Press Releases

01.20.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE SENATE GREENLIGHTS ALEXANDRIA BAY PORT OF ENTRY PROJECT

Senate Committee Unanimously Approves Proposal to Move Forward with Much-Needed Upgrades to Alexandria Bay Border Crossing - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously approved a proposal greenlighting the Government Services Administration (GSA) to move forward with construction upgrades at the Alexandria Bay Port of Entry (POE).    "The long over-due, desperately needed makeover of th… Continue Reading


01.20.16

SCHUMER: VETERANS POISONED BY ASBESTOS EXPOSURE COULD SOON BE VICTIMS OF IDENTITY THEFT; RECENTLY PASSED HOUSE LEGISLATION PERMITS THE PERSONAL INFORMATION OF VETERANS TO BE PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE VIA ONLINE DATABASES FOR ALL TO SEE; SENATOR LAUNCHES MAJOR EFFORT TO BLOCK THIS EGREGIOUS VIOLATION OF PRIVACY

Recently Passed House Bill Will Expose The Private Information Of Veterans & Others Who Are Victims Of Asbestos Poisoning - Including Their Names & Exposure Histories - On Publicly Accessible Websites, Exposing Veterans To Identity Theft Senator Says House Bill Will Re-Victimize Veterans Impacted By Asbestos Poisoning; Vows To Block Legislation Schumer: Veterans Suffering From Asbestos Poisoning Shouldn't Have To Worry About Identity Theft Too On a conference call with reporters, U.S.… Continue Reading


01.20.16

GILLIBRAND, SCHUMER, BLUMENTHAL, MURPHY ANNOUNCE LEGISLATION TO PROTECT & RESTORE LONG ISLAND SOUND PASSES OUT OF ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE

Today, Long Island Sound Restoration and Stewardship Act Passed Senate Committee & Now Heads to Floor - Senators Vow to Fight until Bill Is Passed by the Senate and Signed by the President Bipartisan Legislation Would Provide Additional Resources for Long Island Sound Restoration U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Charles E. Schumer, Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy today announced their bipartisan legislation to continue to … Continue Reading


01.19.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: FEDS HAVE APPROVED $50 MILLION MODERNIZATION PROJECT FOR THE U.S. PLAZA AT THE LEWISTON-QUEENSTON BRIDGE; PROJECT WILL CREATE AN ESTIMATED 1,200 NEW CONSTRUCTION AND RELATED JOBS, SUSTAIN AND PROTECT COUNTLESS OTHER JOBS ACROSS WNY & CUT DOWN ON EGREGIOUS WAIT TIMES

During The Busiest 50-70 Days Per Year, Wait Times At Lewiston-Queenstown Bridge Regularly Exceed One Hour - And Have Peaked At Nearly Three Hours, Which Has Had a Detrimental Impact On The Regional Economy; Canadian Shoppers & Businesses Spend $1.7 Billion Per Year in New York State CBP & GSA Heeded Schumer's Call & Agreed to Approve Desperately-Needed Plaza Expansion To Improve Traffic Flow, Bolster the Regional Economy, & Create and Protect Jobs in WNY Schumer: Fed Appr… Continue Reading


01.19.16

SCHUMER: CANANDAIGUA VA MEDICAL CENTER UPGRADE HAS BEEN DELAYED BY BUREAUCRATIC HOLD-UPS; NOW PROJECT RESPONSIBILITY IS BEING TRANSFERRED FROM VA TO ARMY CORPS; SCHUMER DEMANDS ARMY CORPS IMMEDIATELY APPROVE CONSTRUCTION TIMELINE, BEGIN CONSTRUCTION ASAP FOR THE NEW CLINIC UPGRADE, WHICH VETS IN THE AREA DESPERATELY NEED

Schumer Says Long-Awaited Upgrades Will Bring New Outpatient Clinic & Hundreds Of Local Construction Jobs; Senator Urges Army Corps Not to Delay ‎Construction Because of Project Transfer Schumer To Feds: Move On Canandaigua Campus Upgrades Now - Get Approvals Out The Door & Shovels In The Ground‎ So Local Vets Can Get The Treatment They Deserve Standing at the Cadence Square Building on the Canandaigua VA Medical Center campus, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer urged the U.S. Arm… Continue Reading


01.19.16

SCHUMER: CELL PHONE DEAD ZONES CREATING DROPPED CALLS, DRIVING NEW YORKERS CRAZY—ASKS CITIZENS TO REPORT IN DEAD ZONE INFO & PROMISES TO DELIVER TO CARRIERS; EVEN IN MOST TRAVELED AREAS, CELL PHONE CALLS ARE OFTEN & REPEATEDLY DROPPED; SENATOR LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO FIX MOST MADDENING DEAD ZONES

Many Carriers Have No Clue Where Dead Zones Exist But NYC Residents Often Know Exactly Where Their Calls Always Drop    Schumer Launches Online Crowdsourcing Campaign To Help Identify Dead Zones; Having Good, Quality Coverage Is Essential To NYC Safety, Business & Every Day To-And-From Schumer: Submit Your Cell Phone Dead Zones To Schumer.Senate.Gov/WirelessDeadzone  U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced a campaign to identify and locate dead zones, particu… Continue Reading


01.18.16

GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO & U.S. SENATOR CHARLES SCHUMER: EFFORTS TO SELL KRAFT-HEINZ PLANT IN CAMPBELL MAKING PROGRESS; SEVERAL COMPANIES LOOKING AT SITE

Cuomo & Schumer Have Been Working Closely With Kraft-Heinz To Help Identify Potential Buyers For Campbell Facility Today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer revealed there are several companies interested in buying the Kraft-Heinz facility in Campbell. Cuomo and Schumer said they continue to be working closely with Kraft-Heinz and stand ready to help attract even more interested buyers to the region. New York reiterated its openness to using economic incenti… Continue Reading


01.14.16

SCHUMER: NEW YORKERS WITH DISABILITIES SHOULD NOT BE PREVENTED FROM RESIDING IN THEIR COMMUNITIES IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE CRITICAL SERVICES THEY NEED ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS; SENATOR PUSHES LEGISLATION THAT GIVES INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES THE OPTION TO LIVE AT HOME OR IN THE COMMUNITY & RECEIVE LONG-TERM SERVICES AND SUPPORTS THAT WILL HELP THEM LEAD FULLER, MORE INDEPENDENT LIVES

Right Now, Individuals With Disabilities Who Might Need Help With Everyday Tasks Such as Eating, Dressing, Bathing, Maintaining Meds & More Are Not Given the Option to Live In the Setting of Their Choosing; Schumer Says This Denies People With Disabilities the Freedom to Live Independently Schumer's Bill, the Disability Integration Act of 2015, Rights This Wrong By Ensuring Services Are Provided to Any Individual Who is Found Eligible for Institutional Care to Receive Critical Services an… Continue Reading


01.14.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, AFTER HIS PUSH, NEW CRIME FIGHTING RESOURCES COMING TO BROOME COUNTY WITH DESIGNATION OF COUNTY AS “HIGH INTENSITY DRUG TRAFFICKING AREA” – DESIGNATION WILL NOW MEAN ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO FIGHT SCOURGE & HELP DISRUPT TRAFFICKING

Broome County Has Experienced Explosion of Drug Use Including Heroin & Meth, As Well As Drug-Related Crime - Broome County Has Fourth Highest Meth Lab Seizure Rate in of All NYS & Heroin And Drug-Related Overdose Deaths in Broome Have Quadrupled Over Last 5 Years In 2015, Schumer Called on Fed. Office of Drug Control to Designate Broome A 'High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area' to Provide Additional Fed Resources, Expertise and Coordination to Disrupt Drug Crimes & Usage Schumer: Th… Continue Reading


01.14.16

SCHUMER: NORTH HEMPSTEAD’S CENTURY OLD ‘STEPPING STONES LIGHTHOUSE’ CONTINUES TO DETERIORATE, THREATENING ITS FUTURE AS A HISTORIC MARITIME STRUCTURE IN THE LONG ISLAND SOUND; URGES NATIONAL PARK SERVICE TO PROVIDE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR REMEDIATION EFFORTS THAT WILL HELP RESTORE LIGHTHOUSE

Long Island's 'Stepping Stones Lighthouse' Dates Back to 1877 & Was Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005; Over the Years, the Historic Lighthouse Has Tragically Fallen Into Disrepair & Needs to be Rehabilitated Schumer Urges NPS Director Jarvis to Provide $165K in Federal Funding to Halt Future Deterioration of the Lighthouse & Ready the Structure for Full Rehabilitation; There Will Be Local Matching Funds Town of North Hempstead & The Great Neck Part Dist… Continue Reading


01.14.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, AFTER HIS PUSH, NEW CRIME FIGHTING RESOURCES COMING TO ULSTER COUNTY WITH DESIGNATION OF COUNTY AS “HIGH INTENSITY DRUG TRAFFICKING AREA” – DESIGNATION WILL NOW MEAN ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO FIGHT HEROIN SCOURGE

Ulster County, Like The Rest Of The Hudson Valley, Has Experienced Explosion Of Heroin Use & An Increase in Drug-Related Crime Schumer Previously Called on Fed. Office of Drug Control to Designate Ulster A 'High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area' to Provide Additional Fed Resources, Expertise and Coordination to Disrupt Drug Crimes & Usage Schumer: This Designation Will Bring Resources, Expertise & Intel To Help Ulster Battle Heroin Scourge U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today ann… Continue Reading


01.14.16

SCHUMER TOURS SITE OF DANGEROUS RAIL-GRADE CROSSING IN CORNWALL-ON-HUDSON, THE LOCATION OF SEVERAL RAIL ACCIDENTS AND DERAILMENT IN ORANGE COUNTY; SENATOR PUSHES CSX TO HELP CORNWALL-ON-HUDSON OFFICIALS PREVENT FUTURE RAIL ACCIDENTS

Local Officials Have Deemed Rail Crossing in Cornwall-On-Hudson Unsafe, Senator Pushes CSX to Make Changes to Improve Safety at the Crossing and in the Cornwall Area Cornwall-On-Hudson Officials Have Several Ideas Including: Mobile Barriers, Enhanced Crossing Gates, and More That Would Significantly Improve Safety at Site of Recent Accident Schumer: CSX Should 'Get All Aboard' With Cornwall-On-Hudson Officials' Efforts To Improve Safety  Standing at Donahue Memorial Park in Cornwall-on-… Continue Reading


01.13.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $710,000 IN NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS FUNDING THROUGHOUT UPSTATE NEW YORK

Funds to Support Public Arts Programs in Capital Region, Western New York, Rochester-Finger Lakes, Central New York, Mohawk Valley, Hudson Valley & North Country 2015 Marked 50th Anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $712,500 in federal funds through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The funding will allow organizations to support residencies for artists, exhibitions, professional development and … Continue Reading


01.12.16

SCHUMER: WITH MORE THAN 300,000 PASSENGERS EACH DAY, NYC’S L-TRAIN IS PACKED TO CAPACITY; CALLS ON FTA TO PROVIDE FEDERAL FUNDS FOR L-TRAIN INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES TO IMPROVE SERVICE AND INCREASE CAPACITY

NYC's L-Train Runs Through Rapidly Growing Neighborhoods Like Williamsburg & Bushwick; Since 1998, the L-Line Has Seen a Passenger Increase of 98 Percent; Trains & Platforms Are Often Bursting at the Seams with Overcrowding Schumer Calls on FTA to Include MTA's Proposed 'Canarsie Line Power Improvements’ Project in Upcoming DOT Budget Recommendation; $300M MTA Project Would Allow for Two Additional Trains Per Hour, Carrying an Additional 2,200 Passengers Per Hour, & New Entra… Continue Reading


01.11.16

SCHUMER: WITH STUDENTS AND PARENTS STRUGGLING TO PAY FOR COLLEGE, SENATOR LAUNCHES ONLINE CAMPAIGN TO GATHER INPUT FROM STUDENTS – SENATOR SAYS INPUT FROM INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS WILL HELP FORCE CONGRESS TO CONFRONT THE ISSUE OF COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY

Schumer Will Use Valuable Input From Upstate NY Families In Renewed Push In Congress To Further Address College Affordability In 2016 Legislative Session Many Young New Yorkers, Including Veterans, Can't Start Their Own Small Businesses, Afford Rent, Buy Homes Or Cars Because They Are Drowning In College Debt - 61% of NY College Graduates Have Student Loan Debt & Average NY Grad Has Over $27,000 in Student Debt Schumer to College Students and Parents: If You Are Struggling With High Colleg… Continue Reading


01.11.16

SCHUMER: MOST WESTCHESTER & HUDSON VALLEY RESIDENTS ENTITLED TO LARGE TAX BREAK FOR MASS TRANSIT, BUT MANY DON’T KNOW IT; SCHUMER, WHO SUCCESSFULLY INCLUDED COMMUTER BENEFIT IN RECENTLY-PASSED FED LEGISLATION, TELLS METRO-NORTH RIDERS ABOUT BENEFIT & URGES SIGN UP; COMMUTERS CAN SAVE OVER $1,000 PER YEAR

Over 170,000 Westchester, Rockland & Putnam Commuters Who Take Metro-North Daily Are Eligible to Receive Now-Permanent Commuter Tax Break-But Some Don't Know About The Benefit Or How Easy It Is To Access Schumer Successfully Pushed to Reinstate & Extend Commuter Benefit At Rate of $250 for 2015 and $255 for 2016 in Monthly Pre-Tax Savings; Legislation Now Provides Permanent Savings Commuters Can Bank On Schumer: Mass Transit Users Should Get On Board With Commuter Tax Benefit So They C… Continue Reading


01.10.16

SCHUMER CHALLENGES NRA: AFTER REPEATEDLY STATING “WE MUST ENFORCE THE LAWS ON THE BOOKS” WHEN IT COMES TO GUN VIOLENCE, SENATOR NOW CHALLENGES NRA TO SUPPORT PRESIDENT’S CALL FOR 200 MORE ATF AGENTS; PRESENT LAWS ARE HAMSTRUNG WITH CONTINUED CUTBACK IN ATF AGENTS

Amongst Other Crucial Duties, ATF Agents Help Enforce Gun Background Check System & Shutdown Law-Breaking Gun Dealers Who Skirt The Law; ATF Agents Keep Americans Safe & Are Now In Real Need Of New Agents To Replace Many Who Have Retired Schumer Says President's Order To Hire New Agents Hits The Bullseye On What NRA Says They Actually Stand For; Now NRA Must Come Clean To American People With Clear Answer Schumer To NRA: Opposing ATF Agent Hiring Would Be Shooting Own Stance In T… Continue Reading


01.07.16

SCHUMER: NEW YORKERS WITH DISABILITIES SHOULD NOT BE PREVENTED FROM RESIDING IN THEIR COMMUNITIES IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE CRITICAL SERVICES THEY NEED ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS; SENATOR PUSHES LEGISLATION THAT GIVES INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES THE OPTION TO LIVE AT HOME OR IN THE COMMUNITY & RECEIVE LONG-TERM SERVICES AND SUPPORTS THAT WILL HELP THEM LEAD FULLER, MORE INDEPENDENT LIVES

Right Now, Individuals With Disabilities Who Might Need Help With Everyday Tasks Such as Eating, Dressing, Bathing, Maintaining Meds & More Are Not Given the Option to Live In the Setting of Their Choosing; Schumer Says This Denies People With Disabilities the Freedom to Live Independently Schumer's Bill, the Disability Integration Act of 2015, Rights This Wrong By Ensuring Services Are Provided to Any Individual Who is Found Eligible for Institutional Care to Receive Critical Services and … Continue Reading


01.07.16

SCHUMER: NEW YORKERS WITH DISABILITIES SHOULD NOT BE PREVENTED FROM RESIDING IN THEIR COMMUNITIES IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE CRITICAL SERVICES THEY NEED ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS; SENATOR PUSHES LEGISLATION THAT GIVES INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES THE OPTION TO LIVE AT HOME OR IN THE COMMUNITY & RECEIVE LONG-TERM SERVICES AND SUPPORTS THAT WILL HELP THEM LEAD FULLER, MORE INDEPENDENT LIVES

Right Now, Individuals With Disabilities Who Might Need Help With Everyday Tasks Such as Eating, Dressing, Bathing, Maintaining Meds & More Are Not Given the Option to Live In the Setting of Their Choosing; Schumer Says This Denies People With Disabilities the Freedom to Live Independently Schumer's Bill, the Disability Integration Act of 2015, Rights This Wrong By Ensuring Services Are Provided to Any Individual Who is Found Eligible for Institutional Care to Receive Critical Services and … Continue Reading


01.07.16

SCHUMER TOURS ANGIODYNAMICS IN GLENS FALLS ON THE HEELS OF IMPORTANT TWO-YEAR FREEZE IN THE MEDICAL DEVICE TAX; SENATOR SAYS 2-YEAR TAX REPRIEVE GIVES COMPANY A CHANCE TO REINVEST IN GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES, CREATE NEW JOBS, DEVELOP CUTTING-EDGE MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES

Schumer Says, At A Time When The Federal Government Is Working To Promote Investment In U.S. Industries Of The Future, It Was Inconsistent That A Tax Of This Magnitude Was Placed On The Medical Device Industry High Tax Put U.S. Companies At A Competitive Disadvantage With Companies Overseas & Has Been Seen As Innovation Deterrent By Industry Leaders Schumer: Medical Device Tax Freeze Will Help Make Glens Falls The Center Of Medical Technology Standing at AngioDynamics in Glens Falls, NY,… Continue Reading

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