Press Releases

08.02.06

Kennedy, Schumer And Texans To Detail How Judge Owens Extremist Decisions Have Harmed Texans

U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Ted Kennedy, joined by Texans for Public Justice, and the Texas Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, will the discuss the human cost of Judge Priscilla Owens record of extreme and activist decisions. Schumer, Kennedy, and others oppose this particular candidate for lifetime appointment to the federal bench. Sen. Schumer said, If there was ever a judge who would substitute her own views for the law, it is Judge Owen. Her record is a paper trail of case… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer Meets With Puerto Rican Governor An�bal Acevedo-Vil�

Today US Senator Charles E. Schumer today met with Governor An�bal AcevedoVil� of Puerto Rico in he meeting touched on a wide range of issues, centering on jobs and economic development in Puerto Rico, as well as healthcare and TANF benefits. Schumer and AcevedoVil� focused primarily on jobs and the economy. They discussed the extension of current tax provisions in an effort to create future tax based economic incentives for job creation in Puerto Rico. Additionally they spoke about effo… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Members Of Congress Introduce Legislation To Combat The Threat Of Shoulder-Fired Missiles

embers of Congress who have been leading the fight to combat the threat of shoulderfired missiles today introduced legislation that would require all U.S. commercial turbojet aircraft to be equipped with countermeasure systems. The Commercial Airline Missile Defense Act, introduced in the Senate by Senators Barbara Boxer (DCA) and Charles Schumer (DNY), and in the House by Representative Steve Israel (DNY), would require that the installation of countermeasure systems begin no later than six m… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer Urges FEMA To Declare Fourteen New York Counties Federal Disaster Areas, Send Federal Aid

In the wake of last weekend's severe thunderstorms and subsequent flooding, US Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the Department of Homeland Security Undersecretary Michael D. Brown, Undersecretary for Emergency Preparedness and Response, to grant Governor George Patakis request to declare fourteen New York Counties as federal disaster areas and approve federal assistance for individuals and municipalities suffering losses. Governor Pataki granted Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Gr… Continue Reading


08.02.06

New Schumer Study Shame Of The Service: 41% Of NY Reservist Families Now Suffer Deep Economic Hardship While Breadwinners Serve In Iraq

Standing with Long Island and New York City reservists, military families and small business leaders, US Senator Charles E. Schumer today released a study that includes the newest data on New York military reservist families and finds that nearly half of them some 41% are losing significant amounts of income while serving. Schumer today also unveiled a new plan to give tax breaks to employers who pay the salaries of activated reservists while the reservists are abroad fighting the War on Terror … Continue Reading


08.02.06

Gas Prices At Record Highs In Western New York; Schumer Again Urges Deployment Of Strategic Petroleum Reserve

Today U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer again called on President Bush to use the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to bring down recordhigh gas prices. According to today's reports, barrels of oil traded for $65.85 on Wednesday and the national average per gallon of regular gasoline was $2.56 on Wednesday, and in some areas exceeded $3.00 per gallon. In Western New York today, the average regular gasoline price was even higher, selling for $2.58 per gallon, up 10 percent from last month. In… Continue Reading


08.02.06

At Crains Speech: Schumer Warns: Culture Of Inertia Threatens To Derail Downtown Development Lays Out Comprehensive Strategy For Revival

As the redevelopment of Ground Zero slows, and 2 billion dollars of federal money earmarked for transportation projects remains unspent; today U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer outlined a comprehensive strategy to revive downtown development, and set a deadline for a plan for the transportation money to be in place. In a major address at Crains Business Breakfast Forum, Schumer also discussed his plans for Governors Island to become an international biotech center and his idea to create an apron p… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer Announces Key Senate Panel Backs $200,000 For The Veterans Outreach Center in Rochester

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $200,000 for Veterans Outreach Center in Rochester under the FY06 Transportation, Treasury, HUD Appropriations Act. The federal funds will go to renovate and expand the centers employment, job training, and counseling facilities that have become overcrowded due to increasing demand for services. The bill must now be approved by the full Senate before being sent to a House and Senate Conference Commi… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer, Graham Urge Action Against China's Unfair Currency Manipulation

Today, the Treasury Department submitted its twice annual currency exchange report to the Senate Banking Committee. The report, two months overdue, does not say that China is guilty of currency manipulation, which is contrary to what most economists and the U.S. Congress, including Senators Charles E. Schumer (DN.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (RSC) have argued for years. On the heels of this report, Senators Schumer and Graham will introduce the Currency Manipulation Definition Bill. This bipartisan … Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer: More Than $1.2 Million Awarded To The New York City Leadership Academy

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that $1,277,920 in federal funds for the New York City Leadership Academy. The funds are coming as part of the Department of Educations School Leadership Program. The New York City Leadership Academy is part of the New York City Leadership Initiative which works to provide rigorous pathways for leadership recruitment, preparation and mentoring for New York City schools. Here in New York where we have such large and diverse schools, it is critical w… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer Unveils New "Insecurity Calculator" Showing How Much 707,815 Westchester Residents Lose Under Privatization Plan

Schumer: We Will Not Allow Washington to Play Retirement Roulette US Senator Charles E. Schumer, unveiling a new Social Security web calculator, demonstrated how much Lower Hudson Valley residents stand to lose under the Administrations proposal to privatize Social Security. Joined by Westchester residents who input their year of birth and average income, Schumer released a new program that computes a sidebyside personal comparison of the Bush Privatization Plan and the current Social Security… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer Announces $250,000 for Stewart International Airport

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced $250,000 in federal funds was awarded to Stewart Airport by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The federal dollars come from the Small Community Air Service Development Program (SCASDP) Grants. The funds will be used to help the airport promote its services to passengers and offer inducements to new carriers. Schumer lobbied the Transportation Secretary, urging his support of Stewarts application. "This is great news for Stewart, since i… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer: Over $1.74 Million Coming To Finger Lakes Region Fire Departments For Fire Operations And Safety

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced over $1.75 million in federal funds for Finger Lakes region fire departments and organizations to pay for fire operations and fire safety. The funds are being awarded through the Assistance to Firefighters program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This is a great day for fire departments in the Finger Lakes, said Schumer. Firefighters and emergency professionals put their lives on the line every day and it is imperative that… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer: Over $221,000 Coming To Village Of Margaretville

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that a $221,000 grant was awarded to the Village of Margaretville to assist in locating additional well supply. The funds are being awarded through the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development program as a Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant (ECWAG). "This is great news for the Village of Margaretville," Schumer said. "The water system is critical to the livelihood of the community and the health … Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer: Rove's Lawyer Says It Wasn't Rove Who Orchestrated Leak Of CIA Operative Name, But It Would Be Nice To Hear It From Rove Directly

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer led the push in Congress for an aggressive investigation into the leaking of the identity of C.I.A. officer, Valerie Plame. Schumer called for an immediate investigation into the CIA leak and ensured that Jim Comey appointed an independent prosecutor, Fitzgerald. He also called for Alberto Gonzales and John Ashcroft to recuse themselves from the case. He released the following statement today in reaction to reports the Roves attorney denies any wrongdoing by his c… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer Announces Legislation To Allow Secure Alternatives To Passports At Us-Canada Border Accepted By Senate

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced federal legislation to reverse plans for a passport requirement at the USCanada border has been accepted the Senate. Schumer supported a bipartisan Amendment to the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill, sponsored by Senator Byron Dorgan (DND) mandating that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) cannot exclusively require passports for entry into the United States. Passage of the overall bill is expected tonight, at which time the b… Continue Reading


08.02.06

New Schumer Survey Reveals Scores Of Previously Undisclosed MTBE Leaks Located In Capital Region Pose Grave Danger To Public Health

Standing at the site of one potentially cancercausing MTBE spill like the dozens that threaten the environment and public health in the Capital Region, Senator Charles E. Schumer released a new list of MTBE hotspots. The previously undisclosed list of MTBE spills in the Capital Region identifies threats to residential homes, commercial properties, water supply wells, and the Hudson River. If a specific special interest provision included in the Energy Bill passed by the House is not removed, the… Continue Reading


08.02.06

New Schumer Survey Reveals Scores Of Previously Undisclosed MTBE Leaks Located In Rochester Pose Dangerous Threat To Public Health

Standing at the site of one potentially cancercausing MTBE spill like the dozens that threaten the environment and public health in the Rochester area, Senator Charles E. Schumer released a new list of MTBE hotspots. The previously undisclosed list of MTBE spills in Monroe County identifies threats to residential homes, commercial properties, and water supply sources. If a specific special interest provision included in the Energy Bill passed by the House is not removed, the enormous cleanup cos… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer, Clinton Announce Over $1.6 Million In Federal Money For Plattsburgh International Airport

US Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that Plattsburgh International Airport has been awarded over $1.6 Million in federal funds for the airport to continue Phase II rehabilitation work on its runway. The funds are listed in the Transportation, Treasury, and Independent Agencies Appropriations section of the Fiscal Year 2005 Omnibus Appropriations bill. This is great news for the entire North Country," said Schumer. "The Plattsburgh International A… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer Demands Answers From State For MT Picture Display Workers

US Senator Charles E. Schumer urged New York States Department of Labor today to immediately release extended unemployment insurance and job retraining benefits to those who lost their jobs at MT Picture Display. Schumer wrote a letter to New York State Commissioner of Labor to Linda Angello, calling on her to release funds due to workers so they can support their families and advance their job searches. In his letter, Schumer seeks answers on behalf of the workers, including how workers should … Continue Reading

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