Press Releases

12.13.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $5.4 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR LONG ISLAND MACARTHUR AIRPORT IN SUFFOLK COUNTY

Department of Transportation Grant Will Help Make Critical Upgrades to the West Concourse, Terminal, and Airplane Apron and Attract New Airlines to the Airport U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $5,405,000 in federal funding for Long Island MacArthur Airport in Suffolk County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (A… Continue Reading


12.13.19

FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS AUTHORIZE FUNDING TO INITIATE FEASIBILITY STUDY OF THE DEEPENING OF THE OSWEGO HARBOR

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today released the following statement, after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced it would be heeding his request and conducting a feasibility study for the deepening of the Port of Oswego harbor: "I'm so glad to hear that the Army Corps of Engineers has heeded my request and taken the crucial first step of authorizing a feasibility study on the deepening of Port of Oswego channel. Deepening the harbor will unlock new business opportunities from sa… Continue Reading


12.13.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND SECURE MORE THAN 30 IMPERATIVE PROVISIONS IN NATIONAL DEFENSE BILL TO VASTLY IMPROVE PRIVATIZED MILITARY HOUSING ON BASES LIKE WEST POINT; BILL, SET TO PASS NEXT WEEK, CONTAINS FIRST OF ITS KIND PROVISIONS, THE FIRST STEP IN ENSURING OUR NATION’S HEROES & THEIR FAMILIES HAVE THE SAFE, HAZARD-FREE HOMES THEY DESERVE

Recent News Reports & Inspections Unearthed Serious Issues In Privatized Housing at Military Installations Across the Country, From Severe Mold To Failing Water Systems In Final Defense Bill, Senators Secured: Tenants' Bill Of Rights For Privatized Military Housing, Formal And More Thorough Dispute Resolution Process, & Funding Authorization To Boost DOD Housing Staff At Places like Fort Drum And West Point Schumer, Gillibrand: Defense Bill Is The First Step In Providing Our Heroes &am… Continue Reading


12.13.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, MEEKS ANNOUNCE FINAL NATIONAL DEFENSE BILL EXPECTED TO PASS NEXT WEEK AUTHORIZES MASSIVE $91M IN FUNDING FOR EXPANSION AND RENOVATION AT NATIONAL GUARD READINESS CENTER AT JAMAICA ARMORY IN QUEENS, NEW YORK; PROJECTS WILL MODERNIZE INFRASTRUCTURE, ENHANCE READINESS

Fiscal Year 2020 NDAA, Which Is Set To Pass Congress Next Week, Authorizes $91M To Fully Fund Addition To Readiness Center and Restoration Of Facility To Support Training, Administrative, and Logistical Needs Senators, Congressman: Readiness Center Improvements At Jamaica Armory Will Enhance Readiness And Response Capabilities In NYC Metro Area U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressman Gregory Meeks today announced that following their pus… Continue Reading


12.12.19

SCHUMER SECURES FENTANYL SANCTIONS ACT IN NATIONAL DEFENSE BILL; FIRST-EVER TARGETED FENTANYL SANCTIONS BILL, AUTHORED BY SCHUMER, WILL HOLD CHINA & OTHER FOREIGN TRAFFICKERS ACCOUNTABLE FOR ILLICIT TRAFFICKING & INCLUDES MORE TOOLS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT

Bipartisan Fentanyl Sanctions Act, Included In National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) For Fiscal Year 2020, Will Direct Administration To Identify & Sanction Foreign Traffickers Of Synthetic Opioids On Annual Basis, Authorize New $ For Law Enforcement & Intel Agencies; Pressure China, Mexico, & Other Synthetic Opioid Trafficking Countries To Crack Down On Traffickers China Is The World's Largest Producer Of Illicit Fentanyl And Currently Lacks The Capacity To Regulate Fentanyl; … Continue Reading


12.12.19

FOLLOWING THEIR PUSH, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, HIGGINS ANNOUNCE NATIONAL DEFENSE BILL AUTHORIZES NEW, CRITICAL FUNDING FOR NATIONAL MARITIME HERITAGE GRANT PROGRAM

Program Honors Nation's Maritime History By Supporting Preservation and Public Awareness Projects U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Congressman Brian Higgins (D-NY-26) today announced that following their push, the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes their provision to increase funding for the National Maritime Heritage Grant Program. The National Maritime Heritage Grant Program helps celebrate and honor th… Continue Reading


12.11.19

AMID NEW FBI WARNING ABOUT THIS YEAR’S HOTTEST GIFT—SMART TVS— WHICH CAN CONNECT TO THE INTERNET & RECORD UNSUSPECTING VICTIMS, SCHUMER DEMANDS FEDS INVESTIGATE SECURITY POLICIES OF DEVICES & IMMEDIATELY SET UNIFORM STANDARDS TO BETTER PROTECT UPSTATE NY FAMILIES FROM BEING HACKED & TRACKED

FBI Warning That Smart TVs, Which Connect To The Internet & Record Unsuspecting Victims, Present A Variety Of Security Concerns For NY'ers Who May Not Even Know The Privacy Ramifications Of Their Living Room Or Bedroom TV On A Conference Call With Reporters, Schumer Launches Major Push To Investigate Security Policies & Data Protections Of Smart TVs; Wants New Industry Standards Schumer: "Sees You When You're Sleeping; Knows When You’re Awake" Is Fine For Santa BUT Not The F… Continue Reading


12.11.19

SCHUMER, BRINDISI BUY-AMERICAN PROVISIONS TO CREATE GOOD-PAYING JOBS AT SHERRILL MANUFACTURING IN ONEIDA COUNTY INCLUDED IN MUST-PASS LEGISLATION

After Last Congress's Failed Attempt to Secure This Provision, Schumer And Brindisi Deliver Big Win for Upstate New York in Annual Defense Bill Following Bicameral Push, SPOONSS Act Included in National Defense Authorization Act U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and Congressman Anthony Brindisi secured a key victory for Upstate New York in the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Schumer and Brindisi fought to include the Support Procurement of our Nation's Stainless Steel Act(SPOON… Continue Reading


12.11.19

SCHUMER, BRINDISI ANNOUNCE INCLUSION OF FENTANYL SANCTIONS ACT IN MUST-PASS NATIONAL DEFENSE BILL SOON TO GET VOTE; FIRST-EVER TARGETED FENTANYL SANCTIONS BILL WILL HOLD CHINA AND OTHER FOREIGN TRAFFICKERS ACCOUNTABLE FOR ILLICIT TRAFFICKING; ALSO COMES WITH MORE TOOLS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT

Bipartisan Fentanyl Sanctions Act, Included In National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) For Fiscal Year 2020, Will Direct Administration To Identify & Sanction Foreign Traffickers Of Synthetic Opioids On Annual Basis, Authorize New Funding For Law Enforcement & Intel Agencies; Pressure China, Mexico, And Other Synthetic Opioid Trafficking Countries To Crack Down On Traffickers China Is The World's Largest Producer Of Illicit Fentanyl And Currently Lacks The Capacity And Will To Enforce… Continue Reading


12.10.19

SCHUMER, ROSE ANNOUNCE INCLUSION OF FENTANYL SANCTIONS ACT IN MUST-PASS NATIONAL DEFENSE BILL SOON TO GET VOTE; FIRST-EVER TARGETED FENTANYL SANCTIONS BILL WILL HOLD CHINA AND OTHER FOREIGN TRAFFICKERS ACCOUNTABLE FOR ILLICIT TRAFFICKING; ALSO COMES WITH MORE TOOLS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT

Bipartisan Fentanyl Sanctions Act, Included In National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) For Fiscal Year 2020, Will Direct Trump Administration To Identify & Sanction Foreign Traffickers Of Synthetic Opioids On Annual Basis, Authorize New Funding For Law Enforcement & Intel Agencies; Pressure China, Mexico, And Other Synthetic Opioid Trafficking Countries To Crack Down On Traffickers China Is The World's Largest Producer Of Illicit Fentanyl And Currently Lacks The Capacity To Enforce Th… Continue Reading


12.10.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NATIONAL DEFENSE BILL EXPECTED TO PASS NEXT WEEK AUTHORIZES $40M+ IN FUNDING FOR NEW TOP-PRIORITY RAILHEAD AND UAV HANGAR AT FORT DRUM; SENATORS SAY PROJECTS WOULD MODERNIZE BASE INFRASTRUCTURE, ENHANCE READINESS

Fiscal Year 2020 NDAA, Which Is Set To Pass Congress Next Week, Authorizes $21M To Fully Fund Construction Of Updated Fort Drum Railhead To Ensure Installation's Ability To Enhance Deployable Readiness National Defense Bill Also Includes Authorization To Fully Fund Construction Of A New $23M UAV Hangar At Fort Drum, To Properly Service And House Additional Tactical UAVs Year-Round Senators: Railhead Improvement And New UAV Hangar At Fort Drum Would Keep World-Class Installation Ahead Of The Cu… Continue Reading


12.10.19

SCHUMER STATEMENT ON INCLUSION OF $18 MILLION AUTHORIZATION FOR ROME LAB IN FINAL NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL EXPECTED TO PASS CONGRESS NEXT WEEK

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today released the following statement after he successfully secured a boosted $18 million authorization for the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, New York (Rome Lab) in the final National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, which is expected to pass Congress and be signed into law next week: "This federal funding authorization is a green light for DOD to supercharge its investment in just the kind of cutting-edge quantum computing and artificia… Continue Reading


12.09.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $167K IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR BISHOP SHEEN ECUMENICAL HOUSING FOUNDATION, INC. IN MONROE COUNTY

Funding Will Be Used to Help Rehabilitate Homes in the Finger Lakes Region U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $167,720 in federal funding for the Bishop Sheen Ecumenical Housing Foundation, Inc. in Monroe County. The funding is provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Housing Preservation Grants program and will be used to help address health and safety hazards in 26 homes in Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, W… Continue Reading


12.09.19

SCHUMER SECURES PAID PARENTAL LEAVE FOR +114,000 NEW YORK FED EMPLOYEES IN FINAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL; EXPECTED TO PASS CONGRESS THIS WEEK, 12 WEEKS PAID PARENTAL LEAVE FOR ALL +2 MILLION FED WORKERS ACROSS THE NATION FOR THE FIRST TIME IN U.S. HISTORY

According To The Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Only 17% Of The Civilian Workforce In U.S. Receive Paid Time Off To Care For Newborn Children; U.S Lags Behind Majority Of Developed Countries In Providing Paid Time Off For New Parents Schumer During Negotiation Process For Upcoming Defense Authorization Bill, Relentlessly Worked To Secure Provision Mandating Three Months Of Paid Leave For All Federal Employees Becoming Parents; Today Announces Historic Progress With Provision's Inclusion In Final B… Continue Reading


12.08.19

FAA NOW STUDYING WHETHER TO MANDATE AIRLINES PROVIDE MORE LEGROOM & SEAT WIDTH FOR FLYING PUBLIC; SCHUMER DEMANDS STUDY BE COMPREHENSIVE & STRONG; JAMMING PEOPLE INTO PLANES LIKE A CAN OF SARDINES CREATES SAFETY & COMFORT ISSUES

In August 2018, Schumer Forced FAA To Study Seat, Legroom Standards On Airplanes-BUT The Results Of Required Study Were Due This Past October, And FAA Hasn't Handed In A Thing AND Those Current Tests Lack A Slew Of Traveling Variables On People with Disabilities, Kids, Pets; Senator Wants The Already-Late FAA To Fill In The Blanks Before Submitting Findings Schumer: The Only Thing Worse Than Shrinking Seats Is Shrinking The Study To Help Stop Them In The First Place. Just as the FAA tests air… Continue Reading


12.07.19

SCHUMER: BAD WEATHER OUT WEST MEANS SOME POTATO GROWERS MAY NOT BE ABLE TO FULFILL CONTRACTS WITH BIG RESTAURANTS & GROCERS BUT POTATO CROP ACROSS NY—LIKE ON LI—IS MORE AMPLE; SENATOR URGES NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION & OTHERS TO LOOK TO LI & NY TO BUY POTATOES

Suffolk County Is Third Biggest Potato Producing County In All Of NY & Can Help Meet Nation's New Demand Now & When Planting Begins In Spring, Boosting Farm Life & Jobs Locally National Potato Shortage, Predicted To Be Toughest In Years, Could Be Alleviated With New Suppliers Stepping In; Potatoes Are An Important Table Staple Schumer: New York Farmers, Like On LI, Would Not Hesi-'Tate' To Help Combat Potato Shortage, Which Boosts LI Standing at Long Island’s biggest pota… Continue Reading


12.06.19

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES $50 MILLION ORDER FOR L3HARRIS TECHNOLOGIES TO PRODUCE SOPHISTICATED, ENCRYPTED RADIOS FOR U.S. MARINE CORPS; SENATOR SAYS WORK WILL SUPPORT GOOD-PAYING JOBS FOR WORLD-CLASS ROCHESTER WORKFORCE

Schumer: Order Is A Win-Win-Win For Our Marines, L3Harris Technologies And The Rochester-Finger Lakes Economy U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that L3Harris Technologies in Rochester has been awarded a $50 million order to manufacture AN/PRC-160 HF Manpack radios for the U.S. Marine Corps. Schumer called the order a victory for the Rochester-Finger Lakes economy, as it will support good-paying manufacturing jobs in L3Harris Technologies' world-class workforce. 'This well-earned … Continue Reading


12.06.19

SCHUMER MEETS WITH MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PRESIDENT & TEAM OWNERS TO DISSECT PLAN THAT COULD STRIKE MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL OUT OF UPSTATE NY; SENATOR CONTINUES EFFORT TO PICK-OFF MLB PROPOSAL TO UPEND MINOR LEAGUES

Reported MLB Proposal Revealed +40 Minor League Teams Nationwide May Lose MLB Affiliations, Including Franchises In Binghamton, Batavia, Auburn And Staten Island Schumer Recently Met With President Of Minor League Baseball, Pat O'Conner, & Owner Of Binghamton Rumble Ponies, John Hughes, To Seek Constructive Solutions To MLB Plan That Would Have A Devastating Impact On Upstate Communities; Schumer Also Met With Brian Parish, President of the Genesee County Baseball Club Schumer: We Stand Un… Continue Reading


12.06.19

SCHUMER: COUNTERFEIT ‘MOVIE MONEY’ USED IN FILMS BUT LOOKING VERY REAL IS FLOODING STORES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, TRICKING RETAILERS & COSTING CONSUMERS WHO GET IT AS CHANGE; SENATOR URGES INTERNET ASSOCIATION TO PARTNER WITH SECRET SERVICE TO CURB COUNTERFEIT CASH & CATCH CULPRIT(S)

Online Retailers Like Ebay, Amazon Stock Movie Money As Gag Gift Or Other Innocent Reason But New Secret Service Warning Details 25% Surge In The Counterfeit Currency Being Used In Marketplace, Duping Everyone Schumer Says Internet Retailers Are Unknowingly Making It Easy To Traffic Fake Cash By Selling It; Wants Internet Association, Which Reps Online Retailers, To Partner With Secret Service On Plan To Curb Nefarious Sales Schumer: It Shouldn't Be A 'Mission Impossible' To Tackle 'Movie Mo… Continue Reading


12.05.19

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, 3+ YEARS SINCE PFOS DISCOVERY IN NEWBURGH WATER & AFTER ENDLESS DELAYS & FOOT-DRAGGING, INSTALLATION OF SCHUMER-SECURED FILTRATION SYSTEM, THE FIRST INTERIM REMEDIAL MEASURE, IS FINALLY COMPLETE; SENATOR SAYS TODAY MARKS FIRST STEP IN FINALLY RESTORING SAFE, CLEAN DRINKING WATER IN NEWBURGH

In 2016, The City Of Newburgh's Drinking Water Source, Washington Lake, Was Found To Be Contaminated By PFAS-Due To Use Of Firefighting Foam At Stewart ANGB; Toxic Pollution Endangered Health Of Thousands Of Residents Schumer Has Spearheaded Efforts To Take More Aggressive Action To Remediate Contamination On/Near Stewart Base, Including Securing Filtration System & Watching Like A Hawk To Break Bureaucratic Logjams; Today Announces Filtration System At Recreation Pond Is Officially Operabl… Continue Reading

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