Press Releases

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


12.17.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, AFTER HIS PUSH, CONGRESS HAS EXTENDED CRITICAL FEDERAL PERKINS STUDENT LOAN PROGRAM – SCHUMER PUSHED FOR EXTENSION TO ENSURE NY STUDENTS WERE NOT LEFT IN THE LURCH & COLLEGES WERE NOT LEFT HOLDING THE BAG

The Perkins Student Loan Program Expired On September 30th, 2015 - Schumer Fought To Secure Extension Of Program, Citing It Could Jeopardize The Education Of Students Across the Country Who Rely On Perkins Program To Attend College Schumer: With College Costs Skyrocketing, Renewing Perkins Loan Program Will Continue Vital Lifeline For Thousands Of Struggling Students U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Senate has passed a two-year extension of the Federal Perkins Loan prog… Continue Reading


12.17.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES PERMANENT EXTENSION OF ‘EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT’ & ‘CHILD TAX CREDIT’ INCLUDED IN JUST-UNVEILED TAX PACKAGE; SENATOR & NY LEADING ANTI-POVERTY ADVOCATES HAVE PUSHED FOR PERMANENT EXTENSION OF CRITICALLY-NEEDED TAX CREDITS FOR WORKING FAMILIES

The "Earned Income Tax Credit" & "Child Tax Credit" Have Lifted 10 Million People, Including More Than 5 Million Children, Out of Poverty While Bringing Parents Back into the Workforce; Critical Provisions in Both Tax Credits Were Scheduled to Expire in 2017 Schumer Successfully Pushed to Include These Tax Credits Permanent in the Tax Extenders Package; Permanent Tax Credits Would Mean That These Families Would Not Have to Worry About Losing Out on Critical Benefits U.S. Senator Charles E.… Continue Reading


12.17.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES JUST-UNVEILED OMNIBUS INCLUDES CRITICAL PROVISIONS THAT WILL HELP ELIMINATE UNFAIR DISPARITIES IN PUERTO RICO’S MEDICARE PROGRAM; WITH PUERTO RICO DANGLING ON THE ABYSS OF FISCAL MELTDOWN, SENATOR WILL CONTINUE TO PUSH FOR BIPARTISAN SOLUTIONS TO HELP PUERTO RICO ADDRESS DIRE ECONOMIC ISSUES

Currently, Puerto Rico Hospitals Are Paid A Medicare Base Rate That is 14 Percent Lower Than Hospitals in the States; Just-Released Omnibus Changes That By Providing Puerto Rico Hospitals With Same Base Payment Rate as Hospitals in the States; New Law Means That Puerto Rico Hospitals Could Be Provided With An Additional $600M Between 2016-2025 Omnibus Bill Also Provides Puerto Rico Hospitals With Bonus Payments If They Use Electronic Health Records; Bonus Payments Under Medicare Are Already Pro… Continue Reading


12.16.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, MALONEY ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $3.5 MILLION IN FEDERAL AID FOR HIGHLAND FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT IN JUST-UNVEILED OMNIBUS BILL – PASSAGE IN CONGRESS WOULD SEND LEGISLATION TO PRESIDENT’S DESK

Omnibus Spending Bill Secures about $3.5 Million in Federal Aid To Highland Falls School District For FY2016 That Could Have Been Lost For Years, Schumer, Gillibrand & Maloney Have Worked to Boost Funding for Cash-Strapped Highland Falls School District - Because District Land is 93% Tax Exempt, Highland Falls Has Very Small Tax Base, That Has Led to Property Tax Increases and School Closures Over The Years Schumer, Gillibrand, Maloney: Fed Aid A Big Win For Highland Falls Taxpayers U.S.… Continue Reading


12.16.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES EXTENSION OF VITAL TAX BENEFIT FOR MASS TRANSIT COMMUTERS INCLUDED IN JUST-UNVEILED TAX PACKAGE; LEGISLATION PERMANENTLY EXTENDS MASS TRANSIT BENEFIT WHICH SAVES SUBWAY, LIRR AND OTHER MASS TRANSIT COMMUTERS OVER $1,000 PER YEAR

Over 300K Commuters Who Take LIRR Daily Were Eligible to Receive Up to $250 in Pre-Tax Savings in 2014 On LIRR Commute Each Month Until the Provision Expired Jan 1st of This Year Dropping Monthly Savings to $130 Schumer Successfully Pushed to Reinstate and Extend Commuter Benefit At Rate of $250 for 2015 and $255 for 2016 in Monthly Pre-Tax Savings Legislation Would Permanently Provide Much-Needed parity Between Commuters Who Drive & Those Who Use Mass Transit … Continue Reading


12.16.15

FOLLOWING YEARS OF WORK, SCHUMER SECURES MAJOR VICTORIES FOR UPSTATE NEW YORK IN RECENTLY ANNOUNCED FEDERAL BUDGET

Schumer Announces That The Bipartisan Budget Bill Is Filled With Dozens Of Important Victories For Upstate New York Schumer Successfully Pushed For Funding Priorities Including HOME Funding, SAFER Grants for Firefighters, HIDTA Funding to Combat Drug Crime, Water-Sewer Grants & More Schumer: Budget Bill Is A Major Win For Upstate NY U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced, following years of work, major victories that will greatly help Upstate New York were included in the recen… Continue Reading


12.16.15

SCHUMER SECURES $105M TO REBUILD & UPGRADE ALEXANDRIA BAY BORDER CROSSING; PROJECT HAS BEEN PLANNED FOR NEARLY A DECADE BUT STALLED BECAUSE OF A LACK OF FUNDING – SCHUMER SAYS BUDGET DEAL WILL FINALLY UNLOCK CRITICAL INVESTMENT AND IMPROVE REGIONAL ECONOMY

Federal Budget Agreement Includes Provision to Fully Fund Renovations to Alexandria Bay Border Crossing - Project Has Been Top Regional Priority for Years Schumer Pushed for Necessary Funding to Upgrade the Alexandria Bay Broder Crossing, Which Handles Hundreds of Thousands of Vehicles and Over 1.5 million Passengers a Year Schumer: Alexandria Bay Border Crossing Project - Lynchpin of the Local Economy – Finally Approved for Entry Today, Senator Schumer announced that the federal budget… Continue Reading


12.16.15

AS NEW ROCHESTER MARINA OPENS NEXT YEAR, SCHUMER SECURES $2.3 MILLLION FED FUNDS FOR ARMY CORPS TO FULLY DREDGE ROCHESTER HARBOR; IN MARCH, SCHUMER URGED FED APPROPRIATORS TO ALLOCATE $2.3 MILLION TO EFFORT – KEEPING ROCHESTER HARBOR NAVIGABLE IS CRITICAL FOR SAFETY, BOATERS, & LOCAL ECONOMY

Dredging Funding Particularly Important Since New City of Rochester Marina Opens for Business, Boaters Next Year; Schumer Secured $1.5 Million Federal Grant in 2011 to Help Construct Marina Schumer Pushed to Secure Fed Funding As Part of FY2016 Budget - The Cost of Not Dredging the Rochester Harbor Could Mean a Loss of Commercial and Recreation Revenue & Could Put Local Jobs At Risk Schumer: Fed Funds Can Now Keep Rochester Harbor Clear For Commerce & Recreation Today, U.S. Senator … Continue Reading


12.16.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $70 MILLION IN FED FUNDING FOR ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY’S NATIONAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE FOR THE DEAF IN JUST-UNVEILED OMNIBUS BILL – PASSAGE IN CONGRESS WOULD SEND LEGISLATION TO PRESIDENT’S DESK

Schumer, Gillibrand Pushed Hard For Funds That Would Help Deaf And Hard-Of-Hearing New Yorkers Get Education and Find Jobs U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Omnibus spending bill - a must-pass bill that funds the federal government through the end of the fiscal year - includes $70 million in funding for Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), which is a much-needed increase of $3 million from last year'… Continue Reading


12.16.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES PERMANENT EXTENSION OF CRITICAL “TEACHER TAX BREAK” INCLUDED IN JUST-UNVEILED TAX PACKAGE; WOULD HELP THOUSANDS OF NY TEACHERS SAVE UP TO $250 PER YEAR IN TAX DEDUCTIONS ON SCHOOL SUPPLIES – EXPIRED IN 2014, PERMANENT RENEWAL WOULD HELP OFF-SET COSTS FOR TEACHERS WHO DIP INTO THEIR OWN POCKETS TO PURCHASE SUPPLIES FOR CLASSROOM

The Average NYS Teacher Spends a Whopping $485 Per Year Out-of-Pocket To Help Educate Our Kids - Important Tax Benefit That Helps Make Purchasing School Supplies More Affordable Expired in 2014; In Total Over 65K Teachers in NYC Would Be Able to Deduct Up To $16M Schumer Announces Federal Tax Package Would Make This This Important Benefit for NY Teachers A Permanent Part of The Tax Code - Tax Benefit Will Help Teachers Save & Bring More Supplies Into NY Classrooms to Help Our Kids Learn U.… Continue Reading

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