Press Releases

10.13.15

AFTER VOLKSWAGEN’S DELIBERATELY DECEPTIVE & MASSIVE FRAUD—AMONGST ONE OF THE WORST IN CORPORATE HISTORY, SCHUMER, BLUMENTHAL DEMAND EPA & JUSTICE DEPT. LEVY MAXIMUM PENALTY ON VOLKSWAGEN—$18B; SENATOR ALSO PUSHES FOR THOUSANDS OF THOSE DOLLARS TO GO TO EACH VW OWNER WHO WAS DUPED; IN ADDITION, SAYS COMPANY MUST RETURN UNFAIRLY EARNED TAX CREDITS THAT COST THE PUBLIC MILLIONS

Approximately 482K Volkswagen Diesel Cars Were Nefariously Installed With 'Defeat Devices' That Deliberately Duped Authorities Into Thinking EPA Standards Were Met, When in Reality Cars Were Emitting Nitrogen Oxides Of Up to 40 Times the Standard; Senator Says Consumers Were Deceived - As They Purchased Cars Under Guise That Vehicles Were Energy Efficient - And Should Now Be Reimbursed Schumer, Blumenthal Urge EPA to Levy Maximum Possible Fine Against Volkswagen, Approximately $37,500 Per Offen… Continue Reading


10.13.15

SCHUMER: FEDERAL RESTRICTIONS ARE PREVENTING MOHAWK VALLEY FAMILY FARMERS FROM INVESTING IN NEW EQUIPMENT; SCHUMER BILL WOULD HELP SMALL FARMERS PURCHASE NEW EQUIPMENT TO INCREASE EFFICIENCY, SAVE MONEY & HELP KEEP THEM IN EXISTENCE

Current Federal Restriction Greatly Constrict Small Farmers' Ability To Purchase Expensive Farm Equipment; Farmers Are Forced To Use Old & Inefficient Equipment Until It Breaks Down, Stagnating Growth, Constricting Already-Tight Profit Margins and Sometimes Delaying Harvest Schumer Bill Would Create New Incentives For Small Farmers To Quickly Recover Costs From Purchasing Expensive Farm Equipment; Family Farmers Will Save Money Schumer: Feds Should Plant New Tax Incentives For The Mohawk… Continue Reading


10.13.15

SCHUMER: WITH WINTER JUST AROUND THE CORNER, SOUTHERN TIER’S MOST VULNERABLE RESIDENTS ARE GROWING CONCERNED ABOUT RECEIVING HOME HEATING ASSISTANCE ON TIME; SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO IMMEDIATELY RELEASE CRITICAL FUNDS TO HEAT SOUTHERN TIER HOMES QUICKLY & AT AS HIGH OF A LEVEL AS POSSIBLE

Heating Aid Will Help Thousands Of Vulnerable New York Seniors & Families Who Need Extra Help To Pay Their Heating Bills This Winter Schumer Says Home Heating Costs Have Become A Larger And Larger Share Of Every New Yorker's Budget Schumer: Every Dollar Counts To Keep Southern Tier Seniors & Families Warm This Winter Standing at Tioga Opportunities Inc. in Owego, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to immediately provi… Continue Reading


10.13.15

SCHUMER: FEDERAL RESTRICTIONS ARE PREVENTING YATES COUNTY FAMILY FARMERS FROM INVESTING IN NEW EQUIPMENT; SCHUMER BILL HELPS SMALL FARMERS PURCHASE NEW EQUIPMENT THAT WOULD INCREASE EFFICIENCY, SAVE MONEY & HELP KEEP THEM IN EXISTENCE

Current Federal Restriction Greatly Constrict Small Farmers' Ability To Purchase Expensive Farm Equipment; Farmers Are Forced To Use Old & Inefficient Equipment Until It Breaks Down, Stagnating Growth, Constricting Already-Tight Profit Margins and Sometimes Delaying Harvest Schumer Bill Would Create New Incentives For Small Farmers To Quickly Recover Costs From Purchasing Expensive Farm Equipment; Family Farmers Will Save Money Schumer: Feds Should Plant New Tax Incentives for Yates Stan… Continue Reading


10.12.15

SCHUMER: CONGRESS HAS UNWISELY ALLOWED CRITICAL FED STUDENT LOAN PROGRAM TO EXPIRE; WITHOUT RENEWAL OF PERKINS LOAN PROGRAM COLLEGES THAT RECEIVE FUNDING – LIKE SUNY NEW PALTZ & OCC – COULD BE FORCED TO RETURN MONEY, LEAVING STUDENTS IN THE LURCH AND COLLEGES HOLDING THE BAG; SENATOR VOWS TO FIGHT TOOTH & NAIL TO EXTEND PROGRAM THAT HELPS HALF A MILLION STUDENTS ATTEND COLLEGE

The Perkins Student Loan Program Expired On September 30th, Jeopardizing The Education Of Students Across the Country Who Rely On The Program To Attend College The House of Representatives Passed an Extension Unanimously; Now, Schumer Will Call On Senate Republicans To Take Up And Immediately Pass Extension Of The Perkins Loan Program Schumer: With College Costs Skyrocketing, We Must Renew Perkins Loan Program That Is Vital Lifeline For Thousands Of Struggling Students Standing at the SUNY N… Continue Reading


10.12.15

SCHUMER: CELL PHONE WIRELESS CARRIERS ARE WRONGLY CLAIMING QUALITY RECEPTION ON COVERAGE MAPS FOR DUTCHESS COUNTY; IN REALITY, AREAS ARE OFTEN DEAD ZONES; SCHUMER CALLS FOR FEDS TO IMMEDIATELY INVESTIGATE DECEPTIVE COVERAGE MAPS

Network Service In The Hudson Valley Ranks Very Poorly Amongst Populated Metro Areas In The United Sates Major Wireless Carriers Are Displaying Most ‎Of Dutchess County As Having Good Quality Coverage, When Many of Those Areas Are Actually Dead Zones Schumer To Feds: Dutchess Cell Phone Consumers Should Know The Truth About Coverage Areas   Standing at the intersection of Tyrrel Rd. and South Road in Dutchess County, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today… Continue Reading


10.12.15

SCHUMER: NEW REPORT SHOWS WHEN NY’ERS USE ATMs NOT SPONSORED BY THEIR BANK, THEY PAY OUTRAGEOUS FEES—UP TO $8 DOLLARS PER TRANSACTION FOR ACCESS TO THEIR OWN MONEY; NY’ERS PAY SECOND HIGHEST AVERAGE FEE IN THE NATION; SENATOR CALLS FOR FEDERAL PROBE OF ATM FEES, WHICH CONTINUE TO SKYROCKET

Bottom Line: Its Never Been More Expensive For New Yorkers To Gain Access To Their Own Money; Senator Says Unchecked & Discretionary Fees Have Been Rising For Years & Feds Must Investigate Before Holiday Shopping Gears Up, Schumer Calls on Feds to Investigate Exploitative ATM Practices, Which Pocket Consumers' Cash; Calls for Crackdown On Soaring Fees  Schumer: A Fast Stop At The Corner ATM Could Eat Your Lunch Money   Today, U. S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the… Continue Reading


10.09.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: FT. TICONDEROGA WINS CRITICAL FEDERAL GRANT THAT WILL CREATE AN EXCITING NEW EXHIBIT; SENATOR SAYS GRANT WILL ENHANCE TOURISM EXPERIENCE FOR YEARS TO COME

Schumer: New Exhibit Highlighting 18th Century Artillery Will Help Attract More Tourists To This Important American Landmark U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced a critical federal grant being awarded to the Fort, in the amount of $150,000. Schumer said this federal grant will help pay for a new exhibit highlighting the fort's extensive collection of 18th century artillery, which will help "revolutionize" the tourist experience and boost attendance to this jewel of a desti… Continue Reading


10.09.15

SCHUMER: MONTREAL’S PLAN TO RELEASE 8 BILLION LITERS OF RAW SEWAGE INTO THE ST. LAWRENCE MUST NOT HAPPEN; SENATOR CALLS ON EPA TO STEP IN & PROTECT ST. LAWRENCE RIVER & RESIDENTS; IMPACT OF SEWAGE ON RIVER & TOURISM COULD BE SIGNIFICANT

Schumer Says Canadian Plan To Release Billions Of Liters Of Raw Sewage Into The River Is An Ecological Nightmare That U.S. Environmental Protect Agency (EPA) Must Clog; Urges Fed Agency to Once Again Work With Canadian Officials To Protect St. Lawrence Current Montreal Proposal Would Negatively Affect Tourism, Ecosystem, Communities & Wildlife That Count On The Clean Water Of The St. Lawrence River To Survive Schumer: Irresponsible Montreal Sewage Dumping Plan Must Be Flushed In The Next … Continue Reading


10.09.15

AFTER SCHUMER’S URGING, LONGTIME EDNY PROSECUTOR ROBERT L. CAPERS NOMINATED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA TO BE THE NEXT U.S. ATTORNEY FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK — ONCE CONFIRMED, CAPERS WOULD HOLD NOW-U.S. ATTORNEY LORETTA LYNCH’S FORMER POST; CAPERS NAMED BY LYNCH AS INTERIM UNTIL FULL CONFIRMATION

Capers Hails From A Law Enforcement Family, Both His Father & Brother Were NYPD Cops; Capers Has Lifetime Of Dedication to Public Service, Successfully Prosecuting Murders, Other Violent Crimes & Narcotics; Will Also Focus On Civil Rights, Public Integrity And Terror Cases Earlier This Year, Schumer Recommended Capers to Be Next U.S. Attorney for EDNY, Saying, "Mr. Capers Is In the Mold of Loretta Lynch." Capers, Formerly Chief, Narcotics Section/International Narcotics Strike Fo… Continue Reading


10.08.15

SCHUMER: LaSALLE PARK IN BUFFALO HAS POTENTIAL TO DRAW NEW TOURISTS & INCREASE BUSINESS TO THE WATERFRONT AREA WITH PROPOSED PARK REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT; SCHUMER BILL COULD FINALLY PROVIDE CRITICAL FEDERAL FUNDING TO HELP REVITALIZE & TRANSFORM LOCAL WATERFRONT BY MAKING BUFFALO ELIGIBLE FOR NEW GRANTS

Schumer Says Many Cities Across Upstate, Including Buffalo, Would Be Directly Eligible For Federal Funds To Support Projects To Revitalize Community Parks Like LaSalle, But Are Currently Not Eligible to Apply For Federal Funds Locals Have Proposed $1.2 Million Waterfront Park Redevelopment Project That Would Transform LaSalle Park - Schumer Bill Would Make Cities Like Buffalo Eligible To Apply For Grant Funding To Help Transform Community Parks Like LaSalle Schumer: It Is Time That The F… Continue Reading


10.07.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $195K IN FED FUNDING FOR CHESTER FIRE DEPARTMENT IN ORANGE COUNTY

Funding Will Be Used To Purchase New Equipment To Protect Firefighters U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $194,715 in federal funding for the Chester Fire Department. This funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the Chester Fire Department will use these federal funds to purchase 30 new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) packs and 10 complete sets of protectiv… Continue Reading


10.07.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE BILL TO RENAME KINGSTON POST OFFICE IN HONOR OF WORLD WAR II SOLDIER ROBERT H. DIETZ HAS CLEARED FIRST KEY SENATE HURDLE – SENATE COMMITTEE HAS PASSED BILL AND IT NOW HEADS TO FLOOR FOR FULL SENATE VOTE; SENATORS VOW TO FIGHT FOR PASSAGE

In September, Schumer and Gillibrand Introduced Bill to Rename Post Office After Kingston Native Killed in Action During WWII Today, Bill Passed Senate Committee & Now Heads to Floor For Full Senate Vote - Schumer & Gillibrand Vow To Fight Until Bill is Signed By President Schumer, Gillibrand: Dedication of Kingston Post Office in Staff Sergeant Dietz's Name Will Be Fitting Memorial to His Heroic Service U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the … Continue Reading


10.07.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES BILL TO RENAME EAST ROCHESTER POST OFFICE IN HONOR OF FALLEN LOCAL HERO, DARYL PIERSON, HAS CLEARED FIRST KEY SENATE HURDLE – SENATE COMMITTEE HAS PASSED THE BILL AND IT NOW HEADS TO FLOOR FOR FULL SENATE VOTE; SCHUMER VOWS TO FIGHT FOR PASSAGE

In September 2014, Rochester Police Officer Daryl Pierson Tragically Lost His Life In The Line Of Duty; A Decorated Officer & U.S. Army Veteran, Pierson Embodied The True Spirit of Selflessness & Bravery In February, Schumer Stood With Pierson Family In Rochester & Pushed For Passage of a Bill To Rename Officer Pierson's Hometown Post Office In His Honor - Today, Bill Passed Senate Committee & Now Heads to Floor For Full Vote - Schumer Vows To Fight Until Bill is Signed By Presi… Continue Reading


10.07.15

SCHUMER TO CO-SPONSOR RESOLUTION DESIGNATING OCTOBER AS ‘FILIPINO AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH’; APPROXIMATELY 3.4 MILLION FILIPINO AMERICANS ARE SECOND LARGEST ASIAN AMERICAN/PACIFIC ISLANDER GROUP IN UNITED STATES AND CONTRIBUTE IMMENSELY TO THE NATION

Legislation Would Recognize & Honor 400 Years of Filipino American Contributions Spanning First Recorded Presence in 1587 to Present Day Schumer: It is Fitting and Just to Recognize the Rich History and Numerous Contributions of the Filipino Americans In The United States U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced his support for legislation to recognize October as "Filipino American History Month." The legislation recognizes the numerous contributions of Filipino Americans to Ameri… Continue Reading


10.06.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: FEDS HAVE GREEN-LIT CRITICAL FIRST STEP TO MODERNIZE THE U.S. PLAZA AT THE LEWISTON-QUEENSTON BRIDGE – SCHUMER VOWS TO CONTINUE PUSH TO SECURE FUNDS FOR $64 MILLION PROJECT THAT WOULD ALLEVIATE CRIPPLING DELAYS, IMPROVE SECURITY, ENHANCE FLOW OF COMMERCE & CREATE/SUSTAIN OVER 1,500 CONSTRUCTION JOBS

Crippling Wait Times At Lewiston-Queenston Bridge Hinders Growth Of The Regional Economy; Canadian Shoppers And Businesses Spend $1.7 Billion Per Year In New York State And Will Do More If Cross-Border Travel Is Safer And Smoother Schumer Previously Urged GSA To Give CBP The Green Light To Move Forward On $64 Million Modernization And Expansion Of Lewiston Plaza Schumer: Lewiston Bridge Plaza Project Can Finally Move Forward - Will Improve Traffic Flow, Bolster The Regional Economy, And Cre… Continue Reading


10.05.15

SCHUMER INTRODUCES NEW FEDERAL BILL TO CRACK DOWN ON ‘SWATTING’ & DETER ALARMING NEW CRIME TREND THREATENING RESIDENTS & LAW ENFORCEMENT; ‘SWATTING’ ATTACKS ARE ON DRAMATIC RISE ACROSS HUDSON VALLEY—RECENT ATTACK CAUSED EVACUATION OF OVER 1,300 STUDENTS AT MIDDLETOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL; INCIDENTS ARE TERRIFYING STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS, & ARE COSTING POLICE DEPTS. THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS

Deliberately False Alerts In Orange County Are Spurring Costly & Unnecessary Deployment Of Armed Swat Teams, Bomb Squads & Other Police Units, Causing The Evacuation Of Buildings, Closure Of Streets, Businesses & Putting Students 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 Enf… Continue Reading


10.05.15

SCHUMER: CELL PHONE WIRELESS CARRIERS ARE WRONGLY CLAIMING QUALITY RECEPTION ON COVERAGE MAPS FOR NORTHERN WESTCHESTER AND PUTNAM COUNTIES; IN REALITY, AREAS ARE OFTEN DEAD ZONES; SCHUMER CALLS FOR FEDS TO IMMEDIATELY INVESTIGATE DECEPTIVE COVERAGE MAPS

Network Service Throughout The Hudson Valley Ranks Last Place Among The Most Populated Metro Areas In The United Sates Major Wireless Carriers Are Displaying Parts Of Westchester & Putnam Counties As Having Good Quality Coverage, When Many of Those Areas Are Actually Dead Zones Schumer To Feds: Westchester & Putnam Cell Phone Consumers Should Know The Truth About Coverage Areas   Standing at the Trailhead Entrance to Camp Smith Trail in Westchester C… Continue Reading


10.05.15

SCHUMER, BOOKER CALL FOR PASSAGE OF BIPARTISAN ‘SENTENCING REFORM & CORRECTIONS ACT’; COMPREHENSIVE LEGISLATION AIMS TO SCALE BACK OVER-INCARCERATION OF NON-VIOLENT FELONS IN NY, NJ & ACROSS AMERICA; BILL WILL HELP PROVIDE PRISONERS WITH JOB-TRAINING & TOOLS THEY NEED TO ENTER SOCIETY AS PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS

Many Convicted of Low-Level, Non-Violent Drug Sales Are Held in Prison for Disproportionally Long Periods of Time Schumer & Booker Are Sponsors of New Comprehensive Justice Reform Legislation-Has Support from Conservatives & Liberals; Under Bill, Many in Prison Will Get Drug Treatment & Job Training So They Can Come Out of Prison & Live Productive Lives U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Cory Booker today called on Congress to pass the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act o… Continue Reading


10.05.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $2 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS TO COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING & SUPPORT SURVIVORS IN NEW YORK CITY

Federal Funds Will Aid Kings County District Attorney's Office , Covenant House New York, Safe Horizon, Inc. & Ali Forney Center, Inc. Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Federal Grants Will Be Used To Fund Task Force to Develop & Implement Strategies to ProsecuteSex- and Labor-Traffickers and Help Human-Trafficking Survivors U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,070,022 in federal funding allocated through Department of Justice (DOJ) for four New York Cit… Continue Reading

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