Press Releases

05.14.20

AFTER YEARS OF RELENTLESS ADVOCACY, SCHUMER – TODAY! – SEEKS TO IMMEDIATELY PASS LEGISLATION THAT WOULD ADD NAMES OF CREW MEMBERS OF U.S.S. FRANK E. EVANS TO VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL WALL

74 Sailors Died In 1969 Collision In South China Sea; For Years, DOD Has Unjustly Refused To Add Their Names To Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Schumer Has Worked For Years And Pursued All Avenues To Include Names Of Fallen Crew Of U.S.S. Frank E. Evans As Combat-Related Deaths Schumer: Half A Century Is Too Long, Give Fallen Heroes Of U.S.S. Frank E. Evans - Who Gave The Ultimate Sacrifice For America - The Recognition They Deserve Following half a decade of unrelenting advocacy and with Memo… Continue Reading


05.13.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $16.5 MILLION IN EMERGENCY FEDERAL FUNDING FOR CORONAVIRUS TESTING IN UPSTATE NEW YORK

Funding Will Expand Capacity For Testing During The COVID-19 Health Crisis U.S. Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $16,790,380 in federal funding to help health centers in Upstate New York respond to and contain the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak. Specifically, this funding will help health centers purchase, administer, and expand the use of COVID-19 testing. The funding was allocated by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) thr… Continue Reading


05.13.20

AFTER MONTHS-LONG EFFORT TO SECURE MORE TESTS FOR NEW YORK STATE, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $1.5 BILLION – DOUBLE ANY OTHER STATE IN NATION – FOR COVID-19 TESTING AND TRACING FINALLY EN ROUTE TO NY

After Schumer Secured Over A Billion In Testing $$$ For NY, Funds Have Been Stalled For Weeks; Following a Months-Long Push for More Testing, Major Testing Resources Are Finally On The Way To NY Schumer: Testing and Tracing Is The First Step On New York's Path To Recovery U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer announced today that New York State will receive $1.5 billion out of a $10.25 billion national pot for coronavirus (COVID-19) testing he proposed and fought to secure as a lead… Continue Reading


05.12.20

LOWEY, SCHUMER ANNOUNCE HISTORIC PROPOSAL FOR $67 BILLION IN CRITICAL NEW YORK STATE, COUNTY, AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT COVID RELIEF FUNDS

House Spending Package Would Provide Estimated $34.4 billion in New Relief Funds for New York State, $17.2 billion for New York City, and $15.1 billion for other Municipalities and Counties in New York Lowey and Schumer: "Senator McConnell has made the ridiculous comment that states should just declare bankruptcy. Democrats have real solutions to this crisis." U.S. House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland) and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer … Continue Reading


05.11.20

FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES UPCOMING EMERGENCY COVID-19 LEGISLATION WILL PROVIDE FEDERAL RELIEF TO UPSTATE NY’S LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, TV STATIONS, AND RADIO; SENATOR SAYS LOCAL MEDIA – THE LIFEBLOOD OF OUR COMMUNITIES – ARE STRUGGLING AMIDST THE PANDEMIC AND MUST BE ELIGIBLE FOR SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF TO SURVIVE

NY's Local Newspapers, Radio, and TV Stations Losing Major Revenue During Ongoing Public Health Crisis; Some NY Outlets Are Losing Up To 80% Of Usual Advertising Revenue Schumer Says Local News Is Essential To Communicating General Information and Targeted Public Health Information To Upstate New York Communities, Fighting Life-Threatening Spread of Misinformation Schumer: Small Business Loans Critical To Protecting Local Media A long-time advocate for New York's local news outlets, U.S. Se… Continue Reading


05.08.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $264 MILLION IN EMERGENCY FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ‘HOT SPOT’ UPSTATE NEW YORK RURAL HOSPITALS, HEALTH SYSTEMS, AND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS

With ~ 74K Confirmed Cases Of Coronavirus In Upstate New York, Rural Healthcare Centers Are Facing Layoffs, Furloughs, Financial Difficulty Senators Say Funds Will Provide Critical Support For NY's Frontline Hospitals and Providers Still Battling COVID-19 Senators: Critical Dollars Will Keep The Fight Against The Virus Going Strong In Upstate New York U.S. Senator Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that Upstate New York's rural hospitals, clinics and community health… Continue Reading


05.07.20

FOLLOWING PUSH FROM GILLIBRAND AND SCHUMER, USDA APPROVES NEW YORK STATE’S PANDEMIC EBT PROGRAM

P-EBT Will Provide Critical Funds to Families Whose Children Usually Rely on Free or Reduced-Price School Meals NYS Request Had Stalled; Gillibrand and Schumer Urged USDA to Approve on April 29 Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer announced that, following their push, the Trump administration approved New York State's request to operate the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program authorized under the Families First Coronav… Continue Reading


05.07.20

SCHUMER REVEALS: AS COVID-19 SPREADS IN FACILITIES, VA HEALTHCARE SITES ACROSS UPSTATE NY HAVE REPORTED WEEKS OF SHORTAGES OR TOTAL LACK OF PPE; SENATOR DEMANDS VA IMMEDIATELY SEND SUPPLIES & PPE TO UPSTATE NY AND FIX DISTRIBUTION STRATEGY

A March 2020 Report Found That 21 Out Of 54 VA Facilities, Including Some In Upstate NY, Had Vastly Inadequate Supplies Of PPE And Would Run Out Within Weeks Or Days Senator Says VA Has Moved Too Slowly In Providing Essential Protective Equipment To Frontline Healthcare Workers In NY VA Hospitals Schumer to VA: Give Our Nation's Heroes, Our Veterans, And VA Healthcare Workers The Resources They Need After announcing a plan to stabilize the U.S. supply chain and provide critical oversight of t… Continue Reading


05.06.20

GILLIBRAND, SCHUMER, BOOKER, MENENDEZ INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN BILL TO HELP FAMILIES OF FIRST RESPONDERS LOST TO COVID ACCESS PUBLIC SERVICE BENEFITS

As New York and New Jersey's first responders face perils on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, New York Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D) and Chuck Schumer (D), along with New Jersey Senators Cory Booker (D) and Bob Menendez (D), introduced a bipartisan bill to ensure families of public safety officers lost to COVID-19 can quickly access survivor benefits. The Safeguarding America's First Responders Act (SAFR) clarifies the certification requirements for survivor benefits under the Pub… Continue Reading


05.06.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, DELGADO, ZELDIN ANNOUNCE BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL LEGISLATION THAT WILL DELIVER DIRECT FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ALL NEW YORK COUNTIES, CITIES, TOWNS, & VILLAGES, RESPONDING TO AND RECOVERING FROM PANDEMIC

Decreasing Revenues During The Pandemic Are Leaving NY's Local Governments Strapped; Dedicated Federal Funding For Local Communities Would Provide Necessary Relief On Lost Revenues, Increased Costs And Avoid Local Tax & Fee Increases And Layoffs Reps Say All NY Counties, Small Cities, And Towns Need & Deserve $ To Maintain Vital Services, Workers And To Recover Reps: Funding Would Be The Shot In The Arm Local Governments Need To Recover From The Pandemic And A Critical Piece Of A Larg… Continue Reading


05.05.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, MORELLE ANNOUNCE $36.3 MILLION IN EMERGENCY FUNDING FOR ROCHESTER FINGER LAKES REGION

During Negotiations For CARES Act, Schumer Prioritized And Secured $$$ For Upstate Transit Systems Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority Will Receive $36.3M In Federal Transit Money As Part of Federal Emergency Funding Package Schumer, Gillibrand, Morelle: CARES Transit Funding Will Keep Rochester Finger Lakes Region Rolling As part of the Schumer-negotiated CARES Act, which included relief for upstate transit systems, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gilli… Continue Reading


05.05.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, BRINSIDI ANNOUNCE $10.7 MILLION IN EMERGENCY FUNDING FOR BROOME COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

During Negotiations For CARES Act, Schumer Prioritized And Secured $$$ For Upstate Transit Systems B.C. Transit Will Receive $10.7M In Federal Transit Money As Part of Federal Emergency Funding Package Schumer, Gillibrand, Brindisi: CARES Transit Funding Will Keep Broome County Rolling  As part of the Schumer-negotiated CARES Act, which included relief for upstate transit systems, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Congressman Anthony Brindisi to… Continue Reading


05.05.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE PLAN TO FEDERALIZE MEDICAL SUPPLY CHAIN, INCREASE NATIONAL PRODUCTION AND CREATE AN EQUITABLE AND TRANSPARENT PROCESS FOR DELIVERY OF NECESSARY SUPPLIES TO UPSTATE NY

Heroic NY Frontline Healthcare Workers Are Putting Their Lives On The Line In Battle Against COVID Without Sufficient PPE, Testing Supplies, And Other Necessary Equipment Senators Say It Is Unacceptable That Administration Is Not Providing Basic Supplies; Legislation Will Put Pressure On Feds To Work With States To Deliver Critically Needed Medical Equipment to NY Schumer, Gillibrand To Feds: Step Up To The Plate And Get Desperately Needed Supplies Out To Heroic Frontline Workers After anno… Continue Reading


05.04.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $9 MILLION IN EMERGENCY FEDERAL FUNDING FOR UPSTATE HOUSING ASSISTANCE

CARES Act Funding Will Aid Those Seeking Housing During the COVID-19 Health Crisis U.S. Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $9,220,564 in federal funding allocated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This funding was secured under the CARES Act for Tenant-Based Rental Assistance, which funds the HUD Housing Choice Voucher Program. The program supports activities that help or maintain the health and safety of assisted ind… Continue Reading


05.03.20

SCHUMER REVEALS: AMID CORONAVIRUS CRISIS, GREEDY LOAN SHARKS ARE CLOSING IN & TARGETING DESPERATE, OUT-OF-CASH CONSUMERS & SMALL BIZ’S WITH SHAMEFUL EYE-POPPING INTEREST RATES UP TO 800%; SENATOR DEMANDS IMMEDIATE FED ACTION TO STOP THESE LENDERS & PROTECT PEOPLE WHO NEED EMERGENCY FUNDS

Amid Coronavirus Crisis, Predatory Lenders Are Taking Advantage Of People & Businesses Who Are Struggling To Make Ends Meet; Avaricious Lenders Are Currently Targeting Consumers & Mom-And-Pops Online While Signs Point To It Getting Worse Without Fed Action   Schumer Demands Crackdown On Lenders Preying On The Vulnerable While Charging Outrageous Interest Rates; Regulators Like CFPB, FTC, OCC & FDIC Can -And Must- Act  Schumer: Without Immediate Fed Action, Loan Sharks Wi… Continue Reading


05.01.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $1 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR TELEHEALTH SERVICES

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $980,062 in federal funding to provide telehealth services for New Yorkers affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The funding was allocated through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) COVID-19 Telehealth Program as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES). Telehealth Program funding will help connect providers with patients during the COVID-19 pandemic,&nbs… Continue Reading


04.30.20

GILLIBRAND, SCHUMER URGE USDA TO APPROVE NEW YORK STATE’S PANDEMIC EBT PROGRAM

P-EBT Would Provide Critical Funds to Families Whose Children Usually Rely on Free or Reduced-Price School Meals New York State Awaits Approval on March 25 Request; Other States' Programs Have Been Approved U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer are calling on the Trump administration to quickly approve New York State's request to operate the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program authorized under the Families First Coronavir… Continue Reading


04.29.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $1.7 MILLION IN CARES ACT EMERGENCY FUNDING FOR SOUTHERN TIER HEALTH NETWORK

Universal Primary Care Will Receive Over $1.7M In Federal Health Services Money As Part Of Federal Emergency Funding Package Senators Say Funds Will Be Used In Ongoing Fight Against COVID-19 Schumer, Gillibrand: Health Funding Will Be Shot-In-The-Arm For Southern Tier  As part of the Schumer-negotiated CARES Act, which included economic relief for local health centers, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,764,855 in federal funding allo… Continue Reading


04.29.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $1 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO PROMOTE CONNECTED CARE FOR NEW YORKERS

Funding Will Connect Health Care Providers With Patients During COVID-19 Pandemic U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $938,519 in federal funding to provide telehealth services for New Yorkers affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The funding was allocated through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) COVID-19 Telehealth Program as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES).  The third ro… Continue Reading


04.29.20

SCHUMER TO FEDS: ALLOW GRANT MONEY TO BE USED TO AVOID LAYOFFS AND REHIRE UPSTATE NEW YORK FIREFIGHTERS DURING PANDEMIC ASAP

Pandemic Has Led To Declining Tax Revenues, Which Increase The Likelihood Of Municipal Furloughs According to Municipalities And Fire Departments Across NY Schumer Says The Use Of Federal Funds To Maintain And Rehire Firefighters, Similar To What Was Done During "Great Recession", Will Save Jobs And Help Prepare Fire Departments For Coming Months Schumer to DHS: Give New York Heroes The Support They Need To Protect, Restore, and Rebuild Their Communities After unveiling his 'HEROES Fund' pl… Continue Reading

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