Charles Schumer

7:36am

Fri December 6, 2013
Agriculture

Auburn milk plant hopes to capitalize on export market

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D - N.Y.), second from left, speaks with dairy farmers outside a milk processing plant being built in Auburn, N.Y.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

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.

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.

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8:35am

Thu December 5, 2013
Regional Coverage

Schumer calls for drone crash investigation to be made public

File photo
Ryan Delaney WRVO

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.

The Air Force is investigation the crash of an MQ-9 Reaper into Lake Ontario last month while on a training flight with the 174th Air Guard Wing, based out of Syracuse. Training flights resumed two weeks after the incident.

Schumer, a Democrat, says that's alright since most drones are safe.

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8:04am

Thu December 5, 2013
Government

Fire hydrants could have to be scrapped under new EPA rule

Sen. Charles Schumer (D - N.Y.) wants the EPA to exempt fire hydrants from lead requirements for drinking water products.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

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.

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.

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.

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2:25pm

Wed November 27, 2013
Health

Schumer supports St. Joseph's tele-monitoring plan

Sen. Charles Schumer stands with a stethoscope and iPad to illustrate how technology will be part of this program.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

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.

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.

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6:39am

Fri November 15, 2013
Politics and Government

Schumer says he supports Obama's Affordable Care Act promise

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Ellen Abbott WRVO

Sen. Charles Schumer says he is glad President Barack Obama is keeping his promise to Americans by allowing them to keep insurance plans that would have been canceled for an extra year. The president announced yesterday that even if insurances plans do not comply with the Affordable Care Act, policyholders are now able to keep those plans through 2014.

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4:41pm

Thu November 7, 2013
Regional Coverage

Schumer announces plan to get veteran benefits moving

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer wants to integrate the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs health records to reduce benefit backlogs and save money.

Schumer is proposing a two-part plan, the first aimed at creating a compatible health record system between the two departments.

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3:57pm

Wed October 30, 2013
Beer and Wine

Schumer pushes for end to ban on USPS shipping alcohol

Kate O'Connell/Innovation Trail

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.

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.

"It will be a way for consumers far and wide to order their favorite New York beers and wines and get hold of them." Schumer said in a conference call with reporters Wednesday. 

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8:04am

Tue October 22, 2013
Health

Schumer urges DEA to ease drug take-back restrictions

Sen. Charles Schumer is urging the DEA to loosen restrictions for drug take back programs. He is also asking the agency to allow funding for a drug buy back program.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is firing another salvo in the war against prescription drug abuse. He's proposing that the Drug Enforcement Administration ease restrictions that make it harder for pharmacies to let people bring in controlled substances for disposal.

It's a problem that's getting worse in upstate New York, according to Michelle Caliva, director of the Upstate Poison Control Center. She's looked at the number of calls involving abuse of prescription pain killers over the last decade.

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7:55am

Mon September 30, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Proposed legislation expected to boost apple production in NY state

Wendy Oakes-Wilson and Darrell Oakes operate LynOaken Farms.
Ashley Hirtzel/WBFO

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.

At LynOaken Farms in Medina, General Manager Darrell Oakes explains there are roughly 300 varieties of apples in the self-harvest section.

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3:10pm

Fri September 27, 2013
Mental Health

Schumer wants better VA, police coordination on mental health

New York Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer, right, wants the Veterans Affairs medical network to better handle mental health issues.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for more coordination between police and Veterans Affairs medical centers to treat veterans with mental health problems.

Schumer, a Democrat from New York, wants the VA to investigate its handling of mentally ill veterans in the wake of a veteran’s shooting spree. Police say Navy veteran Aaron Alexis killed 12 people on a base in Washington D.C. last week.

Schumer says ineffective communication between police and military allowed Alexis to not be treated.

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10:14am

Tue September 17, 2013
Regional Coverage

Schumer comments on Washington D.C. Navy Yard shooting

New York Senator Chuck Schumer called yesterday's shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington D.C. "tragic." He also touched on a common theme of the recent gun control debate- mental health.

"So I think we have to look at that very carefully, without pre-judging what happened in D.C.," Schumer said. "But certainly, it needs a careful look. These things are occurring much too frequently."

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4:12pm

Mon September 16, 2013
Drones

Schumer joins lobbying effort for upstate NY drone test site

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks in support of upstate New York becoming a federally designated drone testing site.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

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.

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8:18am

Wed September 4, 2013
Politics and Government

Area lawmakers weigh in on upcoming Syria vote

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.

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.

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4:09pm

Wed August 14, 2013
Obama visit to Syracuse

Obama to make a stop in Syracuse

President Barack Obama
Credit whitehouse.gov

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.

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7:09am

Wed August 14, 2013
Politics and Government

Schumer calls for safer railcars to transport oil, ethanol

Senator Schumer was in Syracuse to discuss DOT-111 railcars. L to R: Commissioner of Emergency Management for Onondaga County, Kevin Wisely. Chairman of the Onondaga County legislature, Ryan McMahon. Senator Charles Schumer. Mayor Stephanie Miner.
Tom Magnarelli/WRVO

Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on the Department of Transportation to retrofit or phase out a specific type of railway car that carries crude oil and ethanol. The DOT-111 is the same kind of tank car as those that derailed and exploded in July in a small town in Quebec, killing 47 people and destroying 40 buildings.

Schumer spoke in front of a rail bridge near Armory Square in downtown Syracuse on Tuesday, where he says around 200 cars of oil and 100 cars of ethanol pass by everyday due to an increase in domestic energy production in the U.S.

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5:53am

Thu August 1, 2013
Business

In a victory for Syracuse, former gas station will be redeveloped

This former gas station on Syracuse's south side, will be redeveloped as a Dunkin Donuts.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Score one for the self-proclaimed clout of U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer. Thanks largely to recent efforts of the senator, a former gas station on Syracuse's south side will be redeveloped.

The intersection of East Brighton Avenue and Seneca Turnpike is home to three vacant properties: two former gas stations and an old car wash. Two of them are owned by gas station chain Sunoco.

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8:25am

Tue July 23, 2013
Higher Ed

Schumer happy with student loan interest rate compromise

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.
Credit Ryan Delaney / WRVO

New York's senior U.S. senator says the compromise on student loans Congress is scheduled to take up on Tuesday is a good one, even if it's not exactly what he wanted.

Interest rates on government issued subsidized student loans doubled on July 1, after Congress failed to renew the program. But late last week, several lawmakers announced a compromise that will bring rates back down, at least for now.

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2:06pm

Mon July 22, 2013
Business

Syracuse, Sunoco to meet to discuss vacant gas stations

Syracuse wants three former gas stations on the city's south side redeveloped.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Syracuse economic development officials and representatives from Sen. Charles Schumer's office will meet with executives from the Sunoco gas station chain next week. They will discuss the future of three vacant, former gas stations on the city's South Side.

Syracuse says the properties are an eyesore and accuses Sunoco of blocking their redevelopment in order to preserve the competitive advantage of its newer fueling hub nearby.

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5:55pm

Wed July 10, 2013
Politics and Government

Schumer comments on wait for federal disaster declaration

While parts of central and northern New York continue to rebuild following last month's massive flooding, Sen. Charles Schumer says there may be a reason the region is still waiting for federal disaster aid approval.

Yesterday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he was not overly optimistic that Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, Funds will come through. Schumer said the amount of damage in the state is still being tallied.

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1:45pm

Thu July 4, 2013
Flooding

Flooding came quickly, but the cleanup will be slower

Heavy rains caused flooding in the Mohawk Valley last week. Now comes the cleanup.
New York National Guard via Flickr

The rains that caused severe flooding and damage in central and northern New York last week came quickly, but the cleanup will be much slower.

“I’m just plugging away, day by day and getting a little bit further each day, you know,” said Steven Loucks. His Oneida home was flooded with several feet of water last week.

“My basement was completely flooded. It did not hit my first floor though, which is a good deal. But my basement, my furnace, my hot water heaters; I just got two new hot water heaters,” he said.

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4:03pm

Fri June 28, 2013
Regional Coverage

Severe weather strikes central, northern New York

Credit New York National Guard / via Flickr

As heavy rains continue to fall across much of New York, portions of the state have experienced flash flooding and rapidly rising rivers. Towns throughout central and northern New York are reporting rainfall ranging from a few to several inches. The village of Earlville, which straddles the Madison and Chenango County borders, reported receiving more than six inches by mid-morning.

According to Aaron Reynolds, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buffalo, the rain is showing little sign of letting up.

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2:05pm

Tue June 18, 2013
Tourism

Allowing Canadians to stay in U.S. 2 more months "a shot in the arm"

Sen. Charles Schumer discussed a proposed Canadian retiree visa while in Syracuse on Monday.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Older Canadians will be able to spend more time in the United States under a proposal floated by New York Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer.

Right now, Canadians can stay in the U.S. up to six months. Many retired Canadians use up that time at winter homes in the Southwest or Florida.

By creating a retiree visa that would allow for eight months spent south of the border, Schumer is hopeful it will translate into more short trips to places closer to the Canadian border, like the Finger Lakes region.

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4:34pm

Mon June 17, 2013
Business

Syracuse begs Sunoco to allow the sale of three vacant gas stations

One of three vacant gas stations near the intersection of Seneca Turnpike and East Brighton Ave. city officials want redeveloped.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Syracuse officials are accusing the ownership of three vacant gas stations at a southern entrance to the city of blocking the properties' sale in the name of competition.

On Monday, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner brought in Sen. Charles Schumer to call on Sunoco to allow the sale and redevelopment of the stations near the intersection of Seneca Turnpike and East Brighton Ave.

One of the properties has been vacant more than 15 years.

Entering the city and driving past the rundown properties sets "a bad tone" for the area, Schumer said.

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4:09pm

Wed June 12, 2013
Politics and Government

Schumer calls for action on student use of stimulative drugs

Sen. Charles Schumer called on New York state education officials to curb the abuse of stimulative drugs used to help get students through all-night study sessions.

Schumer asked SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and Committee on Independent Colleges and University President Laura Anglin to take steps to stop abuse of drugs he calls addictive and dangerous.

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4:29pm

Tue June 4, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Greek yogurt plant could boost upstate dairy industry

Sen. Schumer joins Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi and Theo Muller in taking a scoop from a giant Mulle Quaker yogurt tub
Kate O'Connell

Upstate New York’s newest Greek yogurt factory opened its doors in Batavia, Monday. The factory is a joint venture between Pepsi and German dairy giant, the Theo Muller Group. The Muller Quaker Dairy Plant is touted as a shot in the arm for the dairy industry in western New York.

The 350,000 square foot facility will produce several yogurt products, including the fast growing Greek yogurt varieties. The plant will initially operate three lines, producing more than 120,000 cups of yogurt per hour.

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8:34am

Thu May 30, 2013
Technology

No chip fabricator any time soon for Liverpool business park

Archive image of the General Electric plant in Liverpool in its heyday.
G.E. file photo

It was January 2012 when Democratic U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer stood in front of an empty building at the old General Electric site in Liverpool and said California-based chip maker APIC Corp. landing a Navy contract and then opening up a fabricator in the building was “all but a done deal."

But this week the senator admitted the contract was dead.

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4:05pm

Wed May 29, 2013
Business

Stickley Furniture owed $2 million over lack of tariff enforcement

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) wants better enforcement of furniture dumping on Chinese manufacturers.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Long time central New York furniture maker Stickley says it is owed a couple million dollars from the federal government in uncollected tariff fees on international competition.

The company alleges Chinese furniture makers are partaking in a practice called "dumping" -- flooding the market with cheaper products sold at a loss – which drives out competition.

A tariff on Chinese furniture was enacted in 2005. During that time, Stickely earned about $8 million from the fees collected on Chinese products sold in the U.S.

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9:42am

Fri May 17, 2013
Agriculture

Immigration reform would address labor shortages on NY farms

New York's dairy farmers have a challenge finding guest workers because existing programs don't allow year-round workers.
Matt Richmond WSKG

As lawmakers in the Senate's Judiciary Committee debate the immigration reform bill released last month, farmers in New York State are hoping to find enough workers to fully staff their operations. It's a yearly struggle in New York and nationwide and according to a report by Farm Credit East, more than 1000 farms in New York could close or shrink by two-thirds if immigration laws were fully enforced.

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9:16am

Mon May 13, 2013
Regional Coverage

Vermont grants driver's licenses to migrant workers

Migrant worker Alberto Madrigal at the Vermont statehouse protest.
Sarah Harris/Innovation Trail

Dairy farms in northern New York and Vermont have faced a major labor shortage, which means that migrant laborers from Mexico and Guatemala are now milking many of the region's cows. But farm country here is not an easy place to be a migrant worker: It's rural, hard to get around, and there's not a big Latino population. But a new law means that migrant workers in Vermont will soon be able to drive legally.

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2:18pm

Wed May 1, 2013
Gun control

Schumer pushes for gun sale ban for those on terror watchlist

While universal background checks for gun buyers proved to be a death knell in the latest attempt to pass gun control legislation in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Charles Schumer is hoping a tightening up of current background checks is on the horizon.

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