Press Releases

01.14.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $13 MILLION IN FED FUNDS FOR DELAWARE RIVER WATERSHED CONSERVATION

Funding Will Support Agriculture, Soil, Water Conservation & Assist Local Farmers Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced $13 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is headed to New York State to partner with the America Farmland Trust to implement conservation projects in the Delaware River Basin watershed. The funding was allocated through the USDA's Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) and will allow New Y… Continue Reading


01.14.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $16 MILLION IN FED FUNDS FOR LAKE CHAMPLAIN WATERSHED CONSERVATION

Projects Include Targeting Conservation Practices for Optimal Environmental Benefits & Monitoring Conservation Effectiveness - Senators Have Led Fight to Improve Lake Champlain Watershed, A Key Economic Driver for North Country Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced $16 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is headed to New York State and the state of Vermont to implement conservation projects in the Lake Champlain wat… Continue Reading


01.14.15

SCHUMER: KEY PROGRAMS PROVIDING $16 MILLION PER YEAR IN MEDICARE PAYMENT TO RURAL UPSTATE NY HOSPITALS AT RISK OF EXPIRING IN NEXT FEW MONTHS – SENATOR ANNOUNCES BI-PARTISAN LEGISLATION TO AVOID CUT; IF LEGISLATION FAILS, COULD BE DISASTROUS FOR JOBS, HOSPITALS, QUALITY OF CARE ACROSS THE STATE

Clock is Ticking to Extend Critical Funding for Rural Hospitals Across The State - These Hospitals Treat Tens of Thousands of Patients & Some Face Cuts of Over $1 Million, A Tough Pill For Any To Swallow Schumer: Rural Hospitals Need Fed Funds To Continue Providing Quality Health Care   Today, on a conference call with reporters, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer launched his push to extend a Medicare payment program that is critical to the health of rural hospitals across Upstate N… Continue Reading


01.13.15

SCHUMER: FEDS SHOULD PRIORITIZE RESILIENCY PROJECTS THROUGHOUT GATEWAY NATIONAL PARK; CALLS ON DEPT. OF INTERIOR TO PROVIDE $10M IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR RESTORATION PROJECTS AT JAMAICA BAY, RIIS BEACH, FORT TILDEN, FLOYD BENNETT FIELD & CANARSIE PIER

Schumer Urges DOI to Fund Critical Gateway Projects, Including Restoration of West Pond, Improvements at Riis Beach, Restoration of Jacob Riis Bathhouse, Shoreline Softening at Floyd Bennett Field, Revitalization of Canarsie Pier & More Schumer Calls for Funding to Include Long-Term Planning Project to Allow More People to Easily Access Gateway via Public Transportation, Biking & Walking U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the Department of Interior (DOI) to provide fundi… Continue Reading


01.13.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND URGE FED DEPT. OF DEFENSE TO SELECT ROCHESTER-SUNY PROPOSAL FOR FINAL ROUND OF COMPETITION FOR $110 MILLION TO CREATE NEW NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF PHOTONICS – SENATORS SAY ROCHESTER IS WELL-POSITIONED TO COMPETE, 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 University of Rochester & SUNY Polytechnic Institute Joint Proposal Has Already Been Submitted; Sena… Continue Reading


01.13.15

SCHUMER PUSHES FOR FED FUNDS TO ENHANCE DOWNTOWN BUFFALO REVITALIZATION, STIMULATE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ALONG PROPOSED AMHERST-BUFFALO PUBLIC TRANSIT CONNECTION – FUNDS WOULD ENABLE NFTA TO IDENTIFY AREAS FOR PRIVATE INVESTMENT

Schumer Has Long Fought to Improve Transit Between Amherst, Three University of Buffalo Campuses, Canalside, and Other Downtown Attractions- In 2013, Following Schumer's Push, Feds Funded Studies For Transit Improvements; Now, Funds Would Help Develop Lands Surrounding Proposed Transit Improvements Schumer: Future Link Between Buffalo and Amherst Has Untapped Potential for Economic Growth Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer launched his push to secure over $600,000 in federal funding … Continue Reading


01.13.15

SCHUMER PUSHES FOR FED FUNDS TO ENHANCE DOWNTOWN BUFFALO REVITALIZATION, STIMULATE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ALONG PROPOSED AMHERST-BUFFALO PUBLIC TRANSIT CONNECTION – FUNDS WOULD ENABLE NFTA TO IDENTIFY AREAS FOR PRIVATE INVESTMENT

Schumer Has Long Fought to Improve Transit Between Amherst, Three University of Buffalo Campuses, Canalside, and Other Downtown Attractions- In 2013, Following Schumer's Push, Feds Funded Studies For Transit Improvements; Now, Funds Would Help Develop Lands Surrounding Proposed Transit Improvements Schumer: Future Link Between Buffalo and Amherst Has Untapped Potential for Economic Growth Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer launched his push to secure over $600,000 in federal funding … Continue Reading


01.12.15

SCHUMER CALLS ON NY JETS TO KEEP TRAINING CAMP AT SUNY CORTLAND; FUTURE OF JETS’ ANNUAL RESIDENCY UNCERTAIN DUE TO COACHING CHANGE – TRAINING CAMP IN CORTLAND VITAL FOR CNY ECONOMY & IMPORTANT SUMMER ATTRACTION FOR LOCAL FOOTBALL FANS

Schumer Calls on Jets to Keep Training Camp in Cortland; Last Time Jets Moved Training Camp, Team Considered Moving it to New Jersey - Training Camp at SUNY Cortland Provides A Real Shot in the Arm to The Local Economy; Attracted 22K Fans Last Year & Has Brought In $24M in Local Economic Activity Schumer: Jets Should S-T-A-Y STAY STAY STAY in CNY Today, at the Ensley Athletic Center at Syracuse University, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the New York Jets to keep their summ… Continue Reading


01.12.15

SCHUMER: BURGEONING CAPITAL REGION DISTILLING & CRAFT BREW INDUSTRY BEGINNING TO TAKE OFF, BUT LACK OF KEY PROTECTIONS FOR LOCAL MALT BARLEY FARMERS INHIBITS GROWTH – SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH TO ESTABLISH FIRST-EVER CROP INSURANCE FOR NYS MALT BARLEY FARMERS; LOCAL BREWERS & DISTILLERS REQUIRE THRIVING MALT BARLEY INDUSTRY

Over Next Decade, Most NYS Craft Brewers Will Be Required By State Law To Source 90% of Ingredients From Local Farms & Malt Houses - State Currently Has Approx. 2,000 Acres of Malt Barley, Including Multiple Growers in the Capital Region; In Order to Match Demand, Malt Barley Production Must Increase 15x   Schumer Also Calls on USDA, SBA to Partner with Local Malt Barley Farmers & Malt Houses to Tap Existing Fed Financing For Equipment, Facilitie… Continue Reading


01.12.15

SCHUMER: RAT-INFESTED FOOD WAREHOUSES SUPPLYING NYC RESTAURANTS WITH EVERYTHING FROM CANNOLIS TO CHINESE & RUSSIAN FOOD HAVE SERIOUSLY VIOLATED FOOD SAFETY STANDARDS & THE PUBLIC IS NEVER INFORMED; CALLS ON FDA FOR THREE-STEP PLAN TO BOOST INSPECTIONS, INCREASE FINES & CREATE EASILY-SEARCHABLE DATABASE SO RESTAURANTS CAN STOP BUYING FROM UNSANITARY OPERATIONS

Schumer Said That FDA Violations Are Not Made Public At Time of Violation & Punishments For Violation Are Too Lax - Calls For An Increase in Federal Food Facilities Inspections, Greater Fines to Deter Disgusting Conditions & Searchable Public Database for Restaurants & Consumers to Easily Discover Violations Schumer: More Must Be Done to Ensure Cannolis, Chinese Food, Pizza Dough & Other Food Products Are Only Items on the Menu U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged … Continue Reading


01.09.15

SCHUMER TOURS STATEN ISLAND’S NEW ‘FLAGSHIP BREWERY’ & JOINS WITH NORTH SHORE BUSINESS LEADERS TO PUSH FOR BILL THAT WOULD CUT EXCISE TAX ON SMALL BREWERIES BY 50%– BILL WILL HELP SMALL BREWERIES, LIKE FLAGSHIP, SAVE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS EACH YEAR & COULD HELP WITH REVITALIZATION OF FAST-GROWING NORTH SHORE COMMUNITIES ON STATEN ISLAND

Beer Industry Supports Nearly 60,000 Jobs in NY & Pulls in Tourism Dollars - Schumer's Legislation Will Cut Taxes on Small Brewing Operations throughout New York, Like Staten Island's Flagship Brewing Company, So They Can Buy More Equipment, Boost Marketing Efforts & Pour More Jobs into Communities Schumer: Small BREW Act Would Help Staten Island’s Flagship Brewery Save Thousands of Dollars, & Help With the Revitalization of Staten Island Community Today at Flagshi… Continue Reading


01.09.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: CAPE AIR TO CONTINUE FLIGHTS FROM OGDENSBURG TO ALBANY & BOSTON – FEDS WILL PROVIDE OVER $10 MILLION IN FUNDING TO MAINTAIN ESSENTIAL SERVICE FOR 4 MORE YEARS

These Connections Will Keep Open Air Travel Options for Passengers in The North Country & Capital Region - Contract With Cape Air to Continue Through 2019 Schumer: Continued Cape Air Service Is Great News for North Country Residents Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has re-selected Cape Air to provide essential air service (EAS) to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) via Albany International Airport (ALB) from Ogden… Continue Reading


01.08.15

SCHUMER PUSHES FOR UPSTATE NY & HUDSON VALLEY HOSPITALS TO BE REIMBURSED FOR COST OF PREPARING FOR EBOLA THREAT – EVERY NYS HOSPITAL, INCLUDING DESIGNATED EBOLA TREATMENT CENTERS IN BUFFALO, ROCHESTER, SYRACUSE & WESTCHESTER WENT TO GREAT LENGTHS & SPENT OVER $10M TO TRAIN STAFF, RETROFIT FACILITIES, PURCHASE HAZMAT SUITS

Once Called to Action, U. Of Roch Med Center, Erie Co. Med Center, Women & Children's Hospital, Upstate University Hospital & Westchester Med Center Meticulously Trained Thousands of Health Workers on How to Identify & Treat Potential Ebola Patients & Purchased New Equipment, like PPE Suits Schumer: The Readiness of Upstate NY & Hudson Valley Hospitals for Handling Ebola is Critical to the Nation & Comes At a High Price U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today, on a … Continue Reading


01.08.15

SCHUMER: NEW REGS ON DANGEROUS, CRUDE-OIL-CARRYING DOT-111 TANK CARS AT RISK OF BEING BOGGED DOWN BY PROLONGED ROLL-OUT – SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO EXPEDITE RULEMAKING & STICK TO TOUGHEST POSSIBLE REGS, INCLUDING CRITICAL TWO-YEAR PHASE-OUT OF TRANSPORTING MOST VOLATILE CRUDE IN CURRENT CARS

Schumer Warns Rules Often Get Stuck at This Final Stage, Urges Feds to Prioritize & Expedite DOT-111 Rules So They Not Get Held Up; Says We Cannot Afford To Wait - Says Proposed Rules Contain A Number of Options, Some That Will Enhance Safety & Security For Upstate NY Communities More Than Others; Senator Renews Call For Toughest Regs Possible To Help Avoid Major Disaster Schumer to Feds: Stick to Toughest Crude Oil Transport Regs Possible & Move Rulemaking Along Faster  … Continue Reading


01.07.15

SCHUMER: DA THOMPSON’S RECENT BUST OF ATLANTA-NY GUN SMUGGLING RING EXPOSES GAPING & DANGEROUS LOOPHOLE IN NEW YORK AND NATIONAL AIRPORT SECURITY, ALLOWING ERRANT AIRLINE EMPLOYEES TO SMUGGLE GUNS, DRUGS & EXPLOSIVES ONTO PLANES - AMAZINGLY, MOST EMPLOYEES ARE EXEMPT FROM GOING THROUGH METAL DETECTORS; SCHUMER, THOMPSON DEMAND TSA REQUIRE EACH AIRPORT DEVELOP COMPREHENSIVE SCREENING PROCESS FOR ALL EMPLOYEES

While Pilots & Flight Crew Must Pass Through Metal Detectors Each Day, Employees Who Clean & Repair Planes, Load Luggage & Work In Terminals Past Security Check Points Do Not; Schumer, Thompson Say TSA Must Require Airports to Upgrade Unique Airport Security Plans to Include Physical Screening- Astoundingly, this is Not Currently a Requirement   Schumer: Millions of Gov't Employees in Courthouses, the Pentagon & Federal Offices Pass Through Metal Detectors Each Day - &nbs… Continue Reading


01.06.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: FEDERAL DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION CHOOSES CAPE AIR TO CONTINUE ESSENTIAL AIR PASSENGER SERVICE TO MASSENA & NORTH COUNTRY RESIDENTS – FEDS WILL PROVIDE MORE THAN $4.7 MILLION IN FUNDING TO MAINTAIN SERVICE

These Connections Will Keep Open Air Travel Options for Passengers in Central New York & the North Country - Contract With Cape Air to Continue Through 2017 Schumer: At Locals' Request, Cape Air Will Keep Serving The North Country Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has re-selected Cape Air to provide essential air service (EAS) to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) via Albany International Airport (ALB) at Massena, … Continue Reading


01.05.15

SCHUMER PUSHES FEDS TO EXPEDITE LONG-AWAITED PLAN TO CLEAN UP POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS RADIOACTIVE WASTE UNDERNEATH TONAWANDA LANDFILL – RESIDENTS HAVE WAITED FAR TOO LONG FOR ANSWERS & ACTION ON LEFTOVER URANIUM FROM FIRST ATOMIC BOMB THAT HAS BEEN SITTING THERE FOR DECADES

Feds Were Set To Propose Options to Clean Up The Site By The End of 2014, But Residents Are Still in The Dark - Schumer Pushes To Get Plan Out The Door Right Away; Plan Is Needed to Get Remediation Project Moving Forward & Ensure Local Residents Are Not At Risk, Including Nearby School Schumer Also Pushes For More Funding for Fed Program To Clean Up Radioactive Sites; Program Has Been Woefully Underfunded for Years - There Are 5 WNY Sites With Radioactive Contamination, More Than Any Oth… Continue Reading


01.05.15

SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH TO ESTABLISH CROP INSURANCE FOR ROCHESTER-AREA MALT BARLEY FARMERS WHO PLAY CRITICAL ROLE IN NYS CRAFT BEER INDUSTRY – CURRENT LACK OF PROTECTIONS INHIBITING GROWTH OF LOCAL BREWING & DISTILLING

Over Next Decade, Most NYS Craft Brewers Will Be Required By State Law To Source 90% of Ingredients From Local Farms, Malt Houses - State Currently Has Approx. 2,000 Acres of Malt Barley, Much of It Grown in WNY & the Finger Lakes; In Order to Match Demand, Malt Barley Production Must Increase 15x   Schumer Also Calls on USDA, SBA to Partner with NYS Malt Barley Farmers & Malt Houses to Tap Existing Fed Financing For Equipment, Facilities Ne… Continue Reading


12.24.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES FED FUNDS TO CREATE COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLANS IN S. TIER, MOHAWK VALLEY, CNY, FINGER LAKES & LAKE CHAMPLAIN AREA

Plans Will Cover Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego, Schoharie, Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates, Allegany, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Tioga, Clinton, Essex, Hamilton, Warren, and Washington Counties U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced the federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $70,000 to six different regional planning and … Continue Reading


12.23.14

SCHUMER PUSHES FOR FED SAFETY AUDIT OF CRUMBLING BRIDGE THAT CARRIES CRUDE OIL TRAINS OVER RONDOUT CREEK IN KINGSTON – CONCRETE FOUNDATION HAS DETERIORATED & FED INSPECTORS MUST STEP IN TO ENSURE BRIDGES NOT AT RISK OF COLLAPSE

Bridge in Kingston Over Rondout Creek Recently Revealed to Have Significant Decay & Crumbling Foundations; If Bridges Are Not Sound, Results Could Be Disastrous, Since Many Hazardous Materials Are Transported Along The Route - Bridges Are Owned By CSX, Which Is Tasked With Ensuring Structural Integrity; Schumer Says That Fed Inspectors Must Audit, Cannot Just Rely on CSX Schumer: Feds Must Step In & Ensure Ulster County Train Bridges Are Up To Snuff Today, at the CSX train tracks … Continue Reading

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