Press Releases

08.01.06

Schumer: New Finding Shows New York Dramatically Shortchanged In Mass Transit Security Funding Over Past 3 Years, NY Share Cut In Half

Even amid recent reports of the most specific terror threat to New York since 911, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer revealed a troubling finding: New Yorks share of federal mass transit security funding has shrunk by nearly half over the past few years. Schumer, standing at the Union Square subway station, explained that the recent terror threats, though not at the highest level of credibility should serve as yet another wakeup call. With New York City having ramped up their security at subways s… Continue Reading


08.01.06

Schumer Announces $30,000 for Ulster County Visual Arts

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced $15,000 in federal funds for the Womens Studio Workshop and $15,000 for the Center for Photography at Woodstock. The groups will receive the funding through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Access to Artistic Excellence program. This program aims to foster and preserve excellence in the arts and increase access to the arts. "It is important to encourage the growth of artists and Ulster County will benefit from the creativity that th… Continue Reading


08.01.06

Schumer Announces $100,000 for Onondaga Cortland Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced $100,000 to the Onondaga Cortland Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services from the Office of National Drug Control Policys (ONDCP) DrugFree Communities Support Program. This money will be used by the Syracuse Onondaga Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission to reduce substance abuse among Onondaga, Cortland and Madison youth and build participation and encourage coordination of all sectors of the community involved in the effort to protect comm… Continue Reading


08.01.06

Schumer Releases New Survey Of Orange County Gas Prices Proposes Excess Oil Company Profits Go To Victims Of Katrina

In light of high gas prices in Orange County, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called for temporary windfall profit levy on oil companies. Schumer released a survey that shows the range of gas prices throughout Orange County, and expressed serious concern that people could be profiting in the wake of the devastation caused by recent hurricanes. Schumers bill would impose a levy on big oil windfall profits and get revenue to victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita relief efforts, forcing comp… Continue Reading


08.01.06

Schumer Announces Over $697,000 to Rockland and Westchester Organizations for Victims of Domestic Violence

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that three organizations in Rockland and Westchester Counties will be awarded $697,889 as part of the U.S. Department of Justices (DOJ) Transitional Housing Grant Program. Westchester Residential Opportunities will receive $348,314, My Sisters Place will receive $175,000, and Rockland Family Shelter will receive $174,575. The money will be used to provide housing assistance for victims of domestic violence. We need to send an unequivocal message … Continue Reading


08.01.06

Schumer Announces Hudson Valley Receives Over $404,000 In Federal Grants

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that five emergency response departments in Hudson Valley have received federal grants totaling $404,403 from the 2005 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Hudson Valley fire departments will use the grants for operations and safety. This funding will go a long way in supporting the fire and emergency response departments in Hudson Valley, said Schumer. We can never truly rep… Continue Reading


08.01.06

As Avian Flu Closes In On U.S., Schumer Calls For Immediate Action: Demands Suspension Of Tamiflu Patent So Vaccine Can Be Mass-Produced, Dramatically Increasing Supply

While just this week Avian Flu came even closer to New York with the first ever confirmed cases in Europe and as experts predict a shortage for Tamiflu, the only known effective treatment for Avian Flu in humans, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called for the temporary suspension of the Tamiflu patent so that the drug can be mass produced. Schumers call comes on the heels of worldwide concern that this particular strain may soon develop into a deadly pathogen in humans and cause a horrible epide… Continue Reading


08.01.06

Schumer, Clinton Secure $1.5 Million For Syracuse Connective Corridor Project

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that the United States Senate approved $1.5 million for the Syracuse University Connective Corridor project. The funds are included in the FY2006 Transportation, Treasury, the Judiciary, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill, which passed the full Senate last night and will now go to a joint HouseSenate conference committee. This great news for Syracuse and all of Central New York, Schumer said. Strengt… Continue Reading


08.01.06

Schumer, Clinton: Key Senate Panel Backs $15.15 Million For Defense Projects To Benefit The Greater Rochester/Finger Lakes Region

US Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved over $15.1 million in the FY06 Defense Department Appropriations bill for projects to benefit the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes regions. Projects to be funded under the bill include, $1.65 million for Oblique Angle Hyperspectral Image Fusion and Analysis for Change Detection research at Virtual Scopics, $1.5 million to Integrated NanoTechnologies for BioWarfare T… Continue Reading


08.01.06

Schumer: New Survey Shows NYC Residents Will Pay Over $1.2 Billion More To Heat Their Homes This Winter Senator Demands Tapping Heating Oil Reserve To Bring Down Costs

In light of a $1.2 billion projected increase in New York City home heating costs this winter, today U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the Administration to tap the government's emergency heating oil stockpile as soon as possible to help bring down high heating fuel prices. The 2 million barrels in the Northeast Heating Oil Reserve would give consumers in the region supplies for about 10 days, the time needed for ships to carry heating fuel from Gulf of Mexico refiners to New York Ha… Continue Reading


08.01.06

Schumer on Bush Refusal to Provide Miers Docs from White House

Sen. Chuck Schumer, the ranking member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Courts, released the following statement in reaction to the President's refusal to provide requested documents from Harriet Miers time in the White House: "The President says people need to learn more about Harriet Miers and Senators on both sides of the aisle agree. That is why we have asked for documents from her time in the White House that arent covered by any privilege, and it is disappointing to me, and … Continue Reading


08.01.06

Schumer Renews Call For Feds To Come To North Country For Meeting On Passport Proposal

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today he is asking officials from the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State to visit to New Yorks North Country to brainstorm options for required documentation for travel at the U.S.Canada border. On September 1st, the Departments of State (DOS) and Homeland Security (DHS) initiated a public comment period on proposed plan to be implemented as the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative and Schumer has been working with local community an… Continue Reading


08.01.06

Schumer, Clinton and Rep. Tim Bishop Meet Energy Departments Science Director Seeking Full Funding of BNL Project

ith Brookhaven National Lab threatened by significant cuts to major scientific programs, New York Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Congressman Tim Bishop met in the U.S. Capitol today with the Energy Departments chief science officer, Dr. Raymond Orbach, to urge him to restore funding to BNLs Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). Schumer, Clinton and Bishop requested the meeting last month (letter attached). Dr. Orbach agreed with the members of Congress that the RHIC… Continue Reading


08.01.06

Schumer To Host Work Session With Western New York Mayors To Devise Alternative To Passport Proposal

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today he will be hosting a worksession tomorrow with five Mayors from Western New York to brainstorm options for required documentation for travel at the U.S.Canada border. On September 1st, the Departments of State (DOS) and Homeland Security (DHS) initiated a public comment period on proposed plan to be implemented as the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative and Schumer has been working with local community and business leaders to fleshout an alternati… Continue Reading


08.01.06

Schumer: Over $120,000 Coming to Two Central New York Fire Organizations

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced $120,306 in federal funds for two Central New York fire departments, Clinton Fire Department and Kuyahoora Volunteer Ambulance Corp.. The funds, awarded through the Assistance to Firefighters program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), will pay for fire operations and fire safety. Hurricane Katrina and the terrorist attacks of 9/11 have taught us that our local first responders must be well equipped and well trained, Sch… Continue Reading


08.01.06

Schumer, Clinton: Key Senate Panel Backs $27 Million For Defense Projects To Benefit The Southern Tier

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved $27 million in the FY06 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for projects to benefit the Southern Tier, including $2 million for the Small Scale Systems Packaging Center at Binghamton University, $20 million for Schweizer Aircrafts RQ8B Fire Scout VTUAV, $2 million for Rockwell Collins GATM for the KC135 project and $3 million for the GunnerCrew Chief Station Tra… Continue Reading


08.01.06

Schumer Announces $150,000 for Meridian Centre Park in Brighton

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that $150,000 will be awarded to the Town of Brighton for the Meridian Centre Park by the National Park Service's Land and Water Conservation Fund. The grant will help in developing a passive park on land that is adjacent to the existing park. "This is great news for Brighton," Schumer said. "The beauty of the Meridian Centre is important to maintain, and the development of the park will help preserve it. I will continue to fig… Continue Reading


08.01.06

Schumer Secures $250,000 For Corona Elmherst Center For Economic Development

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $250,000 under the FY06 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Act for the CoronaElmhurst Center for Economic Development to help support its efforts to improve the economic outlook of the business community in the CoronaElmhurst district of Queens, New York. The bill must now be approved by the full Senate and House before being signed into law by the President. Schumer had aggressively lobbi… Continue Reading


08.01.06

After Schumers Urging, This Morning NYS Supreme Court Justice Eric Vitaliano Formally Nominated To Federal Bench

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that former New York Assemblyman and Acting New York State Supreme Court Justice Eric Vitaliano was formally nominated to fill one of two existing vacancies on the Eastern District Federal Bench this morning. Last May, Schumer asked President George W. Bush to nominate Judge Vitaliano, and if approved by the Senate, he would become the only judge on that court to hail from Staten Island. "Judge Vitaliano has had a distinguished career as a l… Continue Reading


08.01.06

Schumer Announces Village 0f Endicott Fire Department to Receive Over $109,000 in Federal Grants

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced the Village of Endicott Fire Department will received $109,763 from the 2005 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Village of Endicott Fire Department will use the federal funds for operations and safety improvements. This funding will go a long way in supporting the Village of Endicott Fire Department, said Schumer. We can never truly repay our firefighters and first responde… Continue Reading

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