Strongly Worded Letters
Senator Chuck Schumer is gushing with outrage over new federal regulations he claims will force New York City to replace more than 1,000 fire hydrants and spend more than $1 million to replace them.
In a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency today, Mr. Schumer asked for a delay of a recently-announced requirement demanding reduced lead levels in fire hydrants–just in case they’re ever used for drinking water.
Now It's Official
President Barack Obama’s helicopter landed in Prospect Park today–“kicking up a large cloud of dust and debris, including leaves, grass, sand and at least one gray t-shirt,” according to a pool report–and for Senator Chuck Schumer, it was quite the moment.
Mr. Schumer, who lives next to the park, was on hand to great Mr. Obama when he landed and subsequently released a statement on the occasion.
Ken Thompson is still livid about Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes’s decision to continue his re-election bid after losing the Democratic primary.
Mr. Hynes had reportedly conceded the general election, vowing not to actively campaign on the Republican and Conservative Party lines, only to change his mind last week. At a press conference today rolling out Senator Chuck Schumer’s endorsement, Mr. Thompson lit into Mr. Hynes for the move.
Republicans in Washington are looking for an escape from the partial government shutdown and are turning to Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, he told reporters today.
“I think this is damaging for the Republican Party and it’s not just me who does, countless mainstream conservatives–not moderates,” Mr. Schumer said at an endorsement press conference in Brooklyn this morning. “Republicans have told me the same thing and they’re talking to me about trying to figure out ways out of this.”
Senator Chuck Schumer can’t see into the future, but he’s already predicting how the partial government shutdown and debt ceiling crises currently engulfing Washington will end.
Mr. Schumer’s bet? That GOP House Speaker John Boehner will fold his hand–snubbing Tea Party hardliners who have demanded health care policy concessions in exchange for funding the federal government.
Senator Chuck Schumer, who once was confident Washington Republicans would “blink” and avert a government shutdown, isn’t so confident anymore.
“I’m worried,” Mr. Schumer told Politicker at a Brooklyn street festival earlier this evening.
Senator Chuck Schumer made sure his endorsement event for Bill de Blasio this afternoon undermined the messaging of his Republican rival in the mayor’s race, Joe Lhota.
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.
Rootin' for Ray
Earlier this morning, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced her resignation to enter the world of academia, prompting immediate speculation as to whom President Barack Obama would nominate to replace her.
One name that popped up in a few places is none other than NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly–and New York’s senior senator, Chuck Schumer is a fan.