Press Releases

03.12.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, REED ANNOUNCE JAMESTOWN COMEDY CENTER IS OFFICIALLY THE NATIONAL COMEDY CENTER OF THE UNITED STATES; THE 2019 LANDS PACKAGE HAS BEEN SIGNED INTO LAW

Reps: "National Comedy Center Is A Cultural Institution And Tourism Magnet: Connecting, Inspiring, And Educating Visitors From All Over The Country About America's Rich History Of Comedy" National Comedy Center Also Builds On A Tradition Of Comedy History In Jamestown, NY, Birthplace Of Legend Lucille Ball  Schumer, Gillibrand, Reed: Comedy Has Found Its Permanent Home In Jamestown U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand an… Continue Reading


03.10.19

SCHUMER URGES OUTGOING FDA COMMISH TO ENSURE BAN ON KID-FRIENDLY E-CIG FLAVORS WITHIN MONTH—BEFORE HE LEAVES; PLANS ARE IN JEOPARDY AFTER HIS DEPARTURE; E-CIG USE AMONG NYC/LI KIDS SURGING

Outgoing FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb Led The Charge, At Schumer's Urging, To Limit E-Cigs; As E-Cig Use Surges & Flavors Explode, Departure Could Create Immediate Vacuum & Imperil Senator's Fight Schumer Will Also Demand New Nominee For FDA Pledge To Continue Gottlieb’s Work On E-Cigs Before Confirmed Schumer: Critical E-Cig Regulations Could Go Up In Smoke Unless FDA Takes Immediate Action Just days after U.S. Food and Drug (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced he w… Continue Reading


03.08.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, KATKO CALL ON U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR REPAIRS TO LITTLE SODUS BAY HARBOR IN THE VILLAGE OF FAIR HAVEN

Little Sodus Bay Harbor is an Important Channel that Provides Safe Passage for Boats Traveling Between Little Sodus Bay and Lake Ontario and Helps Drive Local Tourism After Years of Weather Damage, the West Pier and West Barrier of the Harbor Are Collapsing, and With Lake Ontario Reaching High Water Levels, Harbor Is at Risk of Severe Flooding U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and U.S. Representative John Katko (R-NY-24) today annou… Continue Reading


03.08.19

IN A PERSONAL MEETING WITH US TRADE REP LIGHTHIZER, SCHUMER CALLS FOR THE EXEMPTION OF NEW YORK AIR BRAKE FROM RECENTLY-IMPOSED TARIFFS; SAYS TARIFFS WILL COST NEW YORK AIR BRAKE MILLIONS AND COULD JEOPARDIZE UPSTATE JOBS

New York Air Brake, A Leading Supplier Of Innovative Train Control Systems For The Railroad Industry, Employs 500 People At Their Watertown Facility Schumer Reveals Recent Tariffs On Specialty Steel & Aluminum Products Not Made In The U.S. Will Cost New York Air Brake Millions, While Their Only Competitor Produces Tariff-Free In Mexico; Urges USTR To Exempt Company From Tariffs Schumer To USTR: Exclude NYAB From Costly Tariffs To Protect Critical Jobs, North Country Regional Economy U.S.… Continue Reading


03.07.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND: JUST-PASSED FEDERAL SPENDING BILL INCLUDES $14 MILLION TO PROTECT LONG ISLAND SOUND—HIGHEST LEVEL OF FUNDING IN 26 YEARS; SENATORS SAY $2 MILLION INCREASE IN FUNDS FROM LAST YEAR WILL HELP BETTER PROTECT ENVIRONMENT & LI ECONOMY

More Than 23 Million People Live Within 50 Miles of Sound, Which Is Home to More Than 120 Species of Fish Senators Have Led Fight to Improve LI Sound, Which is a Vital Part of Long Island Economy & Fishing Industries U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the just-passed federal spending bill includes $14 million to fund the Environmental Protection Agency's Long Island Sound program, an increase of $2 million from the year prior. The Senators said thi… Continue Reading


03.07.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, MALONEY LAUNCH MAJOR PUSH TO BRING NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART AEROMEDICAL EVACUATION SQUADRON TO STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE; REPS SAY STEWART IS THE IDEAL HOME FOR CRITICAL MISSION

In Late 2018, The Air Force Announced A List Of Installations Under Consideration For New Air National Guard (ANG) Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron (AES), Including Stewart ANG Base; Designation Would Provide Medical Services To Patients Traveling To And From Medical Treatment Facilities Senators Schumer, Gillibrand And Representative Maloney Urge National Guard Bureau To Select Stewart ANG Base As Home For The AES, Citing The Base's Infrastructure, Status As A Recruiting Hub, And Top-Notch Pers… Continue Reading


03.06.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $750,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO SUPPORT 4,000 SENIOR CORPS VOLUNTEERS ACROSS UPSTATE NEW YORK

Federal Senior Corps Funding Will Be Used To Ensure Senior Volunteers Can Continue Making A Lasting Difference In Upstate Communities U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $764,110 in federal funding for 13 Senior Corps Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) projects in Upstate New York. The funding, provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), will support 4,136 Senior Corps volunteers from organization… Continue Reading


03.05.19

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, AFTER MAJOR PUSH, $49 MILLION BOOST FOR ESSENTIAL HUD LEAD-HAZARD REMOVAL EFFORTS; SAYS FUNDING WILL PROTECT THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF UPSTATE NEW YORK CHILDREN FROM INSIDIOUS & IRREVERSIBLE LEAD POISONING

U.S. Department Of Housing And Urban Development's Office Of Lead Hazard Control And Healthy Homes Provides Vital Funding To Rid Homes Of Lead Hazards Following Schumer's All Out Effort To Secure An Increase In Funding For The Office Of Lead Hazard Control And Healthy Homes, Senator Announces A $49 Million Boost For Critical Program In Recently-Passed Bi-Partisan FY 19 Spending Package Schumer: Funding Boost Will Help Get The Lead Out Of Upstate Communities U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer to… Continue Reading


03.04.19

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS SUCCESSFUL PUSH FOR $7 MILLION IN FED FUNDING FOR EAST ROCKAWAY INLET DREDGING, THAT SAND WILL BE PUMPED ONTO PREVIOUSLY-CLOSED PART OF ROCKAWAY BEACH, CLEARING THE WAY FOR AN OPEN 2019 BEACH SEASON

East Rockaway Inlet Dredging Was Included in Army Corps' 2019 Work Plan - At Schumer's Urging - After He Secured Additional Funding for ACOE; Schumer Lauds Joint NYC-ACOE Project, And Says He Will Keep The Heat on Army Corps to Move Forward With Broader Flood Protection Measures Schumer: Let There Be Sand – On Rockaway Beach! Using the Sand From The East Rockaway Dredging is a Win-Win That Will Keep Open BOTH A Vital Navigation Channel & All Of Rockaway Beach Today, U.S. Senator Char… Continue Reading


03.04.19

STANDING AT ONE OF LI’S RISKY RAIL CROSSINGS, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES NEW PLAN TO PASS NATIONAL RAIL CROSSING SAFETY BILL THAT WOULD HELP LI FUND NEEDED IMPROVEMENTS THAT CAN SAVE LIVES; NEW MAKEUP OF CONGRESS COULD GET IT DONE IN BOTH HOUSES

Last Week's Westbury Crash Took Place At LI's 45th 'Most Likely To Have A Collision’ Rail Crossing; But There Are More Than 290 Other LI Crossings That Are On The Same Risk List & Some Dangerous Crossings Await …And Await…Safety Upgrades Schumer Announces Plan To Reintroduce Rail Crossing Plan That Would Help Fund Education, Engineering & Enforcement To Tackle Dangerous Crossings Schumer: A New Push To Fix Dangerous Rail Crossings Could Put Safety Back On Track For … Continue Reading


03.04.19

ON THE HEELS OF BANKRUPTCY ANNOUNCEMENT, SCHUMER CALLS WINDSTREAM CEO TO URGE HIM TO PRESERVE ROCHESTER’S ROUGHLY 700 JOBS; RECEIVES COMMITMENT THAT BANKRUPTCY FILING WILL NOT CREATE JOB CUTS & ROCHESTER OPERATIONS WILL REMAIN UNAFFECTED

Windstream Services, Which Employs Roughly 700 People In Monroe County, Recently Declared Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Following Loss Of Lawsuit To Hedge Fund Schumer Calls Windstream CEO Anthony Thomas To Urge Him To Keep Jobs; Windstream CEO Confirms Commitment To Rochester And Promises To Preserve Jobs Schumer To Windstream CEO: Protecting Windstream's Rochester Employees Must Be A Top Priority U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, on a personal call with Windstream Services CEO Anthony Thomas, push… Continue Reading


03.03.19

SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO INVESTIGATE RECENT MTA EQUIPMENT FAILURE THAT COULD—YET AGAIN—DELAY FULL-INSTALL OF PTC CRASH PREVENTION TECH ACROSS LIRR & METRO-NORTH; MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS DEMAND TOP-TO-BOTTOM REVIEW TO PREVENT SAME PROBLEMS & ANOTHER DANGEROUS SAFETY DELAY

Schumer Says MTA Just Recently Filed For Another PTC Extension In December & Would Face Big Federal Fines If Recent Equipment Glitch Upends Latest Install Schedule Federal Railroad Admin Should Be Tasked With Taking Hard Look At MTA Quality Controls & Communications Methods To Ensure Money Is Not Wasted, Installation Is Not Botched Again & Life-Saving Tech Is Fully Installed ASAP Schumer: This Stun Of A Glitch Cannot Lead To Another Major PTC Delay On the heels of a stunning MTA e… Continue Reading


03.01.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND CALL ON INTERNATIONAL JOINT COMMISSION AND INTERNATIONAL LAKE ONTARIO-ST. LAWRENCE RIVER BOARD TO TAKE ALL AVAILABLE ACTIONS NOW, INCLUDING MAXIMIZING MOSES-SAUNDERS DAM OUTFLOWS, TO MITIGATE LAKE FLOOD RISK

Rising Lake Ontario Water Levels, Additional Precipitation & Snowmelt Intensify Concern For Flooding Along Shore; Lake Ontario & St. Lawrence River Communities Still Recovering From Devastating 2017 Floods Schumer, Gillibrand Today Call On The International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board Of Control To Expediently Implement Flooding Mitigation Measures, Including Appropriately Maximizing Outflows At Moses-Saunders Dam  Schumer, Gillibrand To IJC: You Must Do Everyt… Continue Reading


02.26.19

FOLLOWING HIS TIRELESS ADVOCACY, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $68 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO BUILD A NEW GRAPE GENETICS RESEARCH LAB IN GENEVA; SAYS NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITY WILL PROVIDE CRITICAL RESEARCH FOR UPSTATE GRAPE GROWERS TO SUPPORT CONTINUED HEALTH AND GROWTH OF GRAPE INDUSTRY NATIONWIDE

The Agriculture Research Service Grape Genetics Research Unit In Geneva Provides Research For Grape Farmers On How To Enhance Their Products; Scientists Are Working In Space Leased From Cornell University That Leaves No Room For Growth Schumer Today Announces $68.9 Million From The Recent Spending Package To Build A Federal Grape Genetics Research Lab Schumer: New Grape Genetics Lab Will Help Drive Incredible Growth In The Upstate Grape Industry U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announc… Continue Reading


02.26.19

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, AFTER MAJOR PUSH IN SYRACUSE, $49 MILLION BOOST FOR ESSENTIAL HUD LEAD-HAZARD REMOVAL EFFORTS; SAYS FUNDING WILL PROTECT THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF UPSTATE CHILDREN FROM INSIDIOUS AND IRREVERSIBLE LEAD POISONING

U.S. Department Of Housing And Urban Development's Office Of Lead Hazard Control And Healthy Homes Provides Vital Funding To Rid Homes Of Lead Hazards Following Schumer's All Out Effort To Secure An Increase In Funding For The Office Of Lead Hazard Control And Healthy Homes, Senator Today Announces A $49 Million Boost For Critical Program In Recently-Passed Bi-Partisan FY 19 Spending Package Schumer: Funding Boost Will Help Get The Lead Out Of Upstate Communities U.S. Senator Charles E. Schu… Continue Reading


02.25.19

FOLLOWING SCHUMER’S PUSH AT NIAGARA FALLS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT LAST YEAR, SENATOR ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL $500 MILLION FOR THE FAA’S AIRPORT IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM, BRINGING ITS TOTAL FUNDING UP TO $3.85 BILLION FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019; SAYS FUNDING BOOST CAN BE USED TO MAKE LONG-SOUGHT UPGRADES AT AIRPORTS ACROSS WESTERN NY

The Airport Improvement Program Provides Federal Funding For Public Agencies To Make Infrastructure Improvements At Airports Schumer: Funds Will Help Prep Airports Across Upstate NY- Like Niagara Falls International -For Takeoff U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that, following his push, the recently passed minibus appropriations bill includes an additional $500 million for the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP), bringing its total funding f… Continue Reading


02.25.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $8.5 MILLION IN FEDERAL HEAD START AND EARLY HEAD START FUNDING FOR THE HEAD START OF ROCKLAND, INC.

Funding Will Be Used to Support Early Childhood Education and Family Services for Low-Income Children in Rockland County U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $8,528,137 in federal funding for Head Start of Rockland, Inc. The funding was provided by the Department of Health and Human Services Head Start Program. Head Start of Rockland, Inc. will use the funding to provide comprehensive cognitive education, health, nutrition, and fami… Continue Reading


02.25.19

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS PUSH IN LEWIS COUNTY THIS FALL, HIGHEST-EVER FUNDING TOTAL FOR CRITICAL MAPLE PROGRAM IN RECENTLY-PASSED SPENDING PACKAGE; SENATOR SAYS FUNDING WILL BE USED TO INVEST IN RESEARCH, BOOST GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS

Schumer Secures $4 Million In Total Funding For Acer Program That Increases Production, Strengthens Conservation And Drives Efficiency In Maple Sugaring Previously, Schumer Visited Lewis County Last November To Push For Funding Boost For Acer Access And Development Program, Which Was Established By His Legislation The Maple Tapping Access Program Act Funding Boost Will Spout Sweet Results For Upstate NY And The North Country U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that, following hi… Continue Reading


02.24.19

SCHUMER DEMANDS FEDS PUT UP $1.2 BILLION IN NEW FUNDS FOR PUBLIC HOUSING IN UPCOMING TRUMP BUDGET; RECENT SETTLEMENT GIVES FEDS AUTHORITY OVER NYCHA; ONLY FAIR THEY INCREASE FUNDING & REVERSE DECADES OF FED DISINVESTMENT TO MAKE VITAL REPAIRS & MORE

Schumer Personally Spoke With HUD Sec. Carson & Urged Increased Federal Resources & Investment In Authorities Like NYCHA With NYCHA Deal Done, Schumer Says Feds Should Deliver New Funds To Public Housing; Accountability Is Good-But Without Fed Dollars In Mix, Lasting Reform Will Elude Schumer: HUD Needs To Put Its Money Where Its Mouth Is To Improve NYCHA On the heels of a settlement agreement between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the City of New York and… Continue Reading


02.22.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $4.7 MILLION IN FEDERAL HEAD START FUNDING FOR ALBANY COUNTY OPPORTUNITY, INC.

Funding Will Be Used to Support Early Childhood Education and Care Services for Low-Income Children in Albany County U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $4,758,970 in federal funding for Albany County Opportunity, Inc. The funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Head Start Program and will be used to support child care and support services for low-income families throughout Albany County. "Study af… Continue Reading

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