Press Releases

10.23.14

SCHUMER: TRESTLES CARRYING CSX TRAINS THROUGH HEART OF ROME ARE A MAJOR EYESORE & FALLING DEBRIS HAS BECOME A DANGER TO THE COMMUNITY; CSX PROMISED TO ADDRESS SITUATION, BUT HAS NOT TAKEN ACTION – SCHUMER CALLS ON CSX TO STEP UP & BRING TRESTLES UP TO CODE

Today, at the Rome Train Station, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer urged CSX to make sorely-needed repairs and aesthetic fixes to two trestles running through the center of Rome. Schumer said that two CSX-owned-and-maintained trestles along Martin Street, one crossing over Mill Street and the other crossing over S. James Street, have become eyesores in the community and the debris falling from these trestles - including concrete, rebar, and stone - is posing a threat to motorists and pedestrians.… Continue Reading


10.23.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $90 MILLION IN FEMA FUNDING FOR FLOOD-PRONE BRIDGES IN THE HUDSON VALLEY

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $89,553,600 in federal funding to upgrade and repair flood-prone bridges in Ulster, Delaware, Westchester and Orange counties. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), and will fund the necessary improvements for bridges in high-risk flood areas. A total of 18 bridges in the Hudson Valley will receive funding to make repairs. "This federal fun… Continue Reading


10.22.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $5 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR ULSTER COUNTY BUSINESS TO EXPAND PRODUCTION & CREATE JOBS

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has provided Tuthilltown Spirits, LLC and Tuthilltown Holdings, LLC a guaranteed loan of $4,950,000 to expand its distillery operation. Tuthilltown Spirits is a popular farm distillery located in Ulster County that will use these funds to expand its business by creating larger production space. The company will also use these funds to create three local jobs and retain 56, refi… Continue Reading


10.22.14

SCHUMER: COLD-BLOODED MURDERERS WHO PLANNED AND CARRIED OUT THE EXECUTION OF NYPD OFFICER EDWARD BYRNE MUST AGAIN BE DENIED PAROLE— NEXT ROUND OF HEARINGS TO TAKE PLACE STARTING THIS WEEK

U.S. Senator Charles. E Schumer today urged the Parole Board to deny parole to the four individuals convicted of the cold-blooded, contract killing of 22-year-old rookie officer, Eddie Byrne, in 1988. The four inmates, David McClary, Philip Copeland, Todd Scott and Scott Cobb, are scheduled to appear before the Parole Board this upcoming November. Eddie's brother, Larry Byrne, will appear before the Board on Friday, October 24th to argue against the bid. In 2012, Schumer, along with Officer Edd… Continue Reading


10.22.14

SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH TO SECURE MORE THAN $1.3 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL FEDERAL FUNDING FOR BUFFALO’S LAUNCH NY, WHICH IS ALREADY HAVING HUGE IMPACT ON UPSTATE JOB GROWTH – FED FUNDS WOULD PROVIDE MORE START-UPS & ENTREPRENEURS IN WNY, CNY, ROCHESTER-FINGER LAKES & S. TIER WITH RESOURCES NEEDED TO GROW, EXPAND, & CREATE JOBS

Federal EDA Funds Would Allow Launch NY to Create a Mechanism to Invest in Entrepreneurs in the Manufacturing & Medical Fields, Develop a Professional Mentoring Network & Provide Resources to Train Next Generation of Workers Schumer: Additional EDA Funds Would Build on Success, Bolster Economic Development & Jobs in Western New York, Central New York, Rochester-Finger Lakes & Southern Tier Regions Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer urged the federal Economic Development A… Continue Reading


10.22.14

SCHUMER PUSHES FAA TO DESIGNATE GROUP OF UNIVERSITIES THAT INCLUDES SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY A ‘CENTER OF EXCELLENCE’ FOR UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS – PRESTIGIOUS DESIGNATION WOULD ALLOW UNIVERSITY TO CONDUCT UAS RESEARCH, EDUCATION & TRAINING IN CENTRAL NEW YORK

Consortium Consists of 9 Universities 12 University Affiliates & More Than 80 Agency, Industry Partners Across U.S. - SU Would Be Positioned to Provide Specialized Research in Communications, Policy Applications & More As UAS Subcontractor Schumer: 'Center of Excellence' Designation Would Enhance Syracuse University's Connection to Burgeoning UAS Industry Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer urged the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to designate a consortium consisting of a nu… Continue Reading


10.22.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $2.4 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR SANDY-REPAIRS AT LONG BEACH’S WEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL—REIMBURSEMENT IS THE LAST PORTION OF FEDERAL FUNDING NEEDED TO MAKE SCHOOL WHOLE AGAIN POST- SANDY

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $2.4 Million in FEMA Public Assistance Funding to Reimburse Cost of Sandy-Related Repairs to West Elementary School U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced over $2.4 million in federal funds, through the FEMA Public Assistance program, for Long Beach City Schools for the repair and restoration of the West Elementary School building, which sustained damaged after Superstorm Sandy. The City of Long Beach has already received $… Continue Reading


10.22.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $660,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDS TO IMPROVE AND REPAIR SEWER SYSTEM IN TOWN OF OWEGO – SENATORS PUSHED FEMA TO INCREASE FUNDING ALLOCATION AFTER INITIAL ALLOCATION WAS INSUFFICIENT TO COVER DAMAGE FROM TROPICAL STORM LEE

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced $662,504.37 in funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance Grant program for the Town of Owego. This federal funding will be used to improve the sewer system for local residents. The Town of Owego will utilize these funds to repair Main Street Pump House #4, which supplies drinking water to approximately 1,700 homes in Apalachin, located in the Town of Owego. The pump house became inoperabl… Continue Reading


10.21.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES FED FUNDING FOR INNOVATIVE GREENE COUNTY COMPANY – FIELD GOODS – A NEW MODEL FOR GROWING LOCAL FOOD INDUSTRY, HELPING SMALL FARMERS CONNECT WITH CONSUMERS – PROVIDES HEALTHY LOCAL PRODUCE FROM YONKERS TO SARATOGA

Schumer Tours Innovative Company & Announces It Has Received $50K Fed Grant From USDA to Develop Mobile Platform To Help Small Local Farmers Promote Products - Schumer Says Field Goods Is A New Model That Should Be Replicated Throughout The Region To Strengthen Connection Between Farmers & Consumers Schumer: Fed Support of New Local Company Creates Opportunity for Area's Farmers & Healthy Food Options for Families Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer visited Field Goods, an inn… Continue Reading


10.21.14

SCHUMER GILLIBRAND AND OWENS ANNOUNCE $184K IN USDA GRANTS FOR JEFFERSON COUNTY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Today Senator Charles Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Bill Owens announced a combined $184,750 in USDA grant funding that has been awarded to two Jefferson County development organizations as part of the agency's Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) program. "This federal funding through the USDA will allow two small Jefferson County businesses to expand the distribution of their products, develop innovative farming techniques, and create good-paying local jobs. This fundi… Continue Reading


10.21.14

SCHUMER: REVITALIZATION OF VILLAGE OF HERKIMER’S MAIN STREET KEY TO ECONOMIC GROWTH – SENATOR JOINS WITH NEW MAYOR TO DEVISE PLAN FOR SECURING FED FUNDS TO HELP SPUR MAIN STREET REDEVELOPMENT

Schumer Meets With Local Herkimer Business Leaders & Tours Main Street, Discusses Fed Funding Opportunities for Village & Vows To Go To Bat For Projects Schumer Also Urges Owner of Three-Story Abandoned, Decrepit Glory Days Building - Which Is Holding Back Main Street Redevelopment - To Work With Village on Demolition Plan Today, in front of the Glory Days Building in Village of Herkimer, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer pledged his support of efforts to revitalize the Village of Herk… Continue Reading


10.21.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $1.1 MILLION IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING FUNDING FOR ITHACA

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,117,312 in federal funding for the City of Ithaca. The funding was allocated through two U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs and will be used to support various housing and economic development initiatives that address homelessness and help low-income individuals in need. $675,538 was allocated through HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and $441,774 was allocated through HUD… Continue Reading


10.21.14

SCHUMER JOINS WITH SCHENECTADY MAYOR GARY MCCARTHY TO DEMOLISH FIRST OF APPROX. 80 VACANT CITY BUILDINGS THAT HAVE BEEN STIFLING DEVELOPMENT & POSE DANGER TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES – SCHUMER HELPED SECURE FED LOAN TO MAKE DEMOLITION POSSIBLE & CUT THROUGH BUREAUCRATIC RED TAPE TO GET DEMOLITION UNDERWAY

Schumer Returns to Same Building in Schenectady's Bellevue Neighborhood Where He Initially Pledged To Fight For Fed Loan To Demolish Blighted Properties - Razing These Buildings Will Lead To New Development, Rejuvenate Neighborhoods & Enhance Property Values Schumer: Demolishing Vacant Schenectady Buildings Clears The Path For Redevelopment Today, in the Bellevue neighborhood of Schenectady, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer joined with officials from the City of Schenectady, including Sch… Continue Reading


10.20.14

SCHUMER: IT IS PERFECTLY LEGAL FOR ANYONE TO COVERTLY PLACE A GPS TRACKER ON AN INDIVIDUAL’S CAR AND FOLLOW THEIR EVERY MOVE – SENATOR INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO MAKE THIS TRACKING ILLEGAL, TO PROTECT NEW YORKERS’ PRIVACY & THWART DOMESTIC ABUSERS

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today unveiled new legislation that would make it explicitly illegal to conduct "electronic stalking" by placing Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking devices on a person's car. Federal law currently prohibits stalking, however, people have found ways to get around these laws and legally place inexpensive GPS devices on private individuals' cars to track their movements, without their knowledge. While the Supreme Court has said that law enforcement must get a w… Continue Reading


10.20.14

SCHUMER CALLS FOR CDC TEAM TO BE IMMEDIATELY STATIONED IN NEW YORK CITY FOR RAPID DEPLOYMENT & TAKE- OVER OF ANY CONFIRMED EBOLA CASE

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer highlighted today that while there is no need to panic, it is critical to remain vigilant in New York City against the threat of Ebola, given the deadly nature of this virus. Schumer offered two ways to boost protections specifically in the State of New York. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not currently have teams mobilized in New York, even though JFK and Newark receive the vast majority of travelers to America from the Ebola hot… Continue Reading


10.17.14

SCHUMER JOINS WITH ROCHESTER COMMUNITY LEADERS TO CUT RIBBON ON $100 MILLION COLLEGE TOWN REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT SET TO REVITALIZE MT. HOPE & CREATE 1200+ JOBS – SCHUMER HAS PLAYED MAJOR ROLE IN PROJECT, SECURING $20M IN FED FUNDING FOR OVERALL DEVELOPMENT & KEY LOAN TO BRING GROCER TO NEIGHBORHOOD FOR FIRST TIME IN A DECADE

Schumer Has Been Actively Involved In The Project From The Early Stages, Discussing Fed Funding Opportunities With U of R President Seligman and then-Mayor Richards Over Classic Garbage Plate Lunch - Schumer Helped Secure Critical $20M Loan From HUD That Was Key To Getting Development To Where It Is Today; Schumer Also Fought For & Secured Fed Loan To Open Constantino's Market As Part Of The Development Schumer: College Town Will Help Breathe New Life Into Mt. Hope Neighborhood College T… Continue Reading


10.17.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, IN EFFORT TO BRING RIDERS INTO NEW DOWNTOWN RTS TRANSIT CENTER, FREE BUS RIDES WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM TERMINAL OPENING IN NOV. UNTIL END OF YEAR – SCHUMER SECURED OVER $10M TO HELP MAKE NEW INDOOR BUS TERMINAL A REALITY; TERMINAL IS POISED TO TRANSFORM DOWNTOWN ROCHESTER & REVITALIZE MAIN STREET

Schumer Secured More Than $10 Million in Federal Funds for Transit Center Construction & More Than $500K Fed Grant to Convert St. Paul Street & N. Clinton Avenue into Two-Way Streets, Which Open to Two-Way Traffic Today - Both Projects Set Stage for Downtown Revitalization; Schumer Continuing to Push For Funds to Redevelop Main St. Schumer: New Transit Center Means State-of-the-Art Transit Options for Residents & More Economic Activity Downtown Today, at the Regional Transit Serv… Continue Reading


10.16.14

SCHUMER CALLS ON FEDS TO STAY THE COURSE ON PLANNED TWO- YEAR PHASE-OUT OF VOLATILE, CRUDE-OIL-CARRYING DOT-111 TANK CARS – CALLS RECENT EFFORTS BY OIL INDUSTRY TO EXTEND THE 2-YEAR PHASE-OUT TO UP TO 10 YEARS DANGEROUS & POTENTIALLY HARMFUL TO UPSTATE, HUDSON VALLEY COMMUNITIES

Over One Hundred Trains Carrying Highly Flammable Crude Oil Rumble Through Upstate NY Each Month - Many of These Trains Transport Crude Oil In Outdated DOT-111 Tank Cars That Are Prone To Rupturing & Exploding During A Derailment Schumer: 2-Year Phase-Out of Dangerous, Outmoded DOT-111 Tankers Should Be Non-Negotiable In light of recent efforts by industry groups to extend the timeline for phasing-out dangerous DOT-111 tank cars, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the federal Depa… Continue Reading


10.15.14

SCHUMER: RESEARCH & REPORTING PROTOCOLS ON ‘SUDDEN DEATH IN THE YOUNG’ ARE COMPLETELY INADEQUATE, LEAVING GRIEVING LONG ISLAND PARENTS WITHOUT ANSWERS & NO LESSONS LEARNED TO PREVENT FUTURE TRAGEDY-– SENATOR & LONG ISLAND PARENTS OF CHILD VICTIMS URGE SENATE TO ACT ON HOUSE-PASSED BIPARTISAN BILL IN UPCOMING LAME-DUCK SESSION

Schumer Calls For Senate to Pass Legislation in Upcoming Lame- Duck Session-Legislation Has Already Passed the House of Representatives & Will Fill Gaps in Federal Reporting of Young Deaths, Improve Data Collection & Scene Investigations, Enhance Training, Plus Improve Research Schumer Stood With Father of Ethan Spina & Other Long Island Parents to Highlight That Stricter Protocols & More Accurate Data Could Decrease The Number of Tragic Deaths in Children & Infants - Would … Continue Reading


10.15.14

AFTER SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND & MAFFEI PUSH, INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION REACHED FINAL DETERMINATION THAT WILL HELP PROTECT NUCOR STEEL AND OTHER NEW YORK STEEL MANUFACTURERS AGAINST DUMPING OF CHEAP FOREIGN STEEL

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Dan Maffei today announced that after their push, the International Trade Commission (ITC) has reached its final determination and found that steel producers from Mexico and Turkey have caused economic harm to U.S. steel reinforcing bar, known as "rebar," companies, like Nucor and Klein. Mexico's producers were found to be dumping rebar - into the U.S. market, while Turkey's producers we… Continue Reading

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