Press Releases

03.22.15

SCHUMER CALLS ON FEDS TO INVESTIGATE SAFETY OF LUMBER LIQUIDATORS’ WOOD FLOORING & RECALL PRODUCT IF DANGEROUS – RECENT REPORTS SHOW CHINESE-IMPORTED WOOD FLOORING COULD CONTAIN DANGEROUS AMOUNTS OF CARCINOGENIC FORMALDEYHYDE, POLLUTING THE AIR INSIDE NYC APARTMENTS & HOMES LIKE THOSE REBUILT POST-SANDY

A "60 Minutes" Report Revealed This Month That Lumber Liquidators Laminate Flooring Is Made In China & Likely Contains Unsafe Levels of Formaldehyde - Report Studied Wood Samples From New York, Which Did Not Meet Key Environmental Standards Schumer Highlights Serious Concerns That Lumber Liquidator Wood is Polluting Air Inside NYC Apartments - With Generally Poor Ventilation – And Homes Recently Rebuilt After Superstorm Sandy; Formaldehyde Is A Dangerous Carcinogen That Could Also… Continue Reading


03.20.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, LOWEY URGE FEMA TO EXPEDITE OVER $5 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR CRITICAL POWER GRID IMPROVEMENTS AT NORTHERN WESTCHESTER HOSPITAL; HOSPITAL LOST POWER FOR THREE DAYS DURING SUPERSTORM SANDY – UPGRADES WILL HELP HOSPITAL BETTER WITHSTAND FUTURE STORMS

Northern Westchester Hospital Serves 350,000 Residents, But is Vulnerable During Major Storms; Hospital's 45-Year Old Emergency Power System Failed During Superstorm Sandy, Cutting Off Power for 70 Hours & Leaving Doctors & Patients Scrambling - Failure During a Future Storm Could Leave Residents Without Emergency Care Schumer, Gillibrand, Lowey Push FEMA For Funding That Would Enable Hospital to Rebuild Power System With Three Separate Switches - Current System Has One, Outdated Swi… Continue Reading


03.19.15

SCHUMER: MORE THAN 63,000 NEW YORKERS HAVE YET TO CLAIM OVER $62.8 MILLION IN REFUNDS FROM THEIR 2011 FEDERAL INCOME TAX RETURNS; TIME RUNS OUT TO CLAIM THESE REFUNDS NEXT MONTH – SCHUMER ENCOURAGES NYS RESIDENTS TO CLAIM THESE UNCLAIMED FUNDS BEFORE TIME RUNS OUT

Taxpayers Who Did Not File 2011 Federal Tax Returns Are Eligible to Claim Tax Refunds If They File Their 2011 Returns By April 15 - New York Taxpayers Could Receive an Average Return of Nearly $700, But They Must Do This Before Grace Period is Up Schumer Urges New Yorkers Who Are Eligible to Put Money Back In Their Pocket By Taking Advantage of This Opportunity Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced over 63,000 New York State residents have more than $62 million in unclaimed tax… Continue Reading


03.18.15

SCHUMER: CONGRESS MUST ACT ASAP SO 275,000 NY CHILDREN DO NOT LOSE THEIR LOW-COST HEALTH INSURANCE THIS SUMMER – SCHUMER LAUNCHES EFFORT TO EXTEND FED FUNDING THAT HELPS MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES AFFORD HEALTH CARE FOR THEIR CHILDREN; PUSHES BILL THAT WOULD RE-UP CHILDREN’S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM UNTIL 2019

Children's Health Insurance Program Is A Critical Lifeline for Low- To Moderate-income Children and Pregnant Women; Program Supports Comprehensive Care - CHIP Is Critical For Families Whose Income Is Too High to Qualify For Medicaid; A Family of 4 Can Make Up To $100K & Qualify for CHIP Schumer Pushes Bill To Extend Program for Four Years, Wants Extension By End of Month; If CHIP Is Not Renewed, More Than 116,000 Upstate NY Families Could Lose Out on $414 Million in Fed Funds; Families C… Continue Reading


03.18.15

SCHUMER & 70+ SENATE COLLEAGUES CALL ON STATE DEPT. TO ADDRESS ONGOING INTIMIDATION OF MEDIA AND CENSORSHIP OF THE PRESS IN TURKEY UNDER PRESIDENT ERDOGAN’S ADMINISTRATION

Recently, Two Journalists Who Were Vocal Critics of President Erdogan's Administration & Were Arrested & Detained-Both Individuals Lead Major News Organizations; Prior To That Incident, Many Journalists Lost Their Jobs for Writing Material That Was Critical of President Erdogan and His Administration Noting Turkey's Long Tradition of Democracy and Tolerance of Civic Dissent, Schumer Urges State Department to Collaborate With Turkish Government To Address and Peacefully Resolve Issue … Continue Reading


03.18.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $21.5 MILLION IN HEAD START FUNDS FOR ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS UPSTATE NEW YORK

Funding Will Allow Organizations in Clinton, Franklin, Genesee, Monroe, Onondaga, Orleans & Westchester Counties to Provide Early Education Programs for Low-Income Children U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a total of $21,568,272 in federal funding for Head Start and Early Head Start Programs across Upstate New York. Schumer and Gillibrand said this funding would allow organizations in Clinton, Franklin, Genesee, Monroe, Onondaga, Orleans, and Westchest… Continue Reading


03.17.15

SCHUMER TO FEDS: APPROVE OVER $700K IN FUNDS MOUNT VERNON NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTH CENTER NETWORK IN WESTCHESTER DESERVES; NETWORK HAS BEEN WAITING TWO YEARS TO RECEIVE FUNDS – SENATOR URGES FEDS TO EXPEDITE RELEASE OF DESPERATELY NEEDED FUNDING TO HELP KEEP SITES IN MT. VERNON, YONKERS & GREENBURGH OPERATING AT FULL CAPACITY

Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center Network in Westchester Provides More Than 23,000 Patients Living in Poverty With Valuable Health Services, But is Currently Operating Without $700K in Medicaid Funds It Has Been Promised - Funding Has Been Awaiting Fed Approval For Over Two Years & Mt. Vernon Has Been Forced To Expend Its Own Reserves to Cover The Gap Schumer Urges Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services to Quickly Approve Mt. Vernon Neighborhood Health Center Network's Applica… Continue Reading


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

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