Press Releases

12.18.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, AFTER HIS PUSH, FEDS WILL THOROUGHLY REVIEW ALLEGATIONS OF EXORBITANT FED-IMPOSED PRICE MARKUPS ON LOCAL PRODUCTS THAT ARE PRODUCED BY VISUALLY IMPAIRED BINGHAMTON-AREA RESIDENTS – HIGH PRICES ARE LEADING TO FED AGENCIES PURCHASING OTHER BRANDS & PUTTING CRITICAL BINGHAMTON JOBS AT RISK

AVRE in Binghamton Has Lost Over $1 Million In Sales As Result of Fed Gov. Changes; Feds Have Priced AVRE Products at 80% Mark-up, Compared to 10-15% for Other Similar Products - Schumer Called For Investigation Into Markups, Said Playing Field Needs To Be Level; These Jobs Are Critical Lifeline For Some Of Southern Tier's Most Vulnerable People & We Must Protect Them Schumer: Fed Investigation into Astronomical Price Hikes is Important First Step Toward Protecting Critical Jobs for Bing… Continue Reading


12.17.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES MAJOR NEW YORK TAX BENEFIT PRIORITIES INCLUDED IN JUST-PASSED EXTENDERS PACKAGE – MASS TRANSIT BENEFIT, TEACHER’S TAX BREAK & NEW MARKETS TAX CREDIT ALL EXTENDED FOR ONE YEAR

Schumer Also Highlighted That The ABLE Act - Which Will Allow Creation of Tax Advantaged Savings Accounts for Children With Disabilities - Was PassedInto Law With This Package; Entire Bill of Almost 50 Tax Benefits Will Go to President's Desk This Week for Signature Schumer: These Critical Tax Breaks Will Help Stretch Every Dollar Earned By New Yorkers   Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that a number of vital tax benefits for New Yorkers were passed by Congress last ni… Continue Reading


12.17.14

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


12.16.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, HIGGINS, COLLINS, REED ANNOUNCE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION HAS ISSUED DISASTER DECLARATION FOR 6 WNY COUNTIES DEVASTATED BY NOVEMBER SNOWSTORM

Now, Erie, Cattaraugus, Niagara, Chautauqua, Wyoming & Genesee Counties Will Be Immediately Eligible for SBA Loans to Help Recover From Severe Damage To Many Homes & Businesses, Including Special Low-Interest Disaster Loans Schumer, Gillibrand, Higgins, Collins, Reed: SBA Support for WNY Homeowners, Renters, Businesses Damaged By Historic Snowfall is Critical Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representatives Brian Higgins, Chris Collins, and Tom … Continue Reading


12.16.14

SCHUMER: CORNING NEIGHBORHOOD IS PLAGUED BY IDLING TRAINS THAT SEND NOXIOUS FUMES INTO HOMES & LEAVE ENGINES DRONING ALL NIGHT – CALLS ON NORFOLK SOUTHERN TO FIND NON-RESIDENTIAL AREA TO LEAVE TRAINS INSTEAD OF PARKING THEM OUTSIDE PEOPLES’ HOMES FOR HOURS ON END

Schumer Also Urges Norfolk Southern to Address Possible Noise Pollution Violations in Corning Neighborhood From Trains That Idle At All Hours of the Night - Schumer Urges Company to Move Trains For The Sake of Corning Northside Residents' Health, Quality of Life Schumer: Corning Families Cannot Have Rail Smoke & Noise Pollution As Neighbors Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on Norfolk Southern Railroad to find a non-residential area to park idling trains that sit for hours besi… Continue Reading


12.16.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES THUNDERBIRDS WILL RETURN TO 2015 JONES BEACH AIR SHOW

The Thunderbirds Have Been Absent From the Show Since 2011 & Schumer Has Urged the USAF to Return Schumer Announces U.S. Air Force Has Committed to Bringing the Thunderbirds Back to Air Show in 2015 U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the United States Air Force (USAF) has committed to bringing the Thunderbirds back to the 2015 Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach over Memorial Day weekend. Federal budget cuts, part of sequestration, prohibited the Air Force from fulfilling it… Continue Reading


12.15.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES $1.1 BILLION IN FED FUNDING FOR HARBOR MAINTENANCE PROJECTS, AN INCREASE OF $100 MILLION OVER LAST YEAR’S FUNDING LEVEL, HAS CLEARED CONGRESS – URGES PRESIDENT TO SIGN-OFF & MAKE FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR DREDGING PROJECTS AT GREAT LAKES HARBORS

Schumer Says That First Ever "Great Lakes Funding Set Aside," Secured Earlier This Year, Combined With Increased Federal Funding Mean More Money Will Flow to NYS - Set Aside Requires Great Lakes Harbors be Treated as One Navigation System & Receive At Least 10% of Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Dollars Schumer: Final Signature Will Pump More Federal Funds Into Our Harbors U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Omnibus spending bill including $1.1 billion in funding for the… Continue Reading


12.15.14

SCHUMER: NYC’S 4 DESIGNATED EBOLA TREATMENT CENTERS HAVE SPENT MILLIONS FOR THEIR EXTENSIVE COST OF TRAINING, RETROFITTING FACILITIES, PURCHASING HAZMAT SUITS TO PREPARE FOR EBOLA THREAT; CALLS ON FEDS TO REIMBURSE HOSPITALS THROUGH SENATOR’S NEWLY SECURED ‘EBOLA FUND’

$700M Is Now Available for Domestic Ebola Response & Hospital Reimbursement As Part of the Historic $5.4 Billion for Domestic & International Ebola Work & Reimbursements to Hospitals for Training & More - Urges Fair Reimbursement As Federal Health & Human Services Secretary Creates Spending Plan in Next 30 Days Schumer: The Readiness of New York -Area Hospitals for Handling Ebola is Critical to Entire Region & Comes At a High Price Senator Schumer today highlighted tha… Continue Reading


12.15.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES $122.4 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS HEADING TO CANANDAIGUA VA IN BILL THAT JUST CLEARED CONGRESS – FUNDS WILL HELP MOVE CONSTRUCTION FORWARD

Schumer: Funds Get Long-Awaited Construction at Canandaigua VA Campus Underwa Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced the Canandaigua VA Medical Campus will receive $122,400,000 to use for construction as part of the Omnibus Bill that passed Congress over the weekend. The Canandaigua VA is one of only four VA construction projects in the country that Senate appropriators have recommended receive funds. The $122 million appropriation for the Canandaigua VA represents a substantial porti… Continue Reading


12.15.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $468 MILLION IN FED FUNDS FOR LOCKHEED MARTIN OWEGO’S COMBAT RESCUE & MARINE ONE HELICOPTER PROGRAMS HAS CLEARED CONGRESS – URGES PRESIDENT TO SIGN-OFF & MAKE FUNDS A REALITY

Schumer: At The Forefront Of Two of The Most Important Helicopter Programs In World, This Funding is Critical for Lockheed Martin Owego And Will Keep It Going Strong Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Omnibus spending bill including $368,086,000 for the Presidential Helicopter program and $100 million for the Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) program, two major helicopter construction projects being undertaken by a team of Sikorsky Aircraft and Lockheed Martin Owego has pa… Continue Reading


12.15.14

SCHUMER, MALONEY ANNOUNCE 3-YEAR EXTENSION OF CRITICAL FUNDING FOR HIGHLAND FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT & MILLIONS IN FED AID, WHICH WOULD HAVE OTHERWISE BEEN LOST, PASSES CONGRESS & HEADS TO PRESIDENT’S DESK

Omnibus Spending Bill Provides $3.5 Million in Federal Aid To Highland Falls School District For FY2015 & Defense Bill Extends Additional $2 Million in Federal Aid For Three Years Schumer, Maloney: Legislation A Big Win For Highland Falls Taxpayers Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and Representative Sean Patrick Maloney announced that a provision that allows the Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery School District to receive $3.5 million in annual funding that would have otherwise been e… Continue Reading


12.15.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION TO ESTABLISH FIRST-EVER NAT’L NETWORK OF ADVANCED MANUFACTURING HUBS HAS PASSED CONGRESS – URGES PRESIDENT TO SIGN-OFF; NETWORK COULD BOOST MANUFACTURING INNOVATION IN UPSTATE NY, A PRIME CANDIDATE FOR ONE OF 15 HUBS

Schumer: Upstate NY Cities Will Be Ideal Candidates for New Center of Advanced Manufacturing Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Omnibus spending bill including Schumer-sponsored legislation that would create the first-ever national network of manufacturing hubs has passed in both the House and Senate. The bill has cleared Congress and will head to the President's desk for his final signature. Schumer said cities across Upstate New York will now be prime candidates for o… Continue Reading


12.15.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES $68 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR ROCHESTER LASER LAB HAS PASSED CONGRESS – URGES PRESIDENT TO SIGN-OFF & MAKE FUNDS A REALITY

Federal Funds Will Go to Critical Programs that Protect Nation, Secure & Protect Over 300 Jobs in New York Schumer: Funding Will Help Keep Rochester at the Forefront of Laser Technology and Guarantees It Plays A Role In Solving Critical Problems for Our Nation Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Omnibus spending bill including $68 million for the University of Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) has passed in both the House and Senate. The bill has clear… Continue Reading


12.15.14

SCHUMER, TONKO ANNOUNCE $1.238 BILLION IN FED FUNDING SECURED FOR NAVAL REACTORS; PROVIDES FUNDING CAPITAL REGION’S KESSELRING NEEDS TO KEEP TRAINING PROGRAM RUNNING

In May, Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory's (KAPL) Kesselring Site in West Milton, Which Employs 700 & Trains 1,000+ Navy Personnel, Was At Risk of Having to Shut Down One of Its Training Reactors Due To Major Funding Gap - Schumer, After Personal Calls with DOE Secretary Moniz & Navy Secretary Mabus, Secured An Additional $16 Million in FY14 Funds to Keep The Facility Open Schumer, Tonko: The Kesselring Program Is Officially Off the Chopping Block Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer… Continue Reading


12.15.14

SCHUMER DEMANDS LI’S DESIGNATED EBOLA TREATMENT CENTERS NOT BE LEFT BEHIND - FEDS MUST REALIZE THAT NOT JUST NYC, BUT NORTH SHORE-LIJ & STONY BROOK WENT TO GREAT LENGTHS & SPENT OVER $6M FOR THEIR EXTENSIVE COST OF TRAINING, RETROFITTING FACILITIES, PURCHASING HAZMAT SUITS TO PREPARE FOR EBOLA THREAT; CALLS FOR FULL REIMBURSEMENT TO LI HOSPITALS

Once Called to Action, North Shore-LIJ & Stony Brook University Hospital Meticulously Trained Thousands of Health Workers on How to Identify & Treat Potential Ebola Patients & Purchased New Equipment, like PPE Suits; Both Hospitals Designated Isolation Units In the Event of an Ebola Patient Schumer: The Readiness of Long Island Hospitals for Handling Ebola is Critical to Entire Region & Requires Federal Reimbursement Senator Schumer today demanded that Long Island's designate… Continue Reading


12.15.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, AFTER HIS PUSH, LEGISLATION THAT WOULD ALLOW PRESIDENT TO CONSIDER MEDAL OF HONOR REQUEST FOR SGT. HENRY JOHNSON PASSES CONGRESS, HEADS TO PRESIDENT’S DESK – AFTER BILL IS SIGNED INTO LAW, NEXT STEP IS FOR PRESIDENT TO CONSIDER & APPROVE MEDAL OF HONOR REQUEST

Schumer: President's Final Signature Would Put Us At The Precipice of Righting Century-Old Wrong Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the provision he authored, which would make late World War I hero and Albany resident, Sergeant Henry Johnson, eligible to receive the Medal of Honor has passed both the House and the Senate. Schumer worked with Rep. Paul Tonko and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) to include this provision in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that was unvei… Continue Reading


12.14.14

SCHUMER: AS FUEL COSTS PLUMMET, AIRFARES FOR NYERS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON REMAIN EXTREMELY HIGH- CALLS FOR FEDERAL INVESTIGATION INTO WHY DRAMATICALLY LOWER FUEL COSTS & RECORD AIRLINE PROFITS ARE NOT BEING PASSED ON TO CONSUMERS THROUGH LOWER FARES

Schumer Urges the Departments of Justice and Transportation to Investigate, On Behalf of American Fliers, The Cause of Sky-High Prices; Air Travelers Paying 10% More This Year Than 5 Years Ago Schumer Also Asks Feds to Include in Examination Whether Recent Mergers and Less Competition Is Creating Even "Stickier" High Prices With holiday traveling season in full swing and the high cost of airfare painfully apparent to thousands of travelers, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called for t… Continue Reading


12.12.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, HIGGINS, COLLINS, REED URGE PRESIDENT TO QUICKLY APPROVE DISASTER DECLARATION FOR WNY COMMUNITIES HARD HIT BY HISTORIC NOVEMBER SNOWSTORM – DISASTER DECLARATION WOULD UNLOCK FEDERAL FUNDS FOR ERIE, CATTARAUGUS, CHAUTAUQUA, GENESEE, ORLEANS, WYOMING

Act On Disaster Declaration To Help Reimburse WNY Communities for Emergency Work & Repairing Damaged Facilities Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and Representatives Brian Higgins, Chris Collins and Tom Reed urged President Barack Obama to swiftly approve New York State's request for federal support in light of the devastating snowstorm that hit Western New York last month. Specifically, Schumer, Gillibrand, Higgins, Collins, and Reed are requesting swift app… Continue Reading


12.12.14

AT SCHUMER & GILLIBRAND’S URGING, FEMA AWARDS OWEGO APALACHIN CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT WITH FUNDING TO BUILD TWO NEW FACILITIES; PROJECT EXPECTED TO BE VALUED AT MORE THAN $23 MILLION

At U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand's urging, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the Owego Apalachin Central School District with funding to relocate the administration building and maintenance and storage facilities that were severely damaged during Tropical Storm Lee. There were several issues over whether funding would be used to repair the facilities in their current locations or rebuild new facilities outs… Continue Reading


12.12.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION TO KEEP LIFE-SAVING NEWBORN SCREENING PROGRAMS FUNDED ACROSS UPSTATE NY PASSES CONGRESS, HEADS TO PRESIDENT’S DESK – SCHUMER PUSHED LEGISLATION WITH BUFFALO BILLS GREAT JIM KELLY; TESTING & RESEARCH FOR 40+ DISEASES SAVES LIVES

Schumer Joined With Jim Kelly Last Year To Launch Plan to Continue Federal Funding for Newborn Screening Program, to Expand Test For More Diseases, to Educate Parents & Medical Experts and to Improve Follow-up Care For Sick Infants Medical Experts Say Early Detection is Key to Treating 40+ Diseases & Saving Lives; Schumer Said That There Have Been Thousands of Positive Screenings for These Diseases in NY in the Past Few Years U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced the passag… Continue Reading

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