Press Releases

10.30.14

SCHUMER: PORT OF OSWEGO COULD BE EXPORTING OVER 1 MILLION BUSHELS OF GRAIN PER YEAR, BUT NEEDS SPECIAL FED DESIGNATION TO MAKE IT HAPPEN – SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH TO MAKE GRAIN EXPORTS A REALITY AT PORT OF OSWEGO; DESIGNATION WOULD ALLOW SUNY OSWEGO TO TAKE ON MAJOR NEW ROLE AT PORT & CREATE LOCAL JOBS

Schumer Urges USDA to Provide SUNY & Port of Oswego Key Designation That Similar Ports Already Have - Would Enable Perdue To Create More Jobs Locally & Expand Oswego Footprint; Would Also Provide New Opportunities for SUNY Oswego Faculty & Students Who Would Play A Lead Role In Grain Export Inspections Schumer to USDA: Fed Designation Would Grow Local Economy, Should Not Be A Heavy Lift Today, at the Shineman Center at SUNY Oswego, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer launched his push … Continue Reading


10.29.14

SCHUMER, MAFFEI URGE FEDS TO KEEP HALFWAY HOUSE OUT OF TIPPERARY HILL NEIGHBORHOOD – LOCATING HALFWAY HOUSE IN MIDDLE OF RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD, JUST 500 FT. FROM BOYS & GIRLS CLUB AND CLOSE TO TWO ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, JUST DOESN’T WORK

Today, at the Syracuse Boys and Girls Club on Hamilton Street, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer joined with U.S. Representative Dan Maffei as they urged the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to keep a new, proposed halfway house out of the residential Tipperary Hill neighborhood. Schumer and Maffei explained that there is currently a halfway house located in an appropriate, non-residential neighborhood on Erie Boulevard, but its contract has expired and the BOP has received at least two proposals t… Continue Reading


10.29.14

SCHUMER SECURES THIRD FEDERAL INVESTMENT, MORE THAN $1.9 MILLION, FOR WILLIAMSVILLE’S ‘PICTURE MAIN STREET’ PROJECT – FUNDING WILL MAKE SPRING ST. & MAIN ST. SAFER, MORE BUSINESS & PEDESTRIAN FRIENDLY, BRING FUTURE INVESTMENT & DEVELOPMENT TO THE VILLAGE

Today, Senator Schumer announced that he has secured $1,902,180 for the "Picture Main Street" project in Williamsville, which will revitalize the neighborhood around the historic Williamsville Water Mill on Spring Street. Schumer explained that this will be the third major federal investment that he has secured for the project, bringing the total funding for the "Picture Main Street" to more than $5.2 million. The first grant was a federal Green Infrastructure Grant provided through the Environm… Continue Reading


10.29.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $4 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR WATER AND WASTE UPGRADES IN WAWARSING

U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a grant of $1,973,000 and a loan of $1,873,000 for the Town of Wawarsing in Ulster County. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program and will be used to restore water storage tanks, replace the treatment facility at the 400,000 gallon tank, and replace other aged and undersized water mains that are not up to New York Stat… Continue Reading


10.28.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $1.2 MILLION IN USDA FUNDING FOR TWO ROCHESTER-FINGER LAKES REGION MUNICIPALITIES

Town of Waterloo Will Use Funds To Install New Water Main; Make Improvements to Vital Infrastructure U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,285,000 in federal funding for the Rochester-Finger Lakes Region. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development Water and Environmental Program. The Town of Batavia will receive a loan of $516,000 and a grant of $421,000 in order to install 18,250 feet of water main down p… Continue Reading


10.28.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, MAFFEI ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $1.5 MILLION IN USDA FUNDING FOR THE TOWN OF MARION IN WAYNE COUNTY

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Daniel Maffei today announced $1,501,000 in federal funding for the Town of Marion in Wayne County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development Water and Environmental Program. The town will receive a loan of $831,000 and a grant of $670,000 in order to install 26,675 feet of water line, including hydrants and multiple gate valves. The project will be completed on Owls N… Continue Reading


10.27.14

SCHUMER: FAULTY GUARDRAIL COMPONENT LIKELY INSTALLED ON ROADS ACROSS UPSTATE NY COULD BE POSING GRAVE DANGER TO MOTORISTS; AT LEAST 5 DEATHS HAVE BEEN LINKED TO DESIGN – SCHUMER CALLS ON FED HIGHWAY ADMIN. TO CONDUCT TOP-TO- BOTTOM REVIEW OF WHERE IN NYS THEY ARE INSTALLED, PROVIDE GUIDANCE ON REPLACING THEM

Manufacturer of End Terminal Changed Product Design in 2005 Without Alerting Feds & Company Was Recently Found Guilty Of Fraud - Last Week, Manufacturer Agreed to Halt Sales For Additional Safety Testing & 13 States Have Voluntarily Chosen To Stop Installing This End Terminal Out Of Concern for Driver Safety Schumer Says There Are Likely Thousands Of These Guardrails on Upstate NY Roads - Calls For Fed. Highway Admin. To Work With NYS To Identify Where These Devices Are Installed So Rep… Continue Reading


10.27.14

SCHUMER: FAULTY GUARDRAIL COMPONENT LIKELY INSTALLED ON ROADS ACROSS UPSTATE NY COULD BE POSING GRAVE DANGER TO MOTORISTS; AT LEAST 5 DEATHS HAVE BEEN LINKED TO DESIGN – SCHUMER CALLS ON FED HIGHWAY ADMIN. TO CONDUCT TOP-TO-BOTTOM REVIEW OF WHERE IN NYS THEY ARE INSTALLED, PROVIDE GUIDANCE ON REPLACING THEM

Manufacturer of End Terminal Changed Product Design in 2005 Without Alerting Feds & Company Was Recently Found Guilty Of Fraud - Last Week, Manufacturer Agreed to Halt Sales For Additional Safety Testing & 13 States Have Voluntarily Chosen To Stop Installing This End Terminal Out Of Concern for Driver Safety Schumer Says There Are Likely Thousands Of These Guardrails on Upstate NY Roads - Calls For Fed. Highway Admin. To Work With NYS To Identify Where These Devices Are Installed So Rep… Continue Reading


10.27.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, AFTER HIS PUSH, ROCHESTER & WEBSTER TO RECEIVE $2.3 MILLION IN FED FUNDING FOR TRANSFORMATIVE TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS – ROCHESTER TO RECEIVE $1.5 MILLION FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW ON-STREET PARKING & PEDESTRIAN IMPROVEMENTS ALONG EAST MAIN STREET; WEBSTER TO RECEIVE MORE THAN $800K FOR NEW SIDEWALKS, BIKE LANES ALONG NORTH AVENUE

Main Street Rochester Has Been A Bus Transfer Mall For Decades, Stifling Retail Growth Downtown; But New Schumer-Secured Indoor Bus Station Is Finally Moving Bus Traffic Off Main Street, Creating Opportunity for Revitalization Schumer Says Webster Project Will Breathe New Life Into Village Center, Something Webster Officials Have Been Working On For Years - North Avenue Upgrades Will Attract Shoppers, Residents, Visitors & New Retail Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that, f… Continue Reading


10.27.14

SCHUMER: IN RESPONSE TO NEW INVESTIGATION THAT FINDS ILLEGAL, ONLINE DRUG MARKET IS THRIVING & INFILTRATING LONG ISLAND, SCHUMER CALLS FOR TOP TO BOTTOM DEPT. OF JUSTICE REVIEW OF HOW ‘DARK WEB’ DRUG SALES CONTINUE TO GROW – ALSO VOWS INCREASED FUNDING TO BETTER TARGET CYBER DRUG DEALERS

In response to a troubling new investigation into the rapidly growing online marketplace for illicit drug sales that is infiltrating Long Island and New York City, Schumer today called for the Department of Justice to do a full review of how it is combating these online drug bazaars and whether this work should be better prioritized. Schumer also vowed to fight for increased funding in the FY16 Appropriations process aimed at fighting cyber drug dealers, so that the Department of Justice, the Fe… Continue Reading


10.27.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, AFTER HIS PUSH, ULSTER & NEW PALTZ TO RECEIVE MORE THAN $1.7 MILLION IN FED FUNDS FOR VILLAGE SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENTS & TO BUILD CRITICAL MISSING LINK TO CATSKILL RAIL TRAIL – WILL CONNECT NEW PALTZ TO POPULAR WALKWAY OVER THE HUDSON & GREATLY ENHANCE TOURISM AND JOBS IN ULSTER COUNTY

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that, after his push, Ulster County and the Town of New Paltz will receive a combined $1,796,751 in federal funds to improve Village of New Paltz's sidewalks and to link the town to the Catskill Rail Trail. Ulster will receive $1,595,123 to connect the town of New Paltz to the Catskill Rail Trail, and New Paltz will receive $201,628 to make sidewalk improvements to Huguenot Street, Church Street, Prospect Street, and Henry DuBois Drive. Schumer st… Continue Reading


10.27.14

SCHUMER PUSHES FAA TO DESIGNATE GROUP OF UNIVERSITIES THAT INCLUDES ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY A ‘CENTER OF EXCELLENCE’ FOR UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS – PRESTIGIOUS DESIGNATION WOULD ALLOW RIT TO DEVELOP UAS FOR DAMAGE ASSESSMENT, INSPECTION & AGRICULTURE

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer urged the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to designate a consortium consisting of a number of universities, including the Rochester Institute of Technology, a Center of Excellence (COE) in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). Schumer explained that, this year, the FAA plans to select one COE, that will consist of a group of world-class universities, to conduct UAS related research, education, and training while working to address the challenges and barrie… Continue Reading


10.26.14

SCHUMER: SANDY AID HAS DELIVERED LARGEST FEDERAL REVITALIZATION OF NEW YORK INFRASTRUCTURE SINCE ROBERT MOSES - SENATOR RELEASES FIRST ‘SANDY INFRASTRUCTURE INVENTORY’; RECORD $17 BILLION-WORTH OF TRANSFORMATIVE GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE, TRANSPORTATION, COASTAL PROTECTION & MUNICIPAL PROJECTS HAVE BEEN FUNDED

Schumer's Inventory Outlines How The Historic Levels of Funding for Infrastructure Have Been Geared Towards Addressing Unpredictable Weather & Climate Change, Strengthening our Transit Systems, Fortifying New York's Coastline & Repairing Municipal Infrastructure, Like Hospitals & Public Housing National Infrastructure Funding Had Drifted Away from New York; Sandy Bill Restored NY As Preeminent Site For Federal Capital Infrastructure Investment Ahead of the second anniversary of S… Continue Reading


10.24.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, OWENS ANNOUNCE $325,000 IN USDA FUNDING FOR THE VILLAGE OF CASTORLAND

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Bill Owens today announced $325,000 in federal funding for the Village of Castorland in Lewis County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program and will be used to upgrade the sewer collection system and to construct a sewer treatment plant. "It is difficult to attract new residents and businesses with a faulty sewer system. That is why thi… Continue Reading


10.24.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $800,000 IN FEMA FUNDING FOR THE TOWN OF RICHMONDVILLE IN SCHOHARIE COUNTY

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced a total of $822,543.87 in FEMA funds for the Town of Richmondville, located in Schoharie County. Of these funds, $647,339.23 will be used by the town to make repairs to its business district, which was badly damaged during Hurricane Irene back in August of 2011. These funds were allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) program. The funds will be used to reimburse the town for… Continue Reading


10.24.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $1.5 MILLION IN U.S. DEPT OF AGRICULTURE FUNDS FOR CORNELL UNIVERSITY TO RESEARCH & ADDRESS INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that Cornell University will receive $1,529,329 in federal funds through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Cornell University will use these funds to research and address integrated pest management (IPM) in Upstate New York. This federal funding will provide Cornell the resources to research and develop ways to protect crops and livestock against pests, including … Continue Reading


10.23.14

CASEY, SCHUMER TO INTRODUCE BILL TO CLOSE LOOPHOLE THAT ALLOWS EXPELLED NAZIS TO COLLECT SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS

Casey & Schumer, Members of Finance Committee, Will Push for Speedy Consideration of Legislation Casey Schumer Effort Will Be Companion to Congresswoman Maloney Efforts in House oday, U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Charles Schumer (D-NY), members of the Senate Finance Committee, announced that they will soon introduce legislation to close a loophole that has allowed Nazis expelled from the U.S. to collect Social Security benefits. A new investigation by the Associated Press revealed … Continue Reading


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

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