Press Releases

11.21.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES THAT, AFTER HIS PUSH, LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE RESEARCH & REPORTING PROTOCOLS ON ‘SUDDEN DEATH IN THE YOUNG’ HAS JUST PASSED THE SENATE – CALLS ON HOUSE TO PASS BILL THAT HELPS PROVIDE ANSWERS FOR BUFFALO PARENTS & PREVENT FUTURE TRAGEDY

Schumer Calls For House of Representatives to Pass Legislation That Will Fill Gaps in Federal Reporting of Young Deaths, Improve Data Collection & Scene Investigations, Enhance Training, Plus Improve Research Schumer Recently Stood With Buffalo Parents to Call for Passage & Highlight That Stricter Protocols & More Accurate Data Could Decrease The Number of Tragic Deaths in Children & Infants - Would Also Provide Quicker Answers to Parents Who Lack Information About Cause of Deat… Continue Reading


11.21.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, HIGGINS, COLLINS URGE USDA TO IMMEDIATELY CONDUCT DAMAGE ASSESSMENT OF IMPACT OF HISTORIC SNOWSTORM ON WNY FARMS – URGES USDA TO PROVIDE ALL AVAILABLE RESOURCES TO UPSTATE FARMERS IMPACTED BY DEVASTATING SNOWFALL

In Event NYS Hits Federal Disaster Declaration Threshold, USDA Disaster Assistance Could Be Made Available to Counties Like Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Genesee, Wyoming Schumer, Gillibrand, Higgins, Collins: USDA Must Do All They Can To Support WNY Agriculture Industry That Has Been Damaged By Historic Snowfall Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representatives Brian Higgins and Chris Collins urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack pr… Continue Reading


11.21.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, AFTER HIS PUSH, FEDS HAVE APPROVED LONG-AWAITED RUNWAY EXTENSION AT OGDENSBURG AIRPORT – LONGER RUNWAY WILL HELP NEW ALLEGIANT AIR FLIGHTS LAND; COULD ADD TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PASSENGERS PER YEAR & TURN AIRPORT INTO REGIONAL LEADER

Runway Extension Will Help Accommodate New Allegiant Air Flights at Airport - Could Lead To Tens of Thousands of Passengers Per Year Schumer: Ogdensburg Runway Extension Is Cleared for Takeoff U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced, following his push, that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved Ogdensburg's request to extend the Ogdensburg Airport's runway by 1,200 feet. In July, Schumer visited the Ogdensburg Airport to urge the FAA to approve Ogdensburg’s req… Continue Reading


11.20.14

SCHUMER: BRENDA SANNES UNANIMOUSLY CONFIRMED BY SENATE TO BE SECOND-EVER WOMAN TO SERVE ON FEDERAL BENCH IN SYRACUSE; SCHUMER RECOMMENDED SANNES FOR POSITION

Sannes Will Be Second Woman to Serve on Fed Bench in Syracuse - Lived & Worked in Syracuse Area and Northern District for Nearly 15 Years Schumer: Sannes Embodies Best Qualities of a Legal Professional and Will Be Smart, Fair, Moderate Judge Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that Brenda Sannes has been confirmed by the Senate - in a 96-0 vote – to serve as a judge in the United States District Court in the Northern District of New York (NDNY). Ms. Sannes is a history… Continue Reading


11.20.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, HIGGINS, COLLINS URGE FEMA TO BE READY TO SWIFTLY APPROVE DISASTER DECLARATION FOR ERIE COUNTY & OTHER WNY COUNTIES IMPACTED BY HISTORIC SNOWSTORM

FEMA Disaster Declaration Would Make Available Disaster Assistance Funds for Counties Like Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Genesee & Wyoming Schumer, Gillibrand, Higgins, Collins: Federal Agencies Must Do All They Can To Support WNY Communities Devastated By Snow Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representatives Brian Higgins and Chris Collins urged FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate to be ready to swiftly approve any request from New York State for federal s… Continue Reading


11.20.14

SCHUMER CALLS WHITE HOUSE & PUSHES ADMINISTRATION TO BE READY TO IMMEDIATELY APPROVE DISASTER DECLARATION FOR ERIE & OTHER WNY COUNTIES BURIED BY HISTORIC SNOWSTORM

Federal Disaster Declaration Would Make Available FEMA Disaster Assistance Funds for Counties Like Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Genesee & Wyoming Schumer: We Need All Hands on Deck to Dig Out From This Epic Snowfall and the Fed Gov Must Do All It Can - ASAP - To Support WNY Communities Devastated By Snow Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called senior White House officials and urged the administration to be ready to immediately approve any request from New York State for federal s… Continue Reading


11.20.14

SCHUMER LAUNCHES ADDITIONAL APPROACH TO SECURE MEDAL OF HONOR FOR WWI HERO SGT. HENRY JOHNSON – SCHUMER PUSHES AMENDMENT TO MAJOR DEFENSE BILL THAT WOULD SEND MEDAL OF HONOR REQUEST TO PRESIDENT’S DESK

As House Continues to Consider Medal of Honor Bill, Schumer Tries An Additional Approach to Secure Long-Awaited Recognition for Sgt. Henry Johnson - Senator Pushes to Add Amendment to Annual Defense Bill That Would Clear the Way For Medal of Honor Schumer: We Need to Try Every Approach & Ensure All Bases Are Covered In Effort To Right A Century-Old Wrong & Give Sgt. Johnson The Recognition He Deserves Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that he is pushing an additional a… Continue Reading


11.19.14

SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH TO REINSTATE CRITICAL “TEACHER TAX BREAK” THAT HELPS OVER 100,000 UPSTATE NY TEACHERS SAVE UP TO $250 PER YEAR ON SCHOOL SUPPLIES – EXPIRED IN 2013; RENEWAL WOULD HELP OFF-SET COSTS FOR TEACHERS WHO DIP INTO THEIR OWN POCKETS TO PURCHASE SUPPLIES FOR CLASSROOM

Schumer Launches Push To Re-Instate This Important Benefit for NY Teachers & Make It Retroactive to Cover Last Year in this Month's Lame Duck Session - Tax Benefit Will Help Teachers Save & Bring More Supplies Into NY Classrooms to Help Our Kids Learn, Including During Upcoming Holiday Lesson Plans; Schumer Will Release Report On Number of Teachers per County & The Amount of Savings Schumer: Fed Government Can Give an Apple to NY Teachers this Year By Making Out-of- Pocket Investmen… Continue Reading


11.19.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES EFFORT TO NAME ROCHESTER POST OFFICE IN HONOR OF FALLEN VETERAN THEODORE MATTHEW GLENDE HAS CLEARED CONGRESS – LEGISLATION WILL NOW MOVE TO PRESIDENT’S DESK FOR FINAL SIGNATURE

Schumer Also Pushes for the Now "Specialist Theodore Matthew Glende Post Office" to Allow Exterior Signage on Post Office So Entire Community Will Have Reminder of & Tribute to His Bravery Schumer: Renaming Rochester Post Office After Glende is Fitting Tribute to His Bravery and Dedication Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the legislation to rename the Rochester Main Post Office local at 1335 Jefferson Road in the Town of Henrietta after Army Specialist Theodore Matth… Continue Reading


11.18.14

SCHUMER CALLS ON ARMY SECRETARY TO CREATE NEW ARRANGEMENT THAT WOULD ALLOW THE WATERVLIET ARSENAL BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY PARTNERSHIP TO KEEP THE REVENUE IT GENERATES & RE-INVEST IT IN ATTRACTING NEW COMPANIES TO THE CAMPUS – LOCAL DEVELOPMENT CORP. GENERATES MORE THAN $2 MILLION IN REVENUE EACH YEAR, BUT CURRENTLY MOST PROCEEDS MUST BE BROUGHT BACK TO ARMY COFFERS

Schumer Calls on Army Sec. McHugh to Work With Arsenal & Partnership to Develop Plan that Would Allow it to Use Rental Income to Reinvest in Campus & Keep Watervliet Viable - Schumer Says There Is Precedent for this Type of Arrangement Schumer: The Arsenal Partnership Should Be Able To Keep the Revenue It Generates, Not Send It Back to The Army Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer urged Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh to enable the local development corporation at the Watervli… Continue Reading


11.17.14

GILLIBRAND, SCHUMER PUSH FOR FORMATION OF A COMBINED NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY CYBER PROTECTION TEAM; URGE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD DIRECTOR TO APPROVE BID FOR TEAM LOCATED IN ALBANY COUNTY

U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) along with Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) today announced their support for the New York and New Jersey Army National Guards' formation of a combined Cyber Protection Team. In a letter to the Army National Guard's Acting Director, Major General Lyons, the senators urged for swift approval of a proposal allowing the New York and New Jersey Army National Guards to form a joint team focused on addressing the… Continue Reading


11.17.14

SCHUMER: RESEARCH & REPORTING ON SIDS & OTHER ‘SUDDEN DEATH IN YOUNG’ SYNDROMES IS WOEFULLY INADEQUATE, LEAVING GRIEVING BUFFALO PARENTS WITHOUT ANSWERS; BUFFALO INFANT MORTALITY RATE AMONG HIGHEST IN NATION – SENATOR & BUFFALO PARENTS OF CHILD VICTIMS URGE SENATE TO ACT ON BIPARTISAN BILL IN LAME-DUCK SESSION THAT WOULD HELP PREVENT FUTURE TRAGEDIES

Schumer Calls For Senate to Pass Legislation That Has Already Passed the House of Representatives & Will Fill Gaps in Federal Reporting of Young Deaths, Improve Data Collection & Investigations, Enhance Training, Plus Improve Research Schumer Stands With Buffalo Parents to Highlight That Stricter Protocols & More Accurate Data Could Decrease The Number of Tragic Deaths in Children & Infants - Would Also Provide Quicker Answers to Parents Who Lack Information About Cause of Death… Continue Reading


11.17.14

SCHUMER: RESEARCH & REPORTING ON SIDS & OTHER ‘SUDDEN DEATH IN YOUNG’ SYNDROMES IS WOEFULLY INADEQUATE, LEAVING GRIEVING ROCHESTER PARENTS WITHOUT ANSWERS; ROCHESTER INFANT MORTALITY RATE AMONG HIGHEST IN NATION – SENATOR & ROCHESTER PARENTS OF CHILD VICTIMS URGE SENATE TO ACT ON BIPARTISAN BILL IN LAME-DUCK SESSION THAT WOULD HELP PREVENT FUTURE TRAGEDIES

Schumer Calls For Senate to Pass Legislation That Has Already Passed the House of Representatives & Will Fill Gaps in Federal Reporting of Young Deaths, Improve Data Collection & Investigations, Enhance Training, Plus Improve Research Schumer Stands With Rochester Parents to Highlight That Stricter Protocols & More Accurate Data Could Decrease The Number of Tragic Deaths in Children & Infants - Would Also Provide Quicker Answers to Parents Who Lack Information About Cause of Dea… Continue Reading


11.17.14

SCHUMER JOINS WITH LOCAL OFFICIALS TO BEGIN LONG-AWAITED FILLING IN OF SUNKEN PORTION OF ROCHESTER’S INNER LOOP – REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT WILL SET STAGE FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & JOB CREATION, MAKE AREA MORE PEDESTRIAN- AND BIKE-FRIENDLY; SCHUMER HELPED SECURE $16.5 MILLION IN FED FUNDS TO MAKE PROJECT A REALITY

Schumer Pushed The Inner Loop Project With Two Different Secretaries of Transportation - Senator Made In-Person Appeals to Secs. LaHood & Foxx; Without Fed Support, Project Would Have Remained On the Drawing Board Schumer: If You Fill It, They Will Come Today, at the Corner of Howell Street and South Union Street at Rochester's Inner Loop, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer joined with local Rochester officials and developers to celebrate the first "filling in" of the City of Rochester's In… Continue Reading


11.17.14

SCHUMER: NYC & BELLEVUE MUST BE REIMBURSED FOR EBOLA EXPENSES INCURRED FOR TREATING DR. SPENCER & FOR EXTENSIVE ‘CONTACT TRACING’ OF HEALTH WORKERS & HUNDREDS RETURNING FROM WEST AFRICA DAILY— OVER $20M SPENT THUS FAR; SCHUMER TO ALSO CALL FOR PERMANENT ‘EBOLA FUND’ THAT WILL REIMBURSE ANY FUTURE CITY HANDLING EBOLA

Schumer Will Also Call for Creation of 'Ebola Fund' Similar to Those For Diseases like Tuberculosis, Available to Reimburse Any City That Handles a Confirmed Ebola Case, Treats a Patient & Conducts Contact Tracing; "Local Governments Should Be Compensated for Fighting Contagion Just Like We Help Localities After Natural Disasters." Schumer: NYC & Taxpayers Can't Be Left Holding the Bag for Their Thorough Handling of a Deadly Infectious Disease - Fewer Resources Spent Could Have Meant Di… Continue Reading


11.14.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND: FEMA MUST CONDUCT TOP-TO-BOTTOM INVESTIGATION INTO REPEATED RED FLAGS IN HOW INSURANCE COMPANIES HAVE HANDLED & DENIED THE CLAIMS OF SANDY FLOOD VICTIMS FOR DAMAGE TO THEIR HOMES

Senators' Call Comes in Light of Federal Judge Brown's Recent Order Which Suggested That Reports Were Doctored To Withhold Payments for Family In Long Beach - In addition, Senators Noted Inexcusable Delays As a Result of Legal Stall Tactics Used to Make Millions of Dollars on Backs of Federal Taxpayers Schumer, Gillibrand: FEMA Must Protect Sandy Victims & Ensure They are Fairly Compensated For Devastating Losses U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today called on the… Continue Reading


11.14.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, HANNA URGE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE LEADERS TO CONTINUE TO PROTECT ROME DFAS JOBS – PUSH LEADERS TO GREEN-LIGHT PROVISION THAT WOULD PROVIDE CONGRESS WITH OVERSIGHT OVER DFAS PERSONNEL PLANS

Provision Institutes Additional Protections for DFAS Federal Reps Say: DFAS Workers Are Productive, Efficient and Cost- Effective U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Richard Hanna called on both the chairs and ranking members of the Senate Armed Services Committee and House Armed Services Committee to preserve language from the already-passed House version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would help provide additional protections f… Continue Reading


11.13.14

SCHUMER: MAJOR LOOPHOLE IN FED LAW PREVENTS STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT FROM AIDING IN MISSING CHILDREN SEARCH EFFORTS & UPDATING FILES WITH NEWLY DISCOVERED EVIDENCE, PHOTOS, MEDICAL & DENTAL RECORDS – WITH MORE THAN 10,000 UPSTATE NEW YORK CHILDREN GOING MISSING EACH YEAR & MANY CASES STILL UNRESOLVED, SCHUMER URGES CHANGE IN LAW

Schumer Calls on Congressional Colleagues to Act on Bipartisan Plan That Gives All Law Enforcement Greater Access to National Missing Children Files & Also Says That Missing Children Records Should Be Updated With Photos, Medical Records & More, Within 30 Days - Law Enforcement Still Trying To Solve Thousands of Missing Children Cases, Including Jaliek Rainwalker in Capital Region, Sara Anne Wood in CNY & Brittanee Drexel in Rochester In the Capital Region, 2,081 Children Went Missi… Continue Reading


11.13.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $1M IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD’S INFRASTRUCTURE REPAIRS FOLLOWING SUPERSTORM SANDY

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1M in FEMA Funding to Reimburse Town of Hempstead for Street Lighting Equipment, Including Poles, Lamps, Wiring & More U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Town of Hempstead will receive over $1 million in federal funding for the repair and replacement of street lights and underground electrical wiring throughout the Town that were damaged as a result of Superstorm Sandy. The reimbursement is being provided by … Continue Reading


11.13.14

SCHUMER: NEW FED PLAN TO TEST POTENTIALLY FAULTY, DANGEROUS HIGHWAY GUARDRAILS IS INSUFFICIENT; USES OLD & OUTDATED SAFETY STANDARDS – SCHUMER PUSHES FED HIGHWAY ADMIN. TO TEST GUARDRAILS USING NEW, MORE STRINGENT METHOD

After Significant Pressure from Schumer & Others, Feds & Guardrail Manufacturer Agreed to A Plan To Re-Evaluate Product & Identify Potential Safety Issues - This Plan, However, Would Employ Old Standards to Measure Effectiveness & Safety of Guardrail Component Even Though New, More Robust Safety Standards Were Developed for Guardrails in 2009 and Implemented in 2011; Schumer Urges Feds to Test Product With New Standards Schumer: Driver Safety Shouldn't Be Stuck in 2005 When Driv… Continue Reading

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