Press Releases

01.16.15

SCHUMER PUSHES FEMA TO FULLY FUND CRITICAL REPAIRS TO KINGSTON’S SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT FLOODED BY HURRICANE SANDY – FEDS APPROVED INITIAL COST ESTIMATE FOR REPAIRS, BUT RECENT DISCOVERY OF ADDITIONAL DAMAGE HAS MORE THAN TRIPLED PRICE TAG; SCHUMER URGES FEMA TO RE-CONSIDER KINGSTON’S APPLICATION & COVER ENTIRE $6M IN COSTS

Schumer Urges FEMA Administrator to Cover Maximum Possible Amount; City Has Agreed To Cover Some Costs, but With Price Tag Now at $6M, Kingston Needs Fed Help - With Fed Funds, Kingston Will Replace Parts of the Electrical System & Raise Equipment to Avoid Future Damage from Rondout Creek Flooding; FEMA OK Would Get Project Underway Schumer to FEMA: Cost of Repairs to Kingston Sewage Treatment Plant Should Be Approved ASAP Today, at the Kingston Sewage Treatment Plant, U.S. Senator C… Continue Reading


01.16.15

SCHUMER CALLS FOR PLANNED EXPANSION OF ROUTE 17 TO BE EXTENDED ALL THE WAY TO MONTICELLO – WITH MAJOR INCREASE IN TRAFFIC EXPECTED DUE TO NEW CASINO, STOPPING RT. 17 EXPANSION IN WALLKILL DOES NOT MAKE SENSE; PLEDGES TO MAKE PASSING MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE BILL A TOP PRIORITY

Expanding Rt. 17 Has Been A Major Schumer Priority for Years; Extending Rt. 17 Expansion Into Sullivan County Will Require Mix of Fed Infrastructure Funds, As Well As Funds From NYSDOT & Developer - Schumer Pushes For Enhanced Fed Infrastructure Bill To Help Cover Costs; Says Expansion of Rt. 17 is Prime Example of National Infrastructure Needs Schumer: Expanding Rt. 17 Into Sullivan County Key To Avoiding Traffic in Orange County & Maximizing Full Potential of All The Region's Econo… Continue Reading


01.16.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $3.8 MILLION FOR MTA TUNNEL AND BRIDGE EMERGENCY REPAIRS

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will receive more than $3.8 million in federal funding for repairs to tunnels and bridges damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The reimbursement will cover the costs of work done to restore and protect the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, Queens Midtown Tunnel, Bronx/Whitestone Bridge, Cross Bay Bridge, Henry Hudson Bridge, Marine Parkway Bridge, Throgs/Neck Bridge, Tri-Borough/RFK Bridge… Continue Reading


01.16.15

SCHUMER REVEALS: TWO RECENT INSTANCES OF DRONES ENCROACHING INTO WESTCHESTER COUNTY AIRPORT AIRSPACE SHOW DRONE USE HAS BEGUN TO PUT LOCAL PASSENGER FLIGHTS AT RISK – SENATOR TO CALL ON FEDS TO GET NEW DRONE REGULATIONS OUT THE DOOR ASAP TO KEEP AIR TRAVELERS SAFE, GIVE DRONE USERS PROPER GUIDELINES

Schumer To Say that the FAA & The Office of Management & Budget Must Expedite the Release of New Drone Regulations That Would Draw Clear Lines for Legal & Illegal Drone Usage - The FAA Has Been Developing Drone Privacy & Usage Guidelines for Years; FAA Rule Has Made Some Progress & Is Now Sitting at Office of Management & Budget for Review Schumer: FAA Drone Rules To Protect Westchester Fliers' Physical Safety & Give Legitimate Drone Users Clear Guidelines Have Be… Continue Reading


01.16.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $1.2 MILLION IN FEDERAL SANDY AID FOR TOWN OF NORTH HEMPSTEAD’S MANORHAVEN BEACH PARK

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1 Million in FEMA Funding for Permanent Repairs to Manorhaven Beach Park as a Result of Superstorm Sandy U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced over $1.2 million in federal funding for the Town of North Hempstead to make permanent repairs at Manorhaven Beach Park, following Superstorm Sandy. The Public Assistance award is being provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under authority of Section 406 of th… Continue Reading


01.15.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND RENEW CALL FOR 2015 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TO BE HELD ON GRASS, NOT ARTIFICIAL TURF; URGE FIFA TO REACH AGREEMENT WITH PLAYERS IN ADVANCE OF 2015 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP

Schumer, Gillibrand: FIFA Should Level the Playing Field for Women's World Cup U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand with six other U.S. Senators today renewed their call for organizers of the 2015 International Association of Federation Football (FIFA) Women's World Cup, to work with players to reach an agreement on the playing surface. The Senators sent a letter to FIFA President Sepp Blatter, following a meeting between players and FIFA officials in Zurich earlier this wee… Continue Reading


01.15.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $1.5 MILLION IN USDA FUNDING FOR GREATER ADIRONDACK CONSERVATION PROJECTS

U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1.5 million in federal funding for Greater Adirondacks agricultural conservation projects. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) and will be used to improve water quality, soil health, and resolve habitat issues in and around the Upper Hudson River, St. Lawrence River, Black River and Lake Champlain Watershed. The award is part of four grant… Continue Reading


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

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