Press Releases

02.17.15

SCHUMER: FINCH PAPER, ONE OF THE BIGGEST EMPLOYERS IN GLENS FALLS, IS UNDER THREAT BECAUSE PRODUCERS FROM CHINA & OTHER COUNTRIES ARE UNFAIRLY DUMPING HUGE AMOUNTS OF PAPER INTO U.S. – SENATOR JOINS WITH FINCH WORKERS TO CALL ON FEDS TO LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD, PROTECT FINCH FROM PREDATORY FOREIGN TACTICS

Finch Has Lost Millions of Dollars' Worth of Sales Over Last 18 Months Due to Unfairly Priced Imports - Evidence Indicates That Artificially Cheap Paper Imports From China, Indonesia, Australia, Brazil, and Portugal Are Flooding the U.S. Market, Making It Difficult For NY Paper Companies Like Finch To Compete; Feds Currently Considering Whether To Take Action As Fed Deadline Approaches, Schumer Urges Strong & Swift Action To Protect Finch and Its 600 Glens Falls Workers Against Potential … Continue Reading


02.17.15

SCHUMER: WAR ON HEROIN IS RAGING IN ONEIDA COUNTY AND THE FEDS NEED TO GET MORE INVOLVED – SENATOR LAUNCHES PUSH TO DESIGNATE COUNTY AS HIGH-INTENSITY DRUG TRAFFICKING AREA, WHICH WILL MEAN ADDITIONAL RESOURCES, TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, INTELLIGENCE, AND COORDINATION TO HELP DISRUPT DRUG RINGS & BEAT BACK HEROIN EPIDEMIC

Schumer Calls on Fed. Office of Drug Control to Designate Oneida County A 'High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area,' Which Will Provide Much-Needed Resources to Help County Address Growing Heroin Problem Schumer: We Must Provide Money, Expertise & Intel To Help Oneida County Battle Heroin Scourge Today, at the Utica Police Department, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer urged the President's Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to designate Oneida County as a federal High Intensity D… Continue Reading


02.16.15

SCHUMER: FAMILIES ACROSS WNY ARE MOVING INTO HOMES ONCE USED AS METH LABS & DO NOT EVEN KNOW IT; REMNANTS OF CHEMICALS MAKE HOMES POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS TO HEALTH – SCHUMER ANNOUNCES FIRST-EVER FED LAW REQUIRING HOME SELLERS AND LANDLORDS TO ALERT BUYERS OR RENTERS THAT HOME WAS ONCE USED TO MAKE METH

Shockingly, Unlike Other Hazards Like Lead, There is No Fed Law Requiring Disclosure By Sellers that Know A Home Was Once Used As Meth Lab; 23 States Have Laws, But Not NY - Schumer Bill Would Require Disclosure & Create Civil Penalty for Those Who Do Not Comply; Proper Meth Lab Clean-up Can Cost Up to $10K Schumer: WNY Residents Have A Right To Know If Their Home Was Once A Meth Lab Today, in Jamestown, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced new federal legislation that would requir… Continue Reading


02.16.15

SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO BAN SALE OF NEW, DANGEROUS SYNTHETIC DRUGS SUCH AS ‘CLOUD 9’ THAT HAVE CROPPED UP IN BATAVIA SCHOOLS & RECENTLY SENT 4 LOCAL STUDENTS TO THE HOSPITAL – MANY SYNTHETIC DRUGS SHOCKINGLY ARE STILL LEGAL DESPITE SERIOUS HEALTH CONCERNS

Schumer Bill Passed in 2012 Gave DEA The Power To Investigate & Ban Many Synthetic Drug Combinations, But There Are Still Hundreds of Hazardous Substances Not On The Banned List - Schumer Urges DEA To Speed Up Investigation & Ban Synthetic Drugs That Are Making Kids Sick, Also Pushes To Pass Bill That Would Make Banning Synthetic Drugs Easier Schumer: Synthetic Drugs Continue To Put Batavia Kids In Danger & New Chemical Combinations Must Be Made Illegal   Today, at Batavia… Continue Reading


02.16.15

SCHUMER PUSHES FOR FEDERAL ‘TRANSPORTATION SAFETY AUDIT’ AT SITE OF DEADLY ITHACA COMMONS TRUCK CRASH – FEDS SHOULD ANALYZE INTERSECTION, MAKE SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS & THEN IMPLEMENT THEM TO PREVENT ACCIDENTS LIKE THIS SUMMER’S FROM HAPPENING AGAIN

Schumer Urges Feds To Give Highest Priority for Funding to Recommended Remedies from Fed Safety Audit & Implement Them - Fed Safety Audit A Priority of Tompkins & Ithaca Officials; Will Augment The Excellent Work Done By Truck Safety Committee To Ensure Safety Schumer: Fed Safety Audit Would Identify How To Make Intersection As Safe As Possible   Today, at Ithaca City Hall, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called for a federal safety audit at the intersection of Route 96 B and… Continue Reading


02.15.15

IN LIGHT OF FATAL METRO-NORTH COLLISION, SCHUMER, BLUMENTHAL INTRODUCE NEW HIGHWAY-RAIL GRADE SAFETY CROSSING BILL; THERE ARE OVER 5,000 RAIL CROSSINGS IN NY & CT, WITH NEARLY 400 ACCIDENTS IN RECENT YEARS

Schumer, Blumenthal Unveiled New Legislation to Address Serious Dangers at Rail Grade Crossings in NY & CT - Including A Significant Boost in Federal Grant Funds for Safety Upgrades, Like New Lights & Signals, at Accident-Prone Rail Crossings, and More Education & Safety Awareness Campaigns Schumer, Blumenthal: In 2013, 2,096 Accidents at Grade Crossings Killed over 200 People Nationwide; Feds Should Provide More Funding for Improved Engineering, Education & Enforcement At R… Continue Reading


02.14.15

SCHUMER, NADLER, JEFFRIES & LOCAL OFFICIALS BREAK GROUND ON CONEY ISLAND’S LONG-AWAITED BEACH-PROTECTION PROJECT; $25M ARMY CORPS PROJECT, FUNDED BY SANDY RELIEF BILL, WILL PROVIDE MUCH-NEEDED JETTIES & HARDEN SHORELINE TO PROTECT AGAINST FUTURE STORMS & EROSION

Schumer, Nadler, Jeffries Break Ground on Long-Delayed Coney Island T-Groin Protection Project; Lawmakers Fought for Full-Federal Funding to Cover Project Cost & Urged Feds to Get Started on Coney Island Project Quickly Schumer, Nadler, Jeffries: After Two Long Decades of Waiting, Coney Island Project Will Soon Provide Critical Restoration, Jetties & Beach Replenishment Along Brooklyn Shoreline-Strengthening Coastal Defenses and Complementing City's Comprehensive Resiliency Plan … Continue Reading


02.13.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $2.4 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR SANDY-RELATED REPAIRS TO STATEN ISLAND’S ST. GEORGE FERRY TERMINAL & WHITEHALL FERRY TERMINAL

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced over $2.4 million in federal funding for Sandy recovery projects at the Staten Island St. George and Whitehall Ferry Terminals as well as bus stops citywide. The funding will be provided to the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) as part of the Hurricane Sandy Relief-Public Transportation Emergency Relief Program through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). "Superstorm Sandy highlighted how importan… Continue Reading


02.12.15

SCHUMER: A NUCLEAR IRAN IS AN EXISTENTIAL THREAT TO ISRAEL & MUST BE STOPPED

New York, NY- U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today released the following statement regarding the ongoing negotiations involving Iran sanctions: "A nuclear Iran is a huge threat to the United States and an existential threat to Israel. I agree with Prime Minister Netanyahu that a nuclear Iran is an existential threat to Israel.  One nuclear weapon, hurled from Iran to Israel could end the Jewish state and could kill almost as many Jews as did Hitler. A successful deal will not be a mid… Continue Reading


02.12.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $4.4 MILLION IN HUD FUNDING FOR LONG ISLAND

U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced$4,477,146 in federal funding for housing authorities throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Capital Fund Program. These funds will be used to modernize and develop affordable housing for low-income, working families in the region.   "Having a roof over your head is one of life's basic necessities, so we must do everything we c… Continue Reading


02.12.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $5 MILLION IN HUD FUNDING FOR CENTRAL NEW YORK

U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $5,485,535 million in funding for housing authorities throughout five counties in Central New York. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Capital Fund Program and will be used to modernize and develop public housing. "Having a roof over your head is one of life's basic necessities, so we must do everything we can to help provide those truly in need with a place to live.… Continue Reading


02.12.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $3.4 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR NORTH COUNTRY HOUSING AUTHORITIES

Today, U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $3,417,611 in federal funding for North Country housing authorities. These funds were allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Public Housing Capital Fund. Schumer and Gillibrand said this funding will help support the housing authorities in Clinton, Franklin, Herkimer, Jefferson, and St. Lawrence Counties to develop, finance, and modernize their public housing facilities for people … Continue Reading


02.12.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $2 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR SOUTHERN TIER HOUSING AUTHORITIES

Today, U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,180,838 in federal funding for Southern Tier housing authorities. These funds were allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Public Housing Capital Fund. Schumer and Gillibrand said this funding will help support the housing authorities in Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Otsego, Steuben, and Tompkins Counties to develop, finance, and modernize their public housing facilities for people … Continue Reading


02.12.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $4 MILLION IN HUD FUNDING FOR ROCHESTER FINGER LAKES AREA

U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $4,173,257 million in funding for four housing authorities in the Rochester Finger Lakes area. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Capital Fund Program and will be used to modernize and develop public housing throughout Genesee, Monroe, Ontario and Wayne Counties. "Having a roof over your head is one of life's basic necessities, so we must do everything we can to help… Continue Reading


02.12.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $11.3 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR WESTERN NEW YORK HOUSING AUTHORITIES

Today, U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $11,336,189 in federal funding for Western New York housing authorities. These funds were allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Public Housing Capital Fund. Schumer and Gillibrand said this funding will help support the housing authorities in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties to develop, finance, and modernize their public housing facilities for people within the … Continue Reading


02.12.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $6.6 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR HUDSON VALLEY HOUSING AUTHORITIES

Today, U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $6,659,460 in federal funding for Hudson Valley housing authorities. These funds were allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Public Housing Capital Fund. Schumer and Gillibrand said this funding will help support the housing authorities in Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester Counties to develop, finance, and modernize their public housing facilities for pe… Continue Reading


02.12.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $8 MILLION IN HUD FUNDING FOR CAPITAL REGION

U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $8,245,246 in federal funding for housing authorities throughout eight counties in the Capital Region. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Capital Fund Program. These funds will be used to modernize and develop affordable housing for low-income, working families in the region. "Having a roof over your head is one of life's basic necessities, so we must do everything… Continue Reading


02.11.15

HATCH-SCHUMER BILL IMPROVING RESTITUTION FOR VICTIMS OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CLEARS THE SENATE

Bill Strengthens Victims' Ability to Receive Damages for the Trauma They've Endured WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a current member and former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), current member of the Judiciary Committee, cheered today's Senate passage of the Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act.    Senator Hatch said, "I’m grateful to my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for their help … Continue Reading


02.11.15

SCHUMER-AUTHORED BILL THAT WOULD BE MAJOR BOON FOR NY APPLE PRODUCERS BY MODERNIZING DEFINITION OF HARD APPLE CIDER HAS CLEARED KEY SENATE COMMITTEE – SCHUMER URGES FULL SENATE PASSAGE OF BILL THAT WOULD LOWER TAXES ON PRODUCT, IMPROVE ABILITY TO COMPETE IN FOREIGN MARKETS, INCREASE SALES FOR OVER 650 APPLE GROWERS IN NYS

NY Has Hundreds of Apple Growers & Increasing Number of Hard Cider Producers - Proposal Would Boost Business for Existing Producers, Help New Growers Add Highly Popular Hard Cider to Product Line, Improve Ability to Compete Schumer: Bill Would Put NY at the Core of Hard Cider Production Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced the Senate Finance committee passed the CIDER Act, legislation Schumer authored that allows hard cider to be taxed at the hard cider rate - also the same … Continue Reading


02.10.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND LETTER TO FERC RE: ALGONQUIN PIPELINE

February 9, 2015 Chairwoman LaFleur Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 888 First Street, NE 0426 Dear Chairwoman LaFleur,   As the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) considers final approval of the Algonquin Incremental Market pipeline expansion (AIM) project, we urge you to ensure that the environmental, safety, and public health concerns of our constituents are thoroughly and substantially addressed before a final determination on this proposal is issued.   … Continue Reading

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