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11.25.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, BRINDISI ANNOUNCE OVER $238K IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO HELP COMBAT THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC IN THE SOUTHERN TIER

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Congressman Anthony Brindisi (D-NY-22) today announced $238,083 in federal funding for the Addiction Center of Broome County in Binghamton to mitigate opioid addiction and abuse. The funding was allocated by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and will be used to evaluate community-based efforts to address the opioid epidemic and support collaboration between local law enforcemen… Continue Reading


11.25.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, TONKO ANNOUNCE OVER $357K IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO HELP COMBAT THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC IN THE CAPITAL REGION

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY-20) today announced $357,500 in federal funding for the Health Research, Inc. Public Safety Overdose Response Initiative in Menands. The funding will be used to mitigate opioid addiction and abuse in Albany County. The funding was allocated by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and will be used to evaluate community-based efforts to address the opioi… Continue Reading


11.25.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: AIRLINES CONTINUE TO LACK POLICY THAT ASSURES KIDS SIT WITH THEIR PARENTS ON FLIGHTS—BUT FEDS WERE DIRECTED TO FIX THIS IN 2016; WITH HOLIDAY TRAVEL AFOOT THROUGHOUT UPSTATE NY, SENATOR DEMANDS FEDS ENACT A FAMILY SEATING POLICY THAT DOESN’T COST PEOPLE MORE $$$

Complaints By Parents Sitting Rows Away From Their Kids On Commercial Flights Continue To Pile Up With Some Parents Paying Extra Fees Just To Keep Kids Nearby   Schumer Reveals Law On Books From 2016 Mandating Feds Look Into Establishing A Policy For Airlines So Kids Under 13 Sit With Their Parents At No Extra Cost; Senator Wants It In Place  Schumer: The 'Friendly' Skies Deserve A Family-Friendly Cabin        Citing an upcoming holiday travel season that is goi… Continue Reading


11.22.19

WITH LAKE ONTARIO LEVELS +1 FOOT OVER SEASONAL AVERAGE, SCHUMER URGES ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY TO DETER THREAT OF A 3RD YEAR OF HISTORIC FLOODING, INCLUDING RAISING MOSES-SAUNDERS DAM OUTFLOWS

In Both 2017 And 2019, Lake Ontario Communities Were Ravaged By Intense Flooding, Leading To Millions In Damages; Today's Water Levels Are 19 Inches Higher Than November Average Schumer Says Measures Must Be Taken NOW To Fend Off Threat Of Repeat, Historic Flooding; Specifically, St. Lawrence-Seaway Should Reinstate All Prior Safety Measures So That Outflows Of The Moses-Saunders Dam Can Be Increased Now Schumer: Lake Ontario Communities Can't Afford Another Year Of Devastating Floods U.S. Se… Continue Reading


11.22.19

AS CRITICAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL NEARS COMPLETION, SCHUMER LAUNCHES MAJOR NEW EFFORT TO INCLUDE FULL SLATE OF PROVISIONS TO PROTECT NY’ERS FROM SCOURGE OF TOXIC PFAS CONTAMINATION; SENATOR SAYS NEW YORKERS IN NEWBURGH, HOOSICK FALLS, LONG ISLAND, & BEYOND NEED STRONGER LAWS TO CLEAN-UP TOXIC PFAS POLLUTION

For Years, Schumer Has Led The Charge To Remediate Toxic PFAS Contamination In Upstate Communities Like Newburgh & Hoosick Falls & On Long Island, Which Has Harmed Public Health With NY, Upstate And Down, Still Suffering From Toxic Contamination, Schumer Launches New Effort To Pass Sweeping Set Of PFAS-Oriented Reforms In National Defense Authorization Act, Including To Allow For Federally-Funded PFAS Remediation Under The Superfund Program Schumer: Prevalence And Danger Of PFAS Exposu… Continue Reading


11.22.19

FOLLOWING SCHUMER’S PUSH TO CLOSE GAPING LOOPHOLE IN FED LABOR LAW ALLOWING UPSTATE NY FRIENDLY’S RESTAURANTS TO FIRE HUNDREDS OF EMPLOYEES OVERNIGHT, SENATOR INTRODUCES NEW LEGISLATION TO CLOSE GAPS & PROTECT UPSTATE WORKERS

In April, The Friendly's Corporation Took Advantage Of A Loophole In The WARN Act To Abruptly Shutter 15 Upstate Locations, Leaving Hundreds Of New Yorkers Unemployed Overnight Schumer Unveils New Legislation-The Fair Warning Act of 2019-To Close Loopholes In WARN Act, Ensure Hardworking Upstate Employees Aren't Laid-Off Without Advance Notice Schumer: Friendlier Labor Laws Will Order Up A Fairer Workplace & Avoid Unfriendly Firings U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today unveiled his plan … Continue Reading


11.21.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, LOWEY DEMAND ANSWERS FROM HOLTEC ON PLANS TO DECOMMISSION INDIAN POINT

With Entergy Corporation Planning to Transfer Indian Point License to Holtec International, Lawmakers Seek Information on How Holtec Plans to Carry Out Decommissioning Activities Once Indian Point Shuts Down Starting Next Year U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY-17) today sent a letter to Dr. Kris Singh, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Holtec International, demanding answers on how Holtec… Continue Reading


11.21.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, BRINDISI ANNOUNCE OVER $6.4 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR GREATER BINGHAMTON AIRPORT IN BROOME COUNTY

Department of Transportation Grant Will Fund Taxiway Rehabilitation U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Congressman Anthony Brindisi (D-NY-22) today announced $6,462,000 in federal funding for the Greater Binghamton Airport in Broome County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Specifically, the funding will b… Continue Reading


11.20.19

FOLLOWING MLB’S CURVEBALL, UPENDING MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ACROSS UPSTATE NY, SCHUMER CALLS ON MLB TO STOP, REWORK PLAN & ENGAGE WITH NY COMMUNITIES BEFORE MAKING ANY DECISIONS; GOING TO BAT FOR ALL NY TEAMS, SENATOR SAYS MLB OWES TRANSPARENCY TO THE THOUSANDS OF LOYAL FANS, AVOID PLAYING HARDBALL & HEAR THEM OUT ASAP

Reported MLB Proposal Revealed +40 Minor League Teams Nationwide May Lose MLB Affiliations; Senator Fights For The 8 Potentially Impacted NY Teams & Upstate Institutions Before Moving Forward, Schumer Calls On MLB To Immediately Stop, Rework Plan & Engage With Upstate NY Stakeholders, Communities, & Fans Before Making Any Decisions Schumer To MLB: Don't Strike Out New York Teams! On a conference call with reporters this afternoon, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer raised strong obj… Continue Reading


11.19.19

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: 9/11 WIDOWS & CHILDREN WILL GAIN ACCESS TO SPECIAL TERROR VICTIMS FUND AS PART OF BIPARTISAN SPENDING BILL WHICH GETS VOTE THIS WEEK; SENATOR SAYS DEAL HE PUSHED WILL HELP MORE NY FAMILIES

Schumer's Plan Amends US Victims Of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund & Makes 9/11 Widows & Children Eligible For Payments By Raising Family Cap Fund's Dollars Come From Penalties To States That Sponsor Terror, Not Fed Funds Schumer: 9/11 Widows & Families Can Rest A Little Easier Knowing We Got This Done In a major win for 9/11 widows and children, U.S. Senator Schumer announced improvements to the U.S. Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund today that will allow more compensatio… Continue Reading


11.19.19

SCHUMER MEETS WITH LEADERSHIP FROM ONE OF SULLIVAN COUNTY’S TOP EMPLOYERS, CENTER FOR DISCOVERY, AND VOWS TO ASSIST TOP-NOTCH ORGANIZATION AS IT CONSTRUCTS SORELY-NEEDED AND FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND SPECIALTY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Last Thursday, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer met with top leadership from the Center for Discovery, a major research and human service center in Sullivan County. Schumer explained that the Center for Discovery is one of the leading providers of health care and educational services for children and adults with complex medical conditions and autism spectrum disorders. Currently, the organization is constructing a brand new, Children's Specialty Hospital in Sullivan County, scheduled to open next… Continue Reading


11.18.19

SCHUMER: FEDERAL FLAVORED E-CIG BAN NEWLY REVEALED TO BE ON LIFE SUPPORT; STANDING WITH WESTERN NEW YORK KIDS, SENATOR DEMANDS FEDS MOVE FORWARD WITH THE PLAN, INCLUDE ALL FLAVORS & IMMEDIATELY FINALIZE BAN

Schumer Has Long Pushed For A Ban On Flavored E-Cigs That Trap Kids And Hook Them Fast With Dangerous Levels Of Nicotine; As Feds Waver, Schumer Says Congress Must Step In & Pass Comprehensive Legislation If Feds Won't Get The Job Done With More And More Young People All-Out Addicted To Flavors, Schumer Says Close Loophole Now & Finalize Rule ASAP Schumer: Feds Can't Go Vanilla On Flavor Ban If They Want It To Actually Work Just as the administration  wavers on a possible ban&n… Continue Reading


11.18.19

FOLLOWING THIS YEAR’S HEARTBREAKING, OPIOID-POISONING DEATH OF ROCHESTER INFANT, SCHUMER STANDS WITH MAISIE GILLAN’S PARENTS & CALLS ON FDA TO USE NEW POWERS GRANTED IN SCHUMER-BACKED LAW, REQUIRING ALL DRUG COMPANIES TO USE SAFER BLISTER PACKAGING FOR OPIOIDS ASAP

In January, Rochester 9-Month-Old Passed Away After Unintentionally Ingesting A Methadone Pill; Roughly 500 Kids Die Annually From Accidental Opioid Poisonings Blister Packs Could Prevent Accidental Overdoses & Stop Increase In Children's Unintentional Opioid Deaths; Schumer Calls On FDA To Use New Powers-In SUPPORT Act Passed Last Year-To Require Opioid Companies To Offer Blister Packs Schumer To FDA: Honor Baby Maisie Gillan By Requiring Blister Packaging To Keep Lethal Opioids Away Fr… Continue Reading


11.18.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND URGE FEMA TO PRIORITIZE & IMMEDIATELY COMPLETE PRELIMINARY DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS FOR 18 UPSTATE COUNTIES RAVAGED BY WINDSTORM, FLOODING & SEVERE WEATHER

A Halloween Storm Battered Upstate NY, Severely Damaging Public Infrastructure, Private Property, & Flooding Roadway; Flood And Flash Flood Warnings Were Issued For 27 Counties Senators Call On FEMA To Complete Preliminary Damage Assessments For 18 Impacted Counties, The First Step In Unlocking Federal Recovery Funding; FEMA Will Begin Damage Assessments In State Next Week Schumer, Gillibrand To FEMA: Swiftly Complete Preliminary Damage Assessments To Help Upstate NY Recover From Severe S… Continue Reading


11.17.19

SCHUMER: ‘DOLLAR’ BARGAIN STORES—ACROSS NYC & LI—ARE STOCKING CHEAP, DANGEROUS CHINESE-MADE OVER-THE-COUNTER DRUGS THAT COULD MAKE YOU SICK, OR WORSE; SENATOR DEMANDS FED CRACKDOWN ON CHINA’S ABILITY TO SHIP THOSE DRUGS HERE IN THE FIRST PLACE & FOR BARGAIN STORES TO TOSS ANY QUESTIONABLE DRUGS IMMEDIATELY

More Than 150 Dollar-Type Bargain Stores Across NYC & Long Island Are Stocking Over-The-Counter Drug Products That FDA Said Could Be Dangerous; Now Feds Must Act To Prevent More From Coming Into Country Schumer Says Feds Need To Wage A Cooperative Crackdown On China's Ability To Send Those Drugs-Like Topicals & Some Cosmetics-Here In The First Place Schumer: Feds Mustn't Pass The Buck & Allow 'Dollar’ Stores To Get Bad OTC Drugs In The First Place Standing at one of the mor… Continue Reading


11.15.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: VITAL FARM PROGRAM IS TREATING UPSTATE NY FARMERS UNFAIRLY, STRIPPING SORELY-NEEDED FUNDING TO RECOVER FROM CURRENT TRADE CLIMATE; SCHUMER CALLS ON USDA FOR PARITY AND TO GIVE NY FARMERS THE ASSISTANCE THEY NEED & DESERVE ASAP

USDA's Market Facilitation Program Has Distributed $25B To American Farms To Help Them Recover From Chaotic Global Trade Climate; New Data Shows Program Disproportionately Picked Winners & Losers, Harming Upstate Farmers; 95% Of Top Payment Rates Given To Southern Farmers Schumer Urges USDA For Parity In Market Facilitation Program And To Better Support Small Upstate Farms Schumer To USDA: Upstate Farms Are In Desperate Need Of Assistance & Program Is Short Changing NY Farmers U.S. Se… Continue Reading


11.14.19

SCHUMER STATEMENT ON GROUNDBREAKING OF FIRST-EVER FOOD BUSINESS INCUBATOR IN ROCHESTER; PROJECT SET TO SPUR 100 NEW JOBS & ANCHOR DOWNTOWN ROCHESTER REVITALIZATION

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today released the following statement in celebration of the groundbreaking of the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation's (RDDC) brand new food business incubator The Commissary Downtown Kitchen Incubator, which will be located in Rochester's iconic Sibley Building: "Thanks to the key ingredient I was proud to secure-a nearly $1 million federal grant-and the tremendous work of the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation, Rochester’s new Commissary … Continue Reading


11.13.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $1.2 MILLION IN FEDERAL HEAD START FUNDING FOR FAMILY SERVICES OF WESTCHESTER, INC.

Funding Will Be Used To Support Early Childhood Education and Care Services for Low-Income Children in Westchester County U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,203,454 in federal funding for the Head Start program at Family Services Of Westchester, Inc. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Head Start Program and will be used to provide child care and support services for low-inc… Continue Reading


11.12.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: CRITICAL FED REPORT ON SCHOOL BUS SAFETY THAT STUDIES NEW TECH—LIKE STOP SIGN CAMS ON A BUS’S SIDE—SITS PARKED IN FED BUREAUCRACY; WITH +2.3M NY KIDS RIDING EACH DAY, SENATOR DEMANDS FEDS RELEASE REPORT, IMPLEMENT ANY NEEDED ACTIONS & CREATE FUND TO HELP DISTRICTS PURCHASE CAMS THAT CAN PROTECT LI KIDS

On A Single Day This Past May, NY Law Enforcement Issued +600 Tickets To Motorists Who Illegally Passed A Stopped School Bus; Experts Say +50,000 NY'ers Illegally Pass Stopped School Buses Daily & About 200 Tickets Were Issued Last Year In Nassau & Suffolk, But Illegal Pass Numbers Are Likely Much Higher To Protect Kids, New NYS Law Permits Cams On Bus Arms When Door Opens-BUT Many Districts Can't Afford To Install Them; Senator Says Feds Should Help Schumer: If Bus-Arm Cams Can Decrea… Continue Reading


11.10.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IS FAILING TO IMPLEMENT LAW GIVING NYC & LI PRESCHOOLS & AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS SPECIAL ACCESS TO FBI BACKGROUND CHECKS TO SCREEN FOR SEX OFFENDERS & OTHER TRANSGRESSORS BEFORE HIRING; PROTECTING KIDS MUST BE DOJ PRIORITY

DOJ Has Failed To Implement Program Senator Passed Into Law In 2018 That Provides Orgs That Serve Vulnerable Populations With Critical FBI Background Check Info; More Than 30K Sex Offenders Reside In New York Schumer Says Protecting Kids, Elderly & Disabled From Physical, Mental Or Sexual Abuse Must Be A DOJ Objective; Makes Public Push To Get DOJ Moving Schumer To DOJ: What The Heck Is Going On With Delay Of Law That Beefs Up Employee & Volunteer Background Checks To Protect Kids? &nb… Continue Reading

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