Tag: Charles Schumer

Schumer Urges FAA to Increase Long Island Airport Inspections

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) this week called on the Federal Aviation Administration to increase local airport safety checks following a recent string of small plane crashes on Long Island. The senator said FAA ramp inspections, which determine if airports are in compliance with federal regulations and safe operating practices, have dropped 70 percet at New York airports in the past decade. He urged the FAA to reverse that trend during a news conference Monday at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, the site of the eighth small plane crash on LI so far this year, the most since 2012. Schumer noted that the crashes and inspections aren’t directly linked.

Lawmakers & Common Core Opponents Blast Education Czar Nom John King

State lawmakers joined Common Core opponents in criticizing President Barack Obama’s nomination of former New York State Education Commissioner John King for U.S. Secretary of Education in the first day of confirmation hearings Thursday. King, who assumed the role of acting secretary in January, remains a lightning rod for fury among parents and teachers across New York State upset about his botched implementation of the controversial Common Core education reforms, which led to hundreds of thousands of students across the state and nation “opting out” of taking the standardized tests.

Skelos Corruption Trial Expected to Begin Tuesday

Jury selection began Monday, but ironically only a few potential jurors knew their state representatives.

Long Island Drone Sightings Rise as Regulations Debate Takes Off

At least 20 drone incidents were reported to authorities on Long Island amid debate over how to regulate the new technology.

Nuclear Talks With Iran Have Long Island’s Congressional Delegation Crossing Party...

Many are concerned about where these negotiations are headed, considering a preliminary agreement is supposed to be reached by Tuesday, March 31.

Sandy 2 Years Later: Winners and Losers on Long Island

A ranking of those on Long Island who came out of the superstorm for better, or for worse.

What’s in a Name? Confusion Over Exact Location of Most Rainfall...

Flood underscores difference between weather service recording station, town and hamlet of same name.

Mosquito-borne Chikungunya Virus Infects 3 Long Islanders

Officials are sounding the alarm about the growing national threat of another mosquito-borne tropical virus.

Tesla Center Gets $1M Grant for Inventor’s 158th Birthday

Elon Musk pledged $1 million to help the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe reach its next phase.

2014 Hurricane Season Forecast as Normal, Preparedness Still Urged

“Whatever the probabilities are, one storm can wreak tremendous havoc,” the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.
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