Press Releases

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


09.21.15

SCHUMER: PROPOSED SENATE BUDGET BILL SLASHES CRITICAL FUNDING FOR KEY HOUSING PROGRAM PROVEN TO HELP VETERANS; DEVASTATING CUTS WILL HALT SYRACUSE’S EFFORTS TO PROVIDE VETERANS HOUSING AND REVITALIZE NEIGHBORHOODS; SCHUMER STANDS WITH LOCAL VETERANS WHO BENEFITED FROM HOME PROGRAM & VOWS TO FIGHT TOOTH & NAIL TO PROVIDE SYRACUSE NEIGHBORHOODS & POTENTIAL HOMEOWNERS WITH THE VITAL FUNDING THEY NEED

Current Senate Bill Slashes HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) Funding By More Than 90% From Fiscal Year 2015 Levels - Decimating Critical Funding Streams For Syracuse   Cuts Put First Time Homeownership & Rehabilitation Programs, Neighborhood Revitalization Efforts & Economic Development Projects All In Jeopardy   Schumer: HOME Cuts Would Be Devastating For Syracuse   Standing at Van Keuren Sq… Continue Reading


09.21.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: AMTRAK IS SET TO SELECT HORNELL’S ALSTOM AS PART OF $2.5 BILLION PROGRAM TO BUILD SAFER, NEXT GENERATION HIGH-SPEED TRAINS; SENATOR SAYS PROJECT WILL CREATE 750 JOBS INCLUDING 400 DIRECT MANUFACTURING JOBS AT ALSTOM IN HORNELL

Schumer Says NY Companies Like Alstom, ATM, and Transit Air in Hornell, as well as PWI in Wellsville and Vapor Stone Rail in Plattsburg, Will Directly Benefit from Impending Amtrak Board Decision Project Will be Major Lift to Upstate New York Economy, Including Alstom & Their Suppliers & Create Hundreds of Good-Paying Jobs  Schumer: "All Aboard!" Jobs Will Be Rolling Into The Southern Tier U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today visited Steuben County to a… Continue Reading


09.21.15

SCHUMER, IN VISIT TO CENTRAL NY, OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES MAJOR FED FUNDING FOR WATERTOWN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Schumer Says $3.5 Million In Federal Funding Will Be Used To Extend Runway & Taxiway, Make Airport Safety Improvements Schumer: Larger Jets Will Soon Be Cleared for Take-Off U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today visited the Watertown International Airport to officially announce major federal funding for the airport. Schumer said this $3,591,188 in federal funding will pay for a 1,000-foot extension of Taxiway A, which runs parallel to Runway 28, as well as a 1,000-foot extension to R… Continue Reading


09.20.15

SCHUMER REVEALS: NYC BODEGAS & SYNTHETIC DRUG RINGS ARE USING THE INTERNET TO STOCK UP ON DANGEROUS DRUGS BUT DEA DOESN’T HAVE THE RESOURCES TO SHUT WEBSITES DOWN; THIS WEEK’S SYNTHETIC DRUG BUST PROVES FEDS MUST SHUTDOWN WEBSITES & PREVENT CREDIT CARD SALES TO DEALERS & BODEGAS; SENATOR URGES SPECIAL UNIT BE SET UP IN DEA TO LOCATE & STOP SALES ON THE WEB THAT ARE FUELING ‘CRISIS’

DEA Needs To Police Illegal Synthetic Sites With Fine-Tooth Comb & Set Up Special Unit To Survey Internet, Notify Credit Card Companies Of Bad Actors & Then Shut These Sales Down Countless Websites, Many In China, Are Selling Illegal Synthetic Drugs Like "K2" & "Scooby Snax" Online; Drugs Make Their Way To NYC Dealers, Bodegas; Without Law Enforcement Involvement, Credit Card Sales Go Through Schumer: Feds Must Take Swipe At Synthetic Drug Online Sales Over Credit Card Netwo… Continue Reading


09.18.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE, FOLLOWING THEIR PUSH, THE OGDENSBURG AIRPORT WILL RECEIVE MORE THAN $7.5 MILLION IN FED FUNDING FOR LONG-AWAITED RUNWAY EXTENSION – LONGER RUNWAY WILL HELP NEW FLIGHTS LAND & ENABLE AIRPORT TO BEGIN LOW-FARE AIRLINE SERVICE WITH ALLEGIANT AIR, A KEY FOR REGIONAL JOB GROWTH AND INCREASED TOURISM

In November 2014, Senators Announced the FAA Had Approved Ogdensburg's Request to Extend the Runway by 1,200 Feet - In June, Schumer Launched His Push to Secure $14 Million for Runway Construction Schumer, Gillibrand Say $7.5 Million Will Allow Airport To Begin Construction of 1,200 Foot Runway Extension, Which Is Key To Making Ogdensburg Airport A Major Regional Hub - Senators Vow To Continue Fighting For Any Additional Funding Needed to Finish the Project & Accommodate New Allegiant Air … Continue Reading


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

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