Press Releases

10.25.18

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $1.5M IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR FARNHAM FAMILY SERVICES TO ADDRESS OPIOID EPIDEMIC IN OSWEGO COUNTY

Farnham Family Services Will Receive $524K Per Year For Three Years To Expand Medication Assisted Treatment In Oswego County U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Farnham Family Services today announced over $1.5 million in federal funding for Farnham Family Services in Oswego, NY. The funding, which includes $524,670 per year for the next three years, was allocated by the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAM… Continue Reading


10.23.18

IN THE MIDST OF ONGOING DOCTOR SHORTAGE ACROSS UPSTATE NEW YORK, SCHUMER VOWS TO LEAD CHARGE FOR FIRST-EVER DUTCHESS COUNTY MED SCHOOL; URGES CONGRESS TO PASS CRITICAL LEGISLATION THAT WILL DELIVER MORE DOCTORS TO UPSTATE NEW YORK

This September, Marist College And Health Quest Announced Their Partnership To Establish The First Medical School In Poughkeepsie At Vassar Brothers Medical Center, The Marist Health Quest School Of Medicine; Schumer Today Voiced His Full Support For The Project, Vowed To Lead It Through The Accreditation Process Additionally, With Upstate New York Still Plagued By A Major Shortage Of Doctors, Schumer Called On Congress To Pass The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act At Once Schumer: N… Continue Reading


10.23.18

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 HUDSON VALLEY AND UPSTATE 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To Equip Trains Carrying Crude Oil With Electronically Controlled Pneumatic Brakes; This September, Federal DOT Repealed The Critical Regulation Standing In Newburgh NY, Schumer Today Called On DOT To Reverse Course And Leave The Brake Provision In Place; Said Installing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 Newburgh NY, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today cal… Continue Reading


10.23.18

SCHUMER: CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY COULD HELP PUTNAM 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 Hudson Valley Could Be A Game-Changer To Keep Police Officers Safe And Protect From Lethal Fentanyl OD's Standin… Continue Reading


10.23.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $550,000 TO HELP VETERANS SUFFERING FROM OPIOID ADDICTION IN MONROE COUNTY

Federal Funding Will Be Used To Expand Monroe County's Veterans Treatment Court to Combat the Opioid Epidemic Among Veterans U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $550,000 in federal funding for Monroe County. The funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program and will be used specifically to expand the Monroe County Veterans Treatment Court. Monroe County has experienced a… Continue Reading


10.22.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND CALL ON ARMY CORPS TO DIRECT CRITICAL FUNDING TO PROTECT GREAT LAKES FROM INVASIVE ASIAN CARP; SENATORS SAY FUNDS CAN HELP THWART CARP’S ACCESS TO LAKES ERIE AND ONTARIO

The Invasive Asian Carp Are A Major Threat To The Lake Erie And Lake Ontario Ecosystems Due To Their Disruption Of The Lakes' Natural Food Chain Schumer And Gillibrand Today Called On The U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers To Prioritize Initiatives That Would Help Prevent Asian From Traveling Into The Great Lakes Through Other Waterways Senators To Army Corps: We Must Ensure Asian Carp Do Not Destroy The Beauty, Balance And Fishing Industry Of The Great Lakes U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E… Continue Reading


10.21.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: CHOPPER COMPANY RESPONSIBLE FOR EAST RIVER CRASH & DEATH OF 5 IS SHOCKINGLY OFFERING DEEP DISCOUNT OCTOBER ‘SALE’ FOR DOORS-OFF FLIGHTS—BUT COMPANY IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION BY FED AGENCIES; SCHUMER SOUNDS ALARM & AGAIN URGES COMPANY TO SUSPEND FLIGHTS IMMEDIATELY

Despite Being Under Fed Investigation By NTSB & An Ongoing FAA Rulemaking, FlyNYON Has Launched An Aggressive Social Media Campaign To Try & Land Customers Company Is Marketing The Same Doors-Off Flights Currently Under Fed Investigation For 40% Off; Senator Says Until We Know Exactly What Went Wrong, Those Flights Should Be Suspended & Consumers Should Be Alerted Schumer: Chopper Company Should Not Be Flying Under The Radar When Safety Of Doors-Off Flights Are Still In Question &a… Continue Reading


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

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