Press Releases

06.28.13

WITH OIL SHIPMENTS SET TO REACH ONE BILLION GALLONS A YEAR, SCHUMER URGES COAST GUARD TO DEVELOP UPDATED, SPECIFIC RAPID-RESPONSE PLAN FOR POTENTIAL OIL SPILLS ALONG HUDSON RIVER

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer urged the U.S. Coast Guard to update their oil spill contingency plan to include specifics for the Hudson River, and to do so ahead of their current timeline. Schumer's push comes in response to an  Albany  Times Union report about a nearenvironmental catastrophe that occurred last winter in which an oil tanker carrying over 12 million gallons of crude oil ran aground and ruptured its hull. While no oil was spilled after the ship ran aground, the  Times … Continue Reading


06.27.13

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $11 MILLION IN FEMA FUNDING FOR DEBRIS REMOVAL IN NORTH HEMPSTEAD AFTER SUPERSTORM SANDY

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $11,878,338 of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding to reimburse the Town of North Hempstead for the costs it incurred in the wake of Superstorm Sandy removing dangerous debris from public spaces, including rightof ways, parks, grounds of public buildings, parking lots and public cemeteries.  "Superstorm Sandy wreaked significant damage throughout the Town of North Hempstead, creating a massive cleanup effort,… Continue Reading


06.24.13

SCHUMER URGES DHS TO AWARD SECURITIES GRANT FOR FOUR NEW CAMERAS AT PORT OF OSWEGO WOULD MAKE OSWEGO MOST SECURE PORT IN GREAT LAKES SYSTEM

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer urged Dept. of Homeland Security to approve grant funding for the Port of Oswego to bolster port security through the purchase of four additional security cameras. Schumer joined the City of Oswego Police Dept., the U.S. Coast Guard, and the U.S. Border Patrol in pushing for funding from the Port Security Grant Program (PSGP), which would make the Port of Oswego a security hub for federal law enforcement officials. The Port of Oswego is a bustling multimoda… Continue Reading


06.20.13

SCHUMER: HUNTERS WHO DONATE GAME FEED THE HUNGRY, FIGHT ANIMAL OVERPOPULATION DESERVE REWARD; SENATOR TO PUSH LEGISLATION THAT WOULD GIVE TAX DEDUCTION FOR HUNTERS WHO DONATE GAME

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced his push to boost the economic benefits of hunting in Upstate New York and then donating game, like deer and turkey, to antihunger programs. Specifically, Schumer will introduce bipartisan legislation that will allow hunters to take a tax deduction for the cost of processing their venison, when the final product is donated.  The legislation will also provide a tax benefit to processors who participate in venison donation programs by making all pro… Continue Reading


06.18.13

WITH POTENTIAL CUT LOOMING, SCHUMER URGES ARMY TO PROTECT BRIGADES AT FT. DRUM ARMY SHOULD MAINTAIN OR INCREASE 10th MOUNTAIN DIVISION PRESENCE AT FT. DRUM WHICH HAS THE CAPACITY TO ABSORB REASSINGED TROOPS

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer urged the Army to protect the 10 th Mountain Division's three Brigade Combat Teams (BCT) headquartered at Ft. Drum, if brigade cuts are necessary. The Army, per the 2020 Force Structure Realignment, is expected to cut between 8 and 10 BCTs by the end of FY2017, as reported by the  Watertown Daily Times, and will announce which installations will lose BCTs later this month. Three of the four BCTs of the 10 thMountain Division are stationed at Ft. Drum.  … Continue Reading


06.18.13

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $6 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION AFTER SUPERSTORM SANDY

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will receive approximately $6,736,500 in federal aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  The funds are reimbursements for immediate repairs the NY DEC made after Superstorm Sandy struck to clean up oil spills.   "The damage to homeowners' fuel systems caused by Superstorm Sandy turned far too many backyards into toxic waste sites, and without this very import… Continue Reading


06.17.13

SCHUMER: MIDDLETOWN NEIGHBORHOOD IS PLAGUED BY IDLING TRAINS THAT SEND NOXIOUS SMOKE FUMES INTO HOMES, CAUSE SERIOUS HEALTH CONCERNS CALLS ON REGIONAL RAIL LLC TO FIND NON-RESIDENTIAL AREA TO LEAVE TRAINS FOR HOURS ON END

Today, at the CulDeSac of Hill Street in Middletown, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer joined neighbors and local officials to call on Regional Rail LLC to immediately find a nonresidential area to park idling trains that sit for hours behind a residential neighborhood and emit noxious fumes and smoke that permeate homes and yards.  According to neighborhood residents and Middletown Mayor DeStefano, there are Middletown & New Jersey Railroad freight cars, owned by Regional Rail LLC, that sit i… Continue Reading


06.11.13

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE VILLAGE OF DEFERIET TO RECEIVE OVER $620K IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR WATER MANAGEMENT

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that the Village of Deferiet has received a Water and Waste Disposal Grant for $622,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Rural Development's Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. The funding will be used to provide a new transmission line between the Villages of Deferiet and nearby Herrings, and will make distribution system improvements in both villages, including the addition of several new fire hyd… Continue Reading


06.11.13

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF BIPARTISAN FARM BILL, CALLS ON HOUSE TO STEP UP DO THE SAME BILL WOULD BE BIG BOOST TO UPSTATE NY FRUIT AND VEGETABLE FARMERS, HELP BRING HEALTHY FOOD TO LOCAL MARKETS MORE

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Senate has passed the Farm Bill with overwhelming bipartisan support, 66 - 27, and called on the House of Representatives to do the same. Schumer detailed several major areas in which the farm bill will be a major boost to fruit and vegetable farmers that have suffered over the last few years in the wake of record flooding and devastating frosts. In particular, Schumer said that grant programs and changes to the way farmers create and pur… Continue Reading


06.11.13

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE VILLAGE OF MORRIS TO RECEIVE OVER $2 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR WATER MANAGEMENT

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that the Village of Morris has received a Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant for a total of $2,475,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Rural Development's Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. The funding will be used for several water management projects, including construction of a new water storage tank that will replace the existing 130 year old tank. In addition, Morris will replace aging w… Continue Reading


05.29.13

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $1 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR SANDY-RELATED REPAIRS TO LIGHTING ALONG CONEY ISLAND BOARDWALK

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced over $1 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding for Superstorm Sandyrelated repairs to street lighting along the Coney Island Boardwalk.   "Coney Island's muchloved boardwalk was seriously damaged by Superstorm Sandy, including its lighting system," said Schumer. "This federal funding will get the lights back on, just in time for summer, and make sure that New York City residents are not on the hoo… Continue Reading


05.24.13

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION TO CRACKDOWN ON BLACK MARKET FOR CELL PHONES; WILL MAKE TAMPERING WITH THE UNIQUE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER OF A STOLEN CELL PHONE A FEDERAL CRIME

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today reintroduced 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. Last year, Schumer, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced a new effort along with major cell phone carriers that would create a stolen cell phone registry to track unique cell phone identification numbers. The International Mobile Equ… Continue Reading


05.22.13

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES $4.7 MILLION IN FEDERAL DISASTER FUNDING TO REPAIR DAMAGED RAIL LINES IN CHENANGO FREIGHT RAIL LINK IS CRITICAL TO LONG-TERM ECONOMIC GROWTH THROUGHOUT SOUTHERN TIER

  Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) has officially awarded $4,718,000 in federal disaster funding for the Chenango Industrial Development Agency (IDA) to move forward with the Utica Main Rail Line Revitalization project. Schumer noted that this EDA grant is a huge step in the right direction for economic development in the Southern Tier. In September 2012, Schumer called on the EDA to expedite funding for this vital rail project … Continue Reading


05.22.13

SCHUMER: NEW DEAL IS BEING PROPOSED FOR HICKEY FREEMAN; HIGH-END SUIT MAKER SAMUELSOHN IN NEGOTIATIONS TO PURCHASE COMPANY ROCHESTER GEM IS DOING WELL, BUT DEAL WOULD BRING NEW WORK JOBS TO ROCHESTER

  Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that Samuelsohn, a highend Canadian suit maker, is in negotiations to purchase Hickey Freeman, with plans to bring new lines of business to the Rochester facility, preserving jobs, and potentially adding new ones, in Rochester. Schumer has spoken with Stephen Granovsky coowner and CEO of Montrealbased Samuelsohn, and after investigating their plans highlighted that this highlysuccessful and rapidlygrowing company could bring more stability and … Continue Reading


05.17.13

SCHUMER MEETS WITH AMBASSADOR OF POLAND ABOUT INCLUSION OF POLISH-AMERICAN COMMUNITY IN COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM; SENATOR PRESENTED WITH NATIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR FROM POLAND

  U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today met with the Ambassador of Poland to the United States of America, Ryszard Schnepf, about his support for making Poland eligible for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) in the pending comprehensive immigration reform bill. Schumer announced this effort in April at the Dyngus Day parade in Buffalo, New York.   "Despite the fact that Poland is a stalwart ally, whose troops fought alongside ours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Poland is one of the only European countri… Continue Reading


05.15.13

SCHUMER: STUDENT LOAN INTEREST RATES FOR TENS OF THOUSANDS OF UPSTATE NY STUDENTS SET TO DOUBLE ON JULY 1ST UNLESS CONGRESS INTERVENES SENATOR WILL FIGHT TO BLOCK RATE HIKE AND KEEP COLLEGE TUITION AFFORDABLE

  Today, on a conference call with reporters, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer launched his fight to stave off an interest rate increase for student loans that could raise the cost of attending college for tens of thousands of Upstate New York students and their families. Unless Congress takes action quickly, the interest rates on federallysubsidized Stafford loans will double on July 1 st from 3.4% to 6.8%, which could add thousands of dollars in interest payments to the cost of attending coll… Continue Reading


05.14.13

SCHUMER WARNS THAT POTENTIAL OFFSET FOR STUDENT LOAN BILL COULD COST HUNDREDS OF JOBS AT PIONEER IN WYOMING CHEMUNG COUNTIES SAYS PLAN IS DEAD ON ARRIVAL AND MUST CHANGE

  Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer took a stand against potential plans to offset a student loan bill in a way that could risk hundreds of jobs in Pioneer Credit Recovery's three Western New York facilities in Arcade and Warsaw in Wyoming County and its General Revenue Corporation site in Horseheads, NY in Chemung County. Specifically, Schumer explained that Congress is working on plans to keep the federal Stafford student loan rate from doubling to 6.8% on July 1 st, and is considering … Continue Reading


05.13.13

AFTER SCHUMER SUCCESSFULLY SECURES A CRITICAL $176,000 REBATE FOR SYRACUSE COMPANY, SENATOR ANNOUNCES HANFORD CAN BEGIN CONSTRUCTION THIS MONTH TO EXPAND DOWNTOWN FACILITY ADD WORKERS

  Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that he has helped Hanford Pharmaceuticals, located in downtown Syracuse since 1846, receive a longdelayed FDA rebate, which will now allow them to begin construction on a proposed expansion of their Syracuse facility. This $176,000 Animal Drug User (ADUFA) rebate for Fiscal Year 2012 comes after Senator Schumer urged the FDA to expedite Hanford's request for a waiver, which they requested in June 2012. Hanford could not consider expansion with… Continue Reading


05.13.13

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $4 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR GARDEN CITY, FOR CLEANUP IN THE DAYS AFTER SUPERSTORM SANDY

  U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced Garden City was awarded over $4.5 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance funding to reimburse them for cost of debris removal in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.   "Superstorm Sandy wreaked significant damage inandaround Garden City, creating a massive cleanup effort that, in turn, threatened to place a burden on local taxpayers," said Schumer. "This reimbursement for debris cleanup… Continue Reading


05.08.13

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL $1 MILLION IN FEDERAL RELIEF FOR RICHMOND UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER

  U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC) will receive an additional $1 million from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In April, Schumer announced over $2 million in federal reimbursements from CMS and today's announcement will mean a total of over $3 million for RUMC. Schumer has been working as an intermediary to ensure that these reimbursements due to RUMC were processed in an accelerated manner, thereby averting … Continue Reading

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