Press Releases

12.12.13

SCHUMER SECURES FIRST $800,000 FOR WILLIAMSVILLES PICTURE MAIN STREET PROJECT, FEDERAL FUNDING WILL MAKE MAIN ST. SAFER, MORE BUSINESS PEDESTRIAN FRIENDLY

Today, Senator Schumer announced that he has secured the first $800,000 for the "Picture Main Street" project in Williamsville that will revitalize the neighborhood around the historic Williamsville Water Mill on Spring Street. In July, Schumer joined Mayor Brian Kulpa, and local business leaders and village board members to push for several pots of funding to support the project, the first of which was a Federal Green Infrastructure Grant provided through the Environmental Facilities Corporatio… Continue Reading


12.04.13

SCHUMER: NEARLY 6,000 VETS LIVE IN HERKIMER COUNTY BUT MANY DONT UTILIZE PROPERTY TAX BENEFITS AVAILABLE TO THEM FEDS FAIL TO LET LOCALITIES KNOW VETS ARE RETURNING HOME THEN VETS CANT BE NOTIFIED OF AVAILABLE TAX BREAKS

Today, at the Frankfort Village Hall, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer launched a twopronged plan to help ensure that veterans returning home to Herkimer County from Iraq and Afghanistan are receiving critical benefits that will allow them to afford a home and live stable civilian lives. Schumer said that nearly 6,000 veterans live in Herkimer but many have not applied for the property tax benefit for veterans that is available to them and worth hundreds of dollars a year.  He explained that a disco… Continue Reading


12.02.13

SCHUMER, IN VISIT ROOSTER FISH BREWING IN WATKINS GLEN, PUSHES FOR BILL THAT WOULD CUT EXCISE TAX ON SMALL BREWERIES ACROSS UPSTATE NEW YORK BY 50% BILL WILL HELP ROOSTER FISH EXPAND THEIR BUSINESS

Today, at Rooster Fish Brewing in Watkins Glen, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that he is joining more than 20 bipartisan colleagues to introduce legislation that will cut the excise tax on small breweries in half, helping small brewers in Schuyler and Chemung Counties reinvest in their business, hire new employees, and revitalize downtown communities. Currently, brewers pay a $7 excise tax for the first 60,000 barrels they brew per year. Under the Small BREW (Brewer Reinvestment and … Continue Reading


11.27.13

SCHUMER PUSHES PLAN TO BOOST BUSINESS FOR WAYNE COUNTYS DEFISHER FARMS FARM NEEDS FEDERAL PERMIT TO OPEN NEW APPLE CIDERY NEW DEFINITION OF HARD APPLE CIDER WILL LOWER TAXES ON PRODUCT

Today at DeFisher Fruit Farm in Williamson, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer unveiled a twopronged plan to boost business, and particularly hard cider sales, at Wayne County's DeFisher Fruit Farm. First, Schumer will urge the Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) to expeditiously approve a pending permit application to allow DeFisher to open a new apple cidery production and bottling operation, at its one year old Apple County Spirits distillery. The DeFisher family, who grow apples, pears, … Continue Reading


11.26.13

SCHUMER: WITH SPIKE IN PRICE OF IRON, COPPER, AND OTHER METALS, CROOKS ARE STEALING FROM HOMES, BUSINESSES EVEN RAILWAYS SENATOR LAUNCHES PLAN TO CRACK DOWN ON THEFT FROM CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE THAT ENDANGERS BINGHAMTON RESIDENTS

Today, at 33 Pulaski Street in the Town of Dickinson, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer was joined by local law enforcement and other officials to push legislation that would crackdown on the recent rash of scrap metal theft in the region that threatens private property, local residents, and taxpayers. Due to the high price of iron, copper, and other metal, Broome County has seen a significant number of scrap metal burglaries and larcenies in the area, including multiple cases just this month. So … Continue Reading


11.22.13

SCHUMER: OVER 40% OF THEFTS IN DUTCHESS COUNTY INVOLVE CELL PHONES, RATE IS ONLY RISING SENATOR ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION TO CRACKDOWN ON BLACK MARKET FOR CELL PHONES THAT WILL MAKE TAMPERING WITH THE UNIQUE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER OF A STOLEN CELL PHONE A FEDERAL CRIME

Today, at the Police Department's Public Safety building in Poughkeepsie, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced legislation that will make it a federal crime to tamper with the unique identification number of a cell phone by imposing a five year criminal penalty, in the wake of a dramatic spike in cell phone thefts in Dutchess County. According to the Dutchess County Sherriff's Department, over 40% of all robberies this year in Dutchess county involved the theft of a cell phone up from 32% i… Continue Reading


11.22.13

SCHUMER VISITS MIDDLETOWNS PRESIDENTIAL PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR GRAND OPENING LAST YEAR, SCHUMER HELPED SECURE $20 MILLION IN FEDERAL RACE TO THE TOP FUNDS FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR NEW SCHOOL, EQUIPMENT HIGH SCHOOL COURSES

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today joined the Superintendent of the Middletown School District for the grand opening of Presidential Park Middletown Elementary School. Last year, Schumer recommended Middletown School district for federal Race to the Top Funds last year, and they subsequently became one of only 16 awardees in the nation and received almost $20 million from the U.S. Department of Education. The massive federal grant Schumer helped secure has made the opening of the new elementa… Continue Reading


11.19.13

SCHUMER UNVEILS LEGISLATION THAT WOULD OPEN PATHWAY FOR MCGINN-SMITH VICTIMS TO APPEAL FOR FINANCIAL RELIEF SCHUMER BILL WOULD COMPEL SECURITIES INVESTOR PROTECTION CORP TO TAKE UP MCGINN-SMITH APPEAL IF REFERRED BY SEC

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer unveiled new legislation that would open a pathway for the McGinnSmith victims to appeal for financial reimbursement with the Securities Investor Protection Corp (SIPC).  Schumer's bill would give the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) broad authority to refer cases to SIPC, eliminating SIPC's authority to challenge and ultimately overturn an SEC referral. In the case of the McGinnSmith, Schumer's plan would require SIPC to compensate the 900 investor… Continue Reading


11.18.13

SCHUMER: JUST-PASSED DRUG COMPOUNDING BILL, NOW HEADED TO PRESIDENT FOR SIGNATURE, PROTECTS FINCH PAPER JOBS IN GLENS FALLS SENATOR FOUGHT TO EXCLUDE HARMFUL PROVISION THAT WOULD HAVE REMOVED CRITICAL INFO PACKETS FROM RX DRUGS

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Drug Quality and Security Act has passed the Senate without a provision that would have harmed companies like Finch Paper, and will go to President Obama for his signature. This harmful provision, which was included in the House version of the bill, would have stopped the printing of critical prescription drug information for health care professionals, and instead would have only required the information to be available online. Schumer fo… Continue Reading


11.18.13

AFTER PUSH, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES FEDS HAVE APPROVED $246K GRANT THAT NATL WOMENS HALL OF FAME IN SENECA FALLS NEEDED TO COMPLETE PHASE II CONSTRUCTION GRANT WAS AT RISK IF IT WAS NOT ALLOCATED BEFORE END OF THE YEAR

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that, after his push, the Department of the Interior (DOI) has approved a Save America's Treasure grant (SAT) for the National Women's Hall of Fame (NWHF) in Seneca Falls that will allow the NWHF to move forward on construction. Specifically, NWHF has started on Phase II of construction, which will allow them to move into the historic Seneca Knitting Mill, but that phase can't be completed without this grant funding. The Save American's Treasure g… Continue Reading


11.15.13

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $35,000 FOR ROBBINS FAMILY GRAIN COMPANY TO PURCHASE ENERGY EFFICIENT GRAIN DRYER IN JEFFERSON COUNTY

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a federal grant worth $35,282 for the Robbins Family Grain Company, LLC. The funding is allocated through the USDA's Rural Development Rural Energy for America Grant Program and will be used to purchase and install an energy efficient grain dryer.   "Smaller farms often have difficulty affording the highcost of equipment, and that's exactly the problem this loan will help solve," said Senator Schumer. "The grain dryer Robb… Continue Reading


11.13.13

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $400,000 FOR WOODCREST DAIRY IN ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY FOR ENERGY GENERATION PROJECT

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that Woodcrest Dairy in St. Lawrence County will receive a $403,627 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, specifically from the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). This funding will be used to purchase an anaerobic digester, which is expected to generate enough electricity to power their farm and potentially add power back onto the grid.     "Rural farms often have difficulty accessing efficient sources of … Continue Reading


11.12.13

SCHUMER: 75% OF REPORTED ROBBERIES IN ROCHESTER INVOLVE CELL PHONES, RATE IS ONLY RISING SENATOR ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION TO CRACKDOWN ON BLACK MARKET FOR CELL PHONES THAT WILL MAKE TAMPERING WITH THE UNIQUE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER OF A STOLEN CELL PHONE A FEDERAL CRIME

Today, at the Rochester Public Safety Building, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced legislation that will make it a federal crime to tamper with the unique identification number of a cell phone by imposing a fiveyear criminal penalty, in the wake of a dramatic spike in cell phone thefts in the Rochester area. In the first half of 2013 alone, robberies in the Rochester area were up 14%, 75% of which involved the theft of a cell phone.  The problem is not slowing down, with robbery rates thr… Continue Reading


11.08.13

SCHUMER: BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY PARTNERS HAVE RECEIVED FINAL $2 MILLION FEDERAL INFRASTRUCTURE AWARD TO CREATE FIRST-EVER HIGH-TECH INCUBATOR IN SOUTHERN TIER INVESTMENT WILL HELP DEVELOP NEW HIGH-TECH COMPANIES, CREATE AND SUPPORT HUNDREDS OF JOBS IN REGION

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Binghamton University's Southern Tier High Technology Incubator Inc. has received a final $2 million award through the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), which will develop a shovel ready construction site for a 40,000 square foot hightech business and technology incubator in downtown Binghamton. This year, Binghamton University submitted a funding application for the project to the EDA Public Works program to support longter… Continue Reading


11.06.13

SCHUMER PITCHES TO SEMICONDUCTOR INDUSTRY CEOs ADVANTAGES OF GENESEE COUNTY STAMP SITE FOR NEW CHIP-FAB AHEAD OF ANNUAL SIA MEETING, SENATOR PROMOTES UPSTATE NY AS WORLD CENTER OF GROWING SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING

Today, in a letter to the Board of Directors of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), U.S. Senator Charles Schumer pitched Upstate New York as the international center for the growing semiconductor and chipfabrication industry. Schumer touted several upstate locales and specifically pointed to the newest potential megasite for chip fab, the Genesee County Science, Technology, and Advanced Manufacturing Park (STAMP).  Schumer highlighted the development of Upstate New York's nanotech site… Continue Reading


11.04.13

AFTER PUSH, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES LIBERTY PUMPS SECURES THE FOREIGN TRADE ZONE MANUFACTURING STATUS NEEDED TO RETAIN AND GROW JOBS PUTS GENESEE COUNTY COMPANY ON LEVEL PLAYING FIELD WITH FOREIGN COMPETITORS

Today, after his push with the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Foreign Trade Zone Board has awarded Liberty Pumps, Inc., in Genesee County, the foreign trade zone (FTZ) manufacturing designation it needs to remain competitive with foreign manufacturers and expand production of pump products in New York.  Foreigntrade zones are designated sites in the United States, licensed by the FTZ Board under the jurisdiction of the Dept. of Commerce, where com… Continue Reading


11.04.13

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES BAE SYSTEMS IN ENDICOTT SET TO RECEIVE $7 MILLION ARMY CONTRACT

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that BAE Systems in Endicott, NY is set to receive $7 million from the U.S. Army to develop and supply vehicle electronics for the 600V, 70KW power generation, distribution and management subsystem for the Paladin Integrated Management (PIM) program. This investment by the U.S. Army is part of a larger contract worth $195 million to create 18 vehicle sets  19 PIM howitzers and 18 PIM Carrier Ammunition, Tracked vehicles   that will be used by the … Continue Reading


10.30.13

SCHUMER FIGHTS FOR END OF PROHIBITION-ERA RESTRICTION ON SHIPPING BEER, WINE, SPIRITS VIA U.S. POSTAL SERVICE PLAN WOULD ADD ESTIMATED $225 MILLION IN NEW ANNUAL REVENUE FOR STRUGGLING USPS PROVIDE ECONOMIC BOOST FOR UPSTATE NY BEVERAGE BUSINESSES

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer launched his plan to end the prohibitionera law that prevents the United States Postal Service (USPS) from delivering beer, wine and spirits to consumers, which puts them at a disadvantage with FedEx and UPS. This ban prevents the struggling agency from earning hundreds of millions of dollars in potential revenue and limits growth opportunities for local craft brewers and wine producers.  Schumer will fight to undo the outofdate restriction currently impose… Continue Reading


10.29.13

SCHUMER, IN A PERSONAL CALL TO ASSISTANT SECRETARY WASHBURN, URGES FED BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS TO MEET WITH LOCAL SENECA CAYUGA COUNTY OFFICIALS TO EXPLAIN STATUS OF CAYUGA TRIBES LAND-INTO-TRUST APPLICATION AFTER DISMISSAL IN 2011, APPLICATION IS REPORTEDLY BEING RECONSIDERED WITHOUT LOCAL INPUT OR NOTIFICATION

U. S. Senator Schumer announced today that, in a personal call to Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn, he is pushing the Department of Interior's (DOI) Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to hold a meeting in his ffice with local officials from Cayuga and Seneca Counties to update them on the status of the Cayuga Indian Nation's landintotrust application. Schumer has opposed the tribe's application to place approximately 125 acres of land into trust, and their last application was d… Continue Reading


10.28.13

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES PEOPLE, INC. OF ERIE COUNTY AWARDED OVER $380,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR SENIOR COMPANION PROGRAM THAT WILL MATCH 150 NEW LOCAL SENIOR CITIZENS WITH TRAINED VOLUNTEERS FOR DAILY ASSISTANCE

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Corporation for National and Community Service will provide People, Inc. a grant of $383,294 to take control of and expand Erie County's Senior Companion Program. This funding will allow People Inc. to pair trained volunteers with 150 new Erie County seniors, in addition to those currently in the program; these volunteers will provide assistance to seniors in their daily activities and help them remain independent in their homes. The Senio… Continue Reading

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