Press Releases

09.29.15

SCHUMER: IN MIDST OF DIRE FISCAL CRISIS, PUERTO RICO NEEDS IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO BANKRUPTCY PROTECTIONS; SENATOR CALLS FOR SWIFT FEDERAL ACTION ON ‘PUERTO RICO CHAPTER 9 UNIFORMITY ACT,’ WHICH WILL GIVE PUERTO RICO—A U.S. TERRITORY— SAME CHAPTER 9 AUTHORITY AS U.S. STATES

With Over 1M Puerto Ricans Living in New York, Schumer Has Been Strong, Outspoken Leader On Providing Puerto Rico & Its Residents With Equitable Treatment; Schumer is Sponsor of Legislation That Would Give Puerto Rico Authority to Access Chapter 9 Bankruptcy Protections & Schumer is Sponsor of Legislation That Would Finally Treat PR Fairly in Federal Health Programs - Medicare & Medicaid Schumer Calls for Immediate Action, Including a Hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee, On … Continue Reading


09.29.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND URGE AIR FORCE BRASS TO SELECT NEW DIRECTOR OF ROME LABS WHO WILL ENSURE IT CONTINUES TO BE A LEADING FORCE AGAINST CYBER THREATS AND DRIVER OF THE CENTRAL NEW YORK ECONOMY

George Duchak, Former Director of Rome Labs, Left After 2 Years of Successfully Leading The Facility - Under Duchak, Rome Labs Continued As National Leader of Air Force Cybersecurity Research & Development And Provided Shot in the Arm to CNY Economy Senators Urge Top Air Force Officials To Pick A New Director Who Will Maintain Rome Labs' Reputation As A Premier Research Facility For The Air Force - Schumer, Gillibrand Call On USAF Secretary James to Urge Swift Action Schumer, Gillibrand To… Continue Reading


09.29.15

SENATOR SCHUMER & CONGRESSMAN HIGGINS CALL FOR RE-USE OF DILLON COURTHOUSE; URGE GSA TO GUARD AGAINST LAND SPECULATION AND WAREHOUSING – AND FACTOR-IN COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC IMPACT IN DIVESTIURE OF FEDERAL BUILDINGS

Schumer & Higgins Push GSA to Ensure that the Next Owner of Dillon Courthouse Gets the Building Up and Running Quickly and Doesn't Let it Continue to Sit Vacant Schumer & Higgins Fight to See that Dillon Reuse Project is the Right Fit for the City of Buffalo & Niagara Square Schumer & Higgins: Don't Let Dillon Become a Black Hole   Senator Charles Schumer and Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) are calling on the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to guard agains… Continue Reading


09.29.15

SCHUMER, HELLER, KLOBUCHAR, LEE INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO MODERNIZE & STREAMLINE VISA PROGRAM TO GROW INTERNATIONAL TOURISM IN THE UNITED STATES

Current Visa Rules Make it Harder for Many Tourists to Visit the United States, Costing U.S. Businesses Millions in Lost Revenue Every Year The Bipartisan JOLT (Jobs Originated Through Launching Travel) Act Would Expand Access to Visas for Tourism, Limit Delays in Obtaining Visas, and Help Bring More Tourism to the United States Senators: Legislation Would Fix Visa Problems and Provide a JOLT to the U.S. Economy Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer, Dean Heller, Amy Klobuchar and Mike Lee… Continue Reading


09.28.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $440,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROGRAM IN HUDSON VALLEY

Grant Will Be Used To Address Legal Representation & Services for Domestic Violence Survivors Hudson Valley, NY - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $448,890 in federal funding for the Legal Services of the Hudson Valley. The funding was allocated through the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office on Violence Against Women. This funding will allow the Legal Services of the Hudson Valley to provide legal representation to victims of domestic violence, sexua… Continue Reading


09.28.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $4.5 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR UALBANY TO ADVANCE EARLY WARNING WEATHER DETECTION

NSF Grant Will Foster Interdisciplinary Meteorology Research Between U.S. and Taiwan Universities to Examine New Techniques of Weather Prediction Albany, NY - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced today $4,497,533 in federal funding to the University at Albany. The grant, allocated through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Partnerships in International Research and Education (PIRE) program, will fund the development of a U.S.-Taiwan consortium which will advance … Continue Reading


09.28.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE BILL TO NAME KINGSTON POST OFFICE IN HONOR OF WORLD WAR II SOLDIER

Schumer and Gillibrand Introduced Senate Bill to Rename Post office After Kingston Native Killed in Action During WWII Schumer, Gillibrand: Renaming Kingston Post Office After Dietz is Fitting Tribute For His Ultimate Sacrifice to Protect Our Freedom Kingston, NY - U.S Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced legislation to rename the United States Postal Service located at 90 Cornell Street in Kingston to the "Staff Sergeant Robert H. Dietz Post Office Building." Co… Continue Reading


09.28.15

SCHUMER APPLAUDS JETBLUE FOR RESUMING NEW FLORIDA ROUTES TO SYRACUSE HANCOCK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT; WITH HIGH DEMAND FOR FLORDIA FLIGHTS, SCHUMER PREVIOUSLY URGED JETBLUE TO FILL THAT VOID AND BRING MORE AFFORDABLE AIR SERVICE OPTIONS TO SYRACUSE RESIDENTS & BUSINESSES

Schumer Called On JetBlue to Expand Its Presence at Syracuse Hancock International Airport; Bringing More Affordable Air Service To Upstate NY Has Been One Of Senator's Major Priorities Schumer Said There Was A Clear Need in Central NY For Flights To Popular Destinations Like Florida - Now, New Low-Cost Flights to FL Will Now Be A Major Win for Syracuse & CNY Residents & Businesses  Schumer: New Syracuse-to-Florida Flights Are Cleared For Take-off U.S. Senator Charles E. Schume… Continue Reading


09.28.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, RICE ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $1.3 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO COMPLETE SANDY-RELATED REPAIR WORK AT LONG BEACH’S MAGNOLIA SENIOR COMMUNITY CENTER & RECREATION CENTER

Magnolia Senior Community Center & Recreation Center Provides Wellness Cultural & Recreational Programs to the Community & Aims to Improve Quality of Life for Senior Schumer, Gillibrand, Rice Announce FEMA Funding to Rebuild Magnolia Child Care Center, New Locker Rooms & Equipment in Rec Center, New Glass Atrium, & More; Funding Allows for Remaining Sandy-Related Repairs at Center U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressmember Kathleen Rice toda… Continue Reading


09.27.15

SCHUMER REVEALS: AVG. PRICE OF EYEGLASSES NOW AT MORE THAN $300 & GOING UP—CONSUMERS ARE DEPRIVED OF COMPLETE PRESCRIPTION INFO WHICH WOULD ALLOW THEM TO SHOP AROUND AT STORES & ONLINE FOR BEST DEAL; SENATOR URGES FTC TO ESTABLISH NEW RULES THAT WOULD PROMOTE COMPETITION & DRAMATICALLY LOWER EYEGLASS PRICES

Right Now, Feds Considering Making Changes To National "Eyeglass Rule" That Schumer Says Should Modernize The Eyewear Industry For The 21st Century; Current Rules Don't Give Patients Enough Choice & Often Force Them To Buy More Expensive Eyeglasses Because Competing Retailers-Like Those Online & Elsewhere-Cannot Verify Prescription Info Online Sellers Are Breaking Into Market, Offering Quality Products For Far Less, But Current Marketplace Conditions Should Be Eye-Opener To Feds & … Continue Reading


09.25.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANOUNCE OVER $60,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR SUNY COBLESKILL RESEARCH FOUNDATION

Funding Will Develop New Degree Program In Food Systems & Technology Schumer & Gillibrand: Agriculture Retail Facility Project Will Train Students To Bring Locally-Grown Products To Market U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced today $64,105 in federal funding to the Research Foundation of SUNY Cobleskill. The funding was allocated through the Appalachian Regional Commission and will fund the development of the Agriculture Retail Facility Project to assist cr… Continue Reading


09.25.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $210,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO PORT CRANE FIRE COMPANY IN BROOME COUNTY

Funding Will Be Used To Purchase New Protective Equipment For Firefighters U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $214,221 in federal funding for the Port Crane Fire Company. This funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the Port Crane Fire Company will use the federal funding to purchase 32 new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). "It is critical that we provide our … Continue Reading


09.25.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $182,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR JAMESPORT FIRE DEPARTMENT & CUTCHOGUE FIRE DEPARTMENT

Regional FEMA Grant Provides Funding for Both Jamesport & Cutchogue Fire Departments in Suffolk County Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Assistance to Firefighters Grant Which Will Help Fund 80 Sets of Coats, Helmets, Boots, Gloves, Pants, Vests & Suspenders for Firefighters U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $182,478 in federal funding for the Jamesport Fire Department; the regional grant money will also be shared with Cutchogue Fire Department. The m… Continue Reading


09.25.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: THE DEA WILL RESTART SUCCESSFUL DRUG TAKE-BACK PROGRAM TODAY; PROGRAM ALLOWS NEW YORKERS TO DISPOSE OF HIGHLY-ADDICTIVE DRUGS; SCHUMER URGED DEA TO REVERSE PREVIOUS DECISION TO END NATIONAL DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY PROGRAM AMID RISING OPIOID ABUSE ACROSS UPSTATE NY

National Take-Back Days Allow Police To Collect Addictive Rx Drugs To Ensure They Do Not End Up In The Wrong Hands - Feds Suspended Program In May, Despite Its Success In Collecting Excess Rx Drugs And Amid Spike In Opioid & Painkiller Abuse Schumer Successfully Pushed DEA To Restart National Take-Back Program In July After Upstate NY Reported 700+ Overdoses in 2015 U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) will restart its successful National Pres… Continue Reading


09.25.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: HARRIS RADIO AWARDED CONTRACT WORTH UP TO $390 MILLION TO BUILD TACTICAL RADIOS FOR ELITE U.S. FORCES

Next Generation Handheld Radios Will Be Manufactured in Rochester Schumer: The Best Military Fighting Force in the World Will Have the World's Best Tactical Radios - Made By Harris, Right Here in Rochester, USA U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that Rochester's Harris Corp. was awarded a contract worth up to $390,000,000 to provide the Special Operations Forces tactical communications next generation handheld radio. It is a five-year contract and the majority of the work will b… Continue Reading


09.25.15

AFTER PUSH, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES $1 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR NORTH HEMPSTEAD’S ‘PROJECT INDEPENDENCE,’ WHICH THOUSANDS OF TOWN SENIORS RELY ON; PROGRAM WAS IN DANGER OF EXPIRING UNTIL SENATOR STEPPED IN; NEWLY SECURED FUNDING MEANS TRANSPORTATION TO MEDICAL VISITS AND FOOD SHOPPING WILL CONTINUE FOR AT LEAST THREE MORE YEARS

'Project Independence' Serves Nearly A Quarter Of North Hempstead's Entire Population With Vital Transportation Services & Has Recently Taken On Over 2,000 New Seniors With Closure Of FEGS; Program Coordinates Essential Transportation To Doctor’s Office, Grocery Shopping, Health and Human Services Earlier This Year, Schumer Urged DOT to Provide Nearly $1M in Federal Funds for Project Independence, As Funds Would Only Provide Enough Services Until End of 2015; Commitment to Aging i… Continue Reading


09.25.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $350,000 IN FED FUNDING FOR THE MONROE COUNTY CRIME LAB; INVESTMENT WILL HELP MAINTAIN OPERATIONAL CAPACITY AND REDUCE CASE BACKLOG

DOJ National Institute of Justice Grant Funds Will Help Retain Rochester Staff; Give the MCCL The Resources Needed To Reduce Backlog of 156 Cases Awaiting DNA Analysis U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $345,144 in federal funding for the Monroe County Crime Lab (MCCL). This funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) National Institute of Justice's DNA Backlog Reduction Program. The MCCL currently services 52 law enforcement agencie… Continue Reading


09.24.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $1 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN & STORYCORPS

Funding to New York Botanical Garden and StoryCorps to Advance Learning Initiatives & Community Based Projects New York, NY - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $971,457 in funding for the New York Botanical Garden and StoryCorps. This will be matched by $1,026,458 in private funding for the two recipients. The funding was allocated through the Institute of Museum and Library Services' National Leadership Grants. Specifically, the New York Botanical Ga… Continue Reading


09.22.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, USDA WILL OFFER NEW INSURANCE PREMIUM PAYMENT OPTION TO PROVIDE GREATER FLEXIBILITY FOR CASH-STRAPPED DAIRY FARMERS, TO PURCHASE CRITICAL MILK INSURANCE COVERAGE

Schumer Urged USDA To Work With NY Dairy Farmers & Upstate Co-Ops And Private Companies, Which Buy & Market Milk, To Create New Premium Payment Option That Spreads Out Premium Payments Throughout The Year; Co-Ops or Private Companies Can Pay Costs Up Front For Farmers, Who Then Could Have Payments Deducted From Monthly "Milk Checks" Under Old Program, Upstate NY Dairy Farmers Were Forced To Make Two Lump Sum Payments, But Turbulent Milk Prices Have Restricted Cash On Hand To Purchase C… Continue Reading


09.22.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $1.2 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR IMMIGRANT-SERVICE ORANIZATIONS IN NYC; GRANT WILL SUPPORT FUTURE CITIZENS THROUGH NATURALIZATION PROCESS

HANAC, Emerald Isle Immigration Center, YM-YWHA of Brighton-Manhattan Beach, SEIU 1199 League Training and Upgrading Fund & Make the Road New York Among USCIS Grant Awardees in NYC U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services' Competitive Grants Provide Resources to Expand Citizenship Preparation Services to Lawful Permanent Residents  Schumer, Gillibrand: We are a Nation of Immigrants, and New York City is its Epicenter; These Grants Will Help Aspiring Americans Become Citizens U.S.… Continue Reading

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