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02.13.19

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: WITH SENATE PASSAGE OF FED LANDS PACKAGE, STATEN ISLAND SEAWALL WILL MOVE FORWARD; SCHUMER PROVISION SMASHES MADDENING BUREAUCRATIC LOGJAM; SENATOR ALREADY SECURED FED FUNDS & WORKED OUT OTHER KINKS TO GET WALL PROJECT GOING

Schumer Vociferously Pushed Against Bureaucratic, Last-Minute Squabbling Between Fed Agencies Over Granting NYC Critical Easement At Miller Field To Maintain & Operate New Seawall; Finger-Pointing and Myopic Turf Wars Risked Unacceptable Delay To Critical Project Legislative Fix, Now Headed To House, Where It Is Set To Pass In Days, Grants Army Corps and NYC Site Access Needed To Officially Construct and Maintain Seawall Located On Fed Park Land; Easement Was A Final Puzzle Piece Before Des… Continue Reading


02.13.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND AND BRINDISI URGE FEMA TO APPROVE MUCH-NEEDED $3.9 MILLION GRANT TO HELP ALLEVIATE SEVERE & REPETITIVE FLOODING ALONG SAUQUOIT CREEK; SAY FED FUNDING WOULD ADVANCE CRITICAL PHASES OF CURRENT MITIGATION PROJECTS INTENDED TO PROTECT RESIDENTS & BUSINESSES FROM FURTHER DESTRUCTION

Over The Last Decade, Oneida County Has Been Battered By Repetitive Floods From Sauquoit Creek, Causing Millions Of Dollars Of Damage To Public And Private Infrastructure, Displacing Families From Their Homes And Increasing The Burden On Emergency Responders Schumer, Gillibrand And Brindisi Today Call On FEMA To Expeditiously Approve Whitestown's Application For Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Funding To Expand Scope Of The Sauquoit Creek Channel And Floodplain Project, Which Would Construct N… Continue Reading


02.12.19

ON THE 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF TRAGIC CRASH OF FLIGHT 3407, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND CALL ON FAA TO FINALLY IMPLEMENT OVERDUE AIRLINE SAFETY REFORM TO ESTABLISH ELECTRONIC PILOT TRAINING DATABASE

Legislation Passed in 2010 Required the FAA to Establish an Electronic Pilot Records Database So Airlines Can Access Complete Training Background of All Commercial Pilots Before They Are Hired Schumer, Gillibrand: Failure to Implement Database Needlessly Puts Lives at Risk On the 10 year anniversary of the tragic crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today called on the FAA to finish a long overdue airline safety r… Continue Reading


02.12.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, RICE ANNOUNCE NEARLY $13 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR HARDENING OF SANDY-DAMAGED INFRASTRUCTURE FOR LAWRENCE UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT ON LONG ISLAND, NY

Funding Will Be Used to Repair the Damaged Pipes of the Lawrence High School Building U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice today announced that the Lawrence High School Building in Nassau County, NY, has been awarded $12,948,307.94 in federal funds for building repairs as a direct result of Superstorm Sandy. The federal funds are administered through U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The f… Continue Reading


02.11.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: AS A RESULT OF THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, FED BACKLOG OF NEW BEER APPLICATIONS PUTS GENESEE BREWERY & OTHERS AT RISK OF LOSING MILLIONS; SENATOR CALLS ON TTB TO IMMEDIATELY CLEAR MASSIVE LOG JAM & APPROVE GENESEE’S APPLICATIONS – TO AVOID LOSING MILLIONS IN REVENUE & HURTING ROCHESTER ECONOMY

With TTB Shuttered For Over A Month During Last Month's Shutdown, Rochester-Finger Lakes Breweries, Distilleries & Wineries - Including Genesee Brewery - Were Unable To Secure Crucial Labeling & Other Approvals For New & Current Products, Placing Businesses At Risk of Costly Loss With The Critical Summer Selling Season Fast Approaching & Another Potential Government Shutdown Looming, Schumer Urges TTB To Quickly Intervene & Process Approvals, Before Operations Lose Millions&… Continue Reading


02.11.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: AS A RESULT OF THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, FED BACKLOG OF NEW BEER APPLICATIONS PUTS LABATT USA & OTHERS AT RISK OF LOSING MILLIONS; SENATOR CALLS ON TTB TO IMMEDIATELY CLEAR MASSIVE LOG JAM & APPROVE LABATT USA’S APPLICATIONS – TO AVOID LOSING MILLIONS IN REVENUE & HURTING WESTERN NEW YORK ECONOMY

With TTB Shuttered For Over A Month During Last Month's Shutdown, Western New York Brewers, Distillers & Winemakers - Including Labatt USA - Were Unable To Secure Crucial Labeling & Other Approvals For New & Current Products, Placing Businesses At Risk Of Costly Loss With The Critical Summer Selling Season Fast Approaching & Another Potential Government Shutdown Looming, Schumer Urges TTB To Quickly Intervene & Process Approvals, Before Operations Lose Millions Schumer To … Continue Reading


02.10.19

SCHUMER PUSHES FOR VOTE ON CRITICAL BILL THAT WILL ALLOW CONSTRUCTION OF STATEN ISLAND SEAWALL TO FINALLY MOVE FORWARD; SENATOR’S LEGISLATIVE FIX JUMPS BUREAUCRATIC HURDLE STANDING IN WAY; SENATOR ALREADY SECURED FED FUNDS & WORKED OUT OTHER KINKS; VOTE IS FINAL STEP

Schumer Pushed Back Against Bureaucratic, Last-Minute Debate Between Fed Agencies Over Granting NYC Critical Easement At Miller Field To Maintain & Operate New Seawall; Boondoggle Risks Real Delay To Critical Project Legislative Fix, Now Awaiting Senate Vote, Grants Army Corps and NYC Site Access Needed To Officially Construct and Maintain Seawall Located On Fed Park Land; Easement Is A Final Puzzle Piece Before Design & Construction Can Start Schumer: We Are At The One-Yard Line - But… Continue Reading


02.10.19

SCHUMER: CHINESE LABORATORIES, COOKING UP FORMULAS OF DEATH, FREELY PRODUCE & EXPORT LETHAL FENTANYL TO NYC/LI WITH NO CONSEQUENCE--KILLING TENS-OF-THOUSANDS; SENATOR UNVEILS FIRST-EVER TARGETTED FENTANYL SANCTIONS BILL TO HOLD CHINA ACCOUNTABLE, SIMILAR TO RUSSIA SANCTIONS

China Is Key Source Of Illicit Fentanyl Into NYC & LI.; Traffickers Turn To China To Produce & Then Shop The Deadly Drug Across America, Where It Is Taking Terrible Toll    Schumer's Fentanyl Sanctions Bill Would Give Law Enforcement & Intelligence Community More Tools To Combat Opioid Epidemic, Direct POTUS To Publicly Identify Foreign Traffickers & Use Economic Sanctions To Cripple Foreign Labs & Bad Actor Economies   Schumer: It's High Time To Fight Dead… Continue Reading


02.08.19

SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH TO SECURE $10 MILLION FEDERAL GRANT TO COMPLETE MAJOR ITHACA TOMPKINS REGIONAL AIRPORT OVERHAUL; SAYS FUNDING IS VITAL TO TRANSFORM AIRPORT INTO A WORLD-CLASS INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY

Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport Recently Launched A ?$24.5M Major Renovation To Airport Facilities, Modernize Security & Upgrade Commercial Passenger Terminal  With First Phase Underway, Schumer Launches Major Push To Secure $10M & Get Phase 2 Off The Ground  Schumer To Feds: Funding For Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport Is Critical To Keep Project On The Runway To Success Standing at the Ithaca Tompkins Region… Continue Reading


02.08.19

AS THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS NATIONWIDE ARE TARGETED BY NEW & ADVANCED ONLINE & SOCIAL MEDIA PREDATORY BLACKMAILING SCHEMES, INCLUDING FOUR RECENTLY IMPACTED ROCHESTER-FINGER LAKES SCHOOL DISTRICTS, SENATOR CALLS ON NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING & EXPLOITED CHILDREN TO IMMEDIATELY MOBILIZE ALL AVAILABLE RESOURCES TO IMPACTED ROCHESTER DISTRICTS; ANNOUNCES PUSH FOR NEW LEGISLATION DESIGNATING ONLINE PREDATOR BLACKMAILING AS FEDERAL CRIME

For Months, Online Extortionists Have Targeted Many Rochester-Finger Lakes Students: Creating Fake Online Profiles, Befriending Students & Stealing Personal Information & Private Photos; Then Weaponizing The Information For Blackmail And Ransom; DOJ Calls It The, "Fastest Growing Online Threat Against Children" Schumer Launches Major Two-Pronged Plan To Prevent Vulnerable Students From Falling Victim To Criminal Online And Social Media Schemes, Urging NCMEC To Immediately Mobilize All A… Continue Reading


02.08.19

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES IMMINENT PASSAGE OF BIPARTISAN 2019 LANDS PACKAGE, OFFICIALLY DESIGNATING THE JAMESTOWN COMEDY CENTER AS THE “NATIONAL COMEDY CENTER OF THE UNITED STATES”; SENATOR SAYS NEW DESIGNATION WILL MAKE JAMESTOWN THE "COOPERSTOWN OF COMEDY," ATTRACTING VISITORS FROM FAR & WIDE, CREATING NEW JOBS & BRINGING A BOON OF TOURISM DOLLARS & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TO WNY

National Comedy Center Is A Cultural Institution: Connecting, Inspiring, & Educating Visitors From All Over The US About America's Rich History Of Comedy Schumer Successfully Fought To Include This Legislation In The 2019 Lands Package & Is Now Calling On His Colleagues In Congress To Pass It ASAP Schumer: Making Jamestown, NY The Official National Comedy Center Is No Laughing Matter! U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today launched a final push to pass legislation that w… Continue Reading


02.05.19

SCHUMER INVITES NEW YORK AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER, RONAN BYRNE, TO STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS; AFTER 35 DAYS WITHOUT PAY DURING THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN THAT HELD HOSTAGE 800,000 INNOCENT FEDERAL WORKERS & JEOPARDIZED PUBLIC SAFETY FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, BYRNE, FATHER OF 4 CHILDREN UNDER 5 YEARS OLD, EXEMPLIFIES THE VITAL NECESSITY OF KEEPING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FULLY-FUNDED & OPEN

As Schumer's Guest, Byrne Will Highlight Toll The Partial Federal Government Shutdown Had On Hardworking Federal Employees & Their Families, the American Economy-& The Erosion of Air Travel Efficiency And Safety For Millions Of Americans U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that he has invited as his guest, Ronan Byrne, an air traffic controller from Long Island, and father of four, to attend the president's State of the Union address tonight. Byrne … Continue Reading


02.05.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $1.1 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR COMMISSION ON ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR THE GREATER CAPITAL REGION YOUTHBUILD PROGRAM

Department Of Labor's YouthBuild Program Provides Occupational Skills To Young Adults Who Have Been In Juvenile Justice System, Aging Out Of Foster Care, Dropped Out Of High School Or At Risk Of Failing Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $1.1M To Help At-Risk Young Adults In The Capital Region Earn Degrees & Build Construction-Related Job Experience For The Real World U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1.1 million in federal fundin… Continue Reading


02.05.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $11 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR 24 WESTERN NEW YORK ORGANIZATIONS WORKING TO END HOMELESSNESS

Funding Will Be Used To Help Non-Profits, Local Governments Assist Homeless Individuals & Families, Promote Self-Sufficiency Programs U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $11,455,427 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for services in Western New York that promote the goal of ending homelessness. The funding was allocated through HUD's Continuum of Care Program, which provides funding to non-profits, as well a… Continue Reading


02.05.19

AS EPA PREPARES TO RELEASE SECOND 5-YEAR REVIEW OF HUDSON RIVER PCB SUPERFUND SITE TO DETERMINE WHETHER CLEANUP IS PROTECTIVE OF HUMAN HEALTH, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND CALL ON EPA TO DENY A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION TO GE

Schumer, Gillibrand: Certificate of Completion Could Harm the Health of the Hudson River and New Yorkers; EPA Must Work with GE & New York State to Continue PCB Cleanup EPA Is Expected to Soon Issue Second 5-Year Review Report On Hudson River PCB Cleanup and Determine Whether the Dredging Remedy Carried Out by GE Is Protective of Human Health and the Environment Last December, NYS DEC Report Found that PCB Contamination Has Not Consistently Improved, Despite GE Assurances that PCB Cleanup … Continue Reading


02.04.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $11 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR 33 CENTRAL NEW YORK AND MOHAWK VALLEY ORGANIZATIONS WORKING TO END HOMELESSNESS

Funding Will Be Used To Help Non-Profits, Local Governments Assist Homeless Individuals & Families, Promote Self-Sufficiency Programs U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $11,419,216 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for services in Central New York and the Mohawk Valley that promote the goal of ending homelessness. The funding was allocated through HUD's Continuum of Care Program, which provides funding to … Continue Reading


02.04.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $9 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR 45 ROCHESTER-FINGER LAKES ORGANIZATIONS WORKING TO END HOMELESSNESS

Funding Will Be Used To Help Non-Profits, Local Governments Assist Homeless Individuals & Families, Promote Self-Sufficiency Programs U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $9,959,907 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for organizations in the Rochester-Finger Lakes Region that promote the goal of ending homelessness. The funding was allocated through HUD's Continuum of Care Program, which provides funding to n… Continue Reading


02.04.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: FEDS ON VERGE OF NOT SETTING DRINKING WATER STANDARD FOR HIGHLY TOXIC PFOA/PFOS CHEMICALS THAT HAVE PLAGUED LI; SCHUMER MAKES PUBLIC PUSH ON EPA TO REVERSE COURSE & ISSUE DRINKING WATER STANDARD TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH; FEDS MUST BE HELD TO ACCOUNT

Schumer Already Successfully Fought The Feds When They Tried To Block A Critical Report On Dangers Of LI PFOA/PFOS, And Now, Ahead Of Senate Confirmation Of New EPA Chief, Senator Is Publicly Sounding Alarm & Demanding Action Schumer Says Establishing A Federal Drinking Water Standard For PFOA/PFOS Is A Crucial Step In Addressing Health Risks & Ensuring Feds Don't Dismiss Local Contamination In Other Ways Schumer: LI'ers Deserve The Truth About Their Water & The Feds Need To Tell I… Continue Reading


01.31.19

AS REPORTS INDICATE EPA ON VERGE OF NOT SETTING DRINKING WATER STANDARD FOR HIGHLY TOXIC PFOA/PFOS, SCHUMER & GILLIBRAND DEMAND EPA ISSUE STANDARD FOR MAXIMUM EXPOSURE TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH; CARCINOGENIC CHEMICAL HAS CONTAMINATED DRINKING

In Recent Years, Elevated Levels Of Carcinogenic PFOA & PFOS Have Contaminated The Drinking Water Of Communities In New York, Endangering The Health And Well-Being Of Residents  Recent Reports Indicate The EPA On Verge Of Decision Not To Set A Maximum Contaminant Level For PFOA/PFOS; Schumer & Gillibrand Urge EPA To Reverse Course & Immediately Establish A Drinking Water Standard For PFOA/PFOS   Senators To EPA: Places Lik… Continue Reading


01.27.19

SCHUMER, IN LETTER TO TRUMP, URGES PRESIDENT TO GET FED WORKERS THEIR BACK PAY ASAP—AND FIGURE OUT WAY TO ALSO PAY THOSE WHO WORK AS FED CONTRACTORS; ALSO WILL SUPPORT LEGISLATION TO PREVENT FUTURE SHUTDOWNS

Despite Fact That Shutdown Has Ended, Hundreds Of Thousands Of People Await Back Pay Senator Says We Must Avoid Shutdowns In The Future; There Is A Legislative Way To Do It Schumer: To Truly End The Impact Of The Shutdown, New Yorkers-And Americans-Need Their Paychecks ASAP On the heels of a needless government shutdown that's impacted hundreds-of-thousands of families, many from New York, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer called on President Trump, today, to make sure there is no further delay in… Continue Reading

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