Senator Charles Schumer

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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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It appears the problem of counterfeit cash circulating through the Syracuse area is growing, and affecting more businesses.  A little over a week ago, Syracuse Police issued an alert about phony $100 bills.    Senator Chuck Schumer stopped by a Byrne Dairy store in Camillus Monday, an example of 10 stores that have been victimized in the last 30 days.  

Empire brewing company general manager Breanne Barzee says they’ve received the funny money…

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About a dozen projects in eight Onondaga County towns and villages hang in the balance after the Department of Housing and Urban Development abruptly changed income eligibility requirements.    Senator Chuck Schumer says HUD rescinded about half a million dollars in community development block grants.

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  Some Central New Yorkers could unknowingly be moving into a house that once was a methamphetamine lab. Senator Chuck Schumer announced legislation Wednesday that would require home sellers and landlords who know a home was used as a meth lab to disclose that information to potential buyers or renters. 

  He stopped by a neighborhood in East Syracuse to make his point, just down the street from last week's raid of a meth lab.

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Senator Chuck Schumer urged the New York Jets to continue holding summer training camp workouts in Cortland, during a press conference on Monday at Syracuse University's Ensley Athletic Center.

SUNY Cortland has hosted training camp for the Jets since 2009, when then-head coach Rex Ryan moved it from Hofstra University on Long Island.  But the team recently fired Ryan as well as general manager, John Idzik. 

Schumer said there isn't any agreement in place for future training camps.

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  About 150 families in Syracuse could find out in the next few weeks if they’ll have to pony up as much as $1200-a-year for flood insurance…even though the city doesn’t think they’re in any danger of a flood.  

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  Downtown Syracuse is in the midst of a renaissance. The number of people living downtown continues to grow by double digits each year. But the city is still missing one thing… a full service supermarket. 

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