Press Releases

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


12.19.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $300,000 IN FUNDING TO PROVIDE COLLEGE COURSES FOR STUDENTS IN RURAL NORTHERN CATSKILLS SCHOOL DISTRICTS

U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $312,138 in federal funding for the Otsego Northern Catskills Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) program and will be used to support distance learning initiatives in rural areas throughout the Northern Catskills. With this funding, students from 17 rural school districts in remote areas of the … Continue Reading


12.18.14

SCHUMER PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR TRANSFORMATIVE POUGHKEEPSIE WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT; CONNECTING WALKWAY OVER THE HUDSON TO SERIES OF RIVERFRONT TRAILS, PARKS, METRO-NORTH & MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT WOULD BE A GAME-CHANGER – SCHUMER LAYS OUT FEDERAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES TO GET PROJECT MOVING FORWARD

Schumer Says Developing the Waterfront Has The Potential To Transform Poughkeepsie & Turn Its Hudson River Waterfront Into A Destination For Locals & Tourists Alike; Connection To Metro-North Station Could Make It Real Tourist Hub, Attract & Retain Young Adults to New Walkable Community All While Increasing Affordable Housing Options - Other Cities Like Poughkeepsie Have Seen Huge Benefit From Revitalizing Waterfront & Poughkeepsie Can Join That Group Schumer: Now Is The Time… Continue Reading


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 ROCHESTER & UTICA RESIDENTS – HIGH PRICES ARE LEADING TO FED AGENCIES PURCHASING OTHER BRANDS & PUTTING CRITICAL JOBS AT RISK

Rochester ABVI & Utica's CABVI Have Lost Over $1.7 Million Combined In Sales As Result of Fed Gov. Changes; Feds Have Priced These Products at as High as an 80% Mark-up, Compared to 10-15% for Other Similar Products - Schumer Recently Called For Investigation Into Markups, Said Playing Field Needs To Be Level; These Jobs Are Critical Lifeline For Many Of Upstate NY's Most Vulnerable People & We Must Protect Them Schumer: Fed Investigation into Astronomical Price Hikes is Important First… Continue Reading


12.18.14

SCHUMER: CRUMBLING ASHFORD AVENUE BRIDGE IS PUTTING DRIVERS AT RISK; FED FUNDING IS IN PLACE TO MAKE CRITICAL REPAIRS BUT PROJECT NEEDS FINAL SIGN-OFF TO GET UNDERWAY – SENATOR PUSHES FEDS TO WORK WITH STATE & COUNTY TO GET PROJECT APPROVED ASAP; REPAIRS WILL IMPROVE CONDITIONS FOR 20,000 DRIVERS PER DAY

Plans and Funding Are In Place for $23.5M Rehabilitation Project That Will Strengthen Structure & Keep Drivers Safe; Schumer Urges Fed Highway Administration to Work With County & State To Get Final Sign-Off On Project - Schumer Urges Feds To Cut Through Bureaucratic Red Tape & Expedite Repairs Schumer: It Is Time To Get Ashford Avenue Bridge On The Road To Permanent Recovery Today, at Firefighters Park in Ardsley, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer pushed to get final approvals… Continue Reading


12.18.14

SCHUMER, GRAHAM URGE THE STATE DEPARTMENT TO VETO ANY UN RESOLUTION THAT DICTATES TERMS OF ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE PROCESS

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-New York) and Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today urged that the State Department veto any United Nations Security Council resolution that imposes a peace agreement on Israel, outside of direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. The Senators sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry. "There are multiple efforts in the United Nations Security Council to set parameters for final status negotiations, effectively imposing terms on our a… Continue Reading


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

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