Press Releases

06.08.15

SCHUMER REVEALS: HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF NEW FEDERAL DOLLARS NOW AVAILABLE TO POTENTIALLY FUND BAY PARK OCEAN OUTFALL PIPE; RESILIENCY PROJECT NEEDED TO PROTECT COMMUNITIES SURROUNDING REYNOLDS CHANNEL; SENATOR LED FIGHT TO SECURE OVER A BILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR BAY PARK—OUTFALL PIPE IS FINAL PIECE OF PUZZLE

Schumer Already Secured $810M from FEMA To Rebuild Bay Park, $150M from HUD to Upgrade Nitrogen Removal System, $35M from EPA Through Storm Mitigation Loan Program, Staving Off Massive Hit to Nassau Taxpayers, But Over $500M is Still Needed to Cover Construction Cost of Outfall Pipe Schumer Will Announce FEMA Recently Approved An Additional $210M in HMGP Funds for New York, Which Can Be Used for Outstanding Projects-Like Outfall Pipe; Schumer Reveals HUD's $1B "National Disaster Resiliency Com… Continue Reading


06.08.15

SCHUMER: POWDERED ALCOHOL—PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS TO KIDS—COULD HIT SHELVES IN NEXT FEW WEEKS; SENATOR LAUNCHES EMERGENCY PUSH, ADDING NEW AMENDMENT TO LEGISLATION THIS WEEK TO BAN “PALCOHOL”; SAYS IF WE TAKE NO ACTION, WE WILL REGRET IT BY END OF SUMMER

Federal TTB Approved Labels for Palcohol Earlier This Year & is Now Legal to Be Sold, With Plans To Hit Shelves This Summer; Last Year, Schumer Called On FDA to Step In And Investigate the Dangerous Product, But Shockingly No Action Was Taken Schumer's Legislation Makes it Illegal to Sell Palcohol, Which Was Originally Targeted At Kids-n-Teens, Suggested To Snort, Is Highly Concentrated, Easily Concealed; Senator Says With Onset of Summer-When The Most Alcohol-Related Fatalities Occur- A… Continue Reading


06.05.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND SECURE OVER $2.9 MILLION FED REIMBURSTMENT FOR CARTHAGE AREA HOSPITAL IN JEFFERSON COUNTY

Carthage Area Hospital Will Receive Payment After Eight Months of Delay From National Government Services Schumer, Gillibrand Inquiry Pushed Application Process U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today secured a reimbursement payment from Medicare via the fiscal intermediary the National Government Services (NGS) for $2,930,287 owed to the Carthage Area Hospital in Jefferson County. The hospital had an outstanding Sole Community Hospital Low Volume Adjustment repayment re… Continue Reading


06.05.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $234,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR WESTCHESTER COUNTY AIRPORT

Department of Transportation Funding Will Be Used to Make Upgrades At Airport U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that Westchester County Airport will receive $234,000.00 in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for airport upgrades. This project will fund the design to rehabilitate 2,950 feet of the airport's existing access road to maintain access to the airport. "Keeping the Westchester County Airport in top-notch shape is critical for… Continue Reading


06.05.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, FEMA HAS APPROVED ADDITIONAL FED FUNDING FOR THE CITY OF TROY TO COVER COST OF MAJOR REPAIRS TO CAMPBELL AVENUE & ADJOINING SEWER, WHICH WERE SEVERELY DAMAGED DURING HURRICANE IRENE – FED REIMBURSEMENT WILL HELP PREVENT LOCAL TAXPAYERS FROM SHOULDERING COSTS

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), following his urging, has approved additional federal funds for the City of Troy to cover costs of repairs to Campbell Avenue and the adjoining sewage infrastructure that it was forced to undertake following Hurricane Irene. Schumer explained that, as a result of flooding during the storm, the sewer running underneath a section of Campbell Avenue, where it intersects with Sherman Avenue and Donegal R… Continue Reading


06.05.15

SCHUMER BACKS TARRYTOWN BORN VETERAN TO GET NAME ON VIETNAM MEMORIAL WALL – DENNIS RALPH JOHNSTON OF WESTCHESTER COUNTY DIED IN VIETNAM WAR TRAINING EXERCISE IN SOUTH CHINA SEA IN 1969, BUT BECAUSE ACCIDENT WAS OUTSIDE COMBAT ZONE, HE & 73 OTHER VETERANS WHO PERISHED WERE LEFT OFF NATIONAL MEMORIAL WALL

Dennis Ralph Johnson & 73 Other American Veterans Tragically Died When USS Frank E. Evans Collided With an Australian Aircraft Carrier in South China Sea in June 1969, But Because The Training Exercise Was Deemed "Not Directly Linked to War," These 74 Names Were Not Recognized on Vietnam Veterans Memorial Schumer Says These 74 Americans, Including Johnston, Bravely Served Their Country Inside & Outside The Combat Zone; Adding the Names of These Heroes to the Vietnam Memorial is the Prop… Continue Reading


06.04.15

SCHUMER: UTILITY POLES IN CENTRAL NEW YORK HAVE BEEN TREATED WITH A HIGHLY TOXIC CHEMICAL KNOWN TO CAUSE SERIOUS HEALTH ISSUES; SENATOR CALLS ON NATIONAL GRID TO SUSPEND FURTHER USE OF CHEMICAL ON POLES UNTIL COMPLETION OF EPA SAFETY ASSESSMENT

Schumer Highlights Concern That The Toxic Chemical, Pentachlorophenol, Is Being Used to Treat New Wooden National Grid Utility Poles & Could Potentially Leach Into Groundwater Over Long Term As Poles Deteriorate; Studies Suggest Penta Can Result in Neurological & Issues With Respiratory Tract, Kidney, Immune System & More Schumer Calls on National Grid to Immediately Suspend Use of Chemical on Utility Poles Until EPA Investigation into Safety Is Complete   Senator Says Penta… Continue Reading


06.04.15

IN WAKE OF MEMORIAL DAY, SCHUMER BACKS WESTERN NY FAMILY’S PUSH TO GET SON’S NAME ON VIETNAM MEMORIAL WALL – TERRY LEE HENDERSON OF CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY DIED IN VIETNAM WAR TRAINING EXERCISE IN SOUTH CHINA SEA IN 1969, BUT BECAUSE ACCIDENT WAS OUTSIDE COMBAT ZONE, HE & 73 OTHER VETERANS WHO PERISHED WERE LEFT OFF NATIONAL MEMORIAL WALL

Terry Lee Henderson & 73 Other American Veterans Tragically Died When USS Frank E. Evans Collided With an Australian Aircraft Carrier in South China Sea in June 1969, But Because The Training Exercise Was Deemed "Not Directly Linked to War," These 74 Names Were Not Recognized on Vietnam Veterans Memorial Schumer Says These 74 Americans, Including Henderson, Bravely Served Their Country Inside & Outside The Combat Zone; Adding the Names of These Heroes to the Vietnam Memorial is the Prop… Continue Reading


06.04.15

SCHUMER: FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION HAS HEEDED CALL & AGREED TO INVESTIGATE REPORTS OF MALFUNCTIONING RAIL-GRADE CROSSING GATES & SIGNALS THROUGHOUT ROCHESTER AREA – FOLLOWING MONDAY’S DEADLY CRASH, SCHUMER URGED FEDS TO LOOK AT MULTIPLE REPORTS OF GATES FAILING TO FUNCTION AS DESIGNED, CAUSING DRIVERS TO DISREGARD CROSSINGS & PUT LIVES IN DANGER

On Monday, a Chili, NY Man Was Killed at a Grade Crossing on King Road - Local Officials Say The Crossing Gates Were Down, But The Driver Drove Around The Gate and Was Struck By An Amtrak Train - But The Accident Prompted Many Local Rochester Residents to Report Instances Where Crossing Gates & Signals Were Not Functioning Properly 9-1-1 Dispatch Centers Had 200+ Reports in Rochester Area of Gates Dropping Down – For Up To Half-An-Hour At a Time – And Remaining Closed When No Tr… Continue Reading


06.04.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $37K IN FED FUNDS FOR THE CARLTON FIRE COMPANY IN ORLEANS COUNTY

Carlton Fire Company Will Use Federal Funds to Purchase New Equipment to Better Protect Firefighters & Help Them Save Lives U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $37,558 in federal funding for the Carlton Fire Company in Orleans County, a volunteer fire company located in the Town of Albion. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance for Firefighters Grant Program. The federal funding will allow the Carlto… Continue Reading


06.04.15

SCHUMER CALLS FOR AN IMMEDIATE FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION INVESTIGATION, IN LIGHT OF RECENT REPORTS OF MALFUNCTIONING RAIL GRADE CROSSING GATES & SIGNALS THROUGHOUT ROCHESTER AREA – MULTIPLE REPORTS OF GATES FAILING TO FUNCTION AS DESIGNED, CAUSING DRIVERS TO DISREGARD CROSSINGS & PUT LIVES IN DANGER

On Monday, a Chili, NY Man Was Killed at a Grade Crossing on King Road - Local Officials Say The Crossing Gates Were Down But The Driver Drove Around The Gate When He Was Struck By An Amtrak Train But The Accident Prompted Many Local Rochester Residents to Report Instances Where Crossing Gates & Signals Were Not Functioning Properly - Some Say The Gates Will Drop Down For Over Up To Half-An-Hour At a Time, And Remain Closed When No Train is Approaching – Thereby Conditioning Motorist… Continue Reading


06.03.15

SCHUMER REVEALS: DRUNK DRVING-RELATED DEATHS ARE STEADILY INCREASING THROUGHOUT NEW YORK STATE; SENATOR CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION TO STOP THE ALARMING TREND, BY PROTECTING $7 MILLION IN NY FUNDING FOR THE “STOP-DWI” CAMPAIGN, WHICH IS SET TO EXPIRE IN JULY

Senator Says The Number Of Alcohol-Related Traffic Deaths In New York Is Steadily Increasing; Each Year There Are Over 8,000 Alcohol Related Crashes in NY, And Nationwide Someone Is Killed By A Drunk Driver Every 53 Minutes Schumer: Since 2009, Drunk Driving Deaths in New York Increased by More Than 14% - From 2011 to 2013 Alone In Capital Region, There Were 69 Drunk Driving-Related Deaths; In Central NY, 98; In Western NY, 102; In Rochester-Finger Lakes, 92; In Southern Tier, 77; In Hudson Va… Continue Reading


06.03.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $140,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE FORT MONTGOMERY FIRE DISTRICT AND PIERMONT FIRE DEPARTMENT IN HUDSON VALLEY

Federal Funding For Montgomery And Piermont Will Be Used To Purchase New Equipment U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $100,643 in federal funding for the Fort Montgomery Fire District and $46,326 in federal funding for the Village of Piermont Fire Department to purchase new equipment. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. "It is critical that we provide our local fire… Continue Reading


06.03.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $47,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE PILOT KNOB VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER’S ASSOCIATION IN WARREN COUNTY

Federal Funding For Pilot Knob Will Be Used To Purchase New Equipment U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $47,239 in federal funding for the Pilot Knob Volunteer Firefighter's Association Inc. to purchase new equipment. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The Pilot Knob Volunteer Fire Association will use this federal investment to purchase eight Self Contained Breat… Continue Reading


06.03.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $147,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE CITY OF WATERTOWN FIRE-RESCUE IN JEFFERSON COUNTY

Federal Funding For Watertown Fire-Rescue Will Be Used To Purchase New Equipment U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $147,362 in federal funding for the City of Watertown Fire-Rescue to purchase new equipment. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The Watertown Fire-Rescue will use this federal investment to upgrade radios for first responders and purchase new radios f… Continue Reading


06.02.15

SCHUMER: IN LIGHT OF DISTURBING TSA FAILURE TO DETECT EXPLOSIVES & WEAPONS AT AIRPORTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, SENATOR CALLS FOR TOP-TO-BOTTOM REVIEW OF EMPLOYEE TRAINING & EQUIPMENT TESTING BY DHS INSPECTOR GENERAL; CONTINUATION OF ‘RED TEAM’ TESTS AT ALL MAJOR AIRPORTS

Recent Media Reports Cited a New TSA "Red Team" Report Suggesting Agents Failed to Uncover 67 Out of 70 Threats at Airports Across the Country Schumer Urges DHS Inspector General to Fully Review Employee Training and Equipment Testing Procedures, To Ensure Any and All Issues are Addressed & To Continue "Red Team" Mock Tests At Airports Across the Country  Schumer: When It Comes to Detecting & Closing Loopholes in Our Nation's Security System, We Can Leave No Stone Unturned Follo… Continue Reading


06.02.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES FEDS HAVE AGREED TO MEET & WORK WITH LOCALS AND NYS DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION TO AUDIT AND EVALUATE SITE OF DEADLY ITHACA COMMONS TRUCK CRASH; EFFORT COULD HELP PAVE THE WAY FOR FED FUNDING TO IMPROVE SAFETY AT THE INTERSECTION TO HELP PREVENT ACCIDENTS LIKE LAST SUMMER’S FROM HAPPENING

In June 2014, One Person Died & Seven Were Injured When A Tractor-Trailer Failed To Veer Onto Route 79 & Instead Came Barreling Down East Hill Into Simeon's Restaurant; Two Other Recent Accidents Occurred at Same Spot - Schumer Pushed For Fed Safety Audit That Would Look At Design of Roads, Traffic Flow & More; Identify Potential Improvements Following Schumer's Push, Fed. Highway Administration Agreed To Partner With State & Locals on Fed. Safety Audit, And NYSDOT Has Said The… Continue Reading


06.02.15

SCHUMER, MEEKS, GOLDFEDER: FOLLOWING ARMY CORPS’ PUBLIC MEETING & COMMUNITY INPUT, LAWMAKERS URGE FEDS TO PROVIDE ROCKAWAY COMMUNITIES WITH MOST RESILIENT BEACH PROTECTION PLAN AND THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF ROCK JETTIES AND GROINS; PUSH ARMY CORPS TO CHOOSE ‘ALTERNATIVE III’ PROPOSAL, WHICH WILL INSTALL NEW ROCK GROINS ALONG PENINSULA

At Schumer-Meeks-Goldfeder Request, Army Corps Held Public Information Meeting on "Rockaway Reformulation Study" in April; Three Alternative Proposals for Study Were Presented to Community & Homeowners; 'Alternative III' Garnered the Most Support Schumer, Meeks, Goldfeder Urge Army Corps to Support 'Alternative III,' Which Would Provide the Maximum Number of Rock Groins and Jetties, Which Help Keep Sand on the Beach and Provide Effective Storm Protection; Lawmakers Say Proposal Includes Ne… Continue Reading


06.02.15

SCHUMER: FUNDING FOR NASSAU BACK BAY FEASIBILITY STUDY SECURED IN SENATE APPROPRIATIONS BILL; BILL CONTAINS $1.8 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR NASSAU BACK BAY FEASIBILITY STUDY; BACK BAY STUDY IS CRITICAL STEP TO HELP PREVENT FUTURE STORM DAMAGE IN SOUTH SHORE COMMUNITIES OF NASSAU COUNTY

Schumer Announces, After His Push, Senate Bill Includes $1.8 Million in Federal Funds for Overall North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study, Including Enough Funds for Army Corps to Start Studying Coastal Protections Within Nassau Back Bay Feasibility Study President's Initial Request for FY16 Funding, and the House Appropriations Bill Did Not Include Enough Federal Funds to Start Nassau Back Bay Feasibility Study  Schumer: Nassau Back Bay Feasibility Study Will Recommend Mitigation and … Continue Reading


06.01.15

SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH TO SECURE FED FUNDING FOR THE LONG-AWAITED RUNWAY EXTENSION AT OGDENSBURG AIRPORT – 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, Schumer Announced the FAA Had Approved Ogdensburg's Request to Extend the Runway by 1,200 Feet - Now, Schumer is Launching a Push to Secure $14.25 Million for Runway Construction Schumer Says 1,200 Foot Runway Extension Is Key To Making Ogdensburg Airport A Major Regional Hub; By Accommodating New Allegiant Air Flights, The Airport Could Add Thousands of Passengers Per Year And Expand its Economic Footprint in the North Country Schumer: Ogdensburg Runway Extension Is Cleared for … Continue Reading

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