Press Releases

07.26.06

With New Report Revealing Wacky DHS Risk Assessment Indiana Has More Terrorist Targets Than New York Schumer Announces Amendment To Overhaul System

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced legislation that would overhaul the criteria the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) uses to determine highthreat area funding. Schumer will offer his bill as an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill. Specifically, Schumers bill calls on DHS to compile a new inventory of all current threats, critical infrastructure vulnerabilities, and national monuments and icons located in high threat areas. This report from the… Continue Reading


07.26.06

Schumer, Clinton Announce Almost $2 Million For New MTA Buses And Maintenance Equipment

Washington, DCSenators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced a grant of $1, 942,653 for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority to purchase six replacement buses and associated capital maintenance items, from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Nassau Countyowned bus depots in Rockville Center and Garden City are the recipients of the six replacement buses. This grant gives the MTA the necessary funds to upgrade its bus fleet and provide its passenge… Continue Reading


07.26.06

Schumer Urges Feds To Fund Center Court In Niagara Falls

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support the Niagara Falls Housing Authoritys (NFHA) recent application for funding under the HOPE VI grant program, which seeks to revitalize severely distressed public housing. Schumer, who serves on the Senate Banking Committee, which oversees HUD, said that federal assistance could lead to economic revitalization, jobs, and better homes in Niagara Falls. "Development of the Center … Continue Reading


07.26.06

Schumer Calls On Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac To Develop Concrete Plan To Help Address Fort Drum Housing Issues

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, in a meeting Friday, called on federally chartered housing entities, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to develop a concrete plan to help address the Fort Drum housing issues. As a member of the Senate Banking and Housing Committee, Schumer is working to provide the federal resources and expertise necessary to make sure affordable housing in place for Ft. Drums new troops and the community at large. In January, Schumer attended the Fort Drum Housing Summit with local c… Continue Reading


07.26.06

Schumer Announces Over $399,000 For Greece Central School District

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Greece Central School District will receive $399,374 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Educations Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Demonstration Program. The grant will be used to support counseling programs in target elementary schools. Our children deserve the resources they need to excel in school, Schumer said. It is essential they have access to counseling and developmental programs and experts they can trust. T… Continue Reading


07.26.06

Schumer Announces FEMA Approves Trailers And Rental Assistance For Residents In Flood Damaged Areas

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is sending temporary living trailers to areas damaged by last months flooding. Schumer, who earlier this month called on David Paulison, head of FEMA to move the trailers to New York swiftly, said the counties that have been approved to receive the trailers are Broome, Delaware, Chenango, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Orange, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan, Tioga, and Ulster. The two counties that wi… Continue Reading


07.26.06

Key Senate Committee Approves Clinton Bill To Rename Patchogue Post Office In Honor Of Lt. Michael Murphy

enators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Charles Schumer announced that legislation to honor Lt. Michael Patrick Murphy was passed yesterday by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs. Senator Clinton and Senator Schumer, who was a cosponsor, welcomed approval of the bill which would designate the United States Postal facility located in Patchogue, NY as the Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy Post Office Building. Lt. Murphy, a U.S. Navy SEAL, was killed at age 29 during combat in A… Continue Reading


07.25.06

Schumer Presses Bush on Gov't Tracking of Journalists' Calls

Today, Sen. Chuck Schumer sent the following letter to President Bush regarding the latest revelations that the government may be tracking journalists phone calls. In light of the governments warrantless wiretapping program and database of all Americans phone calls, Schumer called on the President to answer a series of questions about the validity of this possible program. The letter is below: May 16, 2006 President George W. Bush The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW … Continue Reading


07.25.06

Schumer, Clinton Announce Over $2 Million For Greater Binghamton Airport

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Clinton today announced $2,565,000 for the Greater Binghamton Airport from the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) at the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This is great news for the Greater Binghamton Airport, said Senator Schumer. This airport welcome travelers to New York each year, and these improvements are important for local businesses and strengthening the local economy. I will continue to fight for fede… Continue Reading


07.25.06

Schumer, Clinton Announce Over $2 Million For Adirondack Regional Airport

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Clinton today announced $2,400,000 for the Adirondack Regional Airport from the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) at the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This is great news for the Adirondack Regional Airport, said Senator Schumer. This airport welcome travelers to New York each year, and these improvements are important for local businesses and strengthening the local economy. I will continue to fight for fe… Continue Reading


07.25.06

Schumer Announces Senate Passes Sex Offender Legislation With New Federal Tracking System That Would End State-To-State Disparity In Registration And Notification Procedures

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that the Senate late last night unanimously passed the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (S. 1086), comprehensive national legislation specifically designed to protect children from sexual predators. Once enacted into law, the bill will create a national database and require convicted sex offenders to register their whereabouts regularly in person. Failure to comply would be a felony. Existing sexoffender sites are managed from state t… Continue Reading


07.25.06

Dems Call on A.G. Gonzales to Recuse Himself from Abramoff Case

Today, 31 Democrats led by Sen. Chuck Schumer sent the following letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales urging him to recuse himself from the Abramoff case. Below is the letter and signatories. Schumer stated, If there was ever a case that was both sensitive and rife with potential conflict it is this one. The Attorney General can avoid any appearance of impropriety by recusing himself. February 16, 2006 The Honorable Alberto Gonzales United States Department of Justice 950 Pennsy… Continue Reading


07.25.06

Schumer Reveals: Feds Have Reneged On Their Commitment To Provide Adequate Tamiflu Stockpiles

Today U.S. Senator Charles Schumer revealed that the federal government has reneged on its commitment to provide enough Tamiflu stockpiles to safeguard Americans from a potential bird flu pandemic. Schumer sent a letter to Michael Leavitt, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), urging him to dramatically increase stockpiles for Tamiflu, the only antiviral currently available to treat Bird Flu. Schumer has been a leader in getting Roche Pharmaceuticals, the manufactu… Continue Reading


07.25.06

Schumer Visits Putnam Hospital Center, Pushes New Proposal For Health Care For Small Businesses

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today joined President and CEO Michael Webber to tour the Putnam Hospital Center. Schumer met with Webber and other health care executives to discuss plans for the hospital's growth and expansion, including construction of a new facility to begin later this year. We are in the middle of a health care crisis in the country, and getting relief for small businesses would be a huge step in the right direction, Schumer said. Small businesses are the backbone of P… Continue Reading


07.25.06

Schumer Presses Feds For Straight Answers On Proposed Rail Garbage Project

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today questioned the Surface Transportation Board (STB) on its plans with regard to Chartwell Internationals purchase of the Middletown & New Jersey Railway, a 15mile stretch of track in Middletown, NY and its possible use. There have been varied reports with respect to Chartwells plans for its acquisition, and their Chief Financial Officer has said that the development of a solid waste transfer station would be exempt from state and local laws because the rai… Continue Reading


07.25.06

Schumer, Feingold Call On Specter To Urge Ashcroft, Comey, Others To Testify At Hearings On Secret Domestic Spying Program

Today U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Russ Feingold sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter urging him to call on more current and former high level Bush Administration officials including former Attorney General John Ashcroft, Deputy Attorneys General Jim Comey and Larry Thompson, and White House Chief of Staff Andy Card. They also said that no witnesses from the Administration should invoke executive privilege. The letter to Specter follows: January 25, 2006 … Continue Reading


07.25.06

Schumer Urges Feds To Relocate Social Seurity Administration Office To Downtown Ogdensburg

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the Federal Government to relocate the Social Security Administration (SSA) Office to downtown Ogdensburg when their current lease expires in midApril. Schumer pointed to two reasons that the move downtown will be beneficial to the community: first, due to the central location and proximity of many senior citizens, Social Security services will be much more accessible to the New Yorkers it serves; second the SSA, as a major main street tenant, will con… Continue Reading


07.25.06

Schumer Introduces Bipartisan Extension Of Historic Voting Rights Act

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, an original cosponsor of this bipartisan legislation, today announced the introduction of a bill that will extend key provisions of the historic Voting Right Act for the next 25 years. The legislation, named after 3 civil rights icons, Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006 (VRARA), will extend the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which has been previously renewed four times. The Voting Rights … Continue Reading


07.25.06

Schumer To Delay Approval Of U.S. Trade Rep Nomination Over Concerns On Trade Reciprocity In China

Today, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer was joined by Sen. Lindsey Graham in writing a letter to President Bushs nominee to be the U.S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Susan Schwab. Schumer objected to the unanimous consent request to approve her nomination without a vote or debate. In particular, the senators are concerned with the Administrations willingness to press for reciprocity for financial firms that want to invest in China. Senator Schumer has said that he is reluctant to allow the nomine… Continue Reading


07.25.06

Schumer Blasts Cuts To CDBG Program In Administration Budget Fights To Restore Funding

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today launched an effort to restore funding for the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) Program for communities in New York State, which is slashed in the Administrations budget proposal for fiscal year 2007. The CDBG Program is one of the most important and effective programs for revitalizing distressed communities and funds housing rehabilitation, support services, public improvements, and economic development projects in communities across the nation. The… Continue Reading

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