Press Releases

08.02.06

Schumer Announces Almost $6 Million For Americorps Programs In New York City And Brooklyn

Today US Senator Charles E. Schumer announced $5,966,407 in funding for Americorps programs in New York City and Brooklyn. The grant is being awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service. AmeriCorps is one of the world's greatest service programs and this funding will go a long way, not just for the members who will serve, but for the younger people and families who will benefit from the hard work and dedication of the program and its volunteers, Schumer said. The quality … Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer Fuel Efficient Tire Amendment Passes Senate Would Save NYers $225 Million, Conserve Fuel, And Reduce U.S. Dependency On Foreign Oil

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumers amendment passed the Senate last night, requiring the federal government to establish efficiency standards for the replacement tires that drivers buy when the old tires wear out. Most current replacement tires are between 20 and 60 percent less efficient than the original tires automakers equip cars with to help meet federal fuel economy standards. Schumer introduced the amendment last Tuesday to the Energy Bill, which just passed the Senate 8512. This is great… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer: Over $5.2 Million For Cargo Security Program For The Port Authority Of New York And New Jersey

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced $5,200,700 for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The funding will be used for a DHS pilot program, Operation Safe Commerce, which is working to secure cargo at major ports around the country. I am very pleased to announce this funding for Operation Safe Commerce, Schumer said. The cargo entering our nations ports is among our greatest vulnerabilities, especially here in New York, and this program will allow our bustling ports to more e… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer Announces Key Senate Panel Backs $250,000 For Mohawk Valley Water Authority In Utica

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $250,000 under the FY06 Interior Appropriations Act for Mohawk Valley Water Authority in Utica to develop and enhance methods to detect water bacteria, a critical component of emergency preparedness. 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 aggressively lobbied members of the Appropriatio… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer: Dramatic Increase In Trade Deficit With China Shows Effects Of Currency Manipulation

Today Sen. Charles Schumer reacted to reports that our trade deficit with China hit $162 billion, up over 30% from 2003. Many economists believe that the highly devalued Chinese currency, the Yuan, has helped make this possible. As China continues to peg its currency and the US trade deficit with China reaches these record levels, Senators Schumer and Lindsey Graham (RSC) recently unveiled legislation to impose an acrossthe board tariff on Chinese imports in an effort to address China's unfa… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer Announces Over $15,000 for Jamestown Crime Control and Prevention Programs

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that $15,848 has been awarded to the City of Jamestown 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 first… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer: Shared Border Management At The Peace Bridge Clears Second Major Hurdle In A Month

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that he successfully persuaded the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to endorse a reduced US plaza in its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), moving Shared Border Management at the Peace Bridge another step closer to completion. This move was in response to a letter and phone call from Schumer to Federal Highway Administrator Mary Peters urging the FHWA, the lead agency in the federal process that oversees the bridge expansion project, t… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer Presents New $370,000 Check To Sonnenberg Mansion And Gardens

US Senator Charles E. Schumer visited Canandaigua to present Sonnenberg Mansion & Gardens with a check for $370,000 for repairs and restorations to the historic Victorian estate. Schumer, who secured funding in the Fiscal Year 2005 Omnibus appropriation bill, joined Sonnenberg supporters and local officials to discuss the vital restorations to one of the most popular landmarks in the Finger Lakes area. Sonnenberg Mansion and Gardens is a wonderful part of Canandiaguas rich history and a je… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer Urges President To Fully Fund Health Services For Hudson Valley Vets

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today called on the Bush Administration to fully fund the Veterans Administration (VA) health care system and other services, including budgeting sufficient funding for New York's VA hospitals. In light of recent reports indicating the Administration may intend to freeze funding for most discretionary programs, including the VA budget, Schumer warned that with factoring in inflation and population growth, this freeze amounts to cuts in funding for veterans servi… Continue Reading


08.02.06

New Schumer Analysis Reveals Upstate Farmers Devastated By Outrageous Gas Costs Senator Unveils Steps To Lower Prices

New York farmers are paying 35 percent more to operate their farms, Senator Charles E. Schumer revealed today. Schumer unveiled a new study showing that the average New York farmer is paying more than $2,500 over 2002 costs and called on the Administration to release stored government oil reserves that would quickly lower gas prices. Schumer also urged the FTC to block the ChevronTexacoUnocal merger and to review the ExxonMobil merger and the ChevronTexaco mergers to asses their impact on gasoli… Continue Reading


08.02.06

New Schumer Report: Upstate New York Manufacturing Hit Hard By Unfair China Trade Practices Senator Unveils New Steps To Level The Playing Field

The federal government must act immediately to bolster upstate New Yorks manufacturing industry, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer explained today. Schumer unveiled new, swift action to crack down on Chinas currency manipulation, and other critical steps needed to strengthen New Yorks manufacturing industry. Schumers bipartisan bill, cosponsored by Senator Lindsay Graham (RSC), allows for a 180day negotiation period between the US and China to revalue its currency, if the negotiations are not succ… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Democratic Leadership Urges President To Consult With Senators On Both Sides On Judicial Appointments

Today members of the Democratic Senate Leadership sent President Bush a letter asking him to consult with members of both political parties before submitting judicial nominations. The letter, signed by Senators Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, Debbie Stabenow, and written and signed by Chuck Schumer, said that consultation with the minority and with moderate Republicans will be a critical component of avoiding another serious Senate showdown on judges. Sen. Schumer stated, The agreement is a shot ac… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Kennedy, Schumer And Texans To Detail How Judge Owens Extremist Decisions Have Harmed Texans

U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Ted Kennedy, joined by Texans for Public Justice, and the Texas Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, will the discuss the human cost of Judge Priscilla Owens record of extreme and activist decisions. Schumer, Kennedy, and others oppose this particular candidate for lifetime appointment to the federal bench. Sen. Schumer said, If there was ever a judge who would substitute her own views for the law, it is Judge Owen. Her record is a paper trail of case… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer Meets With Puerto Rican Governor An�bal Acevedo-Vil�

Today US Senator Charles E. Schumer today met with Governor An�bal AcevedoVil� of Puerto Rico in he meeting touched on a wide range of issues, centering on jobs and economic development in Puerto Rico, as well as healthcare and TANF benefits. Schumer and AcevedoVil� focused primarily on jobs and the economy. They discussed the extension of current tax provisions in an effort to create future tax based economic incentives for job creation in Puerto Rico. Additionally they spoke about effo… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Members Of Congress Introduce Legislation To Combat The Threat Of Shoulder-Fired Missiles

embers of Congress who have been leading the fight to combat the threat of shoulderfired missiles today introduced legislation that would require all U.S. commercial turbojet aircraft to be equipped with countermeasure systems. The Commercial Airline Missile Defense Act, introduced in the Senate by Senators Barbara Boxer (DCA) and Charles Schumer (DNY), and in the House by Representative Steve Israel (DNY), would require that the installation of countermeasure systems begin no later than six m… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer Urges FEMA To Declare Fourteen New York Counties Federal Disaster Areas, Send Federal Aid

In the wake of last weekend's severe thunderstorms and subsequent flooding, US Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the Department of Homeland Security Undersecretary Michael D. Brown, Undersecretary for Emergency Preparedness and Response, to grant Governor George Patakis request to declare fourteen New York Counties as federal disaster areas and approve federal assistance for individuals and municipalities suffering losses. Governor Pataki granted Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Gr… Continue Reading


08.02.06

New Schumer Study Shame Of The Service: 41% Of NY Reservist Families Now Suffer Deep Economic Hardship While Breadwinners Serve In Iraq

Standing with Long Island and New York City reservists, military families and small business leaders, US Senator Charles E. Schumer today released a study that includes the newest data on New York military reservist families and finds that nearly half of them some 41% are losing significant amounts of income while serving. Schumer today also unveiled a new plan to give tax breaks to employers who pay the salaries of activated reservists while the reservists are abroad fighting the War on Terror … Continue Reading


08.02.06

Gas Prices At Record Highs In Western New York; Schumer Again Urges Deployment Of Strategic Petroleum Reserve

Today U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer again called on President Bush to use the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to bring down recordhigh gas prices. According to today's reports, barrels of oil traded for $65.85 on Wednesday and the national average per gallon of regular gasoline was $2.56 on Wednesday, and in some areas exceeded $3.00 per gallon. In Western New York today, the average regular gasoline price was even higher, selling for $2.58 per gallon, up 10 percent from last month. In… Continue Reading


08.02.06

At Crains Speech: Schumer Warns: Culture Of Inertia Threatens To Derail Downtown Development Lays Out Comprehensive Strategy For Revival

As the redevelopment of Ground Zero slows, and 2 billion dollars of federal money earmarked for transportation projects remains unspent; today U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer outlined a comprehensive strategy to revive downtown development, and set a deadline for a plan for the transportation money to be in place. In a major address at Crains Business Breakfast Forum, Schumer also discussed his plans for Governors Island to become an international biotech center and his idea to create an apron p… Continue Reading


08.02.06

Schumer Announces Key Senate Panel Backs $200,000 For The Veterans Outreach Center in Rochester

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $200,000 for Veterans Outreach Center in Rochester under the FY06 Transportation, Treasury, HUD Appropriations Act. The federal funds will go to renovate and expand the centers employment, job training, and counseling facilities that have become overcrowded due to increasing demand for services. The bill must now be approved by the full Senate before being sent to a House and Senate Conference Commi… Continue Reading

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