Press Releases

11.21.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, LOWEY DEMAND ANSWERS FROM HOLTEC ON PLANS TO DECOMMISSION INDIAN POINT

With Entergy Corporation Planning to Transfer Indian Point License to Holtec International, Lawmakers Seek Information on How Holtec Plans to Carry Out Decommissioning Activities Once Indian Point Shuts Down Starting Next Year U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY-17) today sent a letter to Dr. Kris Singh, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Holtec International, demanding answers on how Holtec… Continue Reading


11.21.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, BRINDISI ANNOUNCE OVER $6.4 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR GREATER BINGHAMTON AIRPORT IN BROOME COUNTY

Department of Transportation Grant Will Fund Taxiway Rehabilitation U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Congressman Anthony Brindisi (D-NY-22) today announced $6,462,000 in federal funding for the Greater Binghamton Airport in Broome County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Specifically, the funding will b… Continue Reading


11.20.19

FOLLOWING MLB’S CURVEBALL, UPENDING MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ACROSS UPSTATE NY, SCHUMER CALLS ON MLB TO STOP, REWORK PLAN & ENGAGE WITH NY COMMUNITIES BEFORE MAKING ANY DECISIONS; GOING TO BAT FOR ALL NY TEAMS, SENATOR SAYS MLB OWES TRANSPARENCY TO THE THOUSANDS OF LOYAL FANS, AVOID PLAYING HARDBALL & HEAR THEM OUT ASAP

Reported MLB Proposal Revealed +40 Minor League Teams Nationwide May Lose MLB Affiliations; Senator Fights For The 8 Potentially Impacted NY Teams & Upstate Institutions Before Moving Forward, Schumer Calls On MLB To Immediately Stop, Rework Plan & Engage With Upstate NY Stakeholders, Communities, & Fans Before Making Any Decisions Schumer To MLB: Don't Strike Out New York Teams! On a conference call with reporters this afternoon, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer raised strong obj… Continue Reading


11.19.19

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: 9/11 WIDOWS & CHILDREN WILL GAIN ACCESS TO SPECIAL TERROR VICTIMS FUND AS PART OF BIPARTISAN SPENDING BILL WHICH GETS VOTE THIS WEEK; SENATOR SAYS DEAL HE PUSHED WILL HELP MORE NY FAMILIES

Schumer's Plan Amends US Victims Of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund & Makes 9/11 Widows & Children Eligible For Payments By Raising Family Cap Fund's Dollars Come From Penalties To States That Sponsor Terror, Not Fed Funds Schumer: 9/11 Widows & Families Can Rest A Little Easier Knowing We Got This Done In a major win for 9/11 widows and children, U.S. Senator Schumer announced improvements to the U.S. Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund today that will allow more compensatio… Continue Reading


11.19.19

SCHUMER MEETS WITH LEADERSHIP FROM ONE OF SULLIVAN COUNTY’S TOP EMPLOYERS, CENTER FOR DISCOVERY, AND VOWS TO ASSIST TOP-NOTCH ORGANIZATION AS IT CONSTRUCTS SORELY-NEEDED AND FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND SPECIALTY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Last Thursday, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer met with top leadership from the Center for Discovery, a major research and human service center in Sullivan County. Schumer explained that the Center for Discovery is one of the leading providers of health care and educational services for children and adults with complex medical conditions and autism spectrum disorders. Currently, the organization is constructing a brand new, Children's Specialty Hospital in Sullivan County, scheduled to open next… Continue Reading


11.18.19

SCHUMER: FEDERAL FLAVORED E-CIG BAN NEWLY REVEALED TO BE ON LIFE SUPPORT; STANDING WITH WESTERN NEW YORK KIDS, SENATOR DEMANDS FEDS MOVE FORWARD WITH THE PLAN, INCLUDE ALL FLAVORS & IMMEDIATELY FINALIZE BAN

Schumer Has Long Pushed For A Ban On Flavored E-Cigs That Trap Kids And Hook Them Fast With Dangerous Levels Of Nicotine; As Feds Waver, Schumer Says Congress Must Step In & Pass Comprehensive Legislation If Feds Won't Get The Job Done With More And More Young People All-Out Addicted To Flavors, Schumer Says Close Loophole Now & Finalize Rule ASAP Schumer: Feds Can't Go Vanilla On Flavor Ban If They Want It To Actually Work Just as the administration  wavers on a possible ban&n… Continue Reading


11.18.19

FOLLOWING THIS YEAR’S HEARTBREAKING, OPIOID-POISONING DEATH OF ROCHESTER INFANT, SCHUMER STANDS WITH MAISIE GILLAN’S PARENTS & CALLS ON FDA TO USE NEW POWERS GRANTED IN SCHUMER-BACKED LAW, REQUIRING ALL DRUG COMPANIES TO USE SAFER BLISTER PACKAGING FOR OPIOIDS ASAP

In January, Rochester 9-Month-Old Passed Away After Unintentionally Ingesting A Methadone Pill; Roughly 500 Kids Die Annually From Accidental Opioid Poisonings Blister Packs Could Prevent Accidental Overdoses & Stop Increase In Children's Unintentional Opioid Deaths; Schumer Calls On FDA To Use New Powers-In SUPPORT Act Passed Last Year-To Require Opioid Companies To Offer Blister Packs Schumer To FDA: Honor Baby Maisie Gillan By Requiring Blister Packaging To Keep Lethal Opioids Away Fr… Continue Reading


11.18.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND URGE FEMA TO PRIORITIZE & IMMEDIATELY COMPLETE PRELIMINARY DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS FOR 18 UPSTATE COUNTIES RAVAGED BY WINDSTORM, FLOODING & SEVERE WEATHER

A Halloween Storm Battered Upstate NY, Severely Damaging Public Infrastructure, Private Property, & Flooding Roadway; Flood And Flash Flood Warnings Were Issued For 27 Counties Senators Call On FEMA To Complete Preliminary Damage Assessments For 18 Impacted Counties, The First Step In Unlocking Federal Recovery Funding; FEMA Will Begin Damage Assessments In State Next Week Schumer, Gillibrand To FEMA: Swiftly Complete Preliminary Damage Assessments To Help Upstate NY Recover From Severe S… Continue Reading


11.17.19

SCHUMER: ‘DOLLAR’ BARGAIN STORES—ACROSS NYC & LI—ARE STOCKING CHEAP, DANGEROUS CHINESE-MADE OVER-THE-COUNTER DRUGS THAT COULD MAKE YOU SICK, OR WORSE; SENATOR DEMANDS FED CRACKDOWN ON CHINA’S ABILITY TO SHIP THOSE DRUGS HERE IN THE FIRST PLACE & FOR BARGAIN STORES TO TOSS ANY QUESTIONABLE DRUGS IMMEDIATELY

More Than 150 Dollar-Type Bargain Stores Across NYC & Long Island Are Stocking Over-The-Counter Drug Products That FDA Said Could Be Dangerous; Now Feds Must Act To Prevent More From Coming Into Country Schumer Says Feds Need To Wage A Cooperative Crackdown On China's Ability To Send Those Drugs-Like Topicals & Some Cosmetics-Here In The First Place Schumer: Feds Mustn't Pass The Buck & Allow 'Dollar’ Stores To Get Bad OTC Drugs In The First Place Standing at one of the mor… Continue Reading


11.15.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: VITAL FARM PROGRAM IS TREATING UPSTATE NY FARMERS UNFAIRLY, STRIPPING SORELY-NEEDED FUNDING TO RECOVER FROM CURRENT TRADE CLIMATE; SCHUMER CALLS ON USDA FOR PARITY AND TO GIVE NY FARMERS THE ASSISTANCE THEY NEED & DESERVE ASAP

USDA's Market Facilitation Program Has Distributed $25B To American Farms To Help Them Recover From Chaotic Global Trade Climate; New Data Shows Program Disproportionately Picked Winners & Losers, Harming Upstate Farmers; 95% Of Top Payment Rates Given To Southern Farmers Schumer Urges USDA For Parity In Market Facilitation Program And To Better Support Small Upstate Farms Schumer To USDA: Upstate Farms Are In Desperate Need Of Assistance & Program Is Short Changing NY Farmers U.S. Se… Continue Reading


11.14.19

SCHUMER STATEMENT ON GROUNDBREAKING OF FIRST-EVER FOOD BUSINESS INCUBATOR IN ROCHESTER; PROJECT SET TO SPUR 100 NEW JOBS & ANCHOR DOWNTOWN ROCHESTER REVITALIZATION

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today released the following statement in celebration of the groundbreaking of the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation's (RDDC) brand new food business incubator The Commissary Downtown Kitchen Incubator, which will be located in Rochester's iconic Sibley Building: "Thanks to the key ingredient I was proud to secure-a nearly $1 million federal grant-and the tremendous work of the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation, Rochester’s new Commissary … Continue Reading


11.13.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $1.2 MILLION IN FEDERAL HEAD START FUNDING FOR FAMILY SERVICES OF WESTCHESTER, INC.

Funding Will Be Used To Support Early Childhood Education and Care Services for Low-Income Children in Westchester County U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,203,454 in federal funding for the Head Start program at Family Services Of Westchester, Inc. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Head Start Program and will be used to provide child care and support services for low-inc… Continue Reading


11.12.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: CRITICAL FED REPORT ON SCHOOL BUS SAFETY THAT STUDIES NEW TECH—LIKE STOP SIGN CAMS ON A BUS’S SIDE—SITS PARKED IN FED BUREAUCRACY; WITH +2.3M NY KIDS RIDING EACH DAY, SENATOR DEMANDS FEDS RELEASE REPORT, IMPLEMENT ANY NEEDED ACTIONS & CREATE FUND TO HELP DISTRICTS PURCHASE CAMS THAT CAN PROTECT LI KIDS

On A Single Day This Past May, NY Law Enforcement Issued +600 Tickets To Motorists Who Illegally Passed A Stopped School Bus; Experts Say +50,000 NY'ers Illegally Pass Stopped School Buses Daily & About 200 Tickets Were Issued Last Year In Nassau & Suffolk, But Illegal Pass Numbers Are Likely Much Higher To Protect Kids, New NYS Law Permits Cams On Bus Arms When Door Opens-BUT Many Districts Can't Afford To Install Them; Senator Says Feds Should Help Schumer: If Bus-Arm Cams Can Decrea… Continue Reading


11.10.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IS FAILING TO IMPLEMENT LAW GIVING NYC & LI PRESCHOOLS & AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS SPECIAL ACCESS TO FBI BACKGROUND CHECKS TO SCREEN FOR SEX OFFENDERS & OTHER TRANSGRESSORS BEFORE HIRING; PROTECTING KIDS MUST BE DOJ PRIORITY

DOJ Has Failed To Implement Program Senator Passed Into Law In 2018 That Provides Orgs That Serve Vulnerable Populations With Critical FBI Background Check Info; More Than 30K Sex Offenders Reside In New York Schumer Says Protecting Kids, Elderly & Disabled From Physical, Mental Or Sexual Abuse Must Be A DOJ Objective; Makes Public Push To Get DOJ Moving Schumer To DOJ: What The Heck Is Going On With Delay Of Law That Beefs Up Employee & Volunteer Background Checks To Protect Kids? &nb… Continue Reading


11.08.19

WITH VETERANS DAY WEEKEND UPON US, SCHUMER INTRODUCES NATIONAL PURPLE HEART HONOR MISSION COMMEMORATIVE COIN ACT; ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO DIRECTLY TO ORANGE COUNTY’S PURPLE HEART MUSEUM’S HONOR MISSION, PAYING TRIBUTE TO THE AMERICAN HEROES WHO SACRIFICED ALL TO DEFEND OUR FREEDOM

New Windsor's National Purple Heart Hall Of Honor Celebrates The Lives Of All Those Soldiers, Sailors & Air Force Personnel Who Received Purple Hearts Schumer Announces Introduction Of Bipartisan Legislation To Create Commemorative Coins To Pay Respect To Heroes Awarded Purple Hearts & Benefit National Purple Heart Honor Mission Schumer: It's The Bravery & Valor Displayed By Purple Heart Recipients That Makes Our Nation The Greatest On Earth U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today … Continue Reading


11.08.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $2.2 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO AID DUTCHESS COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND SMART GROWTH

The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) And The HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) Provide Essential Funds For Local Development Projects Across Dutchess County Senators Say These Programs Are A Huge Win For Dutchess County; Senators Have Pushed To Ensure Programs Create Good-Paying Jobs By Supporting Local Smart Growth Projects And Neighborhood Revitalization Efforts Senators: We Pledge To Protect This Funding Because CDBG and HOME Provide An Irreplaceable Source Of Inve… Continue Reading


11.08.19

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS EFFORTS, ROME LAB WILL BE DOD’S #1 REP ON THE QUANTUM ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONSORTIUM; SENATOR SAYS ROME LAB’S QUANTUM CAPABILITIES WILL SPUR INNOVATION IN EMERGING FIELD

Thanks To Yearly Funding Increases Secured By Schumer, The Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, NY, Is A Global Leader Of Quantum Computing Senator Announces DOD Selected Rome Lab To Serve As Its Rep On The Quantum Economic Development Consortium, Aiming To Create Innovation In Quantum Research Field Schumer: Rome Lab Can Help U.S. Stay Ahead Of International Competitors In The Great Scientific Race Of This Century U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced, following his relentless a… Continue Reading


11.08.19

AFTER YEARS OF SCHUMER SUPPORT & ADVOCACY, ANTI-ANIMAL CRUELTY LEGISLATION UNANIMOUSLY PASSES IN SENATE AND AWAITS PRESIDENT’S SIGNATURE; SCHUMER SAYS BIPARTISAN PACT ACT WILL CLOSE EXISTING LOOPHOLE AND FINALLY MAKE ANIMAL CRUELTY A FEDERAL FELONY ONCE AND FOR ALL

While A 2010 Law Criminalized The Creation And Distribution Of Videos Depicting Animals Being Harmed, It Contained A Loophole Allowing Abusers To Escape Without Punishment Schumer Today Announces His Legislation To Allow The Prosecution Of Animal Abusers-The PACT Act-Has Unanimously Passed Both House And Senate And Will Now Head To The President's Desk Schumer: Long-Overdue Legislation Will Keep Abusers' Paws Off Our Animals U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced, following his ye… Continue Reading


11.07.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: IN 2019 ALONE, +1K TOXIC ALGAL BLOOMS PLAGUED UPSTATE NY LAKES, THREATENING UPSTATE DRINKING WATER, RESIDENTS, ANIMALS & ECONOMIES; SENATOR URGES FEDS TO LAUNCH STATEWIDE EFFORT TO COMBAT THE BLOOMS ASAP

Recently, Upstate New York's Lakes-Including Drinking Water Sources-Have Been Infected By Toxic Algal Blooms; NYSDEC Has Tracked 1,138 In 2019 To Stop The Rampant Spread Of Dangerous Algae, Schumer Calls On U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers To Extend Successful Harmful Algal Bloom Fighting Pilot Programs To Upstate Lakes Schumer To USACE: Upstate Lakes Have Been Swimming In Toxic Algae For Far Too Long With reports confirming that harmful algae blooms continue to damage the health and vitality of … Continue Reading


11.04.19

THREE YEARS AFTER SECURING $17.6 MILLION GRANT TO REVOLUTIONIZE PORT’S CAPACITY AND OPERATIONS, SCHUMER RETURNS TO PORT OF ALBANY & LAUNCHES NEW PUSH TO FEDERALLY FUND VITAL NEXT PHASE OF PORT’S RESURGENCE

In 2016, Schumer Successfully Pushed For +$17M To Improve The Port Of Albany; Funds Being Used To Demolish & Rebuild A New Warehouse, Reconstruct Maritime Terminal & Port Roadway, & Improve Terminal Safety With Much Of Improvement Work Completed, Schumer Returns To Port Of Albany To Celebrate Exceptional Progress And Initiates New Push For Fed $$$ For Next Infrastructure Improvements Schumer To Feds: Added Investment Will Cement Port Of Albany As A Key Supplier & Staging Area … Continue Reading

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