Press Releases

07.29.10

SCHUMER, FEINSTEIN, KLOBUCHAR & MERKLEY TELL FDA: ALCOHOLIC 'ENERGY DRINKS,' SUCH AS FOUR LOKO AND JOOSE, MAY BE UNSAFE OR EVEN ILLEGALSENATORS URGE AGENCY TO RELEASE FINDINGS ABOUT DRINKS' POTENTIAL DANGERS, ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG DRINKERS

WASHINGTON, DC-Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (DNY), Dianne Feinstein (DCA), Amy Klobuchar (DMN) and Jeff Merkley (DOR) called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to immediately make public its findings from an investigation into possible health risks posed by socalled "energy drinks" that combine alcohol and caffeine. Popular drinks such as Four Loko and Joose look nearly indistinguishable compared to energy drinks, yet contain up to 12% alcohol per volume-or, two to three times … Continue Reading


07.28.10

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE KEY SENATE PANEL APPROVES $500,000 FOR NORTH SHORE LIJ HEALTH SYSTEM HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INITIATIVE

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies has approved $500,000 for the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System's Health Information Technology Initiative in the FY2011 Appropriations Bill. Senators Schumer and Gillibrand aggressively lobbied members of the Appropriations Committee to include funding for the project in this year's spending bill… Continue Reading


07.28.10

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES SENATE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE APPROVES HIS REQUEST FOR FUNDING FOR HISPANIC FEDERATION - ORGANIZATION SET TO RECEIVE $100,000

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Senate Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee has approved the FY11 Appropriations Bill with includes $100,000 for the Hispanic Foundation. The funding will be used to create a Latino Workforce Training Initiative, which focuses on helping lowincome workers to obtain higher wage and better quality jobs, enabling them to support their families and contribute to the recovery of New York'… Continue Reading


07.28.10

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES SENATE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE APPROVES HIS REQUEST FOR FUNDING FOR CAZENOVIA COLLEGE'S NEW YORK STATE CENTER FOR EQUINE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - SCHOOL SET TO RECEIVE $200,000

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Senate Labor, Health, and Human Services and Education (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittee has approved a total of $200,000 for Cazenovia College in Madison County.  The funding will be used to establish the New York State Center for Equine Business Development. Schumer worked closely with members of the Appropriations Committee to include funding for the project in this year's spending bill "New York already has a strong equinerelate… Continue Reading


07.26.10

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES FULL SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE APPROVES HIS REQUEST FOR FUNDING FOR CHEMUNG COUNTY'S INDUSTRIAL CENTER AT HORSEHEADS- COUNTY SET TO RECEIVE $750,000

 U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the full Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the FY11 Appropriations Bill which includes $750,000 for Chemung County. The funding will be used to construct a truck access road to Route 13 that will help with the development of the Industrial Center at Horseheads. Schumer worked closely with members of the Appropriations Committee to include funding for the project in this year's spending bill.   "Access to high qual… Continue Reading


07.26.10

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES FULL SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE APPROVES HIS REQUEST FOR SUNY ALFRED COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY- SCHOOL SLATED TO RECEIVE $500,000

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the full Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the FY11 Appropriations Bill which includes $500,000 for SUNY Alfred. The funding will be used to build geothermal, solar, and small wind model installations. The funding will help the region develop clean energy which will foster good paying jobs in an emerging market.   "SUNY Alfred is at the cutting edge of clean energy development and this investmen… Continue Reading


07.23.10

SCHUMER, LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND ELECTED OFFICIALS PUSH LEGISLATION TO DEVELOP TECHNOLOGY TO PREVENT DRINKERS FROM DRIVING

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, joined by antidrunk driving law enforcement, elected officials and advocates for increased road safety, pushed Schumer cosponsored legislation to foster research and development of incar technology to fight the scourge of drunk driving.  Schumer's cosponsored legislation was originally introduced by Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico and would create a consortium to drastically curb drunk driving by funding a partnership between antidrunk driving advocates, l… Continue Reading


07.23.10

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE SENATE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE APPROVES THEIR FUNDING REQUEST FOR MONROE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY - DEPARTMENT SET TO RECEIVE $300,000 FOR SEX OFFENDER MONITORING SYSTEMS

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Senate Appropriations Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee has approved the FY2011 Appropriations Bill which includes $300,000 for the Monroe County Department of Public Safety. The funding will help law enforcement officials monitor high risk sex offenders through the use of Global Positioning Systems (GPS). The updated protections will allow law enforcement to alert probation officers immediately whenever t… Continue Reading


07.22.10

SCHUMER, GILLIBAND ANNOUNCE KEY COMMITTEE APPROVES THEIR REQUEST FOR FUNDING FOR ROCHESTER'S MIDTOWN PLAZA - PROJECT SET TO RECEIVE $2 MILLION

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that a key Senate committee has approved their request for funding for the Midtown Plaza.  The Midtown Rising is expected to attract hundreds of millions of dollars in private investment and create or maintain 1,500 jobs, and will play a huge role in the future of Rochester. The request was approved by the Senate Appropriations Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee and will be inlucded in the FY11 Appro… Continue Reading


07.22.10

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES SENATE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE APPROVES HIS REQUEST FOR FUNDING FOR BUFFALO NIAGARA MEDICAL CENTER- CENTER SET TO RECEIVE $1,000,000

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Senate Appropriations Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee has approved the FY11 Appropriations Bill which includes $1,000,000 for the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The funding will be used to make improvements to the campus's physical infrastructure, including traffic reduction, pedestrian access and public safety features. Schumer worked closely with members of the Appropriations Committee to include funding for t… Continue Reading


07.19.10

SCHUMER CALLS FOR FEDERAL CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION INTO BP'S OIL-FOR-TERRORIST EXCHANGE TO DETERMINE WHETHER BP VIOLATED FOREIGN CORRUPT PRACTICES ACT

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer requested that Attorney General Eric Holder open a criminal investigation into allegations that oil giant BP may have engaged in an illegal deal to secure the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset alMegrahi in exchange for access to Libyan oil fields. Schumer said that mounting evidence indicates a possible link between the release of alMegrahi and the completion of long stalled negotiations between BP and the Libyan government. If BP engaged in such a de… Continue Reading


07.14.10

MENENDEZ, SCHUMER, LAUTENBERG AND GILLIBRAND CALL ON BP TO SUSPEND DRILLING ACTIVITY IN LIBYA UNTIL INVESTIGATION OCCURS IN LOCKERBIE CASE

WASHINGTON - At a news conference today, U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (DNJ), Charles Schumer (DNY), Frank Lautenberg (DNJ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (DNY) called on BP to suspend its oil drilling plans in Libya until its role in the freeing of the Pan Am Flight 103 bomber is fully known. Before BP makes money off of drilling there, the senators want to know to what extent BP helped to facilitate the release of Abdelbaset alMegrahi from a Scottish prison in order to finalize and expedite a $900… Continue Reading


07.13.10

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $280,000 IN FUNDING COMING TO POUGHKEEPSIE TO PREPARE YOUTH FOR WORKFORCE

Today, United States Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that Nubian Directions II, Inc. in Poughkeepsie will receive $283,500 in YouthBuild Grant funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and FY 2009 funding. The funding will be used to provide education and training to disadvantaged young people. This training will include the education and employment skills necessary to achieve economic selfsufficiency in occupations in high demand and postsecondary education an… Continue Reading


07.12.10

SCHUMER CALLS FOR NOAA TO IMMEDIATELY SELL UNAUTHORIZED BOATS, CARS AND OTHER ASSETS AND USE PROCEEDS TO HELP FUND NORTHEASTERN FISHERMEN WHO WERE EXCESSIVELY FINED AND WHOSE FISHING SEASONS WERE SHORTENED

United States Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration today to immediately begin selling off unauthorized purchases it made with Asset Forfeiture Fund (AFF) money and return the proceeds to the fund and fishermen who committed no wrong or were excessively fined. A bombshell report issued by the Commerce Department's inspector general's office revealed that over the course of the last four years, forfeiture funds, obtained through fines levied agai… Continue Reading


07.12.10

SCHUMER REVEALS: CURRENT LAWS ON SEX OFFENDERS LEAVE GLARING GAPS ALLOWING PEDOPHILES TO COACH SPORTS, OPERATE CARNIVAL RIDES AND PROVIDE DANCE AND MUSIC LESSONS ACROSS NEW YORK

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer revealed that current laws restricting sex offenders' access to children does not restrict pedophiles from working with children in jobs which are not funded by the government. These glaring gaps in federal law allow pedophiles to work as coaches, carnival ride operators, dance and music teachers, and many other occupations that by their nature allow sex offenders to have direct contact with children. Schumer is introducing legislation, which would strength… Continue Reading


07.09.10

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES NEARLY $6 MILLION IN GRANT FUNDING FOR CLEAN WATER INFRASTRUCTURE COMING TO JEFFERSON COUNTY

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Town of Pamelia will receive $1.7 million, the Town of Henderson will receive $2 million, the Village of Philadelphia will receive $256,010 and the Village of Cape Vincent will receive $2 million in federal grant funding from the New York Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) for clean water infrastructure projects. The grant funding is coming to cities, towns and villages all across New York because of a provision secured by Schumer i… Continue Reading


07.09.10

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $2 MILLION IN GRANT FUNDING FOR CLEAN WATER INFRASTRUCTURE COMING TO VILLAGE OF BELMONT

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Village of Belmont will receive $2 million in federal grant funding from the New York Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) for clean water infrastructure projects. The grant funding is coming to cities, towns and villages all across New York because of a provision secured by Schumer in the Congressional Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill.   "These funds will go to work right away improving infrastructure, creat… Continue Reading


07.06.10

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: NASSAU AND SUFFOLK TO RECEIVE SOUGHT AFTER FEMA FUNDING FOR VITAL VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER TUITION PROGRAM; WILL ENCOURAGE YOUNGER PEOPLE TO BECOME VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS AT A TIME WHEN FIREFIGHTERS ARE IN SHORTER SUPPLY

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that Nassau and Suffolk County have been chosen to receive federal funding to create an incentive for college students to sign up as volunteer firefighters across Long Island and is urging FEMA to recommend full funding of $4 million for the program.  Both Nassau and Suffolk Counties have qualified and been chosen for FEMA's SAFER grant award for volunteer firefighter recruitment, Schumer said.  Schumer urged Administrator Fugate to fund each Coun… Continue Reading


07.06.10

SCHUMER INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO NAME LYNBROOK POST OFFICE IN HONOR OF NAVY CORPSMAN JEFFREY L. WIENER, A LYNBROOK NATIVE WHO WAS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY IN IRAQ

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced he is introducing legislation to rename the Lynbrook Post Office, located at 100 Broadway in Lynbrook, New York, the Navy Corpsman Jeffrey L. Wiener Post Office.  The post office renaming is in honor of Jeffrey L. Wiener, a deceased Lynbrook resident who gave his life in service to his country. Wiener had served his community as a volunteer firefighter starting at the age of 14. In 2003, Wiener enlisted in the Navy and was sent to Iraq, where he w… Continue Reading


06.29.10

SCHUMER URGES USDA SECRETARY TO REVERSE RULE-CHANGE PREVENTING NY COMMUNITIES FROM ACCESSING FEDERAL RURAL GRANT PROGRAM

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that he has written a personal letter to the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Tom Vilsack, urging him to address a new rule that makes at least 15 communities across New York ineligible for a vital rural development grant program, the Water and Waste Disposal Grant Program, that works to reduce costs for New Yorkers and local governments in rural communities. Schumer's office has been contacted by several communitie… Continue Reading

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