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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is calling on Customs and Border Protection to increase the number of agents working at the Peace Bridge.

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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.

Polar bear Kali to stay in Buffalo until spring 2015

Nov 13, 2013

Polar bear cub Kali will stay in Buffalo until spring of 2015. Tuesday, Senator Charles Schumer announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has committed to keeping the bear in the city pending a health inspection this spring.

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

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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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Senator Charles Schumer is supporting a plan to switch the NRG Dunkirk plant from coal to natural gas. However, the plan is one of two options being considered by the state Public Service Commission.

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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.

Initiative aims to make Williamsville more walkable

Jul 2, 2013
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An ongoing refurbishing project in Williamsville needs federal funds. Senator Charles Schumer announced Tuesday that the ‘Picture Main Street’ project, which is facing an estimated $7 million cost, has the opportunity to apply for two federal grants.

National sensor company relocates to Buffalo

Jun 13, 2013
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A national software and sensor company has relocated to western New York. Sentient Science moved from Idaho into the historic Butler Mansion in Buffalo to work with the University at Buffalo’s material science program.

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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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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.

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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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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer used Buffalo's Dyngus Day celebration as back drop for his announcement to include New York’s Polish American community a priority in the comprehensive immigration reform efforts.

Veterans Golden Age Games back on

Apr 2, 2013
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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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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.

Deadline to stop the sequester

Feb 25, 2013
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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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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.

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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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.

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.

Schumer joins gun control debate

Dec 24, 2012

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

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

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Niagara Falls will be getting the latest in high-tech crime fighting under a program that may eventually bring in millions of dollars to deal with rising crime.

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There could be a new mission in the works for the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

US Air Force officials have mentioned the possibility of locating a fleet of drones at the base. Details regarding the plan remain elusive, but the concept is getting support from Representative Kathy Hochul and Senator Charles Schumer.

It remains to be seen what this proposal could mean for the base's fleet of C-130 cargo planes and its staffing numbers.

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says too many trucks are crashing into bridge overpasses, especially in Western New York. 

Schumer appeared in Buffalo Thursday near the CSX Railroad overpass at William and Metcalfe.  That bridge has been struck by trucks 32 times in the past few years.  The bridge, built in 1926,  has just a 12-foot clearance.

Schumer is calling on the U.S. Department of Transportation to conduct an investigation.  He wants national standards to be issued in the use of GPS units in commercial trucks.

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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.  

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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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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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.

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