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12.16.15

SCHUMER SECURES MAJOR VICTORY FOR UPSTATE NY VETERANS & BUSINESSES; SAYS TAX EXTENDERS PACKAGE WILL INCLUDES INCENTIVES FOR BUSINESSES TO HIRE UNEMPLOYED VETERANS IN UPSTATE NY – PROVISION IS A PROVEN SUCCESS IN HELPING UPSTATE BUSINESSES HIRE MORE VETERANS

Schumer Pushed To Include A Tax Credit to Boost Veteran Employment in Must-Pass Legislation; Urged Colleagues To Reauthorize And Extend Through 2019 The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), Which Incentivizes Employers to Hire Unemployed Veterans Schumer Says Boosting Job Market for Unemployed Veterans Is The Right Thing To Do To Honor The Sacrifices Made By Our Heroes In Uniform U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that a number of vital tax benefits for New Yorkers were included in the P… Continue Reading


12.16.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES PERMANENT EXTENSION OF VITAL TAX BENEFIT FOR MASS TRANSIT COMMUTERS INCLUDED IN JUST-UNVEILED MUST-PASS TAX PACKAGE; LEGISLATION REINSTATES EXPIRED “MASS TRANSIT TAX BENEFIT” THAT CAN SAVE METRO-NORTH AND OTHER WESTCHESTER, ROCKLAND AND ORANGE AND LOWER HUDSON VALLEY MASS TRANSIT COMMUTERS OVER $1,000 PER YEAR

170,000 Westchester, Rockland & Putnam Commuters Who Take Metro-North Each Day Were Eligible to Receive Up to $250 in Pre-Tax Savings in 2014 On Metro-North Commute Every Month Until the Provision Expired Jan 1st of This Year, Dropping Monthly Savings to $130 Schumer Successfully Pushed to ?Include Permanent Extension of Mass Transit Benefit At Same Rate as Parking In Must-Pass Bill; Would be $250 for 2015 and $255 for 2016 in Monthly Pre-Tax Savings Providing … 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, BUS AND OTHER MASS TRANSIT COMMUTERS OVER $1,000 PER YEAR

Over 700K Commuters in Greater NY Metro Area Take Advantage of Federal Benefit; Commuters Received Up to $250 in Pre-Tax Savings in 2014 On Mass Transit 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 & … Continue Reading


12.16.15

SCHUMER SECURES MAJOR VICTORY FOR UPSTATE NEW YORK APPLE PRODUCERS; JUST UNVEILED EXTENDERS PACKAGE INCLUDES MODERNIZED DEFINITION OF HARD APPLE CIDER – PROVISION WOULD LOWER TAXES ON PRODUCT, IMPROVE ABILITY TO COMPETE IN FOREIGN MARKETS, INCREASE SALES FOR APPLE GROWERS ACROSS NY STATE

Schumer Bill - The CIDER Act - Included in Must-Pass Extenders Package Would Provide Revised Definition of Hard Cider to Ensure All Products Can Be Labeled & Taxed Like Hard Cider, Not Higher Rate For Wine – Allows Producers that Often Suffer from Frost & Bad Weather to Add New Stable Source of Income NY Has Hundreds of Apple Growers & Increasing Number of Hard Cider Producers – Legislation Would Boost Business for Existing Producers, Help New Growers Add Highly Popular … Continue Reading


12.16.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES FULL FUNDING FOR BROOKHAVEN’S ION COLLIDER & MORE THAN $125M FOR NATIONAL SYNCHROTRON LIGHT SOURCE II INCLUDED IN JUST-UNVEILED OMNIBUS BILL; BNL’S COLLIDER IS ONLY REMAINING ATOM SMASHER IN THE COUNTRY

Schumer Has Long Fought to Secure Increased Federal Funds for BNL- Funding Helps The U.S. Remain On The Forefront of Nuclear Research Last Year, Budget Included $166M for Ion Collider & $105M for NSLS-II; This Year's Bill Provides An Increase in Federal Funds U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that the Energy and Water Appropriations bill for FY2016 includes an increase in federal funding for Brookhaven National Lab's (BNL) Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). The omnibus b… Continue Reading


12.16.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $4.5 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ROME LABS IN JUST-UNVEILED OMNIBUS BILL

Schumer: Rome Labs is at the Epicenter of Cyber-Defense and Cutting-Edge Communications and Deserves Significant Federal Investment U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Omnibus spending bill - a must-pass bill that funds the federal government through the end of the fiscal year - includes an increase of more than $4.5 million in funding for Rome Labs. Schumer was successful in securing $169 million for the budget line in the 2015 Senate appropriations bill which funds Rome … Continue Reading


12.16.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES JUST-UNVEILED TAX PACKAGE WOULD BOOST INCENTIVE FOR SMALL BIZ & FAMILY FARMERS TO PURCHSAE EQUIPMENT; TAX BENEFIT THAT ALLOWS THEM TO RECOVER UP-FRONT COSTS OF EXPENSIVE EQUIPMENT WOULD BE MADE PERMANENT

Federal Restriction Greatly Constricted Small Businesses' & Family Farmers' Ability To Purchase Expensive Equipment; Are Forced To Use Old & Inefficient Equipment Until It Breaks Down, Stagnating Growth, Constricting Already-Tight Profit Margins and Sometimes Delaying Growth Schumer Secured Incentives For Small Business & Family Farmers in Must Pass Legislation; Tax Benefits Will Allow Farmers and Small Businesses To Recover Up to $2 Million in Equipment Costs a Year; Ulti… Continue Reading


12.16.15

SCHUMER SECURES MAJOR VICTORY FOR UPSTATE NEW YORK AND SOLAR CITY; SAYS TAX EXTENDERS PACKAGE INCLUDES LONG-TERM EXTENSION OF SOLAR TAX CREDIT THAT IS VITAL TO CLEAN ENERGY, JOBS & SOLAR CITY’S SUCCESS IN WNY AND 1366 TECHNOLOGIES IN GENESEE COUNTY

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, Residents And The Solar Power Industry From Reaping Full Financial Benefits, If Passed, Bill Would Help Expand Clean Energy & Create Even Mor… Continue Reading


12.16.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $22.7 MILLION IN FED FUNDS FOR MID-TIER NETWORKING VEHICULAR PROGRAM FOR 2016; PROGRAM WILL ALLOW HARRIS RADIO IN ROCHESTER TO CONTINUE TO PRODUCE DEVICES TO HELP COMMUNICATION AND COOPERATION AMONG MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS – PASSAGE IN CONGRESS WOULD SEND LEGISLATION TO PRESIDENT’S DESK

Schumer Previously Urged Fed Appropriators To Fully Fund Program Aimed at Revolutionizing Radio Units for Troops Overseas; Advancements In Military Communication Makes Radio Units a Necessary Resource On Battlefield & On Base Schumer Said Companies Like Harris Radio - Which Has Already Been Selected to Undergo Developmental Tests to Produce Radio Units - Must Continue to Produce these Radios which are on the Cutting Edge of Technology for our Troops U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today a… Continue Reading


12.15.15

MAYOR BROWN, SENATOR SCHUMER CELEBRATE THE RETURN OF VEHICULAR TRAFFIC TO MAIN STREET’S 500 BLOCK

City of Buffalo takes another step forward in returning traffic to downtown Main Street paving the way for increased business and economic development activity Today, Mayor Byron Brown and Senator Charles Schumer, joined with elected officials, members of the Buffalo Common Council, New York State Legislature, Empire State Development Corporation, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA), Buffalo Place and business community, marked the completion of the $21 million redevelopm… Continue Reading


12.14.15

SCHUMER: HERKIMER’S CRUMBLING GLORY DAYS BUILDING HAS FINALLY BEEN DEMOLISHED, BUT VILLAGE LACKS RESOURCES TO REMOVE POTENTIALLY CONTAMINATED DEBRIS LEFT SITTING AT DEMO SITE, WHICH COULD POSE THREAT TO PUBLIC HEALTH – SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO IMMEDIATELY VISIT & INVESTIGATE TO DETERMINE IF SITE QUALFIIES FOR FEDERAL CLEAN-UP DOLLARS

After The Demolition Of Herkimer's Old Glory Days Building, Village Has Followed Proper Procedures to Contain Site, But Removing Potentially Contaminated Rubble Is A Technical & Financial Challenge For Small Village Schumer Urges Federal EPA To Visit Herkimer Demo Site And Investigate Whether It Could Be Added To Its Superfund Removal Cleanup List - Doing So Would Help Expeditiously Remove The Building Debris At No Cost To The Village Schumer: Clearing Debris Will Finally Pave Way For Vill… Continue Reading


12.14.15

FUNDS FOR CRITICAL GRANT PROGRAM THAT BUYS LI VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS MODERN & ESSENTIAL EQUIPMENT HAS BEEN CUT; SCHUMER LAUNCHES MAJOR PUSH—AS PART OF THIS WEEK’S FINAL BUDGET DEAL—TO INCREASE FUNDING SO FIREFIGHTERS ARE NOT LEFT WITHOUT CRITICAL RESOURCES

Two Important Firefighter Grant Programs Help Local Departments on LI Protect Their Communities, But Have Been Continually Cut By Congress-& Despite Valiant Effort By Seaford To Obtain Firefighter Grants, Funds Remain Hard To Secure 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 Depart… Continue Reading


12.14.15

SCHUMER, CUOMO CALL ON FEDS TO CLOSE TERROR GAP BY CREATING PROTOCOL THAT GIVES STATES ABILITY TO BLOCK GUN SALES TO THOSE ON TERROR WATCH LIST; FEDS MUST FIND WAY TO ALLOW STATES TO ACT IN LIGHT OF FEDERAL PARALYSIS

States-Like New York-Cannot, On Their Own, Block Sales Of Guns To Those On Terror Watch List Because Watch List Is Restricted; Schumer & Cuomo's Efforts Come On Heels Of Federal Failure To Close Terror Gap U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a push to prevent known or suspected terrorists from purchasing guns in New York State. Schumer and Cuomo are asking the federal government to add the U.S. Terror Watch List to the criteria it uses for federal b… Continue Reading


12.11.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND SECURE COMMITMENT FROM CHIEF OF THE U.S. AIR FORCE RESERVE, LIEUTENANT GENERAL JACKSON, TO VISIT THE NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION; SCHUMER & GILLIBRAND SAY SEEING FIRST-HAND THE WORLD-CLASS FACILITIES & CREWS AT NFARS COULD HELP AIR FORCE WHEN DECIDING WHERE TO MOVE THE KC-135 FLEET

Senators Say NFARS Base Is A Perfect Fit For Supporting Additional Transport Aircraft & Missions, And Lieutenant General Jackson Should See It In Person Before The Air Force Decides On Where To Move The KC-135s As The New KC-46 Tanker Is Deployed NFARS Previously Flew KC-135 Aircraft & Schumer & Gillibrand Say The Base Still Has Existing Infrastructure To Support It - Schumer & Gillibrand Urged Jackson To Come See Facilities For Himself, Citing Base's Strategic Location And Crit… Continue Reading


12.10.15

SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH TO SECURE CRITICAL FUNDING FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW WNY VETERANS’ CEMETERY – WHILE VA HAS FUNDING NEEDED TO COMPLETE DESIGN & PLANNING PHASES OF THE PROJECT THROUGH 2016, SUBSEQUENT CONSTRUCTION PHASE – EXPECTED TO START IN 2017 – HAS NOT YET BEEN FUNDED; SENATOR SAYS VA MUST PRIORITIZE FIRST-EVER VET CEMETERY IN BUFFALO-ROCHESTER AREA

Since 2012, Schumer Has Worked With Local Veteran Leaders To Bring Much-Needed Veterans' Cemetery To Western New York; Closest Vet Cemetery is Currently 100+ Miles Away From Buffalo & 85 Miles Away From Rochester Cemetery Site Is Currently In Planning & Design Stages, Which Are Set To Be Completed In 2016, But Schumer Says Subsequent Funding For Construction Set To Start In 2017 Has Not Yet Been Determined Schumer To VA: Prioritize WNY Vet Cemetery Construction Funding Right Now - Buff… Continue Reading


12.10.15

SCHUMER: JETBLUE FLIGHTS FROM ALBANY INTERNATIONAL ARE NOW DEPARTING; NON-STOP SERVICE TO FT. LAUDERDALE & ORLANDO BEGINS TODAY; SENATOR FOUGHT TO BRING JETBLUE AFFORDABLE AIR SERVICE & FLIGHTS TO ALBANY

Schumer Pushed Hard To Bring JetBlue To Albany Int'l; Bringing Affordable Air Service To Upstate NY Has Long Been One Of Senator's Major Priorities Schumer: The Sky is the Limit When it Comes to the Benefits of New Albany to Florida Direct Flights U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that non-stop JetBlue flights from Albany International Airport are officially departing to Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale. Schumer previously visited the airport in April to announce these direct flights -… Continue Reading


12.10.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $397,000 IN HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT FUNDS FOR WESTERN NEW YORK

Five 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 $397,147 in federal funds for five municipalities and housing authorities in Western New York. These funds were allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) prog… Continue Reading


12.09.15

NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY LAWMAKERS ANNOUNCE NEW CYBER PROTECTION TEAM

After Lawmakers' Year Long Push - National Guard Chooses Latham Armory as the Mission Command Site - Establishes New York and New Jersey As Leader In Counter-Terrorism & Cyber-Terrorism Research Cyber Protection Team Would Bring New Cyber Jobs To Both NY and NJ & Help Boost Region's Economy Joint Reserve Intelligence Center in Rome also Designated for Cyber Protection Missions    U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and … Continue Reading


12.09.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, CONGRESS HAS PASSED SWEEPING ELEMENTARY & SECONDARY EDUCATION ACT THAT MEANS OVER $300 MILLION IN FED FUNDS FOR NEW YORK SCHOOLS – SCHUMER FOUGHT HARD TO PROTECT FUNDING FOR OVER 680 NY STATE DISTRICTS; LEGISLATION NOW HEADS TO THE PRESIDENT’S DESK FOR FINAL SIGNATURE

Senate & House Have Passed The K-12 Education Bill, "Every Student Succeeds Act," Which Includes Critical Funding For NY - Previously, Proposed Amendment To Bill Sought To Drastically Change Existing Fed Funding Formula For Title I In Many Eastern States, Effectively Slashing Critical Funds For LI Families & Teachers Schumer Fought Hard Against Cuts & Successfully Beat Back Efforts To Slash $16 Million In Long Island Funding; Schumer Calls Bill - Now Headed To The President's Desk F… Continue Reading


12.09.15

SCHUMER LAUNCHES A MAJOR PUSH TO RESTORE EXPIRED FED INCENTIVES FOR BUSINESSES TO HIRE UNEMPLOYED VETERANS IN UPSTATE NY; SENATOR SAYS THIS VITAL TAX CREDIT – WHICH IS INCLUDED IN MAJOR TAX BILL & COULD BE VOTED ON THIS WEEK – IS A PROVEN SUCCESS IN HELPING UPSTATE BUSINESSES HIRE MORE VETERANS

Schumer Says Veteran Tax Credits Should Be One Of The Senate's Top Priorities Before Year's End; Urges Colleagues To Reauthorize The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), Which Incentivizes Employers to Hire Unemployed Veterans Schumer Says Boosting Job Market for Unemployed Veterans Is The Right Thing To Do To Honor The Sacrifices Made By Our Heroes In Uniform Schumer: Even One Unemployed Veteran In Upstate New York Is One Too Many On a conference call with reporters, U.S. Senator Charles E. S… Continue Reading

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