Press Releases

09.17.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: AFTER 4-YEAR LONG STRUGGLE, WYOMING COUNTY FIRST RESPONDERS FINALLY CLEAR LAST HURDLE & GET GREEN LIGHT FROM FAA TO USE INTEROPERABLE RADIO SYSTEM FOR RAPID RESPONSE; CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY WILL ALLOW FIRE, POLICE, EMS, 911, HIGHWAY DEPT RESPONDERS TO COMMUNICATE ON SAME RADIO CHANNEL STARTING OCT. 1ST

In August, Schumer Visited Wyoming County Fire Training Center & Urged FAA To Make Final Determination on New Joint Radio System For Wyoming County First Responders - Schumer Already Successfully Secured Approvals From U.S. State Department & FCC For First Responder Radio Frequency FAA Was Final Sign-Off Needed To Help Coordinate Emergency Services - After Schumer's Push, FAA Green Lights Proposed Radio Tower Site Antennae That Will Allow Frequency to Connect All Area First Responders;… Continue Reading


09.17.15

SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH TO SECURE CRITICAL FED FUNDING FOR LONG-TERM ECONOMIC PLANNING FOR TONAWANDA; DIMINISHING PRODUCTION AND POSSIBLE CLOSURE OF LOCAL HUNTLEY POWER PLANT HAS FORCED TOWN & SCHOOL DISTRICT – WHICH RELY ON TAX REVENUE FROM THE PLANT – TO LAY OFF TEACHERS, CLOSE SCHOOLS & CUT PUBLIC SERVICES

University Of Buffalo's Regional Institute Has Joined Local Environmental And Economic Development Organizations To Help Design Long-Term Economic Plan For Town Of Tonawanda To Better Ensure Regional Financial Stability And Protect Jobs Huntley Generating Station Plant Has Been An Economic Anchor in Tonawanda For Years, But Decreased Demand & Increased Coal Costs Have Slashed The Plant's Output - The Town Has Lost Nearly 50% Of The Plant’s Tax Revenue, Which Has Forced Tonawanda To C… Continue Reading


09.16.15

SCHUMER TO CO-SPONSOR ‘FILIPINO VETERANS OF WORLD WAR II CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL ACT OF 2015’; APPROXIMATELY 300,000 FILIPINO SOLDIERS FOUGHT IN WWII, YET HAVE NEVER BEEN FORMALLY RECOGNIZED BY THE U.S.

In 1941, Filipinos in the U.S. Enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces During WWII & Approx. 300,000 Filipino Soldiers Fought; Command Center for United States Army Forces in the Far East Was Designated in the Philippines Legislation Would Recognize & Honor 300K Filipino Veterans of WWII With Congressional Gold Medal for Service; Veterans of Foreign Wars Supports the Legislation Schumer: This is a Long Overdue Honor for These Filipino WWII Heroes   U.S. Senator Charles E. Schume… Continue Reading


09.16.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $48K IN FED FUNDING FOR THE ST. JOHNSBURG FIRE COMPANY IN NIAGARA COUNTY

Fed Funding Will Be Used to Purchase New Equipment For Firefighters U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $48,027 for the St. Johnsburg Fire Co. in Niagara County. This funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. This funding will be used to purchase a new refilling station for firefighter air tanks, the first system of its kind the fire department has ever been able to purchase. "This muc… Continue Reading


09.16.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $22K IN FED FUNDS FOR DANBY FIRE DEPARTMENT IN TOMPKINS COUNTY

Fed Funding Will Be Used to Purchase New Equipment U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $22,423 in federal funding for the Danby Fire District in Tompkins County. This funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, this funding will be used to replace worn-out hoses and nozzles for two fire companies in the Danby Fire District, including the Danby Volunteer Fire Company and t… Continue Reading


09.16.15

CRITICAL FUNDING USED TO COMBAT THE DESTRUCTIVE EMERALD ASH BORERS ACROSS UPSTATE NY HAS TO BE REDIRECTED TO PAY FOR EMERGENCIES LIKE FIGHTING WILDFIRES; SENATOR SAYS ASH BORERS ARE DRAMATICALLY SPREADING ACROSS UPSTATE NY; SCHUMER BILL WILL OPEN UP ADDITIONAL FUNDS TO BETTER FIGHT WILDFIRES & PROTECT FUNDING TO COMBAT ASH BORERS

Due To Budget Restrictions, Funding Critical For Combating the Emerald Ash Borer Must Go To Fight Wildfires & Suppression Efforts; Senator Says Wildfires Should Be Treated Like Any Other Natural Disaster and Granted Eligibility for Additional Disaster Funding, Allowing Invasive Species Funding To Remain Intact Invasive Species Like Emerald Ash Borers Are Spreading Across Upstate NY, Ravaging Trees And Destroying Acres Of Forests Schumer: Funding Is Desperately Needed To Fight Ash Bor… Continue Reading


09.16.15

SCHUMER: HUD WILL WAIVE ‘DUPLICATION OF BENEFITS’ REVIEW FOR NEARLY ALL SUPERSTORM SANDY VICTIMS, ALLOWING THEM TO KEEP FLOOD INSURANCE SETTLEMENT FUNDS WITHOUT FEAR OF CLAW-BACK; AT LAST MINUTE, FEMA WILL ALSO EXTEND SANDY CLAIMS REVIEW PROCESS SO MORE HOMEOWNERS CAN APPLY

In July, Schumer Called on HUD Secretary Castro to Waive HUD Policy Requiring Every Settlement Negotiated by FEMA Be Scrutinized For 'Duplication of Benefits' For Sandy Victims;  Previous Burdensome & Bureaucratic Policy Endangered Homeowners' Settlement Funds-The Majority Of Whom Received No More Than $20K & Are Still Spending Money To Rebuild Decision Means HUD Will Waive Duplication Of Benefits For Anyone Who Received FEMA Payment Of $20K Or Less &a… Continue Reading


09.15.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE, AFTER THEIR PUSH, FEMA HAS OBLIGATED FINAL PART OF FUNDING FOR THE OWEGO APALACHIN CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT TO BUILD NEW MAINTENANCE & STORAGE FACILITIES DAMAGED BY TROPICAL STORM LEE

Schumer & Gillibrand Previously Pushed FEMA To Agree To Provide Fed Funding to Rebuild the School District's Administration Building and Storage and Maintenance Facility Outside of the Floodplain - In March, Schumer & Gillibrand Successfully Secured The First $5 Million in Funding Needed To Get The Project Underway Now, FEMA Has Obligated Final, Remaining Portion of Fed Funding; The Owego Apalachin School District Will Receive $11.4 Million Needed to Make Second Phase of This Project A … Continue Reading


09.15.15

SCHUMER: CELL PHONE SERVICE IN SULLIVAN COUNTY IS ABYSMAL; WIRELESS CARRIERS ARE FALSLY CLAIMING QUALITY RECEPTION ON COVERAGE MAPS WHEN, IN REALITY, AREAS ARE OFTEN DEAD ZONES; SCHUMER CALLS FOR FEDS TO IMMEDIATELY INVESTIGATE DECEPTIVE COVERAGE MAPS

Recent Study Claims Network Service Throughout The Hudson Valley Ranks Last Place Among The Most Populated Metro Areas In The United Sates Major Wireless Carriers Are Displaying Parts Of Sullivan County As Having Good Quality Coverage, When Many of those Areas Are Actually Dead Zones  Schumer To Feds: Sullivan County Cell Phone Consumers Should Know The Truth About Coverage Areas   Standing at the bottom of Ferndale Loomis Road in Sullivan County,&nbs… Continue Reading


09.15.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, ZELDIN ANNOUNCE OVER $2.4 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR SUFFOLK COUNTY’S FRANCIS GABRESKI AIRPORT, HOME TO 106TH RESCUE WING OF THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD

Francis S. Gabreski Airport's Runway is in Poor Condition Due to Intrusion of Pot Holes & Pavement Debris-In Desperate Need of Repair Schumer, Gillibrand, Zeldin Announce Federal Aviation Administration Grant for Suffolk County to Rehabilitate Runway at Gabreski Airport in Town of Southampton U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand and U.S. Congressman Lee Zeldin today announced $2,486,087 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funding for Francis S. Gabreski Airpo… Continue Reading


09.15.15

SCHUMER: IRVING TISSUE IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, WITH THREE HUNDRED GOOD-PAYING JOBS, IS BEING PUNISHED BY FEDS – FOR OTHER COMPANIES’ VIOLATIONS OF TRADE LAW – SENATOR SAYS CLEARING MISTAKE WOULD ALLOW FOR POTENTIAL EXPANSION & MORE JOBS AT THE FT. EDWARD PLANT; URGES FEDS TO CLEAN UP MESS

Irving Tissue Paper - Part of the J.D. Irving, Limited Integrated Forest Products Businesses - Is In The Crossfire Of A Trade Dispute Filed By Two US Producers Against Four Canadian Manufacturers; As A Result, Irving Paper Is Being Penalized by Commerce Department For Other Companies' Unfair Trade Practices Senator Says The Unproven Allegations Are Negatively Impacting Irving Paper's Ability To Plan Future Expansion of Their Business In Washington County & Suppresses the Creation of New … Continue Reading


09.15.15

SCHUMER: FEDERAL RESTRICTIONS ARE PREVENTING CORTLAND COUNTY FAMILY FARMERS FROM INVESTING IN NEW EQUIPMENT; SCHUMER BILL WOULD HELP SMALL FARMERS PURCHASE NEW EQUIPMENT THAT WILL INCREASE EFFICIENCY, SAVE MONEY & HELP KEEP THEM IN EXISTENCE

Current Federal Restriction Greatly Constrict Small Farmers' Ability To Purchase Expensive Farm Equipment; Due to Uncertainty In the Tax Code, Farmers Are Forced To Use Old & Inefficient Equipment Until It Breaks Down, Stagnating Growth, Constricting Already-Tight Profit Margins and Sometimes Delaying Harvest Schumer Bill Would Restore and Make Permanent An Incentive For Small Farmers To Quickly Recover Costs From Purchasing Expensive Farm Equipment; Family Farmers Will Save Money Schume… Continue Reading


09.14.15

WITH NEW REPORT OF TWO DRONE SIGHTINGS OVER WEST INDIAN DAY PARADE, SCHUMER TO UNVEIL AMENDMENT THAT WILL ELIMINATE CHANCE OF DRONES CRASHING INTO PLANES OR CREATING OTHER DAMAGE; GEO-FENCING AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE SOFTWARE ON EVERY DRONE THAT WOULD PROHIBIT FLYING NEAR AIRPORTS, SENSITIVE AREAS LIKE WEST INDIAN PARADE, U.S. OPEN STADIUM & ABOVE 500FT; TECHNOLOGY WORKS—ALL THAT’S NEEDED IS A LAW

Schumer Will Introduce Amendment To This Month's Must-Pass Extension of FAA Reauthorization, Requiring Manufacturers to Implement Geo-Fencing Technology Solutions That Prevent Drones From Flying Where They Shouldn't Legislation Includes Provisions That Would Allow Authorities To Confiscate Rogue Drones, Toughen Penalties On Violators-Like Fines; Prohibit Law Breakers From Utilizing Drones Ever Again; Require FAA To Educate Public About Usage & Rules; Give FAA Authority To Advance Further R… Continue Reading


09.14.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $167K IN FED FUNDING FOR GRIFFISS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN ONEIDA COUNTY

Federal Funding Will Be Used To Build New De-Icing Containment Facility U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $167,400 in federal funding for Griffiss International Airport in Oneida County. This funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This federal funding will allow Griffiss International Airport to build a new de-icing containment facility. "With winter right around the corner, Gri… Continue Reading


09.14.15

WITH NEW REPORT OF TWO DRONE SIGHTINGS OVER WEST INDIAN DAY PARADE, SCHUMER TO UNVEIL AMENDMENT THAT WILL ELIMINATE CHANCE OF DRONES CRASHING INTO PLANES OR CREATING OTHER DAMAGE; GEO-FENCING AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE SOFTWARE ON EVERY DRONE THAT WOULD PROHIBIT FLYING NEAR AIRPORTS, SENSITIVE AREAS LIKE WEST INDIAN PARADE, U.S. OPEN STADIUM & ABOVE 500FT; TECHNOLOGY WORKS—ALL THAT’S NEEDED IS A LAW

Schumer Will Introduce Amendment To This Month's Must-Pass Extension of FAA Reauthorization, Requiring Manufacturers to Implement Geo-Fencing Technology Solutions That Prevent Drones From Flying Where They Shouldn't Legislation Includes Provisions That Would Allow Authorities To Confiscate Rogue Drones, Toughen Penalties On Violators-Like Fines; Prohibit Law Breakers From Utilizing Drones Ever Again; Require FAA To Educate Public About Usage & Rules; Give FAA Authority To Advance Further Re… Continue Reading


09.10.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: FEDS AGREED TO REWRITE PROPOSED RULE THAT WOULD HAVE JEOPARDIZED ROCHESTER’S NEW PHOTONICS HUB & UNDERMINED THRIVING LOCAL INDUSTRY – SENATOR LAUNCHED PUSH TO SCRAP FED RULE THAT COULD PREVENT COMPANIES FROM SELLING HIGH-TECH PRODUCTS FOR NON-MILITARY USES

Proposed Fed Rule Would Have Put Optics & Photonics Products On Restricted Export Control List, Preventing Companies From Bringing High-Tech Products To Foreign Markets Schumer Successfully Urged Feds To Go Back & Revise Rule To Ensure Photonics Industry Would Not Be Disadvantaged By Overly Restrictive Regulations Schumer: Feds Will Go Back To The Drawing Board To Rewrite Rule & Better Promote the Growth of Job-Creating Rochester Industry   U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer … Continue Reading


09.10.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, SENATE PASSES BILL THAT WOULD BRING TO NEW YORK MORE BORDER OFFICERS NEEDED TO FIGHT DELAYS & MOVE TRAFFIC MORE EFFICIENTLY – SOLDIERS RETURNING HOME TO THE NORTH COUNTRY FROM OVERSEAS HAVE THE SKILLS & TRAINING NECESSARY FOR THESE POSITIONS & SCHUMER BILL THAT MATCHES VETS TO BORDER JOBS NOW MOVES TO THE HOUSE

Schumer Bill Successfully Passes The Senate & Now Heads To The House - Bill Would Require The Department Of Defense (DOD) And The Department Of Homeland Security (DHS) To Cooperate To Recruit And Expedite The Hiring Of Outgoing U.S. Military Service Members For Currently Open Positions As U.S. Customs And Border Protection (CBP) Officers At U.S. Ports Of Entry In August, Schumer Visited North Country To Push Bill, Which Seeks To Address Delays Associated With CBP'S Necessarily Thorough Hir… Continue Reading


09.10.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, TONKO, SHEEHAN ANNOUNCE ALBANY FIRE DEPARTMENT TO RECEIVE NEARLY $2 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING

Federal Funds Will Allow Albany Fire Department To Hire 15 New Firefighters U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Congressman Paul Tonko, and Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan announced today that the Albany Fire Department will receive a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant in the amount of $1,877,490. The federal assistance is made possible by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. "These much… Continue Reading


09.10.15

SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH TO SECURE CRITICAL HEALTHCARE DESIGNATION FOR BUFFALO’S JERICHO ROAD COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER; DESIGNATION WOULD ALLOW HEALTH CENTER TO RECEIVE VITAL FEDERAL FUNDS TO PROVIDE CRITICAL CARE TO VULNERABLE & UNDERSERVED RESIDENTS

Low-Income And At-Risk Buffalo Residents Face Health Care Access Issues, A Lack of Transportation & Language Barriers Prevent Some Western New Yorkers From Receiving Quality Care Schumer to HHS: Federal Designation Critical For Jericho Roads To Continue Providing Outstanding Care  U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to approve Jericho Road Community Health Center's application for the continued designation as a Federa… Continue Reading


09.10.15

SCHUMER SECURES ADDITIONAL, VITAL $150K IN FED FUNDING NEEDED FOR HISTORIC RESTORATION AT THOMAS COLE HOUSE; FUNDS WILL BE USED TO SUPPORT THE HISTORIC SITE AND UNCOVER LONG-LOST ART TREASURE PAINTED BY THOMAS COLE; SENATOR PREVIOUSLY SECURED $460K FROM NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES – WITH ALL FED FUNDING RESTORATION, PROJECT CAN NOW GET UNDERWAY

In July, Schumer Visited The Thomas Cole Historic Site, Which Honors 'The Father Of The Hudson River School' - Site Experts Recently Discovered Murals That Cole Painted In The 1800s Hidden Behind Wall Paint & Requested Grants From Fed Agencies To Preserve Previously Undiscovered Murals Schumer Secured First Portion of Funding From NEH For Project But Needed Additional Funding From IMLS To Fully Restore Artwork And Preserve The Historic Integrity Of The Home; With IMLS Announcement, Site No… Continue Reading

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