Press Releases

01.06.16

SCHUMER: ONONDAGA COUNTY HAS SECOND HIGHEST CASES OF INFANTS BORN DEPENDENT ON RX DRUGS & OPIOIDS IN UPSTATE NY – WITH NEW ANTI-DRUG RESOURCES IN JUST-PASSED BUDGET, SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO IMMEDIATELY DIRECT FUNDS TO ONONDAGA COUNTY SERVICE PROVIDERS – LIKE CROUSE HOSPITAL – TO ADDRESS THIS EPIDEMIC; NUMBER OF DRUG-DEPENDENT BABIES BORN AT CROUSE UP 100%

Just-Passed Fed Budget Bill Includes Increased Funds To Fight Heroin Epidemic; Schumer Wants Some Of It Directed As Emergency Dollars Towards Drug-Dependent Baby Crisis In Onondaga County & Across CNY Schumer, Joined by Pediatric Doctors & Nurses, Calls For an Federal 'Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)' Funding to Be Used Specifically To Help Treat and Prevent Growing Cases of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome; Increased Funds Will Allow Onondaga County T… Continue Reading


01.06.16

SCHUMER: BROOME COUNTY BUSES ARE SEVERELY OUTDATED & IN CONSTANT NEED OF SERVICING; NEW FEDERAL BUS PROGRAM INCLUDED IN RECENTLY PASSED TRANSPORTATION BILL WILL HELP TRANSIT AUTHORITIES IN BUS-DEPENDENT COUNTIES, LIKE BROOME COUNTY’S B.C. TRANSIT, PURCHASE NEW & RELIABLE BUSES; SENATOR VOWS TO FIGHT TOOTH & NAIL TO SECURE FED FUNDING FOR BROOME COUNTY & OTHER UPSTATE NY COMMUNITIES

Schumer Successfully Persuaded Senators To Create New Bus Funding Program in The FAST Act; New Program Creates A Discretionary Fund That Communities Like Broome County Can Apply To, Allowing Them To Access Funds For Replacing Aging Bus Fleets Senator Vows To Fight to Deliver Federal Bus Money To The Southern Tier & Upstate NY; Additional Bus Funding Is Win For Upstate Transit Systems That Have Been Struggling To Shoulder The Cost To Replace Aging Fleets In Recent Years; Additional Transport… Continue Reading


01.05.16

SCHUMER: RECENTLY PASSED CIDER ACT WILL BE A SWEET SUCCESS FOR CAPITAL REGION & UPSTATE NEW YORK APPLE PRODUCERS; SENATOR, JOINED BY LOCAL HARD CIDER PRODUCERS, REVEALS HOW NEW LEGISLATION MEANS FOR CAPITAL REGION & THE UPSTATE NY REGIONAL ECONOMY

Schumer Bill - The CIDER Act - Lowers Taxes On Hard Cider, Now Treated Like Beer Rather Than Higher Taxed Wine; Benefits Allows Producers that Often Suffer from Frost & Bad Weather to Add New Stable Source of Income The Capital Region Has More Than 200 Apple Growers; Legislation Will Boost Business For Growers and Hard Cider Producers Like Nine Pin & Slyboro Schumer: NY Could Soon Be At The Core of Hard Cider Production Standing at Nine Pin Ciderworks in Albany, NY, U.S. Senator Cha… Continue Reading


01.05.16

IN THE WAKE OF RECENT ISIS-RELATED ARREST IN ROCHESTER, SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO BOLSTER STRATEGIES TO COMBAT RAPID RISE OF TERRORIST USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA TO RECRUIT LONE WOLVES; SUSPECTED ROCHESTER TERRORIST WAS RECRUITED & INSPIRED ON SOCIAL MEDIA; SENATOR PUSHES LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE U.S. GATHERING & ASSESSING OF TERRORIST SOCIAL MEDIA MESSAGING

The "Combat Terrorist Use Of Social Media Act Of 2015" Just Passed House-Schumer Launches Effort To Get Senate To Pass It Immediately Schumer Says Two Recently Exposed Rochester Terrorist Links-And the San Bernadino Terror Attack-Show Social Media Is Playing Direct Role In How Terrorists Inspire, Possibly Coordinate Attacks Feds Need A "Status Update" When It Comes To Analyzing Facebook Posts and Other Rapidly-Evolving Social Media Methods Of Global Terror Groups like ISIL Standing at the R… Continue Reading


01.05.16

SCHUMER WILL MEET WITH NEWLY ELECTED ONEONTA MAYOR AND OTHER LOCAL OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS WAYS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN SUPPORT THE CITY AND COUNTY WITH IMPLEMENTING JOB CREATING INITIATIVES; SENATOR WILL URGE LOCAL BUSINESSES TO APPLY FOR “FOREIGN TRADE ZONE” DESIGNATION & VOWS HIS SUPPORT FOR FEDERAL APPROVAL; DESIGNATION COULD HELP LOCAL BUSINESSES GROW & CREATE NEW JOBS IN ONEONTA AND BEYOND

Schumer Will Push For A Critical Application that Could Help Businesses Throughout Otsego County; Senator Says Local Companies Are Being Hit With High Duties On Imported Materials Schumer: Application Is The First Step To Grow Businesses & Create New Jobs Standing at the Otsego County IDA Offices in Oneonta, NY, and after meeting with Mayor Gary Herzig, Otsego Board of Representatives Chairwoman Kathy Clark and other local officials about local projects and creating new local jobs, U.S. S… Continue Reading


01.04.16

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

Over 300K Commuters Who Take LIRR 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 Can Put The Savings To Good Use U.S. Senator … Continue Reading


12.23.15

SCHUMER: NUMBER OF INFANTS BORN DEPENDENT ON RX DRUGS & OPIOIDS ON THE RISE IN ORANGE; WITH NEW ANTI-DRUG RESOURCES IN JUST-PASSED BUDGET, SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO IMMEDIATELY DIRECT FUNDS TO ORANGE COUNTY TO ADDRESS THIS EPIDEMIC – NUMBER OF DRUG-DEPENDENT BABIES UP MORE THAN 270% IN ORANGE COUNTY ALONE OVER THE LAST 5 YEARS

Just-Passed Fed Budget Bill Includes Increased Funds To Fight Heroin Epidemic; Schumer Wants Some Of It Directed As Emergency Dollars Towards Drug-Dependent Baby Crisis In Orange County & Across New York State Schumer, Joined by Pediatric Doctors & Nurses, Calls For an Federal 'Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)' Funding to Be Used Specifically To Help Treat and Prevent Growing Cases of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome; Increased Funds Will Allow Orange Co… Continue Reading


12.23.15

SCHUMER: DUTCHESS COUNTY HAS HIGHEST INCIDENCES OF INFANTS BORN DEPENDENT ON RX DRUGS & OPIOIDS – WITH NEW ANTI-DRUG RESOURCES IN JUST-PASSED BUDGET, SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO IMMEDIATELY DIRECT FUNDS TO DUTCHESS COUNTY TO ADDRESS THIS EPIDEMIC; NUMBER OF DRUG-DEPENDENT BABIES UP 1,000% IN DUTCHESS COUNTY ALONE OVER THE LAST 5 YEARS

Just-Passed Fed Budget Bill Includes Increased Funds To Fight Heroin Epidemic; Schumer Wants Some Of It Directed As Emergency Dollars Towards Drug-Dependent Baby Crisis In Dutchess County & Across New York State Schumer, Joined by Pediatric Doctors & Nurses, Calls For an Federal 'Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)' Funding to Be Used Specifically To Help Treat and Prevent Growing Cases of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome; Increased Funds Will Allow Dutches… Continue Reading


12.23.15

IN WAKE OF RECENT BOWMAN AVENUE DAM HACK DISCLOSURE, SCHUMER VISITS RYE BROOK TO CALL FOR THOROUGH INVESTIGATION BY DHS OF AMERICA’S CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE; RECENT REVELATION ABOUT WESTCHESTER DAM IRANIAN HACK ATTACK POINTS TO POTENTIAL VULNERABILITIES OF OUR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE TO CYBERATTACK

Schumer Launches 2-Pronged Effort To Ensure Critical Infrastructure, Like Dams, Power Grids, Telecommunications Systems And More Are Safe From Hackers Schumer Pushes Feds To Further Investigate Hacks And Work Hand-In-Hand With State & Local Governments To Prevent Future Cyber Attacks Schumer: Our Number One Priority Should Be Protecting Our Critical Infrastructure From Evil-Doers Standing at the Bowman Avenue Dam in Rye Brook, NY, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called for an immed… Continue Reading


12.22.15

SCHUMER JOINS COLLEAGUES TO EXPRESS SERIOUS CONCERN OVER IRAN’S SECOND BALLISTIC MISSLE TEST

In Letter to President, Schumer & 20 Senators Express Serious Concern Over Iran's Continued Violations of UN Security Council Resolution 1929 By Testing a Second Ballistic Missile U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, along with twenty democratic Senators, expressed deep concern with Iran's second ballistic missile test conducted on November 21st. Schumer and his colleagues voiced their concerns in a letter to President Obama. In their letter, the Senators said "In the absence of a UN Security … Continue Reading


12.22.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: AFTER HIS URGING, THE SIBLEY BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN ROCHESTER WILL BE AWARDED OVER $40 MILLION IN FEDERAL “NEW MARKETS TAX CREDITS” TO COMPLETE MASSIVE SIBLEY CONSTRUCTION PLAN; SENATOR SAYS FUNDING WILL HELP REVITALIZE DOWNTOWN ROCHESTER, THE NEW HOME FOR PHOTONICS, HIGH-TECH BIZ INCUBATOR

Schumer Has Championed Federal New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Funding for Sibley, the Anchor for New Downtown Innovation Zone Securing Federal NMTCs Was The Final Financing Piece Needed In Order For The Sibley Building Developers To Greenlight Entire Project Schumer: Federal Investment is Final Piece of the Puzzle to Complete the Transformation To Re-Energize Downtown Standing at the Sibley Building, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today visited Rochester and announced that he has helped sec… Continue Reading


12.22.15

SCHUMER: RECENTLY RENEWED SOLAR TAX CREDIT WILL BE A GAME CHANGER FOR WESTERN NY & SOLARCITY; SENATOR, JOINED BY SOLARCITY CHIEF EXECUTIVE, WILL REVEAL WHAT NEW LEGISLATION MEANS FOR WNY & THE UPSTATE NY REGIONAL ECONOMY

During SolarCity Visit In August, Schumer Said Tax Incentive Allows Savings on Investment in Solar Projects, However Tax Credit Was Scheduled To Phase Down After 2016 and Companies Only Receive Benefits Upon Completion Of A Project Schumer Not Only Pushed to Include Long-Term Extension of Tax Benefit, Also Revised Provision That Prevented Businesses Like SolarCity From Reaping Full Financial Benefits Schumer: Solar Tax Credit Will Power Up New Middle-Class Jobs‎ in Western NY Standing at… Continue Reading


12.21.15

SCHUMER TO LAY OUT ACTION PLAN TO USE FUNDS FROM JUST-PASSED FEDERAL BUDGET TO REDUCE NUMBER OF STATEN ISLAND BABIES BORN DEPENDENT ON PAINKILLERS & OPIOIDS; NUMBER OF DRUG-DEPENDENT BABIES ON SI HAS INCREASED 34 PERCENT SINCE 2009; JUST-PASSED FED BUDGET PROVIDES NEW INCREASE IN FED DOLLARS TO HELP ADDRESS UPSURGE IN DRUG-DEPENDENT BABIES; STATEN ISLAND HOSPITALS RELY ON FED FUNDS TO SUPPORT THEIR EFFORTS

Just-Passed Fed Budget Bill Includes Increased Funds To Fight Heroin Epidemic; Schumer-Backed $47M Investment And Now Calls On Feds To Direct Emergency Dollars Towards Drug-Dependent Baby Crisis On SI & Across New York State Schumer, at RUMC, Calls For an Emergency Surge of  Federal 'Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration' (SAMHSA) Funding to Be Used Specifically  By Hospitals To Help Prevent & Address Growing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome; Increased… Continue Reading


12.21.15

SCHUMER DEMANDS FEDS COME UP WITH NEW PLAN TO COMBAT RAPID RISE OF TERRORIST USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA; TERRORISTS USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO RECRUIT AMERICANS, INSPIRE LONE WOLF ATTACKS & EVEN RAISE MONEY; SENATOR PUSHES LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE U.S. GATHERING & ASSESSING OF TERRORIST SOCIAL MEDIA MESSAGING

The Combat Terrorist Use Of Social Media Act Of 2015 Just Passed House-Schumer Launches Drive To Get Senate To Pass It Immediately Schumer Says Recent San Bernardino Terror Attack-And This Past Week's Rochester Arrest Of ISIS Recruiter—Shows Social Media Is Playing Direct Role In How Terrorists Inspire, Possibly Coordinate Attacks  Schumer: Feds Need A "Status Update" When It Comes To Analyzing Facebook Posts, Other Social Media Methods Of Terror Groups U.S. Senator Charles E. Sch… Continue Reading


12.20.15

SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO EXTEND WRITTEN COMMENT PERIOD & CONSIDER HOLDING PUBLIC HEARINGS FOR UPSTATE NY RESIDENTS TO VOICE THEIR CONCERNS ABOUT KEYBANK’S PLANS TO ACQUIRE FIRST NIAGARA BANK; SENATOR SAYS REGULATORS SHOULD DO WHAT IT TAKES TO SEE THAT UPSTATE NY RESIDENTS ARE GIVEN SUFFICIENT TIME TO OFFER THEIR OPINIONS

Schumer Has Vocally Expressed Serious Concerns That The Acquisition By The Ohio-Based Bank Could Mean Layoffs For Local Workforce & Negatively Impact Regional Economies In Upstate NY Schumer: Upstate New Yorkers Deserve To Have Their Voices Heard U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the Federal Reserve to both extend the required 30-day comment period, which is set to expire at the end of the month, and to hold public hearings on the proposed merger's economic impact on the region a… Continue Reading


12.18.15

SCHUMER SECURES COMMITMENT FROM VA THAT FUNDING FOR ‘PHASE TWO’ CONSTRUCTION OF VA OUTPATIENT SURGERY FACILITY IN ROCHESTER WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE PRESIDENT’S FY 2017 BUDGET REQUEST – SCHUMER CALLS COMMITMENT A CRITICAL FIRST STEP & VOWS TO FIGHT TO ENSURE FUNDS ARE IN FINAL 2017 APPROPRIATIONS BILL

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 Previously Pushed VA to Move Forward With Plans To Provide Funding For 2nd Phase of Construction For New, Upcoming 84,000 Sq Ft VA Outpatient Surgery Clinic in Rochester - VA Commits To Including Funds for Surgical Center in its 2017 Budget Schumer: VA Commitment Is Critical … Continue Reading


12.17.15

SCHUMER: FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, BROADWAY PRODUCTIONS & LIVE THEATRE WILL BENEFIT FROM SAME TAX BREAKS ALREADY AFFORDED TO FILM & TV; SENATOR HAS LED THE FIGHT TO INCLUDE TAX BENEFIT IN MUST-PASS LEGISLATION; TAX CODE CHANGE WOULD ATTRACT NEW INVESTMENT & CREATE HUNDREDS OF NEW JOBS IN NY & ON GREAT WHITE WAY

Schumer Rallied for Passage of This Bill Last Year Standing Alongside a Cast of Broadway Stars, Including Neil Patrick Harris, Bryan Cranston & Tyne Daly U.S.  Tax Code Permits Tax Benefits for Film & Television Productions, But Broadway & Live Theater Have Never Before Been Offered These Federal Tax Incentives, Driving Productions Abroad to Countries Like Great Britain; Passage of Schumer's Bill Would Help Attract New Productions & Spur Job Creation in NY S… Continue Reading


12.17.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $1M IN FEDERAL SANDY RELIEF FUNDS FOR REPAIRS TO DUNES IN TOWN OF BROOKHAVEN

Superstorm Sandy Destroyed Friendship Beach's Dunes, Erosion Control Features, Drainage System & More Schumer, Gillibrand Announce FEMA Funds for the Town of Brookhaven for Sandy-related Repairs at Friendship Beach; Funds Will Help Protect Against Future Damage U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,092,917 in federal funding to the Town of Brookhaven for restoration work to dunes at Friendship Beach that were damaged as a result of Superstorm Sandy. The… Continue Reading


12.17.15

SCHUMER-SPONSORED STARTUP R&D TAX CREDIT INCLUDED IN MUST-PASS EXTENDERS BILL; WOULD MAKE R&D CREDIT PERMANENT AND ALLOW ROCHESTER-AREA STARTUP COMPANIES TO RELIABLY TAP INTO R&D TAX CREDITS THAT ARE CURRENTLY RESTRICTED TO COMPANIES WITH ALREADY ESTABLISHED REVENUE STREAMS

2014 R&D Credit Expired And Was Pegged to Income Taxes, Start-Ups in Rochester Don't Have Same Opportunities to Use Program; Schumer-Roberts-Coons Secured Legislation In Must-Pass Tax bill Would Make R&D Credit Permanent With Provision to Allow Startup Companies to Claim Tax Credit Against Payrolls Taxes As Opposed to Income Taxes Schumer Legislation Would be Boost for High-Tech Rochester, New Downtown Innovation Zone, New Photonics Companies, Efforts to Grow Businesses and Commercializ… Continue Reading


12.17.15

SCHUMER SECURES VITAL FEDERAL FUNDING TO INVEST IN NANOTECH INNOVATION THAT WILL BENEFIT HIGH-TECH EASTMAN BUSINESS PARK COMPANY; CERION TECHNOLOGY CAN NOW PARTNER WITH U.S. ARMY TO DEVELOP NEW CUTTING EDGE NANOTECHOLOGY

Schumer Pushed To Increase Funding In FY16 Omnibus Bill For U.S. Army Manufacturing Technology Program To Create Nanomaterial For Next-Generation Army Ammunition Program Will Enable Cerion to Create New Nanomaterial R&D And Production Capability At Eastman Business Park, Supporting Troops And Local Jobs U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today he has helped secure $60 million for the U.S. Army Manufacturing Technology Program (ManTech) that will be used to fund projects to advance d… Continue Reading

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