Press Releases

03.17.15

AFTER ADMINISTRATION PROPOSES CUT TO ONE OF ROCHESTER’S MOST IMPORTANT FED PROGRAMS, SCHUMER VOWS TO FIGHT FOR FULL FUNDING IN CONGRESS TO PRESERVE IT – FED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM HAS BEEN CRITICAL TO DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT & COMBATING POVERTY; CUTS COULD SLOW PROGRESS

Administration Proposed Cutting $200 Million from HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program In Upcoming Fiscal Year - Rochester Received More Than $9.5 Million in Funding in 2014 Alone & It Is A Major Driver In City-Wide Development; CDBG Funding Has Allowed the City to Create and Retain Thousands of Local Jobs for Low-Income Workers CDBG Has Helped Rochester Fund Transformative Development Initiatives Each Year, Like Revitalizing the Historic Carriage Factory; Create Good-Payi… Continue Reading


03.16.15

SCHUMER JOINS WITH PARENTS OF COLONIE NATIVE & SUNY COBLESKILL GRAD LAUREN TANSKI, WHO WAS TRAGICALLY KILLED TWO YEARS AGO, AND PUSHES PLAN THAT WOULD REQUIRE PRIVATE LOAN COMPANIES TO IMMEDIATELY FORGIVE DEBT AFTER DEATH OF STUDENT BORROWERS – PARENTS SHOULD NOT BE FORCED TO CONTINUE PAYING STUDENT LOANS AFTER TRAGIC DEATH OF A CHILD

In 2013, Colonie Native Lauren Tanski Was Tragically Killed By Her Roommate's Ex-Boyfriend, While Living in New Orleans - When Lauren Died, She Had $30K in Outstanding Fed Student Loan Debt & $60K in Private Student Loan Debt; Fed Loans Were Immediately Forgiven, but Private Loans Were Not; Schumer Worked With Family To Get Private Loans Forgiven, But Law To Protect Grieving Families is Needed Schumer Announces Major Effort This Congress To Pass Legislation That Would Require Private Stu… Continue Reading


03.16.15

SCHUMER, STANDING WITH MAYORS & OTHER OFFICIALS FROM TOWNS OF ONONDAGA, ELBRIDGE, LAFAYETTE, SKANEATELES, VAN BUREN & VILLAGES OF JORDAN, BALDWINSVILLE & MARCELLUS, BLASTS HUD FOR PULLING OUT RUG FROM COMMUNITIES THAT WERE RELYING ON FED FUNDS FOR CRITICIAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS – ONONDAGA COUNTY COMMUNITIES HAVE BEEN WRONGFULLY DENIED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS THEY WERE PROMISED

Fed Dept. of Housing & Urban Development Had Approved Hundreds of Thousands in Fed CDBG Funds To Infrastructure Projects In Towns & Villages Across Onondaga County, But Recently Rescinded Those Funds After New Census Data Lumped Communities Eligible To Receive Funds Together With Towns That Were Ineligible For Funding - HUD Then Backed Out Of Promise, Leaving Communities With Nowhere to Turn Schumer Says HUD Should Not Change The Rules Mid-Game; Pushes HUD to Provide Funding Onondaga… Continue Reading


03.15.15

SCHUMER CALLS ON FDA TO BAN THE SALE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS HIGH-POWERED, LONG-RANGE GREEN LASER POINTERS, WHICH ARE THE WEAPON OF CHOICE THAT EVIL-DOERS & PRANKSTERS USE TO BLIND & DISORIENT PILOTS WHILE IN THE AIR; CITES NEW DATA ON RECENT SURGE OF INCIDENTS

New 2014 Data Shows, Green Lasers Were Used to Harm Pilots 17 Times at JFK, 37 Times At LaGuardia, 20 Times At Newark; Just This Week, A Bronx Man Was Arrested For Allegedly Pointing A Green Laser Beam At Airplanes Landing & Taxiing From LaGuardia, Causing Serious Damage to the Eyesight of Four Pilots Health & Aviation Experts Say Green Lasers Are More Than Double the Strength of Other Colors, Can Travel For Miles & Cause More Damage to Eyesight Because of Green & Yellow Spec… Continue Reading


03.13.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES ROCKLAND COUNTY RESIDENT MICHAEL GRECO UNANIMOUSLY CONFIRMED TO BE THE NEXT U.S. MARSHAL FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK — WILL NOW BE THE FIRST LATINO TO HOLD THIS PRESTIGIOUS & VITAL POST IN SDNY

Schumer Recommended Greco to President Obama, Who Officially Nominated Him for the Position in November 2014 Greco, a First Responder on 9/11, Currently Lives in Rockland County & Serves as Lieutenant of the NYS Police - Greco Has 32 Years of Law Enforcement Experience Schumer: Greco Embodies Best Qualities of Law Enforcement Professional & Will Be Smart, Fair, Exemplary U.S. Marshal in SDNY   Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced, upon his recommendation and Pr… Continue Reading


03.12.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES MAJOR VICTORY FOR AMITYVILLE’S LIBERTY VILLAGE; AFTER SENATOR’S PUSH, FEDERAL DEPT. OF HOUSING IS REVERSING DENIAL OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN RENTAL ASSISTANCE NEEDED TO COVER COST OF RENT & SUPPORT SERVICES AT LIBERTY VILLAGE

Liberty Village, Which Houses Previously Homeless LI Vets & Their Families, Applied Last Year for 30 Desperately Needed HUD Rental Assistance Vouchers - After Organization Rightly Brought Vets in Off the Street, Organization Was Rejected for Assistance In A Letter & Personal Call With HUD Secretary Castro, Schumer Urged Agency to Reverse Course & Provide Critically-Needed Rental Assistance to Liberty Village Schumer Announces, After His Push, HUD Will Provide 30 Project Based HUD-V… Continue Reading


03.12.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $1.2 MILLION IN HEAD START FUNDS FOR CHENANGO COUNTY ORGANIZATION

The Opportunities for Chenango, Inc. in Norwich Will Use Funding to Continue to Provide Early Education for Low-Income Children in Chenango County U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,294,517 in federal funding for the Opportunities for Chenango, Inc. of Norwich in Chenango County. Schumer and Gillibrand said this funding will continue to support the organization's efforts to improve education for low-income children at their earliest age, when major lea… Continue Reading


03.12.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $2 MILLION IN HEAD START FUNDS FOR BROOME COUNTY ORGANIZATION

The Family Enrichment Network in Binghamton Will Use Funding to Continue to Provide Early Education for Low-Income Children in Broome County U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,008,308 in federal funding for the Family Enrichment Network of Binghamton in Broome County. Schumer and Gillibrand said this funding will continue to support the organization's efforts to improve education for low-income children at their earliest age, when major learning strid… Continue Reading


03.12.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $2.6 MILLION IN HEAD START FUNDS FOR CATTARAUGUS COUNTY ORGANIZATION

Cattaraugus County Project Head Start, Inc. Will Use Funding to Continue to Provide Early Education for Low-Income Children Western NY U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,631,408 in federal funding for the Cattaraugus County Project Head Start, Inc., a community-based agency in Olean.Schumer and Gillibrand said this funding will continue to support the organization's efforts to improve education for low-income children at their earliest age, when major … Continue Reading


03.12.15

SCHUMER GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $1.3 MILLION IN HEAD START FUNDS FOR GLENS FALLS ORGANIZATION

Warren County Head Start, Inc. Will Use Funding to Continue to Provide Early Education Programs for Low-Income Children U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,345,317 federal funding for the Warren County Head Start, Inc., a community-based agency in Glens Falls. Schumer and Gillibrand said this funding will continue to support the organization's efforts to improve education for low-income children at their earliest age, when major learning strides take pl… Continue Reading


03.12.15

AFTER FEDS GIVE GREEN LIGHT TO DANGEROUS POWDERED ALCOHOL – PALCOHOL- SCHUMER INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO MAKE SUBSTANCE ILLEGAL & KEEP IT FROM HITTING STORE SHELVES AS SOON AS THIS SUMMER

Earlier this Week, The Federal TTB Approved Federal Labels for Palcohol - The Last Step Needed Before Product Hits Store Shelves As Early As Summer; Last Year, Schumer Called on the FDA to Step In And Investigate the Dangerous Product, But Shockingly No Action Was Taken Schumer Is Introducing Legislation in Senate to Make Production, Sale & Possession of Palcohol Illegal; Product Is Highly Concentrated, Easily Concealed, Can Be Snorted and Added to Food & Drinks Schumer: After Se… Continue Reading


03.11.15

SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH TO ENABLE FAMILIES TO USE FED “529 COLLEGE SAVINGS FUNDS” TO PURCHASE COMPUTERS TAX FREE – CURRENTLY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF NEW YORKERS WITH “529” PLANS CAN ONLY RECEIVE TAX BENEFIT WHEN PURCHASING SUPPLIES LIKE TEXTBOOKS, BUT NOT COMPUTERS

529 Accounts Are A Critical Tool Many Families Use To Save For College; As Long As Money Is Being Put Toward College or College-Related Expenses, It Can Be Withdrawn Tax Free - However, Computers Do Not Qualify For This Benefit & Families Are Hit With Significant Tax When Withdrawing Funds To Purchase a New Laptop or Desktop Schumer Pushes New Legislation To Make Computers Eligible For Tax Advantage; Computers Are A Critical Part of College Education & Should Get Same Treatment as Te… Continue Reading


03.11.15

SCHUMER CALLS FOR NEW LEGISLATION REQUIRING SAFETY STANDARDS FOR LIQUID DETERGENT PACKETS, INCLUDING CHILD-SAFE CAPS ON ALL CONTAINERS - THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN REMAIN AT-RISK OF INGESTING COLORFUL, EXTRA-TOXIC DETERGENT GEL PODS BECAUSE OF EASY-TO-OPEN LIDS

Research Suggests Over 700 U.S. Hospitalizations & 17,000 Poison Control Calls Involving Children Under 6 Years Old Ingesting Detergent Pods; In 2012, When New Product Hit U.S. Markets, Schumer Urged Feds to Require Child Safety Caps and Warning Labels on Containers, But Insufficient Action Has Been Taken Schumer Supports Federal Legislation to Set Mandatory Safety Standards for Liquid Detergent Pods, Including Child-Proof Packaging & Proper Warning Labels; Schumer Says Protections A… Continue Reading


03.10.15

AFTER ADMINISTRATION PROPOSES CUT TO ONE OF SOUTHERN TIER’S MOST IMPORTANT FED PROGRAMS, SCHUMER VOWS TO FIGHT FOR FULL FUNDING IN CONGRESS TO PRESERVE IT – FED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM HAS BEEN CRITICAL TO DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS, INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS; CUTS COULD SLOW PROGRESS

Administration Proposed Cutting $200 Million from HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program In Upcoming Fiscal Year - Binghamton, Elmira & Ithaca Combined Received a Combined $3.5 Million Alone in 2014 & It Is A Major Driver In Local Development Projects CDBG Has Helped Southern Tier Municipalities Fund Transformational Development Projects - The City of Binghamton Has Used CDBG Funding for Neighborhood Housing Initiatives, Including Blighted Property Demolition; The Cit… Continue Reading


03.10.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, SERRANO, RANGEL, CROWLEY INTRODUCE BILL TO RENAME MORRISANIA POST OFFICE IN HONOR OF FORMER BOROUGH PRESIDENT AND THE FIRST PUERTO RICAN CONGRESSMAN IN US HISTORY, HERMAN BADILLO

History Maker Herman Badillo Served as Bronx Borough President & Was First Puerto Rican to Serve as Congressman; Badillo Also Served as NYC Deputy Mayor under Ed Koch Schumer, Gillibrand, Serrano, Rangel, Crowley Introduce Legislation to Rename Post Office in the Bronx After Herman Badillo Lawmakers: Dedication of Morrisania Post Office Will Be a Lasting Tribute to Herman Badillo's Steadfast Commitment & Dedication to New York City U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten … Continue Reading


03.09.15

SCHUMER: AT LEAST 95,000 UTILITY POLES ON LONG ISLAND HAVE BEEN TREATED WITH A HIGHLY TOXIC CHEMICAL KNOWN TO CAUSE SERIOUS HEALTH ISSUES; SENATOR URGES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY TO IMMEDIATELY INVESTIGATE THE USE OF “PENTA” ON WOODEN UTILITY POLES – CALLS ON PSEG TO SUSPEND FURTHER USE OF CHEMICAL ON POLES UNTIL COMPLETION

Schumer Highlighted Concern That The Toxic Chemical, Pentachlorophenol, Is Being Used to Treat New Wooden PSEG-LI Utility Poles & Could Leach Into Groundwater Over Long Term As Poles Deteriorate; Studies Suggest Penta Can Result in Neurological & Issues With Respiratory Tract, Kidney, Immune System & More Schumer Calls for Immediate Federal EPA Investigation Into the Potential Long-Term Health Impacts of Using Penta-Treated Poles - Notes That Previous Private Studies Are Narrow and … Continue Reading


03.09.15

SCHUMER: ANTHONY L. JORDAN HEALTH CENTER IN ROCHESTER NEEDS FED APPROVAL FOR CLOSE TO $2.4M IN “VITAL ACCESS PROVIDER” FUNDING; CENTER HAS BEEN WAITING TWO YEARS TO RECEIVE FUNDS – SENATOR URGES FEDS TO EXPEDITE RELEASE OF DESPERATELY NEEDED FUNDING TO HELP KEEP LIFE-SAVING AGENCY OPERATING AT FULL CAPACITY

Anthony L. Jordan Health Corp. in Rochester Provides Approximately 30,000 Patients Living in Poverty With Valuable Health Services, But is Currently Operating Without $2.4M in Medicaid Funds It Has Been Promised - Funding Has Been Awaiting Fed Approval For Over Two Years & Jordan Health Center Has Been Forced To Expend Its Own Reserves to Cover The Gap Schumer Urges Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services to Quickly Approve Anthony Jordan's Application for Fed Funds; Funding Will Help… Continue Reading


03.08.15

SCHUMER: NEW GAO REPORT REVEALS THAT FAA’S COMPUTER SYSTEM IS DANGEROUSLY VULNERABLE TO HACKERS, WHICH COULD LEAD TO SONY-LIKE TAKEOVER OF SYSTEM BY CYBER-CRIMINALS WHILE THOUSANDS OF PLANES ARE IN AIR; CALLS ON FAA TO EXPEDITIOUSLY IMPLEMENT ALL EXPERT-RECOMMENDED CYBERSECURITY UPGRADES

According to A GAO Report Released This Week, the FAA Is Highly Vulnerable to Hackers Because Agency Has Yet to Fully Implement System-Wide Upgrades to Computer Systems, Like Establishing Multiple Necessary Firewalls to Protect Against Unauthorized Intruders Schumer Urges That the FAA Quickly Implement All Cyber Security Safety Upgrades Recommended in GAO Report To Protect Against Growing Threat to Hacking of Air Traffic Control Systems - FAA Has Been Working to Implemented Some Recommended C… Continue Reading


03.06.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES FEDS TAKE CRITICAL STEP TOWARD LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD FOR FINCH PAPER, WHICH IS UNDER THREAT FROM PRODUCERS IN CHINA & OTHER COUNTRIES WHO ARE UNFAIRLY DUMPING HUGE AMOUNTS OF PAPER INTO U.S. – FEDS HAVE CONCLUDED THERE IS EVIDENCE THAT IMPORTS ARE HURTING INDUSTRY; NEXT STEP IS FOR DEPT. OF COMMERCE TO DETERMINE POTENTIAL ACTION TO LEVEL PLAYING FIELD

Schumer, in Visit to Glens Falls Last Month, Urged Fed International Trade Commission To Protect Finch and Its 600 Glens Falls Workers Against Potential Unfair Tactics From China Finch Has Lost Millions of Dollars' Worth of Sales Over Last 18 Months Due to Unfairly Priced Imports Schumer: Trade Case Could Level the Playing Field for Finch & Its Workers   U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the International Trade Commission (ITC) reached an affirmative prelimina… Continue Reading


03.05.15

SCHUMER: FED FUNDS ARE CRUCIAL TO KEEPING INTACT QUALITY RESOURCES & EDUCATIONAL SERVICES FOR STUDENTS AT CASH-STRAPPED LAKE SHORE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT – CALLS ON FEDS TO APPROVE FED AID FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT

Lake Shore CSD Encompasses Large Portion of the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, Which Means Parts of the District are Exempt from School Tax Levies - Schumer Says Feds Have a Way to Make Up for this Gap, Through the "Federal Impact Aid" Program In Last 5 Years, Lake Shore Central School District in Erie County Has Lost Over $20 Million in Funding; Has Been Forced To Close Elementary Schools & Cut Much-Needed Services - Fed Funding Crucial to Provide Much-Needed Resources and Ensure Qualit… Continue Reading

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