Press Releases

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


06.03.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $47,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE PILOT KNOB VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER’S ASSOCIATION IN WARREN COUNTY

Federal Funding For Pilot Knob Will Be Used To Purchase New Equipment U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $47,239 in federal funding for the Pilot Knob Volunteer Firefighter's Association Inc. to purchase new equipment. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The Pilot Knob Volunteer Fire Association will use this federal investment to purchase eight Self Contained Breat… Continue Reading


06.03.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $147,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE CITY OF WATERTOWN FIRE-RESCUE IN JEFFERSON COUNTY

Federal Funding For Watertown Fire-Rescue Will Be Used To Purchase New Equipment U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $147,362 in federal funding for the City of Watertown Fire-Rescue to purchase new equipment. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The Watertown Fire-Rescue will use this federal investment to upgrade radios for first responders and purchase new radios f… Continue Reading


06.02.15

SCHUMER: IN LIGHT OF DISTURBING TSA FAILURE TO DETECT EXPLOSIVES & WEAPONS AT AIRPORTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, SENATOR CALLS FOR TOP-TO-BOTTOM REVIEW OF EMPLOYEE TRAINING & EQUIPMENT TESTING BY DHS INSPECTOR GENERAL; CONTINUATION OF ‘RED TEAM’ TESTS AT ALL MAJOR AIRPORTS

Recent Media Reports Cited a New TSA "Red Team" Report Suggesting Agents Failed to Uncover 67 Out of 70 Threats at Airports Across the Country Schumer Urges DHS Inspector General to Fully Review Employee Training and Equipment Testing Procedures, To Ensure Any and All Issues are Addressed & To Continue "Red Team" Mock Tests At Airports Across the Country  Schumer: When It Comes to Detecting & Closing Loopholes in Our Nation's Security System, We Can Leave No Stone Unturned Follo… Continue Reading


06.02.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES FEDS HAVE AGREED TO MEET & WORK WITH LOCALS AND NYS DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION TO AUDIT AND EVALUATE SITE OF DEADLY ITHACA COMMONS TRUCK CRASH; EFFORT COULD HELP PAVE THE WAY FOR FED FUNDING TO IMPROVE SAFETY AT THE INTERSECTION TO HELP PREVENT ACCIDENTS LIKE LAST SUMMER’S FROM HAPPENING

In June 2014, One Person Died & Seven Were Injured When A Tractor-Trailer Failed To Veer Onto Route 79 & Instead Came Barreling Down East Hill Into Simeon's Restaurant; Two Other Recent Accidents Occurred at Same Spot - Schumer Pushed For Fed Safety Audit That Would Look At Design of Roads, Traffic Flow & More; Identify Potential Improvements Following Schumer's Push, Fed. Highway Administration Agreed To Partner With State & Locals on Fed. Safety Audit, And NYSDOT Has Said The… Continue Reading


06.02.15

SCHUMER, MEEKS, GOLDFEDER: FOLLOWING ARMY CORPS’ PUBLIC MEETING & COMMUNITY INPUT, LAWMAKERS URGE FEDS TO PROVIDE ROCKAWAY COMMUNITIES WITH MOST RESILIENT BEACH PROTECTION PLAN AND THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF ROCK JETTIES AND GROINS; PUSH ARMY CORPS TO CHOOSE ‘ALTERNATIVE III’ PROPOSAL, WHICH WILL INSTALL NEW ROCK GROINS ALONG PENINSULA

At Schumer-Meeks-Goldfeder Request, Army Corps Held Public Information Meeting on "Rockaway Reformulation Study" in April; Three Alternative Proposals for Study Were Presented to Community & Homeowners; 'Alternative III' Garnered the Most Support Schumer, Meeks, Goldfeder Urge Army Corps to Support 'Alternative III,' Which Would Provide the Maximum Number of Rock Groins and Jetties, Which Help Keep Sand on the Beach and Provide Effective Storm Protection; Lawmakers Say Proposal Includes Ne… Continue Reading


06.02.15

SCHUMER: FUNDING FOR NASSAU BACK BAY FEASIBILITY STUDY SECURED IN SENATE APPROPRIATIONS BILL; BILL CONTAINS $1.8 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR NASSAU BACK BAY FEASIBILITY STUDY; BACK BAY STUDY IS CRITICAL STEP TO HELP PREVENT FUTURE STORM DAMAGE IN SOUTH SHORE COMMUNITIES OF NASSAU COUNTY

Schumer Announces, After His Push, Senate Bill Includes $1.8 Million in Federal Funds for Overall North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study, Including Enough Funds for Army Corps to Start Studying Coastal Protections Within Nassau Back Bay Feasibility Study President's Initial Request for FY16 Funding, and the House Appropriations Bill Did Not Include Enough Federal Funds to Start Nassau Back Bay Feasibility Study  Schumer: Nassau Back Bay Feasibility Study Will Recommend Mitigation and … Continue Reading


06.01.15

SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH TO SECURE FED FUNDING FOR THE LONG-AWAITED RUNWAY EXTENSION AT OGDENSBURG AIRPORT – LONGER RUNWAY WILL HELP NEW FLIGHTS LAND & ENABLE AIRPORT TO BEGIN LOW-FARE AIRLINE SERVICE WITH ALLEGIANT AIR, A KEY FOR REGIONAL JOB GROWTH AND INCREASED TOURISM

In November, Schumer Announced the FAA Had Approved Ogdensburg's Request to Extend the Runway by 1,200 Feet - Now, Schumer is Launching a Push to Secure $14.25 Million for Runway Construction Schumer Says 1,200 Foot Runway Extension Is Key To Making Ogdensburg Airport A Major Regional Hub; By Accommodating New Allegiant Air Flights, The Airport Could Add Thousands of Passengers Per Year And Expand its Economic Footprint in the North Country Schumer: Ogdensburg Runway Extension Is Cleared for … Continue Reading


06.01.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND SECURE KEY COMMITTEE APPROVAL OF MORE THAN SEVEN MILLION TO THE 107th AIR WING

Schumer, Gillibrand Secure Federal Appropriations To Upgrade Air National Guard Facility at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee appropriated $7.7 million for the Air National Guard unit stationed at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. The investment transforms the current squadron operations facility at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station into a fully-mission-capable military un… Continue Reading


06.01.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND SECURE KEY COMMITTEE APPROVAL OF MORE THAN FOUR MILLION TO THE ARMY RESERVE

Schumer, Gillibrand Secure Federal Appropriations To Construct Organizational Maintenance Shop In Rockland County U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $4.2 million for construction in the Army Reserve Center (ARC) in Rockland County. The investment, also included in the House Appropriations Bill, will be used to build a new Organizational Maintenance Shop within the ARC in Orangeburg. The current facility can… Continue Reading


06.01.15

SCHUMER: FINALLY OUR COUNTRY WILL PROPERLY HONOR SGT. HENRY JOHNSON WHO WILL RECEIVE MEDAL OF HONOR HE RIGHTFULLY DESERVES ON TUESDAY

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer laid a wreath at the Sgt. Henry Johnson Monument in Washington Park today to pay his respects to Sgt. Henry Johnson on the eve of his Medal of Honor Ceremony. Today was a very special visit for the Albany community and Senator Schumer, who has visited the monument in Washington Park many times during his 16-year effort to secure this long-awaited recognition and make right this century-old wrong. Schumer thanked local veteran groups in Albany that have been invalu… Continue Reading


06.01.15

SCHUMER: HUNDREDS OF RECENT COPPER THEFTS ON MASS TRANSIT HAVE CAUSED MAJOR DELAYS, PUT NYC PASSENGERS AT RISK & COST MILLIONS OF DOLLARS; WITH COPPER THEFT ON RISE, SCHUMER CALLS FOR CRACKDOWN ON METAL THEFT TRAFFICKING NETWORK THROUGH LEGISLATION THAT STOPS LARGE, UNTRACEABLE CASH PAYMENTS TO COPPER THIEVES

Wednesday's Copper Heist-Delaying Tens of Thousands of Passengers-Was Just One Of Many This Year Across Transit Systems in NYC; Nearly 100 Since 2013; October Copper Heist Even Caused LIRR Delays In Mineola; Thieves Loot MTA, LIRR, Amtrak & NJT Lines Then Sell Scrap For Fast Cash at Metal Yards Schumer Plan Would Require Metal Sellers to Provide Proof of Ownership, Require Scrap Dealers To Pay By Check, Not Cash, Make it a Federal Offense to Steal Metal from Cr… Continue Reading


06.01.15

SCHUMER: IN WAKE OF MOST RECENT, DANGEROUS GREEN-LASER ATTACK ON FIVE PILOTS FLYING OUT OF AND TO NEW YORK, SENATOR RENEWS PUSH FOR FDA TO BAN THE SALE OF THE MOST HIGH-POWERED, LONG-RANGE GREEN LASER POINTERS; EVIL-DOERS & PRANKSTERS PURPOSELY USE GREEN LASERS TO HARASS PILOTS, BUT SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES INCLUDE BLINDNESS & DISORIENTATION WHILE FLYING PLANE FULL OF PASSENGERS IN THE AIR

Earlier This Year, in Light of New Data That Showed Incidents of Green-Lasers Attacks Were Skyrocketing, Schumer Urged the FDA To Use Its Authority to Ban Long-Range, High-Powered Green Laser Pointers ; Just Last Night, A Green Laser Was Targeted at Five Pilots Flying at 8,000 Ft. Over Farmingdale and Another was Targeted at a Flight Headed to JFK. Health & Aviation Experts Say Green Lasers Are More Than Double the Strength of Other Colors, Can Travel For Miles & Cause More Damage to Ey… Continue Reading


05.29.15

IN WAKE OF MEMORIAL DAY, SCHUMER BACKS SYRACUSE FATHER’S PUSH TO GET SON’S NAME ON VIETNAM MEMORIAL WALL – LARRY REILLY JR. 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

Larry Reilly Jr. & 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 Reilly, Bravely Served Their Country Inside & Outside The Combat Zone; Adding the Names of These Heroes to the Vietnam Memorial is the Proper Ack… Continue Reading

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