Press Releases

07.10.08

Schumer Announces Key Senate Panel Approves $300,000 For The Watervliet Innovation Center

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the full Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the Financial Services FY09 Appropriations Bill which includes $300,000 for the Center for Economic Growth's Watervliet Innovation Center.   The funding would be used to promote job growth and economic development by assisting small businesses in navigating state and federal homeland security markets to get New York's emerging technologies into the hands of endusers. The bill will n… Continue Reading


07.10.08

Schumer Announces Key Senate Panel Approves $215,000 For Oneida County Gang Task Force

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the full Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies FY09 Appropriations Bill which includes $215,000 for the Oneida County Gang Task Force. The funding will be used to acquire an information sharing database to timely and accurately analyze gang related crime. The bill will now proceed to the Senate Floor as the next step in the appropriations process.  Schumer worked closely with members … Continue Reading


07.10.08

Schumer Announces Key Senate Panel Approves $500,000 For St. John Fisher College

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the full Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development FY09 Appropriations Bill which includes $500,000 for Monroe County's St. John Fisher College to construct a campus loop road extension to alleviate traffic congestion. The bill will now proceed to the Senate Floor as the critical next step in the appropriations process.  Schumer worked closely with members of the Appropriations Committee… Continue Reading


07.10.08

Schumer Announces Key Senate Panel Approves $2 Million For Phase II Of Stewart Rail Connection

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the full Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the TransportationHUD FY09 Appropriations Bill which includes $2 million for the West of Hudson Regional Transit Access Project.  The funding would be used to support the environmental impact study that must be completed upon the conclusion of the alternatives analysis for connecting Metro North to Stewart Airport. Ultimately it will support the growing demand for the MetroNorth Railroad se… Continue Reading


07.10.08

Schumer Announces Key Senate Panel Approves $300,000 For Critical Flood Mitigation Study For Parts Of Flood-Stricken Southern Tier

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced the full Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the Energy and Water FY09 Appropriations Bill which includes $300,000 for the Army Corps of Engineers to be used for Upper Delaware River Watershed Management .  The funding would be used to design and construct a comprehensive watershed management study to support flood mitigation efforts across the Southern Tier. The bill will now proceed to the Senate Floor as the next step in the appropri… Continue Reading


07.01.08

Schumer Pushes Energy Tax Breaks to Help Local and Upstate Alternative Energy Businesses and Bring Hundreds of New Green Jobs to CNY- Energy Independence Only Long-Term Way Out From High Gas Prices

With soaring oil prices taking a toll on Central New York's local economy and consumers, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced a tax incentive initiative for local alternative energy businesses that could potentially bring hundreds of green jobs to Central New York. Schumer toured SUNYESF's Center for Sustainable & Renewable Energy, a cuttingedge research facility in Syracuse that develops green technology for use at local alternative energy businesses. The proposed tax credits wou… Continue Reading


06.26.08

Schumer Announces Key Senate Panel Approves $300,000 For Rochester's George Eastman House

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the full Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies FY09 Appropriations Bill which includes $300,000 for the George Eastman House in Rochester.   The funding would be used to preserve and allow access to museum library collections through new Web applications. The bill will now proceed to the Senate Floor as the next step in the appropriations process.  Schumer worked clos… Continue Reading


06.26.08

Schumer Announces Key Senate Panel Approves $400,000 For The Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Care Center, Inc

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the full Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies FY09 Appropriations Bill which includes $400,000 for the Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center.   The funding would be used to construct a Federally Qualified Health Center, increasing the healthcare for medically underserved populations in medically underserved areas, and will establish up to 50 new jobs in Newburgh… Continue Reading


06.23.08

Schumer Urges FBI & DOJ To Make Serbian Extradition Case A Top Priority After Man Charged In Binghamton Bar Room Beating Incident Flees The Country

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to make a Serbian extradition case a top priority following a bar room beating in Binghamton that left a college student near death. Miladin Kovacevic fled the United States to Germany, and perhaps to Serbia, with an emergency Serbian passport three days after he was bailed out of jail on $100,000 cash bail apparently paid for by the Serbian consulate. Kovacevic was charged … Continue Reading


06.22.08

WITH AGING TAXIWAY AT GREATER BINGHAMTON REGIONAL AIRPORT IN NEED OF CRITICAL REPAIRS, SCHUMER URGES FAA TO FULLY FUND CRUCIAL REHABILTATION PROPOSAL

With the aging taxiway at the Greater Binghamton Regional Airport (BGM) in need of critical upgrades and  hampering the ability to attract new carriers, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fully fund the airport's request for federal dollars to support crucial rehabilitation and repairs. The airport applied for FAA funds in May of last year to help begin the project, pledging to contribute a generous and unprecedented $460,526 local match tow… Continue Reading


06.19.08

Schumer Announces Key Senate Panel Approves $500,000 for Binghamton University

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the full Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies FY09 Appropriations Bill which includes $500,000 for the University of Binghamton's Center for Autonomous Solar Power.   The funding would be used to research and develop large, flexible solar cells that may decrease the cost of solar energy and increase energy efficiency. The bill will now proceed to the Senate Floor as the next step… Continue Reading


06.17.08

Schumer Urges VA To Hand Over Ownership Of Access Road At Montrose Hospital To Town Of Cortlandt - Would Allow Town To Use Already-Secured Federal Dollars To Upgrade And Maintain Crucial Road

With the Veteran's Administration unresponsive to the Town of Cortlandt's request to acquire the access road at the FDR VA Hospital in Montrose, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the VA to immediately turn over the road's title to the town, allowing Cortlandt to assume control and upkeep of the road. The Town has secured $316,000 in federal transportation funding to support upgrades to the road, but these muchneeded funds will be lost unless the VA gives Cortlandt ownership of the road… Continue Reading


06.16.08

Threatened By Delayed Medicare Payments, Buffalo's Cash-Strapped Mom & Pop Pharmacies Struggle To Stay Afloat; Schumer Pushes Bill To Fast Track Payments

Standing with Buffaloarea pharmacy owners as they told their tales of woe on how delayed Medicare Part D payments threaten their businesses, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today blasted the inefficient Medicare payment system for pharmacies. Currently, independent pharmacies across Western New York report having to wait up to 8 weeks to receive payments from Medicare Part D plans. This delay makes it hard to keep up with their biweekly billing cycles. Forced to foot the bill while they await pa… Continue Reading


06.11.08

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES ALBANY COUNTY WILL RECEIVE ALMOST $10,000 AS A FEDERAL FIRE GRANT

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that the Coeymans Fire District of Albany County will receive $9,975 from the 2008 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  The grant is part of the ninth round of DHS FY 08 AFG program awards to several fire departments throughout the country and will be used to improve fire prevention and safety.  "This funding will go a long way in supporting the first responders in A… Continue Reading


06.09.08

SCHUMER: ULSTER COUNTY'S RECREATIONAL BOATERS GET SUNK BY NEW FEDERAL RULES - WOULD FORCE SMALL BOATERS TO GET SAME EXPENSIVE PERMITS AS OIL TANKERS OR FACE $32K FINES

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer blasted a new federal regulation set to go into effect that will financially punish Ulster, Sullivan, Orange and surrounding counties' 24,592 recreational boaters by forcing them to obtain the same permits as massive oil tankers and freight ships or face fines of up to $32,000 per day. A 2006 decision by the U.S. District Court for Northern California ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should be accountable for regulating the discharge of … Continue Reading


06.09.08

SCHUMER: FDR PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY IN DESPERATE NEED OF REPAIR AS BUILDING DANGEROUSLY DETERIORATES -- FLOODING THREATENS PRESIDENTIAL MUSEUM, SCHUMER TO PUSH FOR FUNDING TO SAVE LIBRARY

Today,  U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer revealed the dangerously deteriorating condition of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park that threatens the museum by putting it at risk of flooding, sewage damage and hindering its ability to modernize its exhibits. The firstever presidential library and museum sorely need support and funding to modernize and update the building structure and exhibits, protect and archive historic documents, and revitalize the museum for New Yorkers… Continue Reading


06.09.08

SCHUMER: ROCKLAND, PUTNAM , WESTCHESTER, ORANGE COUNTIES' 39,914 RECREATIONAL BOATERS GET SUNK BY NEW FEDERAL RULES - WOULD FORCE SMALL BOATERS TO GET SAME EXPENSIVE PERMITS AS OIL TANKERS OR FACE $32K FINES

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer blasted a new federal regulation set to go into effect that will financially punish Rockland, Putnam, Orange, and Westchester counties' 39,914 recreational boaters by forcing them to obtain the same permits as massive oil tankers and freight ships or face fines of up to $32,000 per day. A 2006 decision by the U.S. District Court for Northern California ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should be accountable for regulating the discharge … Continue Reading


05.27.08

Schumer: New Enhanced Driver Licenses Nixes Onerous Need For New Yorkers To Purchase Costly Passports To Cross Northern Border - Senator Brokered Deal Between NYS And DHS To Quickly Approve New Secure Licenses

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer hailed the announcement that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has agreed to permit New York State to issue an Enhanced Driver License (EDL), and argued that the new development makes it unnecessary for New York State residents to purchase costly passports to travel between Canada and the United States, as would otherwise be required under the new Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) rules. Schumer spent over two years pressuring DHS to appro… Continue Reading


05.21.08

Schumer Demands Feds Address Crucial Community Concerns Before Making Final Oneida Land-Trust Decision; Unresolved Issues With Taxes, Regulations Could Deal Fiscal Blow To Madison And Oneida Counties

With the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) set to make their final decision regarding the Oneida Indian Nation's application to have land taken into a federal taxexempt trust in Madison and Oneida Counties, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called on the federal agency to defer taking land into trust and instead allow time for the Tribe and local community to negotiate an agreement regarding the proposed trust land.  Schumer also told DOI that if it will not defer making its decision, DO… Continue Reading


05.16.08

One Week After Delivering $2.7 Million From MTA To Stewart Airport For NYC Rail-Link Study, Schumer Secures Additional $2 Million From Dot To Bankroll Vital Next Step -- The Environmental Impact Statement

Only one week after announcing $2.7 million dollars to fund an Alternatives Analysis, a crucial first step in creating a oneseat ride from Orange County to NYC, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced an additional $2 million to fund the project's Environmental Impact Study. After intense pressure from the Senator to have more federal funding steered towards Stewart Airport, the Department of Transportation will send $2 million to the airport for the oneseat ride raillink's Environmental… Continue Reading

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