Press Releases

04.30.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $100K IN FED FUNDS FOR MERCY EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES IN GENESEE COUNTY

Federal Funding For Mercy EMS Will Be Used to Equip Ambulances With Electronic Lifting Stretchers and Stair-Chairs U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $103,637 for Mercy Emergency Medical Services in Genesee County. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The federal funds will allow Mercy EMS to equip their ambulances with power lift stretchers and tracked stair-chairs. The powe… Continue Reading


04.29.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $270K IN FED FUNDS FOR GREENBURGH POLICE DEPARTMENT IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY

Federal Funding For Greenburgh Police Department Will Be Used to Replace Outdated Life-Saving Equipment U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $277,273 for the Greenburgh Police Department Paramedic Unit, located in Westchester County. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). These federal funds will allow the Greenburgh Police Department Paramedic Unit to purchase seven new, state-o… Continue Reading


04.29.15

SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO IMMEDIATELY APPROVE SIDNEY’S INNOVATIVE, LONG-TERM FLOOD PROTECTION PROPOSAL– PROJECT WOULD REDUCE FUTURE FLOOD DAMAGE & AVOID COSTLY BATTLE AGAINST FLOOD WATERS YEAR AFTER YEAR

Schumer Previously Pushed FEMA to Be Ready to Approve Village's Expected Request for $22 Million to Fund Second Phase of Project to Mitigate Flooding and Protect Neighborhoods & Business from Future Damage - Now That The Project Has Been Submitted to FEMA, Schumer Urges Feds to Quickly Approve it Village of Sidney's History of Devastating Flooding, Most Recently in 2011, Left 420 Buildings Damaged; Lower River Street Neighborhood’s Proximity to Susquehanna River & Weir Creek… Continue Reading


04.29.15

SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH TO SECURE SWIFT FED REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF A HELICOPTER PERMIT FOR MAJOR MOVIE PRODUCTION TO FILM IN BUFFALO NEXT MONTH – PROJECT IS ESTIMATED TO BRING MILLIONS IN ECONOMIC IMPACT, BOOSTING REVENUE FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES & TOURISM INDUSTRY

Filming For 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2' Movie Would Take Just Two Weeks And Have Estimated Economic Impact In Millions To Queen City; Paramount Pictures Plans to Patronize Local Vendors And Businesses, Which Would Benefit From Production Crew of 200+ Buffalo-Area Businesses, Hotel Owners, Local Restaurants & Other Suppliers Will Provide Food, Lodging, Other Supplies For The Shoot and Crew, Increasing Their Business Opportunities While Encouraging Visitors to Enjoy All The City of Buffa… Continue Reading


04.29.15

SCHUMER: COURT ORDERS SEVERAL CELL PHONE COMPANIES TO REFUND CUSTOMERS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR UNFAIR BILLING CHARGES, BUT MONEY WILL REMAIN UNCLAIMED UNLESS CONSUMERS APPLY BY THIS FRIDAY; SCHUMER LAYS OUT SIMPLE PROCESS BY WHICH TENS OF THOUSANDS OF NY CONSUMERS CAN RECEIVE REFUNDS, SOME UP TO HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS, IF THEY SIMPLY APPLY

All Major Wireless Carriers Have Been Investigated For Unfairly Billing Cell Phone Customers With Third Party Charges; Practice Called 'Cramming' Was Responsible For Unauthorized Ringtone, App & Game Fees Totaling Millions of Dollars Now That Sneaky Practice Has Been Stopped, Major Carriers Are Settling With Feds One-By-One & Will Reimburse Customers For Bad Billing; But Consumers Still In Dark On How To Apply & Fast-Approaching Refund Deadlines Could Leave Them With Nothing-Schum… Continue Reading


04.29.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, GIBSON ANNOUNCE, AFTER PERSONAL APPEALS TO FEMA ADMINISTRATOR FUGATE, FEMA APPROVES FRAMEWORK THAT WILL FINALLY ALLOW SCHOHARIE COUNTY TO FULLY FUND THE RELOCATION OF ITS PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY

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, Gibson Say Framework To Allocate Necessary $37 Million Was Agreed Upon By Schoharie County and FEMA Regional Staff; Schumer Then Urged FEMA Admin. During Personal Call to Provide Final Sign-Off; Gillibrand Wrote FEMA Admin Earlier This Year Urging Him to Expedite Review Now, Following Schum… Continue Reading


04.29.15

SCHUMER CALLS FOR $2.5 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR BROOKLYN NAVY YARD’S BUILDING 77 EXPANSION PROJECT; BUILDING 77 PROJECT WILL PROVIDE MORE SPACE TO HOUSE AN ADDITIONAL 3,000 JOBS

Brooklyn Navy Yard Currently Employs More than 7,000 People & is Nearly At Leasing Capacity; Expanding Building 77 at the Navy Yard Would Provide Additional Space for Thousands of Jobs In Personal Call to Acting Regional Administrator, Schumer Urges U.S. Economic Development Administration to Award Much-Needed Federal Grant to Renovate Two Floors of Brooklyn Navy Yard's Building 77 to Help Accommodate Even More Businesses U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the U.S. Economic Devel… Continue Reading


04.28.15

IN PERSONAL MEETING, SCHUMER CONGRATULATES NEW YORK STATE 2015 TEACHER OF THE YEAR RECIPIENT, CHARLES GIGLIO OF GLOVERSVILLE – SCHUMER SAYS FULTON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER CONTINUES LONG-STANDING TRADITION OF EXCEPTIONAL WORK IN NY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Charles Giglio, Latin Teacher At Gloversville High School in Fulton County, Was Named NYS Teacher of the Year for 2015, Schumer Says: "Congratulatio!" To Gloversville Latin Teacher Schumer Congratulates Giglio & Says This Kind of Teaching Excellence Should Be Celebrated Across The Country U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today met with the recipient of the New York State 2015 Teacher of the Year award, Charles Giglio. In their meeting, Schumer congratulated him on this high distinction … Continue Reading


04.28.15

SCHUMER: MORE FED FUNDING NEEDED TO REPLACE VILLAGE OF WELLSBURG FIRE DEPT. & SAVE LOCAL TAXPAYERS HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS – SENATOR, WHO HAS LONG ADVOCATED FOR WELLSBURG, URGES FEDS TO EXPEDITE & APPROVE ADDITIONAL FUNDS FOR VILLAGE TO MAKE FIRE DEPT. CONSTRUCTION A REALITY

Schumer Says FEMA Approved $2.3 Million for Repairs to the Wellsburg Fire Dept. in 2014, But Funds Came Up Short & Project Would Now Cost Nearly $3 Million After Schumer's Initial Push, FEMA Agreed to Fund Replacement of Wellsburg Fire Dept., But More is Needed According to Local Leaders; Years After Tropical Strom Lee Flooded Fire Station, Community Still Does Not Have Workable Facility, Putting Community At Risk Schumer: Feds Should Help Deliver Every Last Penny Needed to Rebuild Wellsb… Continue Reading


04.28.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND: ROCHESTER IS IN SHORT SUPPLY OF PRIMARY CARE DOCTORS; SENATORS LAUNCH PUSH TO SECURE VITAL FEDERAL DESIGNATION THAT WILL HELP ROCHESTER ATTRACT MORE DOCS AND INCREASE QUALITY OF HEALTH CARE

Rochester Has One of Nation's Highest Poverty Rates, Leaving Far Too Many Without Access to Care They Need - However, Currently, Only Sections of the City are Incorporated Into the "Health Professional Shortage Area," Meaning The City is Missing Out on Key Funding to Attract Docs Schumer, Gillibrand Say Bringing Entire City into HPSA Would Allow it to Better Train & Attract Health Care Professionals to Rochester - HPSA Designation Would Allow City to Receive Federal Benefits For Training … Continue Reading


04.28.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, JEFFRIES ANNOUNCE OVER $3 MILLION IN FEDERAL SANDY FUNDING FOR REPAIRS TO CONEY ISLAND’S STEEPLECHASE PIER

Iconic Steeplechase Pier Sustained Significant Damage as a Result of Superstorm Sandy; New York City Dept. of Parks & Recreation Made Much-Needed Repairs Schumer, Gillibrand, Jeffries Announce $3.4 Million in FEMA Funding for Sandy-Related Repairs to Pier; Work Included New Light Poles, Benches, Shade Structures & Removal of Wood Decking U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries today announced over $3.4 million in federal funding for Sand… Continue Reading


04.28.15

SCHUMER PUSHES TO CREATE FRENCH-LANGUAGE TRAINING PROGRAM FOR NORTHERN BORDER CUSTOMS OFFICERS – LACK OF FRENCH PROFICIENCY AMONG OFFICERS SLOWS DOWN CROSSINGS; TRAINING WOULD SPEED UP INSPECTIONS & MAKE BORDER CROSSING MORE EFFICIENT

North Country Businesses & Residents Say Back-ups & Delays at Border are Often a Result of Language Barriers; Lack of French-Language-Proficient Border Officers Slowing Down Inspection Times, Creating Frustrating Delays at the U.S.-Quebec Border Schumer Says Lengthy & Arduous Border Crossing Process Hurts Tourism & Local Businesses; U.S. Customs and Border Protection Now Supports Local Efforts To Create French Training Programs for Officers- Schumer Says Southwest Border Officer… Continue Reading


04.27.15

SCHUMER: COURT ORDERS CELL PHONE COMPANIES TO REFUND CUSTOMERS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR UNFAIR BILLING CHARGES BUT MONEY WILL REMAIN UNCLAIMED UNLESS CONSUMERS APPLY BY THIS FRIDAY, MAY 1st; SCHUMER LAYS OUT SIMPLE PROCESS BY WHICH TENS OF THOUSANDS OF NY CONSUMERS CAN RECEIVE HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS EACH IF THEY SIMPLY APPLY

All Major Wireless Carriers Have Been Investigated For Unfairly Billing Cell Phone Customers With Third Party Charges; Practice Called 'Cramming' Was Responsible For Unauthorized Ringtone, App & Game Fees Totaling Millions of Dollars Now That Sneaky Practice Has Been Stopped, Major Carriers Are Settling With Feds One-By-One & Will Reimburse Customers For Bad Billing; But Consumers Still In Dark On How To Apply & Fast-Approaching Refund Deadlines Could Leave Them With Nothing-Schume… Continue Reading


04.27.15

SCHUMER: ‘SWATTING’ ATTACKS ON DRAMATIC RISE ACROSS LONG ISLAND—OVER 50 INCIDENTS HAVE OCCURRED IN PAST YEAR—COSTING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS, TERRIFYING INNOCENT VICTIMS & EVEN ENDANGERING LIVES; SCHUMER INTRODUCES NEW BILL TO CRACK DOWN ON SWATTING & DETER ALARMING NEW CRIME TREND THREATENING LOCAL RESIDENTS, LAW ENFORCEMENT

Deliberately False Alerts On Long Island 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 Law Enforc… Continue Reading


04.27.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, LOWEY: WITH THE 100thANNIVERSARY OF THE CITY OF WHITE PLAINS ON THE HORIZON, U.S. NAVY SHOULD NAME A SHIP IN CITY’S HONOR

A Number of Area Residents' Ancestors & Family Members Proudly Fought in the Revolutionary War's Battle of White Plains in 1776; As a Result, the Navy Previously Named Two Ships "White Plains," But Both Have Been Decommissioned 2016 Will Mark the 100th Anniversary of White Plains’ Incorporation as a City & the 240thAnniversary of the Battle of White Plains - Schumer, Gillibrand & Lowey Call on Navy to Name New Ship After White Plains  Schumer, Gillibrand, Lowey: Ship Na… Continue Reading


04.27.15

SCHUMER: E-CIGARETTE MANUFACTURERS TARGETING TEENS WITH GLITZY ADS & CANDY FLAVORS LIKE ‘CHERRY CRUSH’ & ‘GUMMY BEAR’— NEW CDC REPORT SHOWS E-CIG PUFFING HAS TRIPLED AMONG HIGH SCHOOLERS; SCHUMER DEMANDS FDA BAN FUN FLAVORS & REGULATE MARKETING TACTICS AIMED AT KIDS

E-Cig Use Dramatically Increasing Among High-Schoolers & Even Middle-Schoolers; While Not As Harmful As Cigarettes, E-Cigs Do Contain Dangerous & Addictive Nicotine, Which Surgeon General Has Said Can Be Harmful to Adolescent Brain Development; FDA Plan To Regulate E-Cig Advertising On Kids Has Languished For Over A Year With Nearly 2.5 Million Kids Now Puffing, Schumer Wants Same Marketing Regs On E-Cigs That Already Exist for Traditional Cigs; Says FDA Should Also Consider Studying E… Continue Reading


04.24.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $177K IN FED FUNDS FOR TWO WESTERN NEW YORK FIRE DEPARTMENTS

City of Jamestown & City of Lockport Fire Depts. Will Use Funding to Replace Critical, Life-Saving Equipment to Keep Firefighters Safe U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a total of $177,430 in federal funding for two Western New York fire departments. Specifically, the City of Jamestown Fire Department in Chautauqua County will receive $48,637 and the City of Lockport Fire Department in Niagara County will receive $128,793. This funding was allocated … Continue Reading


04.24.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $290,000 FOR BINGHAMTON FIRE DEPARTMENT

Federal Funding For Binghamton Fire Department Will Be Used to Replace Outdated Equipment U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $292,671 in federal funding for the City of Binghamton Fire Department to purchase new protective equipment to respond to emergencies more effectively. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) Grant Program. The Binghamton Fire Department will use t… Continue Reading


04.24.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $100,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR BLACK RIVER AMBULANCE SQUAD, INC. IN JEFFERSON COUNTY

Federal Funding For Black River Ambulance Inc. Will Be Used to Replace Outdated Equipment U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $105,443 for the Black River Ambulance Squad Inc. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The federal grant funds will be used by the Black River Ambulance to replace outdated stretchers with three medical Power Lifting Stretchers. "It is critical that we pr… Continue Reading


04.24.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $470,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE YONKERS FIRE DEPARTMENT AND VALHALLA VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE CORPS

Federal Funding For Yonkers And Valhalla Will Be Used to Train First Responders And Purchase New Equipment U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $449,091 in federal funding for the Yonkers Fire Department and $29,080 in federal funding for the Valhalla Volunteer Ambulance Corps to train first responders and purchase new equipment. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) Gran… Continue Reading

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