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Aftermath of the fatal Metro-North Railroad derailment, as seen from Chopper 880 on Dec. 2, 2013. (credit: Tom Kaminski/WCBS 880)

Metro-North Train Derailment Raises Questions About Technology

Safety officials have championed what’s known as positive train control technology for decades, but the railroad industry has sought to postpone having to install it because of the high cost and technological issues.

12/03/2013

Sen. Charles Schumer speaks at a news conference on Dec. 3, 2013, about a bill that would ban plastic guns. (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

Schumer: Plastic-Gun Bill Has Dangerous Loophole

While the Republican-controlled House on Tuesday passed a new 10-year ban on firearms that that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines, some Senate Democrats say that bill is flawed.

12/03/2013

Sen. Charles Schumer speaks at a news conference in Manhattan on Nov. 24, 2013. (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

Schumer Seeks To Pull Plug On Robocalls

Sen. Charles Schumer is introducing legislation to try to curb an increasing number of unwanted telemarketing calls.

11/24/2013

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif shakes hands with Secretary of State John Kerry on Nov. 24, 2013, in Geneva. (credit: Getty Images)

Schumer: Iran Pact ‘Does Not Seem Proportional’

There’s mixed reaction to the international community’s nuclear deal with Iran, and Sen. Charles Schumer has joined the chorus of critics.

11/24/2013

A Metro-North Railroad commuter purchases a ticket at Grand Central Terminal. (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

Schumer Seeks Extension Of Commuter Tax Benefit

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., announced Monday that he is urging lawmakers to approve an extension to the federal tax benefit beyond its Dec. 31 deadline.

11/11/2013

Sen. Cory Booker embraces Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign following the passage of the Employment Non Discrimination Act on Nov. 7, 2013, in Washington. (credit: Getty Images)

Senate OKs Gay Rights Bill Banning Discrimination

Gay rights advocates hailed the bipartisan, 64-32 vote as a historic step although it could prove short-lived.

11/07/2013

Michael Bloomberg and other elected officials announce a new round of Sandy Aid for New York state and New York City on Oct. 28, 2013. (credit: Peter Haskell/WCBS 880)

New York State To Receive $2.1 Billion More In Federal Superstorm Sandy Aid

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced Monday that the state will receive nearly $2.1 billon, and the city will get over $1.3 billion.

10/28/2013

Sen. Charles Schumer (credit: Getty Images)

Schumer On Sandy Aid: ‘The Money Has Finally Begun To Flow’

As the anniversary of superstorm Sandy approaches this week, Sen. Charles Schumer says New York will receive $6.3 billion in storm aid in 2014.

10/27/2013

Tourist walk away after visiting the Lincoln memorial on the morning after a bipartisan bill was passed by the House and the Senate to reopened the government and raise the debt limit, on October 17, 2013 in Washington. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Obama: Shutdown ‘Inflicted Unnecessary Damage’ To US Economy

Thousands of furloughed federal workers returned to work across the country Thursday after 16 days off the job due to the partial government shutdown.

10/17/2013

Speaker  John Boehner walks toward the House chamber for a budget vote on Oct. 16, 2013. (credit: Getty Images)

Congress Votes To End Government Shutdown, Avert Default

Congress has passed legislation to reopen the partially shuttered federal government and avert a potentially disastrous default on U.S. obligations

10/16/2013

Shutdown Protest

Senators Hopeful Deal To Reopen Government Is Close

Senators put faith in party leaders Sunday to devise a plan that would reopen the government and steer clear of a potential default this week.

10/13/2013

Sen. Charles Schumer (credit: Getty Images)

Frustration Mounts Over Government Shutdown

Some of New York’s political heavyweights voiced their frustration Sunday over the partial government shutdown, which entered its sixth day.

10/06/2013

Obama DL

Obama On Government Shutdown: ‘It Does Not Have To Happen’

On the brink of a government shutdown, the Senate voted 54-46 on Monday to strip a one-year delay in President Barack Obama’s health care law from the bill that would keep the government operating.

09/30/2013

New Haven line commuters wait for a train. (credit: CBS 2)

Delays Snarl Metro-North Commuters For 6th Day

Gov. Dan Malloy said Metro-North commuters can expect a “very reduced schedule” on Monday compared with a normal peak period. Trains are expected to run at 50 percent capacity on the New Haven line.

09/30/2013

Metro-North News Conference

Slight Relief Coming For Metro-North New Haven Line Riders

The Metro-North Railroad on Sunday announced that some slight service improvements are on the horizon for New Haven Line for the start of the work week Monday.

09/29/2013

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