Press Releases

08.05.15

ON EVE OF 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF VOTING RIGHTS ACT, SCHUMER INTRODUCES NEW BILLS TO DRAMATICALLY EXPAND ACCESS TO VOTING – LEGISLATION MAKES IT EASIER TO REGISTER ONLINE, EXPANDS EARLY VOTING, AND MORE

Legislation Would Require All States to Hold Early Voting for At Least 7 Consecutive Days During 10 Days Leading Up To Federal Elections Schumer Bills Would Also Allow Voters To Register to Vote Online, Sync Voting Registration with USPS Change of Address Service, & Ensure That Last Day to Register To Vote Does Not Fall On A Weekend Schumer: Congress Must Make it Easier to Vote, Not Harder Ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today intro… Continue Reading


08.04.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $5 MILLION IN FED FUNDING FOR ORANGE COUNTY AIRPORT

Federal Funding Will Be Used For Major Runway Safety Improvements U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $5,023,500 in federal funding for Orange County Airport. This funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This federal funding will transform the Orange County Airport, located in the Village of Montgomery, by allowing it to make major safety upgrades to the main runway. The runway will… Continue Reading


08.04.15

SCHUMER URGES TOP MILITARY OFFICIAL TO PUT ADMIN HEADQUARTERS FOR NEW PHOTONICS CENTER IN HISTORIC SIBLEY BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN ROCHESTER – WITH NEARLY 1 MILLION SQUARE FEET IN PRIME SPACE, SENATOR SAYS SIBLEY BUILDING IS THE PERFECT FIT TO HOUSE PHOTONICS HEADQUARTERS

DOD, Photonics Consortium Will Soon Decide The Location Of Administrative Headquarters For New Rochester Photonics Center; Schumer Successfully Secured Critical $110 Million Fed Funding For NYS Proposal Led By UR, RIT, SUNY Poly Consortium And Others To Create State-Of-The-Art Photonics Center Administrative Center Would Be The Anchor For The New Downtown Innovation Zone Centered At Sibley; Schumer Says With New RIT Business Incubator And Upcoming High Tech Of Rochester Incubator Creating Down… Continue Reading


08.03.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $248K IN FED FUNDING FOR SYRACUSE HANCOCK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Federal Funding Will Be Used For Improvements To The Airport's Terminals & Taxiways U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $248,400 in federal funding for two critical infrastructure projects at the Syracuse Hancock International Airport. This funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This federal funding will allocate $220,500 to enable improvements to airport terminals and upgrade f… Continue Reading


08.03.15

SCHUMER (AMY) STANDS WITH SCHUMER (CHUCK) IN CALL TO ACTION FOR TIGHTER LAWS ON GUNS ON HEELS OF ANOTHER MASS SHOOTING; ACTRESS ENDORSES SENATOR’S NEW PUSH TO PRESERVE MENTAL HEALTH FUNDING NOW IN DANGER OF DRASTIC CUTS & TO STRENGTHEN GUN BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM FULL OF FATAL HOLES; COUSINS VOW NEW FIGHT IN SUPPORT OF VICTIMS & FAMILIES

Senator Schumer Unveils New Legislation As Part Of Three-Pronged Push That Rewards States That Submit Info To Background Check System & Creates Penalties For States That Do Not; Charleston Shooter Should Not Have Passed Background Check & Lafayette Shooter Should Have Been Declared Mentally Unfit To Buy A Gun Amy Schumer-Who, Like So Many Other Americans-Is Calling On Congress To Summon The Courage To Address Background Checks; Joins Her Cousin To Correct Mental Health Flaws & Cult… Continue Reading


08.03.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $590K IN FED FUNDING FOR TWO ROCHESTER-FINGER LAKES REGION AIRPORTS

Federal Funding Will Support Regional Airports' Long-Term Plans for Development and Maintenance U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand today announced $587,880 in federal funding for two Rochester- Finger Lakes region airports. This funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). These funds will provide the Dansville Municipal Airport in Livingston County with $346,500 and the Canandaigua Airport in Ontario Cou… Continue Reading


08.03.15

SCHUMER URGES MTA TO LAUNCH NEW BUS SERVICE TO REPLACE SOON-TO-BE-CANCELED LATE NIGHT TRAIN FROM SECAUCUS TO SPRING VALLEY; SENATOR SAYS IN 60 DAYS COMMUTERS COULD BE LEFT STRANDED & WILL NEED A NEW, AFFORDABLE & CONVENIENT WAY TO GET FROM NYC TO ROCKLAND COUNTY IN LATE NIGHT HOURS

A Weekday Late Night Train From NYC To Rockland County Will Be Eliminated In Less Than 60 Days, Leaving Commuters Who Depend On The Train Without Alternatives Schumer Joins Rockland Officials In Urging MTA To Begin Late Night Bus Service For Commuters Traveling To Pearl River, Nanuet And Spring Valley Schumer To MTA: Commuters Need A Way To Get Home  At the Nanuet Train Station in Rockland County, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today stood with local officials and urged the … Continue Reading


08.03.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $1.5 MILLION IN FED FUNDING FOR TWO CAPITAL REGION AIRPORTS IN ALBANY AND SARATOGA COUNTIES

Federal Funding Will Allow Capital Region Airports to Purchase Nearby Land & New Terminal Roof To Improve Runway and Passenger Safety U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,540,335 in federal funding for two Capital Region airports. This funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Specifically, Albany International Airport will receive $1,153,216 for the first phase of a two part proje… Continue Reading


08.03.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $217K IN FED FUNDING FOR 4 FIRE DEPARTMENTS IN OTSEGO COUNTY

Worcester Hose Company Will Use Federal Funds to Purchase New Radios For 4 Fire Departments Throughout Otsego County; New Devices Will Establish Better Communication With 911 Center U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $217,143 in federal funding for the Worcester Hose Company in Otsego County, a volunteer fire company with four departments located in Worcester, East Worcester, Schenevus and Westford. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency … Continue Reading


08.03.15

IN WAKE OF TRAGIC LI CRASH, SCHUMER DEMANDS FEDS RAISE STANDARDS ON LIMOS TO MAKE THEM SAFER & MORE CRASH RESISTANT; SENATOR ASKS AGENCIES TO IDENTIFY WEAKNESSES & PROPOSE NEW SAFETY STANDARDS; SHOCKINGLY, PARTY LIMOS LACK THE SAME PROTECTIONS & STANDARDS REQUIRED OF OTHER VEHICLES

Recent & Tragic LI Crash That Killed Four Beautiful LI Friends, Along With Other Limo Tragedies Across U.S., Demands Feds Immediately Drive Forward With Limo Safety Plan That Includes Structural Safety Upgrades Schumer Pushes Federal Regulators to Address Structural Flaws that Leave Passengers at Risk; Passengers Don't Even Realize They're Riding Without The Best Protections Schumer: Stretch Limos Must Not Get A Free Pass When It Comes To Basic Safety Requirements; Tragedies Demand Change … Continue Reading


07.30.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $19,000 IN FED FUNDING FOR OXBOW VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT IN JEFFERSON COUNTY

Oxbow Volunteer Fire Department Will Use Funds To Purchase New Equipment U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $19,324 in federal funding for Oxbow Volunteer Fire Department in Jefferson County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The Oxbow Volunteer Fire Department in Jefferson County will use this federal investment to purchase five new self-contained breathing appa… Continue Reading


07.30.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $148K IN FED FUNDS FOR THREE WESTERN NY FIRE DEPARTMENTS IN CHAUTAUQUA AND CATTARAUGUS COUNTIES

Federal Funding Will Be Used to Purchase New Equipment for Frewsburg, Jamestown & Hinsdale Fire Departments U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $148,819 in federal funding for three fire departments in Western NY. This federal funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, $24,762 in federal funding will be awarded to the Frewsburg Fire Department in Chautauqua County to… Continue Reading


07.30.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $47,000 IN FED FUNDING FOR KEENE VALLEY HOSE AND LADDER COMPANY NO. 1 IN ESSEX COUNTY

Keene Valley Hose and Ladder Company No. 1 Will Use Funds To Purchase New Equipment U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $47,132 in federal funding for Keene Valley Hose and Ladder Company No. 1 in Essex County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The Keene Valley Hose and Ladder Company No. 1 in Essex County will use this federal investment to purchase one Monitor/Defibr… Continue Reading


07.30.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $39K IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR PAVILION FIRE DISTRICT IN GENESEE COUNTY

Federal Funding For Pavilion Fire District Will Be Used to Purchase New Protective Gear & Safety Equipment For Firefighters U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $39,200 in federal funding for the Pavilion Fire District in Genesee County. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. This federal funding will allow the Pavilion Fire District to purchase new protective gear an… Continue Reading


07.30.15

SCHUMER: ROCHESTER’S NEW PHOTONICS HUB COULD FACE SIGNIFICANT OBSTACLES SELLING PRODUCTS OVERSEAS; NEW FEDERAL RULE COULD JEOPARDIZE GROWTH OF PHOTONICS INDUSTRY IN ROCHESTER – SENATOR URGES FEDS TO IMMEDIATELY SCRAP PLAN THAT COULD DIRECTLY IMPEDE ROCHESTER PHOTONICS COMPANIES FROM SELLING HI-TECH PRODUCTS FOR NON-MILITARY USES

New Proposed Fed Rule Would Put Optics & Photonics Products On Restrictive Export Control List & Could Block Access To Foreign Markets; List is Meant To Protect Sensitive Military Technology But Optics, Lasers, Other Component Now Made In Rochester Would Be Threatened If Restrictive Rule Prohibits Rochester Companies From Exporting Components In Non-Military Commercial Products Overly Restrictive Rule Comes On The Heels Of Major Announcement That Rochester Will House New Photonics Resea… Continue Reading


07.30.15

SCHUMER TEAMS UP WITH BUFFALO SABRES TO LAUNCH PUSH TO BRING 2018 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP COMPETITION TO BUFFALO – MOVE WOULD ENERGIZE WESTERN NY ECONOMY BY BRINGING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF VISITORS & TOURISM REVENUE TO THE REGION FOR THE WORLD-CLASS ICE HOCKEY EVENT

Schumer Urges USA Hockey Executive Director to Choose Buffalo - Event Would Attract Top National Ice Hockey Teams From Around the World And Infuse An Estimated $6 Million Into WNY Economy Buffalo Is On USA Hockey's Shortlist Of Cities To Host 2018 Competition - Schumer Cited Buffalo's Previous Success In Hosting The Event In 2011, Which Brought 300,000 Visitors To The Area & Millions To Buffalo In Tourism Revenue; Touts Amenities Like The New HARBORCENTER, First Niagara Arena, Which Has Sta… Continue Reading


07.30.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $25K IN FED FUNDS FOR LEWISTON VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY IN NIAGARA COUNTY

Federal Funding For Lewiston Volunteer Fire Company Will Be Used To Recruit New Firefighters U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $25,036 in federal funding for the Lewiston Volunteer Fire Company in Niagara County. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. The federal funding will allow the Lewiston Volunteer Fire Company to purchase advertising material… Continue Reading


07.30.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $1 MILLION IN FED FUNDING FOR CITY OF POUGHKEEPSIE FIRE DEPARTMENT IN DUTCHESS COUNTY

Federal Funding For Poughkeepsie Fire Department Will Be Used To Hire Seven New Firefighters U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $959,455 in federal funding for the City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department in Dutchess County. The City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department will invest the funds to expand its emergency personnel by hiring seven new firefighters. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Staffing… Continue Reading


07.29.15

SCHUMER: UPSTATE POWER GRIDS, BANK DATABASES & TELECOMMUNICATION NETWORK SYSTEMS ARE BEING PUT AT UNNECESSARY RISK; NEW FED PLAN WILL LIMIT USE OF KEY SECURITY SOFTWARE; 9 IN 10 CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROVIDERS WERE ATTACKED LAST YEAR; SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO SCRAP PLAN THAT WOULD CURTAIL ABILITY TO PROTECT NY’S CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE FROM HACKERS

Schumer Says New Fed Rule Inhibits Upstate NY's Electrical Power Grid Companies, Banks, &Telecommunication Companies From Testing Their Security Network Vulnerabilities, Meant To Help Prevent Dangerous Cyberattacks For Example, Fed Rules Will Stymie Power Grid Companies' Ability to Know If They Are Actually Secure Or Critically Vulnerable; Between 2013-2014, Power And Utility Companies Saw A 500% Increase in Attacks Schumer To Feds: If You Install A Lock On Your Door, You Must Be Able To C… Continue Reading


07.29.15

SCHUMER ASKS FBI TO OPEN FULL INVESTIGATION INTO HOW LAFAYETTE SHOOTER WAS ABLE TO GET HIS GUN, SAYING IT IS THE ONLY WAY TO GET TO BOTTOM OF TRAGIC SHOOTING; POTENTIAL FLAWS IN BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM REQUIRES FED OVERSIGHT AND MORE INFO COULD EXPOSE FLAWS, PREVENT THE NEXT TRAGIC SHOOTING

Senator Says The FBI Has The Resources To Determine Criminal Background Check Database Flaws That Allow Dangerous People To Get A Green Light To Buy Guns Just Yesterday, On Capitol Hill, Schumer Stood With Gun Violence Survivors From Charleston, Aurora, Isla Vista & Georgia To Demand A Vote From Congress On Life-Saving Background Check Legislation - That Keeps Guns Out Of Dangerous Hands By Requiring A Completed Criminal Background Check On All Handgun Sales  Schumer: The FBI Must St… Continue Reading

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