Press Releases

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


10.02.08

SCHUMER MAKES FINAL PUSH TO BRING 2011 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BUFFALO - MOVE WOULD BRING TOURISM REVENUE TO REGION FIT FOR WORLD-CLASS ICE HOCKEY

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Following recent news that Buffalo is on the USA Hockey's shortlist of cities to host the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation Under 20 World Championships, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today ratcheted up the pressure for the organization to accept Buffalo's bid and bring the worldclass event to the city. In a personal call to USA Hockey, Inc. Executive Director Dave Ogrean, Schumer urged the federation to choos… Continue Reading


10.01.08

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $86,000 IN DHS FEMA EMERGENCY RESPONSE EQUIPMENT AND TRAINING IN SOUTHERN TIER

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded equipment and training worth $897,195 to Upstate New York emergency response agencies under the fiscal year 2008 Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP). Law Enforcement Agencies and Emergency Responders across the Southern Tier will receive a total of $86… Continue Reading


09.26.08

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES SENATE SET TO APPROVE $8 MILLION FOR MILITARY PROJECTS IN SOUTHERN TIER

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Senate is set to approve $8 million in funding for military projects in the Southern Tier.   The funding includes $1.6 million for Johnson Outdoors in Broome County and the Southern Tier to produce military tents; $2.4 million for L3 communication in Binghamton to be used for training pilots who fly Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs); and $4 million for SUNY … Continue Reading


09.26.08

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF ESSENTIAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT TAX BREAK THAT WILL PROVIDE VITAL FUNDING TO UPSTATE NEW YORK BUSINESSES

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that a bill to renew the research and development tax credit for one year passed the full Senate last night. The tax credit, a federal tax break for companies that rely on research and development to stay in business, had been in place since 1981 before expiring at the end of 2007. Senator Schumer said the tax break was especially vital to Upstate New York businesses. The bil… Continue Reading


09.26.08

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES $150,000 FOR FAMILIES VICTIMIZED BY DOMESTIC ABUSE IN TOMPKINS COUNTY

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women has awarded $150,000 to Tompkins County under the Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program. With this new funding, Tompkins County, in collaboration with the Advocacy Center of Tompkins County and the Tompkins County Family Court, will increase supervised visitation and exchange options … Continue Reading


09.18.08

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $1.7 MILLION IN HUD GRANTS FOR JAMESTOWN

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 $1,760,060 to the City of Jamestown. This money is awarded through HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and the HOME program. These formula grants will support critical housing services for New Yorkers not readily available through any other private or government source. "The lack o… Continue Reading


09.12.08

SCHUMER, MENENDEZ, BROWN & CASEY CALL FOR FORECLOSURE FREEZE ON FANNIE, FREDDIE LOANS

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (DNY), Robert Menendez (DNJ), Sherrod Brown (DOH) and Bob Casey (DPA) today called on the newly tapped chief executives of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to put an immediate and temporary freeze on foreclosures on all loans held by the companies.  The freeze would serve as a stopgap measure until the two companies, which were taken over by the U.S. government in an emergency re… Continue Reading


09.11.08

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES $95,000 GRANT TO IMPROVE FORENSIC SCIENCE IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Department of Justice has awarded $95,000 to the County of Westchester under the Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Program to enhance the quality and timeliness of forensic science and improve medical examiner services in order to process evidence samples more efficiently and cost effectively. "Current forensic science technology can help link suspects to crime or eliminate individuals from suspicion," Schumer said. "T… Continue Reading


09.11.08

SCHUMER, CLINTON, SLAUGHTER: FEDS REFUSE TO REVIEW SEC APPLICATIONS FROM COLD WAR-ERA EMPLOYEES PLAGUED BY LIFE-THREATENING ILLNESSES AS A RESULT OF RADIATION EXPOSURE - DEMAND FEDS CONSIDER REQUESTS FOR COMPENSATION

As the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced they will review only one of the two petitions submitted by former Linde Ceramics employees for worker compensation, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton, along with U.S. Representative Louise Slaughter today demanded in a personal letter that the Administration grant the same level of review to both appeals and provide the necessary compensation to Linde workers. Former Linde employees who worke… Continue Reading


09.10.08

Schumer Releases Annual Comprehensive Homeland Security Report Card Revealing: After Seven Years, Government Effort Has Slackened; Massive Security Holes Still Remain - Federal Gov't Gets Overall Grade of "C-"

Seven years after the 9/11 attacks, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today released his annual comprehensive homeland security report rating current Administration efforts to close longexisting security holes. Schumer said that despite a national focus on homeland security in the wake of the attacks, the Bush Administration leaves America dangerously vulnerable as the President's term comes to an end. Schumer's report evaluates and gives grades for major critical security areas, including… Continue Reading


09.09.08

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $470,000 FOR DNA CRIME LABS IN ERIE COUNTY

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Department of Justice National Institute of Justice has awarded $474,028 to the County of Erie under the Forensic DNA Backlog Reduction Program to improve DNA laboratory infrastructure and analysis capacity to help process DNA samples more efficiently and cost effectively. "Using DNA is to modern crime fighting what fingerprinting was a hundred years ago, and t… Continue Reading


09.04.08

SCHUMER, CLINTON WELCOME EFFORTS BY HUD TO ENSURE BIDDING PROCESS FOR ELJAY APARTMENTS ADDRESSES CITY'S CONCERNS

Washington , D.C. - Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today welcomed an announcement by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that the agency has released a new bid package to address the sale of the ElJay apartments located in Syracuse, NY.   Throughout the auction process, the main concern of the City and that of Senators Schumer and Clinton has been that HUD has been eager to sell the apartments without ensuring that potential bidders are responsible de… Continue Reading


09.04.08

SCHUMER DEMANDS FEDERAL INVESTIGATION INTO ENERGY TRADING SCAM THAT FLEECED NY CONSUMERS OF UNTOLD MILLIONS AND PUT NY-AREA POWER GRID AT RISK OF BLACKOUT

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today demanded that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission immediately conduct an investigation into an energy trading scam that allowed players in New York State's energy markets to reap huge profits while passing on skyhigh costs to consumers and municipalities. Between the months of January and July of 2008, market traders were using deceptive energy trading practices that slammed consumers with millions of dollars in unnecessary, additional fees and put the … Continue Reading

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