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  • With holiday shopping in full swing, US Senator Charles Schumer today warned Mohawk Valley Christmas shoppers about retail policies that could cost them thousands of dollars in their holiday shopping. Schumer also released a survey showing that interest rates charged by store credit cards are significantly higher than those charged by bankissued cards and outlined plans to disclose unfair return policies and to keep consumers informed about sudden credit card rate hikes. This is supposed to be a... Read More
  • US Senator Charles E. Schumer today revealed that more than 200 stores in Metropolitan New York have adopted secret new store blacklists that were never announced and have unpublished rules, yet nonetheless stop people who make socalled excessive returns from returning extra goods. These unwritten policies could unknowingly prevent shoppers from returning gifts, wreaking havoc on the Christmas gift giving season. Schumer asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate this blacklisting... Read More
  • Washington, DC U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton and Congressman Brian Higgins welcomed news from the Maritime Administration (MARAD) that it has granted an extension to the Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse and Veterans Museum to raise the money necessary to transport the U.S.S Sphinx, a storied landing craft, from Virginia, to its new home in Dunkirk, NY. Under the new extension, the community coalition will have until April 3, 2007 to ensure adequate funding. The ship... Read More
  • In the wake of the worst outbreak of E. coli (Escherichia coli) O157:H7 in produce in United States history, and with news that over the weekend 5,200 pounds of E. coli contaminated beef were recalled in 10 states, including New York U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today revealed that a patchwork of federal oversight has left the nations food supply dangerously vulnerable to contamination. It took two weeks from the time state officials in Wisconsin first discovered five people who were sick... Read More
  • Following a recent decision by Commissioner Adrian Benepe of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to evict the Sunset Park Boxing Club from its current home at 4302 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called on the Parks Department to repeal the eviction order and reinstate the valuable afterschool program at its current location. For the past twenty years, the boxing gym based in Sunset Park, Brooklyn and run by the Police Athletic League has offered... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced new federal financing initiatives for Fort Drum and the greater Watertown Community to help address the growing need for affordable and available housing. As a member of the Senate Banking and Housing Committee, Schumer has been working to provide the federal resources and expertise necessary to make sure affordable housing is in place for Ft. Drums new troops, their families, and the greater community at large. In January, Schumer attended the... Read More
  • Charles Schumer Senators and Hillary Rodham Clinton and Congressman Peter T. King (RNY3) announced final Congressional passage of legislation to rename the Cooper Street Post Office in Babylon, NY in honor of Pfc. Jacob Samuel Fletcher. Pfc. Fletcher died on November 14, 2003 while serving in Iraq when explosives struck a bus he was riding on in the town of Samara. Senator Clinton and Congressman King sponsored the Senate and House bills to designate the facility of the United States Postal... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today stood with Robert Fornaro, President and Chief Operating Officer of AirTran Airways, to announce that AirTran will begin new service from Stewart International Airport to four new destinations on January 11, 2007. The new service will provide two daily roundtrips to Atlanta, which is AirTrans hub, and one daily around trip each to Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale and Tampa. Schumers announcement will have a major impact on the airport's development and air travel... Read More
  • Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced the Senate passage this afternoon of the Long Island Sound Stewardship Act of 2006 which will provide $150 million over 6 years for the preservation of open space along the Long Island Sound. The Act establishes a panel of federal, state and local officials and community activists from New York and Connecticut to acquire shoreline parcels in Long Island in an effort to protect segments of the Long Island Sound with ecological, educational and... Read More
  • U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton and Congressman Brian Higgins today urged the Maritime Administration (MARAD) to grant an extension to the Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse and Veterans Museum to raise the money necessary to transport the U.S.S Sphinx, a storied landing craft, from Virginia, to its new home in Dunkirk, New York. A community coalition has submitted a fundraising proposal, but needs another year to ensure adequate funding. The ship will become a floating... Read More
  • Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Congresswoman Nita Lowey, and Congressman Joseph Crowley announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given final approval for $62 million for a new air traffic control tower at LaGuardia Airport. Schumer, Lowey and Crowley said the new tower will help ease crippling flight delays at the airport and help controllers manage traffic on the runways in order to prevent more near aircraft collisions. The current control tower at LaGuardia... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced $250,000 in federal funding has been awarded to Cornell Universitys Macaualy Library. These federal funds are being awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the National Leadership Grant program. "This is great news for Cornell University, Schumer said. Making these interviews available to a wide variety of experts as well as the general public will provide an important research tool for those in this field of... Read More
  • U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that the Department of Defense Appropriations bill conference report filed late yesterday included approved $18.9 million for military projects in Central New York. The House and Senate must approve the bill before being sent to the President and signed into law. "This is great news for Central New York," said Schumer. "Additional funds will not only boost the area economy, but also put Central New York... Read More
  • U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that the Department of Defense Appropriations bill conference report filed late yesterday included $19.15 million for military projects in the Capital Region. The House and Senate must approve the bill before being sent to the President and signed into law. This is great news for the Capital Region, said Schumer. Additional funds will not only boost the area economy, but also put the Capital Region and New York State at... Read More
  • U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that the Department of Defense Appropriations bill conference report filed late yesterday included $3.75 million for military projects in the Hudson Valley. The House and Senate must approve the bill before being sent to the President and signed into law. "This is great news for the Hudson Valley," said Schumer. "Additional funds will not only boost the area economy, but also put the Hudson Valley and New... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced $197,635 in federal funding has been awarded to Syracuse Universitys School of Information Studies. These federal funds are being awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the National Leadership Grant program. "This is great news for Syracuse University, Schumer said. Better research tools will ensure that the university students are able to produce work that will have a lasting impact on a national level. This... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that $280,387 has been awarded to Cayuga County by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) under the Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program. The federal funds will be used to provide visitation and exchange services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. This is great news for Cayuga County said Schumer. Domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are repugnant crimes that affect our communities.... Read More
  • Today U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer criticized Senate Republicans for refusing to pass by unanimous consent his comprehensive legislation that would criminalize the practice, also known as pretexting, of both stealing and selling cell phone, landline and voice over Internet protocol (VOIP) records and renewed his call on Majority Leader Bill Frist to immediately bring to the floor. Hewlett Packards outgoing Chairwoman Patricia Dunn is currently accused of contracting with a company that used... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that a $156,452 grant was awarded to Washington SaratogaWarren HamiltonEssex Board of Cooperative Educational Services (WSWHE BOCES) by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) under the Foreign Language Assistance ProgramLocal Education Agency. Federal dollars will be used to establish a Language and Culture Resource Center that will serve the languagelearning needs of students throughout 31 districts in these counties. "This is great news for... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that a $247,443 grant was awarded to Med Graph, Inc. (MGI) of Rochester, by the U.S. Department of Education under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. The federal dollars will be used to develop a Glucose Monitoring System (GSM) that will be accessible to people with vision and hearing disabilities and have diabetes so they can more easily monitor their glucose levels. "This is great news for Rochester and the entire... Read More