Press Releases

02.05.19

AS EPA PREPARES TO RELEASE SECOND 5-YEAR REVIEW OF HUDSON RIVER PCB SUPERFUND SITE TO DETERMINE WHETHER CLEANUP IS PROTECTIVE OF HUMAN HEALTH, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND CALL ON EPA TO DENY A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION TO GE

Schumer, Gillibrand: Certificate of Completion Could Harm the Health of the Hudson River and New Yorkers; EPA Must Work with GE & New York State to Continue PCB Cleanup EPA Is Expected to Soon Issue Second 5-Year Review Report On Hudson River PCB Cleanup and Determine Whether the Dredging Remedy Carried Out by GE Is Protective of Human Health and the Environment Last December, NYS DEC Report Found that PCB Contamination Has Not Consistently Improved, Despite GE Assurances that PCB Cleanup … Continue Reading


02.04.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $11 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR 33 CENTRAL NEW YORK AND MOHAWK VALLEY ORGANIZATIONS WORKING TO END HOMELESSNESS

Funding Will Be Used To Help Non-Profits, Local Governments Assist Homeless Individuals & Families, Promote Self-Sufficiency Programs U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $11,419,216 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for services in Central New York and the Mohawk Valley that promote the goal of ending homelessness. The funding was allocated through HUD's Continuum of Care Program, which provides funding to … Continue Reading


02.04.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $9 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR 45 ROCHESTER-FINGER LAKES ORGANIZATIONS WORKING TO END HOMELESSNESS

Funding Will Be Used To Help Non-Profits, Local Governments Assist Homeless Individuals & Families, Promote Self-Sufficiency Programs U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $9,959,907 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for organizations in the Rochester-Finger Lakes Region that promote the goal of ending homelessness. The funding was allocated through HUD's Continuum of Care Program, which provides funding to n… Continue Reading


02.04.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: FEDS ON VERGE OF NOT SETTING DRINKING WATER STANDARD FOR HIGHLY TOXIC PFOA/PFOS CHEMICALS THAT HAVE PLAGUED LI; SCHUMER MAKES PUBLIC PUSH ON EPA TO REVERSE COURSE & ISSUE DRINKING WATER STANDARD TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH; FEDS MUST BE HELD TO ACCOUNT

Schumer Already Successfully Fought The Feds When They Tried To Block A Critical Report On Dangers Of LI PFOA/PFOS, And Now, Ahead Of Senate Confirmation Of New EPA Chief, Senator Is Publicly Sounding Alarm & Demanding Action Schumer Says Establishing A Federal Drinking Water Standard For PFOA/PFOS Is A Crucial Step In Addressing Health Risks & Ensuring Feds Don't Dismiss Local Contamination In Other Ways Schumer: LI'ers Deserve The Truth About Their Water & The Feds Need To Tell I… Continue Reading


01.31.19

AS REPORTS INDICATE EPA ON VERGE OF NOT SETTING DRINKING WATER STANDARD FOR HIGHLY TOXIC PFOA/PFOS, SCHUMER & GILLIBRAND DEMAND EPA ISSUE STANDARD FOR MAXIMUM EXPOSURE TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH; CARCINOGENIC CHEMICAL HAS CONTAMINATED DRINKING

In Recent Years, Elevated Levels Of Carcinogenic PFOA & PFOS Have Contaminated The Drinking Water Of Communities In New York, Endangering The Health And Well-Being Of Residents  Recent Reports Indicate The EPA On Verge Of Decision Not To Set A Maximum Contaminant Level For PFOA/PFOS; Schumer & Gillibrand Urge EPA To Reverse Course & Immediately Establish A Drinking Water Standard For PFOA/PFOS   Senators To EPA: Places Lik… Continue Reading


01.27.19

SCHUMER, IN LETTER TO TRUMP, URGES PRESIDENT TO GET FED WORKERS THEIR BACK PAY ASAP—AND FIGURE OUT WAY TO ALSO PAY THOSE WHO WORK AS FED CONTRACTORS; ALSO WILL SUPPORT LEGISLATION TO PREVENT FUTURE SHUTDOWNS

Despite Fact That Shutdown Has Ended, Hundreds Of Thousands Of People Await Back Pay Senator Says We Must Avoid Shutdowns In The Future; There Is A Legislative Way To Do It Schumer: To Truly End The Impact Of The Shutdown, New Yorkers-And Americans-Need Their Paychecks ASAP On the heels of a needless government shutdown that's impacted hundreds-of-thousands of families, many from New York, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer called on President Trump, today, to make sure there is no further delay in… Continue Reading


01.23.19

SCHUMER, IN A PERSONAL MEETING WITH ACTING SECRETARY OF DEFENSE PATRICK SHANAHAN, URGES DOD TO KEEP ITS PROMISE UNDER MATTIS TO QUICKLY IMPLEMENT INTERIM REMEDIATION MEASURES TO LIMIT SPREAD OF TOXIC PFOA/PFOS CONTAMINATION AT RECREATION POND AND BEYOND; SAYS MORE WORK MUST BE DONE TO LIMIT THE FURTHER SPREAD OF CARCINOGENIC WATER CONTAMINANT

In May 2016, The City Of Newburgh's Main Drinking Water Source, Washington Lake, Was Found To Be Contaminated By PFOA/PFOS - Due To Use Of Firefighting Foam At Stewart ANGB; Toxic Pollution Endangered Health Of Thousands Of Residents, Who Were Unaware Of Threat For Years Schumer Has Long Fought To Clean Up Newburgh's Toxic PFOA/PFOS Contamination, Including Recently Receiving Commitment From ANG To Install Interim Remediation Measures At Recreation Pond; In A One-On-One Meeting With Acting Sec… Continue Reading


01.20.19

ON 30TH DAY OF GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, SCHUMER PUSHES PLAN TO PROTECT 800K FED WORKERS & THEIR FAMILIES—THOUSANDS IN NY—FROM LOSING HOMES, FACING EVICTION FROM LANDLORDS OR FALLING BEHIND ON BILLS; SENATOR SAYS NEW LEGISLATION WOULD ALSO GUARANTEE PROTECTIONS IN ANY FUTURE SHUTDOWN

As Senator Continues To Make The Case & Urge 'Open The Government,' NYC & Long Island Fed Worker Stories Show How Necessary Financial Protections Are For People Who Rely On Their Jobs In Agencies That Have Nothing To Do With Current Debate Third Of The Fed Workforce In NYC/LI Is Feeling Pain--While Each and Every Taxpayer Suffers Schumer: No Fed Worker Should Have Their Financial Well-Being Held Hostage By A President On the 30th day of a needless government shutdown, U.S. Senator Cha… Continue Reading


01.18.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: IN MIDST OF SHUTDOWN, CAPITAL REGION IS EXPERIENCING ALARMING SHINGLE SHOT SHORTAGE THAT LEFT UNSOLVED COULD SICKEN MANY & SPREAD CHICKENPOX VIRUS THIS WINTER; SENATOR URGES EMERGENCY FDA STAFF TO STEP IN, HELP REMEDY SHORTAGE WITH MANUFACTURER & IMPROVE COMMUNICATION WITH LOCALS NOW IN DARK

Amidst Government Shutdown, FDA Has Furloughed Staff That Senator Says Can Help Alleviate Area Shortage Of Shingles Vaccine-Shingrix-Which is Extremely Effective Against Virus; Capital Region Pharmacies, Including Big Names Like CVS, Are Out Of Vaccine Schumer Says FDA Should Consider Shortage An Emergency, Expedite Regulatory Hurdles To Address It & Urge Prioritized Shipments To States Like NY, Where Population Can Increase Risk Of Virus Spread Faster Schumer: Shingle Shot Shortage Is A P… Continue Reading


01.18.19

SCHUMER PUSHES AMTRAK TO BE MORE FLEXIBLE IN NEGOTIATIONS TO CREATE NEW & NEEDED TRANSIT LINE FOR EAST BRONX & WESTCHESTER COMMUTERS; PENN ACCESS PLAN REDUCES TRAVEL TIMES; WILL BOOST ECONOMY & CREATE VITAL SYSTEM RESILIENCY-- BUT AMTRAK NEEDS TO DO MORE TO GET IT DONE

Brand New Service With Four New Bronx Stations Would Create One-Seat Train Ride For East, South Bronx & Parts of Westchester to Penn Station, And Aid Reverse Commuters, Too; Reduced Travel Time, Access To Major Job Market & Overall Convenience Will Help Drive Transportation Relief For Countless NY Commuters Schumer: Amtrak Must Be More Flexible On Access Fees and Shared Costs with Metro-North If We Are To Create This Important New Transit Line Touting the endless benefits of the new B… Continue Reading


01.18.19

SCHUMER PUSHES AMTRAK TO BE MORE FLEXIBLE IN FINALIZING DEAL TO CREATE NEW & NEEDED TRANSIT LINE FOR EAST BRONX & WESTCHESTER COMMUTERS; PENN STATION ACCESS WILL REDUCE TRAVEL TIMES BY CREATING ONE-SEAT RIDE TO PENN STATION & WEST SIDE OF MANHATTAN; WILL BOOST LOCAL BRONX & WESTCHESTER ECONOMY; & WILL IMPROVE SYSTEM RESILIENCY

Schumer: Amtrak Needs To Be More Flexible So We Can Get To "Y-E-S" ASAP For Westchester Commuters New Line From New Rochelle To East And South Bronx Would Offer Westchester Commuters First Ever One-Seat Ride To Manhattan's Booming West Side, And Establish Critical New Reverse Commute Option; Will Be Huge Boon For Westchester Commuters  Brand New Service From New Rochelle Hub, With Four Bronx Stations, Would Create One-Seat Train Ride For East, South Bronx & Westchester To Penn Stati… Continue Reading


01.17.19

IN A PERSONAL MEETING WITH ACTING SECRETARY OF DEFENSE PATRICK SHANAHAN, SCHUMER URGES DOD TO EXECUTE CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES AT NFARS; SAYS IMPROVEMENTS WOULD ENHANCE BASE’S KC-135 TANKER MISSION, PRIME BASE FOR ADDITIONAL MISSIONS

Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, Home To The 914th Refueling Wing's KC-135 Mission, Is In Need Of Major Infrastructure Improvements To Its Runway, Hangars And Hydrant System In A Personal Meeting With Acting Secretary Of Defense Patrick Shanahan, Schumer Calls On DOD To Make Key Improvements; Says They Will Prime Base For New KC-46 Tanker Mission Schumer To DOD: Infrastructure Upgrades Will Keep NFARS At The Pinnacle Of Excellence And Readiness In a one-on-one meeting with Acting U.S. Sec… Continue Reading


01.15.19

IN A PERSONAL MEETING WITH ACTING SECRETARY OF DEFENSE SHANAHAN, SCHUMER URGES DOD TO MAKE FORT DRUM RAILHEAD IMPROVEMENTS A TOP PRIORITY; PROJECT WOULD MODERNIZE BASE INFRASTRUCTURE, ENHANCE READINESS

Current Railhead Limits Fort Drum's Ability To Meet Mission Readiness Requirement Senator Says Railhead Improvements Are Installation's #1 Infrastructure Priority; Urges Department Of Defense To Prioritize $21M Project In The Army’s FY2020 Budget Request Schumer To DOD: New Fort Drum Railhead Would Boost Mission Readiness & Bring Good-Paying Construction Jobs To The North Country In a one-on-one meeting with Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, U.S. Senator Charles E. … Continue Reading


01.14.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: IN MIDST OF SHUTDOWN, CENTRAL NEW YORK IS EXPERIENCING ALARMING SHINGLE SHOT SHORTAGE THAT LEFT UNSOLVED COULD SICKEN MANY & SPREAD CHICKENPOX VIRUS THIS WINTER; SENATOR URGES EMERGENCY FDA STAFF TO STEP IN, HELP REMEDY SHORTAGE WITH MANUFACTURER & IMPROVE COMMUNICATION WITH LOCALS NOW IN DARK

Despite Government Shutdown, FDA Has Essential Staff That Senator Says Can Help Alleviate Area Shortage Of Shingles Vaccine-Shingrix-Which is Extremely Effective Against Virus; CNY Pharmacies Like Burnet Pharmacy Are Totally Out Of Vaccine Schumer Says FDA Should Consider Shortage An Emergency, Expedite Regulatory Hurdles To Address It & Urge Prioritized Shipments To States Like NY, Where Population Can Increase Risk Of Virus Spread Faster Schumer: Shingle Shot Shortage Is A Public Health … Continue Reading


01.14.19

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES CANOPY GROWTH, A MAJOR INDUSTRY PLAYER, IS POISED TO MAKE A $100-150M INVESTMENT IN THE SOUTHERN TIER, CREATING AS MANY AS 400 NEW JOBS AND ESTABLISHING ONE OF THE NATION’S LEADING INDUSTRIAL HEMP INDUSTRIAL PARKS; SENATOR SAYS INVESTMENT WILL SOLIDIFY SOUTHERN TIER AS NATIONAL HUB FOR INDUSTRIAL HEMP

Schumer Has Been A Leader At The Federal Level In Creating A Permissible Pathway For The Commercial Cultivation Of Industrial Hemp, Paving The Way For Major Economic Development Projects Like This To Take Root; Worked Closely With Agriculture And Industry Stakeholders To Pass Legislation On The Heels Of The Passage Of This Landmark Legislation, Schumer Called On Industrial Hemp Leaders To Consider The Southern Tier As An Ideal Spot For Expansion Into The Industrial Hemp Industry And Today He A… Continue Reading


01.13.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: GOVT SHUTDOWN PREVENTING NYC/LI DOCTORS FROM PRESCRIBING CRITICAL ANTI-OPIOID DRUG NEEDED BY MANY ON PATH TO RECOVERY; DOCTORS CANNOT PROVIDE LIFE-SAVING DRUG WITHOUT DEA APPROVAL—AND FEDS ARE UNREACHABLE; SENATOR URGES UNLOCKING OF CRITICAL MEDS TO SAVE LIVES ON THE LINE

Ramifications Of Needless Fed Shutdown Now Threaten To Upend How NYC/LI Fight The Opioid War, Stem Tide Of Local Addiction & Save Lives Buprenorphine Is A Daily Medication Used To Treat Opioid Addiction That A Provider Needs Special Fed Approval & Training To Prescribe Schumer: Every Minute Someone In NYC or LI Needs This Drug --And Can't Get It-- Risks Tragic Results Pointing to a needless government shutdown, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer revealed, today, that New York City and Lo… Continue Reading


01.11.19

SCHUMER: HARRIS CORP WINS $75M ORDER TO UPGRADE MARINE CORPS’ RADIOS; SENATOR SAYS HARRIS’S SOFTWARE UPGRADES WILL PROVIDE SIGNIFICANT, INEXPENSIVE BOOST TO MARINE CORPS’ MANPACK RADIOS

New Order Follows Schumer's Successful Push To Increase Funding For These Radio Software Upgrades In The FY19 Defense Appropriations Bill Schumer: Major Order Is A Win-Win For Our Marines, Harris Corp., And The Rochester-Finger Lakes Economy U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that Harris Corp., in Rochester, New York, has been awarded a $75 million order to execute Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) narrowband satellite communication upgrades to the US Marine Corps' Falcon III AN… Continue Reading


01.07.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: IN MIDST OF SHUTDOWN, LONG ISLAND IS EXPERIENCING ALARMING SHINGLE SHOT SHORTAGE THAT LEFT UNSOLVED COULD SICKEN MANY & SPREAD CHICKENPOX VIRUS THIS WINTER; SENATOR URGES EMERGENCY FDA STAFF TO STEP IN, HELP REMEDY SHORTAGE WITH MANUFACTURER & IMPROVE COMMUNICATION WITH LOCALS NOW IN DARK

Despite Government Shutdown, FDA Has Essential Staff That Senator Says Can Help Alleviate Area Shortage Of Shingles Vaccine-Shringrix-Which is Extremely Effective Against Virus; LI Pharmacies, Including Big Names Like CVS, Are Totally Out Of Vaccine Schumer Says FDA Should Consider Shortage An Emergency, Expedite Regulatory Hurdles To Address It & Urge Prioritized Shipments To States Like NY, Where Population Can Increase Risk Of Virus Spread Faster Schumer: Shingle Shot Shortage Is A Pu… Continue Reading


01.07.19

READY FOR TAKE-OFF: SCHUMER ANNOUNCES FIRST JETBLUE FLIGHT BETWEEN ROCHESTER AND BOSTON WILL HIT THE SKIES TOMORROW; NEW DAILY FLIGHTS FOLLOW SCHUMER’S PRIOR PUSH TO ADD NEW DIRECT ROC-BOS SERVICE

After Schumer’s Push, JetBlue Is Set To Begin New Daily, Direct Flights From Greater Rochester International Airport To Boston Logan International Airport Starting Tomorrow, January 8thSchumer Says New Route Will Connect Rochester Travelers With JetBlue’s International Carriers Network Flying Out Of Boston And Set Stage For Market CompetitivenessSchumer: New Roc-Bos Flights Mean Clear Skies Ahead For Rochester Families, Businesses And JetBlueU.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that, … Continue Reading


01.06.19

SCHUMER: GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN HURTS NEW YORK IN MANY WAYS; SENATOR DETAILS HOW AIRPORTS, SCHOOLS, DRINKING WATER, TAX REFUND CHECKS, NY ECONOMY & MUCH MORE IS UNDER THREAT; PUSHES TO GET GOVERNMENT OPEN ASAP

A Full Third Of The NYC Fed Workforce Is Feeling Pain-More Than 16K People-While Each And Every Taxpayer Suffers Schumer Says Back-Pay for ALL Is The Goal Schumer: Plain & Simple, Families Are Hurting Across The Country And In New York; President Should Open The Government         U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, today, gave an update on his efforts to reopen the government and detailed just how New York is being hurt. Schumer detailed how 450,000 people are currently wo… Continue Reading

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