Press Releases

12.31.08

SCHUMER TO REVEAL: NAVY STONEWALLING ON SOUTH FARMINGDALE WATER TREATMENT PLANT FUNDS COULD SEND LOCAL RESIDENTS' WATER BILLS THROUGH THE ROOF

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Joined by officials from the South Farmingdale Water District (SFWD), U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today revealed that, despite a long standing agreement, the United States Navy is refusing to cover the full cost of building a new water treatment facility needed to clean up potential contamination of water sources caused by the Navy's weapons depot in Bethpage. Schumer and local water district officials today said t… Continue Reading


12.17.08

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF HIS STATEWIDE LOTTERY FOR TICKETS TO PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA'S HISTORIC INAUGURATION

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced the North Country area winners of his statewide lottery for tickets to PresidentElect Barack Obama's historic inauguration. Nearly 150,000 New Yorkers entered the lottery. Schumer's office selected 175 winners from across New York State, each of whom will receive two general admission tickets to the inauguration to be held on January 20 th, 2009.  Schumer announced his lottery a week after the November 4 th election and said that, because of the … Continue Reading


12.15.08

SCHUMER ADDRESSES ROCKLAND BUSINESS ASSOCIATION - DISCUSSES TOP FIVE WAYS THE ECONOMIC STIMULUS WILL HELP ROCKLAND FAMILIES, BUSINESSES, ECONOMY

In the wake of the current economic crisis, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today addressed members of the Rockland Business Association in a special meeting to discuss his push to aid small and large businesses, current national issues, and the implications of the recent election. At the meeting, Schumer discussed how the current economic crisis is affecting Rockland County and outlined the top five ways the second economic stimulus plan could help a weakening New York economy by providing aid … Continue Reading


12.15.08

IN PERSONAL MEETING, SCHUMER SECURES COMMITMENT FROM FEDERAL HIGHWAYS COMMISSIONER THAT AGENCY WILL WEIGH IN FAVORABLY ON FINAL TRUCKING REGULATIONS

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that he has urged Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Administrator Thomas J. Madison to weigh in favorably with the final New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) truck routing regulations.  After Senator Schumer and Governor Paterson announced the new regulations in May, this past October FHWA took issue with NYSDOT's first draft of the truck regulations, citing the state agency did not properly demonstrate engineering and safety ne… Continue Reading


12.11.08

SCHUMER: UPSTATE NEW YORKERS AT RISK OF FALLING OFF THE DIGITAL CLIFF WHEN DTV DEADLINE HITS IN FEBRUARY - ANALOG CONVERTER BOX MAY NOT BE ENOUGH FOR SOME RURAL TV VIEWERS

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today warned Upstate New Yorkers they could be at risk of falling off the digital cliff even if they purchase a digital converter box for their analogonly set when digital television transition goes into effect in February.   Analogonly televisions will go dark on February 17, 2009 when all overtheair broadcast signals will be transmitted by a digital signal only, which analog televisions are not equipped to receive. Many residents already planning to purchas… Continue Reading


12.08.08

SCHUMER, MCNULTY WIN ARMY'S COMMITMENT TO TURN OVER WATERVLIET ARSENAL PROPERTY TO LOCAL DEVELOPMENT CORP. - SITE CAN NOW EXPAND INTO HUB FOR HIGH-TECH GROWTH ACROSS THE CAPITAL REGION

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 In a huge victory for the Capital Region, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and Congressman Michael McNulty today announced they had successfully won approval of an agreement from the United States Army to transform more than 60 acres of the Watervliet Arsenal into a hightech campus run by the Arsenal Business and Technology Partnership. Schumer and McNulty lobbied hard over the past year to secure the approval, first meetin… Continue Reading


12.03.08

SCHUMER TO SOUTHWEST AIRLINES: ADD FLIGHTS FROM STEWART AIRPORT, DIRECT FLIGHT FROM NEWBURGH TO BALTIMORE - WOULD BOOST ECONOMY, FILL DEMAND

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 As the airline begins to expand its service in New York and explores service from LaGuardia, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged Southwest Airlines to add flights to Stewart International Airport (SWF), including a direct flight to BaltimoreWashington International Airport (BWI). In a personal call to Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly, Schumer said Stewart Airport's highquality infrastructure is ready to support an… Continue Reading


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

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