Press Releases

05.17.11

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $1 MILLION COMING TO NUBIAN DIRECTIONS II TO PREPARE POUGHKEEPSIE YOUTH, YOUNG ADULTS FOR WORKFORCE

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer announced that the Nubian Directions II (NDI) in Poughkeepsie has been awarded a $1,100,000 Department of Labor (DOL) grant, as part of the Department's Youthbuild program which aims to assist outofschool youth in obtaining academic and occupational skills and training. At Nubian Directions II, this training includes lessons in technology training, work readiness skills and educational support services for youth and adults to enhance workforce skills. Thro… Continue Reading


05.12.11

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD IN LEGISLATION TO PRESERVE FISHKILL SUPPLY DEPOT AND HONOR FALLEN REVOLUTIONARY WAR HEROES BILL TO PROMOTE HUDSON VALLEY TOURISM EARNS SUPPORT OF NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

  Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced an important step forward for legislation to make the Fishkill Supply Depot in Fishkill, NY, an important depot for the Continental Army during the American revolution, eligible for federal preservation funds. Schumer announced that the American Battlefield Protection Program Amendments Act of 2011 received the support of the National Park Service at a hearing in the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, during which the National Park Service… Continue Reading


05.10.11

SCHUMER: WYOMING COUNTY RESIDENTS BEING SHORTCHANGED ON TAX REVENUE FROM WIND FARM URGES PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISION TO TRANSFER OWNERSHIP OF FACILITY TO NYSEG, INCREASING TAX REVENUE FOR RESIDENTS

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer urged the NYS Public Service Commission (PSC) to approve the ownership transfer of a $5 million electrical transmission facility in Orangeville, from the Wyoming County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) to the New York State Electric & Gas Corporation (NYSEG). In his letter, Schumer notes that the Joint Petition for the transfer of this property was filed on April 8, 2010, and asks that this longoverdue transfer be resolved by PSC's upcoming meeting o… Continue Reading


05.09.11

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES $58 MILLION IN HIGH SPEED RAIL FUNDS FOR REPLACEMENT OF SCHENECTADY STATION AND FOURTH TRACK AT ALBANY-RENSSELAER STATION SCHUMER CALLED FOR FUNDS TO COME TO NY AFTER FLORIDA TURNED MONEY AWAY

  Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that $58 million in high speed rail money will be coming to the Empire Corridor, funding projects that include replacing the Schenectady Station and constructing a fourth station track at the AlbanyRensselaer Station. These projects and others will go a long way towards improving reliability, speed and frequency there and throughout the Empire Corridor. The $58 million comes from $2.4 billion dollars in high speed rail money for Florida that wa… Continue Reading


05.05.11

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $288,000 IN FEDERAL FIRE GRANT FOR LAKE PLAINS COMMUNITY CARE NETWORK; FUNDING FOR RECRUITMENT OF FIREFIGHTERS, EMS IN GENESEE COUNTY

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Lake Plains Community Care Network, in Batavia, will receive a grant totaling $288,680 in Round 19 of the FY10 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program. AFG awards are administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and are designed to strengthen the response programs of fire departments throughout the country by promoting and maintaining 24hour… Continue Reading


05.04.11

SCHUMER URGES U.S. POSTAL SERVICE NOT TO CLOSE STATEN ISLAND PROCESSING AND DISTRIBUTION CENTER; MOVE COULD IMPACT HUNDREDS OF JOBS AND MAKES NO SENSE IN FACE OF HIGH GAS PRICES

  U.S. Senator Charles Schumer wrote to the U.S. Postal Service Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe urging him to abandon a USPS plan to close the Staten Island Processing and Distribution Center by having Staten Island mail trucked to other parts of the city for processing. In his letter, Schumer noted that the closure of the processing facility would damage the local economy, impact timely delivery of local mail, and impact hundreds of jobs. In the face of rising gas prices, Schumer also belie… Continue Reading


04.27.11

AFTER SCHUMER PUSH WORK TO RESTART ON CHURUBUSCO BORDER CROSSING, WILL LEAD TO MODERNIZED BORDER CROSSING FACILITY CAPABLE OF HANDLING TWO-WAY BORDER TRAFFIC BETWEEN US AND CANADA

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP)  will restart construction on the Churubusco border crossing after Schumer pushed the agency to do so. Just a short time ago, CBP was planning to halt the project after the Canadian government decided to close their side of the port. Schumer contacted DHS and CBP and asked them to reverse course saying that closure would cost the area construction jobs rela… Continue Reading


04.27.11

SCHUMER TOURS BRAND NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART MAPLE SYRUP PRODUCTION PLANT THAT COULD REVOLUTIONIZE MAPLE INDUSTRY IN HUDSON VALLEY AND THROUGHOUT UPSTATE PUSHES MAPLE TAP ACT TO BOOST SYRUP PRODUCTION AND HELP FACILITY CREATE HUNDREDS OF NEW JOBS

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer toured Crown Maple, a nearlycomplete, stateoftheart maple production facility that could create hundreds of new jobs in Dutchess County. The facility and surrounding farm, set to open in just a few short weeks, host both maple sap tapping and syrup production infrastructure, and will employ approximately 100 people when they reach full capacity. Thanks to new production technologies, the facility is able to produce nearly three times the amount of maple syr… Continue Reading


04.25.11

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR BILLYS LAW; LEGISLATION PROVIDES LAW ENFORCEMENT WITH CRITICAL TOOLS IN LIFE-SAVING SEARCH FOR MISSING ADULTS

Today, United States Senator Charles E. Schumer announced his support for legislation called "Billy's Law," also known as Help Find the Missing Act, to close loopholes in our national missing persons systems. Schumer has sponsored this legislation in the past, and his cosponsorship this Congress comes in the wake of the recent death of George Delaney, a Rochester Institute of Technology student. When George Delany went missing on March 12th, RIT faculty and students joined with law… Continue Reading


04.21.11

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER 800K IN FEDERAL FIRE GRANTS COMING TO EAST ROCKAWAY, NEW HYDE PARK, AND GREAT NECK

  Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the East Rockaway Fire Department will receive a grant totaling $707,480, the New Hyde Park Fire Department will receive a grant totaling $96,780, and the Great Neck Fire Department will receive $63,580 in Round 17 of the FY10 AFG Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program. These federal funds, which are administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), will allow these fire departments to strengthen th… Continue Reading


04.12.11

SCHUMER, BISHOP: BUDGET DEAL PROTECTS BROOKHAVEN NATIONAL LAB FROM SHUTTING DOORS ON MAJOR RESEARCH PROGRAMS; POTENTIAL LOSS OF 1,000 JOB AVERTED

  U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (DNY) and U.S. Representative Tim Bishop (DNY) announced today that the budget compromise agreed to last week in Congress will save Brookhaven National Laboratory from draconian budget cuts that could have resulted in a loss of almost 1,000 jobs. The continuing funding resolution bill that passed the House last month would have cut $1.1 billion from the Department of Energy's Office of Science and resulted in Brookhaven Lab having to shutdown many of its core rese… Continue Reading


04.04.11

WITH A FINAL DECISION ON GRANT APPLICATION JUST AROUND THE CORNER&SCHUMER ANNOUNCES FINAL PUSH TO SECURE HIGH TECH GRANT THAT WOULD MAKE ALBANY A NATIONAL CENTER IN SOLAR CELL RESEARCH AND CREATE THOUSANDS OF JOBS COULD MIRROR CHIP FAB SUCCESS WITHIN A FEW YEARS

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced his final push to secure a $100 million federal grant that would be a huge boost to the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC), a partnership between SEMATECH and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at UAlbany, along with the University of Central Florida. Following a tour of the CNSE Albany NanoTech complex, Schumer announced his push for approval of the application to form a new photovoltaic manufacturing consortiu… Continue Reading


03.30.11

SCHUMER INTRODUCES NEW MAPLE TAP ACT: BILL WOULD HELP REALIZE UPSTATE NY MAPLE INDUSTRYS ENORMOUS, UNTAPPED POTENTIAL BY PROMOTING NEW TREE TAPS, EXPANDING RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING OF MAPLE SYRUP PRODUCTION

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that he is introducing a new Maple Tapping Access Program (Maple TAP) Act, legislation that would provide grants to states that create programs to help maple farmers tap into trees that are currently untapped on private lands. The legislation would also provide for the creation of grants to states to support the domestic maple syrup industry through the promotion of related research, education, natural resource sustainability and marketing, as wel… Continue Reading


03.22.11

SCHUMER: LAST MAJOR SYRACUSE CANDLE MAKER AT RISK BECAUSE OF UNFAIRLY TRADED CHINESE CANDLES FLOODING THE MARKET SCHUMER TO FEDS: MAKE SURE ANTI-DUMPING LAWS STAY STRONG TO KEEP CATHEDRAL CANDLE IN BUSINESS

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that he is pushing the U.S. Department of Commerce to protect Syracuse candle making jobs that are being put at risk by the unfair trade practices of Chinese candle exporters. Currently, the U.S. imposes an import tariff on cheap candles that Chinese companies send to the U.S. in an attempt to undercut domestic producers like Cathedral Candle. These tariffs have helped push back against the unfair trade practices of the Chinese, boosting domestic … Continue Reading


03.14.11

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES ROCHESTER TO RECEIVE NEARLY $1.5 MILLION IN MAJOR BOATING GRANT FROM THE DEPT. OF INTERIOR; FUNDING CROSSES LAST MAJOR HURDLE TO BEGIN ROCHESTER MARINA PROJECT

  Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, in cooperation with the City of Rochester, BIDCO Marine Group, and Edgewater Resources, will receive $1,450,000 to revitalize the Port of Rochester and boost boating and recreation on Lake Ontario. The funding will be used to construct a new Marina at the Port of Rochester, add 64 transient slips with dockside utilities, create a deepdraft safe harbor, create an acc… Continue Reading


03.10.11

SCHUMER-RECOMMENDED ATTORNEY BILL KUNTZ OFFICIALLY NOMINATED TO SERVE ON UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (DNY) announced that Bill Kuntz, who Schumer recommended to President Obama in September, has been officially nominated by the President to serve as a judge on the prestigious United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. If confirmed, Kuntz would become the second African American judge on the court. "I am pleased that the President has nominated Bill to serve as a federal judge from New York on the Eastern District bench," said Schumer. "Wi… Continue Reading


03.09.11

AT SCHUMERS URGING, DHS SECRETARY NAPOLITANO AGREES TO DEPLOY MILITARY-GRADE RADAR TECHNOLOGY ALONG THE NORTHERN BORDER; MOVE PUSHED BY SCHUMER WILL COMBAT GROWING DRUG SMUGGLING PROBLEM

Today, United States Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano will deploy militarygrade radar technology to the Northern Border to combat rampant drug smuggling. This comes at Senator Schumer's urging, after a February Government Accountability Office (GAO) report showed that only 32 of the nearly 4,000 miles that make up the USCanada border are considered secure. In conjunction with President Barack Obama's and Prime Minister Ste… Continue Reading


03.08.11

SCHUMER TO VA: APPOINT A REGIONAL OMBUDSMAN TO HELP COMPLETE VETS CEMETERY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE; CALLS ON VA TO ESTABLISH LIAISON WITH LOCAL VETERANS GROUPS TO GET THE JOB DONE

  Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that he is urging the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to establish a firm timeline for completion of the long overdue veterans' cemetery in Western New York. Due to repeated delays and indecision, the VA has yet to acquire the necessary land for the cemetery, further delaying the design and building phase that will ultimately lead to a suitable resting place for Western New York veterans. Schumer is also urging the VA to establish a liaison… Continue Reading


02.24.11

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION PROTECTING GRAND ISLANDS RESIDENTIAL TOLL DISCOUNTS ON GRAND ISLAND BRIDGES

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that he is reintroducing legislation protecting the residential discount programs for Grand Island residents on the Grand Island bridges. The Residential and Commuter Toll Fairness Act of 2011 provides express Congressional authorization for local governments to issue or grant transportation toll, user fee or fare discount programs based on residential status. The legislation, which was originally introduced in 2009 and passed the House by a unani… Continue Reading


02.23.11

AS THE SENATE PREPARES ITS BUDGET PROPOSAL:SCHUMER VOWS TO FIGHT HOUSE CUTS THAT THREATEN TAYLOR BIOMASS PLANT; GROUND-BREAKING PROJECT ALREADY UNDERWAY, JOBS AND INVESTMENTS MUST BE PROTECTED

  Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that he will oppose House Republicans' attempts to end renewable energy project loan guarantees, which would pose a major threat to the jobcreating Taylor Biomass Energy project. The Republican budget proposal that passed the House last week would ultimately kill funding for the Taylor Biomass Energy project underway in Montgomery, NY and cost hundreds of current jobs, and more than 400 future jobs.   In December, Schumer joined Jim Taylor of… Continue Reading

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