Press Releases

05.01.15

SCHUMER PUSHES FEDS TO CUT RED TAPE AND APPROVE FED FUNDING TO REBUILD BROOME COUNTY’S GLEN AUBREY FIRE DEPARTMENT OUTSIDE OF FLOOD ZONE FEDS HAVE PREVIOUSLY DENIED FUNDING FOR RELOCATION, DEPRIVING COMMUNITY OF ESSENTIAL FIRE & PUBLIC SAFETY SERVICES

Glen Aubrey Fire Department Was Destroyed In 2011 By Tropical Storm Lee And Needs to Relocate Facilities Outside Flood Zone to Avoid Future Flood Damage, But FEMA Has Unwisely Rejected Application For Funding FEMA Previously Denied Glen Aubrey's Request For Fed Funds For Relocation And Fire Department Has Been Under Appeal Since Fall 2013; New "428 Alternative Procedure" Process Would Expedite Funding, But FEMA is Still Dragging Its Feet, Incorrectly Claiming Substantial Repairs Have Been Comp… Continue Reading


05.01.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND RACHET UP PRESSURE ON CBP TO DELIVER MILLIONS IN OVERDUE PAYMENTS OWED TO CNY FIRMS FROM TRADE RULINGS TO COMPANIES LIKE STICKLEY AND HARDEN FURNITURE – SENATORS DEMAND ENFORCEMENT OF DUTY COLLECTION FROM WOODEN FURNITURE DUMPING BY CHINA & URGE SWIFT PAYMENT OF COMPENSATION TO PROTECT CNY JOBS FROM UNFAIR COMPETITION

Schumer, Gillibrand Reveal CNY's Stickley Furniture is Owed $8 Million & Harden Furniture is Owed $1.2 Million In Uncollected Duties On Wooden Bedroom Furniture From China That Was Dumped on Market From 2005-2012 - Customs & Border Protection Has Failed to Collect Duties That Would Allow Domestic Manufacturers Like Stickley & Harden To Compete on Level Playing Field Senators Also Push Customs & Border Protection For Answers On Losses From 2013-2014, Which Have Yet to Be Reporte… Continue Reading


04.30.15

SCHUMER INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO INCENTIVIZE RAIL COMPANIES TO PHASE OUT DANGEROUS CRUDE OIL-CARRYING TANKER CARS SOONER RATHER THAN LATER – BILL WOULD PLACE A FEE ON OLD & DANGEROUS RAIL CARS CARRYING VOLATILE CRUDE, AND GIVE FINANCIAL INCENTIVE TO THOSE WHO PHASE OUT WITHIN 3 YEARS

Schumer Says Bill Would Help Protect All New York Communities - Which See Tanker Cars Barrel Through Backyards Across NY State Every Day - By Providing Incentive to Phase Out Dangerous Cars like DOT-111s and CPC-1232s Within 3-Year Time Period Legislation Would Require Companies Pay a Fee to Use Dangerous Cars; Would Provide Financial Incentive to Companies That Phase Out ASAP Schumer: We Need an All-of-the-Above Approach to Protecting Our Communities from the Dangers of Oil-by-Rail   … Continue Reading


04.30.15

SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH TO GET FULL FUNDING FOR ARMY TACTICAL RADIO PROGRAM FOR 2016 – SCHUMER SAYS COMPANIES LIKE HARRIS RADIO IN ROCHESTER WOULD HAVE OPPORUNITY TO PRODUCE DEVICES TO HELP COMMUNICATION AND COOPERATION AMONG MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS

Schumer Urges Fed Appropriators To Fully Fund Program Aimed at Producing & Modernizing Tactical Radio Units for U.S. Military; Advancements In Troop Communication Makes Radio Units a Necessary Resource On Battlefield & On Base Harris Radio in Rochester Has Already Been Selected to Undergo Developmental Tests to Produce Radio Units - Meaning Support for Local Jobs & Expanded Production - But Schumer Says Entire Effort Rests on a Fully Funded Federal Program Schumer: Cutting-Edge Rad… Continue Reading


04.30.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $800,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR CLINTON COUNTY

Federal Funding Will Be Used To Upgrade Waste and Water Disposal Systems U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $632,000 in federal grant funding and a $222,000 federal loan for the Town of Saranac in Clinton County to help finance improvements to Standish Water District. Funding was allocated through the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. "This federal funding is great news for Town of Saranac an… Continue Reading


04.30.15

SCHUMER:NEW YORK STATE’S $65 MILLION POTATO INDUSTRY AT SEVERE RISK FROM INVASIVE SPECIES; SENATOR LAUNCHES PUSH TO REPLACE CORNELL UNIVERSITY’S OUTDATED NEMATODE LAB WITH NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITY AT THE UNIVERSITY

Golden Nematode And Pale Cyst Nematode Invasive Species Are Threatening The Long-Term Viability of New York State's $65 Million Potato Industry - Cornell's Outdated 78-Year-Old Nematode Lab in Ithaca Conducts Pest Prevention Research, But Needs Modernization  Without Upgrades to Lab to Better Guard Against Invasive Species, Potato Farmers Could See Their Crops Destroyed in the Near Future - Schumer Calls on USDA to Prioritize the Replacement of This Lab, Which is Critical to Farmers & … Continue Reading


04.30.15

SCHUMER, IN PERSONAL CALL WITH EDA REGIONAL ADMIN, URGES FEDS TO APPROVE $617,000 FOR LAUNCH NY IN BUFFALO, WHICH IS ALREADY POSITIVELY IMPACTING UPSTATE JOB GROWTH – FED FUNDS, COUPLED WITH MATCHING GRANTS, WOULD PROVIDE $1.3M IN FUNDING FOR RESOURCES FOR START-UPS & ENTREPRENEURS TO GROW, EXPAND, & CREATE JOBS

Thanks to Initial Funds Secured by Schumer Launch New York Businesses have Already Created Approximately 1,000 Jobs in Upstate New York Businesses; Additional Funds Would Provide More Start-Ups & Entrepreneurs Across 27 Counties in WNY, CNY, Rochester-Finger Lakes & S. Tier Regions With Resources Needed To Create More Jobs Schumer Previously Secured $637,000 in Fed Funds to Help Start Launch NY - New EDA Funds Would Allow it to Create a Mechanism to Invest in Entrepreneurs in the M… Continue Reading


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

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