Press Releases

05.12.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE SBA DISASTER ASSISTANCE NOW AVAILABLE TO HUDSON VALLEY BUSINESSES AFFECTED BY DROUGHT

Orange, Dutchess, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester Eligible for Low-Interest Loans to Recover From Season Drought SBA Will Accept Applications For Emergency Federal Loans Through June 1st U.S. Senators Charles. E Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that New York businesses affected by last year's drought, beginning August 15, 2014, can now apply for low-interest disaster loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBA will accept applications for eme… Continue Reading


05.11.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $16,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR BRIER HILL FIRE DISTRICT

Funding For Brier Hill Fire District Will Be Used To Purchase New Communications Equipment U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $16,629 in federal funding for the Brier Hill Fire District in St. Lawrence County to purchase new 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 Brier Hill Fire District will us… Continue Reading


05.11.15

AFTER MAJOR PUSH, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES $2 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR BROOKLYN NAVY YARD’S BUILDING 77 EXPANSION PROJECT NEARS FINISHLINE; 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 After Personal Call to Acting Regional Administrator, Schumer Announces U.S. Economic Development Administration Set to Award $2M 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 announced, after his pu… Continue Reading


05.11.15

SCHUMER REVEALS: SURPRISE $250 SURCHARGE BEING SPRUNG ON TENS-OF-THOUSANDS OF LI & NY HOMEOWNERS WITH FEMA FLOOD INSURANCE; NEW & UNFAIR POLICY ON RENEWALS SPURS SENATOR TO WARN RESIDENTS ON HOW TO AVOID UNDERCOVER POLICY CHANGE; URGES FEMA TO SCRAP THE CONFUSING AND PUNITIVE POLICY

On April 1st -And For The First Time Ever-FEMA Installed Surprise Renewal Policy On Flood Insurance Ratepayers, Giving Them Just 30 Days To Fill Out New 'Proof Of Residency' Form With Yearly Insurance Renewal Or Face Steep $250 Surcharge  FEMA is Forcing Flood Insurance-Paying Homeowners to File Paperwork on Tight Deadline or Be Forced to Shell out a Hefty $250 "Second Home" Fee, But Long Islanders Are In The Dark On New NFIP Renewal Requirement That Would Be At The Expense Of Long Is… Continue Reading


05.11.15

SCHUMER REVEALS: AMTRAK POLICE ARE NOT ABLE TO DIRECTLY COMMUNICATE WITH OTHER FIRST RESPONDERS—COULD CREATE HUGE DISASTER WHERE POLICE ON TRAINS & IN PENN STATION ARE NOT ABLE TO EFFICIENTLY REACH LOCAL POLICE & FIRE DEPARTMENTS—REMINISCENT OF 9/11; SCHUMER PUSHES FEDS TO GRANT AMTRAK FULL ACCESS TO NYC FIRST-RESPONDER RADIO LINE

Tens of Thousands Of People Travel Amtrak Each & Every Day But, Without Access To Key First-Responder Radio Line, Both Amtrak & The Traveling Public Are In Danger Should A Derailment, Natural Disaster or Terror Attack Arise; Ability to Communicate With Other First Responders Is Essential During Crisis Amtrak Police Have Eagerly Sought Ability To Communicate With Other First Responders On Dedicated Frequency Since 2013, But FCC Has Been Radio Silent Schumer: We Learned on 9-11 ALL Our F… Continue Reading


05.11.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE SBA DISASTER ASSISTANCE NOW AVAILABLE TO BUSINESSES STATEWIDE AFFECTED BY FLOODING

New York Counties Eligible for Low-Interest Loans to Recover From Season Flooding SBA Will Accept Applications For Emergency Federal Loans Through May 26th U.S. Senators Charles. E Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that New York businesses affected by last year's flooding, from April 1st through July 8th, 2014, can now apply for low-interest disaster loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help small businesse… Continue Reading


05.08.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $23K IN FED FUNDS FOR WESTERN TURNPIKE RESCUE SQUAD IN ALBANY COUNTY

Federal Funding Will Allow For Western Turnpike Rescue Squad To Purchase Protective Gear For Emergency Personnel Handling Motor Vehicle Accidents U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $23,193 in federal funding for the Western Turnpike Rescue Squad. These funds were allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). This funding will allow the Western Turnpike Rescue Squad to purchase protective gear, incl… Continue Reading


05.08.15

SCHUMER: VETERANS WAITING TO BE FITTED FOR HEARING AIDS EXPERIENCE LONG WAIT TIMES BECAUSE OF A LACK OF SPECIALISTS – SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH TO ALLOW VA CENTERS TO HIRE LICENSED HEARING AID SPECIALISTS TO DECREASE WAIT TIMES & BETTER SERVE VETS

Currently, Only Licensed Audiologists Are Authorized to Issue and Fit Veterans for Hearing Aids at VA Facilities, But Small Number of These Professionals in the Field Leads to Excruciating Wait Times for Vets Schumer Says Licensed Hearing Aid Specialists Should Also Be Allowed to Issue & Fit Vets Receiving Care at VA Centers for Hearing Aids, Alongside Audiologists - Schumer Is Pushing Legislation That Would Cut Through Bureaucratic Red Tape & Allow VA Facilities to Hire Hearing Special… Continue Reading


05.08.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $12K IN FED FUNDS FOR LACKAWANNA FIRE DEPARTMENT IN ERIE COUNTY

Federal Funding For Lackawanna Fire Department Will Be Used For Electronic Stability Systems, Used to Locate Firefighters Who are Injured and Immobilized While In A Fire U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $11,905 in federal funding for the Lackawanna Fire Department located in Erie County. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). These federal funds will allow the Lackawanna Fire… Continue Reading


05.07.15

SCHUMER: ARMY CORPS SHOULD EXTEND DEADLINE ON PENDING WETLANDS PERMIT FOR PROPOSED EXPANSION OF CWM’S CHEIMICAL WASTE LANDFILL, ALLOWING RESIDENTS AND LOCAL OFFICIALS MORE TIME TO FULLY EXAMINE LOCAL IMPACT; NIAGARA COUNTY DESERVES AT LEAST 90 DAYS TO REVIEW THE COMPLICATED PROPOSAL

Buffalo Army Corps of Engineers Is Currently Deciding Whether To Allow WNY Company, Chemical Waste Management, To Dump Hazardous Waste On New Portion of CMW Landfill on a Federal Wetlands Near A Local School, Homes, and Businesses Schumer Says Residents, Businesses, and Local Government Officials Need Additional Research and Information on Expansion of the CWM Dumping Area- In A Letter To Buffalo ACOE, Schumer Requests 90-Day Extension Of Public Comment Period To Allow Greater Community Input … Continue Reading


05.07.15

SCHUMER: HOUSE SLASHES FUNDING FOR CRITICAL TIGER GRANT PROGRAM THAT WOULD MAKE IT NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR NY COMMUNITIES TO ACCESS VITAL INFRASTRUCTURE GRANTS – URGES RESTORATION OF FUNDING TO KEY PROGRAM

The Extremely Important Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant Program Was Cut By 80% in House Funding Bill; Schumer Says Drastic Cuts to Infrastructure Program Would Hurt Jobs, Businesses, and Local Governments Across NY Schumer Highlighted Several Recent NY Projects That Received TIGER Funding - Including Syracuse Connective Corridor, Rochester Inner Loop Reconstruction & Rochester Intermodal Transit Center, and The "Cars Sharing Main Street" Initiative in … Continue Reading


05.07.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND LAUNCH PUSH TO SECURE NEW NY-NJ CYBER PROTECTION COMMAND SITE IN UPSTATE NEW YORK; WITH NEW COMMAND SITE, ROME LABS AND LATHAM ARMORY WOULD BE KEY LINE OF DEFENSE AGAINST FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC CYBER ATTACKS

Schumer, Gillibrand Say Rome Labs, A National Leader in Communications and Cyber Technology, Would Serve As Training Site For Elite Cyber Protection Team For NY & NJ; Latham Armory, The Capital Region's National Guard Base, Would Serve as the Unit's Mission Command Site Choosing Latham Armory as the Mission Command Site and Rome Labs for Training Would Establish Upstate NY As A Leader In Counter- & Cyber-Terrorism Research; Cyber Protection Team Would Bring New Jobs To Oneida County, Ca… Continue Reading


05.07.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $20,000 FEDERAL GRANT FOR WANTAGH-LEVITTOWN VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE CORPS; FUNDING MEANS VITAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT FOR FIRST RESPONDERS

Funding Comes from Schumer Sponsored AFG Program that Promotes Effective Firefighting Operation Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $21,756 In Federal Funding for New Personal Protective Equipment Which Protects Responders from Blood Borne Pathogens United States Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Wantagh-Levittown Ambulance Corp is set to receive $21,756 in federal funding to purchase new personal protective equipment. The money was allocated through the … Continue Reading


05.06.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $5.5 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR CORNELL UNIVERSITY TO STUDY & IMPROVE CROP SUSTAINABILITY

National Science Foundation Grant Would Allow Cornell to Harness Genome Editing Techniques To Improve Rice Crop, Which is a Staple That Helps Feed Billions of People Worldwide U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $5,499,997 in federal funding for Cornell University to use genome editing techniques that will allow it to study and thereby improve crop sustainability. Specifically, this funding will be allocated over four years through a National Science Founda… Continue Reading


05.06.15

SCHUMER: WITHOUT IMPROVEMENTS TO TRADE DEAL, SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF MANUFACTURING JOBS WOULD GO OVERSEAS; SCHUMER URGES SENATE TO SUPPORT BIPARTISAN BILL TO CRACK DOWN ON CHINA CURRENCY MANIPULATION & OTHER PREDATORY PRACTICES; CHINA’S TRADE PRACTICES OVER THE PAST DECADE, INCLUDING CURRENCY MANIPULATION – HAS ERASED NEARLY 180,000 NY JOBS

Lost Jobs Due to Unfair Foreign Trade Practices, Like Currency Manipulation; Schumer Vows To Oppose A Trade Deal That Doesn't Adequately Protect American Workers & Industry From Unjust Trade Practices Of Some Countries, Like China Schumer Says The Number One Issue Facing America Is Declining Middle-Class Incomes & Any Trade Deal Must Be Viewed Through The Lens Of How It Will Impact Middle-Class Incomes For Future Generations - Says Strong Measure To Address Foreign Currency Manipulatio… Continue Reading


05.06.15

NYPD HERO KILLED BY OUT-OF-STATE GUN; SCHUMER DEMANDS FEDERAL CRACKDOWN ON 'IRON PIPELINE’ & GUN RUNNERS WHO BRING STOLEN FIREARMS FROM GEORGIA TO NYC; SENATOR URGES ATF TO ZERO IN ON STATES RESPONSIBLE FOR TORRENT OF STOLEN GUNS TO NYC STREETS IN PUSH TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC AND THE COPS THAT PROTECT THEM

Heinous Murder Of NYPD Officer Brian Moore Was Enabled By Gun Runners Who Illegally Traffic Guns From Southern States To NYC Streets Via Gun Pipeline-Schumer Wants Feds To Choke Off Trafficking Flow To NYC 85% Of NYC Crime Guns From Out Of State & 90% Are Illegal-One Of The Best Ways To Beat Back "Iron Pipeline" To NYC Is By Aggressively Increasing ATF's Resources and Capabilities, Which Schumer Will Fight For In Appropriations Committee Schumer: Appalling Murder Of Officer Brian Moore S… Continue Reading


05.05.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES IMPORTANT NEW HEALTHCARE DESIGNATION FOR STATEN ISLAND’S COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER OF RICHMOND; FEDERAL DESIGNATION MEANS OVER $500K IN INITIAL FUNDING TO HELP INCREASE ACCESS TO HEALTH SERVICES IN NYC COMMUNITIES WITH VULNERABLE & UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS

Community Health Center of Richmond Provides Quality Health Care to Patients On Staten Island & Throughout the Five Boroughs; Services Include Primary Care, Women's Care, Low Cost Rx, Pediatric Care & More Schumer Announces 'Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike' Designation for Community Health Center of Richmond; Healthcare Designation Means Better Access to Much-Needed Primary Health Care Services U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Community Health Cent… Continue Reading


05.05.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES IMPORTANT NEW HEALTHCARE DESIGNATION FOR UPSTATE NY’S COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS IN ROCHESTER, ALBANY, DUNKIRK & CORNWALL; FEDERAL DESIGNATION MEANS NEARLY $3 MILLION IN INITIAL FUNDING TO HELP INCREASE ACCESS TO HEALTH SERVICES IN COMMUNITIES WITH VULNERABLE & UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS

Community Health Centers Will Provide Quality Health Care to Patients in Albany, Monroe, Orange, And Chautauqua Counties; Services Include Primary Care, Women's Care, Low Cost Rx, Pediatric Care & More Schumer Announces 'Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike' Designation for These Upstate NY Community Health Centers; Healthcare Designation Means Better Access to Much-Needed Primary Health Care Services U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that Community Health Centers in… Continue Reading


05.05.15

SCHUMER URGES FEMA TO BE READY TO EXPEDITE APPROVAL FOR FIRE-RELATED DISASTER DECLARATION FOR HUDSON VALLEY AREAS IMPACTED BY THE CURRENTLY RAGING & FAST-MOVING FOREST FIRE IN SHAWANGUNK RIDGE STATE FOREST – FIGHTING FLAMES ARE CURRENTLY EXHAUSTING ALL RESOURCES & OVER 25 FIRE DEPARTMENTS ARE BATTLING TO PUT OUT FIRES & HELP EVACUATE RESIDENTS FROM HOMES

Schumer Writes to FEMA Urging Fed Agency To Be Ready To Approve Fire Management Assistance Grant To Help Reimburse Hudson Valley Communities As They Fight Back 1,700-Acre Forest Fire Approval Would Make Available FEMA Fire Management Assistance Funds for Hudson Valley to Cover Firefighting & Emergency Protective Costs As Fire Depts. Continuously Work to Fight Back Flames Schumer: We Need All Hands on Deck to Smother These Fires and the Fed Gov Must Do All It Can To Support Ulster and Sul… Continue Reading


05.05.15

SCHUMER: WESTERN NY COMPANY, ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENT, INC., COMPLETED NUMEROUS ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP PROJECTS IN KUWAIT & SAUDI ARABIA, BUT HAS YET TO BE PAID NEARLY $7 MILLION FOR ITS WORK – E&E HAS BEEN WAITING 5 LONG YEARS FOR PAYMENT & IS NOW IN DANGER OF LAYING OFF WNY EMPLOYEES – SCHUMER CALLS ON KUWAIT AMBASSADOR & SAUDI OFFICIALS TO RESOLVE CASES IMMEDIATELY

Lancaster, NY-Based Company, Ecology And Environment, Inc., Completed Many Cleanup Projects in Wealthy Middle-East Countries from Post 1991 Gulf War Environmental Damage - Both Kuwait & Saudi Arabia Still Owe E&E Roughly $6.8 Million Combined & Have Yet to Pay Both Oil-Rich Countries Cite 'Budgetary Constraints' As Reasons For Failing to Pay E&E For Its Work Even Five Years After Completion - Schumer Calls on Ambassadors of Both Countries to Get Involved & Close Cases ASAP … Continue Reading

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