Press Releases

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


10.28.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES INSTALLATION OF TSA PRE-CHECK ENROLLMENT CENTER SET TO BEGIN ON NOVEMBER 3 AT SYRACUSE HANCOCK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – SCHUMER PUSHED TO BRING CENTER TO SYRACUSE; PREVIOUSLY, RESIDENTS WHO WANTED TO ENROLL HAD TO TRAVEL ALL THE WAY TO OSWEGO – NEW CENTER WILL MEAN SHORTER, MORE CONVENIENT SECURITY LINES FOR TRAVELERS

Installation of TSA Pre-Check Center At Syracuse Hancock Airport Will Begin On November 3 & Located on Level I, Terminal A At The Airport - Schumer Helped Bring Pre-Check Program To Syracuse, Which Enables Travelers Deemed Safe To Enter Terminal With Expedited Screening  Schumer Successfully Urged TSA To Bring A Pre-Check Enrollment Center To Syracuse to Make Air Travel Easier For CNY Residents - Now, Residents Will Have Enrollment Center Like Rochester and Albany After Installation is… Continue Reading


10.28.15

SCHUMER INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO INCREASE REWARDS FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO THE ARREST OR CONVICTION OF THOSE INVOLVED IN THE 1988 TERRORIST ATTACK ON PAN AM FLIGHT 103 OVER LOCKERBIE, SCOTLAND, WHICH KILLED 270 PEOPLE, INCLUDING DOZENS OF UPSTATE NEW YORKERS FROM CAPITAL REGION & CENTRAL NY

New Reports Have Identified Additional Suspects In The 1988 Bombing Of Pan Am Flight 103, Which Killed 270 People, Including 35 Syracuse University Students & 14 People From the Capital Region - Schumer Says Additional Information About The Attack Could Help Investigators Make New Arrests & Bring Justice To Families In Order To Bring New Suspects To Justice, Group of Senators Including Schumer Propose Increasing Minimum Reward For Info To $10 Million; Only One Person Has Been Convicted… Continue Reading


10.28.15

SCHUMER REVEALS: ERRONEOUS DEBT THAT IS INACCURATE OR NO LONGER OWED – CALLED “ZOMBIE DEBT” – IS HAUNTING UPSTATE NEW YORKERS’ CREDIT REPORTS; RECENT DATA EXPOSES TERRIFYING EVIDENCE THAT OVER 2,400 UPSTATE NEW YORKERS HAVE BEEN SPOOKED BY FALSE CREDIT REPORTS OR STALKED BY DEBT COLLECTORS TO PAY DEBT THEY DON’T OWE; BILL SPONSORED BY SCHUMER WOULD CUT OFF THISFRIGHTENING PRACTICE & GIVE NEW YORKERS THE PROTECTIONS THEY DESERVE

Schumer Says New Data Shows that Thousands of New Yorkers Have Reported Issues With Their Credit Reports & The Practices of Debt Collectors, Many Based On Debt that is Either Inaccurate or Was Already Paid Schumer Urges Colleagues To Support Senate Bill That Finally Cracks Down On So-Called "Zombie Debts" That Displays Debt No Longer Owed By Consumers On Their Credit Reports Schumer: Senate Bill Would Make Sure Debts That Have Already Been Resolved Stay Dead On a conference call with rep… Continue Reading


10.27.15

SCHUMER, MCCASKILL MAKE HIGH-STAKES WAGER IN ROYALS VS. METS WORLD SERIES CONTEST

U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer of New York and Claire McCaskill of Missouri today made a friendly wager on the outcome of the 2015 World Series, which pits the Kansas City Royals against the New York Mets. If the Royals win, Schumer has pledged to tweet a photo of himself wearing a Royals t-shirt while riding a bike through New York City. Schumer has also pledged a $100 donation to MLB Urban Youth Academy at 18th and Vine in Kansas City. If the Mets win, McCaskill has pledged to tweet… Continue Reading


10.27.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: AFTER HIS RECOMMENDATION, U.S. SENATE HAS CONFIRMED LAWRENCE J. VILARDO, BUFFALO NATIVE & DISTINGUISHED WNY ATTORNEY, TO SERVE ON FEDERAL BENCH IN BUFFALO

Vilardo Is A Harvard- And Canisius-Educated, Buffalo-Bred Litigator, And A Founding Partner Of The Law Firm Connors & Vilardo, LLP U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that Lawrence Joseph Vilardo, whom Schumer recommended to President Obama, has been confirmed by the Senate (88-0) to serve as a federal court judge in the Western District of New York (WDNY). In February, the President nominated Vilardo. Schumer has fought long and hard advocating for Vilardo's confirmation. T… Continue Reading


10.26.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, SERRANO, DE BLASIO ANNOUNCE $10 MILLION IN FEDERAL DOT FUNDING TO COMPLETE FINAL LINK ALONG BRONX RIVER GREENWAY; FEDERAL INVESTMENT MEANS THOUSANDS OF SOUTH BRONX RESIDENTS WILL BE BETTER CONNECTED TO OTHER NEIGHBORHOODS IN THE BRONX VIA BICYCLE & PEDESTRIAN BRIDGES

Bronx River Greenway is a 23-Mile Long Path Along the Bronx River That Allows for Increased Bike & Pedestrian Traffic; Greenway Better Connects Bronx Residents to the Waterfront & Numerous Employment & Educational Centers Like Montefiore Medical Center, Hunts Point Terminal Market, Fordham University & More Schumer, Gillibrand, Serrano, de Blasio Announce DOT TIGER Grant for Final Construction of ¾ Mile Pathway, Including Two Bike & Pedestrian Bridges Between Concr… Continue Reading


10.26.15

SCHUMER: HEROIN & OPIATE OVERDOSES ARE SKYROCKETING IN BUFFALO & WNY, DEVASTATING FAMILIES & CRIPPLING NEIGHBORHOODS; SCHUMER BILL WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TO CRACK DOWN ON INTERNATIONAL DRUG TRAFFICKERS

There Have Been 147 Fatal Overdoses In Western NY In 2015; County Health Officials Predict 275 Total By Year's End - Schumer Bill Will Increase Penalties On Drug Traffickers & Make It A Lot Easier For Long-Arm of U.S. Law To Stop The Import Of Poison To The U.S. Since Last Year, Local Treatment Facilities Report Opiate & Heroin Overdoes Are Up Over 480% In Buffalo; Schumer Bill Improves Federal Law Enforcement's Ability To Go After Drug Traffickers Schumer: Feds Need New Tools To Prev… Continue Reading


10.26.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE: U.S. DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION HAS AWARDED CITY OF BUFFALO $18 MILLION IN FED FUNDS TO TRANSFORM BUFFALO’S LOWER MAIN STREET – PROJECT WILL REOPEN CAR ACCESS, REVAMP METRO RAIL FACILITIES ON CITY’S MAIN STREET & CONTINUE TO BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO BUFFALO’S DOWNTOWN

Schumer Urged Federal DOT To Make Major Investment in City of Buffalo's Cars Sharing Main St. Project; Grant Will Allow City to Move Forward with Lower Main St. Project - Bringing New Life to Downtown & Building on Waterfront Success Schumer & Gillibrand Were Instrumental in Securing Initial $15 Million in TIGER Funds in 2011 for 500 Block of Main St; Now With This Additional $18 Million for Lower Main St. Total Federal Investment in the Project Exceeds $33 Million Schumer, Gillibrand… Continue Reading


10.26.15

SCHUMER REVEALS: ROCHESTER IS ONLY MAJOR UPSTATE METRO AREA WITHOUT A VA OUTPATIENT SURGERY FACILITY; VETERANS CAN BE FORCED TO TRAVEL OVER 70 MILES TO ACCESS MEDICAL TREATMENT THAT THEY NEED & DESERVE; SENATOR URGES VA TO GREENLIGHT PLAN TO BUILD ‘PHASE TWO’ SURGICAL ADDITION

VA Ambulatory Outpatient Surgery Services Are Currently Only Provided At VA Facilities In Buffalo, Syracuse, And Albany, But Not In The Rochester-Finger Lakes Area, Which Is Home To 68,936 Veterans Schumer Says The New Upcoming 84,000 Sq Ft VA Outpatient Clinic In Monroe County Is a Great Start, But Upgrades Can't Stop There; Schumer Pushes VA to Move Forward With Plans for the 2nd Phase of Construction for a Clinic for Outpatient Surgery   Schume… Continue Reading


10.25.15

SCHUMER (AMY) STANDS WITH SCHUMER (CHUCK) TO CONTINUE CRUSADE ON GUNS; SINCE COUSINS LAST TEAMED UP, NATION HAS MOURNED EVEN MORE SENSELESS SHOOTINGS; SENATORS ARE NOW ARMED WITH A PLAN & AMY SCHUMER AIMS FOR CHANGE, URGES CITIZENS TO CREATE NATIONAL GROUNDSWELL & MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD & GET PLAN ENACTED

Senator Schumer Says New Principles Amy Schumer Supports Will Address Gun Violence & Will Be Brought To The Floor Early Next Year BUT Citizens Must Make Their Voices Heard; Amy Schumer Leads The Charge Bill Will Focus On Making Current Background Checks Stronger, Closing Loopholes & Shutting Down The Pipeline Of Illegal Guns Schumer & Schumer: We Have A Real Plan But It Requires The American People To Pick Up Phone, Tweet, Facebook-Rise Up-To See It Through    U.S. Se… Continue Reading


10.23.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE FEDS HAVE RELEASED MORE THAN $326 MILLION IN CRITICAL FUNDS FAMILIES ACROSS NY STATE RELY ON TO HEAT THEIR HOMES – WITH WINTER JUST AROUND THE CORNER, SENATORS URGED FEDS TO RELEASE HOME HEATING ASSISTANCE FUNDS IMMEDIATELY, AND AT HIGHEST LEVELS POSSIBLE, FOR NY’S MOST VULNERABLE RESIDENTS

Heating Aid Will Help Thousands Of Vulnerable New York Seniors & Families Who Need Extra Help To Pay Their Heating Bills This Winter Home Heating Costs Have Become A Larger And Larger Share Of Every New Yorker's Budget - Schumer & Gillibrand Urged U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services To Provide Maximum Amount, And As Soon As Possible, To NY Families Schumer & Gillibrand: Every Dollar Counts When It Comes To Keeping NY State Families Warm This Winter U.S. Senators Charles E. S… Continue Reading


10.23.15

SCHUMER STANDS WITH MORE THAN 100 NYC METRO-IAF LEADERS TO PUSH LARGE GUN-PURCHASING FEDERAL AGENCIES, LIKE DOD AND DOJ, TO PRESSURE GUN MAKERS TO MAKE SAFER GUNS AND TO CEASE DISTRIBUTING VIA DEALERS WHO FAIL TO COMPLETE BACKGROUND CHECKS; U.S. GOVERNMENT--LARGEST GUN BUYER--MUST USE GUN CONTRACTS TO PROD GUN MAKERS TO STEM TIDE OF GUN VIOLENCE BY IMPROVING GUN SAFETY AND DISTRIBUTION PRACTICES

Schumer & Metro IAF-Nation's Largest & Longest-Standing Network Of Local Faith & Community-Based Organizations-Say Federal Government and Other Top Gun Purchasers Can Do More To Stem Gun Violence; Fed Government's Purchasing Power Must be Leveraged to Change Gun Makers’ Deadly Ways U.S. Government Makes Up 25% of Gun Market; With DOD/Army Currently Considering Massive $580M Purchase of Small Arms, Now Is The Time To Rewrite Requirements For Federal Contracts Schumer: By Raisi… Continue Reading


10.23.15

SCHUMER: CONGRESS HAS UNWISELY ALLOWED CRITICAL FED STUDENT LOAN PROGRAM TO EXPIRE; WITHOUT RENEWAL OF PERKINS LOAN PROGRAM, LONG ISLAND COLLEGES THAT RECEIVE FUNDING – LIKE HOFSTRA, STONY BROOK & NASSAU COMMUNITY COLLEGE – COULD BE FORCED TO RETURN MONEY, LEAVING STUDENTS IN THE LURCH AND 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 Molloy Col… Continue Reading

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