Press Releases

01.15.21

AS NY RAMPS UP VACCINATION EFFORTS, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND DEMAND FEDS IMMEDIATELY ADDRESS SIGNIFICANT COVID-19 VACCINE DISTRIBUTION FAILURES; SENATORS URGE HHS TO IMPLEMENT COMPREHENSIVE NATIONAL VACCINE PLAN & WORK TO COMBAT HEALTH INEQUALITIES

Nationally, 2.6 Million Americans Have Been Vaccinated, Missing Initial 20-Million-By-End-Of-December Goal; In NY, Phase 1B Is Underway With Broadened Eligibility Criteria Senators Say HHS Must Provide Resources, Support And Guidance To State, Local, Tribal, And Territorial Governments In Order To Efficiently Distribute And Administer Vaccines To People Across New York Schumer, Gillibrand: Feds Failure In COVID Vaccine Distribution Must Be Fixed To Get All New Yorkers Vaccinated ASAP As New Y… Continue Reading


01.15.21

CONTINUING THEIR UNWAVERING SUPPORT FOR CANANDAIGUA VETERANS, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE: $30 MILLION FOR PHASE III OF VA CAMPUS EXPANSION INCLUDED IN 2020 END-OF-YEAR OMNIBUS LEGISLATION; $30 MILLION WILL FUND RENOVATIONS TO BUILDING 3, TOPPING OFF MAJOR, LONG-SOUGHT UPGRADES & BOOSTING QUALITY OF CARE FOR VETERANS

When The Canandaigua VA Was Targeted For Closure In 2003, Schumer Successfully Led The Charge To Block Closure Plans And Instead Secured Over $161 Million For Phase I, $190 Million For Phase II To Upgrade Campus, Safeguard it From Future Closure Threats After Securing $30M In The FY2020 Omnibus Package, Senators Say Funding Will Be Used To Renovate 3 for Rehab, Mental Health Programs After Project Was Placed On Hold Due To Insufficient Funds Senators: Rochester-Area Veterans Will Finally Get… Continue Reading


01.15.21

SCHUMER STATEMENT ON BIDEN NOMINATING DEANNE CRISWELL TO SERVE AS THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY ADMINISTRATOR

New York, New York-Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today issued the following statement on President-elect Joe Biden's nomination of Deanne Criswell to serve as the Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator. Leader Schumer previously supported Ms. Criswell's nomination for FEMA’s National Advisory Council: "Deanne Criswell is an outstanding choice for FEMA administrator because she brings years of accomplished federal and state emergency management experience to this criti… Continue Reading


01.14.21

DURING FIRST MEETING WITH PRESIDENT-ELECT BIDEN’S DOT NOMINEE, PETE BUTTIGIEG, SCHUMER PUSHES FOR EXPANSION OF ROUTE 17; FOLLOWING DECADES OF ADVOCACY, SENATOR MAKES ROADWAY SAFETY, ALLEVIATING CONGESTION, AND HV ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION TOP PRIORITIES FOR NEW ADMINISTRATION & INCOMING TRANSPORTATION CHIEF

Schumer Has Pushed For Expansions Of Route 17 For Over A Decade, Citing Need For Improved Roadway To Handle Increased Traffic, Boost the Economy & Improve Safety Senator Urges Federal Funding For Long-Overdue Infrastructure Expansion, Ensuring Road Safety & Hudson Valley Economic Revival Are Top Priorities For The Incoming Administration Schumer To DOT Nominee Buttigieg: Expanding Rt. 17 Key To Maximizing Full Potential Of Region's Economic Assets Continuing his 15-year-long fight to… Continue Reading


01.14.21

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $16 MILLION INCREASE IN CDC LYME DISEASE AND TICK-BORNE DISEASE FUNDING IN FY21 BIPARTISAN APPROPRIATIONS PACKAGE

Continued Robust Funding is Essential To Combat Tick-Borne Diseases Across Upstate NY, Which has Become the Epicenter For Tick-Borne Disease In Recent Years Following Fierce Advocacy, Senators Deliver $2 Million Funding Increase, Their Third Consecutive Increase, For Lyme Disease Research and Prevention WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that following their fierce advocacy, $16 million in federal funding for the Centers for Disease Contro… Continue Reading


01.13.21

SCHUMER, DURING FIRST MEETING WITH PRESIDENT-ELECT BIDEN’S DOT NOMINEE, PETE BUTTIGIEG, CALLS FOR FAA TO FINALLY IMPLEMENT OVERDUE AIRLINE SAFETY REFORM AND ESTABLISH ELECTRONIC PILOT TRAINING DATABASE; SENATOR MAKES SAFER SKIES A TOP PRIORITY FOR NEW ADMINISTRATION & INCOMING TRANSPORTATION CHIEF, EVEN BEFORE PRESIDENT-ELECT TAKES OFFICE

Legislation Passed in 2010 Required the FAA to Establish an Electronic Pilot Records Database So Airlines Can Access Complete Training Background of All Commercial Pilots Before They Are Hired Senator Urges Expedited Implementation Of Decade-Overdue Database To Boost Safety Of Air Travel, Ensuring Security Of NY Skies Are A Top Priority For The Incoming Administration Schumer To DOT Nominee: Failure to Implement Database Needlessly Puts Lives at Risk Nearly 12 years after the tragic cras… Continue Reading


01.12.21

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND RE-UP FIGHT FOR DIRECT FEDERAL AID TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS RESPONDING TO AND RECOVERING FROM CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

Decreasing Revenues During The Coronavirus Pandemic Have Left Local Governments Strapped; Dedicated Federal Funding for Local Communities Would Provide Necessary Relief for Lost Revenues, Increased Costs And Help Avoid Local Tax & Fee Increases; The Direct Support for Communities Act Will Complement Direct Relief to States   WASHINGTON, D.C - Today, incoming U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced the upcoming int… Continue Reading


01.12.21

LAST WEEK, IN PERSONAL CALL TO GENERAL ELECTRIC CEO, SCHUMER PUSHES FOR GE TO MANUFACTURE NEXT-GENERATION WIND TURBINE IN NEW YORK AND CREATE HUNDREDS OF NEW JOBS; SENATOR SAYS GE COULD HELP NEW YORK STATE ACHIEVE COMMITMENT TO DEVELOP 9,000 MEGAWATTS OF OFFSHORE WIND POWER BY 2035 & BRING GREEN-ECONOMY JOBS TO UPSTATE NY

GE Is Poised To Be A Key Supplier For Eastern Seaboard's Offshore Wind Installations Senator Says New York Is Perfectly Situated To Support GE's Manufacturing Priorities, Boasting A World-Class Workforce And Port Infrastructure Schumer: Investing In NY Would Be A Win-Win-Win, Creating New Green-Energy Jobs, Helping NY Achieve Its Clean-Energy Goals, & Spinning GE’s Wind Turbine Manufacturing To New Heights After learning that General Electric (GE) is pursuing a site to manufact… Continue Reading


01.07.21

SCHUMER STATEMENT CALLING FOR THE PRESIDENT TO BE IMMEDIATELY REMOVED FROM OFFICE

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today released the following statement calling for president to be immediately removed from office: "What happened at the U.S. Capitol yesterday was an insurrection against the United States, incited by the president. This president should not hold office one day longer. "The quickest and most effective way - it can be done today - to remove this president from office would be for the Vice President to immediately invoke the 25th amendment. If the … Continue Reading


01.05.21

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE BIPARTISAN END-OF-YEAR OMNIBUS LEGISLATION INCLUDES $8 MILLION FOR CORNELL CHESS LAB; FUNDING WILL BE USED TO CONTINUE LAB’S 40-YEAR HISTORY OF GROUNDBREAKING SCIENTIFIC DEVELOPMENT

The Cornell High-Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) Is One Of Two High-Energy Synchrotron X-Ray Sources In The United States; The Lab Has Generated Revolutionary Scientific Innovation In Numerous Fields, Including Discoveries That Led To Two Nobel Prizes Senators Today Announce $8M In Additional Funding For CHESS Lab Sub-Facility To Support Two High-Energy X-Ray Beamlines Schumer, Gillibrand: Additional Funding Will Keep Cornell's CHESS At The Cutting Edge Of X-Ray Innovation Steadfast ch… Continue Reading


01.05.21

FOLLOWING PUSH, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $81.5 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY’S NATIONAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE FOR THE DEAF (NTID) IN FY 2021 BIPARTISAN APPROPRIATIONS PACKAGE

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced that following their push, the recently-passed government funding package includes $81.5 million in funding for the Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT) National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), an increase of $2 million from FY20 funding levels. An additional $11 million in funding for NTID was secured in the latest COVID-19 emergency relief package. NTID provides a college education to… Continue Reading


01.04.21

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $14 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR COVID-19 VACCINE PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE ACTIVITIES

Senators Secure Grants As Part of COVID-19 Response Legislation Funding Will Help NY Public Health Agencies and Nonprofits Implement Vaccine Programs, Strengthen Testing and Contact Tracing Capacity Schumer, Gillibrand: Vaccine Preparedness, Testing and Tracing Crucial to Fight Against Virus  U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $14,672,034 in federal funding for New York public health agencies and nonprofits. The funding was allocated by … Continue Reading


01.04.21

SCHUMER: BIPARTISAN END-OF-YEAR OMNIBUS LEGISLATION URGES AIR FORCE SECRETARY TO PRIORITIZE TAXIWAY EXPANSION OF NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION; INSUFFICIENT INFRASTRUCTURE HAS HURT AIR FORCE RESERVE MISSION READINESS; REPAIRS WOULD BOOST WNY ECONOMY & NATIONAL DEFENSE

Recent Aircraft Conversions Have Limited Takeoff Capacity And Reduced Readiness Of Units To Respond To Global Requirements Senator Says Taxiway Extension Necessary To Support Air Force Reserve's Air Refueling Mission & Boost Local Economy Schumer: Air Force Must Clear Niagara Falls Air Reserve For Takeoff U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced the inclusion of a provision in the 2020 end-of-year omnibus legislation that urges the secretary of the Air Force to prioritize ready-to-… Continue Reading


01.04.21

AFTER YEARS OF ADVOCACY TO EXPAND HEALTH ACCESS IN UPSTATE NY, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES RECENTLY-SIGNED END-OF-YEAR OMNIBUS LEGISLATION CREATES 1,000 NEW GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION SLOTS NATIONWIDE; SENATOR SAYS NEW SLOTS WILL INCREASE NUMBERS OF DOCTORS TRAINED IN UPSTATE NEW YORK

End-Of-Year Legislation Includes First Expansion Of GME Slots Since 1997; Amid Pandemic Sweeping Through Nation, Doctors & Access To Physician Care Is More Important Than Ever Schumer Has Been Pushing For Over A Decade To Increase GME Slots, Esp In Upstate New York; Says Legislation Tackles Regional Doctor Shortage, Head-On Schumer: End-Of-Year Bill Will Help Alleviate Upstate New York's Doctor Shortage; However, More Must Be Done To Make Sure Every New Yorker Has Access To World-Class Car… Continue Reading


01.03.21

FOLLOWING NATIONAL PUSH LAUNCHED IN UPSTATE NEW YORK, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES $8 BILLION IN NEW CRITICAL HEALTH BENEFITS FOR VETS SUFFERING FROM AGENT ORANGE-LINKED ILLNESSES - INCLUDING ALMOST 240,000 NY VIETNAM VETS- PASSES IN NATIONAL DEFENSE BILL

Schumer Has Been Pushing To Expand List Of Diseases Associated With Exposure To 'Agent Orange' Herbicide That NY Vets Came Into Contact With During Vietnam War Service; But Feds Have Been Foot-Dragging-- Even Blocked Action-UNTIL NOW; Secures Billions For As Many As 240,000 NY Vietnam Vets Senator Says Legislation Ends Unwarranted Delay, Adds Parkinson's, Bladder Cancer, And Hypothyroidism To Existing Federal List of Ailments Tied To Agent Orange Exposure, & Gives Vets Their Healthcare &a… Continue Reading


12.29.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $82 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR ROCHESTER LASER LAB IN THE FY 2021 BIPARTISAN APPROPRIATIONS PACKAGE

Following Their Push, Senators Secured $575 Million for National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) program Bipartisan Funding Will Help Support Nearly 900 Jobs In New York State U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced their successful push to secure $82 million in funding for the OMEGA Laser Facility at University of Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE). The funding comes as part of… Continue Reading


12.29.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, BRINDISI: JUST-SIGNED, BIPARTISAN END-OF-YEAR OMNIBUS LEGISLATION INCLUDES $278 MILLION FOR ROME LAB; FEDERAL FUNDING WILL BE USED TO FURTHER REVOLUTIONIZE UAS & QUANTUM TECHNOLOGY

The Air Force Research Laboratory In Rome Will Receive Over $278M In Funding For Fiscal Year 2021 - More Than $37M Above The President's Budget Request & $6M More Than Fiscal Year 2020 Reps Directly Secured Funding For Rome Lab To Advance Groundbreaking Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) & Quantum Tech; Say Funding Boost Will Supercharge World-Class Capabilities Reps: Funding Will Keep Rome Lab At The Military's Epicenter Of UAS & Quantum Technology, While Boosting Mohawk Valley&rsqu… Continue Reading


12.29.20

FOLLOWING UPSTATE CALLS ON FEDS LAST YEAR, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: JUST IN TIME FOR NEW YEAR’S, TTB APPROVES CANNED WINE SALES IN POPULAR 12OZ & 8.4OZ SIZES; SENATOR SAYS LIFTED RESTRICTIONS WILL ALLOW NEW YORK’S WINERIES TO CRACK OPEN TABS OF PROFITS & UNLEASH WINE PRODUCTION IN 2021

Canned Wine Trend Has Taken Off In The Last Year; Industry Has Grown From $2 Million In 2012 To Nearly $200 Million This Year Senator Says Federal Canning Restrictions Have Held NY Wineries Back From Taking Full Advantage Of Market Surge Schumer: New Flexibility in Can Sizes Allows New York Wine Industry To Harvest Major Potential Revenue Following nearly a year and a half of advocacy on behalf of New York's wineries, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced the Alcohol and Tobacco T… Continue Reading


12.28.20

SCHUMER, STANDING WITH PUBLIC ADVOCATE JUMAANE WILLIAMS & ENVIRO JUSTICE ORGS, PUSHES MAJOR INVESTMENT IN WIND TURBINE ASSEMBLY CENTER AT SOUTH BROOKLYN MARINE TERMINAL; NEW HUB WOULD BE HUGE WIN FOR COMMUNITY, LOCAL JOBS, ENVIRONMENT & NYS MANUFACTURING

Schumer Says New York City Can Be Home To The Offshore Wind Supply Chain-BUT It Will Take Investment; Applauds NYS For Pushing Investment; NYC, Which Owns The Terminal, Already Has Indicated Desire to Invest Millions To Upgrade Site; Rep. Nydia Velázquez And Councilmember Menchaca Have Also Long Pushed For Community-Centered Development Of The Site; BK Site Is Competing For Up To $200M In NYS Support Community Protection Act (CLCPA), Which Schumer Backed, Requires 70% of NY's Electrici… Continue Reading


12.28.20

FOLLOWING NATIONAL PUSH LAUNCHED IN UPSTATE NEW YORK, SCHUMER DELIVERS $15 BILLION NATIONALLY FOR INDEPENDENT LIVE VENUES, INDIE MOVIE THEATERS, & CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS AS PART OF COVID RELIEF PACKAGE; SENATOR SAYS NY POSITIONED TO RECEIVE SIGNIFICANT FUNDS, KEEPING VENUES ALIVE THROUGH SECOND WAVE OF PANDEMIC

Schumer Has Been Pushing For Months For Legislation To Dedicate Fed Assistance That Would Provide Long-Term, Flexible Relief For Upstate NY Venues And Theaters Amid COVID Blow Senator Says COVID Relief Package Will Provide 6 Months Of Financial Support, Helping Keep More Employees Paid And Upstate NY Cultural Hubs Open For Business Schumer: COVID Package Keeps The Show Going In Upstate NY After days of tirelessly negotiating to secure billions of dollars for New York in COVID relief, U.S. S… Continue Reading

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