Press Releases

04.15.14

SCHUMER OPENS STATE-OF-THE-ART UTILITY CONTROL CENTER THAT WILL SAVE RATEPAYERS HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS HELP SAFEGUARD ELECTRIC GRID FROM FUTURE BLACKOUTS ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF $74 MILLION INVESTMENT IN SMART GRID THAT WILL PAY DIVIDENDS FOR DECADES TO COME

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer attended the grand opening of the new New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) Utility Control Center, which received a $74 million investment thanks in part to Senator Schumer's efforts to secure a $37 million Department of Energy (DOE) grant for Smart Technology Initiatives. Schumer said that this Utility Control Center - and the federal investment in smart grid technology - will lower energy costs for families and small businesses across New York, an… Continue Reading


04.14.14

SCHUMER: FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ANTI-VIOLENCE EFFORTS IN SYRACUSE-AREA SCHOOLS HAS BEEN DRAMATICALLY CUT, MAKING IT EVEN MORE DIFFICULT TO PREVENT THE NEXT SANDY HOOK OR MAJOR SCHOOL STABBING LIKE RECENT INCIDENT NEAR PITTSBURGH SENATOR URGES FEDS TO RESTORE FUNDING FOR PROGRAMS THAT CAN BETTER SECURE SCHOOLS LIKE FAYETTEVILLE-MANLIUS HIGH SCHOOL HELP KEEP CNY STUDENTS SAFE

Today, at FayettevilleManlius High School, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer revealed that federal funding for antiviolence efforts in schools has been dramatically cut over the past few years, leaving Syracuse schools without critical funding to implement safety programs that can help prevent horrific incidents like Sandy Hook or the recent stabbing attack at a Pittsburgharea high school. Schumer explained that these federal programs help schools purchase safety technology, provide safety trainin… Continue Reading


04.14.14

SCHUMER: FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ANTI-VIOLENCE EFFORTS IN WESTERN NEW YORK SCHOOLS HAS BEEN DRAMATICALLY CUT, MAKING IT EVEN MORE DIFFICULT TO PREVENT THE NEXT SANDY HOOK OR MAJOR SCHOOL STABBING, LIKE RECENT INCIDENT NEAR PITTSBURGH SENATOR URGES FEDS TO RESTORE FUNDING FOR PROGRAMS THAT CAN HELP KEEP WNY STUDENTS SAFE

Today, at Cheektowaga Central High School, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer revealed that federal funding for antiviolence efforts in schools has been dramatically cut over the past few years, leaving Western New York schools without critical funding to implement safety programs that can help prevent horrific incidents like Sandy Hook or the recent stabbing attack at a Pittsburgharea high school. Schumer explained that these federal programs help schools purchase safety technology, provide safety… Continue Reading


04.10.14

SCHUMER, HELLER, KIRK, REED, MURPHY, JOHANNS INTRODUCE CRITICAL BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT TO RE-AUTHORIZE AND EXTEND TERRORISM RISK INSURANCE PROGRAM DEAL IS ESSENTIAL FOR DEVELOPMENT AND ECONOMIC SECURITY IN HIGH-RISK CITIES POST- 9-11

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (DNY), Dean Heller (RNV), Mark Kirk (RIL) and Jack Reed (DRI) today announced that they have reached a crucial bipartisan agreement on legislation that will reauthorize and extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) program, which is set to expire at the end of 2014. Created in 2002, the TRIA program is a critical priority for highrisk cities post9/11. The program provides a federal backstop for insurance coverage against losses from deva… Continue Reading


04.10.14

IN CRITICAL MOVE FOR UPSTATE NY HONEY FARMERS, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES FDA HAS HEEDED HIS CALL AND WILL TAMP DOWN ON HONEY LAUNDERING BY REQUIRING PROPER LABELING OF PURE HONEY NEW RULES WILL PREVENT TAINTED OR FAKE FOREIGN PRODUCTS FROM CHINA AND ELSEWHERE FROM UNFAIRLY COMPETING

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)has heeded his call, as well as the repeated requests of U.S. honey producers, to crack down on the misbranding and adulteration of honey. The FDA has proposed new guidelines to ensure that a product can only be labeled honey if it is made from nectar; a product cannot be labeled as "honey" if it has anysweeteners, sugar or corn syrup added. These guidelines will help FDA, Customs and other enforcemen… Continue Reading


04.07.14

SCHUMER - STANDING WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, BRYAN CRANSTON OTHER LEADING BROADWAY ACTORS MAKES FINAL PUSH TO GIVE BROADWAY PRODUCTIONS LIVE THEATER MAJOR TAX BREAK; BILL WILL ATTRACT NEW INVESTMENT CREATE HUNDREDS OF NEW JOBS IN NY ON GREAT WHITE WAY

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today joined actors Neil Patrick Harris, Bryan Cranston, other top Broadway actors and characters, as well as a number of Broadway producers, as he announced his campaign to give Broadway and live theater productions a major tax break that will encourage investment and spur job creation on the Great White Way. Schumer today called for passage of his key amendment that would change the federal tax code and create equal tax treatment for live theater by extending it… Continue Reading


03.26.14

FEDS PLANNING OVER 50% CUT IN NUCLEAR SECURITY FUNDING TO NYPD; SCHUMER DEMANDS IMMEDIATE REVERSE IN CUTS

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today warned that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is planning on cutting funding to New York City from the federal "Securing the Cities" program in the upcoming year by over 50%.  The dramatic and unexpected drop in funding would deal a major blow to the New York Police Department's (NYPD) radiation detection initiative, the importance of which was underscored yesterday when President Obama said his biggest fear was a nuclear weapon going o… Continue Reading


03.20.14

SCHUMER DEMANDS FERC UNDO ORDER THAT WOULD UNFAIRLY JACK UP ELECTRIC RATES IN ULSTER ORANGE COUNTIES AFTER BRUTAL WINTER OF HIGH ENERGY COSTS, NEW FEDERAL ORDER COULD BREAK THE BANK FOR HOMEOWNERS

Today, at Poughkeepsie City Hall, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to undo an order that would unfairly hike electric rates in Ulster and Orange Counties in the coming months, given that consumers have endured a brutal winter of high energy costs and that the new zone may be unnecessary given inprogress energy upgrades. In January, FERC reapproved a proposal by the New York Independent System Operators (NYISO) - which operates and administers … Continue Reading


03.12.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES USDA GREEK YOGURT PILOT PROGRAM WILL EXPAND TO 12 STATES STARTING IN SEPTEMBER, INCLUDING NEW YORK

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will expand its already successful Greek yogurt pilot program to eight new states, in addition to New York and three other states that participated from September to November 2013. Schumer said that from September 2014 to June 2015, New York, Arizona, Idaho, Tennessee, California, Iowa, Connecticut, Illinois, North Carolina, Vermont, Washington and Mississippi will partake in the pilot program. The contract … Continue Reading


03.11.14

SCHUMER: OAK ORCHARD HARBOR WILL RECEIVE A LARGE MAINTENANCE DREDGE TO INCREASE HARBORS CAPACITY WILL ALLOW RECREATIONAL TRAFFIC TO MOVE MORE EFFICIENTLY PROVIDE A BOOST TO LOCAL ECONOMY

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that Oak Orchard Harbor will receive a large maintenance dredge this year, valued at $420,000 and funded through the Sandy Supplemental Appropriations bill. Schumer met with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Buffalo District Director LTC Beaudoin who confirmed the USACE's plans and estimated the dredge is scheduled to be completed by around June 15, 2014. Schumer has long fought for Oak Orchard Harbor to be dredged, especially since Superst… Continue Reading


03.05.14

SCHUMER CALLS FOR FIRST STATEWIDE HEROIN DATABASE LACK OF INFORMATION HINDERS NY LAW ENFORCEMENTS ABILITY TO COMBAT HEROIN CRISIS; DRUGSTAT WILL ALLOW LOCAL COPS, HOSPITALS TOXICOLOGISTS TO TRACK CRIMES OVERDOSE PATTERNS

Today, on a press conference call, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer launched a twopronged plan to combat the rising epidemic of heroin abuse in New York and around the country.  First, Schumer called on the President's Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to establish a detailed framework and implementation plan for New York counties to set up "DrugStat", a firstever informationsharing database that would track heroin and other drugrelated crimes, overdoses, deaths, hospital admissions … Continue Reading


02.28.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND URGE HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY TO BOOST NEW YORKS SHARE OF CRITICAL ANTI-TERROR FUNDING AS NYC REMAINS TOP TERROR TARGET IN THE NATION

U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today urged U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to provide New York with a boost in antiterror funding given that the federal budget this year for state and local homeland security funding increased by an estimated 16 percent. New York City remains the top terror target in the nation and federal funds are used to protect New York's transit systems, ports and urban nonprofits against security threats and terrorist attacks. With this… Continue Reading


02.24.14

SCHUMER SLAMS IOC FOR DECISION TO HOST OLYMPIC GAMES IN SOCHI, RUSSIA CALLS ON IOC TO REVISE PROCESS AND PLACE GREATER WEIGHT ON BASIC LIBERTIES AND HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD OF POTENTIAL HOST COUNTRIES BEFORE AWARDING THEM THE GAMES

New York, NY - Following the conclusion of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today slammed the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for its decision to award the Winter Olympics to Russia, a country with a long list of human rights violations. Schumer called on the IOC to consider potential host countries' human rights records before awarding them with the world's premier international sporting event. Schumer cited antigay laws, abuses of workers' rights, and an… Continue Reading


02.20.14

SCHUMER: NY SUSQUEHANNA WESTERN RAILWAY NEEDS EXPIRED SHORT-LINE RAIL TAX CREDIT TO CONTINUE NEEDED TRACK MAINTENANCE AND KEEP RAIL LINES SAFE SENATOR LAUNCHES PLAN TO RESTORE CAPITAL FUNDING FOR RAIL IMPROVEMENTS

Today at the New York Susquehanna and Western Railway Headquarters, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer launched his push for the  Short Line Railroad Rehabilitation and Investment Act to restore and extend a crucial tax credit to shortline railroads, like the New York Susquehanna and Western Railway (NYSW), for infrastructure improvement projects through 2016.  Schumer explained that the NYSW is an important connector for New York businesses to ship their products to regional terminuses and beyond… Continue Reading


02.20.14

SCHUMER: POLAR VORTEX COULD MEAN TROUBLE FOR CENTRAL NY BEE POPULATION, ORCHARDS SENATOR CALLS FOR RAPID TURNAROUND FROM USDA FOR DISASTER ASSISTANCE FOR MADISON COUNTY APPLE FARMERS BEEKEEPERS THAT SUFFER EXTENSIVE DAMAGE THIS WINTER

Today at Honey Hill Orchards, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide swift relief to farmers, apple growers and beekeepers in Central New York who suffer major losses and crop damage from the extreme cold weather this winter through two key disaster assistance programs and be ready to approve a crop disaster declaration so emergency loans can be made available to eligible Madison County farmers and growers.  Schumer explained that the Tree … Continue Reading


02.20.14

SCHUMER: ABANDONED TEXTILE MILL, DRY CLEANERS OTHER BROWNFIELD SITES IN GLENS FALLS ARE EYESORES, RAISE HEALTH CONCERNS HURT DOWNTOWN REDEVELOPMENT EFFORTS SENATOR URGES EPA TO AWARD $700,000 IN BROWNFIELD CLEANUP GRANT TO THE CITY

Today, at the Former Aroxy Dry Cleaners at 251 Warren Street, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer launched his push to secure an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant for the City of Glens Falls in order to clean up six highpriority sites that are currently eyesores and hurt downtown redevelopment. Specifically, this grant funding would come through the EPA's Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Brownfield Grand Program. Schumer said this is a matter of public health and economic development; many of the… Continue Reading


02.19.14

SCHUMER: SANDY BILL PROVIDES FUNDING FOR DREDGING OF SIX UPSTATE HARBORS BUT THATS ONLY HALF THE JOB CALLS ON ARMY CORPS TO USE NEW GENERAL FUNDS TO FULLY DREDGE WHILE EQUIPMENT IS ON SITE AVOID ESTIMATED $2M IN WASTEFUL SPENDING

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to fully dredge six Upstate New York harbors that are eligible for Sandy supplemental appropriations funding to dredge back to prestorm conditions, but not enough to bring them to fully functional channel depths. Specifically, Barcelona Harbor in Chautauqua County, Irondequoit Harbor and Rochester Harbor in Monroe County, Oak Orchard Harbor in Orleans County, Little Sodus Harbor in Cayuga County, and Wilson… Continue Reading


02.17.14

SCHUMER STANDS AT GENEVA WINERY CALLS FOR RAPID TURNAROUND FROM USDA FOR DISASTER ASSISTANCE, BOTH FOR BUD VINE DAMAGE; POLAR VORTEX LIKELY DAMAGED OVER HALF OF ALL GRAPE BUDS IN UPSTATE NY

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today visited Three Brothers vineyard in Geneva to call on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide swift relief to vineyards who have suffered major crop damage from the extreme cold weather this winter through the Tree Assistance Program (TAP) and be ready to approve a crop disaster declaration so emergency loans can be made available. Following crop losses due to inclement weather and other natural disaster, growers often suffer from cash flow probl… Continue Reading


02.17.14

SCHUMER CALLS FOR RAPID TURNAROUND FROM USDA FOR DISASTER ASSISTANCE, BOTH FOR BUD VINE DAMAGE; POLAR VORTEX LIKELY DAMAGED OVER HALF OF ALL GRAPE BUDS IN UPSTATE NY

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer visited 21 Brix Winery in Portland to call on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide swift relief to vineyards who have suffered major crop damage from the extreme cold weather this winter through the Tree Assistance Program (TAP) and be ready to approve a crop disaster declaration so emergency loans can be made available. Following crop losses due to inclement weather and other natural disaster, growers often suffer from cash flow problems th… Continue Reading


02.11.14

SCHUMER URGES NAVY TO ALLOW CITY OF BEACON TO ACCESS DISPLAY HISTORICAL ARTIFACTS FROM U.S.S. FORRESTAL JAMES FORRESTAL, FIRST SEC. OF DEFENSE, IS A FAVORITE SON OF BEACON

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer wrote Navy Secretary Ray Mabus to request the Navy History and Heritage Command (NHHC) work with stakeholders from the City of Beacon Historical Society and allow them to borrow and display historic artifacts from the U.S.S. Forrestal, a famous decommissioned Navy warship.  The Historical Society and City are in the process of applying to the Navy for these loans. The U.S.S. Forrestal is named after the last cabinetlevel Secretary of the Navy, and the first… Continue Reading

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