Press Releases

08.22.07

With The Farm Bill Approaching, Schumer Meets With Orange And Sullivan County Agricultural Community To Discuss Challenges Faced By Local Growers And Farmers

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer met with local growers, dairy farmers, and other members of the agricultural communities in Orange and Sullivan counties to discuss the upcoming Farm Bill.  In response to years past-when the needs of farmers and the agricultural community in Upstate New York and the Northeast have been left behind in favor of major agriculture conglomerates in the Midwest and on the West Coast-Schumer sponsored comprehensive farm legislation to provide targeted relief to u… Continue Reading


08.22.07

Schumer Reveals: Older Cities Like Syracuse Losing Out As Young Cities Gobble Up Money For New Federal Highway And Bridge Projects

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, standing on the aging and decrepit Bartell Road Bridge, will reveal that the federal government has woefully under funded highway and bridge maintenance programs, leaving Syracuse's old infrastructure in a state of disrepair . Despite 27.1% of the nation's 590,750 bridges rated structurally deficient or functionally obsolete , it's estimated that in 2009 the Federal Highway Trust Fund will be under financed by $4 billion. Exacerbating the financi… Continue Reading


08.22.07

Schumer Announces Two Capital Region Fire Departments Will Receive Over $54,000 In Federal Fire Grants

 U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that two departments in the Capital Region will receive federal grants totaling $54,848 from the 2007 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).   The Ballston Lake Fire District in Saratoga County will receive a $44,588 grant and the Central Bridge Fire District in Schoharie County will receive a $10,260 grant.   The two grants will be used to improve operations and safet… Continue Reading


08.21.07

Schumer Announces Over $492,000 For Erie County Crime Control And Prevention Programs

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that $492,547 has been awarded to several cities in Erie County by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs (OJP) under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program.   The federal funds will be used by the City of Buffalo, Town of Cheektowaga, City of Lackawanna and Erie County to improve a variety of crime control and prevention programs.   "When it comes to protecting our citizens, we need to be t… Continue Reading


08.09.07

Schumer Calls On Fema to Fast Track Bay Ridge - Sunset Park Damage Assessment After Historic Tornado - First Step t Secure Federal Aid

After yesterday's freak tornado that tore a path of destruction through the Bay Ridge and Sunset Park neighborhoods of Brooklyn, today U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency to expedite the preliminary disaster assessment for the area. The preliminary disaster assessment is the first step toward securing federal aid for individuals and local businesses that suffered severe damage or lost revenue in the wake of the tornado. Schumer asked that FEMA have t… Continue Reading


08.05.07

Schumer Reveals: Older Cities Like New York Losing Out as Young Cities Gobble up Money For New Federal Highway and Bridge Projects

Standing at the base of the iconic and aging Brooklyn Bridge, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today revealed that federal short funding of vital highway and bridge maintenance programs has left New York's aging infrastructure in a state of disrepair .  Schumer said that Federal Highway Trust Fund finances have deteriorated and will be insolvent by approximately $4 billion in 2009 and $10 billion by 2010 while at the same time 27.1% of the nation's 590,750 bridges are rated str… Continue Reading


08.02.07

On The Heels Of FSA Office Closure Announcement, Schumer Calls On USDA Not To Add Insult To Injury For New York State Family-Run Farms With Proposal To Close Sixteen Rural Dev. And NRCS County Offices

Following recent reports that seven FSA offices are slated for closure across upstate New York, today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to jettison its proposed plan to close sixteen additional Rural Development and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) county offices across the state. The mass closings would force the state's already struggling farmers to drive greater distances to take advantage of the offices' vital resources.   "Th… Continue Reading


08.01.07

Schumer Announces Loan Of $4,000,000 To Aurora Ice Association For Indoor Ice Rink In East Aurora

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that a loan of $4 million has been awarded to Aurora Ice Association, Inc of East Aurora in Erie County.  The funds are being awarded through the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development program as a Community Facility Guaranteed Loan. Federal funds will be used to construct an indoor ice arena.   Schumer wrote a letter to USDA secretary Mike Johanns in support of Aurora Ice Association's application for this loan. … Continue Reading


08.01.07

Schumer Announces More Than $2 Million In Federal Funds Coming To Town Of Potsdam

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that a loan of $2,006,470 has been awarded to the Town of Potsdam in St. Lawrence County by the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development program as a Community Facility Direct Loan.  The Town will use the funds to construct a new town hall.   "This is great news for the Town of Potsdam," Schumer said. "The construction of a new town hall will enable local government to better serve the needs of the cit… Continue Reading


08.01.07

Schumer Announces Federal Funds Coming To First Responders In Herkimer County

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that a loan of $35,000 has been awarded to the Village of Ilion in Herkimer County by the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development program as a Community Facility Direct Loan.  The Village will use funds to purchase equipment for Ilion's rescue vehicles.   "This is great news for Herkimer County," Schumer said. "We can never truly repay our first responder s for their heroic efforts and dedication to … Continue Reading


08.01.07

Schumer Announces Two St. Lawrence County Fire Departments Will Receive Over $150,000 In Federal Fire Grants

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that two fire departments in St. Lawrence County will receive federal grants totaling $155,045 from the 2007 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).   The Gouverneur Volunteer Rescue Squad will receive a $19,195 grant to be used for operations and safety.   The Nicholville Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., will receive a $135,850 Vehicle Acquisition grant to purchase a ne… Continue Reading


07.31.07

Schumer Declares Democrats Hoodwinked Into Confirming Chief Justice Roberts, Urges Higher Burden Of Proof For Any Future Bush Nominees

Today, in a keynote speech before the American Constitution Society (ACS), Senator Charles E. Schumer (DNY) expressed disappointment over the most recent Supreme Court term and pledged to oppose any of President Bush's future nominees to the Supreme Court, barring extraordinary circumstances.   "In his confirmation hearing, Chief Justice Roberts equated his role to that of an umpire in a baseball game-someone who doesn't make the rules, but instead applies them,… Continue Reading


07.31.07

Schumer Announces Two Western New York Fire Departments Will Receive Over $191,000 In Federal Fire Grants

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that two departments in Western New York will receive federal grants totaling $191,288 from the 2007 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).   The Knapp Creek Vol. Fire Department, Inc., in Cattaraugus County will receive a $27,727 grant and the Scranton Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., in Erie County will receive a $163,561 grant.   The two grants will be used to improv… Continue Reading


07.31.07

Schumer Announces Owls Head - Mt. View Fire Department Will Receive $19,000 As A Federal Fire Grant

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Owls Head - Mt. View Fire Department in Owls Head, in Franklin County, will receive a federal grant totaling $19,000 from the 2007 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The grant will be used to improve operations and safety and is part of the first round of DHS FY07 AFG program awards to several fire departments throughout the country. "This funding will go… Continue Reading


07.31.07

Schumer Announces Federal Dollars Coming To Village Of Hudson Falls

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that a loan of $1,605,000 has been awarded to the Village of Hudson Falls in Washington County. The funds are being awarded through the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development program as a Water and Waste Disposal Loan. Federal funds will be used to replace the water line serving the Village.                                                       "This is great news for the Village of Hudson Falls," Schum… Continue Reading


07.17.07

Schumer, Clinton Announce Key Senate Panel Approves Federal Funding For Rochester Area Projects

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that the full Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (TTHUD) FY08 Appropriations Bill, which includes $200,000 for the City of Rochester's Lead Hazard Prevention Program.   The bill also includes language that extends the discretionary funds already allocated for the Renaissance Square Project. The bill will now proceed to the Senate Floor… Continue Reading


07.17.07

Schumer, Clinton Announce Key Senate Panel Approves $200,000 For Broadband Project In St. Lawrence County

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that the full Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (TTHUD) FY08 Appropriations Bill, which includes $200,000 for the St. Lawrence County Regional Rural Broadband Expansion project.  The bill will now proceed to the Senate Floor as the next step in the appropriations process.  Schumer and Clinton worked closely with members of the Appropriatio… Continue Reading


07.17.07

Schumer, Clinton Announce Key Senate Panel Approves $600,000 For Capital Region Projects

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that the full Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (TTHUD) FY08 Appropriations Bill, which includes $200,000 to build a new YMCA in Schenectady; $200,000 for the Civic Center of Moreau, Inc. to build a new Community Center; and $200,000 to improve WiFi service in the City of Albany.   The bill will now proceed to the Senate Floor as th… Continue Reading


07.10.07

Schumer, Clinton Announce Key Senate Panel Approves $1 Million For Health Care Programs In The Capital Region

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that the full Senate Appropriation Committee has approved the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education FY08 Appropriations Bill which includes $500,000 for the Albany Medical Center's Virtual Learning Center and $500,000 for Hudson Valley Community College in Rensselaer County .  The bill will now proceed to the Senate Floor as the next step in the appropriations process.  Schumer and Clinton worke… Continue Reading


07.10.07

Schumer, Clinton Announce Key Senate Panel Approves $1.3 Million For Community Projects In The Greater Rochester Region

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that the full Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education FY08 Appropriations Bill which includes $600,000 for the Rochester Area Colleges Center for Excellence in Math and Science; $250,000 for the Rochester General Hospital; and, $250,000 for the Catholic Family Center.  The Appropriations Committee also approved the Interior, Environment, and … Continue Reading

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