Senator Chuck Schumer


U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer called the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package “the exact kind of medicine” that the nation and the state needs. 

During a conference call with U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Wednesday, Schumer said nearly every New Yorker will likely be touched by the aid package.

“We can tell New Yorkers that help is on the way,” said Schumer. “It's quick aid and large aid, big aid.”

The package includes billions for state and county governments, including $128 million for Monroe County, and funding for transit systems like RTS, hospitals, small businesses, nonprofits, Native American reservations, and extended unemployment payments. 

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U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer said Monday that he’s calling on the federal government to close a loophole that allows unregistered “ghost guns” to be made and sold. 

Ghost guns are firearms built from gun parts, like stocks and barrels, that are purchased separately.

Since the parts are not required to have serial numbers and don’t require a background check to buy, they are untraceable, making it next to impossible for law enforcement to track down sellers. 

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On Monday, Senator Chuck Schumer condemned the federal government’s lack of action to assist veterans with some health conditions linked to Agent Orange exposure. The senator says this affects around 20,000 Vietnam-era veterans in the Rochester-Finger Lakes region.  He made the comments at the Veterans Outreach Center in Rochester.