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Schumer, Clinton Secure $100 Million For East Side Access Project And $2.5 Million For Second Avenue Subway

US Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that Congress will pass the FY2005 Omnibus Appropriations bill which included $100 million for the East Side Access Project and $2.5 million for the Second Avenue subway. The funding was included in the Transportation, Treasury, and Appropriations portion of the bill. The bill now heads to the President for his signature. "The Second Avenue Subway and East Side Access slices the time and frustration of daily commute… Continue Reading


Schumer On Hutchinson Visit: Now Is The Time For Shared Border Management At The Peace Bridge

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today welcomed Undersecretary of Border and Transportation Security Asa Hutchinson and Canadian National Security Advisor Rob Wright to Buffalo for a consultation session with local stakeholders on shared border management. Schumer was scheduled to attend the session in person, but a vote in the Senate on the National Intelligence Bill prevented him from making the trip. "The fact that the US and Canadian governments have chosen Buffalo as a pilot project for… Continue Reading


Schumer: Over $1 Million Coming To Erie County To Give Low-Income Youth Job Training

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that Erie County will receive over $1 million in federal funds to provide educational, employment, and leadership opportunities to lowincome youth in the area. The funds are allocated through the Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) YouthBuild USA program. "You dont need to be a youth counselor to know that giving lowincome youth a chance to stay educated, to get a job, and to be the leaders they already are is a great thing, Schumer said… Continue Reading


Schumer Awards Madison County Korean War Hero Three Medals Of Honor

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today awarded Madison County war hero William Edmonston three medals of honor for his service during the Korean War. Schumer helped to obtain the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal for Mr. Edmonston and awarded the medals to him at a ceremony today in New Hartford. In Korea, Mr. Edmonston was a pioneer in training soldiers for shell shock and his bravery and service made a world of difference for so many of th… Continue Reading


Schumer Lauds New AXA Equitable 15 Year Lease In Downtown Syracuse

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that AXA Equitable has signed a new 15 years lease with Towers Realty Statutory Trust. The lease is for around 316,000 rentable square feet of space and goes until 2023. This new lease ensures that AXAs nearly 1,000 employees will remain in downtown Syracuse. It is projected that this lease will lead to 600900 jobs short term, and up to 1200 down the road. "This is tremendous shot in the arm for Syracuse," Schumer said. "AXA is an … Continue Reading


Schumer: Over $485,000 Coming To New York Fire Departments

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced over $485,000 in federal funds for local fire departments to pay for fire operations and fire safety. The funds are being awarded through the Assistance to Firefighters program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This is a great day for local fire departments in New York, said Schumer. In the brave new post9/11 world, our first responders must be well trained and well equipped to deal with any problem that comes their wa… Continue Reading


Schumer, King: Major Hurdle Cleared Towards Getting Hicksville Nuclear Site Cleaned Up

US Senator Charles E. Schumer and US Representative Peter King today announced that the Federal Government will begin the necessary process to shift the responsibility for remediation of radiological contamination of the former Sylvania Electronics Plant in Hicksville to the Federal Government. The announcement means that safety and decontamination of the Hicksville site, which is adjacent to Cantiague Park, will now involve the expertise, experience, and resources of the federal government whic… Continue Reading


Schumer Advises Mohawk ValleyChristmas Shoppers On How To Avoid Being Ripped Off This Season

With holiday shopping in full swing, US Senator Charles Schumer today warned Mohawk Valley Christmas shoppers about retail policies that could cost them thousands of dollars in their holiday shopping. Schumer also released a survey showing that interest rates charged by store credit cards are significantly higher than those charged by bankissued cards and outlined plans to disclose unfair return policies and to keep consumers informed about sudden credit card rate hikes. This is supposed to be… Continue Reading


Schumer Warns Nyers: New Secret Store Policies Block Shoppers From Returning Gifts - Could Create Havoc This Christmas

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today revealed that more than 200 stores in Metropolitan New York have adopted secret new store blacklists that were never announced and have unpublished rules, yet nonetheless stop people who make socalled excessive returns from returning extra goods. These unwritten policies could unknowingly prevent shoppers from returning gifts, wreaking havoc on the Christmas gift giving season. Schumer asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate this blacklisting pract… Continue Reading


Schumer Reveals: Loose Federal Oversight Makes Another Ecoli Outbreak All Too Likely Vegetable Processing Plants Inspected Only Once Every 10 Years

In the wake of the worst outbreak of E. coli (Escherichia coli) O157:H7 in produce in United States history, and with news that over the weekend 5,200 pounds of E. coli contaminated beef were recalled in 10 states, including New York U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today revealed that a patchwork of federal oversight has left the nations food supply dangerously vulnerable to contamination. It took two weeks from the time state officials in Wisconsin first discovered five people who were sick wit… Continue Reading


Schumer, Clinton, Higgins Secure Extended Deadline For Bringing Vintage WWII Ship To Dunkirk

.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton and Congressman Brian Higgins welcomed news from the Maritime Administration (MARAD) that it has granted an extension to the Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse and Veterans Museum to raise the money necessary to transport the U.S.S Sphinx, a storied landing craft, from Virginia, to its new home in Dunkirk, NY. Under the new extension, the community coalition will have until April 3, 2007 to ensure adequate funding. The ship will become a floa… Continue Reading


Schumer To NYC Park Commissoner Benepe: Dont Throw In The Towel On Sunset Park Boxing Gym

Following a recent decision by Commissioner Adrian Benepe of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to evict the Sunset Park Boxing Club from its current home at 4302 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called on the Parks Department to repeal the eviction order and reinstate the valuable afterschool program at its current location. For the past twenty years, the boxing gym based in Sunset Park, Brooklyn and run by the Police Athletic League has offered neig… Continue Reading


Schumer Announces New Federal Financing Initiatives For Fort Drum And The Greater Watertown Community To Help Address Housing Issues

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced new federal financing initiatives for Fort Drum and the greater Watertown Community to help address the growing need for affordable and available housing. As a member of the Senate Banking and Housing Committee, Schumer has been working to provide the federal resources and expertise necessary to make sure affordable housing is in place for Ft. Drums new troops, their families, and the greater community at large. In January, Schumer attended the For… Continue Reading


Schumer, Clinton, King Announce Final Congressional Approval Of Jacob Samuel Fletcher Post Office Building

Charles Schumer Senators and Hillary Rodham Clinton and Congressman Peter T. King (RNY3) announced final Congressional passage of legislation to rename the Cooper Street Post Office in Babylon, NY in honor of Pfc. Jacob Samuel Fletcher. Pfc. Fletcher died on November 14, 2003 while serving in Iraq when explosives struck a bus he was riding on in the town of Samara. Senator Clinton and Congressman King sponsored the Senate and House bills to designate the facility of the United States Postal Se… Continue Reading


Schumer Announces Five New Round Trip Flights At Stewart International Airport

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today stood with Robert Fornaro, President and Chief Operating Officer of AirTran Airways, to announce that AirTran will begin new service from Stewart International Airport to four new destinations on January 11, 2007. The new service will provide two daily roundtrips to Atlanta, which is AirTrans hub, and one daily around trip each to Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale and Tampa. Schumers announcement will have a major impact on the airport's development and air travel… Continue Reading


Schumer, Clinton, Higgins Urge Feds To Extend Deadline To Bring Vintage WWII Ship To Dunkirk

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton and Congressman Brian Higgins today urged the Maritime Administration (MARAD) to grant an extension to the Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse and Veterans Museum to raise the money necessary to transport the U.S.S Sphinx, a storied landing craft, from Virginia, to its new home in Dunkirk, New York. A community coalition has submitted a fundraising proposal, but needs another year to ensure adequate funding. The ship will become a floating mu… Continue Reading


Schumer Announces Passage Of Long Island Sound Stewardship Act A Bill To Protect Crucial Long Island Sound Ecosystem

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced the Senate passage this afternoon of the Long Island Sound Stewardship Act of 2006 which will provide $150 million over 6 years for the preservation of open space along the Long Island Sound. The Act establishes a panel of federal, state and local officials and community activists from New York and Connecticut to acquire shoreline parcels in Long Island in an effort to protect segments of the Long Island Sound with ecological, educational and recr… Continue Reading


Schumer, Lowey, Crowley Secure $62 Million For New Air Traffic Control Tower At LGA To Reduce Flight Delays And Improve Safety

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Congresswoman Nita Lowey, and Congressman Joseph Crowley announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given final approval for $62 million for a new air traffic control tower at LaGuardia Airport. Schumer, Lowey and Crowley said the new tower will help ease crippling flight delays at the airport and help controllers manage traffic on the runways in order to prevent more near aircraft collisions. The current control tower at LaGuardia Airpor… Continue Reading


Schumer Announces $250,000 For Cornell University

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced $250,000 in federal funding has been awarded to Cornell Universitys Macaualy Library. These federal funds are being awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the National Leadership Grant program. "This is great news for Cornell University, Schumer said. Making these interviews available to a wide variety of experts as well as the general public will provide an important research tool for those in this field of stu… Continue Reading


Schumer, Clinton Announce Congressional Panel Backs $18.9 Million For Central New York Defense Projects

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that the Department of Defense Appropriations bill conference report filed late yesterday included approved $18.9 million for military projects in Central New York. The House and Senate must approve the bill before being sent to the President and signed into law. "This is great news for Central New York," said Schumer. "Additional funds will not only boost the area economy, but also put Central New York … Continue Reading

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