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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Schumer Calls On Feds For Funding To Help Market Greater Binghamton Airport

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the Department of Transportation to award federal funds to the Greater Binghamton Airport to help promote itself to passengers and induce another carrier to the area. Schumer said the funding will enable the Greater Binghamton Airport to create an aggressive media campaign for its current service and offer incentives for new service to added destinations. "The Binghamton area is ideal for this air service program," Senator Schumer said. &qu… Continue Reading


11 Cabinet Heads Respond To Senate Democrats Request To Disclose All Abramoff Meetings, Memos, Favors And Ties

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer joined by Democratic Leader Harry Reid, Assistant Leader Dick Durbin, and Senator Debbie Stabenow sent a followup letter today to highlevel Bush Administration officials asking them to fully disclose their dealings with indicted Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The Senate Democratic leaders first urged toplevel Bush Administration officials to disclose all their meetings, memos, favors and ties with Jack Abramoff in January. A number of Administration officials respo… Continue Reading


Schumer: 19,000 Cap Region Single-Parent Families At Risk Because Of Closed-Door Legislative Maneuver That Cuts Child Support Collection For Those That Desperately Need It

With 18,800 capital region families depending on child support payments, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called for restored funding for the Child Support Enforcement Program. Congress Budget Reconciliation Bill cut this critical program by $1.5 billion, which would impact 17.3 million children nationwide and could translate into a $334 million drop in New York child support. These cuts hurt us where we feel it the most: with our families, Schumer said. This is one of the most efficient … Continue Reading


Schumer Announces Additional LIHEAP Funding Passes Senate

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that an additional $1 billion of Low Income Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding has passed the U.S. Senate. As a result, New York State could see an estimated increase of $66 million, bringing its grand total to approximately $314 million. New York is close to exhausting their program funds for the regular winter heating season and the high energy burden facing lowincome households and cold weather in the state have led to more applications… Continue Reading


Schumer, Senators Launch New Plan To Bring Down Remittance Costs- NY Immigrants Pay Millions In Fees To Send Money Home

US Senators Charles E. Schumer joined a coalition of Senators lead by Paul Sarbanes of Maryland to unveil a new plan to require the companies that provide international money wire transfer services to disclose the hidden costs they charge for those transactions. Immigrants living in the United States send an estimated $30 billion home every year via wire transfer and up to $4 billion of that money is syphoned off in fees and transaction costs. Many money wire companies charge high fees for their… Continue Reading


Schumer: Over $100,000 Coming To St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Department

US Senator Charles Schumer, author of the 1994 Crime Bill, today announced that the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Department will receive over $100,000 in a federal grant under the bills Community Oriented Policing Services' (COPS) Tribal Resources Grant Program (TRGP). The money will be used to purchase police equipment, crime fighting technology systems, and training. Police officers may now be on the front lines of the war on terrorism, but they're still on the front lines of the… Continue Reading


Schumer Delivers $1.5 Million For University At Albany And Ny State Police Forensic Training Institute

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the University at Albany and the New York State Police's Northeast Regional Forensic Institute (NERFI) will get $1,490,250 from the Appropriations bill that passed in February of 2003. Although the bill was passed, the money allocated by the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office of Justice Programs department was just sent due to administrative delays. "By enhancing law enforcement's ability to fight crime, this partnershi… Continue Reading


Schumer Receives Prestigious National Award For His Leadership In Fighting Crystal Meth

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today received the prestigious Guardian Award from the Partnership for a Drug Free America for his work fighting the spread of the highly addictive drug crystal meth. The award is given to Members of Congress who have proven their leadership in preventing drug abuse in youths and teenagers both in their home states and in Congress. Schumer, who has warned about the proliferation of crystal meth, received the award from Partnership Chairman Roy Bostock. "Cryst… Continue Reading


Schumer: New DOJ Grants Will Pay For Additional Officers In Local Schools

US Senator Charles Schumer, author of the 1994 Crime Bill, today announced that several New York school districts will receive $125,000 federal grants under the bills Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program. The money will be used to hire one community police officer to be placed within the citys school system. Schumer said that one of the grants will go to Medina. Unfortunately we live in a different world now than we did twenty, thirty, or even three years ago," Schumer said… Continue Reading


Schumer Announces Over $4 Million For Albany International Airport

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the US Department of Transportation has awarded $4,350,856 in a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant to the Albany International Airport to extend their runway and make improvements to the safety area. "Bringing low cost airlines like Independence Air to the region has helped Albany's economy, but we need to keep doing more," said Schumer. "We have to make sure that we maintain and upgrade our airports to ensure that … Continue Reading


Schumer: Buffalo-Lancaster Airport To Receive Over $58,000

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the US Department of Transportation has awarded $58,898 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants to BuffaloLancaster Airport for airport building constructions. Safe and secure air service, both private and commercial, is a critical engine of Western New York's continued economic growth, said Schumer. This funding will improve the flow of aircraft traffic and safety at the BuffaloLancaster Airport so that it can meet today's mod… Continue Reading


After Schumer's Lobbying, Syracuse To Receive $480,000 For Hancock International Airport

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the US Department of Transportation has awarded a $480,000 Small Community Air Service Development Pilot Program grant to the City of Syracuse and the MDA of Syracuse to promote the benefits of providing low fare service to Syracuse Hancock International Airport. Last week Schumer personally lobbied federal Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, asking him to fund the project. Affordable air service is a critical engine of the Central New Yor… Continue Reading


Schumer Unveils Plan To Clamp Down On Crystal Meth In Binghamton Area Before Drug Becomes A Local Epidemic

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today released new statistics and warning signs cautioning that crystal meth could become a serious problem in the Binghamton area and the Southern Tier and unveiled a new plan to nip the problem in the bud and prevent a repeat of 1980sera mistakes that missed the early warning signs of the crack epidemic. "It's 1984 all over again," Schumer said, noting that was the year just before the crack epidemic exploded. "Twenty years ago, crack was head… Continue Reading

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