Press Releases

07.25.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $230,000 FOR THREE FIRE DEPARTMENTS IN BROOME COUNTY

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $236,978 in federal funding for the Harpursville, West Colesville, and Sanitaria Springs Fire Districts in Broome County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). These three fire departments will split this grant and use these federal funds to purchase a 44 new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). The Harpursville Fire Department will… Continue Reading


07.25.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $66,000 FOR THE WEST CRESCENT FIRE DISTRICT IN SARATOGA COUNTY

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $66,037 in federal funding for the West Crescent Fire District. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The West Crescent Fire District will use these federal funds to purchase 14 new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). These SCBA air-packs help firefighters breathe when in burning buildings and hazardous environments. These SCBAs ha… Continue Reading


07.25.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $680,000 IN FED FUNDS TO EQUIP ALL 764 EMERGENCY RESPONDERS IN WYOMING COUNTY WITH NEW RADIO EQUIPMENT

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $688,950 in federal funding for the Silver Springs Fire Department, which applied for these funds on behalf of all 18 county fire departments and the one independent EMS squad. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) and will equip 100 percent of the 764 emergency responders within Wyoming County with tone-in, analog voice pagers that will r… Continue Reading


07.25.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $66,000 FOR THE WEST CRESCENT FIRE DISTRICT IN SARATOGA COUNTY

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $66,037 in federal funding for the West Crescent Fire District. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The West Crescent Fire District will use these federal funds to purchase 14 new selfcontained breathing apparatus (SCBA). These SCBA airpacks help firefighters breathe when in burning buildings and hazardous environments. These SCBAs … Continue Reading


07.24.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $1.6 MILLION FOR WESTCHESTER COUNTY AIRPORT

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded a $1,687,500 federal grant to the Westchester County Airport for important infrastructure improvements. Specifically, Westchester County Airport will acquire updated snow removal and deicing equipment, which will keep the airport and aircrafts serviceable during snow periods and enhance the efficiency and safety of operations. Furthermore, funding will allow for Westc… Continue Reading


07.24.14

AFTER SCHUMER-GILLIBRAND PUSH, FEDS FIND NINE COUNTRIES ARE GUILTY OF DUMPING FOREIGN STEEL, SENATORS ANNOUNCE FEDS TAKE MAJOR STEP TO PROTECT NEW YORK STEEL JOBS FROM UNFAIRLY PRICED FOREIGN IMPORTS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), in their final determination, has found that companies from nine countries are dumping steel pipe products into the United States. In May, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand joined 55 of their colleagues to urge the DOC to engage in a thorough investigation of possible dumping of certain steel pipes, called Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG), which threatened U.S. manufact… Continue Reading


07.24.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE PLATTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO RECEIVE MORE THAN $75,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDS

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that Plattsburgh International Airport will receive $76,000  in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funds. The airport will utilize these funds to study the airfield and determine which trees and other obstructions will need to be removed. Schumer explained that there is an imaginary surface over the airfield that is not allowed to be obstructed up to a certain height. Trees and buildings need to be removed or marked to… Continue Reading


07.24.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE PLATTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO RECEIVE MORE THAN $75,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDS

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that Plattsburgh International Airport will receive $76,000  in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funds. The airport will utilize these funds to study the airfield and determine which trees and other obstructions will need to be removed. Schumer explained that there is an imaginary surface over the airfield that is not allowed to be obstructed up to a certain height. Trees and buildings need to be removed or marked to… Continue Reading


07.21.14

SCHUMER: UPCOMING DEPT. OF COMMERCE RULING ON UNFAIR RUSSIAN TRADE PRACTICES COULD SERIOUSLY UNDERMINE GLOBE SPECIALTY METALS & ITS 100 NIAGARA FALLS EMPLOYEES SENATOR CALLS ON FEDS TO REVIEW RUSSIAN METAL DUMPING THAT COULD HURT WNY PLANT

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) to strongly consider the concerns of Niagarabased metal company, Globe Specialty Metals, as part of its upcoming ruling regarding unfair trade practices by Russian and Venezuelan companies.  The Commerce Department is currently investigating allegations that companies in the Russian Federation (Russia) and Venezuela are selling an iron alloy, called ferrosilicon, in U.S. markets at artificially low prices to u… Continue Reading


07.21.14

SCHUMER URGES DEPT OF AGRICULTURE TO SWIFTLY REVIEW AND APPROVE PLAN TO BUILD NEW ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION LINES NEXT TO EXISTING POWER LINES, RATHER THAN ACROSS KRENZER FAMILY FARM OR THROUGH HOMEOWNERS PROPERTIES IN CHILI & HENRIETTA NEW PLAN IS SUPPORTED BY ALL PARTIES INVOLVED

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to swiftly review and approve a popularly supported plan, submitted by Rochester Gas & Electric (RG&E) just last week, that would build the new RG&E transmission lines next to existing New York Power Authority (NYPA) power lines, rather than across the fourthgeneration Krenzer Farm or through other Town of Chili and Town of Henrietta homeowners' properties. Schumer explained that protecting thi… Continue Reading


07.17.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES THAT, AFTER HIS PUSH, ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY WILL RECEIVE SIGNIFICANT FED. FUNDING TO CONTINUE 10-YEAR PARTNERSHIP WITH NAVY RIT CAN NOW CONTINUE REHABBING & MODERNIZING CRITICAL MILITARY DEFENSE EQUIPMENT THAT PROTECTS OUR TROOPS

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that, after his urging, the U.S. Navy has expedited and awarded federal funds to Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) so they may continue their over tenyear publicprivate partnership to find and develop costeffective ways of rehabbing and upgrading equipment for military personnel. This is all a part of the Department of Defense's (DOD) effort to extend the life of their equipment and protect military personnel serving overseas. Today, RIT is … Continue Reading


07.17.14

SCHUMER CALLS ON RECENTLY CONFIRMED OMB DIRECTOR DONOVAN TO PRIORITIZE & EXPEDITE REVIEW OF NEW REGS ON DANGEROUS, CRUDE-CARRYING DOT-111 TANK CARS SCHUMERS PUSH COMES AFTER NEW INFO SHOWS HUNDREDS OF CRUDE OIL TRAINS TRAVEL THROUGH NYS EACH MONTH

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the recentlyconfirmed Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Shaun Donovan to expedite the review of a proposed rule to regulate DOT111 tank cars, which are the most commonly used means of rail transport for highlyflammable crude oil even though the cars have proven to be prone to rupture during derailments. Schumer's push comes in light of information released just two days ago showing that 44 trains, with hundreds of t… Continue Reading


07.16.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $310,000 FOR TWO FIRE DEPARTMENTS IN CORTLAND AND TOMPKINS COUNTY

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $311,850 in federal funding for the Cortlandville Fire District in Cortland County and the Dryden Fire Department in Tompkins County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The fire departments will use these federal funds to purchase 70 new selfcontained breathing apparatuses (SCBA).   "These muchneeded federal funds will help the C… Continue Reading


07.11.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, MAFFEI ANNOUNCE NEARLY $50,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE AMBER VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT IN MARIETTA

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Dan Maffei today announced that the Amber Volunteer Fire Department in Marietta has been awarded $49,970 in Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Amber Fire Department will use this grant to purchase a new air compressor to fill selfcontained breathing apparatuses. "These muchneeded funds will allow the Marietta Fire Department to invest in the equ… Continue Reading


07.09.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, AFTER HIS PUSH, CDTA HAS BEEN ACCEPTED INTO FED. SMALL STARTS PROGRAM; OPENS CDTA UP TO SIGNIFICANT FED. FUNDING TO EXPAND BUS RAPID TRANSIT LINE NEW BRT LINE WOULD BOOST LOCAL ECONOMY, MAKE TRANSPORTATION MORE CONVENIENT & ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY FOR CAPITAL REGION RESIDENTS

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that, after his push, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has approved the Capital District Transportation Authority's (CDTA) application to join the "Small Starts" program, which opens them up to receive federal funds to expand Albany's bus system. Specifically, as a result of being accepted into the program, CDTA could now eligible to receive approximately $50 million in funding. Schumer urged CDTA to apply for "Small Starts" during… Continue Reading


07.08.14

SCHUMER: IN HONOR OF 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF ABRAHAM LINCOLNS PASSING, CHAUTAUQUA RESIDENTS SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO HISTORICAL LETTERS OF WESTFIELDS OWN GRACE BEDELL, WHO INSPIRED LINCOLN TO GROW HIS FAMOUS BEARD SENATOR PUSHES FOR LETTERS TO BE DISPLAYED IN CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY FOR FIRST TIME EVER

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer urged the Detroit Public Library and the Benjamin Shapell Manuscript Foundation to lend two letters exchanged between Abraham Lincoln and Westfield native Grace Bedell to the Chautauqua County Historical Society on the upcoming occasion of the 150 th anniversary of President Lincoln's assassination. Next year, Chautauqua County wishes to celebrate the life and legacy of Lincoln, as well as his connection to the town of Westfield, by displaying the letters … Continue Reading


07.07.14

SCHUMER LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO NAME NEW WNY VETERANS CEMETERY AFTER WNY HERO WILD BILL DONOVAN SENATOR JOINS WITH DOZENS OF LOCAL VETERANS FOR FIRST VISIT TO NEW VETERANS' CEMETERY SITE FIRST IN BUFFALO-ROCHESTER AREA

Today, at the new Western New York Veterans' Cemetery Site in Pembroke, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer joined with local veteran leaders to launch his campaign to name the new Western New York Veterans' Cemetery after decorated war hero and Western New York legend, "Wild Bill" Donovan. Donovan served as a Lt. Colonel in World War I and eventually went on to found and lead the Office of Strategic Services, a precursor to the CIA, during World War II. He remains the only American to earn all four… Continue Reading


07.07.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $40,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR VILLAGE OF SPECULATOR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT IN HAMILTON COUNTY

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $40,128 in federal funding for the Village of Speculator Volunteer Fire Department in Hamilton County. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) and will be used to purchase new Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). PPE is designed to protect firefighters from serious injuries resulting from contact with chemical, physical or ele… Continue Reading


07.07.14

SCHUMER, JOINED BY FORMER RIVAL DAMATO, CALLS ON FEMA TO APPROVE $40 MILLION IN FED SANDY RELIEF FOR ISLAND PARK TO BUILD CRITICAL STORM MITIGATION IMPROVEMENTS; SANDY DAMAGED 95% OF HOMES, TWO SCHOOLS & STORES - PLAN FOR NEW SEAWALL & DRAINAGE PIPE WILL BETTER PROTECT FROM FUTURE STORMS

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today joined former Senator Al D'Amato and called on FEMA to fund a $40 million project with federal Hurricane Sandy relief funds for a major flood protection project in the Village of Island Park, including the construction of a seawall, new drainage pipes and more. The project application was recently submitted by New York State to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) and this critical first phase would consist … Continue Reading


07.02.14

SCHUMER: BUFFALO VA HOSPITAL SHOULD NOT HAVE TO WAIT FOR YEARS TO RECEIVE CRITICAL LIFE-SAVING EQUIPMENT SENATOR CALLS ON NEW VA SECRETARY TO CLEAR UP DANGEROUS BACKLOG & GET MEDICAL EQUIPMENT OUR WNY VETERANS NEED

Today, at the Vietnam Memorial at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer launched his push to clear a long backlog of requests for lifesaving medical equipment at Buffalo's VA Hospital. Schumer said that doctors and patients at the Buffalo VA have been waiting too long to receive at least nine pieces of important equipment; in some cases, they have been waiting for over two years. Schumer explained that this is a problem that is plaguing VA hospita… Continue Reading

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