Press Releases

10.28.13

AFTER SENATORS PUSH, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $24 MILLION FOR OWEGO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FEDERAL FUNDING TO REPLACE ELEMNTARY SCHOOL DESTROYED IN TROPICAL STORM LEE

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that Owego Apalachin School District has received a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) obligation totaling $24,122,975.40. The funds will be used to construct a new building to house the Owego Elementary School, which sustained heavy flooding as a result of Tropical Storm Lee. This award is authorized under section 406 of the Robert T. Stafford Act.  During the incident period between September 7, 2011, and September 11, 2011, the Owego El… Continue Reading


10.25.13

SCHUMER, SECRETARY FOXX, ON EVE OF 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF HURRICANE SANDY, ANNOUNCE FEDS TO REIMBURSE MTA AN ESTIMATED $236 FOR REBUILDING R TRAIN TUNNEL, PROVIDE FUNDS QUICKER THAN EVER BEFORE

New York, NY - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx today provided an update on the critical recovery and resiliency work happening at the R Train's Montague tunnel between Manhattan and Brooklyn.  They announced that the most up to date estimates for the final cost of project will be $262 million, and that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will pay for 90% percent of that, or $236 million, with funds from the Hurricane Sandy Relief… Continue Reading


10.24.13

SCHUMER VISITS SPROUT CREEK FARM TO INTRODUCE PLAN TO DEFEND GROW CHEESE PRODUCTION IN HUDSON VALLEY, UPSTATE NEW YORK WILL PUSH FOR CORNELL GRANT FIGHT NEW RESTRICTIONS THAT WOULD PREVENT NY CHEESE INDUSTRY FROM USING COMMONLY-USED CHEESE NAMES LIKE FETA OR PARMESAN

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced his twopronged plan to defend and to grow Upstate New York cheese production. Specifically, Schumer will announce his support for Cornell University's recent application for a $123,000 USDA SARE (Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education) grant. Schumer explained that one of the biggest challenges facing the cheese producing industry is a lack of technical expertise and assistance.  The grant would speak directly to that need by funding Corn… Continue Reading


10.22.13

SCHUMER, TECH COMPANIES AND PRIVACY LEADERS ANNOUNCE IMPORTANT AGREEMENT TO ENSURE CONSUMERS HAVE OPPORTUNITY TO OPT-OUT BEFORE STORES CAN TRACK THEIR MOVEMENT VIA THEIR CELL PHONES A PRACTICE THAT IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY MORE COMMON

New York, NY - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and a group of leading location analytics companies - including Euclid, iInside (a WirelessWERX company), Mexia Interactive, SOLOMO, Radius Networks, Brickstream and Turnstyle Solutions - today announced that they have agreed to a Code of Conduct to promote consumer privacy and responsible data use for retail location analytics.  The companies responded to privacy concerns raised by Senator Schumer and the FPF abou… Continue Reading


10.21.13

SCHUMER: ACROSS CENTRAL NY, PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE IS UP CRIMINALS ARE STEALING Rx DRUGS; WILL URGE DEA TO CUT RED TAPE THAT NOW PREVENTS PHARMACIES COMMUNITIES FROM HOSTING DRUG TAKE-BACK EVENTS, TO ADD EXTRA INCENTIVE BY FUNDING BUYBACK PROGRAMS

Today, at Kinney Drugs in Liverpool, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer urged the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to expeditiously amend and approve regulations that would finally allow pharmacies and community organizations to host community prescription drug takeback events.  Schumer also asked the DEA to establish a "buyback" program so that federal funds can be used to incentivize people to return their prescription drugs, to increase the takeback events' effectiveness. Central New York is a part… Continue Reading


10.21.13

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES THAT SAMUELSOHN HAS FINALIZED THEIR PURCHASE OF HICKEY FREEMAN; DEAL WILL STRENGTHEN COMPANY, BRING NEW WORK JOBS TO ROCHESTER CREATE ONE OF THE LARGEST LUXURY APPAREL BRANDS MADE IN NORTH AMERICA

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that Samuelsohn Limited, a premium menswear brand based in Montreal, has finalized its purchase of USbased Hickey Freeman, including its Rochester factory, from W. Diamond Group. Samuelsohn will enter into a 40year license agreement for the Hickey Freeman brand with Authentic Brands Group. Schumer said that, according to the company, Samuelsohn plans to bring new lines of business to the Rochester facility, preserving jobs, and potentially adding … Continue Reading


10.18.13

SCHUMER: STATEN ISLAND IS EPICENTER OF NYC'S PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE EMPIDEMICRx OVERDOSE DEATH RATE ON SI IS MORE THAN THREE TIMES HIGHER THAN OTHER BOROUGHS; URGES DEA TO CUT RED TAPE THAT NOW PREVENTS PHARMACIES COMMUNITIES FROM HOSTING DRUG TAKE-BACK EVENTS, AND TO ADD EXTRA INCENTIVE BY FUNDING BUYBACK PROGRAMS

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to expeditiously amend and approve regulations that would finally allow pharmacies and community organizations the opportunity to host community prescription drug takeback events.  Schumer also asked the DEA to establish a "buyback" program so that federal funds can be used to incentivize people to return their prescription drugs, to increase the takeback events' effectiveness. Staten Island is a part of a growing pres… Continue Reading


09.30.13

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES THAT CRFS IN ORLEANS COUNTY HAS CLOSED ON LEASE AT FORMER CHASE BUILDING IN ALBION NEARLY HALF OF FORMER JPMC ALBION EMPLOYEES HAVE BEEN REHIRED - SENATOR HAS BEEN MAJOR ADVOCATE OF CRFS IN LIGHT OF JP MORGAN CHASES SUDDEN CLOSURE OF ITS ALBION FACILITY

Today, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced a major development for the future growth of Claims Recovery Financial Services (CRFS) in Orleans County - the former Chase building in Albion will be the new home of CRFS. Schumer also announced that important progress has been made in the rehiring and transitioning of former JPMC Albion workers. Schumer has been a major advocate of CRFS, particularly following JP Morgan Chase's unexpected and sudden announcement in June that it would close its Albi… Continue Reading


09.30.13

Robert H. Jackson Name Officially Unveiled on United States Courthouse in Buffalo

  On September 30, 2013 members of the Western New York community gathered for a ceremony celebrating the dedication of the United States Courthouse in Buffalo for Robert H. Jackson and unveiling the United States Supreme Court Justice and Western New York native's name on the building's wall. Representatives of the federal government, courts, legal community, leaders from Jamestown's Robert H. Jackson Center and Jackson's family and friends were in attendance.   "Robert H. Jackson was at t… Continue Reading


09.26.13

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $53 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR DEBRIS REMOVAL THROUGHOUT NASSAU COUNTY AFTER SUPERSTORM SANDY

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced over $53 million in federal funding for the Nassau County Public Works for debris removal after Superstorm Sandy. The reimbursement is being provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).   "After Superstorm Sandy hit communities in Nassau County, the roads and right of ways were ridden with debris causing a very dangerous situation for residents," said Schumer. "This federal reimbursement will help repay Nass… Continue Reading


09.25.13

AFTER ALL-OUT PUSH, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES U.S. COAST GUARD HAS TODAY ISSUED PERMIT SO GOETHALS BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROJECT CAN MOVE FORWARD ON SCHEDULE; TIMELY PERMIT WILL SAVE THOUSANDS OF JOBS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that, after his push, the U.S. Coast Guard has issued a permit to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's (PANYNJ) for the Goethals Bridge Replacement Project. The announcement comes just in time to meet the PANYNJ's deadline in order for the project to move along as originally planned. Despite previous assurances that the bridge permit would be approved by the Port Authority's September 30 th deadline, the PANYNJ was recently told that th… Continue Reading


09.24.13

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE CITY OF TROY SET TO RECEIVE ALMOST $300K IN DEPT. OF JUSTICE GRANT; INVESTMENT WILL IMPROVE SERVICES, BETTER PROTECT VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the City of Troy was awarded a $299,148 Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders Program (Arrest) Grant from the Department of Justice. Specifically, the city will partner with Unity House of Troy, Inc. and Rensselaer County Probation and use this funding to encourage arrests, enforce orders of protection, and increase victim safety. This project will enhance the policies and procedures related to… Continue Reading


09.23.13

SCHUMER CALLS ON VA FOR IMMEDIATE UPDATE ON STUDY OF SERVICE DOGS FOR VETERANS WITH PTSD; UNTIL STUDY IS COMPLETE, CURRENT VA POLICY DEPRIVES VETS WITH PTSD OF REIMBURSEMENT FOR SERVICE DOGS THAT HELP THEM COPE AND RECOVER

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today requested an immediate status update of the study currently being conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on the policy to reimburse the cost of service dogs to veterans who have PostTraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Service dogs are often recommended by doctors to veterans with PTSD because they have been shown to have a positive psychological impact on recovery.  Last year, the VA ended its policy of reimbursement to veterans with strictly ps… Continue Reading


09.17.13

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $1.4 MILLION FOR GREATER ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT; DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION AWARD FOR APRON IMPROVEMENTS

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that Greater Rochester International Airport is set to receive a $1,448,112 U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) grant for airport facility upgrades. Specifically, the funding will be used to rehabilitate the apron on taxiway C, where aircraft are loaded and unloaded, boarded, parked and refueled.      "This Department of Transportation grant will ensure that Greater Rochester International Airport can continue to sa… Continue Reading


09.17.13

WITH CUSTOMS WAIT TIMES AT JFK THE HIGHEST IN THE NATION, SCHUMER MAKES PERSONAL APPEAL TO DHS HEAD FOR ADDITIONAL TECHNOLOGICAL RESOURCES AND MANPOWER SAYS CONTINUED DELAYS PUT REGIONAL ECONOMY AT RISK

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that he has made an appeal to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to implement new measures that would help alleviate incredibly long lines for travelers using customs at John F. Kennedy International Airport.  A recent report revealed that customs at JFK Airport was home to the longest wait times in the country, with the average delay during peak hours this August exceeding two hours.  In a personal call, Schumer asked Acting DHS Secretary R… Continue Reading


09.16.13

SCHUMER: FOR FIRST TIME, CHICKEN PROCESSED IN CHINA WILL GO ON SALE IN US, POSING MAJOR HEALTH HAZARD UNLESS AGGRESSIVE AND IMMEDIATE MEASURES ARE TAKEN TAINTED FOOD FROM CHINA HAS BEEN MASSIVE SOURCE OF FOOD POISONING IN RECENT YEARS

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to take dramatic and immediate measures to ensure the safety of chickens processed in China and sold in the United States.  A new Department of Agriculture (USDA) rule will, for the first time, soon allow chickens raised in the United States to be processed at four plants in mainland China and then sold to U.S. consumers.  Schumer said that while the plants and processing methods have been deemed initially … Continue Reading


09.16.13

SCHUMER: ACROSS CAPITAL REGION, PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE IS UP CRIMINALS ARE STEALING RX DRUGS DURING HOME BURGLARIES; URGES DEA TO CUT RED TAPE THAT NOW PREVENTS PHARMACIES COMMUNITIES FROM HOSTING DRUG TAKE-BACK EVENTS, AND TO ADD EXTRA INCENTIVE BY FUNDING BUYBACK PROGRAMS

Today, at Lindsay Drug Company in Troy, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer urged the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to expeditiously amend and approve regulations that would finally allow pharmacies and community organizations the opportunity to host community prescription drug takeback events.  Schumer also asked the DEA to establish a "buyback" program so that federal funds can be used to incentivize people to return their prescription drugs, to increase the takeback events' effectiveness. The Cap… Continue Reading


09.13.13

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE GRIFFISS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO RECEIVE OVER $445K IN DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION FUNDING FOR LIGHTING

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that Griffiss International Airport is set to receive a $449,100 U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) grant for airport facility upgrades. Specifically, this funding will allow Griffiss to install edge lighting on taxiway K and enhance airport safety by providing adequate lighting. Schumer and Gillibrand applaud DOT for their work to increase safety at all airports.   "I am pleased to add this federal investment to t… Continue Reading


09.06.13

SCHUMER TO VISIT MCCADAM FARMS INTRODUCE PLAN TO DEFEND GROW CHEESE PRODUCTION IN UPSTATE NEW YORK WILL FIGHT NEW RESTRICTIONS THAT WOULD PREVENT NY CHEESE INDUSTRY FROM USING COMMONLY-USED CHEESE NAMES LIKE MUENSTER OR PARMESAN

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer visited McCadam Farms in Franklin County to announce his twopronged plan to first defend, and second to grow, Upstate New York cheese production. Specifically, Schumer is urging United States Trade Representative Froman and Secretary Vilsack to defend U.S. cheese producers in trade negotiations with the European Union (EU), which is staking a regional claim on common cheese names like "muenster", "parmesan" and "feta"-much like champagne. Through free trade… Continue Reading


09.05.13

SCHUMER SECURES COMMITMENT FROM FTA TO SAVE 50 JOBS AT BUS-MAKER COACH EQUIPMENT NEW FEDERAL REGULATOINS COULD HAVE CANCELLED MAJOR BUS CONTRACTS FOR PENN YAN COMPANY

After a personal call to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Administrator Rogoff, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the FTA has agreed to grandfatherin new regulations that will save an estimated 50 jobs at Penn Yan bus manufacturer Coach & Equipment.  Coach & Equipment is a small bus manufacturer that had nearly doubled the size of its union manufacturing workforce this year by hiring 40 additional fulltime workers in order to meet the demand of new bus orders o… Continue Reading

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