Press Releases

05.10.10

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES COMMITMENT TO FIGHT FOR CRITICAL FUNDS FOR KEY COMPONENT OF ROCHESTER'S MIDTOWN PLAZA REVITALIZATION PROJECT

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that he is fighting to secure vital funding for the Midtown Plaza Revitalization project. During an appearance at the Midtown Plaza, Schumer said that the funds would provide for critical upgrades to roads and other pieces of infrastructure to allow employees and residents to reach the development - improvements that must be made in order for the project to be complete.  The Midtown Revitalization project is expected to attract hundreds of million… Continue Reading


05.06.10

SCHUMER, IN PERSONAL CALL URGES GM CEO KEEP CRITICAL LEXINGTON AVENUE DELPHI PLANT OPEN AND OPERATING

Today U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, responding to troubling reports from local Delphi workers, personally called General Motors (GM) CEO Ed Whitacre, urging him to keep the plant open and operating.  Schumer said that he had heard reports that unless workers agree to swallow yet another devastating pay cut, General Motors is threatening to shutter the facility when workers' contracts expire in September 2011. As a champion of GM's acquisition of Delphi and a supporter of the successfu… Continue Reading


05.03.10

SCHUMER: 8 MILLION UNSECURED TRUCKS GOING IN AND OUT OF NEW YORK CITY EVERY YEAR POSE SERIOUS TERRORIST THREAT

Schumer's new plan to protect New York City includes federal background checks for truck drivers, mandated tracking technology in trucks, and a database to monitor hazardous materials traveling along our highways US Senator Chuck Schumer today warned that unsecured trucks going in and out of New York City pose a major terrorist threat and left unaddressed leave New York vulnerable to significant attack. To counter the threats posed by trucks transporting hazardous chemicals and fuels to p… Continue Reading


05.03.10

SCHUMER, TOKASZ SEEK FEDERAL AID TO DEVELOP SAFER SEAT BELT SYSTEM FOR BUFFALO-AREA POLICE VEHICLES

Standing outside the Veridien Corporation in Cheektowaga, Senator Charles Schumer and NYS Assembly Majority Leader Paul Tokasz today asked the US Justice Department to fund a study into the feasability of developing a quickrelease seat belt device for police vehicles. Veridian is working to develop an automatic seat belt release that would allow officers to reach their weapons or exit the vehicle more quickly in an emergency. They were joined by Buffalo Police Commissioner Rocco Diina and Cheekt… Continue Reading


05.03.10

SCHUMER: LOW MEDICARE PAYMENTS THREATEN SYRACUSE AMBULANCE SERVICE

With falling Medicare reimbursements threatening ambulance service throughout Syracuse and New York State, US Senator Charles E. Schumer today unveiled a plan that would boost payments to ambulance providers. Standing alongside some of the Syracuse Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and paramedics who responded to the World Trade Center attacks, Schumer stressed the urgent need to increase support for first responder emergency medical personnel. Currently, Medicare pays about $2.1 bil… Continue Reading


05.03.10

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES $75,000 POLICE GRANT FOR PERRY

Senator Charles E. Schumer, author of the 1994 Crime Bill, today announced that the Village of Perry has been awarded a $75,000 federal grant under the bill's Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program. The money will be used to hire one new community police officer as part of the bill's aim to add new cops to the beat. "As the author of the COPS program, I am proud to announce this grant," said Schumer. "In order to combat crime effectively, police departm… Continue Reading


05.03.10

SCHUMER CALLS FOR "A BETTER NEW YORK STATE"

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today called upon business leaders to join him in forming an Upstate organization modeled on "Association for a Better New York" (ABNY), focused on the economic revival of the region. Schumer made his call during an address to ABNY this morning in New York City. "Twenty years ago, ABNY pulled New York City back from the brink of economic catastrophe," said Schumer. "But now we need an ABNY for Upstate, as well. Upstate has such tremen… Continue Reading


05.03.10

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES $37,500 POLICE GRANT FOR MONTGOMERY

Senator Charles E. Schumer, author of the 1994 Crime Bill, today announced that the Village of Montgomery has been awarded a $37,500 federal grant under the bill's Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program. The money will be used to hire one new parttime community police officer as part of the bill's aim to add new cops to the beat. "As the author of the COPS program, I am proud to announce this grant," said Schumer. "In order to combat crime effectively, p… Continue Reading


05.03.10

SCHUMER REACHES HALF-WAY POINT OF PLEDGE TO VISIT ALL 62 NEW YORK COUNTIES

US Senator Charles E. Schumer reached the halfway point of his pledge to visit all 62 New York counties after only three months in office. Throughout his visits to 31 counties, Schumer has talked with thousands of individuals about the issues and concerns important to them and their communities. He has made revitalization of Upstate's economy, and returning wellpaying jobs to Upstate, his top priority in the Senate. "Upstate New York should be a thriving region," said Schume… Continue Reading


05.03.10

SCHUMER: CAP REGION RESIDENTS COULD SEE HEATING BILLS INCREASE OVER $265 AND GAS PRICES RISE $0.50 PER GALLON OVER LAST WINTER

US Senator Charles Schumer released findings today showing that the Capital Region is facing new highs in gasoline and heating oil prices with more increase to come as the oil strike in Venezuela deepens and war with Iraq becomes more likely. Schumer urged the Bush Administration to reconsider its decision to rule out using oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), a stockpile created in 1975 to deal with oil emergencies in the United States, in order to calm crude oil supply fears and arr… Continue Reading


05.03.10

SCHUMER PLAN WOULD INJECT $165 MILLION INTO WESTERN NY TO RELIEVE LOCAL BUDGET WOES

Standing with Erie County Executive Joel Giambra, US Senator Charles Schumer today unveiled a plan that will go a long way toward fixing New York's budget deficit by providing $2.5 billion to the state and its localities in direct federal aid. With local governments facing the prospect of raising property or sales taxes or cutting essential services, Schumer estimates that his bill could send about $116 million to Erie County; $31.1 million to Niagara County, and $17.6 million to Chautauqua … Continue Reading


05.03.10

SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO REIMBURSE OSWEGO & FULTON FOR SNOW DAMAGE AND CLEANUP

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to reimburse the counties of Oswego, Lewis, Cayuga, and Oneida to help them recover from an onslaught of snow as soon as possible. With the localities exceeding their overtime budgets to remove the snow from its roads, Schumer wrote to FEMA today saying the federal government should provide relief immediately. "When you have enough snow to create a town full of ice tunnels where no one can drive and… Continue Reading


04.29.10

SENATE DEMOCRATS UNVEIL LEGISLATION TO LIMIT FALLOUT FROM SUPREME COURT RULING THAT ALLOWS UNLIMITED SPECIAL-INTEREST SPENDING ON ELECTIONSANNOUNCE PLAN FOR SENATE PASSAGE BY JULY 4

WASHINGTON, DC- U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (DNY), Russ Feingold (DWI), Ron Wyden (DOR), Evan Bayh (DIN) and Al Franken (DMN) announced new legislation Thursday to blunt the harmful impacts from the Supreme Court's decision allowing corporations and other special interests to spend unlimited sums to influence elections. The lawmakers said their goal is for the Senate to pass the new measure by July 4 so the law can take effect in time for the 2010 midterm elections.   T… Continue Reading


04.28.10

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES MOUNT VERNON FIRE DEPARTMENT WILL RECEIVE NEARLY $200,000 IN FEDERAL FIRE GRANT FOR OPERATIONS AND SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Mount Vernon Fire Department will receive a grant totaling $191,392 as part of Round 13 of the FY09 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The funding will be used to improve operations and safety at the fire department. "This essential grant ensures that the Mount Vernon Fire Department will continue to have the basic resources required to do their jobs, improve … Continue Reading


04.28.10

SCHUMER RENEWS CALL ON COMMERCE DEPARTMENT TO ASSIST NEW YORK APPLE GROWERS

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today reiterated his request that the United States Department of Commerce issue its decision regarding apple juice concentrate imports from China. October 5 is the earliest date that the Department of Commerce has said that they could make t heir decision on the dumping petition filed by US Apple on June 7. "I am deeply concerned about the continuing negative impact of cheap apple juice concentrate imports from China on our apple growers and process… Continue Reading


04.28.10

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES MORTON'S CORNERS VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY IN SPRINGVILLE WILL RECEIVE OVER $62,000 IN FEDERAL FIRE GRANT FOR OPERATIONS AND SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS

  U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Morton's Corners Volunteer Fire Companyin Springville has received a federal grant totaling $62,600  as part of Round 13 of the FY09 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The funding will be used to improve operations and safety at the fire company with new rescue and self contained breathing equipment. "This essential grant ensures that the Morton's Corn… Continue Reading


04.28.10

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES $8 MILLION GRANT FOR CENTRAL NY REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Central New York Regional Transportation Authority (Centro) has received an $8,171,944 grant from the United States Department of Transportation. These funds will allow Centro to purchase 42 new compressed natural gas (CNG) transit buses. Centro's yearly ridership is approximately twelve million. The new buses will be rotated throughout the system and will be used on a majority of Centro's routes. All buses are expected to be … Continue Reading


04.28.10

SCHUMER, LOWEY REVEAL THAT NEW GOP BUDGET PLAN GUTS EDUCATION, HOUSING AND POLICE AID FROM NEW YORK STATE COMMUNITIES

US Senator Charles E. Schumer and Rep. Nita M. Lowey today revealed new data showing that New York State communities stand to lose millions of dollars in education, housing and police aid as a result of Republican's proposed appropriations cuts. In a plan that is gathering steam, the GOP recently proposed cutting discretionary spending across the board in order to meet self imposed spending caps. Schumer and Lowey's analysis of cuts to New York State is based on Congressional Budg… Continue Reading


04.28.10

NY DELEGATION, DEPUTY TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY DOWNEY PRESENT FIRST INSTALLMENT FOR EAST SIDE ACCESS PROJECT

The New York City and Long Island congressional delegation today joined Deputy Secretary of Transportation Mort Downey to award the first installment of federal funds for the East Side Access Project. The $43 million check, which will fund the final design and initial construction phases of the project, was presented to E. Virgil Conway, New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman and CEO. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Daniel Patrick Moynihan stood with Representatives… Continue Reading


04.28.10

SCHUMER TO JOIN SESSIONS TO INTRODUCE CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE REFORM ACT

US Senator Charles E. Schumer (DNY) today joined Sen. Jeff Sessions (RAL) to introduce the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 1999. The SessionsSchumer Bill, which is also cosponsored by Senators Thurmond (RSC), Biden (DDE), Feinstein (DCA), Helms (RNC) and Cleland (DGA), seeks to reform federal civil asset forfeiture laws while preserving forfeiture as a valuable law enforcement tool. "I'm proud to stand here today with my colleagues to discuss our new civil forfeiture reform … Continue Reading

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