Press Releases

11.13.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $1M IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD’S INFRASTRUCTURE REPAIRS FOLLOWING SUPERSTORM SANDY

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1M in FEMA Funding to Reimburse Town of Hempstead for Street Lighting Equipment, Including Poles, Lamps, Wiring & More U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Town of Hempstead will receive over $1 million in federal funding for the repair and replacement of street lights and underground electrical wiring throughout the Town that were damaged as a result of Superstorm Sandy. The reimbursement is being provided by … Continue Reading


11.13.14

SCHUMER: NEW FED PLAN TO TEST POTENTIALLY FAULTY, DANGEROUS HIGHWAY GUARDRAILS IS INSUFFICIENT; USES OLD & OUTDATED SAFETY STANDARDS – SCHUMER PUSHES FED HIGHWAY ADMIN. TO TEST GUARDRAILS USING NEW, MORE STRINGENT METHOD

After Significant Pressure from Schumer & Others, Feds & Guardrail Manufacturer Agreed to A Plan To Re-Evaluate Product & Identify Potential Safety Issues - This Plan, However, Would Employ Old Standards to Measure Effectiveness & Safety of Guardrail Component Even Though New, More Robust Safety Standards Were Developed for Guardrails in 2009 and Implemented in 2011; Schumer Urges Feds to Test Product With New Standards Schumer: Driver Safety Shouldn't Be Stuck in 2005 When Driv… Continue Reading


11.13.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES MICHAEL GRECO NOMINATED TO BE THE NEXT U.S. MARSHAL FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK — GRECO IS A BRONX NATIVE & OF PUERTO RICAN HERITAGE; WOULD BE FIRST LATINO TO HOLD PRESTIGIOUS & VITAL POST IN SDNY

Greco, a First Responder on 9/11, Currently Serves as Lieutenant of the NYS Police & Has 32 Years of Law Enforcement U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced, upon his recommendation, Michael Greco has been nominated by President Obama to be the next United States Marshal for the Southern District of New York. Schumer, who is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that has jurisdiction of U.S. Marshal confirmations, had previously recommended Greco to President Obama. Schumer t… Continue Reading


11.12.14

SCHUMER: DESTRUCTIVE HEMLOCK WOOLLY ADELGID HAS SPREAD FURTHER ACROSS UPSTATE NY THIS YEAR, THREATENING TIMBER INDUSTRY & ECOSYSTSEM; TREE-KILLING PEST NOW IN 25 COUNTIES, INCLUDING MANY IN THE S. TIER & FINGER LAKES FOR FIRST TIME – SENATOR CALLS ON FEDS TO PROVIDE RESOURCES TO HELP STEM THE SPREAD OF THIS INVASIVE SPECIES

Schumer Calls on U.S. Forest Service to Prioiritize Funding to Better Control Spread of the Pest - Schumer Says Communities & Residents Need Resources & Best Practices To Help Slow Progress of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Pest Is Currently in 25 Counties Across NYS - Has Been Found In Following Counties In Past: Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Sullivan, Orange, Ulster, Dutchess, Columbia, Greene, Albany, Schoharie, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Delaware, Otsego, Broome, Tioga, Chemung, Steuben, Sch… Continue Reading


11.11.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES PUSH TO RESCIND FEDERAL FUNDING FOR DISASTROUS HUDSON VALLEY CAPACITY ZONE THAT UNFAIRLY HIKES RATES ON LOCAL RESIDENTS – SCHUMER INTRODUCES SENATE BILL ON WEDNESDAY THAT WILL PREVENT FERC FROM USING FED FUNDS FOR IMPLEMENTATION

Schumer's Senate Bill Would Make It More Difficult for FERC to Implement Capacity Zone, Preventing Them From Using Federal Funding On Any Effort That Hikes Rates - Schumer Bill Takes Bi-Partisan Effort By Reps. Maloney & Gibson In House, Brings It To Senate Floor; Schumer Will Push For Passage By The End Of This Year Schumer: If FERC Will Not Listen To The Residents of Hudson Valley, Legislation Will Help Tie Their Hands Today, at Festival Square Park adjacent to Middletown City Hall, U.… Continue Reading


11.11.14

SCHUMER LEADS RALLY TO REINSTATE EXPIRED “MASS TRANSIT TAX BENEFIT” THAT SAVES METRO-NORTH COMMUTERS OVER $1K PER YEAR — SENATOR JOINS WITH LOCAL COMMUTERS & ADVOCATES TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT PASSAGE OF IMPORTANT BENEFIT DURING LAME DUCK MUST BE A PRIORITY

Schumer Said Commuter Benefit Would Go Into Effect For 2015 & Cover 2014 Costs Retroactively - Benefit Needs To Be Passed By Jan 1st, Otherwise Local Residents Could Be Stuck With Lower Savings For Entire Year Schumer: Commuters Who Take Metro-North To Work Should Get Same Benefit As Those Who Drive Today, at the White Plains Train Station, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer brought together local commuters and transportation advocates for a rally to urge Congress to reinstate the expired "… Continue Reading


11.11.14

SCHUMER LEADS PUSH TO REINSTATE EXPIRED “MASS TRANSIT TAX BENEFIT” THAT SAVES LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD COMMUTERS OVER $1,300 PER YEAR — SENATOR JOINS WITH LOCAL COMMUTERS & ADVOCATES, SAYS PASSAGE OF IMPORTANT BENEFIT DURING LAME DUCK MUST BE A PRIORITY

Schumer Said Commuter Benefit Would Go Into Effect For 2015 & In Some Cases Cover 2014 Costs Retroactively - Benefit Needs To Be Passed By Jan 1st, Otherwise Local Residents Could Be Stuck With Lower Savings For Entire Year Schumer: More Than 300,000 Riders Per Day Who Take LIRR To Work Should Get Same Benefit As Those Who Drive Today, at the Mineola LIRR Station, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer brought together local commuters and transportation advocates to rally for Congress to reinst… Continue Reading


11.11.14

SCHUMER: NYC SERVICE MEMBERS DO NOT GET SUFFICIENT SCREENING & HELP TO CUT DOWN ON ALARMING MILITARY SUICIDE RATE – SCHUMER PUSHES BILL TO CREATE ANNUAL MENTAL HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR SERVICE MEMBERS TO BETTER IDENTIFY THOSE WHO ARE AT RISK

Schumer Pushes To Help Over 216K New York City Veterans Get The Care & Help They Need and Deserve - Says The Statistics Are Alarming: Over 1,500 NYS Veterans Have Committed Suicide In The Last Ten Years & Almost 500 Service Members Commit Suicide Each Year; Suicide Rate Among National Guard & Reserves Is Growing Schumer: We Must Do All We Can To Prevent Service Members & Families From The Pain of Suicide Today, at the annual New York City Veterans Day Parade, U.S. Senator Cha… Continue Reading


11.10.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, MAFFEI ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $4 MILLION IN USDA FUNDING FOR CENTRAL NEW YORK

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Dan Maffei today announced $4,091,000 in federal funding for Central New York. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. The Village of Tully will receive a $3,131,000 loan to replace an outdated well house, replace an old water tank and to replace a small waterline. The Town of Brutus will receive a $430,000 grant and a $530,000 loan to he… Continue Reading


11.10.14

SCHUMER: NEW RESEARCH SHOWS THAT OVER 17,000 CHILDREN HAVE EATEN COLORFUL, EXTRA-TOXIC DETERGENT PODS IN LAST TWO YEARS, INCLUDING 400 IN UPSTATE NEW YORK – A MAJOR INCREASE FROM 2012 – CALLS ON FED CONSUMER SAFETY EXPERTS & TOP DETERGENT COMPANIES TO EXPEDITE STANDARDS & PLACE CHILD-SAFE CAPS ON CONTAINERS

In Light of New Research Showing Over 700 U.S. Hospitalizations & 17,000 Poison Control Calls Involving Children Under 6 Years Old-Including 400 Children in Upstate NY- Schumer Says That Feds Should Expedite Work With Detergent Companies to Create Protections So that It's More Difficult to Open Containers of Concentrated Detergent Pods Doctors, Consumer Advocates, and Medical Journals Have Been Sounding Alarm About Pods - Hundreds Have Been Reported In Upstate New York Today, U.S. Senato… Continue Reading


11.10.14

SCHUMER: CAPITAL REGION SERVICE MEMBERS DO NOT GET SUFFICIENT SCREENING & HELP TO CUT DOWN ON ALARMING MILITARY SUICIDE RATE – SCHUMER PUSHES BILL TO CREATE ANNUAL MENTAL HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR SERVICE MEMBERS TO BETTER IDENTIFY THOSE WHO ARE AT RISK

Schumer Pushes To Help Capital Region Service Members, Including Approximately 2,400 in National Guard, Get The Care & Help They Need and Deserve - Says The Statistics Are Alarming: Over 1,500 NYS Veterans Have Committed Suicide In The Last Ten Years & Almost 500 Service Members Commit Suicide Each Year; Suicide Rate Among National Guard & Reserves Is Growing Schumer: We Must Do All We Can To Prevent Service Members & Families From The Pain of Suicide Today, at the Sheehy Pal… Continue Reading


11.10.14

SCHUMER: NEW RESEARCH SHOWS THAT OVER 17,000 CHILDREN HAVE EATEN COLORFUL, EXTRA-TOXIC DETERGENT PODS IN LAST TWO YEARS – UP FROM 3,000 IN 2012; CALLS ON FED CONSUMER SAFETY EXPERTS & TOP DETERGENT COMPANIES TO EXPEDITE STANDARDS & PLACE CHILD-SAFE CAPS ON CONTAINERS

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 In Light of New Research Showing Over 700 U.S. Hospitalizations & 17,000 Poison Control Calls Involving Children Under 6 Years Old, Schumer Says That Feds Should Expedite Work With Detergent Companies to Create Protections So that It's More Difficult to Open Containers of Concentrated Detergent Pods U.S. Senator Charles E. Sc… Continue Reading


11.10.14

In advance of Veterans Day… SCHUMER: SYRACUSE SERVICE MEMBERS DO NOT GET SUFFICIENT SCREENING & HELP TO CUT DOWN ON ALARMING MILITARY SUICIDE RATE – SCHUMER PUSHES BILL TO CREATE ANNUAL MENTAL HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR SERVICE MEMBERS TO BETTER IDENTIFY THOSE WHO ARE AT RISK

Schumer Pushes To Help Syracuse Service Members, Including Approximately 2,000 in National Guard, Get The Care & Help They Need and Deserve - Says The Statistics Are Alarming: Over 1,500 NYS Veterans Have Committed Suicide In The Last Ten Years & Almost 500 Service Members Commit Suicide Each Year; Suicide Rate Among National Guard & Reserves Is Growing Schumer: We Must Do All We Can To Prevent Service Members & Families From The Pain of Suicide Today, at Syracuse City Hall, … Continue Reading


11.10.14

SCHUMER: ASTOUNDINGLY, THERE IS NO FEDERAL INSPECTION & TESTING PROCESS FOR MOST AUTO PARTS, LIKE TAKATA AIRBAGS, RESULTING IN MASSIVE RECALLS & EVEN FATALITIES – SENATOR CALLS FOR TOP TO BOTTOM REVIEW BY DOT INSPECTOR GENERAL AND DEMANDS TIGHTENING OF TESTING

Senator Calls on DOT Inspector General To Complete Top to Bottom Review of Auto Safety Screening Procedures and Protocols-- Schumer Demands Recommendations to Improve Auto Safety Testing To Crack Down on Defects - Pledges To Introduce Legislation to Toughen Testing and Oversight if Necessary Schumer: Rather Than Relying on Recall Notices, Which Can Come too Late, We Need To Toughen Testing and Oversight to Ensure Defective Parts Aren't Mass- Produced In the First Place In response to a massi… Continue Reading


11.07.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, AFTER HIS PUSH, NLRB TO KEEP CRITICAL LABOR RELATIONS REGIONAL OFFICE BASED IN BUFFALO – SENATOR PUSHED TO ENSURE UPSTATE NY WORKERS & BUSINESSES WOULD NOT LOSE IMPORTANT ACCESS TO CENTRALLY- LOCATED WNY REGIONAL OFFICE

Buffalo Regional Office Covers All of Upstate NY & Moving Services to Pittsburgh Would Have Led to Case Load Backups, Delays In Investigations, Union Elections & Rulings; Schumer Said Move to Pittsburgh Would Have Severely Inconvenienced Labor & Business in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, S. Tier Schumer: NLRB Regional Office Will Now Remain in Buffalo Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that, after his push, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has abandoned plans … Continue Reading


11.07.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND CALL ON FIFA TO HOLD 2015 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ON GRASS, NOT ARTIFICIAL TURF, JUST LIKE MEN’S WORLD CUP – SENATORS URGE FIFA TO WORK WITH WORLD CUP GAME ORGANIZERS & FEMALE ATHLETES TO BRING EQUALITY TO TOURNAMENT

77% of Top Female Soccer Players Around the World Believe Major Tournaments, Like The World Cup, Should Be Played on Natural Grass, But FIFA Has Ignored Athletes' Requests - Schumer & Gillibrand, Along With 11 Senate Colleagues, Blow Whistle on FIFA & Call For It To Play Women's World Cup Games On Grass Schumer, Gillibrand: FIFA Should Level the Playing Field for Women’s World Cup Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand called on the International Federatio… Continue Reading


11.07.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE APPROXIMATELY $1.5 MILLION IN FEMA FUNDS FOR HIGH-PRIORITY STREAM GAUGES ALONG MOHAWK RIVER, OSWEGO RIVER & UPPER HUDSON RIVER BASINS; WILL HELP MITIGATE FLOOD RISK IN 23 COUNTIES – GAUGES WILL AID EXISTING CANAL FLOOD WARNING SYSTEM TO PROTECT UPSTATE COMMUNITIES

Schumer & Gillibrand Have Long Advocated on Behalf of Funding Early Flood Detection Systems & Stream Gauge Flood Mitigation Projects Senators: Early Monitoring Systems like Stream and Rain Gauges Dramatically Improve Flood Detection & Planning for Residents, First Responders Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the New York State Canal Flood Warning System has received $1,483,125 in federal funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency… Continue Reading


11.06.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND CALL ON VA SECRETARY TO SWIFTLY APPROVE CONTRACT THAT WOULD ENABLE LOCAL VETERANS TO RECEIVE INPATIENT PSYCHIATRIC CARE RIGHT HERE IN FINGER LAKES – VA CURRENTLY SENDING VETS TO BUFFALO, SYRACUSE & ALBANY

New Contract Between Canandaigua VA & Local Health Provider Would Bring Care Closer to Home & Provide More Convenient Location for Patients & Families - Schumer, Gillibrand Push Federal VA to Expedite Contract Approval, Which Otherwise Could Take Up to 18 Months to Finalize Schumer, Gillibrand to VA: Finger Lakes Vets Should Not Have To Travel Hours Away For The Care They Need Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand pushed the U.S. Department of Veterans Affa… Continue Reading


11.06.14

SCHUMER: THIRD ROUND OF GREEK YOGURT PILOT PROGRAM NOW OPEN; USDA SOLICITING PROPOSALS FROM GREEK YOGURT MAKERS TO PROVIDE YOGURT FOR 12- STATE PROGRAM – SCHUMER ENCOURAGES NY GREEK YOGURT PRODUCERS TO APPLY; APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED UNTIL NOVEMBER 12

NY's Own Chobani & Upstate Niagara Have Been Selected In Past to Provide Greek Yogurt to Schools - Schumer Encourages Upstate NY Greek Yogurt Producers like Alpina, Fage, Chobani, Muller Quaker To Do The Same Greek Yogurt Vendor(s) Will Be Selected Through Application Process That Is Now Open; Schumer Urges NY Greek Yogurt Makers To Apply Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has begun soliciting proposals from Greek yogurt makers t… Continue Reading


11.05.14

SCHUMER LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO GET U.S. TRADE REP TO OPEN FOREIGN MARKETS TO MORE NEW YORK GRAPE JUICE – GLUT OF GRAPES COULD BE EXPORTED TO ISRAEL, BUT MANY ARE GOING TO WASTE DUE TO BURDENSOME TARIFF; OPENING ISRAELI MARKET WOULD BE A BOON FOR WNY, S. TIER & FINGER LAKES GRAPE GROWERS

Schumer Urges Fed Trade Rep, Who Is Currently Negotiating A Trade Agreement With Israel, To Prioritize Lowering or Eliminating the Grape Juice Tariff That Is Holding Back Upstate Grape Growers - Schumer Says U.S. Does Not Impose Same Tariff on Israeli Grape Juice & This Tariff Has Been Successfully Lowered In Previous Negotiations Schumer: Lower Israel Grape Juice Tariff Means More Demand for Grapes & Increased Competitiveness For WNY, S. Tier And Finger Lakes Growers Today, U.S. Senat… Continue Reading

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