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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


11.10.14

SCHUMER: ASTOUNDINGLY, THERE IS NO FEDERAL INSPECTION & TESTING PROCESS FOR MOST AUTO PARTS, LIKE TAKATA AIRBAGS, RESULTING IN MASSIVE RECALLS & EVEN FATALITIES – SENATOR CALLS FOR TOP TO BOTTOM REVIEW BY DOT INSPECTOR GENERAL AND DEMANDS TIGHTENING OF TESTING

Senator Calls on DOT Inspector General To Complete Top to Bottom Review of Auto Safety Screening Procedures and Protocols-- Schumer Demands Recommendations to Improve Auto Safety Testing To Crack Down on Defects - Pledges To Introduce Legislation to Toughen Testing and Oversight if Necessary Schumer: Rather Than Relying on Recall Notices, Which Can Come too Late, We Need To Toughen Testing and Oversight to Ensure Defective Parts Aren't Mass- Produced In the First Place In response to a massi… Continue Reading


11.07.14

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, AFTER HIS PUSH, NLRB TO KEEP CRITICAL LABOR RELATIONS REGIONAL OFFICE BASED IN BUFFALO – SENATOR PUSHED TO ENSURE UPSTATE NY WORKERS & BUSINESSES WOULD NOT LOSE IMPORTANT ACCESS TO CENTRALLY- LOCATED WNY REGIONAL OFFICE

Buffalo Regional Office Covers All of Upstate NY & Moving Services to Pittsburgh Would Have Led to Case Load Backups, Delays In Investigations, Union Elections & Rulings; Schumer Said Move to Pittsburgh Would Have Severely Inconvenienced Labor & Business in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, S. Tier Schumer: NLRB Regional Office Will Now Remain in Buffalo Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that, after his push, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has abandoned plans … Continue Reading


11.07.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND CALL ON FIFA TO HOLD 2015 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ON GRASS, NOT ARTIFICIAL TURF, JUST LIKE MEN’S WORLD CUP – SENATORS URGE FIFA TO WORK WITH WORLD CUP GAME ORGANIZERS & FEMALE ATHLETES TO BRING EQUALITY TO TOURNAMENT

77% of Top Female Soccer Players Around the World Believe Major Tournaments, Like The World Cup, Should Be Played on Natural Grass, But FIFA Has Ignored Athletes' Requests - Schumer & Gillibrand, Along With 11 Senate Colleagues, Blow Whistle on FIFA & Call For It To Play Women's World Cup Games On Grass Schumer, Gillibrand: FIFA Should Level the Playing Field for Women’s World Cup Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand called on the International Federatio… Continue Reading


11.07.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE APPROXIMATELY $1.5 MILLION IN FEMA FUNDS FOR HIGH-PRIORITY STREAM GAUGES ALONG MOHAWK RIVER, OSWEGO RIVER & UPPER HUDSON RIVER BASINS; WILL HELP MITIGATE FLOOD RISK IN 23 COUNTIES – GAUGES WILL AID EXISTING CANAL FLOOD WARNING SYSTEM TO PROTECT UPSTATE COMMUNITIES

Schumer & Gillibrand Have Long Advocated on Behalf of Funding Early Flood Detection Systems & Stream Gauge Flood Mitigation Projects Senators: Early Monitoring Systems like Stream and Rain Gauges Dramatically Improve Flood Detection & Planning for Residents, First Responders Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the New York State Canal Flood Warning System has received $1,483,125 in federal funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency… Continue Reading


11.06.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND CALL ON VA SECRETARY TO SWIFTLY APPROVE CONTRACT THAT WOULD ENABLE LOCAL VETERANS TO RECEIVE INPATIENT PSYCHIATRIC CARE RIGHT HERE IN FINGER LAKES – VA CURRENTLY SENDING VETS TO BUFFALO, SYRACUSE & ALBANY

New Contract Between Canandaigua VA & Local Health Provider Would Bring Care Closer to Home & Provide More Convenient Location for Patients & Families - Schumer, Gillibrand Push Federal VA to Expedite Contract Approval, Which Otherwise Could Take Up to 18 Months to Finalize Schumer, Gillibrand to VA: Finger Lakes Vets Should Not Have To Travel Hours Away For The Care They Need Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand pushed the U.S. Department of Veterans Affa… Continue Reading


11.06.14

SCHUMER: THIRD ROUND OF GREEK YOGURT PILOT PROGRAM NOW OPEN; USDA SOLICITING PROPOSALS FROM GREEK YOGURT MAKERS TO PROVIDE YOGURT FOR 12- STATE PROGRAM – SCHUMER ENCOURAGES NY GREEK YOGURT PRODUCERS TO APPLY; APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED UNTIL NOVEMBER 12

NY's Own Chobani & Upstate Niagara Have Been Selected In Past to Provide Greek Yogurt to Schools - Schumer Encourages Upstate NY Greek Yogurt Producers like Alpina, Fage, Chobani, Muller Quaker To Do The Same Greek Yogurt Vendor(s) Will Be Selected Through Application Process That Is Now Open; Schumer Urges NY Greek Yogurt Makers To Apply Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has begun soliciting proposals from Greek yogurt makers t… Continue Reading


11.05.14

SCHUMER LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO GET U.S. TRADE REP TO OPEN FOREIGN MARKETS TO MORE NEW YORK GRAPE JUICE – GLUT OF GRAPES COULD BE EXPORTED TO ISRAEL, BUT MANY ARE GOING TO WASTE DUE TO BURDENSOME TARIFF; OPENING ISRAELI MARKET WOULD BE A BOON FOR WNY, S. TIER & FINGER LAKES GRAPE GROWERS

Schumer Urges Fed Trade Rep, Who Is Currently Negotiating A Trade Agreement With Israel, To Prioritize Lowering or Eliminating the Grape Juice Tariff That Is Holding Back Upstate Grape Growers - Schumer Says U.S. Does Not Impose Same Tariff on Israeli Grape Juice & This Tariff Has Been Successfully Lowered In Previous Negotiations Schumer: Lower Israel Grape Juice Tariff Means More Demand for Grapes & Increased Competitiveness For WNY, S. Tier And Finger Lakes Growers Today, U.S. Senat… Continue Reading


10.30.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND JOIN WITH ARMY OFFICIALS TO CELEBRATE ARMY’S LARGEST EVER RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECT COMING TO FT. DRUM – LOCAL BIOMASS ENERGY PRODUCER, ReENERGY, TO PROVIDE RENEWABLE POWER TO FORT DRUM; PROJECT WILL CREATE 170 NORTH COUNTRY JOBS

In February, Schumer Announced ReEnergy Was Selected to Provide Power to Ft. Drum, But Needed Final Approval Before it Could Begin Renewable Power Project; Schumer Urged Army to Expedite Sign Off & Pushed For Years To Get Project Underway - Gillibrand Fought to Keep Project Off the Chopping Block in 2012 Schumer, Gillibrand: ReEnergy Will Supply Power To Ft. Drum For 20 Years & Help Make Fort Energy Independent; Contract Could Be Worth Up To $289 Million & Will Create 170 Local Jobs… Continue Reading


10.30.14

SCHUMER LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO GET U.S. TRADE REP TO OPEN FOREIGN MARKETS TO MORE CONCORD GRAPE JUICE – GLUT OF CONCORD GRAPES COULD BE EXPORTED TO ISRAEL, BUT MANY ARE GOING TO WASTE DUE TO BURDENSOME TARIFF; OPENING ISRAELI MARKET WOULD BE A BOON FOR CHAUTAUQUA GROWERS

Schumer Urges Fed Trade Rep, Who Is Currently Negotiating A Trade Agreement With Israeli To Prioritize Lowering or Eliminating the Grape Juice Tariff That Is Holding Back Chautauqua Growers - Schumer Says U.S. Does Not Impose Same Tariff on Israeli Grape Juice & This Tariff Has Been Successfully Lowered In Previous Negotiations Schumer: Lower Israel Grape Juice Tariff Means More Demand for Grapes and Increased Competitiveness For Chautauqua & New York State Growers Today, at the Grape … Continue Reading


10.30.14

SCHUMER: PORT OF OSWEGO COULD BE EXPORTING OVER 1 MILLION BUSHELS OF GRAIN PER YEAR, BUT NEEDS SPECIAL FED DESIGNATION TO MAKE IT HAPPEN – SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH TO MAKE GRAIN EXPORTS A REALITY AT PORT OF OSWEGO; DESIGNATION WOULD ALLOW SUNY OSWEGO TO TAKE ON MAJOR NEW ROLE AT PORT & CREATE LOCAL JOBS

Schumer Urges USDA to Provide SUNY & Port of Oswego Key Designation That Similar Ports Already Have - Would Enable Perdue To Create More Jobs Locally & Expand Oswego Footprint; Would Also Provide New Opportunities for SUNY Oswego Faculty & Students Who Would Play A Lead Role In Grain Export Inspections Schumer to USDA: Fed Designation Would Grow Local Economy, Should Not Be A Heavy Lift Today, at the Shineman Center at SUNY Oswego, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer launched his push … Continue Reading


10.29.14

SCHUMER, MAFFEI URGE FEDS TO KEEP HALFWAY HOUSE OUT OF TIPPERARY HILL NEIGHBORHOOD – LOCATING HALFWAY HOUSE IN MIDDLE OF RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD, JUST 500 FT. FROM BOYS & GIRLS CLUB AND CLOSE TO TWO ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, JUST DOESN’T WORK

Today, at the Syracuse Boys and Girls Club on Hamilton Street, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer joined with U.S. Representative Dan Maffei as they urged the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to keep a new, proposed halfway house out of the residential Tipperary Hill neighborhood. Schumer and Maffei explained that there is currently a halfway house located in an appropriate, non-residential neighborhood on Erie Boulevard, but its contract has expired and the BOP has received at least two proposals t… Continue Reading


10.29.14

SCHUMER SECURES THIRD FEDERAL INVESTMENT, MORE THAN $1.9 MILLION, FOR WILLIAMSVILLE’S ‘PICTURE MAIN STREET’ PROJECT – FUNDING WILL MAKE SPRING ST. & MAIN ST. SAFER, MORE BUSINESS & PEDESTRIAN FRIENDLY, BRING FUTURE INVESTMENT & DEVELOPMENT TO THE VILLAGE

Today, Senator Schumer announced that he has secured $1,902,180 for the "Picture Main Street" project in Williamsville, which will revitalize the neighborhood around the historic Williamsville Water Mill on Spring Street. Schumer explained that this will be the third major federal investment that he has secured for the project, bringing the total funding for the "Picture Main Street" to more than $5.2 million. The first grant was a federal Green Infrastructure Grant provided through the Environm… Continue Reading


10.29.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $4 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR WATER AND WASTE UPGRADES IN WAWARSING

U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a grant of $1,973,000 and a loan of $1,873,000 for the Town of Wawarsing in Ulster County. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program and will be used to restore water storage tanks, replace the treatment facility at the 400,000 gallon tank, and replace other aged and undersized water mains that are not up to New York Stat… Continue Reading


10.28.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $1.2 MILLION IN USDA FUNDING FOR TWO ROCHESTER-FINGER LAKES REGION MUNICIPALITIES

Town of Waterloo Will Use Funds To Install New Water Main; Make Improvements to Vital Infrastructure U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,285,000 in federal funding for the Rochester-Finger Lakes Region. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development Water and Environmental Program. The Town of Batavia will receive a loan of $516,000 and a grant of $421,000 in order to install 18,250 feet of water main down p… Continue Reading


10.28.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, MAFFEI ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $1.5 MILLION IN USDA FUNDING FOR THE TOWN OF MARION IN WAYNE COUNTY

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Daniel Maffei today announced $1,501,000 in federal funding for the Town of Marion in Wayne County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development Water and Environmental Program. The town will receive a loan of $831,000 and a grant of $670,000 in order to install 26,675 feet of water line, including hydrants and multiple gate valves. The project will be completed on Owls N… Continue Reading


10.27.14

SCHUMER: FAULTY GUARDRAIL COMPONENT LIKELY INSTALLED ON ROADS ACROSS UPSTATE NY COULD BE POSING GRAVE DANGER TO MOTORISTS; AT LEAST 5 DEATHS HAVE BEEN LINKED TO DESIGN – SCHUMER CALLS ON FED HIGHWAY ADMIN. TO CONDUCT TOP-TO- BOTTOM REVIEW OF WHERE IN NYS THEY ARE INSTALLED, PROVIDE GUIDANCE ON REPLACING THEM

Manufacturer of End Terminal Changed Product Design in 2005 Without Alerting Feds & Company Was Recently Found Guilty Of Fraud - Last Week, Manufacturer Agreed to Halt Sales For Additional Safety Testing & 13 States Have Voluntarily Chosen To Stop Installing This End Terminal Out Of Concern for Driver Safety Schumer Says There Are Likely Thousands Of These Guardrails on Upstate NY Roads - Calls For Fed. Highway Admin. To Work With NYS To Identify Where These Devices Are Installed So Rep… Continue Reading


10.27.14

SCHUMER: FAULTY GUARDRAIL COMPONENT LIKELY INSTALLED ON ROADS ACROSS UPSTATE NY COULD BE POSING GRAVE DANGER TO MOTORISTS; AT LEAST 5 DEATHS HAVE BEEN LINKED TO DESIGN – SCHUMER CALLS ON FED HIGHWAY ADMIN. TO CONDUCT TOP-TO-BOTTOM REVIEW OF WHERE IN NYS THEY ARE INSTALLED, PROVIDE GUIDANCE ON REPLACING THEM

Manufacturer of End Terminal Changed Product Design in 2005 Without Alerting Feds & Company Was Recently Found Guilty Of Fraud - Last Week, Manufacturer Agreed to Halt Sales For Additional Safety Testing & 13 States Have Voluntarily Chosen To Stop Installing This End Terminal Out Of Concern for Driver Safety Schumer Says There Are Likely Thousands Of These Guardrails on Upstate NY Roads - Calls For Fed. Highway Admin. To Work With NYS To Identify Where These Devices Are Installed So Rep… Continue Reading

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