Press Releases

08.06.15

My Position on the Iran Deal

Every several years or so a legislator is called upon to cast a momentous vote in which the stakes are high and both sides of the issue are vociferous in their views. Over the years, I have learned that the best way to treat such decisions is to study the issue carefully, hear the full, unfiltered explanation of those for and against, and then, without regard to pressure, politics or party, make a decision solely based on the merits. I have spent the last three weeks doing just that: carefully… Continue Reading


08.06.15

SCHUMER: BY FALL, NYC AIRPORTS TO GET TSA TRAINING OVERHAUL BASED ON FAILED RED TEAM TESTS; SENATOR CONFIRMS NYC TSA PLAN IN PERSONAL MEETING WITH NEW TSA ADMINISTRATOR; SCHUMER CALLED FOR ACTION FOLLOWING REPORT THAT TSA HAD FAILED MORE THAN 95 PERCENT OF RED TEAM TESTS & ALLOWED AIRLINE EMPLOYEES TO SMUGGLE CONTRABAND ONTO PLANES

Earlier This Year, Media Reports Cited a New TSA "Red Team" Report Suggesting Agents Failed to Uncover 67 Out of 70 Threats at Airports Across the Country; Also, a Gun Running Scheme Exposed a Dangerous Loophole that Most Airport Employees Are Exempt from Going Through Metal Detectors; In Response, Senator Urged for a Full Review of Employee Training Procedures & Comprehensive Screening Process Schumer Met With New TSA Administrator Neffenger to Push for Enhanced Employee Training & S… Continue Reading


08.06.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, AFTER SUCCESSFULLY APPEALING TO FEMA ADMINISTRATOR FUGATE,GLEN AUBREY FIRE DEPARTMENT WILL NOW FINALLY RECEIVE THE $500K NEEDED TO RELOCATE FACILITY OUT OF FLOODPLAIN

Glen Aubrey Fire Department Was Severely Damaged In 2011 By Tropical Storm Lee And Needed To Be Relocated Outside of Flood Zone to Avoid Future Flood Damage, But FEMA Previously Denied Glen Aubrey's Request For Fed Funds Fire Department Had Been Under Appeal Since Fall 2013 & Was Caught in Red Tape Until Schumer Went To Bat For The FD; Schumer Urged FEMA Admin. To Provide Final Sign-Off - Now, Senator Announces Glen Aubrey FD Will Receive $500,000 From FEMA Schumer: Fed Funds For Glen Aub… Continue Reading


08.06.15

FOLLOWING FEDERAL INSPECTION OF ROCHESTER AREA RAIL-GRADE CROSSING GATES & SIGNALS, SCHUMER REVEALS RESULTS OF THE FED RAILROAD ADMIN’S SAFETY ASSESSMENT & LAUNCHES NEW PUSH, IN LIGHT OF FINDINGS, TO INCORPORATE NEW TECHNOLOGY AT CROSSINGS THAT CAN REDUCE FALSE ACTIVATIONS & PROVIDE ADDITIONAL SAFEGUARDS FOR DRIVERS

Following Deadly Accident, Schumer Called For Investigation Of All Area Rail-Grade Crossings, Citing That 9-1-1 Dispatch Centers Had 200+ Reports Of Malfunctioning Gates Dropping Down And Remaining Closed When No Train Was Approaching, Conditioning Motorists To Disregard Gates & Put Their Lives in Danger Now, Schumer Reveals Findings Of FRA Safety Inspections - Feds Assessed All 81 Crossings In Monroe County, Found And Corrected 88 Minor Defects, Issued 3 Safety Penalties Against Rail Comp… Continue Reading


08.06.15

SCHUMER: FEDS SHOULD STAY OUT OF WELL-DESERVED LEGAL DECISION REQUIRING PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY AND PLO TO PAY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO U.S. VICTIMS OF TERRORIST ATTACKS ABROAD

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY Recently Found the PLO & Palestinian Authority Culpable for a Number of Deadly Terrorist Attacks Between 2001-2004; Federal 'Antiterrorism Act of 1990' Allows Victims of International Terrorism to Seek Justice in a U.S. Court of Law Schumer Urges DOJ & State Dept. Not to Intervene in Lawsuit, Which Orders a Judgement of $655.5M; DOJ is Considering Asking the Court to Protect PLO & PA From Having to Pay Judgement Schumer: DOJ &… Continue Reading


08.06.15

SCHUMER INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO ELIMINATE DISPARITIES IN PUERTO RICO’S MEDICARE & MEDICAID PROGRAM; BILL WILL HELP FIX FEDERAL LAWS TO PROVIDE MORE EQUITABLE FEDERAL FUNDING TO TERRITORY’S HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS & PROGRAMS

Currently, States Have No Limit on the Amount of Federal Funding Provided for Medicaid, However, Funding for Territories-like Puerto Rico-is Capped; Following Financial Woes, Puerto Rico's Remaining $3.5B in Medicaid Funding is Expected to Deplete by 2018 & if Not Replenished, Could Then Be Reduced To Less than $400M/Year Schumer's Legislation Provides Puerto Rico Additional Medicaid Funding for Hospitals that Treat Low-Income Patients; Improves Treatment Under Medicare DSH Program & E… Continue Reading


08.06.15

SCHUMER: FEDS SHOULD STAY OUT OF WELL-DESERVED LEGAL DECISION REQUIRING PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY AND PLO TO PAY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO U.S. VICTIMS OF TERRORIST ATTACKS ABROAD

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY Recently Found the PLO & Palestinian Authority Culpable for a Number of Deadly Terrorist Attacks Between 2001-2004; Federal 'Antiterrorism Act of 1990' Allows Victims of International Terrorism to Seek Justice in a U.S. Court of Law Schumer Urges DOJ & State Dept. Not to Intervene in Lawsuit, Which Orders a Judgement of $655.5M; DOJ is Considering Asking the Court to Protect PLO & PA From Having to Pay Judgement Schumer: DOJ &… Continue Reading


08.06.15

IN MEETING WITH NEW TSA ADMINISTRATOR, SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO INCORPORATE SURESCAN CORPORATION INTO EFFORTS TO IMPROVE AIRPORT SECURITY – SENATOR SAYS SOUTHERN TIER COMPANY’S TECHNICAL EXPERTISE AND INVOLVEMENT WITH TSA WOULD IMPROVE AIRPORT SCREENING PROCEDURES & CREATE JOBS IN THE SOUTHERN TIER

Earlier This Year, Media Reports Cited a New TSA "Red Team" Report Suggesting Agents Failed to Uncover 67 Out of 70 Threats at Airports Across the Country; In Response, Senator Pushed for a Full Review of Comprehensive Screening Processes to Ensure Any & All Issues Are Addressed Schumer Met With New TSA Administrator Neffenger to Push for the Involvement of Southern Tier Company, SureScan, In Efforts to Overhaul & Review Processes - SureScan Is Developer of Highly Effective Checked Bagg… Continue Reading


08.05.15

FOLLOWING CRASH OF RUNAWAY RAIL CAR IN UTICA, SET FREE BY TEENAGER, SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO REVIEW SAFETY PROCEDURES FOR UNATTENDED TRAINS TO ENSURE NEIGHBORHOODS ARE PROTECTED ?

A Parked & Unattended Rail Car Was Recently Set in Motion By A Teen, Sending The Car Barreling Down City Streets At Nearly 40 MPH; Train Crashed Into Utica's Union Station, Causing Over $1 Million In Damages Many Lives Could Have Been Put At Risk - Schumer Says FRA Must Review Safety Procedures To Ensure Unattended Trains Can No Longer Be Put Into Motion By Bystanders Or Potentially Used To Inflict Harm On Communities Schumer To Feds: Unattended Freight Trains Need To Be Locked & Secur… Continue Reading


08.05.15

ON EVE OF 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF VOTING RIGHTS ACT, SCHUMER INTRODUCES NEW BILLS TO DRAMATICALLY EXPAND ACCESS TO VOTING – LEGISLATION MAKES IT EASIER TO REGISTER ONLINE, EXPANDS EARLY VOTING, AND MORE

Legislation Would Require All States to Hold Early Voting for At Least 7 Consecutive Days During 10 Days Leading Up To Federal Elections Schumer Bills Would Also Allow Voters To Register to Vote Online, Sync Voting Registration with USPS Change of Address Service, & Ensure That Last Day to Register To Vote Does Not Fall On A Weekend Schumer: Congress Must Make it Easier to Vote, Not Harder Ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today intro… Continue Reading


08.04.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $5 MILLION IN FED FUNDING FOR ORANGE COUNTY AIRPORT

Federal Funding Will Be Used For Major Runway Safety Improvements U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $5,023,500 in federal funding for Orange County Airport. This funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This federal funding will transform the Orange County Airport, located in the Village of Montgomery, by allowing it to make major safety upgrades to the main runway. The runway will… Continue Reading


08.04.15

SCHUMER URGES TOP MILITARY OFFICIAL TO PUT ADMIN HEADQUARTERS FOR NEW PHOTONICS CENTER IN HISTORIC SIBLEY BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN ROCHESTER – WITH NEARLY 1 MILLION SQUARE FEET IN PRIME SPACE, SENATOR SAYS SIBLEY BUILDING IS THE PERFECT FIT TO HOUSE PHOTONICS HEADQUARTERS

DOD, Photonics Consortium Will Soon Decide The Location Of Administrative Headquarters For New Rochester Photonics Center; Schumer Successfully Secured Critical $110 Million Fed Funding For NYS Proposal Led By UR, RIT, SUNY Poly Consortium And Others To Create State-Of-The-Art Photonics Center Administrative Center Would Be The Anchor For The New Downtown Innovation Zone Centered At Sibley; Schumer Says With New RIT Business Incubator And Upcoming High Tech Of Rochester Incubator Creating Down… Continue Reading


08.03.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $248K IN FED FUNDING FOR SYRACUSE HANCOCK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Federal Funding Will Be Used For Improvements To The Airport's Terminals & Taxiways U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $248,400 in federal funding for two critical infrastructure projects at the Syracuse Hancock International Airport. This funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This federal funding will allocate $220,500 to enable improvements to airport terminals and upgrade f… Continue Reading


08.03.15

SCHUMER (AMY) STANDS WITH SCHUMER (CHUCK) IN CALL TO ACTION FOR TIGHTER LAWS ON GUNS ON HEELS OF ANOTHER MASS SHOOTING; ACTRESS ENDORSES SENATOR’S NEW PUSH TO PRESERVE MENTAL HEALTH FUNDING NOW IN DANGER OF DRASTIC CUTS & TO STRENGTHEN GUN BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM FULL OF FATAL HOLES; COUSINS VOW NEW FIGHT IN SUPPORT OF VICTIMS & FAMILIES

Senator Schumer Unveils New Legislation As Part Of Three-Pronged Push That Rewards States That Submit Info To Background Check System & Creates Penalties For States That Do Not; Charleston Shooter Should Not Have Passed Background Check & Lafayette Shooter Should Have Been Declared Mentally Unfit To Buy A Gun Amy Schumer-Who, Like So Many Other Americans-Is Calling On Congress To Summon The Courage To Address Background Checks; Joins Her Cousin To Correct Mental Health Flaws & Cult… Continue Reading


08.03.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $590K IN FED FUNDING FOR TWO ROCHESTER-FINGER LAKES REGION AIRPORTS

Federal Funding Will Support Regional Airports' Long-Term Plans for Development and Maintenance U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand today announced $587,880 in federal funding for two Rochester- Finger Lakes region airports. This funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). These funds will provide the Dansville Municipal Airport in Livingston County with $346,500 and the Canandaigua Airport in Ontario Cou… Continue Reading


08.03.15

SCHUMER URGES MTA TO LAUNCH NEW BUS SERVICE TO REPLACE SOON-TO-BE-CANCELED LATE NIGHT TRAIN FROM SECAUCUS TO SPRING VALLEY; SENATOR SAYS IN 60 DAYS COMMUTERS COULD BE LEFT STRANDED & WILL NEED A NEW, AFFORDABLE & CONVENIENT WAY TO GET FROM NYC TO ROCKLAND COUNTY IN LATE NIGHT HOURS

A Weekday Late Night Train From NYC To Rockland County Will Be Eliminated In Less Than 60 Days, Leaving Commuters Who Depend On The Train Without Alternatives Schumer Joins Rockland Officials In Urging MTA To Begin Late Night Bus Service For Commuters Traveling To Pearl River, Nanuet And Spring Valley Schumer To MTA: Commuters Need A Way To Get Home  At the Nanuet Train Station in Rockland County, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today stood with local officials and urged the … Continue Reading


08.03.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $1.5 MILLION IN FED FUNDING FOR TWO CAPITAL REGION AIRPORTS IN ALBANY AND SARATOGA COUNTIES

Federal Funding Will Allow Capital Region Airports to Purchase Nearby Land & New Terminal Roof To Improve Runway and Passenger Safety U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,540,335 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, Albany International Airport will receive $1,153,216 for the first phase of a two part proje… Continue Reading


08.03.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $217K IN FED FUNDING FOR 4 FIRE DEPARTMENTS IN OTSEGO COUNTY

Worcester Hose Company Will Use Federal Funds to Purchase New Radios For 4 Fire Departments Throughout Otsego County; New Devices Will Establish Better Communication With 911 Center U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $217,143 in federal funding for the Worcester Hose Company in Otsego County, a volunteer fire company with four departments located in Worcester, East Worcester, Schenevus and Westford. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency … Continue Reading


08.03.15

IN WAKE OF TRAGIC LI CRASH, SCHUMER DEMANDS FEDS RAISE STANDARDS ON LIMOS TO MAKE THEM SAFER & MORE CRASH RESISTANT; SENATOR ASKS AGENCIES TO IDENTIFY WEAKNESSES & PROPOSE NEW SAFETY STANDARDS; SHOCKINGLY, PARTY LIMOS LACK THE SAME PROTECTIONS & STANDARDS REQUIRED OF OTHER VEHICLES

Recent & Tragic LI Crash That Killed Four Beautiful LI Friends, Along With Other Limo Tragedies Across U.S., Demands Feds Immediately Drive Forward With Limo Safety Plan That Includes Structural Safety Upgrades Schumer Pushes Federal Regulators to Address Structural Flaws that Leave Passengers at Risk; Passengers Don't Even Realize They're Riding Without The Best Protections Schumer: Stretch Limos Must Not Get A Free Pass When It Comes To Basic Safety Requirements; Tragedies Demand Change … Continue Reading


07.30.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $19,000 IN FED FUNDING FOR OXBOW VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT IN JEFFERSON COUNTY

Oxbow Volunteer Fire Department Will Use Funds To Purchase New Equipment U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $19,324 in federal funding for Oxbow Volunteer Fire Department in Jefferson County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The Oxbow Volunteer Fire Department in Jefferson County will use this federal investment to purchase five new self-contained breathing appa… Continue Reading

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