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Schumer: Over $858,000 Coming To New York Fire Departments And Organizations

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced over $858,000 in federal funds awarded to local fire departments and organizations across New York State to help the department reduce the effects of fire and fire related incidents. 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 and organizations across New York, said Schumer. In the brave new post9/11 world, o… Continue Reading


Schumer Lobbies Ceo Of Boscov's Dept Store To Keep Store In Binghamton

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today revealed that he has launched an aggressive lobbying campaign to keep Boscov's department store in Binghamton. Schumer today sent a letter to the company's CEO Al Boscov and urged him to keep the store from closing. The city owns the property and leased it to Boscov's for a 20 year term which has now expired. "I told Mr. Boscov that keeping his store in Binghamton would be a winwin situation: good for the region and good for him, too," … Continue Reading


Schumer Gets "Green Bonds" For Destiny Project Through The Senate; Measure Passes Full Congress

US Senator Charles Schumer today announced that at his request the Senate has passed a tax bill by a 6917 margin that includes green bonds for the DestiNY resort in Syracuse. The bill includes a measure that Schumer requested to secure taxexempt "green bonds" that would help finance the project. With the House having passed the measure earlier this week, it has now passed Congress and awaits the President's signature. "Obviously, this is very good news for DestiNY," Sch… Continue Reading


Schumer: Congress Approves Aid Package For New York Farmers To Help Recover From Stormy Summer

US Senator Charles Schumer today announced that Congress has approved an estimated $2.9 billion disaster package for farmers suffering from adverse weather conditions and flooding caused by the recent string of hurricanes that have pounded the Eastern United States. Last month, one the same day the Senate passed the initial version of the disaster package, Schumer had met with New York Farm Bureau President John Lincoln and several other farm bureau members to discuss the need for this disaster … Continue Reading


Schumer, Clinton: Congress Approves $8.3 Million For Hancock Field Base

US Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton announced today that Congress has approved $8.3 million in funding for the Hancock Field base, including $6 million for a Military Entrance Processing Station for the Army and $2.3 million to replace the Mobility Processing Center for the Air National Guard. The news came as the House and Senate approved the FY 2005 Department of Defense Military Construction Appropriations Bill. The bill will now go to the President for his signature. … Continue Reading


Schumer: Traffic On The Peace Bridge Has Reached Outrageous Proportions; Threatens To Severely Halt Commerce

Standing alongside frustrated drivers at the foot of the Peace Bridge, US Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the Bureau of Customs & Border Protection to increase staffing levels at bridge check points to meet peak traffic demands. Traffic problems on the bridge have become more than an inconvenience, and local businesses are starting to feel the pinch of less customers and more expensive deliveries. Anyone who's driven along the Peace Bridge during peak times knows that this is a … Continue Reading


Schumer, Clinton: Congress Backs $2 Million For Central Ny Defense Projects

US Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that Congress approved $2 million in the 2005 Defense Department spending bill for Central New York defense projects. Projects to be funded under the bill include $1 million for the Rome Air Force Research Laboratorys Joint Battlespace Infosphere project and $1 million for Cortland Cables synthetic material arresting cable development project. The bill must now be sent to the President and eventually signed into law. "… Continue Reading


Schumer: Measure To Assist Western Ny Nuclear Workers Clears Major Hurdle

US Senators Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Senate and House Conference on the Defense Authorization Act of 2005 has agreed to an amendment that will provide Western New Yorkers with the support that they need and deserve to effectively navigate the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act. A measure introduced by Senator Schumer will establish a new resource center in Western New York that would help sick nuclear workers with their compensation applications. … Continue Reading


Schumer: New Yorks Cops, Firefighters & Emts Likely To Get Nations First Signal Corps Style Program To Communicate At Terror Sites

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Senate last night voted to authorize the nations first Signal Corps style program and said that New York is likely to be selected for one of two pilot programs which would drastically improve communications between the citys first responders at a terror site. The model programs funded by Federal Homeland Security Funding would create a specialized demonstration project of police, firefighters, EMTs, and other emergency personnel whose only j… Continue Reading


Schumer, Clinton: Congressional Panel Backs $16.8 Million For Schweizer Aircraft For Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

US Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that the joint House and Senate Conference Committee approved $16.8 million for Schweizer Aircraft to help support the development of the Fire Scout RQ8 Vertical Takeoff and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV) to be used by the US Navy and Marine Corps. The bill must now be approved by the Congress before being sent to the President and eventually signed into law. Specifically, today's funding will allow de… Continue Reading


Schumer, Clinton Secure Renewal Community Expansion That Makes More Of Rochester Eligible For Special Tax Breaks

US Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton announced today that legislation to increase the size of New Yorks Renewal Communities was passed by a joint HouseSenate Conference Committee for the JOBS Bill. The move could dramatically increase the area included in the Rochester renewal community, providing important tax incentives and development initiatives worth an estimated $400 million to New Yorkers and New York businesses. The amendment, which was included as part of the JOBS B… Continue Reading


Schumer Urges Feds To Keep Canandaigua VA Acute Psych Unit Open Requests Personal Meeting With Secretary To Discuss Future Of Campus

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to keep the Canandaigua VA Medical Centers Acute Psychiatric Unit open, and requested a personal meeting with the Secretary to discuss the future of the campus. Earlier this month, the VA announced that services would remain on the Canandaigua VAMC campus and not move elsewhere in the area. The future of VA services in Canandaigua appears bright, but the details are still vague and the communit… Continue Reading


Schumer, Crowley Announce $250,000 For Corona-Elmhurst Center For Economic Development

Attending the 3rd Anniversary Legislative and Economic Forum at the CoronaElmhurst Center for Economic Development, today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Representative Joseph Crowley announced $250,000 in federal funds for the Center. Schumer, the keynote speaker for todays forum, teamed up with Congressman Crowley to champion the importance of empowering Queens local business community. The federal funding secured by the Senator and the Congressman will support efforts by the Center … Continue Reading


Schumer: Long Island Police & Fire Personnel Unable To Share Critical Information Unless Feds Clear Airwaves Asap

US Senator Charles Schumer today warned that Long Islands first responders remain uncoordinated and vulnerable in the event of a major catastrophe because they dont have access to a shared radio frequency. Schumer called on the Federal government to kick seven outofstate tv stations off the frequency designated for use by emergency personnel to share information and coordinate response efforts. Schumer urged the Federal Communications Commission to free up the 700 band frequency for Nassau and S… Continue Reading


With Hundreds Of Trucks Leaving The Thruway & I-81 For Local Roads Each Day, Schumer Unveils New Plan To Keep Trucks Out Of CNY Neighborhoods To Restore Quality Of Life

With hundreds of trucks leaving the Thruway and I81 each day unnecessarily and clogging local roads, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today unveiled his new plan to keep trucks out of Central New York neighborhoods and restore communities quality of life. Over 1.9 million trucks travel through Central New York every year carrying freight, but many drive on local roads as a shortcut and to avoid weigh stations, tolls and traffic. Throughout the past few years, there have been numerous accidents sp… Continue Reading


Schumer Announces Over $61,000 In Federal Dollars For The Ithaca Housing Authority

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced $61,328 has been awarded to the Ithaca Housing Authority in Tompkins County by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the Housing Choice VoucherFamily Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program. "This is great news for Ithaca," said Schumer. "The program coordinators are an essential part of the programs that move future homeowners towards selfsufficiency and independence. By providing support for prospective first time… Continue Reading


Schumer: Feds To Blame For Flu Vaccine Shortage; Announces Plan To Solve Local Crisis And Urges U.S. To Implement Immediately

With two of the four hospitals in Onondaga County reporting severe flu vaccine shortages, US Senator Charles Schumer today charged the Federal government with being woefully unprepared to deal with the situation and called for the immediate importation of emergency supplies from Canada, Europe, and Japan. With just two drug makers producing the flu vaccine for use in the US and no back up system in place, Schumer faulted the federal government for leaving thousands of high risk residents of Cent… Continue Reading


Schumer Demands Orange And Dutchess County Hospitals Be Included In Hospital Reclassification Deal Announced Today

In light of todays announcement that Senate leaders will pursue an extension of Section 508 of the Medicare Modernization Act, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, pledged today to work to include all New York Section 508 hospitals. This morning, the Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Charles Grassley (RIA) announced in Pennsylvania his intentions to extend Section 508, which includes language that provided millions of dollars to Northern Dutchess Hospit… Continue Reading


Joint Statement By Senators Schumer, Clinton, And Representatives Higgins, Slaughter, And Reynolds On Expediting Major Disaster Declaration

Today the Western New York Congressional delegation released the following statement: Western New York continues to suffer from the effects of a massive snowstorm that caused thousands of homes to go without power for several days. In our visits and discussions with government officials we know the extent of the devastation and have been working to support the work being done to restore power, cleanup downed trees, and ensure that government at all levels is responding with all deliberate s… Continue Reading


Schumer: Over $61,000 Coming To Sea Cliff Fire Department

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced over $61,000 in federal funds for the Sea Cliff Fire Department 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 the Sea Cliff Fire Department, 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 w… Continue Reading

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