Press Releases

October 2015
SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE BILL TO RENAME EAST ROCHESTER POST OFFICE IN HONOR OF FALLEN LOCAL HERO, DARYL PIERSON, HAS PASSED THE SENATE; NOW HEADS TO PRESIDENT’S DESK FOR SIGNATURE
SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE FEDS HAVE APPROVED PLAN TO SEND $3 MILLION IN CRITICAL FUNDING TO OSWEGO HEALTH, WHICH WILL ALLOW HEALTH CENTER TO REVERSE PREVIOUS CUTS AND KEEP PACE WITH RATE INCREASES; SENATORS PUSHED FOR MONTHS FOR COMMUNITY HOSPITAL TO RECEIVE MATCHING FED FUNDS, WHICH WERE APPROVED BY NYS LEGISLATURE, BUT NEEDED FED APPROVAL
SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, AFTER HIS RECOMMENDATION, ANN DONNELLY CONFIRMED BY SENATE TO SERVE ON EASTERN DISTRICT COURT OF NEW YORK
SCHUMER UNVEILS NEW FEDERAL PROGRAM TO GIVE DISCOUNT TO STUDENTS WHO COMMUTE TO COLLEGE; WOULD AFFECT HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF NEW YORK CITY AREA STUDENTS; STUDENTS WOULD SAVE HUNDREDS OR EVEN THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN TRANSPORTATION COSTS; PROGRAM WILL CUT COMMUTING COSTS FOR NYC STUDENTS BY 25%
SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND & KATKO ANNOUNCE OVER $1.6 MILLION FOR CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF THE DIOCESE OF ROCHESTER
SCHUMER SAYS CONVERTING SCAJAQUADA HIGH-SPEED EXPRESSWAY TO PARKWAY WITH CALMER TRAFFIC PATTERNS, CROSSWALKS, STOP SIGNS & STREET LIGHTS WOULD INCREASE SAFETY; URGES FEDS TO APPROVE PLAN TO RECLASSIFY ROAD AS A PARKWAY
SCHUMER REVEALS: HALLOWEEN MAKEUP ON STORE SHELVES COULD POSE SERIOUS DANGER TO CHILDREN; HALLOWEEN PRODUCTS FROM CHINA OFTEN CONTAIN HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS LIKE NICKEL & LEAD THAT ARE LEFT OFF OF INGREDIENTS BUT CAN MAKE KIDS VERY SICK; SENATOR URGES PARENTS TO BE WARY, NOT USE HALLOWEEN MAKEUP MADE IN CHINA; PUSHES FDA TO INVESTIGATE DANGEROUS INGREDIENTS OFTEN HIDDEN TO CONSUMERS
SCHUMER UNVEILS NEW FEDERAL PROGRAM TO GIVE DISCOUNT TO STUDENTS WHO COMMUTE TO COLLEGE; WOULD SAVE STATEN ISLAND STUDENTS HUNDREDS OR EVEN THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN TRANSPORTATION COSTS; PROGRAM WILL CUT COMMUTING COSTS FOR SI STUDENTS BY 25%
SCHUMER CALLS TOP FEMA OFFICIAL TO INTENSIFY PUSH FOR FEDS TO FULLY FUND CRITICAL REPAIRS FOR KINGSTON’S SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT FLOODED BY HURRICANE SANDY – FEDS APPROVED INITIAL COST ESTIMATE FOR REPAIRS, BUT ADDITIONAL DAMAGE WAS DISCOVERED & MORE THAN TRIPLED THE PRICE TAG; SCHUMER URGES FEMA TO EXPEDITE PROCESS & COVER ADDITIONAL REPAIR COSTS
RECENT SPATE OF DRONE INCIDENTS OVER SENSITIVE PUBLIC BUILDINGS IN CAPITAL REGION ILLUSTRATES NEED FOR ADDITIONAL DRONE SAFETY RULES; “GEO-FENCING” WOULD REQUIRE ALL DRONES BUILD INTO THEIR SOFTWARE PROHIBITION TECHNOLOGY THAT WILL PREVENT DRONES FROM FLYING NEAR SENSITIVE AREAS; SCHUMER PUSHES LEGISLATION THAT WOULD REQUIRE GEO-FENCING & OTHER IMPORTANT SAFETY MEASURES; WOULD MAKE IT EASIER FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST RECKLESS DRONE USERS
SCHUMER: CONGRESS HAS UNWISELY ALLOWED CRITICAL FED STUDENT LOAN PROGRAM TO EXPIRE; WITHOUT RENEWAL OF PERKINS LOAN PROGRAM, CNY COLLEGES THAT RECEIVE FUNDING – LIKE Le MOYNE, SYRACUSE, SUNY OSWEGO & SUNY CORTLAND – COULD BE FORCED TO RETURN MONEY, LEAVING STUDENTS IN THE LURCH AND COLLEGES HOLDING THE BAG; SENATOR VOWS TO FIGHT TOOTH & NAIL TO EXTEND PROGRAM THAT HELPS HALF A MILLION STUDENTS ATTEND COLLEGE
AFTER VOLKSWAGEN’S DELIBERATELY DECEPTIVE & MASSIVE FRAUD—AMONGST ONE OF THE WORST IN CORPORATE HISTORY, SCHUMER, BLUMENTHAL DEMAND EPA & JUSTICE DEPT. LEVY MAXIMUM PENALTY ON VOLKSWAGEN—$18B; SENATOR ALSO PUSHES FOR THOUSANDS OF THOSE DOLLARS TO GO TO EACH VW OWNER WHO WAS DUPED; IN ADDITION, SAYS COMPANY MUST RETURN UNFAIRLY EARNED TAX CREDITS THAT COST THE PUBLIC MILLIONS
SCHUMER: FEDERAL RESTRICTIONS ARE PREVENTING MOHAWK VALLEY FAMILY FARMERS FROM INVESTING IN NEW EQUIPMENT; SCHUMER BILL WOULD HELP SMALL FARMERS PURCHASE NEW EQUIPMENT TO INCREASE EFFICIENCY, SAVE MONEY & HELP KEEP THEM IN EXISTENCE
SCHUMER: WITH WINTER JUST AROUND THE CORNER, SOUTHERN TIER’S MOST VULNERABLE RESIDENTS ARE GROWING CONCERNED ABOUT RECEIVING HOME HEATING ASSISTANCE ON TIME; SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO IMMEDIATELY RELEASE CRITICAL FUNDS TO HEAT SOUTHERN TIER HOMES QUICKLY & AT AS HIGH OF A LEVEL AS POSSIBLE
SCHUMER: FEDERAL RESTRICTIONS ARE PREVENTING YATES COUNTY FAMILY FARMERS FROM INVESTING IN NEW EQUIPMENT; SCHUMER BILL HELPS SMALL FARMERS PURCHASE NEW EQUIPMENT THAT WOULD INCREASE EFFICIENCY, SAVE MONEY & HELP KEEP THEM IN EXISTENCE
SCHUMER: CONGRESS HAS UNWISELY ALLOWED CRITICAL FED STUDENT LOAN PROGRAM TO EXPIRE; WITHOUT RENEWAL OF PERKINS LOAN PROGRAM COLLEGES THAT RECEIVE FUNDING – LIKE SUNY NEW PALTZ & OCC – COULD BE FORCED TO RETURN MONEY, LEAVING STUDENTS IN THE LURCH AND COLLEGES HOLDING THE BAG; SENATOR VOWS TO FIGHT TOOTH & NAIL TO EXTEND PROGRAM THAT HELPS HALF A MILLION STUDENTS ATTEND COLLEGE
SCHUMER: CELL PHONE WIRELESS CARRIERS ARE WRONGLY CLAIMING QUALITY RECEPTION ON COVERAGE MAPS FOR DUTCHESS COUNTY; IN REALITY, AREAS ARE OFTEN DEAD ZONES; SCHUMER CALLS FOR FEDS TO IMMEDIATELY INVESTIGATE DECEPTIVE COVERAGE MAPS
SCHUMER: NEW REPORT SHOWS WHEN NY’ERS USE ATMs NOT SPONSORED BY THEIR BANK, THEY PAY OUTRAGEOUS FEES—UP TO $8 DOLLARS PER TRANSACTION FOR ACCESS TO THEIR OWN MONEY; NY’ERS PAY SECOND HIGHEST AVERAGE FEE IN THE NATION; SENATOR CALLS FOR FEDERAL PROBE OF ATM FEES, WHICH CONTINUE TO SKYROCKET
SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: FT. TICONDEROGA WINS CRITICAL FEDERAL GRANT THAT WILL CREATE AN EXCITING NEW EXHIBIT; SENATOR SAYS GRANT WILL ENHANCE TOURISM EXPERIENCE FOR YEARS TO COME
SCHUMER: MONTREAL’S PLAN TO RELEASE 8 BILLION LITERS OF RAW SEWAGE INTO THE ST. LAWRENCE MUST NOT HAPPEN; SENATOR CALLS ON EPA TO STEP IN & PROTECT ST. LAWRENCE RIVER & RESIDENTS; IMPACT OF SEWAGE ON RIVER & TOURISM COULD BE SIGNIFICANT
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