Press Releases

02.26.10

BIPARTISAN GROUP URGES PRESIDENTIAL ACTION TO BRING GM TO NEGOTIATING TABLE AND SAVE DELPHI PENSIONS

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as Representatives Louise Slaughter, Eric Massa, Chris Lee, and Dan Maffei, have announced that they sent a personal letter to President Barack Obama asking him to assist in bringing GM to the negotiating table in efforts to reverse a decision to refer the pension plans of the Delphi Corporation's salaried retirees to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). The members of Congress urged the Administration to insist … Continue Reading


02.24.10

SCHUMER: HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF NEW YORK'S UNEMPLOYED ARE ELIGIBLE TO BE HIRED THROUGH SCHUMER'S BIPARTISAN "HIRE NOW TAX CUT" THAT PASSED THE SENATE THIS MORNING; BUSINESSES WILL HAVE NEW INCENTIVE TO HIRE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN OUT OF WORK FOR 60 DAYS OR MORE

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that his bipartisan "Hire Now Tax Cut" proposal to provide businesses that hire unemployed workers with a tax cut has passed the Senate this morning with 70 votes. Schumer has joined with Orrin Hatch (RUtah) to offer a tax cut to businesses that hire a worker that has been without work for at least 60 days prior to employment. The businesses will avoid paying the employer's share of Social Security taxes on that worker for the durati… Continue Reading


02.18.10

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES TWO ERIE COUNTY FIRE DEPARMENTS WILL SHARE OVER $165,000 IN FEDERAL FIRE GRANTS FOR OPERATIONS AND SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that Blasdell Fire Department and Union Fire Company have received federal grants totaling $165,063 as part of Round 4 of the FY09 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The funding will be used to supply the Blasdell Fire Department, which received 44,035 for new radios, and Union Fire Company, which received 121, 028 for new self contained breathing apparatuses. "… Continue Reading


02.16.10

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OSSINING FIRE DEPARTMENT WILL RECEIVE OVER $65,000 IN FEDERAL FIRE GRANTS FOR OPERATIONS AND SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS

 Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that Ossining Fire Department, the nation's largest 100% volunteer based fire department, has received federal grants totaling $67,704 as part of Round 3 of the FY09 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The funding will be used to improve operations and safety, which will benefit the over 470 active volunteer fire fighters in the Westchester area.  "These essential g… Continue Reading


02.12.10

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES TWO CAPITAL REGION COMMUNITY COLLEGES WILL SHARE OVER $6 MILLION FOR HEALTH CARE AND BIOTECHNOLOGY JOB TRAINING

Normal 0 false false false ENUS XNONE XNONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Capital Region has received two grants totaling $6,247,857 from the U.S. Department of Labor for job training in health care, biotechnology, and biomanufacturing. The funding comes from the Ame… Continue Reading


02.02.10

SCHUMER: POOL PARTY CONCERT SERIES SAVED -- ANNOUNCES POPULAR, FREE CONCERTS WILL BE BACK IN BROOKLYN IN 2010 FOR ANOTHER ROCKING SUMMER OF MUSIC

Today, United States Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that officials have reached an agreement and signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that ensures that extremely popular Pool Parties will return in 2010. The JELLY Pool Parties, a very successful free summer concert series started in 2006, were held at East River State Park in 2009. Unfortunately, there were some indications that the Pool Parties may not return for a 2010 season. No events had been scheduled as of November, so Schumer… Continue Reading


02.01.10

SCHUMER: OBAMA BUDGET INCLUDES MUCH NEEDED BUDGET RELIEF FOR CASH-STRAPPED CITY AND STATE - BOTH ARE THREATENING LAYOFFS

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today discussed how President Obama's budget, released earlier today, includes billions of dollars in budget aid for New York City and New York State. The proposal will extend the boost in federal Medicaid reimbursements, called FMAP, which was originally passed as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Schumer will say the proposal will send the State more than $3 billion over the first six months of 2011 with the city receiving hundreds of millions … Continue Reading


01.27.10

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES MORRIS FIRE DEPARTMENT IN OTSEGO COUNTY WILL RECEIVE OVER $260,000 IN FEDERAL FIRE GRANTS FOR VEHICLE ACQUISITION

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Morris Fire Department has received a federal grant totaling $261,250 as part of Round 1 of the FY09 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The funding will be used for vehicle acquisition. "These grants ensure that the first responders in the Southern Tier will continue to have the basic resources required to do their jobs, improve safety and save lives," said S… Continue Reading


01.22.10

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES FEDS APPROVE $18.5 MILLION FOR SECURING THE CITIES PROGRAM - TOP PRIORITY PROGRAM FOR THE NYPD IS CRITICAL TO STOPPING A TERRORIST ATTACK IN THE CITY

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Department of Homeland Security has approved $18.5 million for Commissioner Kelly's Securing the Cities (STC) initiative. STC is a federally funded effort to protect New York City from the threat of a makeshift nuclear device or a radiological dispersal device, also known as a dirty bomb. The critical investment ensures that the more than $73 million already invested in the program by U.S. taxpayers will not be wasted, law enforcement… Continue Reading


01.21.10

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES INNOVATIVE "CREDIT FOR SUCCESS" PROGRAM TO PROVIDE CREDIT TO SMALL BIZ FOR EXPANSION AND JOB CREATION ACROSS NEW YORK STATE

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced the creation of 7 regional lending groups that will use capital from banks all over the state to increase the amount of credit available to small businesses. The program will be based on Ulster County's "Credit for Success Program" and will establish regional loan pools to be committed by local banks, to provide a critical source of funding for local businesses seeking to grow and expand, but which have not been able to secure financing due to the… Continue Reading


01.20.10

AFTER SCHUMER CALLS ON FEDS TO RELEASE EMERGENCY HEATING AID:SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $45 MILLION IN HOME HEATING AID COMING TO NEW YORK STATE - THOUSANDS OF NEW YORK SENIORS AND FAMILIES WILL GET HELP TO PAY THEIR HEATING BILLS THIS WINTER

Normal 0 false false false ENUS XNONE XNONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that $45,029,122 in emergency home heating aid is coming to New York State to help seniors and low income families deal with heating bills this winter. Due to the recession and the recent bitter cold sp… Continue Reading


01.19.10

SCHUMER REVEALS NEW GAPING HOLE IN AIR SECURITY: TERRORISTS CAN EASILY DOCTOR BOARDING PASSES AND BOARD FLIGHTS NO QUESTIONS ASKED

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer said that despite efforts to beef up airport security in the United States and around the world, wouldbe terrorists, following simple steps, can easily forge a boarding pass, elude TSA boarding pass checkingagents, and board a plane even though they are on the nofly list. With the proliferation of online checkin, the convenience allows boarding passes to be easily forged and copied. If a possible terrorist is able to obtain a stolen credit card and purchase… Continue Reading


01.15.10

SCHUMER: ALL NEW YORKERS WILL NOW BE ABLE TO FILE THEIR TAXES ONLINE FOR FREE THROUGH THE IRS WEBSITE - REVAMPED AND EASY TO USE WEBSITE GOES ONLINE TODAY

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Internal Revenue Service today will launch its revised website allowing all taxpayers to file their taxes electronically at no extra charge.  Online tax filing is the easiest, cheapest, and most efficient way for Americans to pay their taxes and for the government to process them, yet in the past taxpayers had been forced to pay an additional fee to file their taxes electronically due to exclusive agreements between the IRS and tax preparation s… Continue Reading


01.13.10

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES FINAL CONGRESSIONAL PASSAGE OF BILL TO SECURE HISTORICALLY VALUABLE FDR PAPERS FROM PRIVATE COLLECTOR FOR PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced final congressional passage for his legislation allowing a private owner to donate a valuable collection of historical papers from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's administration.  The papers are known as the Tully collection. Private owners of the collection currently want to donate the papers to the FDR library   and the papers are currently at the library in sealed boxes - but because the national archives asserted a claim to a portion of t… Continue Reading


01.13.10

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE SYRACUSE EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING CENTER WILL GET ACCESS TO OVER $3 MILLION FOR GREEN JOB TRAINING

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that CNY Works, Inc will gain access to $3,715,931 through the U.S. Department of Labor's CNY's eCuse program to help individuals find jobs within energy efficiency and clean energy subsectors. Funding for the CNY's eCuse program project will be provided by the Pathways Out of Poverty Grants Program under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and will fund both green job training and evaluation projects. The goa… Continue Reading


01.11.10

SCHUMER HOLDS RALLY WITH BIRDS EYE EMPLOYEES IN FULTON; DISCUSSES EFFORTS TO SAVE JOBS AT CANNING FACILITY

Following last month's announcement that Pinnacle Foods Group had completed their purchase of Birds Eye Foods, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today held a rally with employees of Birds Eye Foods' canning plant in Fulton, NY.  Schumer announced that he has called Bob Gamgort, head of Pinnacle Foods, Bird Eye's new owner, and urged him to keep every last job in Fulton.  Schumer also called Blackstone Group's CEO, Steve Schwartzman, and urged him to keep every last job at the Fulton canning plant.… Continue Reading


01.11.10

SCHUMER HOLDS RALLY WITH PENN TRAFFIC EMPLOYEES AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS; DISCUSSES EFFORTS TO ENSURE THAT THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STORES AND JOBS ARE SAVED

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today held a rally with Penn Traffic Employees to discuss the state of play of the Penn Traffic bankruptcy process and continue to press all parties to select a bid that will save the greatest number of stores and jobs. Schumer said that bids have been submitted that will save the vast majority of jobs and stores, and that this is good news, but there is more work to do.  Last week, Schumer urged the major players in the Penn Traffic negotiations to not accept any… Continue Reading


01.07.10

SCHUMER: PIECES OF THE PUZZLE ARE STARTING TO FALL INTO PLACE TO SAVE PENN TRAFFIC; HOLDS FINAL RALLY BEFORE TOMORROW'S PIVOTAL BANKRUPTCY HEARING TO PUSH BALL OVER THE GOAL LINE

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today said that all the pieces are starting to fall into place to save Penn Traffic from liquidation, a fate that would shutter stores and throw thousands of people out of work.  He said that in recent weeks significant progress has been made, and that the prospects look good that tomorrow's bankruptcy court hearing will result in a competitive, nonliquidation bid being selected.    Schumer said that Penn Traffic's decision to drop their ill … Continue Reading


01.07.10

SCHUMER PERSONALLY SPEAKS WITH RALPH WILSON, WHO UNEQIVOCALLY CONFIRMS THAT THERE HAS BEEN ABSOLUTELY NO CONTACT WITH MAJESTIC AND THAT BILLS WILL REMAIN IN BUFFALO

Following a conversation with Bills owner, Ralph Wilson, today U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer dispelled any concern that the Bills are even considering leaving Buffalo.  Schumer announced today that he spoke to Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson and  learned that not only are the Bills not entertaining any offers to move from Buffalo, but they have not had a single conversation with the Majestic Reality Co.  Schumer said that he reached out to Mr. Wilson and raised the issue after being concerned… Continue Reading


01.05.10

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES NEW PUSH TO FUND CLEAN DIESEL PROGRAM - HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO BOLSTER MARKET FOR CORNING INCORPORATED TECHNOLOGY, PROTECT AND CREATE REGIONAL JOBS AND IMPROVE AIR QUALITY NATIONALLY

SAA 12.00 Normal 0 false false false ENUS XNONE XNONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced he has joined 18 of his colleagues in making a new push to fund the Clean Diesel Emissions Reduction program, created by Congress in 2005.  Schumer said the program, which provides funding to pu… Continue Reading

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