Press Releases

10.20.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE FEDS HAVE APPROVED PLAN TO SEND $3 MILLION IN CRITICAL FUNDING TO OSWEGO HEALTH, WHICH WILL ALLOW HEALTH CENTER TO REVERSE PREVIOUS CUTS AND KEEP PACE WITH RATE INCREASES; SENATORS PUSHED FOR MONTHS FOR COMMUNITY HOSPITAL TO RECEIVE MATCHING FED FUNDS, WHICH WERE APPROVED BY NYS LEGISLATURE, BUT NEEDED FED APPROVAL

Oswego Health Waited For Months To Receive Matching Fed Funds; Critical Health Center Needed Fed Approval Of NY State Amendment To Lift Funding Caps - Amendment Will Now Allow Oswego Health To Receive Matching Fed Funding And Prevent Devastating Cuts After Senators' Push, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Approves NYS Funding - CMS Approval Means Oswego Health Can Get Critical Federal Investment It Needs Schumer, Gillibrand: Oswego Health Will No Longer Be Forced To Operate With One… Continue Reading


10.20.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, AFTER HIS RECOMMENDATION, ANN DONNELLY CONFIRMED BY SENATE TO SERVE ON EASTERN DISTRICT COURT OF NEW YORK

Donnelly, a Justice in Kings County Supreme Court, Has Also Served as a Judge in NYS Court of Claims, and Worked as Top Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan DA's Office, Including Bureau Chief of the Family Violence and Child Abuse Bureau Since Graduating from Law School, Donnelly Has Been Employed in Public Service, Including Her Work at the Manhattan DA's Office for 25 Years; "Donnelly Has The Exemplary Legal And Public Service Record To Make A Great Judge," Says Schumer Schumer: Do… Continue Reading


10.19.15

SCHUMER UNVEILS NEW FEDERAL PROGRAM TO GIVE DISCOUNT TO STUDENTS WHO COMMUTE TO COLLEGE; WOULD AFFECT HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF NEW YORK CITY AREA STUDENTS; STUDENTS WOULD SAVE HUNDREDS OR EVEN THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN TRANSPORTATION COSTS; PROGRAM WILL CUT COMMUTING COSTS FOR NYC STUDENTS BY 25%

Schumer Announces New Legislation Called UTRIP That Will Provide First Ever Federal Funding for a National College Student Discounted Transit Fare Program Hundreds of Thousands of NYC College Students Commute Each Day to Classes & Internships and the Monthly Costs of MetroCards, Bus Can Add Up Quickly; Schumer's UTRIP Proposal Would Cut Students Costs, Increase Ridership and Decrease Pollution All While Providing Additional Federal Support to Agencies like the MTA Schumer: UTRIP Puts NYC… Continue Reading


10.19.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND & KATKO ANNOUNCE OVER $1.6 MILLION FOR CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF THE DIOCESE OF ROCHESTER

Grant Will Enable CCWC to Advance New Thriving Family Program Rochester, N.Y. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative John Katko today announced $1,658,429 in federal funding for the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester. The grant was allocated through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Healthy Marriage and Education Grant Program to fund a new family initiative in Wayne County. Catholic Charities of Wayne County (CCWC), a sub-a… Continue Reading


10.19.15

SCHUMER SAYS CONVERTING SCAJAQUADA HIGH-SPEED EXPRESSWAY TO PARKWAY WITH CALMER TRAFFIC PATTERNS, CROSSWALKS, STOP SIGNS & STREET LIGHTS WOULD INCREASE SAFETY; URGES FEDS TO APPROVE PLAN TO RECLASSIFY ROAD AS A PARKWAY

In May, A Car Crossed the Median & Crashed Into Parkside Neighborhood's Delaware Park - Which Route 198 Cuts Through - Killing A Three-Year-Old Boy And Injuring His Mother & Younger Sister Schumer: Plan Will Finally Pump The Brakes On Speeding Cars Through the Park & Make the Road Safer U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to approve a plan that would permanently slow traffic and help make Rt. 198, where cars are speeding right … Continue Reading


10.18.15

SCHUMER REVEALS: HALLOWEEN MAKEUP ON STORE SHELVES COULD POSE SERIOUS DANGER TO CHILDREN; HALLOWEEN PRODUCTS FROM CHINA OFTEN CONTAIN HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS LIKE NICKEL & LEAD THAT ARE LEFT OFF OF INGREDIENTS BUT CAN MAKE KIDS VERY SICK; SENATOR URGES PARENTS TO BE WARY, NOT USE HALLOWEEN MAKEUP MADE IN CHINA; PUSHES FDA TO INVESTIGATE DANGEROUS INGREDIENTS OFTEN HIDDEN TO CONSUMERS

Halloween Makeup Often Tests Positive For Range Of Unlisted Chemicals-Industry Report Found Slew Of Chemicals In 10 Out of 10 Tests; Halloween Products Like Lipstick, Eye Glitters & Face Paints Are Brewed In China, Shipped to U.S. & Stocked On Shelves Where Parents Get Tricked Into Buying Metals Like Lead, Which CDC Says Can Severely Impact A Child's Brain As It Accumulates Masked Metals, Chemicals or Carcinogens That Don't Belong on Anyone’s Face Require FULL Disclosure To Consu… Continue Reading


10.16.15

SCHUMER UNVEILS NEW FEDERAL PROGRAM TO GIVE DISCOUNT TO STUDENTS WHO COMMUTE TO COLLEGE; WOULD SAVE STATEN ISLAND STUDENTS HUNDREDS OR EVEN THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN TRANSPORTATION COSTS; PROGRAM WILL CUT COMMUTING COSTS FOR SI STUDENTS BY 25%

Schumer Announces New Legislation Called UTRIP That Will Provide First Ever Federal Funding for a National College Student Discounted Transit Fare Program Thousands of Staten Island College Students Commute Each Day to Classes & Internships and the Monthly Costs of MetroCards, Bus Can Add Up Quickly; Schumer's UTRIP Proposal Would Cut Students Costs, Increase Ridership and Decrease Pollution All While Providing Additional Federal Support to Agencies like the MTA Schumer: UTRIP Puts S… Continue Reading


10.15.15

SCHUMER CALLS TOP FEMA OFFICIAL TO INTENSIFY PUSH FOR FEDS TO FULLY FUND CRITICAL REPAIRS FOR KINGSTON’S SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT FLOODED BY HURRICANE SANDY – FEDS APPROVED INITIAL COST ESTIMATE FOR REPAIRS, BUT ADDITIONAL DAMAGE WAS DISCOVERED & MORE THAN TRIPLED THE PRICE TAG; SCHUMER URGES FEMA TO EXPEDITE PROCESS & COVER ADDITIONAL REPAIR COSTS

Hurricane Sandy Flooded Kingston's Sewage Treatment Plant, Causing Significant Damage To Electrical Equipment & Undermining The Long-Term Viability of The Facility - In 2014, FEMA Agreed to Cover Costs of Close to $2M for Necessary Repairs & Upgrades, But Damage Discovered Later Tripled Project's Scope Now That NYS Has Submitted Formal Application, Schumer Makes Call to Top FEMA Official, Urging Feds Expedite Process & Cover Maximum Possible Amount - In January, Schumer Called on… Continue Reading


10.14.15

RECENT SPATE OF DRONE INCIDENTS OVER SENSITIVE PUBLIC BUILDINGS IN CAPITAL REGION ILLUSTRATES NEED FOR ADDITIONAL DRONE SAFETY RULES; “GEO-FENCING” WOULD REQUIRE ALL DRONES BUILD INTO THEIR SOFTWARE PROHIBITION TECHNOLOGY THAT WILL PREVENT DRONES FROM FLYING NEAR SENSITIVE AREAS; SCHUMER PUSHES LEGISLATION THAT WOULD REQUIRE GEO-FENCING & OTHER IMPORTANT SAFETY MEASURES; WOULD MAKE IT EASIER FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST RECKLESS DRONE USERS

Schumer Bill Would Require Safety Features, Like Geo-Fencing And Sense & Avoid Technology On All Drones; Would Improve The Ability Of Law Enforcement To Take Action Against Reckless Users By Making Drones Detectable And Identifiable To Pilots & Air Traffic Control  Recent Spate Of Drone Flights Over Sensitive Public Buildings Like Albany FBI Headquarters, Clinton Correctional Facility, & NYS Capitol Illustrates Need For Additional Drone Rules  Schumer: Law Is Needed To Gr… Continue Reading


10.14.15

SCHUMER: CONGRESS HAS UNWISELY ALLOWED CRITICAL FED STUDENT LOAN PROGRAM TO EXPIRE; WITHOUT RENEWAL OF PERKINS LOAN PROGRAM, CNY COLLEGES THAT RECEIVE FUNDING – LIKE Le MOYNE, SYRACUSE, SUNY OSWEGO & SUNY CORTLAND – 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 … Continue Reading


10.13.15

AFTER VOLKSWAGEN’S DELIBERATELY DECEPTIVE & MASSIVE FRAUD—AMONGST ONE OF THE WORST IN CORPORATE HISTORY, SCHUMER, BLUMENTHAL DEMAND EPA & JUSTICE DEPT. LEVY MAXIMUM PENALTY ON VOLKSWAGEN—$18B; SENATOR ALSO PUSHES FOR THOUSANDS OF THOSE DOLLARS TO GO TO EACH VW OWNER WHO WAS DUPED; IN ADDITION, SAYS COMPANY MUST RETURN UNFAIRLY EARNED TAX CREDITS THAT COST THE PUBLIC MILLIONS

Approximately 482K Volkswagen Diesel Cars Were Nefariously Installed With 'Defeat Devices' That Deliberately Duped Authorities Into Thinking EPA Standards Were Met, When in Reality Cars Were Emitting Nitrogen Oxides Of Up to 40 Times the Standard; Senator Says Consumers Were Deceived - As They Purchased Cars Under Guise That Vehicles Were Energy Efficient - And Should Now Be Reimbursed Schumer, Blumenthal Urge EPA to Levy Maximum Possible Fine Against Volkswagen, Approximately $37,500 Per Offen… Continue Reading


10.13.15

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

Current Federal Restriction Greatly Constrict Small Farmers' Ability To Purchase Expensive Farm Equipment; 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 Create New Incentives For Small Farmers To Quickly Recover Costs From Purchasing Expensive Farm Equipment; Family Farmers Will Save Money Schumer: Feds Should Plant New Tax Incentives For The Mohawk… Continue Reading


10.13.15

SCHUMER: WITH WINTER JUST AROUND THE CORNER, SOUTHERN TIER’S MOST VULNERABLE RESIDENTS ARE GROWING CONCERNED ABOUT RECEIVING HOME HEATING ASSISTANCE ON TIME; SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO IMMEDIATELY RELEASE CRITICAL FUNDS TO HEAT SOUTHERN TIER HOMES QUICKLY & AT AS HIGH OF A LEVEL AS POSSIBLE

Heating Aid Will Help Thousands Of Vulnerable New York Seniors & Families Who Need Extra Help To Pay Their Heating Bills This Winter Schumer Says Home Heating Costs Have Become A Larger And Larger Share Of Every New Yorker's Budget Schumer: Every Dollar Counts To Keep Southern Tier Seniors & Families Warm This Winter Standing at Tioga Opportunities Inc. in Owego, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to immediately provi… Continue Reading


10.13.15

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

Current Federal Restriction Greatly Constrict Small Farmers' Ability To Purchase Expensive Farm Equipment; 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 Create New Incentives For Small Farmers To Quickly Recover Costs From Purchasing Expensive Farm Equipment; Family Farmers Will Save Money Schumer: Feds Should Plant New Tax Incentives for Yates Stan… Continue Reading


10.12.15

SCHUMER: CONGRESS HAS UNWISELY ALLOWED CRITICAL FED STUDENT LOAN PROGRAM TO EXPIRE; WITHOUT RENEWAL OF PERKINS LOAN PROGRAM COLLEGES THAT RECEIVE FUNDING – LIKE SUNY NEW PALTZ & OCC – 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 the SUNY N… Continue Reading


10.12.15

SCHUMER: CELL PHONE WIRELESS CARRIERS ARE WRONGLY CLAIMING QUALITY RECEPTION ON COVERAGE MAPS FOR DUTCHESS COUNTY; IN REALITY, AREAS ARE OFTEN DEAD ZONES; SCHUMER CALLS FOR FEDS TO IMMEDIATELY INVESTIGATE DECEPTIVE COVERAGE MAPS

Network Service In The Hudson Valley Ranks Very Poorly Amongst Populated Metro Areas In The United Sates Major Wireless Carriers Are Displaying Most ‎Of Dutchess County As Having Good Quality Coverage, When Many of Those Areas Are Actually Dead Zones Schumer To Feds: Dutchess Cell Phone Consumers Should Know The Truth About Coverage Areas   Standing at the intersection of Tyrrel Rd. and South Road in Dutchess County, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today… Continue Reading


10.12.15

SCHUMER: NEW REPORT SHOWS WHEN NY’ERS USE ATMs NOT SPONSORED BY THEIR BANK, THEY PAY OUTRAGEOUS FEES—UP TO $8 DOLLARS PER TRANSACTION FOR ACCESS TO THEIR OWN MONEY; NY’ERS PAY SECOND HIGHEST AVERAGE FEE IN THE NATION; SENATOR CALLS FOR FEDERAL PROBE OF ATM FEES, WHICH CONTINUE TO SKYROCKET

Bottom Line: Its Never Been More Expensive For New Yorkers To Gain Access To Their Own Money; Senator Says Unchecked & Discretionary Fees Have Been Rising For Years & Feds Must Investigate Before Holiday Shopping Gears Up, Schumer Calls on Feds to Investigate Exploitative ATM Practices, Which Pocket Consumers' Cash; Calls for Crackdown On Soaring Fees  Schumer: A Fast Stop At The Corner ATM Could Eat Your Lunch Money   Today, U. S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the… Continue Reading


10.09.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: FT. TICONDEROGA WINS CRITICAL FEDERAL GRANT THAT WILL CREATE AN EXCITING NEW EXHIBIT; SENATOR SAYS GRANT WILL ENHANCE TOURISM EXPERIENCE FOR YEARS TO COME

Schumer: New Exhibit Highlighting 18th Century Artillery Will Help Attract More Tourists To This Important American Landmark U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced a critical federal grant being awarded to the Fort, in the amount of $150,000. Schumer said this federal grant will help pay for a new exhibit highlighting the fort's extensive collection of 18th century artillery, which will help "revolutionize" the tourist experience and boost attendance to this jewel of a desti… Continue Reading


10.09.15

SCHUMER: MONTREAL’S PLAN TO RELEASE 8 BILLION LITERS OF RAW SEWAGE INTO THE ST. LAWRENCE MUST NOT HAPPEN; SENATOR CALLS ON EPA TO STEP IN & PROTECT ST. LAWRENCE RIVER & RESIDENTS; IMPACT OF SEWAGE ON RIVER & TOURISM COULD BE SIGNIFICANT

Schumer Says Canadian Plan To Release Billions Of Liters Of Raw Sewage Into The River Is An Ecological Nightmare That U.S. Environmental Protect Agency (EPA) Must Clog; Urges Fed Agency to Once Again Work With Canadian Officials To Protect St. Lawrence Current Montreal Proposal Would Negatively Affect Tourism, Ecosystem, Communities & Wildlife That Count On The Clean Water Of The St. Lawrence River To Survive Schumer: Irresponsible Montreal Sewage Dumping Plan Must Be Flushed In The Next … Continue Reading


10.09.15

AFTER SCHUMER’S URGING, LONGTIME EDNY PROSECUTOR ROBERT L. CAPERS NOMINATED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA TO BE THE NEXT U.S. ATTORNEY FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK — ONCE CONFIRMED, CAPERS WOULD HOLD NOW-U.S. ATTORNEY LORETTA LYNCH’S FORMER POST; CAPERS NAMED BY LYNCH AS INTERIM UNTIL FULL CONFIRMATION

Capers Hails From A Law Enforcement Family, Both His Father & Brother Were NYPD Cops; Capers Has Lifetime Of Dedication to Public Service, Successfully Prosecuting Murders, Other Violent Crimes & Narcotics; Will Also Focus On Civil Rights, Public Integrity And Terror Cases Earlier This Year, Schumer Recommended Capers to Be Next U.S. Attorney for EDNY, Saying, "Mr. Capers Is In the Mold of Loretta Lynch." Capers, Formerly Chief, Narcotics Section/International Narcotics Strike Fo… Continue Reading

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