Press Releases

07.30.15

SCHUMER: ROCHESTER’S NEW PHOTONICS HUB COULD FACE SIGNIFICANT OBSTACLES SELLING PRODUCTS OVERSEAS; NEW FEDERAL RULE COULD JEOPARDIZE GROWTH OF PHOTONICS INDUSTRY IN ROCHESTER – SENATOR URGES FEDS TO IMMEDIATELY SCRAP PLAN THAT COULD DIRECTLY IMPEDE ROCHESTER PHOTONICS COMPANIES FROM SELLING HI-TECH PRODUCTS FOR NON-MILITARY USES

New Proposed Fed Rule Would Put Optics & Photonics Products On Restrictive Export Control List & Could Block Access To Foreign Markets; List is Meant To Protect Sensitive Military Technology But Optics, Lasers, Other Component Now Made In Rochester Would Be Threatened If Restrictive Rule Prohibits Rochester Companies From Exporting Components In Non-Military Commercial Products Overly Restrictive Rule Comes On The Heels Of Major Announcement That Rochester Will House New Photonics Resea… Continue Reading


07.30.15

SCHUMER TEAMS UP WITH BUFFALO SABRES TO LAUNCH PUSH TO BRING 2018 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP COMPETITION TO BUFFALO – MOVE WOULD ENERGIZE WESTERN NY ECONOMY BY BRINGING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF VISITORS & TOURISM REVENUE TO THE REGION FOR THE WORLD-CLASS ICE HOCKEY EVENT

Schumer Urges USA Hockey Executive Director to Choose Buffalo - Event Would Attract Top National Ice Hockey Teams From Around the World And Infuse An Estimated $6 Million Into WNY Economy Buffalo Is On USA Hockey's Shortlist Of Cities To Host 2018 Competition - Schumer Cited Buffalo's Previous Success In Hosting The Event In 2011, Which Brought 300,000 Visitors To The Area & Millions To Buffalo In Tourism Revenue; Touts Amenities Like The New HARBORCENTER, First Niagara Arena, Which Has Sta… Continue Reading


07.30.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $25K IN FED FUNDS FOR LEWISTON VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY IN NIAGARA COUNTY

Federal Funding For Lewiston Volunteer Fire Company Will Be Used To Recruit New Firefighters U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $25,036 in federal funding for the Lewiston Volunteer Fire Company in Niagara County. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. The federal funding will allow the Lewiston Volunteer Fire Company to purchase advertising material… Continue Reading


07.30.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $1 MILLION IN FED FUNDING FOR CITY OF POUGHKEEPSIE FIRE DEPARTMENT IN DUTCHESS COUNTY

Federal Funding For Poughkeepsie Fire Department Will Be Used To Hire Seven New Firefighters U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $959,455 in federal funding for the City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department in Dutchess County. The City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department will invest the funds to expand its emergency personnel by hiring seven new firefighters. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Staffing… Continue Reading


07.29.15

SCHUMER: UPSTATE POWER GRIDS, BANK DATABASES & TELECOMMUNICATION NETWORK SYSTEMS ARE BEING PUT AT UNNECESSARY RISK; NEW FED PLAN WILL LIMIT USE OF KEY SECURITY SOFTWARE; 9 IN 10 CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROVIDERS WERE ATTACKED LAST YEAR; SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO SCRAP PLAN THAT WOULD CURTAIL ABILITY TO PROTECT NY’S CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE FROM HACKERS

Schumer Says New Fed Rule Inhibits Upstate NY's Electrical Power Grid Companies, Banks, &Telecommunication Companies From Testing Their Security Network Vulnerabilities, Meant To Help Prevent Dangerous Cyberattacks For Example, Fed Rules Will Stymie Power Grid Companies' Ability to Know If They Are Actually Secure Or Critically Vulnerable; Between 2013-2014, Power And Utility Companies Saw A 500% Increase in Attacks Schumer To Feds: If You Install A Lock On Your Door, You Must Be Able To C… Continue Reading


07.29.15

SCHUMER ASKS FBI TO OPEN FULL INVESTIGATION INTO HOW LAFAYETTE SHOOTER WAS ABLE TO GET HIS GUN, SAYING IT IS THE ONLY WAY TO GET TO BOTTOM OF TRAGIC SHOOTING; POTENTIAL FLAWS IN BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM REQUIRES FED OVERSIGHT AND MORE INFO COULD EXPOSE FLAWS, PREVENT THE NEXT TRAGIC SHOOTING

Senator Says The FBI Has The Resources To Determine Criminal Background Check Database Flaws That Allow Dangerous People To Get A Green Light To Buy Guns Just Yesterday, On Capitol Hill, Schumer Stood With Gun Violence Survivors From Charleston, Aurora, Isla Vista & Georgia To Demand A Vote From Congress On Life-Saving Background Check Legislation - That Keeps Guns Out Of Dangerous Hands By Requiring A Completed Criminal Background Check On All Handgun Sales  Schumer: The FBI Must St… Continue Reading


07.29.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES ‘HUMAN RIGHTS FOR GIRLS ACT,’ WHICH ABOLISHES THE DEMEANING & DANGEROUS SHACKLING PRACTICE USED ON YOUNG PREGNANT PRISONERS IN CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY; LEGISLATION PROTECTS THE RIGHTS OF YOUNG PREGNANT PRISONERS BY BANNING THE USE OF RESTRAINTS DURING LABOR, DELIVERY & RECOVERY

Despite Laws in Twenty-One States, Including New York, Recent Reports Revealed That Shackles Are Still Being Used to Restrict the Mobility of Young Pregnant Prisoners in Correctional & Detention Facilities; Schumer Says That the Practice is Simply Inhumane & Can Be Harmful to Both the Mother & the Baby, As Restraints Can Interfere With Delivery Schumer Announces New Legislation That Will Prohibit the Use of Restraints on Pregnant Young Inmates During Labor, Delivery, Post-Partum Rec… Continue Reading


07.29.15

SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO UNLOCK $4 MILLION IN FUNDING THAT COULD BE USED TO REDEVELOP BETHLHEM STEEL SITE; COMPLEX FEDERAL RULES HAVE BLOCKED ERIE COUNTY FROM USING ALREADY-APPROPRIATED FUNDING FOR OVER 10 YEARS, WASTING TAXPAYER DOLLARS AND STIFLING DEVELOPMENT

Funds in a Revolving Loan Fund Controlled by Erie County Have Been Stuck in a Game of Tug-of-War Between The Fed Economic Development Admin & Dept. Of Housing And Urban Development For Over 10 Years; That Federal Dispute Has Prevented Erie County from Using Their Portion for Critical Economic Development Projects, Like Redeveloping Bethlehem Steel Site Schumer Says Erie County Has Ready-to-Go Projects Like Improving Utility Lines, Building Access Roads, and Demolishing Buildings that Could… Continue Reading


07.29.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, AND ISRAEL ANNOUNCE FEDERAL GRANT TO IMPROVE BOAT ACCESS TO TOWN DOCK IN NORTH HEMPSTEAD

$4.1 Million Grant to Remove Sediment Buildup after Superstorm Sandy North Hempstead, NY-Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Congressman Steve Israel (D-Huntington) announced a $4,142,815.50 federal grant for the Town of North Hempstead to repair damage caused more than two years ago by Superstorm Sandy. This Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance grant will be used to remove sediment buildup in the bay around North Hempstead Town Dock and help i… Continue Reading


07.28.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $180 MILLION IN ANTI-TERRORISM FUNDING FOR NYPD & OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT; FEDERAL FUNDS SUPPORT NYC’S CRITICAL URBAN AREAS SECURITY INITIATIVE; AWARD INCLUDES $76 MILLION IN STATE HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT PROGRAM FUNDING FOR NYS

Dept. of Homeland Security's UASI Program Provides Funding to Address Needs of High-Threat Urban Areas, Like NYC, and Protects Against Acts of Terrorism; State Homeland Security Program Provides Funding to Support Implementation of Homeland Security Strategies Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $180 Million in UASI Funding-$2 Million More Than Last Year; Senators Also Announce $76 Million in State Homeland Security Program Funding for NYS- $100,000 More Than Last Year U.S. Senators Charles E. Schume… Continue Reading


07.28.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE, AFTER SUCCESSFULLY APPEALING TO FEMA ADMINISTRATOR FUGATE & SECURING THE FUNDS NEEDED TO RELOCATE THE SCHOHARIE PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY, THE COUNTY WILL NOW FINALLY RECEIVE $26 MILLION

Schoharie County Public Safety Building Was Severely Damaged During Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 & More Than $37 Million Was Needed to Relocate the Facility Out of the Flood Plain Schumer & Gillibrand Went To Bat For Schoharie County & Urged FEMA Admin. To Provide Final Sign-Off; In April, FEMA Agreed To Get Vital, Long-Overdue Project Underway - Now, Senators Announce Schoharie County Will See $26 Million From FEMA This Month Schumer, Gillibrand: $26 Million In Fed Funds For Sch… Continue Reading


07.27.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $320K IN FED FUNDING FOR FOUR WESTERN NY FIRE DEPARTMENTS IN CATTARAUGUS AND ERIE COUNTIES

Federal Funding Will Be Used to Purchase New Equipment to Keep Firefighters Safe U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $329,309 in federal funding for four fire departments in Western New York. The federal funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the Farmersville Volunteer Fire Department in Cattaraugus County will receive $86,056 to purchase 12-14 new self-contained breat… Continue Reading


07.27.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $138K FOR TWO NORTH COUNTRY FIRE DEPARTMENTS IN CLINTON AND ESSEX COUNTIES

Federal Funding Will Be Used to Purchase Protective Gear and Breathing Apparatuses for Rouses Point and Port Henry Fire Departments U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $137,944 in federal funding for North Country fire departments. Specifically, $29,524 will be awarded to the Rouses Point Fire Department in Clinton County and $108,420 to the Port Henry Fire Department in Essex County. This federal funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Secu… Continue Reading


07.27.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $195K IN FED FUNDS FOR SPARROWBUSH ENGINE COMPANY IN ORANGE COUNTY

Sparrowbush Engine Company Will Use Federal Funds to Purchase New Equipment To Keep Firefighters Safe U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $195,453 in federal funding for the Sparrowbush Engine Company, a volunteer fire company in Orange County. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance for Firefighters Grant Program. This federal funding will allow the Sparrowbush Engine Company to purchase 21 new self-conta… Continue Reading


07.27.15

SCHUMER: NEW LEGISLATION ALREADY PASSED BY SENATE COMMITTEE ALLOWS EXCESSIVELY LONG & DANGEROUS 84-FOOT TRUCKS – THE SIZE OF AN 8-STORY BUILDING ON ITS SIDE – ON LIE & OTHER LI ROADWAYS; PREEMPTS NY LAW; SENATOR LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO FIGHT BUDGET PROVISION THAT WOULD ALLOW MAMMOTH TRUCKS ON ROAD & PUT DRIVERS AT RISK

Senate Appropriations Committee Recently Adopted A Provision That Would Allow Twin 33' Trucks On LIE & NYS Roadways & Bridges; Schumer Says New Trucks Are Significantly Longer Than Existing Limits And Pose Serious Dangers To Other Drivers and Passengers; Senate THUD Bill Includes A Provision That Would Preempt New York Law On Average 4,000 People Die In Truck-Related Accidents Every Year; Large Trucks Have Been Responsible For Over 80 Fatal Crashes In Nassau & Suffolk Since 2009; Lo… Continue Reading


07.27.15

SCHUMER PUSHES TO ACCELERATE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW TECHNOLOGY THAT PREVENTS DRUNK DRIVERS FROM DRIVING; TECHNOLOGY WOULD DISABLE IGNITION IF DRIVER WAS ABOVE BLOOD ALCOHOL LIMIT; IN LIGHT OF SO MANY DEATHS IN NY & RECENT LI TRAGEDY, LEGISLATION IS EVEN MORE OF A NECESSITY

Schumer-Cosponsored Legislation Would Advance Drunk-Driving Prevention Technology Known As The Driver Alcohol Detection System For Safety (DADSS); Sensors Use Touch Or Non-Invasive Breath Technology To Detect When A Driver Is Over The Legal Limit & Automatically Disables Ignition; Fed Funds Would Help Adapt Technology So It Fit Into Cars & Would Be Affordable Over 10,000 People Were Killed In Alcohol-Impaired Crashes In 2013; Senator Says DADSS Installation Should Be Available As Optio… Continue Reading


07.24.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $19,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE ATHENS VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARMTENT IN GREENE COUNTY

Federal Funding For Athens Volunteer Fire Dept. Will Be Used To Purchase New Safety Equipment U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $19,953 in federal funding for the Athens Volunteer Fire Department. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The Athens Volunteer Fire Department will use this federal investment to purchase a washer/extractor and dryer to clean firefighter tur… Continue Reading


07.24.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $300,000 IN FED FUNDING FOR COLUMBIA COUNTY AIRPORT

Federal Transportation Funding Will Allow Airport to Upgrade Airport Security U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $308,610 in federal funding for the Columbia County Airport. This funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This grant will fund the installation of a new 20,000 feet of perimeter fencing in two phases. The new fence will replace a 25 year-old perimeter chain-link fencing and… Continue Reading


07.24.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $43,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE DEKALB JUNCTION VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARMTENT IN ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY

Federal Funding For DeKalb Junction Volunteer Fire Dept. Will Be Used To Purchase New Safety Equipment U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $43,429 in federal funding for the DeKalb Junction Volunteer Fire Department. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The DeKalb Volunteer Fire Department will use this federal investment to purchase new fire turnout gear and Self Cont… Continue Reading


07.23.15

SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH TO SECURE FED FUNDING FOR BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY TO DEVELOP CUTTING-EDGE HIGH-TECH ELECTRONICS – FUNDING WOULD ENABLE BU TO CREATE 50-200 JOBS BY DEVELOPING NEXT GENERATION OF ADVANCED ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS AT ITS CENTER FOR ADVANCED MICROELECTRONICS MANUFACTURING

Binghamton University Is Leading New York's Portion Of The FlexTech Alliance - A Public-Private Consortium of Industry Leaders in Electronics Manufacturing - Application For $100 Million In Fed Funding Would Allow Consortium Of Companies Across The Country, Including Many Across NY, To Develop Manufacturing Innovation Institute If Selected, BU Could Receive $20 Million & Lead NY State's Research And Development Efforts For Technologies Used In High-Tech Electronic And Computer Devices &nda… Continue Reading

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