Press Releases

02.20.14

SCHUMER: ABANDONED TEXTILE MILL, DRY CLEANERS OTHER BROWNFIELD SITES IN GLENS FALLS ARE EYESORES, RAISE HEALTH CONCERNS HURT DOWNTOWN REDEVELOPMENT EFFORTS SENATOR URGES EPA TO AWARD $700,000 IN BROWNFIELD CLEANUP GRANT TO THE CITY

Today, at the Former Aroxy Dry Cleaners at 251 Warren Street, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer launched his push to secure an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant for the City of Glens Falls in order to clean up six highpriority sites that are currently eyesores and hurt downtown redevelopment. Specifically, this grant funding would come through the EPA's Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Brownfield Grand Program. Schumer said this is a matter of public health and economic development; many of the… Continue Reading


02.19.14

SCHUMER: SANDY BILL PROVIDES FUNDING FOR DREDGING OF SIX UPSTATE HARBORS BUT THATS ONLY HALF THE JOB CALLS ON ARMY CORPS TO USE NEW GENERAL FUNDS TO FULLY DREDGE WHILE EQUIPMENT IS ON SITE AVOID ESTIMATED $2M IN WASTEFUL SPENDING

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to fully dredge six Upstate New York harbors that are eligible for Sandy supplemental appropriations funding to dredge back to prestorm conditions, but not enough to bring them to fully functional channel depths. Specifically, Barcelona Harbor in Chautauqua County, Irondequoit Harbor and Rochester Harbor in Monroe County, Oak Orchard Harbor in Orleans County, Little Sodus Harbor in Cayuga County, and Wilson… Continue Reading


02.17.14

SCHUMER STANDS AT GENEVA WINERY CALLS FOR RAPID TURNAROUND FROM USDA FOR DISASTER ASSISTANCE, BOTH FOR BUD VINE DAMAGE; POLAR VORTEX LIKELY DAMAGED OVER HALF OF ALL GRAPE BUDS IN UPSTATE NY

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today visited Three Brothers vineyard in Geneva to call on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide swift relief to vineyards who have suffered major crop damage from the extreme cold weather this winter through the Tree Assistance Program (TAP) and be ready to approve a crop disaster declaration so emergency loans can be made available. Following crop losses due to inclement weather and other natural disaster, growers often suffer from cash flow probl… Continue Reading


02.17.14

SCHUMER CALLS FOR RAPID TURNAROUND FROM USDA FOR DISASTER ASSISTANCE, BOTH FOR BUD VINE DAMAGE; POLAR VORTEX LIKELY DAMAGED OVER HALF OF ALL GRAPE BUDS IN UPSTATE NY

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer visited 21 Brix Winery in Portland to call on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide swift relief to vineyards who have suffered major crop damage from the extreme cold weather this winter through the Tree Assistance Program (TAP) and be ready to approve a crop disaster declaration so emergency loans can be made available. Following crop losses due to inclement weather and other natural disaster, growers often suffer from cash flow problems th… Continue Reading


02.11.14

SCHUMER URGES NAVY TO ALLOW CITY OF BEACON TO ACCESS DISPLAY HISTORICAL ARTIFACTS FROM U.S.S. FORRESTAL JAMES FORRESTAL, FIRST SEC. OF DEFENSE, IS A FAVORITE SON OF BEACON

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer wrote Navy Secretary Ray Mabus to request the Navy History and Heritage Command (NHHC) work with stakeholders from the City of Beacon Historical Society and allow them to borrow and display historic artifacts from the U.S.S. Forrestal, a famous decommissioned Navy warship.  The Historical Society and City are in the process of applying to the Navy for these loans. The U.S.S. Forrestal is named after the last cabinetlevel Secretary of the Navy, and the first… Continue Reading


02.10.14

SCHUMER URGES JETBLUE TO ESTABLISH FIRST-EVER SERVICE TO ALBANY INTL AIRPORT SENATOR JUST HELPED ENSURE JETBLUE COULD SECURE NEW FLIGHT SLOTS

Today at the Albany International Airport, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer joined airport and local officials to urge that JetBlue Airlines to establish a firstever presence in the Capital Region, which would boost competition and availability of lowcost flights from Albany to popular JetBlue destinations. Senator Schumer was an early advocate of slot divestiture in the recent U.S. AirwaysAmerican Airlines merger in order to increase competition and provide new opportunities for low cost carrier… Continue Reading


02.10.14

SCHUMER: CELL PHONE THEFT IN SYRACUSE HAS SPIKED, UP 64% OVER PAST TWO YEARS SENATOR ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION TO CRACKDOWN ON BLACK MARKET FOR CELL PHONES THAT WILL MAKE TAMPERING WITH THE UNIQUE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER OF A STOLEN CELL PHONE A FEDERAL CRIME

Today at the Syracuse Police Public Safety Building, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced legislation that will make it a federal crime to tamper with the unique identification number of a cell phone by imposing a multiyear criminal penalty, in the wake of a dramatic spike in cell phone thefts in the Syracuse area. Since 2011, cell phone thefts are up 64% in the City of Syracuse, and almost all of them either involve a gun, knife, or other forms of violent threats.  As a percentage of all r… Continue Reading


02.06.14

ON EVE OF SOCHI OLYMPICS, SCHUMER RELEASES LETTER TO IOC PRESIDENT IN SUPPORT OF PRINCIPLE 6 CAMPAIGN

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today sent the following letter to International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach in support of the Principle 6 campaign. Principle 6 is a campaign inspired by the values of the Olympic charter. It is a way for athletes, spectators and global supporters to celebrate the Olympic principle of nondiscrimination and speak out against Russia's antigay laws before the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.   A copy of Senator Schumer's letter is below.   Dear Preside… Continue Reading


02.03.14

SCHUMER: FEMA MUST EXPEDITE RELEASE OF FUNDS TO HELP KEEP THE LIGHTS ON AT LAKE SHORE HOSPITAL UNTIL A BUYER OPERATOR IS FOUND; HOSPITAL IS IN DESPERATE NEED OF $1 MILLION IN ALREADY-APPROVED REIMBURSEMENT BEING HELD AT FEMA

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to expedite the release of over $1 million in alreadyapproved reimbursements owed to the TLC Health Network from outstanding Project Worksheets (PW) to keep Lake Shore Health Care Center open until a buyer can be found.  The TLC Health Network is currently navigating Chapter 11 bankruptcy and struggling to keep Lake Shore up and running, as it quickly draws down on remaining available funds.  They are… Continue Reading


01.28.14

SCHUMER: JUST-RELEASED FARM BILL REPORT INCLUDES MAJOR VICTORIES FOR UPSTATE NY DAIRY, FRUIT, VEGETABLE FARMERS MORE CALLS ON COLLEAGUES TO SWIFTLY PASS BILL

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today revealed the details of the justreleased Farm Bill conference report, outlined how they benefit key Upstate New York industries, and urged his colleagues in the Senate and House to pass the final bill as quickly as possible. On a conference call, Schumer detailed several major areas in which the farm bill will be a major boost to fruit and vegetable farmers, dairy producers, maple tappers, farmers markets and other New York businesses, like Hickey Freeman. I… Continue Reading


01.27.14

SCHUMER CALLS ON FEDS TO KEEP KINGSTON SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE OPEN FOR BUSINESS; PROPOSED CONSOLIDATION WITH POUGHKEEPSIE OFFICE COULD PUT ESSENTIAL SOCIAL SECURITY SERVICES OUT OF REACH FOR TENS OF THOUSANDS OF ULSTER COUNTY SENIORS

Today, at the Ulster County Offices, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the Social Security Administration (SSA) to abandon plans to consolidate the Kingston Office into the Poughkeepsie Office, in order to keep essential social security services nearby for Ulster County seniors. Schumer highlighted that thousands of seniors each month and roughly 95 seniors a day, often disabled, rely on the close proximity of the Kingston office in order to secure their hardearned social security benefi… Continue Reading


01.22.14

SCHUMER SECURES CRITICAL NEW REACH STACKER, DUMP TRUCK, GENERATORS SECURITY CAMERAS FOR PORT OF OSWEGO NEW EQUIPMENT WILL HELP PORT OF OSWEGO EXPAND CAPACITY, INCREASE TRAFFIC, AND IMPROVE PORT SECURITY

Today, at the Port of Oswego, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer met with the newlyinstalled Director of the Port of Oswego and announced that he has secured on behalf of the Port a new reach stacker - a piece of equipment like a forklift used to unload heavy cargo - a new dump truck, and two new generators.  Schumer secured this new equipment from the Federal Surplus Property Program, which offers public law enforcement agencies like the Port Authority the chance to acquire used equipment.  Schume… Continue Reading


01.15.14

SCHUMER RECEIVES COMMITMENT THAT JFK WILL GET ADDITIONAL CUSTOMS AGENTS AS PART OF $165 MILLION BUDGET BOOST FOR U.S. CUSTOMS BORDER PROTECTION; EXTRA MANPOWER WILL SPEED UP LONGEST CUSTOMS WAIT TIME IN COUNTRY

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that he has received a commitment that John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) will be assigned additional customs agents as the result of increased appropriations for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as part of the Fiscal Year 2014 Appropriations bill. This bill has boosted CBP's funding by $165.7 million in order for the agency to hire 2,000 new agents nationwide. Specifically, the bill increases CBP's overall budget to $10.6 billion, whi… Continue Reading


01.15.14

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND SECURE FUNDING TO KEEP BROOKHAVENS ION COLLIDER OPEN AND RUNNING - ADDITIONAL 50 MILLION FOR NATION'S NUCLEAR PHYSICS PROGRAM WILL KEEP ONLY REMAINING ATOM SMASHER IN COUNTRY OPEN

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Omnibus Appropriations bill, released last night and set to pass Congress, will increase funding to the nation's Nuclear Physics program by an additional $50 million for next fiscal year to a total of $569.9 million, allowing the Brookhaven National Lab's (BNL) ion collider to stay open and running.  The BNL collider was put at major risk last year when a recommendation from the Nuclear Science Advisory Comm… Continue Reading


01.14.14

SCHUMER: ROCHESTER LASER LAB WILL RECEIVE $64 MILLION IN FUNDING THROUGH APPROPRIATIONS BILL; BOOST IN FUNDING WILL KEEP ROCHESTER AT THE CUTTING EDGE OF HIGH TECH ENERGY RESEARCH

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that, after his push, the FY2014 Appropriations Bill includes $64 million for the University of Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE). This is $5.25 million more than the $58.75 million allocated to the Lab last year under sequestration. This new funding will allow the University of Rochester to continue the critical work being done at its lab, particularly as it relates to the future of the United States through its research into fusion… Continue Reading


01.14.14

AFTER SENATORS PUSH, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES THAT CUSTOMS BORDER PROTECTION WILL GET $165 MILLION BOOST TO HIRE 2,000 NEW AGENTS NATIONWIDE LAST WEEK, SCHUMER SECURED COMMITMENT FROM DHS SECRETARY TO PRIORITIZE PEACE BRIDGE FOR NEW AGENTS

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Fiscal Year 2014 Appropriations bill has boosted the funding for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) by $165.7 million in order for the agency to hire 2,000 new agents nationwide. Specifically, the bill increases CBP's overall budget to $10.6 billion, which is over $220 million more than FY2013.  Schumer explained that $165.7 million of the new funding was explicitly prescribed "for the purpose of hiring, training, and equipping new U.S. … Continue Reading


01.14.14

AFTER PUSH, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES THAT THE LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM WILL RECEIVE $169 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL FUNDING THIS YEAR; PROGRAM HELPS SENIORS AND LOW INCOME FAMILIES OFFSET THE COST OF HEATING

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that, after his push, the FY2014 Appropriations Bill will increase federal funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to $3.4 billion, up $169 million from FY2013.  In light of record low temperatures and extreme weather throughout Upstate New York last week, Schumer called on appropriators to increase funding for LIHEAP this year.   Schumer explained that, even outside of this year's extraordinary need for greater LIHEAP… Continue Reading


01.07.14

SCHUMER LAUNCHES PLAN TO HELP REDEVELOP THE SIBLEY BUILDING, A HISTORIC LANDMARK IN DOWNTOWN ROCHESTER PUSHES TO SECURE $45 MILLION IN NEW MARKETS TAX CREDITS TO BRING NEW LIFE TO HISTORIC BUILDING, REVITALIZE DOWNTOWN ECONOMY CREATE JOBS

  Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced his push to secure $45 million in federal New Market Tax Credits (NMTC) needed to make the $190 million redevelopment of the historic Sibley Building in Rochester a reality.  With its large footprint that spans longer than a football field in downtown Rochester, Schumer said the Sibley building could be an anchor of economic development in the east end of downtown, but, now, it is only 30% occupied.  Therefore, Schumer wrote Treasury Secretary … Continue Reading


12.17.13

AS WINTER SETS IN, SCHUMER INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO HELP PREVENT DEATHS FROM CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING

As winter sets in, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer joined his colleague Senator Amy Klobuchar (DMN) to introduce legislation to help prevent deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning in New York. The legislation would allow the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to provide support for public safety education and encourage installation of safe and reliable carbon monoxide detectors. The legislation would require the CPSC to establish a grant program to provide assistance to states and local gover… Continue Reading


12.17.13

SENATE PASSES SCHUMER-AUTHORED RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING AMERICAN JEWISH JOINT DISTRIBUTION COMMITTEE ON ITS 100TH ANNIVERSARY; RESOLUTION COMMENDS ORGANIZATIONS SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION EMPOWERING VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES AND INDIVIDUALS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD

U. S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the U.S. Senate has passed his resolution congratulating the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) on the occasion of its 100 th anniversary.  It passed the Senate this past  Friday with unanimous consent. The resolution, which was cosponsored by a bipartisan group of 28 other Senators, commends the JDC for the important work it has done over the course of the past one hundred years in vulnerable communities around the world. … Continue Reading

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