Press Releases

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


04.24.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $430,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ITHACA AND TRUMANSBURG FIRE DEPARTMENTS

Federal Funding For Ithaca and Trumansburg Fire Departments Will Be Used to Replace Outdated Equipment U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $413,637 in federal funding for the Ithaca Fire Department and $21,265 in federal funding for the Ithaca Fire Department. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). "It is critical that we provide local fire departments, like the Ithaca and Ithaca … Continue Reading


04.24.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $21K IN FED FUNDS FOR SCHUYLER AMBULANCE, INC. IN ONEIDA COUNTY

Schuyler Ambulance, Inc. in Utica Will Use Funding To Purchase New Turnout Gear to Protect Firefighters   U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $21,486 in federal funding for Schuyler Ambulance, Inc., located in Utica in Oneida County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program's (AFG) Fire Prevention & Safety Program (FP&S) and will be used to purchase new turnout gear. Tu… Continue Reading


04.24.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $460K FOR IN FED FUNDS FOR TWO ROCHESTER FIRE DEPARTMENTS

City of Rochester & Town of Gates Fire Depts. Will Use Funding to Provide Rescue Training & Purchase Life-Saving Equipment in Order to Keep Firefighters Safe U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a total of $461,938 in federal funding for two Rochester area fire departments. Specifically, the City of Rochester will receive $115,249 in federal funding and the Town of Gates Fire District will receive $346,689. These federal funds were allocated through t… Continue Reading


04.23.15

SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO REVERSE COURSE ON TRANSIT PROPOSAL THAT COULD PUT HUNDREDS OF LOCAL JOBS AT RISK & CRIPPLE NORTH COUNTRY BUS AND TRAIN MANUFACTURERS

Proposed Federal Local Hiring Pilot Program and Rule Would Allow Transit Agencies Across The Country Receiving Fed Funds to Require All Buses and Trains Be Produced Locally, Meaning All Manufacturers & Workers Must Be Located in That Specific City to Bid on a Contract - Schumer Says This Rule Could Have Disastrous, Unintended Consequences For Jobs in the North Country Under New Rule, Rural-Based Companies Like Bombardier & Nova Bus and & Prevost in Plattsburgh - Which Produce Bus… Continue Reading


04.23.15

SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO REVERSE COURSE ON TRANSIT PROPOSAL THAT COULD PUT HUNDREDS OF LOCAL JOBS AT RISK & CRIPPLE SOUTHERN TIER BUS AND TRAIN MANUFACTURERS

Proposed Federal Local Hiring Pilot Program and Rule Would Allow Transit Agencies Across The Country Receiving Fed Funds to Require All Buses and Trains Be Produced Locally, Meaning All Manufacturers & Workers Must Be Located in That Specific City to Bid on a Contract - Schumer Says This Rule Could Have Disastrous, Unintended Consequences For Jobs in the Southern Tier Under New Rule, Rural-Based Companies Like Alstom & CAF USA in the Southern Tier - Which Produce Buses and Trains fo… Continue Reading


04.23.15

SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO REVERSE COURSE ON TRANSIT PROPOSAL THAT COULD PUT HUNDREDS OF LOCAL JOBS AT RISK & CRIPPLE ROCHESTER FINGER LAKES AREA BUS AND TRAIN MANUFACTURERS

Proposed Federal Local Hiring Pilot Program and Rule Would Allow Transit Agencies Across The Country Receiving Fed Funds to Require All Buses and Trains Be Produced Locally, Meaning All Manufacturers & Workers Must Be Located in That Specific City to Bid on a Contract - Schumer Says This Rule Could Have Disastrous, Unintended Consequences For Jobs in Rochester Finger Lakes Area Under New Rule, Companies Like Alstom in Rochester And Coach & Equipment in Penn Yan - Which Produce Buses an… Continue Reading


04.22.15

SCHUMER: WITH TURBULENT MILK PRICES, UPSTATE DAIRY FARMERS ARE GETTING SQUEEZED ON ALL SIDES, INCLUDING LARGE, LUMP-SUM MILK INSURANCE PAYMENTS – SCHUMER URGES USDA TO IMPLEMENT NEW PROGRAM TO EASE THE BURDEN OF CASH-STRAPPED DAIRY FARMS

Upstate NY Dairy Farmers Are Saddled With Lump-Sum Insurance Payments Through Turbulent Milk Prices -Schumer Pushes USDA To Create New Payment Program Where Coops and Farmers Could Work Together to Spread Out Milk Insurance Payments Through Deduction System NY Dairy Farmers & Upstate NY Co-Ops, Which Buy & Market Milk, Have Expressed Need to Spread Out Payments Through New Kind of Payment Program; Co-Ops or Private Companies Would Pay Costs Up Front For Farmers & Farmers Then Wou… Continue Reading


04.21.15

SCHUMER: FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, GREEK YOGURT WILL BE AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE IN SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAMS THROUGH THE USDA SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM; SENATOR ANNOUNCES, STARTING IN FALL 2015, USDA WILL OFFICIALLY EXPAND NATIONWIDE THE GREEK-YOGURT PILOT PROGRAM HE HELPED LAUNCH

Schumer Says Greek Yogurt Will Be Added To The List Of Available Items In The School Lunch Program; After The Last Successful Pilot Program, Which Schumer Helped Make a Reality Across Twelve States, Feds Concluded That There Is Nutritional Value and High Demand For Greek Yogurt Schumer Previously Urged the USDA to Expand Successful Greek Yogurt Pilot Program, With Idea Of Providing High-Nutrition Protein Option For Kids And Increase Demand For Greek Yogurt Nationwide - NY's Own Chobani & Up… Continue Reading


04.21.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND URGE FEDS TO EXTEND DEADLINE FOR COMPLETION OF BUFFALO HOUSING PROJECTS; UNFORSEEN CHALLENGES AND NEW HUD RULES HAVE DELAYED CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE – FAILURE TO GRANT EXTENSION PUTS VITAL AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECTS IN JEOPARDY

Schumer, Gillibrand Say the City of Buffalo Needs an 8-Month Extension From HUD To Complete Vital Community Housing Projects; City Could Lose Millions in Funding if Program Expenditure Period is Not Extended City is Making Solid Progress on Projects, But Delays, Including the Loss of 2013 Construction Season Due to Bureaucratic Changes Mandated By HUD, Require an Extended Timeline Schumer, Gillibrand to HUD: Grant This Extension And Let Buffalo Finish The Job On Important Community Housi… Continue Reading


04.20.15

NATIONWIDE RASH OF ‘SWATTING’ ATTACKS NOW THREATENING LOCAL ROCHESTER RESIDENTS, COSTING LAW ENFORCEMENT THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WHEN WRONGDOERS CALL IN FALSE THREATS; SCHUMER INTRODUCES NEW BILL TO CRACK DOWN ON SWATTING AND DETER ALARMING NEW CRIME TREND; OVER 12 SWATTING ATTACKS IN ROCHESTER HAVE TRIGGERED POLICE SWAT TEAMS TO RESPOND TO HOMES

Deliberately False Alerts In Rochester Are Causing The Deployment Of Armed SWAT Teams, Bomb Squads, And Other Police Units, to Unsuspecting Area Residents & Causing the Closure of Streets, Businesses; Resulting In A Terrifying Experience For Victims & Puts Communities At Great 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 … Continue Reading


04.20.15

SCHUMER: FEDS MUST FUND $64M MODERNIZATION PROJECT FOR THE US PLAZA AT THE LEWISTON-QUEENSTON BRIDGE TO HELP ALLEVIATE CRIPPLING DELAYS; WOULD CREATE AND SUSTAIN OVER 1,500 CONSTRUCTION JOBS & CUT DOWN ON EGREGIOUS WAIT TIMES – SCHUMER LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO HAVE FEDS APPROVE FUNDS ASAP

Schumer: During The Busiest 50-70 Days Per Year, Wait Times At Lewiston-Queenstown Bridge Regularly Exceed One Hour - and Have Peaked at Nearly Three Hours, Which has Detrimental Impact on the Regional Economy; Canadian Shoppers and Businesses Spend $1.7 Billion Per Year in New York State Schumer Urges CBP & GSA to Fund Desperately Needed Plaza Expansion To Improve Traffic Flow, Bolster the Regional Economy, & Create and Protect Jobs in WNY Schumer: Lewiston Plaza Expansion is Vi… Continue Reading


04.20.15

SCHUMER, BLUMENTHAL: DESPITE RECENT RAIL CRASHES, LIKE SPUYTEN DUYVIL & DERAILMENT OF DANGEROUS OIL CARS, POSITIVE TRAIN CONTROL, BEST WAY TO PREVENT DANGEROUS CRASHES, HAS NOT YET BEEN IMPLEMENTED; SENATORS INTRODUCE LEGISLATION REQUIRING PTC BY 2018, FOR BOTH PASSENGER & FREIGHT TRAINS CARRYING HAZARDOUS OIL CARS

Schumer, Blumenthal Announce Legislation That Will Require Railroads to Implement PTC by 2018 & Require Status Reports on Progress; 'Positive Train Control Safety Act' Also Requires Trains Carrying Crude Oil To Run On Tracks With PTC, Aiming to Avoid Future Explosive Crashes   Schumer, Blumenthal Legislation Stands in Contrast to Other Efforts in Congress to Give Railroads an Additional 5 Years to Implement Life-Saving PTC Technology; Senators Say 5 Years is Far Too Long to Wait for T… Continue Reading


04.17.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES CRITICAL LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE VITAL FUNDING FOR UPSTATE EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES IN RURAL AREAS HAS CLEARED CONGRESS – SCHUMER INTRODUCED BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO AVOID CUTS IN FUNDING, WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN DISASTROUS FOR QUALITY OF CARE ACROSS THE STATE

Schumer Led Legislation to Extend Key Support Programs for Rural Emergency Medical Services Providers for New Yorkers - Rural EMS Agencies Get an Extension Through 2018 With Passage of Bipartisan Deal Without This Extension, $19.8 Million in Funding for over 450 Ambulance Service Providers That Treat High Number of Medicare Patients Across NY State Would be Lost Schumer: Upstate Ambulance Providers Can Rest Easy That Critical Medicare Funding Will Last until 2018 U.S. Senator Charles E.… Continue Reading

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