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Chuck Schumer

Schumer Promises Help For Local Governments

STOPS AT DOUBLEDAY FIELD

Schumer Promises Help

For Local Governments

Against a backdrop of pure Americana – the Stars & Stripes, Doubleday Field and the Sandlot Kid – U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, the state’s senior senator, this afternoon pledged federal support that would go directly to local governments in the support package now being negotiated in Congress.  He appeared with county board Chairman David Bliss, left, and Treasurer Allen Ruffles, who have been pleading for that kind of direct aid to municipalities (if the money goes through Albany, it can never make it here), as well as, inset left,  Mayors Gary Herzig of Oneonta and Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch of Cooperstown, who detailed how their municipalities’ financials have been stricken by the coronavirus threat. He called Cooperstown “one of the hardest hit” communities due to its dependence on tourism. The senator, who makes a swing to Otsego County at least once a year, had begun the day in Buffalo and, his airplane grounded at Oneonta Airport by the weather, drove on to New York City. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Schumer Supports Small Breweries

At Ommegang, Schumer

Supports Beer Tax Cuts

Paying a visit to Brewery Ommegang this afternoon, New York Senator and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that he was joining a bipartisan effort to lower taxes for breweries across the nation, including smaller breweries like Brewery Ommegang. “Small breweries throughout the Southern Tier, like Brewery Ommegang, not only brew great beer, they also pour jobs into the community,” said Senator Schumer. “By cutting taxes for breweries and increasing the number of federal inspectors to approve basic things like new beer labels, we can help breweries like Brewery Ommegang buy new equipment, hire more employees, and truly allow them capitalize on the growing craft beer culture in the Southern Tier.” After speaking, Schumer toured the brewery’s new $2 million renovations, and enjoyed a beer at the bar. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
Senator Schumer In Oneonta, Touring Market Street Sites

Senator Schumer In Oneonta,

Touring Market Street Sites

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is in Oneonta at this hour, about to tour sites of the prospective Upper Susquehanna Agricultural Center and entertainment district planned at Market and Chestnut streets, around Foothills Performing Arts Center. Here, Schumer makes preliminary remarks at Otsego Now's headquarters on the fifth floor of 189 Main. At right are Mayor Gary Herzig, county Board Chair Kathy Clark, R-Otego, and Otsego Now President Sandy Mathes. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is in Oneonta at this hour, about to tour sites of the prospective Upper Susquehanna Agricultural Center and the entertainment district planned at Market and Chestnut streets, around Foothills Performing Arts Center. Here, Schumer makes preliminary remarks at Otsego Now’s headquarters on the fifth floor of 189 Main. At right are Mayor Gary Herzig, county Board Chair Kathy Clark, R-Otego, and Otsego Now President Sandy Mathes. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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