Press Releases

02.10.19

SCHUMER: CHINESE LABORATORIES, COOKING UP FORMULAS OF DEATH, FREELY PRODUCE & EXPORT LETHAL FENTANYL TO NYC/LI WITH NO CONSEQUENCE--KILLING TENS-OF-THOUSANDS; SENATOR UNVEILS FIRST-EVER TARGETTED FENTANYL SANCTIONS BILL TO HOLD CHINA ACCOUNTABLE, SIMILAR TO RUSSIA SANCTIONS

China Is Key Source Of Illicit Fentanyl Into NYC & LI.; Traffickers Turn To China To Produce & Then Shop The Deadly Drug Across America, Where It Is Taking Terrible Toll    Schumer's Fentanyl Sanctions Bill Would Give Law Enforcement & Intelligence Community More Tools To Combat Opioid Epidemic, Direct POTUS To Publicly Identify Foreign Traffickers & Use Economic Sanctions To Cripple Foreign Labs & Bad Actor Economies   Schumer: It's High Time To Fight Dead… Continue Reading


02.08.19

SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH TO SECURE $10 MILLION FEDERAL GRANT TO COMPLETE MAJOR ITHACA TOMPKINS REGIONAL AIRPORT OVERHAUL; SAYS FUNDING IS VITAL TO TRANSFORM AIRPORT INTO A WORLD-CLASS INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY

Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport Recently Launched A ?$24.5M Major Renovation To Airport Facilities, Modernize Security & Upgrade Commercial Passenger Terminal  With First Phase Underway, Schumer Launches Major Push To Secure $10M & Get Phase 2 Off The Ground  Schumer To Feds: Funding For Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport Is Critical To Keep Project On The Runway To Success Standing at the Ithaca Tompkins Region… Continue Reading


02.08.19

AS THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS NATIONWIDE ARE TARGETED BY NEW & ADVANCED ONLINE & SOCIAL MEDIA PREDATORY BLACKMAILING SCHEMES, INCLUDING FOUR RECENTLY IMPACTED ROCHESTER-FINGER LAKES SCHOOL DISTRICTS, SENATOR CALLS ON NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING & EXPLOITED CHILDREN TO IMMEDIATELY MOBILIZE ALL AVAILABLE RESOURCES TO IMPACTED ROCHESTER DISTRICTS; ANNOUNCES PUSH FOR NEW LEGISLATION DESIGNATING ONLINE PREDATOR BLACKMAILING AS FEDERAL CRIME

For Months, Online Extortionists Have Targeted Many Rochester-Finger Lakes Students: Creating Fake Online Profiles, Befriending Students & Stealing Personal Information & Private Photos; Then Weaponizing The Information For Blackmail And Ransom; DOJ Calls It The, "Fastest Growing Online Threat Against Children" Schumer Launches Major Two-Pronged Plan To Prevent Vulnerable Students From Falling Victim To Criminal Online And Social Media Schemes, Urging NCMEC To Immediately Mobilize All A… Continue Reading


02.08.19

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES IMMINENT PASSAGE OF BIPARTISAN 2019 LANDS PACKAGE, OFFICIALLY DESIGNATING THE JAMESTOWN COMEDY CENTER AS THE “NATIONAL COMEDY CENTER OF THE UNITED STATES”; SENATOR SAYS NEW DESIGNATION WILL MAKE JAMESTOWN THE "COOPERSTOWN OF COMEDY," ATTRACTING VISITORS FROM FAR & WIDE, CREATING NEW JOBS & BRINGING A BOON OF TOURISM DOLLARS & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TO WNY

National Comedy Center Is A Cultural Institution: Connecting, Inspiring, & Educating Visitors From All Over The US About America's Rich History Of Comedy Schumer Successfully Fought To Include This Legislation In The 2019 Lands Package & Is Now Calling On His Colleagues In Congress To Pass It ASAP Schumer: Making Jamestown, NY The Official National Comedy Center Is No Laughing Matter! U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today launched a final push to pass legislation that w… Continue Reading


02.05.19

SCHUMER INVITES NEW YORK AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER, RONAN BYRNE, TO STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS; AFTER 35 DAYS WITHOUT PAY DURING THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN THAT HELD HOSTAGE 800,000 INNOCENT FEDERAL WORKERS & JEOPARDIZED PUBLIC SAFETY FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, BYRNE, FATHER OF 4 CHILDREN UNDER 5 YEARS OLD, EXEMPLIFIES THE VITAL NECESSITY OF KEEPING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FULLY-FUNDED & OPEN

As Schumer's Guest, Byrne Will Highlight Toll The Partial Federal Government Shutdown Had On Hardworking Federal Employees & Their Families, the American Economy-& The Erosion of Air Travel Efficiency And Safety For Millions Of Americans U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that he has invited as his guest, Ronan Byrne, an air traffic controller from Long Island, and father of four, to attend the president's State of the Union address tonight. Byrne … Continue Reading


02.05.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $1.1 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR COMMISSION ON ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR THE GREATER CAPITAL REGION YOUTHBUILD PROGRAM

Department Of Labor's YouthBuild Program Provides Occupational Skills To Young Adults Who Have Been In Juvenile Justice System, Aging Out Of Foster Care, Dropped Out Of High School Or At Risk Of Failing Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $1.1M To Help At-Risk Young Adults In The Capital Region Earn Degrees & Build Construction-Related Job Experience For The Real World U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1.1 million in federal fundin… Continue Reading


02.05.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $11 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR 24 WESTERN NEW YORK ORGANIZATIONS WORKING TO END HOMELESSNESS

Funding Will Be Used To Help Non-Profits, Local Governments Assist Homeless Individuals & Families, Promote Self-Sufficiency Programs U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $11,455,427 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for services in Western New York that promote the goal of ending homelessness. The funding was allocated through HUD's Continuum of Care Program, which provides funding to non-profits, as well a… Continue Reading


02.05.19

AS EPA PREPARES TO RELEASE SECOND 5-YEAR REVIEW OF HUDSON RIVER PCB SUPERFUND SITE TO DETERMINE WHETHER CLEANUP IS PROTECTIVE OF HUMAN HEALTH, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND CALL ON EPA TO DENY A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION TO GE

Schumer, Gillibrand: Certificate of Completion Could Harm the Health of the Hudson River and New Yorkers; EPA Must Work with GE & New York State to Continue PCB Cleanup EPA Is Expected to Soon Issue Second 5-Year Review Report On Hudson River PCB Cleanup and Determine Whether the Dredging Remedy Carried Out by GE Is Protective of Human Health and the Environment Last December, NYS DEC Report Found that PCB Contamination Has Not Consistently Improved, Despite GE Assurances that PCB Cleanup … Continue Reading


02.04.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $11 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR 33 CENTRAL NEW YORK AND MOHAWK VALLEY ORGANIZATIONS WORKING TO END HOMELESSNESS

Funding Will Be Used To Help Non-Profits, Local Governments Assist Homeless Individuals & Families, Promote Self-Sufficiency Programs U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $11,419,216 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for services in Central New York and the Mohawk Valley that promote the goal of ending homelessness. The funding was allocated through HUD's Continuum of Care Program, which provides funding to … Continue Reading


02.04.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $9 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR 45 ROCHESTER-FINGER LAKES ORGANIZATIONS WORKING TO END HOMELESSNESS

Funding Will Be Used To Help Non-Profits, Local Governments Assist Homeless Individuals & Families, Promote Self-Sufficiency Programs U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $9,959,907 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for organizations in the Rochester-Finger Lakes Region that promote the goal of ending homelessness. The funding was allocated through HUD's Continuum of Care Program, which provides funding to n… Continue Reading


02.04.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: FEDS ON VERGE OF NOT SETTING DRINKING WATER STANDARD FOR HIGHLY TOXIC PFOA/PFOS CHEMICALS THAT HAVE PLAGUED LI; SCHUMER MAKES PUBLIC PUSH ON EPA TO REVERSE COURSE & ISSUE DRINKING WATER STANDARD TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH; FEDS MUST BE HELD TO ACCOUNT

Schumer Already Successfully Fought The Feds When They Tried To Block A Critical Report On Dangers Of LI PFOA/PFOS, And Now, Ahead Of Senate Confirmation Of New EPA Chief, Senator Is Publicly Sounding Alarm & Demanding Action Schumer Says Establishing A Federal Drinking Water Standard For PFOA/PFOS Is A Crucial Step In Addressing Health Risks & Ensuring Feds Don't Dismiss Local Contamination In Other Ways Schumer: LI'ers Deserve The Truth About Their Water & The Feds Need To Tell I… Continue Reading


01.31.19

AS REPORTS INDICATE EPA ON VERGE OF NOT SETTING DRINKING WATER STANDARD FOR HIGHLY TOXIC PFOA/PFOS, SCHUMER & GILLIBRAND DEMAND EPA ISSUE STANDARD FOR MAXIMUM EXPOSURE TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH; CARCINOGENIC CHEMICAL HAS CONTAMINATED DRINKING

In Recent Years, Elevated Levels Of Carcinogenic PFOA & PFOS Have Contaminated The Drinking Water Of Communities In New York, Endangering The Health And Well-Being Of Residents  Recent Reports Indicate The EPA On Verge Of Decision Not To Set A Maximum Contaminant Level For PFOA/PFOS; Schumer & Gillibrand Urge EPA To Reverse Course & Immediately Establish A Drinking Water Standard For PFOA/PFOS   Senators To EPA: Places Lik… Continue Reading


01.27.19

SCHUMER, IN LETTER TO TRUMP, URGES PRESIDENT TO GET FED WORKERS THEIR BACK PAY ASAP—AND FIGURE OUT WAY TO ALSO PAY THOSE WHO WORK AS FED CONTRACTORS; ALSO WILL SUPPORT LEGISLATION TO PREVENT FUTURE SHUTDOWNS

Despite Fact That Shutdown Has Ended, Hundreds Of Thousands Of People Await Back Pay Senator Says We Must Avoid Shutdowns In The Future; There Is A Legislative Way To Do It Schumer: To Truly End The Impact Of The Shutdown, New Yorkers-And Americans-Need Their Paychecks ASAP On the heels of a needless government shutdown that's impacted hundreds-of-thousands of families, many from New York, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer called on President Trump, today, to make sure there is no further delay in… Continue Reading


01.23.19

SCHUMER, IN A PERSONAL MEETING WITH ACTING SECRETARY OF DEFENSE PATRICK SHANAHAN, URGES DOD TO KEEP ITS PROMISE UNDER MATTIS TO QUICKLY IMPLEMENT INTERIM REMEDIATION MEASURES TO LIMIT SPREAD OF TOXIC PFOA/PFOS CONTAMINATION AT RECREATION POND AND BEYOND; SAYS MORE WORK MUST BE DONE TO LIMIT THE FURTHER SPREAD OF CARCINOGENIC WATER CONTAMINANT

In May 2016, The City Of Newburgh's Main Drinking Water Source, Washington Lake, Was Found To Be Contaminated By PFOA/PFOS - Due To Use Of Firefighting Foam At Stewart ANGB; Toxic Pollution Endangered Health Of Thousands Of Residents, Who Were Unaware Of Threat For Years Schumer Has Long Fought To Clean Up Newburgh's Toxic PFOA/PFOS Contamination, Including Recently Receiving Commitment From ANG To Install Interim Remediation Measures At Recreation Pond; In A One-On-One Meeting With Acting Sec… Continue Reading


01.20.19

ON 30TH DAY OF GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, SCHUMER PUSHES PLAN TO PROTECT 800K FED WORKERS & THEIR FAMILIES—THOUSANDS IN NY—FROM LOSING HOMES, FACING EVICTION FROM LANDLORDS OR FALLING BEHIND ON BILLS; SENATOR SAYS NEW LEGISLATION WOULD ALSO GUARANTEE PROTECTIONS IN ANY FUTURE SHUTDOWN

As Senator Continues To Make The Case & Urge 'Open The Government,' NYC & Long Island Fed Worker Stories Show How Necessary Financial Protections Are For People Who Rely On Their Jobs In Agencies That Have Nothing To Do With Current Debate Third Of The Fed Workforce In NYC/LI Is Feeling Pain--While Each and Every Taxpayer Suffers Schumer: No Fed Worker Should Have Their Financial Well-Being Held Hostage By A President On the 30th day of a needless government shutdown, U.S. Senator Cha… Continue Reading


01.18.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: IN MIDST OF SHUTDOWN, CAPITAL REGION IS EXPERIENCING ALARMING SHINGLE SHOT SHORTAGE THAT LEFT UNSOLVED COULD SICKEN MANY & SPREAD CHICKENPOX VIRUS THIS WINTER; SENATOR URGES EMERGENCY FDA STAFF TO STEP IN, HELP REMEDY SHORTAGE WITH MANUFACTURER & IMPROVE COMMUNICATION WITH LOCALS NOW IN DARK

Amidst Government Shutdown, FDA Has Furloughed Staff That Senator Says Can Help Alleviate Area Shortage Of Shingles Vaccine-Shingrix-Which is Extremely Effective Against Virus; Capital Region Pharmacies, Including Big Names Like CVS, Are Out Of Vaccine Schumer Says FDA Should Consider Shortage An Emergency, Expedite Regulatory Hurdles To Address It & Urge Prioritized Shipments To States Like NY, Where Population Can Increase Risk Of Virus Spread Faster Schumer: Shingle Shot Shortage Is A P… Continue Reading


01.18.19

SCHUMER PUSHES AMTRAK TO BE MORE FLEXIBLE IN NEGOTIATIONS TO CREATE NEW & NEEDED TRANSIT LINE FOR EAST BRONX & WESTCHESTER COMMUTERS; PENN ACCESS PLAN REDUCES TRAVEL TIMES; WILL BOOST ECONOMY & CREATE VITAL SYSTEM RESILIENCY-- BUT AMTRAK NEEDS TO DO MORE TO GET IT DONE

Brand New Service With Four New Bronx Stations Would Create One-Seat Train Ride For East, South Bronx & Parts of Westchester to Penn Station, And Aid Reverse Commuters, Too; Reduced Travel Time, Access To Major Job Market & Overall Convenience Will Help Drive Transportation Relief For Countless NY Commuters Schumer: Amtrak Must Be More Flexible On Access Fees and Shared Costs with Metro-North If We Are To Create This Important New Transit Line Touting the endless benefits of the new B… Continue Reading


01.18.19

SCHUMER PUSHES AMTRAK TO BE MORE FLEXIBLE IN FINALIZING DEAL TO CREATE NEW & NEEDED TRANSIT LINE FOR EAST BRONX & WESTCHESTER COMMUTERS; PENN STATION ACCESS WILL REDUCE TRAVEL TIMES BY CREATING ONE-SEAT RIDE TO PENN STATION & WEST SIDE OF MANHATTAN; WILL BOOST LOCAL BRONX & WESTCHESTER ECONOMY; & WILL IMPROVE SYSTEM RESILIENCY

Schumer: Amtrak Needs To Be More Flexible So We Can Get To "Y-E-S" ASAP For Westchester Commuters New Line From New Rochelle To East And South Bronx Would Offer Westchester Commuters First Ever One-Seat Ride To Manhattan's Booming West Side, And Establish Critical New Reverse Commute Option; Will Be Huge Boon For Westchester Commuters  Brand New Service From New Rochelle Hub, With Four Bronx Stations, Would Create One-Seat Train Ride For East, South Bronx & Westchester To Penn Stati… Continue Reading


01.17.19

IN A PERSONAL MEETING WITH ACTING SECRETARY OF DEFENSE PATRICK SHANAHAN, SCHUMER URGES DOD TO EXECUTE CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES AT NFARS; SAYS IMPROVEMENTS WOULD ENHANCE BASE’S KC-135 TANKER MISSION, PRIME BASE FOR ADDITIONAL MISSIONS

Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, Home To The 914th Refueling Wing's KC-135 Mission, Is In Need Of Major Infrastructure Improvements To Its Runway, Hangars And Hydrant System In A Personal Meeting With Acting Secretary Of Defense Patrick Shanahan, Schumer Calls On DOD To Make Key Improvements; Says They Will Prime Base For New KC-46 Tanker Mission Schumer To DOD: Infrastructure Upgrades Will Keep NFARS At The Pinnacle Of Excellence And Readiness In a one-on-one meeting with Acting U.S. Sec… Continue Reading


01.15.19

IN A PERSONAL MEETING WITH ACTING SECRETARY OF DEFENSE SHANAHAN, SCHUMER URGES DOD TO MAKE FORT DRUM RAILHEAD IMPROVEMENTS A TOP PRIORITY; PROJECT WOULD MODERNIZE BASE INFRASTRUCTURE, ENHANCE READINESS

Current Railhead Limits Fort Drum's Ability To Meet Mission Readiness Requirement Senator Says Railhead Improvements Are Installation's #1 Infrastructure Priority; Urges Department Of Defense To Prioritize $21M Project In The Army’s FY2020 Budget Request Schumer To DOD: New Fort Drum Railhead Would Boost Mission Readiness & Bring Good-Paying Construction Jobs To The North Country In a one-on-one meeting with Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, U.S. Senator Charles E. … Continue Reading

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