Press Releases

02.24.16

SCHUMER, JEFFRIES, DEUTSCH, TREYGER URGE ARMY CORPS TO FOCUS ON SOUTHERN BROOKLYN COASTAL PROTECTION PROJECTS IN UPCOMING FEASIBILITY REPORT FOR NEW YORK HARBOR; LAWMAKERS SAY SOUTHERN BROOKLYN REMAINS VULNERABLE AND DOESN’T HAVE ANY ADEQUATE LONG-TERM RESILIENCY MEASURES PLANNED BY FEDS; FINAL REPORT MUST INCLUDE PROPOSED MITIGATION FOR BROOKLYN SO COMMUNITIES ARE BETTER PROTECTED IN THE FUTURE

Southern Brooklyn Communities, Including Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Coney Island, Canarsie Were Hard-Hit By Superstorm Sandy; In Some Communities, Floodwaters Reached a Height of Ten Feet, Destroying Homes, Businesses & Infrastructure Following Superstorm Sandy, Schumer & Jeffries Secured Federal Funding in Sandy-Relief Bill for a 2-Year Comprehensive Study to Identify Areas of Flood Risks Along North Atlantic Coast; Feasibility Study for Protection Projects in New… Continue Reading


02.24.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES NEW LEGISLATION TO COMBAT MAJOR LEAD CRISIS PLAGUING UPSTATE NY; SENATOR SAYS CONGRESS MUST VOTE ON BILL TO HELP HOMEOWNERS IN UPSTATE NY REMOVE HAZARDOUS LEAD FROM THEIR HOMES

Upstate New York's Housing Stock Is Old & Many Housing Units Built Pre-1980 Could Contain Lead Paint - In 2014, Over 2,300 Upstate New York Children Tested Were Found To Have Lead Poisoning Schumer Will Also Announce Push to Increase Funding for HUD Lead Hazard Control Program Grant Program; Funding Has Plummeted Since 2003 Schumer: Bill Would Provide Federal Tax Credits to Help Homeowners Get The Lead Out During a conference call with reporters, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today ann… Continue Reading


02.22.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE: U.S. AIR FORCE SENDING 8 KC-135 PLANES TO NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION WILL MEAN NEARLY $25 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL INVESTMENT FOR THE BASE, INCLUDING 27 NEW JOBS IN 2017 & MORE FLIGHT HOURS; SENATORS SUCCESSFULLY URGED U.S. AIR FORCE’S TOP BRASS TO BRING THE KC-135 BACK TO NFARS

Senators: 8 KC-135 Tankers Will Help Protect Jobs at NFARS & Enhance Our Nation's Security  With News That Old C-130 Tankers Will Be Replaced By KC-135s, Senators Announce Nearly $25 Million In Additional Investment For NFARS Schumer, Gillibrand: New Jobs, Additional Fed Investment & Increased Flying Hours Will Make NFARS Ever-More Valuable and Viable  U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the U.S. Air Force's (USAF) decision to transfe… Continue Reading


02.22.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, VELAZQUEZ, DE BLASIO ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $4.8 MILLION TO COMPLETE SANDY-RELATED REPAIRS AT BROOKLYN NAVY YARD

FEMA Funds to Cover Electrical Repairs and Dock Renovations at the Brooklyn Navy Yard After Meeting With Navy Yard Leadership and Touring New Building Projects, Gillibrand Announces FEMA Funds for Additional Upgrades U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez and Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced over $4.8 million in federal FEMA funding for the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC) for repairs to electrical substation G i… Continue Reading


02.22.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: FRA HAS HEEDED HIS CALL & HAS PROPOSED DOUBLING THE NUMBER OF RAIL BRIDGE INSPECTORS; SENATOR SAID MORE INSPECTORS ARE DESPERATELY NEEDED

Schumer Previously Pushed To Increase The Number Of Fed Railroad Bridge Inspectors, Because FRA Only Has 1 Inspector For All 3,000 Train Bridges In NY Following Schumer's Push, FRA Has Proposed Doubling The Number Of RR Bridge Inspectors & Establishing "Nationwide Bridge Inventory" Schumer: More RR Bridge Inspectors Are Needed To Keep Our Communities Safe U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that, following his push, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has propose… Continue Reading


02.18.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND URGE FCC TO GRANT PHASE-IN PERIOD FOR WESTELCOM TO MAINTAIN BROADBAND SERVICES TO THE NORTH COUNRTY

Senators: FCC Is Miscategorizing Watertown as an "Urban Area," Not a Rural One, Preventing Westlecom From Accessing the Vital "Rural Exemption" Rate It Deserves for Serving the North Country If Approved, FCC Waiver Would Reverse 96 Percent “Flash Cut” and Replace with Gradual Adjusted Rates Until 2020, and Ensure the Infrastructure For Expanded Rural Telehealth Medicine Schumer and Gillibrand: North Country Residents Deserve High-Speed Broadband and This FCC Waiver for Westlecom Wi… Continue Reading


02.18.16

SCHUMER LAUNCHES MAJOR EFFORT TO FIGHT DRUG CRISIS IN BUFFALO; SENATOR SAYS CRISIS IS SO GREAT, CONGRESS MUST IMMEDIATELY VOTE ON SENATE FUNDING BILL NEXT WEEK; FUNDS WILL SEND EMERGENCY DRUG RESOURCES TO BUFFALO & UPSTATE NY TO BEAT BACK THE HEROIN & OPIOID EPIDEMIC

Schumer Says Legislation Just Passed Out Of The Judiciary Committee Was A Positive Step But Doesn't Provide Real Resources - Senator Demands Real Funding To Actually Combat Drug Epidemic In Western New York Buffalo Public Health Officials And Local Law Enforcement Need Immediate Federal Funding For Prevention, Treatment & Emergency First Responders; More Resources Are Vital To Stemming The Opioid Epidemic On The Ground Schumer: Both Talk & Heroin Are Far Too Cheap; Buffalo Urgent… Continue Reading


02.17.16

SCHUMER REVEALS: TAX SCAM TARGETING LI SENIORS DIRECTS VICTIMS TO MONEY TRANSFER OPERATIONS AT WALMART STORES TO SWINDLE UNSUSPECTING SENIORS—SOMETIMES OUT OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS; SENATOR CALLS ON WALMART TO HELP WARN LI RESIDENTS BEFORE UNWITTING VICTIMS TRANSFER MONEY TO SCAMMERS FALSELY CLAIMING VICTIMS OWE IRS $$$

Many Constituent Calls To Schumer's LI Office-Most By Seniors-Tell Story Of Being Directed To "Closest Walmart" On LI; IRS Imposters Demand Money ASAP, Make Threats Schumer Says Walmart Should Provide Warning of Scam To Seniors Before They Make Any Money Transfers, And Should Install Signage At LI Stores To Be Added Firewall Of Consumer Protection; Senator Has Already Urged Feds & Money Transfer Companies To Join In Fight Against Scammers Who Have Collected Millions Posing As IRS Schumer: … Continue Reading


02.17.16

SCHUMER URGES ARMY CORPS TO EXPEDITE REVIEW & CONSTRUCTION OF VITAL STATEN ISLAND EAST SHORE SEA WALL; IDENTIFIES UNNECESSARY STEPS AND RED TAPE THAT THE ARMY CORPS CAN & SHOULD CUT OUT TO EXPEDITE RESILIENCY PROJECT

Schumer, Long-Time Supporter of Staten Island Sea Wall Project, Helped Secure Federal Funding for Necessary Resiliency Project to Finally Implement Coastline Defense Along East Shore Communities Army Corps is Finalizing Sea Wall Report and About to Start the Internal Review Process; Schumer Says Army Corps Could & Should Utilize a Newer, Expedited Review Process That Could Shave Months Off Project Approval Timeline Schumer: When It Comes to Resiliency Measures on Staten Island, Like … Continue Reading


02.16.16

SCHUMER: ZOMBIE UTILITY POLES, WEIGHING MORE THAN 1000LBS, ARE A THREAT TO ORANGE COUNTY PEDESTRIANS & ARE AN EYESORE; SENATOR SAYS COMPANIES HAVE FAILED TO REMOVE OLD &? POTENTIALLY UNSTABLE POLES; SCHUMER URGES COMPANIES RESPONSIBLE TO REMOVE POLES ASAP

Schumer Says Companies That Install New Utility Poles Are Leaving Old Poles Behind to Rot; Poles That Are No Longer In Service Are Neglected, Potentially Hazardous‎, and an Eyesore Schumer Demands The ‎Responsible Companies Immediately Remove The Hazardous and Redundant Poles That Could Fall Down & Cause A Horrible Accident   Schumer To Utility Companies: Tear Down These Poles!   Standing outside the Wallkill Town Hall in Middletown, NY, U.S. Senator Charles E. … Continue Reading


02.16.16

SCHUMER LAUNCHES MAJOR EFFORT TO FIGHT DRUG CRISIS IN ULSTER COUNTY; SENATOR SAYS CRISIS IS SO GREAT, CONGRESS MUST VOTE ON SENATE BILL NEXT WEEK; FUNDS WILL SEND EMERGENCY DRUG RESOURCES TO ULSTER & UPSTATE NY TO BEAT BACK THE HEROIN & OPIOID EPIDEMIC

Schumer Says Legislation Just Passed Out Of The Judiciary Committee Was A Positive Step In Addressing Crisis But Doesn't Provide Real Resources - Senator Demands Real Funding To Actually Combat Drug Epidemic In Ulster County Ulster County Public Health Officials And Local Law Enforcement Need Immediate Federal Funding For Prevention, Treatment & Emergency First Responders; More Resources Are Vital To Stemming The Opioid Epidemic On The Ground Schumer: Talks Is Cheap; Ulster Needs More Res… Continue Reading


02.16.16

SCHUMER LAUNCHES MAJOR EFFORT TO FIGHT DRUG CRISIS IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY; SENATOR SAYS CRISIS IS SO GREAT, CONGRESS MUST VOTE ON SENATE BILL NEXT WEEK; FUNDS WILL SEND EMERGENCY DRUG RESOURCES TO WESTCHESTER & UPSTATE NY TO BEAT BACK THE HEROIN & OPIOID EPIDEMIC

Schumer Says Legislation Just Passed Out Of The Judiciary Committee Was A Positive Step In Addressing Crisis But Doesn't Provide Real Resources - Senator Demands Real Funding To Actually Combat Drug Epidemic In Westchester County Westchester County Public Health Officials And Local Law Enforcement Need Immediate Federal Funding For Prevention, Treatment & Emergency First Responders; More Resources Are Vital To Stemming The Opioid Epidemic On The Ground Schumer: Talks Is Cheap; Westchester … Continue Reading


02.15.16

SCHUMER REVEALS: WITH ROAD SAFETY AUDIT NOW COMPLETE, SENATOR LAUNCHES MAJOR PUSH TO GET NEW FEDERAL FUNDS TO ITHACA COMMONS TO IMPLEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS

Following The Crash At Ithaca Commons, Schumer Called On Fed Highway Administration To Study Design Of Roads, Traffic Flows & Make Recommendations To Prevent Another Deadly Accident Schumer: New Fed Money Could Help Put The Brakes On Unsafe Roads & Intersections Standing in Ithaca, NY, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today returned to announce that the recently passed federal transportation bill included an additional $40 million in Highway Safety Improvement Program funding for New Yo… Continue Reading


02.15.16

SCHUMER STANDS WITH SU STUDENTS ON CAMPUS TO OFFICIALLY LAUNCH MAJOR NATIONWIDE CAMPAIGN TO REDUCE STUDENT DEBT; SENATOR SAYS SU EVENT WILL BE NATIONAL SPRINGBOARD FOR DEBT-FREE COLLEGE CAMPAIGN

Schumer Stands With Scores Of Students At Strasser Commons in Eggers Hall, Including His State Of The Union Guest, Sean McAllister, Who Is $30k #InTheRed; National Plan Seeks to Galvanize Local Students Across CNY & Nation Schumer Says Ever Increasing College Costs And Overwhelming Student Debt Will Make #InTheRed Debt-Free College Proposal A Dominant National Issue This Year Schumer: We Don't Want College Students #InTheRed; At SU, Only Orange Will Do During a visit to Syracuse, NY, U.S.… Continue Reading


02.15.16

SCHUMER PUSHES FOR FEDERAL TAX CREDITS TO RENOVATE CARNEGIE FUNDED LIBRARY IN GLOVERSVILLE

Senator Says Renovation Is Long Overdue & Offers To Push For Approval of Upcoming Application During a visit to Gloversville, NY, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today visited the historic Carnegie funded library, and learned about their plans to begin several restoration projects. Schumer also announced his support for their forthcoming application for federal New Market Tax Credits (NMTC), which will help the Library pay for these costly renovations. Schumer attended a community leaders m… Continue Reading


02.14.16

SCHUMER: JUST-RELEASED WHITE HOUSE BUDGET CUTS KEY NYC ANTI-TERRORISM FUNDING PROGRAM IN HALF & COULD FORCE ROLLBACK IN VITAL ANTI-TERROR OPERATIONS—AT A TIME WHEN TERROR THREATS ARE ON INCREASE; SENATOR LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO RESTORE VITAL NYC, NYPD ANTI-TERROR FUNDING

Dept. of Homeland Security's Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Program Provides Critical Funding To Terror-Target Cities, With High Proportions Going To New York; Programs Funds Key Tools To Keep NYPD A Step Ahead Of Terrorists Schumer: Out-Of-The-Blue Cut Must Be Reversed -- At A Time When Terrorism Is On The Rise U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer said today that the ‎White House's recently released budget‎ proposal makes dramatic and ill-advised cuts to fundin… Continue Reading


02.12.16

SCHUMER, HIGGINS ANNOUNCE, FOLLOWING THEIR PUSH, TONAWANDA WILL RECEIVE $160,000 IN FED FUNDING TO DEVELOP LONG-TERM ECONOMIC PLAN FOR THE TOWN; DIMINISHING PRODUCTION AND ANTICIPATED MARCH 1ST CLOSURE OF LOCAL HUNTLEY POWER PLANT HAS FORCED TOWN & SCHOOL DISTRICT – WHICH RELY ON TAX REVENUE FROM THE PLANT – TO CONSIDER ADDITIONAL TEACHER LAYOFFS, SCHOOL CLOSINGS & CUTS TO PUBLIC SERVICES

Huntley Generating Station Plant Has Been An Economic Anchor in Tonawanda For Years, But Decreased Demand & Increased Coal Costs Have Slashed The Plant's Output - The Town Has Lost Nearly 50% Of The Plant's Tax Revenue, Forcing Tonawanda To Consider Cuts to Services & Threatening Further School Closings in Ken-Ton School District; NRG Recently Submitted a Plan to Fully Retire the Plant as of March 2016 Schumer & Higgins Urged Feds To Green Light Funds That Would Allow Town To Develo… Continue Reading


02.12.16

SCHUMER: FEDS SHOULD APPOINT ‘ZIKA CZAR’ WHO CAN HEAD VIRUS OFF AT PASS; SENATOR PUSHES FOR POINT PERSON WHO CAN COORDINATE BETWEEN AGENCIES & W.H.O.; PLANNING WILL HELP PREVENT EBOLA-LIKE PANIC THIS SPRING & SUMMER

Federal Officials Working Against Zika Hail From Many Agencies, As Well As Foreign Governments; With So Many In Mix, Senator Says U.S. Needs Single Person To Lead Prevention, Response & Treatment Strategies Installing Zika Czar Before U.S. Mosquito Season Takes Hold Would Strengthen U.S. Response; Whether It's NYC Residents, Pregnant Women Or Travelers Abroad, Zika Threat Behooves U.S. To Plan Accordingly Schumer: A Zika Czar Could Help U.S. Inoculate Against Virus Spread U.S. Senator Ch… Continue Reading


02.12.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, FEMA WILL PROVIDE $21 MILLION IN MUCH-NEEDED FED FUNDS TO CITY OF ONEIDA – FUNDS WILL PROVIDE BUYOUTS TO 150 CITY OF ONEIDA RESIDENTS WHOSE PROPERTIES WERE DEVASTATED IN 2013 FLOODING; BUYOUTS WILL ALLOW PROPERTY OWNERS TO FINALLY SELL PROPERTY IN UNSAFE, FLOOD-PRONE AREA

In 2013, Excessive Rains Caused The Oneida Creek To Overflow, Flooding Neighborhoods In The City Of Oneida, Located In Madison County, And Forcing Residents From Their Homes - 154 Properties Were Damaged Beyond Repair More Than Two Years Later, Residents Were Still Waiting For Relief - In January, Schumer Urged Feds to Expedite Final Sign-Off Schumer: Oneida Residents Will Finally Get The Relief They Deserve, More Than Two Years After the Devastating Flooding U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer t… Continue Reading


02.11.16

GILLIBRAND, SCHUMER, CUOMO SECURE DEPT. OF LABOR TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE FOR ALCOA WORKERS WHO LOST THEIR JOBS AS A RESULT OF UNFAIR TRADE

Over 200 Workers Are Now Eligible For Additional Federal Assistance Gillibrand, Schumer, Cuomo Have Continually Fought for Assistance for Alcoa workers U.S. Senators Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles E. Schumer and Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has approved a much-needed Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) certification for laid-off workers at Alcoa in Massena. The approval of the TAA certification means former employees can now apply for critical … Continue Reading

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