Press Releases

12.07.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $240K IN HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT FUNDS FOR THE ROCHESTER-FINGER LAKES REGION

2 Housing Authorities in Monroe & Ontario Counties Will Receive HUD Family Self Sufficiency Program Funds Funds Will Be Used To Support Housing & Job Training Programs For Those in Need U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $241,456 in federal funds for two housing authorities in the Rochester-Finger Lakes Region. These funds were allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) program. The F… Continue Reading


12.07.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $2.3 MILLION IN HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT FUNDS FOR THE CAPITAL REGION

16 Municipalities and Housing Authorities in Capital Region Will Receive HUD Family Self Sufficiency Program Funds Funds Will Be Used To Support Housing & Job Training Programs For Those in Need U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,318,695 in federal funds for 16 municipalities and housing authorities in the Capital Region. These funds were allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Family Self Sufficiency (FS… Continue Reading


12.07.15

SCHUMER, BOOKER, AMTRAK CHAIR ANNOUNCE BREAKTHROUGHS ACHIEVED IN JUST-PASSED TRANSPO BILL THAT PROVIDES CLEAR PATH TO FEDERAL FUNDING FOR GATEWAY TUNNEL; NEW LAW PUTS GATEWAY ON TRACK FOR BILLIONS OF MUCH-NEEDED, ADDITIONAL FEDERAL DOLLARS

In Trifecta Victory, Bill Allows: 1) Profits on Northeast Amtrak Line To Be Used for Tunnel, Approximately $200-$300M A Year; 2) New Federal Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) Rules Making Federal Low-Interest Loans More Accessible To Development Corp. Structure & Improving Repayment Structure‎; and 3)Expansion Of "New Starts" Transit Program That Will Allow Gateway To Secure Even More Federal Funds Schumer, Booker: New Law Is Trifecta Victory That G… Continue Reading


12.07.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, TOWN OF UNION WILL RECEIVE FULL FED FUNDING FOR REPAIRS MADE TO IMPORTANT ROADWAY THAT WAS SEVERELY DAMAGED IN TROPICAL STORM LEE – SCHUMER URGED FEMA TO STEP UP TO PLATE & APPROVE APPEAL AFTER FEDS INITIALLY DENIED TOWN ADDITIONAL $100K IT DESPERATELY NEEDED FOR REPAIRS & REBUILDING

Struble Road Is A Major Thoroughfare In Town Of Union & Was Severely Damaged During Tropical Storm Lee - Floodwaters Overwhelmed Road's Drainage Pipe & Washed Away a 50-Foot Stretch Of Road In 2012, FEMA Approved Initial $290K In Fed Funds For Town Of Union To Repair Roadway, But Town Also Needed To Replace Drainage Pipe To Guard Against Future Storms - FEMA Denied Town's Application For Reimbursement For The Additional $100K in Hazard Mitigation Efforts, Until Schumer Stepped In &… Continue Reading


12.04.15

FOLLOWING YEARS OF WORK, SCHUMER SECURES MAJOR VICTORIES FOR NEW YORK IN JUST-PASSED 5-YEAR TRANSPORTATION BILL

FAST (Fixing Americas Surface Transportation) Act Will Provide Over $16 Billion in Direct Infrastructure Funding To NY State Over The Next 5 Years - NYC Will Benefit Greatly With Approximately $1.5B Increase for Projects Over 5 Years; Bill Rolls Back Threats to Cut Transit Funding for NY Subway & Bus Riders Schumer Fought For Provisions That Will Increase Funds For NYC Transit Projects Like Second Avenue Subway, BQE Triple Cantilever, North Shore BRT, Select Bus Service Routes; Bill Will I… Continue Reading


12.03.15

SCHUMER SECURES, FOLLOWING YEARS OF WORK, MAJOR VICTORIES FOR NEW YORK IN 5-YEAR TRANSPORTATION BILL, WHICH IS SET TO BE PASSED THIS WEEK

FAST (Fixing Americas Surface Transportation) Act Will Provide Over $16 Billion in Direct Infrastructure Funding To NY State Over The Next 5 Years - Upstate NY Will Benefit Greatly From 16.5% Increase From Previous Years Schumer Fought For Provisions That Would Keep Rental Cars Under Recall Off The Roads, Increase Funds For Local Bridge Repairs, Provide Funds For Replacing Aging Bus Fleets, Create a New Freight Grant Program, And More Schumer: Victories For Upstate NY Right On Track U.S. Sena… Continue Reading


12.02.15

FUNDS FOR CRITICAL GRANT PROGRAM FOR UPSTATE NEW YORK FIREFIGHTERS ARE DANGEROUSLY LOW; SCHUMER LAUNCHES MAJOR PUSH TO INCREASE FUNDING TO HELP FIRE DEPARTMENTS BUY FIRE EQUIPMENT & RECRUIT MORE FIREFIGHTERS

Two Important Firefighter Grant Programs Help Local Departments Protect Their Communities, But Are Continually Short-Changed By Congress Department Needs Are Far Outpacing Available Resources; For "Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program," Only 22% of Departments That Applied in 2014 Received Funding, And For "Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grant Program," Only 19% of Departments That Applied For 2014 Grants Received Funding Schumer: Firefighters Deserve The Best Equipm… Continue Reading


12.02.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, AFTER HIS PUSH, SENATE & HOUSE LEADERS HAVE AGREED TO RESTORE CRITICAL TRANSIT PROGRAM FUNDING IN TRANSPORTATION BILL & LEGISLATION WILL EVEN INCREASE PROGRAM BY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS—A WIN-WIN FOR NEW YORK COMMUTERS; SCHUMER SUCCESSFULLY FOUGHT A PROVISION THAT WOULD HAVE ELIMINATED PROGRAM FUNDING & COST NYC/LI TRANSIT AGENCIES MORE THAN $75 MILLION PER YEAR

Critical Program 'High Density States Program' Was Completely & Capriciously Eliminated in House Transpo Bill; Schumer Said Final Transportation Bill Will Include Full Funding of Critical '5340' Program - Funds Provide NYS Close To $100M Per Year In Mass Transit Funding, Including More Than $75M for MTA & NYCDOT Not Only Did Schumer Help Restore High Density Transpo Program, Senator Announced That Federal Bill Includes an $18.5 Million Increase in 5340 Funding Over the Next 5 Years Sch… Continue Reading


12.02.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, CONGRESS IS SET TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK, ONE OF NY’S MORE IMPORTANT FED JOB-CREATION PROGRAMS – EX-IM BANK IS RESPONSIBLE FOR BILLIONS IN SALES & THOUSANDS OF JOBS ACROSS NY STATE; BANK HELPS LI BUSINESSES LOCATE EXPORT MARKETS

Fed Export-Import Bank is a Critical Tool For Small, Medium & Large Manufacturers Across Long Island, Like D'addario, Love & Quiches Gourmet & Seal Dynamics to Ship Products Abroad & Create Jobs At Home-Ex-Im Bank Supports Dozens of Businesses in Area Ex-Im Bank Expired in September 2014; Schumer Has Since Urged Colleagues To Come Together & Re-Authorize Program For 5 Years - Program is Critical To Manufacturing Growth & Preserving Good-Paying Jobs Schumer: Re-Authorizi… Continue Reading


12.01.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, CONGRESS IS SET TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK, ONE OF UPSTATE NY’S MORE IMPORTANT FED JOB-CREATION PROGRAMS – EX-IM BANK IS RESPONSIBLE FOR BILLIONS IN SALES & THOUSANDS OF JOBS ACROSS NY STATE

Fed Export-Import Bank is a Critical Tool For Small, Medium & Large Manufacturers Across NY State, Like GE in the Capital Region, Swarovski in the North Country, Harris Corp in Rochester, And Siemens Dresser Rand Plants in Western NY & The Southern Tier - Bank Enables Companies To Ship Products Abroad & Create Jobs At Home Ex-Im Bank Expired in September 2014; Schumer Has Since Urged Colleagues To Come Together & Re-Authorize Program For 5 Years - Program is Critical To Manufa… Continue Reading


12.01.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, SENATE & HOUSE LEADERS HAVE AGREED TO RESTORE CRITICAL 5340 TRANSIT PROGRAM FUNDING – SCHUMER SUCCESSFULLY FOUGHT A PROVISION THAT WOULD HAVE SLASHED PROGRAM FUNDING & COST UPSTATE & DOWNSTATE TRANSIT AGENCIES NEARLY $100M PER YEAR

Schumer Says Final Transportation Bill Will Include Full Funding of Critical 5340 Program Funds & Provide NYS Close To $100M Per Year In Mass Transit Funding; Regional Transit Agencies Across Upstate - Like the NFTA, RGRTA & CDTA - Stood To Lose Millions Per Year Over Next 6 Years if Proposed Cut Was Not Reversed Not Only Did Schumer Restore 5340 Program That Was Initially Eliminated, He Also Helped Secure an $18.5 Million Increase in 5340 Funding Over the Next 5 Years Schumer: Federal… Continue Reading


12.01.15

SCHUMER, KATKO ANNOUNCE, FOLLOWING THEIR PUSH, SENATE & HOUSE LEADERS HAVE AGREED TO RESTORE CRITICAL 5340 TRANSIT PROGRAM FUNDING – SCHUMER & KATKO SUCCESSFULLY FOUGHT A PROVISION THAT WOULD HAVE SLASHED PROGRAM FUNDING & COSTUPSTATE & DOWNSTATE TRANSIT AGENCIES NEARLY $100M PER YEAR

Schumer & Katko Say Final Transportation Bill Will Include Full Funding of Critical 5340 Program Funds & Provide NYS Close To $100M Per Year In Mass Transit Funding; Centro Stood To Lose $2 Million Per Year Over Next 6 Years if Proposed Cut Was Not Reversed Not Only Did Schumer & Katko Restore 5340 Program That Was Initially Eliminated, The Two Also Secured an $18.5 Million Increase in 5340 Funding Over the Next 5 Years Schumer, Katko: Centro Funding Is Safe U.S. Senator Charles E… Continue Reading


11.30.15

SCHUMER COMPLETES TOUR OF ALL 62 NEW YORK COUNTIES FOR 17TH YEAR IN A ROW; ANNUAL TOUR OF STATE FINISHES WITH VISIT TO RENSSELAER COUNTY – YEAR CONCLUDES WITH A TOTAL OF 213 VISITS TO UPSTATE NY & LONG ISLAND; PLEDGES TO VISIT ALL 62 COUNTIES AGAIN IN 2016

Upon His Election to the Senate in 1998, Schumer Made A Pledge To Visit Every Single New York County Each Year - After 17 Years, The Tradition Continues Schumer Calls Tour Essential To His Work In U.S. Capitol - Pledges To Complete Another 62-County Tour In 2016 Today, with his visit to the Central Fire Station in Troy, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer completed his 17th consecutive tour of all 62 New York State counties – a feat that continues his run as the first New York State p… Continue Reading


11.30.15

AS SCHUMER COMPLETES 17th ANNUAL 62-COUNTY TOUR IN RENSSELAER COUNTY, SENATOR WILL PUSH FOR CRITICAL FIRE GRANT PROGRAM THAT IS DANGEROUSLY LOW & HELPS CAPITAL REGION & ALL OF UPSTATE NY; WILL ALLOW LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS TO PURCHASE NEW EQUIPMENT & TRAIN NEW FIREFIGHTERS

Two Important Firefighter Grant Programs Help Local Departments Protect Their Communities & Hire New Firefighters, But Are Continually Short-Changed By Congress Schumer Says Department Needs Are Far Outpacing Supply; For Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, Only 22% of Departments That Applied in 2014 Received Funding, And For Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grant Program, Only 19% of Departments That Applied For 2014 Grants Received Funding Schumer: Firefighte… Continue Reading


11.30.15

SCHUMER MAKES FINAL PUSH TO RESTORE CRITICAL TRANSIT PROGRAM THAT COULD COST CENTRO MILLIONS – POTENTIALLY FORCING THEM TO REDUCE SERVICES AND RAISE RATES; CUTS WILL BE DEVASTATING FOR CENTRO & UPSTATE NEW YORK TRANSIT SYSTEMS

Critical Program Called High Density States Program Was Eliminated In House Transportation Bill, Money Sent To More Rural Southern & Western States; Centro Could Now Lose Nearly $2 Million Schumer Persuades Senators To Keep Centro Funding in Senate Conference Transportation Bill; Urges House To Do The Same Schumer: Centro Funding Is Safe In Senate Bill   Standing the Centro Transit Hub in Syracuse, NY, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today made his final push to urge the House of R… Continue Reading


11.25.15

CRITICAL GRANT PROGRAM FOR UPSTATE NEW YORK & SCHOHARIE COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS IS DANGEROUSLY LOW; SCHUMER LAUNCHES MAJOR PUSH TO INCREASE FIRE EQUIPMENT & RECRUITMENT FUNDING

Two Important Firefighter Grant Programs Help Local Departments Protect Their Communities, But Are Continually Short-Changed By Congress Schumer Says Department Needs Are Far Outpacing Supply; For Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, Only 22% of Departments That Applied in 2014 Received Funding, And For Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grant Program, Only 19% of Departments That Applied For 2014 Grants Received Funding Schumer: Firefighters Deserve The Best Equipment T… Continue Reading


11.25.15

SCHUMER VISITS WALTON KRAFT-HEINZ PLANT; MEETS WITH WORKERS, MANAGEMENT & LOCAL LEADERS TO DISCUSS RECENT DEAL, FORGED IN TANDEM WITH GOVERNOR CUOMO, THAT SUPPORTS PLANT AND WILL BRING MILLIONS IN INVESTMENT

Schumer: We Can All Be Thankful For These Jobs This Thanksgiving Standing at the Kraft-Heinz Plant in Walton, NY, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today visited the Kraft-Heinz facility and spoke to workers, management, and local leaders about the future of the plant. Schumer and NY Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced a deal that would retain all of the existing employees at the Walton Facility. Schumer said the workers at the Walton facility are a smart, productive and capable workforc… Continue Reading


11.25.15

SCHUMER TOURS AVON KRAFT-HEINZ PLANT; MEETS WITH WORKERS, MANAGEMENT & LOCAL LEADERS TO DISCUSS RECENT DEAL, FORGED IN TANDEM WITH GOVERNOR CUOMO, THAT SUPPORTS PLANT AND WILL BRING MILLIONS IN INVESTMENT

Schumer: Something We Can All Be Thankful for this Thanksgiving …Avon's Cool Whip Will Be On Your Pumpkin Pie For Years to Come Standing at the Kraft-Heinz Plant in Avon, NY, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today toured the Kraft-Heinz facility and spoke to workers, management, and local leaders about the future of the plant. He also urged families across New York to join his family this year to support local Avon, NY jobs and make Cool Whip the topper of their pumpkin pie at the Thanksg… Continue Reading


11.25.15

CRITICAL GRANT PROGRAM FOR UPSTATE NEW YORK & ALLEGANY COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS IS DANGEROUSLY LOW; SCHUMER LAUNCHES MAJOR PUSH TO INCREASE FIRE EQUIPMENT & RECRUITMENT FUNDING

Two Important Firefighter Grant Programs Help Local Departments Protect Their Communities, But Are Continually Short-Changed By Congress Schumer Says Department Needs Are Far Outpacing Supply; For Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, Only 22% of Departments That Applied in 2014 Received Funding, And For Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grant Program, Only 19% of Departments That Applied For 2014 Grants Received Funding Schumer: Firefighters Deserve The Best Equipment T… Continue Reading


11.24.15

SCHUMER: DANGEROUS INCIDENT IN WHICH GREEN LASER WAS POINTED AT FEDEX PLANE FLYING OVER WESTERN NY THREATENED PILOT AND CITIZEN SAFETY; SENATOR PUSHES THE FDA TO BAN THE SALE OF HIGH-POWERED, LONG-RANGE GREEN LASERS FOR NON-PROFESSIONAL USE; EVIL-DOERS & PRANKSTERS PURPOSELY USE GREEN LASERS TO HARASS PILOTS, BUT SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES INCLUDE BLINDNESS & DISORIENTATION WHILE FLYING PLANE FULL OF PASSENGERS IN THE AIR

Recently A Green Laser Targeted a FedEx Plane Flying at 23,000 Ft. Over Western NY Threatened Pilot Safety and Safety of New Yorkers on the Ground; Schumer Urges the FDA To Use Its Authority to Ban Long-Range, High-Powered Green Laser Pointers Health & Aviation Experts Say Green Lasers Are More Than Double the Strength of Other Colors, Can Travel For Miles & Cause More Damage to Eyesight Because of Green & Yellow Spectrum of Light Schumer to FDA: Ban Long-Range Green Lasers Befor… Continue Reading

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