Press Releases

09.25.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, HIGGINS ANNOUNCE NEARLY $15.5 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR LEAD HAZARD REDUCTION

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressman Brian Higgins today announced $15,430,102.46 in federal funding for lead hazard reduction in nearly 900 households across New York State. The funding was administered through Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Lead Hazard Reduction and Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction grant program. The funds will be used to remove lead hazards and help recipients partner with medical and social service providers… Continue Reading


09.25.20

AS MANY SCHOOLS ACROSS NEW YORK BEGIN YEAR WITH REMOTE LEARNING, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND URGE FCC TO IMMEDIATELY PROVIDE MORE FUNDING FOR BETTER INTERNET CONNECTION – VIA THE E-RATE PROGRAM –TO CLOSE GROWING “HOMEWORK GAP”

Pandemic Has Increased Demand For E-Rate Program, Which Is An Important Source Of Funding Connecting New York's Schools, Libraries, And Vulnerable Students To The Internet - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to immediately fund the E-Rate program to provide improved internet connectivity for students at home. Studies show the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the "homework gap" experienced by an estimated 16 million … Continue Reading


09.24.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, BRINDISI ANNOUNCE OVER $4.6 MILLION TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A PUBLIC WATER SYSTEM SUPERVISION PROGRAM IN THE 22ND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

Reps Secure Funding For Chenango, Cortland, Madison, Oneida Counties, & Parts Of Broome, Herkimer, Oswego, And Tioga Counties Funding Will Ensure Counties Can Enforce The National Primary Drinking Water Regulations And Meet Requirements Of The Safe Drinking Water Act Reps: Funding Will Help Safe Drinking Water Flow In Southern Tier, Central New York, And Mohawk Valley U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Congressman Anthony Brindisi today announced $4… Continue Reading


09.23.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $37.9 MILLION IN RURAL DEVELOPMENT FUNDING FOR SEVEN UPSTATE TOWNS AND VILLAGES

Federal Funding Will Ensure Upstate Residents Have Access To Clean Water, Reliable Sanitation, And Storage For Firefighting Purposes Senators Say Over 20.5K Rural Residents Will Benefit From USDA Funding Schumer, Gillibrand, USDA Funding Will Keep Upstate Towns And Villages Flowing U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced federal funding totaling $37,901,000 allocated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development as part of the… Continue Reading


09.19.20

SCHUMER STATEMENT FOLLOWING THE FATAL SHOOTING IN ROCHESTER

Following the mass shooting in Rochester this morning that took the lives of two and injured fourteen, Senator Schumer released the following statement: "I am devastated by the heartbreaking news of a mass shooting in Rochester last night, and I send my deepest condolences to the loved ones of those killed and my well wishes for the speedy recovery of those injured. The senseless devastation of more lives lost, families destroyed, and communities forever changed by gun violence is yet another p… Continue Reading


09.18.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND URGE POSTMASTER GENERAL TO REVERSE HARMFUL OPERATIONAL CHANGES TO U.S. POSTAL SERVICE THAT HAVE RESULTED IN DELAYS OF MEDICATIONS TO NEW YORKERS

Following alarming reports that delivery time for critical prescription medications have increased, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand sent a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy calling for the immediate reversal of harmful operational changes. During the pandemic, even more New Yorkers, especially seniors, are relying on the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) for their prescription medications. However, increased demand, coupled with changes made by DeJoy, have slowed operatio… Continue Reading


09.18.20

FOLLOWING AN ALL-OUT PUSH, INCLUDING A PERSONAL CALL TO SECRETARY ESPER, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES $9 MILLION DOD FUNDING FOR WATERTOWN YMCA COMMUNITY CENTER, BOOSTING DOWNTOWN WATERTOWN, FORT DRUM, AND REGIONAL ECONOMY

Jefferson County Applied For $9M Grant From DoD To Convert Vacant Building In Downtown Watertown Into YMCA Community Center; Schumer Has Been Fighting To Secure The Funding Since June Senator Says Funding Will Revitalize Regional Economy And Improve Quality Of Life For Fort Drum Military Families Schumer: DoD Funding For Watertown YMCA Will Boost Jefferson County Economy After his personal call to Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper earlier this month, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today … Continue Reading


09.17.20

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES PLAN TO IMMEDIATELY CANCEL UP TO $50,000 IN STUDENT LOAN DEBT PER STUDENT ACROSS UPSTATE NY; WITH 2.4 MILLION NEW YORKERS OWING ALMOST $90 BILLION, SENATOR LEADS CHARGE TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION IN 2021 TO ATTACK STUDENT DEBT CRISIS

Nearly 2.4 Million New Yorkers Owe $89.5 Billion In Federal Student Loans; Senator Says President Has Existing Executive Authority To Cancel Student Loan Debt Canceling Student Loan Debt Will Relieve A Huge Burden On NY's Young People and Families During COVID-19 & Beyond, Close The Wealth Gap, And Boost Our Economy Schumer: Plan Will Provide Complete Forgiveness Of Student Loans For More Than 75% Of Borrowers And Some Critical Debt Forgiveness For 95% Of People With Student Debt Cont… Continue Reading


09.17.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $1.5 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ITHACA’S CAYUGA LAKE WATERFRONT REVITALIZATION PROJECT

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,372,533 in federal funding to develop pedestrian-friendly infrastructure along the Cayuga Lake Waterfront in the City of Ithaca. These funds will be used to redesign a .85 mile stretch of Route 13 to better facilitate pedestrian and bikers usage, and to greatly reduce traffic. The funds will also extend 5th Street for direct access to the Cayuga Lake waterfront.  "Ithaca's Cayuga… Continue Reading


09.17.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $2.3 MILLION IN FEMA FUNDING FOR FIRE DEPARTMENTS ACROSS UPSTATE NEW YO

Funding Will Be Used To Encourage Recruitment & Retention Of Firefighters Across NY Senators Say Upstate Firefighters Have Worked Tirelessly Throughout The COVID-19 Pandemic, Now Face Staffing Issues Schumer, Gillibrand: Federal Funding Will Help Boost Upstate Fire Departments U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,336,433 in federal funding for nine fire departments across Upstate New York to aid in the recruitment and retention of volunte… Continue Reading


09.15.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MASSIVE GRANT – $11.5 MILLION IN FEMA FUNDING FOR YONKERS FIRE DEPARTMENT TO HIRE 30 ADDITIONAL FIREFIGHTERS

Funding Will Be Used To Hire 30 Yonkers Firefighters Saving the City & Department Millions in Overtime Costs Senators Say Yonkers Firefighters Have Worked Tirelessly Throughout The COVID-19 Pandemic, Clocking Over 6.5M In Overtime Schumer, Gillibrand: Federal Funding Will Help Put Out Budget Fire Facing Yonkers Fire Department U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $11,580,930 in federal funding for the City of Yonkers Fire Department to hire 3… Continue Reading


09.15.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND REVEAL: TWO MONTHS AFTER NEW TRADE DEAL IMPLEMENTATION, LINGERING CONCERNS ABOUT CANADA & MEXICO DODGING DAIRY TRADE COMMITMENTS WRING UPSTATE NY DAIRY FARMERS DRY; SENATORS CALL ON FEDS TO ENSURE STRICT AGREEMENT TO PROVIDE FAIR MARKET ACCESS, HELPING NY DAIRY INDUSTRY & LOCAL ECONOMIES REBUILD FROM PANDEMIC

USMCA Entered Into Force On July 1st, Including Elimination Of Canada's Market-Distorting Supply Management Class 6 & 7 Pricing Programs And Affirmation Of More Than 30 Different Common Cheese Names Available For U.S. Producers When Selling To Mexico Senators Prioritized Elimination Of Canadian Protectionist Pricing Programs And Increasing Market Access In Both Canada And Mexico; Say Both Countries Are Obligated To Operate According To The Deal Schumer, Gillibrand To Feds: Level The Fie… Continue Reading


09.14.20

SCHUMER: LONG ISLAND’S VENUES –A LIFEBLOOD OF LI ECONOMY FOR MUSIC, THE ARTS, COMEDY & MORE— COULD GO UNDER; THEY NEED ACCESS TO CRITICAL FED RELIEF ASAP TO WEATHER COVID-19; STANDING WITH LI’S BEST ACTS, SENATOR PUSHES BIPARTISAN PLAN TO “SAVE OUR STAGES” ACROSS LI

Outside Mulcahy's Pub & Concert Hall, Standing With LI Names Like 'Taking Back Sunday' Shaun Cooper, 'Blue Oyster Cult’ Alan Bouchard, Michael DelGuidice & More, Schumer Details Plight Of Local Venues That Need Fed Help NOW Schumer Pushes Bipartisan Legislation To Dedicate Fed Assistance That Can Provide Long-Term, Flexible Relief To LI Venues Amid COVID Blow Schumer: We Have Got To Rock & Roll On Plan To Keep LI Music Venues & Local Economy In Tune Standing alongside &l… Continue Reading


09.14.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND REVEAL: AS MAIL SLOWS, UPSTATE NY SMALL BUSINESSES LOSE CUSTOMERS & PROFITS; SENATORS FIGHT FOR NY SMALL BIZ HURT BY USPS CHANGES, DEMAND DEJOY ADDRESS POSTAL SLOWDOWN’S IMPACT ON UPSTATE ECONOMIES

As Pandemic Rages On, More Small Businesses Have Turned To Online Sales To Stay Afloat; 70% Of Small Businesses With Fewer Than 10 Employees Depend On USPS For Deliveries Senators Say USPS Shipping & Delivery Issues Are Eating Into Small Businesses' Razor Thin Margins; Delays Especially Hurt Microbusinesses Senators: Postal Pandemonium Is A Punch To The Gut For Struggling Small Businesses Following repeated calls for Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to reverse operational changes to the U.S… Continue Reading


09.11.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $19+ MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND ENTREPRENEURS ACROSS UPSTATE NEW YORK

Schumer, Gillibrand Say Federal $$ Awarded To Albany, Herkimer, Niagara, Erie, Cattaraugus, And Steuben Counties Will Invest in Economic Revitalization of Counties Senators: EDA Funding Will Help Upstate NY Small Businesses Recover U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced federal funding totaling $19,135,194 allocated by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for Albany, Herkimer, Niagara, Erie, Cattaraugus, and Steuben Counties. This funding … Continue Reading


09.11.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND URGE INSTITUTIONAL CASEWORK INC. TO REVERSE COURSE AND HALT CLOSURE OF JAMESTOWN METAL PRODUCTS; SENATORS CALL FOR COMPANY TO WORK WITH LOCAL LEADERS TO PROTECT JOBS AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITY

Jamestown Metal Products Has Been Operating In Western New York Since World War II; Parent Company Institutional Casework Inc. Announced In May They Were Shuttering The Jamestown Facility & Eliminating 80 Jobs Senators Say Human And Economic Cost Of Closing Plant Is Too Much & Other Solutions Must Be Explored Schumer, Gillibrand To Institutional Casework CEO: Plant Closure Will Devastate Chautauqua County Workforce, Families, And Communities U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Se… Continue Reading


09.09.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $73 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL CDBG FUNDING FOR NY COMMUNITIES REBUILDING FROM PANDEMIC

The COVID-19 Pandemic Stretched Upstate NY Facilities Thin And Left Vulnerable Populations Behind; Schumer Fought To Include $$ For Strengthening 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 Economic Development, Neighborhood Revitalization & Transformative Housing Initiatives Across New York State Senators… Continue Reading


09.08.20

SCHUMER: CENTRAL NEW YORK’S INDEPENDENT MUSIC VENUES ARE LIFEBLOOD OF LOCAL CULTURE & ECONOMY BUT NEED ACCESS TO CRITICAL FED RELIEF ASAP TO WEATHER IMPACT OF COVID-19; STANDING AT SYRACUSE’S HISTORIC WESTCOTT THEATER SENATOR PUSHES BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION, THE SAVE OUR STAGES ACT, TO PROVIDE VITAL SUPPORT FOR INDEPENDENT LIVE EVENT VENUES ACROSS CENTRAL NEW YORK

Senator Says Independent Music & Live Event Venues Have Lost Nearly All Revenue Since The Start Of The Pandemic And Need Federal Assistance To Weather The Economic Impact Of COVID-19 Independent Venues Are In Dire Need Of Dedicated Assistance That Can Provide Long-Term, Flexible Relief Schumer: Live Event Venues Are A Driving Force Of The Capital Region's Economy & Culture, But Fed $$ Is Vital To Stay Afloat, Recover & Rebuild From Health-And Economic-Pandemic Warning that indepe… Continue Reading


09.08.20

AFTER ALMOST A DECADE OF WORK, SCHUMER AND MAYOR MADDEN ANNOUNCE COMPLETION OF TROY SEAWALL STABILIZATION PROJECT, VITAL TO THE CONTINUED REBIRTH OF DOWNTOWN TROY AND WILL PROTECT COMMUNITY FROM FUTURE FLOODING DAMAGE

The Troy Seawall, Which Protects County Sewer Line, Was Severely Compromised During Tropical Storm Irene In 2011, Leaving The City Susceptible To Major Environmental And Economic Catastrophe Senator Committed To Funding The Troy Seawall Reconstruction In 2014; Announced Kickoff Of Work To Shield The City From Flooding And Spur Economic Development In 2018 Schumer: After 9 Years, Troy Seawall Project Is Finally Complete, Shoring Up Troy's Future, Safety, And Economy Standing with Mayor Pa… Continue Reading


09.08.20

SCHUMER: CAPITAL REGION’S INDEPENDENT MUSIC VENUES ARE THE LIFEBLOOD OF LOCAL CULTURE & ECONOMY BUT NEED ACCESS TO CRITICAL FED RELIEF ASAP TO WEATHER IMPACT OF COVID-19; STANDING AT ALBANY’S HISTORIC PALACE THEATRE WITH GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING CONDUCTOR DAVID ALAN MILLER, SENATOR PUSHES BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION, THE SAVE OUR STAGES ACT, TO PROVIDE VITAL SUPPORT FOR INDEPENDENT LIVE MUSIC VENUES ACROSS THE CAPITAL REGION

Senator Says Independent Music Venues Have Lost Nearly All Revenue Since The Start Of The Pandemic And Need Federal Assistance To Weather The Economic Impact Of COVID-19 Independent Venues Are In Dire Need Of Dedicated Assistance That Can Provide Long-Term, Flexible Relief Schumer: Indy Music Venues Are A Driving Force Of The Capital Region's Economy & Culture, But Fed $$ Is Vital To Stay Afloat, Recover & Rebuild From Health-And Economic-Pandemic Warning that independent music v… Continue Reading

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