Press Releases

04.28.09

SCHUMER AND SUOZZI COMBINE FORCES TO SUPPORT USE OF STIMULUS FUNDS TO ENHANCE BUS SERVICE TO CENTRAL NASSAU

          United States Senator Charles E. Schumer and Nassau County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi announced today that they are teaming up to improve bus service between the Mineola LIRR train station and Nassau Coliseum.   The proposed enhanced N24 service, unofficially dubbed the "Coliseum Clipper", would transport riders from the Mineola Intermodal Center to the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in roughly 18 minutes, thus shaving approximately 10 minutes off the current commute time.   … Continue Reading


04.28.09

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $120,000 FOR INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES FOR CENTRAL NEW YORK

Washington , D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $120,000 for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to take on civil works projects for Central New York.  The federal dollars will help support job creation, rebuild and strengthen critical infrastructure, and enhance security for Central New York. The investments are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which Senators Schumer and Gillibrand helped pass earlier this year. "Investing in C… Continue Reading


04.28.09

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $1 MILLION FOR INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES FOR THE NORTH COUNTRY

Washington , D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,400,000 for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to take on a broad range of civil works projects for the North Country.  The federal dollars will help support job creation, rebuild and strengthen critical infrastructure, and enhance security for the North Country. The investments are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which Senators Schumer and Gillibrand helped pass earlier this year… Continue Reading


04.28.09

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND: DEEPLY FLAWED GOVERNMENT STUDIES JEOPARDIZE JOBS, THROW LIVES INTO TURMOIL AND PRODUCE NO BENEFIT TO TAXPAYERS

Today U .S . Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirstin Gillibrand announced the introduction of "The Clean Up Act" to end the use of a deeply flawed type of study used by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to examine the cost and benefits of privatizing employees in certain government installations.  Schumer and Gillibrand noted that while reducing costs is important, the type of study current used to compare the use of private versus public employees (referred to as an A76 study) yields … Continue Reading


04.28.09

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $2.9 MILLION IN ECONOMIC RECOVERY ACT FUNDING COMING TO WEST POINT FOR FACILITY INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS AND REPAIR PROJECTS

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) will provide $2.9 million to West Point through the Department of Defense for facility infrastructure investments and repair projects that will upgrade army military bases in New York State and create jobs. A total of $10.9 million has been administered to New York State military bases. "These projects are a winwin for West Point and the Hudson Valley that will bri… Continue Reading


04.28.09

INCOMING IMMIGRATION CHIEF TELLS SCHUMER HIS AGENTS NEED BROADER ARREST POWERS TO CRACK DOWN ON MEXICAN CARTELS

WASHINGTON , DC -President Obama's nominee to head the nation's immigration enforcement office told U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (DNY) on Tuesday that Mexican drug cartels have branched out into the humantrafficking business, but said his agency can't effectively police this professionalized smuggling of illegal immigrants across the southern border because it lacks broad arrest powers.   The Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is the nation's lead agency stationed along t… Continue Reading


04.27.09

HIGGINS, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, LEE, SLAUGHTER & MASSA ANNOUNCE BILL ENSURING FORMER BETHLEHEM STEEL WORKERS AND FAMILIES RECEIVE COMPENSATION THEY DESERVE

Today, Senator Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressmembers Brian Higgins, Chris Lee, Louise Slaughter and Eric Massa introduced legislation in their respective Houses in Congress to allow former Bethlehem Steel workers to receive compensation under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICP). The Ed Walker Memorial Act works to reform the compensation program for nuclear workers at Bethlehem Steel and other former New York atomic weapons production faci… Continue Reading


04.27.09

SCHUMER AND WESTCHESTER, ROCKLAND DA'S UNVEIL NEW LEGISLATION TO CRACK DOWN ON FLOOD OF NEW MORTGAGE SCAMS BY CREATING ELITE MORTGAGE FRAUD UNITS IN WESTCHESTER, ROCKLAND DA'S OFFICES

US Senator Charles E. Schumer, joined by Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore and Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe, today announced he is introducing new legislation to better protect homeowners from the recent wave of housing scams that are plaguing Hudson Valley residents and homeowners across the country. The Fighting Real Estate Fraud Act of 2009 establishes a competitive grant program in the Department of Justice for local District Attorneys' offices to battle r… Continue Reading


04.22.09

SCHUMER REVEALS: WITH GRADUATION AROUND THE CORNER, UPSTATE NY COLLEGE STUDENTS BURDENED WITH OVER $1.2 BILLION IN CREDIT CARD DEBT

As Upstate New York college students graduate this month, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today released a new countybycounty report detailing how credit card debt carried by college students in Upstate New York has skyrocketed to $1.2 billion.  This increase has been fueled in part by the weakening economy and misleading marketing practices by credit card companies, such as ratcheting up interest rates without clear disclosure and aggressively targeting students with irresponsible offers of cre… Continue Reading


04.21.09

SCHUMER: PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNS INTO LAW GROUNDBREAKING LEGISLATION TO DESIGNATE SEPTEMBER 11 AS A NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE

Today U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that President Barack Obama has signed into law his provision that designates September 11 th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance as part of the "Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act". Schumer's provision will designate September 11 th as a national day of service and will encourage Americans to spend that day working for and with members of their community, for the benefit of others.  Service opportunities on September 11 th will be pub… Continue Reading


04.20.09

SCHUMER: NEW YORK FISHERMEN ARE BEING UNFAIRLY REGULATED WITHOUT REPRESENTATION - SENATOR TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO GIVE NEW YORK A SEAT ON THE NEW ENGLAND FISHERY MANAGEMENT COUNCIL

Today, United States Senator Charles E. Schumer introduced legislation that would amend the MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to add New York to the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC). A seat on the NEFMC would provide New York fishermen a necessary voice in decisions that directly affect the rules and regulations governing New York fisheries. The Long Island fishing community strongly supports the legislation. Just last month, Schumer raised concerns over a rec… Continue Reading


04.20.09

SCHUMER, ALL FIVE NYC DISTRICT ATTORNEYS UNVEIL NEW LEGISLATION TO CRACK DOWN ON FLOOD OF NEW MORTGAGE SCAMS BY CREATING ELITE MORTGAGE FRAUD UNITS IN DA'S OFFICES ACROSS THE COUNTRY

United States Senator Charles E. Schumer, joined by Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, Kings County DA Charles Hynes, Queens DA Richard A. Brown, Bronx DA Robert T. Johnson, and Richmond County DA Daniel Donovan, today announced he is introducing new legislation to better protect homeowners from the recent wave of housing scams that are plaguing New Yorkers and homeowners across the country. The Fighting Real Estate Fraud Act of 2009 establishes a competitive grant program in the Dep… Continue Reading


04.17.09

SCHUMER TO CSX: GET THE TRAIN MOVING; IDLED BOX CARS IN GREECE NEIGHBORHOOD ARE AN EYESORE AND THREATEN PUBLIC SAFETY

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called on CSX to remove the unwelcome parked rail cars from the Pebbleview Drive neighborhood in Greece. According to neighborhood residents, a string of CSX rail cars moved in to the neighborhood two weeks ago, parked, and have not left. Residents are concerned that the rail cars will become a magnet for vagrants, expose the community to unsavory graffiti, and could pose a hazard for curious children who explore the unlocked cars. As pleas from residents to… Continue Reading


04.15.09

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $400,000 IN HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES FUNDING COMING TO SUNY BUFFALO FOR DNA RESEARCH

Today, United States Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the State University of New York at Buffalo will be receiving $376,800 through the National Institute of General Medical Sciences under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for research into the processes of DNA replication and repair. "Federal funding for scientific research is needed now more than ever," said Schumer. "In these difficult econom… Continue Reading


04.09.09

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $200,000 IN ECONOMIC RECOVERY ACT FUNDING FOR EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER PROGRAM IN CAPITAL REGION, WILL HELP PEOPLE IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) will allocate a total of $186,431 to four counties throughout the Capital Region for emergency assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). EFSP funds can be used for a broad range of services, including mass shelter, mass feeding, food distribution through food pantries and food banks, onemonth assistance… Continue Reading


04.09.09

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $200,000 IN ECONOMIC RECOVERY ACT FUNDING FOR EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER PROGRAM IN SOUTHERN TIER, WILL HELP PEOPLE IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) will allocate a total of $217,431 to nine counties throughout the Southern Tier for emergency assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). EFSP funds can be used for a broad range of services, including mass shelter, mass feeding, food distribution through food pantries and food banks, onemonth assistance with rent, mortgage and … Continue Reading


04.09.09

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $125,000 IN ECONOMIC RECOVERY ACT FUNDING FOR EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER PROGRAM IN THE MOHAWK VALLEY, WILL HELP PEOPLE IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) will allocate a total of $126,515 to four Mohawk Valley counties for emergency assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). EFSP funds can be used for a broad range of services, including mass shelter, mass feeding, food distribution through food pantries and food banks, onemonth assistance with rent, mortg… Continue Reading


04.09.09

SCHUMER TO JETS: CHOOSE UPSTATE NEW YORK FOR SUMMER TRAINING CAMP - MOVE WOULD BRING HARD HITTING ECONOMIC BOOST AND ALLOW PLAYERS TO FOCUS ON UPCOMING SEASON

After the New York Jets announced that they will be holding their training camp outside of New Jersey this year, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today wrote to Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum urging him to bring the Jets to an Upstate New York college this summer. In a statement this week, Jets spokesman Bruce Speight said the Jets were looking outside the 27acre Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham to get his players in shape this summer.   Jets coach Rex Ryan is reportedly inte… Continue Reading


04.08.09

SCHUMER DEMANDS THAT FEDS STEP UP FUNDING TO STAMP OUT INVASIVE SPECIES SPREADING THROUGH STREAMS AND RIVERS IN ULSTER COUNTY, THREATENING WORLD CLASS TROUT FISHING

With Hudson Valley fisherman facing the prospect of devastating consequences from aquatic invasive species, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called for $20 million to protect the region's vital recreational fishing industry.  Over the past few years, the problem of didymo, a particularly damaging form of invasive algae, has worsened.  This species grows in thick mats along riverbeds, which smother plants along the bottom of freshwater streams, depriving trout of their food and habitat, … Continue Reading


04.08.09

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $48,000 IN DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY PREPAREDNESS GRANTS COMING TO OSWEGO TO STRENGTHEN READINESS FOR TERRORIST ATTACKS AND MAJOR DISASTER, ENHANCE SAFETY

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) allocated a total of $48,589 for Oswego through the Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 Preparedness Grant program. A total of $970 million nationwide will assist state, local and tribal governments and private industry in strengthening community preparedness.  The funding will help strengthen Oswego's ability to prevent, protect, respond and recover from terrorist attack… Continue Reading

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