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U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and  Congressman Joe Morelle are urging  General Motors Chairman and CEO, Marry Barra, to locate ventilator production at GM’s Rochester Components plant as GM increases ventilator production to mitigate the severe shortage of that device that is expected as coronavirus (COVID-19) rapidly spreads.

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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer took aim at Trump administration policies that he said will leave the Rochester area without enough teachers.

A growing shortage of specialized teachers for subjects like foreign languages, sciences and technical courses is resulting in unfilled teaching positions in Rochester and the Finger Lakes, Schumer said at a press conference on Thursday.

“As more teachers retire, the demand for new teachers is spiking at a rate we’re not able to keep up with right now,” said Schumer.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is challenging the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision to stop collecting data on bee colonies in places like Rochester. 

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Sen. Chuck Schumer called on the federal government and drug manufacturer Merck to address what he called a “critical shortage” of a bladder cancer drug.

The New York Democrat spoke Monday at the University of Rochester Medical Center alongside health care providers and a bladder cancer patient, Bill Burchell.

Burchell, who lives in Webster, said he found out he had bladder cancer eight months ago. He got the news from doctors at URMC, who told him the type of cancer he had was aggressive.

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New York Sen. Chuck Schumer made a stop in the Finger Lakes on Wednesday to push for a change in federal regulations that affect the types of cans that wine can be sold in.

The Senate minority leader gathered with some local winery owners and others involved in the industry at Fox Run Vineyards in Penn Yan.

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A new proposed federal law aims to stop robocalls cold.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer is a co-signer of the bipartisan proposal known as the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence, or TRACED, Act. He said the legislation would empower the federal government to fine robocallers $10,000 per call.

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Standing outside the abruptly closed Friendly’s in Gates on Monday, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer said laws that govern large-scale layoffs need to change.

“The way Friendly’s left their workers upstate high and dry without even a moment’s notice, is something we should lament and something that we should make sure does not happen again,” said Schumer.

A handful of former employees met with the Democrat on the restaurant’s patio.

In this latest WXXI Business Report, New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand push to get the Laser Lab at the University of Rochester more funding.  Plus, Harris Corporation sells off one of its businesses to an Israeli company, and some of the iconic Genesee Brewery products will be getting a makeover.

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A backlog on the federal level is hurting local brewers.

Sen. Chuck Schumer brought that message to Rochester’s Genesee Brewery on Monday. Schumer said brewers are heavily regulated and must file applications with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau in order to release new flavors, update labels or change the size of a bottle.

He said the partial federal shutdown in December and January caused a backlog of over 10,000 applications, which could delay summer releases.