Press Releases

07.13.18

SCHUMER: DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE RELEASES LONG OVERDUE NEWBURGH PFOS INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after the Department of Defense released their long overdue Site Investigation Report: "It was like pulling teeth, but, belatedly, the Department of Defense finally released their investigative report on toxic PFOA contamination at Stewart AFB and the surrounding waterways. This report must be immediately shared with the public and environmental experts so we can quickly understand the extent of the contamination and peruse the q… Continue Reading


07.12.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $3 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY

Funding Will Be Used To Continue Groundbreaking Research Into Battery Systems And Energy Storage U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $3 million in federal funding for Binghamton University. The funding was allocated through the Department of Energy's (DOE) Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) program. According to the DOE, Binghamton University is one of 42 EFRCS in the country selected for $100 million in funding. Specifically, … Continue Reading


07.10.18

FOLLOWING PUSH BY SCHUMER, NASA AGREES TO SEND ASTRONAUT TO SEPTEMBER 7TH COMMUNITY STARWALK EVENT AT THE WALKWAY OVER THE HUDSON; SENATOR SAYS ASTRONAUT’S ATTENDANCE WILL LAUNCH WALKWAY’S APPEAL IN HUDSON VALLEY AND BEYOND -- AND BOOST EFFORTS TO EDUCATE AND INSPIRE NEXT GENERATION OF AMERICAN STEM STUDENTS

The Recently Announced STARWALK Series, By The Walkway Over The Hudson, Brings Local Communities And Tourists Alike To The Walkway Over The Hudson State Park While Learning About Astronomy Schumer Led the Push To Secure An Astronaut's Attendance; Says NASA Presence Will Inspire And Engage Students and Stargazers Of All Ages, As Well As Tourists, On Importance Of Science, The Beauty of the Hudson, and the Wonder of the Cosmos Schumer: Astronaut Visit on September 7th Will Launch Walkway O… Continue Reading


07.10.18

SCHUMER STATEMENT ON FIREFIGHTER CANCER REGISTRY BECOMING LAW

Senator Schumer released the following statement today: "Every day firefighters risk everything to protect communities and families across New York. We owe it to these fearless men and women to ensure that if they get sick, they will be cared for in the same way that they care for us. This new law will help firefighters across the country by establishing the national firefighter cancer registry - allowing researchers to track, treat, and I hope to prevent cancer. I pushed hard this year to get … Continue Reading


07.10.18

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES $275,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ELMIRA CORNING REGIONAL AIRPORT IN SOUTHERN TIER; SENATOR SAYS NEW FUNDING WILL SUPPORT AIRPORT OPERATIONS AND MARKETING EFFORTS

Department of Transportation Funding Will Be Used For Marketing Of New Air Travel Services Between Elmira, N.Y., And Newark, N.J. U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced $275,000 in federal funding for Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM). The funding was allocated by the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Small Community Air Service Development Program (SCASDP), and will be used to market the airport's newly expanded service between Elmira, N.Y., and Newark, N.J., in… Continue Reading


07.10.18

AFTER MAJOR PUSH BY SCHUMER, CDC AGREES TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR CRITICAL AND COST-EFFECTIVE FARM-SAFETY PROGRAM THAT COULD HELP PREVENT DEADLY TRACTOR ROLLOVERS THROUGH END OF FY2019; SENATOR SAYS NEWLY ANNOUNCED FUNDING WILL KEEP THE TRACTOR ROLLOVER PROTECTION PROGRAM RUNNING AT FULL SPEED

The Federally-Funded Northeast Center For Occupational Safety And Health For Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (NEC) Provides Farmers With Important Resources, Like A Special 1-800 Safety Number, Access To Farm-Safety Experts And Information On Next-Gen Farm Safety Equipment Like Tractor Rollover Bars After Schumer's Major Push, The CDC Agrees To Administratively Fund The Program; Senator Is Now Calling On Agency To Protect Program For The Long-Term Schumer: I Laud The CDC For Plowing Ahead … Continue Reading


07.09.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $52,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE TOWN OF HARTWICK

Funding Will Be Used to Evaluate Alternative Options for Providing Drinking Water and Sewer Services Along Route 28 Corridor Commercial and Residential Properties Along Corridor Currently Rely on Private Wells for Drinking Water and on Individual Wastewater Septic Systems U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced $52,000 in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding for the Town of Hartw… Continue Reading


07.09.18

SENATORS SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND AND CONGRESSMAN FASO ANNOUNCE THAT LEGISLATION TO NAME SAUGERTIES POST OFFICE IN HONOR OF MAURICE HINCHEY PASSES IN THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Bill Now Heads to President's Desk for Signature U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressman John Faso today announced that legislation to rename a Saugerties post office after former U.S. Representative Maurice Hinchey has passed in both the Senate and House of Representatives. The post office is located at 111 Market St., Saugerties, New York. Schumer and Gillibrand introduced legislation to rename this post office after Congressman Hinchey… Continue Reading


07.08.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: MANY USED CARS—DAMAGED IN LAST SUMMER'S HURRICANES—ARE NOW BEING SOLD WITH NO NOTIFICATION TO CONSUMERS THAT CARS HAVE BEEN DAMAGED BY FLOODING; BUYERS MUST BE NOTIFIED OF OTHER DAMAGES—BUT NOT HURRICANE FLOODING; SENATOR URGES FEDS TO EXPOSE ‘HURRICANE CARS’ USING LAW ON BOOKS

Hundreds-Of-Thousands Of Last Summer's Hurricane-Damaged Cars Are Now 'Cleaned Up' For This Summer & Could Be Driving A Used Car Sales Surge At Lots Across Country; National Insurance Crime Bureau Recently Issued New Warning  But Fed "Used Car Rule" Already On Books Could Better Protect Consumers If FTC Would Mandate A 'Flood Check’ To Buyer’s Guide Sticker On Every Used Car Window  Schumer: Feds Should Take Wheel On Disclosing ‘Hurricane Cars’ To Buyers; … Continue Reading


07.05.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: RECENTLY IMPOSED HARMFUL DUTIES ON GROUNDWOOD PAPER COULD COST SARATOGA SPRINGS QUAD GRAPHICS MORE THAN $90 MILLION A YEAR & HURT VULNERABLE UPSTATE NY NEWSPAPER INDUSTRY; SENATOR URGES DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE TO PROTECT AT-RISK PRINTING & NEWSPAPER JOBS WHO DEPEND ON LOW PRICED PAPER FROM CANADA

In January 2018, The Department Of Commerce Imposed Preliminary Duties On Uncoated Groundwood Paper From Canada That Have Drastically Reduced The Profitability Newspapers And Printers Throughout Upstate NY Schumer Calls On The Department Of Commerce To  Consider The Adverse Impact Duties Could Have On Companies Like Quad Graphics And Reverse Course  Schumer: Permanent Duties On Canadian Paper Could Literally Stop The Presses At Our Newspapers And Printing Companies St… Continue Reading


07.05.18

SCHUMER: OUTDATED FED REGS ARE TAKING A BITE OUT OF NY APPLE CIDER INDUSTRY, THREATENING ROCHESTER FINGER LAKES CRAFT HARD CIDERIES TO THE CORE; DESPITE SCHUMER-BACKED CIDER ACT THAT LOWERED CIDER TAX ON PAR WITH BEER, OUTDATED FED REGS NOW BLOCKING NY CIDERIES, LIKE ROOTSTOCK CIDERWORKS, FROM PACKAGING ALL CIDERS IN 12 OZ CANS LIKE BEER; PLUS NEW PROPOSED REG COULD FORCE LABELING OF CIDERS AS ‘SPARKLING’ OR ‘CARBONATED’ THAT WILL CHEAPEN NY’S HARD CIDER INDUSTRY; SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO IMMEDIA

Schumer To Feds: Take Your Buzz Words Off of New York's Hard Cider Today, at DeFisher Fruit Farm's Rootstock Ciderworks in Williamson, Wayne County, NY, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) Administrator John J. Manfreda to immediately address cider canning and labeling regulations that are driving up cider production costs and threatening to undermine New York cideries’ efforts to accurately market cider to consumers. Specifically,… Continue Reading


07.03.18

HOLDING BACK COLUMBIA COUNTY FARMERS FROM COMMERCIALLY GROWING INDUSTRIAL HEMP, USED TO MAKE VARIETY OF DIFFERENT GOODS LIKE CLOTHES AND PAPER; SENATOR ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR BIPARTISAN SENATE LEGISLATION THAT WOULD ALLOW CAPITAL REGION FARMERS TO GROW NEW CROP WITHOUT HARSH RESTRICTIONS

Currently Hemp Is Classified As A Controlled Substance, Putting It On Par With Other Substances Like Heroin And Other Opioids Due To Trace Amounts Of THC; However, Senator Says Industrial Hemp Can Be Used To Make Paper, Clothing, Plastics And Even Fuel Bipartisan Bill Removes Fed Roadblock That Obstructs Hemp's Full Potential As an agricultural commodity In Columbia County; Senator Says New Bill Empowers States To Act As Primary Regulators of Hemp, Allows For Hemp Researchers To Apply For Rese… Continue Reading


07.03.18

SCHUMER VISITS BREWERY OMMEGANG TO PUSH FOR A PLAN TO HELP BOLSTER FAST-GROWING CRAFT BREW INDUSTRY IN OTSEGO COUNTY AND THE SOUTHERN TIER: LEGISLATION TO PERMANENTLY CUT SMALL BREWERIES EXCISE TAX IN ½ AND INCREASED FEDERAL RESOURCES TO FAST TRACK RELEASE OF SEASONAL AND SPECIALTY BEER

Standing At Brewery Ommegang Schumer Unveils Push To Support Legislation That Will Enable Them, And Small Otsego County Breweries Like Red Shed Brewery, Butternuts Beer And Ale, And Council Rock Brewery, To Fully Tap Their Business Potential New York State Craft Beer Industry Supports Nearly 60,000 Jobs In NY & Has A $4 Billion Economic Impact- Cutting Taxes On Dozens Of Small Brewing Operations In The Southern Tier Will Allow Small Breweries To Hire More Employees, Buy More Equipment, Boos… Continue Reading


07.03.18

SCHUMER CALLS ON NASA TO SEND ASTRONAUT TO UPCOMING COMMUNITY STARWALK EVENT ON THE WALKWAY OVER THE HUDSON; SERIES WILL HELP EXPAND WALKWAY’S FOOTPRINT IN HUDSON VALLEY AS WELL AS BOOST OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP EDUCATE AND INSPIRE NEXT GENERATION OF AMERICAN STEM STUDENTS AND SCIENTISTS

The Recently Announced STARWALK Series, By The Walkway Over The Hudson is Designed To Bring The Local Communities And Tourists Alike To The Walkway Over The Hudson State Park while learning About Astronomy Schumer Calls On NASA To Send Astronaut To The Walkway Over The Hudson To Attend Upcoming STARWALK Series Event; NASA Presence Would Inspire And Engage Local Community Students Of All Ages, As Well As Tourists On Importance Of Science Research And Education Schumer To NASA: Help Launch Walkw… Continue Reading


07.03.18

SCHUMER: EISENHOWER LOCK VISITORS’ CENTER ON THE SAINT LAWRENCE SEAWAY IS FALLING APART AT THE SEAMS; CALLS FOR KEY INVESTMENTS IN INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES; SENATOR SAYS EISENHOWER VISITORS’ CENTER IS TOO IMPORTANT TO NORTH COUNTRY ECONOMY AND TOURISM TO BE IGNORED BY THE FEDS

Senator Says Over 60,000 People, From 49 States And 21 Countries, Visited the Saint Lawrence Seaway Last Year; Despite The Steady Stream Of Tourism, The Center Hasn't Been Updated In Roughly 60 Years, Creating Safety Concerns & Inhibiting Tourism To The North Country Schumer Calls On The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation To Continue To Invest In The Seaway, Including The Construction Of A New Visitor Center And Other Infrastructure Key To Seaway Operations  Schu… Continue Reading


07.02.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: SYRACUSE SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD OFFICE HAS THE STATE’S LARGEST CASE BACKLOG; AVERAGE WAIT TIME FOR A HEARING IS ALMOST TWO YEARS; SENATOR SAYS SYRACUSE FIELD OFFICE URGENTLY NEEDS NEWLY AVAILABLE FED FUNDING TO HELP CUT WAIT TIMES & IMPROVE CUSTOMER SERVICE

With Over 9K Cases Pending, Syracuse SSA Field Office Faces The Largest Case Backlog In NYS; And Average Wait Time For An Appeals Hearing is over 620 Days Schumer: Syracuse SSA Field Office Can't Keep Up With Requests Due To Lack of Resources And Rate of New Retirees; New Dollars Secured in Recent Legislation Could Help Cut Down On Wait Times   Schumer: Central New York Seniors Are Tired Of Listening to Hold Music U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today revealed that withou… Continue Reading


07.02.18

ON THE EVE OF INDEPENDENCE DAY, JEFFERSON ROAD MAIN POST OFFICE STILL REFUSES TO APPROVE SCHUMER’S REQUEST TO ALLOW VETERANS TO DISTRIBUTE POPPIES & FLAGS OUTSIDE POST OFFICE; SENATOR RESPONDS BY INTRODUCING NEW BILL TO LIFT USPS’ BAN, SANCTIONING ROCHESTER VETERANS, WHO PROTECTED AND DEFENDED US, TO RIGHTFULLY HANDOUT POPPIES & FLAGS FOR VETERAN HOLIDAYS ONCE AND FOR ALL

In Response To An Incident At The Jefferson Road Post Office, Where VFW and Local Veterans Were Stopped From Selling Poppies To Raise Money For Veterans Groups, Schumer Today Announced The Introduction Of The RAISE VET FUND Act The Legislation Would Authorize Congressionally Chartered Veterans Organizations To Sell Flags, Poppies And Like Items At USPS Facilities To Fundraise At Holiday Times Schumer: Whether it's Independence Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, or Flag Day, When a Veteran's 'P… Continue Reading


07.02.18

AHEAD OF JULY 4TH HOLIDAY, SCHUMER LAUNCHES A MAJOR PUSH TO MAKE CROSS-BORDER TRAVEL EASIER AND FASTER FOR WESTERN NEW YORK RESIDENTS; SENATOR SAYS EXPANSION OF NEXUS PROGRAM TO BUFFALO NIAGARA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WOULD MAKE PROGRAM MORE ACCESSIBLE FOR WNY RESIDENTS AND REDUCE EGREGIOUS WAIT TIMES AT WNY BRIDGES

Senator Says Holiday Weekend Wait Times At The Border And At Airport Security Can Be A Nightmare; Nexus Card Holders Cross Border More Quickly And Can Take Advantage Of TSA Precheck Lines At The Airport Schumer Will Urge U.S. Customs and Border Protection To Work with Canada Border Services Agency To Approve an Additional Nexus Enrollment Center, and Work with NFTA, the Peace Bridge Authority, and the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission to Make Nexus Expansion Plan a Reality Schumer to CBP: Why … Continue Reading


06.28.18

SCHUMER-BACKED BILL THAT WILL CREATE FIRST-EVER NATIONAL FIREFIGHTER CANCER REGISTRY PASSES CONGRESS; BILL NOW HEADING TO PRESIDENT’S DESK FOR SIGNATURE

Schumer's Multi-Year Effort To Pass Legislation That Would - For The First Time Ever - Create A National Registry That Will Help Medical Professionals More Effectively Track And Treat Firefighters With Cancer Schumer Says Firefighters Are Exposed To A Range Of Harmful Toxins And May Be At Increased Cancer Risk; Senator Says Newly Passed Legislation Will Help Protect The Lives Of Our Brave First Responders In New York And Beyond & Urges The President To Sign The Bill ASAP  Schumer: Ne… Continue Reading


06.27.18

AFTER GILLIBRAND, SCHUMER CALLED OUT ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS FOR ATTEMPTING TO COVER UP DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES STUDY ON DANGEROUS EFFECTS OF PFAS CHEMICALS, REPORT HAS FINALLY BEEN RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC

Top EPA and Other Administration Officials Had Previously Attempted To Keep Secret a Study Showing That PFAS Pose a Danger to Human Health at Exposure Levels that are Seven to Ten Times Lower than What EPA Had Told the Public Gillibrand, Schumer Led the Call on EPA Administrator to Release Department of Health and Human Services Study to the Public U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer … Continue Reading

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