Press Releases

10.19.18

SCHUMER TO FEDS: WHEN IT COMES TO DANGEROUS OIL TRAINS, DON’T SKIMP ON THE BRAKES; SENATOR SAYS OIL TRAINS MUST HAVE THE BEST BRAKING SYSTEMS AVAILABLE TO SAFEGUARD OUR COMMUNITIES

The Fast Act Of 2015 Included A Provision Requiring All Freight Carriers To Equip Trains Carrying Crude Oil With Electronically Controlled Pneumatic Brakes; This September, Federal DOT Repealed The Critical Regulation Standing In Fonda NY, Schumer Today Called On DOT To Reverse Course And Leave The Brake Provision In Place; Said Installing Most-Effective Brake Systems Possible On Dangerous Trains Is Critical To Public Safety   Standing in Fonda, NY, beside the CSX main freight line, U.S. … Continue Reading


10.19.18

SCHUMER: CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY COULD HELP HERKIMER COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENTS QUICKLY & EFFECTIVELY IDENTIFY LETHAL DRUGS LIKE FENTANYL; SENATOR SAYS CONGRESS SHOULD IMMEDIATELY PASS NEW GRANT PROGRAM TO HELP LOCAL POLICE PAY FOR HIGH-TECH TOOL

Senator Launches Push To Pass "POWER Act" Grant Program To Help Local Police Pay For High-Tech Chemical Detection Tool To Sniff Out Illegal Drugs Like Fentanyl According To Drug Enforcement Experts, It Only Takes A Grain Of Fentanyl To Cause A Deadly Reaction; Senator Says Congress Must Do Everything Possible To Keep The Public and Police Safe Schumer: Deploying New Tech Across The Mohawk Valley Could Be A Game-Changer To Keep Police Officers Safe And Protect From Lethal Fentanyl OD's Standin… Continue Reading


10.19.18

STANDING AT UNITED MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER IN BATAVIA, SCHUMER URGES ADMINISTRATION TO REVERSE DRAMATIC CUT TO UPSTATE NEW YORK’S RURAL HOSPITALS; SAYS CUTS PUT COMMUNITIES IN JEOPARDY OF LOSING CRITICAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES

In 1992, Congress Enacted The 340B Drug Pricing Program, Requiring Pharma Companies Participating In Medicaid Program To Provide 20%-50% Discounts To Health Care Organizations That Serve A High Number Of Low-Income And Uninsured Patients; Program Allows Organizations To Stretch Limited Federal Resources To Expand Services And Reduce Costs To Patients In January 2018, The Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Imposed A 28.5% Cut To Reimbursement For 340B Drugs; Schumer Launches Push… Continue Reading


10.18.18

SCHUMER DEMANDS TONAWANDA COKE MAKE FINAL, COURT-ORDERED $2 MILLION COMMUNITY SERVICE PAYMENT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE; SENATOR SAYS COMPANY HAS OBLIGATION TO HELP ASSESS AND CLEAN UP THE MASSIVE MESS IT MADE IN WESTERN NEW YORK

Tonawanda Coke's Court-Ordered, $12 Million Community Service Payment Is Important For The Future Health And Economic Development Of the Community; Researchers Are Gathering Information About Health Impacts And Soil Contamination Around The Site After Filing For Bankruptcy, Tonawanda Coke Recently Signaled Their Intention To Not Make Their Final, $2 Million Community Service Payment; Schumer Today Told Tonawanda Coke That This Payment Must Be Made Schumer To Tonawanda Coke: After Years Of Sh… Continue Reading


10.18.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND REVEAL: MANY STRETCH LIMOS CAN SKIRT LICENSE LAW ON BOOKS BY ARBITRARILY AND INACCURATELY EXEMPTING DRIVERS OR VEHICLES THAT CARRY MORE PASSENGERS THAN ADVERTISED FROM ‘COMMERCIAL’ STATUS; AS SENATORS MAKE LARGER PUSH ON LIMO SAFETY, FEDS MUST IMMEDIATELY INITIATE A LICENSE ‘CRACKDOWN’ BECAUSE COMMERCIAL VEHICLES HAVE TOUGHER SAFETY STANDARDS FOR DRIVER & VEHICLE

Standing With Families Who Lost Daughters In Tragic LI Limo Crash Of 2015, Schumer Will Push Federal Motor Carrier Safety Admin (FMSCA) To Launch Review Of Limo and Driver Qualifications To Ensure They Meet The Intent Of License Classification Law & Prevent Transporting Unsafe Number Of People Schumer & Gillibrand Note Stretch Limos Licensed As 'Commercial Vehicles' Would Automatically Raise Safety Standards Of Both Driver & Vehicle, Subjecting Radically-Altered Stretch Limos To Ri… Continue Reading


10.17.18

FOLLOWING TRAGIC LIMOUSINE CRASH IN SCHOHARIE COUNTY THAT CLAIMED THE LIVES OF TWENTY NEW YORKERS, SENATORS SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, BLUMENTHAL CALL ON NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION TO IMMEDIATELY IMPLEMENT NEW FEDERAL SAFETY RULES FOR STRETCH LIMOS

October 6th Limousine Accident In Schoharie Was Nation's Deadliest Transportation Accident in Nearly a Decade; Revealed Dangerous Loopholes in Current Federal Vehicle Safety Regulations New Federal Safety Regulations could Prevent Future Deaths and Injuries from Limousine Accidents Following the tragic limousine accident that claimed the lives of twenty New Yorkers earlier this month, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Richard … Continue Reading


10.17.18

SCHUMER STATEMENT ON OPENING OF NEW TRAIN STATION IN SCHENECTADY

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today released the following statement on the opening of the new train station in Schenectady, NY: "I want to send my sincerest congratulations to the City of Schenectady and Mayor Gary McCarthy on the opening of their beautiful new train station. I'm proud to have secured over $10 million in federal dollars over this decade-long venture to bring us to today. This, combined with the over $155 million of federal funding to construct the second track from Schenecta… Continue Reading


10.16.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE LEGISLATION TO PROTECT CHAUTAUQUA LAKE WATER QUALITY IN RECENTLY-PASSED BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL 2018 WATER RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT ACT; CHAUTAUQUA LAKE, AN IMPORTANT WNY RECREATIONAL DESTINATION, IS PLAGUED BY HARMFUL, RECURRING ALGAL BLOOMS

Chautauqua Lake Is Battling Major Damages From Repeated Algal Blooms, Negatively Impacting Water Quality And Threatening the Lake's Status As A Tourism And Recreation Destination Schumer, Gillibrand Successfully Fought To Include A Provision For The Chautauqua Lake Feasibility Study In The 2018 Water Resource Development Act, Which Will Allow The Army Corps Of Engineers To Examine Phosphorous Runoff That Creates The Algal U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten… Continue Reading


10.15.18

SCHUMER LAUNCHES MAJOR PUSH TO SECURE NEARLY $1 MILLION FED GRANT TO BUILD FIRST-EVER FOOD BUSINESSES INCUBATOR IN ROCHESTER; OVER 150 LOCAL FOOD ENTREPRENEURS ARE NOW ON WAIT LIST, WITH CONSTRUCTION HINGING ON GRANT; PROJECT WOULD SPUR 100 NEW JOBS & ANCHOR DOWNTOWN ROCHESTER REVITALIZATION

All Food Sold Must Be Made In Pricey Commercial Kitchens, Often Preventing New Business From Launching But "Commissary" Incubator Would Be County's Only Licensed Shared Commercial Kitchen And Demonstration Kitchen For Start-ups To Market Products, Hold Cooking Events, Classes, And More Schumer Launches Push To Secure Vital EDA Grant To Build The Commissary; Says The Commissary Would Be A Shot In The Arm For The Rochester-Finger Lakes Economy & Appetites Schumer To Feds: Rochester Has All… Continue Reading


10.15.18

IN THE AFTERMATH OF RAIL ACCIDENTS NATIONWIDE, AND FOLLOWING BUFFALO’S 2017 ACCIDENT, SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH FOR FREIGHT CARRIERS TO EXPAND NOTIFICATION SYSTEM FOR SHIPMENTS OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS AND ENHANCE REALTIME SHARING OF HAZMAT INFORMATION WITH LOCAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE OPERATIONS; SENATOR SAYS UPDATES ARE CRITICAL TO EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, FIREFIGHTER PROTECTION AND PUBLIC SAFETY

In 2014, Schumer Successfully Fought For A DOT Emergency Order Requiring Railway Companies To Notify State Governments Of Shipments Of Highly-Explosive Crude Oil; Senator Calls Rule A Major Step In The Right Direction, But Says Information Is Not Systematically Shared With Emergency Managers & First Responders; Further Action Is Imperative To Protect Communities And Local First Responders  Today, Schumer Urges Of Canadian Pacific Railway, CSX, And Other Freight Carriers To Ex… Continue Reading


10.15.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $133,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE COUNTY OF SULLIVAN INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY

The County of Sullivan Industrial Development Agency Will Use the Funding to Purchase and Lease Equipment for the Catskill Brewery U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $133,000 in federal funding for the County of Sullivan Industrial Development Agency. This funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Business Development Grant Program. The County of Sullivan Industrial Development Agency will specifica… Continue Reading


10.14.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: DESPITE A 2015 COMMITMENT TO INVESTIGATE LIMO CRASHES & GATHER REQUIRED DATA TO ENACT SAFETY REGULATIONS, NTSB HAS NOT THOROUGHLY INVESTIGATED A SINGLE CRASH PRIOR TO LAST WEEKEND’S UPSTATE TRAGEDY; SENATOR DEMANDS FED AGENCY RE-COMMIT TO INVESTIGATIONS & ISSUE NECESSARY SAFETY RECS ON STRETCH LIMOS ASAP; LIVES AT STAKE

After A Tragic 2015 Long Island Stretch Limo Crash, Schumer Got NTSB To Agree To Investigate Limo Crashes Across Country Because More Information & Data Is Needed To Enact Better Regulations-BUT Despite Commitment, Safety Agency Hasn't Issued Any Safety Recommendations & They Usually Do A Very Good Job Schumer Says NTSB Must Immediately Compile Data From Upstate Crash That Killed 18 Inside Party Limo & Swiftly Issue Any Necessary Emergency Recommendations Because Countless Aftermar… Continue Reading


10.14.18

SCHUMER, IN A PERSONAL CALL WITH HARRIS CORP. CEO, PUSHES FOR AND SECURES COMMITMENT THAT NO JOBS WILL BE CUT IN ROCHESTER DURING MERGER WITH L3 TECHNOLOGIES; SAYS MERGER COULD EXPAND HARRIS’S WORKFORCE IN ROCHESTER

Schumer Today Called Harris Corporation CEO William Brown After Receiving Word That Harris Will Be Merging With L3 Technologies; Harris Corporation Currently Employs Over 3,700 People In Rochester Schumer Received Assurances That The Merger Would Not Result In Any Rochester Job Cuts, And Said That It Could Strengthen The Rochester Workforce U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today spoke with Harris Corporation CEO William Brown over the phone following news that Harris Corp. will be merging with … Continue Reading


10.12.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO RENAME THE “STOCK ACT OF 2012” IN HONOR OF THE LATE CONGRESSWOMAN LOUISE SLAUGHTER, WHO AUTHORED IT; LEGISLATION PASSED THE HOUSE IN LATE SEPTEMBER

Bill, Now Named After Representative Louise McIntosh Slaughter, Heads To President's Desk For Signature U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Senate has passed legislation to rename the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act of 2012 after the late Representative Louise Slaughter. Schumer and Gillibrand said that since this bill, introduced by Rep. Paul Tonko (D-Amsterdam, Montgomery County), passed the House last… Continue Reading


10.12.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND CALL ON NTSB TO COMPLETE A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION INTO STRETCH LIMOUSINE ACCIDENT AND ISSUE CONCRETE SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS IMMEDIATELY

Last Week, 20 Lives Were Tragically Lost In A Stretch Limousine Accident In Schoharie; Schumer, Gillibrand Today Thanked The National Transportation Safety Board For Their Rapid Response To The Crash And Urged Equally Prompt Review And New Roadmap For Safety Regulations Senators To NTSB: Leave No Stone Unturned In Your Investigation Into Stretch Limousine Safety U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today thanked the National Transportation Safety B… Continue Reading


10.12.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, ENGEL ANNOUNCE INCLUSION OF MAMARONECK AND SHELDRAKE RIVER BASIN PROJECT IN BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT FOR WATER RESOURCE BILL; PROJECT IS VITAL TO PROTECT MAMARONECK RESIDENTS’ HOMES & BUSINESSES, WHICH REMAIN AT RISK OF FLOODING

Inclusion Of Project In The Just Passed Water Resource Bill Is Next Big Step Forward; Reps Say Mamaroneck-Sheldrake Project Is Vital To Address Flooding Schumer, Gillibrand, Engel: Village Of Mamaroneck Residents And Businesses Must Be Protected From Future Flooding U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, and U.S. Representative Eliot Engel today announced they were successful in secur… Continue Reading


10.10.18

GILLIBRAND, SCHUMER ANNOUNCE THAT THE FORT ONTARIO STUDY ACT HAS BEEN SIGNED INTO LAW

Gillibrand's Legislation Begins the Process of Creating a National Park Service Site at Fort Ontario and the Safe Haven Holocaust Refugee Shelter Museum in Oswego County National Park Designation Would Open Up Federal Resources to Preserve Fort Ontario and Draw Increased Tourism to the Area U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced that their legislation to begin the process of creating a national park site at Fort Ontario was signed int… Continue Reading


10.10.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND CALL ON U.S. AIR FORCE TO MAKE CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES AT NFARS; SENATORS SAY IMPROVEMENTS WOULD GREATLY ENHANCE NFARS’ ABILITY TO EXECUTE ITS ESSENTIAL KC-135 TANKER MISSION, PROMOTE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN WESTERN NY

After Successfully Fighting To Secure NFARS As A Host For The KC-135 Tanker Mission, Schumer And Gillibrand Today Called On The USAF To Make Much-Needed Infrastructure Improvements At NFARS In Support Of Its Mission Specifically, Schumer And Gillibrand Urged The Air Force To Include Improvements To NFARS' Apron, Runway, Hangars, And Hydrant System In Its Future Years Defense Plan Schumer, Gillibrand: NFARS Upgrades Will Improve Mission Readiness, Promote Economic Development In Western New Yor… Continue Reading


10.10.18

SENATORS SCHUMER AND GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE THAT RECENTLY PASSED BIPARTISAN FEDERAL FUNDING BILL INCLUDES SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENTS FOR EDUCATION, HEALTH, AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS THAT SUPPORT NEW YORK FAMILIES

Fiscal Year 2019 Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill Includes Significant Increases of Funding for Important Programs that Support New York Students, Families, and Communities U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the recently passed Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill includes significant investments for K-12 learning programs… Continue Reading


10.10.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE RECENTLY-PASSED FAA REAUTHORIZATION BILL INCLUDES FUNDING AUTHORIZATIONS FOR THE ESSENTIAL AIR SERVICE AND AIRPORT IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMS

The Essential Air Service Program Provides Federal Funding To Ensure Small, Regional Airports Can Retain Commercial Air Service The Airport Improvement Program Provides Federal Funding For Public Agencies To Make Infrastructure Improvements At Airports U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the recently passed five-year Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bill, which was signed into law on Friday, October 5, in… Continue Reading

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