The Hawkeye State
Don’t start printing “Chuck 2016″ signs just yet.
Senator Chuck Schumer may be heading to the cornfields of Iowa, a longtime tradition for pols seeking the White House. But he insisted over Twitter this afternoon that he has no such ambitions.
We’d include a bee pun in the first sentence, but Councilman Steve Levin took them all.
In honor of the Jewish new year, when honey is eaten, Mr. Levin has introduced a new resolution calling on Albany to better regulate the state’s honey import. Even more notable than his announcement, however, is Mr. Levin’s all-out use of bee puns to make the case.
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Here’s the important thing to remember as the House of Representatives takes up immigration reform: the bill passed the U.S. Senate with bipartisan support. How often does that happen?
Give credit where it is due. Thanks to the efforts of people like New York’s Chuck Schumer, the Senate bill is a classic example of collaboration and compromise. The deal-cutting and backroom negotiations probably weren’t pretty, but the result is a bill that addresses the key issue of border security while establishing a rigorous path to citizenship.
Let them drink coffee!
New York Senator Chuck Schumer is calling for colleges to crackdown on so-called study drugs, such as Adderall and Ritalin, by implementing stricter regulation. Oh, and by encouraging students to trade in their pills for a pot of joe.
“There are better ways to pull an all-nighter and stay up,” he Read More
Thousands of New Yorkers who live in co-ops suffered extensive damage to their property during Superstorm Sandy last year.
But unlike the homeowners on Staten Island and other parts of the storm-ravaged coastline, the co-op owners do not qualify for federal assistance to repair some of the damage to their apartments. That’s because under Federal Read More
If humanity is good at one thing, it’s taking seemingly innocuous technological innovations and using them for evil.
The newest victim of our baser human instincts? 3-D printing, the snazziest reinvention of an office supply since the electric stapler, and now, according to a Vice documentary, our newest way to manufacture illegal guns and drugs. Read More
Earlier this morning, Democratic lawmakers gathered in Washington D.C. to unveil the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013, which is legislation that would ban “military-style” assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips. The press conference announcing the bill featured New York Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, the legislation’s House sponsor, as its first speaker. Needless to say, Ms. McCarthy–whose husband was killed in a 1993 shooting spree on the Long Island Rail Road–made it clear it wasn’t going to be a speech that stuck to the script.
“This battle has been a very lonely battle for many, many years,” Ms. McCarthy began. “You know, a lot of words can be said. I’ve got a great speech here and my staff worked on it a long time and I’m probably going to do what they always tell me not to do. That means just talk from my heart.”
Ms. McCarthy expressed particular frustration that gun control legislation has stalled in Congress but argued that the recent massacre at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school would be the catalyst for change.
That was the question The Observer put to a group of planning and infrastructure experts yesterday, after Senator Chuck Schumer announced that he expected the state to receive about $9 billion for storm mitigation measures, as part of its request to Congress for Sandy aid. After all, that is far from enough money to build some of those vaunted sea gates, though there is nothing to suggest more money might not be on the horizon in the future.
For now, though, here are their recommendations on what to do with $9 billion in new storm-securing infrastructure investments.
According to Senator Chuck Schumer, the federal government will soon begin the arduous task of returning floodwaters back to the Atlantic Ocean after Hurricane Sandy’s surge flooded key transportation arteries earlier this week.
“In the past hour, I have received an update from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about the federal de-watering efforts happening in New York City,” Mr. Schumer said in a statement this afternoon.
Maybe it was just the shortest route home.
Over the weekend, Chuck Schumer was spotted in the most unlikely place one might expect him, even though it is right outside his door. Senator Schumer has generally eschewed the controversial Prospect Park West bike lane, which his wife, former Transportation Commissioner Iris Weinshall, vociferously opposes in lawsuits and op-eds. An avid cyclist, the state’s senior senator has neither supported nor opposed the lane. Perhaps he is now voting with his feet?