Press Releases

08.26.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $20K IN FED FUNDS FOR CHATHAM FIRE DEPT. IN COLUMBIA COUNTY

Federal Funding Will Be Used to Purchase New Equipment U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $22,368 in federal funding for the Chatham Fire Department in Columbia 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 purchase a new extrication tool set, including cutters that help first responders quickly remove victims from enclosed spaces qui… Continue Reading


08.26.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, NATIONAL WOMEN’S HALL OF FAME WILL HOST PUBLIC INPUT TOWN HALL WITH TREASURER OF THE UNITED STATES ROSIE RIOS ON NEW $10 BILL DESIGN; FORUM TO DISCUSS WHICH GREAT AMERICAN WOMAN SHOULD BE FEATURED ON FEDERAL CURRENCY WILL TAKE PLACE MONDAY 8/31

In June, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew Announced That The $10 Bill Will Be Redesigned To Feature A Woman By 2020, The 100th Anniversary Of The 19thAmendment, Which Guaranteed Women The Right To Vote  Schumer Called For Seneca Falls, NY To Host One of Treasury's Town Hall Meetings Open to the Public for Input - After Schumer's Urging, This Event Is Now Set to be Held This Monday, August 31st With Treasurer of the United States Rosa "Rosie" Rios Schumer: Birthplace of the … Continue Reading


08.25.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $55,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ERIN VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT IN CHEMUNG COUNTY

Funding Will Allow Fire Dept. to Replace Old Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA's) U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $55,762 in federal funding for Erin Volunteer Fire Department in Chemung County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The Erin Volunteer Fire Department will use this federal investment to replace old self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA's)… Continue Reading


08.24.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: VERIZON WILL LEVEL ABANDONED BUILDING & CLEAN UP PROPERTY IN VILLAGE OF CAMILLUS THAT WAS LEFT IGNORED FOR TWO DECADES; WILL PAVE WAY FOR NEW DEVELOPMENT OF THE LAND

Schumer Visited Village of Camillus Last Week & Urged Verizon To Clean Up Abandoned Building That Was Allowed to Deteriorate For Years Schumer Commends Verizon For Listening To Local Concerns & Agreeing To Demolish Building & Clean Up Property Schumer: Verizon Heard Our Call, Loud & Clear U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that Verizon will, in response to local concerns regarding a long-abandoned building in the Village of Camillus, level and clean up the pro… Continue Reading


08.24.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $3.2 MILLION IN FED FUNDING FOR THE BROOME COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO HELP REMOVE LEAD FROM HOMES – LEAD IS A SERIOUS HEALTH HAZARD & THESE FUNDS WILL HELP DECREASE EXPOSURE

Broome County Will Use Funds to Address Lead Hazards in 155 Housing Units; Will Help Protect Health & Safety Of Area Families & Children U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a federal grant of $2,906,610 in Lead Hazard Control funding and $325,000 in Healthy Homes supplemental funding for Broome County to address lead hazards in 155 housing units. This critical funding will provide necessary resources to spur collaboration between the Broome Coun… Continue Reading


08.24.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $2.2 MILLION IN FED FUNDING FOR CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY TO HELP REMOVE LEAD FROM HOMES – LEAD IS A SERIOUS HEALTH HAZARD & THESE FUNDS WILL HELP DECREASE EXPOSURE

Chautauqua County Will Use Funds to Address Lead Hazards in 150 Housing Units; Will Help Protect Health & Safety Of Area Families & Children U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a federal grant of $2,217,833 in Lead Hazard Control funding for Chautauqua County to address lead hazards in 150 housing units. This critical funding will provide necessary resources to spur collaboration between Chautauqua County and local organizations, including the Jamesto… Continue Reading


08.24.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $3.6 MILLION IN FED FUNDING FOR THE CITY OF ROCHESTER TO HELP COMBAT LEAD POISONING

Schumer & Gillibrand: Lead-Poisoning Prevention Grant Will Help Protect Health & Safety Of Rochester's Kids U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a federal grant of $3,365,733 in Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration funding and $325,000 in Healthy Homes supplemental funding for the City of Rochester. This critical funding will provide necessary resources to spur collaboration between the Rochester Housing Authority and the Monroe County Department of Hea… Continue Reading


08.20.15

SCHUMER: CRAFT BREWING IS ON THE RISE IN CENTRAL NY, BUT BREWERS NEED ACCESS TO LOCALLY GROWN MALT BARLEY FOR INDUSTRY TO THRIVE; LOCAL FARMERS HESITANT TO GROW CROP DUE TO LACK OF FED INSURANCE – SCHUMER PUSHES FEDS TO ESTABLISH ESSENTIAL CROP INSURANCE FOR CENTRAL NY MALT BARLEY FARMERS

Insurance Currently Available to Farmers Growing Malt Barley In Other States, But Not NYS; Sec. of Agriculture Could Fix It Unilaterally, No Legislation Required - Schumer Calls on Feds to Prioritize & Fast-Track Vital Malt Barley Crop Insurance for NYS Farmers, Including Many in CNY; Crop Is Risky, But Absolutely Vital For Farm Brewers CNY's Farm Brewery Industry Has Exploded In Recent Years - Due To NYS Law, Over Next Decade Most NYS Craft Brewers Will Be Required To Source 90% Of Ingred… Continue Reading


08.20.15

SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO IMMEDIATELY REVIEW AND STRONGLY SUPPORT LOCAL & STATE PLAN TO INCREASE AND ENHANCE ACCESS FOR BOATING AND RECREATIONAL ACCESS ON THE HUDSON RIVER; NEW RIVER ENTRY POINTS WOULD INCREASE ACCESS FOR BOATERS, ANGLERS AND NATURE LOVERS; WOULD ALSO BRING THOUSANDS OF NEW TOURISTS PER YEAR & PROVIDE MAJOR BOOST TO LOCAL ECONOMY

Locals And State Are Working Together To Submit Proposal, So Feds Can Promptly Review, Request & Approve Comprehensive Restoration Plan; River Access Improvement Projects In Putnam & Westchester Counties Schumer Says Feds Should Get Ready To Review, Approve and Help Fund New Hudson River Access For Boaters, Fishers & Recreation Use Across The Hudson Valley - Improving Access Would Greatly Benefit Tourist Destinations Like the Cold Spring Waterfront Schumer To Feds: Hudson River Pro… Continue Reading


08.20.15

SCHUMER: PROPOSED SENATE BUDGET BILL WOULD DECIMATE FUNDING FOR KEY HOUSING PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES AFFORDABLE HOUSING, FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYER ASSISTANCE AND MORE; STANDING WITH COMMUNITY LEADERS AND RESIDENTS, SENATOR VOWS TO FIGHT TOOTH & NAIL AGAINST FED FUNDING CUTS

Current Senate Bill Slashes HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) Funding By More Than 90% From Fiscal Year 2015 Levels - Effectively Decimating Critical Funding Streams For Capital Region Cuts Put First Time Homeownership, Rehabilitation Programs, and Neighborhood Revitalization Efforts In Jeopardy   Schumer: Cuts Would Be Devastating For Schenectady, Troy and Colonie Standing at 1568 Carrie Street in Schen… Continue Reading


08.19.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $50,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR CORNELL UNIVERSITY, ITHACA COLLEGE AND TOMPKINS CORTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE COLLABORATIVE PROGRAM TO EMPOWER WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS

Schumer & Gillibrand: Rev: Ithaca Startup Designed to Help Women Entrepreneurs Scale and Grow Their Businesses U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a federal grant of $50,000 for Rev: Ithaca Startup Works, a business incubator to help start and grow local businesses. Rev Ithaca is a collaborative project between Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Tompkins Cortland Community College to strengthen entrepreneurship opportunities for women in Ithaca. Th… Continue Reading


08.19.15

SCHUMER CALLS FOR CHANGES TO FEDERAL SOLAR TAX CREDIT TO KEEP SOLAR PANEL PROJECTS ON TRACK AND HELP LOCAL COMPANIES CREATE MORE LOCAL JOBS; SENATOR SAYS TAX CREDITS SHOULD BE AVAILABLE WHEN PROJECTS BEGIN, NOT UPON COMPLETION

Tax Incentive Allows Businesses, Residents, and Municipalities to Install Solar Panels; However, They Only Receive These Benefits Upon Completion of the Project; With New Installations Contemplated in Rose, Williamson, City of Rochester, Henrietta, and Parma, Uncertainty About Solar Tax Credit's Future Could Hamper Growth of Burgeoning Local Solar Companies Schumer Says Current Restrictions and Regulations Prevent Residents, Businesses, and The Solar Power Industry From Reaping The Full Fi… Continue Reading


08.19.15

SCHUMER PROPOSES NEW LAW DESIGNED TO VIRTUALLY ELIMINATE CHANCE OF DRONES CRASHING INTO PLANES; GEO-FENCING AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE SOFTWARE ON EVERY DRONE THAT WOULD PROHIBIT FLYING NEAR AIRPORTS & SENSITIVE AREAS; THE TECHNOLOGY WORKS—ALL THAT’S NEEDED IS A LAW

With So Many Near-Misses Of Drones Flying Into Planes, Schumer Will Push Geo-Fencing Amendment In Upcoming FAA Reauthorization Legislation Requiring Manufacturers to Implement The Technology; Schumer Says Congress Must Act Now or Could Be Forced To Wait Until 2016 for Next FAA Reauthorization Recent Drone Sightings At NYC-Area Airports Threaten Safety of Hundreds of Passengers Onboard Flights; Geo-Fencing Would Establish "Drone No Fly Zones" Near Airports, Over Sensitive Airspace & Above 50… Continue Reading


08.19.15

SCHUMER CALLS FOR CHANGES TO FEDERAL SOLAR TAX CREDIT TO KEEP SOLAR PANEL PROJECTS ON TRACK AND HELP SOLARCITY CREATE MORE LOCAL JOBS; SENATOR SAYS TAX CREDITS SHOULD BE AVAILABLE WHEN PROJECTS BEGIN, NOT UPON COMPLETION

Tax Incentive Allows Savings on Investment in Solar Panels, However, They Only Receive These Benefits Upon Completion Of The Project; Uncertainty About Solar Tax Credit's Future Could Delay Projects & Installations, Or Keep Projects From Happening At All, Hampering SolarCity's Growth Schumer Says Current Restrictions And Regulations Prevent Businesses, Residents And The Solar Power Industry From Reaping Full Financial Benefits, Which Would Expand & Create Even More Middle-Clas… Continue Reading


08.18.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $3.6 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THREE WESTERN NEW YORK AIRPORTS IN ERIE, NIAGARA AND CATTARAUGUS COUNTIES

Federal Funding Will Be Used to Purchase New Land, Improve Runways & Terminals, And Enhance Safety at Three Major WNY Airports U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $3,602,598 in federal funding for infrastructure projects at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Niagara Falls International Airport and Cattaraugus County-Olean Airport, all located in Western New York. This funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Fe… Continue Reading


08.18.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, FEMA HAS AGREED TO FULLY FUND THE LAST 5 MAJOR PENN YAN FLOOD REPAIR PROJECTS, INCLUDING OWL’S NEST BUILDING SITE; BUILDING COLLAPSED DUE TO HEAVY FLOODING MORE THAN A YEAR AGO – FEMA PREVIOUSLY APPROVED 12 FUNDING REQUESTS FOR OTHER REPAIR PROJECTS & SCHUMER PUSHED FEDS TO APPROVE FINAL 5 REQUESTS

Village of Penn Yan Applied to FEMA for $2.5M for Repairs, But More Than $410,000 Needed for Most Visible Repairs Had Yet to Be Approved By FEMA - In July, Schumer Urged FEMA to Expedite Requests & Approve Final 5 Projects Desperately Needed in Penn Yan Owl's Nest Community Center, In Yates County, Collapsed Shortly After Being Severely Damaged By May 2014 Flooding, Leaving Behind a Hole and Exposed Culvert; Village of Penn Yan Requested More Than $410,000 to Fix "Owl Hole" Site and Make O… Continue Reading


08.17.15

SCHUMER TAKES A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE; THE WILD CENTER HAS BECOME A PRIME TOURIST DESTINATION IN THE ADIRONDACKS; SENATOR VISITS CENTER TO SEE FEDERAL INVESTMENTS AT WORK & PLEDGES TO SUPPORT NEW $75K GRANT APPLICATION TO HELP GROW THE MUSEUM EVEN MORE

Senator Says Smart Federal Investments Of Nearly $700K in the Museum's Wild Walk, Community Maple Project, And Teacher Training Is Working; Attendance Has Increased 400% This Year And The Center Is A National Model For Teacher Training and Developing Our Maple Industry An Additional $75K Grant Would Help Complete Funding for the Wild Walk and Help The Wild Center Continue to Grow As An Economic Engine for the North Country Schumer: Fed Investment Has Been "Wildly Successful" U.S. Senator Ch… Continue Reading


08.17.15

SCHUMER: MORE BORDER OFFICERS ARE NEEDED TO FIGHT DELAYS & MOVE TRAFFIC MORE EFFICIENTLY – AND SOLDIERS RETURNING HOME TO THE NORTH COUNTRY FROM OVERSEAS HAVE THE SKILLS & TRAINING NECESSARY FOR THESE POSITIONS; SCHUMER BILL WOULD LINK CBP TO QUALIFIED VETERANS LOOKING FOR WORK

Schumer 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 Bill Seeks To Address Delays Associated With CBP'S Necessarily Thorough Hiring Process, Which Have Left Land Ports Of Entry Along The U.S. Border, Like Plattsburgh in the North Country, Understaffed … Continue Reading


08.17.15

SCHUMER: LOCAL PLEAS TO CLEAN UP ABANDONED VERIZON BUILDING, SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD, HAVE BEEN IGNORED FOR TWO DECADES; BUILDING IS NOT ONLY AN EYE-SORE, BUT COULD NEGATIVELY IMPACT PROPERTY VALUES; SENATOR URGES VERIZON TO WORK WITH LOCALS TO MAINTAIN & CLEAN UP PROPERTY

Schumer Says Abandoned Verizon Building in the Village of Camillus Has Been Allowed to Deteriorate; Local Residents Shouldn't Have To Stare At The Eye-Sore Every Day   Letters Have Been Written And Calls Have Been Made To Verizon Asking For Their Attention, But Locals Have Not Received A Response - Schumer Urges Verizon to Listen to Community Concerns & Work With Locals to Clean Up the Property  Schumer to Verizon: Be A Good Neighbor To Camillus and Clean Up This Eye-Sore Standi… Continue Reading


08.17.15

SCHUMER LAUNCHES STATEWIDE INTERNET LOTTERY FOR SINGLE TICKET TO POPE FRANCIS ADDRESS TO CONGRESS -- REQUESTS FROM NEW YORKERS ARE POURING IN

Senator Will Also Make 100 Pairs of Tickets to West Lawn Viewing Available to New Yorkers New Yorkers Can Go Online to Submit Their Requests Directly to the Senator's Office - Drawing Will be Held the Final Week of August Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that his office will be conducting a statewide lottery for one ticket to the Joint Meeting of Congress with His Holiness Pope Francis of the Holy See on September 24, 2015. Senator Schumer received one guest ticket, and reques… Continue Reading

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