Senator Charles Schumer was in Syracuse today, where he launched a major push to pass the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence or TRACED Act.

The TRACED Act would give federal agencies newfound tools and authority to trace, prosecute and enforce fines against robocall scammers

Schumer says it would also establish new requirements related to call authentication technology that could filter out robocalls before they reach the phones of unsuspecting New Yorkers

According to Schumer, despite federal 'Do Not Call' rules, robocalls and unwanted spam calls are getting worse by the day in Syracuse, with a staggering 15 million reported in April alone.

Robocalls - at all hours of the day and night - and 'spoofing' scams annoy and rip-off countless Central New Yorkers, and the TRACED Act will arm federal agencies with new tools and authority to trace, prosecute, and enforce fines against robocall scammers. It will also set new call authentication requirements designed to filter out robocalls before they reach the phones of unsuspecting New Yorkers," said Schumer. "Despite the existing 'Do Not Call' registry, robocalls remain a serious problem across the country, making these harassing calls nearly unavoidable. It's a plague that we've got to cure-whether it's the landline or cell phone, no one should be woken up in the dead of night by multiple robocalls.

Schumer says just last week, Central New York residents were inundated with calls appearing to come from overseas and were duped into calling back and paying exorbitant international fees