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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • WASHINGTON U.S. Sens. John Cornyn (RTexas) and Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.), joined by 17 Senate colleagues, sent the following bipartisan letter to Secretary Michael Leavitt of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services urging a priority be placed on diabetes screening and prevention for Medicare beneficiaries: Dear Secretary Leavitt: With an aging population and the deleterious effects of many chronic conditions, prevention must be a central priority for our health care system. As you know, the... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged New York State businesses, nonprofits, homeowners and renters to apply now for Small Business Association (SBA) disaster loans. The deadline to apply for Physical Loss Loans (PL) is December 26, 2006 and can be used for permanent rebuilding and replacement of property for businesses, nonprofits, homeowners and renters affected by the snowstorm. The deadline to apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EID) is July 24, 2007. EID loans provide the... Read More
  • (Washington, DC): Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton and Congressman Michael R. McNulty (DGreen Island) have been told that Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc. (BPMI) will wait 60 days to make any further decisions related to its plan to effectively close its facility in Schenectady and relocate 260 whitecollar jobs to the Pittsburgh area. Senators Schumer and Clinton and Congressman McNulty released the following statement in response: "We are encouraged to learn that... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Springwater Fire Department Inc. in Livingston County has received a federal grant totaling $95,019 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 seventh round of DHS FY06 AFG program awards to several fire departments throughout the country. "This funding will go a long way... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Brocton Fire Company, Inc. in Chautauqua County has received a federal grant totaling $38,000 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 seventh round of DHS FY06 AFG program awards to several fire departments throughout the country. "This funding will go a long way in... Read More
  • Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced the selection of Timmy Koeth of Staten Island Technical High School to attend the Students on Ice Antarctica Expedition 2006. The program, which sends high school students, teachers and scientists from around the world to study for two weeks in Antarctica, requested that Senator Schumer assist in choosing a stellar student from Staten Island to attend the program. Passionate in studying math and physics and the Captain of his varsity swimming... Read More
  • "When we met with representatives from Bechtel, we requested that they provide the hard data that lead to their decision to relocate 260 jobs to Pennsylvania from Schenectady. We continue to press for this information and will hold Bechtels feet to the fire to ensure Schenectady is given a fair opportunity to compete for these jobs. U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Congressman Michael McNulty Read More