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  • US Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that Plattsburgh International Airport has been awarded over $1.6 Million in federal funds for the airport to continue Phase II rehabilitation work on its runway. The funds are listed in the Transportation, Treasury, and Independent Agencies Appropriations section of the Fiscal Year 2005 Omnibus Appropriations bill. This is great news for the entire North Country," said Schumer. "The Plattsburgh International... Read More
  • Today, the Treasury Department submitted its twice annual currency exchange report to the Senate Banking Committee. The report, two months overdue, does not say that China is guilty of currency manipulation, which is contrary to what most economists and the U.S. Congress, including Senators Charles E. Schumer (DN.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (RSC) have argued for years. On the heels of this report, Senators Schumer and Graham will introduce the Currency Manipulation Definition Bill. This bipartisan... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $200,000 for Veterans Outreach Center in Rochester under the FY06 Transportation, Treasury, HUD Appropriations Act. The federal funds will go to renovate and expand the centers employment, job training, and counseling facilities that have become overcrowded due to increasing demand for services. The bill must now be approved by the full Senate before being sent to a House and Senate Conference... Read More
  • US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that $1,277,920 in federal funds for the New York City Leadership Academy. The funds are coming as part of the Department of Educations School Leadership Program. The New York City Leadership Academy is part of the New York City Leadership Initiative which works to provide rigorous pathways for leadership recruitment, preparation and mentoring for New York City schools. Here in New York where we have such large and diverse schools, it is critical we... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced $250,000 in federal funds was awarded to Stewart Airport by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The federal dollars come from the Small Community Air Service Development Program (SCASDP) Grants. The funds will be used to help the airport promote its services to passengers and offer inducements to new carriers. Schumer lobbied the Transportation Secretary, urging his support of Stewarts application. "This is great news for Stewart, since its... Read More
  • Schumer: We Will Not Allow Washington to Play Retirement Roulette US Senator Charles E. Schumer, unveiling a new Social Security web calculator, demonstrated how much Lower Hudson Valley residents stand to lose under the Administrations proposal to privatize Social Security. Joined by Westchester residents who input their year of birth and average income, Schumer released a new program that computes a sidebyside personal comparison of the Bush Privatization Plan and the current Social Security... Read More
  • US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced over $1.75 million in federal funds for Finger Lakes region fire departments and organizations to pay for fire operations and fire safety. The funds are being awarded through the Assistance to Firefighters program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This is a great day for fire departments in the Finger Lakes, said Schumer. Firefighters and emergency professionals put their lives on the line every day and it is imperative that... Read More
  • As the redevelopment of Ground Zero slows, and 2 billion dollars of federal money earmarked for transportation projects remains unspent; today U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer outlined a comprehensive strategy to revive downtown development, and set a deadline for a plan for the transportation money to be in place. In a major address at Crains Business Breakfast Forum, Schumer also discussed his plans for Governors Island to become an international biotech center and his idea to create an apron... Read More
  • Today U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer again called on President Bush to use the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to bring down recordhigh gas prices. According to today's reports, barrels of oil traded for $65.85 on Wednesday and the national average per gallon of regular gasoline was $2.56 on Wednesday, and in some areas exceeded $3.00 per gallon. In Western New York today, the average regular gasoline price was even higher, selling for $2.58 per gallon, up 10 percent from last month. In... Read More
  • Standing with Long Island and New York City reservists, military families and small business leaders, US Senator Charles E. Schumer today released a study that includes the newest data on New York military reservist families and finds that nearly half of them some 41% are losing significant amounts of income while serving. Schumer today also unveiled a new plan to give tax breaks to employers who pay the salaries of activated reservists while the reservists are abroad fighting the War on Terror... Read More
  • In the wake of last weekend's severe thunderstorms and subsequent flooding, US Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the Department of Homeland Security Undersecretary Michael D. Brown, Undersecretary for Emergency Preparedness and Response, to grant Governor George Patakis request to declare fourteen New York Counties as federal disaster areas and approve federal assistance for individuals and municipalities suffering losses. Governor Pataki granted Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware,... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. Members of Congress who have been leading the fight to combat the threat of shoulderfired missiles today introduced legislation that would require all U.S. commercial turbojet aircraft to be equipped with countermeasure systems. The Commercial Airline Missile Defense Act, introduced in the Senate by Senators Barbara Boxer (DCA) and Charles Schumer (DNY), and in the House by Representative Steve Israel (DNY), would require that the installation of countermeasure systems begin no... Read More
  • Today US Senator Charles E. Schumer today met with Governor An�bal AcevedoVil� of Puerto Rico in Washington, DC. The meeting touched on a wide range of issues, centering on jobs and economic development in Puerto Rico, as well as healthcare and TANF benefits. Schumer and AcevedoVil� focused primarily on jobs and the economy. They discussed the extension of current tax provisions in an effort to create future tax based economic incentives for job creation in Puerto Rico. Additionally they... Read More
  • U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Ted Kennedy, joined by Texans for Public Justice, and the Texas Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, will the discuss the human cost of Judge Priscilla Owens record of extreme and activist decisions. Schumer, Kennedy, and others oppose this particular candidate for lifetime appointment to the federal bench. Sen. Schumer said, If there was ever a judge who would substitute her own views for the law, it is Judge Owen. Her record is a paper trail of case... Read More
  • Today members of the Democratic Senate Leadership sent President Bush a letter asking him to consult with members of both political parties before submitting judicial nominations. The letter, signed by Senators Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, Debbie Stabenow, and written and signed by Chuck Schumer, said that consultation with the minority and with moderate Republicans will be a critical component of avoiding another serious Senate showdown on judges. Sen. Schumer stated, The agreement is a shot across... Read More
  • The federal government must act immediately to bolster upstate New Yorks manufacturing industry, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer explained today. Schumer unveiled new, swift action to crack down on Chinas currency manipulation, and other critical steps needed to strengthen New Yorks manufacturing industry. Schumers bipartisan bill, cosponsored by Senator Lindsay Graham (RSC), allows for a 180day negotiation period between the US and China to revalue its currency, if the negotiations are not... Read More
  • US Senator Charles E. Schumer today called on the Bush Administration to fully fund the Veterans Administration (VA) health care system and other services, including budgeting sufficient funding for New York's VA hospitals. In light of recent reports indicating the Administration may intend to freeze funding for most discretionary programs, including the VA budget, Schumer warned that with factoring in inflation and population growth, this freeze amounts to cuts in funding for veterans services... Read More
  • US Senator Charles E. Schumer visited Canandaigua to present Sonnenberg Mansion & Gardens with a check for $370,000 for repairs and restorations to the historic Victorian estate. Schumer, who secured funding in the Fiscal Year 2005 Omnibus appropriation bill, joined Sonnenberg supporters and local officials to discuss the vital restorations to one of the most popular landmarks in the Finger Lakes area. Sonnenberg Mansion and Gardens is a wonderful part of Canandiaguas rich history and a... Read More
  • US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that he successfully persuaded the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to endorse a reduced US plaza in its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), moving Shared Border Management at the Peace Bridge another step closer to completion. This move was in response to a letter and phone call from Schumer to Federal Highway Administrator Mary Peters urging the FHWA, the lead agency in the federal process that oversees the bridge expansion project,... Read More
  • New York farmers are paying 35 percent more to operate their farms, Senator Charles E. Schumer revealed today. Schumer unveiled a new study showing that the average New York farmer is paying more than $2,500 over 2002 costs and called on the Administration to release stored government oil reserves that would quickly lower gas prices. Schumer also urged the FTC to block the ChevronTexacoUnocal merger and to review the ExxonMobil merger and the ChevronTexaco mergers to asses their impact on... Read More