Press Releases

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


06.26.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, RIT HAS RECEIVED MORE THAN $1 MILLION IN FED FUNDING TO CONTINUE MODERNIZING MLITARY EQUIPMENT FOR U.S. TROOPS; INVESTMENT IS PART OF GROUNDBREAKING PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN RIT AND DEPT. OF DEFENSE

In July 2014, Schumer Announced RIT Would Receive Up To $2.1 Million for Work Rehabbing & Upgrading Navy Equipment - Grant Kept 10-Year Public-Private Partnership Between RIT & DOD Now, RIT Will Receive More Than $1 Million in 2015 Additional Funding to Continue Equipment Modernizing Program - Schumer Led the Effort to Partner RIT, a Leading Global Research Facility, With Navy to Upgrade Military Equipment for Troops Schumer: Grant Ensures RIT Can Continue Groundbreaking Defense Depa… Continue Reading


06.26.15

CONGRESSMAN SERRANO, SENATOR SCHUMER WELCOME EXTENSION OF TPS REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR INDIVIDUALS FROM EBOLA-AFFECTED NATIONS

Rep. Serrano, Sen. Schumer Advocated for this Extension in a Letter sent to the Secretary of Homeland Jeh Johnson Congressman José E. Serrano applauded today the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's decision to extend the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) registration deadline for eligible individuals from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone - the three ebola-affected nations. In a letter sent in May this year, Congressman Serrano and Senator Schumer, along with 9 other Members of the N… Continue Reading


06.26.15

SCHUMER: FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION SHOULD STAY OUT OF AIRCRAFT NOISE LAWSUIT BETWEEN TOWN OF EAST HAMPTON & AVIATION INDUSTRY

Town Of East Hampton, Which Operates Local Airport, Recently Established Aircraft Noise Restrictions to Improve Quality Of Life For Tens Of Thousands Of Residents-To Alleviate Community Concerns Caused By Incessant Aircraft Noise During Summer Months Senator Urges FAA to Stop Intervening in Lawsuit And Honor Prior Commitment, As East Hampton Airport No Longer Receives FAA Funding       Schumer: The East End Already Has Enough Aircraft Noise; It Doesn't Need Backgrou… Continue Reading


06.25.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $760K IN FED FUNDING FOR SYRACUSE HANCOCK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN ONONDAGA COUNTY

Federal Transportation Funding Will Allow Airport to Purchase Critical Equipment & Improve Runway Safety U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $762,300 in federal funding for the Syracuse Hancock International Airport in Onondaga County. This funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This funding will allow the airport to purchase vital equipment needed for snow removal during the wint… Continue Reading


06.25.15

SCHUMER: PRIVATE SALE & FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF PLUM ISLAND WOULD DESTROY KEY ECOLOGICAL RESOURCES & NEGATIVELY IMPACT ENDANGERED SPECIES IN THE LONG ISLAND REGION; ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION TO PREVENT PLUM ISLAND FROM BEING SOLD TO HIGHEST BIDDER & ENSURE LAND IS PRESERVED & PROTECTED

Plum Island-Home to a Federal Laboratory-Will Soon Be Put Up for Sale & Be Sold to the Highest Bidder, Regardless of the Private Entity's Plans for the Site; The 840-Acre Property is a Wildlife Sanctuary & Therefore, Development of the Land Could Threaten the Lives of Endangered Species & Environmental Resources on Long Island Schumer Announces Legislation to Change Existing Law That Currently Precludes NPS or U.S. Fish & Wildlife From Obtaining the Property By Mandating Plum … Continue Reading


06.25.15

SCHUMER: PRIVATE SALE & FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF PLUM ISLAND WOULD DESTROY KEY ECOLOGICAL RESOURCES & NEGATIVELY IMPACT ENDANGERED SPECIES IN THE LONG ISLAND REGION; ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION TO PREVENT PLUM ISLAND FROM BEING SOLD TO HIGHEST BIDDER & ENSURE LAND IS PRESERVED & PROTECTED

Plum Island-Home to a Federal Laboratory-Will Soon Be Put Up for Sale & Be Sold to the Highest Bidder, Regardless of the Private Entity's Plans for the Site; The 840-Acre Property is a Wildlife Sanctuary & Therefore, Development of the Land Could Threaten the Lives of Endangered Species & Environmental Resources on Long Island Schumer Announces Legislation to Change Existing Law That Currently Precludes NPS or U.S. Fish & Wildlife From Obtaining the Property By Mandating Plum … Continue Reading


06.25.15

SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH TO SECURE MAJOR FED FUNDING FOR CORNELL UNIVERSITY TO DEVELOP NEW, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES THAT COULD GROW PRODUCTION AND REVOLUTIONIZE NEW YORK’S GRAPE & WINE INDUSTRIES

Cornell University's Lake Erie Cornell Cooperative Extension Program Has Applied For Approximately $5 Million In Fed USDA Funds - Grant Funding Would Enable Dedicated Researchers At The Laboratory To Research New And Innovative Methods For Growing WNY's Grape & Wine Industries Proposal Would Allow Project Team To Develop New Technologies That Could Increase Production - Schumer Says Climate Change Means Top Researchers, Like Those At Cornell Lab, Must Innovate Agricultural Technologies To … Continue Reading


06.25.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $315K IN FED FUNDING FOR WESTCHESTER COUNTY AIRPORT

Federal Transportation Funding Will Be Used to Make Critical Upgrades to Airport Infrastructure U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that Westchester County Airport in White Plains will receive $315,000 in federal funding. This funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and will allow the airport to make critical upgrades to its infrastructure. Specifically, it will allow for the installat… Continue Reading


06.24.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND & TONKO ANNOUNCE OVER $554,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ALBANY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Department of Transportation Funding Will Be Used for Safety Measure Upgrades At Airport U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Paul Tonko today announced that Albany International Airport will receive $554,850 in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for airport upgrades. This project will fund the replacement of 134 airfield guidance signs to enhance aircraft visibility and enhance safety of aircraft movements. "Making sure our runways are… Continue Reading


06.24.15

SCHUMER: CHILDHOOD LEAD POISONING CASES COULD INCREASE OR GO UNTREATED IN NEW YORK STATE IF SIGNIFICANT CUTS ARE MADE TO HOUSING SAFETY PROGRAMS; SENATOR SAYS CRITICAL PROGRAMS MEANT TO IDENTIFY AND REMEDIATE DANGEROUS LEAD-BASED PAINTS SHOULD NOT BE CUT

U.S. Department Of Housing And Urban Development's Office Of Healthy Homes And Lead Hazard Control Program Provides Vital Funding To Rid Homes Of Lead Hazards, But House Republicans Have Proposed Slashing $35 Million In Fed Funding For Key Program Childhood Lead Poisoning Can Cause Permanent Health & Developmental Disabilities - Severe Cuts Would Make It Harder For Communities To Access Fed Dollars For Anti-Poisoning Efforts; Could Result In Estimated 3,400 Additional Cases Of Lead Poisoni… Continue Reading


06.24.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $500K IN FED FUNDING FOR WASTE WATER INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES IN WESTERN NY COMMUNITIES

Town of Machias & Village of Arcade in Cattaraugus and Wyoming Counties Will Use Funds to Make Critical Wastewater & Sewage System Improvements U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $500,000 in federal funding for the Town of Machias in Cattaraugus County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Grant Program and allows the Village of Arcade and Town of Machias to make crit… Continue Reading


06.23.15

SCHUMER INTRODUCES LEGISLATION, INSPIRED BY WNY TEEN AMANDA HANSEN, TO PROTECT NY FAMILIES FROM CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING; NEW BILL ENCOURAGES INSTALLATION OF MORE SAFE AND RELIABLE CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS

Schumer Successfully Urged NY Legislators In 2009 To Pass "Amanda's Law," Which Required Carbon Monoxide Alarms In NY Homes, After Western New York Teen, Amanda Hansen, Died Due To Toxic Fume Inhalation Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Leads To Hundreds Of Deaths Each Year And Thousands Of Trips To The Emergency Room; The Legislation Allows The Consumer Product Safety Commission To Both Conduct Public Safety Education And Encourage Installation Of Safe And Reliable Carbon Monoxide Detectors Schumer:… Continue Reading


06.22.15

AMIDST HUGE AMOUNT OF HACKING, MILLIONS OF NEW YORKERS ARE ON TENTERHOOKS, WORRIED THAT THEIR FINANCES ARE AT CONSTANT RISK; SCHUMER ANNOUNCES PLAN THAT WOULD REQUIRE CONSUMERS BE NOTIFIED THE MINUTE ACCESS TO THEIR CREDIT IS REQUESTED; RIGHT NOW, NO NOTIFICATION EXISTS

Despite Rampant Hacking & Identity Theft, Consumers Aren't Notified When Access To Their Credit Is Requested To Create A New Account; Instead, Most Find Out Only When Their Credit Is Drained Or Their Score Has Tanked, Costing Them Dearly Schumer's Push Would Mean Credit Bureaus Must Notify Consumers The Moment Access To Their Credit Is Requested; Just Last Week, NYC Hospital Employees Sold Patient Info That Enabled Instant Access To Victims’ Credit Schumer: A Person’s Credit… Continue Reading


06.22.15

SCHUMER: NEWLY AVAILABLE FED MONEY WILL FINALLY MOVE UPPER SUSQUEHANNA RIVER BASIN STUDY FORWARD; SENATOR URGES U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO PROVIDE DETAILED TIMETABLE & PLAN TO LAUNCH FLOOD MITIGATION STUDY

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Has Included A Federal Investment of $600K to Identify Best Ways to Protect Flood-Prone Susquehanna River Watershed Region, But A Feasible Plan Must Be In Place To Ensure Results Schumer Has Long History of Pushing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers To Prioritize Authorizations Covering Southern Tier Watersheds And Supporting Funding for Mitigation Projects to Protect Nearby Homes And Businesses From Future Flood Damage Schumer: Outcome of this Study Should Bring Lon… Continue Reading


06.22.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $39,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE ELMIRA FIRE DEPARTMENT IN CHEMUNG COUNTY

Federal Funding For Elmira Fire Department Will Be Used To Purchase Protective Equipment U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $39,150 in federal funding for the Elmira Fire Department. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The Elmira Fire Department will use this federal investment to outfit active members with new protective gear. "These funds will provide essential up… Continue Reading

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