Press Releases

07.08.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $30,000 FOR OGDENSBURG AND RICHVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENTS IN ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY

Federal Funding For Ogdensburg and Richville Will Be Used to Purchase New Equipment U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $16,366 in federal funding for the Ogdensburg Fire Department and $14,286 in federal funding for the Richville Volunteer Fire Department. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). "It is critical that we provide our local fire companies with the resources and tools … Continue Reading


07.07.15

SCHUMER LAUNCHES THREE-PRONGED EFFORT TO MAKE ROADS SAFER FOR RESIDENTS IN WESTCHESTER & ROCKLAND COUNTY; WILL CALL ON FEDS TO ANALYZE DANGEROUS ROADS AND INTERSECTIONS, MAKE SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS & THEN IMPLEMENT THEM TO HELP PREVENT FUTURE ACCIDENTS

Recent Journal News Report Reveals Startling Data, Listing 133 Sections of Roadway in Lower Hudson Valley That Have Some of the Highest Crash Rates in the State; 12 Specific Locations Are Considered To Be Highly Dangerous Roads & Are Located In Westchester & Rockland Counties In Light of this Alarming Information, Schumer Says Feds Must First Work With Locals To Identify Areas of Roadway In Desperate Need Of Improvements & Conduct 'Road Safety Audit'; Then, Schumer Says Feds Should … Continue Reading


07.07.15

SCHUMER: NEW GUN GRIP iPHONE CASE LIKELY VIOLATES FEDERAL LAW; SENATOR CALLS ON AMAZON & EBAY TO IMMEDIATELY STOP SELLING DISASTER WAITING TO HAPPEN CASE MADE TO LOOK EXACTLY LIKE A REAL GUN; CASE CREATES DANGER WHEN SEEN IN KIDS’ POCKETS; URGES FEDS TO BLOCK GUN GRIP CASE NOW

Senator Says Online Retailers Should Stop Sale Of iPhone Gun Grip Cases Immediately; It Puts Kids in Jeopardy & is a Tragedy Waiting to Happen; Feds Have Grounds to Halt Shipments of Dangerous Cases to U.S. Federal Law Requires "Look-Alike" Or Novelty Guns To Feature Orange Dot At End of Gun's Barrel To Identify They Are Harmless; Schumer Says Present iPhone Gun Grip Case Lacks Orange Dot & Should Be Banned; NYPD Has Already Voiced Major Concerns & Supports Schumer's New Actions S… Continue Reading


07.06.15

SCHUMER: RECENT 'SWATTING' ATTACKS IN CAPITAL REGION RESULTED IN EVACUATIONS & RESIDENTS BEING TOLD TO STAY IN THEIR APARTMENT FOR HOURS; INCIDENTS ARE COSTING POLICE DEPTS. THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS, TERRIFYING INNOCENT VICTIMS & EVEN ENDANGERING LIVES – SCHUMER INTRODUCES NEW FEDERAL BILL TO CRACK DOWN ON ‘SWATTING’ & DETER ALARMING NEW CRIME TREND THREATENING RESIDENTS & LAW ENFORCEMENT

Deliberately False Alerts Across Capital Region Are Spurring Costly & Unnecessary Deployment Of Armed Swat Teams, Bomb Squads & Other Police Units, Causing The Evacuation Of Buildings, Closure Of Streets, Businesses & Putting Communities At Risk Schumer Introduces Legislation To Increase Penalties For Swatting Perpetrators From A Max Of 5 Years In Prison To 8 Years, Make Criminals Pay Restitution To Police - Also Pushes To Closes Loophole To Make It Illegal For Perpetrators To Evade… Continue Reading


07.06.15

SCHUMER: TONAWANDA CREEK ROAD HAS BEEN CLOSED FOR MONTHS, AFTER COMPLETELY COLLAPSING DUE TO EROSION & LACK OF FED FUNDING TO MAINTAIN ROADS; CLOSURE CAUSING MAJOR INCONVENIENCE FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS AND FORCING CARS & FIRST RESPONDERS TO DIVERT TO DIFFERENT ROADS; SENATOR CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE PASSAGE OF FEDERAL HIGHWAY BILL TO HELP PAY FOR LOCAL NEEDS, LIKE URGENT ERIE COUNTY ROAD PROJECTS

Senator Says Impending Expiration Of Highway Funding Bill At The End Of The Month Could Be Devastating For Western New York, Allowing Roads Like Tonawanda Creek And Others Across WNY To Continue To Deteriorate, Leaving Locals To Foot The Bill Local Residents Have Been Looking At The Eyesore For Over A Month & Neighbors Worry How Emergency Vehicles Will Be Able To Get Through The Road Closure; Last Collapse Took Years And Millions Of County Dollars To Fix Schumer: Our Roads, Bridges &… Continue Reading


07.02.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $2.3 MILLION IN FEDERAL HEAD START FUNDS FOR OSWEGO COUNTY OPPORTUNITIES, INC.

Oswego County Organization Will Use Funding to Continue to Provide Early Education for Low-Income Children U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,302,042 in federal funding for the Oswego County Opportunities, Inc., a community based organization in Fulton County. Schumer and Gillibrand said this funding will continue to support the organization's efforts to improve education for low-income children at their earliest age, when major learning strides take pla… Continue Reading


07.01.15

SCHUMER: NEW NUMBERS SHOW COUNTERFEIT MONEY HAS BECOME AN ALARMING TREND IN WATERTOWN; SEVERAL LOCAL STORES HAVE SUFFERED IN THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS & ARE LEFT HIGH AND DRY WHEN THEY GO TO DEPOSIT FAKE BILLS – SCHUMER URGES SECRET SERVICE TO STEP UP EFFORTS TO COMBAT COUNTERFEIT BILLS & PROVIDE RESOURCES TO HELP LOCAL WATERTOWN RETAILERS IDENTIFY FAKE CURRENCY

Watertown Authorities Have Identified Thousands of Dollars' Worth of Counterfeit Money Circulating in The Watertown Area, But This Amount Likely Only Scratches The Surface Schumer Calls On Secret Service To Enhance Coordination With Local Law Enforcement, Identify Potential Counterfeit Hot Spots & Educate Local Businesses With Ways To Identify Counterfeit Money Schumer: Local Businesses Need Help Knowing What's Real & What’s Fake At The Mustard Seed in Watertown, a local busin… Continue Reading


07.01.15

SCHUMER REVEALS: LONG LOST ART TREASURE PAINTED BY THOMAS COLE, THE FATHER OF THE HUDSON RIVER SCHOOL, HAS BEEN MIRACULOUSLY DISCOVERED; SENATOR URGES FEDS TO FUND HISTORIC RESTORATION PROJECT TO UNCOVER PREVIOUSLY UNKNOWN MURALS AT ARTIST’S HOME IN CATSKILL IN GREENE COUNTY

The Thomas Cole Historic Site In The Village of Catskill, Where The Great American Landscape Artist Lived, Has Discovered Murals That Cole Painted, Previously Hidden Under Layers Of Wall Paint Schumer Urges Chairman For The National Endowment for the Humanities & Acting Director For The Institute of Museum and Library Services To Expeditiously Approve The Cole Site Grant Requests Of Over $600K So That These Lost American Treasures May Be Restored  Schumer: Wall Mural Is A Historic Di… Continue Reading


07.01.15

SCHUMER URGES U.S. TREASURY DEPARTMENT TO CHOOSE SENECA FALLS, NY - BIRTHPLACE OF WOMEN’S RIGHTS MOVEMENT - AS SITE FOR ONE OF TREASURY’S UPCOMING PUBLIC INPUT TOWN HALLS ON NEW $10 BILL DESIGN, SENATOR ALSO OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES HIS ‘WHICH GREAT AMERICAN WOMAN SHOULD BE FEATURED ON FEDERAL CURRENCY?’ CAMPAIGN; VOTE NOW AT: SCHUMER.SENATE.GOV/VOTE-TODAY

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew Announced The $10 Bill Will Be Redesigned To Feature A Woman By 2020, The 100th Anniversary Of The 19thAmendment, Which Guaranteed Women The Right To Vote Schumer Says It Is Time We Have An American Woman Represented On Our Paper Currency; The Public Should Have A Say In The Decision As Soon As Possible - And Seneca Falls in NY, As Birthplace of the Women's Suffrage Movement, Should Be The Site For One of Treasury's Town Hall Meetings Open to the Public for Inp… Continue Reading


06.30.15

SCHUMER: WITH ILLEGAL DRUG SEIZURE, FIREARM SEIZURE & OTHER CRIME ON THE RISE IN POUGHKEEPSIE, FED PROGRAM USED TO HIRE NEW COPS UNFAIRLY RESTRICTS SMALL CITIES WITH HIGH CRIME RATES, LIKE POUGHKEEPSIE, FROM GETTING THE ADDITIONAL OFFICERS THEY DESPERATELY NEED – LAUNCHES MAJOR PUSH TO CHANGE FED PROGRAM & SECURE CRITICAL FED FUNDING NEEDED TO HIRE 5 NEW COPS IN CITY OF POUGHKEEPSIE

Schumer Launches Two-Pronged Push - First, City of Poughkeepsie is Currently Seeking Fed Funds to Hire 5 Police Officers; Schumer Pushes To Help Poughkeepsie Get Highest Number Of Cops Allowed to Apply For Under Current Program Guidelines - 5 Second, Schumer Pushes New Attorney General to Change Fed Program to Get More Cops in Poughkeepsie – Schumer Says Poughkeepsie Should Be Able to Get Funds It Needs to Hire New Cops But is Currently Restricted by Arbitrary Limits Based On Its Small S… Continue Reading


06.30.15

SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO APPROVE MAJOR FUNDING TO RESTORE & REVITALIZE HISTORIC ULSTER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER – THEATER IS PILLAR IN LOCAL COMMUNITY & TOURISM INDUSTRY; RENOVATING WOULD HELP IMPROVE CENTER’S FACILITIES & BRING NEW BUSINESSES TO AREA

Federal Economic Development Funding Would Enable Ulster Performing Arts Center To Make Major Renovations To Facilities, Including Adding Public Safety Upgrades & Public Restrooms, Improving Building Energy Efficiency, And Installing A New AC System So Theater Can Stay Open During Summer Months Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Inc. Has Applied For $3 Million In Fed Funds For UPAC Restoration - Schumer Says Economic Benefits Could Mean Major Boost For County & Could Bring New Businesses &… Continue Reading


06.30.15

SCHUMER REVEALS: 50,000+ LONG ISLAND SENIORS COULD BE HOMEBOUND BECAUSE CRITICAL AGING IN PLACE PROGRAM IS IN DANGER OF EXPIRING; SENATOR PUSHES FEDS TO CONTINUE ‘PROJECT INDEPENDENCE’ ACROSS NORTH HEMPSTEAD; IF PROGRAM EXPIRES, THOUSANDS OF SENIORS WOULD BE FORCED INTO COSTLY CARE, DIMINISHING QUALITY OF LIFE & COSTING FEDS MILLIONS

'Project Independence' Has Just Been Forced To Take On Over 2,000 New Seniors With Closure Of FEGS But Now PI Future Is On The Line, Too; Program Already Serves Nearly A Quarter Of North Hempstead's Entire Population With Transportation & Home Care Needs; Schumer Secured Initial Grant Creating Nassau Program For Seniors, Allowing Them To Remain In Their Homes As They Grow Older; Program Coordinates Essential Transportation To Doctor’s Office, Grocery Shopping, Nurse Visits & Case… Continue Reading


06.30.15

SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO IMMEDIATELY REVIEW AND STRONGLY SUPPORT LOCAL & STATE PLAN TO INCREASE AND ENHANCE ACCESS FOR BOATING AND RECREATIONAL ACCESS ON THE HUDSON RIVER; NEW RIVER ENTRY POINTS WOULD INCREASE ACCESS FOR BOATERS, ANGLERS AND NATURE LOVERS; WOULD ALSO BRING THOUSANDS OF NEW TOURISTS PER YEAR & PROVIDE MAJOR BOOST TO LOCAL ECONOMY

Senator Says Locals And State Are Working Together To Submit Proposal, So Feds Can Promptly Review Request And Approve Comprehensive Restoration Plan, River Access Improvement Projects In Orange County Schumer: Feds Should Get Ready To Review, Approve and Help Fund New Hudson River Access For Boaters, Fishers, And Recreation Use Across The Hudson Valley  Schumer To Feds: Hudson River Project Needs To Make River More Accessible For Boaters, Fishers, Nature Lovers & Tourists   … Continue Reading


06.29.15

SCHUMER: BECAUSE OF FEDERAL RED TAPE, DISTILLERIES LIKE COOPERSTOWN DISTILLERY IN OTSEGO COUNTY ARE FORCED TO WAIT OVER 200 DAYS TO GET BASIC APPROVALS TO EXPAND; DISTILLERIES & CRAFT INDUSTRY HAVE EXPANDED BY OVER 50%, YET FEDERAL DISTILLERY INSPECTORS—WHO APPROVE REQUESTS—HAVE BEEN CUT BY 10%; SENATOR CALLS FOR MORE INSPECTORS TO REDUCE BACKLOG THAT IS COSTING DISTILLERY INDUSTRY MILLIONS

Schumer Says Cuts In Federal Alcohol Inspectors Put Cooperstown & Other NY Distilleries Directly At Risk; Delays Cause Losses To Producers Trying To Get Off The Ground Or Expand; Inspector Is Responsible For Auditing And Reviewing All Requests Like Bond Approvals, New Product Labels, Recipes And Operating Licenses; It Is Very Common For Some Approvals To Be Delayed Up To Hundreds Of Days  Schumer Says Increasing The Amount Of Federal Alcohol Inspectors Should Be A M… Continue Reading


06.29.15

SCHUMER, GOLDFEDER, RICHARDS URGE U.S. COAST GUARD & MTA TO CONSIDER EXTENDING RIGHT-OF-WAY PEAK HOURS FOR TRAINS ALONG ROCKAWAY’S CHANNEL RAIL BRIDGE; WOULD HELP PREVENT DELAYS ALONG ‘A’ TRAIN BY LIMITING BRIDGE LIFT TIMES THAT OFTEN DISRUPT RUSH HOUR COMMUTES FOR PASSENGERS

Rockaway's Beach Channel Rail Bridge Frequently Gives Right-Of-Way To Passing Water Crafts, As Bridge Must Lift to Allow Boats Through; While Train Traffic Has Right of Way Between 6:45am-8:20 am & 5pm-6:45pm, Many Commuters Have Said This Does Not Satisfy Their Needs & Train Traffic Right-of-Ways Should Be Further Extended During Rush Hours  Schumer, Goldfeder, Richards Urge MTA And Coast Guard To Consider Extending Right-Of-Way Hours for Train Traffic Along Channel Brid… Continue Reading


06.29.15

SCHUMER: FARMERS COULD EXPERIENCE ECONOMIC PERIL & AVERAGE PRICE OF VEGETABLES COULD RISE, UNLESS ORLEANS COUNTY FARMERS GET MUCH NEEDED WORKERS TO TEND CROPS; SHORTAGE OF WORKERS PUTS FARMERS & CONSUMERS IN JEOPARDY; SENATOR URGES FEDS TO IMMEDIATELY FIX BACKLOG OF WORKERS CAUSED BY JUNE 9TH COMPUTER GLITCH

Already-Struggling Family Farms In Orleans County Do Not Have Enough Workers To Harvest Their Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Cucumbers and More This Season - If Legal Temp Ag-Worker Backlog Isn't Fixed, Apple Farms Could Be Hit Next; Farms Could Be Left Stranded While Crops Are Rotting In The Fields and Consumers Face Higher Prices Schumer Says A State Department Computer Failure Has Prevented The U.S. From Issuing Thousands Of Temporary Working Visas For Workers to Pick the Crops, Leaving Upstate N… Continue Reading


06.29.15

SCHUMER: ‘SWATTING’ ATTACKS ON DRAMATIC RISE ACROSS CENTRAL NY—RECENT ATTACK CAUSED EVACUATION OF OVER 1100 WORKERS AT JOHN H. MULROY CIVIC CENTER, EDWARD KOCHIAN COUNTY OFFICE BUILDING AND JOBSPLUS!; INCIDENTS ARE COSTING POLICE DEPTS. THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS, TERRIFYING INNOCENT VICTIMS & EVEN ENDANGERING LIVES – SCHUMER INTRODUCES NEW FEDERAL BILL TO CRACK DOWN ON ‘SWATTING’ & DETER ALARMING NEW CRIME TREND THREATENING RESIDENTS & LAW ENFORCEMENT

Deliberately False Alerts In Central New York Are Spurring Costly & Unnecessary Deployment Of Armed Swat Teams, Bomb Squads & Other Police Units, Causing The Evacuation Of Buildings, Closure Of Streets, Businesses & Putting Communities At Risk Schumer Introduces Legislation To Increase Penalties For Swatting Perpetrators From A Max Of 5 Years In Prison To 8 Years, Make Criminals Pay Restitution To Police - Also Pushes To Closes Loophole To Make It Illegal For Perpetrators To Evade L… Continue Reading


06.29.15

IN CALL TO DOD BRASS, SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO LET SMALL BUSINESSES, LIKE BINGHAMTON’S VMR, COMPETE FOR MAJOR DEFENSE CONTRACT; $35 MILLION DOD CONTRACT COULD JUMP START LOCAL MANUFACTURING & PAVE WAY FOR INCREASING PRODUCTION, CREATING & SUPPORTING HUNDREDS OF NEW JOBS AT VMR IN BINGHAMTON

Federal Approval Needed to Allow Small Businesses, Including NY-Based VMR Electronics Corp. in Binghamton, to Compete for Major Defense Contract; Defense Officials Are Currently Reviewing Contract to Decide Eligibility of Small Businesses to Compete Schumer Says Small, Local Companies Like VMR Are Often Squeezed Out of Bidding Process Because of Size, But Can Compete in The Big Leagues If Afforded The Opportunity - Schumer Makes Personal Call to DISA Director & Urges DOD to Give Small Busi… Continue Reading


06.29.15

AFTER SOUTH CAROLINA TRAGEDY, SCHUMER LAUNCHES NEW EFFORT TO PASS SIGNIFICANT BACKGROUND CHECK, COMMON SENSE GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION; WEAK LAWS ALLOW PEOPLE WHO SHOULDN’T OBTAIN GUNS TO GET THEM & USE THEM IN MASSACRE AFTER MASSACRE; SENATOR WILL INVOKE 1993 BRADY BILL PASSAGE AS MODEL TO EMULATE, TAKE ACTION AMERICANS ARE CALLING FOR

Schumer, Author Of Brady Law & Crime Bill, Says Better Background Checks Would Help Stop Dangerous People Who Now Get Guns With Ease Schumer Vows To Revive Stalled Efforts To Expand Background Checks-Current Federal Law Allows For Felons & Abusers & Even Those on Terror Watch List To Buy Guns On The Internet, At Gun Shows, & Other Places With No Questions Asked Schumer to Congress: It Was Tough To Pass The Brady Law in '93, We Should Muster The Same Courage Today To Protect T… Continue Reading


06.29.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES FEMA HAS APPROVED ADDITIONAL $563K FOR BINGHAMTON-JOHNSON CITY JOINT SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT – FACILITY WILL FINALLY RECEIVE FEMA FUNDS TO REPAIR DAMAGES TO THE FACILITY FROM ’06 FLOODS

Binghamton-Johnson City Joint Sewage Treatment Plant Was Badly Damaged Following Extensive Floods in June 2006; FEMA Analyzed Cost of Repairs, But Administrative Error Led to Incorrect Deduction of $563K Joint Sewage then Appealed Decision, Citing Additional Costs of Repairs and Requesting FEMA Approve Additional Funds to Bring Total Cost of Project to $1.6M Schumer: Successful Appeal Means Financial Burden of Vital Project Will Not Fall On the Backs of Broome County Taxpayers U.S. S… Continue Reading

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