Press Releases

09.28.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, RICE ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $1.3 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO COMPLETE SANDY-RELATED REPAIR WORK AT LONG BEACH’S MAGNOLIA SENIOR COMMUNITY CENTER & RECREATION CENTER

Magnolia Senior Community Center & Recreation Center Provides Wellness Cultural & Recreational Programs to the Community & Aims to Improve Quality of Life for Senior Schumer, Gillibrand, Rice Announce FEMA Funding to Rebuild Magnolia Child Care Center, New Locker Rooms & Equipment in Rec Center, New Glass Atrium, & More; Funding Allows for Remaining Sandy-Related Repairs at Center U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressmember Kathleen Rice toda… Continue Reading


09.27.15

SCHUMER REVEALS: AVG. PRICE OF EYEGLASSES NOW AT MORE THAN $300 & GOING UP—CONSUMERS ARE DEPRIVED OF COMPLETE PRESCRIPTION INFO WHICH WOULD ALLOW THEM TO SHOP AROUND AT STORES & ONLINE FOR BEST DEAL; SENATOR URGES FTC TO ESTABLISH NEW RULES THAT WOULD PROMOTE COMPETITION & DRAMATICALLY LOWER EYEGLASS PRICES

Right Now, Feds Considering Making Changes To National "Eyeglass Rule" That Schumer Says Should Modernize The Eyewear Industry For The 21st Century; Current Rules Don't Give Patients Enough Choice & Often Force Them To Buy More Expensive Eyeglasses Because Competing Retailers-Like Those Online & Elsewhere-Cannot Verify Prescription Info Online Sellers Are Breaking Into Market, Offering Quality Products For Far Less, But Current Marketplace Conditions Should Be Eye-Opener To Feds & … Continue Reading


09.25.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANOUNCE OVER $60,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR SUNY COBLESKILL RESEARCH FOUNDATION

Funding Will Develop New Degree Program In Food Systems & Technology Schumer & Gillibrand: Agriculture Retail Facility Project Will Train Students To Bring Locally-Grown Products To Market U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced today $64,105 in federal funding to the Research Foundation of SUNY Cobleskill. The funding was allocated through the Appalachian Regional Commission and will fund the development of the Agriculture Retail Facility Project to assist cr… Continue Reading


09.25.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $210,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO PORT CRANE FIRE COMPANY IN BROOME COUNTY

Funding Will Be Used To Purchase New Protective Equipment For Firefighters U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $214,221 in federal funding for the Port Crane Fire Company. This funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the Port Crane Fire Company will use the federal funding to purchase 32 new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). "It is critical that we provide our … Continue Reading


09.25.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $182,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR JAMESPORT FIRE DEPARTMENT & CUTCHOGUE FIRE DEPARTMENT

Regional FEMA Grant Provides Funding for Both Jamesport & Cutchogue Fire Departments in Suffolk County Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Assistance to Firefighters Grant Which Will Help Fund 80 Sets of Coats, Helmets, Boots, Gloves, Pants, Vests & Suspenders for Firefighters U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $182,478 in federal funding for the Jamesport Fire Department; the regional grant money will also be shared with Cutchogue Fire Department. The m… Continue Reading


09.25.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: THE DEA WILL RESTART SUCCESSFUL DRUG TAKE-BACK PROGRAM TODAY; PROGRAM ALLOWS NEW YORKERS TO DISPOSE OF HIGHLY-ADDICTIVE DRUGS; SCHUMER URGED DEA TO REVERSE PREVIOUS DECISION TO END NATIONAL DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY PROGRAM AMID RISING OPIOID ABUSE ACROSS UPSTATE NY

National Take-Back Days Allow Police To Collect Addictive Rx Drugs To Ensure They Do Not End Up In The Wrong Hands - Feds Suspended Program In May, Despite Its Success In Collecting Excess Rx Drugs And Amid Spike In Opioid & Painkiller Abuse Schumer Successfully Pushed DEA To Restart National Take-Back Program In July After Upstate NY Reported 700+ Overdoses in 2015 U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) will restart its successful National Pres… Continue Reading


09.25.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: HARRIS RADIO AWARDED CONTRACT WORTH UP TO $390 MILLION TO BUILD TACTICAL RADIOS FOR ELITE U.S. FORCES

Next Generation Handheld Radios Will Be Manufactured in Rochester Schumer: The Best Military Fighting Force in the World Will Have the World's Best Tactical Radios - Made By Harris, Right Here in Rochester, USA U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that Rochester's Harris Corp. was awarded a contract worth up to $390,000,000 to provide the Special Operations Forces tactical communications next generation handheld radio. It is a five-year contract and the majority of the work will b… Continue Reading


09.25.15

AFTER PUSH, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES $1 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR NORTH HEMPSTEAD’S ‘PROJECT INDEPENDENCE,’ WHICH THOUSANDS OF TOWN SENIORS RELY ON; PROGRAM WAS IN DANGER OF EXPIRING UNTIL SENATOR STEPPED IN; NEWLY SECURED FUNDING MEANS TRANSPORTATION TO MEDICAL VISITS AND FOOD SHOPPING WILL CONTINUE FOR AT LEAST THREE MORE YEARS

'Project Independence' Serves Nearly A Quarter Of North Hempstead's Entire Population With Vital Transportation Services & Has Recently Taken On Over 2,000 New Seniors With Closure Of FEGS; Program Coordinates Essential Transportation To Doctor’s Office, Grocery Shopping, Health and Human Services Earlier This Year, Schumer Urged DOT to Provide Nearly $1M in Federal Funds for Project Independence, As Funds Would Only Provide Enough Services Until End of 2015; Commitment to Aging i… Continue Reading


09.25.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $350,000 IN FED FUNDING FOR THE MONROE COUNTY CRIME LAB; INVESTMENT WILL HELP MAINTAIN OPERATIONAL CAPACITY AND REDUCE CASE BACKLOG

DOJ National Institute of Justice Grant Funds Will Help Retain Rochester Staff; Give the MCCL The Resources Needed To Reduce Backlog of 156 Cases Awaiting DNA Analysis U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $345,144 in federal funding for the Monroe County Crime Lab (MCCL). This funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) National Institute of Justice's DNA Backlog Reduction Program. The MCCL currently services 52 law enforcement agencie… Continue Reading


09.24.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $1 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN & STORYCORPS

Funding to New York Botanical Garden and StoryCorps to Advance Learning Initiatives & Community Based Projects New York, NY - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $971,457 in funding for the New York Botanical Garden and StoryCorps. This will be matched by $1,026,458 in private funding for the two recipients. The funding was allocated through the Institute of Museum and Library Services' National Leadership Grants. Specifically, the New York Botanical Ga… Continue Reading


09.22.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, USDA WILL OFFER NEW INSURANCE PREMIUM PAYMENT OPTION TO PROVIDE GREATER FLEXIBILITY FOR CASH-STRAPPED DAIRY FARMERS, TO PURCHASE CRITICAL MILK INSURANCE COVERAGE

Schumer Urged USDA To Work With NY Dairy Farmers & Upstate Co-Ops And Private Companies, Which Buy & Market Milk, To Create New Premium Payment Option That Spreads Out Premium Payments Throughout The Year; Co-Ops or Private Companies Can Pay Costs Up Front For Farmers, Who Then Could Have Payments Deducted From Monthly "Milk Checks" Under Old Program, Upstate NY Dairy Farmers Were Forced To Make Two Lump Sum Payments, But Turbulent Milk Prices Have Restricted Cash On Hand To Purchase C… Continue Reading


09.22.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $1.2 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR IMMIGRANT-SERVICE ORANIZATIONS IN NYC; GRANT WILL SUPPORT FUTURE CITIZENS THROUGH NATURALIZATION PROCESS

HANAC, Emerald Isle Immigration Center, YM-YWHA of Brighton-Manhattan Beach, SEIU 1199 League Training and Upgrading Fund & Make the Road New York Among USCIS Grant Awardees in NYC U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services' Competitive Grants Provide Resources to Expand Citizenship Preparation Services to Lawful Permanent Residents  Schumer, Gillibrand: We are a Nation of Immigrants, and New York City is its Epicenter; These Grants Will Help Aspiring Americans Become Citizens U.S.… Continue Reading


09.22.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, DONOVAN, DE BLASIO ANNOUNCE MORE THAN ONE MILLION IN FEMA FUNDING TO COMPLETE SANDY-RELATED REPAIRS AT WOLFE’S POND PARK

$1.4 million in FEMA funds dedicated to repairing extensive Sandy damage to playgrounds U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) and Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced $1,427,436 in FEMA funding to repair Hurricane Sandy damage to Wolfe's Pond Park. Specifically, the funding will replace more than 600 square yards of safety surface at park playgrounds, and repair more than 1,400 square yards of asphalt path, among other work. This funding allows… Continue Reading


09.22.15

SCHUMER, GOLDFEDER SUCCESSFULLY SECURE BROAD CHANNEL’S FIRST POSTAL SERVICES LOCATION SINCE SUPERSTORM SANDY; PREVIOUS POSTAL UNIT AT BROAD CHANNEL’S ‘BAYGULL STORE’ WAS DAMAGED BY SUPERSTORM SANDY & COMMUNITY HAS BEEN LEFT WITHOUT POSTAL SERVICES SINCE STORM

While Broad Channel Civic Association's Application for a New Contract Postal Unit Seemed Caught in Red Tape, Schumer & Goldfeder Stepped in & Urged USPS to Expeditiously Approve Application; Broad Channel Had Been Without Access to Essential Postal Services For Nearly 3 Years Schumer, Goldfeder Announce Broad Channel's New Postal Unit Will Be Located at 'All American Deli’; Lawmakers Were Successful in their Fight To Bring Postal Services Location Back to Broad Channel Schumer,… Continue Reading


09.21.15

AFTER SCHUMER PUSH, eBAY WILL REMOVE NEW YORK CITY ‘MASTER KEY’ FROM SITE’S LISTINGS; SCHUMER IMMEDIATELY CALLED SALE OF ‘FIREFIGHTER’S KEY’ A DISATER WAITING TO HAPPEN & URGED ALL OPERATIONS TO CEASE ONLINE LISITNG

Following a Report That So Called New York City Master Keys-Which Unlock Elevator Control Panels in Office Buildings, Construction Sites & Subway Entrance Gates Across NYC-Were Being Sold On eBay, Senator Publicly Urged the Site to Remove All Listings; Senator Said Access To Key Is A Potential Danger To New York City Schumer: eBay's Swift Action Was The Right Thing To Do & Could Avoid A Turnkey Disaster      U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced, today, that after… Continue Reading


09.21.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $750,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE PROGRAMS IN ALBANY & TROY

Funding Will be used to Increase Legal and Housing Support Services U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $750,000 in federal funding for the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York and the Unity House of Troy. Specifically, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York will receive $400,000 to strengthen civil and criminal legal assistance programs for adult and youth victims of domestic violence and the Unity House of Troy will receive $350,000 to a broad ran… Continue Reading


09.21.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $350,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE KOREAN AMERICAN FAMILY SERVICE CENTER IN QUEENS

Korean American Family Service Center (KAFSC) Provides Asian Immigrant Victims of Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence With Critically Needed Transitional Housing Services Schumer, Gillibrand Announce DOJ Grant for KAFSC to Provide Eight At-Risk Families With Housing & Other Supportive Services U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $350,000 in federal Department of Justice (DOJ) funding for Korean American Family Service Center through the FY15 Transit… Continue Reading


09.21.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, MALONEY ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $600,000 IN FED FUNDS COMING TO THE CITY OF POUGHKEEPSIE TO PUT FIVE MORE COPS ON THE BEAT – FUNDS WILL HELP ENSURE SAFER STREETS

Federal Funding Will Beef Up Local Law Enforcement in Poughkeepsie - Schumer, Gillibrand, Maloney Vow To Keep Pushing For Changes To DOJ Program That Would Allow Poughkeepsie To Hire Even More Cops Schumer, Gillibrand, Maloney: These Fed Funds Help Ensure the Police Staffing Necessary to Keep Our Communities Safe U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney today announced that the City of Poughkeepsie will receive $625,000 in federal funding to… Continue Reading


09.21.15

SCHUMER: PAUL MCCARTNEY FANS IN BUFFALO ARE FURIOUS AFTER BEING LEFT EMPTY HANDED FOR UPCOMING HISTORIC CONCERT; THOUSANDS OF MCCARTNEY TICKETS VANISHED IN SECONDS AFTER HACKERS USED COMPUTER BOTS TO BUY UP TICKETS, WHICH ARE NOW BEING SOLD FOR OUTRAGEOUS PRICES; SCHUMER INTRODUCES NEW SENATE BILL THAT PUTS AN END TO UNFAIR CYBER SCALPING

Hackers Are Using Bots To Scoop Up Thousands Of Concert Tickets, Which Are Then Sold On Other Ticket Websites At Much Higher Prices - Upwards of $8,000, According to Some Sites; Senator Says The Same Thing Happened When The Rolling Stones Came to Buffalo This Summer, And Is Happening Across New York State & The Country  Schumer Introduces New Senate Bill That Finally Cracks Down On Hackers Being Able to Use Bots To Steal Popular Concerts Tickets Before True Fans Have A Chance To E… Continue Reading


09.21.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $800K IN FED FUNDING FOR ELDER AND DOMESTIC ABUSE PROGRAMS IN ALBANY COUNTY

Grants Will Be Used To Address Domestic Violence U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced $795,251 in federal funding for the Senior Service Centers of the Albany Area's Enhanced Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life Programs and In Our Own Voices Inc.'s Grants for Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations Program in Albany County. Specifically, Senior Service Centers of the Albany Area will receive $393,251 to increase elder abuse services a… Continue Reading

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