Press Releases

09.18.15

FOLLOWING SCHUMER’S PUSH, NTSB AGREES TO INVESTIGATE FUTURE LIMOUSINE ACCIDENTS; IN PERSONAL LETTER TO SENATOR, SAFETY ADMINISTRATION OUTLINES STEPS BEING TAKEN TO ADDRESS LIMO SAFETY, COMMITS TO GATHERING DATA ON STRETCH LIMOS LIKE THE ONE INVOLVED IN TRAGIC LI CRASH

Last Month, Schumer Pushed Stricter Federal Oversight On Altered Stretch Limos; Shockingly, Party Limos Lack The Same Protections & Standards Required Of Other Vehicles Schumer Says Structural Flaws Leave Passengers-Who Don't Even Realize They're Riding Without The Best Protections-At Risk   Schumer: NTSB’s Promise To Address Limo Safety Is Right Course; Stretch Limos Must Not Get A Free Pass When It Comes To Basic Safety Requirements; Tragedies Demand Change U.S. Senator… Continue Reading


09.18.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $1.3 MILLION IN FED FUNDING FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROGRAMS IN OSWEGO COUNTY

Grants Will Be Used To Address Domestic Violence U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced $1,398,310 in federal funding for Oswego County Opportunities, Inc. Specifically, $700,000 will be used towards Oswego County Opportunities' Rural Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking Assistance Program and $698,310 will be used for the Consolidated and Technical Assistance Grant Program to Address Children and Youth Experiencing Domestic and Se… Continue Reading


09.18.15

SCHUMER: GAME CHANGER RONKONKOMA HUB DEVELOPMENT PROJECT NEEDS FED SUPPORT TO STAY ON TRACK; OVERHAUL OF BUSIEST LIRR REQUIRES LARGE FEDERAL ‘TIGER’ GRANT; SCHUMER MAKING FINAL PUSH FOR OVER $13M IN FUNDING—GRANTS TO BE ANNOUNCED NEXT MONTH

Schumer Pushes For Over $13M in Funding to Improve Ronkonkoma Hub Roadway System, Accommodate New Traffic; Federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant Program-Which Schumer Has Secured for NY Projects In The Past- Provides Federal Funds to Important Transportation Projects That Create Jobs & Boost Economy TIGER Funding Would Be Used to Create New Suffolk Roadways, Enhance Direct Access From Ronkonkoma HUB To LI Expressway, Via Hawkins Avenue; Project Would A… Continue Reading


09.18.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $95,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR SUFFOLK COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT

Suffolk County Police Department is Only Law Enforcement Agency in County Able to Perform Forensic Analysis on Cellular & Internet Based Devices; Computer Crimes & Identification Sections Are Struggling to Maintain Forensic Analysis Capabilities in Face of Changing Technologies & Smaller Budgets Schumer, Gillibrand Announce DOJ Grant to Purchase Up-To-Date Forensic Analysis Equipment & Training for SCPD Computer Crimes & Identification Sections; Will Provide SCPD With Capab… Continue Reading


09.18.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, LOWEY ANNOUNCE NORTHERN WESTCHESTER HOSPITAL WILL RECEIVE $5.4 MILLION IN FED FUNDING FOR CRITICAL ELECTRICAL SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS – HOSPITAL’S 45-YEAR-OLD EMERGENCY SYSTEM FAILED DURING SUPERSTORM SANDY & DESPERATELY NEEDS UPGRADES TO BETTER WITHSTAND FUTURE STORMS; FEMA WILL COVER 75% OF COST

Northern Westchester Hospital Serves 350,000 Residents, But is Vulnerable During Major Storms; Hospital's 45-Year Old Emergency Power System Failed During Superstorm Sandy, Cutting Off Power for 70 Hours & Leaving Doctors & Patients Scrambling - Failure During a Future Storm Could Leave Residents Without Emergency Care  In March, Schumer, Gillibrand, Lowey Pushed FEMA to Approve Funding That Would Enable Hospital to Rebuild Emergency Power System With Three Separate Switches; Cur… Continue Reading


09.17.15

SCHUMER, CORNYN ANNOUNCE ‘JUSTICE AGAINST SPONSORS OF TERRORISM ACT’ – LEGISLATION, LONG SOUGHT BY 9/11 FAMILIES, WILL ALLOW VICTIMS OF 9/11 & OTHER TERRORIST ACTS TO SUE FOREIGN COUNTRIES & OTHERS THAT FUNDED AL QAEDA, ISIS

Past Court Decisions Have Hindered Terrorism-Related Claims From Victims of Attacks Like 9/11; Americans Injured in Terrorist Attacks on American Soil Have Limited Recourse Against Foreign States & Groups That Funded The Terror That Took Their Loved Ones Away States like Saudi Arabia and Qatar & Other Groups That Fund Al Qaeda, ISIS, Hamas and other Terrorist Groups Could Finally be Held Accountable to Victims Schumer, Cornyn: JASTA Will Finally Correct an Egregious Error Within Our … Continue Reading


09.17.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES FRA WILL PUSH RAILROAD COMPANIES TO SHARE INFORMATION ON THE STATE OF RAIL BRIDGES ACROSS NY WITH PASSENGERS & COMMUNITIES – SCHUMER SAYS COMMUNITIES DESERVE TO KNOW IF 3,000 PLUS TRAIN BRIDGES IN NYS, SOME OF WHICH ARE NOW CARRYING DANGEROUS CRUDE OIL TRAINS, ARE SAFE AND STRUCTURALLY SOUND

Schumer Previously Revealed There Is Only 1 Fed Railroad Inspector For All 3,000 Train Bridges In NYS - While Fed Inspector Has Impossible Task of Auditing All Privately Owned NY Bridges, Railroad Companies Are Responsible For Fixing Their Own Bridges Trains Cross These Bridges Every Day, Carrying Passengers & Freight, Which Includes Dangerous Materials and Crude Oil - Schumer Says Increasing The Amount Of Federal Railroad Bridge Inspectors For Auditing Tracks Should Be A Main Priority, But… Continue Reading


09.17.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: AFTER 4-YEAR LONG STRUGGLE, WYOMING COUNTY FIRST RESPONDERS FINALLY CLEAR LAST HURDLE & GET GREEN LIGHT FROM FAA TO USE INTEROPERABLE RADIO SYSTEM FOR RAPID RESPONSE; CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY WILL ALLOW FIRE, POLICE, EMS, 911, HIGHWAY DEPT RESPONDERS TO COMMUNICATE ON SAME RADIO CHANNEL STARTING OCT. 1ST

In August, Schumer Visited Wyoming County Fire Training Center & Urged FAA To Make Final Determination on New Joint Radio System For Wyoming County First Responders - Schumer Already Successfully Secured Approvals From U.S. State Department & FCC For First Responder Radio Frequency FAA Was Final Sign-Off Needed To Help Coordinate Emergency Services - After Schumer's Push, FAA Green Lights Proposed Radio Tower Site Antennae That Will Allow Frequency to Connect All Area First Responders;… Continue Reading


09.17.15

SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH TO SECURE CRITICAL FED FUNDING FOR LONG-TERM ECONOMIC PLANNING FOR TONAWANDA; DIMINISHING PRODUCTION AND POSSIBLE CLOSURE OF LOCAL HUNTLEY POWER PLANT HAS FORCED TOWN & SCHOOL DISTRICT – WHICH RELY ON TAX REVENUE FROM THE PLANT – TO LAY OFF TEACHERS, CLOSE SCHOOLS & CUT PUBLIC SERVICES

University Of Buffalo's Regional Institute Has Joined Local Environmental And Economic Development Organizations To Help Design Long-Term Economic Plan For Town Of Tonawanda To Better Ensure Regional Financial Stability And Protect Jobs Huntley Generating Station Plant Has Been An Economic Anchor in Tonawanda For Years, But Decreased Demand & Increased Coal Costs Have Slashed The Plant's Output - The Town Has Lost Nearly 50% Of The Plant’s Tax Revenue, Which Has Forced Tonawanda To C… Continue Reading


09.16.15

SCHUMER TO CO-SPONSOR ‘FILIPINO VETERANS OF WORLD WAR II CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL ACT OF 2015’; APPROXIMATELY 300,000 FILIPINO SOLDIERS FOUGHT IN WWII, YET HAVE NEVER BEEN FORMALLY RECOGNIZED BY THE U.S.

In 1941, Filipinos in the U.S. Enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces During WWII & Approx. 300,000 Filipino Soldiers Fought; Command Center for United States Army Forces in the Far East Was Designated in the Philippines Legislation Would Recognize & Honor 300K Filipino Veterans of WWII With Congressional Gold Medal for Service; Veterans of Foreign Wars Supports the Legislation Schumer: This is a Long Overdue Honor for These Filipino WWII Heroes   U.S. Senator Charles E. Schume… Continue Reading


09.16.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $48K IN FED FUNDING FOR THE ST. JOHNSBURG FIRE COMPANY IN NIAGARA COUNTY

Fed Funding Will Be Used to Purchase New Equipment For Firefighters U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $48,027 for the St. Johnsburg Fire Co. in Niagara County. This funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. This funding will be used to purchase a new refilling station for firefighter air tanks, the first system of its kind the fire department has ever been able to purchase. "This muc… Continue Reading


09.16.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $22K IN FED FUNDS FOR DANBY FIRE DEPARTMENT IN TOMPKINS COUNTY

Fed Funding Will Be Used to Purchase New Equipment U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $22,423 in federal funding for the Danby Fire District in Tompkins County. This funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, this funding will be used to replace worn-out hoses and nozzles for two fire companies in the Danby Fire District, including the Danby Volunteer Fire Company and t… Continue Reading


09.16.15

CRITICAL FUNDING USED TO COMBAT THE DESTRUCTIVE EMERALD ASH BORERS ACROSS UPSTATE NY HAS TO BE REDIRECTED TO PAY FOR EMERGENCIES LIKE FIGHTING WILDFIRES; SENATOR SAYS ASH BORERS ARE DRAMATICALLY SPREADING ACROSS UPSTATE NY; SCHUMER BILL WILL OPEN UP ADDITIONAL FUNDS TO BETTER FIGHT WILDFIRES & PROTECT FUNDING TO COMBAT ASH BORERS

Due To Budget Restrictions, Funding Critical For Combating the Emerald Ash Borer Must Go To Fight Wildfires & Suppression Efforts; Senator Says Wildfires Should Be Treated Like Any Other Natural Disaster and Granted Eligibility for Additional Disaster Funding, Allowing Invasive Species Funding To Remain Intact Invasive Species Like Emerald Ash Borers Are Spreading Across Upstate NY, Ravaging Trees And Destroying Acres Of Forests Schumer: Funding Is Desperately Needed To Fight Ash Bor… Continue Reading


09.16.15

SCHUMER: HUD WILL WAIVE ‘DUPLICATION OF BENEFITS’ REVIEW FOR NEARLY ALL SUPERSTORM SANDY VICTIMS, ALLOWING THEM TO KEEP FLOOD INSURANCE SETTLEMENT FUNDS WITHOUT FEAR OF CLAW-BACK; AT LAST MINUTE, FEMA WILL ALSO EXTEND SANDY CLAIMS REVIEW PROCESS SO MORE HOMEOWNERS CAN APPLY

In July, Schumer Called on HUD Secretary Castro to Waive HUD Policy Requiring Every Settlement Negotiated by FEMA Be Scrutinized For 'Duplication of Benefits' For Sandy Victims;  Previous Burdensome & Bureaucratic Policy Endangered Homeowners' Settlement Funds-The Majority Of Whom Received No More Than $20K & Are Still Spending Money To Rebuild Decision Means HUD Will Waive Duplication Of Benefits For Anyone Who Received FEMA Payment Of $20K Or Less &a… Continue Reading


09.15.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE, AFTER THEIR PUSH, FEMA HAS OBLIGATED FINAL PART OF FUNDING FOR THE OWEGO APALACHIN CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT TO BUILD NEW MAINTENANCE & STORAGE FACILITIES DAMAGED BY TROPICAL STORM LEE

Schumer & Gillibrand Previously Pushed FEMA To Agree To Provide Fed Funding to Rebuild the School District's Administration Building and Storage and Maintenance Facility Outside of the Floodplain - In March, Schumer & Gillibrand Successfully Secured The First $5 Million in Funding Needed To Get The Project Underway Now, FEMA Has Obligated Final, Remaining Portion of Fed Funding; The Owego Apalachin School District Will Receive $11.4 Million Needed to Make Second Phase of This Project A … Continue Reading


09.15.15

SCHUMER: CELL PHONE SERVICE IN SULLIVAN COUNTY IS ABYSMAL; WIRELESS CARRIERS ARE FALSLY CLAIMING QUALITY RECEPTION ON COVERAGE MAPS WHEN, IN REALITY, AREAS ARE OFTEN DEAD ZONES; SCHUMER CALLS FOR FEDS TO IMMEDIATELY INVESTIGATE DECEPTIVE COVERAGE MAPS

Recent Study Claims Network Service Throughout The Hudson Valley Ranks Last Place Among The Most Populated Metro Areas In The United Sates Major Wireless Carriers Are Displaying Parts Of Sullivan County As Having Good Quality Coverage, When Many of those Areas Are Actually Dead Zones  Schumer To Feds: Sullivan County Cell Phone Consumers Should Know The Truth About Coverage Areas   Standing at the bottom of Ferndale Loomis Road in Sullivan County,&nbs… Continue Reading


09.15.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, ZELDIN ANNOUNCE OVER $2.4 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR SUFFOLK COUNTY’S FRANCIS GABRESKI AIRPORT, HOME TO 106TH RESCUE WING OF THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD

Francis S. Gabreski Airport's Runway is in Poor Condition Due to Intrusion of Pot Holes & Pavement Debris-In Desperate Need of Repair Schumer, Gillibrand, Zeldin Announce Federal Aviation Administration Grant for Suffolk County to Rehabilitate Runway at Gabreski Airport in Town of Southampton U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand and U.S. Congressman Lee Zeldin today announced $2,486,087 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funding for Francis S. Gabreski Airpo… Continue Reading


09.15.15

SCHUMER: IRVING TISSUE IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, WITH THREE HUNDRED GOOD-PAYING JOBS, IS BEING PUNISHED BY FEDS – FOR OTHER COMPANIES’ VIOLATIONS OF TRADE LAW – SENATOR SAYS CLEARING MISTAKE WOULD ALLOW FOR POTENTIAL EXPANSION & MORE JOBS AT THE FT. EDWARD PLANT; URGES FEDS TO CLEAN UP MESS

Irving Tissue Paper - Part of the J.D. Irving, Limited Integrated Forest Products Businesses - Is In The Crossfire Of A Trade Dispute Filed By Two US Producers Against Four Canadian Manufacturers; As A Result, Irving Paper Is Being Penalized by Commerce Department For Other Companies' Unfair Trade Practices Senator Says The Unproven Allegations Are Negatively Impacting Irving Paper's Ability To Plan Future Expansion of Their Business In Washington County & Suppresses the Creation of New … Continue Reading


09.15.15

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

Current Federal Restriction Greatly Constrict Small Farmers' Ability To Purchase Expensive Farm Equipment; Due to Uncertainty In the Tax Code, 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 Restore and Make Permanent An Incentive For Small Farmers To Quickly Recover Costs From Purchasing Expensive Farm Equipment; Family Farmers Will Save Money Schume… Continue Reading


09.14.15

WITH NEW REPORT OF TWO DRONE SIGHTINGS OVER WEST INDIAN DAY PARADE, SCHUMER TO UNVEIL AMENDMENT THAT WILL ELIMINATE CHANCE OF DRONES CRASHING INTO PLANES OR CREATING OTHER DAMAGE; GEO-FENCING AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE SOFTWARE ON EVERY DRONE THAT WOULD PROHIBIT FLYING NEAR AIRPORTS, SENSITIVE AREAS LIKE WEST INDIAN PARADE, U.S. OPEN STADIUM & ABOVE 500FT; TECHNOLOGY WORKS—ALL THAT’S NEEDED IS A LAW

Schumer Will Introduce Amendment To This Month's Must-Pass Extension of FAA Reauthorization, Requiring Manufacturers to Implement Geo-Fencing Technology Solutions That Prevent Drones From Flying Where They Shouldn't Legislation Includes Provisions That Would Allow Authorities To Confiscate Rogue Drones, Toughen Penalties On Violators-Like Fines; Prohibit Law Breakers From Utilizing Drones Ever Again; Require FAA To Educate Public About Usage & Rules; Give FAA Authority To Advance Further R… Continue Reading

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