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Federal Lawmakers, First Responders Push to Make 9/11 Zadroga Act Permanent

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Senators and house members say extending the Zadroga Act indefinitely is a moral obligation to 9/11 first responders and survivors

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City Sells BK to DNC for 2016

Monday, August 11, 2014

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As the Democratic National Committee weighs NYC's 2016 convention bid, local leaders say Brooklyn is ready for its close-up.

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Transportation Nation

Tax Break for Bike Share?

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Commute to work via bike share? Hold onto your receipts: one U.S. Senator wants bike share to be a tax-deductible expense.

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FEMA Money to Turn Up the Heat in Sandy-Damaged Public Housing

Sunday, March 23, 2014

A long-awaited federal funds will replace broken-down, temporary boilers and reimburse the city for the cost of maintaining them.

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Frigid Winter Could Cost NY Winegrowers

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A stretch of subzero temperatures is threatening grape crops in the Finger Lakes.

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A Day After Funeral, a Push for 'Avonte's Law'

Sunday, January 26, 2014

A day after the funeral for missing autistic teen Avonte Oquendo, Senator Chuck Schumer is sponsoring a bill to allocate $10 million in federal funds to make tracking devices available for people with autism.

 

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Steel Gates, Raised Roadbeds & Dunes: NYC Transpo After Sandy

Friday, February 15, 2013

Sandy flooded the Battery Park Underpass with 15 million gallons of water.

(New York, NY - WYNC) Now that post-Sandy repairs to New York's transportation infrastructure are in full swing, attention is shifting toward hardening the city's bridges, tunnels and roads against future storm surges.

U.S Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood came to Manhattan to hand over $250 million to reimburse the city Department of Transportation for repairs it's making to its storm-damaged facilities. LaHood also said $5 billion is on the way to make those same facilities resilient in the face of future storms.

It's unclear how much of that money could come to New York City. But U.S. Senator Charles Schumer gave examples of how it could be spent locally.

"Once they repair the inside of the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, they can put, if they choose, steel gates, to prevent another flood," he said. He also talked about raising coastal roads and building dunes to shelter highways from the ocean.

New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, who joined LaHood and Schumer, said Sandy caused the city "$900 million worth of  damage to city roads, bridges, our ferry system, signals, signs--an extraordinary amount of damage."

By way of example, she said The Battery Park Underpass at the tip of Lower Manhattan was filled with 15 million gallons of water (see photo). When it comes to reducing that kind of vulnerability to storm damage, Sadik-Khan said her department "has a long way to go."

Schumer praised LaHood for delivering the $250 million in repair money less than a month after it's authorization by Congress, which he called "a world record" in the realm of post-disaster relief. He explained that the funds will be used in part to reimburse the city for repairs it has already undertaken.

"The mayor couldn't sit there and wait and say, 'We'll fix the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel when the federal money comes,'" he said. "The city had to lay out enormous sums of money."

Some of the money has been spent on repairing the vents and electrical system of the Battery Park Underpass , fixing flood-damaged parts of the Staten Island Ferry terminals, shoring up bridges, and replacing highway lights and guardrails.

Sadik-Khan said the mayor's office will release a report in May about how to harden the city's infrastructure against future storms, including roads and bridges .

 

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NY, NJ Senators Push Tax Relief for Sandy Victims

Sunday, December 09, 2012

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Local lawmakers say President Obama's $60.4 billion aid package for Sandy relief is a step in the right direction. But they also say New York and New Jersey's storm victims need tax relief.

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Fund for 9/11 Victims Under Fire

Sunday, December 09, 2012

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First responders and residents in lower Manhattan who were injured or sickened in the attacks on September 11, 2001 have yet to receive any money nearly two years after a law created the victim’s compensation fund, according to a report in The New York Post.

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Fiscal Cliff Cuts Would be Deepest for New York's Disadvantaged

Thursday, December 06, 2012

New York stands to take a $600 million hit in 2013 if Congress fails to avert automatic spending cuts slated for January, which would fall disproportionately on poor and middle-income New Yorkers, according to a new study. 

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House Passes STEM Bill

Friday, November 30, 2012

The House passed a bill on Friday that would give green cards to foreign graduates of American universities with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and math fields.

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Tales from Two Senators on Sandy

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Congress is taking its first hard look at the damage from Sandy amid appeals for tens of billions of dollars in additional disaster assistance to rebuild from one of the most destructive storms ever to hit the Northeast.

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Conversation on Comprehensive Immigration Reform Changes After Election

Saturday, November 24, 2012

The tenor of the immigration debate is quickly changing following the elections. For the first time in years both Republicans and Democrats are talking about a possible path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

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So, How Rich Are Our Lawmakers?

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

An analysis by the Washington Post shows just how wealthy our legislators in Congress really are. How does the tri-state delegation stack up?

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New York’s Gillibrand Looking to Go National with Women

Monday, October 01, 2012

This November, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is running for her first full six-year term in the Senate. It's been nearly four years since she was tapped to fill Hillary Clinton's seat. She’s still building name recognition in New York, but her ambitions extend way beyond the state’s borders.

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Explainer: Could Ryan Stay in Congress if Romney Loses?

Friday, September 14, 2012

Even if Mitt Romney remains “unemployed” after November, there’s a good chance Paul Ryan will still have a job in Washington come January.

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FCC, Cellphone Companies Work Together to Deter Cellphone Theft

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Federal Communications Commission and cellphone companies are working together to make it difficult to use a stolen cellphone.

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Sen. Schumer Defends Health Care Law

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Senator Charles Schumer is warning that if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the Obama administration's healthcare law, formally known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, it could put long standing social programs at risk.

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal Calls for Investigation of Legality of Asking Job Applicants for Facebook Passwords

Monday, March 26, 2012

Senators Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut and Charles Schumer of New York wrote to the Department of Justice and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on March 25 asking them to investigate whether requesting and using prospective employees' social network passwords violates current federal law. We're joined by Sen. Blumenthal (D-Conn.) to find out why he chose to take action on the issue.

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Congress Mulling Legislation to Make IPO’s Easier for Small Businesses

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Senate is debating a bill this week that would make it easier for small, privately-held companies to go public, as part of a package of legislation to promote economic growth called the JOBS Act.

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