Press Releases

02.20.19

SCHUMER STATEMENT ON ROCHESTER’S ICONIC HICKEY FREEMAN EXPANDING AND ADDING NEW JOBS AT CENTURY-YEAR-OLD FACTORY

Rochester, N.Y. - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today released the following statement to celebrate Rochester's iconic, 120-year-old Hickey Freeman adding up to 80 new jobs at its famed Rochester factory: "Hickey Freeman is a New York icon, and today I couldn't be more excited to stand alongside my fellow elected officials from New York State to announce that thanks to our work at every level of government, Rochester’s 120-year-old storied institution is set up for an even longer and br… Continue Reading


02.19.19

AS THE OPIOID CRISIS CONTINUES TO PLAGUE ORANGE COUNTY & OVERDOSES CONTINUE TO RISE EACH PASSING YEAR, WITH OVER 100 OPIOID DEATHS IN 2018, SCHUMER PUSHES FOR CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY TO AID ORANGE POLICE DEPARTMENTS IN QUICKLY & EFFECTIVELY IDENTIFYING LETHAL DRUGS LIKE FENTANYL; SENATOR SAYS CONGRESS SHOULD IMMEDIATELY PASS NEW BIPARTISAN GRANT PROGRAM TO HELP LOCAL PD’S PAY FOR HIGH-TECH TOOL

With Opioid Deaths Steadily Rising In Orange, Senator Launches Push To Pass "POWER Act" Grant Program To Help Local Police Pay For High-Tech Chemical Detection Tool To Sniff Out Illegal Drugs Like Fentanyl According To Drug Enforcement Experts, It Only Takes A Small Amount Of Fentanyl To Cause A Deadly Reaction; Senator Says Congress Must Do Everything Possible To Keep The Public And Police Safe Schumer: Deploying New Tech Across The Hudson Valley Could Be A Game-Changer To Keep Police Officer… Continue Reading


02.19.19

AS THE OPIOID CRISIS CONTINUES TO PLAGUE DUTCHESS COUNTY & OVERDOSES CONTINUE TO RISE EACH YEAR, SCHUMER PUSHES FOR CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY TO AID DUTCHESS POLICE DEPARTMENTS IN QUICKLY & EFFECTIVELY IDENTIFYING LETHAL DRUGS LIKE FENTANYL; SENATOR SAYS CONGRESS SHOULD IMMEDIATELY PASS NEW BIPARTISAN GRANT PROGRAM TO HELP LOCAL PD’S PAY FOR HIGH-TECH TOOL

With Opioid Deaths Steadily Rising In Dutchess, Senator Launches Push To Pass "POWER Act" Grant Program To Help Local Police Pay For High-Tech Detection Tool To Sniff Out Illegal Drugs Like Fentanyl According To Drug Enforcement Experts, It Only Takes A Small Amount Of Fentanyl To Cause A Deadly Reaction; Senator Says Congress Must Do Everything Possible To Keep The Public And Police Safe Schumer: Deploying New Tech Across Dutchess County Could Be A Game-Changer To Keep Police Officers Safe … Continue Reading


02.19.19

AS THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC CONTINUES TO PLAGUE WESTCHESTER & ROCKLAND COUNTIES, WITH OPIOID RELATED DEATHS JUMPING 75% & 61% RESPECTIVELY BETWEEN ‘13 AND ‘16, SCHUMER PUSHES FOR CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY TO AID WESTCHESTER & ROCKLAND POLICE DEPARTMENTS IN QUICKLY & EFFECTIVELY IDENTIFYING LETHAL DRUGS LIKE FENTANYL; SENATOR SAYS CONGRESS SHOULD IMMEDIATELY PASS NEW BIPARTISAN GRANT PROGRAM TO HELP LOCAL PD’S PAY FOR HIGH-TECH TOOL

With Opioid Deaths Steadily Rising In Westchester & Rockland, Senator Launches Push To Pass "POWER Act" Grant Program To Help Local Police Pay For High-Tech Chemical Detection Tool To Sniff Out Illegal Drugs Like Fentanyl According To Drug Enforcement Experts, It Only Takes A Small Amount Of Fentanyl To Cause A Deadly Reaction; Senator Says Congress Must Do Everything Possible To Keep The Public & Police Safe Schumer: Deploying New Tech Across Lower Hudson Valley Could Be A Game-Change… Continue Reading


02.18.19

STANDING AT THE FAMED WOMEN’S RIGHTS NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK IN SENECA FALLS, SCHUMER URGES HOUSE TO SWIFTLY PASS LANDS PACKAGE THAT INCLUDES PERMANENT REAUTHORIZATION OF LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND; SENATOR VOWS TO CONTINUE FIGHT FOR FULL FUNDING FOR LWCF IN FUTURE

LWCF, The Vital Program Which Provided $336M To Preserve & Protect Public Lands Like The Women's Rights National Historical Park, The Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, And Historic Sites Across NY Like Seneca Falls, Expired Last Year For Only The Second Time In Its Over 50-Year History Last Week, The Senate Permanently Reauthorized The LWCF In 2019 Lands Package; Schumer Calls On Colleagues In House To Pass Senate Version Of Lands Package ASAP Schumer To House: Pass Lands Package To Prot… Continue Reading


02.18.19

IN THE AFTERMATH OF LARGE LOCAL DRUG RING BUST, AND AS THE OPIOID CRISIS CONTINUES TO PLAGUE CHEMUNG COUNTY, SCHUMER PUSHES FOR CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY TO AID CHEMUNG POLICE DEPARTMENTS IN QUICKLY & EFFECTIVELY IDENTIFYING LETHAL DRUGS LIKE FENTANYL; SENATOR SAYS CONGRESS SHOULD IMMEDIATELY PASS NEW GRANT PROGRAM TO HELP LOCAL PD’S PAY FOR HIGH-TECH TOOL

With Opioid Deaths On The Rise In Chemung County, Senator Launches Push To Pass Bipartisan "POWER Act" Grant Program To Help Local Police Pay For High-Tech Chemical Detection Tool To Sniff Out Illegal Drugs Like Fentanyl According To Drug Enforcement Experts, It Only Takes A Small Amount Of Fentanyl To Cause A Deadly Reaction; Senator Says Congress Must Do Everything Possible To Keep The Public And Police Safe Schumer: Deploying New Tech Across The Southern Tier Could Be A Game-Changer To Keep… Continue Reading


02.18.19

AS GLOBAL RACE TO ADVANCE QUANTUM COMPUTING ACCELERATES, SCHUMER BACKS SUNY PLANNED BID TO BE NAMED ONE OF NEW NATIONAL CENTERS FOR QUANTUM COMPUTING, CREATING NEW ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES & GOOD PAYING JOBS; SENATOR SAYS EXISTING CAPABILITIES AT SUNY POLY & ROME LAB’S QUANTUM COMPUTING CENTER OF EXCELLENCE POSITION REGION & STATE TO BE LEADERS IN QUANTUM TECH BREAKTHROUGHS

Following Recently Passed National Quantum Initiative Act, Feds To Establish Several New National Quantum Science Research And Education Centers; Will Give U.S. National Master Plan To Advance Quantum Information Science; New Law Will Accelerate R&D, Hire & Train New High-Tech Workforce & Give U.S. Companies Competitive Advantage Over Competitors In China & Europe  SUNY Ecosystem Is Currently Conducting Transformational Research In Quantum Science, With SUNY Poly,… Continue Reading


02.15.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE SENATE PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION DESIGNATING JAMESTOWN COMEDY CENTER THE OFFICIAL NATIONAL COMEDY CENTER AS PART OF 2019 LANDS PACKAGE; SENATORS VOW TO SHEPHERD LEGISLATION THROUGH CONGRESS & TO THE PRESIDENT’S DESK

National Comedy Center Will Be A Cultural Institution And Tourism Magnet: Connecting, Inspiring, And Educating Visitors From All Over The Country About America's Rich History Of Comedy National Comedy Center Will Also Build On A Tradition Of Comedy History In Jamestown, NY, Birthplace Of Legend Lucille Ball Schumer, Gillibrand: Comedy Has Found Its Permanent Home In Jamestown U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced… Continue Reading


02.15.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, NADLER, MEEKS, CLARKE, ESPAILLAT INTRODUCE BICAMERAL LEGISLATION TO ESTABLISH AFRICAN BURIAL GROUND MUSEUM IN NEW YORK CITY

African Burial Ground Memorial Museum and Education Center Would Honor Over Ten Thousand Individuals Buried at Site Members of the New York delegation, led by U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler, joined by Representatives Gregory Meeks, Yvette Clarke, and Adriano Espaillat, today announced the reintroduction of the African Burial Ground International Memorial Museum and Education Center Act. This legislation wou… Continue Reading


02.14.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $1 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR FIRST-EVER FOOD BUSINESS INCUBATOR IN ROCHESTER; PROJECT WILL SPUR 100 NEW JOBS & ANCHOR DOWNTOWN ROCHESTER REVITALIZATION

For Many Food Entrepreneurs, Meals Must Be Made In Pricey Commercial Kitchens, Often Preventing New Business From Launching - But "Commissary Incubator" Would Be County's Only Licensed Shared Commercial Kitchen For Start-ups To Market Products, Hold Cooking Events, Classes, And More Schumer, Gillibrand Today Reveal The Rochester Downtown Development Corporation Has Been Awarded $982K From EDA To Build The Commissary Incubator; Say It Will Be A Gourmet Meal That Will Sate The Rochester-Finger La… Continue Reading


02.14.19

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: AFTER WEEKS OF WAITING – AND JUST DAYS AFTER SENATOR’S MAJOR PUSH – FEDS HAVE FINALLY APPROVED GENESEE BREWERY’S OUTSTANDING PRODUCT APPLICATIONS; SAYS VITAL APPROVALS WILL KEEP GENESEE BREWERY OUT OF FINANCIAL JEOPARDY & ADD MILLIONS TO ROCHESTER-FINGER LAKES ECONOMY

With TTB Shuttered For Over A Month During Last Month's Shutdown, Rochester-Finger Lakes Breweries, Distilleries & Wineries - Including Genesee Brewery - Were Unable To Secure Crucial Labeling & Other Approvals For New & Current Products, Placing Businesses At Risk of Costly Loss With The Critical Summer Selling Season Fast Approaching & Another Potential Government Shutdown Looming, Schumer Today Reveals TTB Has Heeded His Calls, Approved Dozens Of Genesee Brewery's Outstanding… Continue Reading


02.14.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $1.4 MILLION IN FED FUNDING FOR CORNELL UNIVERSITY TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH CENTER; SENATORS SAY GRANT WILL ALLOW CORNELL TO CONTINUE LEADING INNOVATIVE PROGRAM FOCUSED ON PRESERVING PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT WHILE IMPROVING TRANSPORTATION

The Cornell-Led Transportation Environment, And Community Health Center Is A Consortium Of Universities That Focus On Developing Environmentally Sound Transportation Methods Schumer, Gillibrand: Modern, Innovative Solutions Desperately Needed To Address Nation's Transportation-Linked Public Health And Environmental Challenges U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,400,100 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funding for Corne… Continue Reading


02.13.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE THAT SENATE CLEARS LEGISLATION TO PERMANENTLY REAUTHORIZE THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT PUBLIC LANDS, WATER RESOURCES, AND HISTORIC SITES

Schumer and Gillibrand Pushed to Ensure that Lands Package Bill Permanently Reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund Land and Water Conservation Fund Has Provided $336 Million to Preserve and Protect Public Lands, Water Resources, and Historic Sites Across New York State According to the Outdoor Recreation Association, Outdoor Recreations Projects and Sites Generate Roughly $41.8 Billion Per Year and Provide 313,000 Jobs Across New York State U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. … Continue Reading


02.13.19

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: WITH SENATE PASSAGE OF FED LANDS PACKAGE, STATEN ISLAND SEAWALL WILL MOVE FORWARD; SCHUMER PROVISION SMASHES MADDENING BUREAUCRATIC LOGJAM; SENATOR ALREADY SECURED FED FUNDS & WORKED OUT OTHER KINKS TO GET WALL PROJECT GOING

Schumer Vociferously Pushed Against Bureaucratic, Last-Minute Squabbling Between Fed Agencies Over Granting NYC Critical Easement At Miller Field To Maintain & Operate New Seawall; Finger-Pointing and Myopic Turf Wars Risked Unacceptable Delay To Critical Project Legislative Fix, Now Headed To House, Where It Is Set To Pass In Days, Grants Army Corps and NYC Site Access Needed To Officially Construct and Maintain Seawall Located On Fed Park Land; Easement Was A Final Puzzle Piece Before Des… Continue Reading


02.13.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND AND BRINDISI URGE FEMA TO APPROVE MUCH-NEEDED $3.9 MILLION GRANT TO HELP ALLEVIATE SEVERE & REPETITIVE FLOODING ALONG SAUQUOIT CREEK; SAY FED FUNDING WOULD ADVANCE CRITICAL PHASES OF CURRENT MITIGATION PROJECTS INTENDED TO PROTECT RESIDENTS & BUSINESSES FROM FURTHER DESTRUCTION

Over The Last Decade, Oneida County Has Been Battered By Repetitive Floods From Sauquoit Creek, Causing Millions Of Dollars Of Damage To Public And Private Infrastructure, Displacing Families From Their Homes And Increasing The Burden On Emergency Responders Schumer, Gillibrand And Brindisi Today Call On FEMA To Expeditiously Approve Whitestown's Application For Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Funding To Expand Scope Of The Sauquoit Creek Channel And Floodplain Project, Which Would Construct N… Continue Reading


02.12.19

ON THE 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF TRAGIC CRASH OF FLIGHT 3407, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND CALL ON FAA TO FINALLY IMPLEMENT OVERDUE AIRLINE SAFETY REFORM TO ESTABLISH ELECTRONIC PILOT TRAINING DATABASE

Legislation Passed in 2010 Required the FAA to Establish an Electronic Pilot Records Database So Airlines Can Access Complete Training Background of All Commercial Pilots Before They Are Hired Schumer, Gillibrand: Failure to Implement Database Needlessly Puts Lives at Risk On the 10 year anniversary of the tragic crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today called on the FAA to finish a long overdue airline safety r… Continue Reading


02.12.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, RICE ANNOUNCE NEARLY $13 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR HARDENING OF SANDY-DAMAGED INFRASTRUCTURE FOR LAWRENCE UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT ON LONG ISLAND, NY

Funding Will Be Used to Repair the Damaged Pipes of the Lawrence High School Building U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice today announced that the Lawrence High School Building in Nassau County, NY, has been awarded $12,948,307.94 in federal funds for building repairs as a direct result of Superstorm Sandy. The federal funds are administered through U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The f… Continue Reading


02.11.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: AS A RESULT OF THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, FED BACKLOG OF NEW BEER APPLICATIONS PUTS GENESEE BREWERY & OTHERS AT RISK OF LOSING MILLIONS; SENATOR CALLS ON TTB TO IMMEDIATELY CLEAR MASSIVE LOG JAM & APPROVE GENESEE’S APPLICATIONS – TO AVOID LOSING MILLIONS IN REVENUE & HURTING ROCHESTER ECONOMY

With TTB Shuttered For Over A Month During Last Month's Shutdown, Rochester-Finger Lakes Breweries, Distilleries & Wineries - Including Genesee Brewery - Were Unable To Secure Crucial Labeling & Other Approvals For New & Current Products, Placing Businesses At Risk of Costly Loss With The Critical Summer Selling Season Fast Approaching & Another Potential Government Shutdown Looming, Schumer Urges TTB To Quickly Intervene & Process Approvals, Before Operations Lose Millions&… Continue Reading


02.11.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: AS A RESULT OF THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, FED BACKLOG OF NEW BEER APPLICATIONS PUTS LABATT USA & OTHERS AT RISK OF LOSING MILLIONS; SENATOR CALLS ON TTB TO IMMEDIATELY CLEAR MASSIVE LOG JAM & APPROVE LABATT USA’S APPLICATIONS – TO AVOID LOSING MILLIONS IN REVENUE & HURTING WESTERN NEW YORK ECONOMY

With TTB Shuttered For Over A Month During Last Month's Shutdown, Western New York Brewers, Distillers & Winemakers - Including Labatt USA - Were Unable To Secure Crucial Labeling & Other Approvals For New & Current Products, Placing Businesses At Risk Of Costly Loss With The Critical Summer Selling Season Fast Approaching & Another Potential Government Shutdown Looming, Schumer Urges TTB To Quickly Intervene & Process Approvals, Before Operations Lose Millions Schumer To … Continue Reading


02.10.19

SCHUMER PUSHES FOR VOTE ON CRITICAL BILL THAT WILL ALLOW CONSTRUCTION OF STATEN ISLAND SEAWALL TO FINALLY MOVE FORWARD; SENATOR’S LEGISLATIVE FIX JUMPS BUREAUCRATIC HURDLE STANDING IN WAY; SENATOR ALREADY SECURED FED FUNDS & WORKED OUT OTHER KINKS; VOTE IS FINAL STEP

Schumer Pushed Back Against Bureaucratic, Last-Minute Debate Between Fed Agencies Over Granting NYC Critical Easement At Miller Field To Maintain & Operate New Seawall; Boondoggle Risks Real Delay To Critical Project Legislative Fix, Now Awaiting Senate Vote, Grants Army Corps and NYC Site Access Needed To Officially Construct and Maintain Seawall Located On Fed Park Land; Easement Is A Final Puzzle Piece Before Design & Construction Can Start Schumer: We Are At The One-Yard Line - But… Continue Reading

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