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  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called on United States Attorney General Alberto Gonzales asking him to personally intervene in the Shared Border Management negotiations. Schumer, who has long led the fight to institute shared border management, recently lobbied with both Canadian Security Minister Stockwell Day and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to stay focused until a deal is done. Schumer said that any and all outstanding issues, including fingerprinting at the border... Read More
  • With hundreds of trucks leaving the Thruway and I81 each day clogging local roads, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today unveiled his federal legislation 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, but many leave the highways and 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... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Turin Volunteer Fire Company in Lewis County will receive a federal grant of $135,404 from the 2006 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The grant will be used to improve operations and safety. The grant is part of the fourteenth round of DHS FY06 AFG program awards to several fire departments throughout the country. "This funding will go a long way in... Read More
  • On the heels of Tuesday nights freight train derailment in East Rochester and a recent rash of accidents across upstate New York, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today warned that the potentially disastrous accident could be just the tip of the iceberg if the federal government doesnt move quickly to improve freight rail infrastructure in the Rochester area and across the country. Today, Schumer announced he will reintroduce in the new congress his bipartisan Rail Crossing and Hazardous... Read More
  • With air service on the rise in communities across upstate New York, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer revealed that there are potentially 25 percent fewer air traffic controllers watching the skies over New York this year than there should be. Schumer will say that, with air service growing, fewer controllers watching more flights could lead to delays, close calls, and even disaster. One of the primary reasons for this shortage is the growing number of air traffic controllers who are retiring. In... Read More
  • Washington, DCCiting a new study from the Department of Energy (DOE), Congressman Tim Bishop and Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton warned today of dire consequences if funding is not restored to the DOEs Office of Science. Among a number of impacts nationwide, the study warned that if funding is not increased, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) will be shuttered for Fiscal Year 2007 and progress will stall on development of the... Read More
  • With a shortage of topnotch math and science graduates hampering Rochester businesses, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today unveiled a groundbreaking national education initiative to complement his drive to make Rochester a math and science center of excellence. Schumer, standing with Rochesters commercial and education leaders said the United States is falling behind other nations in math and science, and said for Rochester, upstate New York and all of America to stay on top, it is essential... Read More
  • Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer released the following statement on President Bush awarding the Congressional Medal to the parents of Corporal Jason Dunham of Scio, NY in Allegany County. In 2004, Schumer wrote to the President asking him to bestow the Nations highest military honor on the native New Yorker. Corporal Dunham unflinchingly gave what Lincoln deemed the last full measure of devotion and his heroism reflects the true spirit of selflessness, leadership, and courage that the... Read More
  • In light of Fridays announcement by DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff on changes to high threat security funding for this year which could leave New York shortchanged once again, today Senator Charles E. Schumer called on DHS to scrap the current system for allocating money to cities and base it entirely on risk. For New York to reach an adequate level of funding it would need at least 50 percent of pot that is to be divided between six high risk cities, an unlikely dividend. Schumer today sent a... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has approved much needed Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA) benefits for laid off workers at M.A. Moslow & Brothers, Inc., located in Buffalo. The company has recently shifted more of its production to an offshore site in China, leaving many workers unemployed. The TAA program, administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, provides aid, retraining and... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $1,112,880 in funding to the Buffalo Office of Strategic Planning as a Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration (LHRD) Grant. LHRD funds will be used by the Office of Strategic Planning to assist homeowners in rehabilitating their homes to make them leadfree and for education and outreach. This is great news for Buffalos ongoing effort to remove lead hazards from area homes.... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that five Hudson Valley fire departments have received federal grants totaling $727,055 from the FY06 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Wappingers Falls Fire Department in Dutchess County will receive a $35,150 grant; LaGrange Fire District in Dutchess County will receive a $61,750 grant; Union Vale Fire District in Dutchess County will receive a $105,948 grant; New... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that four Southern Tier fire departments have received federal grants totaling $813,842 from the FY06 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). WiscoyRossburg Volunteer Fire Department Inc. in Allegany County will receive a $133,452 grant; Sherburne Fire Department in Chenango County will receive a $498,750 grant; and Laurens Fire Department in Otsego County will receive a... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate passed the Cord Blood Stem Cell Act, which would create a network of qualified cord blood banking centers to prepare, store, and distribute human umbilical cord blood stem cells for the treatment of patients and to support research using such cells. Schumer, who cosponsored the legislation, met with doctors and patients across New York about the promise of this science throughout the year. This... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced three federal grants totaling $57,500 are being awarded to three cultural programs in Buffalo by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). White Pine Inc. will receive $25,000 to participate in a new publishing project. Hallwalls, Inc. will receive $20,000 to support the Artist in Residence Project. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Society, Inc. will receive $12,500 to support new performances by American composers. New York State received 28... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that four Hudson Valley fire departments have received federal grants totaling $373,895 from the FY06 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Patterson Fire Department Number 1, Inc. in Putnam County will receive a $258,875 grant; North White Lake Fire District in Sullivan County will receive a $69,208 grant; Dobbs Ferry Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc. in Westchester County will... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Walton Fire Department in Delaware County has received a federal grant totaling $84,123 from the FY06 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The grant will be used to improve operations and safety. The grant is part of the ninth round of DHS FY06 AFG program awards to several fire departments throughout the country. "This funding will go a long way in supporting... Read More
  • Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer cheered the expansion at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) facility in Rome, NY and the meeting of federal, state, local and military officials to discuss future job growth. Schumer said todays dedication signals a recommitment to ensuring all the jobs promised by the Department of Defense after the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) decision in fact come to DFAS and that federal, state, and local officials spin this growth and... Read More
  • Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced Congressional approval of the Combating Autism Act, which would authorize $945 million over five years to increasing and coordinating federal research and education about autism. Nationwide, autism has a tremendous impact on children and the lives of their families, with the rate of autism growing to 1 out of every 166 children now being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Autism is a nationwide epidemic that has lived in the shadows for too... Read More
  • As the holiday shopping season ramps up, new credit card technology that is being marketed heavily toward New Yorkers is putting consumers at a much higher risk for identity theft. The new technology no swipe credit cardspromise faster transaction times without the need for swiping the card or signing a receipt. However, these cards allow for personal information to be picked up by wouldbe thieves using digital eavesdropping technology that is easy to produce. Schumer today warned consumers... Read More