Press Releases

08.16.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $47K IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE WHITESBORO FIRE DEPARTMENT IN ONEIDA COUNTY

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $47,620 in federal funding for the Whitesboro Fire Department in Oneida County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program and will be used to replace a diesel exhaust system, which will help remove harmful chemicals and particles from the department's fire truck engines to ensure clean air in the station. "It is essent… Continue Reading


08.16.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $61K IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE RICHVILLE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT IN ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY

Funding Will Be Used to Replace Old And Outdated Breathing Equipment for Firefighters U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $61,905 in federal funding for the Richville Volunteer Fire Department in St. Lawrence County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The Richville Volunteer Fire Department will use the funding to purchase 10 new self-contained brea… Continue Reading


08.14.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $44K IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE WESTONS MILLS FIRE DISTRICT IN CATTARAUGUS COUNTY

Funding Will Be Used to Replace Outdated Equipment U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $44,062 in federal funding for the Westons Mills Fire District in Cattaraugus County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The Westons Mills Fire District will use the funding to purchase new lifting air bags, rescue struts, and battery-operated rescue tools. The f… Continue Reading


08.14.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: VA SET TO CLOSE ESSENTIAL VETERANS OUTPATIENT HEALTH CENTER IN ERIE COUNTY; SENATOR URGES DEPARTMENT TO REVERSE COURSE; SAYS ABANDONING LOCAL VETERANS WITHOUT ALTERNATIVE IN PLACE IS UNACCEPTABLE

Since 2011, The Amherst-Based VA Outpatient Has Provided Top-Notch Medical Treatment, Physical Therapy, Recreational Activites And Cognitive Care To An Average Of 37 Local Veterans Per Day Last Week, The VA Announced They Would Be Shutting Down The Health Center; Schumer Today Called On The Department To Reconsider And Develop An Alternate Plan At Once Schumer To Feds: Shutting Down The Amherst Health Center Without A Viable Alternative In Place Is An Affront To Our Veterans U.S. Senate Mino… Continue Reading


08.13.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $46K IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE CITY OF WATERTOWN FIRE DEPARTMENT IN JEFFERSON COUNTY

Funding Will Be Used to Purchase Three Gear Washer-Extractors and Three Gear Dryers - One for Each of Watertown's Three Fire Stations ndash; U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $46,364 in federal funding for the City of Watertown Fire Department in Jefferson County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program and will be used to purchase three gear washer-ext… Continue Reading


08.13.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $16K IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE ENDICOTT FIRE DEPARTMENT IN BROOME COUNTY

Funding Will Be Used to Purchase New Equipment U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $16,191 in federal funding for the Village of Endicott in Broome County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program and will be used to purchase new equipment, including a gear washer-extractor, a gear dryer, and a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) mask cleaner. "It … Continue Reading


08.13.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $59K IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE GREENFIELD FIRE DISTRICT

Funding Will Be Used to Purchase New Breathing Equipment for Firefighters, Replace 30-Year-Old, Outdated Equipment U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $59,524 in federal funding for the Greenfield Fire District. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The Greenfield Fire District will use the funding to purchase a new air compressor storage station with… Continue Reading


08.13.18

FOLLOWING PUSH BY SCHUMER, HUD FINALLY APPROVES LOCAL PLAN TO QUELL ROCHESTER’S ZOMBIE HOMES; SENATOR SAYS NEW AGREEMENT WILL INCREASE PROPERTY VALUES AND ELIMINATE EYESORES ACROSS THE CITY

With Over 2,000 Zombie Houses Across Rochester Community Driving Down Property Values By Millions, The Department Of Housing And Urban Development Has Now Approved An Agreement With Rochester To Give The City The Right To Purchase And Rehabilitate The Homes Schumer Says New Agreement Provides Rochester With The Ability To Reduce Amount Of Vacated Zombie Homes, Gives First-Time Homeowners Ability To Purchase Property At Reduced Cost Schumer: New Agreement Will Let Rochester Tackle Its Zombie … Continue Reading


08.10.18

STANDING AT BEAR POND, SCHUMER WARNS EPA NOT TO UNDO YEARS OF PROGRESS IN THE ADIRONDACK PARK’S ONGOING RECOVERY FROM ACID RAIN; SENATOR SAYS PARK’S NATURAL WONDERS ARE THE LIFEBLOOD OF THE REGIONAL ECONOMY, CALLS ON EPA TO IMMEDIATELY RECONSIDER AND REVERSE COURSE

As The Hardest Hit Area By Acid Rain In The Country, The Adirondack Park Has Made Significant Strides In Its Ongoing Recovery From The Pollution, Even Though Many Lakes And Ponds Continue To Struggle To Fully Recover The Clean Air Act, And Regulations Under It Like The Cross-State Air Pollution Rule & The Mercury And Air Toxics Standards Have Helped Bear Pond Become Ten Times Less Acidic Over The Past Thirty Years; Schumer Today Vowed To Fight Any Attempt To Repeal And Roll Them Back Schum… Continue Reading


08.08.18

SCHUMER: DANGEROUS INVASIVE PLANT THAT CAN CAUSE EXTREME BURNS AND EVEN BLINDNESS IS RUNNING RAMPANT THROUGH SOUTHERN TIER; SENATOR CALLS ON THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO IMMEDIATELY BOOST ONGOING LOCAL EFFORTS TO ERADICATE HARMFUL PLANT; MUST ALSO INVEST FEDERAL RESOURCES TO PREVENT FURTHER SPREAD OF GIANT HOGWEED

Giant Hogweed, An Invasive Species That Can Cause Both Burns And Blindness When Touched, Has Spread Rampantly Through Schuyler County And Across The Southern Tier In Schuyler County, Schumer Sounds The Alarm On The Dangerous "Giant Hogweed"; Senator Calls On The Department Of Agriculture To Immediately Increase Efforts To Help Local Officials Continue Eradication Of Harmful Plant While Investing Federal Resources Into Educating Locals On The Ground On Risk Of Giant Hogweed Into Preventing Stat… Continue Reading


08.08.18

WITH OVER 2,000 ZOMBIE HOMES PLAGUING ROCHESTER, SCHUMER CALLS ON FEDS TO IMMEDIATELY APPROVE CITY’S PLAN TO COMBAT ZOMBIE HOMES; SENATOR SAYS ABANDONED HOMES HURT PROPERTY VALUES & ARE MAJOR EYE SORES IN ROCHESTER COMMUNITY

Despite Over 2,000 Zombie Houses Across Rochester Community Driving Down Property Values By Millions, Senator Says HUD Is Dragging Its Feet On Renewing Vital Approval Needed by City of Rochester To Get Rid Of Zombie Houses Since 2003, City Has Rehabbed 750 Zombie Houses, Many Acquired Through HUD Agreement; HUD Routinely Renewed Prior 2-Year Agreements, But Has So Far Failed To Act Since Latest Agreement Expired In February Schumer To HUD: Give Rochester Immediate Approval To Combat Zombie Hou… Continue Reading


08.08.18

WITH HEROIN AND OTHER DEADLY OPIOIDS CONTINUING TO RAVAGE THE ROCHESTER-FINGER LAKES REGION, SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH TO SECURE FUNDING TO COMBAT OPIOID EPIDEMIC IN UPCOMING APPROPRIATIONS BILL

Yates County, New York, Is Continuing To Suffer From The Ongoing Opioid Epidemic, With The Second Highest Rate Of Opioid Overdoses Per Capita In The Rochester-Finger Lakes Region Standing At The Finger Lakes Area Counseling & Recovery Agency, Schumer Today Continued His Efforts To Ensure That The Battle Against Opioids Is Fully Funded                 Schumer: We Need All Hands On Deck To Fight Back Against The Opioid Scourge In Yates County  &… Continue Reading


08.07.18

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES $700,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR BUSINESS COMPLEX AT WATERTOWN INTERNATIONAL

Funding Will Be Used For Infrastructure Upgrades At The 100-Acre Business Complex At Watertown International Airport Schumer: Investing in Watertown's Business Park Will Boost Jobs And North Country Economy U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced $700,000 in federal funding for the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency (JCIDA) and the Town of Hounsfield. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and will be us… Continue Reading


08.07.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MAJOR FEDERAL INVESTMENT TO EXPAND HIGH-SPEED INTERNET ACCESS AND BATTLE OPIOID CRISIS IN RURAL COMMUNITIES ACROSS UPSTATE NEW YORK

Spending Bill That Just Passed The Senate Provides $425 Million For USDA Broadband Pilot Program To Install High-Speed Internet Projects In Rural Communities - And $53 Million For Telemedicine Grants, $20 Million Of Which Is Dedicated To Helping Communities Address The Opioid Crisis Schumer, Gillibrand Pushed To Include This Funding In The New Grant-Loan Broadband Program Modeled After Gillibrand's Bipartisan B-CROP Legislation This Newly-Passed Funding For The Broadband Pilot Program, Combin… Continue Reading


08.07.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE THAT SENATE INTERIOR APPROPRIATIONS BILL INCLUDES $11 MILLION TO PROTECT GREAT LAKES AGAINST ASIAN CARP

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Interior Appropriations bill that just passed the Senate includes $11 million in federal funding to help protect the Great Lakes from the threat of Asian carp. The funding would be provided to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Conservation Offices and would be used to control Asian carp in the Mississippi and Ohio River Basins to prevent them from entering … Continue Reading


08.07.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE FUNDING AUTHORIZATION FOR FIVE MILITARY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS ACROSS NEW YORK IN RECENT DEFENSE BILL; SENATORS VOW TO SEE FUNDING THROUGH APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS

Schumer, Gillibrand Fought To Secure Funding Authorizations For Military Construction Projects Ranging From A New Physical Training Center At NFARS, To Increased Perimeter Security At Rome Lab, To An Engineering Center And A Parking Structure At West Point, And A Plant Project At The Kenneth A. Kesselring Naval Nuclear Reactor Site Schumer, Gillibrand: This Federal Funding Will Keep Key New York Military Operations At Peak Of Readiness, Safety And Excellence U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charl… Continue Reading


08.06.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE: AS PART OF JUST-PASSED SENATE MINIBUS APPROPRIATIONS BILL, HIGH-INTENSITY DRUG TRAFFICKING AREAS PROGRAM WILL REMAIN UNDER OFFICE OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY, RECEIVE FULL FUNDING FOR FY2019; SENATORS SAY PROGRAM PLAYS ESSENTIAL ROLE IN COMBATTING OPIOID EPIDEMIC

The High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Program Provides Special Resources And Critical Coordination To Choke Off Drugs & Drug Trafficking In 25 New York Counties In The Recently-Passed Senate Appropriations Bill, Senators Schumer, Gillibrand Successfully Fought Admin Proposal That Would Move HIDTA Program Away From The Office Of National Drug Control Policy, Where It Works Well; Senators Also Secured Full Funding For Critical Program Schumer, Gillibrand: HIDTA Ain't Broke, So D… Continue Reading


08.06.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $1M FUNDING INCREASE FOR CRITICAL MAPLE PROGRAM IN JUST-PASSED SENATE SPENDING BILL; FUNDING WILL BE USED TO INVEST IN RESEARCH, BOOST GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS; SENATORS VOW TO SHEPHERD FUNDING THROUGH APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS

Schumer, Gillibrand Secure $4M In Total Funding For Acer Program That Increases Production, Strengthens Conservation And Drives Efficiency In Maple Sugaring Schumer, Gillibrand: Funding Increase Will Help Our Farmers And Landowners Upstate Tap Into Massive Maple Potential U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that they secured a $1 million increase in funding for the Acer Access and Development Program, for a total of $4 million i… Continue Reading


08.06.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: LOOMING FED LAW WOULD KILL LONG ISLAND’S LIFE-SAVING FIRST RESPONDER RADIO SIGNAL—‘T-BAND’; LI COPS, FIRE FIGHTERS & EMS WOULD HAVE TO GET NEW RADIOS USING UNTESTED SYSTEM WHILE SPENDING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS; SENATOR LAUNCHES PUSH TO KEEP LI EMERGENCY RADIO SYSTEM WORKING, AS IS

LI First Responders From --Nassau To Suffolk-- Have Relied On Access To Special Radio Frequency During Slew Of Emergencies This Year, Alone; Recent Babylon Inferno Required 8 Emergency Crews To Come Together To Control Blaze Special Signal Allows LI Firefighters, Cops & EMS To Communicate Day-To-Day, Even When Cell Towers, Electricity Or Internet Are Down; T-Band Even Functions Deep Underground In Tunnels Or Inside Concrete Buildings; But Fed Law Demands LI First Responders Move to an Untes… Continue Reading


08.06.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE THAT NEWLY-PASSED SENATE DEFENSE BILL INCLUDES $50 MILLION FOR IMPACT AID PROGRAM TO PROVIDE CRITICAL FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS ON FEDERAL LAND, INCLUDING SEVERAL DISTRICTS IN THE NORTH COUNTRY

National Defense Authorization Act That Just Passed The Senate Includes $40 Million For The Department Of Defense Impact Aid Program And $10 Million For Impact Aid For Severely Disabled Military Children U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, today announced that the national defense bill includes $40 million dollars of funding for the Department of Defense Impact Aid Program, and an… Continue Reading

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