Press Releases

01.29.13

SCHUMER: CANADIAN GOVT MAKES GOOD ON COMMITMENT, CONSULATE IN NEW YORK COMPLETES ESTABLISHMENT OF FULL-TIME PRESENCE IN BUFFALO TWO NEW EMPLOYEES ARE NOW ON CLOCK TO MINIMIZE DAMAGE TO WNY BUSINESSES BORDER MANAGEMENT

  Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Canadian Consulate completed their process of adding two additional employees to focus on Upstate and Western New York late last week, and the employees are now working in the Buffalo region. In June 2012, following news of the Canadian government's plans to close the consulate completely, Schumer urged that the Canadian government reverse its penny wise and pound foolish decision to close the western New York consulate, and at least m… Continue Reading


01.28.13

SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO OPPOSE OKLAHOMA-BASED SENECA-CAYUGA TRIBES APPLICATION TO PLACE 229 ACRES OF UPSTATE NY LAND INTO TRUST, WITHOUT STATE OR COUNTY AGREEMENT

  Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the Department of Interior's (DOI) Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to reject the Oklahomabased SenecaCayuga Nation's landintotrust application in Cayuga and Seneca counties. Schumer said that the outofstate tribe's application to place 229 acres of land into trust comes after the BIA opposed a similar application five years ago, and without the consent from state or county stakeholders. Schumer noted that placement of this populated land into tr… Continue Reading


01.27.13

SCHUMER REVEALS THAT SANDY AID BILL WILL PROVIDE MORE THAN A BILLION DOLLARS FOR KEY, LONG DELAYED CRITICAL PROJECTS THAT WILL PROTECT THE COAST OF LI AND NYC FROM FUTURE STORMS

  U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today revealed that the Sandy aid package, set to receive a vote on the Senate floor Monday night, will provide millions of dollars in funding for dozens of damaged and delayed projects on Long Island and New York City that will protect the coastline from future storms. In a letter to Jo Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army, Schumer discussed the implementation of these Army Corps of Engineer projects, which will include funding for a comprehensive stud… Continue Reading


01.17.13

SCHUMER VISITS THE COLLEGE OF ST. ROSE IN ALBANY TO ANNOUNCE LAST-MINUTE PASSAGE OF HIS COLLEGE TUITION TAX CREDIT THAT WILL SAVE MIDDLE-CLASS CAPITAL REGION RESIDENTS THOUSANDS IN TAX BREAKS TO DEFRAY TUITION COSTS

  Today, standing at The College of St. Rose, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that his legislation, the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC), was included in the 11 thhour of the fiscal cliff deal, and will continue to provide up to $2,500 in college tuition tax credits to middleclass families for the next five years. Schumer fought to ensure his college tuition tax credit made it into the final package, which will continue help the vast majority of Capital Region families and stud… Continue Reading


01.17.13

JOINT CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE ON INAUGURAL CEREMONIES ISSUES INAUGURAL ADVISORY

   In the remaining days before the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Ceremonies, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC) is issuing the following advisory to help people who plan to attend the swearingin ceremonies. The following is a special alert for people who will have tickets to the swearingin, but may have questions about getting to and from the event that morning. Because of the large crowds and the potential for inclement weather, those people with special needs a… Continue Reading


01.16.13

SCHUMER, GRIMM REQUEST PERSONAL MEETING WITH NPS DIRECTOR TO ADDRESS THE NEED TO REBUILD NICHOLS MARINA AND HIGHLIGHT ITS IMPORTANCE TO STATEN ISLANDERS

  U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and Congressman Michael Grimm (NY11) today requested a personal meeting with National Park Service Director (NPS) Jonathan Jarvis to discuss the fate of Nichols Marina at Great Kills Park on Staten Island. Earlier in December, Schumer and Grimm called on NPS to commit to maintaining the marina at Great Kills Park and allow it to rebuild after 350 of its boat slips were swept away due to Superstorm Sandy. Schumer and Grimm have advocated on behalf of the "Commit… Continue Reading


01.16.13

SCHUMER PUSHES TREASURY AND NATL PARKS SERVICE TO APPROVE CREDITS FOR REVITALIZATION OF GLENWOOD POWER PLANT MASSIVE, JOB-CREATING REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT COULD INJECT NEW LIFE INTO YONKERS ECONOMY

  U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer launched his twopronged plan to begin redevelopment of the longblighted Hudson Valley landmark known as the Glenwood Power Plant by the end of this year, potentially generating hundreds of new jobs and bringing new economic activity to this waterfront parcel for the first time in decades. Schumer fought successfully at year's end to extend the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC), and urged the Department of Treasury to strongly consider an allocation for the project.… Continue Reading


01.15.13

SCHUMER CALLS ON APPLE TO RAISE AGE RESTRICTION ON NEW, HYPOCRITICAL AND TASTELESS NRA SHOOT-EM-UP APP FOR IPHONE CURRENTLY RECOMMENDED FOR KIDS 4 AND UP

  New York, NY - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, today called on Apple Inc. to immediately raise the age restriction on the newly release "NRA: Practice Range" App that allows kids to play at virtual target practice - including shooting at animated coffins - with assault weapons, including the one used at last month's Sandy Hook Massacre.  With the leaders of the National Rifle Association blaming the nation's gun violence in large part on violent video games and movies, Schumer said that th… Continue Reading


01.13.13

SCHUMER CALLS ON WALMART AND OTHER MAJOR RETAILERS TO SUSPEND SALES OF ASSAULT WEAPONS WHILE GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION IS DEBATED IN CONGRESS

New York, NY - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called on the nation's largest gun retailers to participate in a temporary moratorium on selling assaultstyle rifles until Congress has considered legislation to reduce gun violence.  Since the Sandy Hook massacre, sales of assaultstyle rifles have skyrocketed, and are poised to grow even further during an upcoming "Gun Appreciation Day" organized by extreme progun activists.   Gun Appreciation Day, to be held later this month, encourages peop… Continue Reading


01.07.13

SCHUMER: NY PHONE HACKING RING - WITH POSSIBLE AL QAEDA LINK CONNECTION TO SYRACUSE - HAS COST MOM-AND-POP BUSINESSES HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS; SENATOR TO CALL ON TELECOM INDUSTRY, FEDS TO IMMEDIATELY STEP UP FRAUD DETECTION

  revealed that a New York phone hacking ring, with possible connections to Al Qaeda and reported links to Syracuse, has hacked dozens of small businesses' phone systems in New York, costing them hundreds of thousands of dollars. Schumer's visit is threefold, as he will first warn Syracuse businesses of the scam and offer details related to the hacking, particularly given that the criminals have not yet been caught and are targeting New York companies. Second, he called on the telecom industry … Continue Reading


01.07.13

SCHUMER: WITNESS INTIMIDATION COULD HAMPER INVESTIGATIONS INTO RECENT BUFFALO SHOOTINGS HOMICIDES, INCLUDING GANG-RELATED CRIMES PUSHES LEGISLATION TO HELP LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT PROTECT KEY WITNESSES

  Today, at the Robert H. Jackson Federal Courthouse, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer pushed legislation designed to help Buffalo law enforcement officials protect key witnesses who provide the police with information about crimes, help identify suspects, or testify during trials. The legislation also increases criminal penalties on those, like gangs, that seek to intimidate witnesses. In the wake of a spate of violent crimes in the Buffalo region, including recent violence thought to be retali… Continue Reading


12.27.12

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $69K FEDERAL GRANT FOR WOODLAWN VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY; INVESTMENT MEANS UPDATED EQUIPMENT FOR FIRST RESPONDERS

  Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Company receive a grant totaling $69,497 in Round 6 of the FY12 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. AFG awards are administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and are designed to help firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from… Continue Reading


12.23.12

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF STATEWIDE LOTTERY FOR TICKETS TO PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SECOND SWEARING-IN - JOINED BY DOZENS OF WINNERS AND FAMILIES FROM NYC AND LI

Joined by eleven metro area winners and their families, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced the winners of his statewide lottery for tickets to President Barack Obama's Inauguration. Tens of thousands of New Yorkers entered the lottery. Schumer's office selected 225 winners from across New York State, each of whom will receive two general admission tickets to the Inauguration to be held on January 21 st, 2013.  Schumer is chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremoni… Continue Reading


12.21.12

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $1.1 MILLION EDA FUNDING FOR CITY OF KINGSTON AFTER HURRICANE IRENE AND LEE KINGSTON WILL USE FUNDING FOR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE REPAIRS TO MITIGATE ECONOMIC HARDSHIP FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES AFTER STORMS

  Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that $ 1,120,000 in federal funding was awarded to the City of Kingston in Ulster County by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) Disaster Relief Opportunity program. The City of Kingston will use the funding to make critical infrastructure repairs that will restore access to commercial and small businesses in the Kingston city center. These efforts aim to minimize the financial strain in the region from Hur… Continue Reading


12.21.12

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE FINAL CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL OF $24 MILLION FOR NEW YORK ARMY NATIONAL GUARD CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MILITARY CONSTRUCTION PROJECT WILL BUILD STATE-OF-THE-ART MAINTENANCE SHOP ON BASE

   U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that a $24 million construction project in Stormville, NY, for the New York Army National Guard has passed both chambers of Congress as part of the  National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 and now heads to President Obama to be signed into law. Specifically, the $24 million federal investment would allow the construction of a new maintenance shop to provide field and sustainment maintenance for vehicle… Continue Reading


12.21.12

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE FINAL CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL OF NEARLY $140 MILLION FOR CONSTRUCTION AT FORT DRUM

   U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that $138.2 million in funding for the construction of several facilities at Fort Drum, including a new specialty care clinic, a new aircraft maintenance hangar, and a complex for missile tracking technology has now passed both chambers of Congress. The funding for construction is included as part of the  National Defense Authorization Act  for Fiscal Year  2013, which now heads to President Obama to be signed into … Continue Reading


12.20.12

SCHUMER, GOLDFEDER: SUPERSTORM SANDY RAVAGED BREEZY POINTS SILVER GULL BEACH CLUB; PUSH FEDS TO QUICKLY ALLOW BEACH CLUB TO RECONSTRUCT SEA WALL TO PROTECT FROM FUTURE STORMS

  U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and New York State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder today pushed the National Park Service (NPS) to quickly approve the reconstruction of a sea wall at the Silver Gull Beach Club in Breezy Point. After Superstorm Sandy, the Beach Club's sea wall was destroyed and because the Beach Club is on the National Register of Historical Places, NPS must first approve the reconstruction of a new sea wall. The wall will be rebuilt by the club, at no cost to the tax payer.   "T… Continue Reading


12.17.12

SCHUMER COMPLETES 62 COUNTY TOUR FOR 14TH YEAR-IN-A-ROW WITH VISIT TO BATTENKILL CREAMERY IN WASHINGTON COUNTY

Today, with his visit to Battenkill Creamery in Washington County, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer completed his 62 county tour of New York for the fourteenth yearinarow - a feat that makes him the first New York state public official to visit every single county in New York every year he has been in office.  Schumer highlighted some of the year's biggest accomplishments including passage of the SAFE DOSES Act to crack down on prescription drug abuse and his efforts to secure a $14.6 million gra… Continue Reading


12.17.12

AS SCHUMER COMPLETES RECORD FOURTEENTH 62-COUNTY TOURSCHUMER TOURS BATTENKILL CREAMERY IN WASHINGTON COUNTY IN LIGHT OF FAST APPROACHING DAIRY CLIFF CALLS ON HOUSE TO PASS BIPARTISIAN FARM BILL ENSURE NY DAIRY FARMS ARENT LEFT WITHOUT SAFETY NET

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer visited Battenkill Creamery in Washington County and warned that the deadline is fastapproaching for the House of Representatives to take action and pass the bipartisan Senate Farm Bill, in order to avoid the "dairy cliff", which would have a devastating impact on dairy producers. The 2008 Farm Bill expired on September 30th, and on January 1st the nation will begin to revert to 1940's era agriculture policy. Specifically, Schumer called on the House to tak… Continue Reading


12.11.12

SCHUMER: U.S. AIR FORCE TO BRING THUNDERBIRDS BACK TO JONES BEACH FOR 2013 MEMORIAL DAY AIR SHOW ON 10TH ANNIVERSARY SENATOR LED CAMPAIGN TO BRING THEM BACK

  U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today said that the United States Air Force will bring the Thunderbirds back to the 2013 Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach over Memorial Day weekend.  This will be the Air Show's 10 th anniversary and the first major event since Superstorm Sandy seriously damaged the iconic New York State Park. With the squadron's notable absence at the 2011 Air Show, Schumer has led a campaign through both letters and phone calls to have the Thunderbirds return to Long Island … Continue Reading

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