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Focus on Education
4:00 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Schumer urges restoration of school safety cuts

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is calling for the Department of Education to restore federal funding for school safety programs.

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Local
3:00 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Schumer asks Army Corps to develop flood plan for Buffalo Creek

Sen. Charles Schumer says action is needed to prevent flooding along Buffalo Creek.
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

Flooding along the Buffalo Creek in West Seneca could be a thing of the past if the federal government answers Sen. Charles Schumer's call for help.

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Local
10:13 am
Wed March 19, 2014

ConAgra closing plants in Dunkirk and Fredonia, leaving 425 jobless

The union representing workers at two ConAgra Foods plants in western New York say the company plans to close the plants, a move that would put more than 400 people out of work.

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Local
5:00 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Pre-inspection of truck cargo begins at Peace Bridge

A view of Peace Bridge traffic from the Canadian side of the span
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After years of struggle in Washington,  a new system of processing trucks crossing the Peace Bridge into the United States is now officially in place

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Local
12:53 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Schumer envisions Buffalo as a craft beer destination

Sen. Schumer speaking Tuesday at the Pearl Street Grill and Brewery
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Local craft brewers would pay less in taxes under a bill unveiled by Senator Charles Schumer in Buffalo Tuesday, which he says will spur investment and tourism.

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Local
3:23 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Schumer says loss of border agents slowing bridge traffic

Sen. Charles Schumer says long wait times on the bridge are becoming a major problem.
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Senator Charles Schumer says increasing delays at the Peace Bridge are a threat to the economic recovery of Western New York.

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Local leaders received scheduled paychecks
9:43 am
Sat November 23, 2013

Despite contrary promises, lawmakers receive pay during shutdown

State Capitol in Albany
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Assertions by state lawmakers to go without pay during the 16 day partial government shutdown in October appear to have been empty promises.

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Local
4:28 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Schumer calls on DEA to allow pharmacy takebacks

Sen. Charles Schumer
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To help curb prescription drug abuse, Senator Charles Schumer says he wants to make it easier for people to dispose of old or unwanted prescription drugs.

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Local
8:04 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Main Street transformation progressing, block by block

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The next phase of the Cars Sharing Main Street project was officially kicked off in downtown Buffalo Tuesday.

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Security will be strengthened at area entry points
10:55 am
Sun August 25, 2013

New Homeland Security funds coming to WNY

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New federal funding has been targeted for the Western New York region to shore up security at international points of entry.

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Local
3:21 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

EPA relocating residents living near contaminated creek

The contaminated Lockport creek tends to flood, spilling toxins into nearby properties.
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced it will relocate six Lockport families away from the contaminated waters of Eighteenmile Creek.

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Business
9:53 am
Tue June 4, 2013

New yogurt plant a boon for local dairy farms

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One of the largest yogurt manufacturing facilities in the country is now officially open in just off Route 33 in Batavia. The state-of-the-art facility will be doing plenty of of business with local dairy farms.

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Politics
10:05 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Schumer urges both sides 'bury the hatchet' in Peace Bridge dispute

Peace Bridge span, view from the I-190
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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is urging both sides in the dispute over running the Peace Bridge to "bury the hatchet." Schumer says cooperation could lead to lots of new jobs.

WBFO'S Chris Caya reports on Senator Schumer's reaction to latest Peace Bridge dispute

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Local
1:18 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Regional counter-terrorism task force facing elimination

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A key piece of the region's anti-terrorism task force is facing elimination by the Department of Homeland Security, according to U.S. Senator Charles Schumer.

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Local
5:00 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Veterans Golden Age Games back on

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer appears in Buffalo to announce VA Golden Age games back on
WBFO News by photo Mike Desmond

The Department of Veteran Affairs has reversed course and now says the 27th Annual National Veterans Golden Age Games are back on, after being postponed last week.

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Local
10:26 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Schumer seeking to stop Bank of America closure

Sen. Schumer says he will try to get Bank of America to "rethink" its decision.
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A high-ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee is looking into Bank of America's decision to shut down it mortgage processing center in Getzville.

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Politics
9:42 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Deadline to stop the sequester

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer during a visit to Buffalo
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

First it was the fiscal cliff -- now the buzz word is sequestration.  Congress and the President are working against a March First deadline to stop the sequester.

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Health
3:46 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Schumer working to secure tax credits for Roswell Park expansion

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer appears at Roswell Park
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is working to gain recently extended New Market Tax Credits for Roswell Park in Buffalo so the cancer hospital so it can build a $42 million Clinical Sciences Center.

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Business
9:53 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Schumer calls on DOE to ensure financial security of Jamestown’s RHI Monofrax

Scientists cleaning up nuclear waste sites in West Valley, South Carolina and the state of Washington have a process that turns the waste into glass logs and they all use a substance produced in a Jamestown plant.

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Local
9:07 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Schumer urges Medal of Freedom for four Webster firefighters

Medal of Freedom
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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is joining the effort to gain the Medal of Freedom for the four firefighters ambushed in West Webster on Christmas Eve day.   WBFO's Eileen Buckley says Schumer is calling on the President to fast-track the process and grant the medals.

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Crime
3:40 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Schumer bill aims to protect witnesses from intimidation

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer displayed a tee shirt that are sold being sold on the streets state "Snitches get Stitches

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is pushing for legislation that would make it a federal crime to intimidate a witness and set tough penalties for intimidation.

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Local
8:56 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Schumer joins gun control debate

New York’s senior Senator is taking issue with the NRA in the aftermath of the Newtown, Connecticut school shootings.

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Local
1:51 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Working family advocates travel to Washington

Activists from across New York are in Washington to lobby on behalf of working families.

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Business
5:32 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Schumer says hat counterfeiters costing Buffalo business

Chris Caya/WBFO News

Buffalo-based New Era Cap Company is losing millions of dollars to counterfeiters each year, which could cost local workers their jobs.

At the company's Delaware Avenue headquarters downtown Friday, Senator Charles Schumer announced a plan that he says will help trace the source of counterfeit caps, urge the U.S. Trade Representative to put more pressure on foreign governments, and step-up enforcement online.  

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Business
2:39 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Canadian Consulate to maintain smaller presence in Buffalo

The Canadian Consulate is set to vacate HSBC Tower on Monday.

The Canadian government says it will maintain a consular presence in Buffalo, even though the downtown Consulate in the HSBC Tower is slated to close. 

Senator Charles Schumer says he has been in contact with government officials, trying to get them to reverse what he calls a "poor decision."  Around 75 people worked on two floors in the tower. The Consulate's immigrant section closed in June.

While its still on track to close next week, Schumer says Foreign Minister John Baird has agreed to keep a consular presence in the Queen City through a smaller liaison office. 

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Sports
2:22 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Schumer seeks to amend NFL loan program for stadium upgrades

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  • Senator Schumer speaking at Ralph Wilson Stadium Wednesday afternoon

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is requesting a change to a National Football League's matching loan program to free up $25 million in league revenue to help with renovations to Ralph Wilson Stadium, without a penalty to the community if the team is sold.

Currently, what is known as the G-4 loan program would help the Bills pay for stadium upgrades, but it would have to be paid back immediately if the team is sold. That would permit a new owner to liquidate assets and relocate the franchise.

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Local
2:14 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

SUNY Buffalo launches $120 million push to replace rare earths

Before the end of the year, SUNY Buffalo will know if a $120 million grant from the Department of Energy can be used to build the new Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics. The lobbying effort is led by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
Daniel Robison WBFO

With China largely cornering the market for rare earth metals, domestic researchers are trying to create synthetic replacements.

SUNY Buffalo (UB) wants to corner that effort – and is asking the federal government for $120 million to help.

"A four letter word"

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Local
2:45 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

William Street mail center to remain open

Buffalo's William Street mail processing facility will remain open for at least three more years, according to Senator Charles Schumer.  Schumer says Postmaster General Patrick Donohoe informed him of the news this week. 

Under a cost-cutting reorganization plan, the Postal Service wanted to shift processing work to a similar facility in Rochester, eliminating 700 local jobs and ending overnight local delivery. Mail sent locally would have been processed in the Rochester facility and then sent back to Buffalo.

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Local jurist to be namesake for courthouse
11:09 am
Sat April 21, 2012

Bill readied for naming new federal courthouse

New York's Senators, Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, are poised to introduce legislation to name the new federal courthouse in Buffalo after a local Supreme Court Justice.

The House is prepared to pass a similar bill that would name the building after the late Robert H. Jackson.

Jackson was a noted jurist, hailing from Frewsburg in Chautauqua County.

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Local
5:37 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Misspelled name of fallen Vietnam veteran being corrected

U.S. Senator Schumer hands Settimi family with honor
WBFO News photo by Mark Leitner

The National Parks Service is promising to make right a 30-year wrong, with the correction of the misspelled name of a fallen Western New York hero on Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C.

For a Niagara Falls area family who lost a loved one in the Vietnam War, there is closure at last.

The family of army medic and Bishop Duffy High School graduate Roland Settimi has waited 30 years for a wrong to be made right.  Roland was killed in action in 1969. 

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