Chuck Schumer Tag All blog entries tagged as Chuck Schumer http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/latest Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:23:50 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Feds Approve State Sandy Recovery Plan; City Plan Awaits Approval http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2013/04/26/feds-approve-state-sandy-recovery-plan-city-plan-awaits-approval http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2013/04/26/feds-approve-state-sandy-recovery-plan-city-plan-awaits-approval The federal government has approved the state's plan for spending $1.7 billion in funds to help communities rebuild from Superstorm Sandy.

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Congress approved a plan setting aside $50.5 billion in Sandy relief for all impacted states. New York is expected to get around $30 billion of those funds eventually.

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The state's plan provides block grant funds that are designed to be more flexible than other FEMA loans and insurance plans. "We got to communities and we say, 'You tell us what you need to restore your community,'" Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a press conference earlier today announcing the federal government's approval of the state plan.

He was joined at the press conference by Shaun Donovan, the secretaroy of Housing and Urban Development, and Sen. Chuck Schumer.

In contrast to other FEMA programs, Schumer said the block grants can be used for mold remediation and are available to coops and condos.

He said the state's plan will also reimburse home and business owners who used their own money to rebuild, adding that the city's plan "originally" excluded such a measure. But Schumer said he spoke to Mayor Michael Bloomberg about changing that.

The state plan allows communities affected by hurricanes Irene and Lee to apply for funds and creates a system where communities can design their own projects and pitch them to the state. Community reconstruction zones will be eligible for $3 to $25 million, depending on a ratio of damage to population. This includes New York City communities.

"We simply cannot ignore the damage that extreme weather is doing to families around this state and country. That is why we must take this opportunity to rebuild smarter and stronger," Donovan said, pointing out that HUD will require homes and businesses to build to higher standards to anticipate future storms.

Cuomo described the community reconstruction zones as a "bottom-up approach," and detailed that the top-down approach will include the state using federal money to address infrastructure issues through state authorities like the MTA. "There was no more difficult moment than dealing with Sandy as a government official," Cuomo said. "For those of us who believe in government there is no truer test."

Here is a list of NYC reconstruction zones and how much they are eligible for:

Belle Harbor, Neponsit, Breezy Point, Roxbury
$ 25,000,000
Brighton Beach, Coney Island, Manhattan Beach, Seagate
$ 19,291,387
Broad Channel
$ 6,044,869
Far Rockaway, Rockaway
$ 22,221,745
Gerriston Beach, Sheepshead Bay
$ 13,368,780
Lower Manhattan
$ 25,000,000
New Howard Beach, Old Howard Beach
$ 18,329,368
Red Hook
$ 3,000,000
Staten Island (East Shore, South Shore)
$ 25,000,000

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) State Fri, 26 Apr 2013 16:33:59 +0000
Supreme Court Rejects Westchester Residents' Concealed Handgun Appeal http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2013/04/15/supreme-court-rejects-westchester-residents-concealed-handgun-appeal http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2013/04/15/supreme-court-rejects-westchester-residents-concealed-handgun-appeal The nation's highest court stayed above the fray of the gun control debate after it declined to hear appeals from New York State gun owners.

The court didn't comment on the case, Kachalsky v. Cacace, which came about as a result of the state's concealed-and-carry laws. Five Westchester County residents had their applications for unrestricted concealed permits rejected after the clerk's office said that they had failed to show a need for self-protection outside of their home.

New York State penal law allows local authorities to grant concealed handgun permits at their own discretion.

The Kachalsky case is unrelated to the package of gun control reform legislation that Gov. Andrew Cuomo in January, parts of which come into effect today — including the ban on magazines for semi-automatic guns used for home protection that have more than seven bullets. The New York Post reported that the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association will file for a preliminary injunction against the Cuomo-backed law with the US District Court.

Concealed handgun permits remain central to the ongoing debate in Washington D.C. as Congress mulls over the latest bipartisan gun control proposal. Sen. Chuck Schumer has already spoken out strongly against one amendment proposed in the compromise that would force New York to recognize permitted gun owners from across state lines.

"Any New York criminal could go down to Florida, buy guns and then carry them here in New York," Schumer said during a press event at his Manhattan office on Sunday. "This legislation could change Times Square into the O.K. Corral."

The U.S. Senate voted last week to allow debate on proposed gun control legistion, and Schumer — who has a zero percent rating from the National Rifle Association — said senators could begin to vote on bills as early as Tuesday.

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) State Mon, 15 Apr 2013 17:35:56 +0000
Schumer Endorses Gounardes for the 22nd State Senate District http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2012/10/25/schumer-endorses-gounardes-for-the-22nd-state-senate-district http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2012/10/25/schumer-endorses-gounardes-for-the-22nd-state-senate-district

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer has endorsed Andrew Gounardes for the 22nd State Senate District, saying the Democratic challenger "will fight to create jobs and raise the minimum wage."

“I have lived in Brooklyn my entire life, and rarely have I seen a candidate who works as hard as Andrew,” said Schumer, in his endorsement of Gounardes, who wants the seat now being held incumbent Republican state Sen. Marty Golden.

“Middle-class families from Marine Park to Bay Ridge deserve a State Senator as hardworking as they are,” Schumer said in a statement. “Most of all, they deserve someone who represents today’s Brooklyn, which is more dynamic than ever. I know that Andrew Gounardes will be that person.”

Gounardes is challenging one of the few remaining Republican state Senators in the five boroughs in a district that although Democratic in registration leans conservative.

Golden has made a number of gaffes including crossing a Verizon picket line and holding an "ettiquette" forum for women but defeating the long-term incumbent will certainly be no easy task.

For more on the race, check out our story.

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) State Thu, 25 Oct 2012 19:27:47 +0000