Press Releases

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


11.24.15

GOVERNOR CUOMO AND SENATOR SCHUMER ANNOUNCE DEAL TO PRESERVE HUNDREDS OF JOBS AT ALCOA FACILITY IN MASSENA

Agreement Saves 600 Jobs and Ensures Continued Operation of Massena West Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that an agreement has been reached that will preserve hundreds of jobs at Alcoa's operations in Massena, where the aluminum manufacturer had planned to curtail its smelting operations by early next year. Under the agreement, Alcoa will continue operating in Massena and will maintain a workforce level of at least 600 people at the plant for the nex… Continue Reading


11.24.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $340,000 IN FEDERAL USDA FUNDING FOR NEW YORK WINE AND GRAPE FOUNDATION

USDA Funds Will Boost Export Marketing Capabilities U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $348,814 in federal funding for the New York Wine and Grape Foundation. The funding allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Market Access Program (MAP) focuses on consumer and brand promotion for small companies and cooperatives. The New York Wine and Grape Foundation will use this funding to expand and maintain promotions for long-term export markets. … Continue Reading


11.23.15

SCHUMER: CLAWBACK OF FEDERAL FUNDS COULD STOP PROGRESS TO REHAB GEIGER LAKE MEMORIAL PARK IN WYANDANCH; SENATOR SAYS HUD IS BEING UNREASONABLE & MUST EXTEND DEADLINE OR BABYLON WILL LOSE $400,000 & PARK WILL NEVER GET DONE

Town of Babylon Has $400k In CDBG Grant Dollars That Will Expire On December 31st Because of Unpreventable Construction Issues & Will Be Clawed Back By HUD Geiger Project Is Core Part Of Larger Wyandanch Rising Revival; Extension of Funding Required So Repairs at Park Stay on Track; Senator Says Town & Park Goers Should Not Be Penalized; Claw Back Threatens Several Improvements, Like New Playground Schumer: HUD Should Not Force Town of Babylon To Permanently Park Plans To Revive Geige… Continue Reading


11.23.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $100,000 IN FEDERAL USDA FUNDING FOR AGRICULTURAL CENTER IN HUDSON VALLEY

USDA Farm to School Funds Will be Used to Bolster Child Nutrition Programs U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $100,000 in federal funding for the Poughkeepsie Farm Project. The funding allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm to School Grant Program was created to increase local foods served through child nutrition programs, teach children about agriculture, and develop schools' and farmers’ capacities to participate in farm to s… Continue Reading


11.22.15

SCHUMER: IN LIGHT OF PARIS HORROR, SENATOR ANNOUNCES NEW SENATE PUSH TO PREVENT THOSE ON TERROR WATCH LIST FROM GETTING GUNS & EVEN EXPLOSIVES; PRESENT LAW HAS, AMAZINGLY, ALLOWED THIS TO HAPPEN—2,000 ON WATCH LIST HAVE PURCHASED GUNS, BUT PARIS MUST BE OUR WAKE-UP CALL

Unlike Convicted Felons & The Mentally Ill, Amazingly, Under Current Law, Known or Suspected Terrorists Can Legally Purchase Weapons & Explosives Anywhere in the United States--No Questions Asked Following Isis Videos Threatening DC & NYC-Along With Previous FBI Warnings-Schumer Announces Renewed Push To Prevent Known or Suspected Terrorist From Buying Firearms Or Explosives & Using Them For Heinous Acts Schumer: With The Terror Threat on NYC's Doorstep, Federal Law Must Keep S… Continue Reading


11.20.15

SCHUMER, IN MEETING WITH U.S. AIR FORCE GENERAL EVERHART, COMMANDER OF AIR MOBILITY, URGES HIM TO BRING THE KC-135 FLEET BACK TO NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION– SCHUMER SAYS EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE MAKES NFARS A PERFECT FIT FOR SUPPORTING ADDITIONAL TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT & MISSIONS

During In-Person Meeting With General Everhart, Commander of the Air Mobility Command for the USAF, Schumer Urges Him to Bring the KC-135 Back to NFARS - Says NFARS Is Strategically Located Along Five Refueling Routes & Has The Ability to Assist Aircraft Flying from All Northeastern USAF Bases NFARS Previously Flew KC-135 And Has Existing Infrastructure That Would Enable Base To Once Again Be The Home To This Air Force Tanker Which Has Proven Its Enduring Value Over Time Schumer: KC-135 F… Continue Reading


11.20.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND & HIGGINS ANNOUNCE $45,000 IN FEDERAL USDA FUNDING FOR NIAGARA FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT

USDA Farm to School Funds Will be Used to Bolster Child Nutrition Programs U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins today announced $45,000 in federal funding for Niagara Falls City School District. The funding allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm to School Grant Program was created to increase local foods served through child nutrition programs, teach children about agriculture, and develop schools' and farmer… Continue Reading


11.19.15

SCHUMER PUSHES TO CLOSE LOOPHOLES IN VISA WAIVER PROGRAM THAT COULD ALLOW ISIS TERRORISTS TO SNEAK INTO THE U.S & DEMANDS CONGRESS CLOSE DANGEROUS LOOPHOLE THAT COULD ALLOW TERRORISTS TO BUY GUNS & EXPLOSIVES

U.S. Officials Have Expressed Concerns in Recent Days that ISIS Recruits Could Slip into the U.S. By Taking Advantage of Visa Waiver Program Schumer Also Calls On Congress to Close Outrageous Loophole in Federal Law That Allows People on Terror Watch List to Purchase Guns & Explosives Schumer: We Need To Focus Our Attention Where It Matters - On Individuals Who Are Coming Here To Do Us Harm U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced a new two-pronged push to ensure that ISIS terror… Continue Reading


11.19.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, SENATE PUTS THE BRAKES ON TRACTOR TRAILER PROVISION THAT OTHERWISE WOULD HAVE ALLOWED EXCESSIVELY LONG & DANGEROUS 84-FOOT TRUCKS – THE SIZE OF AN 8-STORY BUILDING ON ITS SIDE – ON UPSTATE ROADS & BRIDGES

Earlier This Year, Senate Appropriations Committee Adopted A Provision That Would Have Allowed Twin 33' Trucks On NYS Roadways & Bridges; Schumer Launched Campaign to Fight against Legislation That Would Preempt New York Law Schumer Announces, After His Push, Senate Successfully Struck Provision in the T-HUD Appropriations Bill That Would Have Allowed Oversized Trucks On Major NYS Roadways On Average 4,000 People Die In Truck-Related Accidents Every Year; Longer Trucks, With Wider Turning… Continue Reading


11.19.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES SENATE PUTS THE BRAKES ON TRACTOR TRAILER PROVISION THAT OTHERWISE WOULD HAVE ALLOWED EXCESSIVELY LONG & DANGEROUS 84-FOOT TRUCKS – THE SIZE OF AN 8-STORY BUILDING ON ITS SIDE – ON L.I.E & OTHER LI ROADWAYS

Senate Appropriations Committee Recently Adopted A Provision That Would Have Allowed Twin 33' Trucks On LIE & NYS Roadways & Bridges; Schumer Launched Campaign to Fight Against Legislation That Would Preempt New York Law Schumer Announces Senate Successfully Struck Provision in the T-HUD Appropriations Bill That Would Have Allowed Oversized Trucks On Major NYS Roadways On Average 4,000 People Die In Truck-Related Accidents Every Year; Large Trucks Have Been Responsible For Over 80 Fa… Continue Reading


11.18.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, FIRST INSTALLMENT OF CRITICAL FEMA FUNDING FOR VILLAGE OF GOWANDA HAS RECEIVED FINAL APPROVAL – SCHUMER SAYS FEMA HAS AGREED TO $436K FOR DEBRIS REMOVAL FROM PETER POINT RESERVOIR, WHICH WAS DAMAGED IN 2014 FLOOD; SCHUMER VOWS TO CONTINUE FIGHTING FOR IMPENDING SECOND INSTALLMENT OF $829K NEEDED TO COMPLETE REPAIRS

Village Has Been Unable To Use Reservoir Since 2014 Disaster & Has Been Relying On A Back-Up Well To Provide Water For Local Residents At A Major Cost To The Village - Schumer Successfully Urged FEMA To Agree To Final Project Plan That Would Fix Damaged Reservoir & Build it Back Stronger To Prevent Future Flooding  First $436K In FEMA Funding Will Pay for Removal of Dead Trees, Sediment, & Other Debris; Schumer Vows to Continue Pushing For Approval of Final $829K That Will Allo… Continue Reading


11.18.15

SCHUMER RECOMMENDS KATHLEEN SWEET, BUFFALO NATIVE & DISTINGUISHED WESTERN NY ATTORNEY, TO SERVE ON THE WESTERN DISTRICT COURT – IF CONFIRMED, SWEET WOULD BE FIRST-EVER WOMAN TO SERVE ON THE FEDERAL BENCH IN BUFFALO

Kathleen Sweet, Born & Raised In Buffalo, Has Had A Tremendous Career As A Top Litigator In Buffalo - Ms. Sweet Has Earned A Reputation As A Formidable Legal Professional, Particularly In The Fields Of Medical & Health Law Schumer: Kathleen Sweet is Extremely Bright, Fair-Minded and Experienced; She Embodies All The Best Qualities Of A Legal Professional and will be Great Judge U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today he is recommending Kathleen Sweet to President Obama to ser… Continue Reading


11.17.15

SCHUMER: PECONIC BAY MEDICAL CENTER REMAINS VULNERABALE TO FUTURE STORM DAMAGE; URGES FEMA TO AWARD PECONIC BAY MEDICAL CENTER $6.5 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING; MORE THAN 200,000 ARE AT RISK WITHOUT VITAL STORM-PROOFING UPGRADES

PBMC Lacks Necessary Protection Against Powerful Storms Like Superstorm Sandy - Similar Storm Could Disable Power Generators, Damage Roofs and Doors, Putting Patients, Doctors, and Families in Danger Schumer Calls for Millions in Federal Hazard Mitigation Funding to Install and Protect Generators, Upgrade Doors and Windows, and Retrofit Roof - Updates Would Greatly Improve the Safety for all the residents of the East End During Storms Schumer: Federal Funding Must be Approved; PBMC is Vital … Continue Reading


11.17.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $225,000 IN FEDERAL USDA VALUE-ADDED PRODUCER GRANTS FOR AGRICULTURAL CENTERS IN JEFFERSON COUNTY

USDA Value-Added Funds Will be Used to Promote Growth & New Products for Small, Independent Producers; Boost Marketing Capabilities; Increase Brand Awareness U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $225,723 in federal funding for Deluke Lawnscapes, Inc. and Thousand Island Meats, LLC in Jefferson County. The funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) Program. This funding was created to promote growth for… Continue Reading


11.17.15

SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH TO SECURE MILLIONS IN CRITICAL FED FUNDING THAT WILL HELP PUT JAMESTOWN’S NATIONAL COMEDY CENTER IN THE SPOTLIGHT – $3 MILLION PROJECT WILL ALLOW CITY OF JAMESTOWN & CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY TO COMPLETE NEXT PHASE OF CONSTRUCTION, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO GENERATE MILLIONS IN REVENUE & CREATE LOCAL JOBS

City of Jamestown & Chautauqua County Have Already Begun Construction of State-of-the-Art Museum and Performance Center, But Need Final Phase Funding To Make Schumer Says Jamestown, Home of Entertainment Legend Lucille Ball, Could Be Home to National Comedy Destination Schumer: Make Jamestown The "Cooperstown of Comedy"  U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today launched his push to secure approximately $3 million in federal funds to aid the construction of the National Comedy Center (… Continue Reading

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