Press Releases

11.05.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS MULTIPLE PUSHES, FEMA AGREES TO FINAL RESERVOIR REPAIR PLAN WITH VILLAGE OF GOWANDA – SCHUMER VOWS TO FIGHT TO GET FINAL PROJECT FUNDING OVER THE FINISH LINE, WHICH WILL REPAIR DAMAGE FROM 2014 FLOOD, REDUCE CHANCE OF FUTURE FLOOD DAMAGE & HELP AVOID COSTLY BATTLE AGAINST FLOOD WATERS YEAR AFTER YEAR

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 Says FEMA & Village Agreed on Final Project Plan To Fix Damaged Reservoir & Build it Back Stronger To Prevent Future Flooding - Project is Estimated at $800K; Schumer Vows to Fight For Final Approval So Critical Project Can Get Underway  Schumer: Project Is First And Goal & On The 1-Yard Line - I Wil… Continue Reading


11.05.15

SCHUMER STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF SOMOS RALLY TO ADDRESS THE LOOOMING FINANCIAL AND HEALTH CARE CRISIS IN PUERTO RICO

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today released the following statement in support of the rally today in Puerto Rico at the SOMOS Conference to address the looming financial and healthcare crisis in Puerto Rico. Schumer is a sponsor of the Improving the Treatment of the U.S. Territories under Federal Programs Act of 2015 (S.1961) and the Puerto Rico Chapter 9 Uniformity Act (S.1774). "Three and a half million Americans in Puerto Rico are facing a dire economic crisis and a health care syste… Continue Reading


11.05.15

STATEMENTS FROM GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO & U.S. SENATOR CHARLES SCHUMER ON THE ALCOA NEGOTIATIONS:

GOVERNOR CUOMO: "At my direction, senior administration officials are actively working with Alcoa and Senator Schumer to continue the company's operation in Massena and the hundreds of jobs it supports. This plant is a vital part of the local community, and we are doing everything possible to identify an alternative scenario that both allows the facility to remain open and protects the taxpayer investments that have already been made. My thoughts are with every New Yorker who could potentially b… Continue Reading


11.05.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, DONOVAN & DE BLASIO ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $100 MILLION IN FEMA FUNDING FOR STATEN ISLAND HOMEPORT, HOWLAND HOOK CONTAINER TERMINAL, AND OTHER VITAL WATERFRONT INVESTMENTS

$103 Million In FEMA Funds Will Repair Damage To Buildings, Mechanical Equipment, Pier, And Substation At Homeport And Make Improvements To Vulnerable Shoreline And Other Vital Infrastructure $2.9 Million In FEMA Funds Will Help Mitigate Flood Damage At Howland Hook Container Terminal   Senators Charles Schumer and Kirstin Gillibrand, Congressman Dan Donovan, and Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced $103 million in federal funding to repair Sandy damage to the Staten Isla… Continue Reading


11.05.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $1.9 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR WATER INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT IN CENTRAL NEW YORK

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Funds for a Vital Project the Town of Mexico Was Waiting Two Years to Start, After Findings of Poor Water Quality from Ground Wells Project to Provide Approximately 100 Homes with Safe & Reliable Water within the Township Oswego, N.Y. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,947,000 in federal funding for the Town of Mexico in Central New York. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (U… Continue Reading


11.04.15

GOVERNOR CUOMO AND SENATOR SCHUMER ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT WITH KRAFT-HEINZ TO SAVE NEARLY 1,000 AT-RISK JOBS AND SPUR INVESTMENT IN UPSTATE NEW YORK

Avon, Walton and Lowville Plants to Remain Open and Retain All Jobs, Campbell Plant Closure Delayed for 12-24 Months While Company Works to Identify New Owner State and Kraft-Heinz Commit to Invest Up to $50 Million for Upstate Factory Upgrades Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and U.S. Senator Charles Schumer today announced that an agreement has been reached to save at-risk Kraft-Heinz facilities which employ nearly 1,000 workers throughout Upstate New York. The agreement will ensure that Kraft-Hei… Continue Reading


11.04.15

SCHUMER COSPONSORS SENATE RESOLUTION EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL & CONDEMNING PALESTINIAN TERROR ATTACKS

In Recent Weeks, Israel Has Been Subjected to an Alarming Wave of Terrorism By Palestinians; Eleven Israelis Have Been Tragically Killed, 145 Have Been Wounded, Two Americans Were Killed Resolution Calls on President Abbas to Denounce and Stop Incitement By Palestinian Officials; Supports Agreement to Install Surveillance Cameras on Temple Mount U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that he is a lead cosponsor on a bipartisan resolution in the Senate. The resolution supports Israel … Continue Reading


11.04.15

SCHUMER: WITH FRIGID WINTER TEMPERATURES FAST APPROACHING, MORE THAN 700 VETERANS LIVING IN UPSTATE NY WHO ARE HOMELESS OR IN NEED COULD BE LEFT OUT IN THE COLD; WITH VETERANS DAY ON THE HORIZON, SENATOR URGES COLLEAGUES TO IMMEDIATELY PASS LEGISLATION THAT WILL MAKE HOUSING MORE AVAILABLE TO VETERANS

Sweeping Legislation Will Encourage Landlords To Rent To Veterans, Provide Grants To Organizations that Support Formerly Homeless Veterans, Expand The Definition Of A "Homeless Veteran," Improve Outreach To Veterans & More According To The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, There Are More Than 700 Homeless Veterans - In the Capital Region, As of 2014, There Were 119 Homeless Veterans; In Central NY, 69; In Western NY, 79; In Rochester-Finger Lakes, 112; In Southern Tier, 143… Continue Reading


11.03.15

SEN. SCHUMER'S STATEMENT ON ALCOA'S ANNOUNCEMENT

"Yesterday's announcement is deeply and bitterly disappointing. To say that I am outraged is an understatement. This facility is the heart and soul of the North Country, and we have all worked so hard to protect and preserve these jobs. These are hard-working, extremely productive workers - many have given decades of service - whose labor has garnered ALCOA enormous profits over the years. They deserve better. Like everyone else, I was completely blindsided by the announcement. I immediately … Continue Reading


11.03.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $ $690,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR HAWTHORNE VALLEY ASSOCIATION BEGINNING FARMER INITIATIVE

Funding Creates Training Opportunities for Farmers in Hudson Valley & Metropolitan New York U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced $693,918 in federal funding for Hawthorne Valley Association. This funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) and administered by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Hawthorne Valley Association will use this funding to create … Continue Reading


11.02.15

ON THE HEELS OF THE NEWS THAT JOBS COULD BE CUT IF KEYCORP SUCCEEDS IN ACQUIRING BUFFALO-BASED FIRST NIAGARA FINANCIAL GROUP, SCHUMER CALLS COMPANY – SENATOR URGES CEO TO PROTECT JOBS IN WESTERN NEW YORK THAT COULD BE IMPACTED BY THE DEAL

KeyCorp Has Plans to Acquire First Niagara In $4.1 Billion Takeover; The Deal Would Make Key 13th Largest U.S.-Based Bank - However, Schumer Has Serious Concerns That The Acquisition By The Ohio-based BankCould Lead To Job Losses in WNY  While Key Bank Has Been Part Of The Buffalo Community For Years, Schumer Remains Concerned Acquisition Could Mean Layoffs For Local Workforce & Negatively Impact Regional Economy - Schumer Calls CEO Of KeyCorp To Urge Company To Protect WNY Jobs Schum… Continue Reading


11.02.15

SCHUMER, CUOMO ARE URGING KRAFT-HEINZ TO REVERSE COURSE & KEEP JOBS IN NEW YORK

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo are urging executives of Kraft-Heinz to keep manufacturing jobs in New York. Last week, the company released a statement announcing three New York factories, that employ a total of 940 workers, are under review. "The world-class workforce at the Kraft-Heinz plant in Avon, Walton, and Campbell are efficient, loyal and productive, so the loss of these jobs would be unjust and extremely disturbing. Senator Schumer has contacted … Continue Reading


11.02.15

SCHUMER: CONGRESS HAS UNWISELY ALLOWED CRITICAL FED STUDENT LOAN PROGRAM TO EXPIRE; WITHOUT RENEWAL OF PERKINS LOAN PROGRAM, CAPITAL REGION COLLEGES THAT RECEIVE FUNDING – LIKE UALBANY, RPI, SIENA & ALBANY MEDICAL COLLEGE – COULD BE FORCED TO RETURN MONEY, LEAVING STUDENTS IN THE LURCH & COLLEGES HOLDING THE BAG; SENATOR VOWS TO FIGHT TOOTH & NAIL TO EXTEND PROGRAM THAT HELPS HALF A MILLION STUDENTS ATTEND COLLEGE

The Perkins Student Loan Program Expired On September 30th, Jeopardizing The Education Of Students Across the Country Who Rely On The Program To Attend College The House of Representatives Passed an Extension Unanimously; Now, Schumer Will Call On Senate Republicans To Take Up And Immediately Pass Extension Of The Perkins Loan Program Schumer: With College Costs Skyrocketing, We Must Renew Perkins Loan Program That Is Vital Lifeline For Thousands Of Struggling Students Standing at the Unive… Continue Reading


11.02.15

SCHUMER: FEDS MUST ACT AS DEADLY LEGIONNAIRES’ DISEASE EMERGES IN UPSTATE HOSPITAL, NATIONAL STANDARD NEEDED TO TEST WATER SUPPLY; SENATOR LAUNCHES PLAN TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR LEGIONNAIRES’ RESEARCH, USE NYS REGULATIONS TO DEVELOP NEW NATIONAL TESTING STANDARDS

Multiple Incidents Of Legionnaires' Have Occurred In NY Over The Past Few Months, Likely Due To Legionella In The Water Supply; Currently There Is No National Standard For Testing For Legionella In Cooling Towers  Schumer's Plan Comes In The Wake Of St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center In Syracuse Identifying Three Patients With Legionnaires’ Disease  Schumer Plan Will Help Prevent Future Outbreaks In Syracuse & Upstate NY U.S. Senator Ch… Continue Reading


10.30.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, AFTER HIS PUSH, U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT WILL FINALLY ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FOR RESTITUTION FROM HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS WHO WERE TRANSPORTED TO CONCENTRATION CAMPS VIA FRENCH RAIL COMPANY (SNCF) DURING WWII; BEGINNING NEXT WEEK, A TOTAL OF $60M WILL BE AVAILABLE TO ELIGIBLE SURVIVORS & FAMILY MEMBERS OF THOSE WHO PERISHED

French Rail Company, SNCF, Transported Over 75,000 Jews, & Thousands of Others, to Concentration Camps During WWII; Using Legal Duplicity Company Has Dodged Responsibility for Its Collaboration with Nazi Regime Until Now Schumer Has Long Advocated for Monetary Compensation & Was Sponsor of the Holocaust Rail Justice Act, Which Would Allow American Survivors & Relatives to Pursue Justice Against French Rail Company; Senator Says Restitution Fund Will Be Available Next Week & W… Continue Reading


10.30.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND REVEAL: SANDY VICTIMS WHO ENTERED FEMA FLOOD INSURANCE-REVIEW PROCESS MONTHS AGO ARE STILL WAITING FOR CLAIMS TO BE PROCESSED; FEMA FOOT-DRAG MEANS LESS THAN 5 PERCENT OF THE 17,000 SUBMITTED SANDY CLAIMS HAVE BEEN RE-REVIEWED; SENATORS DEMAND SWIFT REVIEW OF EVERY CASE

FEMA Also Saying If Policyholders Do Not Supply & Other Information to Review Process Within Short 14-Day Period, Their Cases Will Be Closed; Schumer & Gillibrand Urges FEMA to Immediately Work With All Policyholders Who Have Not Yet Submitted Pertinent Info to Agency & To Get Going On Backlog Schumer, Gillibrand Says Major Backlog of FEMA's Claims Review Process is Deeply Disturbing & That Deadline On Homeowners Is Hasty and Totally Unfair - Given Agency Cannot Meet Its Own Co… Continue Reading


10.29.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES FINAL ROAD SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS AT SITE OF DEADLY ITHACA COMMONS TRUCK CRASH FORTHCOMING; SCHUMER PUSHED TO MAKE AUDIT REALITY & PLEDGES TO WORK WITH FEDS ONCE FINDINGS ARE RELEASED TO PREVENT TRAGIC ACCIDENTS FROM HAPPENING AGAIN – SENATOR VOWS TO CONTINUE PUSHING FOR FED FUNDS NEEDED TO MAKE UPGRADES

In June 2014, A Tractor-Trailer Barreled Down East Hill And Crashed Into Simeon's Restaurant Near Route 79, Killing One Person and Injuring Seven Others; Following The Crash, Schumer Called On Fed Safety Board To Study Design Of Roads, Traffic Flows & Make Recommendations To Prevent Another Deadly Accident FHWA Agreed To Conduct A Safety Audit And Completed Preliminary Draft Findings; Final Recommendations Should Be Released Shortly - Schumer Pledges To Work With Locals & Feds To Implem… Continue Reading


10.29.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND CALL ON USAF TO CHOOSE NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION AS A MAIN OPERATING BASE TO BRING THE KC-135 FLEET TO WNY – SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND SAY EXISTING A PERFECT FIT FOR SUPPORTING ADDITIONAL TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT & MISSIONS

The Senators Urge the Air Force to Bring the KC-135 Back to NFARS and Visit the Reserve Station in the Near Future - 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 & Gillibrand Say USAF Should Select NFARS As S… Continue Reading


10.29.15

SCHUMER, IN MEETING WITH SECRETARY OF THE ARMY NOMINEE, URGES HIM & THE TOP MILITARY BRASS TO CONTINUE MAKING FORT DRUM A NATIONAL STRATEGIC DEFENSE PRIORITY AND TO SUPPORT RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS THAT FUEL THE BASE & LOCAL ECONOMY; SCHUMER ALSO URGES ARMY TO APPROVE CONSTRUCTION OF STORAGE FACILITY FOR LASER WEAPON TRAINING SYSTEM

During In-Person Meeting With Nominee for U.S. Army Secretary, Eric Fanning, Schumer Urges Army To Shield Ft. Drum From Any Potential Future Cuts & Approve Construction of Storage Building For Laser Weapon Training System - In 2015, Schumer Fought to Secure Jobs & Ensure Base Can Continue Operating In Central NY At Current Levels Schumer Says A Nominee Should Understand The Importance of Fort Drum To Upstate NY's Economy - In 2014, Schumer Also Helped Secure ReEnergy Contract So Biomass… Continue Reading


10.29.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $1.8 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS TO NASSAU COMMUNITY COLLEGE EDUCATION INITIATIVE

Nassau Community College To Receive First Installment Of Five-Year Grant To Assist Students With Disabilities Long Island, N.Y. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer And Kirsten Gillibrand Today Announced $1,887,950 In Federal Funding Over The Next Five Years For Nassau Community College. This Funding Was Allocated Through The U.S. Department of Education's TRIO Student Support Services Program. Nassau Community College Will Use The Grant To Provide Academic Support Services To Over 450 Students W… Continue Reading

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