Press Releases

08.19.15

SCHUMER CALLS FOR CHANGES TO FEDERAL SOLAR TAX CREDIT TO KEEP SOLAR PANEL PROJECTS ON TRACK AND HELP SOLARCITY CREATE MORE LOCAL JOBS; SENATOR SAYS TAX CREDITS SHOULD BE AVAILABLE WHEN PROJECTS BEGIN, NOT UPON COMPLETION

Tax Incentive Allows Savings on Investment in Solar Panels, However, They Only Receive These Benefits Upon Completion Of The Project; Uncertainty About Solar Tax Credit's Future Could Delay Projects & Installations, Or Keep Projects From Happening At All, Hampering SolarCity's Growth Schumer Says Current Restrictions And Regulations Prevent Businesses, Residents And The Solar Power Industry From Reaping Full Financial Benefits, Which Would Expand & Create Even More Middle-Clas… Continue Reading


08.18.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $3.6 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THREE WESTERN NEW YORK AIRPORTS IN ERIE, NIAGARA AND CATTARAUGUS COUNTIES

Federal Funding Will Be Used to Purchase New Land, Improve Runways & Terminals, And Enhance Safety at Three Major WNY Airports U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $3,602,598 in federal funding for infrastructure projects at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Niagara Falls International Airport and Cattaraugus County-Olean Airport, all located in Western New York. This funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Fe… Continue Reading


08.18.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, FEMA HAS AGREED TO FULLY FUND THE LAST 5 MAJOR PENN YAN FLOOD REPAIR PROJECTS, INCLUDING OWL’S NEST BUILDING SITE; BUILDING COLLAPSED DUE TO HEAVY FLOODING MORE THAN A YEAR AGO – FEMA PREVIOUSLY APPROVED 12 FUNDING REQUESTS FOR OTHER REPAIR PROJECTS & SCHUMER PUSHED FEDS TO APPROVE FINAL 5 REQUESTS

Village of Penn Yan Applied to FEMA for $2.5M for Repairs, But More Than $410,000 Needed for Most Visible Repairs Had Yet to Be Approved By FEMA - In July, Schumer Urged FEMA to Expedite Requests & Approve Final 5 Projects Desperately Needed in Penn Yan Owl's Nest Community Center, In Yates County, Collapsed Shortly After Being Severely Damaged By May 2014 Flooding, Leaving Behind a Hole and Exposed Culvert; Village of Penn Yan Requested More Than $410,000 to Fix "Owl Hole" Site and Make O… Continue Reading


08.17.15

SCHUMER TAKES A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE; THE WILD CENTER HAS BECOME A PRIME TOURIST DESTINATION IN THE ADIRONDACKS; SENATOR VISITS CENTER TO SEE FEDERAL INVESTMENTS AT WORK & PLEDGES TO SUPPORT NEW $75K GRANT APPLICATION TO HELP GROW THE MUSEUM EVEN MORE

Senator Says Smart Federal Investments Of Nearly $700K in the Museum's Wild Walk, Community Maple Project, And Teacher Training Is Working; Attendance Has Increased 400% This Year And The Center Is A National Model For Teacher Training and Developing Our Maple Industry An Additional $75K Grant Would Help Complete Funding for the Wild Walk and Help The Wild Center Continue to Grow As An Economic Engine for the North Country Schumer: Fed Investment Has Been "Wildly Successful" U.S. Senator Ch… Continue Reading


08.17.15

SCHUMER: MORE BORDER OFFICERS ARE NEEDED TO FIGHT DELAYS & MOVE TRAFFIC MORE EFFICIENTLY – AND SOLDIERS RETURNING HOME TO THE NORTH COUNTRY FROM OVERSEAS HAVE THE SKILLS & TRAINING NECESSARY FOR THESE POSITIONS; SCHUMER BILL WOULD LINK CBP TO QUALIFIED VETERANS LOOKING FOR WORK

Schumer Bill Would Require The Department Of Defense (DOD) And The Department Of Homeland Security (DHS) To Cooperate To Recruit And Expedite The Hiring Of Outgoing U.S. Military Service Members For Currently Open Positions As U.S. Customs And Border Protection (CBP) Officers At U.S. Ports Of Entry Bill Seeks To Address Delays Associated With CBP'S Necessarily Thorough Hiring Process, Which Have Left Land Ports Of Entry Along The U.S. Border, Like Plattsburgh in the North Country, Understaffed … Continue Reading


08.17.15

SCHUMER: LOCAL PLEAS TO CLEAN UP ABANDONED VERIZON BUILDING, SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD, HAVE BEEN IGNORED FOR TWO DECADES; BUILDING IS NOT ONLY AN EYE-SORE, BUT COULD NEGATIVELY IMPACT PROPERTY VALUES; SENATOR URGES VERIZON TO WORK WITH LOCALS TO MAINTAIN & CLEAN UP PROPERTY

Schumer Says Abandoned Verizon Building in the Village of Camillus Has Been Allowed to Deteriorate; Local Residents Shouldn't Have To Stare At The Eye-Sore Every Day   Letters Have Been Written And Calls Have Been Made To Verizon Asking For Their Attention, But Locals Have Not Received A Response - Schumer Urges Verizon to Listen to Community Concerns & Work With Locals to Clean Up the Property  Schumer to Verizon: Be A Good Neighbor To Camillus and Clean Up This Eye-Sore Standi… Continue Reading


08.17.15

SCHUMER LAUNCHES STATEWIDE INTERNET LOTTERY FOR SINGLE TICKET TO POPE FRANCIS ADDRESS TO CONGRESS -- REQUESTS FROM NEW YORKERS ARE POURING IN

Senator Will Also Make 100 Pairs of Tickets to West Lawn Viewing Available to New Yorkers New Yorkers Can Go Online to Submit Their Requests Directly to the Senator's Office - Drawing Will be Held the Final Week of August Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that his office will be conducting a statewide lottery for one ticket to the Joint Meeting of Congress with His Holiness Pope Francis of the Holy See on September 24, 2015. Senator Schumer received one guest ticket, and reques… Continue Reading


08.14.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $540K IN FED FUNDING FOR TWO CAPITAL REGION AIRPORTS IN FULTON & WARREN COUNTIES

Federal Funding Will Be Used For Studies Focused On Major Runway Safety Improvements U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $539,821 in federal funding for two Capital Region airports. This funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Specifically, Fulton County Airport will receive $224,821 for an airfield pavement study that will look at ways to establish the current condition of the airf… Continue Reading


08.14.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $116K IN FED FUNDING FOR POTSDAM FIRE DEPARTMENT IN ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY

Federal Funding Will Be Used to Equip Fire Apparatus With Large Diameter Hose U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $115,745 in federal funding for the Potsdam Fire Department in St. Lawrence County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The Potsdam Fire Department will invest these funds in standardizing the fleet of fire apparatus. Specifically, it will outfit these tru… Continue Reading


08.13.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND & MALONEY ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $100K IN FED FUNDING FOR LAGRANGE FIRE DISTRICT IN DUTCHESS COUNTY

Federal Funding Will Help the Lagrange Purchase Life-Saving Equipment U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney today announced $114,324 in federal funding for the Lagrange Fire District in Dutchess County. This funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) and will be used to purchase life-saving equipment for the Town of Lagrange Fire District's Emergency Medical S… Continue Reading


08.12.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $3 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO HELP STUDY & ADDRESS AIRPLANE NOISE IN-AND-AROUND JFK AIRPORT; SENATORS URGE PORT AUTHORITY TO EXPEDITE COMPLETION OF STUDY

Part 150 Study Will Better Evaluate Noise Impacts to Communities Surrounding JFK Airport; Senators Have Long Supported Part 150 Study, And Other Ways to Address Airplane Noise Schumer, Gillibrand Announces $3.1 Million in Federal DOT Funding for JFK's Noise Compatibility Study; Senators Urge Port Authority to Speed Up Study So That Noise is Remediated As Soon As Possible U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $3.1 million in federal Department of Transportatio… Continue Reading


08.12.15

SCHUMER: FUNDING FOR PROGRAMS VITAL TO PRESERVING NATIONAL HISTORIC SITES, LIKE THE HOME OF FDR IN DUTCHESS COUNTY, FACE STEEP CUTS; SENATOR VOWS TO FIGHT FOR CRITICAL PARK FUNDING & URGES COLLEAGUES TO MAINTAIN FUNDS

House & Senate Funding Bills Would Put Critical Funding At Risk For Historic Sites & Parks, Like The Home Of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site In Duchess County  Senator Says Tourism is a $500 Million a Year Industry in Dutchess and Any Measure That Threatens New York's Historic Parks & Treasures Like the FDR Home Is Short-Sighted and Must Be Defeated  Schumer: FDR Site is Jewel in the Crown of Hudson Valley's Booming Tourism Industry and We Must… Continue Reading


08.12.15

SCHUMER LAYS OUT NEW PLAN, INCLUDING NEW COLLABORATIVE GATEWAY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, TO BUILD DESPERATELY NEEDED, NEW CROSS-HUDSON RAIL TUNNEL; GATEWAY PROJECT WOULD REVIVE ONE-SEAT RIDE PROPOSAL FOR ROCKLAND & ORANGE COUNTY COMMUTERS, ALLOWING HUDSON VALLEY RESIDENTS TO TRAVEL DIRECTLY TO PENN STATION WITHOUT CHANGING TRAINS

Amtrak's Gateway Project Could Provide Thousands Of Hudson Valley Residents Easy Access In & Out of New York By Expanding Hudson River Tunnel Capacity and Building The "Secaucus Loop" Loop Would Connect Rail Lines From Orange And Rockland County Directly To Penn Station, Creating a "One-Seat Ride" For Residents West of the Hudson River Schumer: Gateway Plan Would Provide Opening To Realize One-Seat Ride for Orange and Rockland Residents Standing at the Middletown Train Station, U.S. Senat… Continue Reading


08.12.15

SCHUMER: WAR ON HEROIN/OPIOIDS CONTINUES TO RAGE IN ULSTER COUNTY & THE FEDS NEED TO FINALLY GET INVOLVED; SENATOR RELAUNCHES PUSH TO DESIGNATE COUNTY AS “HIGH-INTENSITY DRUG TRAFFICKING AREA,” WHICH WILL MEAN ADDITIONAL RESOURCES, INTELLIGENCE, COORDINATION TO HELP DISRUPT DRUG RINGS & REVERSE HEROIN EPIDEMIC

Ulster County, Like The Rest Of The Hudson Valley, Has Experienced Explosion Of Heroin Use & An Increase in Drug-Related Crime; There Has Been A Significant Increase In Heroin Arrests In Ulster Since Last Year, And The Number Of Heroin-Related Deaths Has Quadrupled Federal HIDTA Anti-Drug Designation Will Finally Provide Much-Needed Resources and Technical Assistance To Help Ulster County Better Fight Its Growing Heroin Problem Schumer: Ulster County Must Become a HIDTA to Access Vital Fe… Continue Reading


08.12.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $20 MILLION IN FEDERAL SANDY FUNDS FOR RESILIENCY UPGRADES ALONG METRO-NORTH HUDSON LINE; MTA’S ‘METRO-NORTH RAILROAD POWER & SIGNAL RESILIENCY IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT’ WAS SELECTED ON COMPETITIVE BASIS FROM HURRICANE SANDY RESILIENCY COMPETITION

Metro-North Hudson Line, Which Serves An Average of 26K People Each Weekday, Was Damaged By Superstorm Sandy When Salt Water Destroyed Electric Components & Third Rail Was Crushed; MTA Applied to Competitive Hurricane Sandy Resiliency Competition for Federal Grant to Construct More Resilient Power & Signal Equipment Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $20.7 Million Obligation of Federal Transit Administration Grant Funding; Will Support Design & Construction of 92 Elevated Steel Equipmen… Continue Reading


08.11.15

SCHUMER REVEALS: NEW FED BUDGET SLASHES ANTI-DRUG TRAFFICKING EFFORTS BY OVER $150M -- JUST WHEN LI NEEDS DOLLARS MOST -- AS SINALOA DRUG CARTEL AND OTHERS RUSH MORE DRUGS TO LI, NYC; SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH TO RESTORE FED FUNDING USED TO HIRE DEA AGENTS & COMBAT SINALOA AND OTHER CARTLELS' GRIP ON LI

DEA Recently Revealed Sinaloa Cartel & Other Mexican Drug Organizations Are Making A New Push To Build Markets For Meth On LI; Heroin & Fentanyl-Laced Drugs Also On The Rise Amidst "El Chapo" Escape DEA Has Helped Bust LI "Superlabs" Responsible For LI Drug Trafficking, But New Cuts Could Leave Nassau & Suffolk On National Back Burner Despite Being Prime Drug Cartel Target Schumer: Plan To Cut DEA Workforce -- And Slash Funds That Combat Anti-Drug Operations On LI -- Is A Bad Deal&… Continue Reading


08.10.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: FOLLOWING MEETING WITH NIH DIRECTOR, FEDS HAVE APPROVED UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO’S APPLICATION FOR MAJOR FED FUNDING THAT WILL BE A GAME-CHANGER FOR CANCER RESEARCH IN WNY – $20 MILLION IN FED FUNDS OVER NEXT 5 YEARS WILL ENABLE UB AND ITS PARTNERS TO IMMEDIATELY BEGIN NEW CANCER RESEARCH PROJECTS AND APPLY FOR ADDITIONAL HIGHLY COMPETITIVE FUNDING

The Buffalo Translational Consortium (BTC) Brings Together Medical Professionals From Academia, Clinical and Research Institutions & Other Community Partners, Such as Roswell Park, to Translate Lab Research Into Real-Life Treatments for Patients & Develop Pharmaceutical Treatments for Cancer BTC is a Leading Medical Research Institution For All of Buffalo & WNY Region; Consortium, Through UB, Applied for Funding and Designation through NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award t… Continue Reading


08.10.15

SCHUMER: CDBG & HOME FUNDING ARE THE LIFE BLOOD FOR THE CITY OF ELMIRA; PROPOSED SENATE BUDGET BILL WOULD SLASH CRITICAL FUNDING FOR KEY PUBLIC SERVICE PROGRAMS, FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYER ASSISTANCE, PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS, AND MORE; STANDING WITH COMMUNITY LEADERS AND RESIDENTS, SENATOR VOWS TO FIGHT FOR ADDITIONAL FED FUNDING & URGES COLLEAGUES TO RESTORE FUNDS CRITICAL TO KEEPING ELMIRA RUNNING

Current Senate Bill Dramatically Cuts Fed Funding For Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Programs By $100M & Slashes HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) Funding By More Than $800 Million From Fiscal Year 2015 Levels - Effectively Decimating Critical Funding Streams For Southern-Tier Communities Cuts Put First Time Homeownership & Rehabilitation Programs, Neighborhood Revitalization Ef… Continue Reading


08.10.15

SCHUMER: FIRST RESPONDERS NEED NEW SHARED-FREQUENCY RADIOS FOR RAPID RESPONSE, AND AFTER 4-YEAR LONG STRUGGLE TO FINALLY GET INTEROPERABLE RADIO SYSTEM APPROVED BY FCC, SYSTEM STILL REMAINS OFFLINE BECAUSE OF FINAL FAA HURDLE – SENATOR PUSHES FAA TO EXPEDITE APPROVAL PROCESS SO FIRE, POLICE, EMS, 911, HIGHWAY DEPT RESPONDERS CAN FINALLY COMMUNICATE ON SAME RADIO CHANNEL

In May, Schumer Urged U.S. State Department & FCC To Intervene With Canadian Officials Who Had Blocked New Frequency Approval for Years; Canadian Approval Was Required Because Of Broadcast Tower's Proximity To Canada Senator Reveals, As Result Of His Previous Push, U.S. State Department & FCC Have Reached Agreement With Canada To Approve Frequency Agreement; Now, FAA Sign Off Is Still Needed To Finally Turn On New Joint Radio System Schumer To FAA: Expedite The Approval Process for Wyo… Continue Reading


08.10.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: ROCHESTER WILL FINALLY RECEIVE $9.5M IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO BUILD THE BRADDOCK BAY RESTORATION PROJECT; FUNDING WILL DREDGE NEW 4X DEEPER & WIDER BOAT CHANNEL, CONSTRUCT 2.5 ACRE BARRIER BEACH, FIX WETLAND ECOSYSTEM & RESTORE THE BAY TO ECOLOGICAL PARADISE

After Erosion Of Former Barrier Beach, Lake Ontario Sand Pushed into Bay Has Left Boat Channel Only 6 Inches Deep; Too Shallow & Hazardous For Boaters To Reach Lake and Degraded Wetlands Schumer Successfully Pushed EPA To Fund Entire Braddock Project And Now Greenlight Construction; Previously, Feds Only Agreed To Fund First $575K, Until Schumer Intervened Schumer: Millions of Dollars from the EPA are Finally on the Way for Braddock Bay Today, at the Braddock Bay Marina, U.S. Senator Char… Continue Reading

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