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This was a name almost -- almost -- as big as previous visitors to the Bug Jar, such as The White Stripes, The Black Keys, Vampire Weekend, Modest Mouse, Arcade Fire and Lizzo. 

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, backed by the iconic chintzy décor of the tiny Rochester music club, was describing in a March 31 press conference some of the federal government’s programs that are designed to save our music culture from the coronavirus pandemic.

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U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer stopped by Bug Jar on Monroe Avenue on Wednesday to talk about the federal government’s efforts to save performance spaces, specifically the $16 billion in Save our Stages grants from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The grants come from the latest COVID-19 stimulus package, also known as the American Rescue Plan. 

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Congress finalized a COVID-19 relief deal as of Monday. 

The package includes $600 stimulus checks per person, including green card holders, and $300 a week in unemployment benefits.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer said this is an emergency survival deal, not a stimulus.


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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Monday that there’s bipartisan support for a new federal stimulus plan that includes relief for schools and colleges. 

On the campus of the Victor Central School District, Schumer announced some details of the proposal. 

If passed, Schumer said $175 billion would be given to all public and private kindergarten through 12th grade schools. He said a similar formula would be used for colleges and universities across the country, which would receive more than $130 billion.

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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.