Press Releases

11.10.09

SCHUMER URGES DEPT. OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO SUPPORT OGDENSBERG FIRE DEPARTMENT'S GRANT APPLICATION FOR FUNDING TO MODERNIZE FIRE STATION, ENHANCE SAFETY AND EFFICIENCY

Normal 0 false false false ENUS XNONE XNONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today wrote to Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security urging her to support the application from the Ogdensburg Fire Department for funding through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Fire Station Constr… Continue Reading


11.10.09

IN WAKE OF MAJOR MEDICAID FRAUD BUSTS ON LISCHUMER, RICE: NEW SCAMS MAKE MEDICARE AND MEDICAID FRAUD MORE PREVALENT THAN EVER - WILL PUSH PLAN TO CRACK DOWN ON FRAUD RINGS AS PART OF NATIONAL HEALTH CARE REFORM

In the wake of a new major Medicaid fraud bust in Nassau County and New York City, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, joined by Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, today announced that he is backing new comprehensive health care fraud legislation that will dramatically ramp up efforts to track, arrest, and convict Medicaid and Medicare scam artists that cost New York State taxpayers billions every year and raise health care costs for the entire country. Schumer said that he will push th… Continue Reading


11.06.09

SCHUMER INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO REDUCE COSTS FOR VANDEMARK CHEMICAL INC. IN LOCKPORT; MOVE WILL HELP COMPANY MAINTAIN JOBS IN DIFFICULT ECONOMIC TIMES

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that he has introduced legislation in the Senate to reduce production costs for the VanDeMark Chemical Company in Lockport, NY.  Schumer's legislation will become part of the Senate's mustpass Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), and will eliminate a duty on an essential chemical VanDeMark uses in the production of an important additive for Coatings, Adhesives, and Sealants manufacturers.  A tariff was placed on this imported chemical to protect domest… Continue Reading


10.30.09

SCHUMER, SPECTER ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT WITH WHITE HOUSE ON MEDIA SHIELD BILL

Normal 0 false false false ENUS XNONE XNONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (DNY) and Arlen Specter (DPA) today released a revised version of the Free Flow of Information Act which has received backing from the White House and the newspaper industry.  The bill includes new provisions that furthe… Continue Reading


10.30.09

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $180,000 IN ECONOMIC RECOVERY ACT FUNDING FOR CLEAN ENERGY INITIATIVES IN POUGHKEEPSIE

Normal 0 false false false ENUS XNONE XNONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Department of Energy has awarded a total of $184,500 to Poughkeepsie in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) through the American Recovery and Reinvest… Continue Reading


10.29.09

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE CONGRESS SET TO APPROVE $7 MILLION TO PROTECT LONG ISLAND SOUND - ENGINE OF RECREATIONAL AND ECONOMIC ACTIVITY IS IN DANGER DUE TO YEARS OF POLLUTION AND NEGLECT

Normal 0 false false false ENUS XNONE XNONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the 2010 Interior Appropriations will include $7 million for to help clean up and restore the Long Island Sound, double the $3 million appropriated last year. The Senatepassed bill only allocated $3 mil… Continue Reading


10.26.09

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND URGE CDC TO INCREASE COMMUNICATION WITH STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS ABOUT DISTRIBUTING H1N1 VACCINE, AS LOCAL GOVERNMENTS EXPRESS CONCERN ABOUT AVAILABILITY

Normal 0 false false false ENUS XNONE XNONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand urged the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to increase communication to local municipalities regarding the distribution of the H1N1 influenza vaccine. The Senators said th… Continue Reading


10.22.09

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND URGE FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION TO PROVIDE ALL NECESSARY ASSISTANCE TO REPAIR CROWN POINT BRIDGE

Normal 0 false false false ENUS XNONE XNONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Today U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand requested that the Federal Highways Administration (FHWA)  provide New York State's Department of Transportation with any and all assistance possible in the efforts to resolve the disruptive si… Continue Reading


10.20.09

IN THE WAKE OF ZAZI BOMBING PLOT IN NYC, SCHUMER URGES JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND DHS TO CRACKDOWN ON EASILY PURCHASED CHEMICALS THAT TERRORISTS CAN TURN INTO EXPLOSIVES

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer warned Attorney General Eric Holder, DHS Secretary Napolitano, and ATF Director Melson of his concerns regarding triacetone triperoxide (TATP) and urged them to take swift action to protect the public.  Given the overthecounter accessibility of chemicals required for its manufacture, the difficulty conventional detection systems face in its detection, and its destructive power, TATP quickly gained a reputation as the post9/11 terrorist's explosive of choice… Continue Reading


10.14.09

SCHUMER URGES U.S. POSTAL SERVICE TO RECONSIDER CONSOLIDATION OF ELMIRA MAIL SERVICES INTO ONE OUT-OF-TOWN FACILITY- MOVE COULD IMPACT UP TO 55 JOBS AT LOCAL PROCESSING CENTER

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer wrote to the U.S. Postal Service Postmaster General urging him to reconsider the proposal to consolidate the Elmira mail processing services to an outoftown facility.  The proposal to transfer mail processing into one regional facility is based on preliminary feasibility findings. Schumer noted that partial closure of the Elmira facility would present significant challenges to the local economy, impact the timely delivery of local mail, and put up to 55 loc… Continue Reading


10.13.09

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND URGE SEC SALAZAR TO CONSIDER OFF GAMING RESERVATIONS ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS, OVERTURNING BUSH ADMINISTRATION PRECEDENT

Today U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand wrote to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, asking him to consider the pending applications for off reservation gambling in the Catskills on a case by case basis, and overturn the blanket ban established by his predecessor Dirk Kempthorne.  In their letter, Schumer and Gillibrand stressed that the three pending applications in the Catskills have broad and deep community support, have been developed in consultation with state and l… Continue Reading


10.09.09

SCHUMER PUSHES FOR NATIONWIDE ALERT SYSTEM TO LOCATE MISSING ADULTS WITH ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE; ALMOST THIRTY THOUSAND SENIORS IN WESTCHESTER, ROCKLAND AND PUTNAM ARE AFFECTED

Normal 0 false false false ENUS XNONE XNONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that he is pushing legislation to create a nationwide network for locating missing adults and senior citizens with Alzheimer's, dementia, and other mental impairments.  The Silver Alert Act would create a p… Continue Reading


10.08.09

SCHUMER PROPOSES PUTTING HEALTH CARE BILL'S PENALTIES INTO TRUST FUND FOR INDIVIDUALS TO USE TO BUY INSURANCE IN THE FUTURE

Normal 0 false false false ENUS XNONE XNONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (DNY) announced Thursday that he plans to offer a floor amendment converting the Senate health care bill's penalties on Americans who fail to buy health insurance into a credit that those individuals could … Continue Reading


10.07.09

NEW SCHUMER REPORT: OVER 100,000 NY CHILDREN HAVE POTENTIALLY LIFE-THREATENING FOOD ALLERGIES, BUT SCHOOLS LACK FUNDING, TRAINING, AND PLANNING TO HANDLE REACTIONS, PUTTING LIVES IN DANGER

Normal 0 false false false ENUS XNONE XNONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Today U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that he will push legislation to address the growing problem of potentially lifethreatening allergic reactions in school age children.  Schumer said that despite growing numbers of allergic reactions, school… Continue Reading


10.06.09

AS SENATE MULLS NEW SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN... SCHUMER: TO GIVE TEETH TO NEW AND EXISTING SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN, DEPLOY MORE INSPECTORS OVERSEAS TO PREVENT U.S. EXPORTS FROM GETTING FUNNELED TO IRAN

Normal 0 false false false ENUS XNONE XNONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (DNY) today pressed Obama administration officials responsible for enforcing existing sanctions against Iran to deploy more agents overseas to stop trading partners of the United States from funneling U.S. … Continue Reading


10.02.09

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE FUNDING FOR NORTHERN BORDER REGIONAL COMMISSION TO HELP SPARK RURAL RENEWABLE ENERGY OPPORTUNITIES

Normal 0 false false false ENUS XNONE XNONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1.5 million for the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) in the final Energy and Water Appropriations Bill. The Senatepassed bill did not allocate any funding to the Commission… Continue Reading


10.01.09

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $30,000 COMING TO ELMIRA HEIGHTS FOR SCHOOL SAFETY

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) will provide a total of $31,000 through the FY09 Secure Our Schools (SOS) program to the Village of Elmira Heights. The SOS grants will be directed towards purchasing safety equipment and developing security procedures at local schools throughout the area.   "Keeping students safe is essential in order to ensure our children get the best possibl… Continue Reading


10.01.09

WITH SECOND KILLER TYPHOON FAST-APPROACHING, SCHUMER URGES STATE DEPARTMENT TO DOUBLE EMERGENCY FUNDING TO THE PHILIPPINES AFTER TYPHOON ONDOY DEVASTATES THE NATION

Normal 0 false false false ENUS XNONE XNONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (DNY) urged the United States State Department to at least double the emergency funding being sent to the Philippines after Typhoon Ondoy devastated the nation, killing at least 140 residents and displacing nearly ha… Continue Reading


10.01.09

SCHUMER OFFERS MAJOR REVISION TO HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL TO ADDRESS AFFORDABILITY CONCERNS

Normal 0 false false false ENUS XNONE XNONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (DNY) today offered a major revision to the Senate health care bill in order to exempt a greater number of middleclass Americans from an obligation to purchase health insurance if there are no affordable pl… Continue Reading


09.30.09

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $350 MILLION TO HELP DAIRY FARMERS REELING FROM CRISIS IN FINAL AGRICULTURE APPROPRIATIONS BILL - $290 MILLION WILL BE IN DIRECT PAYMENTS TO FARMERS

Normal 0 false false false ENUS XNONE XNONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 .S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $350 million to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help New York farmers struggling during the dairy crisis in the final Agriculture Appropriations Bill. Senators Schumer and Gill… Continue Reading

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