Press Releases

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


10.08.15

SCHUMER: LaSALLE PARK IN BUFFALO HAS POTENTIAL TO DRAW NEW TOURISTS & INCREASE BUSINESS TO THE WATERFRONT AREA WITH PROPOSED PARK REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT; SCHUMER BILL COULD FINALLY PROVIDE CRITICAL FEDERAL FUNDING TO HELP REVITALIZE & TRANSFORM LOCAL WATERFRONT BY MAKING BUFFALO ELIGIBLE FOR NEW GRANTS

Schumer Says Many Cities Across Upstate, Including Buffalo, Would Be Directly Eligible For Federal Funds To Support Projects To Revitalize Community Parks Like LaSalle, But Are Currently Not Eligible to Apply For Federal Funds Locals Have Proposed $1.2 Million Waterfront Park Redevelopment Project That Would Transform LaSalle Park - Schumer Bill Would Make Cities Like Buffalo Eligible To Apply For Grant Funding To Help Transform Community Parks Like LaSalle Schumer: It Is Time That The F… Continue Reading


10.07.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $195K IN FED FUNDING FOR CHESTER FIRE DEPARTMENT IN ORANGE COUNTY

Funding Will Be Used To Purchase New Equipment To Protect Firefighters U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $194,715 in federal funding for the Chester Fire Department. This funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the Chester Fire Department will use these federal funds to purchase 30 new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) packs and 10 complete sets of protectiv… Continue Reading


10.07.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE BILL TO RENAME KINGSTON POST OFFICE IN HONOR OF WORLD WAR II SOLDIER ROBERT H. DIETZ HAS CLEARED FIRST KEY SENATE HURDLE – SENATE COMMITTEE HAS PASSED BILL AND IT NOW HEADS TO FLOOR FOR FULL SENATE VOTE; SENATORS VOW TO FIGHT FOR PASSAGE

In September, Schumer and Gillibrand Introduced Bill to Rename Post Office After Kingston Native Killed in Action During WWII Today, Bill Passed Senate Committee & Now Heads to Floor For Full Senate Vote - Schumer & Gillibrand Vow To Fight Until Bill is Signed By President Schumer, Gillibrand: Dedication of Kingston Post Office in Staff Sergeant Dietz's Name Will Be Fitting Memorial to His Heroic Service U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the … Continue Reading


10.07.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES BILL TO RENAME EAST ROCHESTER POST OFFICE IN HONOR OF FALLEN LOCAL HERO, DARYL PIERSON, HAS CLEARED FIRST KEY SENATE HURDLE – SENATE COMMITTEE HAS PASSED THE BILL AND IT NOW HEADS TO FLOOR FOR FULL SENATE VOTE; SCHUMER VOWS TO FIGHT FOR PASSAGE

In September 2014, Rochester Police Officer Daryl Pierson Tragically Lost His Life In The Line Of Duty; A Decorated Officer & U.S. Army Veteran, Pierson Embodied The True Spirit of Selflessness & Bravery In February, Schumer Stood With Pierson Family In Rochester & Pushed For Passage of a Bill To Rename Officer Pierson's Hometown Post Office In His Honor - Today, Bill Passed Senate Committee & Now Heads to Floor For Full Vote - Schumer Vows To Fight Until Bill is Signed By Presi… Continue Reading


10.07.15

SCHUMER TO CO-SPONSOR RESOLUTION DESIGNATING OCTOBER AS ‘FILIPINO AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH’; APPROXIMATELY 3.4 MILLION FILIPINO AMERICANS ARE SECOND LARGEST ASIAN AMERICAN/PACIFIC ISLANDER GROUP IN UNITED STATES AND CONTRIBUTE IMMENSELY TO THE NATION

Legislation Would Recognize & Honor 400 Years of Filipino American Contributions Spanning First Recorded Presence in 1587 to Present Day Schumer: It is Fitting and Just to Recognize the Rich History and Numerous Contributions of the Filipino Americans In The United States U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced his support for legislation to recognize October as "Filipino American History Month." The legislation recognizes the numerous contributions of Filipino Americans to Ameri… Continue Reading


10.06.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: FEDS HAVE GREEN-LIT CRITICAL FIRST STEP TO MODERNIZE THE U.S. PLAZA AT THE LEWISTON-QUEENSTON BRIDGE – SCHUMER VOWS TO CONTINUE PUSH TO SECURE FUNDS FOR $64 MILLION PROJECT THAT WOULD ALLEVIATE CRIPPLING DELAYS, IMPROVE SECURITY, ENHANCE FLOW OF COMMERCE & CREATE/SUSTAIN OVER 1,500 CONSTRUCTION JOBS

Crippling Wait Times At Lewiston-Queenston Bridge Hinders Growth Of The Regional Economy; Canadian Shoppers And Businesses Spend $1.7 Billion Per Year In New York State And Will Do More If Cross-Border Travel Is Safer And Smoother Schumer Previously Urged GSA To Give CBP The Green Light To Move Forward On $64 Million Modernization And Expansion Of Lewiston Plaza Schumer: Lewiston Bridge Plaza Project Can Finally Move Forward - Will Improve Traffic Flow, Bolster The Regional Economy, And Cre… Continue Reading


10.05.15

SCHUMER INTRODUCES NEW FEDERAL BILL TO CRACK DOWN ON ‘SWATTING’ & DETER ALARMING NEW CRIME TREND THREATENING RESIDENTS & LAW ENFORCEMENT; ‘SWATTING’ ATTACKS ARE ON DRAMATIC RISE ACROSS HUDSON VALLEY—RECENT ATTACK CAUSED EVACUATION OF OVER 1,300 STUDENTS AT MIDDLETOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL; INCIDENTS ARE TERRIFYING STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS, & ARE COSTING POLICE DEPTS. THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS

Deliberately False Alerts In Orange County Are Spurring Costly & Unnecessary Deployment Of Armed Swat Teams, Bomb Squads & Other Police Units, Causing The Evacuation Of Buildings, Closure Of Streets, Businesses & Putting Students At Risk Schumer Introduces Legislation To Increase Penalties For Swatting Perpetrators From A Max Of 5 Years In Prison To 8 Years, Make Criminals Pay Restitution To Police - Also Pushes To Closes Loophole To Make It Illegal For Perpetrators To Evade Law Enf… Continue Reading


10.05.15

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

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 Westchester & Putnam Counties As Having Good Quality Coverage, When Many of Those Areas Are Actually Dead Zones Schumer To Feds: Westchester & Putnam Cell Phone Consumers Should Know The Truth About Coverage Areas   Standing at the Trailhead Entrance to Camp Smith Trail in Westchester C… Continue Reading


10.05.15

SCHUMER, BOOKER CALL FOR PASSAGE OF BIPARTISAN ‘SENTENCING REFORM & CORRECTIONS ACT’; COMPREHENSIVE LEGISLATION AIMS TO SCALE BACK OVER-INCARCERATION OF NON-VIOLENT FELONS IN NY, NJ & ACROSS AMERICA; BILL WILL HELP PROVIDE PRISONERS WITH JOB-TRAINING & TOOLS THEY NEED TO ENTER SOCIETY AS PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS

Many Convicted of Low-Level, Non-Violent Drug Sales Are Held in Prison for Disproportionally Long Periods of Time Schumer & Booker Are Sponsors of New Comprehensive Justice Reform Legislation-Has Support from Conservatives & Liberals; Under Bill, Many in Prison Will Get Drug Treatment & Job Training So They Can Come Out of Prison & Live Productive Lives U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Cory Booker today called on Congress to pass the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act o… Continue Reading


10.05.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $2 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS TO COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING & SUPPORT SURVIVORS IN NEW YORK CITY

Federal Funds Will Aid Kings County District Attorney's Office , Covenant House New York, Safe Horizon, Inc. & Ali Forney Center, Inc. Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Federal Grants Will Be Used To Fund Task Force to Develop & Implement Strategies to ProsecuteSex- and Labor-Traffickers and Help Human-Trafficking Survivors U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,070,022 in federal funding allocated through Department of Justice (DOJ) for four New York Cit… Continue Reading


10.04.15

SCHUMER: PAST UNDERFUNDING OF HURRICANE TRACKING SYSTEM MAY HAVE LED TO MISCALLS ON JOAQUIN’S TRACK; TO BOOT, FED BUDGET FOR FLEET OF CRUCIAL FORECASTING SATELLITES SLASHED BY PROPOSED $245M—CREATING NEW PROBLEMS AS EARLY AS 2016; SENATOR LAUNCHES PUSH TO ENSURE TRACKING IS THE BEST IT CAN BE WHEN IT COMES TO HURRICANES & TORNADOES

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Satellites Orbiting High above Earth Gather 85% Of Crucial Forecast Data To Protect U.S. Cities, Towns, Farms; Aerospace Experts Tell Feds: Unless Action Is Taken, Likelihood Of 'Catastrophic' Reduction In Weather & Climate Data Is Imminent With Climate Change Delivering 100-Year Storms on Almost Regular Basis, Schumer Launches Push To Restore Hundreds Of Millions Needed To Upgrade, Repair & Replace Essential U.S. Weather Satelli… Continue Reading


10.01.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $10 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR CONSORTIUM OF COLLEGES, INCLUDING $1.2 MILLION FOR SUNY BROCKPORT IN MONROE COUNTY – SCHOOLS WILL CONDUCT RESEARCH THROUGH GREAT LAKES COASTAL WETLAND MONITORING PROGRAM

SUNY Brockport To Receive $1.2 Million For Wetland Initiative In Rochester and Western New York Launched In 2010; Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Funds Water Quality Projects Across Great Lakes Region U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1.2 million for SUNY Brockport. This funding was allocated through the Environmental Protection Agency to research and monitor wetlands along the shores of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. During this five year project, data… Continue Reading


10.01.15

SCHUMER URGES FAA TO CONDUCT COMPREHENSIVEREVIEW OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS AND ENSURE ALL PASSENGER FLIGHTS CARRY APPROPRIATE PEDIATRIC MEDICINE & EQUIPMENT – AFTER LOCAL BUFFALO DOCTOR ON TRANSATLANTIC FLIGHT WAS FORCED TO CREATE A MAKESHIFT MEDICAL DEVICE TO SAVE 2-YEAR-OLD FROM ASTHMA ATTACK; SENATOR CALLS INCIDENT A WAKE UP CALL

FAA Currently Has Requirements for Medicines and Supplies Required on Commercial Flights, But Recent Incident Sheds Light on Lack of Certain Child-Sized Equipment and Doses of Medication on Planes On A Recent Transatlantic Flight, A 2-Year Old Suffered An Asthma Attack And His Medication Was Packed In His Checked Baggage; Local Buffalo Doctor Saved The Child's Life With Innovative, Makeshift Device - But Schumer Says Not Every Child Could Be As Lucky; A Back-Up Plan Is Needed To Prevent Traged… Continue Reading


10.01.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: HARRIS SET TO COMPETE FOR $12.7 BILLION DOD “MANPACK” RADIO CONTRACT FOLLOWING SCHUMER PUSH TO OPEN CONTRACT PROCESS TO MULTIPLE VENDERS SO COMPANIES LIKE HARRIS COULD BID; FINAL BID PROPOSALS DUE OCT. 2 – SCHUMER’S PUSH GAVE HARRIS A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD TO COMPETE FOR $3.9 BILLION “RIFLEMAN” CONTRACT THAT HARRIS WON IN APRIL

DOD Is Set To Close Window For Companies Making Bids To Produce "Manpack" Radios That Help Troops Communicate & Coordinate Overseas On October 2nd; Announcement On Which Companies Will Be Selected Could Come As Soon as This Year Schumer Lauds DOD For Heeding His Call & Opening Up Application Process To Multiple Vendors - This Type of Bid Process Paved Way For Companies Like Harris Radio In Rochester To Apply & Be Selected This Year For 5-Year "Rifleman" Radio Contract, Now Competiti… Continue Reading


10.01.15

SCHUMER: IDLING TRAINS FROM CANADIAN PACIFIC RR BLOCK THE ONLY ENTRANCE & EXIT POINT FOR TOWN OF DICKINSON’S ROGERS MOUNTAIN WAY NEIGHBORHOOD; TRAINS SITTING ON TRACKS FOR HOURS CUT OFF RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES FROM TOWN & PREVENT EMERGENCY SERVICES FROM REACHING COMMUNITY – SCHUMER URGES COMPANY TO BE GOOD NEIGHBOR BY REMOVING IDLING TRAINS & HELPING FUND CONSTRUCTION OF ALTERNATE ROADWAY

Rogers Mountain Way Neighborhood Only Has One Entrance & Exit Point And It Is Regularly Blocked By Trains Passing Through Broome County; Idling Trains Sit on RR Crossing Track & Leave Residents Trapped In Their Neighborhood For Hours On End, Cutting Residents & Businesses Off From Surrounding Town, Emergency Responders, Snow Removal Services, Road Repair Crews And More Town Of Dickenson Has Secured Permits To Create Alternate Road For Residents When Idling Trains Are Blocking Off Ne… Continue Reading


10.01.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: NY NATIONAL GUARD AGREES TO BRING SGT. HENRY JOHNSON’S MEDAL OF HONOR TO ALBANY

Schumer Urged NY National Guard In July To Bring Hometown Hero's Medal of Honor To Albany U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that the New York National Guard will bring Sgt. Henry Johnson's medal of Honor to his hometown of Albany for temporary display in the near future. "We have had dozens of Capital Region citizens call and ask if the medal could visit Henry Johnson’s hometown," said Schumer. "Finally, Albanians and New Yorkers from all over the Capital Region will soon … Continue Reading


10.01.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND & HANNA ANNOUNCE OVER $2.2 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS TO MOHAWK VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE EDUCATION INITIATIVE

Grant Will Be Used To Advance Analytics In Educational Development U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Richard Hanna today announced $2,226,635 in federal funding over five years for Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) in Oneida County. This funding was allocated through the Department of Education's Strengthening Institutions Program. The Mohawk Valley Community College will use this grant to support the Pathway to Graduation Project to introduce new init… Continue Reading


09.30.15

SCHUMER: FOLLOWING SENATOR’S CALL FOR INVESTIGATION, FEDERAL DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION CONCLUDES KUWAIT AIRWAYS IS DISCRIMINATING AGAINST ISRAELI CITIZENS, EVEN WHEN FLYING TO COUNTRIES THEY CAN LEGALLY ENTER; SENATOR URGED FEDS TO INTERVENE AFTER AN ISRAELI CITIZEN HAD BEEN DENIED TICKETS TO BOARD A KUWAIT AIRWAYS FLIGHT FROM NYC TO LONDON

After An Israeli Citizen Was Not Permitted to Fly From NYC to London via Kuwait Airways, Schumer Urged DOT to Intervene; Senator Said Kuwait Airways Has Been Violating American Law & Discriminating Against Israeli Citizens Schumer Announces Federal Department of Transportation Finds Discrimination By Kuwait Airways; DOT Says Kuwait Airways Must Comply With U.S. Laws, As It Operates a Route Out of the U.S. Schumer: Those, Like Kuwait Airways, Who Choose to Run a Business in America Must Pla… Continue Reading


09.30.15

SCHUMER REVEALS: DANGEROUS TOXIC ALGAE IS DRAMATICALLY SPREADING ACROSS UPSTATE NEW YOK; SENATOR SAYS ALGAE FOUND IN MORE THAN 80 UPSTATE NY WATERWAYS COULD CONTAMINATE DRINKING WATER AND DAMAGE UPSTATE FISHING INDUSTRY – URGES USDA TO DEDICATE MORE FED RESOURCES TO HELP STOP THE SPREAD OF TOXIC ALGAE TO HELP PROTECT NY RESIDENTS AND WATER BODIES

Dangerous Toxin Has Been Detected In 14 Bodies Of Water Across CNY, 5 Bodies Of Water Across WNY, 11 Bodies Of Water Across The Rochester-Finger Lakes Region, 8 Bodies Of Water Across The Capital Region, 10 Bodies Of Water Across The Southern Tier, 26 Bodies Of Water Across The Hudson Valley, 13 Bodies Of Water Across North Country NY is Approaching Record Levels Of Toxic Algal Blooms, With 126 Outbreaks Across 87 Upstate Water Bodies In 2015 - Blooms Could Contami… Continue Reading

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