Press Releases

07.01.14

SCHUMER: BURGLARS POSING AS NATIONAL GRID UTILITY WORKERS ARE ROBBING ELDERLY HOMEOWNERS IN NASSAU COUNTY; URGES NATIONAL GRID TO IMMEDIATELY PROVIDE 24-HOUR ADVANCED PHONE NOTIFICATION BEFORE IN-HOME METER READINGS & OTHER VISITS, WITH NAME OF TECHNICIAN & APPOINTMENT TIME

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called on National Grid to begin providing 24hour advanced phone or mail notification to Long Island customers ahead of any inhome visit by a technician, like a meter reading. He said that this improved alert should be done first in Syosset, Herricks, Westbury and the surrounding communities, where a new burglary pattern has emerged involving two men that pose as National Grid utility workers to gain access to an individual's homes and burglarize them. So fa… Continue Reading


07.01.14

SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH TO GET NEW COPS FOR CITY OF NEWBURGH FED PROGRAM TO HIRE COPS UNFAIRLY RESTRICTS SMALL CITIES WITH HIGH CRIME RATES LIKE NEWBURGH FROM GETTING COPS THEY NEED AND DESERVE

Schumer Launches Two-Pronged Push - First, Urges Change To Fed Program To Get More Cops For Newburgh & Second, Pushes To Help Newburgh Get Highest Number Of Cops Allowed Under Current Program Guidelines - 4 Newburgh Currently Seeking Fed Funds To Hire 4 Police Officers – Even This Number Would Make A Major Difference Since Not Enough Cops Are On Patrol  Schumer: Newburgh Should Be Able To Get Funds It Needs To Hire New Cops & Not Be Restricted By Arbitrary Limits Today,… Continue Reading


06.29.14

SCHUMER: E-CIGARETTE RELATED POISONINGS, PARTICULARLY AMONG CHILDREN, HAVE SKYROCKETED IN NY THIS YEAR LIQUID NICOTINE LOOKS & SMELLS LIKE CANDY, BUT CAN BE LETHAL IF INGESTED; URGES FEDS TO REQUIRE CHILD-SAFE CAPS & PROMINENT WARNING LABELS ON VIALS

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require childproof safety caps and clear warning labels on ecigarette liquid containers in order to address the alarming increase in related poisonings, particularly in children. Ecigarettes are sold in flavors like bubble gum, gummy bear, chocolate and vanilla, making them very attractive to children, and many parents are not aware of the dangerous, potentially lethal nature of this liquid if it is ingest… Continue Reading


06.26.14

SCHUMER: FED PROPOSAL COULD SHIFT CRITICAL LABOR RELATIONS RESOURCES FROM BUFFALO TO PITTSBURGH, LEADING TO DELAYS IN LABOR ELECTIONS & INVESTIGATIONS SENATOR PUSHES TO ENSURE UPSTATE NEW YORK WORKERS & BUSINESSES DO NOT LOSE IMPORTANT ACCESS TO CENTRALLY-LOCATED WNY REGIONAL NLRB OFFICE

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to reconsider its proposed consolidation of its Buffalo and Pittsburgh Regional offices, which would downgrade the Buffalo Regional Office to a SubRegional Office and move some services, including direct access to the Regional Director, solely to the Pittsburgh Regional Office. As a result of the proposed consolidation, the Pittsburgh Regional Office would serve as the primary office for Western Pennsylvan… Continue Reading


06.24.14

VISUALLY IMPAIRED SOUTHERN TIER RESIDENTS, OF WHICH 60% ARE LEGALLY BLIND, WHO MAKE PAPER GOODS AND OTHER MATERIALS FOR FED. GOVERNMENT FEDS MUST COMPLY WITH 1971 LAW REQUIRING CERTAIN SUPPLIES BE PURCHASED FROM NON-PROFITS EMPLOYING THE BLIND

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer launched his push to save the jobs of 65 visually impaired employees who make paper goods and other supplies for federal government agencies at the Binghamton Association for Visual Rehabilitation and Employment, Inc. (AVRE). Sixty percent of these employees are legally blind. Schumer explained that, as a result of a 1971 law authored by former New York Senator Jacob Javits, the federal government is required to purchase certain supplies and services from n… Continue Reading


06.24.14

SCHUMER URGES FTC TO CRACK DOWN ON USED-CAR DEALERS WHO CAN SELL CARS UNDER SAFETY RECALL TO UNWITTING CUSTOMERS

In a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, Senator Charles E. Schumer today called on the agency to immediately direct car dealers that sell usedcars to change any policy which may potentially allow the sale of recalled vehicles without first fixing safety defects, putting usedcar buyers in harm's way. The letter comes in response to reports that usedcar dealers are selling cars subject to recall for safetyrelated defects while at the same time, advertising the used vehicles as having passed r… Continue Reading


06.23.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES CAMPAIGN TO FIGHT POTENTIAL ELIMINATION OF ONE OF TROYS MOST IMPORTANT FEDERAL PROGRAMS RULE CHANGE WOULD CUT CITY OFF FROM THE CDBG FUNDS THAT ARE SO VITAL TO REVITALIZING THE CITY SIMPLY BECAUSE TROYS POPULATION HAS DIPPED BELOW 50K IT IS 54 RESIDENTS SHORT!

Today, while standing at the intersection of 3 rd and 4 th Streets in Troy, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer launched his campaign to prevent the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) from reforming the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) in a way that would remove Troy from eligibility and deprive the City of approximately $2.5 million per year in funds it relies on. Currently, cities must have a population of at least 50,000 to be eligible for these community developm… Continue Reading


06.20.14

SCHUMER, BISHOP: FAA HAS AGREED TO RENEW SUCCESSFUL AND GROUNDBREAKING OVER-THE-WATER NORTH SHORE HELICOPTER ROUTE FOR TWO YEARS - RULE WAS DUE TO EXPIRE IN EARLY AUGUST

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and Congressman Tim Bishop announced that the Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta have agreed to renew the groundbreaking and successful North Shore overthewater helicopter route that was set to expire in August. The representatives said that this twoyear extension of the successful route is a critical step towards making the rule permanent and to expanding it to provide further relief, an… Continue Reading


06.18.14

SCHUMER: MORE THAN 2,200 UPSTATE NY BRIDGES IN DIRE NEED OF REPAIRS ARE AT RISK OF BEING SHORT-CHANGED FOR REPAIR PROJECTS DUE TO OUTDATED FUNDING FORMULA SENATOR PUSHES TO INCLUDE MORE FUNDS FOR LOCAL BRIDGE REPAIRS IN TRANSPORTATION BILL CURRENTLY MOVING THROUGH CONGRESS

Today, on a conference call with reporters, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer launched his push to increase federal funding for local bridge repair projects, which are currently receiving the same funding allocation for repairs and maintenance as they did in 2009 and are at risk of being shortchanged for at least another six years. Schumer explained that New York State currently receives $71 million per year from the federal government that must be spent on repairs and maintenance of local bridges… Continue Reading


06.17.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $620,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR CRITICAL FLOOD MITIGATION PROJECT FOR THE AUSABLE WATERSHED PROJECT WILL REDUCE FLOOD RISK, LOWER COMMUNITIES MAINTENANCE COSTS & RESTORE ECO-SYSTEM IN CLINTON AND ESSEX COUNTIES

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced over $620,000 in funding to replace three culverts in the Ausable Watershed in Clinton and Essex Counties, which will enable fish to gain access to over 25 miles of streams, mitigate future flooding around Lake Champlain and reduce the cost of maintaining the culverts. Schumer explained that these culvert upgrades are needed for drainage purposes and to create passages that allow for water to easily flow, which will help limit future flooding and t… Continue Reading


06.16.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND PUSH TO SECURE FEDERAL FUNDING THAT WILL IMPROVE ACCESS TO & SPUR REDEVELOPMENT OF ISOLATED FORMER GLENWOOD POWER PLANT IN YONKERS BETTER TRANSPORTATION IS KEY TO TURNING PLANT INTO WORLD-CLASS CULTURAL CENTER & REDEVELOPING WATERFRONT AREA FOR RESIDENTS, BUSINESS, TOURISM

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand launched their push to secure a $14 million federal grant that would spur the ongoing revitalization of the Glenwood Power Plant, and the surrounding area, by improving access to the site. Schumer and Gillibrand announced that they are seeking the funding for this project through the federal Department of Transportation's TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Grant program, which provides funding for road, ra… Continue Reading


06.06.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, TONKO ANNOUNCE NEARLY $1.6 MILLION IN DOT FUNDING FOR ALBANY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Congressman Paul Tonko today announced $1,558,815 in federal funding is being awarded to the Albany International Airport for needed snow removal equipment and security enhancements.  The funding is allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration. "Making sure our runways are clear for takeoff, especially during winter weather, is essential for the safety of our New York travelers," said … Continue Reading


06.06.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE FINGER LAKES AIRPORTS TO RECEIVE OVER $1.8 MILLION IN DOT FUNDING FOR INFRASTRUCTURE, SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that three Finger Lakes region airports will receive approximately $1.8 million in total funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for airport infrastructure and facility upgrades. Specifically, Penn Yan Airport in Yates County will receive $201,330 to conduct an airport pavement study for infrastructure upgrades and $198,000 for the purchase of snow removal equipment. Dansville Airport in Livingston County w… Continue Reading


06.06.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE DUTCHESS COUNTY REGIONAL AIRPORT TO RECEIVE MORE THAN $1 MILLION IN DOT FUNDING FOR INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS

Washington, D.C.  U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that Dutchess County Airport will receive $1,000,800 in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for airport upgrades.   "I am pleased to add this federal investment to the list of 'arrivals' at Dutchess County Regional airport," said  Senator Schumer.  "We should always strive to achieve the highest standards of aviation safety, and this funding will support that goal by repairing and up… Continue Reading


06.04.14

SCHUMER: MAJORITY OF UPSTATE NY HOSPITALS DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANS & PROBLEM IS GETTING WORSE, PUTTING PATIENT ACCESS TO CARE AT RISK SCHUMER PUSHES BILL TO ADDRESS HEAD ON NYs STATEWIDE DOCTOR SHORTAGE

Today, on a conference call with reporters, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer launched his campaign to pass legislation to address the growing shortage of doctors in Upstate New York, especially primary care physicians. Schumer cited that, over the past several years, Upstate New York hospitals have been experiencing a steady decline in the number of primary care physicians - at the same time as demand for health care has grown. According to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, New York State … Continue Reading


06.02.14

SCHUMER URGES US FISH & WILDLIFE TO AWARD $160K IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO COMBAT AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES IN THE FINGER LAKES AND LAKE ONTARIO INVASIVE SPECIES WREAK HAVOCK ON LAKES AND WATERWAYS IN FINGER LAKES

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer urged the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to award the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith College in Geneva a $160,753 grant to combat invasive species on Lake Ontario and the many water bodies in the Finger Lakes. Specifically, the grant will fund the training of watercraft stewards to inspect areas for invasive species, including Hydrilla, Asian clam, and water chestnuts, and to educate the public on best practices of reducing the spr… Continue Reading


05.30.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $650,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR HUDSON VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENTS

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $452,700 for the Yonkers Fire Department and $203,965 in federal funding for Carmel Fire Department. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The federal grant funds will be used by the Yonkers Fire Department to purchase new medical equipment and to conduct paramedic training. The funds will be used by Carmel Fire Department to replace all thir… Continue Reading


05.30.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $115,000 FOR LAKE GEORGE FIRE DEPARTMENT

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $114,950 in federal funding for Lake George Fire Department. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) and will be used to purchase a new inhouse oxygen system.    "These muchneeded federal funds will provide the assistance that the Lake George Fire Department needs to replace critical equipment. First responders are … Continue Reading


05.29.14

SCHUMER PUSHES ARMY CORPS TO ACCELERATE CRITICAL REVIEW OF MAMARONECK FLOOD CONTROL PROJECT; PERSISTENT FLOODING IN MAMARONECK HARMS ECONOMY, HURTS PROPERTY VALUES & PUTS LIVES AT RISK SENATOR URGES ARMY CORPS TO WORK WITH COMMUNITY TO MOVE PROJECT FORWARD QUICKLY

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer revealed the findings of a major Mamaroneck and Sheldrake River Watershed flood mitigation study, conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and pushed USACE to expedite its review of the study, since, according to Schumer, "The sooner Army Corps completes its review, the sooner it will be possible to turn the community's preferred floodprevention plan into reality."   Schumer secured federal funding for this study in 2007, following Mamaronec… Continue Reading


05.28.14

WITH HEROIN USAGE ON STATEN ISLAND AT EPIDEMIC LEVELS, SCHUMER CALLS FOR EMERGENCY SURGE OF FED. ANTI-DRUG TRAFFICKING FUNDING TO UPROOT NEW HEROIN PIPELINE - FROM MEXICO TO NYC; NYC HAS BECOME HOTBED FOR HEROIN TRADE ON EAST COAST, WITH SEIZURES ALREADY HIGHER IN 2014 THAN ANY YEAR SINCE 1991---ON STATEN ISLAND, HEROIN SEIZURES JUMPED 300 PERCENT FROM 2011 TO 2013

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today, alongside Luke Nasta of Camelot of Staten Island, called for an emergency $100 million surge of federal antidrug trafficking funding in order to quickly combat the fact that New York City has become the hotbed for the East Coast heroin trade. Schumer noted that recent reports indicated a "heroin pipeline" has formed from Mexico to New York City, Staten Island and beyond to places like Boston, and Vermont where heroin use is skyrocketing. A recent New York T… Continue Reading

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