Press Releases

03.31.20

FOLLOWING UNANIMOUS PASSAGE OF STIMULUS, BRINGING +$115 BILLION TO NEW YORK IMMEDIATELY, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NY COMMUNITIES WILL GET AN ADDITIONAL $2.4 BILLION IN CDBG FUNDING

The Coronavirus Pandemic Has Stretched Upstate NY Facilities Thin And Left Vulnerable Populations Behind; Schumer Fought To Include $$ For Upstate Public Infrastructure, Creating Good-Paying Jobs & Supporting Local Housing And Development Projects Schumer, Gillibrand Say Additional Dollars for CDBG Program Will Help Mitigate Local Economic Crises By Investing In Neighborhood Revitalization Efforts & Provide Essential Funds For Transformative Development Initiatives Across New York State… Continue Reading


03.25.20

WITH SENATE PASSAGE OF “CORONA 3” EMERGENCY LEGISLATION, SCHUMER DELIVERS $40 BILLION+ TO NEW YORK & ITS CITIZENS; SENATOR SAYS FINAL DEAL PUTS WORKERS & FAMILIES FIRST, WHILE SUPPORTING PUBLIC HEALTH EFFORTS & INSTITUTIONS VITAL TO COMBATING THE VIRUS

Schumer Doggedly Negotiated For Days To Deliver On A Plan That Best Protected NY Workers, Small Biz & Health Centers So They Can Receive The Help They Need Amid Crisis; Plan Will Also Deliver Billions In Sorely Needed State & Large County Aid Senator Secured Historic 'Unemployment On Steroids'; His 'Marshall Plan' For Hospitals & Health Centers; Billions To Rescue NY Hospitals & Critical Assistance For Seniors, Child Care, Families & More Amid Crisis; Deal Puts New York&rsqu… Continue Reading


03.24.20

SCHUMER, HIGGINS REVEAL: CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION OFFICERS, INCLUDING THOSE WORKING IN WNY WORKING ON THE FRONTLINES OF CORONAVIRUS FIGHT, ARE NOT RECEIVING HAZARD PAY; REPS DEMAND DHS SECRETARY IMMEDIATELY IMPLEMENT PAYSCALE MEANT FOR OFFICIALS WORKING IN HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS

Despite The Quick, Devastating Spread Of Coronavirus In NY, CBP Officers Are Still Showing Up To Serve The Country CBP Officers Come Into Close Contact With Cross Border Traffic; Reps Say They Deserve Higher Pay For The Daily Risk They And Their Families Undertake Reps To DHS: CBP Officers Are Working In Hazardous Conditions; They Should Be Paid Accordingly ASAP On the heels of the U.S.-Canadian agreement on border travel restriction, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and U.S. Congressman B… Continue Reading


03.24.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, MORELLE URGE GENERAL MOTORS TO IMMEDIATELY BEGIN PRODUCING VENTILATORS AT ROCHESTER PLANT; REPS SAY ROCHESTER WORKFORCE CAN AND SHOULD PLAY A ROLE IN CORONAVIRUS FIGHT

With Severe Shortage Of Ventilators Expected As COVID-19 Rapidly Spreads, GM Is Ramping-Up Production Of Live-Saving Medical Device; Schumer, Gillibrand, Morelle Say GM's Rochester Plant Is The Perfect Place To Increase Production Reps Explain That GM's Rochester Plant Already Has The Facilities And Workforce At-The-Ready To Fight The Global Pandemic Reps To GM: Rochester Plant Is Revved Up And Ready To Go U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Congressman J… Continue Reading


03.20.20

AFTER PUTTING PRESSURE ON THE ADMINISTRATION EARLIER THIS WEEK, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP APPROVED NEW YORK’S REQUEST FOR A MAJOR DISASTER DECLARATION

Schumer, Gillibrand Successfully Demand For Administration To Approve Nation's First Major Disaster Declaration In Response To Coronavirus, Unlocking Full Disaster Relief Fund And Billions More For New York The Major Disaster Declaration Will Ensure FEMA Has Full Resources And Authority To Address Outbreak In New York, ASAP Senators: Get New York The Dollars And Support It Needs On The Frontlines of the Coronavirus Battle Following a major push to get full and expedited consideration for Ne… Continue Reading


03.19.20

SCHUMER CALLS ON DHS ACTING SECRETARY WOLF TO IMMEDIATELY CLARIFY ALL TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS TO CANADA, ALLOW VITAL CROSS-BORDER MEDICAL PERSONNEL & OTHER INDUSTRIES TO HELP AID PANDEMIC RESPONSE

WNY-ers Depend On Canadian Healthcare Workers To Staff Hospital, Clinics, & Medical Practices; Unclear Travel Rules To And From Canada Jeopardizes Access To Medical Care In Midst Of Public Health Emergency Schumer Reveals That Not Only Will Healthcare Be Affected By Border Closing, But Also Food-Banks, Homeless Shelters, & Sanitation And Manufacturing Industries: All Are Necessary In Coronavirus Fight Schumer to DHS: Clarify Border Rules ASAP To Prevent Confusion and Response Disrupti… Continue Reading


03.18.20

AFTER SCHUMER’S SUCCESSFUL PUSH TO INCLUDE NY-SPECIFIC MEASURES INTO FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND CORONAVIRUS BILL, SENATE PASSES FMAP LEGISLATION, UNLOCKING OVER $6 BILLION FOR NYS – THE MOST OF ANY STATE –AND MILLIONS FOR COUNTIES, TO SUPPORT NY’S FIGHT TO CONTAIN CORONAVIRUS SPREAD & COVER MOUNTING LOCAL COSTS

With Thousands Of New Yorkers Sick & Hundreds More Diagnosed Each Day, Schumer, Who Worked With House Leadership And Secured Senate Passage, Ensures Billions For NY To Fight Coronavirus With Bill Headed To President's Desk, Schumer Will Deliver Immediate Flow of +$6 Billion to NY State & Localities For Healthcare Costs, Plus $1B In Unemployment Benefits, Free Testing, Paid Emergency Leave, & Millions More For Homebound Seniors Who Need Meals & Other Critical Efforts Schumer: Ne… Continue Reading


03.11.20

WITH 190+ CONFIRMED CASES, NY HAS BECOME NATION’S EPICENTER OF CORONAVIRUS, BUT NY-ERS’ ACCESS TO TESTING CONTINUES TO LAG; SCHUMER DEMANDS ADMIN DO FIVE THINGS RIGHT NOW TO EXPAND, SPEED & AUTOMATE TESTING IN NY; SUSTAINED FOOT-DRAGGING ON TESTING IS NO HELP TO CONTAINING SPREAD & HAS LEFT US ALL WITH MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS

With NY In The Midst Of A State Of Emergency, Capacity To Test For Virus Is Still Largely One Giant Mishmash Senator Says Feds Must Approve Local Labs In Waiting, Create Special HHS Team To Manage Those Tests & Get Widely Distributed, Approve Automated Testing Still Sitting In Limbo, Staff A Special COVID-19 Hotline & Make Virus Tests' Co-Pay Free Schumer: Admin Has Created Its Own 'Cluster' On Corona While Failing Initial Response 'Test’ - 5 Immediate Actions Must Be Taken To F… Continue Reading


03.10.20

SCHUMER URGES ARMY TO REPLACE FORT DRUM FIRE DEPARTMENT’S TWO-DECADE OLD EMERGENCY APPARATUS; SENATOR SAYS WITHOUT OPERATIONAL LADDER TRUCK AND SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF FIRE ENGINES, COURAGEOUS FORT DRUM FIRST RESPONDERS ARE SEVERELY HAMSTRUNG

Fort Drum Fire Department's Emergency Apparatus Is Over Two-Decades Old And Obsolete; Five Of Installation's Fire Engines Recently Failed Inspection, First Responders Have No Access To A Ladder Truck Schumer Today Calls On Army To Expedite Its Planned Delivery Of A New Fire Engine To Fort Drum & Do Everything Possible To Help Installation Acquire A New Ladder Truck-Impossible Under Current Army Policy Schumer To Army: Provide Fort Drum’s Courageous Firefighters With The Tools They Ne… Continue Reading


03.10.20

ON THE HEELS OF +$1.5 MILLION IN FUNDING FROM APPALACHIAN REGIONAL COMMISSION FOR SOUTHERN TIER NETWORK IN CORNING, SCHUMER CALLS FOR EDA TO IMMEDIATELY AWARD A MATCHING $1.5 MILLION IN FEDERAL DOLLARS TO GET CRITICAL BROADBAND PROJECT STARTED ASAP

ARC Funding Will Be Used To Increase Corning's Internet Connection Redundancy & Resilience; However, Additional Federal Funding Is Needed For This Regional Investment To Start Schumer Calls For $1.5M To Bring High-Speed Internet To Steuben, Schuyler, Chemung, Yates, Tompkins, & Tioga Counties Schumer to EDA: It's Time to Advance This Critical Project For The Southern Tier Following a recent federal funding award of $1,552,594 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for the Sou… Continue Reading


03.05.20

AS CORONAVIRUS CONTINUES TO SPREAD IN NEW YORK, SCHUMER PUSHES TO MAKE CORONAVIRUS VACCINE FULLY COVERED BY MEDICARE ASAP; UPSTATE SENIORS WHO WILL NEED VACCINE THE MOST SHOULD NOT HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN SHELLING OUT OR GOING WITHOUT

With Over 20 Confirmed Cases In NY, Schumer Pushes A Special Protection Ensuring Those Most Susceptible To The Virus-Medicare's Seniors-Get The Vaccine Free If They Want It Senator Says New Push Can -And Should—Garner Bipartisan Support Schumer: It's Worth A Shot To Push Plan That Ensures Those Who Will Need Coronavirus Vaccine Most Can Get It Following multi-billion dollar bipartisan deal to fund the federal response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), U.S. Senator E. Charles Schum… Continue Reading


03.02.20

SCHUMER REVEALS: LONG ISLAND COUNTIES, LOCALITIES & HOSPITALS COULD SPEND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS TO TACKLE CORONAVIRUS; SENATOR UNVEILS FED PLAN TO GET THEM INJECTION OF FUNDING IN UPCOMING EMERGENCY DEAL

Right Now, Schumer Is Negotiating An Emergency, Bipartisan Funding Bill To Attack & Act On Coronavirus; He'll Cite LI Costs In Push To Make State & Local Needs Part Of This Week's Deal Announces Counties & Northwell Combined Could Spend Millions On Coronavirus Efforts As More NY Cases Could Present; It’s Only Fair To Provide Millions in Grant Funding Schumer: LI Will See Higher Costs, Simply Because Of Proximity-They Must Receive Fed Funds As the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19… Continue Reading


03.01.20

SCHUMER PUSHES TO MAKE CORONAVIRUS VACCINE FULLY COVERED BY MEDICARE; SENIORS WHO WILL NEED VACCINE THE MOST SHOULD NOT HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN SHELLING OUT OR GOING WITHOUT

Schumer Announces He'll Push A Special Protection In Looming Coronavirus Funding Deal That Ensures Those Most Susceptible To The Virus-Medicare's Seniors-Get The Vaccine Free If They Want It Senator Says New Push Can -And Should—Garner Bipartisan Support Schumer: It Is Worth A Shot To Push Plan That Ensures Those Who Will Need Coronavirus Vaccine Most Can Get It As he negotiates the multi-billion dollar bipartisan deal to fund the federal response to the Novel Coronavirus, U.S. Senato… Continue Reading


02.28.20

SCHUMER URGES USPS TO ADDRESS ITHACA LEADERS’ CONCERNS OVER DOWNTOWN POST OFFICE RELOCATION ASAP; KEEPING THE ITHACA POST OFFICE DOWNTOWN IS VITAL TO BUSINESS DISTRICT ECONOMY AND RESIDENT ACCESIBILITY

Schumer Says U.S. Postal Service Must Deliver On Local Concerns And Develop A Common-Sense Solution That Benefits Ithaca Schumer To USPS: Push The Envelope To Ensure Ithaca Businesses, Organizations, & Residents Needs Are Not Ignored With uncertainty of Ithaca's downtown post office looming, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today demanded the United States Postal Service (USPS) negotiate in good faith with local leaders and stakeholders to find a mutually agreeable long-term solution for th… Continue Reading


02.28.20

WITH UPSTATE NEW YORK STILL REELING FROM HALLOWEEN STORMS, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $9.2 MILLION DOT GRANT TO REPAIR UPSTATE NEW YORK ROADS AND HIGHWAYS

After Successfully Calling For Major Disaster Declaration, Schumer & Gillibrand Secure Funding For Real Repairs To Begin; Road Repairs Will Help Restore Communities To Pre-Disaster Conditions Funding Paves Way For Emergency and Permanent Repairs For Counties Heavily Affected By October Storms U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has granted Upstate New York counties devastated by the H… Continue Reading


02.27.20

IN THE WAKE OF THE DEVASTATING FIRE IN CHINATOWN MUSEUM, SCHUMER URGES NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES TO AWARD AN EMERGENCY GRANT TO THE MUSEUM OF CHINESE IN AMERICA; EMERGENCY FUNDS WILL AID MUSEUM IN RECOVERY EFFORTS AFTER FIRE DAMAGED UP TO 85,000 ARTIFACTS

Fire-Damaged Community Center Housed Collections And Research Materials From The Museum Of Chinese In America; Approx. 2/3 Of MOCA's Archives Remain Unrecovered And Costs To Recover, Repair, And Rebuild The Collection Keeps Growing "Chairman's Emergency Grant" Can Be Used To Clean, Pack And Recover Humanities Collections, Transfer Artifacts To Temporary Storage, And Consult With Conservators And Preservation Professionals Schumer To NEH: Prioritize MOCA’s Application For Emergency Fun… Continue Reading


02.26.20

Schumer Offers Detailed Proposal For $8.5 Billion In Emergency Coronavirus Funding

Leader Schumer Proposes $8.5 Billion In Emergency Funding For CDC, The Public Health And Social Services Emergency Fund, USAID, And NIH To Fight The Spread Of Coronavirus Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today released a detailed proposal for $8.5 billion in emergency funding to fight the spread of coronavirus in the United States. "Congress must act swiftly to confront the threat of this global health crisis," said Leader Schumer. "This proposal brings desperately-needed resourc… Continue Reading


02.26.20

WITH MAMARONECK & SHELDRAKE RIVER FLOOD RISK MANAGEMENT PROJECT DELAYED YET AGAIN, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, ENGEL CALL ON ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE ARMY OVERSEEING ARMY CORPS FOR AN IMMEDIATE EXPLANATION AND FULL REVIEW OF FLAWED EVALUATION PROCESS THAT LEFT WESTCHESTER RESIDENTS IN THE DARK & WITHOUT KEY FLOOD PROTECTION

After Years Of Advocacy, USACE Work Plan Now Excludes Construction Phase of the Mamaroneck and Sheldrake River Flood Risk Management Project, Stalling The Project In Its Final Phase Lawmakers Say Protecting The Safety Of Kids & Residents Must Be Top Priority For USACE & Administration; Project Would Construct Flood Defenses For Highly Populated Westchester Community That Has Been Victim of Severe Flooding & Suffered Millions of $$ In Damages For Decades Reps to Administration: If… Continue Reading


02.23.20

SCHUMER REVEALS: TSA IS STILL USING ‘TIKTOK’ APP ON SOCIAL MEDIA; SENATOR SAYS RISKS TO AMERICAN & FED SECURITY VIA THE PLATFORM REMAIN; PENTAGON & DHS HAVE BANNED IT, TSA SHOULD TOO

The Pentagon & The Department Of Homeland Security, Which Oversees The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Have ALL Prohibited, Banned The Use Of The China-Owned Social Media Platform 'TikTok'-BUT TSA Is Still Using It On Verified Government Account(s) To Engage Travelers Schumer, Who First Sounded The Alarm On The App's Security Concerns & Prompted Fed Action, Says TSA Is One Of THE Main Agencies We Should Absolutely Not Allow TikTok To Collect Government Data On, Including … Continue Reading


02.19.20

IN FULL-COURT PUSH & STANDING WITH LONG ISLAND VIETNAM VETS, SCHUMER WILL DEMAND FEDS ONCE-AND-FOR-ALL APPROVE VA CARE & COMPENSATION FOR LOCAL VETS SUFFERING FROM AGENT-ORANGE LINKED SICKNESSES; SENATOR SAYS NY’S +240,000 VIETNAM VETS—MANY ON LI—FOUGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY & SHOULDN’T HAVE TO FIGHT FOR AGENT ORANGE BENEFITS, TOOIN FULL-COURT PUSH & STANDING WITH LONG ISLAND VIETNAM VETS, SCHUMER WILL DEMAND FEDS ONCE-AND-FOR-ALL APPROVE VA CARE & COMPENSATION FOR LOCAL VETS SUFFERING FROM AGENT-ORAN

VA Has Proposed Adding 4 Health Conditions, Including Bladder Cancer & Parkinson's, To Agent Orange Exposure Health Care Benefits List, BUT Administration Has Refused To Add Conditions & Even Blocked Vietnam-Era Vets From Getting The VA Coverage & Compensation They Deserve At Local VFW, Schumer Will Call On Feds To End The Years-Long Delay & Immediately Give Vets Suffering From Agent Orange-Linked Conditions Health Care & Compensation Benefits Schumer: LI Vietnam Vets Shoul… Continue Reading

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