Press Releases

02.02.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $1.4 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS TO TWO ITHACA INSTITUTIONS TO TRAIN RETURNING VETS TO BE FARMERS & RANCHERS

Senators Have Long Fought to Enhance Linkages to Agriculture Sector for Vets, New Farmers - Schumer Voted to Pass 2014 Farm Bill That Filled USDA Funding Gap to Continue Delivering Farm Training Programs to Thousands of NYS Vets & Farmers Schumer, Gillibrand: Two Ithaca Organizations Will Use $1.4M in Fed Funds to Bring More Farmers, Vets Into NYS Ag Careers Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provi… Continue Reading


02.02.15

SCHUMER JOINS WITH FAMILY OF ROCHESTER POLICE OFFICER DARYL PIERSON TO LAUNCH CAMPAIGN TO RENAME EAST ROCHESTER POST OFFICE IN FALLEN HERO’S HONOR – OFFICER PIERSON REPRESENTED THE BEST OF ROCHESTER AND GENERATIONS SHOULD BE REMINDED OF HIS SACRIFICE & COURAGE

Schumer Pushes USPS To Rename Officer Pierson's Hometown Post Office, East Rochester Post Office, In His Honor - Joined By Family Members & Fellow Police Officers, Dedication Would Be Fitting Memorial to His Heroic Service Schumer: Dedication of East Rochester Post Office in Officer Pierson's Name Will Be A Lasting Tribute to a Local Hero Today, at the East Rochester Post Office, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer joined with Amy Pierson, the wife of fallen Rochester City Police Officer Da… Continue Reading


02.02.15

SCHUMER JOINS WITH ‘MIRACLE ON THE HUDSON’ PILOT CHESLEY “SULLY” SULLENBERGER & FLIGHT 3407 FAMILIES TO LAUNCH PUSH TO PROTECT CRITICAL FEDERAL AVIATION SAFETY REGULATIONS – RULES FAMILIES FOUGHT HARD FOR ARE AT RISK OF BEING ROLLED BACK IN COMING MONTHS; ANY WEAKENING OF SAFETY STANDARDS IS UNACCEPTABLE

Following Tragic 2009 Plane Crash That Claimed Lives of 50 People, Including Many WNYers, Schumer & Families of Flight 3407 Fought to Create Tough Flight Safety Regulations, Including Requirement That Pilots Log 1,500 Flight Hours In Order To Receive Airline Transport Pilot Certificate - Congress Must Re-Authorize FAA Charter This Year & Some May Use Opportunity To Weaken Provisions That Make Air Travel Safer Schumer: Families of Flight 3407 Fought Too Hard For Efforts to Be Rolled B… Continue Reading


02.02.15

SCHUMER URGES SENATE COLLEAGUES TO PASS MOMENTOUS LEGISLATION TOMORROW THAT WOULD IMPROVE MENTAL HEALTH CARE & SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAMS FOR VETERANS

Schumer Says Effort Would Help 1 Million NYS Veterans Get Access To Better Care - Bill Has Already Passed The House of Representatives; Senate is Last Remaining Hurdle Schumer: We Must Do All We Can To Bring The Number of Veteran Suicides Way Down U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged his Senate colleagues to pass bipartisan legislation aimed at improving mental health care and suicide prevention resources for America's veterans, including approximately one million veterans living in … Continue Reading


01.30.15

SCHUMER URGES FAA TO REQUIRE DRONE MANUFACTURERS TO LIMIT WHERE DRONES CAN FLY & AVOID COLLISIONS; USING BUILT-IN SOFTWARE & GPS, MANUFACTURERS CAN DEVELOP TECHNOLOGY TO ENSURE DRONES CANNOT FLY NEAR AIRPORTS OR AIRCRAFT, OR OVER HIGH-RISK SECURITY AREAS LIKE THE WHITE HOUSE


01.30.15

SCHUMER: MTA STILL NOT TESTING LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD ENGINEERS FOR SLEEP APNEA, WHICH CAUSED SPUYTEN-DUYVIL CRASH; SENATOR DEMANDS MTA IMMEDIATELY INSTITUTE SLEEP DISORDER TESTING & TREATMENT PLAN FOR LIRR, AS MTA DOES ON METRO-NORTH & NYC SUBWAY

For More Than a Decade, National Transportation Safety Board Has Made Recommendations About Testing & Treating Transit Operators for Sleep Apnea-Sleep Disorders Among Engineers Can Put Countless of Passengers At-Risk to Deadly Accidents Schumer: It Shouldn't Take a LIRR Crash for the MTA to Heed NTSB Recommendations on Testing Engineers for Sleep Apnea U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today revealed that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) still does not have any specific pla… Continue Reading


01.30.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES IMPORTANT NEW HEALTHCARE DESIGNATION FOR SIX HHC DIAGNOSTIC CENTERS IN MANHATTAN, BROOKLYN & THE BRONX; FEDERAL DESIGNATION MEANS APPROX. $30 MILLION PER YEAR TO HELP INCREASE ACCESS TO HEALTH SERVICES IN NEW YORK CITY COMMUNITIES WITH VULNERABLE POPULATIONS

Schumer Announces Designation for: Renaissance Health Care Network Diagnostic & Treatment Center, Gouverneur Health, Segundo Ruiz Belvis Diagnostic & Treatment Center, Morrisiania Diagnostic & Treatment Center, Cumberland Diagnostic & Treatment Center, East New York Diagnostic & Treatment Center Schumer: This is a Huge Win for New York City Because Our Underserved Communities Will Now Have Better Access to Much-Needed Primary Health Care Services   U.S. Senator Ch… Continue Reading


01.30.15

SCHUMER PUSHES FOR CRITICAL FEDERAL FUNDING TO KEEP RIT PARTNERSHIP WITH U.S. NAVY ALIVE – PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPS COST-EFFECTIVE WAYS TO REHAB, UPGRADE MILITARY EQUIPMENT FOR TROOPS; BUT PROGRAM IS NOT SCHEDULED TO RECEIVE FED FUNDING THIS YEAR OR NEXT, PUTTING FUTURE RESEARCH AT RISK

In July, Schumer Announced That, Following His Push, RIT Would Receive More Than $350K For Military Equipment Modernization Research in 2014 & That RIT Had Received Three-Year Contract With Ceiling of $2.1 Million, But Navy Has Not Allocated Funding For Lab In 2015 or 2016 Budget - Schumer Calls on Navy to Find Funding to Continue Program in 2015 & 2016 Schumer: RIT Deserves Funding To Create Jobs, Invest in New Technology & Continue Keeping Our Troops Safe Today, U.S. Senato… Continue Reading


01.29.15

SCHUMER, BLUMENTHAL: METRO-NORTH MUST PROVIDE RAPID REPORT ON THE CAUSE OF LAST NIGHT’S DERAILMENT OUTSIDE OF GRAND CENTRAL – LUCKILY THERE WERE NO INJURIES, BUT ALL DERAILMENTS SHOULD BE FULLY INVESTIGATED TO AVOID FUTURE TRAGEDY FROM SIMILAR CAUSES

The Senators Noted That Metro-North has Been Working to Improve Safety Across Its System After Several Recent Failings & Deadly Accidents - Derailment Shows More Must Be Done Senators: This Time We Were Lucky to Report No Injuries, But There is No Time to Rest in Improving Our Rail Safety Following last night's derailment of a Metro-North train outside of Grand Central Station, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Richard Blumenthal called on the head of Metro-North to thoroughly inv… Continue Reading


01.29.15

SCHUMER PLUGS PITCHER STREET POST OFFICE WITH INCOMING POSTMASTER GENERAL – IN ONE-ON-ONE MEETING, SCHUMER REITERATES IMPORTANCE OF UTICA POST OFFICE & VOWS TO CONTINUE FIGHTING TO KEEP MOHAWK VALLEY POSTAL HUB ALIVE

In 2011, Schumer Urged Postmaster General Donahoe to Keep Pitcher Street Location Doors Open, Preserving 100 Local Jobs & Overnight Mail in the Mohawk Valley; Closing Would Delay Mail For Small Businesses, The Elderly, Those Living Paycheck to Paycheck Schumer: Keep Pitcher Street Post Office Open for Business Today, during a one-on-one meeting, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer urged the incoming Postmaster General, Megan Brennan, to keep the City of Utica's Pitcher Street Post Office op… Continue Reading


01.29.15

SCHUMER URGES INCOMING POSTMASTER GENERAL BRENNAN TO HONOR LONG-STANDING COMMITMENT TO KEEP U.S.P.S. BUFFALO PROCESSING & DISTRIBUTION CENTER OPEN THROUGH 2015 – SCHUMER VOWS TO CONTINUE FIGHTING TO KEEP WILLIAM ST. CENTER ALIVE

In 2012, Schumer Received Personal Commitment from Postmaster General Donahoe that the William St. Processing Center Would Remain Open For Three Years, Preserving 700 Facility Jobs & Overnight Mail in Western NY - In 2014, Schumer Secured Additional Commitment From Postmaster That Facility Would Remain Open Through End of 2015 Schumer: The Buffalo Processing Facility's Doors Should Remain Open At Least Through End of 2015 As Promised Today, during a one-on-one meeting, U.S. Senator C… Continue Reading


01.29.15

SCHUMER: TWO LANDFILLS ON THE OLD HUDSON RIVER MILL PROPERTY IN CORINTH HAVE STYMIED LOCAL ATTEMPTS TO BRING NEW COMPANY TO SITE FOR TOO LONG – SCHUMER CALLS ON INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPANY, OWNER OF PROPERTY, TO SELL NON-LANDFILL PORTION IN ORDER TO SECURE BUYER

Landfills are Consistent Deal-Breaker For Possible Buyers & SEDC Has Proposed Decoupling Them from Site in Order to Open it Up to Business Development, Job Creation, Capital Investment - Schumer Calls on Int'l Paper to Come to the Table & Find Mutually Beneficial Solution Schumer: Landfills Should Not Hold Back Site of Potential Major Economic Growth Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer urged the International Paper Company to work with local officials in the Town and Village o… Continue Reading


01.29.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE ROCHESTER-SUNY PROPOSAL WILL ADVANCE TO FINAL ROUND OF COMPETITION FOR $110 MILLION TO CREATE NEW NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF PHOTONICS – SENATORS HAVE SUPPORTED EFFORT & SAY ROCHESTER IS WELL-POSITIONED TO WIN, AS HOME OF WORLD’S GREATEST CONCENTRATION OF EXPERTISE IN OPTICS, PHOTONICS, IMAGING

Photonics Hub Has Potential to Boost Manufacturing Innovation, Develop Companies And Commercial Products & Create Hundreds of Jobs - Last Year, Schumer And Gillibrand Pushed Legislation to Establish Manufacturing Hubs & Urged Administration to Establish Programs Focused on High-Tech Manufacturing, Create High-Tech Hubs Throughout The Country to Allow Areas Like Rochester to Thrive Schumer, Gillibrand to DOD: Select Rochester For New Photonics Hub Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. S… Continue Reading


01.28.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND FIGHT TO PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM UNWANTED TELEMARKETING CALLS

More than twenty years ago, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) was passed to protect consumers from unsolicited and intrusive telephone calls from telemarketers while families were eating meals together or parents were helping children with homework. With efforts underway by various industries to weaken TCPA and allow auto-dialers to call consumers' mobile devices, Senators Schumer, Gillibrand and 11 Senate Democrats today joined in a letter calling on the Federal Communications Commis… Continue Reading


01.28.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $5.8 MILLION IN FEDERAL SANDY FUNDING TO TOWN OF NORTH HEMPSTEAD FOR REPAIRS TO NORTH HEMPSTEAD BEACH PARK

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $5 Million in FEMA Funding for Permanent Repairs to Asphalt of North Hempstead Beach Park's Parking Lot - Funding Will Also Make Site More Resilient for Future Storms Funding Will Help Ensure that Local Taxpayers Are Not Responsible for Cost of Repairs U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced over $5 million in federal funding to the Town of North Hempstead for permanent repairs of the asphalt substructure of a parking lot tha… Continue Reading


01.28.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR NEW BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO STOP IRAN’S NUCLEAR THREAT

Schumer: Now is the Time for Iran to Make a Deal & If They Don't, the Hammer of New Sanctions Will Come Down Quickly U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced he is supporting new legislation that would impose economic pressure on Iran if international negotiations do not yield a final nuclear deal by the P5+1 June 30th deadline. The legislation, the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2015 (S.269), was introduced by  U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.). … Continue Reading


01.28.15

SCHUMER: THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN OF SEVERELY DISABLED VETS ARE UNFAIRLY KICKED OFF THEIR VA HEALTH PLAN AT AGE 18, WHEN OTHER CHILDREN CAN STAY ON PARENTS’ PLANS UNTIL AGE 26 – SCHUMER PUSHES NEW BILL TO ENSURE VETS’ KIDS GET SAME HEALTH CARE BENEFITS AS EVERYONE ELSE

Schumer Pushes Bipartisan Legislation That Will Make Easy Fix to CHAMPVA Rules & Make Adult Children Eligible for Coverage Until Age 26 - Would Bring CHAMPVA In Line With Private Insurance Policies & Give Vets' Kids Same Protections as Other Adult Children; Similar Fix Was Recently Made To TRICARE Schumer: The Children Of Vets Who Made The Greatest Sacrifice Should Receive At Least the Same Health Care Benefits as Everyone Else Today, on a conference call with reporters, U.S. Sen… Continue Reading


01.28.15

SCHUMER INTRODUCES ATTORNEY GENERAL NOMINEE, LORETTA LYNCH, TO THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer introduced Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch to the Senate Judiciary Committee, on the first day of her nomination hearing. Senator Schumer previously nominated Ms. Loretta Lynch twice for her current position as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. "If there is an American dream story, Ms. Lynch is it," Senator Schumer said. "...[As the Eastern District prosecutor] she found her calling handling some of the toughest litigation cases i… Continue Reading


01.28.15

SCHUMER: FIRST RESPONDERS TOO-OFTEN CAN'T LOCATE VICTIMS WHEN 9-1-1 CALLS ARE MADE FROM CELL PHONES; COULD LEAD TO POTENTIALLY DEADLY DELAYS IN EMERGENCY RESPONSE TIME – SCHUMER URGES FCC TO APPROVE & IMPLEMENT STRONG NEW RULES, DURING MEETING TOMORROW, TO STRENGTHEN 9-1-1 CALL ACCURACY FROM CELL PHONES

Fed Comms Commission is Set to Vote on Plan, Devised with Help of Cell Phone Companies & Public Safety Groups, That Will Improve Location Accuracy - Schumer Urges FCC to Approve & Implement Plan To Accurately Pinpoint Location of 9-1-1 Calls; Would Be Helpful During Major Winter Storms Schumer: More Than 4 Million 9-1-1 Calls Are Made By Cell Phone In Upstate NY Each Year, And We Must Be Able To Identify Exactly Where They Are Coming From Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer ur… Continue Reading


01.28.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $191 MILLION IN FED FUNDS FOR 680 NEW YORK STATE ORGANIZATIONS WORKING TO END HOMELESSNESS

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced $191,794,858 in federal funding has been awarded to 680 different organizations in New York State working to end homelessness. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) Program. The CoC Program provides funding to non-profits, as well as local and state governments, to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families and promote access to programs… Continue Reading

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