Press Releases

10.27.06

Schumer Gets "Green Bonds" For Destiny Mega-Mall Project In Syracuse Added To Senate Tax Bill

US Senator Charles Schumer today announced that he brokered a bipartisan arrangement that moves the DestinyNY megamall in Syracuse deal closer to completion. A measure that Schumer requested to place taxexempt "green bonds" that would help finance the project took a major step forward Wednesday night, as the Senate passed an amendment adding them to a pending international tax bill. "This is very good news for Destiny," Schumer said. "It bodes very well for green bonds… Continue Reading


10.27.06

Senators To HHS Secretary Thompson: Government Drug Price Negotiation Should Be Used More Broadly

Washington, DCU.S. Senators Tim Johnson (DSD) and Charles Schumer (DNY) today requested that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) work with Congress to negotiate lower prices for prescription drugs in the Medicare program. The Senators urged Secretary Tommy G. Thompsons assistance in repealing language in the Medicare prescription drug benefit law that expressly prohibits the Secretary from negotiating lower drug prices. Secretary Thompson recently approved a plan that will allow … Continue Reading


10.26.06

Schumer: Proposed Cuts Could Cost Thousands Of New York Families Their Homes

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today warned that 6,400 upstate families spanning nearly every county could lose their housing under the Administrations proposal to cut funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Developments (HUD) Section 8 housing voucher program by $1.6 billion in FY05. To avert this from happening, Schumer said the program, which provides 53,000 families in upstate New York with vouchers to cover the cost of private rental housing, must be fully funded. "This unprec… Continue Reading


10.26.06

Schumer Presents Jefferson Public Service Award To Wtvh's Nominee Jan Maloff

US Senator Charles E. Schumer presented Jan Maloff a WTVH nominee from Syracuse, with a prestigious Jefferson Award for community and public service late Tuesday afternoon. Maloff has for the past 8 years, taken used, donated and abandoned bikes and reconditioned them to give away at his annual Christmas Bike Giveaway. Over one thousand families participated in last years giveaway and nearly 7000 children have received free bicycles since Jan started his initiative. Jan also makes available low … Continue Reading


10.26.06

Schumer Demonstrates New Online Technology Community That Will Help Recruit New Companies To Cap Region

Joined by representatives of the Center for Economic Growth, US Senator Charles E. Schumer today hosted a demonstration of the Technology Roadmap online community. Schumer helped secured $315,000 in the Fiscal Year 2003 budget for the hightech centralized data source for businesses and communities that provides a detailed view of the Region's tech companies and assets. "When Kelly Lovell presented the idea of the Technology Roadmap to me three years ago, I thought it was a great conce… Continue Reading


10.26.06

Schumer, Clinton: Key Senate Panel Backs $24 Million For Schweizer Aircraft For Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

US Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that a key Senate panel has approved $24 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 full Senate before being sent to a House and Senate Conference Committee and eventually being signed into law. Specifically, today's funding will … Continue Reading


10.26.06

Schumer Unveils Design Of New Canadian Gateway Plaza At The Peace Bridge First Step To Moving US Toll Facilities To Canada

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today joined US and Canadian officials in Fort Erie, Ontario to unveil the design of the Buffalo & Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority's (PBA's) new Canadian Gateway. The announcement is the first step in a plan to move toll operations from the US to the Canadian side of the Peace Bridge. Schumer said that the move, which should begin as early as May 2004, would allow for more Customs inspection booths on the US side to ease traffic while reducing the amou… Continue Reading


10.26.06

Schumer Urges New Drug Shopper Website That Could Save Nyers Millions By Revealing Wide Disparities Between Drug Stores' Prices

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today revealed that New Yorkers could quickly and easily comparisonshop for the best prices for prescription drugs at various neighborhood pharmacies on a website without leaving their homes, if only government Medicaid data already being collected were compiled and put online. The State of Maryland already has a website like this up and running, and a new Schumer analysis finds a similar program could save New Yorkers millions, with individuals and families saving … Continue Reading


10.26.06

Schumer To President: Don't Shortchange LI Army Corps Of Engineers Projects

US Senator Chuck Schumer today asked President George W. Bush to fully fund Army Corps of Engineers projects on Long Island in the 2005 Federal Budget that he is scheduled to send to Congress next week. Schumer has heard from local officials on Long Island and across New York State that Army Corps in the state may face draconian budget cuts in the forthcoming budget proposal. These cuts could delay or terminate plans to fight beach erosion along Long Island's South Shore and help commercial … Continue Reading


10.26.06

Schumer, Clinton: Key Senate Panel Backs $5 Million For National Center For Excellence In Infotonics

US Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton announced today that the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved $5 million under the 2005 Defense Department spending bill for to support the work of Rochesters National Center for Excellence in Infotonics. The bill must now be approved by the full Senate before being sent to a House and Senate Conference Committee and eventually being signed into law. The federal funding would go toward supporting the work at the stateoftheart re… Continue Reading


10.26.06

Schumer: Over $130,000 Coming To Swormville Fire Company

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced over $130,000 in federal funds for the Swormville Fire Company 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 Swormville Fire Company, 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 way.… Continue Reading


10.26.06

Schumer Introduces New Low Cost Air Service To Albany Area Unveils New Independence Air Jet And Brings Ceo To Meet With Local Leaders

US Senator Charles E. Schumer introduced Independence Air CEO Kerry Skeen to the Capital Region by bringing him to Albany to unveil his new jet and meeting with local business leaders. Schumer said it was important to introduce Skeen to the Albany community and to encourage close relationships between the airline and local business leaders to maximize the benefit of the new affordable air service to the area economy. "Companies often look at the number of flights before bringing business … Continue Reading


10.26.06

Schumer: Effort To Re-Name Post Office In Barber Conable's Honor Passes Senate Unanimously

US Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that his effort with Rep. Tom Reynolds to rename the US Post Office in Batavia after late Congressman Barber Conable passed the Senate unanimously late last night. Reynolds's bill to rename the post office previously passed the House in February, paving the way for the President to sign the bill into law. "Barber Conable had a legendary career in Congress," Schumer said. "It's only fitting that there be a building on West Mai… Continue Reading


10.26.06

Schumer Asks President To Award Congressional Medal Of Honor To Hero Ny Marine Who Died After Saving Others In Iraq

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged President Bush to award the Nation's highest military honor the Congressional Medal of Honor to Marine Corporal Jason Dunham of Scio New York. Corporal Dunham died after giving up his helmet to protect other Marines from an attacker's grenade on April 14. "Corporal Dunham laid down his life by shielding members of his unit from danger by throwing himself on a live grenade, an act of unbelievable bravery and selflessness that saved the live… Continue Reading


10.26.06

Schumer Steps Up Lobbying Effort To Deliver Federal Copter Contracts To Owego's Lockheed Martin Plant

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today met with workers and executives at Lockheed Martin's Owego plant, toured the site, and detailed his support of the plant's bids for two massive multimillion dollar federal contracts. Schumer said that were the plant to get the contract to build helicopters that transport the president and a separate one to perform military search and rescue operations, the influx of jobs and prestige could be the shot in the arm the local economy sorely needs. "… Continue Reading


10.26.06

Schumer Details New Model For Buffalo's Outer Harbor Revival

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today unveiled the details of his plan for a new vision for developing Buffalo's Outer Harbor into a commercial, residential and recreational hub for people and businesses. Schumer, who helped get $5 million for the Outer Harbor in the federal Transportation Appropriations bill that could get final approval by the end of the month, laid out a model inspired by Manhattan's Battery Park City that takes advantage of the Buffalo waterfront's natural resource… Continue Reading


10.26.06

Schumer Details New Plan To Get Tough On China To Help Struggling Businesses In The Southern Tier

Standing with workers at the troubled MT Picture Display factory in Horseheads, US Senator Charles E. Schumer today said that the U.S. must hold onto manufacturing profits and jobs by imposing an acrosstheboard tariff on Chinese imports. Schumer detailed his new bipartisan effort to get the Chinese government to stop manipulating the value of its currency, a practice that gives the Chinese an unfair edge in making and exporting products. "It's time to put some muscle into our trade re… Continue Reading


10.26.06

Schumer Reveals Fourth Corrections Official With Checkered Record In Power Position At Iraqi Prisons

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today revealed evidence that a fourth civilian who served in a position of power in the Iraqi prison system had a troubling history of tolerating and defending prisoner abuse while serving as a corrections administrator in the United States. Senator Schumer also called upon the Department of Justice's Inspector General to investigate how so many US prison officials with checkered records were selected by the DOJ to oversee the sensitive and important project o… Continue Reading


10.26.06

Schumer: Over $990,000 Coming To New York Fire Departments And Organizations

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced over $990,000 in federal funds awarded to local fire departments and organizations across New York State to help the department reduce the effects of fire and fire related incidents. 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 local fire departments and organizations across New York, said Schumer. In the brave new post9/11 world, o… Continue Reading


10.26.06

Schumer: Major Proposal Unveiled Today Could Bring Ny Dairy Farmers $93 Million

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today unveiled a new proposal with a bipartisan coalition in Congress including Reps. Tom Reynolds and John McHugh that would send New York dairy farmers $53 million more a year than the current MILC program. Schumer said today that the new proposal would act like a regional dairy pact when milk prices fall and would serve as an alternative to the current MILC program that could boost the income of New Yorks dairy farmers by $93 million annually and save the federal… Continue Reading

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