Press Releases

12.03.08

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES NEARLY $45,000 FEDERAL FIRE GRANT TO WESTVILLE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Westville Volunteer Fire Department in Franklin County will receive a $44,369 grant from the 2008 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This grant is designed to strengthen the response programs of fire departments throughout the country. This grant will be used towards the acquisition of muchneeded equipment.    "This funding will go a long way in supporting th… Continue Reading


12.02.08

SCHUMER REVEALS: SO-CALLED "PREDATORY EQUITY" DEALS JUST LIKE SUBPRIME LOANS BUT FOR ENTIRE NYC HOUSING COMPLEXES - DEVELOPERS COOK THE BOOKS TO REAP MILLIONS AND LEAVE TENANTS IN THE LURCH

Joined by housing leaders and New York City seniors and working families whose apartments are at risk, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today revealed that dozens of major affordable housing complexes and tens of thousands of tenants in all five boroughs are in danger of being caught up in the next housing crisis, called "predatory equity". Schumer said that predatory equity is similar to subprime lending, which has caused millions of foreclosures nationwide, except it involves entire housing com… Continue Reading


11.25.08

SCHUMER AND PALIN WIN HERO AWARD FROM PREMIERE HUNTING AND FISHING MAGAZINE, FIELD & STREAM - SENATOR SECURES AWARD FOR CHAMPIONING PLAN TO AID UPSTATE FARMERS & HUNTERS, BOOST LOCAL ECONOMY

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 In a rare pairing, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and Governor Sarah Palin earned honors as "Heroes of the Year" in the Field and Stream Magazine 2008 Heroes & Villains List, while tough guy Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was listed as a "Villain." Schumer garnered the nation's leading outdoor magazine's award for pushing a plan with Senator Kent Conrad to provide millions in outdoor recreation grants to landowners … Continue Reading


11.25.08

SCHUMER: WHAT THE NEW OBAMA ADMINISTRATION MEANS FOR CENTRAL NEW YORK FAMILIES AND ECONOMY- SENATOR TO LAY OUT KINDS OF NEW HELP REGION CAN EXPECT UNDER NEXT PRESIDENCY

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 In the wake of this month's historic election, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today discussed the ways in which an Obama Administration and a Democratic Congress will help Central New York families and the economy by renewing focus on major state issues that have been neglected for the last eight years. Schumer said that for the past eight years, the Bush Administration has ignored the needs and concerns of Central New Yo… Continue Reading


11.24.08

SCHUMER PUSHES TO KEEP LABATT USA OFFICE IN DOWNTOWN BUFFALO FOLLOWING INBEV DIVESTITURE OF U.S. BASED OPERATION

Following InBev's agreement to divest of its Labatt USA operation in its takeover of AnheuserBusch, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today pushed to ensure Labatt USA national headquarters remains in downtown Buffalo, where it is an active corporate citizen, and maintains the jobs and benefits for its employees.    In an effort to protect the jobs and economic benefits of Labatt USA headquarters, Schumer wrote a personal letter to three potential buyers of the company and urged them… Continue Reading


11.20.08

SCHUMER URGES SOUTHWEST AIRLINES TO ADD ALBANY-NYC FLIGHT AS THE COMPANY BUYS FIRST EVER SLOTS FOR TAKE OFF AND LANDING AT LA GUARDIA AIRPORT - WOULD BOOST ECONOMY, FILL DEMAND

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged Southwest Airlines to consider adding an Albany to New York City flight if plans to purchase landing slots at LaGuardia Airport are finalized. In a personal letter to Southwest Airlines CEO, Schumer said Albany's highquality infrastructure is ready to support an increase in capacity, as well as the region's high demand from business and leisure travelers for a lowcost flight to New York City.   "Now is the perfect time for Southwest Airli… Continue Reading


11.19.08

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES NEARLY $70,000 FEDERAL FIRE GRANT TO CORINTH EMERGENCY SQUAD

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Corinth Emergency Squad, Inc. in Saratoga County will receive a $69,787 grant from the 2008 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This grant is part of round 12 of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, designed to strengthen the response programs of fire departments throughout the country. This grant will be used towards the acquisition of muchneeded equipment.    … Continue Reading


11.19.08

SCHUMER, CLINTON WIN HUGE VICTORY FOR UPSTATE NY HEALTH CLINICS FACING DEVASTATING $65 MILLION CUTS FROM PROPOSED FEDERAL RULE - FINAL REGULATION LEAVES FREESTANDING CLINICS UNTOUCHED

After an intense lobbying effort, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that they were successfully able to save freestanding health clinics across Upstate New York from losing a devastating $65 million in critical funding due to a federal plan that would have reduced Medicaid reimbursements to health clinics. The proposed changes would have severely endangered a wide range of health care providers, such as dialysis centers, dental care health centers, famil… Continue Reading


11.14.08

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $125,000 IN FEDERAL FIRE GRANTS TO THREE SOUTHERN TIER FIRE DEPARTMENTS

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4   U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that three fire departments in the Southern Tier will receive grants from the 2008 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  Grand Gorge Fire Department will receive $18,335, Sidney Center Fire Department will receive $36,100, and the Otego Volunteer Fire Department will receive $71,141. These grants are part of t… Continue Reading


11.14.08

SCHUMER: FIRE COMPANIES' EMERGENCY ACCESS TO INTERSTATES INADEQUATE - SLOWS RESPONSE TIMES, RISKS LIVES - LOCAL BIDS FOR EMERGENCY ROAD TO I-84 HAMPERED BY CONFUSING FED APPLICATION PROCESS

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today said that a number of Hudson Valley Fire Departments have inadequate access to local highways, slowing response times and possibly risking lives. On a site visit to the Wiccopee Fire Company, a member of the East Fishkill Fire District, Schumer pointed out how the company sits adjacent to I84 but is forced to travel miles to reach the nearest interstate entrance ramps, causing a th… Continue Reading


11.14.08

SCHUMER-REQUESTED REPORT ON NUCLEAR WORKERS PROGRAM FINDS SLOW PROCESSING FOR COMPENSATION CLAIMS - SENATOR DEMANDS FASTER PROCESSING TO HELP BETHLEHEM STEEL, LINDE CERAMICS, AND OTHER WNY NUCLEAR WORKERS

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Following today's release of a Department of Labor (DOL) Inspector General report that found DOL at fault for slow processing of claims for former nuclear workers' federal health compensation, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called on the DOL to immediately take steps to speed up processing.   In an effort to help Western New York's former nuclear workers at Bethlehem Steel, Linde Ceramics, and other area facilitie… Continue Reading


11.14.08

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $80,000 IN FEDERAL FIRE GRANTS TO MONTGOMERY AND WARREN FIRE DEPARTMENTS

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that two Capital Region fire departments will receive $80,134 from the 2008 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  The Ames Fire Department will receive $29,047 and the Johnsburg Emergency Squad, Inc. will receive $51,087 .These grants are part of the eleventh round of the Department's competitive FY08 … Continue Reading


11.14.08

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $17,000 FEDERAL FIRE GRANT TO ST. LAWRENCE FIRE DEPARTMENT

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that two North Country fire departments will receive $117,526 from the 2008 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  The Champlain Fire District will receive $47,044 and the St. Regis Falls Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. will be awarded $70,482.  These grants are part of the eleventh round of the Department&#… Continue Reading


10.31.08

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $450,000 TO YOUTH MENTORING PROGRAM IN TOWN OF LAFAYETTE

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 States Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that the Department of Justice has awarded $453,313 to the La Fayette Central School District under the FY 2008 Strengthening Your Mentoring through Community Partnerships Program. Funds will be used to help increase local communities' capacity to develop and implement mentoring programs and provide mentoring services, particularly to atrisk youth in the area. … Continue Reading


10.16.08

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES NEARLY $4.5 MILLION IN HUD GRANTS FOR GREATER BINGHAMTON AREA

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $3,088,295 to Binghamton through HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) and HOME programs. HUD has also awarded $1,393,304 to the Town of Union through the CDBG program. These formula grants will assist in providing critical housing services for Upstate New Y… Continue Reading


10.14.08

SCHUMER EARNS "A+" ON VETERANS ISSUES IN CONGRESSIONAL REPORT

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer received the highest overall grade of "A+" in the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) congressional report card. In scoring the U.S. Senators, IAVA focused on nine legislative actions including boosting of funding for Veteran's healthcare in 2007 and 2008, expanded veterans' benefits and legislation dealing with housing, disability claims and education benefits for veterans.   … Continue Reading


10.10.08

AFTER LOCAL CONTRACTOR DEFAULTS ON AMHERST TREE REMOVAL, SCHUMER & CLINTON URGE FEMA TO EXTEND DEADLINE FOR TOWN TO COMPLETE PROJECT

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 After a local contractor defaulted on its contract, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to grant a 60day extension to the Town of Amherst for removing thousands of trees that suffered damage in the surprise snowstorm of October 2006. The Town of Amherst has been urgently working to remove the trees since the surprise October storm but after … Continue Reading


10.10.08

SCHUMER, BISHOP ANNOUNCE PROGRESS MADE AT MEETING WITH MEMBERS OF THE RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and Representative Tim Bishop today announced that following their meeting with the top members of the Railroad Retirement, the members of the board agreed to consider several actions that will seek out possibly fraudulent disability claims as well as reform the LIRR disability system. Schumer and Bishop said that the Board had agreed as well to beef up the oversight of the disability pr… Continue Reading


10.07.08

SCHUMER UNVEILS EMERGENCY PLAN TO HELP NERVOUS NYC STUDENTS AND PARENTS PAY FOR COLLEGE AND SECURE STUDENT LOANS AS CREDIT CRUNCH GRIPS NATION

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 In the midst of the national economic and credit crisis, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today warned the market for private student loans this school year may be drying up, with federal loans barely able to cover the rising cost of tuition. Schumer today unveiled his plan to protect students and families who could struggle to pay for college and will discuss how the economic rescue plan, which was approved by Congress… Continue Reading


10.06.08

AMID LARGEST BANK FAILURE IN US HISTORY, SCHUMER FIGHTS TO SAFEGUARD OVER 800 WaMu JOBS IN ORLEANS COUNTY

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 In the wake of JP Morgan Chase's buyout of Washington Mutual yesterday, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer made a direct appeal to JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon to protect the over 800 WaMu jobs located in Albion, New York. Senator Schumer has long been involved in efforts to bring the jobs to Albion, successfully lobbying Washington Mutual's thenCEO Kerry Killinger to keep its facility open in Orleans County and to open… Continue Reading

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