Press Releases

10.28.15

SCHUMER INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO INCREASE REWARDS FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO THE ARREST OR CONVICTION OF THOSE INVOLVED IN THE 1988 TERRORIST ATTACK ON PAN AM FLIGHT 103 OVER LOCKERBIE, SCOTLAND, WHICH KILLED 270 PEOPLE, INCLUDING DOZENS OF UPSTATE NEW YORKERS FROM CAPITAL REGION & CENTRAL NY

New Reports Have Identified Additional Suspects In The 1988 Bombing Of Pan Am Flight 103, Which Killed 270 People, Including 35 Syracuse University Students & 14 People From the Capital Region - Schumer Says Additional Information About The Attack Could Help Investigators Make New Arrests & Bring Justice To Families In Order To Bring New Suspects To Justice, Group of Senators Including Schumer Propose Increasing Minimum Reward For Info To $10 Million; Only One Person Has Been Convicted… Continue Reading


10.28.15

SCHUMER REVEALS: ERRONEOUS DEBT THAT IS INACCURATE OR NO LONGER OWED – CALLED “ZOMBIE DEBT” – IS HAUNTING UPSTATE NEW YORKERS’ CREDIT REPORTS; RECENT DATA EXPOSES TERRIFYING EVIDENCE THAT OVER 2,400 UPSTATE NEW YORKERS HAVE BEEN SPOOKED BY FALSE CREDIT REPORTS OR STALKED BY DEBT COLLECTORS TO PAY DEBT THEY DON’T OWE; BILL SPONSORED BY SCHUMER WOULD CUT OFF THISFRIGHTENING PRACTICE & GIVE NEW YORKERS THE PROTECTIONS THEY DESERVE

Schumer Says New Data Shows that Thousands of New Yorkers Have Reported Issues With Their Credit Reports & The Practices of Debt Collectors, Many Based On Debt that is Either Inaccurate or Was Already Paid Schumer Urges Colleagues To Support Senate Bill That Finally Cracks Down On So-Called "Zombie Debts" That Displays Debt No Longer Owed By Consumers On Their Credit Reports Schumer: Senate Bill Would Make Sure Debts That Have Already Been Resolved Stay Dead On a conference call with rep… Continue Reading


10.27.15

SCHUMER, MCCASKILL MAKE HIGH-STAKES WAGER IN ROYALS VS. METS WORLD SERIES CONTEST

U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer of New York and Claire McCaskill of Missouri today made a friendly wager on the outcome of the 2015 World Series, which pits the Kansas City Royals against the New York Mets. If the Royals win, Schumer has pledged to tweet a photo of himself wearing a Royals t-shirt while riding a bike through New York City. Schumer has also pledged a $100 donation to MLB Urban Youth Academy at 18th and Vine in Kansas City. If the Mets win, McCaskill has pledged to tweet… Continue Reading


10.27.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: AFTER HIS RECOMMENDATION, U.S. SENATE HAS CONFIRMED LAWRENCE J. VILARDO, BUFFALO NATIVE & DISTINGUISHED WNY ATTORNEY, TO SERVE ON FEDERAL BENCH IN BUFFALO

Vilardo Is A Harvard- And Canisius-Educated, Buffalo-Bred Litigator, And A Founding Partner Of The Law Firm Connors & Vilardo, LLP U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that Lawrence Joseph Vilardo, whom Schumer recommended to President Obama, has been confirmed by the Senate (88-0) to serve as a federal court judge in the Western District of New York (WDNY). In February, the President nominated Vilardo. Schumer has fought long and hard advocating for Vilardo's confirmation. T… Continue Reading


10.26.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, SERRANO, DE BLASIO ANNOUNCE $10 MILLION IN FEDERAL DOT FUNDING TO COMPLETE FINAL LINK ALONG BRONX RIVER GREENWAY; FEDERAL INVESTMENT MEANS THOUSANDS OF SOUTH BRONX RESIDENTS WILL BE BETTER CONNECTED TO OTHER NEIGHBORHOODS IN THE BRONX VIA BICYCLE & PEDESTRIAN BRIDGES

Bronx River Greenway is a 23-Mile Long Path Along the Bronx River That Allows for Increased Bike & Pedestrian Traffic; Greenway Better Connects Bronx Residents to the Waterfront & Numerous Employment & Educational Centers Like Montefiore Medical Center, Hunts Point Terminal Market, Fordham University & More Schumer, Gillibrand, Serrano, de Blasio Announce DOT TIGER Grant for Final Construction of ¾ Mile Pathway, Including Two Bike & Pedestrian Bridges Between Concr… Continue Reading


10.26.15

SCHUMER: HEROIN & OPIATE OVERDOSES ARE SKYROCKETING IN BUFFALO & WNY, DEVASTATING FAMILIES & CRIPPLING NEIGHBORHOODS; SCHUMER BILL WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TO CRACK DOWN ON INTERNATIONAL DRUG TRAFFICKERS

There Have Been 147 Fatal Overdoses In Western NY In 2015; County Health Officials Predict 275 Total By Year's End - Schumer Bill Will Increase Penalties On Drug Traffickers & Make It A Lot Easier For Long-Arm of U.S. Law To Stop The Import Of Poison To The U.S. Since Last Year, Local Treatment Facilities Report Opiate & Heroin Overdoes Are Up Over 480% In Buffalo; Schumer Bill Improves Federal Law Enforcement's Ability To Go After Drug Traffickers Schumer: Feds Need New Tools To Prev… Continue Reading


10.26.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE: U.S. DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION HAS AWARDED CITY OF BUFFALO $18 MILLION IN FED FUNDS TO TRANSFORM BUFFALO’S LOWER MAIN STREET – PROJECT WILL REOPEN CAR ACCESS, REVAMP METRO RAIL FACILITIES ON CITY’S MAIN STREET & CONTINUE TO BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO BUFFALO’S DOWNTOWN

Schumer Urged Federal DOT To Make Major Investment in City of Buffalo's Cars Sharing Main St. Project; Grant Will Allow City to Move Forward with Lower Main St. Project - Bringing New Life to Downtown & Building on Waterfront Success Schumer & Gillibrand Were Instrumental in Securing Initial $15 Million in TIGER Funds in 2011 for 500 Block of Main St; Now With This Additional $18 Million for Lower Main St. Total Federal Investment in the Project Exceeds $33 Million Schumer, Gillibrand… Continue Reading


10.26.15

SCHUMER REVEALS: ROCHESTER IS ONLY MAJOR UPSTATE METRO AREA WITHOUT A VA OUTPATIENT SURGERY FACILITY; VETERANS CAN BE FORCED TO TRAVEL OVER 70 MILES TO ACCESS MEDICAL TREATMENT THAT THEY NEED & DESERVE; SENATOR URGES VA TO GREENLIGHT PLAN TO BUILD ‘PHASE TWO’ SURGICAL ADDITION

VA Ambulatory Outpatient Surgery Services Are Currently Only Provided At VA Facilities In Buffalo, Syracuse, And Albany, But Not In The Rochester-Finger Lakes Area, Which Is Home To 68,936 Veterans Schumer Says The New Upcoming 84,000 Sq Ft VA Outpatient Clinic In Monroe County Is a Great Start, But Upgrades Can't Stop There; Schumer Pushes VA to Move Forward With Plans for the 2nd Phase of Construction for a Clinic for Outpatient Surgery   Schume… Continue Reading


10.25.15

SCHUMER (AMY) STANDS WITH SCHUMER (CHUCK) TO CONTINUE CRUSADE ON GUNS; SINCE COUSINS LAST TEAMED UP, NATION HAS MOURNED EVEN MORE SENSELESS SHOOTINGS; SENATORS ARE NOW ARMED WITH A PLAN & AMY SCHUMER AIMS FOR CHANGE, URGES CITIZENS TO CREATE NATIONAL GROUNDSWELL & MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD & GET PLAN ENACTED

Senator Schumer Says New Principles Amy Schumer Supports Will Address Gun Violence & Will Be Brought To The Floor Early Next Year BUT Citizens Must Make Their Voices Heard; Amy Schumer Leads The Charge Bill Will Focus On Making Current Background Checks Stronger, Closing Loopholes & Shutting Down The Pipeline Of Illegal Guns Schumer & Schumer: We Have A Real Plan But It Requires The American People To Pick Up Phone, Tweet, Facebook-Rise Up-To See It Through    U.S. Se… Continue Reading


10.23.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE FEDS HAVE RELEASED MORE THAN $326 MILLION IN CRITICAL FUNDS FAMILIES ACROSS NY STATE RELY ON TO HEAT THEIR HOMES – WITH WINTER JUST AROUND THE CORNER, SENATORS URGED FEDS TO RELEASE HOME HEATING ASSISTANCE FUNDS IMMEDIATELY, AND AT HIGHEST LEVELS POSSIBLE, FOR NY’S MOST VULNERABLE RESIDENTS

Heating Aid Will Help Thousands Of Vulnerable New York Seniors & Families Who Need Extra Help To Pay Their Heating Bills This Winter Home Heating Costs Have Become A Larger And Larger Share Of Every New Yorker's Budget - Schumer & Gillibrand Urged U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services To Provide Maximum Amount, And As Soon As Possible, To NY Families Schumer & Gillibrand: Every Dollar Counts When It Comes To Keeping NY State Families Warm This Winter U.S. Senators Charles E. S… Continue Reading


10.23.15

SCHUMER STANDS WITH MORE THAN 100 NYC METRO-IAF LEADERS TO PUSH LARGE GUN-PURCHASING FEDERAL AGENCIES, LIKE DOD AND DOJ, TO PRESSURE GUN MAKERS TO MAKE SAFER GUNS AND TO CEASE DISTRIBUTING VIA DEALERS WHO FAIL TO COMPLETE BACKGROUND CHECKS; U.S. GOVERNMENT--LARGEST GUN BUYER--MUST USE GUN CONTRACTS TO PROD GUN MAKERS TO STEM TIDE OF GUN VIOLENCE BY IMPROVING GUN SAFETY AND DISTRIBUTION PRACTICES

Schumer & Metro IAF-Nation's Largest & Longest-Standing Network Of Local Faith & Community-Based Organizations-Say Federal Government and Other Top Gun Purchasers Can Do More To Stem Gun Violence; Fed Government's Purchasing Power Must be Leveraged to Change Gun Makers’ Deadly Ways U.S. Government Makes Up 25% of Gun Market; With DOD/Army Currently Considering Massive $580M Purchase of Small Arms, Now Is The Time To Rewrite Requirements For Federal Contracts Schumer: By Raisi… Continue Reading


10.23.15

SCHUMER: CONGRESS HAS UNWISELY ALLOWED CRITICAL FED STUDENT LOAN PROGRAM TO EXPIRE; WITHOUT RENEWAL OF PERKINS LOAN PROGRAM, LONG ISLAND COLLEGES THAT RECEIVE FUNDING – LIKE HOFSTRA, STONY BROOK & NASSAU COMMUNITY COLLEGE – COULD BE FORCED TO RETURN MONEY, LEAVING STUDENTS IN THE LURCH AND COLLEGES HOLDING THE BAG; SENATOR VOWS TO FIGHT TOOTH & NAIL TO EXTEND PROGRAM THAT HELPS HALF A MILLION STUDENTS ATTEND COLLEGE

The Perkins Student Loan Program Expired On September 30th, Jeopardizing The Education Of Students Across the Country Who Rely On The Program To Attend College The House of Representatives Passed an Extension Unanimously; Now, Schumer Will Call On Senate Republicans To Take Up And Immediately Pass Extension Of The Perkins Loan Program Schumer: With College Costs Skyrocketing, We Must Renew Perkins Loan Program That Is Vital Lifeline For Thousands Of Struggling Students Standing at Molloy Col… Continue Reading


10.23.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF RESOLUTION DESIGNATING OCTOBER AS ‘FILIPINO AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH’; APPROXIMATELY 3.4 MILLION FILIPINO AMERICANS ARE SECOND LARGEST ASIAN AMERICAN/PACIFIC ISLANDER GROUP IN UNITED STATES AND CONTRIBUTE IMMENSELY TO THE NATION

Schumer is a Co-Sponsor of Legislation, Which Recognizes & Honors 400 Years of Filipino American Contributions Spanning First Recorded Presence in 1587 to Present Day Schumer: It is Fitting and Just that We Recognize the Rich History and Numerous Contributions of the Filipino Americans In The United States U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced Senate passage of his resolution which recognizes October as "Filipino American History Month." The legislation recognizes the numer… Continue Reading


10.22.15

SCHUMER: ANNUAL HOLIDAY TRAIN THAT COLLECTS DONATIONS FOR LOCAL CHARITIES & FOOD BANKS AND BRINGS CHEER TO AREA CHILDREN & FAMILIES HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED; SCHUMER URGES TRAIN OPERATORS, CANADIAN PACIFIC & NORFOLK SOUTHERN, TO WORK TOGETHER IN THE SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAYS AND KEEP TRAIN CHUGGING THROUGH CAPITAL REGION THIS YEAR

For Years, Canadian Pacific Ran Its Holiday Train On D&H South Line To Capital Region Communities; Local Residents Attended Annual Train Light Show And Donated To Those In Need Through Local Charities & Food Banks Attending Christmas Event This Year, Canadian Pacific Sold 280 Miles Of Track To Norfolk Southern & Announced Holiday Train Would Be Discontinued As Result; Schumer Urges CP & NS To Work Together To Ensure Southern Tier Families Can Enjoy Annual Christmas Tradition &a… Continue Reading


10.22.15

SCHUMER: ANNUAL HOLIDAY TRAIN THAT COLLECTS DONATIONS FOR LOCAL CHARITIES & FOOD BANKS AND BRINGS CHEER TO AREA CHILDREN & FAMILIES HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED; SCHUMER URGES TRAIN OPERATORS, CANADIAN PACIFIC & NORFOLK SOUTHERN, TO WORK TOGETHER IN THE SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAYS AND KEEP TRAIN CHUGGING THROUGH SOUTHERN TIER THIS YEAR

For Years, Canadian Pacific Ran Its Holiday Train On D&H South Line To Binghamton, and Oneonta Communities; Local Residents Attended Annual Train Light Show And Donated To Those In Need Through Local Charities & Food Banks Attending Christmas Event This Year, Canadian Pacific Sold 280 Miles Of Track To Norfolk Southern & Announced Holiday Train Would Be Discontinued As Result; Schumer Urges CP & NS To Work Together To Ensure Southern Tier Families Can Enjoy Annual Christmas Tra… Continue Reading


10.22.15

SCHUMER URGES FEMA TO DO A THOROUGH JOB BEFORE REFERRING ANY SANDY VICTIM’S CASE TO TREASURY FOR COLLECTION; BILLS WITH SKY-HIGH INTEREST RATE CHARGES SHOULD NOT LAND IN LI MAILBOXES AS PART OF ANY STANDARD PROCEDURE; FEMA MUST DO ITS HOMEWORK BEFORE CLAWING-BACK GRANT ASSISTANCE; LI RESIDENTS WHO RECEIVED CRITICAL AID & DID NOTHING WRONG SHOULD NOT BE FORCED TO REPAY A DIME

In Personal Letter To FEMA, Schumer Says Agency Must Be Sure That Prior To Any Case Referral To Treasury FEMA Must Conduct A Review Of The Matter And Ensure That Recoupment of Funds Is Necessary; Says Anything Less Is Disservice To Sandy Victims, Confuses Residents & Is Plain Unfair; Urges Establishment Of Review Process Before Collection Attempts Schumer: Great Majority Of LI Residents Rightfully Depended On FEMA Funds To Make Critical Repairs That Got Them Back On Their Feet; Any Efforts… Continue Reading


10.22.15

SCHUMER: LAKESIDE AMPHITHEATER COULD BE NEXT HACKER TARGET & MUST BE ON HIGH ALERT FOR COMPUTER BOTS THAT RAPIDLY VACUUM UP TICKETS AND RE-SELL THEM AT OUTRAGEOUS PRICES; SCHUMER PUSHES CONGRESS TO PASS NEW SENATE BILL THAT CRACKS DOWN ON UNFAIR CYBER-SCALPING

Hackers Are Using Computer Bots To Snatch-up Thousands Of Concert Tickets Immediately After They Go On Sale, Which They Then Re-Sell On Other Ticket Websites At Much Higher Prices; Schumer Says Live Nation, New Promoter For The Lakeview Amphitheater In Onondaga County, Supports Bill To Prevent Venue From Being Next Site of Major Concert Ruined By Bots Schumer Says Feds Must Crack Down On Cyber-Scalpers, Introduced Legislation That Would Institute Harsh Punishments For Hackers Found Guilty Of Bo… Continue Reading


10.22.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $113 MILLION IN USDA FUNDING FOR CONSORTIUM OF COLLEGES INCLUDING MORE THAN $6 MILLION FOR CORNELL UNIVERSITY

Federal Funds to Advance Specialty Crop Program Ithaca, N.Y. - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $6,129,896 in federal funding for Cornell University. This funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to advance and support research and programs that help support specialty crop growers, including locally grown fruits and vegetables,… Continue Reading


10.22.15

SCHUMER, ALONG WITH TEN OTHER DEMOCRATIC SENATORS, URGES SECRETARY KERRY TO TAKE UNILATERAL OR MULTILATERAL RESPONSE TO IRANIAN BALLISTIC MISSILE TEST

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, along with Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Chris Coons (D-DE), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Mark Warner (D-VA), Ed Markey (D-MA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) expressed profound concern in a letter to Secretary Kerry about the October 11th Iranian ballistic missile test.  In the letter, the Senators write: "We are writing to express our profound concern about Iran's October 11 ballisti… Continue Reading


10.21.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $1 MILLION IN FED FUNDS FOR CORNELL UNIVERSITY

Cornell University Will Use Grant To Develop Alternative Energy Sources And Enhance Rural Energy Production U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1 million in federal funding for Cornell University in Ithaca. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in honor of the Third Annual National Biology Day. The grant will be used by Cornell researchers to study the plants and techniques need… Continue Reading

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