Press Releases

04.17.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES CRITICAL LEGISLATION – TO FUND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS AROUND NYS –HAS CLEARED LAST HURDLE IN CONGRESS & BEEN SIGNED INTO LAW; SCHUMER PUSHED BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO AVOID A CUT IN FUNDING, WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN DISASTROUS FOR QUALITY OF CARE ACROSS NY STATE

Funds Will Allow Community Health Centers to Continue Improving Access to Critical Health and Primary Care Services for Residents Across NY State Schumer Previously Pushed Legislation to Be Included in Must-Pass Legislation to Avoid 'Primary Care Funding Cliff' That Faced These Community Health Centers if Funding Were to Expire Schumer: Funding Extension Means NY Can Keep an Essential Piece of Our Health Care in Place   Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that critica… Continue Reading


04.16.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER 270,000 NEW YORK KIDS WILL KEEP THEIR LOW-COST HEALTH INSURANCE, AFTER RISK OF LOSING IT THIS SUMMER; SENATOR LED MAJOR EFFORT TO PASS CRITICAL LEGISLATION EXTENDING FED FUNDING WILL NOW HELPS MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES CONTINUE TO AFFORD THEIR KIDS’ HEALTH CARE

Children's Health Insurance Program Is A Critical Lifeline for Low- To Moderate-Income Families and Pregnant Women, And Will Now Be Extended Through 2017 - CHIP Supports Comprehensive Care & Is Critical For Families Whose Income Is Too High to Qualify For Medicaid; A Family of 4 Can Make Up To $100K & Qualify for CHIP In March, Schumer Pushed Bill To Extend Program; More Than 116,000 Upstate NY Families Would Have Lost Out on $414 Million in Fed Funds if Critical CHIP Legislation Was… Continue Reading


04.16.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES CRITICAL LEGISLATION CLEARS CONGRESS THAT PROVIDES $16 MILLION PER YEAR IN MEDICARE PAYMENTS TO RURAL UPSTATE NY HOSPITALS – SCHUMER INTRODUCED BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO AVOID CRIPPLING CUTS IN FUNDING, WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN DISASTROUS FOR JOBS, HOSPITALS, QUALITY OF CARE ACROSS THE STATE

Schumer Led Legislation to Extend Key Rural Hospital Support Programs for Hospitals That Treat New Yorkers Who Rely Heavily on Medicare & Other Critical-Care Programs; Low Volume Hospital (LVH) and Medicare Dependent Hospital (MDH) Programs will provide a total of 20 hospitals across New York State With Over $34 Million Over the Next 2.5 Years   Rural Hospitals Count on This Funding Each Year; Additional Funding Stream Would Have Expired if Congress Failed to Act - These Hospitals Tre… Continue Reading


04.16.15

SCHUMER, HIGGINS URGE FEDS TO EXPEDITE APPROVALS FOR LIFE-SAVING HELICOPTER LANDING PAD AT NEW JOHN R. OISHEI CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL ON THE BUFFALO NIAGARA MEDICAL CAMPUS – HELIPAD WILL BE CRUCIAL FOR PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY CREWS TRANSPORTING CRITICALLY ILL & INJURED PATIENTS

New Children's Hospital at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Will Be Completed in 2017 & Replace Current Women & Children's Hospital in Buffalo, as the Only Emergency Pediatric Care Facility in Western NY Schumer, Higgins Say it is Critical the New John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital Has a Helipad for Transporting Patients in Life-Threatening Situations - But Feds Must First Approve the Project Before Landing Pad Construction Can Begin Schumer, Higgins:  New Helipad Co… Continue Reading


04.15.15

SCHUMER: AS ONLINE TAX FILING BECOMES MORE PREVALENT, MORE AND MORE NYers ARE LOSING THEIR TAX REBATES TO IDENTITY THEIVES & FRAUDSTERS; OVER 70,000 NYers WERE VICTIMS LAST YEAR– SENATOR LAUNCHES PUSH FOR LEGISLATION TO STREAMLINE PROCESS TO RECOVER STOLEN RETURNS & IMPOSE NEW TAX FRAUD PROTECTIONS

Schumer Bill Would Give Greater Recourse to NYers Who Have Returns Stolen: Victims Would Have a Single Designated Contact at IRS and the IRS Would be Required to Pay Refunds to Victims Within An Average of 90 Days - Currently, Taxpayers Wait On Average Over 300 Days To Have Cases Resolved Tax-Refund Fraud has Increased In Recent Years Since Online Filing Became Popular, Over 2.3 million Victims Nationally in 2014 and Likely to Increase this Year; Schumer Legislation Would Also Create Identit… Continue Reading


04.14.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $12K IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR NORTH COUNTRY HOUSING ORGANIZATION

Federal Funds Will Help Provide Financial Counseling Services to New Homebuyers, Homeowners, Renters U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will provide $12,359 in federal funding for the Franklin County Community Housing Council. This money will be provided through HUD's Housing Counseling Program to help these organizations improve financial literacy, expand homeownership opportunities, improve… Continue Reading


04.14.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $10K IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR CENTRAL NY HOUSING ORGANIZATION IN OSWEGO COUNTY

Federal Funds Will Help City of Fulton Community Development Agency Provide Financial Counseling Services to New Homebuyers, Homeowners, Renters U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will provide $10,533 in federal funding to the City of Fulton Community Development Agency, located in Oswego County. This money will be provided through HUD's Housing Counseling Program to help this organization impro… Continue Reading


04.14.15

BIPARTISAN GROUP OF U.S. SENATE AND HOUSE LAWMAKERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY INTRODUCE CRITICAL REAUTHORIZATION OF JAMES ZADROGA 9/11 HEALTH AND COMPENSATION ACT

Health and Compensation Programs Passed Into Law After Almost Decade Long Fight Set to Expire This Year - Participants in 9/11 Health Program Living in All 50 States and 429 of 435 Congressional Districts ndash; After nearly a decade long fight to stand by our first responders who answered the call of duty on September 11th, Congress finally fulfilled its moral obligation in late 2010 and provided our 9/11 heroes with the health care and financial compensation they deserved by passing the James… Continue Reading


04.14.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES $2.1 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR CATHOLIC CHARITIES’ DISASTER CASE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM; FEMA FUNDING, WHICH SENATOR HELPED SECURE, WILL HELP ENSURE PROGRAM CONTINUES THROUGH OCTOBER IN ORDER TO ASSIST 3,000 SANDY VICTIMS WITH OPEN CASES

Catholic Charities Operates the NYS Disaster Case Management Program for Sandy Victims & Provides 120 Caseworkers Who Help Victims Navigate the Recovery Process; With Approx. 3,000 Cases Still Pending, Program Was Set to Run Out of Funding Schumer Announces, After His Push, FEMA Has Approved Over $2 Million to Help Disaster Case Management Program Continue Through October 2015 Schumer: This FEMA Funding Will Help Approx. 3,000 Sandy Victims Who Are Still In Need of Case Management Assist… Continue Reading


04.14.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $13K IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR CAPITAL REGION HOUSING ORGANIZATION

Federal Funds Will Help Provide Financial Counseling Services to New Homebuyers, Homeowners, Renters U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will provide $13,258 in federal funding for Better Neighborhoods, Inc., located in Schenectady. This money will be provided through HUD's Housing Counseling Program to help these organizations improve financial literacy, expand homeownership opportunities, impro… Continue Reading


04.14.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $12K IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR WESTERN NY HOUSING ORGANIZATION IN NIAGARA COUNTY

Federal Funds Will Help Provide Financial Counseling Services to New Homebuyers, Homeowners, Renters U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will provide $12,252 in federal funding for the Niagara Falls Neighborhood Housing Services. This money will be provided through HUD's Housing Counseling Program to help the organization improve financial literacy, expand homeownership opportunities, improve acc… Continue Reading


04.14.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND INTRODUCE BILL THAT WOULD CREATE FIRST-EVER CONSERVATION PROGRAM TO PROTECT AND IMPROVE DELAWARE RIVER WATERSHED

The Delaware River Basin Conservation Act Would Create Federal Program Dedicated to Strengthening Water Quality & Conserving Watershed Delaware River Watershed Directly Responsible for $149 Billion in Annual Wages, With Estimated 200,000 Jobs in Tourism and Agriculture Schumer, Gillibrand: Delaware River Vital to Upstate Economy, Deserves a Federal Conservation Program U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today introduced legislation that would improve and preserve the … Continue Reading


04.13.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $3 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR POSITIVE TRAIN CONTROL, RAIL SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS

Funding Advances Infrastructure Projects in Hudson Valley and North Country U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $3 million in federal funding for New York through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for the Intercity Passenger Rail Grade Crossing Improvements, Positive Train Control Implementation, and Passenger Rail Corridor Investment Plan Grant Program. Specifically, these federal funds will advance safety precautions on railways and provide eng… Continue Reading


04.13.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $27K IN FED FUNDS FOR YATES AND WAYNE COUNTY HOUSING ORGANIZATIONS

Federal Funds Will Help Organizations Provide Financial Counseling Services to New Homebuyers, Homeowners, Renters Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will provide $27,911 in federal funding for two housing organizations in the Rochester-Finger Lakes region. Specifically, the Community Action in Self Help, Inc. of Wayne County will receive $14,840 and the Keuka Housing Council of Yates … Continue Reading


04.12.15

SCHUMER: RECENTLY UNEARTHED FDA REPORT CONFIRMS WEIGHT LOSS AND WORKOUT SUPPLEMENTS CONTAIN HIDDEN, DANGEROUSLY ADDICTIVE AMPHETAMINE & FDA KNEW ABOUT IT; SENATOR DEMANDS FDA IMMEDIATELY BAN HAZARDOUS CHEMICAL & HOLD COMPANIES ACCOUNTABLE THAT MASKED HARMFUL CHEMICAL AS "NATURAL BOTANICALS"

Many Popular Supplements Contain Addictive Amphetamine-Like Stimulant Left Off The Labels Or Passed Off As 'Botanical' - Hazardous Chemical Poses Serious Risk To Those Using Supplements & Trying To Lose Weight, Exercise or Treat Illness In Personal Push To FDA, Senator Says Proof Of Tainted Supplements With Chemicals- That Agency Already Knows Can Cause Stroke, Heart Rate, Blood Pressure & Sleep Problems- Should Be Recalled  Schumer: The FDA Has All The Pr… Continue Reading


04.10.15

SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO EXAMINE OUTDATED FLOOD MAPS IN JOHNSTOWN; CURRENT MAPS, WHICH DATE BACK TO 1983, FORCE MANY FAMILIES & BUSINESS OWNERS TO PAY TOP DOLLAR FOR UNNECESSARY FLOOD INSURANCE PREMIUMS – SCHUMER URGES FEMA TO MAKE CRITICAL UPDATES TO FLOOD MAPS THAT COULD SAVE 50 PROPERTIES FROM BEING SUBJECT TO EXCESSIVE FLOOD INSURANCE PREMIUMS

Recent Study Reveals That Johnstown Shopping Center on North Comrie Ave Has Been Improperly Placed into A Flood Zone Since 1983 & Engineers Predict That Up to 50 Properties Surrounding the Mall Are Also Improperly Placed In Flood Zone, Meaning Homeowners & Businesses Must Pay High Costs For Flood Insurance Each Month For No Reason - There Very Well Could Be More Homes & Businesses Throughout Johnstown That Have Been Misplaced Too Schumer Says Flood Maps Currently In Use Overestimat… Continue Reading


04.10.15

SCHUMER: WAR ON DRUGS IS RAGING IN BROOME COUNTY AND THE FEDS NEED TO GET MORE INVOLVED – SENATOR LAUNCHES PUSH TO DESIGNATE BROOME AS HIGH-INTENSITY DRUG TRAFFICKING AREA, WHICH WILL MEAN ADDITIONAL RESOURCES, INTELLIGENCE, AND COORDINATION TO HELP DISRUPT TRAFFICKING; EFFORT HAS BEEN EFFECTIVE IN OTHER NEW YORK AREAS

Broome County Has Experienced Explosion of Drug Use Including Heroin & Meth, As Well As Drug-Related Crime - Broome County Has Fourth Highest Meth Lab Seizure Rate in of All NYS & Heroin And Drug-Related Overdose Deaths in Broome Have Quadrupled Over Last 5 Years Schumer Calls on Fed. Office of Drug Control to Designate Broome County A 'High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area,' Which Will Provide Much-Needed Resources to Help County Address Growing Drug Problem Schumer: Broome Count… Continue Reading


04.10.15

SCHUMER, STANDING WITH HARRIET TUBMAN’S RELATIVES, URGES NATIONAL PARK SERVICE TO PUT TUBMAN PARK ON FAST TRACK & FINALIZE DETAILS TO GET TUBMAN PARK UP & RUNNING ASAP—SENATOR SAYS PARK SERVICE NEEDS TO WORK WITH LOCALS ON PREPARING PROPERTY FOR TRANSFER TO FEDS & OVERCOME LAST REMAINING OBSTACLES STANDING IN WAY

Schumer Fought To Pass Legislation Authorizing A National Historical Park Honoring The Life of American Hero Harriet Tubman at Her Auburn Home-But Obstacles Still Remain To Open Park Schumer Says Feds Must Work With Locals To Make Tubman Park Eligible For Necessary & Crucial Federal Funding; As Official Unit Of National Park Service, Auburn Will Be Eligible For Entirely New Revenue Stream Schumer to NPS: In The Spirit Of Tubman, Work With Local Advocates To Make Park A Reality Today, … Continue Reading


04.09.15

SCHUMER LAUNCHES MAJOR PUSH TO NAME NEW SI FERRY BOAT AFTER PROMINENT STATEN ISLAND ICON, FORMER BOROUGH PRESIDENT JAMES MOLINARO; SENATOR SECURED MILLIONS IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR TWO NEW VESSELS & IS URGING NYCDOT TO NAME A NEW FERRY IN HONOR OF THIS STATEN ISLAND WARRIOR

Current Staten Island Ferry Fleet is Named After Prominent Figures Like John F. Kennedy & Senator John Marchi; NYCDOT Makes Final Decision on the Names of the New SI Vessels Schumer Pushes NYCDOT to Name New SI Ferry After James Molinaro for His Dedication & Commitment to Staten Islanders; Senator Says Former BP Molinaro is a Terrific Leader & Should Be Honored for His Work on Staten Island, Particularly In the Aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, After Senator's Push, Schumer Secured … Continue Reading


04.09.15

SCHUMER: WITH ONLY 1 FEDERAL RAILROAD INSPECTOR FOR ALL 3,000 TRAIN BRIDGES IN NYS, WHICH ARE NOW CARRYING DANGEROUS CRUDE OIL TRAINS, SENATOR CALLS FOR MORE RAILROAD BRIDGE INSPECTORS

Schumer Says Having One Bridge Safety Specialist Puts New Yorkers Directly At Risk; Inspector Is Responsible For Auditing Safety Of Bridges Not Only In New York, But 13 Other States - While Railroads Are Responsible To Fix Their Own Bridges, Fed Inspector Has the Impossible Task to Audit All Privately Owned NY Bridges Schumer Says Increasing The Amount Of Federal Railroad Bridge Inspectors Should Be A Main Priority; An Outside Monitor Is Essential To Maintaining the Safety of NY Rail Bridges… Continue Reading

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