Press Releases

08.14.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $540K IN FED FUNDING FOR TWO CAPITAL REGION AIRPORTS IN FULTON & WARREN COUNTIES

Federal Funding Will Be Used For Studies Focused On Major Runway Safety Improvements U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $539,821 in federal funding for two Capital Region airports. This funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Specifically, Fulton County Airport will receive $224,821 for an airfield pavement study that will look at ways to establish the current condition of the airf… Continue Reading


08.14.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $116K IN FED FUNDING FOR POTSDAM FIRE DEPARTMENT IN ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY

Federal Funding Will Be Used to Equip Fire Apparatus With Large Diameter Hose U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $115,745 in federal funding for the Potsdam Fire Department in St. Lawrence County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The Potsdam Fire Department will invest these funds in standardizing the fleet of fire apparatus. Specifically, it will outfit these tru… Continue Reading


08.13.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND & MALONEY ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $100K IN FED FUNDING FOR LAGRANGE FIRE DISTRICT IN DUTCHESS COUNTY

Federal Funding Will Help the Lagrange Purchase Life-Saving Equipment U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney today announced $114,324 in federal funding for the Lagrange Fire District in Dutchess County. This funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) and will be used to purchase life-saving equipment for the Town of Lagrange Fire District's Emergency Medical S… Continue Reading


08.12.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $3 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO HELP STUDY & ADDRESS AIRPLANE NOISE IN-AND-AROUND JFK AIRPORT; SENATORS URGE PORT AUTHORITY TO EXPEDITE COMPLETION OF STUDY

Part 150 Study Will Better Evaluate Noise Impacts to Communities Surrounding JFK Airport; Senators Have Long Supported Part 150 Study, And Other Ways to Address Airplane Noise Schumer, Gillibrand Announces $3.1 Million in Federal DOT Funding for JFK's Noise Compatibility Study; Senators Urge Port Authority to Speed Up Study So That Noise is Remediated As Soon As Possible U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $3.1 million in federal Department of Transportatio… Continue Reading


08.12.15

SCHUMER: FUNDING FOR PROGRAMS VITAL TO PRESERVING NATIONAL HISTORIC SITES, LIKE THE HOME OF FDR IN DUTCHESS COUNTY, FACE STEEP CUTS; SENATOR VOWS TO FIGHT FOR CRITICAL PARK FUNDING & URGES COLLEAGUES TO MAINTAIN FUNDS

House & Senate Funding Bills Would Put Critical Funding At Risk For Historic Sites & Parks, Like The Home Of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site In Duchess County  Senator Says Tourism is a $500 Million a Year Industry in Dutchess and Any Measure That Threatens New York's Historic Parks & Treasures Like the FDR Home Is Short-Sighted and Must Be Defeated  Schumer: FDR Site is Jewel in the Crown of Hudson Valley's Booming Tourism Industry and We Must… Continue Reading


08.12.15

SCHUMER LAYS OUT NEW PLAN, INCLUDING NEW COLLABORATIVE GATEWAY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, TO BUILD DESPERATELY NEEDED, NEW CROSS-HUDSON RAIL TUNNEL; GATEWAY PROJECT WOULD REVIVE ONE-SEAT RIDE PROPOSAL FOR ROCKLAND & ORANGE COUNTY COMMUTERS, ALLOWING HUDSON VALLEY RESIDENTS TO TRAVEL DIRECTLY TO PENN STATION WITHOUT CHANGING TRAINS

Amtrak's Gateway Project Could Provide Thousands Of Hudson Valley Residents Easy Access In & Out of New York By Expanding Hudson River Tunnel Capacity and Building The "Secaucus Loop" Loop Would Connect Rail Lines From Orange And Rockland County Directly To Penn Station, Creating a "One-Seat Ride" For Residents West of the Hudson River Schumer: Gateway Plan Would Provide Opening To Realize One-Seat Ride for Orange and Rockland Residents Standing at the Middletown Train Station, U.S. Senat… Continue Reading


08.12.15

SCHUMER: WAR ON HEROIN/OPIOIDS CONTINUES TO RAGE IN ULSTER COUNTY & THE FEDS NEED TO FINALLY GET INVOLVED; SENATOR RELAUNCHES PUSH TO DESIGNATE COUNTY AS “HIGH-INTENSITY DRUG TRAFFICKING AREA,” WHICH WILL MEAN ADDITIONAL RESOURCES, INTELLIGENCE, COORDINATION TO HELP DISRUPT DRUG RINGS & REVERSE HEROIN EPIDEMIC

Ulster County, Like The Rest Of The Hudson Valley, Has Experienced Explosion Of Heroin Use & An Increase in Drug-Related Crime; There Has Been A Significant Increase In Heroin Arrests In Ulster Since Last Year, And The Number Of Heroin-Related Deaths Has Quadrupled Federal HIDTA Anti-Drug Designation Will Finally Provide Much-Needed Resources and Technical Assistance To Help Ulster County Better Fight Its Growing Heroin Problem Schumer: Ulster County Must Become a HIDTA to Access Vital Fe… Continue Reading


08.12.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $20 MILLION IN FEDERAL SANDY FUNDS FOR RESILIENCY UPGRADES ALONG METRO-NORTH HUDSON LINE; MTA’S ‘METRO-NORTH RAILROAD POWER & SIGNAL RESILIENCY IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT’ WAS SELECTED ON COMPETITIVE BASIS FROM HURRICANE SANDY RESILIENCY COMPETITION

Metro-North Hudson Line, Which Serves An Average of 26K People Each Weekday, Was Damaged By Superstorm Sandy When Salt Water Destroyed Electric Components & Third Rail Was Crushed; MTA Applied to Competitive Hurricane Sandy Resiliency Competition for Federal Grant to Construct More Resilient Power & Signal Equipment Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $20.7 Million Obligation of Federal Transit Administration Grant Funding; Will Support Design & Construction of 92 Elevated Steel Equipmen… Continue Reading


08.11.15

SCHUMER REVEALS: NEW FED BUDGET SLASHES ANTI-DRUG TRAFFICKING EFFORTS BY OVER $150M -- JUST WHEN LI NEEDS DOLLARS MOST -- AS SINALOA DRUG CARTEL AND OTHERS RUSH MORE DRUGS TO LI, NYC; SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH TO RESTORE FED FUNDING USED TO HIRE DEA AGENTS & COMBAT SINALOA AND OTHER CARTLELS' GRIP ON LI

DEA Recently Revealed Sinaloa Cartel & Other Mexican Drug Organizations Are Making A New Push To Build Markets For Meth On LI; Heroin & Fentanyl-Laced Drugs Also On The Rise Amidst "El Chapo" Escape DEA Has Helped Bust LI "Superlabs" Responsible For LI Drug Trafficking, But New Cuts Could Leave Nassau & Suffolk On National Back Burner Despite Being Prime Drug Cartel Target Schumer: Plan To Cut DEA Workforce -- And Slash Funds That Combat Anti-Drug Operations On LI -- Is A Bad Deal&… Continue Reading


08.10.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: FOLLOWING MEETING WITH NIH DIRECTOR, FEDS HAVE APPROVED UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO’S APPLICATION FOR MAJOR FED FUNDING THAT WILL BE A GAME-CHANGER FOR CANCER RESEARCH IN WNY – $20 MILLION IN FED FUNDS OVER NEXT 5 YEARS WILL ENABLE UB AND ITS PARTNERS TO IMMEDIATELY BEGIN NEW CANCER RESEARCH PROJECTS AND APPLY FOR ADDITIONAL HIGHLY COMPETITIVE FUNDING

The Buffalo Translational Consortium (BTC) Brings Together Medical Professionals From Academia, Clinical and Research Institutions & Other Community Partners, Such as Roswell Park, to Translate Lab Research Into Real-Life Treatments for Patients & Develop Pharmaceutical Treatments for Cancer BTC is a Leading Medical Research Institution For All of Buffalo & WNY Region; Consortium, Through UB, Applied for Funding and Designation through NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award t… Continue Reading


08.10.15

SCHUMER: CDBG & HOME FUNDING ARE THE LIFE BLOOD FOR THE CITY OF ELMIRA; PROPOSED SENATE BUDGET BILL WOULD SLASH CRITICAL FUNDING FOR KEY PUBLIC SERVICE PROGRAMS, FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYER ASSISTANCE, PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS, AND MORE; STANDING WITH COMMUNITY LEADERS AND RESIDENTS, SENATOR VOWS TO FIGHT FOR ADDITIONAL FED FUNDING & URGES COLLEAGUES TO RESTORE FUNDS CRITICAL TO KEEPING ELMIRA RUNNING

Current Senate Bill Dramatically Cuts Fed Funding For Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Programs By $100M & Slashes HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) Funding By More Than $800 Million From Fiscal Year 2015 Levels - Effectively Decimating Critical Funding Streams For Southern-Tier Communities Cuts Put First Time Homeownership & Rehabilitation Programs, Neighborhood Revitalization Ef… Continue Reading


08.10.15

SCHUMER: FIRST RESPONDERS NEED NEW SHARED-FREQUENCY RADIOS FOR RAPID RESPONSE, AND AFTER 4-YEAR LONG STRUGGLE TO FINALLY GET INTEROPERABLE RADIO SYSTEM APPROVED BY FCC, SYSTEM STILL REMAINS OFFLINE BECAUSE OF FINAL FAA HURDLE – SENATOR PUSHES FAA TO EXPEDITE APPROVAL PROCESS SO FIRE, POLICE, EMS, 911, HIGHWAY DEPT RESPONDERS CAN FINALLY COMMUNICATE ON SAME RADIO CHANNEL

In May, Schumer Urged U.S. State Department & FCC To Intervene With Canadian Officials Who Had Blocked New Frequency Approval for Years; Canadian Approval Was Required Because Of Broadcast Tower's Proximity To Canada Senator Reveals, As Result Of His Previous Push, U.S. State Department & FCC Have Reached Agreement With Canada To Approve Frequency Agreement; Now, FAA Sign Off Is Still Needed To Finally Turn On New Joint Radio System Schumer To FAA: Expedite The Approval Process for Wyo… Continue Reading


08.10.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: ROCHESTER WILL FINALLY RECEIVE $9.5M IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO BUILD THE BRADDOCK BAY RESTORATION PROJECT; FUNDING WILL DREDGE NEW 4X DEEPER & WIDER BOAT CHANNEL, CONSTRUCT 2.5 ACRE BARRIER BEACH, FIX WETLAND ECOSYSTEM & RESTORE THE BAY TO ECOLOGICAL PARADISE

After Erosion Of Former Barrier Beach, Lake Ontario Sand Pushed into Bay Has Left Boat Channel Only 6 Inches Deep; Too Shallow & Hazardous For Boaters To Reach Lake and Degraded Wetlands Schumer Successfully Pushed EPA To Fund Entire Braddock Project And Now Greenlight Construction; Previously, Feds Only Agreed To Fund First $575K, Until Schumer Intervened Schumer: Millions of Dollars from the EPA are Finally on the Way for Braddock Bay Today, at the Braddock Bay Marina, U.S. Senator Char… Continue Reading


08.06.15

My Position on the Iran Deal

Every several years or so a legislator is called upon to cast a momentous vote in which the stakes are high and both sides of the issue are vociferous in their views. Over the years, I have learned that the best way to treat such decisions is to study the issue carefully, hear the full, unfiltered explanation of those for and against, and then, without regard to pressure, politics or party, make a decision solely based on the merits. I have spent the last three weeks doing just that: carefully… Continue Reading


08.06.15

SCHUMER: BY FALL, NYC AIRPORTS TO GET TSA TRAINING OVERHAUL BASED ON FAILED RED TEAM TESTS; SENATOR CONFIRMS NYC TSA PLAN IN PERSONAL MEETING WITH NEW TSA ADMINISTRATOR; SCHUMER CALLED FOR ACTION FOLLOWING REPORT THAT TSA HAD FAILED MORE THAN 95 PERCENT OF RED TEAM TESTS & ALLOWED AIRLINE EMPLOYEES TO SMUGGLE CONTRABAND ONTO PLANES

Earlier This Year, Media Reports Cited a New TSA "Red Team" Report Suggesting Agents Failed to Uncover 67 Out of 70 Threats at Airports Across the Country; Also, a Gun Running Scheme Exposed a Dangerous Loophole that Most Airport Employees Are Exempt from Going Through Metal Detectors; In Response, Senator Urged for a Full Review of Employee Training Procedures & Comprehensive Screening Process Schumer Met With New TSA Administrator Neffenger to Push for Enhanced Employee Training & S… Continue Reading


08.06.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, AFTER SUCCESSFULLY APPEALING TO FEMA ADMINISTRATOR FUGATE,GLEN AUBREY FIRE DEPARTMENT WILL NOW FINALLY RECEIVE THE $500K NEEDED TO RELOCATE FACILITY OUT OF FLOODPLAIN

Glen Aubrey Fire Department Was Severely Damaged In 2011 By Tropical Storm Lee And Needed To Be Relocated Outside of Flood Zone to Avoid Future Flood Damage, But FEMA Previously Denied Glen Aubrey's Request For Fed Funds Fire Department Had Been Under Appeal Since Fall 2013 & Was Caught in Red Tape Until Schumer Went To Bat For The FD; Schumer Urged FEMA Admin. To Provide Final Sign-Off - Now, Senator Announces Glen Aubrey FD Will Receive $500,000 From FEMA Schumer: Fed Funds For Glen Aub… Continue Reading


08.06.15

FOLLOWING FEDERAL INSPECTION OF ROCHESTER AREA RAIL-GRADE CROSSING GATES & SIGNALS, SCHUMER REVEALS RESULTS OF THE FED RAILROAD ADMIN’S SAFETY ASSESSMENT & LAUNCHES NEW PUSH, IN LIGHT OF FINDINGS, TO INCORPORATE NEW TECHNOLOGY AT CROSSINGS THAT CAN REDUCE FALSE ACTIVATIONS & PROVIDE ADDITIONAL SAFEGUARDS FOR DRIVERS

Following Deadly Accident, Schumer Called For Investigation Of All Area Rail-Grade Crossings, Citing That 9-1-1 Dispatch Centers Had 200+ Reports Of Malfunctioning Gates Dropping Down And Remaining Closed When No Train Was Approaching, Conditioning Motorists To Disregard Gates & Put Their Lives in Danger Now, Schumer Reveals Findings Of FRA Safety Inspections - Feds Assessed All 81 Crossings In Monroe County, Found And Corrected 88 Minor Defects, Issued 3 Safety Penalties Against Rail Comp… Continue Reading


08.06.15

SCHUMER: FEDS SHOULD STAY OUT OF WELL-DESERVED LEGAL DECISION REQUIRING PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY AND PLO TO PAY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO U.S. VICTIMS OF TERRORIST ATTACKS ABROAD

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY Recently Found the PLO & Palestinian Authority Culpable for a Number of Deadly Terrorist Attacks Between 2001-2004; Federal 'Antiterrorism Act of 1990' Allows Victims of International Terrorism to Seek Justice in a U.S. Court of Law Schumer Urges DOJ & State Dept. Not to Intervene in Lawsuit, Which Orders a Judgement of $655.5M; DOJ is Considering Asking the Court to Protect PLO & PA From Having to Pay Judgement Schumer: DOJ &… Continue Reading


08.06.15

SCHUMER INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO ELIMINATE DISPARITIES IN PUERTO RICO’S MEDICARE & MEDICAID PROGRAM; BILL WILL HELP FIX FEDERAL LAWS TO PROVIDE MORE EQUITABLE FEDERAL FUNDING TO TERRITORY’S HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS & PROGRAMS

Currently, States Have No Limit on the Amount of Federal Funding Provided for Medicaid, However, Funding for Territories-like Puerto Rico-is Capped; Following Financial Woes, Puerto Rico's Remaining $3.5B in Medicaid Funding is Expected to Deplete by 2018 & if Not Replenished, Could Then Be Reduced To Less than $400M/Year Schumer's Legislation Provides Puerto Rico Additional Medicaid Funding for Hospitals that Treat Low-Income Patients; Improves Treatment Under Medicare DSH Program & E… Continue Reading


08.06.15

SCHUMER: FEDS SHOULD STAY OUT OF WELL-DESERVED LEGAL DECISION REQUIRING PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY AND PLO TO PAY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO U.S. VICTIMS OF TERRORIST ATTACKS ABROAD

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY Recently Found the PLO & Palestinian Authority Culpable for a Number of Deadly Terrorist Attacks Between 2001-2004; Federal 'Antiterrorism Act of 1990' Allows Victims of International Terrorism to Seek Justice in a U.S. Court of Law Schumer Urges DOJ & State Dept. Not to Intervene in Lawsuit, Which Orders a Judgement of $655.5M; DOJ is Considering Asking the Court to Protect PLO & PA From Having to Pay Judgement Schumer: DOJ &… Continue Reading

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