Press Releases


Schumer Announces Tsatsawassa Protective Fire Company, Inc. In Rensselaer County Will Receive Over $80,000 As A Federal Fire Grant

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Tsatsawassa Protective Fire Company, Inc. in the Town of Brainard in Rensselaer County will receive a federal grant of $82,759 from the 2007 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The grant will be used to improve operations and safety and is part of the eighth round of DHS FY07 AFG program awards to several fire departments throughout the country. "… Continue Reading


Schumer, Clinton Announce Senate Passage Of $2.5 Million For Niagara Falls International Airport

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that the full Senate has passed the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (TTHUD) FY08 Appropriations Bill, which includes $2.5 million for Niagara Falls International Airport to construct a new terminal apron and to make road improvements.  The bill will now proceed to conference as the next step in the appropriations process.    "This is great news for Niagara-we've cleared a… Continue Reading


Schumer Announces Over $200,000 Coming To The Catholic Family Center In Rochester

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Catholic Family Center, of Catholic Charities of Rochester, has received $207,786 from the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office on Violence Against Women from their Transitional Housing Grant Program. The funds will be used to support comprehensive, victimcentered transitional housing services for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or sexual assault.   "We need to se… Continue Reading


Schumer To Introduce Legislation Today To Lift Portfolio Caps And Loan Limits For Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac

Bucking the Bush administration's refusal to bring badly needed liquidity to the mortgage markets, Senator Charles E. Schumer (DNY) introduced legislation today that would significantly enhance the ability of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to both provide capacity for lenders to refinance  borrowers trapped in subprime loans and bring relief to the increasingly troubled "jumbo" market sector.   The "Protecting Access to Safe Mortgages" Act would temporarily lift the lim… Continue Reading


Schumer Announces Over $350,000 Coming To The Research Foundation/SUNY-Buffalo

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that $350,172 has been awarded to The Research Foundation/SUNYBuffalo by the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) National Institute of Justice (NIJ) under the Impression Evidence Solicitation Program.  The federal funds will be used to develop new forensic computational models.   "This is great news for Buffalo," said Schumer.  "These funds will help develop cuttingedge forensic technology that will place our law en… Continue Reading


Schumer Announces More Federal Disaster Aid Now Available For Brooklyn Residents Affected by Last Month's Tornado

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that additional federal disaster assistance has been approved for individuals and households impacted during the freak storm and tornado which passed through the New York City area in midAugust. The new aid, in addition to the Small Business Administration loans approved last Wednesday, comes in the form of FEMA Individual Assistance grants for individuals and households that suffered damages in Brooklyn from the August storm and tornado. Immediat… Continue Reading


Senate Committee Passes Schumer Bill To Clamp Down On Voter Deception And Stiffen Penalties For Intimidation

WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Charles E. Schumer (DNY) announced that the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2007, landmark legislation he coauthored with Senator Barack Obama (DIL.)  The bill would criminalize efforts to deceive voters in an attempt to keep them away from the polls on Election Day, and will increase penalties for voter intimidation.  The bill will make it a crime to knowingly communicate, within sixty days of an… Continue Reading


Schumer: Our Troops Deserve Strategy Worthy Of Their Bravery, Professionalism And Sacrifice

WASHINGTON- Returning to the Senate floor for the third day in a row to discuss Iraq, Senator Charles E. Schumer (DNY) today hailed the performance of U.S. troops and said the Bush administration's surge strategy was not worthy of their sacrifice.   "Make no mistake about it-the troops are doing their job," Schumer said. "I am concerned, however that their mission is not worthy of their sacrifice, especially the President's surge."   Schumer sa… Continue Reading


Schumer Urges Planners Of Historic 2008 "Great Race Centennial Celebration" To Remain True To Original Course And Pass Through Buffalo

In anticipation of the 2008 centennial celebration of the New York City to Paris Automobile Race of 1908, the Greatest Auto Race, Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged race planners to maintain its original route and pass through the City of Buffalo. The current route for the 2008 race unfairly bypasses Buffalo, home to the 1908 winner George Schuster and his Buffalomade automobile, the Thomas Flyer. In a letter to Rally Partners, Inc. CEO Bill Ewing, Schumer stressed the importance of this his… Continue Reading


Schumer, Clinton Announce Over $900,000 For Massena International Airport-Richards Field

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $901,000 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funds to the Massena International AirportRichards Field.   Federal funds will be used to remove obstructions.   "This is great news for St Lawrence County," said Schumer. "The Massena International AirportRichards Field is an important general aviation facility in this region.  … Continue Reading


Schumer, Clinton Announce $76,000 For Fulton County Airport

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $76,000 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funds to the Fulton County Airport in Johnstown, NY.   Federal funds will be used to construct an aircraft storage and maintenance hangar and install miscellaneous NAVAIDS.   "This is great news for Fulton County," said Schumer. "The Fulton County Airport is an important general a… Continue Reading


Schumer Calls on New Delta CEO to Make Beleauguered Syracuse-to-Atlanta Route Top Priority - Stresses Time is Ripe to Upgrade Air Service That is Plagued by Soaring Fares, Smaller, Crammed Planes

With Delta Air Lines this week announcing the appointment of a new CEO in Richard H. Anderson, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called on Anderson to make upgrading the beleaguered route between Syracuse, NY and Atlanta, GA a top priority as he settles into his new position. The current route between the two cities is plagued by decreased capacity and skyrocketing fares. The airline's recent service cuts between the two cities have left passengers frequently paying as high as $1,400 to fly … Continue Reading


Schumer Announces One Madison County Fire Department And One Ambulance Corps Will Receive Over $40,000 In Federal Fire Grants

 U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that one fire department and one ambulance corps in Madison County will receive federal grants totaling $40,660 from the 2007 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).   The Southern Madison County Volunteer Ambulance Corps in Hamilton will receive a $19,380 grant and the Erieville Fire Department in Erieville will receive $21,280 grant.   The two grants will be used to i… Continue Reading


Fresh Off Securing $1 Million In Funding For New Transit Hub In Downtown Poughkeepsie, Schumer Joins Mayor Cozean For Economic Development Tour To See Successful Revitilization Efforts

After recently securing $1 million in federal funding for a new transportation hub in the City of Poughkeepsie, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today toured the downtown business district to see firsthand how the city plans to spend the money.   Schumer secured the funding to build a combination Public Transit Hub and Parking Deck in the central business district to serve city, county and private bus riders and provide residential parking. Schumer was joined by Mayor Nancy Cozean to tour the … Continue Reading


In Response To Schumer Ratcheting-Up Pressure On The Usda To Assign Beech Nut's Canajoharie Plant A 2nd Inspector, Agency's Under-Secretary To Visit Plant On Monday For Firsthand Look

Following months of pressuring the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to assign an additional food inspector to Beech Nut's Canajoharie plant so local operations won't be jeopardized, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that the Under Secretary of the USDA will be visiting the plant this Monday for a firsthand look. Schumer earlier this summer lambasted the agency for putting at risk the financial welfare of the Canajoharie plant by slashing the number of inspectors at th… Continue Reading


Schumer Calls On Army Corps To Immediately Step-In And Help Residents Of Haiti Island Stranded After Recent Bridge Collapse

Following the collapse of a bridge on Haiti Island, that has threatened to isolate residents by cutting of their access to the island via automobile, today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) to swiftly stepin and come to the residents' aid. Last Friday , a section of the Seneca River Bridge, which has been nonoperational for the past eighteen years, collapsed in a way that threatens a temporary bridge that sits directly below. In response, authorities … Continue Reading


Schumer Announces Over $12,000 For City Of Kingston Crime Control And Prevention

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that $12,520 has been awarded to the City of Kingston to be shared with the County of Ulster by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs (OJP) under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program.   Kingston and Ulster County will use the federal funds to purchase important crime prevention and protection equipment for the Emergency Services Unit of Ulster County.   "When it comes to protecting our citizens, we nee… Continue Reading


Schumer, Clinton Announce Over $4 Million For The Elmira/Corning Regional Airport

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $4,363,085 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funds to the Elmira/Corning Regional Airport.   Federal funds will be used to perform an important runway rehabilitation project.   "This is great news for Elmira," said Schumer. "The Elmira/Corning Regional Airport is an important general aviation facility in this region.   It is critical that we… Continue Reading


With The Farm Bill Approaching, Schumer Meets With Orange And Sullivan County Agricultural Community To Discuss Challenges Faced By Local Growers And Farmers

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer met with local growers, dairy farmers, and other members of the agricultural communities in Orange and Sullivan counties to discuss the upcoming Farm Bill.  In response to years past-when the needs of farmers and the agricultural community in Upstate New York and the Northeast have been left behind in favor of major agriculture conglomerates in the Midwest and on the West Coast-Schumer sponsored comprehensive farm legislation to provide targeted relief to u… Continue Reading


Schumer Reveals: Older Cities Like Syracuse Losing Out As Young Cities Gobble Up Money For New Federal Highway And Bridge Projects

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, standing on the aging and decrepit Bartell Road Bridge, will reveal that the federal government has woefully under funded highway and bridge maintenance programs, leaving Syracuse's old infrastructure in a state of disrepair . Despite 27.1% of the nation's 590,750 bridges rated structurally deficient or functionally obsolete , it's estimated that in 2009 the Federal Highway Trust Fund will be under financed by $4 billion. Exacerbating the financi… Continue Reading

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