Press Releases

10.31.06

Schumer Urges Full Funding For Amtrak To Avert Service Shutdown

With an Amtrak fiscal crisis threatening to shut down the company's rail service this year, US Senator Charles E. Schumer today unveiled a proposal to inject Amtrak with the $1.8 billion the company needs to maintain and improve its service in New York State. Schumer's proposal comes on the heels of proposed cuts to the Amtrak budget that would shut down Amtrak completely this year and President David Gunn's visit to the area Saturday to detail the dire situation. "If you shut… Continue Reading


10.31.06

Schumer: Federal Budget Proposal Stiffs Ny Fire Departments By $18 Million Next Year

Schumer details cuts each NY county faces; Capital Region fire departments could lose $2.5 million; Central NY $1.5 m; Rochester/Finger Lakes $2 m; Hudson Valley $2.9 m; North Country $2.2 m; Southern Tier $2.6 m; Western NY $3.9 m New York fire departments could lose out on over $18 million for equipment, training, and fire trucks next year under the Administration's new federal budget proposal, US Senator Charles E. Schumer warned today. Schumer released a new report showing that the Adm… Continue Reading


10.31.06

Kraft Tells Schumer That Cool Whip Plant In Avon Is Unlikely To Close

US Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that he has received assurances from Kraft Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mark Firestone that the Cool Whip plant in Avon is not a priority for closure. After Kraft announced last week that it will be making significant unspecified cuts to its workforce, there were concerns that the Livingston County plant was in jeopardy, leading Schumer to lobby the company to keep them. "The good news is that the Cool Whip plant is not likely to … Continue Reading


10.30.06

Schumer: Vital Tool In War On Terror Languishing, Awaiting Push From Bush

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today called on President Bush to use his clout with the House of Representatives to secure passage of urgentlyneeded legislation in the war on terror. The bill, which is sponsored by Senators Schumer and John Kyl (RAZ) and passed the Senate 904 nearly a year ago, would give the FBI the power to get foreign intelligence surveillance warrants on lone wolf terrorists who cannot be linked to existing terror groups. The hearings before the 9/11 Commission have made it… Continue Reading


10.30.06

Schumer To Delta: Don't Give Up On Elmira-Corning, Bring Service To Southern Tier

In an attempt to reassure the financially struggling airline, US Senator Charles Schumer today urged Delta Air Lines to bring its air service to the ElmiraCorning Regional Airport in New York. Schumer, who successfully brought JetBlue to upstate New York, said adding the flights would not only offer residents greater travel options and provide businesses incentives to locate in the Southern Tier, but it could provide Delta with potential for new growth. "Bringing Delta's service to El… Continue Reading


10.30.06

Schumer Visits Oswegatchie River & Discusses New Federal Funds He Helped Obtain To Fix Collapsed Retaining Wall

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today visited the Oswegatchie River to see firsthand the collapsed retaining wall that he helped obtain federal funds to repair. Part of the retaining wall has fallen into the river and the wall threatens to damage the state Route 812 bridge. Schumer and Rep. McHugh spent the last two weeks successfully urging the US Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDANRCS) State Conservationist Joseph DelVecchio to approve St. Lawrence Count… Continue Reading


10.30.06

Schumer: Ashcroft & Fbi Falling Way Short In War On Terrorism; Failed To Take Adequate Corrective Action Even After 9/11

In the war on terrorism, John Ashcroft has frequently gone overboard when dealing with liberties, but hasnt even gotten the ship out of port when it comes to administration, coordination, technology, and funding, Schumer said. Thirtyone months after 9/11, the FBIs computer system is still an unmitigated disaster, were woefully short on appropriately trained analysts and translators, and the Administration steadfastly refuses to adequately fund the war on terror. Its simply indefensible that th… Continue Reading


10.30.06

Schumer Asks Aol To Stop Treating 9/11 Victim Families Mailing Lists Like Spam

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today asked America Online to find a solution to ensure that a Staten Island 9/11 father can continue to use his AOL account to send emails to other 9/11 families. Because he was sending emails to so many 9/11 families that have asked to be placed on his distribution lists, AOL computers automatically flagged him as a spammer. Schumer, the leading antispam advocate in Congress, said that AOL should be commended for their strong policies and procedures to fight spam,… Continue Reading


10.30.06

New Schumer Analysis: Proposed Federal Budget In Special Ed Shortchanges Central New York Schools By $43 Million

With New York State education funds mired in uncertainty, US Senator Charles E. Schumer today called for the federal government to deliver on its commitment to fully fund its education budget for the Syracuse/Central New York area. Schumer today released a new analysis showing that under the Administration's proposed federal budget, schools in Central New York would be shortchanged approximately $43 million for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that funds special educati… Continue Reading


10.30.06

Schumer Outlines New Plan To Bolster Law Enforcement In Plattsburgh

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today detailed a comprehensive plan to bolster law enforcement efforts in Plattsburgh. The Senator outlined plans to locate a new law enforcement center at the former Air Force base that will house federal, local, and state agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). In addition, Schumer announced a commitment from the DEA to bring three additional agents to Plattsburgh for better defense against a potential in… Continue Reading


10.30.06

Schumer To Feds: Reopen Statue Of Liberty Crown To Visitors - Not Just Statue Base

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today asked US Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton to reopen the Statue of Liberty's Crown to visitors and sightseers, not just the base of the statue. In an interview on NBC's Today show this morning, the Secretary promised that the public will be allowed to climb the 354 steps to the statue's crown. But Secretary Norton did not repeat that promise in her official remarks at the Statue. Schumer today asked the Secretary to reconfirm her commitment to … Continue Reading


10.30.06

Schumer To Host Buffalo Officials In NYC Friday To Discuss New Model For Buffalo's Outer Harbor Revival

US Senator Charles Schumer Friday will host a delegation of Buffalo elected and economic development officials at Battery Park City in Manhattan on Friday to discuss how the Battery Park City project can serve as a model for Buffalo's outer harbor redevelopment efforts. Schumer and the Buffalo officials will meet with the Battery Park City authority and tour the site of the Battery Park City project. "A Buffalo version of Battery Park City would have this area buzzing with activity,&q… Continue Reading


10.30.06

27 Senators To Ask White House To Reconsider Position On Spr In Light Of Opec Plan To Cut Production

With OPEC deciding on Wednesday to move forward with its plan to cut oil production by 1 million barrels a day, a group of US Senators led by Charles Schumer is urging the White House to reconsider its position to keep filling the Strategic Petroleum Reserves (SPR). The letter was signed by Senators Schumer, Mikulski, Stabenow, Dodd, Corzine, Boxer, Kennedy, Pryor, Leahy, Wyden, Reid, Edwards, Reed, Kohl, Rockefeller, Harkin, Dayton, Jeffords, Levin, Lieberman, Feinstein, Feingold, Clinton and L… Continue Reading


10.30.06

New Schumer Analysis: Proposed Federal Budget In Special Ed Shortchanges Mohawk Valley Schools By $14.9 Million

With New York State education funds mired in uncertainty, US Senator Charles E. Schumer today called for the federal government to deliver on its commitment to fully fund its education budget for the Mohawk Valley. Schumer today released a new analysis showing that under the Administration's proposed federal budget, schools in Herkimer, Madison and Oneida counties would be shortchanged approximately $14.9 million for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that funds special e… Continue Reading


10.30.06

Schumer Statement On Return Of Robin Valentin Accused In 2001 Slaying Of Livery Cab Driver Jose Gutierrez To Ny Today

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today praised the City, County, and Federal law enforcement officers who helped capture Robin Valent�n who was one of the NYPD's Most Wanted Criminals for allegedly murdering Jos� Guti�rrez, an auxiliary police officer in the 44th Precinct in The Bronx, in August 2001 and delivered him to back to New York today. Valent�n fled to the Dominican Republic shortly after the killing and was captured in Belgium in November. At Schumer's urging, the US Marsh… Continue Reading


10.30.06

Schumer Presses Principi On Delay In Canandaigua Va Hospital Decision

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today pressed VA Secretary Anthony Principi about his unexpected delay in announcing the fate of the Canandaigua VA hospital. Principi, who was expected to decide earlier this month whether to approve a plan to keep the hospital open and move 50 psychiatric beds to the Batavia and/or Buffalo VA facilities, assured Schumer last night that the delay does not indicate a change in the plan to keep the facility open and said a final announcement was likely to come within… Continue Reading


10.30.06

New Schumer Analysis: Proposed Federal Budget In Special Ed Shortchanges Rochester/Finger Lakes Schools By $50.2 Million

Schumer: With New York State education money already in doubt, feds must come through with money it promised schools in Rochester/Finger Lakes area; New bipartisan plan would restore full funding for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) With New York State education funds mired in uncertainty, US Senator Charles E. Schumer today called for the federal government to deliver on its commitment to fully fund its education budget for the Rochester/Finger Lakes area. Schumer today releas… Continue Reading


10.30.06

Schumer: New Stats Show Crystal Meth Quickly Becoming The New Crack Seizures In New York Up 31% Over Last Year

As methamphetamine use begins to skyrocket in New York, US Senator Charles E. Schumer was joined by the Special Agent in Charge of the US Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) New York Field Division, Anthony P. Placido, at DEA headquarters today to unveil a new plan to nip the problem in the bud and prevent a repeat of 1980sera mistakes that missed the early warning signs of the crack epidemic. Schumer's plan would sharply increase penalties for dealing the drug to make them equival… Continue Reading


10.30.06

28 Senators: President Should Pressure Opec To Boost Oil Supply At Crucial Wed. Meeting

The letter was signed by Senators Olympia Snowe, Charles Schumer, Barbara Mikulski, Ted Kennedy, Joseph Lieberman, Carl Levin, Jon Corzine, Mark Pryor, Paul Sarbanes, Harry Reid, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Christopher Dodd, Patrick Leahy, Barbara Boxer, Frank Lautenberg, Herb Kohl, Debbie Stabenow, Ron Wyden, Mark Dayton, Tim Johnson, Bill Nelson, Tom Harkin, Richard Durbin, Jack Reed, Russ Feingold, Ben Nelson, Byron Dorgan, and Maria Cantwell. On Wednesday, OPEC will meet in Vienna to decide wh… Continue Reading


10.30.06

Schumer: Gaping Hole In Nyc Security - 25,000 Unscreened Cruise Ship Passengers To Disembark Just Steps From G.O.P. Convention

Standing at the New York City Passenger Ship Terminal on the West Side of Manhattan, US Senator Charles E. Schumer revealed today that while Federal officials are pushing to close Madison Square Garden and the James A. Farley Post Office during the summer's Republican National Convention, they refuse to install their highlytouted new "fingerscanners" at Manhattan's Passenger Ship Terminal to check foreign visitors against terrorist watch lists, even though the Terminal is jut b… Continue Reading

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