Press Releases

05.21.09

SCHUMER, BISHOP URGE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR TO ESTABLISH 30 DAY DEADLINE TO RESPOND TO ARMY CORPS' NEW FIMP REPORT - FURTHER DELAY OF 50-YEAR OLD SHORELINE PROTECTION PLAN THREATENS LONG ISLAND'S FRAGILE SOUTH SHORE

Normal 0 false false false ENUS XNONE XNONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Today, United States Senator Charles E. Schumer and Congressman Tim Bishop urged Department of Interior Secretary  Ken Salazar to establish a 30day interagency deadline to produce a response to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' soontobereleased Fire I… Continue Reading


05.21.09

SCHUMER JOINS IN PUSH FOR RESOLUTION CALLING FOR PUBLIC PLAN OPTION IN HEALTH CARE REFORM

WASHINGTON , D.C. - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced Thursday he would join 27 other senators in introducing a resolution calling for the inclusion of federallybacked health insurance option in health care reform.The resolution, led by Senator Sherrod Brown (DOH), says that any reform of our nation's health care system should give consumers a choice of an affordable, federallybacked option to introduce competition in the health insurance market and contain health care costs. A copy of … Continue Reading


05.21.09

SCHUMER TO URGE WELLS FARGO TONIGHT TO ACCEPT NEW BID TO KEEP HICKEY FREEMAN-HARTMARX OPEN AND VIABLE; 600 - PLUS JOBS IN ROCHESTER ON THE LINE

United States Senator Charles E Schumer, in a personal call to Wells Fargo & Company Chairman Richard Kovacevich, will tonight urge the company to accept a new, competitive bid for Hartmarx, parent company of Rochester business icon, Hickey Freeman.  Schumer will urge the bank to accept the bid, as it will allow the company to come out of bankruptcy intact and operational, preserving some 600plus jobs in Rochester and scores more in Buffalo.  Schumer noted that this offer to Wells Fargo - Ha… Continue Reading


05.20.09

SCHUMER REVEALS ILLEGAL BORDER CROSSINGS DOWN 27 PERCENT FROM YEAR AGO, SUGGESTING MAJOR PROGRESS IN SEALING OFF BORDER

WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (DNY), the Chairman of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee, revealed at a Senate hearing Wednesday that illegal border crossings have been cut by more than 27 percent from a year ago, a potential sign of progress in the federal government's push to secure the nation's borders.                            The figure, provided by the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office, represents a reduction in the number of apprehensions of illegal migrants … Continue Reading


05.19.09

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $110,000 IN ECONOMIC RECOVERY FUNDS FOR CHURUBUSCO VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, FUNDING WILL SUPPORT FIRST RESPONDER EFFORTS, CREATE JOBS

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture will provide $110,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding to the Churubusco Volunteer Fire Department through the USDA Rural Development's Community Facilities program. Funding will be used for emergency services and systems, and fire and rescue equipment including fire vehicles. The funding is part of $60 million in community facilities and emergency resp… Continue Reading


05.19.09

SCHUMER: SENATE APPROVES MAJOR CREDIT CARD REFORM BILL INCLUDING NEW RULES TO CURB HIDDEN TRICKS AND FEES ON GIFT CARDS

WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Senate has approved an agreement that will dramatically improve protections for New York shoppers who buy gift cards but then find that those cards come with sky high fees and balances that can draw down to zero if the cards aren't used quickly. Schumer said that this package of reforms was approved with bipartisan support and passed the full Senate as part of the major credit card reform legislation. President Obama has sai… Continue Reading


05.18.09

SCHUMER TO REVEAL: CAPITAL REGION AMBULANCES ON VERGE OF LOSING CRITICAL FEDERAL FUNDS - WOULD HURT ABILITY TO INVEST IN LIFE-SAVING EQUIPMENT TO BETTER SERVE ELDERLY POPULATION

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today revealed that ambulance providers across the Capital Region are on the verge of cuts in critical Medicare payments, hampering their ability to invest in lifesaving medical equipment and procedures. The cut, which is the result of an expiring provision, is the latest in a series of Medicare payment transitions.  Medicare ambulance payments have undergone major changes in the past 10 years, but a 2007 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report showed that a… Continue Reading


05.13.09

SCHUMER URGES FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION TO REEVALUATE TRAINING CRITERIA FOR PILOTS, EXAMINE ALL POSSIBLE CAUSES OF CRASH AND APPLY PREVENTATIVE SOLUTIONS

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 After meeting with nine family members of Flight 3407's victims yesterday, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today wrote to Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood urging him to ensure that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reevaluate their training requirements for airline pilot training curricula. Hearings on the fateful crash of Flight 3407 indicate that the pilot of Colgan Air, Inc, the airline th… Continue Reading


05.13.09

SCHUMER RELEASES SURVEY SUGGESTING BALLOTS OF ONE IN FOUR OVERSEAS MILITARY VOTERS WENT UNCOUNTED IN '08 ELECTION

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (DNY), the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, released troubling new data Wednesday suggesting that during the 2008 presidential election, more than a quarter of the ballots requested by U.S. military personnel deployed overseas-and other eligible voters living abroad-went either uncollected or uncounted. Speaking at a Senate hearing on the matter, Schumer said he … Continue Reading


05.13.09

SCHUMER INTRODUCES HOMES FOR HEROES ACT, LEGISLATION WILL EXPAND HOUSING AND RENTAL ASSISTANCE TO HOMELESS VETERANS, EXPAND SERVICES AT VETERANS AFFAIRS IN UPSTATE NY

With Memorial Day around the corner, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that he is introducing the Homes for Heroes Act, a bill that would expand housing and rental assistance for homeless veterans. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) estimates that approximately 200,000 adult veterans live on the streets or in shelters on any given day, and nearly twice as many are homeless at some point during the year. Schumer said the legislation is supported by President Obama - a former le… Continue Reading


05.13.09

SCHUMER REVEALS: INVASIVE SPECIES THREATENING UPSTATE NY FORESTS AND TREES, INCREASED FUNDING FOR PEST SUPPRESSION PROGRAM WOULD HELP CONTROL SPREAD

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer joined Senators Robert Menendez, Robert Casey and Jay Rockefeller today wrote to the Senate Appropriations subcommittee urging them to support critical funding for the Forest Health Management's Pest Suppression program to fight the spread of invasive species threatening the forests and trees across Upstate New York and the Northeast region. The Pest Suppression program, which has been chronically underfunded under previous Administrations, funds partnerships with… Continue Reading


05.07.09

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: PRESIDENT OBAMA'S BUDGET PROPOSES NEW FUNDING FOR REDEVELOPMENT OF VACANT HOMES IN UPSTATE NEW YORK

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that in the budget released today, President Obama has included substantial new funding that can be used to fight the housing blight that plagues communities across Upstate New York. In his budget request released today, the President created a $1 billion Housing Trust Fund and fully funds Community D… Continue Reading


05.04.09

SCHUMER: SHORTAGE IN WOMEN VETERAN'S HEALTH CARE SERVICES COULD PLAGUE REGION AS WAVE OF FEMALE SOLDIERS RETURN TO CENTRAL NEW YORK - SYRACUSE VA'S EXEMPLARY WOMEN'S HEALTH CENTER SHOULD BE MODEL FOR NATION

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 With a record number of women troops serving our country and set to return home from serving abroad in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today revealed that specialized services for women veterans have not been uniformly prioritized by the Department of Veterans Affairs to handle the influx. Standing at the Syracuse VA Medical Center, Schumer announced his new Women Veterans Health Agenda to improve the… Continue Reading


04.28.09

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $4 MILLION IN ECONOMIC RECOVERY ACT FUNDING COMING TO FORT HAMILTON FOR REPAIR PROJECTS

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) will provide $4,071,300 million to Fort Hamilton through the Department of Defense for repair projects and job creation. A total of $10.9 million has been administered to New York State military bases.   "These projects are a winwin for Fort Hamilton  and for Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst  that will bring greater investment in these facilities and improv… Continue Reading


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

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