Press Releases

04.28.15

SCHUMER: MORE FED FUNDING NEEDED TO REPLACE VILLAGE OF WELLSBURG FIRE DEPT. & SAVE LOCAL TAXPAYERS HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS – SENATOR, WHO HAS LONG ADVOCATED FOR WELLSBURG, URGES FEDS TO EXPEDITE & APPROVE ADDITIONAL FUNDS FOR VILLAGE TO MAKE FIRE DEPT. CONSTRUCTION A REALITY

Schumer Says FEMA Approved $2.3 Million for Repairs to the Wellsburg Fire Dept. in 2014, But Funds Came Up Short & Project Would Now Cost Nearly $3 Million After Schumer's Initial Push, FEMA Agreed to Fund Replacement of Wellsburg Fire Dept., But More is Needed According to Local Leaders; Years After Tropical Strom Lee Flooded Fire Station, Community Still Does Not Have Workable Facility, Putting Community At Risk Schumer: Feds Should Help Deliver Every Last Penny Needed to Rebuild Wellsb… Continue Reading


04.28.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND: ROCHESTER IS IN SHORT SUPPLY OF PRIMARY CARE DOCTORS; SENATORS LAUNCH PUSH TO SECURE VITAL FEDERAL DESIGNATION THAT WILL HELP ROCHESTER ATTRACT MORE DOCS AND INCREASE QUALITY OF HEALTH CARE

Rochester Has One of Nation's Highest Poverty Rates, Leaving Far Too Many Without Access to Care They Need - However, Currently, Only Sections of the City are Incorporated Into the "Health Professional Shortage Area," Meaning The City is Missing Out on Key Funding to Attract Docs Schumer, Gillibrand Say Bringing Entire City into HPSA Would Allow it to Better Train & Attract Health Care Professionals to Rochester - HPSA Designation Would Allow City to Receive Federal Benefits For Training … Continue Reading


04.28.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, JEFFRIES ANNOUNCE OVER $3 MILLION IN FEDERAL SANDY FUNDING FOR REPAIRS TO CONEY ISLAND’S STEEPLECHASE PIER

Iconic Steeplechase Pier Sustained Significant Damage as a Result of Superstorm Sandy; New York City Dept. of Parks & Recreation Made Much-Needed Repairs Schumer, Gillibrand, Jeffries Announce $3.4 Million in FEMA Funding for Sandy-Related Repairs to Pier; Work Included New Light Poles, Benches, Shade Structures & Removal of Wood Decking U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries today announced over $3.4 million in federal funding for Sand… Continue Reading


04.28.15

SCHUMER PUSHES TO CREATE FRENCH-LANGUAGE TRAINING PROGRAM FOR NORTHERN BORDER CUSTOMS OFFICERS – LACK OF FRENCH PROFICIENCY AMONG OFFICERS SLOWS DOWN CROSSINGS; TRAINING WOULD SPEED UP INSPECTIONS & MAKE BORDER CROSSING MORE EFFICIENT

North Country Businesses & Residents Say Back-ups & Delays at Border are Often a Result of Language Barriers; Lack of French-Language-Proficient Border Officers Slowing Down Inspection Times, Creating Frustrating Delays at the U.S.-Quebec Border Schumer Says Lengthy & Arduous Border Crossing Process Hurts Tourism & Local Businesses; U.S. Customs and Border Protection Now Supports Local Efforts To Create French Training Programs for Officers- Schumer Says Southwest Border Officer… Continue Reading


04.27.15

SCHUMER: COURT ORDERS CELL PHONE COMPANIES TO REFUND CUSTOMERS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR UNFAIR BILLING CHARGES BUT MONEY WILL REMAIN UNCLAIMED UNLESS CONSUMERS APPLY BY THIS FRIDAY, MAY 1st; SCHUMER LAYS OUT SIMPLE PROCESS BY WHICH TENS OF THOUSANDS OF NY CONSUMERS CAN RECEIVE HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS EACH IF THEY SIMPLY APPLY

All Major Wireless Carriers Have Been Investigated For Unfairly Billing Cell Phone Customers With Third Party Charges; Practice Called 'Cramming' Was Responsible For Unauthorized Ringtone, App & Game Fees Totaling Millions of Dollars Now That Sneaky Practice Has Been Stopped, Major Carriers Are Settling With Feds One-By-One & Will Reimburse Customers For Bad Billing; But Consumers Still In Dark On How To Apply & Fast-Approaching Refund Deadlines Could Leave Them With Nothing-Schume… Continue Reading


04.27.15

SCHUMER: ‘SWATTING’ ATTACKS ON DRAMATIC RISE ACROSS LONG ISLAND—OVER 50 INCIDENTS HAVE OCCURRED IN PAST YEAR—COSTING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS, TERRIFYING INNOCENT VICTIMS & EVEN ENDANGERING LIVES; SCHUMER INTRODUCES NEW BILL TO CRACK DOWN ON SWATTING & DETER ALARMING NEW CRIME TREND THREATENING LOCAL RESIDENTS, LAW ENFORCEMENT

Deliberately False Alerts On Long Island Are Spurring Costly & Unnecessary Deployment Of Armed SWAT Teams, Bomb Squads, & Other Police Units, Causing The Evacuation Of Buildings, Closure of Streets, Businesses; Putting Communities At Risk Schumer Introduces Legislation To Increase Penalties For Swatting Perpetrators From a Max of 5 Years In Prison To 8 Years, Make Criminals Pay Restitution to Police -Also Pushes to Closes Loophole to Make it Illegal for Perpetrators to Evade Law Enforc… Continue Reading


04.27.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, LOWEY: WITH THE 100thANNIVERSARY OF THE CITY OF WHITE PLAINS ON THE HORIZON, U.S. NAVY SHOULD NAME A SHIP IN CITY’S HONOR

A Number of Area Residents' Ancestors & Family Members Proudly Fought in the Revolutionary War's Battle of White Plains in 1776; As a Result, the Navy Previously Named Two Ships "White Plains," But Both Have Been Decommissioned 2016 Will Mark the 100th Anniversary of White Plains’ Incorporation as a City & the 240thAnniversary of the Battle of White Plains - Schumer, Gillibrand & Lowey Call on Navy to Name New Ship After White Plains  Schumer, Gillibrand, Lowey: Ship Na… Continue Reading


04.27.15

SCHUMER: E-CIGARETTE MANUFACTURERS TARGETING TEENS WITH GLITZY ADS & CANDY FLAVORS LIKE ‘CHERRY CRUSH’ & ‘GUMMY BEAR’— NEW CDC REPORT SHOWS E-CIG PUFFING HAS TRIPLED AMONG HIGH SCHOOLERS; SCHUMER DEMANDS FDA BAN FUN FLAVORS & REGULATE MARKETING TACTICS AIMED AT KIDS

E-Cig Use Dramatically Increasing Among High-Schoolers & Even Middle-Schoolers; While Not As Harmful As Cigarettes, E-Cigs Do Contain Dangerous & Addictive Nicotine, Which Surgeon General Has Said Can Be Harmful to Adolescent Brain Development; FDA Plan To Regulate E-Cig Advertising On Kids Has Languished For Over A Year With Nearly 2.5 Million Kids Now Puffing, Schumer Wants Same Marketing Regs On E-Cigs That Already Exist for Traditional Cigs; Says FDA Should Also Consider Studying E… Continue Reading


04.24.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $177K IN FED FUNDS FOR TWO WESTERN NEW YORK FIRE DEPARTMENTS

City of Jamestown & City of Lockport Fire Depts. Will Use Funding to Replace Critical, Life-Saving Equipment to Keep Firefighters Safe U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a total of $177,430 in federal funding for two Western New York fire departments. Specifically, the City of Jamestown Fire Department in Chautauqua County will receive $48,637 and the City of Lockport Fire Department in Niagara County will receive $128,793. This funding was allocated … Continue Reading


04.24.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $290,000 FOR BINGHAMTON FIRE DEPARTMENT

Federal Funding For Binghamton Fire Department Will Be Used to Replace Outdated Equipment U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $292,671 in federal funding for the City of Binghamton Fire Department to purchase new protective equipment to respond to emergencies more effectively. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) Grant Program. The Binghamton Fire Department will use t… Continue Reading


04.24.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $100,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR BLACK RIVER AMBULANCE SQUAD, INC. IN JEFFERSON COUNTY

Federal Funding For Black River Ambulance Inc. Will Be Used to Replace Outdated Equipment U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $105,443 for the Black River Ambulance Squad Inc. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The federal grant funds will be used by the Black River Ambulance to replace outdated stretchers with three medical Power Lifting Stretchers. "It is critical that we pr… Continue Reading


04.24.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $470,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE YONKERS FIRE DEPARTMENT AND VALHALLA VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE CORPS

Federal Funding For Yonkers And Valhalla Will Be Used to Train First Responders And Purchase New Equipment U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $449,091 in federal funding for the Yonkers Fire Department and $29,080 in federal funding for the Valhalla Volunteer Ambulance Corps to train first responders and purchase new equipment. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) Gran… Continue Reading


04.24.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $430,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ITHACA AND TRUMANSBURG FIRE DEPARTMENTS

Federal Funding For Ithaca and Trumansburg Fire Departments Will Be Used to Replace Outdated Equipment U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $413,637 in federal funding for the Ithaca Fire Department and $21,265 in federal funding for the Ithaca Fire Department. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). "It is critical that we provide local fire departments, like the Ithaca and Ithaca … Continue Reading


04.24.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $21K IN FED FUNDS FOR SCHUYLER AMBULANCE, INC. IN ONEIDA COUNTY

Schuyler Ambulance, Inc. in Utica Will Use Funding To Purchase New Turnout Gear to Protect Firefighters   U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $21,486 in federal funding for Schuyler Ambulance, Inc., located in Utica in Oneida County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program's (AFG) Fire Prevention & Safety Program (FP&S) and will be used to purchase new turnout gear. Tu… Continue Reading


04.24.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $460K FOR IN FED FUNDS FOR TWO ROCHESTER FIRE DEPARTMENTS

City of Rochester & Town of Gates Fire Depts. Will Use Funding to Provide Rescue Training & Purchase Life-Saving Equipment in Order to Keep Firefighters Safe U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a total of $461,938 in federal funding for two Rochester area fire departments. Specifically, the City of Rochester will receive $115,249 in federal funding and the Town of Gates Fire District will receive $346,689. These federal funds were allocated through t… Continue Reading


04.23.15

SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO REVERSE COURSE ON TRANSIT PROPOSAL THAT COULD PUT HUNDREDS OF LOCAL JOBS AT RISK & CRIPPLE NORTH COUNTRY BUS AND TRAIN MANUFACTURERS

Proposed Federal Local Hiring Pilot Program and Rule Would Allow Transit Agencies Across The Country Receiving Fed Funds to Require All Buses and Trains Be Produced Locally, Meaning All Manufacturers & Workers Must Be Located in That Specific City to Bid on a Contract - Schumer Says This Rule Could Have Disastrous, Unintended Consequences For Jobs in the North Country Under New Rule, Rural-Based Companies Like Bombardier & Nova Bus and & Prevost in Plattsburgh - Which Produce Bus… Continue Reading


04.23.15

SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO REVERSE COURSE ON TRANSIT PROPOSAL THAT COULD PUT HUNDREDS OF LOCAL JOBS AT RISK & CRIPPLE SOUTHERN TIER BUS AND TRAIN MANUFACTURERS

Proposed Federal Local Hiring Pilot Program and Rule Would Allow Transit Agencies Across The Country Receiving Fed Funds to Require All Buses and Trains Be Produced Locally, Meaning All Manufacturers & Workers Must Be Located in That Specific City to Bid on a Contract - Schumer Says This Rule Could Have Disastrous, Unintended Consequences For Jobs in the Southern Tier Under New Rule, Rural-Based Companies Like Alstom & CAF USA in the Southern Tier - Which Produce Buses and Trains fo… Continue Reading


04.23.15

SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO REVERSE COURSE ON TRANSIT PROPOSAL THAT COULD PUT HUNDREDS OF LOCAL JOBS AT RISK & CRIPPLE ROCHESTER FINGER LAKES AREA BUS AND TRAIN MANUFACTURERS

Proposed Federal Local Hiring Pilot Program and Rule Would Allow Transit Agencies Across The Country Receiving Fed Funds to Require All Buses and Trains Be Produced Locally, Meaning All Manufacturers & Workers Must Be Located in That Specific City to Bid on a Contract - Schumer Says This Rule Could Have Disastrous, Unintended Consequences For Jobs in Rochester Finger Lakes Area Under New Rule, Companies Like Alstom in Rochester And Coach & Equipment in Penn Yan - Which Produce Buses an… Continue Reading


04.22.15

SCHUMER: WITH TURBULENT MILK PRICES, UPSTATE DAIRY FARMERS ARE GETTING SQUEEZED ON ALL SIDES, INCLUDING LARGE, LUMP-SUM MILK INSURANCE PAYMENTS – SCHUMER URGES USDA TO IMPLEMENT NEW PROGRAM TO EASE THE BURDEN OF CASH-STRAPPED DAIRY FARMS

Upstate NY Dairy Farmers Are Saddled With Lump-Sum Insurance Payments Through Turbulent Milk Prices -Schumer Pushes USDA To Create New Payment Program Where Coops and Farmers Could Work Together to Spread Out Milk Insurance Payments Through Deduction System NY Dairy Farmers & Upstate NY Co-Ops, Which Buy & Market Milk, Have Expressed Need to Spread Out Payments Through New Kind of Payment Program; Co-Ops or Private Companies Would Pay Costs Up Front For Farmers & Farmers Then Wou… Continue Reading


04.21.15

SCHUMER: FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, GREEK YOGURT WILL BE AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE IN SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAMS THROUGH THE USDA SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM; SENATOR ANNOUNCES, STARTING IN FALL 2015, USDA WILL OFFICIALLY EXPAND NATIONWIDE THE GREEK-YOGURT PILOT PROGRAM HE HELPED LAUNCH

Schumer Says Greek Yogurt Will Be Added To The List Of Available Items In The School Lunch Program; After The Last Successful Pilot Program, Which Schumer Helped Make a Reality Across Twelve States, Feds Concluded That There Is Nutritional Value and High Demand For Greek Yogurt Schumer Previously Urged the USDA to Expand Successful Greek Yogurt Pilot Program, With Idea Of Providing High-Nutrition Protein Option For Kids And Increase Demand For Greek Yogurt Nationwide - NY's Own Chobani & Up… Continue Reading

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