Press Releases

04.07.09

IN WAKE OF NYRI'S DEMISE:SCHUMER: "THERE WILL NOT BE ANOTHER NYRI" - ANNOUNCES NEW CAMPAIGN TO GIVE STATES VETO POWER OVER TRANSMISSION LINES

In the wake of NYRI's defeat, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announcedhis plan to ensure that power companies listen to local communities when drafting routes for future transmission lines.  Schumer's plan will prevent the Federal Energy Regulator Commission (FERC) from overriding New York State's approval process for new transmission lines and prevent companies, such as NYRI from running roughshod through houses, parks, scenic vistas, towns and villages across the state.  It will also prevent … Continue Reading


04.07.09

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $360,000 IN EDUCATION FUNDING COMING TO CAYUGA COUNTY

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Port Byron School District will receive a grant of $362,850 from the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Demonstration Program administered by the U.S. Department of Education. Funding will be used to establish and expand education and counseling programs in Cayuga County.   "Investing in our education system is wise in the short and long term," Schumer said. "It is important that we continue to provide our students with the resources a… Continue Reading


04.07.09

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES NEARLY $165,000 IN EDUCATION FUNDING COMING TO ORLEANS COUNTY

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Lyndonville Central School District will receive a grant of $163,508 from the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Demonstration Program administered by the U.S. Department of Education. Funding will be used to establish and expand education and counseling programs in Orleans County.   "Investing in our education system is wise in the short and long term," Schumer said. "It is important that we continue to provide our students with the r… Continue Reading


04.01.09

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $223 MILLION IN ECONOMIC RECOVERY ACT FUNDING TO CONVERT NYC COURTHOUSES, FEDERAL BUILDINGS, POST OFFICE INTO HIGH-PERFORMANCE ENERGY EFFICIENT STRUCTURES, WILL CREATE JOBS

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that the United States General Services Administration (GSA) plans to allocate $223,730,000 under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to transform the New York City federal buildings and courthouses into high performance green buildings. The GSA submitted a $236 million spending proposal to Congress highlighting the public building projects it plans to accomplish with funds from the ARRA. A total of 15 projects across New York State w… Continue Reading


03.31.09

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES $74 MILLION IN ECONOMIC RECOVERY ACT FUNDING COMING TO WEST VALLEY DEMONSTRATION PROJECT FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CLEAN UP - WILL REDUCE SITE CONTAMINATION, CREATE JOBS

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $74 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding to the West Valley Demonstration for waste disposal and site clean up. The $74 million funding is part of a total of $6 billion announced by the Energy Secretary Steven Chu today to accelerate environmental cleanup work and create thousands of jobs across 12 states. Funding for West Valley will construct a storage system for highleve… Continue Reading


03.30.09

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES $9.9 MILLION IN ECONOMIC RECOVERY ACT FUNDING COMING TO STEUBEN COUNTY VA FOR FACILITY IMPROVEMENTS AND UPGRADES, GREEN ENERGY PROJECTS

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Today, United States Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Steuben County Veterans Affairs Medical Center is receiving $9,990,000 through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) funded by President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The funding will provide grants for improvement projects such heating, ventilation and air conditioning replacement and a wind turbine feasibility study.   "Investi… Continue Reading


03.29.09

SCHUMER: NEW TAX BREAK COULD SAVE EACH SUBWAY, BUS, EXPRESS BUS, LIRR, AND METRONORTH RIDER MORE THAN $1,000 PER YEAR - WOULD SIGNIFICANTLY MITIGATE OF EFFECT OF NEW FARE HIKES

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 On the heels of the MTA approving staggering fare hikes for all subway, bus, express bus, LIRR and MetroNorth riders, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today said that thanks to an expanded federal mass transit tax break, the entire cost of those fare hikes to riders could be fully recouped. Schumer authored legislation, passed as part of the economic stimulus package that nearly doubled the federal tax break for mass tr… Continue Reading


03.27.09

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $160,000 IN ECONOMIC RECOVERY ACT FUNDING COMING TO NORTH COUNTRY FOR EXPANDED SERVICE AT COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS

Today, United States Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Cerebral Palsy Association of the North Country will be receiving $164,040 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded by President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The funding will provide greater access to medical care for residents in St. Lawrence County and across the country. Funds will help add new providers, expand hours of operation and… Continue Reading


03.27.09

SCHUMER, MARK UDALL INTRODUCE BILL TO PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM HIDDEN GIFT CARD FEES SECRETLY DRAINING SHOPPERS' POCKETS

WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senators Charles Schumer (DNY) and Mark Udall (DCO) today announced that they will be introducing the "Fair Gift Card Act" to protect millions of American consumers from unreasonable expiration dates and fees that routinely drain gift cards' value. Though gift cards are popular gifts, studies have shown that 27% of gift cards go unused, due in part to cumbersome expiration dates and fees which chisel away at cards' value, depriving consumers of purchasing power. Many s… Continue Reading


03.27.09

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $360,000 IN ECONOMIC RECOVERY ACT FUNDING COMING TO ERIE COUNTY FOR EXPANDED SERVICE AT COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE CENTERS

Today, United States Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that two Community health centers in Erie County will be receiving $369,581 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded by President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The funding will provide greater access to medical care for residents in Erie County and across the country. Funds will help add new providers, expand hours of operation and expand services… Continue Reading


03.27.09

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $1.6 MILLION IN ECONOMIC RECOVERY ACT FUNDING COMING TO ROCHESTER FINGER LAKES AREA FOR EXPANDED SERVICE AT COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE CENTERS

Today, United States Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that five Community health centers in Monroe and Yates Counties area will be receiving $1,691,233 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded by President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The funding will provide greater access to medical care for residents in the Rochester Finger Lakes area and across the country. Funds will help add new providers, exp… Continue Reading


03.27.09

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $590,000 IN ECONOMIC RECOVERY ACT FUNDING COMING TO HUDSON HEADWATERS HEALTH NETWORK FOR EXPANDED SERVICE IN WARREN COUNTY

Today, United States Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Hudson Headwaters Health Network will be receiving $597,913 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded by President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The funding will provide greater access to medical care for residents in Warren County and across the country. Funds will help add new providers, expand hours of operation and expand services to a… Continue Reading


03.26.09

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $5 MILLION IN ECONOMIC RECOVERY ACT FUNDING COMING TO CENTRAL NEW YORK TO SUPPORT ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION PROJECTS AND JOBS

Today, United States Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that Central New York is receiving $5,006,000 through The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, funded by President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The funding will provide formula grants for projects that reduce total energy use and fossil fuel emissions, and improve energy efficiency across Central New York and the entire country. New York State has been allocated a total of $175,122,300.   "Investing… Continue Reading


03.26.09

SCHUMER TO DEFENSE SEC GATES: COMPROMISE TO BUILD NEW, SAFER PRESIDENTIAL HELICOPTER, KEEP COSTS DOWN AND JOBS IN GREATER BINGHAMTON AREA IS POSSIBLE

In a personal call U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, to continue with Increment 1 of the VH71 Presidential Helicopter Program.  Lockheed Martin had originally been requested to produce 28 helicopters in two different Increments.  Increment 1 is almost complete, and has produced 9 helicopters including 4 test aircraft.  Increment 2 originally would have produced another 23 aircraft, significantly more expensive than the Increment 1 helicopters.  It is … Continue Reading


03.25.09

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $880,000 IN ECONOMIC RECOVERY FUNDS FOR ROME LABORATORY

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Rome Laboratory will receive a total of $881,000 in funding from the recently enacted economic recovery package that he helped pass. The funding for Rome Laboratory will go towards roof construction and repair.   "This is great news for Rome Laboratory," said Schumer. "This recovery funding will create jobs and boost the local economy while improving the quality of life for residents in the area ."   The specific projects … Continue Reading


03.24.09

SCHUMER SECURES CRITICAL FUNDING AGREEMENT FROM FEMA FOR TOWN OF HANCOCK TO RELOCATE AND REBUILD HIGHWAY GARAGE BUILDING DAMAGED IN 2006 FLOOD

  After urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to expedite approval for funding for the demolition and relocation of the Town of Hancock's Highway Garage building, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that FEMA has granted a new project plan and will help fund repairs and reconstruction. FEMA initially agreed to fund repairs after the building was submerged in seven feet of water during the June 2006 floods, but additional damage was later discovered.  The damage p… Continue Reading


03.23.09

SCHUMER INTRODUCES GROUNDBREAKING VETERAN'S HEALTH BILL TO HELP SYRACUSE VETERANS GET VITAL TREATMENT FOR POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, standing with local veterans, affected family members, and members of the mental healthcare community today announced that he is introducing legislation that will lower the burdensome threshold that Syracuse area veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have to meet to receive treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Current regulations set by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) require that veterans pinpoint the stressor that triggered their PT… Continue Reading


03.16.09

SCHUMER, LIRR PREZ ANNOUNCE LONG ISLAND-WIDE CAMPAIGN TO INFORM COMMUTERS OF NEW MASS TRANSIT TAX BREAK - EACH COMMUTER COULD SAVE UP TO $1,000 EVERY YEAR OR EVEN MORE

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Standing at the Garden City Long Island Railroad station, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and LIRR President Helena Williams today unveiled a new public education campaign aimed at educating LIRR commuters about an expanded federal tax break that would save riders hundreds of dollars every year on the commuting costs. Schumer authored legislation, passed as part of the economic stimulus package which doubles the federal … Continue Reading


03.11.09

SCHUMER CALLS FOR FEDERAL INVESTIGATION INTO DEBT COLLECTORS THAT SHAKE DOWN RELATIVES OF DECEASED DEBTORS

WASHINGTON , DC- Following a meeting with the new chairman of the Federal Trade Commission yesterday, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (DNY) on Wednesday urged a federal investigation into debt collection companies that pursue payments from relatives of deceased debtors, saying the practice appears to violate existing law.     "These companies call surviving relatives, often shortly after the death of a loved one, to coax or cajole them into making payments on the deceased relative's cred… Continue Reading


03.11.09

SCHUMER REVEALS GROUNDBREAKING NEW STUDY FROM VOTING EXPERTS: UP TO 7 MILLION REGISTERED VOTERS WERE PREVENTED OR DISCOURAGED FROM CASTING BALLOTS IN '08 ELECTION

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Chairman of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, announced Wednesday that, according to a groundbreaking new study conducted by leading election experts, as many as seven million registered voters were prevented or discouraged from casting their ballots in the 2008 election, demonstrating major malfunctions in the country's election process.   "This report is beyond troubling. Hidden in the excitement of this past election was the fact that mill… Continue Reading

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