University at Buffalo gets $1.1 million for genetics study
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The University at Buffalo is getting $1.1 million in federal funding to study mosquito and fruit fly genetics.
Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced...
GENEVA, N.Y. (AP) — Work has begun on creating the nation's only hemp seed bank in New York's Finger Lakes region.
The "Industrial Hemp Germplasm Repository" will be established at Cornell...
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Siena College President Brother F. Edward Coughlin has died following complications from heart surgery.
The upstate New York college says the 71-year-old Franciscan...
KIRKWOOD, N.Y. (AP) — A Canadian cannabis company has started converting a former vacuum cleaner plant in upstate New York into its first U.S. processing facility for industrial hemp.
New York to get federal funds for PFAS health study
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is one of six recipients of federal funding to study the health effects of a class of chemicals once used in nonstick cookware, firefighting foam and many other...
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a power outage in New York City (all times local):
Con Ed says a power outage that left parts of Manhattan in the dark for several hours didn't...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Democrat called on the Federal Aviation Administration Sunday to heed warnings from federal safety investigators and require all helicopters be equipped with...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Democrat is calling on the federal government to step in and investigate whether a plan for new subway cars in New York City designed by a Chinese state-owned...
Vacuum cleaner factory to become hemp processing hub
KIRKWOOD, N.Y. (AP) — A vacuum cleaner factory will be transformed into an industrial hemp processing plant in upstate New York.
Canadian cannabis business giant Canopy Growth announced...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The leader of Senate Democrats says "chaos" in the Trump administration on immigration and other policy is the president's fault.
NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic members of New York's congressional delegation want to rename a Veterans Affairs hospital after a woman who fought alongside American troops during the Revolutionary...
Alcoa, NY state reach deal on low-cost power for plant
MASSENA, N.Y. (AP) — Alcoa reached a deal with the New York Power Authority to continue providing low-cost hydroelectric power for the company's aluminum smelting plant in northern New York,...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted unanimously Thursday for a resolution calling for any final report in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation to be made public, a symbolic action...
New lab for grape research to be built in Finger Lakes
GENEVA, N.Y. (AP) — A federal lab for grape research will be built in New York's wine country.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer announced $68.9 million in funding to build a new...
NY lawmakers push for recognition for National Comedy Center
JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Members of New York's congressional delegation are pushing for official recognition for the recently opened National Comedy Center.
Democratic U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand say the Senate has passed legislation designating the western New York center as the official National Comedy Center of the United States.
The bill was part of the 2019 Lands Package passed Feb. 12.
Schumer announces fentanyl sanctions bill before China talks
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Democrat is introducing legislation to "hold China accountable" and sanction laboratories and other traffickers who export fentanyl to the United States.
The bill, which will be introduced by Sen. Charles Schumer, of New York later this week, is likely to add to growing tension between the U.S. and China, days before Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will lead high-level trade talks in China.
Hemp processor plans facility in Southern Tier of NY
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — An industrial hemp processing company based in Canada is planning a facility in New York's Southern Tier.
Sen. Charles Schumer says the facility planned by Canopy Growth is expected to create hundreds of jobs and serve as a magnet for other hemp-related businesses. Schumer announced the project at his Binghamton office on Monday.
Broome County Executive Jason Garnar said the company plans to invest $150 million in a hemp processing, research and product development plant.
APNewsBreak: Feds eye move to regulate legal sports betting
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A pair of U.S. senators from opposing parties is proposing that the federal government take back control of sports gambling in America, the first formal move by Congress after a Supreme Court ruling reopened a complex debate over fans betting on games and who controls the action.
The Latest: Feds eye move to regulate legal sports betting
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on a bill that would have the federal government regulate sports betting nationwide (all times local):
A bill that would have the federal government regulate sports betting nationwide has been introduced in the U.S. Senate.
Sen. Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat, and Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah introduce the Sports Wagering Market Integrity Act of 2018 on Wednesday afternoon.
Cranky Congress still has work to do before wrapup
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nothing says, "Is it over yet?" quite like Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer propping up his feet on the chair next to him.
Are we done here? Nope. Cranky Congress still has work to do
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nothing says, "Is it over yet?" quite like Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer propping up his feet on the chair next to him.
Schumer: Hacked Marriott should pay for passports
Schumer says Marriott should pay to replace hacked passports
NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Charles Schumer says Marriott hotel officials should pay for new passports for customers whose passport numbers were hacked as part of a massive data breach.
The New York Democrat said Sunday that Marriott should immediately notify customers who are at greatest risk of identity theft and pay the $110 cost of a new U.S. passport if the customers request it.
Schumer: FAA too slow tackling airline seat size concerns
NEW YORK (AP) — The Senate's top Democrat says the Federal Aviation Administration isn't moving fast enough to roll out a plan to stop airlines from shrinking passengers' seats.
Sen. Charles Schumer says federal officials should be doing more to comply with a law to establish minimum seat size standards for airplanes.
Schumer: Progress made for investigators to get limo access
SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) — Sen. Charles Schumer says progress is being made getting federal safety investigators fuller access to the limousine involved in a crash that killed 20 people two weeks ago.
Schumer told reporters in Utica a National Transportation Safety Board representative was given "limited access" to the wreckage Friday. He said a full investigation team could have access as early as next week.
JetBlue to add Rochester-to-Boston daily flights in 2019
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — JetBlue plans to start service from Rochester to Boston early next year, making the western New York city the fourth upstate to offer direct flights to Logan International Airport.
Disaster declaration approved for flash flood recovery
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration for upstate New York counties hit by severe flash flooding in August.
The declaration signed Monday by the Republican will allow the counties to apply for federal financial assistance to cover the money spent on cleanup and recovery efforts.
Flash flooding caused by heavy rains Aug. 14-15 led to an estimated $36 million in damage to infrastructure, homes and business in the Finger Lakes region and Southern Tier.
Schumer decries proposed cut to weather agency budget
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is decrying proposed cuts to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's budget he says could seriously hurt the government's ability to obtain critical weather information.
The New York Democrat says Sunday the agency's budget may be slashed by more than 20 percent. He says that would be more than $1 billion of its overall budget.
Hancock Airport gets $2 million for de-icing equipment
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Hancock International Airport in Syracuse is getting $2 million in federal funding for aircraft de-icing equipment.
The grant through the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Improvement Program was announced by Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. It will support the reconstruction of a de-icing containment facility.
Back-to-School: Schumer warns of toxic crayons and markers
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — As children fill their school backpacks with new crayons, markers and notebooks, Sen. Charles Schumer is urging federal officials to take immediate steps to protect kids from potentially harmful chemicals in their classroom supplies.
Schumer told reporters in a conference call Wednesday that reports from consumer advocacy groups have revealed toxic chemicals in common school supplies including crayons, markers, rulers, 3-ring binders, notebooks, glue and lunch boxes.
Schumer calls on feds to speed study of herbicide in foods
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Sen. Charles Schumer says the federal government has been studying the presence of a probable cancer-causing herbicide in foods such as granola bars and oatmeal for two years but hasn't released its findings.
Schumer discussed the issue after an environmental group released a report last week showing the weed-killing chemical glyphosate in oat products.
4 US military sites in state getting $200M for projects
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Four U.S. military sites will be splitting nearly $200 million in federal defense funds for improvement projects.
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced Tuesday that $199.1 million will go toward five projects at four sites. The Democrats say the funding comes from the recently passed Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says the recent collapse of an elevated railroad sidewall shows the need to hire more federal railroad bridge inspectors.
The New York Democrat on Wednesday demanded that officials in Washington increase funding to expand bridge inspections. The Senate minority leader says that currently there are only three inspectors responsible for 3,000 rail bridges throughout New York state.
SAUGERTIES, N.Y. (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed a bill naming a Hudson Valley post office for the late U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey.
The veteran Democratic lawmaker died last November after a long illness. He was 79. A post office in the Ulster County village of Saugerties (SAW'-ger-teez) will be named after him.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says a new report shows the number of drownings involving toddlers in the U.S. has increased in recent years, with young boys dying at twice the rate of girls.
Schumer is calling on the federal government to take steps to help prevent drowning deaths.
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer would like used-car shoppers to get more information up front about whether a vehicle has been checked for flood damage from last summer's hurricanes or other deluges.
The New York Democrat asked the Federal Trade Commission in a letter Sunday to consider adding a "flood check" element to the "Buyers Guide" required on many used cars up for sale.
Senate farm bill good news for upstate NY clothier
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Good news for upstate New York clothier Hickey Freeman.
The new U.S. Senate farm bill would extend the Wool Trust Fund program, which the Rochester-based company counts on for relief from tariffs. The fund is set to expire next year.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Sen. Charles Schumer wants federal regulators to quickly finalize a rule establishing volatility standards for crude oil shipped by rail.
Schumer says federal data show shipments of Bakken crude across New York state to Northeast refineries is again on the rise. The crude oil comes from the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that Northeast refineries used 3.1 million barrels in March, the highest level since early 2017.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Upstate New York is getting over $67 million in federal funding for public housing.
The money is being provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It will be used to preserve and improve affordable housing options for families, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says consumers should have the ability to block robocalls on landlines and mobile phones.
The New York Democrat announced Wednesday that he's supporting legislation to require all phone carriers to make call-blocking tools available for free to customers. The technology prevents the automated calls from ringing through by identifying suspicious phone numbers or calls, similar to how email spam filters catch unwanted emails.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Rep. Chris Collins says the House of Representatives is expected to pass amended legislation creating a national firefighter cancer registry in the coming weeks.
Buffalo Bills keeping training camp in Rochester
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills are keeping their training camp at St. John Fisher College in suburban Rochester.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says Friday he's been assured by the NFL team there are no plans to make a change. The Bills have four years left on the current agreement.
NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Charles Schumer says the Food and Drug Administration should immediately ban e-cigarette flavors like candy and cookies that can appeal to young people in the wake of warnings that teens and children are increasingly using e-cigarettes.
The New York Democrat on Sunday released a letter to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb saying the agency had the legal authority to regulate e-cigarette flavors, and encouraging it to do so.
WOODBURY, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says New York communities girding for a jump in tick-borne diseases as the weather warms up need federal funding to combat the problem now rather than later.
The Senate minority leader appeared Wednesday on Long Island and in Rockland County to urge the Centers for Disease Control to unlock millions in additional funding included in the recently passed federal budget.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Nearly $175 million in federal funding aimed at improving communities and providing affordable housing has been awarded to New York state.
Democratic U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development on Monday.
The money is being allocated in two parts: more than $125.7 million from the Community Development Block Grant program and nearly $49 million in HOME Investment Partnership Program funding.
MOHAWK, N.Y. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer is pursuing a memorial in New York to honor an astronaut who died in the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion.
Gregory Jarvis was raised in the Herkimer (HUR'-kih-mur) County town of Mohawk. He lost his life in 1986 when the shuttle exploded shortly after launch.
Schumer is asking NASA to work with county officials to establish a permanent memorial honoring the payload specialist.
Schumer seeks to shorten waits for Social Security calls
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer says more funding is needed to reduce wait times for calls to Social Security field offices in New York that can extend beyond a half hour.
Schumer says the field offices are unable to keep up with increased demand now that baby boomers are retiring in large numbers. He says wait times at the Rochester Social Security field office averaged 40.8 minutes and 39.5 minutes in Albany.
NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week
A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week. None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out; here are the real facts:
NOT REAL: Charles Schumer Received $500k Donation From Pro-Illegal Alien Group Just Before Vote.