Press Releases

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


08.02.06

Senate Dem Leaders Write To Urge Bush, Frist, Hastert To Immediately Denounce Inflammatory Remarks By Their Supporters

U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer, Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, and Debbie Stabenow sent a letter today urging President Bush, Senator Frist, and Speaker Hastert to immediately denounce a number of inflammatory comments made by conservative leaders openly threatening sitting judges. Many of these remarks, some by sitting members of Congress others by conservative leaders, might be misused to provide unstable individuals some justification for using violence against judges who dont rule in their favor. S… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer Secures Key Provision For Surescan Corp Of Endicott In Senate Appropriations Bill

US Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that he secured a measure that would allocate $50 million for the next generation of homeland screening technology, a move that means SureScan will be one of a few companies able to compete for this money once they are certified by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Schumer, who first brought the TSA to meet with SureScan in 2003, lobbied aggressively for inclusion of the language in the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations bill whi… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer-Collins: 15 Senators Demand U.S. Take Stronger Action Against Saudis For Egregious Violations Of Religious Freedoms

Today, Senators Charles Schumer (DNY) and Susan Collins (RME) were joined by thirteen colleagues from both sides of the aisle in sending a letter to Secretary Condoleezza Rice to express appreciation for the Department of States 2004 designation of Saudi Arabia as a country of particular concern (CPC) for its systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom. The Senators also expressed a strong desire to see the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia defined … Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer:$1.1 Million Coming To Greater Glens Falls Development Corporation

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that $1.1 million in federal funds was awarded to the Greater Glens Falls Development Corporation to assist in the funding of a business incubator and education facility. The funds are being awarded through the Economic Development Administration's Public Works Program in the U.S. Department of Commerce. "This is great news for Glens Falls and the entire region," Schumer said. "The business incubator and education facility will bri… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer, Levy Announce New Push For Federal Funding For New County-Wide 311 System

Senator Charles E. Schumer and Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy today announced a new effort to secure federal funding for a 311call system that Suffolk County residents can use for nonemergencies not covered by the county's 911emergency call system. "Establishing a communication management system in Suffolk County is a winwin situation. It frees up 911, ensuring it is only used for emergencies. The 311 system will provide residents with a much needed resource for any nonemergency … Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer: Federal Dollars Coming To Town Of Chateaugay

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Town of Chateaugay was awarded a $79,100 grant and a $35,000 loan to assist in replacing the water system infrastructure and a $371,200 grant and a $50,000 loan to assist in constructing a new sewage treatment plan. The funds are being awarded through the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development program as a Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant. "This is great news for the Town of Chateaugay," Sch… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer: Shortage Of Volunteer Firefighters On Long Island Looms - Unveils New Plan To Boost Recruitment

As a shortage a volunteer fire fighters threatens departments in Nassau and Suffolk County who rely on a nearly all volunteer fire fighting force, US Senator Charles E. Schumer today unveiled a new proposal to support volunteer firefighters and emergency medical support (EMS) providers on Long Island. Standing with volunteer firefighters who shared their recruitment struggles, Schumer announced his legislation, the Supporting Emergency Responders Volunteer Efforts (SERVE) Act, which offers a $1,… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer Details Plans To Lower Home Heating Prices In Face Of Huge Winter Storm

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today vowed to fight to lower prices for New Yorkers who are paying more than 30 percent more for home heating oil this winter. Schumer today unveiled a new study showing that the average New York household using home heating oil is paying approximately $329 more this year than last year and called on the Administration to pressure Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to reverse its recent decision to abandon a price target band, a significan… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Gas Prices At Record Highs; Schumer Again Urges Deployment Of Strategic Petroleum Reserve

Today U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (DNY) again called on President Bush to use the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to bring down recordhigh gas prices. According to todays reports, barrels of oil traded for $66.27 on Monday and the national average per gallon of regular gasoline was $2.55 on Monday, and in some areas exceeded $3.00 per gallon. In New York State the average regular gasoline price was even higher, selling for $2.61 per gallon on Monday. In March, the national average retail… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer Announces Over $241,000 for Capital Region Crime Control and Prevention Programs

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that $241,913 has been awarded to organizations in the Capital Region by the U.S. Department of Justices Office of Justice Programs (OJP) under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program. The City of Albany will receive $150,000, Schenectady County will receive $57,980 and the City of Troy will receive $33,933. The federal funds will be used for crime control and prevention programs. When it comes to protecting our citizens, we ne… Continue Reading


08.02.06

On Heels Of Yesterdays Mall Shooting Schumer Renews Call On President To Re-Enact Assault Weapons Ban

Yesterdays shooting at a Hudson Valley shopping mall might have been prevented had Congress and President Bush reenacted the Assault Weapons Ban that expired last September, US Senator Charles E Schumer warned today. Schumer renewed his call to pass the law, which he wrote as a Congressman and passed on the heels of LIRR incident, and which had succeeded in slashing the rate of banned assault weapons used in crime by nearly twothirds. When the ban expired last year, gun manufacturers were once… Continue Reading


08.02.06

In Wake Of London Bombings Schumer Asks Administration, Congress Must Reconsider Defeat Of Mass Transit Homeland Security Funding

Subway stations, bus lines and commuter rail lines are still vulnerable to terrorist attack and need federal support to bolster security efforts, Senator Charles E. Schumer warned today. Just last week after the first attack on London, the Senate inexplicably rejected a 1.16 billion dollar increase in mass transit security funding. In addition, the MTA is unable to spend its federal money where it is needed most. Though the MTA is desperately in need of more bombsniffing dogs, overtime for polic… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer on Emergency Aid for Victims of Hurricane Katrina

Mr. President, tonight our nation is experiencing one of the most tragic and heartrending natural disasters in our history. Entire towns have been destroyed. Lives upturned, families lost, and the chaos we have all watched unfold continues even tonight. Our hearts go out to the people of Louisiana, Mississippi and all of the Gulf states affected by Hurricane Katrina. And our prayers go out most of all to those still stranded in New Orleans and those who have lost loved ones. The images on TV a… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer: Bureau Of Prisons Process Must Be Examined And Fixed Immediately, Pen Pal Privileges For Terrorists Must Stop

Today Senator Charles E. Schumer sent a letter to Harley G. Lappin, Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons asking for an immediate investigation into the outrageous cases of maximum security prisoners who were convicted of bombing the World Trade Center in 1993 encouraging future terrorist attacks from their jail cells. News reports indicate that individuals convicted of committing terrorist acts against the United States have been allowed to spread their hateful propaganda and recruit futu… Continue Reading

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