Press Releases

06.26.18

DURING IN-PERSON MEETING WITH NATIONAL NUCLEAR SECURITY ADMINISTRATION ADMINISTRATOR GORDON-HAGERTY, SCHUMER URGES NNSA TO FINALIZE NEW 5-YEAR WORK AGREEMENT BETWEEN LASER LAB AND DOE; SENATOR MAKES CLEAR TO ADMINISTRATOR THAT FINALIZED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT IS NEEDED FOR LAB TO CONTINUE ITS GROUNDBREAKING NATIONAL SECURITY RESEARCH

With Current Cooperative Agreement Between U Of R Laser Lab And DOE's NNSA Slated To Expire Soon, Schumer Urges NNSA To Finalize New Agreement Running From 2019 Through 2023; Senator Says U Of R's Laser Lab Is Important To National Security And The Future Of American Innovation And Must Stay Fully Operational Schumer To DOE: With Current 5-Year Agreement Expiring This Fall, Focus Like a Laser Now To Finalize New 5-Year Agreement During an in-person meeting with the Department of Energy (DOE)… Continue Reading


06.25.18

OVER 350 HOMEBOUND VETERANS IN ROCHESTER-FINGER LAKES THAT GET CANANDAIGUA VA HOME-BASED PRIMARY CARE DEALT BLOW BY NEW U.S. POSTAL POLICY; SCHUMER URGES USPS TO REVERSE NEW POLICY THAT IS BANNING CANANDAIGUA VA FROM PARKING & STAGING VITAL HOME VISITATION VEHICLES AT 10 LOCAL POST OFFICES; SENATOR SAYS THE NEW POLICY WILL MAKE IT HARDER TO PERFORM HOME VISITATIONS FOR AREA VETS

For The Last Year, The Canandaigua VA And USPS Have Had A Parking Agreement In Place That Allowed The VA To Park Government Owned Home Visitation Vehicles At 10 Post Offices in Greece, Irondequoit, Churchville, Macedon, Lima, Clarendon, Holley, Victor, Farmington, Shortsville; Last Week USPS Revoked the Parking Agreement Schumer Urges USPS To Immediately Reverse The Determination And Allow Agreement To Stand, Senator Says USPS new Ban Means VA Medical Workers Can See Fewer Homebound Veterans P… Continue Reading


06.25.18

STANDING WITH WESTCHESTER RESIDENTS, SCHUMER URGES IRS TO STAND DOWN ON THEIR ATTEMPT TO CHALLENGE NEW YORK STATE’S NEW TAX LAW THAT WILL SAVE HOMEOWNERS THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN FEDERAL TAXES; SENATOR SAYS TAX PLAN UNFAIRLY TARGETS WESTCHESTER AND LOWER HUDSON VALLEY HOMEOWNERS WHO HAVE HIGHEST PROPERTY TAXES IN THE NATION

New NYS Law Allows For Westchester, Rockland And HV Residents To Receive Tax Credits for Charitable Donations to the State, Which Can Be Deducted Against Federal Taxes; This Will Help Ease The Tax Hike Caused by The New Tax Law's $10,000 State and Local Deduction Cap Schumer Urges IRS To Stand Down And Cease Attempts To Impede Westchester and HV Homeowners Ability To Replace Valuable Deductions Lost In Tax Bill Schumer To IRS: Rule In Favor Of New York State Law  Standing with Wes… Continue Reading


06.22.18

AFTER MAJOR PUSH BY SCHUMER AND GILLIBRAND, JUST-PASSED SENATE DEFENSE BILL APPROVES $14 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR NEW TRAINING CENTER FOR NFARS; SENATORS SAY TRAINING CENTER WILL IMPROVE MISSION READINESS

Schumer And Gillibrand Today Announced That The Newly Passed NDAA Authorizes $14 Million In Federal Funding For Key Infrastructure Upgrades At NFARS, Including The Construction Of A New Training Center; Senators Say Upgrades Are Vital To NFARS' Mission Readiness And Vow To See Funding Through The Appropriations Process Senators: New Training Center Will Enhance The Capabilities Of The Units Serving At NFARS U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand toda… Continue Reading


06.22.18

AS NEW YORKERS CONTINUE TO SUFFER DUE TO PFAS CONTAMINATION, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE THAT AFTER THEIR PUSH, $20 MILLION TO STUDY THE HEALTH EFFECTS OF PFAS WATER CONTAMINATION PASSES SENATE

The Recently-Passed Senate Defense Bill Provides $20 Million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to Conduct a Public Health Assessment for Sites Affected by PFAS Contamination Schumer, Gillibrand Fought to Include this Funding in the Senate Defense Bill Following Multi-Year Effort to Secure this CDC-Led Study U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced that the recently pas… Continue Reading


06.22.18

SCHUMER URGES WORKERS COMPENSATION BOARD TO APPROVE 9/11-RELATED DEATH COMPENSATION FOR LONG-SUFFERING FAMILY OF STATE TROOPER AND FALLEN9/11 HERO, LAWRENCE LAKEMAN; SENATOR SAYS DECADE-PLUS WAIT IS TOO LONG FOR THIS FAMILY TO RECEIVE THE COMPENSATION THAT THEY DESERVE

Lawrence W. Lakeman Fell Ill And Died From Pancreatic Cancer Stemming From His Work As A 9/11 First Responder; His Widow And Children Have Yet To Be Compensated By State Workers Compensation Board For His Service And Sacrifice  Workers Compensation Board Denied Initial Claim Because Lakeman's Widow Did Not File Within Two Years Of Her Husband's Death; However, Pancreatic Cancer Was Recognized As An Eligible 9/11 Disease In 2014; Audra Lakeman Filed In August Of 2015  Schume… Continue Reading


06.21.18

AFTER MAJOR PUSH BY SCHUMER AND GILLIBRAND, JUST-PASSED SENATE DEFENSE BILL APPROVES $14.2 MILLION FEDERAL FUNDING TO ENHANCE PERIMETER SECURITY AT ROME LAB

The Air Force Research Laboratory In Rome, New York Is Nation's Premier Research Organizations For Command, Control, Communications, Cyber and Intelligence Technologies Schumer and Gillibrand Today Announced That The Newly-Passed NDAA Authorizes $14.2 Million In Federal Funding For Security Enhancements At The Lab; Senators Say They Will Work Tirelessly Through The Appropriations Process To Ensure That The Lab's Anti-Terrorism Perimeter Security And Entry Control Point Is Fully Funded By The … Continue Reading


06.21.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: US DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND AIR FORCE CONTINUE TO DRAG THEIR FEET AND DELAY THE RELEASE OF SITE INVESTIGATION REPORT OF TOXIC PFC POLLUTION AT STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE; SCHUMER DEMANDS DOD FINISH AND RELEASE LONG OVERDUE REPORT – AND IMPROVE POOR COMMUNICATION WITH LOCAL COMMUNITIES

PFC Compounds Continue To Pollute The City Of Newburgh's Primary Drinking Water Source, Washington Lake, In Addition To Many Of The Nearby Waterways And Estuaries; The DOD And Air Force, Thus Far, Have Failed To Adhere To Their Own Remediation Schedule And Have Left Newburgh Residents and Local Stakeholders In The Dark In Letter To Air Force Secretary Wilson, Schumer Expresses Frustration At The Slow Pace Of The Clean-Up And The Poor Communication And Coordination With Impacted Communities; Cal… Continue Reading


06.20.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE IN CYBER DEFENSE EDUCATION DESIGNATION

Designation is Awarded to Universities that Offer Rigorous Bachelor's and Graduate Degree Programs that Prepare Students for the Nation's Cyber Defense Needs Today, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the University at Albany has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CD) by the National Security Agency (NSA), in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The CA… Continue Reading


06.18.18

SCHUMER DEMANDS FEDS EXTEND DEADLINE FOR GLEN COVE TO FINISH FERRY PROJECT; RISK OF LI LOSING CRITICAL $16M IN FEDS FUNDS WOULD HURT LOCAL TAXPAYERS & DEAL BLOW TO REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM

Despite 'Round-The-Clock Effort, Glen Cove Could Miss Fed Deadline Of Jan 1st To Complete Game-Changing Transpo Project That Would Better Connect City With Manhattan Schumer Says Feds Should Work With Glen Cove & NYSDOT To Extend Deadline & Allow Glen Cove To Finish Ferry Project Strong, Keep Their $16M, Build Terminal, Dredge Creek & Then Set Sail Schumer To Feds: Don't Claw-Back LI Fed Funds & Don't Needlessly Sink Glen Cove Ferry  On the heels of local worry that the… Continue Reading


06.18.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $100,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR DRUG PREVENTION AND TREATMENT PROGRAMS IN THE NORTH COUNTRY TO ADDRESS THE SCOURGE OF OPIOIDS

Funding Will Help North Country Drug Initiatives Address Opioid-Related Deaths Through Coordinated Prevention and Treatment Efforts U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $100,000 in federal funding for two opioid prevention programs in the North Country. Specifically, the Alliance for Better Communities in Jefferson County and the Massena Drug-Free Community Coalition in St. Lawrence will each receive $50,000, respectively. The fundi… Continue Reading


06.17.18

SCHUMER URGES FDA TO REMOVE INEFFECTIVE ‘SUNSCREEN PILLS’ FROM THE MARKET AS THEIR SALES HEAT UP; PILLS PROMISE SPF-LIKE PROTECTIONS BUT ARE BASICALLY USELESS AGAINST SUN; FEDS WARN OF DANGEROUS CONSEQUENCES WHEN BATHERS FORGO SUNSCREEN THINKING PILLS WILL PROTECT THEM

New & Edible Pill Form 'Sunscreen' Is Anything But; Summer Trend Is Getting More & More Popular While Skin Cancer Rates Rise; Product Isn't Actually Sunscreen At All FDA Just Sent 'Warning’ Letters To A Few Companies But Schumer Wants The Rogue Pills Pulled From The Market Until Companies Clean Up Their Act, Especially On Social Media Schumer: FDA Should Be Burning Mad Over ‘Shady’ Pills That Suggest They’re Akin To SPF Sunscreen On the heels of a new Food and … Continue Reading


06.15.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND DELIVER MAJOR VICTORIES FOR UPSTATE NEW YORK IN THE SENATE FARM BILL; SENATORS WENT TO BAT FOR UPSTATE NEW YORK FARMERS – SAY NEW BILL INCLUDES VITAL VICTORIES AND WILL BOOST UPSTATE NEW YORK’S ECONOMY; URGE THEIR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE TO PASS FARM BILL IMMEDIATELY

Senators Successfully Fought For The Inclusion Of Key Benefits For Dairy Producers, Farmers, Consumers, Organic Farmers, And New York Jewels Like Hickey Freeman; Senators Urge Their Colleagues In The Senate To Pass Vital Bill That Includes Hard-Fought Priorities For Upstate New York U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today revealed the details of the newly-released Senate Farm Bill. The senators said the bill could benefit key Upstate New York in… Continue Reading


06.15.18

FOLLOWING A MAJOR PUSH BY SCHUMER, US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS INCLUDES $9.5 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR TONAWANDA LANDFILL REMEDIATION PROJECT IN 2018 WORK PLAN; SCHUMER SAYS WITH FUNDS NOW SECURED WORK CAN FINALLY BEGIN TO CLEAN UP POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS RADIOACTIVE WASTE– SCHUMER SAYS RESIDENTS HAVE WAITED LONG ENOUGH, AND VOWS TO SEE PROJECT TO COMPLETION

Millions Of Gallons Of Radioactive Waste From The Manhattan Project Were Dumped In Tonawanda, Resulting In Significant Amount Of Contaminated Soil At Tonawanda Landfill; The Landfill Poses A Health Risk To Residents; Studies Show Radioactive Waste Has Potentially Destructive Effects On Human Health For Years Schumer Has Pushed For The Remediation Of The Site And Removal Of The Waste; Today, The Army Corps Announced That The Project Was Included In Their FY2018 Work Plan Schumer: Tonawanda Res… Continue Reading


06.14.18

SCHUMER: FEDERAL WOOL TRUST FUND, SET TO EXPIRE NEXT YEAR, MUST BE RENEWED IN UPCOMING FARM BILL; TRUST FUND VITAL TO FIX UNFAIR TARIFF ‘INVERSION’ THAT WOULD OTHERWISE PENALIZE HICKEY FREEMAN FOR MAKING SUITS IN U.S.A.; SENATOR SAYS WOOL TRUST FUND PROGRAM IS RENEWED IN JUST-RELEASED SENATE FARM BILL AND MUST BE SIGNED INTO LAW BEFORE IT EXPIRES

Schumer: Senate Farm Bill Tariff Fix Gives Hundreds Of Rochester Hickey Freeman Workers Level Playing Field To Compete U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today revealed the just-released Senate Farm Bill includes a fully-funded and extended Wool Trust Fund program, which Rochester icon Hickey Freeman relies on for crucial tariff relief. Schumer, who has long fought for this Wool Trust Fund, said this program, which is set to expire in 2019, is essential to put Hickey Freeman back on a level play… Continue Reading


06.13.18

SCHUMER: WITH GAS PRICES ACROSS NEW YORK STATE AT HIGHEST LEVEL IN YEARS, NEW ADMIN PROPOSAL TO REDUCE MILES PER GALLON CARS WILL HAVE TO GET IS HUGE MISTAKE; SENATOR URGES THEM TO STICK WITH ORIGINAL PLAN AS FUEL COSTS RISE

As Summer Travel Heats Up, Gas Prices Keep Climbing; Price Of Gas In NY Is Up $0.58 Over Past Year With Little Immediate Relief In Sight; New York State Prices Still Hovering Around Hefty $3 Per Gallon Automakers Were On Track To Produce 50 MPG Cars But Admin's Plan To Roll Back Consumer-Friendly Fuel Economy Standard Means Drivers Will Pay Even More For Gasoline‎ Than They Should Down The Road Schumer: EPA Plan To Weaken Gas Mileage Standard Will Fuel Even Higher Costs For Consumers Wit… Continue Reading


06.12.18

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE HAS APPROVED PLANS TO RESTORE HISTORIC SALINA STREET BUILDING’S ORIGINAL WINDOW FACADE & GRANTED CRITICAL FED TAX CREDITS TO DO SO; SENATOR SAYS WORK CAN NOW BEGIN ON PROJECT THAT WILL FURTHER RE-ENERGIZE DOWNTOWN ‘CUSE

321 South Salina Street Is On National Register Of Historic Places, Making It Eligible for Key Fed Tax Credits; But Planned Restoration Project Needed Federal Approval To Uncover Windows & Restore Brick Facade In Order For the Project To Move Forward Schumer Led The Charge On A Two-Pronged Push: First Urging NPS To Approve Plans To Restore Original 1930's Era Façade With Windows & Then Ensuring The Project Received Federal Historic Tax Credits; Schumer: With Approvals & Cr… Continue Reading


06.12.18

IN A DIRECT CALL, SCHUMER URGES FEMA ADMINISTRATOR LONG TO REVIEW AND FUND NEWBURGH FIRE DEPARTMENT’S SAFER GRANT APPLICATION; SENATOR SAYS CRITICAL FUNDING WOULD BE USED TO KEEP LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT FULLY STAFFED

Schumer To FEMA: Don't Allow Newburgh Fire Department To Be Underfunded and Undermanned Last week, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer spoke directly with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long to urge him to review and fund the City of Newburgh Fire Department (NFD)'s forthcoming application for funding through the Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Program. Schumer said SAFER Grants have helped low-income municipalities like Ne… Continue Reading


06.11.18

SCHUMER: WITH GAS PRICES ACROSS WESTCHESTER, ROCKLAND, & PUTNAM AT HIGHEST LEVEL IN YEARS, NEW ADMIN PROPOSAL TO REDUCE MILES PER GALLON CARS WILL HAVE TO GET IS HUGE MISTAKE; SENATOR URGES THEM TO STICK WITH ORIGINAL PLAN AS FUEL COSTS RISE

As Summer Travel Heats Up, Gas Prices Keep Climbing; Price Of Gas Is Up 31% Over Past Year With Little Immediate Relief In Sight; Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam Prices Still Hovering Around Hefty $3 Per Gallon Automakers Were On Track To Produce 50 MPG Cars But Admin's Plan To Roll Back Consumer-Friendly Fuel Economy Standard Means Drivers Will Pay Even More For Gasoline‎ Than They Should Down The Road Schumer: EPA Plan To Weaken Gas Mileage Standard Will Fuel Even Higher Costs For Cons… Continue Reading


06.11.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE, FOLLOWING THEIR PUSH: $190 MILLION TO COMPLETE LAST PHASE OF CANANDAIGUA VA CAMPUS EXPANSION INCLUDED IN SENATE VA APPROPRIATIONS BILL; SENATORS SAY $190 MILLION WOULD COMPLETE LONG-SOUGHT UPGRADE, BOOST QUALITY CARE FOR VETERANS & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TO ROCHESTER REGION

After Canandaigua VA Was Targeted For Closure in 2003, Schumer Successfully Led The Charge To Secure Over $161 Million For Phase I, Which Recently Broke Ground Senators, Who Successfully Secured $190M In FY19 Senate The VA Appropriations Bill For Phase II, Announce Push To Maintain Funding In Final FY 19 Bill; Senators Say $190M Would Be Used To Build New Community Living Center Complex, Improve Domiciliary Facility, And Renovate Building 3, & Bolster Rehab And Physical Therapy Offerings&n… Continue Reading

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