Press Releases

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


01.08.15

SCHUMER: NEW REGS ON DANGEROUS, CRUDE-OIL-CARRYING DOT-111 TANK CARS AT RISK OF BEING BOGGED DOWN BY PROLONGED ROLL-OUT – SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO EXPEDITE RULEMAKING & STICK TO TOUGHEST POSSIBLE REGS, INCLUDING CRITICAL TWO-YEAR PHASE-OUT OF TRANSPORTING MOST VOLATILE CRUDE IN CURRENT CARS

Schumer Warns Rules Often Get Stuck at This Final Stage, Urges Feds to Prioritize & Expedite DOT-111 Rules So They Not Get Held Up; Says We Cannot Afford To Wait - Says Proposed Rules Contain A Number of Options, Some That Will Enhance Safety & Security For Upstate NY Communities More Than Others; Senator Renews Call For Toughest Regs Possible To Help Avoid Major Disaster Schumer to Feds: Stick to Toughest Crude Oil Transport Regs Possible & Move Rulemaking Along Faster  … Continue Reading


01.07.15

SCHUMER: DA THOMPSON’S RECENT BUST OF ATLANTA-NY GUN SMUGGLING RING EXPOSES GAPING & DANGEROUS LOOPHOLE IN NEW YORK AND NATIONAL AIRPORT SECURITY, ALLOWING ERRANT AIRLINE EMPLOYEES TO SMUGGLE GUNS, DRUGS & EXPLOSIVES ONTO PLANES - AMAZINGLY, MOST EMPLOYEES ARE EXEMPT FROM GOING THROUGH METAL DETECTORS; SCHUMER, THOMPSON DEMAND TSA REQUIRE EACH AIRPORT DEVELOP COMPREHENSIVE SCREENING PROCESS FOR ALL EMPLOYEES

While Pilots & Flight Crew Must Pass Through Metal Detectors Each Day, Employees Who Clean & Repair Planes, Load Luggage & Work In Terminals Past Security Check Points Do Not; Schumer, Thompson Say TSA Must Require Airports to Upgrade Unique Airport Security Plans to Include Physical Screening- Astoundingly, this is Not Currently a Requirement   Schumer: Millions of Gov't Employees in Courthouses, the Pentagon & Federal Offices Pass Through Metal Detectors Each Day - &nbs… Continue Reading


01.06.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: FEDERAL DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION CHOOSES CAPE AIR TO CONTINUE ESSENTIAL AIR PASSENGER SERVICE TO MASSENA & NORTH COUNTRY RESIDENTS – FEDS WILL PROVIDE MORE THAN $4.7 MILLION IN FUNDING TO MAINTAIN SERVICE

These Connections Will Keep Open Air Travel Options for Passengers in Central New York & the North Country - Contract With Cape Air to Continue Through 2017 Schumer: At Locals' Request, Cape Air Will Keep Serving The North Country 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) at Massena, … Continue Reading


01.05.15

SCHUMER PUSHES FEDS TO EXPEDITE LONG-AWAITED PLAN TO CLEAN UP POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS RADIOACTIVE WASTE UNDERNEATH TONAWANDA LANDFILL – RESIDENTS HAVE WAITED FAR TOO LONG FOR ANSWERS & ACTION ON LEFTOVER URANIUM FROM FIRST ATOMIC BOMB THAT HAS BEEN SITTING THERE FOR DECADES

Feds Were Set To Propose Options to Clean Up The Site By The End of 2014, But Residents Are Still in The Dark - Schumer Pushes To Get Plan Out The Door Right Away; Plan Is Needed to Get Remediation Project Moving Forward & Ensure Local Residents Are Not At Risk, Including Nearby School Schumer Also Pushes For More Funding for Fed Program To Clean Up Radioactive Sites; Program Has Been Woefully Underfunded for Years - There Are 5 WNY Sites With Radioactive Contamination, More Than Any Oth… Continue Reading


01.05.15

SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH TO ESTABLISH CROP INSURANCE FOR ROCHESTER-AREA MALT BARLEY FARMERS WHO PLAY CRITICAL ROLE IN NYS CRAFT BEER INDUSTRY – CURRENT LACK OF PROTECTIONS INHIBITING GROWTH OF LOCAL BREWING & DISTILLING

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, Much of It Grown in WNY & the Finger Lakes; In Order to Match Demand, Malt Barley Production Must Increase 15x   Schumer Also Calls on USDA, SBA to Partner with NYS Malt Barley Farmers & Malt Houses to Tap Existing Fed Financing For Equipment, Facilities Ne… Continue Reading


12.24.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES FED FUNDS TO CREATE COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLANS IN S. TIER, MOHAWK VALLEY, CNY, FINGER LAKES & LAKE CHAMPLAIN AREA

Plans Will Cover Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego, Schoharie, Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates, Allegany, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Tioga, Clinton, Essex, Hamilton, Warren, and Washington Counties U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced the federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $70,000 to six different regional planning and … Continue Reading


12.23.14

SCHUMER PUSHES FOR FED SAFETY AUDIT OF CRUMBLING BRIDGE THAT CARRIES CRUDE OIL TRAINS OVER RONDOUT CREEK IN KINGSTON – CONCRETE FOUNDATION HAS DETERIORATED & FED INSPECTORS MUST STEP IN TO ENSURE BRIDGES NOT AT RISK OF COLLAPSE

Bridge in Kingston Over Rondout Creek Recently Revealed to Have Significant Decay & Crumbling Foundations; If Bridges Are Not Sound, Results Could Be Disastrous, Since Many Hazardous Materials Are Transported Along The Route - Bridges Are Owned By CSX, Which Is Tasked With Ensuring Structural Integrity; Schumer Says That Fed Inspectors Must Audit, Cannot Just Rely on CSX Schumer: Feds Must Step In & Ensure Ulster County Train Bridges Are Up To Snuff Today, at the CSX train tracks … Continue Reading


12.23.14

SCHUMER PUSHES FOR FED SAFETY AUDIT OF TWO CRUMBLING BRIDGES THAT CARRY CRUDE OIL TRAINS ALONG HUDSON RIVER IN TOWN OF CORNWALL – CONCRETE FOUNDATION HAS DETERIORATED & FED INSPECTORS MUST STEP IN TO ENSURE BRIDGES NOT AT RISK OF COLLAPSE

Two Bridges Just South of Storm King Mountain Were Recently Revealed to Have Significant Decay & Crumbling Foundations; If Bridges Are Not Sound, Results Could Be Disastrous, Since Many Hazardous Materials Are Transported Along The Route - Bridges Are Owned By CSX, Which Is Tasked With Ensuring Structural Integrity; Schumer Says That Fed Inspectors Must Audit, Cannot Just Rely on CSX Schumer: Feds Must Step In & Ensure Orange County Train Bridges Are Up To Snuff Today, at the trai… Continue Reading


12.23.14

WITH HEAVILY-TRAVELED NASSAU EXPRESSWAY IN HIGHLY-DEGRADED CONDITION, DUE IN PART TO FLOODING, SCHUMER CALLS FOR ARMY CORPS TO USE SANDY DOLARS TO FUND A STORM-SURGE PROTECTION & REPAIR PLAN; WILL PROTECT ROAD & SOUTH SHORE COMMUNITIES THAT RELY ON VITALLY NEEDED EVACUATION ROUTE

Repair Work Was Most Recently Delayed Due to Complicated Engineering Concerns Over Nearby Soil Erosion & Tidal Wetlands - Schumer Is Urging U.S. Army Corps, Flood Mitigation & Soil Erosion Experts, To Step In With a Repair Plan for Nassau Expressway; Senator Has Identified Three Army Corps Funds for Repair Work, Including $50 Million Available in the Sandy Bill After Katrina, Army Corps Teamed up With State & Local Transportation Officials to Design Storm-Surge Protection For Lou… Continue Reading


12.22.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, HIGGINS, COLLINS, REED ANNOUNCE FEMA HAS ISSUED DISASTER DECLARATION FOR 9 WNY COUNTIES IMPACTED BY HISTORIC SNOWSTORM

Now, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Jefferson, Lewis, Orleans, St. Lawrence, and Wyoming Counties Will Be Immediately Eligible for FEMA Funds to Help Cover Clean-Up & Recovery Costs Schumer, Gillibrand, Higgins, Collins, Reed: Federal FEMA Support for WNY Counties Damaged By Historic Snowfall is Critical Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representatives Brian Higgins, Chris Collins, and Tom Reed announced that the Federal Emergency Management… Continue Reading


12.22.14

SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH FOR FED FUNDS TO HELP ATTRACT MORE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS TO LIVE & WORK IN SARATOGA SPRINGS BY STRENGTHENING LOCAL ARTS SCENE – FED FUNDS WOULD HELP DEVELOP FIRST-EVER “ARTS MASTER PLAN,” A MAJOR STEP IN BUILDING A VIBRANT CREATIVE ECONOMY

Schumer Pushes For Fed Funding To Help Make Saratoga Springs' Vision To Grow Arts Community, Attract More Young Professionals A Reality - In Small Cities & Towns Across The Country, Arts Play Major Role in Growing the Economy; Saratoga Springs Already Has Building Blocks in Place & New Master Plan Would Take it To Next Level Schumer: Arts Can Be Major Economic Development Tool For Saratoga Springs   Today, at FingerPaint Marketing in Saratoga Springs, U.S. Senator Charles… Continue Reading


12.22.14

SCHUMER: NEW INFORMATION COULD PREVENT 150 PROPERTIES FROM BEING ADDED TO SYRACUSE FLOOD ZONE MAP SET TO COME OUT SOON – URGES FEMA TO FIRST INCORPORATE NEW DATA TO PREVENT HOMEOWNERS FROM UNNECESSARY & ONEROUS FLOOD INSURANCE COSTS

Schumer Pushes FEMA To Use New, More Accurate Data When Rolling Out Revised Flood Map - If FEMA Does Not Incorporate This Data In Its Revised Map, It Could Be Very Difficult to Correct Later; Would Be Devastating For Affected Homeowners, Who Could Be Forced To Pay Up to $1,200 More Per Year in Flood Insurance Premiums Schumer to FEMA: We Should Use the Most Accurate Data & Not Put Homes In A Flood Zone That Do Not Need to Be There Today, at Creek Walk Bridge in Syracuse, U.S. Senator Ch… Continue Reading


12.22.14

SCHUMER COMPLETES TOUR OF ALL 62 NEW YORK COUNTIES FOR 16TH YEAR IN A ROW; ANNUAL TOUR OF STATE FINISHES WITH VISIT TO SARATOGA SPRINGS – YEAR CONCLUDES WITH A TOTAL OF 248 VISITS TO UPSTATE NY & LONG ISLAND; PLEDGES TO VISIT ALL 62 COUNTIES AGAIN IN 2015

Many Achievements Include Securing JetBlue Air Service to Albany Int'l, Keeping the Buffalo Bills in Western NY, Fighting For Major Helicopter Contracts for Lockheed Martin in Owego, Continuing to Preserve Thousands of Jobs at Lockheed Martin Salina and Many More Schumer Calls Tour Essential To His Work In U.S. Capitol - Pledges To Complete Another 62-County Tour In 2015 Today, with his visit to Fingerpaint Marketing in Saratoga Springs, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer completed his 16thconsec… Continue Reading


12.20.14

SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH TO MAKE TAX BENEFIT THAT PRESERVES UPPER HUDSON VALLEY’S PRISTINE FARM LANDS PERMANENT – WILL HELP MAINTAIN CHARACTER OF COLUMBIA COUNTY & KEEP FAMILY FARMS ALIVE BY PROVIDING SIGNIFICANT INCENTIVE FOR LANDOWNERS TO CONSERVE LAND INSTEAD OF DEVELOPING IT

Schumer Pushes To Make Important Deduction Permanent in Next Congress; Schumer Bill Could Allow Some Farmers To Potentially Zero Out Taxes Over 16 Years - Conservation Projects Around NYS Have Almost Doubled With This Tax Benefit In Place; Schumer Says Benefit Should Be Permanent & Not Subject to Whim of Congress   Schumer: Fed Government Should Provide Increased Incentive For Conservation Projects in Columbia County & Around NYS   Today, at the Columbia Land Conservancy in… Continue Reading


12.20.14

SCHUMER LAUNCHES EFFORT TO SECURE CRITICAL FED FUNDING TO GET INNOVATIVE, LONG-TERM FLOOD PROTECTION PROJECT IN SIDNEY OFF THE GROUND – PLAN WOULD REDUCE DAMAGE FROM FUTURE FLOODING & AVOID VILLAGE HAVING TO FIGHT SAME BATTLE AGAINST FLOOD WATERS YEAR AFTER YEAR

Village of Sidney's History of Devastating Flooding, Most Recently in 2011, Left 420 Buildings Damaged - Lower River Street Neighborhood's Proximity to Susquehanna River & Weir Creek Make Potential Flooding A Constant Threat     Schumer to FEMA: Flood Mitigation Efforts In Sidney Should Be High Priority   Today, at the Sidney Village Hall, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer visited with Village Leaders to push for federal funding for the "Sidney GreenPlain" that will help mi… Continue Reading

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