Press Releases

04.07.15

SCHUMER: CRAFT BREWING IS ON THE RISE IN DUTCHESS COUNTY BUT BREWERS NEED ACCESS TO LOCALLY-GROWN MALT BARLEY FOR INDUSTRY TO THRIVE; LOCAL FARMERS HESITANT TO GROW CROP DUE TO LACK OF FED INSURANCE – SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH TO ESTABLISH ESSENTIAL CROP INSURANCE FOR DUTCHESS COUNTY MALT BARLEY FARMERS

Insurance Currently Available to Farmers Growing Malt Barley In Other States, But Not NYS; Sec. of Agriculture Could Fix It Unilaterally, No Legislation Required - Schumer Calls on Feds to Prioritize & Fast-Track Vital Malt Barley Crop Insurance for NYS Farmers, Including Many in the Hudson Valley; Crop Is Risky, But Absolutely Vital For Farm Brewers Dutchess County Is Becoming Major Hub For Farm Brewing - Due To NYS Law, Over Next Decade Most NYS Craft Brewers Will Be Required To Source 90… Continue Reading


04.07.15

SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO BE READY TO IMMEDIATELY EXPEDITE APPROVALS FOR NEW PORT JERVIS WATER PARK, WHICH COULD BRING IN OVER 500,000 TOURISTS PER YEAR & PROVIDE MAJOR BOOST TO LOCAL ECONOMY— A PROJECT WITH SUCH HUGE POTENTIAL SHOULD NOT GET STUCK IN BUREAUCRATIC RED TAPE

New Port Jervis White Water Kayak Park Will Need Approval From Fed Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, As Well as U.S. Army Corps; Without Approvals, It Is Difficult for Town To Raise $2-$4 Million in Start-Up Funds - Park Could Draw Over 500K Visitors From Around The World; Port Jervis And The Surrounding Area Would Greatly Benefit Schumer Says The Park Has The Potential To Bring In Upwards of $33.6 Million Annually, While Also Supporting Close to 400 Jobs; Could Help Tackle the Local 17.7% Po… Continue Reading


04.06.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: “PREPARE FOR TAKEOFF”; JETBLUE AIRWAYS WILL BEGIN LONG-AWAITED ALBANY FLIGHTS ON DECEMBER 10TH WITH NON-STOP SERVICE TO FT. LAUDERDALE & ORLANDO – FLIGHTS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ONLINE STARTING TODAY; WILL ENABLE CAPITAL REGION TRAVELERS TO FLY DIRECTLY TO FLORIDA WITHOUT LAYOVERS

Schumer Pushed Hard To Bring JetBlue To Albany Int'l; These Flights Will Hopefully Be First Of Many-Bringing Affordable Air Service To Upstate NY Has Been One Of Senator's Major Priorities Low-Cost, Daily Service A Major Win for Capital Region Residents & Businesses, Who Will See New Flights and Cheaper Prices - Region has a Growing Population, Stable Job Market, & Demand for Affordable Carrier Schumer: JetBlue Flights Out Of Albany Are Now Cleared for Takeoff!   Today, at… Continue Reading


04.06.15

SCHUMER: NEW NUMBERS SHOW COUNTERFEIT MONEY HAS BECOME AN EPIDEMIC IN SYRACUSE; MANY LOCAL STORES HAVE SUFFERED IN THE LAST MONTH & ARE LEFT HIGH AND DRY WHEN THEY GO TO DEPOSIT FAKE BILLS – SCHUMER URGES SECRET SERVICE TO STEP UP EFFORTS TO COMBAT COUNTERFEIT BILLS & PROVIDE RESOURCES TO HELP LOCAL SYRACUSE RETAILERS IDENTIFY FAKE CURRENCY

Syracuse Authorities Have Identified Approximately $100,000 of Counterfeit Money Currently In Circulation in Syracuse Area, But This Amount Likely Only Scratches The Surface; Hundreds of Thousands More Could Be Exchanging Hands Without Consumers or Retailers Knowing - Local Shop Owners & Residents Have Little Recourse When They Try To Deposit Fake Currency Schumer Calls On Secret Service To Enhance Coordination With Local Law Enforcement, Identify Potential Counterfeit Hot Spots & Ed… Continue Reading


04.06.15

SCHUMER CELEBRATES OPENING OF NEW CONSTANTINO’S GROCERY STORE; SUPERMARKET DESPERATELY NEEDED IN MT. HOPE AREA SET TO OPEN THIS WEEK IN ROCHESTER’S COLLEGE TOWN – SCHUMER LEADS FIRST LOOK AT NEW 21,000 SQUARE FOOT STORE

Schumer Pushed to Secure Major Fed Funds to Jumpstart Constantino's Grocery Store - All Part of Effort to Create Urban Village Center, Support Job Growth & Spur Economic Development Throughout College Town Area Constantino's Market Was Looking to Open In Rochester, But First Needed to Secure Start-Up Funds to Make Project a Reality - Schumer Urged HHS to Approve Game-Changing Loan Through 'Community Economic Development Healthy Food Financing Initiative’ Schumer: With The Oasis of A… Continue Reading


04.02.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $2 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR NEW SYRACUSE JOB TRAINING PROGRAM

Syracuse One of Nine Funding Recipients Selected from Across the Country to Launch Program Connecting Public Housing Residents with Education and Employment Opportunities U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,977,607 in federal funding for the Syracuse Housing Authority to launch a new job training program that connects public housing residents with education and employment opportunities. SHA will use the funding to launch the "Work to Independence" in pa… Continue Reading


04.02.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND MAKE FINAL PUSH TO URGE DEPT. OF DEFENSE TO SELECT ROCHESTER-SUNY PROPOSAL IN COMPETITION FOR $110 MILLION TO CREATE NEW NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF PHOTONICS – SENATORS SAY NEW YORK IS WELL-POSITIONED TO WIN, AS HOME OF WORLD’S GREATEST CONCENTRATION OF EXPERTISE IN OPTICS, PHOTONICS, IMAGING

Schumer & Gillibrand In January Announced That Rochester-SUNY Proposal Advanced to Final Round of Competition; Now, Defense Department is Evaluating Finalists in Competition for Federal Funds To Establish New "Institute for Manufacturing Innovation" with Focus on Photonics - Schumer & Gillibrand Say NYS Proposal Backed by UR, RIT, SUNY Poly, Others Would Create New Photonic Assembly & Packing Facility in Rochester Photonics Hub Has Potential to Boost Manufacturing Innovation, Dev… Continue Reading


04.01.15

WITH AIR FORCE DECISION IMMINENT ON FINALISTS FOR KC-46A BED DOWN, SCHUMER MAKES CALL TO AIR FORCE SECRETARY URGING HER TO PUT NFARS ON THE SHORT LIST – SCHUMER SAYS NFARS WOULD BE A GREAT HOME FOR NEW KC-46A TANKERS

Schumer Called Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James To Urge Her To Strongly Support The Selection Of Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS) For The Final Round Of Bases To Get A Site Survey For Air Force Tanker Plane Called The KC-46A Schumer Says Niagara Falls Air Station Is In A Strategically Valuable Location And Plays A Critical Role In Our National Security Schumer To Air Force Secretary: Make NFARS A Finalist for KC-46A Tankers    With the Air Force set to decide in the… Continue Reading


04.01.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE U.S. DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE HAS AGREED TO PURCHASE $9.6 MILLION IN SURPLUS CONCORD GRAPE JUICE TO STABILIZE PRICES FOR GRAPE GROWERS IN UPSTATE NEW YORK

$9.6 Million "Bonus Buy" Will Help Stabilize Prices Farmers Receive for their Grapes After a Large 2014 Crop, Bolster Rural Economies Across New York - Western New York, Finger Lakes & CNY Are Home to Concord Grape Growers and Juice Coops USDA Funding Will Be Used to Purchase Juice for Domestic Food Assistance Programs Schumer, Gillibrand: USDA Surplus Purchase a Win-Win for Upstate New York Growers and Nutrition Assistance Programs   Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer an… Continue Reading


03.31.15

SCHUMER: NEW I-95 TOLLS PLACED BY CONNECTICUT ON NY BORDER COULD BACK UP 14,000 TRUCKS AND CARS & DIVERT TRAFFIC INTO RYE & PORT CHESTER, OVERWHELMING LOCAL STREETS AS DRIVERS AVOID TOLL; PLAN SHOULD NOT PROGRESS WITHOUT ADEQUATE COMMUNITY INPUT – SCHUMER CALLS ON CT OFFICIALS TO LISTEN TO AND INCORPORATE NY CONCERNS BEFORE MOVING FORWARD

Local Communities Fear New Toll on I-95 Might Divert Traffic Into Rye & Port Chester That Towns Cannot Handle - 140,000 Cars & Trucks Per Day Travel Along Corridor; If Even A Handful Choose To Use Local Roads, Could Hurt Emergency Response Times & Local Business Activity, Pollute Neighborhoods & Create Traffic Headaches Schumer Says NY Concerns Should Be Taken Into Consideration & Necessary Fed Approval Should Not Be Granted if Rye & Port Chester Are Ignored - Tolls Cou… Continue Reading


03.31.15

FOLLOWING KICK-OFF OF MAPLE TAPPING SEASON, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES PUSH FOR FED FUNDS TO SUPPORT AND ENHANCE THE GROWTH OF THE UNTAPPED POTENTIAL OF NYS MAPLE SYRUP INDUSTRY

Schumer Pushes For $5 Million For Fed Program That Will Help Increase Production, Strengthen Conservation And Drive Efficiency In Maple Sugaring - Would Be Big Win For NYS Maple Producers U.S. Maple Production Has Nearly Doubled In The Last Decade Thanks To Recent Innovations In Vacuum Tubing, Sanitation Practices, & Better Taps - Schumer Push For Fed Funding Could Lead To Even More Growth Here in NY Schumer: We Must Invest In Maple To Continue Growing This Great NYS Industry  Toda… Continue Reading


03.30.15

SCHUMER: NEW DISTILLERIES ARE PLAYING A MAJOR ROLE IN BUFFALO'S TRANSFORMATION & POSITIONING WNY AS CENTER OF DISTILLING BOOM, BUT THEY DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE MALT BARLEY THEY NEED DUE TO RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH GROWING THE CROP – SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH TO ESTABLISH ESSENTIAL CROP INSURANCE FOR WNY MALT BARLEY FARMERS

Insurance Currently Available to Farmers Growing Malt Barley In Other States, But Not NYS; Sec. of Agriculture Could Fix It Unilaterally, No Legislation Required - Schumer Calls on Feds to Prioritize & Fast-Track Vital Malt Barley Crop Insurance for NYS Farmers, Including Many in WNY; Crop Is Risky, But Absolutely Vital For Farm Brewers & Distillers With 4 Distilleries Already Open In WNY & 3 More Set To Open in 2015, Region Is Becoming Major Hub For Farm Distilling - Due To NYS La… Continue Reading


03.30.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $500K IN FED FUNDS AWARDED TO SOUTHERN TIER STARTUP ALLIANCE – SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND PUSHED FOR FUNDS THAT WILL SUPPORT ENTREPRENEURS DEVELOPING NEW PRODUCTS AND IDEAS

S. Tier Startup Alliance Will Now Bring Together Companies Like Corning & Institutions Like Cornell & Binghamton Universities to Grow Entrepreneurship In The Region Schumer & Gillibrand Supported Effort Will Combine The Region's Strengths In Engineering, Materials Science, And Manufacturing With Cutting-Edge Business Incubation, Acceleration And Entrepreneurship Schumer, Gillibrand: Federal Investment in the Southern Tier Startup Alliance Will Support Creation, Innovation, Commer… Continue Reading


03.30.15

SCHUMER & SLAUGHTER LEAD CEREMONY TO OFFICIALLY DEDICATE THE ROCHESTER MAIN POST OFFICE IN HONOR OF SPC THEODORE MATTHEW GLENDE, A HOMETOWN HERO WHO GAVE HIS LIFE IN COMBAT – SCHUMER & SLAUGHTER JOINED BY SPC GLENDE’S FAMILY, VETERANS & USPS OFFICIALS

Rochester Native Gave His Life During War in Afghanistan; Perished While Aiding Fellow Soldiers During Attack - Schumer and Slaughter Fought to Name Post Office In Spc. Glende's Honor & Successfully Passed Legislation Last Year To Make Dedication A Reality; A Fitting Tribute to His Bravery and Dedication Schumer Successfully Pushed to Secure Spc. Glende the Long-Deserved Posthumous Promotion to 'Specialist' from 'Private First Class’ -And With Slaughter Worked With USPS to Get Them To… Continue Reading


03.30.15

SCHUMER: GROUNDBREAKING & AUTHORITATIVE REPORT SHOWS MALE NURSES EARN $5,100 MORE THAN WOMEN FOR DOING THE SAME JOB; SENATOR SAYS NEW REPORT PROVES NO JOB—OR INDUSTRY—SHIELDS WOMEN FROM MAKING LESS FOR DOING THE SAME WORK; SCHUMER URGES DOUBLING DOWN ON ‘PAYCHECK FAIRNESS ACT’ TO CLOSE PAY GAP HOLDING BACK WOMEN IN THE WORKFORCE

On Average, Women Make 78 Cents For Every Dollar Made By Men-Journal Of American Medical Association Proves Pay Gap Even Exists In Fields Dominated By Women, Like Nursing Schumer Pay Equity Plan Would Make It More Difficult For Pay Gaps To Occur & Stops Employers From Being Able To Punish Workers For Comparing Wages Schumer: Not Even The Nursing Profession Has Pay Gap Immunity & That Should Make Americans Sick, Especially Here In New York    U.S. Senator Charles E. Sch… Continue Reading


03.30.15

WITH DANGEROUS FENTANYL-LACED HEROIN SPIKING IN ROCHESTER & OVERDOSES DRAMATICALLY RISING, SCHUMER PUSHES TO REVERSE PRESIDENT’S PROPOSED CUT TO DRUG TRAFFICKING PROGRAM THAT ROCHESTER LAW ENFORCEMENT SAYS IS CRITICAL TO BREAKING UP LOCAL DRUG RINGS – LAUNCHES PUSH TO PREVENT CUT & RAISE FUNDING FOR PROGRAM BY $100M

Deadly Fentanyl-laced Heroin is Now Entering the Rochester Area & Over Half of All Heroin Deaths in Monroe County Are Linked To This New, More Dangerous Form of The Drug; Heroin Overdose Deaths In Rochester Are Up Over 300% Since 2012 & Drug-Related Crime Is Up As Well Schumer Opposes Administration's Plan to Cut Funding for the Fed. High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program, Which Rochester Law Enforcement Credits With Helping To Fight Drug Trafficking & Provide The Surveilla… Continue Reading


03.26.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, LOWEY: FEDS COMMIT TO DELIVER $4.4 MILLION TO GRAND VIEW-ON-HUDSON TO REPLACE VILLAGE HALL, WHICH WAS SEVERELY DAMAGED BY HURRICANE SANDY

Hurricane Sandy Caused Extensive Damage to the Village Hall, Requiring the Building to be Condemned - Funding from FEMA Will Cover 90 percent of the Costs Incurred by the Village to Replace the Facility and its Contents GRAND VIEW-ON-HUDSON, NY - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey today announced $4,888,354 in federal funding for the Village of Grand View-on-Hudson. The funding will be allocated through the Federal Emergency Mana… Continue Reading


03.26.15

SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH TO CREATE FIRST-EVER DEDICATED FUNDING STREAM FOR FEDERAL UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS TESTING SITES LIKE NUAIR IN CENTRAL NEW YORK – FUNDING WOULD ALLOW TEST SITES TO FURTHER DEVELOP TECHNOLOGY & PERFORM CUTTING-EDGE RESEARCH

Schumer Previously Led the Charge to Get the FAA to Choose NUAIR as a Premier National UAS Research and Testing Site - Schumer Fought to Increase the Number of FAA Test Sites from 4 to 6, Paving the Way for NUAIR To Be Selected, Can Become a Center of Innovation and Jobs Now, Schumer is Pushing Federal Appropriators to Open Up First-Ever Dedicated Federal Funding Stream for UAS Testing Sites Like NUAIR - Program Would Allow These 6 Sites Nationwide to Further Research & Develop UAS Techn… Continue Reading


03.26.15

SCHUMER LEADS GROUP OF SENATORS FROM SIX KEY STATES IN FULL-COURT PRESS URGING FEDS TO RELEASE STRONGEST RULE POSSIBLE, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, TO TOUGHEN TANK CAR STANDARDS FOR CRUDE OIL TRANSPORTATION BY RAIL

For First Time, Senators from Six Key States-Led By Schumer-That See High Volume of Dangerous Oil Train Cars Roll Through Their Back Yards Every Day, Sign One Letter to OMB Demanding That The Feds Immediately Finalize New Tank Car Standards - Letter Comes After Reports That Industry Lobbyists are Pushing Administration to Weaken Rules After Major Schumer Push, Fed Dept. of Transportation Proposed Rules Last Year That Would Phase-Out and Retrofit These Dangerous Tank Cars, Reduce Train Speeds… Continue Reading


03.26.15

SCHUMER, IN PERSONAL MEETING WITH FED OFFICIAL WHO WILL OVERSEE WEST VALLEY DEMONSTRATION PROJECT, PUSHES TO RESTORE FULL FUNDING FOR RADIOACTIVE WASTE CLEANUP AT THE CATTARAUGUS COUNTY SITE – PROGRAM HAS BEEN SHORTCHANGED FOR YEARS & CONTINUES TO POSE ENVIRONMENTAL RISK TO WNY

The West Valley Demonstration Project Needs at Least $75 Million Per Year to Completely Clean Up the Out-of-Use Former Nuclear Site; Feds Previously Agreed This Funding Was Needed for 10 Years Beginning in 2008, But Program Has Not Been Funded At Necessary Levels Since In Personal Meeting With Nominee To Lead Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management, Monica Regalbuto, Schumer Urged Nominee to Support Full $75 Million Funding Level for West Valley Cleanup in Future Years - Senat… Continue Reading

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