Press Releases

08.06.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, MORELLE ANNOUNCE $9.2 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR TRANSPORTATION SERVICES IN ROCHESTER

CARES Act Funding Will Help Offset the Region's Public Transit Costs Incurred Due To Loss In Ridership During COVID-19 Pandemic U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressman Joe Morelle today announced $9.2 million in federal funding for the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority (RGRTA). This federal funding was allocated by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) through the CARES Act and will help ensure the RGR… Continue Reading


08.05.20

FOLLOWING REPORTS OF NEW PENALTIES FOR BOATERS CROSSING INTO THE CANADIAN SIDE OF THE ST. LAWRENCE RIVER MID-TRANSIT, SCHUMER CALLS FOR COMMON SENSE, CLEAR, & CONSISTENT CROSS-BORDER TRAVEL ENFORCEMENT; FINES FOR BOATS ON WATER & UNDOCKED, HURT ALREADY-DEVASTATED CROSS-BORDER TOURISM INDUSTRY IN NORTHERN NEW YORK

Standard Practice In Travel Enforcement For Boaters On The St. Lawrence River Has Historically Allowed Free Cross-Border Transit As Long As Boats Do Not Dock; Recently, U.S. Boat Tour Companies And Recreational Boaters Have Been Warned By Canadian Officials of Fines If They Cross Border Mid-Transit Due To COVID-19 Restrictions Senator Says North Country Boaters Are Unfairly Being Punished Since U.S. Authorities Have Not Implemented A Similar Policy; If Boaters Do Not Dock & Remain On Water… Continue Reading


08.04.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, RICE ANNOUNCE NEARLY $3 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO RESOLVE HEMPSTEAD BEACH EROSION DUE TO FLOODING AND TROPICAL STORMS

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, and U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice today announced $2,861,087 in federal funds to repair beach erosion associated with Tropical Depression Ida and a Nor'easter, and to prepare for future damage caused by flooding and severe storms in the Town of Hempstead. The funding was administered through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal… Continue Reading


08.04.20

SCHUMER: AS MADISON COUNTY CONTINUES TO RECOVER FROM COVID-19 AND CHILDREN GET READY TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL, MANY STILL DO NOT HAVE SUFFICIENT—OR ANY—ACCESS TO BROADBAND; SENATOR CALLS FOR USDA TO APPROVE $15 MILLION IN GRANT FUNDING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY’S DIRE INTERNET ACCESS NEEDS

The COVID-19 Has Revealed Serious Broadband Access Disparities In Rural Communities Throughout Upstate New York; As Madison County Communities Are Encouraged To Stay At Home, Broadband Access Has Never Been More Vital Senator Fought For Additional $100M In CARES Act To Fund These New Grant Programs & Provide Broadband Access For Rural Communities; Says Funding Should Be Put To Use In Communities That Need It Most Schumer To USDA: It's Time To Close The Gaping Digital Divide In Madison Co… Continue Reading


08.04.20

SCHUMER: AS LIVINGSTON COUNTY CONTINUES TO RECOVER FROM COVID-19 AND CHILDREN GET READY TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL, OVER 40% OF LIVINGSTON COUNTY STILL DOES NOT HAVE SUFFICIENT- OR ANY- ACCESS TO BROADBAND; IN LIVINGSTON ON FRIDAY, SENATOR CALLED FOR USDA TO IMMEDIATELY APPROVE $14.4 MILLION IN GRANT FUNDING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY’S INTERNET ACCESS NEEDS

The COVID-19 Access Has Revealed Serious Disparities In Rural Communities Throughout Upstate New York, Especially Exacerbating The Digital Divide; As Livingston County Communities Are Encouraged To Stay At Home, Broadband Access Has Never Been More Vital Senator Fought For Additional $100M In CARES Act To Fund These Grant Programs & To Provide Broadband Access For Rural Communities; Says Funding Should Be Put To Use In Communities That Need It Most Schumer To USDA: It's Time To Close The … Continue Reading


08.04.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $12 MILLION IN EMERGENCY FEDERAL FUNDING FOR CORONAVIRUS TESTING ACROSS NEW YORK STATE

Funding Will Expand New York's Testing Ability During the COVID-19 Health Crisis U.S. Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $11,649,036 in federal funding to help health centers respond to and contain the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak. The funding was allocated by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Expanding Capacity for Coronavirus Testing (ECT) program. "As New York rebuilds and recovers from this unprec… Continue Reading


08.04.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE THE BIPARTISAN, GREAT AMERICAN OUTDOORS ACT HAS BEEN SIGNED INTO LAW, GIVING OVER $17 BILLION TO PRESERVING AND PROTECTING PUBLIC LANDS, WATER RESOURCES, & HISTORIC SITES

Great American Outdoors Act Invests Over $17B Into Our Public Lands And National Parks Across The U.S. And NY, Fully Funds LWCF, & Establishes "National Park And Public Lands Legacy Restoration Fund " Senators Pushed To Ensure Robust Funding For New York's Outdoor Recreation Economy, Which Generates $41.8 Billion Annually And Provides 313K Jobs Across NY Reps: Great American Outdoors Act Hikes Up NY's Land And Water Conservation & Sorely Needed Maintenance Funding After playing a majo… Continue Reading


07.31.20

ON THE HEELS OF HIS SUCCESSFUL PUSH TO INCLUDE GAME-CHANGING SEMICONDUCTOR AMENDMENT IN DEFENSE BILL, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES PLAN TO JOLT U.S. SEMICONDUCTOR INDUSTRY & WNY ECONOMY INTO HIGH GEAR, BRING CRITICAL FEDERAL INVESTMENT TO GENESEE’S STAMP CAMPUS, & CREATE THOUSANDS OF NEW JOBS

Schumer Says U.S. Now Leads The World In Semiconductor Tech Innovation And With New Schumer-Authored Bill, More Microelectronics Factories & Jobs Will Be Located At U.S Sites Like Genesee's STAMP Campus, Cementing U.S. Global Leadership In The Microelectronics Industry Schumer Pushes Three-Pronged Plan To Bring New Semiconductor Biz to 1,250 Acre STAMP Campus By (1) Pushing For Final Passage Of Comprehensive Semiconductor Legislation As Part of FY21 NDAA, (2)Fighting For $1 Million To Make … Continue Reading


07.31.20

SCHUMER REVEALS: WITHOUT FED FUNDS CENTRAL NEW YORK SCHOOLS MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO SAFELY REOPEN; COSTS OF PPE, PHYSICAL BARRIERS & OTHER SUPPLIES COULD BADLY DRAIN LOCAL RESOURCES, MAKING IT MUCH HARDER FOR CENTRAL NEW YORK DISTRICTS TO OPEN SAFELY; SENATOR PUSHES PLAN TO COVER THOSE COSTS WITH FED DOLLARS IN ‘COVID-4’ & ALLOW SCHOOLS TO SAFELY REOPEN

Schumer Says Local Schools, Like Those Across Central New York, Have Some State & Federal Guidelines To Reopen Safely Amid COVID-19 BUT Not Enough Fed Funds To Afford Them; Pushes New Plan To Inject $175B Into Nation's K-12 Schools & $15M For County Broadband To Meet The Need Without Fed Funds To Cover Massive Cost Of PPE, Barriers, Cleaning Supplies, Remote Internet Access & More, Local Budgets Would Be Crushed, Local Taxes Could Rise & Some Schools Might Stay Closed Schumer… Continue Reading


07.31.20

ON THE HEELS OF HIS SUCCESSFUL PUSH TO INCLUDE GAME-CHANGING SEMICONDUCTOR AMENDMENT, SENATOR PUSHES MASSIVE FEDERAL INITIATIVE FOR SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING IN FINAL NATIONAL DEFENSE BILL – TO BRING MASSIVE FEDERAL INVESTMENT TO GLOBALFOUNDRIES, CREATE NEW JOBS, AND KICK CAPITAL REGION ECONOMY INTO HIGH GEAR

Schumer Says U.S. Must Maintain Its Global Leadership In Semiconductor Tech Innovation, And New Schumer-Authored Bill Means More Microelectronics Factories & Jobs In The U.S.A. - At Sites Like GlobalFoundries - Cementing U.S. Leadership In Microelectronics Industry Schumer Says Super-Charged Federal Support Will Allow NY-Based Companies, Like GlobalFoundries, To Grow And Reduce Dangerous U.S. Reliance On Foreign-Made Semiconductors, Create Jobs, And Boost Local Economy Schumer: Defense Bil… Continue Reading


07.30.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $3.3 MILLION IN FEMA FUNDING FOR FIREFIGHTERS ACROSS UPSTATE NEW YORK

Funding Will Be Used To Enhance Departments' Response Capabilities And More Effectively Protect The Health And Safety Of The Public Senators Say Firefighters Were On The Frontlines Throughout The COVID-19 Pandemic, Have Worked Tirelessly To Keep New York Safe Schumer, Gillibrand: Federal Funding Wil Help Put Out Budget Fire Facing Fire Departments U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $3,351,732.05 in federal funding to fire departments across Ne… Continue Reading


07.29.20

AFTER MONTHS OF CALLOUS INACTION & CYNICAL DELAYS, SENATE REPUBLICANS FINALLY INTRODUCE COVID RESPONSE PROPOSAL THAT FALLS FAR SHORT FOR NEW YORKERS; SCHUMER CALLS ON LEADER MCCONNELL TO IMMEDIATELY COME TO THE TABLE WITH SENATE DEMOCRATS, ADOPT URGENTLY NEEDED ELEMENTS INCLUDING: BILLIONS FOR SAFE SCHOOLS, MUNICIPALITIES, SMALL BUSINESSES, FRONTLINE WORKERS TO HELP UPSTATE NY REBUILD & RECOVER FROM PANDEMIC

After Months of Delay, Senate Republicans Reveal So-Called "HEALS" Plan; Fails To Include Crucial Relief To NY Families, Workers, Small Businesses, & The Unemployed GOP Proposal Has NOT ONE PENNY For: States Or Localities To Help Keep Teachers & Firefighters On The Job, Hazard Pay, Child Nutrition, SNAP, Etc.; Leader McConnell Must Stop Dithering, End Caucus Infighting & Come Together To Help Americans Schumer To Leader McConnell: HEALS Act Does More HARM Than HEALING For Upstate … Continue Reading


07.29.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, & BRINDISI ANNOUNCE SIX-FIGURE GRANT FOR BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY COVID-19 RESEARCH AND RECOVERY

Representatives Continue Bipartisan Work to Help New York Communities Rebuild from Pandemic U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Anthony Brindisi today announced a $200,000 National Science Foundation grant for Binghamton University to help bolster their coronavirus research program. Schumer, Gillibrand, and Brindisi secured the funds earlier this year through the bipartisan CARES Act. The funding is part of the National Science Foundation's Rapid … Continue Reading


07.28.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $1 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN NEW YORK’S SOUTHERN TIER AND CAPITAL REGION

U.S. Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,200,000 in federal funding to help recovery efforts from COVID-19 economic disruptions in New York's Southern Tier and Capital Region. The funding was allocated by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and will be used to spur economic development and offset costs from the COVID-19 emergency. "In these trying a… Continue Reading


07.28.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, DELGADO ANNOUNCE NEARLY $5 MILLION IN FEDERAL EMERGENCY TRANSIT FUNDING FOR ULSTER COUNTRY AREA TRANSIT

During Negotiations For Cares Act, Leader Schumer Prioritized & Secured $$$ For Upstate New York Transit; Gillibrand, Delgado Shepherded Legislation To Final Passage Ulster County Area Will Receive Nearly $5M To Support Transit Operations As Counties Respond To & Recover From COVID-19 Pandemic Reps: Federal Funding Will Keep Ulster County Moving Forward U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Congressman Antonio Delgado today announc… Continue Reading


07.28.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $200 MILLION IN EMERGENCY FEDERAL FUNDING FOR NEW YORK CITY HEALTH AND HOSPITALS’ COVID-19 RESPONSE AND RECOVERY OPERATIONS

Senators Secured Funding For Critical Medical Supplies And PPE Like Ventilators and N-95 Masks; Funding Also Supports Local Hospital Infrastructure And Equipment, COVID-19 Testing And Staffing For Health Care Facilities Funding For PPE And Other Supplies Supplements City's Local Resources As They Continue To Rebuild And Recover From COVID-19 U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $199,625,267.63 in federal funding for New York City's Office of Management and Bu… Continue Reading


07.28.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $5.5 MILLION IN FEDERAL EMERGENCY TRANSIT FUNDING FOR CENTRAL NEW YORK REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY FOR ONONDAGA, OSWEGO, AND CAYUGA COUNTIES

During Negotiations For Cares Act, Leader Schumer Prioritized & Secured $$$ For Upstate New York Transit; Gillibrand Shepherded Legislation To Final Passage Central New York Will Receive $5.5M To Support Transit Operations As Counties Respond To & Recover From COVID-19 Pandemic Schumer, Gillibrand: Federal Funding Will Keep Central New York Moving Forward U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $5,500,000 in CARES Act, emerge… Continue Reading


07.24.20

AFTER PERSONAL INTERVENTION, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES TORONTO BLUE JAYS CHOOSE BUFFALO AS THEIR HOME FOR THE 2020 MLB SEASON

Earlier This Week, Schumer, In A Direct Call & Personal Letter, Pitched To MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred That Buffalo Was 'The Natural' Place For Blue Jay's To Play 2020 Season Schumer: Batter Up, Blue Jays - Buffalo Is A Homerun! A longtime fan of baseball and supporter of baseball teams in New York, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that following his direct call and personal letter to Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Rob Manfred earlier this week, the Toronto B… Continue Reading


07.23.20

AFTER MONTHS OF ADVOCACY, SCHUMER SECURES CRITICAL STEP TO PROVIDING WELL-DESERVED CARE & COMPENSATION FOR UPSTATE NEW YORK VETS SUFFERING FROM AGENT ORANGE-LINKED ILLNESSES, CEMENTING CRITICAL HEALTH BENEFITS IN NATIONAL DEFENSE BILL; FOLLOWING YESTERDAY’S SENATE PASSAGE OF AMENDMENT, SCHUMER VOWS TO GET FINAL BILL ACROSS THE FINISH LINE

Schumer Has Been Pushing To Expand List Of Diseases Associated With Exposure To 'Agent Orange' Herbicide That NY Vets Came Into Contact With During Vietnam War; But Feds Have Been Foot-Dragging And Have Blocked Action Schumer Secures National Defense Bill Amendment; Final Bill Will End Unwarranted Delay, Give Vets Suffering From Agent Orange-Linked Conditions Like Cancer & Parkinson's, Their Healthcare & Compensation Benefits Schumer: One Step Closer To NY Vets FINALLY Getting the Hea… Continue Reading


07.23.20

AS THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS DECIDE THEIR HOME FOR THE 2020 MLB SEASON, SCHUMER, IN LETTER & PERSONAL CALL TO MLB COMMISSIONER ROB MANFRED, PITCHES BUFFALO’S SAHLEN FIELD TO HOST THE TEAM FOR THE 2020 SEASON

Border Restrictions From COVID Crisis Prevent The Blue Jays From Playing In Toronto; As Opening Day Dawns, Toronto's Neighbor, Buffalo, Is Warmed Up And Ready To Take The Mound Senator Says Blue Jays Should Call Buffalo Home For The 2020 MLB Season Schumer: Batter Up Blue Jays! Buffalo's The Natural Place to Play in 2020 A longtime fan of baseball and supporter of baseball teams in New York, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner, Rob Manfre… Continue Reading

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