Charles Schumer http://wrvo.org en Schumer hopes federal funds will help local brewpub expand http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-hopes-federal-funds-will-help-local-brewpub-expand <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The <a href="http://empirebrew.com/" target="_blank">Empire Brewing Company</a> in Syracuse is planning an expansion that will let the brewpub create a new kind of farm-to-bottle brewing model. </span></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:43:49 +0000 Ellen Abbott 58885 at http://wrvo.org Schumer hopes federal funds will help local brewpub expand Schumer says Whole Foods considering downtown Syracuse location http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-says-whole-foods-considering-downtown-syracuse-location <p>Less than two weeks ago, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) vowed to help attract a grocery store to Syracuse’s Armory Square neighborhood. Monday, he announced that the trendy organic grocer Whole Foods has returned his call.<br /><br />“They are interested in Armory Square. And they are going to visit -- myself, the mayor and representatives of Whole Foods -- in the fall,” said the senator.<br /><br />Schumer says one thing that has grabbed Whole Foods attention is that the only other store in upstate New York, in Albany, has exceeded its sales projections.<br /> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 01:07:32 +0000 Ellen Abbott 58872 at http://wrvo.org Fort Drum unlikely to house Central American immigrant children http://wrvo.org/post/fort-drum-unlikely-house-central-american-immigrant-children <p></p><p>Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) says the chances are slim that undocumented children caught trying to cross the US-Mexican border illegally will be housed at Fort Drum.<br /><br />The Army base is reportedly being considered to house hundreds of Central American immigrant children under a government program as soon as August</p><p>But Schumer says he’s spoken with officials at the Department of Health and Human Services:</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:37:57 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58323 at http://wrvo.org Schumer puts out the call for a downtown Syracuse supermarket http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-puts-out-call-downtown-syracuse-supermarket <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the number of people living downtown continues to grow, so does the need for a grocery store in the neighborhood. Sen. Charles </span>Schumer, D-N.Y.,<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says he can help lure one to the central business district.</span></p><p>Schumer says the heads of major chains will listen to him. He's reaching out to a number of chains, like Tops and Whole Foods, to try to convince them to locate downtown.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 11:27:48 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58298 at http://wrvo.org Schumer puts out the call for a downtown Syracuse supermarket Liquid in e-cigarettes resulting in more calls to upstate poison control center http://wrvo.org/post/liquid-e-cigarettes-resulting-more-calls-upstate-poison-control-center <p></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:45:17 +0000 Ellen Abbott 58160 at http://wrvo.org Liquid in e-cigarettes resulting in more calls to upstate poison control center Schumer pushing legislation to increase political donation transparency http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-pushing-legislation-increase-political-donation-transparency <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With election season here, escaping the volley of political ads that are the hallmark of political campaigns will only get harder. In response, New York Democrat Charles </span>Schumer<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is helping lead a fight in the Senate to force outside groups funding those ads to disclose their donors.</span></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:03:50 +0000 Matt Laslo 57912 at http://wrvo.org Schumer pushing legislation to increase political donation transparency More federal money sought for rural bridges http://wrvo.org/post/more-federal-money-sought-rural-bridges <p></p><p>Sen. Charles Schumer wants to add about $50 million to funding that comes to New York for upkeep and repair of rural bridges.</p><p>The federal government provides the state with $71 million a year right now to maintain the thousands of bridges that don’t fall under federal purview. That number is tied to a 2009 transportation bill.</p><p>There are efforts in Congress to continue to cap that amount through 2020.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Democrat says continuing to cap the fund will lead to further deterioration of rural bridges.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:20:04 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57571 at http://wrvo.org More federal money sought for rural bridges Schumer demands FDA be more clear with cheese making guidelines http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-demands-fda-be-more-clear-cheese-making-guidelines <p>Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is among those asking the Food and Drug Administration to clarify its guidelines on the use of wooden boards to age artisanal cheeses. He says cheese makers have been using wooden boards or panels to age their cheeses for centuries, and that changing the rules would put American producers at a disadvantage.<br /> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:15:24 +0000 Gino Geruntino 57183 at http://wrvo.org Schumer demands FDA be more clear with cheese making guidelines Schumer wants to increase number of doctors nationwide http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-wants-increase-number-doctors-nationwide <p></p><p>Sen. Charles Schumer wants to increase the number of primary care physicians in the United States, particularly in rural areas like upstate New York.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 15:37:44 +0000 Gino Geruntino 56844 at http://wrvo.org Schumer wants to increase number of doctors nationwide New York lawmakers rally behind efforts to combat climate change http://wrvo.org/post/new-york-lawmakers-rally-behind-efforts-combat-climate-change <p></p><p>A new White House climate report paints a dire picture for New York if something drastic isn't done to address climate change, and the Obama administration is preparing to act without Congress.<br /><br />The Third National Climate Assessment predicts dramatic changes in coastal states like New York. But the state’s junior Democratic senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, says upstate residents and businesses are at risk too.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 10:17:25 +0000 Matt Laslo 56384 at http://wrvo.org New York lawmakers rally behind efforts to combat climate change Schumer calls for more water monitoring for algae blooms http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-calls-more-water-monitoring-algae-blooms <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Toxins that can cause blue-green algae outbreaks have been detected in 17 waterways in central New York, part of a state-wide increase that has prompted Sen. Charles </span>Schumer<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to call for more monitoring.</span></p><p>Schumer, a Democrat, says the federal Environmental Protection Agency should better test for the runoff and toxins that cause algae outbreaks.</p><p>Blue-green algae can sicken people and pets who swim in contaminated waters and it can harm drinking water.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 13:40:36 +0000 Ryan Delaney 55876 at http://wrvo.org Schumer calls for more water monitoring for algae blooms Brewers get win as FDA agrees to back off spent grain regulations http://wrvo.org/post/brewers-get-win-fda-agrees-back-spent-grain-regulations <p></p><p>Federal food regulators are backing off of proposed changes to what craft brewers can do with the leftover grains from the beer making process.</p><p>Craft brewers in New York have said the proposal would hurt their businesses.</p><p>Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) had called for the Food and Drug Administration to abandon the change. He announced Thursday FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg agreed to revise the rule to avoid "unintended consequences" that would harm brewers and farmers.</p><p>Brewers provide spent grain to dairy farmers as a low-cost or free source of cow feed.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 00:03:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 54791 at http://wrvo.org Brewers get win as FDA agrees to back off spent grain regulations Cornell synchrotron gets $100 million shot in the arm from NSF http://wrvo.org/post/cornell-synchrotron-gets-100-million-shot-arm-nsf <p></p><p>Cornell University’s state-of-the-art particle accelerator won’t face a loss of funding for the next few years at least. The National Science Foundation will spend $100 million to keep the synchrotron running.</p><p>Cornell’s High Energy Synchrotron Light Source, or CHESS, is one of only two of its kind in the United States. CHESS uses high intensity x-ray and radiation to test hypotheses in physics, biology, and chemistry.</p><p>The lab will now receive $100 million over the next five years.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:44:48 +0000 Matt Martin 54692 at http://wrvo.org Cornell synchrotron gets $100 million shot in the arm from NSF 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