Press Releases

10.23.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE FEDS HAVE RELEASED MORE THAN $326 MILLION IN CRITICAL FUNDS FAMILIES ACROSS NY STATE RELY ON TO HEAT THEIR HOMES – WITH WINTER JUST AROUND THE CORNER, SENATORS URGED FEDS TO RELEASE HOME HEATING ASSISTANCE FUNDS IMMEDIATELY, AND AT HIGHEST LEVELS POSSIBLE, FOR NY’S MOST VULNERABLE RESIDENTS

Heating Aid Will Help Thousands Of Vulnerable New York Seniors & Families Who Need Extra Help To Pay Their Heating Bills This Winter Home Heating Costs Have Become A Larger And Larger Share Of Every New Yorker's Budget - Schumer & Gillibrand Urged U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services To Provide Maximum Amount, And As Soon As Possible, To NY Families Schumer & Gillibrand: Every Dollar Counts When It Comes To Keeping NY State Families Warm This Winter U.S. Senators Charles E. S… Continue Reading


10.23.15

SCHUMER STANDS WITH MORE THAN 100 NYC METRO-IAF LEADERS TO PUSH LARGE GUN-PURCHASING FEDERAL AGENCIES, LIKE DOD AND DOJ, TO PRESSURE GUN MAKERS TO MAKE SAFER GUNS AND TO CEASE DISTRIBUTING VIA DEALERS WHO FAIL TO COMPLETE BACKGROUND CHECKS; U.S. GOVERNMENT--LARGEST GUN BUYER--MUST USE GUN CONTRACTS TO PROD GUN MAKERS TO STEM TIDE OF GUN VIOLENCE BY IMPROVING GUN SAFETY AND DISTRIBUTION PRACTICES

Schumer & Metro IAF-Nation's Largest & Longest-Standing Network Of Local Faith & Community-Based Organizations-Say Federal Government and Other Top Gun Purchasers Can Do More To Stem Gun Violence; Fed Government's Purchasing Power Must be Leveraged to Change Gun Makers’ Deadly Ways U.S. Government Makes Up 25% of Gun Market; With DOD/Army Currently Considering Massive $580M Purchase of Small Arms, Now Is The Time To Rewrite Requirements For Federal Contracts Schumer: By Raisi… Continue Reading


10.23.15

SCHUMER: CONGRESS HAS UNWISELY ALLOWED CRITICAL FED STUDENT LOAN PROGRAM TO EXPIRE; WITHOUT RENEWAL OF PERKINS LOAN PROGRAM, LONG ISLAND COLLEGES THAT RECEIVE FUNDING – LIKE HOFSTRA, STONY BROOK & NASSAU COMMUNITY COLLEGE – 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 Molloy Col… Continue Reading


10.23.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF 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

Schumer is a Co-Sponsor of Legislation, Which Recognizes & Honors 400 Years of Filipino American Contributions Spanning First Recorded Presence in 1587 to Present Day Schumer: It is Fitting and Just that We Recognize the Rich History and Numerous Contributions of the Filipino Americans In The United States U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced Senate passage of his resolution which recognizes October as "Filipino American History Month." The legislation recognizes the numer… Continue Reading


10.22.15

SCHUMER: ANNUAL HOLIDAY TRAIN THAT COLLECTS DONATIONS FOR LOCAL CHARITIES & FOOD BANKS AND BRINGS CHEER TO AREA CHILDREN & FAMILIES HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED; SCHUMER URGES TRAIN OPERATORS, CANADIAN PACIFIC & NORFOLK SOUTHERN, TO WORK TOGETHER IN THE SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAYS AND KEEP TRAIN CHUGGING THROUGH CAPITAL REGION THIS YEAR

For Years, Canadian Pacific Ran Its Holiday Train On D&H South Line To Capital Region Communities; Local Residents Attended Annual Train Light Show And Donated To Those In Need Through Local Charities & Food Banks Attending Christmas Event This Year, Canadian Pacific Sold 280 Miles Of Track To Norfolk Southern & Announced Holiday Train Would Be Discontinued As Result; Schumer Urges CP & NS To Work Together To Ensure Southern Tier Families Can Enjoy Annual Christmas Tradition &a… Continue Reading


10.22.15

SCHUMER: ANNUAL HOLIDAY TRAIN THAT COLLECTS DONATIONS FOR LOCAL CHARITIES & FOOD BANKS AND BRINGS CHEER TO AREA CHILDREN & FAMILIES HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED; SCHUMER URGES TRAIN OPERATORS, CANADIAN PACIFIC & NORFOLK SOUTHERN, TO WORK TOGETHER IN THE SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAYS AND KEEP TRAIN CHUGGING THROUGH SOUTHERN TIER THIS YEAR

For Years, Canadian Pacific Ran Its Holiday Train On D&H South Line To Binghamton, and Oneonta Communities; Local Residents Attended Annual Train Light Show And Donated To Those In Need Through Local Charities & Food Banks Attending Christmas Event This Year, Canadian Pacific Sold 280 Miles Of Track To Norfolk Southern & Announced Holiday Train Would Be Discontinued As Result; Schumer Urges CP & NS To Work Together To Ensure Southern Tier Families Can Enjoy Annual Christmas Tra… Continue Reading


10.22.15

SCHUMER URGES FEMA TO DO A THOROUGH JOB BEFORE REFERRING ANY SANDY VICTIM’S CASE TO TREASURY FOR COLLECTION; BILLS WITH SKY-HIGH INTEREST RATE CHARGES SHOULD NOT LAND IN LI MAILBOXES AS PART OF ANY STANDARD PROCEDURE; FEMA MUST DO ITS HOMEWORK BEFORE CLAWING-BACK GRANT ASSISTANCE; LI RESIDENTS WHO RECEIVED CRITICAL AID & DID NOTHING WRONG SHOULD NOT BE FORCED TO REPAY A DIME

In Personal Letter To FEMA, Schumer Says Agency Must Be Sure That Prior To Any Case Referral To Treasury FEMA Must Conduct A Review Of The Matter And Ensure That Recoupment of Funds Is Necessary; Says Anything Less Is Disservice To Sandy Victims, Confuses Residents & Is Plain Unfair; Urges Establishment Of Review Process Before Collection Attempts Schumer: Great Majority Of LI Residents Rightfully Depended On FEMA Funds To Make Critical Repairs That Got Them Back On Their Feet; Any Efforts… Continue Reading


10.22.15

SCHUMER: LAKESIDE AMPHITHEATER COULD BE NEXT HACKER TARGET & MUST BE ON HIGH ALERT FOR COMPUTER BOTS THAT RAPIDLY VACUUM UP TICKETS AND RE-SELL THEM AT OUTRAGEOUS PRICES; SCHUMER PUSHES CONGRESS TO PASS NEW SENATE BILL THAT CRACKS DOWN ON UNFAIR CYBER-SCALPING

Hackers Are Using Computer Bots To Snatch-up Thousands Of Concert Tickets Immediately After They Go On Sale, Which They Then Re-Sell On Other Ticket Websites At Much Higher Prices; Schumer Says Live Nation, New Promoter For The Lakeview Amphitheater In Onondaga County, Supports Bill To Prevent Venue From Being Next Site of Major Concert Ruined By Bots Schumer Says Feds Must Crack Down On Cyber-Scalpers, Introduced Legislation That Would Institute Harsh Punishments For Hackers Found Guilty Of Bo… Continue Reading


10.22.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $113 MILLION IN USDA FUNDING FOR CONSORTIUM OF COLLEGES INCLUDING MORE THAN $6 MILLION FOR CORNELL UNIVERSITY

Federal Funds to Advance Specialty Crop Program Ithaca, N.Y. - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $6,129,896 in federal funding for Cornell University. This funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to advance and support research and programs that help support specialty crop growers, including locally grown fruits and vegetables,… Continue Reading


10.22.15

SCHUMER, ALONG WITH TEN OTHER DEMOCRATIC SENATORS, URGES SECRETARY KERRY TO TAKE UNILATERAL OR MULTILATERAL RESPONSE TO IRANIAN BALLISTIC MISSILE TEST

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, along with Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Chris Coons (D-DE), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Mark Warner (D-VA), Ed Markey (D-MA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) expressed profound concern in a letter to Secretary Kerry about the October 11th Iranian ballistic missile test.  In the letter, the Senators write: "We are writing to express our profound concern about Iran's October 11 ballisti… Continue Reading


10.21.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $1 MILLION IN FED FUNDS FOR CORNELL UNIVERSITY

Cornell University Will Use Grant To Develop Alternative Energy Sources And Enhance Rural Energy Production U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1 million in federal funding for Cornell University in Ithaca. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in honor of the Third Annual National Biology Day. The grant will be used by Cornell researchers to study the plants and techniques need… Continue Reading


10.21.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND & GIBSON ANNOUNCE FINAL PASSAGE OF BILL TO RENAME KINGSTON POST OFFICE IN HONOR OF WORLD WAR II MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT ROBERT H. DIETZ; NOW HEADS TO THE PRESIDENT’S DESK FOR SIGNATURE

Schumer and Gillibrand Introduced Senate Bill in September to Rename Post Office After Kingston Native Killed in Action During WWII   Schumer, Gillibrand & Gibson: Dedication of Kingston Post Office in Staff Sergeant Dietz's Name Will Be Fitting Memorial to His Heroic Service Kingston, N.Y. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson today announced that the bill to rename the Kingston Post Office in honor of Kingsto… Continue Reading


10.21.15

SCHUMER LAUNCHES STATEWIDE CROWDSOURCING CAMPAIGN TO COLLECT NY DEAD ZONE LOCATIONS TO HELP FEDS INVESTIGATE DECEPTIVE COVERAGE MAPS; SENATOR SAYS WIRELESS CARRIERS ARE WRONGLY CLAIMING QUALITY RECEPTION ON COVERAGE MAPS IN UPSTATE NY; IN REALITY, AREAS MAY BE DEAD ZONES

Major Wireless Carriers Are Displaying Areas In Upstate Counties As Having Good Quality Coverage, When Many Of Those Areas Are Actually Dead Zones; Schumer Launches Online Campaign To Help Identify Dead Zones  New Yorkers Can Go Online To Submit Their Dead Zones Directly To The Senator's Office - Results Will Be Sent Directly To FCC To Crack Down On False Coverage Maps   Schumer: Submit Your Cell Phone Dead Zones To Schumer.Senate.Gov/WirelessDeadzone On a conference … Continue Reading


10.21.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE BILL TO RENAME EAST ROCHESTER POST OFFICE IN HONOR OF FALLEN LOCAL HERO, DARYL PIERSON, HAS PASSED THE SENATE; NOW HEADS TO PRESIDENT’S DESK FOR SIGNATURE

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 Passes Senate; Schumer & Gillibrand Vow To Fight Until Signed By President Schumer, Gillibrand: One Final… Continue Reading


10.20.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE FEDS HAVE APPROVED PLAN TO SEND $3 MILLION IN CRITICAL FUNDING TO OSWEGO HEALTH, WHICH WILL ALLOW HEALTH CENTER TO REVERSE PREVIOUS CUTS AND KEEP PACE WITH RATE INCREASES; SENATORS PUSHED FOR MONTHS FOR COMMUNITY HOSPITAL TO RECEIVE MATCHING FED FUNDS, WHICH WERE APPROVED BY NYS LEGISLATURE, BUT NEEDED FED APPROVAL

Oswego Health Waited For Months To Receive Matching Fed Funds; Critical Health Center Needed Fed Approval Of NY State Amendment To Lift Funding Caps - Amendment Will Now Allow Oswego Health To Receive Matching Fed Funding And Prevent Devastating Cuts After Senators' Push, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Approves NYS Funding - CMS Approval Means Oswego Health Can Get Critical Federal Investment It Needs Schumer, Gillibrand: Oswego Health Will No Longer Be Forced To Operate With One… Continue Reading


10.20.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, AFTER HIS RECOMMENDATION, ANN DONNELLY CONFIRMED BY SENATE TO SERVE ON EASTERN DISTRICT COURT OF NEW YORK

Donnelly, a Justice in Kings County Supreme Court, Has Also Served as a Judge in NYS Court of Claims, and Worked as Top Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan DA's Office, Including Bureau Chief of the Family Violence and Child Abuse Bureau Since Graduating from Law School, Donnelly Has Been Employed in Public Service, Including Her Work at the Manhattan DA's Office for 25 Years; "Donnelly Has The Exemplary Legal And Public Service Record To Make A Great Judge," Says Schumer Schumer: Do… Continue Reading


10.19.15

SCHUMER UNVEILS NEW FEDERAL PROGRAM TO GIVE DISCOUNT TO STUDENTS WHO COMMUTE TO COLLEGE; WOULD AFFECT HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF NEW YORK CITY AREA STUDENTS; STUDENTS WOULD SAVE HUNDREDS OR EVEN THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN TRANSPORTATION COSTS; PROGRAM WILL CUT COMMUTING COSTS FOR NYC STUDENTS BY 25%

Schumer Announces New Legislation Called UTRIP That Will Provide First Ever Federal Funding for a National College Student Discounted Transit Fare Program Hundreds of Thousands of NYC College Students Commute Each Day to Classes & Internships and the Monthly Costs of MetroCards, Bus Can Add Up Quickly; Schumer's UTRIP Proposal Would Cut Students Costs, Increase Ridership and Decrease Pollution All While Providing Additional Federal Support to Agencies like the MTA Schumer: UTRIP Puts NYC… Continue Reading


10.19.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND & KATKO ANNOUNCE OVER $1.6 MILLION FOR CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF THE DIOCESE OF ROCHESTER

Grant Will Enable CCWC to Advance New Thriving Family Program Rochester, N.Y. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative John Katko today announced $1,658,429 in federal funding for the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester. The grant was allocated through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Healthy Marriage and Education Grant Program to fund a new family initiative in Wayne County. Catholic Charities of Wayne County (CCWC), a sub-a… Continue Reading


10.19.15

SCHUMER SAYS CONVERTING SCAJAQUADA HIGH-SPEED EXPRESSWAY TO PARKWAY WITH CALMER TRAFFIC PATTERNS, CROSSWALKS, STOP SIGNS & STREET LIGHTS WOULD INCREASE SAFETY; URGES FEDS TO APPROVE PLAN TO RECLASSIFY ROAD AS A PARKWAY

In May, A Car Crossed the Median & Crashed Into Parkside Neighborhood's Delaware Park - Which Route 198 Cuts Through - Killing A Three-Year-Old Boy And Injuring His Mother & Younger Sister Schumer: Plan Will Finally Pump The Brakes On Speeding Cars Through the Park & Make the Road Safer U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to approve a plan that would permanently slow traffic and help make Rt. 198, where cars are speeding right … Continue Reading


10.18.15

SCHUMER REVEALS: HALLOWEEN MAKEUP ON STORE SHELVES COULD POSE SERIOUS DANGER TO CHILDREN; HALLOWEEN PRODUCTS FROM CHINA OFTEN CONTAIN HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS LIKE NICKEL & LEAD THAT ARE LEFT OFF OF INGREDIENTS BUT CAN MAKE KIDS VERY SICK; SENATOR URGES PARENTS TO BE WARY, NOT USE HALLOWEEN MAKEUP MADE IN CHINA; PUSHES FDA TO INVESTIGATE DANGEROUS INGREDIENTS OFTEN HIDDEN TO CONSUMERS

Halloween Makeup Often Tests Positive For Range Of Unlisted Chemicals-Industry Report Found Slew Of Chemicals In 10 Out of 10 Tests; Halloween Products Like Lipstick, Eye Glitters & Face Paints Are Brewed In China, Shipped to U.S. & Stocked On Shelves Where Parents Get Tricked Into Buying Metals Like Lead, Which CDC Says Can Severely Impact A Child's Brain As It Accumulates Masked Metals, Chemicals or Carcinogens That Don't Belong on Anyone’s Face Require FULL Disclosure To Consu… Continue Reading

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