Press Releases

11.17.14

SCHUMER: RESEARCH & REPORTING ON SIDS & OTHER ‘SUDDEN DEATH IN YOUNG’ SYNDROMES IS WOEFULLY INADEQUATE, LEAVING GRIEVING BUFFALO PARENTS WITHOUT ANSWERS; BUFFALO INFANT MORTALITY RATE AMONG HIGHEST IN NATION – SENATOR & BUFFALO PARENTS OF CHILD VICTIMS URGE SENATE TO ACT ON BIPARTISAN BILL IN LAME-DUCK SESSION THAT WOULD HELP PREVENT FUTURE TRAGEDIES

Schumer Calls For Senate to Pass Legislation That Has Already Passed the House of Representatives & Will Fill Gaps in Federal Reporting of Young Deaths, Improve Data Collection & Investigations, Enhance Training, Plus Improve Research Schumer Stands With Buffalo Parents to Highlight That Stricter Protocols & More Accurate Data Could Decrease The Number of Tragic Deaths in Children & Infants - Would Also Provide Quicker Answers to Parents Who Lack Information About Cause of Death… Continue Reading


11.17.14

SCHUMER: RESEARCH & REPORTING ON SIDS & OTHER ‘SUDDEN DEATH IN YOUNG’ SYNDROMES IS WOEFULLY INADEQUATE, LEAVING GRIEVING ROCHESTER PARENTS WITHOUT ANSWERS; ROCHESTER INFANT MORTALITY RATE AMONG HIGHEST IN NATION – SENATOR & ROCHESTER PARENTS OF CHILD VICTIMS URGE SENATE TO ACT ON BIPARTISAN BILL IN LAME-DUCK SESSION THAT WOULD HELP PREVENT FUTURE TRAGEDIES

Schumer Calls For Senate to Pass Legislation That Has Already Passed the House of Representatives & Will Fill Gaps in Federal Reporting of Young Deaths, Improve Data Collection & Investigations, Enhance Training, Plus Improve Research Schumer Stands With Rochester Parents to Highlight That Stricter Protocols & More Accurate Data Could Decrease The Number of Tragic Deaths in Children & Infants - Would Also Provide Quicker Answers to Parents Who Lack Information About Cause of Dea… Continue Reading


11.17.14

SCHUMER JOINS WITH LOCAL OFFICIALS TO BEGIN LONG-AWAITED FILLING IN OF SUNKEN PORTION OF ROCHESTER’S INNER LOOP – REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT WILL SET STAGE FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & JOB CREATION, MAKE AREA MORE PEDESTRIAN- AND BIKE-FRIENDLY; SCHUMER HELPED SECURE $16.5 MILLION IN FED FUNDS TO MAKE PROJECT A REALITY

Schumer Pushed The Inner Loop Project With Two Different Secretaries of Transportation - Senator Made In-Person Appeals to Secs. LaHood & Foxx; Without Fed Support, Project Would Have Remained On the Drawing Board Schumer: If You Fill It, They Will Come Today, at the Corner of Howell Street and South Union Street at Rochester's Inner Loop, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer joined with local Rochester officials and developers to celebrate the first "filling in" of the City of Rochester's In… Continue Reading


11.17.14

SCHUMER: NYC & BELLEVUE MUST BE REIMBURSED FOR EBOLA EXPENSES INCURRED FOR TREATING DR. SPENCER & FOR EXTENSIVE ‘CONTACT TRACING’ OF HEALTH WORKERS & HUNDREDS RETURNING FROM WEST AFRICA DAILY— OVER $20M SPENT THUS FAR; SCHUMER TO ALSO CALL FOR PERMANENT ‘EBOLA FUND’ THAT WILL REIMBURSE ANY FUTURE CITY HANDLING EBOLA

Schumer Will Also Call for Creation of 'Ebola Fund' Similar to Those For Diseases like Tuberculosis, Available to Reimburse Any City That Handles a Confirmed Ebola Case, Treats a Patient & Conducts Contact Tracing; "Local Governments Should Be Compensated for Fighting Contagion Just Like We Help Localities After Natural Disasters." Schumer: NYC & Taxpayers Can't Be Left Holding the Bag for Their Thorough Handling of a Deadly Infectious Disease - Fewer Resources Spent Could Have Meant Di… Continue Reading


11.14.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND: FEMA MUST CONDUCT TOP-TO-BOTTOM INVESTIGATION INTO REPEATED RED FLAGS IN HOW INSURANCE COMPANIES HAVE HANDLED & DENIED THE CLAIMS OF SANDY FLOOD VICTIMS FOR DAMAGE TO THEIR HOMES

Senators' Call Comes in Light of Federal Judge Brown's Recent Order Which Suggested That Reports Were Doctored To Withhold Payments for Family In Long Beach - In addition, Senators Noted Inexcusable Delays As a Result of Legal Stall Tactics Used to Make Millions of Dollars on Backs of Federal Taxpayers Schumer, Gillibrand: FEMA Must Protect Sandy Victims & Ensure They are Fairly Compensated For Devastating Losses U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today called on the… Continue Reading


11.14.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, HANNA URGE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE LEADERS TO CONTINUE TO PROTECT ROME DFAS JOBS – PUSH LEADERS TO GREEN-LIGHT PROVISION THAT WOULD PROVIDE CONGRESS WITH OVERSIGHT OVER DFAS PERSONNEL PLANS

Provision Institutes Additional Protections for DFAS Federal Reps Say: DFAS Workers Are Productive, Efficient and Cost- Effective U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Richard Hanna called on both the chairs and ranking members of the Senate Armed Services Committee and House Armed Services Committee to preserve language from the already-passed House version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would help provide additional protections f… Continue Reading


11.13.14

SCHUMER: MAJOR LOOPHOLE IN FED LAW PREVENTS STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT FROM AIDING IN MISSING CHILDREN SEARCH EFFORTS & UPDATING FILES WITH NEWLY DISCOVERED EVIDENCE, PHOTOS, MEDICAL & DENTAL RECORDS – WITH MORE THAN 10,000 UPSTATE NEW YORK CHILDREN GOING MISSING EACH YEAR & MANY CASES STILL UNRESOLVED, SCHUMER URGES CHANGE IN LAW

Schumer Calls on Congressional Colleagues to Act on Bipartisan Plan That Gives All Law Enforcement Greater Access to National Missing Children Files & Also Says That Missing Children Records Should Be Updated With Photos, Medical Records & More, Within 30 Days - Law Enforcement Still Trying To Solve Thousands of Missing Children Cases, Including Jaliek Rainwalker in Capital Region, Sara Anne Wood in CNY & Brittanee Drexel in Rochester In the Capital Region, 2,081 Children Went Missi… Continue Reading


11.13.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $1M IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD’S INFRASTRUCTURE REPAIRS FOLLOWING SUPERSTORM SANDY

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1M in FEMA Funding to Reimburse Town of Hempstead for Street Lighting Equipment, Including Poles, Lamps, Wiring & More U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Town of Hempstead will receive over $1 million in federal funding for the repair and replacement of street lights and underground electrical wiring throughout the Town that were damaged as a result of Superstorm Sandy. The reimbursement is being provided by … Continue Reading


11.13.14

SCHUMER: NEW FED PLAN TO TEST POTENTIALLY FAULTY, DANGEROUS HIGHWAY GUARDRAILS IS INSUFFICIENT; USES OLD & OUTDATED SAFETY STANDARDS – SCHUMER PUSHES FED HIGHWAY ADMIN. TO TEST GUARDRAILS USING NEW, MORE STRINGENT METHOD

After Significant Pressure from Schumer & Others, Feds & Guardrail Manufacturer Agreed to A Plan To Re-Evaluate Product & Identify Potential Safety Issues - This Plan, However, Would Employ Old Standards to Measure Effectiveness & Safety of Guardrail Component Even Though New, More Robust Safety Standards Were Developed for Guardrails in 2009 and Implemented in 2011; Schumer Urges Feds to Test Product With New Standards Schumer: Driver Safety Shouldn't Be Stuck in 2005 When Driv… Continue Reading


11.13.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES MICHAEL GRECO NOMINATED TO BE THE NEXT U.S. MARSHAL FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK — GRECO IS A BRONX NATIVE & OF PUERTO RICAN HERITAGE; WOULD BE FIRST LATINO TO HOLD PRESTIGIOUS & VITAL POST IN SDNY

Greco, a First Responder on 9/11, Currently Serves as Lieutenant of the NYS Police & Has 32 Years of Law Enforcement U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced, upon his recommendation, Michael Greco has been nominated by President Obama to be the next United States Marshal for the Southern District of New York. Schumer, who is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that has jurisdiction of U.S. Marshal confirmations, had previously recommended Greco to President Obama. Schumer t… Continue Reading


11.12.14

SCHUMER: DESTRUCTIVE HEMLOCK WOOLLY ADELGID HAS SPREAD FURTHER ACROSS UPSTATE NY THIS YEAR, THREATENING TIMBER INDUSTRY & ECOSYSTSEM; TREE-KILLING PEST NOW IN 25 COUNTIES, INCLUDING MANY IN THE S. TIER & FINGER LAKES FOR FIRST TIME – SENATOR CALLS ON FEDS TO PROVIDE RESOURCES TO HELP STEM THE SPREAD OF THIS INVASIVE SPECIES

Schumer Calls on U.S. Forest Service to Prioiritize Funding to Better Control Spread of the Pest - Schumer Says Communities & Residents Need Resources & Best Practices To Help Slow Progress of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Pest Is Currently in 25 Counties Across NYS - Has Been Found In Following Counties In Past: Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Sullivan, Orange, Ulster, Dutchess, Columbia, Greene, Albany, Schoharie, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Delaware, Otsego, Broome, Tioga, Chemung, Steuben, Sch… Continue Reading


11.11.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES PUSH TO RESCIND FEDERAL FUNDING FOR DISASTROUS HUDSON VALLEY CAPACITY ZONE THAT UNFAIRLY HIKES RATES ON LOCAL RESIDENTS – SCHUMER INTRODUCES SENATE BILL ON WEDNESDAY THAT WILL PREVENT FERC FROM USING FED FUNDS FOR IMPLEMENTATION

Schumer's Senate Bill Would Make It More Difficult for FERC to Implement Capacity Zone, Preventing Them From Using Federal Funding On Any Effort That Hikes Rates - Schumer Bill Takes Bi-Partisan Effort By Reps. Maloney & Gibson In House, Brings It To Senate Floor; Schumer Will Push For Passage By The End Of This Year Schumer: If FERC Will Not Listen To The Residents of Hudson Valley, Legislation Will Help Tie Their Hands Today, at Festival Square Park adjacent to Middletown City Hall, U.… Continue Reading


11.11.14

SCHUMER LEADS RALLY TO REINSTATE EXPIRED “MASS TRANSIT TAX BENEFIT” THAT SAVES METRO-NORTH COMMUTERS OVER $1K PER YEAR — SENATOR JOINS WITH LOCAL COMMUTERS & ADVOCATES TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT PASSAGE OF IMPORTANT BENEFIT DURING LAME DUCK MUST BE A PRIORITY

Schumer Said Commuter Benefit Would Go Into Effect For 2015 & Cover 2014 Costs Retroactively - Benefit Needs To Be Passed By Jan 1st, Otherwise Local Residents Could Be Stuck With Lower Savings For Entire Year Schumer: Commuters Who Take Metro-North To Work Should Get Same Benefit As Those Who Drive Today, at the White Plains Train Station, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer brought together local commuters and transportation advocates for a rally to urge Congress to reinstate the expired "… Continue Reading


11.11.14

SCHUMER LEADS PUSH TO REINSTATE EXPIRED “MASS TRANSIT TAX BENEFIT” THAT SAVES LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD COMMUTERS OVER $1,300 PER YEAR — SENATOR JOINS WITH LOCAL COMMUTERS & ADVOCATES, SAYS PASSAGE OF IMPORTANT BENEFIT DURING LAME DUCK MUST BE A PRIORITY

Schumer Said Commuter Benefit Would Go Into Effect For 2015 & In Some Cases Cover 2014 Costs Retroactively - Benefit Needs To Be Passed By Jan 1st, Otherwise Local Residents Could Be Stuck With Lower Savings For Entire Year Schumer: More Than 300,000 Riders Per Day Who Take LIRR To Work Should Get Same Benefit As Those Who Drive Today, at the Mineola LIRR Station, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer brought together local commuters and transportation advocates to rally for Congress to reinst… Continue Reading


11.11.14

SCHUMER: NYC SERVICE MEMBERS DO NOT GET SUFFICIENT SCREENING & HELP TO CUT DOWN ON ALARMING MILITARY SUICIDE RATE – SCHUMER PUSHES BILL TO CREATE ANNUAL MENTAL HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR SERVICE MEMBERS TO BETTER IDENTIFY THOSE WHO ARE AT RISK

Schumer Pushes To Help Over 216K New York City Veterans Get The Care & Help They Need and Deserve - Says The Statistics Are Alarming: Over 1,500 NYS Veterans Have Committed Suicide In The Last Ten Years & Almost 500 Service Members Commit Suicide Each Year; Suicide Rate Among National Guard & Reserves Is Growing Schumer: We Must Do All We Can To Prevent Service Members & Families From The Pain of Suicide Today, at the annual New York City Veterans Day Parade, U.S. Senator Cha… Continue Reading


11.10.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, MAFFEI ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $4 MILLION IN USDA FUNDING FOR CENTRAL NEW YORK

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Dan Maffei today announced $4,091,000 in federal funding for Central New York. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. The Village of Tully will receive a $3,131,000 loan to replace an outdated well house, replace an old water tank and to replace a small waterline. The Town of Brutus will receive a $430,000 grant and a $530,000 loan to he… Continue Reading


11.10.14

SCHUMER: NEW RESEARCH SHOWS THAT OVER 17,000 CHILDREN HAVE EATEN COLORFUL, EXTRA-TOXIC DETERGENT PODS IN LAST TWO YEARS, INCLUDING 400 IN UPSTATE NEW YORK – A MAJOR INCREASE FROM 2012 – CALLS ON FED CONSUMER SAFETY EXPERTS & TOP DETERGENT COMPANIES TO EXPEDITE STANDARDS & PLACE CHILD-SAFE CAPS ON CONTAINERS

In Light of New Research Showing Over 700 U.S. Hospitalizations & 17,000 Poison Control Calls Involving Children Under 6 Years Old-Including 400 Children in Upstate NY- Schumer Says That Feds Should Expedite Work With Detergent Companies to Create Protections So that It's More Difficult to Open Containers of Concentrated Detergent Pods Doctors, Consumer Advocates, and Medical Journals Have Been Sounding Alarm About Pods - Hundreds Have Been Reported In Upstate New York Today, U.S. Senato… Continue Reading


11.10.14

SCHUMER: CAPITAL REGION SERVICE MEMBERS DO NOT GET SUFFICIENT SCREENING & HELP TO CUT DOWN ON ALARMING MILITARY SUICIDE RATE – SCHUMER PUSHES BILL TO CREATE ANNUAL MENTAL HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR SERVICE MEMBERS TO BETTER IDENTIFY THOSE WHO ARE AT RISK

Schumer Pushes To Help Capital Region Service Members, Including Approximately 2,400 in National Guard, Get The Care & Help They Need and Deserve - Says The Statistics Are Alarming: Over 1,500 NYS Veterans Have Committed Suicide In The Last Ten Years & Almost 500 Service Members Commit Suicide Each Year; Suicide Rate Among National Guard & Reserves Is Growing Schumer: We Must Do All We Can To Prevent Service Members & Families From The Pain of Suicide Today, at the Sheehy Pal… Continue Reading


11.10.14

SCHUMER: NEW RESEARCH SHOWS THAT OVER 17,000 CHILDREN HAVE EATEN COLORFUL, EXTRA-TOXIC DETERGENT PODS IN LAST TWO YEARS – UP FROM 3,000 IN 2012; CALLS ON FED CONSUMER SAFETY EXPERTS & TOP DETERGENT COMPANIES TO EXPEDITE STANDARDS & PLACE CHILD-SAFE CAPS ON CONTAINERS

In 2012, When New Product Hit U.S. Markets, Schumer Urged Feds to Require Child Safety Caps and Warning Labels on Containers, But Insufficient Action Has Been Taken In Light of New Research Showing Over 700 U.S. Hospitalizations & 17,000 Poison Control Calls Involving Children Under 6 Years Old, Schumer Says That Feds Should Expedite Work With Detergent Companies to Create Protections So that It's More Difficult to Open Containers of Concentrated Detergent Pods U.S. Senator Charles E. Sc… Continue Reading


11.10.14

In advance of Veterans Day… SCHUMER: SYRACUSE SERVICE MEMBERS DO NOT GET SUFFICIENT SCREENING & HELP TO CUT DOWN ON ALARMING MILITARY SUICIDE RATE – SCHUMER PUSHES BILL TO CREATE ANNUAL MENTAL HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR SERVICE MEMBERS TO BETTER IDENTIFY THOSE WHO ARE AT RISK

Schumer Pushes To Help Syracuse Service Members, Including Approximately 2,000 in National Guard, Get The Care & Help They Need and Deserve - Says The Statistics Are Alarming: Over 1,500 NYS Veterans Have Committed Suicide In The Last Ten Years & Almost 500 Service Members Commit Suicide Each Year; Suicide Rate Among National Guard & Reserves Is Growing Schumer: We Must Do All We Can To Prevent Service Members & Families From The Pain of Suicide Today, at Syracuse City Hall, … Continue Reading

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