Press Releases

10.24.06

Schumer: Traffic On The Peace Bridge Has Reached Outrageous Proportions; Threatens To Severely Halt Commerce

Standing alongside frustrated drivers at the foot of the Peace Bridge, US Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the Bureau of Customs & Border Protection to increase staffing levels at bridge check points to meet peak traffic demands. Traffic problems on the bridge have become more than an inconvenience, and local businesses are starting to feel the pinch of less customers and more expensive deliveries. Anyone who's driven along the Peace Bridge during peak times knows that this is a … Continue Reading


10.24.06

Schumer, Clinton: Congress Backs $2 Million For Central Ny Defense Projects

US Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that Congress approved $2 million in the 2005 Defense Department spending bill for Central New York defense projects. Projects to be funded under the bill include $1 million for the Rome Air Force Research Laboratorys Joint Battlespace Infosphere project and $1 million for Cortland Cables synthetic material arresting cable development project. The bill must now be sent to the President and eventually signed into law. "… Continue Reading


10.24.06

Schumer: Measure To Assist Western Ny Nuclear Workers Clears Major Hurdle

US Senators Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Senate and House Conference on the Defense Authorization Act of 2005 has agreed to an amendment that will provide Western New Yorkers with the support that they need and deserve to effectively navigate the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act. A measure introduced by Senator Schumer will establish a new resource center in Western New York that would help sick nuclear workers with their compensation applications. … Continue Reading


10.24.06

Schumer: New Yorks Cops, Firefighters & Emts Likely To Get Nations First Signal Corps Style Program To Communicate At Terror Sites

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Senate last night voted to authorize the nations first Signal Corps style program and said that New York is likely to be selected for one of two pilot programs which would drastically improve communications between the citys first responders at a terror site. The model programs funded by Federal Homeland Security Funding would create a specialized demonstration project of police, firefighters, EMTs, and other emergency personnel whose only j… Continue Reading


10.24.06

Schumer, Clinton: Congressional Panel Backs $16.8 Million For Schweizer Aircraft For Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

US Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that the joint House and Senate Conference Committee approved $16.8 million for Schweizer Aircraft to help support the development of the Fire Scout RQ8 Vertical Takeoff and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV) to be used by the US Navy and Marine Corps. The bill must now be approved by the Congress before being sent to the President and eventually signed into law. Specifically, today's funding will allow de… Continue Reading


10.24.06

Schumer, Clinton Secure Renewal Community Expansion That Makes More Of Rochester Eligible For Special Tax Breaks

US Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton announced today that legislation to increase the size of New Yorks Renewal Communities was passed by a joint HouseSenate Conference Committee for the JOBS Bill. The move could dramatically increase the area included in the Rochester renewal community, providing important tax incentives and development initiatives worth an estimated $400 million to New Yorkers and New York businesses. The amendment, which was included as part of the JOBS B… Continue Reading


10.23.06

Schumer Urges Feds To Keep Canandaigua VA Acute Psych Unit Open Requests Personal Meeting With Secretary To Discuss Future Of Campus

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to keep the Canandaigua VA Medical Centers Acute Psychiatric Unit open, and requested a personal meeting with the Secretary to discuss the future of the campus. Earlier this month, the VA announced that services would remain on the Canandaigua VAMC campus and not move elsewhere in the area. The future of VA services in Canandaigua appears bright, but the details are still vague and the communit… Continue Reading


10.23.06

Schumer, Crowley Announce $250,000 For Corona-Elmhurst Center For Economic Development

Attending the 3rd Anniversary Legislative and Economic Forum at the CoronaElmhurst Center for Economic Development, today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Representative Joseph Crowley announced $250,000 in federal funds for the Center. Schumer, the keynote speaker for todays forum, teamed up with Congressman Crowley to champion the importance of empowering Queens local business community. The federal funding secured by the Senator and the Congressman will support efforts by the Center … Continue Reading


10.20.06

Schumer: Long Island Police & Fire Personnel Unable To Share Critical Information Unless Feds Clear Airwaves Asap

US Senator Charles Schumer today warned that Long Islands first responders remain uncoordinated and vulnerable in the event of a major catastrophe because they dont have access to a shared radio frequency. Schumer called on the Federal government to kick seven outofstate tv stations off the frequency designated for use by emergency personnel to share information and coordinate response efforts. Schumer urged the Federal Communications Commission to free up the 700 band frequency for Nassau and S… Continue Reading


10.20.06

With Hundreds Of Trucks Leaving The Thruway & I-81 For Local Roads Each Day, Schumer Unveils New Plan To Keep Trucks Out Of CNY Neighborhoods To Restore Quality Of Life

With hundreds of trucks leaving the Thruway and I81 each day unnecessarily and clogging local roads, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today unveiled his new plan to keep trucks out of Central New York neighborhoods and restore communities quality of life. Over 1.9 million trucks travel through Central New York every year carrying freight, but many drive on local roads as a shortcut and to avoid weigh stations, tolls and traffic. Throughout the past few years, there have been numerous accidents sp… Continue Reading


10.20.06

Schumer Announces Over $61,000 In Federal Dollars For The Ithaca Housing Authority

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced $61,328 has been awarded to the Ithaca Housing Authority in Tompkins County by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the Housing Choice VoucherFamily Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program. "This is great news for Ithaca," said Schumer. "The program coordinators are an essential part of the programs that move future homeowners towards selfsufficiency and independence. By providing support for prospective first time… Continue Reading


10.20.06

Schumer: Feds To Blame For Flu Vaccine Shortage; Announces Plan To Solve Local Crisis And Urges U.S. To Implement Immediately

With two of the four hospitals in Onondaga County reporting severe flu vaccine shortages, US Senator Charles Schumer today charged the Federal government with being woefully unprepared to deal with the situation and called for the immediate importation of emergency supplies from Canada, Europe, and Japan. With just two drug makers producing the flu vaccine for use in the US and no back up system in place, Schumer faulted the federal government for leaving thousands of high risk residents of Cent… Continue Reading


10.20.06

Schumer Demands Orange And Dutchess County Hospitals Be Included In Hospital Reclassification Deal Announced Today

In light of todays announcement that Senate leaders will pursue an extension of Section 508 of the Medicare Modernization Act, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, pledged today to work to include all New York Section 508 hospitals. This morning, the Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Charles Grassley (RIA) announced in Pennsylvania his intentions to extend Section 508, which includes language that provided millions of dollars to Northern Dutchess Hospit… Continue Reading


10.19.06

Joint Statement By Senators Schumer, Clinton, And Representatives Higgins, Slaughter, And Reynolds On Expediting Major Disaster Declaration

Today the Western New York Congressional delegation released the following statement: Western New York continues to suffer from the effects of a massive snowstorm that caused thousands of homes to go without power for several days. In our visits and discussions with government officials we know the extent of the devastation and have been working to support the work being done to restore power, cleanup downed trees, and ensure that government at all levels is responding with all deliberate s… Continue Reading


10.18.06

Schumer: Over $61,000 Coming To Sea Cliff Fire Department

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced over $61,000 in federal funds for the Sea Cliff Fire Department to pay for fire operations and fire safety. The funds are being awarded through the Assistance to Firefighters program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This is a great day for the Sea Cliff Fire Department, said Schumer. In the brave new post9/11 world, our first responders must be well trained and well equipped to deal with any problem that comes their w… Continue Reading


10.18.06

Schumer Accepts Senator Reids Offer To Sit On Finance Committee, Lead Dscc, And Join Dem Leadership

Senator Charles E. Schumer released the following statement today: On Election night, I told the citizens of New York that for me, I love New York is not just a slogan or a song. It is my life. Last week, I was offered a onceinacareer opportunity that would allow me to serve even more fully the state and the country I love. On Wednesday, Senator Harry Reid, who will soon become Minority Leader, invited me to his office and offered me a seat on the Senate Finance Committee, a position in the D… Continue Reading


10.18.06

Schumer: $10,000 Coming To Burchfield - Penney Art Center In Buffalo

Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that the BurchfieldPenney Art Center at Buffalo State College will receive a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support their "Art on the Hyphen: Cuban American Art in Western New York State" project. The funds are allocated through the NEA's "Challenge America: Serving Every Community" fasttrack program designed to provide greater support for arts projects in undeserved communities through the United State… Continue Reading


10.17.06

Schumer Secures $500,000 For Roswell Park Cancer Institute In Buffalo

Funds will be used to buy equipment for Roswell Park's Data Bank and BioRepository to help process and store biological specimens and process, sort and store data from questionnaires and medical records Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that Congress has passed $500,000 in federal funds for the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo. $250,000 of the funds were included in the Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations and $250,000 of the funds were included in the Energy an… Continue Reading


10.17.06

Schumer, Clinton Secure $721,000 In Essential Air Service Money For Plattsburgh International Airport

US Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that Congress passed $721,000 in an Essential Air Service grant for the Plattsburgh International Airport. The funds are listed in the Transportation, Treasury, and Independent Agencies Appropriations section of the Fiscal Year 2005 Omnibus Appropriations bill. It is expected that the bill will be sent to the President in the coming weeks for his signature. "Having local and affordable air service in your region sho… Continue Reading


10.17.06

Mcnulty, Schumer: Bill Naming Albany Postal Facility As Henry Johnson Annex Will Pass CONGRESS TONIGHT

US Senator Charles E. Schumer and Congressman Michael R. McNulty today announced that their legislation to officially rename the United States Postal Service facility located at 747 Broadway in Albany, New York, as the "United States Postal Service Henry Johnson Annex in honor of heroic World War I veteran and Albany native Sergeant Henry Johnson will pass Congress tonight. The bill, which was unanimously approved by the House on September 22nd, now heads to the White House for considerat… Continue Reading

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