Press Releases

05.15.13

SCHUMER: STUDENT LOAN INTEREST RATES FOR TENS OF THOUSANDS OF UPSTATE NY STUDENTS SET TO DOUBLE ON JULY 1ST UNLESS CONGRESS INTERVENES SENATOR WILL FIGHT TO BLOCK RATE HIKE AND KEEP COLLEGE TUITION AFFORDABLE

  Today, on a conference call with reporters, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer launched his fight to stave off an interest rate increase for student loans that could raise the cost of attending college for tens of thousands of Upstate New York students and their families. Unless Congress takes action quickly, the interest rates on federallysubsidized Stafford loans will double on July 1 st from 3.4% to 6.8%, which could add thousands of dollars in interest payments to the cost of attending coll… Continue Reading


05.14.13

SCHUMER WARNS THAT POTENTIAL OFFSET FOR STUDENT LOAN BILL COULD COST HUNDREDS OF JOBS AT PIONEER IN WYOMING CHEMUNG COUNTIES SAYS PLAN IS DEAD ON ARRIVAL AND MUST CHANGE

  Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer took a stand against potential plans to offset a student loan bill in a way that could risk hundreds of jobs in Pioneer Credit Recovery's three Western New York facilities in Arcade and Warsaw in Wyoming County and its General Revenue Corporation site in Horseheads, NY in Chemung County. Specifically, Schumer explained that Congress is working on plans to keep the federal Stafford student loan rate from doubling to 6.8% on July 1 st, and is considering … Continue Reading


05.13.13

AFTER SCHUMER SUCCESSFULLY SECURES A CRITICAL $176,000 REBATE FOR SYRACUSE COMPANY, SENATOR ANNOUNCES HANFORD CAN BEGIN CONSTRUCTION THIS MONTH TO EXPAND DOWNTOWN FACILITY ADD WORKERS

  Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that he has helped Hanford Pharmaceuticals, located in downtown Syracuse since 1846, receive a longdelayed FDA rebate, which will now allow them to begin construction on a proposed expansion of their Syracuse facility. This $176,000 Animal Drug User (ADUFA) rebate for Fiscal Year 2012 comes after Senator Schumer urged the FDA to expedite Hanford's request for a waiver, which they requested in June 2012. Hanford could not consider expansion with… Continue Reading


05.13.13

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $4 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR GARDEN CITY, FOR CLEANUP IN THE DAYS AFTER SUPERSTORM SANDY

  U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced Garden City was awarded over $4.5 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance funding to reimburse them for cost of debris removal in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.   "Superstorm Sandy wreaked significant damage inandaround Garden City, creating a massive cleanup effort that, in turn, threatened to place a burden on local taxpayers," said Schumer. "This reimbursement for debris cleanup… Continue Reading


05.08.13

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL $1 MILLION IN FEDERAL RELIEF FOR RICHMOND UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER

  U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC) will receive an additional $1 million from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In April, Schumer announced over $2 million in federal reimbursements from CMS and today's announcement will mean a total of over $3 million for RUMC. Schumer has been working as an intermediary to ensure that these reimbursements due to RUMC were processed in an accelerated manner, thereby averting … Continue Reading


05.06.13

SCHUMER LAUNCHES EFFORT TO GET MIDDLETOWN COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER OFF THE GROUND -- RECENTLY ALLOCATED LOW INCOME INVESTMENT FUND COULD DELIVER $5 MILLION IN NEEDED CREDITS FOR PROJECT THAT WILL IMPROVE ACCESS TO PRIMARY CARE, PEDIATRICS OTHER LIFE-SAVING SERVICES

Today, U.S. Senator Schumer pushed a plan to bring critical funding to the new Middletown Community Health Center, Inc. (MCHC), which would enhance and improve access to vital health services in Middletown by expanding primary care services and bringing their internal medicine, OB/GYN, pediatrics, dentistry and other services under one roof. Recently, the U.S. Treasury allocated $55 million from the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program to the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF)-whose mission is t… Continue Reading


05.06.13

SCHUMER: RX DRUG ABUSE IS THE GATEWAY TO HEROIN, WHICH IS ON THE RISE ON LONG ISLAND SENATOR TO LAUNCH CAMPAIGN FOR TIGHTER CONTROL OF HYDROCODONE, WHICH IS DEADLY ON ITS OWN OFTEN LEADS USER TO HEROIN FOR AN EVEN STRONGER HIGH

  Today, in an effort to help combat prescription drug abuse and toooften related heroin use on Long Island, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer launched a campaign to keep painkillers that contain hydrocodone out of the wrong hands. Studies have shown that there is a significant subset of heroin users who become addicted first to hydrocodone and opioids. In efforts to obtain a less expensive alternative to illicit prescription bills, too many hydrocodone users switch over to heroin.   Long Islan… Continue Reading


05.06.13

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, VEL�ZQUEZ ANNOUNCE BILL TO EXPAND NATIONAL PARK SERVICE DESIGNATION FOR THE LOWER EAST SIDE TENEMENT MUSEUM

  New York, NY - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Nydia Velázquez announced today that they will introduce legislation in both chambers of Congress that would expand the Lower East Side Tenement Museum's National Park Service (NPS) designation by including its second historic site at 103 Orchard Street. The Museum's first historic building at 97 Orchard Street has already been declared a "National Park Service Affiliate Site" in 1998.   The Museum plan… Continue Reading


05.03.13

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $115,000 FOR DOLGEVILLE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT; FUNDING MEANS VITAL EQUIPMENT FOR FIRST RESPONDERS

  U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the Dolgeville Volunteer Fire Department is set to receive $115,173 in Round 24 of the FY12 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. AFG awards are administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and are designed to help firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources ne… Continue Reading


04.29.13

SCHUMER: PRESCRIPTION DRUG HEROIN ABUSE ARE ON THE RISE IN THE CAPITAL REGIONSENATOR LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN FOR TIGHTER CONTROL OF HYDROCODONE, WHICH IS DEADLY ON ITS OWN OFTEN LEADS USER TO HEROIN

  Today, at Capital Region BOCES, in an effort to help combat an unprecedented spike in prescription drug abuse and toooften related heroin use in the Capital Region, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer launched a campaign to keep painkillers that contain hydrocodone out of the wrong hands. Studies have shown that there is a significant subset of heroin users who become addicted first to hydrocodone and opioids. In efforts to obtain a less expensive alternative to illicit prescription pills, too ma… Continue Reading


04.24.13

SCHUMER HELPS DELIVER $65 MILLION IN NEW MARKETS TAX CREDITS TO NATL DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL URGES GROUP TO FUND REVITALIZATION OF GLENWOOD POWER PLANT, WHICH COULD INJECT NEW LIFE INTO YONKERS ECONOMY

  Today, U.S. Senator Schumer announced that the National Development Council (NDC) has received $65 million in New Markets Tax Credits, and urged that they join other awardees in delivering a critical piece of that funding to longblighted Hudson Valley landmark known as the Glenwood Power Plant. Schumer helped deliver this allocation of tax credits to National Development Council from the U.S. Treasury Department, which clears a key hurdle in getting Yonkers developers the approximately $20 mi… Continue Reading


04.15.13

SCHUMER SOUNDS ALARM ON NEW, DANGEROUS AMENDMENT THAT WOULD DRAMATICALLY UNDERCUT NEW YORKS TOUGH GUN LAWS, ALLOWING VIRTUALLY ANYONE TO CARRY CONCEALED WEAPON ON MASS TRANSIT, IN TIMES SQUARE, AT SPORTS STADIUMS

  New York, NY - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today warned about a dangerous proposal that would override New York's tough conceal and carry restrictions which will be considered by the United States Senate as early as this week. The legislation would force communities across the nation to permit individuals from other states to carry hidden and loaded handguns in public. The amendment is particularly dangerous to New York, which applies some of the most thorough background screenings on c… Continue Reading


04.12.13

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $52,000 FEDERAL GRANT FOR PLEASANTDALE FIRE DISTRICT; INVESTMENT MEANS VITAL EQUIPMENT FOR FIRST RESPONDERS

  Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that the Pleasantdale Fire District will receive $52,868 in federal grants in Round 21 of the FY12 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. AFG awards are administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and are designed to help firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and o… Continue Reading


04.10.13

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $5 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR NYC PUMPING STATIONS DAMAGED BY SUPERSTORM SANDY

  U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced over $5 million in federal funding for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The funding will be provided through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance Program and will reimburse the City for the Superstorm Sandy's damage to 16 pump stations in Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens.   "Superstorm Sandy seriously damaged sixteen pumping stations all throughou… Continue Reading


04.09.13

SCHUMER URGES POTENTIAL HEAD OF C.M.S. TO MAKE WATERTOWNS SAMARITAN MEDICAL CENTER A TOP PRIORITY IN COMING MONTHS HOSPITALS RECENT LOSS OF MEDICARE FUNDING IS UNACCEPTABLE FEDS MUST REVERSE COURSE

  Today, during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on the nomination of Marilyn Tavenner to be the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer highlighted several top priorities, including the unfair situation facing Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown because of a 2011 misclassification of its medical residency program. Samaritan Medical is the primary hospital in the area serving over 120,000 New Yorkers, has 246 acute care beds, … Continue Reading


04.09.13

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES LOCKHEED MARTIN IN OWEGO AWARDED OVER $13 MILLION NAVY CONTRACT EXTENSION FOR HELICOPTER AVIONICS SYSTEMS

  Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors in Owego has received a Navy contract award totaling $13,516,318 to extend a previously awarded contract for the upgrade of data and software systems of MH60R helicopters. This award will improve the ability of the helicopter to transmit data from its sensors, providing more information and a better understanding of the battle space to military commanders. The work will take place at the Owego lo… Continue Reading


04.08.13

SCHUMER: DOD OFFICIALLY AGREES THAT MILITARY STEEL MUST BE 100% MADE IN THE USA, FROM PRODUCERS LIKE BUFFALO ARMORY AFTER SENATORS PUSH, FEDS REVERSE COURSE FROM RULE THAT WOULD HAVE ALLOWED MILITARY TO BUY STEEL FROM AROUND THE GLOBE, HURTING BUFFALO ARMORY

  Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Department of Defense (DoD) has heeded his call and officially restored the requirement that all U.S. military steel be 100% made in the U.S., boosting the strength of New York steel manufacturers like Buffalo Amory LLC in Tonawanda. In 2009, the DoD changed the definition of "domestically produced" to mean that only the secondary finishing process would have to be done in the U.S., which has meant that foreignmade steel can enter the … Continue Reading


04.08.13

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $275,000 FEDERAL GRANT FOR MONROE COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENTS; INVESTMENT MEANS VITAL EQUIPMENT FOR FIRST RESPONDERS

  Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that the Clifton Fire Department, the Sea Breeze Volunteer Fire Department, and the Point Pleasant Fire District will receive a total of $279,639 in federal grants in Round 20 of the FY12 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. AFG awards are administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and are designed to help firefighters and other first responders… Continue Reading


04.04.13

SCHUMER SECURES COMMITMENT FROM NEW GREEK PEAK OWNERS TO PRESERVE ALL OF THE RESORTS NEARLY 1,000 JOBS AND ADD MORE IN THE NEAR FUTURE AFTER TURNAROUND SKI SEASON

  Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer secured a commitment from the new owners of Greek Peak in Cortland to preserve the nearly 1,000 jobs at the resort and add new ones during an expansion that is being considered. Schumer has long fought to keep the resort and all of its employees up and running during weatherinduced poor ski seasons and a financial hardship caused by a failed private lender. Schumer has repetitively said, allowing Greek Peak to shut down its slopes would leave thousands o… Continue Reading


04.02.13

SCHUMER LAUNCHES PLAN TO CREATE BOON FOR NY APPLE PRODUCERS; NEW DEFINITION OF HARD APPLE CIDER WILL LOWER TAXES ON PRODUCT, IMPROVE ABILITY TO COMPETE IN FOREIGN MARKETS, INCREASE FARMERS SALES

  Today, at the Slyboro Cider House in Granville, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer unveiled a new plan to boost the sales for New York's over 20 existing hard apple cider producers and to allow the over 650 apple growers to expand their business and add this increasingly popular craft beverage to their product line. Schumer highlighted that the Capital Region boasts 3,648 acres of apple orchards that are primed to expand and produce more hard cider. Schumer explained that the alcohol content of … Continue Reading

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