Press Releases

03.20.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND DEMAND ANSWERS ON ACTING SECRETARY OF INTERIOR’S PLAN FOR OFFSHORE DRILLING

Schumer and Gillibrand's Push for Answers Comes Before Senate Considers Nomination of Acting Secretary David Bernhardt to Lead the Department of Interior As Department of Interior Prepares Its National Five-Year Plan for Oil and Gas Leasing, Senators Urge Bernhardt to Listen to Local Leaders' Concerns on Potential Harm of Drilling for Coastal Economies and Ecosystems Today, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Environment and Publi… Continue Reading


03.20.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $2.5 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR THE VILLAGE OF SALTAIRE IN SUFFOLK COUNTY

Funding Will Be Used To Repair the Damaged Lighthouse Promenade Walkway U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,504,629.58 in federal funding for the Village of Saltaire in Suffolk County. These federal funds are administered through U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and will be used to repair Lighthouse Promenade Walkway from damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. Lighthouse Promenade … Continue Reading


03.19.19

SCHUMER DEMANDS FAA PUT LONG ISLAND’S AIR TRAFFIC TRACON FACILITY FIRST IN LINE FOR BILLIONS IN NEW FAA FUNDS JUST-PROPOSED IN TRUMP BUDGET; SENATOR SAYS SPECIFIC DOLLARS SHOULD GO TO LI FIRST & CEMENT LOCAL TRACON HUB FOR YEARS TO COME

Schumer Fought Hard To Keep NY TRACON And Its Hundreds Of Jobs On Long Island; Facility Oversees Nation's Busiest Skies & Supports More Than 400 Good-Paying Jobs In Westbury If Proposed Budget Flies, More Than $7 Billion Would Flow To Upgrade Sites Like LI's-But If LI Is Not At Front Of That Line, TRACON Will Not Be At Cutting-Edge & Big Construction Projects Won’t Begin Schumer: LI TRACON Must Be First In Line If These Fed Funds Are To Clear For Takeoff Just days after Preside… Continue Reading


03.19.19

SCHUMER: HARRIS CORP DELIVERS 9K STATE-OF-THE-ART RADIOS TO CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION UNDER NEW $25M+ CONTRACT; SENATOR SAYS ROCHESTER COMPANY PROVIDES THE MOST DURABLE, DEPENDABLE AND INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR CBP

New Contract Will Allow Harris Corp To Manufacture Over 17,000 Of The Only Handheld, Multiband, Land-Based LTE Radio Available - The XL-200P -For U.S. Customs And Border Patrol; Harris Has Now Delivered First Order Of 9,000 Radios Schumer: Major Order Is A Win-Win-Win For Our Law Enforcement, Harris Corp., And The Rochester-Finger Lakes Economy U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that Harris Corp. in Rochester has delivered 9,000 state-of-the-art public safety radios to the United… Continue Reading


03.18.19

AS THE OPIOID CRISIS CONTINUES TO PLAGUE THE CAPITAL REGION, WITH OVER 224 OPIOID DEATHS SINCE 2016, SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH FOR CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY TO AID POLICE DEPARTMENTS IN QUICKLY & EFFECTIVELY IDENTIFYING LETHAL DRUGS LIKE FENTANYL; SENATOR SAYS CONGRESS SHOULD IMMEDIATELY PASS NEW BIPARTISAN BILL TO HELP LOCAL PD’S PAY FOR HIGH-TECH TOOL

Senator Launches Push To Pass "POWER Act" Which Creates A New Grant Program To Help Local Police Pay For High-Tech Detection Tool To Sniff Out Illegal Drugs Like Fentanyl According To Drug Enforcement Experts, It Only Takes A Small Amount Of Fentanyl To Cause A Deadly Reaction; Senator Says Congress Must Do Everything Possible To Keep The Public & Police Safe   Schumer: Deploying New Tech Across Capital Region Would Be A Game-Changer To Keeping Police Officers Safe & Protect From… Continue Reading


03.14.19

WITH THE EXPIRATION DATE OF ALCOA’S THREE-YEAR ELECTRICITY DEAL WITH THE NEW YORK POWER AUTHORITY LOOMING, SENATOR CALLS ON NYPA TO CONTINUE SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIP, REACH NEW DEAL & MAINTAIN HUNDREDS OF GOOD-PAYING NORTH COUNTRY JOBS ASAP

In 2015, Schumer Played A Vital Role Facilitating A Deal With Alcoa Corp And The New York State Power Authority (NYPA) To Receive Low-Cost Clean, Hydro-Electricity For Their Massena Aluminum Smelting Facility In Exchange For Maintaining Hundreds of Good-Paying Jobs In St. Lawrence County With This Job-Saving Deal Set To Expire This Month, Schumer Calls On NYPA & Alcoa To Expeditiously Come To Agreement On A New Clean Electricity Deal Schumer To NYPA & Alcoa: With Hundreds Of Jobs On T… Continue Reading


03.14.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE THAT LEGISLATION TO PERMANENTLY REAUTHORIZE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND HAS BEEN SIGNED INTO LAW

Schumer and Gillibrand Pushed to Ensure that Just-Passed Natural Resources Management Act Permanently Reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund Land and Water Conservation Fund Has Provided $336 Million to Preserve and Protect Public Lands, Water Resources, and Historic Sites Across New York State According to the Outdoor Recreation Association, Outdoor Recreations Projects and Sites Generate Roughly $41.8 Billion Per Year and Provide 313,000 Jobs Across New York State U.S. Senate Mi… Continue Reading


03.13.19

SCHUMER ANALYSIS: THE ADMINISTRATION’S BUDGET PROPOSAL IS A GUT-PUNCH TO UPSTATE NEW YORK, SLASHING AND ELIMINATING PROGRAMS VITAL TO MIDDLE CLASS; SENATOR HIGHLIGHTS MOST SEVERE AND ALARMING PROPOSED CUTS

Budget Proposal's Cuts Are Drastic And Wide-Ranging - From Slashing Medicare & Medicaid, To Cutting Crop Insurance For Farmers, To Eliminating Rural Airport Aid, To Slashing Social Security Funding, To Cutting CDBG/Economic Development Aid Crucial To All Upstate Cities Schumer To Administration: Budget Proposal Takes An Ax To The Middle Class, Farmers, Students And Seniors U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today highlighted how the administration's budget proposal for fiscal year 2020 slashe… Continue Reading


03.12.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, REED ANNOUNCE JAMESTOWN COMEDY CENTER IS OFFICIALLY THE NATIONAL COMEDY CENTER OF THE UNITED STATES; THE 2019 LANDS PACKAGE HAS BEEN SIGNED INTO LAW

Reps: "National Comedy Center Is A Cultural Institution And Tourism Magnet: Connecting, Inspiring, And Educating Visitors From All Over The Country About America's Rich History Of Comedy" National Comedy Center Also Builds On A Tradition Of Comedy History In Jamestown, NY, Birthplace Of Legend Lucille Ball  Schumer, Gillibrand, Reed: Comedy Has Found Its Permanent Home In Jamestown U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand an… Continue Reading


03.10.19

SCHUMER URGES OUTGOING FDA COMMISH TO ENSURE BAN ON KID-FRIENDLY E-CIG FLAVORS WITHIN MONTH—BEFORE HE LEAVES; PLANS ARE IN JEOPARDY AFTER HIS DEPARTURE; E-CIG USE AMONG NYC/LI KIDS SURGING

Outgoing FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb Led The Charge, At Schumer's Urging, To Limit E-Cigs; As E-Cig Use Surges & Flavors Explode, Departure Could Create Immediate Vacuum & Imperil Senator's Fight Schumer Will Also Demand New Nominee For FDA Pledge To Continue Gottlieb’s Work On E-Cigs Before Confirmed Schumer: Critical E-Cig Regulations Could Go Up In Smoke Unless FDA Takes Immediate Action Just days after U.S. Food and Drug (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced he w… Continue Reading


03.08.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, KATKO CALL ON U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR REPAIRS TO LITTLE SODUS BAY HARBOR IN THE VILLAGE OF FAIR HAVEN

Little Sodus Bay Harbor is an Important Channel that Provides Safe Passage for Boats Traveling Between Little Sodus Bay and Lake Ontario and Helps Drive Local Tourism After Years of Weather Damage, the West Pier and West Barrier of the Harbor Are Collapsing, and With Lake Ontario Reaching High Water Levels, Harbor Is at Risk of Severe Flooding U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and U.S. Representative John Katko (R-NY-24) today annou… Continue Reading


03.08.19

IN A PERSONAL MEETING WITH US TRADE REP LIGHTHIZER, SCHUMER CALLS FOR THE EXEMPTION OF NEW YORK AIR BRAKE FROM RECENTLY-IMPOSED TARIFFS; SAYS TARIFFS WILL COST NEW YORK AIR BRAKE MILLIONS AND COULD JEOPARDIZE UPSTATE JOBS

New York Air Brake, A Leading Supplier Of Innovative Train Control Systems For The Railroad Industry, Employs 500 People At Their Watertown Facility Schumer Reveals Recent Tariffs On Specialty Steel & Aluminum Products Not Made In The U.S. Will Cost New York Air Brake Millions, While Their Only Competitor Produces Tariff-Free In Mexico; Urges USTR To Exempt Company From Tariffs Schumer To USTR: Exclude NYAB From Costly Tariffs To Protect Critical Jobs, North Country Regional Economy U.S.… Continue Reading


03.07.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND: JUST-PASSED FEDERAL SPENDING BILL INCLUDES $14 MILLION TO PROTECT LONG ISLAND SOUND—HIGHEST LEVEL OF FUNDING IN 26 YEARS; SENATORS SAY $2 MILLION INCREASE IN FUNDS FROM LAST YEAR WILL HELP BETTER PROTECT ENVIRONMENT & LI ECONOMY

More Than 23 Million People Live Within 50 Miles of Sound, Which Is Home to More Than 120 Species of Fish Senators Have Led Fight to Improve LI Sound, Which is a Vital Part of Long Island Economy & Fishing Industries U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the just-passed federal spending bill includes $14 million to fund the Environmental Protection Agency's Long Island Sound program, an increase of $2 million from the year prior. The Senators said thi… Continue Reading


03.07.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, MALONEY LAUNCH MAJOR PUSH TO BRING NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART AEROMEDICAL EVACUATION SQUADRON TO STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE; REPS SAY STEWART IS THE IDEAL HOME FOR CRITICAL MISSION

In Late 2018, The Air Force Announced A List Of Installations Under Consideration For New Air National Guard (ANG) Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron (AES), Including Stewart ANG Base; Designation Would Provide Medical Services To Patients Traveling To And From Medical Treatment Facilities Senators Schumer, Gillibrand And Representative Maloney Urge National Guard Bureau To Select Stewart ANG Base As Home For The AES, Citing The Base's Infrastructure, Status As A Recruiting Hub, And Top-Notch Pers… Continue Reading


03.06.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $750,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO SUPPORT 4,000 SENIOR CORPS VOLUNTEERS ACROSS UPSTATE NEW YORK

Federal Senior Corps Funding Will Be Used To Ensure Senior Volunteers Can Continue Making A Lasting Difference In Upstate Communities U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $764,110 in federal funding for 13 Senior Corps Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) projects in Upstate New York. The funding, provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), will support 4,136 Senior Corps volunteers from organization… Continue Reading


03.05.19

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, AFTER MAJOR PUSH, $49 MILLION BOOST FOR ESSENTIAL HUD LEAD-HAZARD REMOVAL EFFORTS; SAYS FUNDING WILL PROTECT THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF UPSTATE NEW YORK CHILDREN FROM INSIDIOUS & IRREVERSIBLE LEAD POISONING

U.S. Department Of Housing And Urban Development's Office Of Lead Hazard Control And Healthy Homes Provides Vital Funding To Rid Homes Of Lead Hazards Following Schumer's All Out Effort To Secure An Increase In Funding For The Office Of Lead Hazard Control And Healthy Homes, Senator Announces A $49 Million Boost For Critical Program In Recently-Passed Bi-Partisan FY 19 Spending Package Schumer: Funding Boost Will Help Get The Lead Out Of Upstate Communities U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer to… Continue Reading


03.04.19

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS SUCCESSFUL PUSH FOR $7 MILLION IN FED FUNDING FOR EAST ROCKAWAY INLET DREDGING, THAT SAND WILL BE PUMPED ONTO PREVIOUSLY-CLOSED PART OF ROCKAWAY BEACH, CLEARING THE WAY FOR AN OPEN 2019 BEACH SEASON

East Rockaway Inlet Dredging Was Included in Army Corps' 2019 Work Plan - At Schumer's Urging - After He Secured Additional Funding for ACOE; Schumer Lauds Joint NYC-ACOE Project, And Says He Will Keep The Heat on Army Corps to Move Forward With Broader Flood Protection Measures Schumer: Let There Be Sand – On Rockaway Beach! Using the Sand From The East Rockaway Dredging is a Win-Win That Will Keep Open BOTH A Vital Navigation Channel & All Of Rockaway Beach Today, U.S. Senator Char… Continue Reading


03.04.19

STANDING AT ONE OF LI’S RISKY RAIL CROSSINGS, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES NEW PLAN TO PASS NATIONAL RAIL CROSSING SAFETY BILL THAT WOULD HELP LI FUND NEEDED IMPROVEMENTS THAT CAN SAVE LIVES; NEW MAKEUP OF CONGRESS COULD GET IT DONE IN BOTH HOUSES

Last Week's Westbury Crash Took Place At LI's 45th 'Most Likely To Have A Collision’ Rail Crossing; But There Are More Than 290 Other LI Crossings That Are On The Same Risk List & Some Dangerous Crossings Await …And Await…Safety Upgrades Schumer Announces Plan To Reintroduce Rail Crossing Plan That Would Help Fund Education, Engineering & Enforcement To Tackle Dangerous Crossings Schumer: A New Push To Fix Dangerous Rail Crossings Could Put Safety Back On Track For … Continue Reading


03.04.19

ON THE HEELS OF BANKRUPTCY ANNOUNCEMENT, SCHUMER CALLS WINDSTREAM CEO TO URGE HIM TO PRESERVE ROCHESTER’S ROUGHLY 700 JOBS; RECEIVES COMMITMENT THAT BANKRUPTCY FILING WILL NOT CREATE JOB CUTS & ROCHESTER OPERATIONS WILL REMAIN UNAFFECTED

Windstream Services, Which Employs Roughly 700 People In Monroe County, Recently Declared Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Following Loss Of Lawsuit To Hedge Fund Schumer Calls Windstream CEO Anthony Thomas To Urge Him To Keep Jobs; Windstream CEO Confirms Commitment To Rochester And Promises To Preserve Jobs Schumer To Windstream CEO: Protecting Windstream's Rochester Employees Must Be A Top Priority U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, on a personal call with Windstream Services CEO Anthony Thomas, push… Continue Reading


03.03.19

SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO INVESTIGATE RECENT MTA EQUIPMENT FAILURE THAT COULD—YET AGAIN—DELAY FULL-INSTALL OF PTC CRASH PREVENTION TECH ACROSS LIRR & METRO-NORTH; MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS DEMAND TOP-TO-BOTTOM REVIEW TO PREVENT SAME PROBLEMS & ANOTHER DANGEROUS SAFETY DELAY

Schumer Says MTA Just Recently Filed For Another PTC Extension In December & Would Face Big Federal Fines If Recent Equipment Glitch Upends Latest Install Schedule Federal Railroad Admin Should Be Tasked With Taking Hard Look At MTA Quality Controls & Communications Methods To Ensure Money Is Not Wasted, Installation Is Not Botched Again & Life-Saving Tech Is Fully Installed ASAP Schumer: This Stun Of A Glitch Cannot Lead To Another Major PTC Delay On the heels of a stunning MTA e… Continue Reading

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