Press Releases

01.08.20

SCHUMER CALLS ON FEDS TO PROMPTLY APPROVE CRITICAL PERMIT ALLOWING AMTRAK TO MOVE NEXT GENERATION HIGH-SPEED TRAIN TO COLORADO TEST TRACK; SENATOR SAYS STATE-OF-THE-ART TRAINS, WHICH SUPPORT 400 JOBS IN HORNELL, WILL BE A MAJOR BOON TO ACELA SERVICE ON AMTRAK’S NORTHEAST CORRIDOR

In 2016, Schumer Championed & Helped Secure Major Federal Loan And Approvals To Make Amtrak's Next Generation High-Speed Train Project A Reality, Which Created Roughly 400 Good-Paying Manufacturing Jobs At Alstom's Hornell Facility To Keep The Project On Track Federal Railroad Administration Must First Approve One-Time Movement Of New Train To Test Track In Colorado; Schumer Calls On Feds To Expedite The Process Schumer: Next Stop In Revolutionizing Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor Acela… Continue Reading


01.06.20

SCHUMER MEETS WITH MLB COMMISSIONER MANFRED TO URGE PRESERVATION OF UPSTATE NY MINOR LEAGUE TEAMS; SENATOR PUSHES TO SAVE THE FUTURE OF BASEBALL IN NEW YORK

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today released the following statement, following his meeting with Commissioner of Major League Baseball (MLB) Rob Manfred last month to discuss MLB's proposed plans to restructure the minor leagues and ongoing negotiations with Minor League Baseball (MiLB): "Last month, Commissioner Manfred and I had a productive meeting to discuss Minor League Baseball's presence in New York. Throughout the state, from Binghamton to Auburn, to Batavia, Staten Island and beyond … Continue Reading


01.02.20

SCHUMER: LONG ISLAND DIETARY SUPPLEMENT COMPANIES THAT RISKED HEALTH OF PUBLIC & GAVE BAD RAP TO IMPORTANT LOCAL INDUSTRY MUST BE PROBED WITH FULL FED AUTHORITY; FDA HAS DONE ITS JOB, NOW HHS MUST DO THEIRS; ONE BAD APPLE SHOULDN’T BE ALLOWED TO SPOIL ENTIRE BUNCH FOR INDUSTRY IMPORTANT TO LI ECONOMY & JOBS

LI Dietary Supplement Owner Was Just Told By The FDA To Destroy All Its Supplements & Drugs By Next Friday For Alleged & Serious Public Health Risks; Schumer Says This Cries Out For A Deeper Fed Probe Given Years Of Failed Inspections Senator Also Says To Keep Reputation Of Local Industry Strong, FDA Must Weed Out Bad Apples & Recommit To Modernizing & Reforming Its Oversight Of Dietary Supplement Industry Because A Level Playing Field Is Essential Schumer: Bad LI Pill Pract… Continue Reading


12.30.19

SCHUMER: PERSISTENT AND GROWING SPATE OF HATE CRIMES IN AMERICA IS A NATIONAL CRISIS; SENATOR DEMANDS MUCH STRONGER FED ACTION TO BRING RELEIF TO AT-RISK RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS NY & NATION; OUTLINES PLAN TO INCREASE FUNDS TO PROTECT PLACES OF WORSHIP & PROSECUTE HATE CRIMES

Schumer Recently Delivered Record Surge Of Funds To Protect Synagogues, Churches, Schools, Mosques & Other Places Of Worship, But Announces Need To Quadruple Those Funds Amid National Crisis Of Hate Wants Funding To Better Protect Places Of Worship & Prosecute Hate Crimes More Vigorously Schumer: Feds Must Strengthen Strategy Because Status Quo Is Just Not Working A day after urging the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to step in and fully investigate the horrific Monsey, New Y… Continue Reading


12.30.19

SCHUMER: PERSISTENT AND GROWING SPATE OF HATE CRIMES IN AMERICA IS A NATIONAL CRISIS; SENATOR DEMANDS MUCH STRONGER FED ACTION TO BRING RELIEF TO AT-RISK RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS NY & NATION; OUTLINES PLAN TO INCREASE FUNDS TO PROTECT PLACES OF WORSHIP & PROSECUTE HATE CRIMES

Schumer Recently Delivered Record Surge Of Funds To Protect Synagogues, Churches, Schools, Mosques & Other Places Of Worship, But Announces Need To Quadruple Those Funds Amid National Crisis Of Hate Wants Funding To Better Protect Places Of Worship & Prosecute Hate Crimes More Vigorously Schumer: Feds Must Strengthen Strategy Because Status Quo Is Just Not Working A day after urging the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to step in and fully investigate the horrific Monsey, New Yor… Continue Reading


12.29.19

Schumer Briefed By FBI On Monsey Attack; Demands Thorough Fed Investigation Of This Specific Attack & Other Anti-Semitic Attacks In Recent Days

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, after a phone briefing by the FBI, released the following statement regarding the horrific attack against the Jewish community in Monsey, New York. Senator Schumer also spoke to New Square Mayor Izzy Spitzer and Rabbi Rottenberg, offering prayers and full support. "Last night's cowardly and callous attack on the Jewish community in Monsey was one of pure evil. This attack, and other anti-Semitic attacks that have occurred in recent days, demand a top-to-bottom fede… Continue Reading


12.23.19

FOR THE 21st CONSECUTIVE YEAR, SCHUMER COMPLETES TOUR OF ALL 62 NEW YORK COUNTIES; ANNUAL TOUR OF STATE FINISHES IN WASHINGTON COUNTY; 2019 ENDS WITH 152 TOTAL VISITS TO UPSTATE NY & LONG ISLAND

During Schumer's 1998 Senate Election, He Vowed To Visit Every Single New York County Each Year-At The Close Of 21 Years, The Tradition Continues Even As Senate Democratic Leader, Schumer Staunchly Believes That Visiting Every Single New York County Is Imperative To His Daily Work In U.S. Capitol; Vows To Continue This Tradition In 2020 After 21 Years, Schumer Continues To Honor His Pledge & Listen To And Deliver For Constituents In All 62 Counties At the close of the decade, U.S. Senato… Continue Reading


12.23.19

SCHUMER REVEALS FARMERS HAVE SUICIDE RATE MORE THAN THREE TIMES HIGHER THAN GENERAL POPULATION, STANDS WITH WASHINGTON COUNTY FARMERS TO LAUNCH 2-PRONGED PLAN TO COMBAT DEVASTATING TREND; WITH INTENSIFYING PRESSURE ON FARMERS, FEDS MUST DO FAR MORE TO REACH UPSTATE NY FARMERS IN PAIN & SAVE LIVES IN CAPITAL REGION & NORTH COUNTRY

Farmers & Ranchers Are Disproportionately Impacted by Suicide; However, No Comprehensive CDC Data On The Crisis Exists To Address The Mental Health Crisis On Capital Region Farms & Throughout Upstate, Schumer Calls On CDC To Conduct Comprehensive & Much-Needed Study On Farmer Suicides; Urges Congress To Pass Seeding Rural Resilience Act ASAP Schumer: Farmers Are Calling Out For A Lifeline-The Feds Need To Lead & Extend A Hand, Now  Standing at the Walker Farms Heifer Fa… Continue Reading


12.23.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: NEW YORK IS BEING SHORT-CHANGED ON VITAL FUNDING FOR FIREFIGHTERS & THEIR DEPTS; BUT SENATOR JUST GOT MILLIONS IN RECENTLY-APPROVED FED BUDGET TO BOOST CAUSE—AND NOW HE WANTS UPSTATE NY TO GET MORE OF IT SO LOCAL HEROES AREN’T LEFT WITHOUT CRITICAL RESOURCES

The Federal Assistance To Firefighters Grant Program Is A Critical Resource For Fire Departments Across NYS To Purchase New Trucks, Safety Gear & More; In 2018, Only 26% Of NYS Apps Got Funded; Schumer Says That's Too Low Given Need & Size Of State Schumer Just Secured Combined $355M In Fed Budget For Program Local Heroes Use To Purchase Lifesaving Equipment; And Now He's Sounding The Alarm So NY Can Get Its Fair Share Schumer: It’s Not A Fire Drill To Say That Capital Region Fir… Continue Reading


12.20.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: VA IS ABOUT TO LAUNCH MAJOR STUDY ON ‘TOXINS,’ BUT LI’S NORTHPORT ALREADY DID STUDY ON CANCER-CAUSING PARASITE, LIVER-FLUKE, THAT VA HAS SITTING ON A SHELF; SENATOR DEMANDS VA INCORPORATE LI’S DATA IN NEW STUDY TO GIVE VETS ANSWERS & CARE THEY DESERVE

In Spring 2017, LI Vets Participated In Critical Study That Proved 1 in 4 Local Vietnam Vets Were Exposed To Cancer-Causing Parasite, Liver Fluke, Overseas-But That Study Remains Largely Unused Local Vets, Some Of Whom Are Already Sick, Need Reassurance That These Studies Lead To Answers On Service-Related Health Claims, While Others Have Passed Away While Fighting For Awareness & VA Testing Schumer: VA Mustn't Start Another Study On Toxic Exposures Without Immediately Incorporating LI Ve… Continue Reading


12.20.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE BIPARTISAN APPROPRIATIONS BILL FUNDS $495 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS TO LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND

Funds Will Be Used To Help Preserve and Protect Public Lands, Water Resources, and Historic Sites Across New York State U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the just-passed, bipartisan appropriations bill funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at $495 million, an increase of $60 million from last year's spending bill. The LWCF has been instrumental in preserving some of the nation's most important and iconic public… Continue Reading


12.20.19

FOLLOWING THEIR PUSH, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND SECURE $547 MILLION IN FEDERAL CRIME PREVENTION FUNDING IN JUST-PASSED BIPARTISAN SPENDING PACKING

- U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced they secured $547 million for the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance's Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program in the just-passed, bipartisan omnibus spending package for Fiscal Year 2020. This program provides funding to states and local governments to support a range of crime prevention activities based on state and local needs. The $547 million amou… Continue Reading


12.20.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE FEDS HAVE HEEDED THEIR CALL, APPROVED MAJOR DISASTER DECLARATION FOR NEW YORK STATE TO EIGHTEEN UPSTATE COUNTIES IMPACTED BY THE HALLOWEEN STORM

Schumer & Gillibrand Announce That Major Disaster Declaration Assistance For 18 Upstate Counties Has Been Approved By President Trump, Unlocking Key Federal Funds For Communities Impacted By The Halloween Storms The Declaration Unlocks Public Assistance Funding For 18 Upstate Counties; Individual Assistance Request Is Still Pending Senators: Funds Will Allow Upstate Communities To Recover & Rebuild From Flooding Damages; Ease Burden on NY Taxpayers U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles … Continue Reading


12.20.19

STILL ON THE FRONT LINES OF COMBATING LYME DISEASE, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $2 MILLION INCREASE IN CDC LYME DISEASE FUNDING & INCLUSION OF KAY HAGAN TICK ACT IN FINAL, BIPARTISAN BUDGET DEAL; SENATORS SAY FUNDING BOOST & BILL ARE VITAL TO SUPPORT ALL-OUT WAR AGAINST TICK-BORNE DISEASES ACROSS UPSTATE NY

In Recent Years, Upstate NY Has Seen An Explosion Of Ticks, Lyme Disease & Other Tick-Borne Diseases, Making NY The #1 Target For Tick-Borne Disease In The Nation Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Second Consecutive Increase For Lyme Disease Funding After Years Of Insufficient Funding; Funding Boost Will Be Used To Study, Identify & Prevent Exposure To Vector-Borne Pathogens That Cause Lyme Disease & Other Tick-Borne Diseases Senators: It's Time For the Feds To Help Stomp Out Lyme Disea… Continue Reading


12.20.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE RECORD-SETTING $90 MILLION IN SECURITY FUNDING FOR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS; INCLUDED IN FINAL, BIPARTISAN FED BUDGET DEAL, SURGE IN FUNDS IS 50% MORE THAN LAST YEAR

Department of Homeland Security's Nonprofit Security Grant Program Provides Funding to Protect Synagogues, Churches, Schools, Mosques, And Other Nonprofit Orgs Against Growing Terror and Security Threats Senators Have Long Pushed To Fund NSGP At Highest Level; Budget Deal Represents a $30 Million Dollar Increase Compared To Last Year's Funding Amount U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that nonprofit organizations are set to receiv… Continue Reading


12.20.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE THAT FOLLOWING THEIR PUSH, U.S.–ISRAELI COOPERATIVE MISSILE DEFENSE PROGRAMS TO RECEIVE $500 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS

Both National Defense Authorization Act and End-Of-Year Appropriations Package Authorize and Fund Critical Israeli Security Systems U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, today announced that following their push, the U.S.-Israeli Cooperative Missile Defense Program will receive $500 million in federal funds. The FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed earlie… Continue Reading


12.19.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE, FOLLOWING THEIR PUSH, $80 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR ROCHESTER LASER LAB IN JUST-PASSED BI-PARTISAN APPROPRIATIONS BILL

Funding Will Help Support Over 350 Jobs In The Rochester-Finger Lakes Region And Keep The United States At The Cutting Edge Of Nuclear Fusion Research U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that, following their push, the federal government will include $80 million in funding for the OMEGA Laser Facility at University of Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) in the year-end funding package. The funding will help the lab me… Continue Reading


12.19.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND SECURE $2.5 MILLION IN 2020 FUNDING FOR CRITICAL NATIONAL FIREFIGHTER CANCER REGISTRY AND $5 MILLION BOOSTS FOR TWO ESSENTIAL FIREFIGHTER GRANT PROGRAMS IN BIPARTISAN SPENDING BILL; SCHUMER-BACKED REGISTRY GETS $1.5M INCREASE TO HELP RESEARCHERS TRACK, TREAT AND EVENTUALLY THWART CONNECTION BETWEEN FIREFIGHTERS & CANCER

In July 2018, The Schumer-Backed National Firefighter Cancer Registry Was Signed Into Law, Which Aims To Inform Efforts To Protect The Lives Of Courageous First Responders Upstate; Today, Schumer, Gillibrand Secure $2.5 Million For Crucial Registry, A $1.5 Million Increase Over Last Year Schumer, Gillibrand Also Secure $5M Increases For Essential FEMA Assistance To Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program And Staffing For Adequate Fire And Emergency Response (SAFER) Program Senators: The Link Betwee… Continue Reading


12.19.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, TONKO ANNOUNCE THAT SOON-TO-PASS APPROPRIATIONS BILL INCREASES FUNDING CAP FOR ERIE CANALWAY NATIONAL HERITAGE CORRIDOR TO $14 MILLION

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and U.S. Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY-20) today announced that their amendment to raise and extend the federal funding cap for the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor to $14 million has been included in the soon-to-pass end of the year budget package. This is an increased funding cap of $2 million, without which, the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor would have no longer been eligible to… Continue Reading


12.19.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE, FOLLOWING THEIR RELENTLESS ADVOCACY & THE ADMINISTRATION’S PREVIOUS PLAN TO CUT VITAL FUNDING TO NY SCHOOLS, BIPARTISAN SPENDING BILL INCLUDES +$1.4B IN IMPACT AID FUNDING—A $40 MILLION INCREASE—TO PROVIDE CRITICAL RESOURCES FOR SCHOOLS ON FEDERAL LAND, INCLUDING THOSE NEAR WEST POINT, FT. DRUM & NATIVE AMERICAN LANDS

Admin's Original Budget Proposal Would Eliminate Impact Aid Programs Kids & Communities Need; Nails On The Chalkboard Cuts Would Remove Dozens of Teachers, Pre-K Program, Extra Curriculars & More Soon-to Pass Bipartisan Budget Package Includes $1.486B for the Dept. Of Education Impact Aid Program In FY 2010, $40M More Than Last Year Senators: It's Not A Hard Equation To Solve - All New York Students Deserve A+ Schools U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kir… Continue Reading

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