Press Releases

02.10.15

Schumer, Gillibrand, Maloney and Lowey Announce Significant $100 Million Metro-North Investment

Washington - Senator Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) and Rep. Nita Lowey (NY-17) announced a $100 million federal investment for Metro-North for long-term capital improvement projects resulting from Hurricane Sandy. This Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant is part of a $787 million investment for MTA for recovery and resiliency capital projects resulting from Hurricane Sandy. All of the projects are either recovery or resiliency scop… Continue Reading


02.10.15

SCHUMER RECEIVES ASSURANCE USPS HAS NO PLANS TO FURTHERCONSOLIDATE PITCHER STREET POST OFFICE IN UTICA – SCHUMER, IN PERSONAL MEETING WITH POSTMASTER GENERAL, STRESSED IMPORTANCE OF PITCHER STREET & VOWED TO FIGHT TO KEEP MOHAWK VALLEY POSTAL HUB ALIVE AND WELL

In 2011, Schumer Urged Postmaster General Donahoe to Keep Pitcher Street Location Open, Preserving 100 Local Jobs & Overnight Mail in the Mohawk Valley; Closing Would Delay Mail For Small Businesses, The Elderly, Those Living Paycheck-to-Paycheck Schumer: USPS Says They Have No Plans To Sell, Share or Lease Pitcher Street Facility Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that, after his push, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has assured him it has no plans to sell, lease, or furth… Continue Reading


02.10.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, NADLER, VELAZQUEZ ANNOUNCE OVER $1.6 MILLION IN FEDERAL SANDY FUNDING FOR PERMANENT REPAIRS TO RED HOOK CONTAINER TERMINAL

Schumer, Gillibrand, Nadler, Velázquez Announce Over $1.6M in FEMA Funding for Repairs at Con-Ed Blockhouse, Substation No.1, Substation No. 2 & Substation No.3 at Port Authority's Red Hook Container Terminal U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand and Congressman Jerrold Nadler and Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez today announced $1.6 million in federal funding to the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) for permanent repairs of the Red Hook… Continue Reading


02.10.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $800,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR WATER AND INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES IN THE TOWN OF RICHMOND

U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a grant of $368,000 and a loan of $455,000 for the Town of Richmond in Ontario County. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program and will be used to install a new water main, valves, fire hydrants and other items needed to support the construction of a clean water supply and fire-protection system. "This federal funding … Continue Reading


02.10.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, JEFFRIES ANNOUNCE OVER $16M IN FEDERAL SANDY FUNDING FOR PERMANENT REPAIRS TO CONEY ISLAND’S EDNA COHEN SCHOOL

Schumer, Gillibrand, Jeffries Announce Millions in FEMA Funding to NYC School Construction Authority for Sandy-Related Repairs to P.S.90; Repairs Include Replacement of Electrical Equipment, Lighting, Boilers, Sump Pumps & More U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand and Congressmember Hakeem Jeffries today announced $16.2 million in federal funding to the New York City School Construction Authority for permanent work of P.S. 90 Edna Cohen School of Coney Island, as a res… Continue Reading


02.10.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE TOWN OF NEW CASTLE TO RECEIVE MORE THAN $8.6 MILLION IN FEMA FUNDS TO REPLACE, UPGRADE FLOOD-PRONE BRIDGE OVER THE KISCO RIVER DAMAGED BY SUPERSTORM SANDY

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced $8,680,000 in federal funding for the Town of New Castle in Westchester County to replace the flood-prone bridge over the Kisco River on the Saw Mill River Parkway that was impacted by flooding resulting from Superstorm Sandy. These funds, which are being awarded as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) will cover 100 percent of the cost for the project. This funding … Continue Reading


02.10.15

FOLLOWING SEVERAL TRAGIC DEATHS, SCHUMER CALLS ON THE FDA TO BAN POWDERED CAFFEINE – ONE TEASPOON OF CONCENTRATED POWDERED CAFFEINE IS EQUIVALENT TO 25 CUPS OF COFFEE & IS HIGHLY DANGEROUS FOR TEENS & YOUNG ADULTS

Schumer Is Urging the Food and Drug Administration to Ban the Sale and Marketing of Powdered Caffeine - Drug, Which Is Often Snorted Like Cocaine, Is Currently Perfectly Legal Schumer Also Noted That the Product, Used Primarily Among Teens & Often in Combination With Alcohol, Is a Proven Health Hazard   U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban powdered caffeine, an increasingly popular product that has been linked to at least … Continue Reading


02.09.15

SCHUMER PUSHES FOR $1 MILLION IN FED FUNDS FOR NEW TECH PARK & CLOUD COMPUTING INITIATIVE AT MARIST COLLEGE – WOULD ENABLE COLLEGE TO SUPPORT INNOVATION, HELP GET START-UPS OFF THE GROUND & CREATE LOCAL JOBS

Cloud Computing Center Would Provide Space For Entrepreneurs To Test Whether Cutting-Edge Concepts Have Real-World Applications - Would Create 40 New Jobs & Help Retain 100 Schumer: Marist Plan Would Create Jobs, Jobs, Jobs In Poughkeepsie & Be A Real Shot In The Arm for Hudson Valley Economy U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the federal Economic Development Agency (EDA) to award Marist College $1 million for two major projects that would foster economic growth, help get s… Continue Reading


02.09.15

SCHUMER: FAA APPROVAL URGENTLY NEEDED IN ORDER FOR MASTIC-SHIRLEY SEWER PROJECT AT BROOKHAVEN AIRPORT TO BEGIN ON TIME; URGES FEDS TO IMMEDIATELY EXPEDITE LAND TRANSFER TO SUFFOLK COUNTY TO JUMPSTART CONSTRUCTION OF 3-YEAR LONG SEWER PROJECT FUNDED THROUGH FEDERAL SANDY DOLLARS

Schumer Urges FAA to Expedite Brookhaven's Application for Suffolk County to Control of a Portion of Brookhaven's Calabro Airport Property to Construct New Wastewater Treatment Plant; To Stay On Schedule For Largest LI Sewer Project in 35 Years, Approval Needed By This Summer Schumer: FAA Should Expedite Approval So That Millions in Sandy Funds Can Be Spent ASAP Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer urged the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to expedite approval of the Town of Brookha… Continue Reading


02.09.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, AFTER HIS PUSH, ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY HAS SECURED INVITE TO PRESTIGIOUS WHITE HOUSE SUMMIT ON CYBERSECURITY & CONSUMER PROTECTION – SCHUMER SAYS RIT, AS A NATIONAL LEADER IN FIELD, WILL CONTRIBUTE TO NATIONWIDE EFFORT TO IMPROVE TECHNOLOGIES THAT PROTECT CONSUMERS

Schumer Says RIT Has Proven Expertise in Cybersecurity Field & Was Named 'National Center of Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Education' Through the Year 2021 -RIT is a Leader in Preparing Future Professionals to Meet Challenges of Industry & Will Now Be Able to Contribute to National Summit Dr. Andrew Sears, Dean of College of Computing & Information Sciences, Will Represent RIT at This Year's Summit Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that, fo… Continue Reading


02.09.15

SCHUMER CALLS ON CDC TO MAKE THE MEASLES VACCINE & BOOSTER SHOT FREE & MORE ACCESSIBLE – SHOULD SUPPLY IT TO NY SCHOOLS & HEALTH CLINICS & PUBLICIZE ITS AVAILABILITY; MANY CHILDREN HAVE ONLY RECEIVED FIRST DOSE, SOME OLDER ADULTS HAVE NEVER BEEN VACCINATED

Schumer Urges CDC to Provide Vaccines to Schools & Health Clinics So Students Without Booster Can Get Second Dose & Parents Can Reconsider Vaccinating Children That Haven't Received Shot - Also, Many Adults Haven't Been Vaccinated & Are High-Risk, Including Some Born Before 1957 But Not Exposed, Students, Int’l Travelers & Healthcare Professional Measles Is One of Most Contagious Diseases - Without Adequate Vaccine Coverage, Including Full Dosage of Vaccine & On-Time… Continue Reading


02.06.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE IN SCHENECTADY TO KEEP TWO CRUCIAL C-130 AIRCRAFT THAT HAD BEEN SCHEDULED TO BE MOVED ELSEWHERE

Schumer, Gillibrand: Keeping These Two Military Aircraft Will Keep Schenectady Base Strong Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Stratton Air National Guard Base in Schenectady will keep two C-130 "wheelbird" aircraft that had been scheduled to be moved elsewhere. These aircraft are particularly important because they support the National Guard when the ski-equipped aircraft are conducting a polar mission. These aircraft are used for homeland security… Continue Reading


02.06.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $900K HEAD START GRANT FOR COMMUNITY ACTION OF ORLEANS & GENESEE

Today, U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $911,225 in federal funding for Community Action of Orleans and Genesee, Inc., a community-based agency. Schumer and Gillibrand said this funding will help support the organization's efforts to improve education for low-income children at their earliest age, when major learning strides take place. Funding for Community Action of Orleans and Genesee, Inc. will support a new Early Head Start - Child Care Partnership progra… Continue Reading


02.05.15

SCHUMER RE-INTRODUCES BILL TO CLOSE MAJOR LOOPHOLE IN FED LAW THAT PREVENTS STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT FROM AIDING IN MISSING CHILDREN SEARCH EFFORTS – WITH MORE THAN 10K UPSTATE NEW YORK CHILDREN GOING MISSING EACH YEAR, AND MANY CASES STILL UNRESOLVED, SCHUMER URGES CHANGE IN LAW

Schumer Calls on Congressional Colleagues to Act on Bipartisan Plan That Gives All Law Enforcement Greater Access to National Missing Children Files & Also Says That Missing Children Records Should Be Updated With Photos, Medical Records & More, Within 30 Days - Law Enforcement Still Trying To Solve Thousands of Missing Children Cases In the Capital Region, 2,081 Children Went Missing in 2013; In CNY, 1,286 Children; In WNY, 1,570 Children; In Rochester-Finger Lakes, 1,721 Children; … Continue Reading


02.05.15

SCHUMER PUSHES BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE BROADWAY & LIVE THEATER WITH SAME TAX BREAK AS FILM & TV PRODUCTIONS; BILL WILL ATTRACT NEW INVESTMENT, CREATE HUNDREDS OF NEW JOBS IN NY & ON GREAT WHITE WAY

Schumer's STAGE Act Will Provide Live Theatrical Productions With Tax Treatment Equal to Other Sectors of Entertainment Industry & Help Spur Job Creation Schumer: The Federal Gov't Should Give Its Regards to Broadway By Passing the STAGE Act U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced his bipartisan plan to extend the same tax treatment afforded to film and television producers to investors in live theater, like Broadway productions. The legislation, "Support Theaters in America Gro… Continue Reading


02.05.15

SCHUMER INTRODUCES SENATE RESOLUTION THAT, IF PASSED, WOULD PROCLAIM FEBRUARY 2015 AS NATIONAL CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING AWARENESS MONTH IN MEMORY OF WNY CHILD, AMANDA HANSEN, WHO TRAGICALLY LOST HER LIFE TO CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING

Schumer Has Fought For National Legislation to Encourage Other States to Adopt Protections Like New York's "Amanda's Law," Which Encourages Use of CO Detectors - In 2013, Schumer Introduced Bill That Would Allow the Consumer Product Safety Commission to Provide Support for Public Safety Education and Installment of Safe and Reliable Carbon Monoxide Detectors Across the Country Schumer: Raising Awareness To Prevent Further Tragedies Would Be Fitting Tribute to Amanda Hansen & Her Family … Continue Reading


02.05.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES PRESIDENT HAS NOMINATED LAWRENCE J. VILARDO, BUFFALO NATIVE & DISTINGUISHED WNY ATTORNEY, TO SERVE ON FEDERAL BENCH IN BUFFALO – SCHUMER RECOMMENDED VILARDO TO PRESIDENT

Vilardo Is A Proud Son Of Buffalo & Successful Founding Partner Of One Of The Top Law Firms In The Region; Has Over Three Decades of Experience in Federal Practice Schumer: Vilardo Is Experienced, Erudite, Moderate & Deeply Respected by Every Facet of WNY's Legal Community Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that President Obama has nominated Lawrence Joseph Vilardo to serve as a judge in the United States District Court in the Western District of New York (WDNY). Schu… Continue Reading


02.04.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $1.2 MILLION HEAD START GRANT FOR SCHENECTADY COUNTY

U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a $1,246,700 federal grant for Schenectady Community Action Program (SCAP), a community based agency. Funding for SCAP will support a new Early Head Start - Child Care Partnership program and expand SCAP's ability to provide education and development services for low-income children. "Study after study shows that the better we prepare our young children via Head Start, the better they perform in school later in life," said Sen… Continue Reading


02.04.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, HIGGINS, SLAUGHTER, COLLINS, REED JOIN FAMILIES OF FLIGHT 3407 TO LAUNCH PUSH TO PROTECT 3407-INSPIRED AVIATION SAFETY REGULATIONS AS PART OF UPCOMING FAA REAUTHORIZATION – RULES FAMILIES FOUGHT HARD FOR ARE AT RISK OF BEING ROLLED BACK IN COMING MONTHS

Congress Must Re-Authorize FAA Charter This Year & Some May Use Opportunity To Weaken Provisions That Make Air Travel Safer - WNY Delegation Members Say Some in The Industry Want to Water Down Or Eliminate Safety Provisions In Honor of Six-Year Anniversary of Crash, Entire WNY Delegation Joins Together, Vows To Push Back Against Any & All Efforts to Make Air Travel Less Safe Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as Representatives Brian Higgins, … Continue Reading


02.04.15

SCHUMER: CRITICAL FED PROGRAM HELPING LOCAL FIRE DEPTS. PURCHASE NEW EQUIPMENT, PROTECTIVE GEAR & EMERGENCY VEHICLES AT RISK OF SHUTTING DOWN RIGHT AS FD’S ARE APPLYING FOR FUNDING – SCHUMER URGES CONGRESS TO FUND PROGRAM THAT HELPS KEEP FIREFIGHTERS & RESIDENTS SAFE BEFORE IT EXPIRES AT END OF THIS MONTH

Schumer Says Any Lapse In Funding, Particularly Now During Middle of Application Period, Would Be A Blow To Local Fire Departments Looking To Upgrade Equipment To Better Protect Residents & Emergency Personnel - Schumer Calls On Both Democrat & Republican Colleagues To Keep Critical Fire Safety Program Alive There Are Currently 58 Fire Depts. In The Capital Region Applying for Federal Firefighter Funds; 75 in Central NY; 76 in Western NY; 74 in the Rochester-Finger Lakes; 73 in the S… Continue Reading

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