Charles Schumer

A demand for Nomorobo-styled call blocking

By GREGORY ZELLER // U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer’s call for telecommunications carriers to make robocall-blocking technologies available free to landline and cellphone customers could be trajectory-changing news for Nomorobo, the Port Jefferson startup that does just what the senator is asking for. In his weekend demand for mandatory robocall-blocking services, Schumer cited statistics from the Consumers Union, a national nonprofit that advocates on several cornerstone issues including telecommunications, regarding violations of the federal “Do Not…


LI in line for $4.2M in terror-fighting funding

Long Island will receive more than $4.2 million in federal funds to support new counter-terrorism and emergency-preparedness initiatives. All told, nearly $60 million in federal money is being disbursed to counties around New York through a pair of U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant programs. Understandably, the biggest chunks of the federal funding are heading to New York City, which will be awarded roughly $37.5 million. The $1.95 million Nassau County will collect is the…


Suffolk in line for $388M sewer project

Consider it a silver lining to some of Long Island’s darkest clouds. In what’s being proffered as a response to the historic flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy, $388 million in state and federal funds will flow into Suffolk County to expand sanitary service to over 8,000 parcels of land currently utilizing on-site septic systems. The coastal resiliency initiative, approved by FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, is a major victory for lawmakers and activists who have…