Press Releases

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


08.01.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $280,000 FOR THE WATKINS GLEN FIRE DEPARTMENT

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $285,000 in federal funding for the Watkins Glen Fire Department. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The Watkins Glen Fire Department will use these federal funds to purchase a new fire tanker truck. These tanker trucks are necessary when firefighters face situations where there are no fire hydrants and they must bring their own resour… Continue Reading


08.01.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $90,000 FOR TWO WESTERN NEW YORK FIRE DEPARTMENTS

Jamison Road Fire Company in Erie County Will Use Funds to Buy New Air Tank Filling System - Will Fill Air Tanks to Keep Firefighters Safe U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $92,341 in federal funding for the Hinsdale and Jamison Road Fire Districts in Western New York. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The Hinsdale Fire Department in Cattaraugus County will use its… Continue Reading


07.31.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, MAFFEI ANNOUNCE $15,300 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR SYRACUSE FIRE DEPARTMENT

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Dan Maffei today announced that the Syracuse Fire Department has been awarded $15,300 in Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Syracuse Fire Department will use this grant to purchase a BullEx Attack Digital Fire Training System, which will allow the Department to create a simulated fire in a high rise building so that firefighters can train in a re… Continue Reading


07.31.14

SCHUMER: IDLING GARBAGE TRAINS IN DEPEW LEAVE ENGINES ROARING ALL NIGHT & SEND NOXIOUS GARBAGE STENCH INTO HOMES – SENATOR CALLS ON CSX TO MOVE TRAINS OUT OF DEPEW, FIND NON- RESIDENTIAL AREA FOR TRAINS TO IDLE

Schumer Urges CSX to Get Idling Garbage Trains Out of Depew Neighborhood & Move Them To A Non-Residential Area So Depew Residents Are Not Afflicted by Smell, Noise Pollution Schumer to CSX: Move Trains For The Sake of Depew Residents' Health, Quality of Life Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the CSX rail company to move trains filled with garbage, that have been idling at all hours of the night on its rail lines along Walden Avenue, a heavily populated residential area in … Continue Reading


07.31.14

SCHUMER: USDA TO BEGIN SECOND ROUND OF SOLICITING PROPOSALS FROM GREEK YOGURT MAKERS FOR 12-STATE USDA GREEK YOGURT PILOT PROGRAM – NY GREEK YOGURT PRODUCERS CAN APPLY STARTING AUGUST 7TH

NY's Own Chobani & Upstate Niagara - Winners of First Solicitation - Were Selected Last Month to Provide Greek Yogurt to Schools in 7 States for One Month Greek Yogurt Vendor(s) Will Be Selected Through Application Process That Will Begin On August 7th; Schumer Urges NY Greek Yogurt Makers To Apply U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is scheduled to begin soliciting proposals on August 7th from Greek yogurt makers who will be see… Continue Reading


07.31.14

SCHUMER: LIVINGSTON COUNTY SET TO RECEIVE MORE THAN $410,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO EXPAND CROSSROADS COMMERCE PARK – FUNDS WILL HELP BUILD NEW ACCESS ROAD AT BIZ PARK IN AVON THAT WILL LEAD TO NEW JOBS & BOOST ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS

EDA Funds Will Help Build New Access Road at Commerce Park & Open Up 3 Shovel-Ready Build Sites for Companies That Plan to Create Jobs & Expand Schumer: Funds Will Attract More Companies to Avon, Create Jobs & Help Anchor Development Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) has made a critical funding commitment for Livingston County and the Town of Avon to expand the Crossroads Commerce Park in Avon by building a n… Continue Reading


07.31.14

SCHUMER PUSHES TO SECURE $4 MILLION IN FED FUNDS FOR BROOME COUNTY TO PURCHASE 10 NEW ENVIRONMENTALLY- FRIENDLY PUBLIC BUSES, MODERNIZE AGING FLEET – MANY COUNTY BUSES ARE PAST USEFUL LIFESPAN & NEW BUSES WILL HELP LIMIT SERVICE INTERRUPTIONS

Schumer Pushes To Secure Fed Funding To Add 10 New Clean Diesel Buses To Fleet - Funding Would Also Enable City To Install 9 New Bicycle Shelters, Making It Easier For Residents to Bike To And From Work Schumer: New Buses For Broome County Will Alleviate Pressures On System & Help Local Economy U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced he is pushing the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) to award Broome County over $4 million to purchase ten new, clean diesel buses and ins… Continue Reading


07.30.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $485,000 FOR SUFFOLK COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENTS; INVESTMENT MEANS VITAL EQUIPMENT FOR FIRST RESPONDERS AT LINDENHURST & ORIENT FIRE DEPARTMENTS

Lindenhurst Will Use Funding to Purchase Approximately 30 Self- Contained Breathing Apparatus For Its Firefighters; Orient Will Use Funding to Purchase New Tanker That Holds 2,500 Gallons of Water Funding is Being Provided Through DHS's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG); Senators Have Continually Pushed for Funding to Assist Fire Departments & First Responders U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $176,850 in federal funding for Lindenhurst … Continue Reading


07.30.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, AFTER HIS PUSH, VILLAGE OF COBLESKILL TO RECEIVE MORE THAN $2.3 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR CRITICAL WATER SUPPLY PROJECT – PROJECT WILL PROTECT WATER SUPPLY AND REDUCE FLOODING

Increasing Protection for Three Water Reservoirs in Cobleskill Will Protect Water Supply for Residents & Reduce Flooding in Village and Surrounding Areas Federal Funds Will Allow Village to Improve Water Treatment Plant & Dow Reservoir, Dredge & Repair Cobleskill's Dam Spillway Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that, after his push, the Village of Cobleskill in Schoharie County will receive $2,325,000 in federal funds to make repairs to its water supply system and … Continue Reading


07.30.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES EIGHT DAMS IN THE SOUTHERN TIER TO RECEIVE MORE THAN $2.9 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR REHABILITATION & SAFETY ASSESSMENTS – FUNDING WILL HELP KEEP LOCAL RESIDENTS SAFE

Schumer Secured Dam Rehabilitation Funding as Part of 2014 Farm Bill - Funding Can Help Hundreds of Upstate Dams That Are In Desperate Need of Repair Schumer: Dam Rehabilitation Will Help Keep Residents Safe & Prevent Property Damage Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that, after his push, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will allocate the state of New York $2.9 million in funding for dam rehabilitation and $3.2 mill… Continue Reading


07.30.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES TWO DAMS IN CATTARAUGUS COUNTY TO RECEIVE $350,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR REHABILITATION – FUNDING WILL HELP KEEP LOCAL RESIDENTS SAFE

Schumer Secured Dam Rehabilitation Funding as Part of 2014 Farm Bill - Funding Can Help Hundreds of Upstate Dams That Are In Desperate Need of Repair Schumer: Dam Rehabilitation Will Help Keep Residents Safe & Prevent Property Damage Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that, after his push, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will allocate the state of New York $2.9 million in funding for dam rehabilitation and $3.2 mill… Continue Reading


07.30.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES EIGHT DAMS IN THE SOUTHERN TIER TO RECEIVE MORE THAN $2.9 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR REHABILITATION & SAFETY ASSESSMENTS FUNDING WILL HELP KEEP LOCAL RESIDENTS SAFE

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that, after his push, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will allocate the state of New York $2.9 million in funding for dam rehabilitation and $3.2 million for safety assessments of dams across the state. Specifically, a total of five dams across Broome County and dams in Allegany, Chemung and Tioga Counties, all in the Southern Tier region, will receive $2,910,000 for both dam rehabilitatio… Continue Reading


07.30.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES TWO DAMS IN CATTARAUGUS COUNTY TO RECEIVE $350,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR REHABILITATION FUNDING WILL HELP KEEP LOCAL RESIDENTS SAFE

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that, after his push, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will allocate the state of New York $2.9 million in funding for dam rehabilitation and $3.2 million for safety assessments of dams across the state. Specifically, two dams in Cattaraugus will receive $350,000 in federal funding for rehabilitation projects, including $150,000 for one dam site at Conewango Creek and $300,000 for one dam s… Continue Reading

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