Press Releases

09.03.14

SCHUMER: TOWN OF KINGSBURY SEWER SYSTEM DOES NOT EXTEND TO LOCAL COMMERCIAL DISTRICT, FORCING STORES TO CLOSE & DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS TO BE PUT ON HOLD; TOWN IN DESPERATE NEED OF FUNDS TO EXPAND SEWER, BUT THEY HAVE BEEN CUT OFF FROM FED PROGRAMS SENATOR PUSHES NEW PLAN TO ACCESS FUNDS TO EXPAND KINGSBURY SEWER, SPUR LOCAL DEVELOPMENT & CREATE JOBS

  Today, at Kingsbury Town Hall in Hudson Falls, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer launched his push to secure funding that will help the Town of Kingsbury begin a critical expansion of its sewer system to include the town's commercial district along Route 32. Currently, Kingsbury's sewer system does not reach the main commercial corridor, and businesses in that area are forced to use septic systems or smaller sewage lines that are much more expensive than the main Kingsbury lines. This has slowe… Continue Reading


09.03.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE U.S. DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE HAS AGREED TO PURCHASE UP TO $25 MILLION IN SURPLUS CONCORD GRAPE JUICE TO STABILIZE PRICES FOR GRAPE GROWERS IN UPSTATE NEW YORK

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will use up to $25 million in Section 32 funds to purchase concord grape juice for use in domestic nutrition programs. The grape industry currently has a surplus of Concord grapes thanks to a large 2014 crop. The Senators had written the USDA to help purchase some of this surplus product to ensure that prices remain stable for the industry.  New York has 281 growers and ov… Continue Reading


08.26.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES COMMERCE DEPT. HAS APPROVED CRITICAL CROSMAN SUBZONE, THE SECOND PART OF LARGER FOREIGN TRADE ZONE FOR ROCHESTER-FINGER LAKES LOCAL BUSINESSES & CROSMAN CAN NOW INCREASE MANUFACTURING & ADD JOBS; CROSMAN FTZ WILL LEVEL PLAYING FIELD WITH FOREIGN COMPETITORS & MOVE JOB-CREATING PRODUCTION BACK FROM CHINA TO U.S.

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that a Foreign Trade Subzone for Crosman Corporation in Ontario County has been approved by the U.S. Department of Commerce. This is the second of two critical approvals for a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) in Ontario County and four adjoining counties throughout the RochesterFinger Lakes region. This approval comes on the heels of the first approval of a larger foreign trade zone (FTZ) for Ontario County and four of its neighboring counties, Wayne, Sen… Continue Reading


08.20.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $50,000 VALUE-ADDED PRODUCER GRANT FOR 5 SPOKE CREAMERY IN ORANGE COUNTY

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $49,893 in funding for 5 Spoke Creamery in Orange County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) ValueAdded Producer Grant (VAPG) program and will be used to revamp their marketing strategy to raise brand awareness and increase sales.  Senator Gillibrand wrote a letter to USDA Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack, in support of the application.   "A healthy dairy in… Continue Reading


08.19.14

TONKO, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, ANNOUNCE NEARLY $900,000 TO FUND NEW PLANE DE-ICING EQUIPMENT AT ALBANY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Paul Tonko and U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that Albany International Airport will receive $898,200 in funding from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fund the final phase of installation for the new glycol treatment system. This phase includes decommissioning of a section of the previous system, an important investment in the airport's operational infrastructure and commitment to the longterm sustainability and … Continue Reading


08.15.14

SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH TO SECURE FED FUNDS TO ESTABLISH PROGRAM AT NORTH COUNTRY COMMUNITY COLLEGE THAT WOULD RE-TRAIN LOCAL VETERANS & UNEMPLOYED IN NEW FIELD OF MECHATRONICS PROGRAM WOULD HELP LOCAL RESIDENTS WHO ARE OUT OF WORK LAND HUNDREDS OF ADVANCED MANUFACTURING JOBS AT LOCAL COMPANIES

Today, at the North Elba Town House in Saranac Lake, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer launched his push to secure federal funding to establish a program at North Country Community College (NCCC) that would retrain local veterans and unemployed persons in the growing field of mechatronics. Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field that incorporates engineering, mechanics, electronics, and other technical work. According to SUNY, the field of mechatronics is a rapidly growing industry and is expect… Continue Reading


08.14.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $100,000 FOR RAPIDS VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT IN NIAGARA COUNTY

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $107,383 in federal funding for the Rapids Volunteer Fire Department in Niagara County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). Rapids Fire Department in Niagara County will use the federal funds to purchase new turnout gear. Turnout gear typically includes coats, pants, boots, gloves, helmets and hood for interior firefighting. The cos… Continue Reading


08.10.14

SCHUMER REVEALS: WITHOUT THEIR KNOWLEDGE, FITBIT BRACELETS & SMARTPHONE APPS ARE TRACKING USERS MOVEMENTS AND HEALTH DATA THAT COULD BE SOLD TO THIRD PARTIES; CALLS FOR FTC TO REQUIRE MANDATORY OPT-OUT OPPORTUNITY BEFORE ANY PERSONAL DATA CAN BE SOLD

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer revealed today that personal health and fitness data - so rich that an individual can be identified by their gait - is being gathered and stored by fitness bracelets like 'FitBit' and others like it, and can potentially be sold to third parties, like employers, insurance providers and other companies, without the users' knowledge or consent. Schumer said that this creates a privacy nightmare, given that these fitness trackers gather highly personal information on … Continue Reading


08.08.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $14,000 FOR DUANESBURG VOLUNTEER FIRE DISTRICT IN SCHENECTADY COUNTY

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $14,724 in federal funding for Duanesburg Volunteer Fire District. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The federal funding will be used to purchase critical rope rescue equipment.   "With this funding, the Duanesburg Fire Department will be able to purchase the muchneeded rescue gear they require to effectively do their jobs," sai… Continue Reading


08.06.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $23,000 FOR NEW HAVEN VOLUNTEER FIRE CORP IN OSWEGO COUNTY

.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced the New Haven Volunteer Fire Corporation will receive a $23,741 federal grant from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. AFG awards are administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and are designed to help firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources ne… Continue Reading


08.06.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $1.4 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS THROUGH U.S. DEPT OF AGRICULTURE FOR TWO GENESEE COUNTY WATER PROJECTS

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,485,000 in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Grant funding for two Genesee County water projects. The Town of Oakfield will use its $750,000 in federal funds to construct a new water district. The Town of Oakfield's water system serves more than 150 residents and one commercial user. All of these users currently rely on private wells, many of which are drying up and contain contaminants. This new tow… Continue Reading


08.05.14

SCHUMER: WAR ON HEROIN IS RAGING IN ULSTER COUNTY & FEDS MUST GET INVOLVED SENATOR LAUNCHES PUSH TO DESIGNATE COUNTY AS A HIDTA, WHICH WILL MEAN ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO HELP DISRUPT DRUG-RELATED CRIMES & STAMP OUT HEROIN EPIDEMIC

Today, at the Ulster County Law Enforcement Center in Kingston, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer urged the President's Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to designate Ulster County a federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), which will help Ulster County address a recent and disturbing uptick in heroin usage and drugrelated crime by improving coordination among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, as well as providing equipment, technology and additional reso… Continue Reading


08.05.14

SCHUMER: WAR ON HEROIN IS RAGING IN PUTNAM & ROCKLAND COUNTIES AND THE FEDS NEED TO GET INVOLVED SENATOR LAUNCHES PUSH TO DESIGNATE BOTH COUNTIES AS HIGH-INTENSITY DRUG TRAFFICKING AREAS, WHICH WILL MEAN ADDITIONAL RESOURCES, INTELLIGENCE, COORDINATION TO HELP DISRUPT DRUG RINGS & STAMP OUT HEROIN EPIDEMIC

Today, at the Putnam County Sherriff's Department, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer urged the President's Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to designate both Putnam and Rockland Counties as federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA), which will help both counties address recent and disturbing upticks in heroin usage and drugrelated crime by improving coordination among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, as well as providing equipment, technology and additio… Continue Reading


08.04.14

Schumer, Gillibrand, Tonko Announce Funding for Schenectady County Airport

SCHENECTADY - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Paul Tonko today announced that Schenectady County will receive $816,180 from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to rehabilitate the county airport's apron. "Making sure our airports are as safe as possible is one of my top priorities," said Senator Schumer. "With this funding, the Schenectady County Airport will be able to upgrade and renovate its runway to ensure the safety of passengers and pilots … Continue Reading


08.04.14

SCHUMER: SUMMERVILLE PIER IN IRONDEQUOIT IS A NIGHTTIME HAZARD FOR LAKE ONTARIO BOATERS, WITH TWO BOATS HAVING ALREADY CRASHED INTO IT THIS SUMMER – SCHUMER URGES COAST GUARD & ARMY CORPS TO INSTALL LIGHTS & OTHER SAFETY MEASURES AT PIER TO KEEP BOATERS SAFE

Two Boats Have Crashed Into Pier This Summer & Many Other Incidents Have Occurred In the Past, Including a 2008 Incident Where 3 People Died - Charlotte Pier Just to the West Does Not Have Same Deadly Track Record, Demonstrating Need for Better Lighting and Safety Precautions At Summerville Pier Schumer: Installing Better Lighting is Cheap, Easy and Can Help Avoid Boating Disaster at Summerville Pier Today, at Summerville Pier at the Port of Rochester, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer cal… Continue Reading


08.04.14

SCHUMER: OVER 43K WESTERN NEW YORKERS WITH DISABILITIES, LIKE AUTISM, DOWN SYNDROME & FRAGILE-X, FACE HUGE FINANCIAL BURDEN FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION, HEALTHCARE, TRANSPORTATION & MORE – SENATOR PUSHES LEGISLATION TO CREATE NEW IRA- LIKE SAVINGS ACCOUNTS TO HELP PARENTS SAVE MONEY FOR CARE OF KIDS

In Erie County, There Are More Than 30,000 Recipients of Supplemental Security Income Benefits and More Than 3,300 of Cases of Autism in School Age Children; Throughout New York State, There Are 25,000 Individuals with Down Syndrome Alone Schumer: WNY Families of Children with Special Needs Should Have Help Affording Care & Saving for the Future Today, at People Inc. in Williamsville, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called for passage of bipartisan legislation that would help thousands o… Continue Reading


08.04.14

SCHUMER: SMALL DRONES ARE NOW PEERING INTO PEOPLE’S HOMES & OFFICES THROUGHOUT NYC, COULD THREATEN SAFETY AND PRIVACY– SENATOR ASKS FAA & SOON-TO-BE EMPOWERED COMMERCE DEPT TO QUICKLY RELEASE GUIDELINES BY END OF 2014 & MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE BAN ON DRONES USED BY DRUG DEALERS & PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS TO SPY ON UNAWARE PARTIES

Schumer Said that Drone Technology Has Huge Potential, However the Boost in Use By Private Investigators to Spy on Unaware New Yorkers, Use By Dealers to Deliver Illegal Drugs & Recent Incident When Drone Interfered with an NYPD Helicopter Demonstrate the Need for Quick Rules from the FAA & Commerce Schumer: NYC Has Become Wild, Wild West for Hobby & Commercial Drones U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Commerce Depart… Continue Reading


08.04.14

SCHUMER: SMALL DRONES ARE NOW PEERING INTO PEOPLES HOMES & OFFICES THROUGHOUT NYC, COULD THREATEN SAFETY AND PRIVACY SENATOR ASKS FAA & SOON-TO-BE EMPOWERED COMMERCE DEPT TO QUICKLY RELEASE GUIDELINES BY END OF 2014 & MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE BAN ON DRONES USED BY DRUG DEALERS & PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS TO SPY ON UNAWARE PARTIES

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Commerce Department to quickly develop and release privacy rules and guidelines for the use of small unmanned aircraft systems by the end of 2014. Schumer took particular concern with the use of drones among private investigators spying on unaware parties, use by drug dealers to deliver illegal drugs and serious public safety concerns, like the recent incident when a drone interfered with an NYPD he… Continue Reading


08.01.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $2.8 MILLION FOR SOUTHERN TIER AIRPORTS

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,880,000 for two Southern Tier airports from the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Elmira Corning Regional Airport will use the $720,000 in federal funding to purchase a critical aircraft rescue and firefighting truck. The Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport will use their total of $2,160,000 in federal funding to expand the terminal apron and purchase snow removal equipment.… Continue Reading


08.01.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, AFTER HIS PUSH, FEDS HAVE AGREED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH KEY DESIGN PHASE OF BRADDOCK BAY PROJECT TO BUILD NEW BARRIER BEACH & RESTORE WETLANDS – PROJECT WILL RETURN ACCESS TO LAKE ONTARIO FOR BOATERS & GAME FISHERS, BOOST PROPERTY VALUES; SCHUMER VOWS TO FIGHT FOR MORE FUNDS FOR CONSTURCTION PHASE

Following Schumer's Push, Feds Have Agreed To Allocate First $575K For Final Design Phase of Project - Schumer to Continue Pushing EPA To Fund $7-9 Million More in Construction Costs; Plan Will Help Open Navigation Channels for Boaters, Create New Fish Spawning Areas for Game Fishing, Restore and Protect Local Wetlands and Wildlife Schumer: Restoring Braddock Bay a Vital Mission for Local Environment, Boating Community and Health of the Rochester-Area Great Lakes Economy Today, U.S. Senator … Continue Reading

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