Press Releases

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


06.01.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND SECURE KEY COMMITTEE APPROVAL OF MORE THAN SEVEN MILLION TO THE 107th AIR WING

Schumer, Gillibrand Secure Federal Appropriations To Upgrade Air National Guard Facility at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee appropriated $7.7 million for the Air National Guard unit stationed at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. The investment transforms the current squadron operations facility at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station into a fully-mission-capable military un… Continue Reading


06.01.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND SECURE KEY COMMITTEE APPROVAL OF MORE THAN FOUR MILLION TO THE ARMY RESERVE

Schumer, Gillibrand Secure Federal Appropriations To Construct Organizational Maintenance Shop In Rockland County U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $4.2 million for construction in the Army Reserve Center (ARC) in Rockland County. The investment, also included in the House Appropriations Bill, will be used to build a new Organizational Maintenance Shop within the ARC in Orangeburg. The current facility can… Continue Reading


06.01.15

SCHUMER: FINALLY OUR COUNTRY WILL PROPERLY HONOR SGT. HENRY JOHNSON WHO WILL RECEIVE MEDAL OF HONOR HE RIGHTFULLY DESERVES ON TUESDAY

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer laid a wreath at the Sgt. Henry Johnson Monument in Washington Park today to pay his respects to Sgt. Henry Johnson on the eve of his Medal of Honor Ceremony. Today was a very special visit for the Albany community and Senator Schumer, who has visited the monument in Washington Park many times during his 16-year effort to secure this long-awaited recognition and make right this century-old wrong. Schumer thanked local veteran groups in Albany that have been invalu… Continue Reading


06.01.15

SCHUMER: HUNDREDS OF RECENT COPPER THEFTS ON MASS TRANSIT HAVE CAUSED MAJOR DELAYS, PUT NYC PASSENGERS AT RISK & COST MILLIONS OF DOLLARS; WITH COPPER THEFT ON RISE, SCHUMER CALLS FOR CRACKDOWN ON METAL THEFT TRAFFICKING NETWORK THROUGH LEGISLATION THAT STOPS LARGE, UNTRACEABLE CASH PAYMENTS TO COPPER THIEVES

Wednesday's Copper Heist-Delaying Tens of Thousands of Passengers-Was Just One Of Many This Year Across Transit Systems in NYC; Nearly 100 Since 2013; October Copper Heist Even Caused LIRR Delays In Mineola; Thieves Loot MTA, LIRR, Amtrak & NJT Lines Then Sell Scrap For Fast Cash at Metal Yards Schumer Plan Would Require Metal Sellers to Provide Proof of Ownership, Require Scrap Dealers To Pay By Check, Not Cash, Make it a Federal Offense to Steal Metal from Cr… Continue Reading


06.01.15

SCHUMER: IN WAKE OF MOST RECENT, DANGEROUS GREEN-LASER ATTACK ON FIVE PILOTS FLYING OUT OF AND TO NEW YORK, SENATOR RENEWS PUSH FOR FDA TO BAN THE SALE OF THE MOST HIGH-POWERED, LONG-RANGE GREEN LASER POINTERS; EVIL-DOERS & PRANKSTERS PURPOSELY USE GREEN LASERS TO HARASS PILOTS, BUT SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES INCLUDE BLINDNESS & DISORIENTATION WHILE FLYING PLANE FULL OF PASSENGERS IN THE AIR

Earlier This Year, in Light of New Data That Showed Incidents of Green-Lasers Attacks Were Skyrocketing, Schumer Urged the FDA To Use Its Authority to Ban Long-Range, High-Powered Green Laser Pointers ; Just Last Night, A Green Laser Was Targeted at Five Pilots Flying at 8,000 Ft. Over Farmingdale and Another was Targeted at a Flight Headed to JFK. Health & Aviation Experts Say Green Lasers Are More Than Double the Strength of Other Colors, Can Travel For Miles & Cause More Damage to Ey… Continue Reading


05.29.15

IN WAKE OF MEMORIAL DAY, SCHUMER BACKS SYRACUSE FATHER’S PUSH TO GET SON’S NAME ON VIETNAM MEMORIAL WALL – LARRY REILLY JR. 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

Larry Reilly Jr. & 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 Reilly, Bravely Served Their Country Inside & Outside The Combat Zone; Adding the Names of These Heroes to the Vietnam Memorial is the Proper Ack… Continue Reading


05.29.15

SCHUMER: IN THE WAKE OF FED INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGED “RAMPANT, DEEP-ROOTED” CORRUPTION AT FIFA, SENATOR DEMANDS FIFA RELEASE FULL INTERNAL INVESTIGATION NEVER BEFORE SEEN BY THE PUBLIC – SENATOR CALLS ON FIFA PRESIDENT SEPP BLATTER TO MAKE FIRST ACTION OF NEW TERM THE RELEASE OF THE GARCIA REPORT

In 2012, FIFA Commissioned Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Michael Garcia to Conduct an Investigation into Allegations of Bribery & Corruption at FIFA, But FIFA Only Released a Summary Which Garcia Labeled "Incomplete" and Compelled Him to Resign  Senator Says that Garcia's Comprehensive Internal Investigation is Even More Important Now in Light of Recent Charges; Will Provide More Transparency to Fans & Help Uncover Full Extent of Wrongdoing - Recently R… Continue Reading


05.29.15

SCHUMER: WYOMING COUNTY FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES COMMUNICATIONS ARE DELAYED BECAUSE FIRST RESPONDERS CANNOT GAIN ACCESS TO RADIO FREQUENCIES WITHOUT CANADIAN APPROVAL – URGES FEDS TO GO TO BAT FOR WYOMING COUNTY & BREAK THROUGH RED TAPE THAT HAS HELD UP APPROVAL PROCESS

Due to Wyoming County's Close Proximity to Canada, Fire & Emergency Services Must Gain Approval for Emergency Frequency, But Canadian Government Has Put Up Bureaucratic Hurdles to Hinder Process for Years Schumer Says Not Having High Frequency Radio Service Could Continue to Endanger Emergency Response and Lives If Wyoming County First Responders - Urges U.S. State Department & FCC To Work With Canadian Officials To Reach An Agreement ASAP Schumer: Cut Through The White Noise and Get … Continue Reading


05.28.15

SCHUMER URGES U.S. ARMY TO RECONSIDER PHASING OUT CRITICAL SOLDIER WELLNESS PROGRAM AT RIVER HOSPITAL IN ALEXANDRIA BAY, WHICH TREATS MANY TROOPS FROM FORT DRUM FOR POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS – SCHUMER SAYS NEW PROGRAM MAY NOT OFFER THE FULL LINE OF MENTAL HEALTH & THERAPEUTIC SERVICES

River Hospital in Northern NY's Alexandria Bay Offers Full Line of Mental Health & Wellness Treatments for Fort Drum Soldiers Seeking Treatment For Extremely Sensitive Issues Like Post-Traumatic Stress and Sexual Abuse Schumer Says Eliminating River Hospital's "Soldiers’ Wellness Program" Could Have Negative Impacts on Soldiers & Community, Which Rely on This Service to Fill Huge Treatment Gap in The Local Area - Schumer Urges Army to Reconsider Phasing Out This Critical Program;… Continue Reading


05.28.15

SCHUMER: ACROSS UPSTATE NEW YORK, OPIOID ABUSE IS UP & CRIMINALS ARE STEALING Rx DRUGS, BUT DEA RECENTLY ENDED HUGELY SUCCESSFUL DRUG TAKE-BACK PROGRAM – SCHUMER URGES DEA TO REVERSE DECISION & REINSTITUTE NATIONAL TAKE-BACK DAYS, WHICH SAFELY COLLECTED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF Rx DRUGS & HELPED SAVE LIVES

Drug Take-Back Program Get Addictive Rx Drugs Out of Medicine Cabinets And Homes - 70% of Those Addicted to Rx Drugs Get Them From Home, Family, or Friends, Yet Federal Regulators Suspended Program, Even Though Painkiller Abuse Too Often Leads to Abuse of Even More Dangerous Drugs Like Heroin Schumer: Opioid Abuse Has Wreaked Havoc Across Upstate NY, Resulting in 700+ Overdoses in 2015 Thus Far, And Year is Only Halfway Through - In Capital Region, There Have Been 79 Overdoses; In Cen… Continue Reading


05.28.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $57,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE PLATTSBURGH FIRE DEPARTMENT

Federal Funding For Plattsburgh Will Be Used To Purchase New Equipment U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $57,943 in federal funding for the Plattsburgh Fire Department to purchase new equipment. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The Plattsburgh Fire Department will use this federal investment to purchase a complete Air Compressor / Cascade breathing air system th… Continue Reading


05.27.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, FEMA HAS AGREED TO FUND $3.1 MILLION NEEDED TO REPLACE VILLAGE OF WELLSBURG FIRE DEPT. & SAVE LOCAL TAXPAYERS HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS – SENATOR, WHO HAS LONG ADVOCATED FOR WELLSBURG, PREVIOUISLY URGED FEDS TO EXPEDITE & APPROVE ADDITIONAL FED FUNDS TO MAKE VILLAGE FIRE DEPT. CONSTRUCTION A REALITY

Schumer Says FEMA Initially Approved $2.3 Million for Repairs to the Wellsburg Fire Dept. in 2014, But Funds Came Up Short & Project Would Now Cost Over $3 Million - Schumer Says FEMA Has Heeded His Call And Agreed to Fund Additional Repairs For Wellsburg After Schumer's Initial Push, FEMA Agreed to Fund Replacement of Wellsburg Fire Dept., But More Was Needed According to Local Leaders - Schumer Went to Bat For Wellsburg To Secure Additional Fed Funds; Years After Tropical Strom Lee Flood… Continue Reading


05.27.15

SCHUMER CONVENES ORANGE COUNTY TOURISM SUMMIT TO ENSURE LOCAL BUSINESSES GET THE MOST OUT OF NEW SULLIVAN CASINO – SCHUMER BRINGS TOGETHER FED OFFICIALS, ORANGE COUNTY TOURISM, & ORANGE COUNTY CHAMBER TO DEVELOP COMPREHENSIVE TOURISM STRATEGY

Tourism in Hudson Valley, Orange County Set To Rise As A Result of New Casino in Sullivan - Important to Take Full Advantage of What Could Be Major Boon For Local Restaurants, Hotels, Shops & Other Tourist Attractions Schumer Brings Together Fed Officials, Casino Developer, Orange County Tourism & Orange County Chamber, Economic Development Experts To Develop Tourism Strategy & Get Plan Off The Ground Schumer: Orange County Needs A Comprehensive Approach To Take Advantage of Treme… Continue Reading


05.27.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND URGE FERC TO EXTEND PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR COMPRESSOR PROJECT IN PENDLETON; PROPOSAL SEEKS TO INSTALL A COMPRESSOR STATION NEAR RESIDENTIAL HOMES TO SUPPORT EXPANSION OF EMPIRE PIPELINE – SENATORS SAY RESIDENTS NEED MORE TIME TO RESPOND TO PROPOSAL

National Fuel Gas Seeks to Build 22,000 Horsepower Compressor Station Near Pendleton Neighborhood, However Residents Had Only Nine Days Left in FERC Public Comment Period After a May 20 Public Scoping Meeting on the Project - Now, They Only Have Less Than One Week to Voice Their Concerns Residents of Pendleton Say There Are Serious Concerns That Need to Be Addressed Before Construction of Compressor, Including Noise and Emission Pollution That Could Affect Pendleton Community; Many Residents W… Continue Reading

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