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New York Senator Chuck Schumer took aim at the conception of the opioid epidemic as an urban concern Friday.

Standing in front of the one-story police headquarters in Holley, an Erie Canal village of about 2,000 people, the Democrat urged his senate colleagues to support an effort to bring “cutting-edge technology” to the fight against opioids across the state.

Schumer said the money the federal government is spending to fight the opioid epidemic is largely going to cities. That puts the public and law enforcement officers in rural areas at risk, he said.

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U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer introduced a bill Monday that would compel the U.S. Postal Service to allow veterans’ groups to solicit donations on post office property.

Joe Jakus, commander of a local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter, the Rice-Hallock Post in Henrietta, said he had not seen a need for the legislation until the postal service started enforcing a decades-old rule that bars any solicitation on post office property.

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New York Senator Charles Schumer is releasing details of crowdsourcing survey he has taken of his constituents, to show what he says are too many  "dead zones" for cell phones throughout the state.

Schumer says Upstate NY residents have reported more than four-thousand cell phone dead zones scattered throughout the state.

The New York Democrat says this is happening despite the fact cell phone companies are reporting full coverage in some of these areas.

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NEW YORK (AP) Sen. Charles Schumer is urging the Transportation Security Administration to put more dogs on the passenger-screening line to reduce long delays for travelers going through security at New York City airports.

The Democrat says the highly trained dogs and additional TSA workers would get travelers through the lines more quickly while improving security.

He cited a regional transit authority report that the average maximum wait time for travelers at Kennedy airport in a monthlong period ending April 15 increased 82 percent from the same period last year.

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NEW YORK (AP) Sen. Charles Schumer of New York says the Department of Homeland Security must work faster to begin testing explosive detectors that can sense compounds that have been used in recent extremist attacks.

Otto Gregory, a chemical engineer at the University of Rhode Island, developed the electronic trace detection system to sense vapor from explosives, including the bomb-making material TATP.

The government has funded the project for the last eight years, and Gregory says Homeland Security plans to field test the system this fall.


ALBANY (AP) Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on phone carriers to make robocall blocking technology available to landline and cellphone customers.

Schumer says blocking technology can send an automated telemarketing call to a spam box, much like email spam-blockers do.

He says the technology is needed because despite federal "Do Not Call'' rules, hundreds of thousands of people continue to receive unwanted telemarketing calls.

The Consumers Union says there were 305,000 complaints about Do Not Call violations in September 2014.


NEW YORK (AP) Sen. Charles Schumer wants to require the Federal Aviation Administration to institute minimum seat-size rules for airlines, which he says now force passengers to sit on planes "like sardines.''

The Democrat says commercial airlines have been shrinking the size of seats and reducing legroom on planes.

Schumer told The Associated Press on Saturday that he would add an amendment to the FAA Reauthorization Bill that would require the agency to set seat-size standards. He is formally announcing the proposal at a news conference Sunday.


NEW YORK (AP) Sen. Charles Schumer is slamming a White House proposal that would cut nearly $300 million from counterterrorism programs.

The Democrat notes that the recently released budget proposal would reduce the Urban Area Security Initiative from $600 million to $330 million. The initiative helps cities nationwide with programs to prevent, respond to and recover from extremist attacks.

Schumer says the proposal is "ill-advised'' and "makes no sense.'' He is pushing President Barack Obama to reconsider the cuts.


NEW YORK (AP) Top New York officials are asking the federal government to help the state to block people on the terror watch list from legal gun purchases.

Sen. Charles Schumer and Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that the federal government does not currently give states access to classified background information about suspects on its terror watch list.

They say that's a dangerous loophole.

Cuomo and Schumer also say New York should be able to do criminal background checks on people who are on the watch list.


ALBANY (AP) Just in time for Halloween, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is warning New Yorkers about the threat posed by `zombie debt,' or debts that have been paid but continue to wreak havoc on a consumer's credit report.

Schumer recently announced that he is urging passage of legislation that would require creditors like banks to immediately update credit reports when a consumer has paid off a debt.