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08.01.19

MORELLE, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO DEDICATE FAIRPORT POST OFFICE TO LOUISE AND BOB SLAUGHTER

August 1, 2019 (Rochester, NY) - Today, Congressman Joe Morelle along with Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that legislation to dedicate a Fairport post office in honor of the late Louise and Bob Slaughter has passed both chambers of Congress and will now be sent to the President for his approval. "Louise Slaughter was a dear friend, a trailblazer, and a champion for families in Monroe County and across the nation," said Rep. Morelle, who introduced the legislation. "It's… Continue Reading


07.31.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $750K IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR CORNELL UNIVERSITY’S PROTOTYPE TO PRODUCTION ACCELERATOR

Federal Investment Will Help Entrepreneurs Bridge The Gap Between Prototype And Commercialization And Encourage Job Creation In The Southern Tier U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $750,000 in federal funding for Cornell University's Prototype to Production Accelerator. The funding was allocated through the Economic Development Administration's (EDA) i6 challenge program. Specifically, the Prototype to Production Accelerator will u… Continue Reading


07.29.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: UNDER-THE-RADAR FED DECISION AGAINST BEES COULD STING MOHAWK VALLEY, LOCAL AG, FOOD SUPPLY & LOCAL ECONOMY IF NOT REVERSED; AS HONEY BEE POPULATION SPIRALS, SCHUMER PUSHES FEDS TO STEP-UP DATA COLLECTION OF INSECT TO HELP COMBAT TREND & KEEP LOCAL POPULATIONS, BIZ & JOBS BUZZING

Upstate NY Is An Agricultural Hive Of Productivity, But Recent Fed Decision That Imperils The Future Of Bees Would Threaten Much Of What Makes This Part Of New York Buzz With USDA Recently Announcing Its Intention To Stop Collecting Data On Honey Bee Colonies In Places Like The Mohawk Valley, Schumer Pushes Plan To Reconsider, & Step-Up Work, Not Stop It Schumer to Feds: Honey Bees Are Fundamental To Upstate NY's Sweet Ag Industry, And Local Jobs Standing amidst a swarm of advocate… Continue Reading


07.29.19

SCHUMER STATEMENT ON OFFICIAL GROUNDBREAKING OF CANOPY GROWTH’S FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND $150M HEMP INDUSTRIAL PARK, SITED IN THE HEART OF BROOME COUNTY & BRINGING 400 GOOD-PAYING JOBS AND INDUSTRY GROWTH TO THE REGION

Schumer Has Been A Leader At The Federal Level In Creating A Permissible Pathway For The Commercial Cultivation Of Industrial Hemp, Paving The Way For Major Economic Development Projects Like This To Take Root; Worked Closely With Agricultural And Industry Stakeholders To Pass Legislation Schumer To Canopy: Welcome To The Southern Tier And The Forefront Of The Industrial Hemp Revolution! Binghamton, N.Y. - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today released the following statement after attending t… Continue Reading


07.28.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: UNDER-THE-RADAR FED DECISION AGAINST BEES COULD STING NYC & LONG ISLAND, LOCAL FOOD SUPPLY & ECONOMY IF NOT REVERSED; AS HONEY BEE POPULATION SPIRALS, SCHUMER PUSHES FEDS TO STEP-UP DATA COLLECTION OF INSECT TO HELP COMBAT TREND & KEEP LOCAL POPULATIONS, BIZ & JOBS BUZZING

To The Surprise Of Many, Manhattan, Alone, Is Home To Hundreds Of Rooftop Hives That Pollinate Central Park & More; But Bees In NYC & LI Have Been Dying Off & Recent Fed Decision Imperils Their Future & Our NY Economy With USDA Recently Announcing Its Intention To Stop Collecting Data On Honey Bee Colonies In Places Like NYC & LI, Schumer Pushes Plan To Reconsider, & Step-Up Work, Not Stop It Schumer to Feds: Honey Bees Pollinate The Big Apple & LI; They Keep NY B… Continue Reading


07.26.19

AHEAD OF FCC VOTE THAT COULD PUT PUBLIC ACCESS CHANNELS AT RISK, GILLIBRAND AND SCHUMER CALL ON FCC TO PROTECT LOCAL TV PROGRAMMING

FCC Recently Announced New Proposal That Could Force State and Local Municipalities to Choose Between Continuing to Provide Public Access Channels or Lose Vital Funding for Other Community Services New York State Has Over 70 Public Broadcast Channels that Could Be Under Threat If New FCC Proposal Is Implemented; Senators' Letter Comes Ahead of FCC's Vote on this Proposal Next Week U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced their call on … Continue Reading


07.26.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $900K IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR CDC HEALTH STUDY ON TOXIC PFAS CHEMICALS IN NEW YORK STATE

Hoosick Falls, Newburgh, Suffolk County, and More Have Recently Suffered From PFAS Contamination of Drinking Water That Has Impacted Public Health U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $890,851 in federal funding to support a New York State health study on toxic PFAS chemicals. This funding was allocated through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and will be used to expand a biomonitoring program to better assess th… Continue Reading


07.25.19

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES MAJOR WIN FOR MOHAWK VALLEY UAS INDUSTRY: AX ENTERPRIZE & THALES USA LAND +$7M ROME LAB PARTNERSHIP

Companies Will Partner With Rome Lab, The Griffiss UAS Test Site, NUAIR, Scherzi Systems LLC & Syracuse University To Enhance The United States' Military & Civilian UAS Capabilities Schumer: Agreement Is A Win-Win For Our Nation And The Mohawk Valley Economy U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that AX Enterprize LLC. of Yorkville and Thales USA, a global leader in UAS Air Traffic Management, have been awarded a $7,753,015 Air Force Research Lab (Rome Lab) contract. The proj… Continue Reading


07.25.19

ON THE HEELS OF HIS APRIL VISIT TO LAKE GEORGE & TIRELESS ADVOCACY, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES $500K IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO UPGRADE LAKE GEORGE’S OUTDATED AND FAILING SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT; SENATOR SAYS FUNDING WILL ENSURE “QUEEN OF AMERICAN LAKES” & ADIRONDACK HOT SPOT MAINTAINS THE PRISTINE WATER THAT MADE IT FAMOUS

Last Year, It Was Revealed That The Village Of Lake George's Wastewater Treatment Facility Is Releasing Harmful Nitrates Into The Lake, Jeopardizing Its Health, Well-Being & The Adirondack Tourism Economy Schumer Today Announces $500K In Northern Border Regional Commission Funding For Village To Make Long-Sought & Desperately Needed Upgrades To Sewage Treatment Plant, Following His Visit To The Lake In April & Tireless Advocacy Schumer: Funding Is A Major Step Towards Protecting T… Continue Reading


07.24.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $115K IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO PRO ACTION OF STEUBEN & YATES, INC.

Funding Will Be Used to Expand and Upgrade Child Care Services in Steuben, Schuyler, and Chemung Counties Today, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $115,665 in federal funding for the Pro Action of Steuben & Yates, Inc. to help expand child care services in the region and provide training opportunities to staff. Specifically, the funding will be used to hire two career development specialists to provide outreach, education, and supp… Continue Reading


07.24.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, HIGGINS ANNOUNCE, FOLLOWING THEIR PUSH, $2.5 MILLION IN FEDERAL DOT FUNDING TO THE NIAGARA FRONTIER TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY FOR NEW ELECTRIC BUSES, INFRASTRUCTURE

Funding Will Be Used To Purchase Cleaner, Modern And More Environmentally-Friendly Electric Buses And The Necessary Support Infrastructure Schumer, Gillibrand & Higgins Wrote To Transportation Secretary Chao In May Touting NFTA Request U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Brian Higgins today announced $2.5 million in federal funding for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA), which operates in Erie and Niagar… Continue Reading


07.23.19

IN MEETING WITH U.S. SECRETARY OF DEFENSE NOMINEE, SCHUMER SECURES COMMITMENT THAT NEW SEC DEF WILL VISIT ROME LAB TO SEE FIRST HAND HOW INCREASED INVESTMENTS TRANSLATED INTO CUTTING-EDGE RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT; TRIP WILL MARK FIRST EVER VISIT A SEC DEF MAKES TO ROME TO SEE LAB’S CRITICAL CONTRIBUTION TO THE NATION’S CYBER DEFENSE NETWORK & MOHAWK VALLEY ECONOMY

Schumer: As The Nation's Premier Research Organization For Command, Control, Cyber And Intelligence Technologies, The Air Force Research Laboratory In Rome, NY Is An Invaluable Element Of The U.S. Air Force Research & Development Enterprise, Focusing On Gathering & Processing Cyber Intelligence In A Personal Meeting With Recently Confirmed Secretary Of Defense Nominee And Previous Army Secretary Nominee Mark Esper, Schumer Pushes For And Receives A Promise That Esper Will Tour Rome Lab … Continue Reading


07.22.19

FOLLOWING SEVERE UPTICK OF SUICIDE DEATHS IN CENTRAL NY & NATIONWIDE, SCHUMER LAUNCHES THREE-PRONGED PLAN TO COMBAT THE DEVASTATING TREND; POINTING TO THE HIGHEST SUICIDE RATE IN DECADES, SCHUMER SAYS ALL-HANDS-ON-DECK ARE NEEDED TO REACH MORE PEOPLE IN PAIN & SAVE PRECIOUS LIVES

According To Recent CDC Data, The National Suicide Rate Is Up 33% Since 1999, NYS Average Suicide Rate is 8.1 Per 100K People With Onondaga County Suffering At A Staggering Rate Of 10.3 Suicide Deaths Per 100K People Despite Jaw-Dropping Trend Of Tragic Deaths, Feds Have Yet To Pony Up Sufficient Resources For Prevention Programs That People Turn To In Darkest Of Times; Senator Says If We Ramp Up Funding, We Can Stem The Tide Of Tragedy Schumer: CNY'ers Are Calling Out For A Lifeline -The Feds… Continue Reading


07.22.19

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS LONG-STANDING PUSH, $49 MILLION IN FED FUNDING FOR CORNELL CHESS LAB UNDER NEW, 5-YEAR AGREEMENT WITH NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION; FUNDING WILL BE USED TO CONTINUE LAB’S 40-YEAR HISTORY OF GROUNDBREAKING DEVELOPMENT OF HIGH-PERFORMANCE MATERIALS

The Cornell High-Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) Is One Of Two High-Energy Synchrotron X-Ray Sources In The United States; The Lab Has Generated Revolutionary Scientific Innovation In Numerous Fields, Including Discoveries That Led To Two Nobel Prizes Schumer Today Announces $49M For CHESS Lab Under New 5-Year Agreement With NSF To Operate The Newly-Renovated High-Energy X-Ray Facility "CHEXS" Schumer: Funding Renewal Will Keep Cornell's CHESS At The Cutting Edge Of X-Ray Innovation U.S. … Continue Reading


07.22.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: UNDER-THE-RADAR FED DECISION HITS BEES BUT COULD ALSO STING CAPITAL REGION, LOCAL AG, FOOD SUPPLY & ECONOMY IF NOT REVERSED; AS HONEY BEE POPULATION SPIRALS, SCHUMER PUSHES FEDS TO STEP-UP DATA COLLECTION OF INSECT TO HELP COMBAT TREND & KEEP UPSTATE POPULATIONS, BIZ & JOBS BUZZING

Upstate NY Is An Agricultural Hive Of Productivity, But Recent Fed Decision That Imperils The Future Of Bees Would Threaten Much Of What Makes The Capital Region Buzz With USDA Recently Announcing Its Intention To Stop Collecting Data On Honey Bee Colonies In Places Like Albany, Schumer Will Push Plan To Reconsider, & Step-Up Work, Not Stop It  Schumer To Feds: Honey Bees Are Fundamental To Upstate NY's Sweet Ag Industry, And Local Jobs Standing amidst a swarm of advocates, at… Continue Reading


07.21.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: EMERGENCY MEDICAL KITS ABOARD AIRPLANES DO NOT HAVE TO STOCK LIFE-SAVING MEDICINE—LIKE THAT FOUND IN EPIPENS; SINCE 2001, AIRLINES HAVE SUCCESSFULLY LOBBIED FAA FOR A PASS; SENATOR DEMANDS AIRLINES & FAA REVERSE COURSE & STOCK PLANES WITH EPIPENS BECAUSE THEY CAN SAVE THE LIVES OF KIDS & ADULTS DURING AN EMERGENCY

Standing With "Doctor Mike," The Well-Known NY Physician Who Just Saved A Passenger From A Food Allergy Attack On A Delta Flight -That Had No EpiPen On Board- Schumer Rallies For Airlines & FAA To Immediately Stock EpiPens Since 1986, U.S. Commercial Planes Have Been Required To Carry Emergency Medical Kits (EMKs) On Board; But Since 2001, The Airlines Routinely Sought Exemptions Of EpiPens; We Are In Midst Of A Four-Year Exemption Right Now Schumer: Airlines & FAA Need A Shot In The A… Continue Reading


07.19.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $2.1 MILLION IN FEDERAL HEAD START FUNDING FOR L.E.A.P. IN WASHINGTON COUNTY

Funding Will Be Used To Support Early Childhood Education And Care Services For Low-Income Children In Washington County U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,154,234 in federal funding for L.E.A.P. in Washington County. The funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Head Start Program and will be used to support child care and support services for low-income families in Washington County. "Study afte… Continue Reading


07.18.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, MORELLE ANNOUNCE OVER $1 MILLION IN DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY FUNDING FOR OLEDWORKS IN ROCHESTER

Federal Funding Will Be Used To Boost Company's Research And Production Of Innovative OLED Light Technology U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Joseph Morelle (D-25) today announced $1,049,186 for OLEDWorks in Rochester, a global leader in the advancement and manufacturing of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) lights. The funding was allocated through the Department of Energy's (DOE) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) p… Continue Reading


07.15.19

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS RELENTLESS ADVOCACY, $39.2 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO BRING BROADBAND INTERNET ACCESS TO +15,000 RURAL HOMES AND BUSINESSES UPSTATE; SENATOR SAYS FUNDS WILL HELP BRING UPSTATE NY ECONOMIES INTO THE 21ST CENTURY

In 2017, Schumer Successfully Rebuffed A Fed Plan To Move $170M From New York State To Fund Broadband In Other States; Senator Today Announces $39.2 Million Of This Pot Being Sent Upstate $39.2 Million In Fed Funding Is Allocated Through The Federal Communication Commission's Connect America Fund Schumer: Rural Access To Broadband Internet Is Pivotal In Building The Economies Of The Future U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced, following his push, $39.2 million in federal funding … Continue Reading


07.15.19

SCHUMER UNVEILS NEW EFFORT TO RESTORE NYS’ ABILITY TO ‘WORKAROUND’ PART OF FED TAX LAW THAT TAKES AIM AT LI BY ELIMINATING A HOMEOWNERS’ SALT TAX DEDUCTION, COSTING THEM TENS-OF-THOUSANDS; SENATOR WILL DEPLOY SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE POWER TO OVERTURN IRS RULE & ONCE AGAIN MAKE LI’ERS ELIGIBLE FOR FULL SALT DEDUCTION

State Had Passed Law To Allow School Districts & Local Governments To Create Charitable Fund In Lieu Of Tax Payments, Which Would Have Allowed Homeowners To Retain Full SALT Deduction, But IRS Swooped In And Used Regs To Squash That Fed Workaround Entirely Senator's Congressional Review Act (CRA) Power Would Force A Vote To Overturn The IRS' Block Of State Workaround; Avg SALT Deduction Is Around $20K Across 690K Households On The Island Schumer: There Is One More Rabbit In The Hat When It… Continue Reading

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