Senator Charles Schumer

    There’s more evidence that the Presidential race may be effecting which party controls the State Senate.

Currently, the GOP is holding on, with the help of one Democrat who meets with them. But a new Siena College poll finds that nearly two thirds of voters think that Donald Trump at the top of the ticket will not help Republicans hold on to the Senate, and Hilary Clinton as the Democratic Presidential candidate will actually help Democrats regain the Senate, says Siena spokesman Steve Greenberg.

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College Students facing 10,  20, and up to 40-thousand dollars in student loan debt stood with Chuck 

  Schumer in Syracuse today to support his plan to reduce it.  The Democratic Senator proposes a multi-part plan to reduce the debt students have to take on and eventually see all students’ graduate debt free.

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  Concern turns to the future of the employees and the community now that Entergy has decided to shut down the Fitzpatrick Power Plant.  The workers found out Monday morning in a face-to-face meeting with President Bill Mohl.  Senior manager of Communications Jerry Nappi says nothing is immediate; the decision means the plant won’t re-fuel next year.  For now, Entergy will still be producing power and running the plant.

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  Nearly 6,200 Central New York college students who rely on a long-running federal student loan program find themselves in limbo after congress failed to renew the program.  The Perkins Loan program provides low-interest loans to students who can’t borrow or afford more expensive private student loans.  Senator Chuck Schumer stopped at LeMoyne College Wednesday, one of 122 institutions across New York that count on the loans to help make college more affordable.

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 A milestone today in the several miles of roadway that’s been transformed to try and bring parts of the community together.  Phase Two of the Connective Corridor is now complete and was celebrated with an event that ceremoniously laid the last pavers.

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An abandoned and run-down Verizon building that looms over Green Street in Camillus may have finally met its match. Senator Chuck Schumer joined Camillus Mayor Patricia Butler and residents in seeking to clean up or tear down what they deem an unkempt eye sore. 

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  A successful grandparent mentorship program that serves hundreds of Syracuse-area first and second graders is on the budget chopping block if the U.S. Senate can’t save it.  Senator Chuck Schumer stopped at Van Duyn elementary in Syracuse today, one of at least 30 schools and family support locations served by the Senior corps program.  Schumer says the grandparents are a critical addition to schools and families…

Advocates for highway and auto safety

  A change in federal law could mean trucks with double trailers, more than 80 feet in overall length will be driving on upstate New York roads and highways.  Senator Chuck Schumer says that would mean a dangerous change in traffic that puts people at risk.  On average 4000 people a year are dying from truck related crashes and Schumer worries that would only get worse. 

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  People who make a prank call to the police department could face more serious punishment. Cases such as the fake bomb threat last week at the John Mulroy Civic Center would be regarded as a new federal crime.

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Four months after Congress authorized the Harriet Tubman home in Auburn as a National Historical Park, advocates are still waiting for the National Park Service to finalize the details.  Senator Chuck Schumer stopped in Auburn to call on the NPS to fast-track the designation so it can receive critical federal funding.    He visited not long after being elected senator about 15 years ago, and remembers people saying then how National Park status could boost Tubman’s…and the community’s exposure. 

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