Press Releases

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


12.12.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF ‘JUSTICE AGAINST SPONSORS OF TERRORISM ACT’–LONG SOUGHT AFTER BY 9/11 FAMILIES; SENATOR CALLS ON HOUSE TO PASS LEGISLATION

For Months, Schumer Has Rallied With 9/11 Families For Final Passage of 'JASTA', Which Addresses An Injustice for Americans Victims of Terror - Recent Unfair Court Decisions Have Prevented Them From Suing Groups & Countries That Funded The Terror That Took Their Loved Ones Schumer: We Are One Step Closer to Holding Those That Fund Terrorist Acts Financially Accountable - House Must Act U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the "Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act" (J… Continue Reading


12.12.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, HANNA ANNOUNCE AFTER THEIR PUSH, PROVISIONS THAT WOULD PROVIDE CONGRESS WITH MORE OVERSIGHT OVER DFAS PERSONNEL PLANS AND ADD PROTECTIONS FOR ROME DFAS WORKERS PASSES CONGRESS IN ANNUAL DEFENSE BILL

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Richard Hanna today announced, after their push, Congress passes a measure that would help provide additional protections for the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS). The measure was included in the FY 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and includes language requiring an independent review by the Deputy Chief Management Officer of an Army pilot program that threatens to harm DFAS. The bill also requi… Continue Reading


12.12.14

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


12.12.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, MAFFEI ANNOUNCE LONG-SOUGHT LEGISLATION TO CREATE HARRIET TUBMAN NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK HAS CLEARED CONGRESS & NOW HEADS TO PRESIDENT’S DESK – REPS URGE PRESIDENT TO SIGN-OFF ON HISTORIC DESIGNATION

Schumer, Gillibrand, Maffei: President's Signature Will Make Richly- Deserved Tubman Recognition A Reality Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Dan Maffei announced that the provision to establish the Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn as a National Historical Park, which would also encompass the Tubman Home for the Aged, the Thompson Memorial AME Zion Church and Rectory, has passed both the House and the Senate. Schumer, Gillibrand and Maffei successfully… Continue Reading


12.11.14

SCHUMER APPLAUDS FHFA DIRECTOR MEL WATT FOR ORDERING THE CAPITALIZATION OF THE NATIONAL HOUSING TRUST FUND

Housing Trust Funding To Help Build Much-Needed Affordable Rental Housing In New York City; Will Help Rebuild & Revitalize Low-Income Communities Through Construction, Rehab & Preservation of Rental Housing U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today applauded the decision by FHFA Director Mel Watt to order Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to begin capitalizing the National Housing Trust Fund and the Capital Magnet Fund. This critical investment will help rebuild and revitalize low-income commun… Continue Reading


12.11.14

SCHUMER: JUST-UNVEILED OMNIBUS BILL RESTORES UNWISE CUT PROPOSED FOR OVER 315 UPSTATE NY WATER & SEWER PROJECTS – ADMINISTRATION ORIGINALLY PROPOSED A DEVASTATING $40 MILLION CUT TO NYS SEWER PROJECTS, BUT SCHUMER SUCCESSFULLY PROTECTED FUNDING

In March, Schumer Urged His Colleagues to Preserve Funding in FY2015 for Critical Sewer Infrastructure Upgrades After President's Budget Threatened Devastating Cut - Failure To Preserve Funding Could Harm Local Budgets & Property Taxes Schumer: Omnibus Bill Would Help Upstate NY Municipalities Keep Vital Water-Sewer Projects On Track Today, on a conference call with reporters, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the just-unveiled omnibus budget bill, legislation that could clear… Continue Reading


12.10.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, HIGGINS, COLLINS ANNOUNCE USDA HAS ISSUED SECRETARIAL DISASTER DECLARATION FOR 7 WNY COUNTIES DEVASTATED BY NOVEMBER SNOWSTORM

Now, Genesee, Erie, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans & Wyoming Counties Will Be Immediately Eligible for USDA Assistance to Help Cover Crop, Livestock, Business Loss Costs Schumer, Gillibrand, Higgins, Collins: USDA Support for WNY Agriculture Industry Damaged By Historic Snowfall is Critical Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representatives Brian Higgins and Chris Collins announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved primary and cont… Continue Reading


12.10.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $23 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR NEW ARMY RESERVE TRAINING CENTER IN MATTYDALE IN JUST-UNVEILED OMNIBUS BILL

US Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Omnibus spending bill - a must-pass bill that funds the federal government through the end of the fiscal year – includes $23 million in funding to build a new Army Reserve Training Center in Mattydale, New York. The training facility will include administrative, education, assembly, library, and physical fitness areas for fifteen Army Reserve units, including the 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion, a Training Brigade, a… Continue Reading


12.10.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $27 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR FORT DRUM’S UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE HANGAR IN JUST-UNVEILED OMNIBUS BILL

US Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Omnibus spending bill - a must-pass bill that funds the federal government through the end of the fiscal year – includes $27 million in funding to build an unmanned aerial vehicle hangar at Fort Drum. Schumer and Gillibrand both wrote to Senate and House appropriators urging them to include funds for this hangar investment in the omnibus spending bill. "The inclusion of funding for a brand new hangar for Fort Drum… Continue Reading


12.10.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $58 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO BUILD NEW BARRACKS AT WEST POINT IN JUST-UNVEILED OMNIBUS BILL

Funding Is Third Federal Installment Of Funding To Construct New Cadet Barracks US Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Omnibus spending bill - a must-pass bill that funds the federal government through the end of the fiscal year – includes $58 million in funding to build new barracks at West Point. This is the third federal funding installment for the barracks, which will be the first constructed at the United States Military Academy since 1972. Sch… Continue Reading


12.10.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, SLAUGHTER ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $67 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY’S NATIONAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE FOR THE DEAF IN JUST-UNVEILED OMNIBUS BILL

U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Louise Slaughter today announced that the Omnibus spending bill - a must-pass bill that funds the federal government through the end of the fiscal year – includes $67.016 million in funding for Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), which is a much-needed increase of $725,000 from last year's funding level. NTID provides a college education to deaf and hard-of-hearing stu… Continue Reading


12.10.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $166M IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR BROOKHAVEN’S ION COLLIDER & $105M FOR NATIONAL SYNCHROTRON LIGHT SOURCE II IS INCLUDED IN JUST-UNVEILED OMNIBUS BILL; BNL’S COLLIDER IS ONLY REMAINING ATOM SMASHER IN COUNTRY

Schumer, Gillibrand Have Since Fought to Secure Increased Federal Funds for BNL- Funding Helps US Remain On Forefront of Atomic Research; BNL's Ion Collider Will Receive Nearly $1M More Than in Last Year's Appropriations Bill & NSLS-II Will Receive $46M More Than Last Year Collider Provides Hundreds of Jobs And Plays Important Role In Making Long Island Center of Cutting-Edge Research U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the FY15 Omnibus Appropriat… Continue Reading


12.10.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, MALONEY ANNOUNCE 3-YEAR EXTENSION OF CRITICAL FUNDING FOR HIGHLAND FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT & MILLIONS IN FED AID, WHICH WOULD HAVE OTHERWISE BEEN LOST, ARE INCLUDED IN JUST-UNVEILED DEFENSE BILL & FED SPENDING BILL

Omnibus Spending Bill Would Provide $3.5 Million in Federal Aid To Highland Falls School District For FY2015 & Defense Bill Would Extend Additional $2 Million in Federal Aid For Three Years Schumer, Gillibrand, Maloney: Legislation A Big Win For Highland Falls Taxpayers Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, announced that two provisions that would secure millions in federal funds for the Highland Falls-Fort Montgom… Continue Reading

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