Press Releases

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


03.11.09

SCHUMER TO FEMA: TOWN OF HANCOCK HAS WAITED FAR TOO LONG FOR AUTHORIZATION TO RELOCATE AND REBUILD HIGHWAY GARAGE BUILDING - URGES EXPEDITED APPROVAL FOR NEW PLAN

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to expedite approval for the demolition and relocation plans for the Town of Hancock's Highway Garage building that was submerged in seven feet of water during the June 2006 floods. After FEMA initially agreed to fund repairs, additional damages were uncovered, and the original location was deemed unsafe for reconstruction. Six months ago, the New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) and town … Continue Reading


03.10.09

SCHUMER, LEE URGE IRS AND TREASURY DEPT TO REVERSE DECISION TO CUT PRIVATE DEBT COLLECTION PROGRAM THAT IS A CORNERSTONE OF BUSINESS AT PIONEER; PUSH TO ALLOW PROGRAM TO OPERATE FULLY BEFORE VERDICT IS MADE

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 In an effort to further safeguard 90 jobs in Arcade, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and Congressman Christopher J. Lee today urged the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of the Treasury (DOT) to reverse its decision to terminate the Public Debt Collection Program (PDC). The IRS has continually threatened to shut down the PDC since 2006… Continue Reading


03.10.09

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES CRITICAL $300 MILLION INFUSION TO NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE CORPS; PROGRAM VITAL TO RECRUITING DOCTORS AND DENTISTS TO UNDERSERVED AREAS IN UPSTATE NEW YORK

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that became law on February 17, 2009 will provide $300 million in federal money to the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) -  part of the Health Resource and Service Administration (HRSA) - a  program that recruits physicians and dentists to underserved communities across the country.  This new infusion of funding is triple the amount of money that was available last year. The program helps to br… Continue Reading


03.06.09

SCHUMER, LOWEY, AMICONE ANNOUNCE $400,000 FOR CITY OF YONKERS; MONEY WILL IMPROVE EMERGENCY RESPONSE TIME BY CREATING 311 CALL CENTER, FREEING 911 FOR TRUE EMERGENCIES

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Congresswoman Nita Lowey and Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone today announced that the Omnibus appropriations bill includes $400,000 for the City of Yonkers for its 311 communication center and will help improve emergency response time across the city. The 311 system will establish a new community relations management system that will help the City Government be more responsive to the needs of residents and visitors. Senator Schumer and Rep. Lowey worked to include thi… Continue Reading


03.05.09

SCHUMER INTRODUCES BILL TO STOP "COW TAX," PUTS NAIL IN COFFIN OF INANE PROPOSAL THAT COULD COST NYS FARMERS AN ESTIMATED $120 MILLION

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator John R. Thune today introduced a bill that will once and for all prevent the government from imposing an onerous "cow tax"  on farmers across the country and across New York State.  Late last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) discussed regulating greenhouse gases in its Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking under the 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act, which could include requiring farmers to purchase expensive permits. Although t… Continue Reading


03.04.09

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $80,000 IN FIRE GRANTS COMING TO CUYLER FIRE DISTRICT

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that a $82,589 grant will be awarded to the Cuyler Fire District through 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 and will be used for operations and safety. "This is great news for our emergency responders at the Cuyler Fire District," said Schumer. "These grants… Continue Reading

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