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WWII veteran finally receives military honors

Feb 23, 2017
Michael Mroziak

For one local veteran, the effects of racism were allowed to linger for seven decades. George Watts, who served in a segregated unit in World War II, received his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army in 1946. He didn't receive his military service medals until yesterday.

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After learning about the long-term health effects that touched numerous firefighters who responded to the 9/11 attacks in New York City, lawmakers including Senator Charles Schumer are pushing for passage of a registry that they say will help identify and prevent cancer risks for other firefighters nationwide.


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Area federal representatives are reacting to President Donald Trump's nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

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With Congress and the government re-opening in Washington today, there may be some clarity about immigration which has been tangled all weekend.

$170M for broadband expansion coming Upstate

Jan 27, 2017
National Public Radio

New York State will get to keep $170 million in federal funding for broadband access after all.

With little power left in Washington, Democrats set out on Sunday to make a big statement against GOP efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act with rallies in dozens of cities.

It's also a step for the party toward regaining its footing after grassroots efforts in 2016 failed to keep the White House in Democrats' hands.

Harriet Tubman National Historical Park becomes reality

Jan 10, 2017
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New York lawmakers and federal parks officials gathered in Washington, D.C. Tuesday to formally establish the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in New York.

Schumer: Passenger rail safety must be reviewed

Jan 8, 2017

Following a train accident last week, Senator Charles Schumer is calling on federal authorities to test train engineers for sleep apnea.

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Charles Schumer, the longtime U.S. Senator from New York, enters 2017 as that body's new minority leader. During a recent visit to Buffalo, the Democrat said he wouldn't necessarily oppose legislation just because it has President-Elect Donald Trump's name on it. There are some issues and ideas, he said, for which he's willing to work with Trump.


Federal law protecting steel industry set to expire

Dec 15, 2016
Klein Steel

Hundreds of jobs in the Western New York steel industry and elsewhere could be in jeopardy if the “Buy America” provision lapses next year, according to U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. 

“Buy America” is a requirement for federally-funded water and sewer infrastructure projects to be manufactured with American-made parts. At a news conference held at Klein Steel’s headquarters in Rochester on Tuesday, Schumer said he wants Congress to extend the provision and also add it to any large infrastructure spending bill.

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A 93-year-old Buffalo man who served in the Pacific Theater of World War II is owed at least three decorations, says Senator Charles Schumer. On Tuesday, the federal lawmaker stood with George Watts and his family at the Veterans One-Stop Center of Western New York, urging the United States Army to deliver those awards to a man that, according to the senator, was already subject to segregation as an African-American soldier.


Trump cabinet nominees concern Schumer, excite Collins

Dec 13, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

As President-Elect Donald Trump continues to pick his nominees for his Cabinet, some are raising eyebrows while others are raising concerns. The New York Democrat who will soon become the Senate Minority Leader has concerns about several picks.


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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer wants federal officials to move faster to require mass transit employees nationwide be screened through federal terrorism watch lists.

New Legislation to improve Peace Bridge travel

Dec 10, 2016
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On Saturday U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer announced that congress passed the Promoting Travel, Commerce, and National Security Act of 2016.

NEW YORK — U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says United Airlines should change a new fare structure that allows fliers to pay cheaper prices but comes with strict rules.

Protestors oppose Schumer for Minority Leader

Nov 15, 2016
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U.S. Capitol Police arrested 17 people protesting outside New York Sen. Chuck Schumer’s office Monday. The members of #AllOfUs2016 say Schumer is too close to the banking and finance industries to lead Senate Democrats.

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New York is poised to elect Hillary Clinton for president and give Chuck Schumer a fourth term as U.S. senator, but down-ballot races for Congress and state Senate are less certain.


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A final poll in the long Presidential race shows the contest tightening a bit in New York, though Hillary Clinton still leads Donald Trump by double digits.

Niagara Landing Wine Cellars

Fourteen farm operations around New York State will share $2.3 million in federal funding to create new products and improve their marketing strategies.

New York Senior Senator Charles Schumer, in the only debate with his opponent, broadcast on Time Warner Cable, said he’s “appalled” by FBI director James Comey’s actions, including  the decision announced Friday  to re-examine emails from Hillary Clinton’s top aide for evidence of misuse of classified materials.

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It looks like U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer will be re-elected to a fourth term on Nov. 8, barring any major turn of events. He’s about 40 points ahead of his nearest opponent in the polls, and the bigger question now is: Will Schumer be the next Senate minority leader or majority leader?


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Senator Charles Schumer is seeking reelection to a fourth term. But instead of delivering stump speeches, Schumer is continuing his customary travels  around the state, addressing issues affecting local residents. That approach, some believe, may lift him to Senate Majority Leader.


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A recent study revealed that 9-1-1 call centers are vulnerable to cyber attacks. That drew a call from New York Senator Charles Schumer for new measures to protect the critical infrastructure. 


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Cell phone carriers across New York state should be expecting a call from Sen. Charles Schumer. The high-ranking Senate Democrat is pushing the companies to improve their service. 


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Two scares at airports in two of the nation's largest cities in a two-week span has New York Senator Charles Schumer calling for a review of security.


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Senator Charles Schumer says the drought in Upstate New York could  be a disaster for farmers in the fall.

During a visit to the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York's senior senator joined with Olympic athletes to urge passing legislation that would eliminate the federal tax on medals and other prizes.

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US Senator Charles Schumer is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to expedite its food recall process.

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Foreign trade deals are a contentious issue at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Now New York’s Senior Senator Chuck Schumer is weighing in, saying he is against the Trans Pacific Partnership proposal, known as the TPP.

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The NFTA might get two dozen new, clean buses under a new federal grant program, if Sen. Charles Schumer has his way.

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