Press Releases

07.06.21

AFTER MONTHS OF ADVOCACY, SCHUMER SECURES $10.1 MILLION GRANT TO BRING HIGH-SPEED BROADBAND INTERNET TO THOUSANDS OF HOMES, BIZ, FARMS IN MADISON COUNTY; USDA GRANT FUNDING IS A GAME-CHANGER & WILL NARROW MADISON’S DIGITAL DIVIDE

Long Before COVID-19, Rural Communities Throughout Upstate New York - Like Madison County - Have Struggled To Close The Digital Divide In Personal Meeting With USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack Earlier This Year, Schumer Advocated For Madison County's Application; Funding Will Expand Broadband To Over 2,000 Homes, Farms and Biz Schumer: Closing Digital Divide Will Provide Crucial Access For Madison County To Succeed In Today's Economy U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced, following his … Continue Reading


07.06.21

SCHUMER DOUBLES DOWN ON BORDER REOPENING FIGHT; SENATOR SAYS BORDER MUST SAFELY REOPEN ASAP FOR NORTHERN BORDER COMMUNITIES, FAMILIES, & ECONOMIES TO FULLY REBUILD FROM PANDEMIC; SCHUMER SAYS THAT WHILE THE U.S. WAITS FOR CANADA, THE U.S. MUST TAKE THE FIRST STEP – UNILATERALLY OPEN NORTHERN BORDER TO VAXXED CANADIANS – & LET NY BEGIN TO FULLY RECOVER

Despite Scientific Backing for Border Reopening, U.S.-Canada Border Effectively Remains Closed To Most Travel; Senator Says Border Must Open ASAP Thousands Of U.S. & Canadian Property Owners And Businesses Are At Risk Of Losing Another Summer Season; Schumer Re-ups Fight To Top Officials Schumer: It's Time For The US To Take The First Step, Open The Border & Begin Upstate NY's Recovery Continuing his months-long effort to safely reopen the U.S.-Canadian Border, U.S. Senate Majority … Continue Reading


07.02.21

STANDING AT ASBESTOS-RIDDEN TECHCITY SITE, SCHUMER WILL LAUNCH MAJOR PUSH TO RAMP UP VITAL SUPERFUND PROGRAM AND FULLY CLEAN UP ULSTER COUNTY’S 70-YEAR-OLD TOXIC SITE; SENATOR’S TWO-PRONG PLAN WOULD MAKE A MAJOR INVESTMENT IN CLEANUPS FOR ULSTER & BEYOND WHILE FORCING POLLUTERS TO PAY FOR LONG-TERM REMEDIATION

Schumer's Two-Part Plan For Infrastructure Package Would Add: 1) Multi-Billion Infusion To Revive EPA Superfund Program 2) Restore Superfund "Polluter Pay" Tax For Long-Term Funding Schumer: It's Time For Congress To Invest In Fully Cleaning Up The Mess Polluting Ulster County Standing at the asbestos-contaminated former TechCity site in the Town of Ulster, where the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently taken enforcement actions under its Superfund removal program, U.S. Sen… Continue Reading


07.02.21

SCHUMER REVEALS: WITH OVER $440 MILLION EN ROUTE TO CAPITAL REGION FAMILIES THIS MONTH, ABOUT 5,000 FAMILIES STILL NEED TO ACT NOW TO GET THE SCHUMER-SECURED CHILD TAX CREDIT; WITH ALMOST 20% OF CAPITAL REGION’S KIDS LIVING IN POVERTY, SCHUMER PUSHES CAPITAL REGION FAMILIES TO FILE WITH IRS ASAP TO RECEIVE $$$

The American Rescue Plan's Child Tax Credit Expansion Provides Thousands of Dollars of Relief For Families Across Capital Region for 2021 - More Than An Estimated $440 Million Directly To Thousands Of Families Refundable Tax Credit Will Go Out To Cap Region Families STARTING THIS MONTH, But Only To Families That Have Filed Form With IRS; Thousands Of Families STILL Need To File To Receive Payments Following his successful passage of the broader American Rescue Plan earlier this year, U.S. … Continue Reading


07.02.21

AFTER MAJOR PUSH, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: U.S. VISA HAS BEEN OBTAINED FOR 2 YEAR OLD ALTA FIXSLER, ALLOWING HER TO TRAVEL TO THE UNITED STATES TO CONTINUE HER MEDICAL CARE; ALTA WAS IN GRAVE DANGER AFTER UK COURT RULED TO DISCONTINUE HER CARE, AGAINST FAMILY’S WISHES

Schumer Penned Urgent Letter To British Ambassador To USA, Urging All Health Decisions Against Family's Wishes Be Suspended Until The Visa Process Was Complete Schumer's Office Has Been Working Around-The-Clock To Secure The Visa For Alta, Whose Father Is An American Citizen, So She Could Travel To The U.S. For Continued Medical Care Today U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced that the visa for Alta has been urgently approved and obtained, which will allow her and her U.S. citizen father,… Continue Reading


07.01.21

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $5 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS IN NEW YORK STATE

YouthBuild Program Participants Develop Formative Occupational And Academic Skills Training By Giving Back To Their Communities: In The Last Three Years, Over 1,000 New York YouthBuild Participants Have Built 97 Houses And Rehabbed At Least 146 Units Of Housing  WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $5,258,126 in YouthBuild funding for four organizations across New York State. This fede… Continue Reading


06.29.21

SCHUMER & GILLIBRAND VISIT INNER LOOP NORTH IN ROCHESTER; SENATORS PUSH FOR AMERICAN JOBS PLAN TO FUND REMOVAL OF INNER LOOP NORTH, SUPPORT LOCAL WORKERS & REVITALIZE ROCHESTER

Schumer, Gillibrand Were Instrumental In Securing $16.5M To Remove Inner Loop East; Senators Say Completing Inner Loop Removal Is High Priority To Reknit And Invest In Rochester Communities Upended Over A Half-Century Ago Senators Say Any Plan To Revitalize Nation's Infrastructure Must Help Reconnect Neighborhoods & Connect Local Workers To Good Jobs Following a year of tireless advocacy for federal aid and support for hard-hit New York state amidst the COVID pandemic, U.S. Senate Majorit… Continue Reading


06.29.21

SCHUMER & GILLIBRAND BRING TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY PETE BUTTIGIEG TO VISIT I-81 IN SYRACUSE; SECRETARY JOINS SENATORS TO PUSH FOR AMERICAN JOBS PLAN TO FUND I-81 PROJECT, SUPPORT LOCAL WORKERS & REVITALIZE SYRACUSE

As Central New York Prepares for I-81's Transformation, Senators Bring DOT Secretary Buttigieg To Syracuse For First-Hand Look At Aging Highway- And The Plan To Replace It Senators Say Any Plan To Revitalize Nation's Infrastructure Must Help Reconnect Neighborhoods & Connect Local Workers To Good Jobs Following a year of tireless advocacy for federal aid and support for hard-hit New York state amidst the COVID pandemic, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirst… Continue Reading


06.28.21

SCHUMER STATEMENT ON PHASE I ALLOCATION OF FUNDING FOR UTICA PROSPERITY INITIATIVE

Following his delivering millions for Utica as part of the American Rescue Plan he led to passage in the Senate, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer released the following statement on Utica Prosperity Initiative's Phase I funding allocation: Senator Schumer said, "As Majority Leader, I made funding state and local governments my top priority in the American Rescue Plan and fought so hard to ensure that places like Utica would get the resources needed to both defeat COVID and revive … Continue Reading


06.24.21

AFTER LEADING THE CHARGE TO SAVE UPSTATE NY STAGES, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES $403K FOR STANELY THEATRE IN UTICA; MOHAWK VALLEY’S HISTORIC THEATER RECEIVES LIFESAVING GRANT ENSURING UTICA SHOWS WILL GO ON

Schumer Led The Charge For Dedicated Fed Assistance That Would Provide Long-Term, Flexible Relief For Upstate NY Venues And Theaters, Including Stanley Theatre, Impacted by COVID Shutdown Senator Says $403K For Stanley Theatre Will Keep Lights, Camera, And Action On For Historic Utica Cultural Center Schumer: Utica Shows Will Go On! After successfully leading the national effort to secure designated funding for Upstate New York's independent live venue operators, independent movie theater… Continue Reading


06.24.21

CONTINUING HIS COMMITMENT TO SYRACUSE’S LAST MAJOR CANDLE MAKER, SCHUMER CALLS ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION TO CONTINUE PROTECTING AMERICAN CANDLE MAKING BUSINESSES – LIKE CATHEDRAL CANDLE; WITH CURRENT ANTI-DUMPING ORDER DUE TO SUNSET SOON, SENATOR SAYS UNFAIRLY TRADED CANDLES CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO FLOOD U.S. MARKET

The International Trade Commission (ITC) Is Due To Review Duties Against Candle Makers In China Again This Year; Domestic Candle Makers Like Cathedral Candle Have Said Current Protections Are Instrumental In Leveling Playing Field For The U.S. Industry In 2015, The Chinese Government Increased Export Rebates & Attempted To Find New Ways To Dump Candles Into The U.S. Market; U.S. Protected Domestic Candle Industry Then, But ITC Should Expedite Review of the Duty Order Again And Continue Th… Continue Reading


06.23.21

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $3.25 MILLION FOR BROOME COUNTY TRANSIT SYSTEM TO PURCHASE SIX ELECTRIC BUSES; POWERTRAIN COMPONENTS TO BE MADE BY BAE SYSTEMS, SUPPORTING LOCAL JOBS AND GREEN ECONOMY IN BROOME COUNTY

Broome County's Robust Bussing Infrastructure Is Essential To Southern Tier Economy; With Routes To Binghamton And Endicott, Many Residents Rely On Public Transportation For Daily Needs & To Get To Work Schumer, Gillibrand Say New Zero-Emissions Buses Will Replace Older Diesel Buses, Reducing BC Transit's Annual Emissions By ~416 Tons Senators: Fed Grant Keeps Broome County Rolling To A Greener Future U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today… Continue Reading


06.22.21

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $5 MILLION IN EMERGENCY FUNDING FOR UPSTATE NEW YORK PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITIES

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $5,369,148 in funding allocated in the American Rescue Plan for sixteen Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) across Upstate New York. The funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and will support tenant-based rental assistance for individuals who are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing homelessness, or who are fleeing from domestic violence, human … Continue Reading


06.22.21

AFTER THIS MONTH’S VISIT TO TROY’S VELAN STUDIOS, SCHUMER CALLS SECRETARY OF COMMERCE RAIMONDO DIRECTLY TO PUSH FOR FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN CAPITAL REGION’S GAME DEVELOPMENT INDUSTRY; SENATOR DOUBLES DOWN ON COMMITMENT TO BOOST TROY’S ASCENT AS LEADING TECH & GAMING HUB

Earlier This Month, Schumer Personally Visited Troy's Velan Studios To Secure Federal Support For Game On Accelerator Program, Which Would Boost Local Economy & Bring Cutting-Edge Technology To Historic City Senator Doubles Down On His Support & Calls Commerce Sec Directly To Push For A Federal Investment To Boost Capital Region's Burgeoning Video Game Industry & Establish Region As Global Hub For Games Schumer: Federal Funding Is Vital To Help Capital Region Game Development Leve… Continue Reading


06.22.21

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, MORELLE ANNOUNCE: ROCHESTER-BASED AMERICOM SELECTED BY DOD TO LAUNCH PARTNERSHIP THAT WILL BOOST DOMESTIC PRECISION OPTICS INDUSTRY; REPS LED CHARGE TO SECURE FUNDING TO CREATE PILOT PROGRAM & REVOLUTIONIZE OPTICS TECH, MANUFACTURING, AND WORKFORCE

As U.S. Defense Systems Become Increasingly Reliant On Advanced Precision Optics Tech, Partnership Between AmeriCOM And DoD Will Address Precision Optics Supply Chain And Workforce Development Issues Reps Say Partnership Between Federal Government, Private Industry, And Academia Will Help Meet Nationwide Demand For Skilled Optics Technicians Reps: Public-Private Partnership Will Make Rochester Optics Industry A Sight To See U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Ki… Continue Reading


06.22.21

SCHUMER, IN DIRECT CALL WITH SECRETARY OF COMMERCE RAIMONDO, URGES FEDS TO APPROVE $3.4 MILLION GRANT ASAP TO SUPPORT EXPANSION OF ALSTOM’S MANUFACTURING FACILITIES; PROJECT WILL CREATE 250 NEW JOBS & FURTHER SOLIDIFY HORNELL AS DOMESTIC TRAIN MANUFACTURING CENTER

Alstom Has Secured An Up To $1.8 Billion Contract To Make Passenger Cars For Chicago Metra Commuter Rail System; Will Add 250 New Manufacturing Jobs To Keep Project On Track, $3.4 Million Federal Investment Needed to Expand Hornell Manufacturing Facilities; Schumer Urges Secretary Raimondo To Greenlight Approval Of Fed EDA Grant Schumer: All Aboard To Elevate Hornell Even Further As A Global Train Manufacturing Hub A longtime advocate for Southern Tier-based Alstom, one of the leading tra… Continue Reading


06.21.21

SCHUMER, IN DIRECT CALL TO CANADIAN AMBASSADOR, URGES CANADIANS TO WORK WITH U.S. OFFICIALS, IMMEDIATELY HALT THE ENDLESS DELAYS, AND ADOPT NEW ESSENTIAL TRAVELER RULES & IMPLEMENT COMMON SENSE NORTHERN BORDER REOPENING PLAN ASAP

Just Hours After Latest Border Closure Extension, On Direct Call With Ambassador Hillman, Schumer Discusses Need To Safely Reopen The Border ASAP, Binational Border Reopening Should Be Highest Priority; Majority Leader Offered Any Available Assistance Needed For A Smooth & Safe Reopening Thousands Of New Yorkers & Canadians Remain Cut-off From Family, Loved Ones, And Properties & Business Are At Risk Of Losing Another Summer Season; With Local Upstate Economies At Risk, Schumer S… Continue Reading


06.14.21

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE LEGISLATION TO PUT AN END TO UNSOLICITED ROBOCALLS

Billions of Illegal Robocalls Target Older Americans and Put Consumers At Risk Annually; Consumers Lose Approximately $40 Billion a Year Through Telemarketing Fraud U.S. Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined Senate colleagues in calling for legislation to enhance penalties for automated and illegal phone calls wreaking havoc on consumers nationwide. The Deter Obnoxious, Nefarious, and Outrageous Telephone (DO NOT) Call Act would increase penalties for indi… Continue Reading


06.11.21

SCHUMER STATEMENT ON SYRACUSE’S PLAN FOR AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN FUNDING

Following his delivering millions for Syracuse as part of the American Rescue Plan he led to passage in the Senate, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer released the following statement on Syracuse's plan for those funds: Senator Schumer said, "As Majority Leader, I made funding state and local governments my top priority in the American Rescue Plan and fought so hard to ensure that places like Syracuse would get the resources needed to both defeat COVID and revive our local economies… Continue Reading


06.10.21

FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES MULTI-MILLION $$ FIX TO CHARLES POINT BREAKWALL IN SODUS BAY NOW COMPLETE

Lake Ontario Floods Have Cost Millions Of Dollars Of Damage To Wayne County Homes, Businesses, & Beaches, Including Charles Point Bluff Putting Homes At Risk of Falling Into Lake Ontario Because Breakwall is Broken & Eroded Today After Securing $4.5 Million To Rebuild Charles Point Breakwall Better & Stronger Schumer Announces Construction of New Wall is Now Complete U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that following his push to secured $4.5 million last year for the U… Continue Reading

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