Press Releases

02.04.21

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $5.2 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO SUPPORT ONONDAGA COUNTY’S COVID RESPONSE

Local Governments Heroically Responded To COVID Outbreak, Ripping Holes In Their Budgets To Obtain PPE, Cleaning/Disinfecting Facilities, Testing, Tracing, And More Senators Say FEMA Funding Will Reimburse Onondaga County For Costs Related to Pandemic Response Schumer, Gillibrand: Federal Funding Will Help Onondaga Keep Up The Fight Against COVID-19 U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $5,255,681.63 in federal funding for Onondaga… Continue Reading


02.03.21

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $12.5K IN FEDERAL FUNDING AWARDED TO THE SAINT REGIS MOHAWK TRIBE TO IMPROVE TRANSPORTATION SAFETY

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that $12,500 in federal funding was awarded to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe to improve transportation services and safety in Akwesasne. This federal funding was allocated through the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund (TTPSF), and will be used to invest in public transportation safety projects consistent with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe's tra… Continue Reading


02.02.21

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $707,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO SUPPORT AMERICORPS SENIORS PROGRAMS THROUGHOUT NEW YORK

Americorps Seniors RSVP Provides Grants To Engage Senior Volunteers Who Tackle Elder Abuse And Financial Exploitation, Opioid Abuse/Prevention, Transportation Services, Intergenerational Education, Housing Services & Mores In Their Communities Nine Organizations Throughout New York Will Receive A Portion Of The Allotted $707K; Funding Will Help To Recruit & Manage Over 4,000 Senior Volunteers Schumer, Gillibrand: Americorps Funding To Engage Seniors & Help Communities All Over New… Continue Reading


02.01.21

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND URGE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO EVALUATE ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS OF PROPOSED WASTE TRANSFER FACILITY NEAR SENECA LAKE

Seneca Lake Is A Major Recreation and Tourist Destination in the Finger Lakes; Senators And Community Are Concerned Proposed Facility Could Pose Significant Negative Impacts On Environment And Nearby Wetlands WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, called on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District Commander LTC Eli Adams to fully evaluate the pot… Continue Reading


02.01.21

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: NY BREWERS, VINTNERS, CIDER MAKERS AND DISTILLERS IN GOOD SPIRITS AS PERMENANTLY-REDUCED EXCISE TAXES FOR CRAFT BEVERAGE INDUSTRY ARE INCLUDED IN FY2021 END-OF-YEAR OMNIBUS LEGISLATION; SENATOR SECURES CRITICAL ECONOMIC RELIEF FOR JOB-CREATING NEW YORK BUSINESSES TO BOTTLE UP PROFITS

The Craft Beverage Alcohol Industry, Esp Small Businesses Whose Sales Are Mainly On Premise, Have Suffered Significant Decline In Revenue During Ongoing Economic Crisis Senator Says Permanent Excise Tax Reductions Will Provide Economic Lifeline To The Industry, Remove Regulatory Barriers To Help NY Craft Beverage Producers Stay Afloat And Retain & Grow Jobs Schumer: Critical Tax Relief For NY's Beer, Wine, Cider, And Distilled Spirits Makers Will Help Crack Open Economic Recovery Continui… Continue Reading


01.29.21

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $400K IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO INVEST IN ORAL DISEASE TECHNOLOGY AND RESEARCH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $420,800 in federal funding to support the research and development of oral disease and disorder technology at the University of Rochester. The funding was allocated through the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) and was awarded to the Clinical and Translational Research Core at the University of Rochester's Eastm… Continue Reading


01.29.21

SCHUMER AND GILLIBRAND LAUNCH NEW PUSH TO PERMANENTLY RESTORE NEW YORK STATE’S FULL SALT DEDUCTION; WITH AVERAGE UPSTATE NY DEDUCTION OF $13K+, SENATORS INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO ALLOW UPSTATE TAXPAYERS TO FULLY DEDUCT STATE & LOCAL TAXES ON FEDERAL INCOME RETURNS

Senators Have Been Pushing To Restore SALT Deduction Since It Was Uprooted From Middle Class Communities Via The Trump Tax Bill; The Avg SALT Deduction Across Upstate New York Was Over $13K Across More Than 1.2M Households  Senators: The Money Robbed From Upstate Homeowners Via The SALT Deduction Cap Must Be Restored; The Cap On The SALT Deduction Has Been A Body Blow For New York Families Today, U.S Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduce… Continue Reading


01.28.21

SCHUMER, IN PERSONAL CALL TO SAMSUNG TOP BRASS, PUSHES FOR SAMSUNG TO BUILD NEW MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR SEMICONDUCTOR FAB ON GENESEE STAMP CAMPUS & BRING 1,900 NEW JOBS TO WESTERN NEW YORK; SENATOR SAYS HIS NEW FIRST-EVER FEDERAL CHIP FAB INCENTIVE LEGISLATION IS A GAME-CHANGER TO LANDING SAMSUNG IN WNY & FURTHER ESTABLISH UPSTATE NY AS A GLOBAL HUB FOR THE SEMICONDUCTOR INDUSTRY

Samsung Is Considering Several Locations To Be The Site Of Their New U.S. Semiconductor Fab, Including The Genesee County STAMP Campus In Western New York Schumer Has Fought For Years To Ensure Genesee STAMP Campus Is Shovel-Ready; Pledges Support For Landing Samsung Facility & Cementing U.S. & NY Leadership In Semiconductor Industry Schumer: Picking NY Will Be A Win-Win-Win, Growing Local Economy, Creating New Manufacturing Jobs, And Plugging Samsung Into NY's Robust Semiconductor … Continue Reading


01.28.21

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND DELIVER OVER $36.5 MILLION FOR UPSTATE NY AIRPORTS DEVASTATED BY PANDEMIC AS PART OF LAST MONTH’S COVID RELIEF PACKAGE

Schumer And Gillibrand Have Fought Tirelessly To Keep Airports Open And Operating Amid COVID Blow; Airports Serve Important Functions In Many Upstate New York Communities, Especially For Rural Regions  Senators Say Relief Funding Will Help Keep Airports Afloat Through Second Wave  Schumer, Gillibrand: COVID Package Will Help Airports Take-Off As Pandemic Battle Continues After days of doggedly negotiating on behalf of Upstate New York, U.S. Senator Charles E. Sch… Continue Reading


01.27.21

FOLLOWING THEIR PUSH TO ADVANCE VACCINE DISTRIBUTION EFFORTS, SENATORS SCHUMER & GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $466.8 MILLION IN FEMA FEDERAL FUNDS FOR NEW YORK’S COVID-19 VACCINE DISTRIBUTION & ADMINISTRATION

NYS Set To Receive Critical Federal Funds to Aid Vaccine Distribution Efforts Federal Funds Support Costs Of Vaccine Transportation, Essential Medical Supplies & Staff, PPE, Disinfection Services For Vaccine Distribution Sites & More Senators Say Funding Ensures New Yorkers Are Receiving Their COVID-19 Vaccines In A Safe & Effective Way To Keep Up Critical Fight Against The Virus Following Senator Schumer's call last week with Mr. Jeffrey Zients, President Biden's pick to be the W… Continue Reading


01.27.21

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $1.4 MILLION IN FEDERAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDING FOR CORNELL AGRICULTURAL & FOOD TECHNOLOGY PARK TO CONSTRUCT NEW 20,000 SQUARE FOOT “TECH FARM 2” BUILDING IN CITY OF GENEVA, ONTARIO COUNTY

Project Will Encourage Private Investment Into City of Geneva & Allow Innovative Food-Related Businesses To Expand Production & Employment Senators Say New "Tech Farm 2" Ag-Biz Incubator Building Will Accommodate Up To Three Biz Tenants, Creating New Jobs & Leveraging ~$150K In Private Investments Schumer, Gillibrand: Federal Funding Will Help To Build Up Ontario County U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,471,400 in federal fundi… Continue Reading


01.26.21

SCHUMER REVEALS: 1,000 HOUSEHOLDS IN MADISON COUNTY STILL DO NOT HAVE SUFFICIENT – OR ANY – ACCESS TO BROADBAND; SENATOR, IN FIRST MEETING WITH PRESIDENT-ELECT BIDEN’S USDA NOMINEE, RENEWS FIGHT TO GET $15 MILLION IN USDA GRANT FUNDING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY’S INTERNET ACCESS NEEDS

COVID-19 Has Revealed Serious Disparities In Rural Communities Throughout Upstate New York, Especially Exacerbating The Digital Divide; As Madison County Communities Are Encouraged To Stay At Home Amidst A Resurgence In Cases, Broadband Access Has Never Been More Vital Senator Fought For Additional $7B In Recent COVID Relief Package To Fund Federal Broadband Programs & Is Pushing to Ensure Broadband Access For Rural Communities Is Among Top Priorities For Incoming Administration Schumer … Continue Reading


01.25.21

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $300K IN FEMA FUNDING FOR NEW YORK FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDING TO COVID-19

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that $306,624.52 in federal funding will be administered to twelve counties across New York to support COVID-19 emergency response preparedness measures. This funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) second round of the Assistance to Firefighter Grant - COVID-19 Supplemental Program (AFG-S 2) in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. This funding was autho… Continue Reading


01.21.21

FOLLOWING HIS VISIT, SCHUMER SECURES GRANT COTTAGE’S OFFICIAL DESIGNATION AS A NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK

Following his advocacy and a visit directly to Saratoga County in 2019, Schumer released the following statement regarding Grant Cottage's designation as a National Historic Landmark: Senator Schumer said, "Finally, the Grant Cottage in Saratoga County, where one of our greatest generals and an influential presidents wrote one of the finest pieces of American literature - while terminally ill - will become a National Historic Landmark.  I was proud to hav… Continue Reading


01.20.21

SCHUMER STATEMENT ON THE TRAGIC NATIONAL GUARD HELICOPTER CRASH IN MENDON

Senator Schumer released the following statement regarding tonight's tragic helicopter crash in Mendon, New York: Senator Schumer said, "I am heartbroken by the news that three of New York's brave Army National Guardsmen have been killed in a helicopter crash during a training mission. These National Guard members answered the call to help and serve their fellow New Yorkers and their country, and their sacrifices will never be forgotten. I send my deepest condolences to the loved ones of those … Continue Reading


01.19.21

CONTINUING THEIR STEADFAST SUPPORT FOR HIGHER ED DURING THE PANDEMIC, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND DELIVER $1.4 BILLION FOR NEW YORK’S COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AS PART OF COVID RELIEF PACKAGE; SENATORS SAY HIGHER ED INSTITUTIONS FACE HUGE BUDGET SHORTFALLS AMID ONGOING COVID CRISIS

Institutions Of Higher Education Are Eliminating Majors & Departments, Pausing Admissions, And Cutting Staff To Make Ends Meet During Economic Crisis Schumer Negotiated, Gillibrand Sheperded Into Passage, $1.4 Billion For NYS Colleges And Universities Into Recent COVID Relief Package, Supplementing Amount Already Disbursed From CARES Act Schumer, Gillibrand: Additional Aid For Higher Ed Will Help Fight Economic Pandemic U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand … Continue Reading


01.19.21

AS COVID CASES RISE AGAIN IN UPSTATE NEW YORK, SCHUMER REVEALS SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF LIVINGSTON COUNTY STILL DOES NOT HAVE SUFFICIENT ACCESS TO BROADBAND; SENATOR, IN FIRST MEETING WITH PRESIDENT-ELECT BIDEN’S USDA NOMINEE, RENEWS FIGHT TO GET $11 MILLION IN USDA GRANT FUNDING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY’S INTERNET ACCESS NEEDS

COVID-19 Has Revealed Serious Disparities In Rural Communities Throughout Upstate New York, Especially Exacerbating The Digital Divide; As Livingston County Communities Are Encouraged To Stay At Home Amidst A Resurgence In Cases, Broadband Access Has Never Been More Vital Senator Fought For Additional $7B In Recent COVID Relief Package To Fund Federal Broadband Programs & Is Pushing to Ensure Broadband Access For Rural Communities Is Among Top Priorities For Incoming Administration Schumer… Continue Reading


01.15.21

AS NY RAMPS UP VACCINATION EFFORTS, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND DEMAND FEDS IMMEDIATELY ADDRESS SIGNIFICANT COVID-19 VACCINE DISTRIBUTION FAILURES; SENATORS URGE HHS TO IMPLEMENT COMPREHENSIVE NATIONAL VACCINE PLAN & WORK TO COMBAT HEALTH INEQUALITIES

Nationally, 2.6 Million Americans Have Been Vaccinated, Missing Initial 20-Million-By-End-Of-December Goal; In NY, Phase 1B Is Underway With Broadened Eligibility Criteria Senators Say HHS Must Provide Resources, Support And Guidance To State, Local, Tribal, And Territorial Governments In Order To Efficiently Distribute And Administer Vaccines To People Across New York Schumer, Gillibrand: Feds Failure In COVID Vaccine Distribution Must Be Fixed To Get All New Yorkers Vaccinated ASAP As New Y… Continue Reading


01.15.21

CONTINUING THEIR UNWAVERING SUPPORT FOR CANANDAIGUA VETERANS, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE: $30 MILLION FOR PHASE III OF VA CAMPUS EXPANSION INCLUDED IN 2020 END-OF-YEAR OMNIBUS LEGISLATION; $30 MILLION WILL FUND RENOVATIONS TO BUILDING 3, TOPPING OFF MAJOR, LONG-SOUGHT UPGRADES & BOOSTING QUALITY OF CARE FOR VETERANS

When The Canandaigua VA Was Targeted For Closure In 2003, Schumer Successfully Led The Charge To Block Closure Plans And Instead Secured Over $161 Million For Phase I, $190 Million For Phase II To Upgrade Campus, Safeguard it From Future Closure Threats After Securing $30M In The FY2020 Omnibus Package, Senators Say Funding Will Be Used To Renovate 3 for Rehab, Mental Health Programs After Project Was Placed On Hold Due To Insufficient Funds Senators: Rochester-Area Veterans Will Finally Get… Continue Reading


01.15.21

SCHUMER STATEMENT ON BIDEN NOMINATING DEANNE CRISWELL TO SERVE AS THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY ADMINISTRATOR

New York, New York-Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today issued the following statement on President-elect Joe Biden's nomination of Deanne Criswell to serve as the Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator. Leader Schumer previously supported Ms. Criswell's nomination for FEMA’s National Advisory Council: "Deanne Criswell is an outstanding choice for FEMA administrator because she brings years of accomplished federal and state emergency management experience to this criti… Continue Reading

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