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  • Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that the full Senate Appropriations Committee approved $1.85 million in federal funding for the expansion of enrichment programs at STRIVE, the Abyssinian Development Corporation, New School University and the Institute for Student Achievement. The funding will be used to expand job training, family displacement prevention, and school enrichment programs under the FY08 Labor, Heath and Human Services, Education Appropriations... Read More
  • As the summer Lyme disease season kicks in to full swing in New York City, today U.S. Senators Christopher J. Dodd, Charles E. Schumer, and Chuck Hagel today reintroduced their bipartisan Lyme disease prevention, education and treatment legislation.  This summer could be one of the worst seasons on record for Lyme disease in the metro area as reported Lyme disease cases are up 35 percent in New York City since 2001.   "Lyme disease often goes unnoticed for months, yet can be devastating for... Read More
  • U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded over $11,500,000 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funds for improvements at Republic, MacArthur, and Gabreski airports on Long Island.   "This is great news for Long Island," said Schumer. "Republic, MacArthur, and Gabreski welcome tourists and business people traveling to Long Island each year, and these improvements are important for local... Read More
  • In the wake of this weekend's terrorist activity in Great Britain and new reports about possible major attacks this summer, today U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to boost the federal security aid for the city by at least 40 percent over Fiscal Year (FY) 2006 levels, reversing last year's inexplicable cuts.  DHS last year slashed New York City share of high threat funding by 40 percent, from $207.6 million to only $124.5 million for FY 2006.... Read More
  • Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Department of the Navy will finalize its contract with the Rome Research Corporation (RRC), locking up a coveted contract for the company and its 200 local employees. Today's announcement came three weeks after Schumer pressured the Navy to immediately finalize the contract, which had stalled following RRC winning the competitive bidding process in October 2006. RRC will now manage and oversee certain operations of the elite Naval... Read More
  • Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Congress passed the Fiscal Year 2008 budget to restore funding for hundreds of thousands of veterans across upstate New York who are currently in jeopardy of losing an estimated $101.4 million in medical services under the President's proposed budget cuts. In the wake of the Walter Reed scandal and with thousands of active soldiers slated to return home, Senator Schumer toured the Canandaigua VA Medical Center earlier this year and... Read More
  • Following last Thursday's unsealed indictment charging seven individuals in Rochester, NY for illegally harvesting 36 bodies for body tissue to sell biomedical companies, today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced he will reintroduce his legislation to strengthen regulations on the tissue transplant industry. Schumer noted that yesterday's indictment highlighted the insufficient regulatory oversight for tissue transplants which allow for potentially contaminated tissue to be... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today raised five new serious questions arising from the Department of Justice documents released yesterday to Congress. Schumer today called on President George W. Bush to offer a complete explanation for each of these instances. "When it's possible the law was broken, admitting mistakes, but not doing anything about it, does not cut it," Schumer said. "Simply apologizing and firing a fall guy is not enough. We need a full accounting from the... Read More
  • Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the federal agencies responsible for the cleanup at the old West Valley Nuclear facility to approve the socalled way forward to clean up the toxic site once and for all. Schumer said the new plan, devised by the Department of Energy in conjunction with state and local officials, offers concrete steps to clear areas now, rather than letting the entire site languish until a full plan is devised. Schumer also said he will fight to reverse the... Read More
  • Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced he will introduce a bipartisan amendment to the 9/11 Recommendations Bill currently being debated on the Senate floor that would delay any implementation of Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) or any passport requirement at the Northern Border until at least June 2009. Schumer said his amendment is similar to legislation he announced last week during a visit to Buffalo. Schumer has raised serious concerns that DHS is trying to use a... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that a $127,881 grant was awarded to Cornell University by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) under the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Program. Federal dollars will be used to provide tuition and stipends to U.S. graduate students pursuing doctoral studies in Biomedical Engineering. "This is great news for Cornell," Schumer said. "This funding will attract the most qualified students to the University and... Read More
  • WASHINGTON Senator Charles E. Schumer (DNY) and Rep. Jim McDermott (DWA) today introduced the Worker Empowerment Act of 2007, the nation's first comprehensive wage insurance bill offering a safety net to workers who lose their jobs to globalization or economic downturn. Under the legislation, when workers are forced to take lowerpaying jobs, wage insurance will help cover some of the difference between their new wages and their old wages. As Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, Schumer... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that $13,500 in federal funds has been awarded to the Walter Elwood Museum of Amsterdam in Montgomery County from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) as a Conservation Project Support (CPS) grant. The Museum will use the funds for a variety of museum conservation projects including an environmental survey of the facilities and collections care training workshops. "This is great news for Amsterdam," Schumer said. "The... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today demanded that Federal Emergency Management Agency approve individual assistance for Ulster County and the counties for which Governor Spitzer requested aid. Last week, after Schumer personally called FEMA Administrator David Paulison, FEMA approved disaster assistance for state and local governments and certain private nonprofits in all 12 counties for Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Essex, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Schoharie, Suffolk, Ulster, and... Read More
  • WASHINGTON With news that at least 2.5 million chickens in Indiana may have been exposed to contaminated feed, Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced his plan to reintroduce the Meat and Poultry Traceability Act, a bill that would require the Secretary of Agriculture to be able to trace all meat and poultry back to the farms or slaughterhouses where they were raised or slaughtered. Schumer also wrote to Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach, the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Agency, asking him to... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that a total of $669,873 has been awarded to two school districts in the Finger Lakes region under the Department of Education's Carol M. White Physical Education Program. Lyndonville Central School District in Orleans County will receive $416,457 and Alexander Central School District in Genesee County will receive $253,416. Both school districts will use the funds to promote physical education programs for students in grades kindergarten... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that a $50,000 grant was awarded to the Oneonta Family YMCA in Otsego County to install a new heating system in the recreational facility. The funds are being awarded through the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development program as a Community Facility Grant. "This is great news for families in Otsego County," Schumer said. "Improvements to the YMCA facility will allow more families in the surrounding... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that one two departments in Central New York will receive federal grants totaling $55,855 from the 2006 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Deansboro Fire District in Oneida County will receive a $32,604 grant and the Caughdenoy V.F.D. in Oswego County will receive a $23,251 grant. The two grants will be used to improve operations and safety. The grants are part of the... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced the Mohawk Fire Department in Herkimer County will receive a federal of $82,432 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. This grant is part of the seventeenth round of DHS FY06 AFG program awards to several fire departments throughout the country. "This funding will go a long way in supporting the first... Read More
  • WASHINGTON U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer welcomed Senate passage of "Math for America," an initiative Schumer authored and that was included in the America COMPETES Act with support from Senator Hillary Clinton. Included as part of a broader bill to improve America's competitiveness, Math for America will improve math and science education by bolstering recruiting and retention efforts for math and science teachers. "America's hightech industry is booming across the... Read More