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06.10.15

SCHUMER SENDS HEMPSTEAD’S ALVERTA B. GRAY SCHULTZ MIDDLE SCHOOL 5 NEW COMPUTERS

Alverta B. Gray Schultz Middle School to Receive New Computers Through U.S. Senate 'Computers for School Program' Program Aims to Help Public Schools And Students Keep Pace With Technology Age by Receiving Surplus Computers Schumer: Computers Are Essential for Preparing Students for the Future   Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that Alverta B. Gray Schultz Middle School in Hempstead will receive 5 new computers under the United States Senate Computer for Schools P… Continue Reading


06.09.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES FRA HAS HEEDED CALL, WILL PUSH RAILROADS TO INSTALL & IMPLEMENT CRITICAL SAFETY SYSTEM ALONG RAIL ROUTES THROUGHOUT UPSTATE NEW YORK; LESSONS FROM PHILADELPHIA DERAILMENT WILL BE APPLIED IN NEW YORK

Automatic Train Control, A Safety System That Could Have Lessened The Impact of The Recent Amtrak Derailment, Wasn't Turned On Along Dangerous Philadelphia Curve and Could Still Not Be On Throughout NY - Today, Schumer Announced He Has Successfully Urged FRA To Ensure System Is Installed And Implemented On Other Rail Lines In Upstate NY Schumer Says FRA Will Work with Railroads to Ensure Automatic Train Control is Operational on Dangerous Curves Throughout New York and Country and Remains In P… Continue Reading


06.09.15

IN PERSONAL CALL, SCHUMER URGES DANAHER CORPORATION CEO TO PROTECT AND GROW JOBS IN CORTLAND COUNTY – PENDING FINALIZATION OF PURCHASE, SCHUMER SEEKS ASSURANCES ON 650 VITAL PALL CORP. JOBS IN CORTLAND

Danaher Corporation Recently Announced it Will Purchase Cortland County's Pall Corp.- But Many Locals Are Concerned This Could Mean Job Loss For Local Residents Schumer Has Long Fought To Protect Central NY and Cortland County Jobs - In Personal Call to Danaher, Schumer Touts Pall's Profitability, Excellent Products and Strong Growth Potential; Urges CEO to Ensure Jobs Will Stay in Central New York Even After Sale is Finalized Schumer: Pall Corporation is a Vibrant and Profitable Company Who… Continue Reading


06.09.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $1.2 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR JOSEPH Y. RESNICK AIRPORT

Department of Transportation Funding Will Be Used to Make Critical Improvements At Airport U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Joseph Y. Resnick Airport in Ulster County will receive $1,214,190.00 in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for airport upgrades. The federal funding will be used for runway renovations and repairing lighting systems. This will enhance the runway's structural integrity and improve safety conditions. "… Continue Reading


06.09.15

SCHUMER, GRAHAM: AFTER CHINESE CYBER-ATTACK ON U.S. GOVERNMENT PERSONNEL RECORDS, THE IMF SHOULD DENY CHINA’S EFFORT TO MAKE THE YUAN A RESERVE CURRENCY UNTIL THEY STOP RAMPANT HACKING AND CYBER-ATTACKS

During Unprecedented Cyber Attack, Chinese Hackers Obtained Personnel Records for Millions of Government Employees - Senators Demand Firm and Fast Response China Is Seeking to Have the Yuan Considered a Reserve Currency at the End of 2015 - Schumer & Graham Say IMF Should Withhold the Designation China Wants Until They Stop Vicious Cyber Attacks Schumer, Graham: If China Wants To Be a Responsible Member of the Global Community, It Must Act Like One Today, in response to a cyber-attack or… Continue Reading


06.08.15

SCHUMER PUSHES TO PROTECT U.S. TIRE WORKERS IN WESTERN NY, WHO ARE VICTIMS OF UNFAIR IMPORTS FROM CHINA – FED PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION INDICATES THAT CHINA IS DUMPING TIRES AND HURTING THE US INDUSTRY; NEXT STEP IS FOR DEPT. OF COMMERCE & INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION TO DETERMINE POTENTIAL ACTION TO LEVEL PLAYING FIELD

Schumer Says The Jobs of More Than 1,000 Western NY Residents Who Work at Goodyear's Rubber And Tire Plants in Buffalo & Niagara Falls Are At Risk If China's Unfair Tactics Targeting of US Tire Industry Continues The International Trade Commission (ITC) Determined Domestic Tire Producers Have Suffered Severely From China’s Tire Imports Since Tariffs That Once Protected U.S. Manufacturers Expired - Schumer Pushes the ITC to Consider Strong Evidence of Industry Injury & Act to Leve… Continue Reading


06.08.15

SCHUMER: BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY’S DOWNTOWN CENTER SUFFERED SEVERE FLOOD DAMAGE DURING TROPICAL STORM LEE, BUT FEMA PAPERWORK MISTAKE DEDUCTED $2.8 MILLION MEANT TO HELP REBUILD & RECOVER – SCHUMER URGES FEMA TO SWIFTLY REVIEW & APPROVE BINGHAMTON’S APPEAL FOR FULL FED FUNDING

Binghamton University's Downtown Center Was Inundated By Flood Waters During Tropical Storm Lee, Which Caused Extensive Damage To Electrical And Mechanical Services That Support Key Building Functions Binghamton Was Initially Approved for $3.1 Million For Building Repairs, But FEMA Then Unnecessarily Deducted Nearly $2.8 Million From That Total For Insurance The University Did Not Have - Now, Binghamton Has Only Been Approved For Roughly $400,000 & Has Appealed to FEMA For Full Fed Funding … Continue Reading


06.08.15

SCHUMER REVEALS: HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF NEW FEDERAL DOLLARS NOW AVAILABLE TO POTENTIALLY FUND BAY PARK OCEAN OUTFALL PIPE; RESILIENCY PROJECT NEEDED TO PROTECT COMMUNITIES SURROUNDING REYNOLDS CHANNEL; SENATOR LED FIGHT TO SECURE OVER A BILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR BAY PARK—OUTFALL PIPE IS FINAL PIECE OF PUZZLE

Schumer Already Secured $810M from FEMA To Rebuild Bay Park, $150M from HUD to Upgrade Nitrogen Removal System, $35M from EPA Through Storm Mitigation Loan Program, Staving Off Massive Hit to Nassau Taxpayers, But Over $500M is Still Needed to Cover Construction Cost of Outfall Pipe Schumer Will Announce FEMA Recently Approved An Additional $210M in HMGP Funds for New York, Which Can Be Used for Outstanding Projects-Like Outfall Pipe; Schumer Reveals HUD's $1B "National Disaster Resiliency Com… Continue Reading


06.08.15

SCHUMER: POWDERED ALCOHOL—PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS TO KIDS—COULD HIT SHELVES IN NEXT FEW WEEKS; SENATOR LAUNCHES EMERGENCY PUSH, ADDING NEW AMENDMENT TO LEGISLATION THIS WEEK TO BAN “PALCOHOL”; SAYS IF WE TAKE NO ACTION, WE WILL REGRET IT BY END OF SUMMER

Federal TTB Approved Labels for Palcohol Earlier This Year & is Now Legal to Be Sold, With Plans To Hit Shelves This Summer; Last Year, Schumer Called On FDA to Step In And Investigate the Dangerous Product, But Shockingly No Action Was Taken Schumer's Legislation Makes it Illegal to Sell Palcohol, Which Was Originally Targeted At Kids-n-Teens, Suggested To Snort, Is Highly Concentrated, Easily Concealed; Senator Says With Onset of Summer-When The Most Alcohol-Related Fatalities Occur- A… Continue Reading


06.05.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND SECURE OVER $2.9 MILLION FED REIMBURSTMENT FOR CARTHAGE AREA HOSPITAL IN JEFFERSON COUNTY

Carthage Area Hospital Will Receive Payment After Eight Months of Delay From National Government Services Schumer, Gillibrand Inquiry Pushed Application Process U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today secured a reimbursement payment from Medicare via the fiscal intermediary the National Government Services (NGS) for $2,930,287 owed to the Carthage Area Hospital in Jefferson County. The hospital had an outstanding Sole Community Hospital Low Volume Adjustment repayment re… Continue Reading


06.05.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $234,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR WESTCHESTER COUNTY AIRPORT

Department of Transportation Funding Will Be Used to Make Upgrades At Airport U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that Westchester County Airport will receive $234,000.00 in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for airport upgrades. This project will fund the design to rehabilitate 2,950 feet of the airport's existing access road to maintain access to the airport. "Keeping the Westchester County Airport in top-notch shape is critical for… Continue Reading


06.05.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, FEMA HAS APPROVED ADDITIONAL FED FUNDING FOR THE CITY OF TROY TO COVER COST OF MAJOR REPAIRS TO CAMPBELL AVENUE & ADJOINING SEWER, WHICH WERE SEVERELY DAMAGED DURING HURRICANE IRENE – FED REIMBURSEMENT WILL HELP PREVENT LOCAL TAXPAYERS FROM SHOULDERING COSTS

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), following his urging, has approved additional federal funds for the City of Troy to cover costs of repairs to Campbell Avenue and the adjoining sewage infrastructure that it was forced to undertake following Hurricane Irene. Schumer explained that, as a result of flooding during the storm, the sewer running underneath a section of Campbell Avenue, where it intersects with Sherman Avenue and Donegal R… Continue Reading


06.05.15

SCHUMER BACKS TARRYTOWN BORN VETERAN TO GET NAME ON VIETNAM MEMORIAL WALL – DENNIS RALPH JOHNSTON OF WESTCHESTER COUNTY 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

Dennis Ralph Johnson & 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 Johnston, Bravely Served Their Country Inside & Outside The Combat Zone; Adding the Names of These Heroes to the Vietnam Memorial is the Prop… Continue Reading


06.04.15

SCHUMER: UTILITY POLES IN CENTRAL NEW YORK HAVE BEEN TREATED WITH A HIGHLY TOXIC CHEMICAL KNOWN TO CAUSE SERIOUS HEALTH ISSUES; SENATOR CALLS ON NATIONAL GRID TO SUSPEND FURTHER USE OF CHEMICAL ON POLES UNTIL COMPLETION OF EPA SAFETY ASSESSMENT

Schumer Highlights Concern That The Toxic Chemical, Pentachlorophenol, Is Being Used to Treat New Wooden National Grid Utility Poles & Could Potentially Leach Into Groundwater Over Long Term As Poles Deteriorate; Studies Suggest Penta Can Result in Neurological & Issues With Respiratory Tract, Kidney, Immune System & More Schumer Calls on National Grid to Immediately Suspend Use of Chemical on Utility Poles Until EPA Investigation into Safety Is Complete   Senator Says Penta… Continue Reading


06.04.15

IN WAKE OF MEMORIAL DAY, SCHUMER BACKS WESTERN NY FAMILY’S PUSH TO GET SON’S NAME ON VIETNAM MEMORIAL WALL – TERRY LEE HENDERSON OF CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY 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

Terry Lee Henderson & 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 Henderson, Bravely Served Their Country Inside & Outside The Combat Zone; Adding the Names of These Heroes to the Vietnam Memorial is the Prop… Continue Reading


06.04.15

SCHUMER: FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION HAS HEEDED CALL & AGREED TO INVESTIGATE REPORTS OF MALFUNCTIONING RAIL-GRADE CROSSING GATES & SIGNALS THROUGHOUT ROCHESTER AREA – FOLLOWING MONDAY’S DEADLY CRASH, SCHUMER URGED FEDS TO LOOK AT MULTIPLE REPORTS OF GATES FAILING TO FUNCTION AS DESIGNED, CAUSING DRIVERS TO DISREGARD CROSSINGS & PUT LIVES IN DANGER

On Monday, a Chili, NY Man Was Killed at a Grade Crossing on King Road - Local Officials Say The Crossing Gates Were Down, But The Driver Drove Around The Gate and Was Struck By An Amtrak Train - But The Accident Prompted Many Local Rochester Residents to Report Instances Where Crossing Gates & Signals Were Not Functioning Properly 9-1-1 Dispatch Centers Had 200+ Reports in Rochester Area of Gates Dropping Down – For Up To Half-An-Hour At a Time – And Remaining Closed When No Tr… Continue Reading


06.04.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $37K IN FED FUNDS FOR THE CARLTON FIRE COMPANY IN ORLEANS COUNTY

Carlton Fire Company Will Use Federal Funds to Purchase New Equipment to Better Protect Firefighters & Help Them Save Lives U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $37,558 in federal funding for the Carlton Fire Company in Orleans County, a volunteer fire company located in the Town of Albion. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance for Firefighters Grant Program. The federal funding will allow the Carlto… Continue Reading


06.04.15

SCHUMER CALLS FOR AN IMMEDIATE FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION INVESTIGATION, IN LIGHT OF RECENT REPORTS OF MALFUNCTIONING RAIL GRADE CROSSING GATES & SIGNALS THROUGHOUT ROCHESTER AREA – MULTIPLE REPORTS OF GATES FAILING TO FUNCTION AS DESIGNED, CAUSING DRIVERS TO DISREGARD CROSSINGS & PUT LIVES IN DANGER

On Monday, a Chili, NY Man Was Killed at a Grade Crossing on King Road - Local Officials Say The Crossing Gates Were Down But The Driver Drove Around The Gate When He Was Struck By An Amtrak Train But The Accident Prompted Many Local Rochester Residents to Report Instances Where Crossing Gates & Signals Were Not Functioning Properly - Some Say The Gates Will Drop Down For Over Up To Half-An-Hour At a Time, And Remain Closed When No Train is Approaching – Thereby Conditioning Motorist… Continue Reading


06.03.15

SCHUMER REVEALS: DRUNK DRVING-RELATED DEATHS ARE STEADILY INCREASING THROUGHOUT NEW YORK STATE; SENATOR CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION TO STOP THE ALARMING TREND, BY PROTECTING $7 MILLION IN NY FUNDING FOR THE “STOP-DWI” CAMPAIGN, WHICH IS SET TO EXPIRE IN JULY

Senator Says The Number Of Alcohol-Related Traffic Deaths In New York Is Steadily Increasing; Each Year There Are Over 8,000 Alcohol Related Crashes in NY, And Nationwide Someone Is Killed By A Drunk Driver Every 53 Minutes Schumer: Since 2009, Drunk Driving Deaths in New York Increased by More Than 14% - From 2011 to 2013 Alone In Capital Region, There Were 69 Drunk Driving-Related Deaths; In Central NY, 98; In Western NY, 102; In Rochester-Finger Lakes, 92; In Southern Tier, 77; In Hudson Va… Continue Reading


06.03.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $140,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE FORT MONTGOMERY FIRE DISTRICT AND PIERMONT FIRE DEPARTMENT IN HUDSON VALLEY

Federal Funding For Montgomery And Piermont Will Be Used To Purchase New Equipment U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $100,643 in federal funding for the Fort Montgomery Fire District and $46,326 in federal funding for the Village of Piermont Fire Department to purchase new equipment. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. "It is critical that we provide our local fire… Continue Reading

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