Press Releases

02.08.16

SCHUMER: TAX SCAM TARGETING NEW YORKERS IS NOW SPREADING LIKE WILD FIRE; SCAMMERS CLAIM TO BE FROM IRS, INTIMIDATE VICTIMS & THEN DUPE THEM INTO SENDING DOLLARS; SENATOR PUSHES FBI TO REDOUBLE INVESTIGATION INTO SOURCE OF SCAM & SHUT THEM DOWN; CALLS ON MONEY TRANSFER COMPANIES TO BETTER WARN PEOPLE BEFORE ANY TRANSFERS GO THROUGH

IRS Impersonation Scam Attempts Against NYC & LI Residents Is Escalating At Alarming Rate; Constituent Calls Related To Scam Have Skyrocketed In Schumer's Office & Have Already Cost U.S. Taxpayers Millions Of Hard-Earned Dollars; Schumer Urges Fed Action Stop The Calls and Clamp Down on Scammers Scammers Tell New Yorkers They Will 'Go To Jail' Unless They Immediately Use A Money Transfer Company To Send Them Upwards Of Thousands Of Dollars; Scammers Falsely Claim To Represent an "IRS Ag… Continue Reading


02.07.16

SCHUMER CALLS TOP NUCLEAR REGULATOR TO URGE AN IMMEDIATE AND THOROUGH INVESTIGATION TO DETERMINE WHY INDIAN POINT’S WATER PUMP FAILED & HOW TO PREVENT FUTURE LEAKAGE

Schumer Urges NRC To Work Hand-In-Hand With State & Local Officials To Contain & Prevent Future Radioactive Water Leakage Schumer To NRC: This Leak Appears Contained But What About Next Time? U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman Stephen G. Burns to immediately order an investigation to determine the extent of possible ground water contamination and prevent future water contamination. According to the NRC, the water lea… Continue Reading


02.04.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND & ENGEL ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $5.4 MILLION IN FEMA FUNDING TO COMPLETE SANDY-RELATED REPAIRS AT YONKERS WATERFRONT PARK

Schumer, Gillibrand & Engel Secure Funding to Replace Damaged Power Switches and Transformers at Waterfront Park U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Eliot L. Engel today announced $5,466,331 in federal funding to repair the Yonkers Waterfront Park for damages suffered as a direct result of Superstorm Sandy. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and will be used to cover administrative costs and replace damaged po… Continue Reading


02.04.16

SCHUMER & GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE: U.S. AIR FORCE WILL SEND 8 KC-135 PLANES TO NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION; SENATORS SUCCESSFULLY URGED U.S. AIR FORCE’S TOP BRASS, TO PRIORITIZE BRINGING THE KC-135 BACK TO NFARS

Senators' Success Culminates A Long Push To Bring Aircraft Back To NFARS; KC-135 Tankers Will Help Protect Jobs at NFARS & Play a Strategic Role in Our Nation's Security  Schumer, Gillibrand: Eagles Have Landed for Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station! U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced the U.S. Air Force (USAF) will transfer eight KC-135 tankers from the current fleet to Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS) in Western New York. Schumer a… Continue Reading


02.04.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND URGE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE TO RAPIDLY TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT NUCOR STEEL & NEARLY 600 LOCAL JOBS AGAINST FLOOD OF PREDITORILY PRICED STEEL IMPORTS FROM TURKEY – SENATORS CALL ON FEDS TO LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD AHEAD OF CONSTRUCTION SEASON

Artificially Cheap Steel Rebar Imports From Turkey Are Flooding the U.S. Market, Making It Difficult For NY Steel Manufacturers Like Nucor To Compete; Recent Dept. of Commerce Findings Have Hurt U.S. Steel Companies Like Nucor - Schumer Leads Bipartisan Letter Signed by 24 Senators, Including Gillibrand, to Urge Commerce to Take Action Schumer, Gillibrand Urged Commerce in 2014 to Carefully Consider U.S. Industry's Evidence of Predatory Practices by Foreign Countries - Commerce Issued Final Rul… Continue Reading


02.03.16

SCHUMER REVEALS: HUNDREDS OF JOB-CREATING EDA APPLICATIONS GO UNFUNDED EACH YEAR, RESULTING IN THOUSANDS OF LOST JOBS AND MISSED OPPORTUNITIES THROUGHOUT UPSTATE NY; SENATOR PUSHES FOR SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN FUNDING FOR CRITICAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GRANTS FOR FIRST TIME IN NEARLY A DECADE

The Economic Development Administration that Funds Critical Job Creation Projects Throughout New York has Not Had a Significant Funding Increase in Nearly a Decade - Lack of Funds Leaves Applications Unfunded Each Year Schumer Presses to Significantly Expand EDA Funding for First Time in Nearly a Decade to Help Spur Economic Activity throughout Upstate New York; EDA Funds Are Critical to Projects like: Sewer Upgrades, Business Incubators, Industrial Parks, and Regional Innovation Plans Schume… Continue Reading


02.02.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, HIGGINS, COLLINS, SLAUGHTER, REED WILL JOIN FAMILIES OF FLIGHT 3407 TO LAUNCH PUSH TO PROTECT 3407-INSPIRED AVIATION SAFETY REGULATIONS AS PART OF UPCOMING FAA REAUTHORIZATION – RULES FAMILIES FOUGHT HARD FOR ARE AT RISK OF BEING ROLLED BACK IN COMING MONTHS

Following Tragic 2009 Plane Crash That Claimed Lives of 50 People, Including Many WNYers, Families of Flight 3407 Fought to Create Tough Flight Safety Regulations, Including Requirement That Pilots Log 1,500 Flight Hours In Order To Receive Airline Transport Pilot Certificate Congress Must Re-Authorize FAA Charter This Year & Some May Use Opportunity To Weaken Provisions That Make Air Travel Safer - WNY Delegation Members Will Say Some in The Industry Want to Water Down Or Eliminate Safety … Continue Reading


02.01.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: “PREPARE FOR TAKEOFF!” – JETBLUE AIRWAYS WILL BEGIN LONG-AWAITED BUFFALO TO L.A. DIRECT FLIGHTS ON JUNE 16, 2016 – NEW ROUTE WILL BRING JOBS AND VISITORS TO BUFFALO, ADD FLIGHTS FOR LOCAL TRAVELERS & HELP BOOST RE-ENERGIZED LOCAL ECONOMY

Until Now, There Were No Direct Flights From Buffalo to Anywhere in California - Schumer Has Been Pushing for Direct JetBlue Flight to LA Basin Since 2013; Now, New Route Will Dramatically Increase Travel Opportunities for Buffalonians, Boost Buffalo Business Travel Schumer Says Move Will Help JetBlue Capture More Canadian Travelers - High Prices at Toronto Airport Have Customers Flying Through Buffalo For Cheap Rates to Some Destinations, But Not When Headed to California Schumer: JetBlue Fli… Continue Reading


01.31.16

SCHUMER URGES THREE-POINT FEDERAL PLAN TO CONTAIN ZIKA OUTBREAK & BUILD FIREWALL TO PREVENT IT FROM SPREADING TO NY WHEN WARM WEATHER RETURNS; SENATOR SAYS ACTION IS NEEDED NOW TO PREVENT SUMMER OF CHAOS; STITCH IN TIME WILL SAVE NINE

Schumer's 3-Point Plan Seeks To Take Battle To Latin America & Caribbean To Prevent Spread; Prod Centers for Disease Control & National Institute Of Health To Start Crash Program To Help Private Companies Develop Vaccine; Calls On WHO To Declare Health Emergency Plan Must Be Implemented Before Mosquito Season Takes Hold; New York State Has Already Seen 5 Zika Cases; Swift Action Is Necessary For Travelers, Pregnant Women & New Yorkers' Health Schumer: Feds Must Pull Out All The St… Continue Reading


01.31.16

SCHUMER TOURS PLUG POWER & LAUNCHES BI-PARTISAN EFFORT TO EXTEND A CRITICAL FUEL CELL TAX CREDIT THAT WILL ALLOW THE COMPANY TO GROW AND CREATE LOCAL JOBS; SENATOR ALSO PERSONALLY CONDUCTS PLUG POWER’S “ONE MILLIONTH REFILL” FROM PLUG POWER HYDROGEN DISPENSER

Current Investment Tax Credit For Fuel Cells Expires At The End Of This Year; Schumer Says It Is A Proven Job Creator For Capital Region And Must Be Extended Extending This Tax Credit Will Continue to Improve Future Investments In Fuel Cells & Maintain Momentum For Capital Region's Plug Power, A National Leader In Fuel Cells For Forklifts Schumer: Extended Tax Credit Would Power Up New Jobs In The Capital Region During a visit to Latham, NY, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today to… Continue Reading


01.29.16

SCHUMER CALLS XEROX CHAIRWOMAN & CEO IN WAKE OF ANNOUNCED COMPANY SPLIT; SENATOR ASSURED BY CEO URSULA BURNS THAT ROCHESTER JOBS WILL NOT BE AFFECTED BY CORPORATE SPLIT

Schumer Says Preserving Rochester Jobs Is His Top Priority, and He Will Do All He Can To Help Xerox Thrive in Rochester U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called Xerox Chairwoman and CEO Ursula Burns following the news that Xerox is planning to separate into two companies. Schumer was eager to discern any potential impacts on Xerox's Rochester operations and job levels. During the call, CEO Burns assured Sen. Schumer that her expectation is that this corporate split will not lead to reductio… Continue Reading


01.29.16

SCHUMER: U.S. DEPT. OF CUSTOMS SHOULD WORK HAND-IN-GLOVE WITH LI MACARTHUR AIRPORT IN DEVELOPING A CUSTOMS FACILITY TO ACCOMMODATE INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL; CLOSE COORDINATION WITH FEDS WILL MAKE SURE ‘MACARTHUR INTERNATIONAL’ IS READY FOR TAKE-OFF ASAP

LI MacArthur Airport Is Seeking To Attract International Flights, But Needs to Build a Customs Facility Before This Can Become a Reality; An International Airport on LI Would Bolster Economic Activity in the Region Schumer Urges U.S. Dept. of Customs & Border Protection to Help Ensure Necessary Customs Facility is Constructed to All Federal Requirements; Working Together Will Ensure Precious Resources & Time is Not Wasted Schumer: Customs & Border Protection Should 'Check-In' With … Continue Reading


01.28.16

SCHUMER, MEMBER OF JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, ANNOUNCES ‘JUSTICE AGAINST SPONSORS OF TERRORISM ACT’ PASSES OUT OF COMMITTEE – LEGISLATION, LONG SOUGHT BY SENATOR & 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 Nations That Fund Al Qaeda, ISIS, Hamas and other Terrorist Groups Could Finally be Held Accountable to Victims Once Bill Passes With Committee Passage, Legislation Now Heads to Senate Floor; Senator Vows to Continue Pushing Bill Un… Continue Reading


01.28.16

SCHUMER, ALONG WITH ENTIRE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS IN SENATE, CALL FOR SWIFT CONGRESSIONAL ACTION TO GIVE PUERTO RICO RESTRUCTURING AUTHORITY, WHICH HAS NO COST TO TAXPAYERS

In Letter, Schumer & Democratic Colleagues Urge Majority Leader McConnell to Work Together to Put Forth Legislation That Will Address Puerto Rico's Fiscal Crisis; Schumer Says Such Legislation is Critical, As Puerto Rico Seeks to Resolve Its Outstanding Debt Obligations & Stabilize Economy With Over 1M Puerto Ricans Living in New York, Schumer Has Been Strong, Outspoken Leader On Providing Puerto Rico & Its 3.5 Million Fellow US Citizens With Equitable Treatment; Schumer is Sponsor… Continue Reading


01.28.16

SCHUMER: ONEIDA RESIDENTS DEVASTATED BY FLOOD HAVE BEEN WAITING SINCE 2013 FOR CRITICAL BUYOUTS, TO ALLOW THEM TO FINALLY MOVE OUT OF UNSAFE, FLOOD-PRONE AREA – SCHUMER URGES FEMA TO FULFILL PROMISE & GIVE BUYOUTS FINAL STAMP OF APPROVAL ASAP

In 2013, Excessive Rains Caused The Oneida Creek To Overflow, Flooding Neighborhoods In The City Of Oneida, Located In Madison County, And Forcing Residents From Their Homes - 156 Properties Were Damaged Beyond Repair FEMA Has Announced Their Intent to Acquire and Demolish Homes in the Flood-Prone Area, Which Will Provide Residents With The Funding To Move Out Of Flood-Prone Area & Help Prevent Future Flooding Damage - Schumer Urges Feds to Expedite Final Sign-Off Schumer: City Of Oneida C… Continue Reading


01.28.16

SCHUMER URGES SAINT-GOBAIN TO BE TRANSPARENT AND TO PROACTIVELY COOPERATE WITH EPA/DEC – AND NOT TO STONEWALL, STALL AND LITIGATE WHEN IT COMES TO DEFINING EXTENT OF PFOA CONTAMINATION AND EXECUTING CLEAN-UP SENATOR URGES COMPANY TO IMMEDIATELY AGREE TO A COMPREHENSIVE & AGGRESSIVE WATER TESTING PLAN FOR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE DRINKING WATER SOURCES, SAYING COMPANY’S NUMBER ONE PRIORITY MUST BE TO FULLY COOPERATE WITH FEDS, STATE, & LOCAL OFFICIALS TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT OF PFOA CONTAMINATION AND

Recent Discovery Of Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) In Hoosick Falls, NY Could Pose Environmental & Health Risks To The Hoosick Falls Community Schumer: A Pall of Uncertainly and Fear is Hanging Over Hoosick Falls and Only a Cooperative and Transparent Saint-Gobain Can Clear That Up; There Can Be No Foot-Dragging or Stonewalling When it Comes to Detailing the PFOA Contamination and Cleaning it Up In a letter to Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics President and CEO Tom Kinisky, U.S. Senator C… Continue Reading


01.28.16

SCHUMER & GILLIBRAND, IN JOINT CALL WITH SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE DEBRA LEE JAMES, URGE HER TO BRING KC-135 AIRCRAFT BACK TO NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION; SENATORS SAY EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE AND LOCAL WORKFORCE MAKES NFARS A PERFECT FIT FOR SUPPORTING ADDITIONAL TRANSPORT & REFUELING AIRCRAFT & MISSIONS

During Call With U.S. Air Force Secretary Debra Lee James, Schumer and Gillibrand Urge USAF To Prioritize Bringing The KC-135 Back to NFARS Senators' Call Culminates A Long Push To Bring Aircraft Back To NFARS Schumer, Gillibrand to US Airforce: Bring KC-135 Tankers Back to Rightful Home at NFARS During a call with U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Debra Lee James, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today urged her and the U.S. Air Force (USAF) to prioritize the Niagara … Continue Reading


01.27.16

GOVERNOR CUOMO AND U.S. SENATOR SCHUMER ANNOUNCE STATE TESTING OF WELLS IN NORTHROP GRUMMAN PLUME

Testing Will Further Assess Nature of Northrop Grumman Plume Contamination Massapequa Water District Will Be Granted Ability for Separate Analysis Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced New York State will conduct testing to further analyze the nature of the Northrop Grumman plume in Massapequa. In addition, the state has ordered Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy to open access to monitoring wells in order to obtain the samples that will be tested by the… Continue Reading


01.27.16

SCHUMER: WITH NO SOCIAL SECURITY “COST-OF-LIVING ADJUSTMENT,” MORE THAN 1.7 MILLION UPSTATE NEW YORKERS DID NOT RECEIVE A SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFIT INCREASE THIS YEAR; SCHUMER-BACKED BILL WOULD PROVIDE PAYMENT TO NEW YORK SENIORS AND THE DISABLED WHO DEPEND ON THIS CRITICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM ?

Schumer Has Led The Charge For Years To Protect And Preserve Social Security From Those Who Want To Weaken It; Schumer Urges His Colleagues to Pass the "Seniors and Veterans Emergency Benefits Act" Bill Would Authorize Payments To More Than 1.2 Million Upstate NY Seniors & More Than 275K Individuals With Disabilities Who Were Denied A Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) In Their Social Security Benefits  Schumer: Upstate New Yorkers Need Social Security Relief Now!&nb… Continue Reading


01.26.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND & RICE ANNOUNCE NEARLY $10 MILLION FOR REPAIRS TO LONG BEACH BOARDWALK & OTHER SANDY-DAMAGED FACILITIES

After Successful Appeal, FEMA Reverses Decision And Reimburses City For Sandy-Related Repairs U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice today announced that the City of Long Beach has been awarded nearly $10 million in federal grant funding for repairs to the Long Beach Boardwalk and other facilities that sustained damage during Superstorm Sandy. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) agreed to cover 90 percent of the cost of rebuilding t… Continue Reading

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