Press Releases

07.22.15

SCHUMER: AVERAGE PRICE OF EGGS UP NEARLY 40 PERCENT THIS YEAR & COULD KEEP CLIMBING BECAUSE OF BIRD FLU EPIDEMIC; DESPITE CRISIS, FED BUDGET SLASHES—BY $500M—USDA EFFORTS THAT CAN HELP BEAT BACK BIRD FLU; AS GROCERY BILLS RISE, SCHUMER LAUNCHES EFFORT TO THWART CUTS

Worst Bird Flu Outbreak In Generation Has Killed 48 Million Birds, Constricting Egg Supply & Increasing Grocery Bills; Could Hit Other Food Products Soon, Like Condiments & Bread, Could Get Worse This Fall Impacts of Bird Flu Could Last 18-24 Months; Senator Says Slashing $500M From USDA Budget That Could Help Prevent Spread of Illness or Find Cure Makes No Sense; Schumer Demands Mindless Cuts To These Programs End Schumer To Congress: Crisis Could Get Even Worse; Consumers Will Suf… Continue Reading


07.21.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND: SANDY VICTIMS IN NEW YORK ARE YET AGAIN FACING POSSIBILITY OF BEING FORCED TO RETURN FEDERAL AID RECEIVED IN AFTERMATH OF SUPERSTORM SANDY; SENATORS URGE FEDS TO WAIVE ‘DUPLICATION OF BENEFITS’ POLICY & ALLOW FEDERAL CDBG-NY RISING GRANT RECIPIENTS TO KEEP ADDITIONAL NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE SETTLEMENT FUNDS

HUD's Current 'Duplication of Benefits' Policy Would Requires Homeowners to Use Their Additional FEMA NFIP Insurance Money to Repay Federally-Financed CDBG Funds They Received Via NY Rising; Many of these Sandy Victims Have Already Endured Hardship, Denial of Claims & Payment Delays Due to Potentially Fraudulent Schemes Involving Flood Insurance Companies & Engineering Firms Schumer, Gillibrand Urge HUD & FEMA to Forgo Efforts to Claw-Back NFIP Insurance Money Victims Receive After… Continue Reading


07.21.15

SCHUMER, IN MEETING WITH TOP MILITARY BRASS, URGES DEPT. OF DEFENSE TO PRIOIRITZE THE NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION – SCHUMER SAYS EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE IN WESTERN NEW YORK FACILITY CAN NOW SUPPORT ADDITIONAL, STATE-OF-THE-ART TRANSPORT AIRCRAFTS & MISSIONS

Schumer Arranges Meeting To Urge TRANSCOM Commander Nominee, General Darren McDew, To Include State-Of-The-Art Aircraft At NFARS In Western NY NFARS Still Flies Outdated Transport Aircraft, Like The C-130H, While Other Bases Around The Country Have Upgraded To Newer Models, Like The C-130J; The NFARS Base Also Previously Housed KC-135 Fleet & Still Has Infrastructure Capability To Do So Again Schumer: Prioritize Western New York For New & Additional Wings U.S. Senator Charles E. Sch… Continue Reading


07.20.15

SCHUMER: LOCAL MENTORSHIP PROGRAM THAT PAIRS GRANDPARENT MENTORS WITH 1ST& 2ND GRADERS WOULD BE HARMED IF FEDERAL GRANT FUNDING IS CUT; SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO PROTECT PROGRAM NEEDED TO SUPPLEMENT SCHOOLS’ STAFF & RESOURCES TO HELP FOCUS ON EACH CHILD’S INDIVIDUAL NEEDS

House Appropriation Bill Drastically Cuts Into Corporation For National And Community Service (CNCS) Budget By Over 40%, Jeopardizing Syracuse's Successful Mentoring Program Which Makes A Lasting Difference In The Lives Of Children Schumer Says CNCS Funding Is Essential For Syracuse School District; Teachers Depend On Grandparent Mentorship Program To Help Meet Classroom Needs  Schumer: Grandparent Mentorship Program Is An A+ For Syracuse Schools     Standing at Van Duyn Elem… Continue Reading


07.20.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND & JEFFRIES ANNOUNCE $100K IN FEMA FUNDING FOR SEA GATE BULKHEAD PROJECT, PROVIDING PROTECTION BETWEEN BEACH 48TH ST. TO BEACH 50TH ST.; HAZARD MITIGATION FUNDING COVERS FULL COST OF PHASE 1 OF PROJECT, WHICH WILL PROTECT AGAINST STORM DAMAGE TO SEA GATE & CONEY ISLAND COMMUNITY IN THE FUTURE

Superstorm Sandy Damaged Sea Gate's Bulkhead & Sea Wall, Leaving Community Vulnerable to Future Storms; Schumer Called on FEMA to Approve Phase 1 of Sea Gate's Proposed Bulkhead Project Schumer, Gillibrand, Jeffries Announce FEMA Has Approved Funding for Phase 1 of Sea Gate’s Protection Project, Including Engineering Design & Permit Fees; Funding Will Make Sure Project Gets Off the Ground U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries tod… Continue Reading


07.20.15

SCHUMER: LOCAL ROCHESTER COMPANIES THAT OPERATE VIDEO RELAY SERVICES FOR DEAF NEW YORKERS COULD BE AT RISK OF CLOSING IF FEDS MOVE FORWARD WITH SLASHING REIMBURSEMENT RATES; DEAF ROCHESTER RESIDENTS WILL LOSE ACCESS TO LIFE-CHANGING METHOD FOR COMMUNICATING; SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO IMMEDIATELY REVERSE COURSE & SET MARKET RATE FOR FUNDING

Rochester's Deaf Community Is Dependent On Video Relay Services (VRS) To Communicate; Local Businesses That Provide Video Relay Service, Like CONVO & Sorenson, Are At Risk VRS Allows A Person Who Is Deaf To Communicate With A Hearing Person Over The Phone Through A Sign Language Interpreter Schumer To FCC: Don't Take Away The Deaf Community’s Voice Standing at CONVO in Rochester, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to immediately rever… Continue Reading


07.20.15

SCHUMER REVEALS: IN MOVE THAT COULD COST TRAVELERS $6 BILLION MORE A YEAR, AIRLINES ARE WORKING TO PREVENT CONSUMERS FROM SHOPPING AROUND FOR BEST FLIGHT PRICE BY REFUSING TO SHARE FLIGHT INFO WITH WEBSITES LIKE EXPEDIA, ORBITZ, TRIPADVISOR & OTHERS; SENATOR PUSHES FEDS TO INVESTIGATE NEW AIRLINE POLICY—ON TOP OF CURRENT COLLUSION INVESTIGATION

At Least 2 Airlines Now Withholding Price & Flight Data From Third Party Price Comparison Websites Or Charging Fees For Their Use; Sites Concerned This Could Expand; Change Restricts Where Consumers Can Buy Tickets & Could Cost Them As Much As $6B More In Airfares Amidst Current DOJ Airline Probe Schumer Helped To Spur, Senator Wants Feds, Including DOT, To Include Comparison Freeze Out Into Investigation    Schumer: Making It Harder To Get A Bargain By Fre… Continue Reading


07.20.15

SCHUMER REVEALS: IN MOVE THAT COULD COST TRAVELERS $6 BILLION MORE A YEAR, AIRLINES ARE WORKING TO PREVENT CONSUMERS FROM SHOPPING AROUND FOR BEST FLIGHT PRICE BY REFUSING TO SHARE FLIGHT INFO WITH WEBSITES LIKE EXPEDIA, ORBITZ, TRIPADVISOR & OTHERS; SENATOR PUSHES FEDS TO INVESTIGATE NEW AIRLINE POLICY—ON TOP OF CURRENT COLLUSION INVESTIGATION

At Least 2 Airlines Now Withholding Price & Flight Data From Third Party Price Comparison Websites Or Charging Fees For Their Use; Sites Concerned This Could Expand; Change Restricts Where Consumers Can Buy Tickets & Could Cost Them As Much As $6B More In Airfares Amidst Current DOJ Airline Probe Schumer Helped To Spur, Senator Wants Feds, Including DOT, To Include Comparison Freeze Out Into Investigation    Schumer: Making It Harder To Get A Bargain By Fre… Continue Reading


07.17.15

SCHUMER SECURES $460K IN FED FUNDING FROM NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES FOR HISTORIC RESTORATION AT THOMAS COLE HOUSE; FUNDS WILL BE USED TO SUPPORT THE HISTORIC SITE & UNCOVER LONG LOST ART TREASURES PAINTED BY THOMAS COLE; PREVIOUSLY UNKNOWN MURALS WERE DISCOVERED AT COLE’S HOUSE IN GREENE COUNTY – SCHUMER ALSO VOWS TO KEEP FIGHTING FOR ADDITIONAL FUNDING TO RESTORE NEWLY FOUND ARTWORK

Earlier This Month, Schumer Visited The Thomas Cole Historic Site, Which Is Dedicated To Honoring 'The Father Of The Hudson River School' - Site Experts Recently Discovered Murals That Cole Painted In The 1800s Hidden Behind Common Wall Paint & Requested Grants From Fed Agencies To Preserve Previously Undiscovered Murals Schumer Made Personal Call To NEH Chairman To Advocate For Cole House; NEH Then Approved $460,000 For The Project, Approximately 75% Of The Funding Needed - Schumer Also V… Continue Reading


07.16.15

FOLLOWING SCHUMER’S PUSH, FEDERAL DEPT. OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT WILL CONDUCT IN-DEPTH INSPECTION OF LIVING CONDITIONS & MANAGEMENT OF TOWNE GARDEN APARTMENTS IN BUFFALO THIS SUMMER – NEXT INSPECTION WAS NOT SET TO BE CONDUCTED UNTIL 2016, BUT SCHUMER URGED FEDS TO LAUNCH INSPECTION ASAP AFTER COMPLAINTS FROM RESIDENTS REVEALED DEPLORABLE CONDITIONS

Following Limited Inspection In May Of Federally-Subsidized Complex, Schumer Called On HUD To Launch Top-To-Bottom Investigation ASAP; Asked HUD To Look Into Why The Apartment Building Has Been Allowed to Deteriorate & What Can Be Done to Hold the Landlord Accountable - Schumer Pushed HUD To Do Inspection ASAP, Despite The Fact That Next Review Was Not Set To Be Conducted Until 2016 Schumer Said 2016 Is Too Long For Residents To Wait - Tenants Reported Broken Toilets, Leaking Roofs, Mold, N… Continue Reading


07.16.15

AFTER MAJOR PUSH, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES AT-RISK FEDERAL EDUCATION DOLLARS FOR NEW YORK CITY SCHOOLS ARE PROTECTED; SENATE AMENDMENT COULD HAVE CUT $170 IN FUNDS FOR NYC, UNTIL SENATOR SUCCESSFULLY BEAT BACK PROPOSAL

Senate Amendment Planned to Drastically Change Existing Federal Funding Formula For Title I in Many Eastern States & Send Money South & West, Effectively Slashing $170M in Critical Funding For NYC Families & Teachers Schumer Publicly Condemned Amendment & Fought Hard to Prevent Measure From Threatening NYC's Funding; Schumer Successfully Beat Back Efforts to Slash Millions in Funding From NY Schools Schumer: Funding Cuts from NYC Schools Has Been Expelled U.S. Senator Charle… Continue Reading


07.16.15

AFTER MAJOR PUSH, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES AT-RISK FEDERAL EDUCATION DOLLARS FOR LONG ISLAND SCHOOLS ARE PROTECTED; SENATE AMENDMENT COULD HAVE CUT MORE THAN $16M IN FUNDS FOR LONG ISLAND, UNTIL SENATOR SUCCESSFULLY BEAT BACK PROPOSAL

Senate Amendment Planned to Drastically Change Existing Federal Funding Formula For Title I in Many Eastern States & Send Money South & West, Effectively Slashing Over $16M in Critical Funding For Long Island Families & Teachers Schumer Publicly Condemned Amendment & Fought Hard to Prevent Measure From Threatening Long Islanders' Funding; Schumer Successfully Beat Back Efforts to Slash Millions in Funding From NY Schools Schumer: Funding Cuts from LI Schools Has Been Expelled… Continue Reading


07.16.15

AFTER MAJOR PUSH, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES AT-RISK FEDERAL EDUCATION DOLLARS FOR UPSTATE NEW YORK SCHOOLS ARE PROTECTED; SENATE AMENDMENT COULD HAVE CUT MORE THAN $100M IN FUNDS FOR UPSTATE NY, UNTIL SENATOR SUCCESSFULLY BEAT BACK PROPOSAL

Senate Amendment Planned to Drastically Change Existing Federal Funding Formula For Title I in Many Eastern States & Send Money South & West, Effectively Slashing Over $100M in Critical Funding For Upstate NY Families & Teachers Schumer Publicly Condemned Amendment & Fought Hard to Prevent Measure From Threatening Upstate NY Funding; Schumer Successfully Beat Back Efforts to Slash Millions in Funding  Schumer: Funding Cuts from Upstate NY Schools Has Been Expelled  … Continue Reading


07.16.15

SCHUMER URGES NY NATIONAL GUARD TO BRING SGT. HENRY JOHNSON’S MEDAL OF HONOR BACK TO HIS HOMETOWN OF ALBANY FOR TEMPORARY DISPLAY – SCHUMER LED THE CHARGE TO SECURE POSTHUMOUS MEDAL OF HONOR FOR SGT. JOHNSON

In May, Schumer Successfully Secured Medal Of Honor For African American WWI Hero, Harlem Hellfighter & Albany Resident, Sgt. Henry Johnson, Who Was Denied Our Nation's Highest Military Honor Due To Racism And Segregation Now, Schumer Is Urging The NY National Guard, Where Residents & Visitors Could See In Person This Hometown Hero's Long-Due Honor Schumer: Bring Sgt. Henry Johnson’s Medal Of Honor Home For Display in Albany U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today asked the New … Continue Reading


07.16.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND URGE THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION TO BE READY TO SWIFTLY APPROVE DISASTER DECLARATION FOR SOUTHERN TIER AND FINGER LAKES COUNTIES THAT WERE SEVERELY IMPACTED BY LAST MONTH’S FLOODING

Following SBA Officials Tour Of Tompkins County, Schumer and Gillibrand Write To SBA In Support Of Low-Interest Disaster Loans To Renters, Homeowners, Businesses For Communities In The Southern Tier And Finger Lakes Regions That Experienced Significant Rainfall And Flooding Last Month In Event NYS Hits Threshold And Applies, SBA Disaster Declaration Would Make Available Disaster Assistance Loans For Counties Like Tompkins And Others Throughout The Southern Tier And Finger Lakes Schumer, Gilli… Continue Reading


07.15.15

SCHUMER, DONOVAN, ODDO ANNOUNCE ARMY CORPS TO HOLD PUBLIC COMMUNITY FORUMS ON STATEN ISLAND SEA WALL PROJECT; MEETINGS WILL TAKE PLACE IN AUGUST

Earlier this Year, Schumer, Oddo Urged Army Corps to Organize Community Meetings on Status of 'Staten Island Sea Wall Project' to Help Sandy-Impacted Families to Better Understand Project Alternatives & Provide Necessary Community Input to Inform the Study; 'Staten Island Sea Wall Project' Will Finally Implement Coastline Defense Along East Shore Communities Schumer, Donovan, Oddo Announce Public Information Meetings Are Scheduled for August 19th & August 20th at Staten Isla… Continue Reading


07.15.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HARRIS-EXELIS MERGER, COMPANY HAS HEEDED HIS CALL TO EXPAND IN ROCHESTER; WILL START BY MOVING EXELIS MILITARY RADIO WORK TO ROCHESTER, CREATING UP TO 150 NEW LOCAL JOBS IN ROCHESTER– SCHUMER URGED CEO TO DEVELOP OPERATIONS HUB IN ROCHESTER AND BRING JOBS TO REGION; COMBINED COMPANY WILL CONTINUE TO BE ONE OF AREA’S LARGEST EMPLOYERS

After Merger Between The Two Companies Was Announced In February, Schumer Urged Harris-Exelis CEO Bill Brown In Personal Call To Grow Joint Workforce In Rochester - Now, New Company Will Create 100 New, Good-Paying Jobs In Rochester to Start, With Plans to Later Add 50 More; Also Will Make Rochester the HQ of One of Harris' Four Divisions Schumer Also Played Integral Role In Brokering Meeting Between Harris-Exelis And NYS Economic Development Representatives To Make The 150 New Jobs Plan a Rea… Continue Reading


07.15.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $23,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE MCDONOUGH FIRE DEPARTMENT IN CHENANGO COUNTY

Federal Funding For McDonough Will Be Used To Purchase New Safety Equipment U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $23,810 in federal funding for the McDonough Fire Department to purchase new equipment. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The McDonough Fire Department will use this federal investment to purchase fire turnout gear along with additional gloves and hoods fo… Continue Reading


07.15.15

SCHUMER LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO FIGHT SENATE BILL THAT WOULD ALLOW NEW EXCESSIVELY LONG & DANGEROUS 84-FOOT TRUCKS – THE SIZE OF AN 8-STORY BUILDING – TO DRIVE ON UPSTATE ROADS & BRIDGES, PUTTING OTHER DRIVERS, PASSENGERS AND INFRASTRUCTURE AT RISK; SENATOR VOWS TO FIGHT ALARMING PROVISION ADDED TO TRANSPORTATION FUNDING BILL

Senate Appropriations Committee Recently Adopted A Provision That Would Allow Twin 33' Trucks On NYS Roadways & Bridges; Schumer Says New Trucks Are Significantly Longer Than Existing Limits And Pose Serious Dangers To Other Drivers and Passengers; Senate THUD Bill Includes A Provision That Would Preempt New York Law On Average 4,000 People Die In Truck-Related Accidents Every Year And New Dangerously Long Trucks, With Wider Turning Radiuses And Longer Passing Distances, Would Make Roadways… Continue Reading


07.15.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $45,000 IN FED FUNDING FOR WELLSVILLE MUNICIPAL AIRPORT IN ALLEGANY COUNTY

Federal Transportation Funding Will Allow Airport to Improve Runway Safety U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $45,000 in federal funding for the Wellsville Municipal Airport in Allegany County. This funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This grant will fund the removal of obstructions on the Runway 10/28 approach and transitional surfaces to improve runway safety. "Keeping our airp… Continue Reading

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