Press Releases

12.17.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES JUST-UNVEILED OMNIBUS INCLUDES CRITICAL PROVISIONS THAT WILL HELP ELIMINATE UNFAIR DISPARITIES IN PUERTO RICO’S MEDICARE PROGRAM; WITH PUERTO RICO DANGLING ON THE ABYSS OF FISCAL MELTDOWN, SENATOR WILL CONTINUE TO PUSH FOR BIPARTISAN SOLUTIONS TO HELP PUERTO RICO ADDRESS DIRE ECONOMIC ISSUES

Currently, Puerto Rico Hospitals Are Paid A Medicare Base Rate That is 14 Percent Lower Than Hospitals in the States; Just-Released Omnibus Changes That By Providing Puerto Rico Hospitals With Same Base Payment Rate as Hospitals in the States; New Law Means That Puerto Rico Hospitals Could Be Provided With An Additional $600M Between 2016-2025 Omnibus Bill Also Provides Puerto Rico Hospitals With Bonus Payments If They Use Electronic Health Records; Bonus Payments Under Medicare Are Already Pro… Continue Reading


12.16.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, MALONEY ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $3.5 MILLION IN FEDERAL AID FOR HIGHLAND FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT IN JUST-UNVEILED OMNIBUS BILL – PASSAGE IN CONGRESS WOULD SEND LEGISLATION TO PRESIDENT’S DESK

Omnibus Spending Bill Secures about $3.5 Million in Federal Aid To Highland Falls School District For FY2016 That Could Have Been Lost For Years, Schumer, Gillibrand & Maloney Have Worked to Boost Funding for Cash-Strapped Highland Falls School District - Because District Land is 93% Tax Exempt, Highland Falls Has Very Small Tax Base, That Has Led to Property Tax Increases and School Closures Over The Years Schumer, Gillibrand, Maloney: Fed Aid A Big Win For Highland Falls Taxpayers U.S.… Continue Reading


12.16.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES EXTENSION OF VITAL TAX BENEFIT FOR MASS TRANSIT COMMUTERS INCLUDED IN JUST-UNVEILED TAX PACKAGE; LEGISLATION PERMANENTLY EXTENDS MASS TRANSIT BENEFIT WHICH SAVES SUBWAY, LIRR AND OTHER MASS TRANSIT COMMUTERS OVER $1,000 PER YEAR

Over 300K Commuters Who Take LIRR Daily Were Eligible to Receive Up to $250 in Pre-Tax Savings in 2014 On LIRR Commute Each Month Until the Provision Expired Jan 1st of This Year Dropping Monthly Savings to $130 Schumer Successfully Pushed to Reinstate and Extend Commuter Benefit At Rate of $250 for 2015 and $255 for 2016 in Monthly Pre-Tax Savings Legislation Would Permanently Provide Much-Needed parity Between Commuters Who Drive & Those Who Use Mass Transit … Continue Reading


12.16.15

FOLLOWING YEARS OF WORK, SCHUMER SECURES MAJOR VICTORIES FOR UPSTATE NEW YORK IN RECENTLY ANNOUNCED FEDERAL BUDGET

Schumer Announces That The Bipartisan Budget Bill Is Filled With Dozens Of Important Victories For Upstate New York Schumer Successfully Pushed For Funding Priorities Including HOME Funding, SAFER Grants for Firefighters, HIDTA Funding to Combat Drug Crime, Water-Sewer Grants & More Schumer: Budget Bill Is A Major Win For Upstate NY U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced, following years of work, major victories that will greatly help Upstate New York were included in the recen… Continue Reading


12.16.15

SCHUMER SECURES $105M TO REBUILD & UPGRADE ALEXANDRIA BAY BORDER CROSSING; PROJECT HAS BEEN PLANNED FOR NEARLY A DECADE BUT STALLED BECAUSE OF A LACK OF FUNDING – SCHUMER SAYS BUDGET DEAL WILL FINALLY UNLOCK CRITICAL INVESTMENT AND IMPROVE REGIONAL ECONOMY

Federal Budget Agreement Includes Provision to Fully Fund Renovations to Alexandria Bay Border Crossing - Project Has Been Top Regional Priority for Years Schumer Pushed for Necessary Funding to Upgrade the Alexandria Bay Broder Crossing, Which Handles Hundreds of Thousands of Vehicles and Over 1.5 million Passengers a Year Schumer: Alexandria Bay Border Crossing Project - Lynchpin of the Local Economy – Finally Approved for Entry Today, Senator Schumer announced that the federal budget… Continue Reading


12.16.15

AS NEW ROCHESTER MARINA OPENS NEXT YEAR, SCHUMER SECURES $2.3 MILLLION FED FUNDS FOR ARMY CORPS TO FULLY DREDGE ROCHESTER HARBOR; IN MARCH, SCHUMER URGED FED APPROPRIATORS TO ALLOCATE $2.3 MILLION TO EFFORT – KEEPING ROCHESTER HARBOR NAVIGABLE IS CRITICAL FOR SAFETY, BOATERS, & LOCAL ECONOMY

Dredging Funding Particularly Important Since New City of Rochester Marina Opens for Business, Boaters Next Year; Schumer Secured $1.5 Million Federal Grant in 2011 to Help Construct Marina Schumer Pushed to Secure Fed Funding As Part of FY2016 Budget - The Cost of Not Dredging the Rochester Harbor Could Mean a Loss of Commercial and Recreation Revenue & Could Put Local Jobs At Risk Schumer: Fed Funds Can Now Keep Rochester Harbor Clear For Commerce & Recreation Today, U.S. Senator … Continue Reading


12.16.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $70 MILLION IN FED FUNDING FOR ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY’S NATIONAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE FOR THE DEAF IN JUST-UNVEILED OMNIBUS BILL – PASSAGE IN CONGRESS WOULD SEND LEGISLATION TO PRESIDENT’S DESK

Schumer, Gillibrand Pushed Hard For Funds That Would Help Deaf And Hard-Of-Hearing New Yorkers Get Education and Find Jobs U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Omnibus spending bill - a must-pass bill that funds the federal government through the end of the fiscal year - includes $70 million in funding for Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), which is a much-needed increase of $3 million from last year'… Continue Reading


12.16.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES PERMANENT EXTENSION OF CRITICAL “TEACHER TAX BREAK” INCLUDED IN JUST-UNVEILED TAX PACKAGE; WOULD HELP THOUSANDS OF NY TEACHERS SAVE UP TO $250 PER YEAR IN TAX DEDUCTIONS ON SCHOOL SUPPLIES – EXPIRED IN 2014, PERMANENT RENEWAL WOULD HELP OFF-SET COSTS FOR TEACHERS WHO DIP INTO THEIR OWN POCKETS TO PURCHASE SUPPLIES FOR CLASSROOM

The Average NYS Teacher Spends a Whopping $485 Per Year Out-of-Pocket To Help Educate Our Kids - Important Tax Benefit That Helps Make Purchasing School Supplies More Affordable Expired in 2014; In Total Over 65K Teachers in NYC Would Be Able to Deduct Up To $16M Schumer Announces Federal Tax Package Would Make This This Important Benefit for NY Teachers A Permanent Part of The Tax Code - Tax Benefit Will Help Teachers Save & Bring More Supplies Into NY Classrooms to Help Our Kids Learn U.… Continue Reading


12.16.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $19 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR STATE-OF-THE-ART FT. DRUM MILITARY TRAINING ACADEMY IN JUST-UNVEILED OMNIBUS BILL – PASSAGE IN CONGRESS WOULD SEND LEGISLATION TO PRESIDENT’S DESK

Current Non-Commissioned Officers Academy Is An Old, Deteriorating Building And Poses Numerous Safety Risks; New Facility Would Reduce Operating Costs, Streamline Training Schumer: Funding For New State-of-the-Art Facility Means New Jobs & Better Training for Fort Drum Soldiers U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Omnibus spending bill - a must-pass bill that funds the federal government through the end of the fiscal year - includes $19 million… Continue Reading


12.16.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $157 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR LOCKHEED MARTIN SALINA’S HIGH-TECH SURVEILLANCE RADAR SYSTEM PROGRAMS IS INCLUDED IN JUST-UNVEILED OMNIBUS BUDGET BILL – PASSAGE IN CONGRESS WOULD SEND LEGISLATION TO PRESIDENT’S DESK

Funding Would Keep Radar Production Programs on Track & Help Maintain Salina Jobs - Bill Includes $157.19 Million for Continued Production of High-Tech, Long-Range Surveillance Radars, Produced By Lockheed Martin in Salina Schumer: This Investment Will Allow Lockheed Martin Salina To Stay At The Forefront Of Radar Technology & Protect Troops Overseas With Critical Equipment Systems U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that the Omnibus spending bill - a must-pass bill that fu… Continue Reading


12.16.15

FOLLOWING SCHUMER PUSH, FEDERAL FUNDING BILL WILL INCLUDE $1.285M TO FULLY DREDGE OSWEGO HARBOR; IN MARCH SCHUMER URGED FED APPROPRIATORS TO ALLOCATE FUNDING TO KEEP OSWEGO HARBOR NAVIGABLE BECAUSE IT IS CRITICAL FOR SAFETY & LOCAL ECONOMY

Despite the Fact that Dredging Is Needed Every 3-4 Years for Oswego Harbor to Maintain a State of Good Repair, The Last Major Dredging Has Not Occurred Since 2008; Schumer Successfully Secured Funding in This Budget To Fully Dredge Harbor for First Time in Nearly 7 Years Schumer Secures Fed Funding for Oswego As Part of FY2016 Omnibus Budget Bill, Paving Way for Major Harbor Dredging Project Schumer: Federal Budget Has Early Christmas Gift for Oswego Harbor  Today, U.S. Senator Charl… Continue Reading


12.16.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES PERMANENT EXTENSION OF CRITICAL “TEACHER TAX BREAK” INCLUDED IN JUST-UNVEILED TAX PACKAGE; WOULD HELP THOUSANDS OF UPSTATE NY TEACHERS SAVE UP TO $250 PER YEAR IN TAX DEDUCTIONS ON SCHOOL SUPPLIES – EXPIRED IN 2014, PERMANENT RENEWAL WOULD HELP OFF-SET COSTS FOR TEACHERS WHO DIP INTO THEIR OWN POCKETS TO PURCHASE SUPPLIES FOR CLASSROOM

The Average NYS Teacher Spends a Whopping $485 Per Year Out-of-Pocket To Help Educate Our Kids - Important Tax Benefit That Helps Make Purchasing School Supplies More Affordable Expired in 2014; In Total, Over 100K Teachers in Upstate NY Would Be Able to Deduct Up To $25M Schumer Announces Federal Tax Package Would Make This This Important Benefit for NY Teachers A Permanent Part of The Tax Code - Tax Benefit Will Help Teachers Save & Bring More Supplies Into NY Classrooms to Help Our Kid… Continue Reading


12.16.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $68 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR ROCHESTER LASER LAB INCLUDED IN JUST-UNVEILED OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL – PASSAGE IN CONGRESS WOULD SEND LEGISLATION TO PRESIDENT’S DESK

Schumer & Gillibrand Have Long Fought to Keep U of Rochester At The Cutting Edge of High-Tech Energy Research - Rochester Laser Lab Will Now Receive, $68 Million in Funding for Its OMEGA Laser Federal Funds Will Go to Critical Programs That Protect Nation, Maintain Over 300 Jobs in New York Schumer, Gillibrand: Funding Will Help Keep Rochester at the Forefront of Laser Technology and Guarantees It Plays A Role In Solving Critical Problems for Our Nation U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer… Continue Reading


12.16.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES $1.3 BILLLION IN FED FUNDING SECURED FOR NAVAL REACTORS; PROVIDES FUNDING CAPITAL REGION’S KESSELRING NEEDS TO KEEP TRAINING PROGRAM RUNNING

Schumer Fought to Protect & Secure More Funds to Keep Kesselring Site in West Milton & Knolls Atomic Power Lab in Niskayuna Thriving Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory's (KAPL) Kesselring Site in West Milton Employs 700 & Trains 1,000+ Navy Personnel - Schumer Has Long Fought To Keep Program Funded At Highest Levels Possible In Order To Help Keep Sites Like Kesselring Prosperous U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Omnibus spending bill - a must-pass bill that fund… Continue Reading


12.16.15

SCHUMER SECURES MAJOR VICTORY FOR UPSTATE NEW YORK APPLE PRODUCERS; JUST UNVEILED EXTENDERS PACKAGE INCLUDES MODERNIZED DEFINITION OF HARD APPLE CIDER – PROVISION WOULD LOWER TAXES ON PRODUCT, IMPROVE ABILITY TO COMPETE IN FOREIGN MARKETS, INCREASE SALES FOR APPLE GROWERS ACROSS NY STATE

Schumer Bill - The CIDER Act - Included in Must-Pass Extenders Package Would Provide Revised Definition of Hard Cider to Ensure All Products Can Be Labeled & Taxed Like Hard Cider, Not Higher Rate For Wine – Allows Producers that Often Suffer from Frost & Bad Weather to Add New Stable Source of Income NY Has Hundreds of Apple Growers & Increasing Number of Hard Cider Producers – Legislation Would Boost Business for Existing Producers, Help New Growers Add Highly Popular … Continue Reading


12.16.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE JUST-UNVEILED OMNIBUS BILL HAS MORE THAN $91 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR DOD SCIENCE & TECH PROGRAM TO HELP BUFFALO’S CUBRC – PASSAGE IN CONGRESS WOULD SEND LEGISLATION TO PRESIDENT’S DESK

CUBRC, A Buffalo-Based Independent Not-For-Profit Research Entity, Depends on DOD's Science And Technology Program for its Large Energy National Shock Tunnel (LENS) Complex - But DOD's Program Budget Has Been Cut 10% Over The Past Few Years Schumer, Gillibrand Urged Appropriators to Restore Funding to Previous Levels to Help Buffalo’s CUBRC Continue to Innovate & Grow Schumer, Gillibrand: Funding Will Continue CUBRC's Cutting-Edge Work & Support 130 High-Tech Jobs in Western Ne… Continue Reading


12.16.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $660 MILLION IN FED FUNDS FOR LOCKHEED MARTIN OWEGO’S COMBAT RESCUE & MARINE ONE HELICOPTER PROGRAMS IS INCLUDED IN JUST-UNVEILED OMNIBUS BUDGET BILL

Funding Would Keep Helicopter Programs on Track & Help Maintain Southern Tier Jobs - Bill Includes $507 Million in Funding for New Fleet of Presidential Helicopters & $156 Million in Funding for New Fleet of Combat Search & Rescue Helicopters, Both Are Partly Produced By Lockheed Martin in Owego Schumer, Gillibrand: Funding Is Critical for Lockheed Martin Owego, At The Forefront Of Two of The Most Important Helicopter Programs In World U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten … Continue Reading


12.16.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, AFTER HIS PUSH, JUST-UNVEILED TAX PACKAGE WOULD MAKE COLLEGE TUITION TAX CREDIT PERMANENT; SCHUMER-AUTHORED TAX CREDIT PROVIDES MUCH-NEEDED RELIEF TO MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES NOW PAYING SKY-HIGH COLLEGE TUITION COSTS

'American Opportunity Tax Credit' Provides A Major Boost For Middle-Class Families Across NY, But Was Set to Expire in 2017; Permanent Tax Credit Would Mean That Families Could Rely on Much-Needed Relief for Years to Come With Full Tax Credit, NY Families With Students in College Are Eligible to Collectively Save Over $1B Per Year Schumer: A Permanent American Opportunity Tax Credit Would Provide Needed Relief for Middle-Class Families Now Bearing the Rocketing Cost of… Continue Reading


12.16.15

SCHUMER SECURES MAJOR VICTORY FOR UPSTATE NY VETERANS & BUSINESSES; SAYS TAX EXTENDERS PACKAGE WILL INCLUDES INCENTIVES FOR BUSINESSES TO HIRE UNEMPLOYED VETERANS IN UPSTATE NY – PROVISION IS A PROVEN SUCCESS IN HELPING UPSTATE BUSINESSES HIRE MORE VETERANS

Schumer Pushed To Include A Tax Credit to Boost Veteran Employment in Must-Pass Legislation; Urged Colleagues To Reauthorize And Extend Through 2019 The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), Which Incentivizes Employers to Hire Unemployed Veterans Schumer Says Boosting Job Market for Unemployed Veterans Is The Right Thing To Do To Honor The Sacrifices Made By Our Heroes In Uniform U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that a number of vital tax benefits for New Yorkers were included in the P… Continue Reading


12.16.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES PERMANENT EXTENSION OF VITAL TAX BENEFIT FOR MASS TRANSIT COMMUTERS INCLUDED IN JUST-UNVEILED MUST-PASS TAX PACKAGE; LEGISLATION REINSTATES EXPIRED “MASS TRANSIT TAX BENEFIT” THAT CAN SAVE METRO-NORTH AND OTHER WESTCHESTER, ROCKLAND AND ORANGE AND LOWER HUDSON VALLEY MASS TRANSIT COMMUTERS OVER $1,000 PER YEAR

170,000 Westchester, Rockland & Putnam Commuters Who Take Metro-North Each Day Were Eligible to Receive Up to $250 in Pre-Tax Savings in 2014 On Metro-North Commute Every Month Until the Provision Expired Jan 1st of This Year, Dropping Monthly Savings to $130 Schumer Successfully Pushed to ?Include Permanent Extension of Mass Transit Benefit At Same Rate as Parking In Must-Pass Bill; Would be $250 for 2015 and $255 for 2016 in Monthly Pre-Tax Savings Providing … Continue Reading

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