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Schumer calls for ban on fast food bread chemical

Charles Schumer

(Credit: Sen. Charles Schumer wants restaurants to ban a harmful chemical in their bread. (Charles Eckert))

Sen. Charles Schumer Sundaycalled on the FDA to ban a chemical that's added into the bread at most fast-food chains.

"In a day where cancer rates are rising ... you have to be careful," he said outside a McDonald's yesterday on the West Side.

Many restaurants, grocery stores and fast-food chains, like McDonald's, use azodicarbonamide to condition dough and make the bread last longer,...

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Schumer, Oquendo family push for alert program for autistic kids

Avonte Oquendo funeral

(Credit: Avonte Oquendo's mother, Vanessa Fontaine, at her son's funeral. (Anthony Lanzilote))

A day after the funeral for Avonte Oquendo, Sen. Charles Schumer said he will introduce legislation to create fund a program that would provide tracking devices for the families of autistic children.

Schumer joined the 14-year-old's mother and grandmother at his midtown office Sunday to announce "Avonte's Law," which, if passed, would provide the Department of Justice $10 million for the voluntary...

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MTA getting federal boost to cover repairs to Sandy-damaged tunnels

Montague Tube

(Credit: The R train's Montague Tube reopens in October, 2014. (MTA))

The federal government is picking up part of the MTA's tab for repair work to the R and G train tunnels that Superstorm Sandy took out of commission, Sen. Charles Schumer announced Tuesday.

Schumer said an $800 million package for the MTA will primarily go toward reimbursing the cost of repairs in the R train's Montague tunnel and the G train's Greenpoint tunnel. The money will also go toward...

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Metro-North derailment report clears equipment, tracks

metro-north train

(Credit: Workers upright and move a derailed Metro-North train car. (Charles Eckert))

The federal agency investigating the deadly Metro-North derailment released a preliminary report Tuesday that does not determine the cause of the Dec. 1 incident.

The preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board found that there were no "anomalies" on the track where the Metro-North train derailed, at the Spuyten Duyvil curve in the Bronx, or in the signal system,...

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Cameras coming to the inside of train operators' cabins: Senators

metro-north train

(Credit: Workers upright and move a derailed Metro-North train car. (Charles Eckert))

The nation's railroad regulatory agency will install cameras in train operators' cabins nationwide by the end of this year or early 2015 in response to December’s deadly Metro-North derailment, according to senators Charles Schumer and Richard Blumenthal.

The plan will place cameras inside operators’ cabins to record their actions. Cameras will also be positioned outside the cars to record...

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Schumer calls on feds to mandate conductor cameras in trains

metro-north train

(Credit: Workers upright and move a derailed Metro-North train car. (Charles Eckert))

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer called on the federal government Sunday to step up its safety precautions on trains in light of last week's Metro-North derailment.

Schumer said the National Tranportation Safety Board made several recommendations following a similar crash in 2008, including installing cameras inside the engineer and conducting rooms to monitor the train's crew. As of today, the Federal...

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Officials praise Bratton's return as NYPD's top cop

Governor Andrew Cuomo. (Charles Eckert)

(Credit: Governor Andrew Cuomo. (Charles Eckert))

Minutes after mayor-elect Bill de Blasio announced that Bill Bratton will return to the Police Commissioner post, several prominent New Yorkers shared their opinions:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo: "As the former Police Commissioner of Boston, Los Angeles and New York, Bill Bratton took on and successfully reined in historically high crime in some of the nation's largest cities. I commend Mayor Elect...

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Schumer wants stiffer penalties for robocalls

Senator Charles Schumer

(Credit: Senator Charles Schumer (Getty Images))

Annoying phone messages from spammers and scammers are coming back with a vengeance, prompting Sen. Charles Schumer Sunday to announce a bill to hike penalties for breaking "Do Not Call" rules.

While the Do Not Call list, passed in 2003, had cut down on interrupting telemarketers and robocalls, Schumer said complaints are rising thanks to the rise in cellphone use and technology...

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Schumer: commuter tax break set to expire

Sen. Charles Schumer

(Credit: Sen. Charles Schumer will seek to extend a transit-commuter tax break (Newsday/Nancy Borowick))

Sen. Charles Schumer said Monday he will seek to extend a tax credit for mass-transit commuters set to expire at the end of the year.

In a news conference in Grand Central Terminal, Schumer said letting the employer-based tax break lapse would cut the benefit to transit commuters to $130 per month from $245, which is the tax deduction currently offered to commuters who drive to work.

"It...

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