at http://wrvo.org Schumer supports St. Joseph's tele-monitoring plan Schumer says he supports Obama's Affordable Care Act promise http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-says-he-supports-obamas-affordable-care-act-promise <p></p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 11:39:07 +0000 Aimee Hirsch 47202 at http://wrvo.org Schumer says he supports Obama's Affordable Care Act promise Schumer announces plan to get veteran benefits moving http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-announces-plan-get-veteran-benefits-moving <p> U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer wants to integrate the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs health records to reduce benefit backlogs and save money.<br /><br />Schumer is proposing a two-part plan, the first aimed at creating a compatible health record system between the two departments.<br /> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 21:41:01 +0000 Gino Geruntino 46831 at http://wrvo.org Schumer pushes for end to ban on USPS shipping alcohol http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-pushes-end-ban-usps-shipping-alcohol <p></p><p>Sen. Charles Schumer says lifting a ban on the U.S. Postal Service shipping alcohol will help both the struggling postal carrier and New York’s growing beer and wine industry.</p><p>Private carriers like UPS and Fed-Ex can deliver mail-order alcohol. Schumer, a Democrat from New York, is pushing for the USPS to be able to do the same. The ban against it transporting alcohol dates back to Prohibition.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 19:57:07 +0000 Ryan Delaney 46405 at http://wrvo.org Schumer pushes for end to ban on USPS shipping alcohol Schumer urges DEA to ease drug take-back restrictions http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-urges-dea-ease-drug-take-back-restrictions <p></p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:04:09 +0000 Ellen Abbott 45983 at http://wrvo.org Schumer urges DEA to ease drug take-back restrictions Proposed legislation expected to boost apple production in NY state http://wrvo.org/post/proposed-legislation-expected-boost-apple-production-ny-state <p>Sen. Charles Schumer and a group of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives are pushing a bill that would lower the federal tax on hard apple cider. New York is the second largest apple grower in the nation, and the idea behind the bill is to give another source of income for small apple growers.<br /><br />At LynOaken Farms in Medina, General Manager Darrell Oakes explains there are roughly 300 varieties of apples in the self-harvest section.<br /> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 11:55:48 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 44917 at http://wrvo.org Proposed legislation expected to boost apple production in NY state Schumer wants better VA, police coordination on mental health http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-wants-better-va-police-coordination-mental-health <p></p><p>Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for more coordination between police and Veterans Affairs medical centers to treat veterans with mental health problems.</p><p>Schumer, a Democrat from New York, wants the VA to investigate its handling of mentally ill veterans in the wake of a veteran&rsquo;s shooting spree. Police say Navy veteran Aaron Alexis killed 12 people on a base in Washington D.C. last week.</p><p>Schumer says ineffective communication between police and military allowed Alexis to not be treated.</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 19:10:46 +0000 Ryan Delaney 44702 at http://wrvo.org Schumer wants better VA, police coordination on mental health Schumer comments on Washington D.C. Navy Yard shooting http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-comments-washington-dc-navy-yard-shooting <p></p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:14:18 +0000 Ryan Delaney 44272 at http://wrvo.org Schumer joins lobbying effort for upstate NY drone test site http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-joins-lobbying-effort-upstate-ny-drone-test-site <p></p><p>New York's senior senator, Charles Schumer, has formally joined the lobbying effort to see that upstate New York becomes a federally designated drone testing site.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 20:12:24 +0000 Ryan Delaney 44241 at http://wrvo.org Schumer joins lobbying effort for upstate NY drone test site Area lawmakers weigh in on upcoming Syria vote http://wrvo.org/post/area-lawmakers-weigh-upcoming-syria-vote <p>As Congress begins to debate a resolution to authorize United States military action in Syria, members of the New York congressional delegation are expressing their opinion publicly about what should be done.</p><p>Rep. Tom Reed, a Republican who represents parts of the Finger Lakes and Souther Tier regions, has been conducting a listening tour in his district to gather opinions from his constituents.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 12:18:48 +0000 Matt Richmond, Gino Geruntino & Catherine Loper 43629 at http://wrvo.org Obama to make a stop in Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/obama-make-stop-syracuse <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The White House has confirmed that President Barack Obama will travel to Syracuse next week as part of a two-day bus tour to lay out his plan for reducing college costs.The president will also stop in Buffalo, Binghamton and northeastern Pennsylvania.</span></p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 20:09:10 +0000 WRVO News 42637 at http://wrvo.org Obama to make a stop in Syracuse