Press Releases

10.01.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: SOUTHERN TIER WINERIES ARE MISSING OUT ON HOT NEW CANNED WINE TREND & BARRELS OF BUSINESS DUE TO ONEROUS CAN-SIZE LIMITS; SENATOR CALLS ON FEDS TO CUT THROUGH BUREAUCRATIC RED TAPE & CRACK OPEN CANNED WINE PRODUCTION IN THE SOUTHERN TIER

Southern Tier Wineries Are Prevented From Selling Wine In Traditional Can Sizes & Are Forced To Scale Out-Of-Date Bureaucratic Hurdles To Have Products Approved For Market Schumer Urges TTB To Eliminate Can-Size Restrictions And Adjust Lengthy And Burdensome Labeling Process, Which The Agency Is Currently Considering, To Unshackle The Southern Tier Winery Industry And Boost The Regional Economy Schumer To TTB: Unnecessary Regulations Are Causing The Southern Tier Wine Industry To Sour St… Continue Reading


10.01.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: WAYNE COUNTY RAIL LINES ARE VITAL TO REGION’S TOP EMPLOYERS BUT RAILROAD TAX CREDIT IS KEY TO BEGINNING +$3M IN REPAIRS & UPGRADES; SENATOR LAUNCHES PUSH TO MAKE TAX CREDIT PERMANENT & GREEN-LIGHT MAJOR UPGRADES, INCREASE SAFETY AND EFFICIENCY OF ROCHESTER-FINGER LAKES SHIPPING, & BOOST ECONOMY

Ontario Midland Railroad's $3.1 Million Upgrade To Wayne County Rail Infrastructure-Critical To Major Employers Like Keurig Dr. Pepper/Motts, Baldwin Richardson Foods, And More-Contingent On Expired Railroad Tax Credit Schumer Calls On Senate To Pass Legislation Making Tax Credit Permanent & Ensure Short Line Railroads Have Resources To Improve & Enhance Rail Shipping Industry & Promote Public Safety Schumer: Make Short Line Tax Credit Permanent To Keep Economy-Boosting Rail Infr… Continue Reading


10.01.19

SCHUMER: GROWTH OF RAPIDLY-EMERGING INDUSTRIAL HEMP INDUSTRY IN ROCHESTER-FINGER LAKES REGION & WNY HINDERED BY LACK OF ACCESS TO TRADITIONAL FINANCIAL SERVICES FOR THE CROP; SENATOR URGES FEDS TO ISSUE NEW GUIDANCE TO BETTER HARVEST POTENTIAL OF VERSATILE AND VALUABLE CROP

While Industrial Hemp Growing And Selling Was Legalized This Year-Due To Schumer Provision In The Farm Bill-Many Banks & Other Financial Institutions Are STILL Hesitant To Provide Services To Hemp Businesses Due To Confusion Over Legal Status Schumer Calls On Major Fed Financial Agencies To Rectify Situation By Issuing New Guidance To Financial Institutions On Industrial Hemp, To Ease Concerns & Help Grow The Industry Upstate Schumer To Feds: To Farm Economy-Jolting Potential Of Ind… Continue Reading


10.01.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: BUREAUCRATIC RED TAPE HAS HELD UP VITAL PFOS FILTRATION SYSTEM AT RECREATION POND FOR MONTHS; SENATOR URGES AIR FORCE, AIR NATIONAL GUARD & PORT AUTHORITY TO IRON OUT ISSUES—ASAP—FINALLY IMPLEMENT CRITICAL REMEDIATION MEASURES & START CLEANING UP THE MESS DOD MADE

After Brokering Agreement To Give Feds Access To Recreation Pond On Stewart ANGB And Install Filtration System, Schumer Learned Installation Is Still Being Delayed Schumer Calls On Air Force, Air National Guard And Port Authority To Immediately Expedite Delayed Project Timeline, Starting With Immediate Approval Of Outstanding Contracts Schumer: No More Delays Or Red Tape, Get Filtration Up & Working At Recreation Pond A-S-A-P After helping the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Port… Continue Reading


09.30.19

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES SUCCESSFUL EFFORT TO FIX MATCHING REQUIREMENT IN SPECIALTY CROP RESEARCH PROGRAM THAT JEOPARDIZED MILLIONS IN FED FUNDING FOR CORNELL UNIVERSITY & UPSTATE AG. AS PART OF RECENTLY-PASSED FEDERAL BUDGET EXTENSION

USDA Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) Provides Millions In Fed Funding To Ag Institutions, Like Cornell University, To Study Ways To Improve Upstate Crops A Matching Requirement For SCRI Threatened Millions For NYS; Schumer Today Announces Successful Fix To Program As Part Of Federal Budget Extension Schumer: Vital Fix To SCRI Gives Upstate Specialty Crop Industry The Nutrients To Keep Growing U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced, following his behind the scenes advocacy,… Continue Reading


09.30.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $78K IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE WEST HEMPSTEAD FIRE DISTRICT IN NASSAU COUNTY

Funding Will Be Used to Help Recruit New Firefighters and Implement Fire Safety Community Outreach U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $78,000 in federal funding for the West Hempstead Fire District in Nassau County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Program (SAFER) and will be used to help recru… Continue Reading


09.29.19

SCHUMER: DESPITE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY, CONGRESS & WHITE HOUSE SHOULD MOVE FWD ON UNIVERSAL GUN BACKGROUND CHECKS; OVAL POW-WOW BETWEEN LAPIERRE & TRUMP, WHERE NRA ADMONISHED WHITE HOUSE FOR ‘GAMES,’ IS NO WAY TO GOVERN; CONGRESS CAN MOVE ON ISSUES WHILE INQUIRY ADVANCES

On Heels Of President Trump's Oval Office Meeting With Wayne LaPierre, Schumer Says NRA's Lavish Spending, Strong Ties To Russia & Multiple Investigations Should Be No Comfort For A President Who Must Prove To The American People He Can Govern Amid Inquiry Senator Says First Action Amid House Inquiry Should Be Passing Universal Gun Background Checks Schumer To Admin: Allowing NRA To Call The Shots Amid Impeachment Inquiry Will Backfire   On the heels of an Oval Office meeting wher… Continue Reading


09.27.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $113K IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR GROUNDSWELL CENTER FOR LOCAL FOOD AND FARMING, INC.

Funding Will Be Used To Help New Farmers Start Their Farms Across the Finger Lakes Region Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $113,196 in federal funding for Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming, Inc. in Tompkins County. The funding was allocated through the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and will help provide technical assistance to new farmers to start their farms across the Finger Lakes R… Continue Reading


09.27.19

FOLLOWING HIS MAJOR PUSH, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF CYBERSECURITY LEGISLATION AIMED AT PROTECTING UPSTATE NEW YORK SCHOOLS FROM MALICIOUS RANSOMWARE; SENATOR VOWS TO SEE BILL SIGNED INTO LAW

Computer Attacks Across Upstate New York Share A Common Theme Of Gaining Entry, Locking Districts Out, And Holding Children's Personal Information For Ransom Schumer Announces, Following His Push, Senate Passage Of DHS Cyber Hunt And Incident Response Teams Act To Maintain And Strengthen Teams On The Ground To Bolster Resiliency To Cyberattacks At Public And Private Entities Schumer: Cyber Hunt Teams Will Help Stop Hackers And Malicious Schemes Dead In Their Tracks In the wake of Upstate New… Continue Reading


09.27.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $500K IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR CRITICAL WATER SYSTEM UPGRADES IN WAYNE COUNTY

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $500,000 in federal funding for the Wayne County Water and Sewer Authority (WCWSA). The funding will be used to help build a new waterline and water storage tank, and make improvements to Wayne County's water pumps. Schumer wrote to the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) in May of 2019 to support WCWSA's grant application. "This federal funding that I’ve long pushed for is a major … Continue Reading


09.26.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE +$16K IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE SHORTSVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT IN ONTARIO COUNTY

Funding Will Be Used To Purchase New Smoke And Carbon Monoxide Detectors, As Well As Initiate A Public Safety Social Media Campaign U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $16,761 in federal funding for the Shortsville Fire Department in Ontario County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) and will be used to purchase … Continue Reading


09.26.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE +$119K IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE HURLEYVILLE FIRE COMPANY & DISTRICT IN SULLIVAN COUNTY

Funding Will Be Used To Purchase New Breathing Equipment For Firefighters U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $119,142.85 in federal funding for the Hurleyville Fire Company & District in Sullivan County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) and will be used to replace 16 self-contained breathing apparatus (SCB… Continue Reading


09.26.19

SCHUMER STATEMENT ON RIBBON-CUTTING OF BRAND NEW, STATE-OF-THE-ART ROCHESTER VA OUTPATIENT CLINIC

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today released the following statement to celebrate the groundbreaking of Rochester's brand new Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) outpatient clinic: "Today's ribbon-cutting of the long-sought new Rochester VA Clinic is a prescription for state-of-the-art care for our Rochester area veterans. The new Rochester clinic will serve 13,000 veterans in a modern facility that is nearly twice the size of the former clinic, with double the available parking, and with ne… Continue Reading


09.26.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE +$904K IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE ROOSEVELT FIRE DISTRICT IN DUTCHESS COUNTY

Funding Will Be Used To Purchase A New, Modern Ladder Truck U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $904,761.90 in federal funding for the Roosevelt Fire District in Dutchess County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) and will be used to replace the Roosevelt Fire District’s ladder truck with a brand new vehicl… Continue Reading


09.26.19

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES LOCKHEED MARTIN WINS MAJOR CONTRACT FOR NEXT GENERATION OF ARMY’S “SENTINEL A4” RADAR PROGRAM; SENATOR SAYS RADAR CONTRACT COULD BE THE LARGEST IN LOCAL PLANT’S HISTORY

The Sentinel A4 Radar System Is Cutting-Edge Technology That Will Significantly Upgrade The Army's Air And Missile Defenses Schumer: With a Potential To Reach $3B Including Production And Potential International Sales, This Award Will Keep Lockheed Martin Syracuse At The Forefront Of Radar Technology, Protect U.S. Military Personnel Overseas & Support Local Jobs U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that Lockheed Martin in Syracuse has officially been awarded a $281 million cont… Continue Reading


09.25.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $535K IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY

Funding Will Be Used to Help Expand Logging and Sawing Jobs in the Town of Oswegatchie U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $535,000 in federal funding for the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) to help expand jobs in log handling, sawing, and finishing. Specifically, the St. Lawrence IDA will work with local organizations to repurpose a vacant industrial building in the Town of Oswegatchie into a fully operatio… Continue Reading


09.24.19

SCHUMER STATEMENT ON $6 MILLION IN US DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FUNDING BEING AWARDED TO THE ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY TO BUILD A NEW VISITORS’ CENTER

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today released the following statement after the Department of Transportation announced it was awarding $6 million to replace the Dwight D. Eisenhower Lock Visitors' Center on the St. Lawrence Seaway with a brand new facility: "60,000 tourists come to Massena every year to watch ships come through the spectacular St. Lawrence Seaway, and until now, were only greeted by a worn-down, outdated visitors' center. This is why I relentlessly fought to secure federal fun… Continue Reading


09.24.19

IN PERSONAL MEETING WITH SECRETARY OF AIR FORCE NOMINEE, SCHUMER ADVOCATES FOR CROWN JEWEL OF SOUTHERN TIER ECONOMY, COMBAT RESCUE HELICOPTER PROGRAM; SENATOR URGES NO CUTS TO ESSENTIAL CHOPPER PROGRAM THAT SAVES LIVES ON THE BATTLEFIELD AND KEEPS THOUSANDS OF LOCKHEED MARTIN OWEGO EMPLOYEES ON THE JOB

The Air Force's Combat Rescue Helicopter, Produced By Lockheed Martin In Owego, Is Used To Extricate Troops From Dangerous Situations And Bring Them Home Safely; Program Maintains Thousands Of Jobs At Lockheed Martin Owego In A Personal Meeting With Secretary Of The Air Force Nominee Barbara Barrett, Schumer Emphasizes The Critical Importance Of The Combat Rescue Helicopter Program To The U.S. Military And The Southern Tier; Pushes For Full Support Of Continued Production At Lockheed Martin Ow… Continue Reading


09.24.19

DURING PERSONAL MEETING WITH SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE NOMINEE, BARBARA BARRETT, SCHUMER PUSHES TO GET SHOVELS IN THE GROUND ON NEW ROME LAB PERIMETER FENCE; SENATOR SAYS AIR FORCE MUST GET PROJECT UNDERWAY ASAP TO ENHANCE SECURITY AT WORLD-CLASS DEFENSE LAB

The Air Force Research Laboratory In Rome, New York Is DoD's Premier Research Organization For Command, Control, Communications, Cyber and Intelligence Technologies In A Personal Meeting With Barbara Barrett, Nominee To Become Secretary Of The Air Force, Schumer Calls On Air Force To Get Shovels In The Ground Without More Delay Schumer To Feds: Rome Lab, The Epicenter Of Cyber-Defense And Cutting-Edge Communications, Can't Go Without Anti-Terrorism Protection During a personal meeting wit… Continue Reading


09.23.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $32K IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE VILLAGE OF CANISTEO IN STEUBEN COUNTY

USDA Rural Development Grant Will Be Used To Purchase A New Ambulance U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $32,000 in federal funding for the Village of Canisteo in Steuben County. The funding was allocated through the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development Agency's Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant program. Specifically, the federal funding will be used to acquire a new ambulance, which will serv… Continue Reading

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