Press Releases

09.05.19

FOLLOWING MONTHS-LONG STAFFING SHORTAGES AT NORTHERN BORDER, AS LONG LINES & SECURITY RISKS LOOM, SCHUMER, HIGGINS PUSH PLAN TO SET MINIMUM STAFFING REQUIREMENT AT NORTHERN BORDER; REPS CALL FULLY STAFFED NORTHERN BORDER CRITICAL TO ECONOMIC PROSPERITY, TRADE & SECURITY IN REGION

In May, Customs And Border Protection Executed A Plan To Temporarily Move Up To 300 Northern Border Officers To The Southern Border; Staffing Shortages Caused Hours-Long Delays At WNY Ports Of Entry, Impeded Cross-Border Trade And Created The Risk Of Security Vulnerabilities To Prevent Such Needless Security And Economic Danger In The Future, Schumer, Higgins Announce Legislation-BOUND Act-To Set A Minimum Customs Staffing Requirement At The Northern Border Schumer, Higgins: With Long Lines Lo… Continue Reading


09.04.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: CRITICAL EFFORT TO PROTECT NASSAU’S BACK BAY COMMUNITIES FROM FUTURE HURRICANES & STORMS COULD SIMPLY CEASE UNLESS FEDS ACT; SENATOR URGES ARMY CORPS TO FINISH BACK BAYS WORK NOW---WHILE THERE’S STILL TIME

Smack In Middle Of Hurricane Season & Just As Dorian Skirts Coast, Nassau's Army Corps Study To Protect Bay Communities Could Drown In Bureaucracy Unless It's Rightfully Extended By Feds Corps’ Has Already Invested $3 Million Schumer Fought For Studying Ways To Reduce Risk Of Surges, Flooding & Other Damage Experienced During Sandy-But On Sept 30th, The Work Will Needlessly Stop Schumer: Feds Mustn’t Turn Blind-Eye To Nassau Just As Eye Of Any Hurricane Could Set Sights; Fi… Continue Reading


09.04.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND CONDEMN TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S DECISION TO REDIRECT ESSENTIAL FUNDING FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS AT WEST POINT AND ACROSS THE UNITED STATES TO FUND BORDER WALL

Pentagon Decision Would Redirect Funding from 127 Critical Military Construction Projects Across the Country, Including the Construction of a New Engineering Center at West Point Schumer, Gillibrand: The President's Decision To Cut Funding for Military Projects Harms Military Readiness, Places National Security at Risk Today, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, released the foll… Continue Reading


09.04.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $450,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR OSWEGO COUNTY OPPORTUNITIES IN FULTON

Funding Will Be Used To Provide Transitional Housing And Support Services for Survivors Of Sexual And Domestic Violence U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $450,000 in federal funding for Oswego County Opportunities, Inc. in Fulton, NY. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Transitional Housing Grant Assistance Program and will be used to provide transitional housing and support services for survivor… Continue Reading


09.04.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE +$444K IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR YWCA OF ROCHESTER AND MONROE COUNTY

Funding Will Be Used to Provide Transitional Housing and Support Services for Survivors of Sexual And Domestic Violence U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $444,690 in federal funding for YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Transitional Housing Grant Assistance Program and will be used to provide transitional housing and support services for survivors of sexua… Continue Reading


09.03.19

AT LEWIS COUNTY GENERAL HOSPITAL, SCHUMER SOUNDS ALARM ON DEVASTATING CUTS TO VITAL FEDERAL FUNDING FOR RURAL HOSPITALS EXPECTED THIS MONTH; UPSTATE NY HOSPITALS STAND TO LOSE BILLIONS, RISKING ACCESS TO DOCTORS & LIFE-SAVING SERVICES; SENATOR CALLS ON CONGRESS TO KILL THE CUTS ASAP

The Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) Program Supports Hospitals Serving A High Volume Of Low-Income & Uninsured Patients; Program Is Scheduled To Be Slashed By $4 Billion This Month, With No State Facing Greater Losses Than New York With Lewis County General Hospital Set To Lose +$6M The Next Decade, Schumer Urges Congress To Prevent Cuts From Going Into Effect Schumer: DSH Cuts Would Cripple Care In The North Country And Must Be Stopped Standing at Lewis County General Hosp… Continue Reading


09.03.19

SCHUMER STATEMENT ON THE INTERNATIONAL JOINT COMMISSION ADDING BILL REILICH TO ITS CONTROL BOARD

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today released the following statement after the International Joint Commission (IJC) announced it would be heeding his request and adding Town of Greece Supervisor, Bill Reilich, to its Control Board: "I am pleased to see that the IJC made the positive step of adding a New York candidate I've long supported to the Control Board, Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich. But it should now reverse its recent wrongheaded decision to reduce Lake Ontario Outflows, as lak… Continue Reading


08.30.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $171K IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR TWO FIRE DEPARTMENTS IN WESTERN NEW YORK

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $171,980.94 in federal funding for two fire departments in Western New York. Specifically, Armor Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. in Erie County will receive $146,742.85 and will use the funding to purchase new air packs, oxygen bottles, and air masks. The department currently uses 25-year-old air packs. The City of Olean Fire Department in Cattaraugus County will receive $25,238.09 and will use the fu… Continue Reading


08.30.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $138K IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE ARLINGTON FIRE DISTRICT IN DUTCHESS COUNTY

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $138,045.45 in federal funding for the Arlington Fire District in Dutchess County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) and will specifically be used to provide firefighter training on incident command and safety. "It is essential that we provide our firefighters with the tools they need to stay safe on the job,… Continue Reading


08.30.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $351K IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR FOUR FIRE DEPARTMENTS IN CENTRAL NEW YORK, THE FINGER LAKES REGION, AND THE SOUTHERN TIER

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $375,618.65 in federal funding for four fire departments in Cayuga, Ontario, Steuben, and Tompkins Counties. Specifically, the City of Auburn Fire Department will receive $24,418.18, the Village of Shortsville Fire Department will receive $44,285.71, the City of Hornell Fire Department will receive $137,184.76, and the City of Ithaca Fire Department will receive $169,730. The funding was allocated … Continue Reading


08.29.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $8.2 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS TO EXPAND RURAL BROADBAND IN DELAWARE COUNTY

FCC Funding Is Expected to Provide Broadband Access to Homes and Businesses U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $8,208,810 in federal funding to expand high-speed, broadband internet access in Delaware County. The federal funding was administered through the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Alternative Connect America Cost Model (A-CAM) to Hancock Telephone Company, and is expected to provide broadband service to over 1,10… Continue Reading


08.29.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: UNDER-THE-RADAR FED DECISION AGAINST BEES COULD STING NORTH COUNTRY, LOCAL AG, FOOD SUPPLY & LOCAL ECONOMY IF NOT REVERSED; AS HONEY BEE POPULATION SPIRALS, SCHUMER PUSHES FEDS TO STEP-UP DATA COLLECTION OF INSECT TO HELP COMBAT TREND & KEEP LOCAL POPULATIONS, BIZ & JOBS BUZZING

Upstate NY Is An Agricultural Hive Of Productivity, But Recent Fed Decision That Imperils The Future Of Bees Would Threaten Much Of What Makes This Part Of New York Buzz With USDA Recently Announcing Its Intention To Stop Collecting Data On Honey Bee Colonies In Places Like The North Country, Schumer Pushes Plan To Reconsider, & Step-Up Work, Not Stop It  Schumer To Feds: Honey Bees Are Fundamental To Upstate NY's Sweet Ag Industry, And Local Jobs Standing amidst a swarm of ad… Continue Reading


08.29.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $3.5 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR HOMELESS ALLIANCE OF WESTERN NEW YORK

Funding Will Be Used To Reduce Youth Homelessness U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $3,592,570 in federal funding for the Homeless Alliance of Western New York. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) and will be used to expand access to affordable housing options for youth aged 24 and younger in Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee,… Continue Reading


08.28.19

AMIDST HURRICANE SEASON & STANDING WITH WORRIED LI HOMEOWNERS, SCHUMER DEBUTS FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM REFORM BILL HE’LL PUSH TO PASS ASAP WHILE WAGING FIGHT TO PREVENT CRITICAL PROGRAM FROM LAPSING ON LI IN SEPTEMBER

After Sandy, Schumer Championed Major Reforms To National Flood Insurance Program For LI; Now, Many Of Those Reforms Are Included In Bipartisan Legislation He Wants To Pass This Hurricane Season Senator's Push Comes While Tropical Storm Dorian Spins In Atlantic, As Threat Of More Storms Aiming For LI Could Loom & With The NFIP Clock Set To Run Out September 30th Schumer: This Bipartisan Plan Puts High Pressure On Congress To Do Something Meaningful This Hurricane Season Standing with sev… Continue Reading


08.22.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $178 MILLION IN ANTI-TERRORISM FUNDING FOR NYPD, REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS IN AND AROUND NYC

Department of Homeland Security UASI Program Provides Funding to Address Needs of High-Threat Urban Areas, Like NYC, and Protect Against Acts of Terrorism Earlier This Year, the Senators Announced Their Push to Fund the Nonprofit Security Grant Program at Highest-Ever Level U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the New York City area is set to receive $178,750,000 in federal funding through the Urban Area Security Initiative (U… Continue Reading


08.22.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $571K IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO TRAIN WORKERS IN RURAL COMMUNITIES ACROSS UPSTATE NEW YORK

Funding Will Be Used to Implement Workforce Training Programs in Wood and Paper Products U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $571,267 in federal funding for the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), part of the AFL-CIO. Specifically, the funding will go towards creating and implementing workforce training programs in the production of wood and paper products. WDI supports rural economies in New York by addressing worker skills nee… Continue Reading


08.22.19

MORELLE, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE LEGISLATION TO DEDICATE FAIRPORT POST OFFICE TO LOUISE AND BOB SLAUGHTER IS SIGNED INTO LAW

Rochester, N.Y. - Today, Congressman Joe Morelle and Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that legislation to dedicate a Fairport post office in honor of the late Louise and Bob Slaughter has been signed into law by the President. "I couldn't be more proud that the first piece of legislation I've introduced to be signed into law is a well-deserved tribute to my extraordinary predecessor and dear friend, Louise Slaughter, who contributed so much to our community," said Congres… Continue Reading


08.21.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $1.4 MILLION IN FEDERAL EARLY HEAD START FUNDING FOR CHAUTAUQUA OPPORTUNITIES, INC.

Funding Will Be Used To Support Early Childhood Education and Care Services for Low-Income Children in Chautauqua County U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,414,670 in federal funding for the Early Head Start program at Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Early Head Start Program and will be used to provide child care and support services for l… Continue Reading


08.19.19

In New Letter to Secretary Pompeo, Schumer Says He Will Vigorously And Vociferously Oppose Any Potential U.S.-U.K. Trade Deal That Undermines The Good Friday Agreement Or A Return To A Hard Border

Schumer Warns Trump Admin He Will Work With Speaker Pelosi And Bipartisan, Bicameral Members Of Congress To Block Any Deal That Threatens Good Friday Agreement Schumer Tells Trump Admin Stop Over-Promising Unconditional And Unrealistic U.K. Trade Agreement Post-Brexit Schumer: U.S. Must Not Support Any Post-Brexit Deal That Undermines Peace, Progress, And Prosperity Ushered In By Good Friday Agreements Over Last 20 Years Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today sent a letter to U.S. Secr… Continue Reading


08.19.19

FOLLOWING HIS MAJOR PUSH, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES TOP-BRASS AT NATIONAL NUCLEAR SECURITY ADMINISTRATION WILL MAKE FIRST-EVER VISIT TO U OF R LASER LAB TOMORROW & SEE HOW CRITICAL FACILITY KEEPS U.S. AT THE TOP OF HIGH-ENERGY LASER INNOVATION & SAFEGUARDS THE NATION’S NUCLEAR STOCKPILE

Last Year, During His Push To Save Laser Lab From Administration's Elimination Plans, Schumer Invited National Nuclear Security Administrator Lisa Gordon-Hagerty To Tour Laser Lab; Reiterated Request In Personal Meeting With NNSA Administrator Senator Today Announces On August 20, NNSA Administrator Gordon-Hagerty Will Tour The Laser Lab, To See Up Close The World-Class Operation's Ability To Boost National Security & The Rochester-Finger Lakes’ Economy Schumer: Visit From Top NNSA … Continue Reading

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