Press Releases

04.05.07

Schumer Announces Two Madison Fire Departments Will Receive Nearly $300,000 In Federal Fire Grants

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that two fire departments in the Madison Region will receive federal grants totaling $299,794 from the 2006 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Morrisville Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $148,443 grant to improve operations and safety, and the Canastota Fire Department will receive a $176,294 grant for vehicle acquisition. The grants are part of the nineteenth … Continue Reading


04.05.07

Schumer Announces Four Capitol Region Fire Departments Will Receive Over $150,000 In Federal Fire Grants

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that four fire departments in the Capitol Region will receive federal grants totaling $162, 973 from the 2006 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). City of Amsterdam Fire Department in Montgomery County will receive a $52,473 grant, Schodack Valley Fire Company in Rensselaer County will receive a $42,570 grant, West Charlton Fire District in Saratoga County will receive … Continue Reading


04.05.07

Schumer Announces Five Hudson Valley Fire Departments Will Receive Over $338,000 In Federal Fire Grants

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that five fire departments in the Hudson Valley will receive federal grants totaling $338,704 from the 2006 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Pine Plains Fire District in Dutchess County will receive a $30,541 grant; Fairview Fire District in Dutchess County will receive a $48,640 grant; Mechanicstown Fire District in Orange County will receive a $101,633 grant; Hi… Continue Reading


04.05.07

Schumer Announces Eight Fire Departments In The Finger Lakes Region Will Receive Over $657,000 In Federal Fire Grants

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that eight fire departments in the Finger Lakes will receive federal grants totaling $657,712 from the 2006 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Sparta Center Vol. Fire Co. Inc. in Livingston County will receive a $41,215 grant; Gates Fire District in Monroe County will receive a $51,892 grant; West Webster Fire District in Monroe County will receive a $82,722 grant… Continue Reading


04.04.07

Schumer Announces Two Central New York Fire Department Will Receive Over $202,000 In Federal Fire Grants

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that one two departments in Central New York will receive federal grants totaling $202,805 from the 2006 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). South Onondaga Fire Department, Inc. in Onondaga County will receive a $41,305 grant and the Mexico Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. in Oswego County will receive a $161,500 grant. The two grants will be used to improve operations an… Continue Reading


04.04.07

Schumer Announces Schoharie Fire Department Niagara Engine Company Number 6 Will Receive Over $90,000 In Federal Fire Grants

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that Schoharie Fire Department has received a federal grant totaling $90,725 from the FY06 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This grant will be used to improve operations and safety. This grant is part of the eighteenth round of DHS FY06 AFG program awards to several fire departments throughout the country. "This funding will go a long way in supporting the firs… Continue Reading


03.27.07

Schumer Announces Senate Poised To Restore Billions In Administration Cuts To New York Hospitals

Senator Charles E. Schumer today praised passage in the Senate Appropriations Committee of a bill that will block hospital spending cuts sought by the Administration. The full Senate is expected to vote on the measure next week. Senator Schumer challenged the Administration on the cuts and has been working with Senate colleagues to restore the funding. The Supplemental Funding bill also prevents the elimination of the Medicaid Graduate Medical Education program, which provides funding to teachin… Continue Reading


03.27.07

Schumer Announces Gloversville Fire Department Will Receive Over $23,000 As A Federal Fire Grant

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Gloversville Fire Department in Fulton County will receive a federal grant totaling $23,750 from the 2006 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 twentysecond round of DHS FY06 AFG program awards to several fire departments throughout the country. "This funding will go a long way in suppor… Continue Reading


03.12.07

Schumer Calls On Air Force To Reopen The Books On The CSAR-X Contract -- Owego Workers Have A Shot

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the Air Force to reopen the books on the flawed bidding process that led to Boeing being awarded the Combat Search and Rescue Personnel Recovery Vehicle (CSARX) over Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin, who had said they would build the vehicle at its plant in Owego. On Monday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) sustained a protest filed by Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky Aircraft, saying that the U.S. Air Force's evaluation of the "life cy… Continue Reading


02.28.07

Schumer and Vel�zquez Introduce Public Housing Equal Treatment Act of 2007

NEW YORK Today, Senator Charles E. Schumer (DNY) and Congresswoman Nydia M. Vel�zquez (DN.Y.) introduced legislation to help resolve the ongoing housing crisis in New York City by increasing funding for public housing. "Funding for our city's public housing has slowed to a trickle under the Bush administration," Congresswoman Vel�zquez said. "This has left NYCHA underfunded and thousands of our community's neediest residents feeling the consequences." "For… Continue Reading


02.28.07

Schumer Calls On President Bush To End The Deadlock And Bring Shared Border Management To Buffalo

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer wrote a personal letter to President George W. Bush asking him to take charge in the ongoing negotiations over Shared Border Management and immediately convene a binational summit between Canadian and U.S. officials in order to resolve security issues once and for all. Schumer said that despite recent progress, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and Canadian officials continue to revisit logistical and security issues, throwing … Continue Reading


02.28.07

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Kohl's Bill to Stop Rx Drug 'Payoff' Settlements

WASHINGTON Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed U.S. Senator Herb Kohl's (DWI) bill, the "Preserve Access to Affordable Generics Act" (S.316), paving the way for its consideration by the full Senate. The bill, which explicitly prohibits brandname drug manufacturers from using payoff agreements to keep cheaper generic equivalents off the market, was passed by unanimous consent and not amended during today's meeting. "I believe today's vote shows that many of m… Continue Reading


02.28.07

Schumer Reveals: Benefits For Nat'l Guard And Reservists Lag Far Behind Active Military Despite Same Sacrifice

With the National Guard and reserves stretched to the limit, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today revealed that benefits for members of the National Guard and reserves who are called in to military service lag far behind those for active military and announced his new sweeping legislation to close the benefits gap. Under the current system, a reserve solider who is attending school and participating in full time training receives only a $297/month stipend while active duty soldiers receive $109… Continue Reading


02.27.07

Schumer Announces North Bangor Volunteer Fire Department Will Receive Over $66,000 In Federal Fire Grants

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced the North Bangor Volunteer Fire Department in Franklin County will receive a federal grant totaling $66,740 from the 2006 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. This grant is part of the seventeenth round of DHS FY06 AFG program awards to several fire departments throughout the country. "This funding will go a l… Continue Reading


02.27.07

Waxman, Schumer, And Clinton Unveil Bill To Create Clear Pathway For Generic Biologic Drugs

oday Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Sen. Charles E. Schumer, and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, along with Rep. Jo Ann Emerson and Rep. Frank Pallone, introduced the "Access to LifeSaving Medicine Act," which will give Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the express legal authority to approve safe, lower cost copies of biotech drugs, also known as biologics or biopharmaceuticals. Biotech drugs, which are produced from living cell cultures rather than being synthesized chemically, are among the fas… Continue Reading


02.27.07

Schumer Announces Additional $2.5 Million In Federal Funding Coming To Aid Snowstorm Cleanup Efforts In Erie County

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded an additional $2,564,433 in federal funding to Erie County following this past October's devastating snowstorms. The Public Assistance (PA) grant will reimburse the Erie County government for debris removal in the wake of the storm. "This is great news for Erie County," Schumer said. "These unexpected early snowstorms left behind an enormous amount of debris from f… Continue Reading


02.22.07

Schumer Reveals: HUD Dubious Of Starrett City SaleVows To Work With HUD To Block Deal

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer moved to block the sale of Starrett City, one of New York's largest affordable housing developments located in the East New York and Canarsie sections of Brooklyn. The property is spread across 140 acres and consists of 46 towers, which contain 5,881 apartments and over 14,000 tenants. Schumer revealed today that HUD has the power to forbid the sale of this critically important middle class housing development and urged them to do so immediately. Schume… Continue Reading


02.21.07

Schumer, Freshmen Senators Unveil New Tax Cut Package For Middle Class

Today Senators Charles E. Schumer, Sherrod Brown, Bob Casey, Amy Klobuchar, Claire McCaskill, Jon Tester, and Sheldon Whitehouse introduced the "Middle Class Opportunity Act of 2007" which will provide tax relief for middle class families to help them manage the crunch in balancing work and family, save for their retirements, and achieve their aspirations. This legislation is designed to accomplish four primary goals: help parents start a family; help families avoid unfair tax penaltie… Continue Reading


02.12.07

Schumer Announces $80,000 In Federal Funds For Mohawk Valley Farms Damaged By Fall Floods

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) has awarded $80,000 to Herkimer and Fulton Counties in Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) funding. Both counties will use federal funds to help farmers in the area recover from damage caused by this fall's floods. "This is great news for farmers in the Mohawk Valley," said Schumer. "Our farmers, who are the backbone of the upstate economy, suffered… Continue Reading


02.12.07

Senators McCain (R-AZ) And Schumer (D-NY) Introduce The Safe Act Of 2007

.S. Senators John McCain (RAZ) and Chuck Schumer (DNY) today introduced the Securing Adolescents From ExploitationOnline Act of 2007. The bill, to be known as the SAFE Act, is designed to clarify and enhance the current system for electronic service providers (ESPs) to report online child pornography, making the failure to report child pornography a federal crime. "The fight to protect our children from exploitation has moved from the playground to the Internet, and we must update our law… Continue Reading

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