Press Releases

08.02.06

Schumer-Levin: Presidents Social Security Proposals In Trouble, Privatization Plus Deep Benefit Cuts Worse Than Privatization Alone

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and Rep. Sander Levin (DMI) held a joint conference call to respond to President Bushs announcement last night that he wanted to not only privatize Social Security, but also include a plan that would deeply cut benefits to lower and middle class families. Schumer, a member of the Senate Finance Committee and Chairman of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, and Levin, the senior Democrat on the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security have both bee… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Modesty And Stability On The Bench: How John Roberts Can Convince Democrats To Vote For Him

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Courts, spoke to the National Press Club at a luncheon today to discuss the nomination of Judge John G. Roberts to the U.S. Supreme Court. In particular, Schumer addressed how Judge Roberts can convince Democrats to vote for his nomination in the coming weeks and months. Below is the text of the speech: MODESTY AND STABILITY ON THE BENCH: HOW JOHN ROBERTS CAN CONVINCE DEMOCRATS TO VOTE FOR HIM I want to… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer Lobbies For 2007 USA Hockey National Championships In Amherst

As the Youth Council deliberates on a location for the 2007 USA National Hockey Championships, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today wrote to the Director of Youth Ice Hockey at USA Hockey Inc. to urge the organization to choose Amherst, New York as the host of the 2007 USA Hockey National Championships. Amherst is the ideal location for host of the championship, as Western New York has long been a hotbed of hockey enthusiasm. Amherst is the perfect place to host this event, Schumer said. They… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer, Clinton, Slaughter, Reynolds And Higgins Call On Department Of Labor To Look Harder For Bethlehem Steel Records

enators Chuck Schumer (DNY) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (DNY) were joined by Representatives Louise Slaughter (DNY), Tom Reynolds (RNY) and Brian Higgins (DNY) in writing to the Department of Labor (DOL) to request an immediate search for additional records about uranium rollings conducted at the Bethlehem Steel plant in Lackawanna, NY during the 1950s. Under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Act (EEOICPA), DOL has the responsibility to set eligibility dates for former Beth… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer: DOJ Exported Prison Contractors With Checkered Pasts To Rebuild Iraqi Prisons

In June of 2004, Senator Charles E. Schumer asked the Department of Justice to investigate and report on how the Department hired at least three individuals to oversee the reconstitution of Iraqs prison system, despite credible allegations of serious misconduct when those individuals previously served as prison officials in the United States. The Justice Department referred the matter to its Inspector General and today Schumer received the Inspector Generals report on this matter. During the I… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer Announces Key Senate Panel Backs Increased Funding For Brookhaven National Laboratory

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $18 million for the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) and $36.5 million for the Center for Functional Nanomaterials at Brookhaven National Laboratory in the FY06 Energy and Water Appropriations Committee Report. 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. Schumer had aggressively lobbied member… Continue Reading


08.01.06

Schumer Meets With Canadian Ambassador To Urge DHS To Treat Fast Ferry As Land Crossing Under Any Passport Proposal

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer met late Wednesday with the Canadian Ambassador to the United States, Frank McKenna, and announced they would urge the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to treat the Fast Ferry, which provides service from Rochester to Toronto, as a land crossing under The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). In its current form, WHTI proposes two implementation dates: December 31, 2006 for air and sea crossings; and December 31, 2007 for land crossings. Schumer and Mc… Continue Reading


08.01.06

Schumer Announces Over $13,000 for Washington County Crime Control and Prevention Programs

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that $13,730 has been awarded to Washington County by the U.S. Department of Justices Office of Justice Programs (OJP) under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program. The federal funds will be used for crime control and prevention programs. When it comes to protecting our citizens, we need to be tough on crime and smart on prevention," Schumer said. These much needed funds will help to bring the quality people and firstrate… Continue Reading


08.01.06

Schumer Announces Over $640,000 For Legal Aid Society Of Northeastern New York

U. S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced $647,615 for the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Inc. by the U.S. Department of Justices Office on Violence Against Women. The federal funds will be used to provide legal services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Domestic violence is an awful problem in our communities, Schumer said. Battered women should never have to think twice about whether or not to report their abusers, and creating comprehensive l… Continue Reading


08.01.06

At Schumers Urging, Federal Officials Hold Meeting On Passport Proposal With North Country Leaders

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today testified via telephone at a meeting with officials from the U.S. Department of State who are in Plattsburgh to discuss the options for required documentation for travel at the U.S.Canada border. Alcy Frelick, Senior Advisor for the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) heard directly from North Country business and community leaders as they brainstorm options for secure documentation when crossing the border. Since September, Schumer and his staff had… Continue Reading


08.01.06

Schumer Announces Final Fed Approval For Linde Ceramics Workers Under Nuke Worker Benefits Program

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt has approved former Linde Ceramics workers for access to the Nuclear Worker Benefit Program via an administrative action known as a Special Exposure Cohort. Last month, in a letter to Secretary Leavitt, Schumer stressed his support of the Linde Ceramics case, and also urged Leavitt to support Bethlehem Steel workers entry to the benefits program under the same clause. The… Continue Reading


08.01.06

Schumer Releases New Survey Of Dutchess County Gas Prices Proposes Excess Oil Company Profits Go To Victims Of Katrina

In light of high gas prices in Dutchess County, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called for temporary windfall profit levy on oil companies. Schumer released a survey that shows the range of gas prices throughout Dutchess County, and expressed serious concern that people could be profiting in the wake of the devastation caused by recent hurricanes. Schumers bill would impose a levy on big oil windfall profits and get revenue to victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita relief efforts, forcing … Continue Reading


08.01.06

Schumer Supports House Bill To Rename Staten Islands Rosebank Post Office In Memory Of Vincent Palladino

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today sent a letter to the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee in support of the bill introduced by Vito Fossella on July 14, 2005. Fossellas bill, H.R.2183 will designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 567 Tompkins Avenue in Staten Island, New York, as the "Vincent Palladino Post Office." The bill will rename the Rosebank Post Office in memory of Vincent Palladino. Its only fitting that the institution where… Continue Reading


08.01.06

Schumer Secures Meeting For North Country Leaders On Passport Proposal With Federal Officials

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today he has secured a meeting from officials at the U.S. Department of State who will travel to Plattsburgh on October 19th to discuss the options for required documentation for travel at the U.S.Canada border. Alcy Frelick, Senior Advisor for the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative will hear directly from North Country business and community leaders as they brainstorm options for secure documentation when crossing the border. Schumer has been aggressi… Continue Reading


08.01.06

Schumer Announces Over $137,000 To The Catskill Development Foundation

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced $137,500 to the Catskill Development Foundation by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). The federal funds will be used in operation of the Delaware ECenter, a new business incubator. This is great news for everyone in Delaware County, Schumer said. This grant for the ECenter will help small businesses in the county grow and flourish, while creating jobs and promoting economic growth in the region. I will continue to fight for programs such … Continue Reading


08.01.06

Schumer, Clinton Announce Congressional Approval Of $9.2 Million For Niagara Air Reserve Stations Visiting Airmens Quarters

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that the Joint House Senate Appropriations Conference Committee has approved the FY 2006 Military Construction Appropriations Bill, which includes $9.2 million in funding for the Visiting Airmens Quarters at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. Now that weve been successful in the fight to save Niagara during BRAC, we have to move forward to make sure it remains one of our best run, best equipped bases. Now we can use this… Continue Reading


08.01.06

In Wake Of Flooding, Schumer Calls On Pataki To Help Long Island Get Federal Disaster Relief Assistance

Today, in wake of the severe flooding that has damaged myriad homes in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, U.S Senator Charles E. Schumer called on Governor George Pataki to formally ask FEMA for emergency assistance for Long Island counties to help them recover from last weeks rainstorms. The process for receiving disaster assistance mandates that the state must formally request help from FEMA to receive disaster assistance funding. Pataki has not yet ordered preliminary damage assessments (PDAs) to b… Continue Reading


08.01.06

Schumer Announces Central Finger Lakes Region Named As One Of The 100 Best Communities For Young People

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Central Finger Lakes Region has been named as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People by Americas Promise Alliance. This first ever national competition identified the communitys work on behalf of children and youth. This selection is great news of the Central Finger Lakes Region, Schumer said. Children are always our number one priority, and cultivating a strong sense of community is critical to the health, education and well b… Continue Reading


08.01.06

Schumer Announces Alexander Volunteer Fire Department to Receive Over $137,000 in Federal Grants

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that Alexander Volunteer Fire Department in Alexander has received a federal grant of $137,562 from the 2005 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Alexander Volunteer Fire Department will use the grant for operations and safety programs. This funding will go a long way in supporting the Alexander Volunteer Fire Department in Alexander, said Schumer. We can never truly repay ou… Continue Reading


08.01.06

As Farmers Look To Next Harvest Season, Schumer To Reveal Impact Of High Costs Of Gas On Ny Farmers Senator To Propose New Steps To Offer Relief

Farmers in the Southern Tier are paying 107 percent more for fuel to operate their farms, Senator Charles E. Schumer revealed today. Schumer today unveiled new data showing that the average New York farmer is paying more than $4,639 over 2002 costs and announced plans to lower the cost of crude oil and make energy bills more affordable for all of New Yorks farmers. Schumer discussed how farmers are hit particularly hard by rising gas prices because most farm planting and harvesting equipment use… Continue Reading

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