Press Releases

04.12.13

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $52,000 FEDERAL GRANT FOR PLEASANTDALE FIRE DISTRICT; INVESTMENT MEANS VITAL EQUIPMENT FOR FIRST RESPONDERS

  Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that the Pleasantdale Fire District will receive $52,868 in federal grants in Round 21 of the FY12 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. AFG awards are administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and are designed to help firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and o… Continue Reading


04.10.13

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $5 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR NYC PUMPING STATIONS DAMAGED BY SUPERSTORM SANDY

  U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced over $5 million in federal funding for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The funding will be provided through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance Program and will reimburse the City for the Superstorm Sandy's damage to 16 pump stations in Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens.   "Superstorm Sandy seriously damaged sixteen pumping stations all throughou… Continue Reading


04.09.13

SCHUMER URGES POTENTIAL HEAD OF C.M.S. TO MAKE WATERTOWNS SAMARITAN MEDICAL CENTER A TOP PRIORITY IN COMING MONTHS HOSPITALS RECENT LOSS OF MEDICARE FUNDING IS UNACCEPTABLE FEDS MUST REVERSE COURSE

  Today, during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on the nomination of Marilyn Tavenner to be the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer highlighted several top priorities, including the unfair situation facing Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown because of a 2011 misclassification of its medical residency program. Samaritan Medical is the primary hospital in the area serving over 120,000 New Yorkers, has 246 acute care beds, … Continue Reading


04.09.13

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES LOCKHEED MARTIN IN OWEGO AWARDED OVER $13 MILLION NAVY CONTRACT EXTENSION FOR HELICOPTER AVIONICS SYSTEMS

  Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors in Owego has received a Navy contract award totaling $13,516,318 to extend a previously awarded contract for the upgrade of data and software systems of MH60R helicopters. This award will improve the ability of the helicopter to transmit data from its sensors, providing more information and a better understanding of the battle space to military commanders. The work will take place at the Owego lo… Continue Reading


04.08.13

SCHUMER: DOD OFFICIALLY AGREES THAT MILITARY STEEL MUST BE 100% MADE IN THE USA, FROM PRODUCERS LIKE BUFFALO ARMORY AFTER SENATORS PUSH, FEDS REVERSE COURSE FROM RULE THAT WOULD HAVE ALLOWED MILITARY TO BUY STEEL FROM AROUND THE GLOBE, HURTING BUFFALO ARMORY

  Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Department of Defense (DoD) has heeded his call and officially restored the requirement that all U.S. military steel be 100% made in the U.S., boosting the strength of New York steel manufacturers like Buffalo Amory LLC in Tonawanda. In 2009, the DoD changed the definition of "domestically produced" to mean that only the secondary finishing process would have to be done in the U.S., which has meant that foreignmade steel can enter the … Continue Reading


04.08.13

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $275,000 FEDERAL GRANT FOR MONROE COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENTS; INVESTMENT MEANS VITAL EQUIPMENT FOR FIRST RESPONDERS

  Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that the Clifton Fire Department, the Sea Breeze Volunteer Fire Department, and the Point Pleasant Fire District will receive a total of $279,639 in federal grants in Round 20 of the FY12 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. AFG awards are administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and are designed to help firefighters and other first responders… Continue Reading


04.04.13

SCHUMER SECURES COMMITMENT FROM NEW GREEK PEAK OWNERS TO PRESERVE ALL OF THE RESORTS NEARLY 1,000 JOBS AND ADD MORE IN THE NEAR FUTURE AFTER TURNAROUND SKI SEASON

  Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer secured a commitment from the new owners of Greek Peak in Cortland to preserve the nearly 1,000 jobs at the resort and add new ones during an expansion that is being considered. Schumer has long fought to keep the resort and all of its employees up and running during weatherinduced poor ski seasons and a financial hardship caused by a failed private lender. Schumer has repetitively said, allowing Greek Peak to shut down its slopes would leave thousands o… Continue Reading


04.02.13

SCHUMER LAUNCHES PLAN TO CREATE BOON FOR NY APPLE PRODUCERS; NEW DEFINITION OF HARD APPLE CIDER WILL LOWER TAXES ON PRODUCT, IMPROVE ABILITY TO COMPETE IN FOREIGN MARKETS, INCREASE FARMERS SALES

  Today, at the Slyboro Cider House in Granville, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer unveiled a new plan to boost the sales for New York's over 20 existing hard apple cider producers and to allow the over 650 apple growers to expand their business and add this increasingly popular craft beverage to their product line. Schumer highlighted that the Capital Region boasts 3,648 acres of apple orchards that are primed to expand and produce more hard cider. Schumer explained that the alcohol content of … Continue Reading


03.28.13

SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO CLEAR ADMINISTRATIVE HURDLES AND PROVIDE CRITICAL FUNDING FOR NEW WYANDANCH LIRR STATION STATION IS VITAL COMPONENT OF WYANDANCH RISING

  U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to provide $2 million in badly needed funds for the design and construction of a new Wyandanch Train Station in the Town of Babylon. The Town has already secured $2 million in federal funding for other projects that no longer need the resources, but administrative hurdles could prevent the funds from being used in the most effective manner - towards the train station.  Schumer today urged the Department of T… Continue Reading


03.27.13

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE TOWN OF HOPEWELL TO RECEIVE OVER $1 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR WATER AND WASTE MANAGEMENT

  Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that the Town of Hopewell has received a Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant for a total of $1,008,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Rural Development's Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. The funding will be used to install new water mains and improve access to clean and purified water for Hopewell area residents along NYS Route 488 and County Road #47.   "Supporting New York's rur… Continue Reading


03.25.13

SCHUMER JOINS DUTCHESS COUNTY HOPS FARMERS TO HELP BUILD FIRST MAJOR HOP YARD IN HUDSON VALLEY PROVIDE BOOST TO NY CRAFT BREWERS CALLS ON FEDS TO PROVIDE CRITICAL FINANCING TO GET PLAN OFF THE GROUND

  Today, at Eastern View Nursery & Dutchess Hops in Lagrangeville, U.S. Senator Charles joined local Dutchess County hops farmers to help provide federal backing for New York's first major commercial 'hop yard' in Dutchess County. Specifically, Schumer urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide critical financing for the equipment needed to establish a cooperative of Hudson Valley hops farmers and craft breweries, that will produce locally… Continue Reading


03.25.13

SCHUMER: THOUSANDS OF JOBS IN HIGH-TECH MANUFACTURING ARE GOING UNFILLED AT COMPANIES LIKE FRYER MACHINE SYSTEMS IN PUTNAM COUNTY SENATOR JOINS BIZ LEADERS, WESTCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO ENSURE FEDERAL TRAINING PROGRAMS BETTER MEET PRIVATE SECTOR DEMAND, CREATE NEW JOBS

  Today, at Fryer Machine Systems in Patterson , U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer joined Putnam County business leaders and representatives of Westchester Community College to launch a plan that ensures local community colleges are working to match student skills with local hightech manufacturing openings. The legislation called the  America Works Act restructures the way that workforce training programs are financed: under the bill, programs that provide portable, industryrecognized credentia… Continue Reading


03.25.13

SCHUMER REVEALS: GENERIC VERSION OF HIGHLY ADDICTIVE OXYCODONE PILL, AVAILABLE FOR FIRST TIME NEXT MONTH, WILL LACK ANTI-ABUSE PROTECTIONS, MAKING PAINKILLER EXPONENTIALLY MORE VALUABLE TO THIEVES AND ADDICTS PILLS WILL BE MUCH EASIER TO CRUSH, SNORT AND INJECT

  New York, NY  U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that he is urging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take steps to prevent a potentially significant increase in violent prescription drug thefts and addiction that could be caused by the release of a generic version of Oxycodone next month.  A generic version of the highly addictive painkiller loses patent protection in April. There is currently no requirement that generic versions have the "antiabuse" features currently … Continue Reading


03.22.13

SCHUMER: BUFFALOS LONG-AWAITED NATIONAL VETERANS GOLDEN AGE GAMES ABRUPTLY POSTPONED BY VA; CALLS ON VA TO REVERSE COURSE AND MOVE FORWARD WITH EVENT AS PLANNED

  U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to reverse its decision that would indefinitely postpone a sixday athletic event in Buffalo, "The 2013 Veterans Golden Age Games." The Buffalo community has been planning the event since 2007, which was projected to garner over $2 million and over 2,500 people were expected to attend the event, including 1,000 veterans. The VA has yet to state a specific reason for postponing the event although similar eve… Continue Reading


03.15.13

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE SENATE COMMITTEE PASSAGE OF BILL TO CREATE HARRIET TUBMAN NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARKS CALL FOR VOTE ON SENATE FLOOR

  U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced Senate committee passage of legislation to establish the Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn as a National Historical Park, which will also encompass the Tubman Home for the Aged, the Thompson Memorial AME Zion Church and Rectory.  The bill also establishes the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Maryland.  Schumer and Gillibrand are sponsors of the Senate legislation, in conjunction with Senator Ben Cardin… Continue Reading


03.08.13

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, BISHOP ANNOUNCE OVER $4 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR CLEANUP AFTER SUPERSTORM SANDY IN SUFFOLK COUNTY

  U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand and Congressman Tim Bishop today announced $4,023,035 million of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance funding for Suffolk County, which will reimburse the cost of debris removal in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.   "Superstorm Sandy destroyed neighborhoods throughout Suffolk County, creating a massive cleanup effort for Suffolk County's sanitation department and placing a burden on local taxpayers… Continue Reading


03.05.13

SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO UNLOCK FUNDING FOR NECESSARY SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS AT ORANGE COUNTY AIRPORT RUNWAY UPGRADES WOULD ENCOURAGE MORE BUSINESSES TO MAKE AIRPORT A HUB, SPUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to unlock critical funding necessary for the Orange County Airport to move forward with improvements to increase airport safety and spur economic activity. Specifically, Schumer urged the FAA to approve the airport's application for $2.5 million in funding through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) for a critical runway realignment project, which will bring the airport into compliance with FAA's Runw… Continue Reading


02.27.13

SCHUMER: AFTER TRAGIC DEATH OF A CHILD, PARENTS SHOULD NOT BE FORCED TO PAY REMAINDER OF STUDENT LOAN DEBT LAUNCHES PLAN TO REQUIRE PRIVATE LOAN COMPANIES TO FORGIVE DEBT IMMEDIATELY AFTER DEATH OF STUDENT BORROWERS, JUST LIKE FEDERAL LOANS DO

  Today, during a press conference call, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer revealed new legislation called 'Andrew's Law', in honor of his constituent Andrew Prior, who was tragically killed by a drunk driver shortly after graduating from college. Andrew Prior had one federal loan and three outstanding private student loans at the time of his death, which were cosigned by Andrew's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Prior. The federal loan and two of the pr… Continue Reading


02.25.13

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES IMPORTANT PROGRESS IN PURSUIT TO KEEP ON RIVER GAUGES IN SUSQUEHANNA RIVER BASIN SENATORS COLLABORATION WITH NOAA GIVES FEDS CONFIDENCE NECESSARY TO KEEP GAUGES ON UNTIL JUNE 1st

  Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced major progress in his pursuit to keep dozens of stream and river gauges in the Susquehanna River Basin online. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has announced that instead of March, when the gauges were slated to be shut off, the federal agency will now keep them online until June 1 st. USGS plans to keep these gauges online, based on confidence in Schumer's efforts to work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to pro… Continue Reading


02.22.13

SCHUMER: NEW YORKERS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR TAX DEDUCTIONS FROM SANDY STORM DAMAGE, BUT MANY DONT KNOW IT; CALLS FOR ADDITIONAL IRS ASSISTANCE CENTERS ACROSS NEW YORK CITY AND LONG ISLAND RIGHT NOW MANY IMPACTED NEIGHBORHOODS ARE NOT RECEIVING ASSISTANCE

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to provide additional Sandy services for taxpayers in areas that were seriously impacted by the storm  In response to questions about tax treatment of Sandy payments or losses, the IRS has created special assistance hours and a Saturday Open House to taxpayers . The locations for these services are currently in neighborhoods that were not necessarily impacted by the storm. Schumer today called on the IRS to provid… Continue Reading

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