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  • News reports today indicate that an Alitalia Flight on its way to Boston from Milan, Italy has been diverted because a passengers name matched a name on the Terrorist Watch List. Sen. Schumer, longtime advocate for better aviation and homeland security released the following statement: Sen. Chuck Schumer said, Just last week, an Air France flight was diverted because the passenger list was not checked before the flight departed. This is becoming a regular occurrence, and it should be a wake up... Read More
  • As over 500 Montserratians face immediate deportation after being denied an extension of Temporary Protected Status, today Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the Department of Homeland Security to grant the refugees and their Americanborn children Deferred Enforced Departure (DED). DED status is given to refugee groups in the US, who have no other way to stay here legally if they would be put in danger by returning to their home countries. It allows the refugees to stay here for an additional... Read More
  • At the urging of US Senator Charles E. Schumer, the General Service Administration (GSA) has announced that the Binghamton Depot property will begin the disposal process within the next two weeks. Schumer secured the timeline from the GSA so the Chenango Valley School District can move forward with its plans to purchase the land and build a new athletic complex. In early March Schumer urged GSA Administrator Stephen Perry to issue a status report as soon as possible and detail the next steps for... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today vowed to fight to lower prices for New Yorkers who are already paying more than 21 cents per gallon more for gas than last year, as analysts warn another 24 cent hike could be just around the corner. Schumer today unveiled a new study showing that the average New York family with two cars is paying $255 more this year than last year and is leading a bipartisan coalition of Senators in calling on the Administration to release stored government oil reserves... Read More
  • US Senator Charles E. Schumer today introduced federal legislation to reverse plans for a passport requirement at the USCanada border. Schumer filed an Amendment to the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill, mandating that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) accept more affordable and accessible alternatives to passports. A vote on the amendment is expected this week during consideration of the overall bill on the floor. Passage of the overall bill is expected sometime this... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Senate Leaders Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, and Debbie Stabenow today unveiled a new Social Security calculator that demonstrates to Americans what they could lose under the Bush Privatization Plan. The calculator is now available on the websites of most Senate Democrats. The Democratic Leadership team also announced that Senate Democrats are going to take it back to their states as a tool to be used during public events and meetings throughout the upcoming Senate... Read More
  • US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Town of Chateaugay was awarded a $79,100 grant and a $35,000 loan to assist in replacing the water system infrastructure and a $371,200 grant and a $50,000 loan to assist in constructing a new sewage treatment plan. The funds are being awarded through the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development program as a Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant. "This is great news for the Town of Chateaugay,"... Read More
  • Senator Charles E. Schumer and Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy today announced a new effort to secure federal funding for a 311call system that Suffolk County residents can use for nonemergencies not covered by the county's 911emergency call system. "Establishing a communication management system in Suffolk County is a winwin situation. It frees up 911, ensuring it is only used for emergencies. The 311 system will provide residents with a much needed resource for any nonemergency... Read More
  • Today, Senators Charles Schumer (DNY) and Susan Collins (RME) were joined by thirteen colleagues from both sides of the aisle in sending a letter to Secretary Condoleezza Rice to express appreciation for the Department of States 2004 designation of Saudi Arabia as a country of particular concern (CPC) for its systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom. The Senators also expressed a strong desire to see the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia defined... Read More
  • US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that $1.1 million in federal funds was awarded to the Greater Glens Falls Development Corporation to assist in the funding of a business incubator and education facility. The funds are being awarded through the Economic Development Administration's Public Works Program in the U.S. Department of Commerce. "This is great news for Glens Falls and the entire region," Schumer said. "The business incubator and education facility will... Read More
  • US Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that he secured a measure that would allocate $50 million for the next generation of homeland screening technology, a move that means SureScan will be one of a few companies able to compete for this money once they are certified by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Schumer, who first brought the TSA to meet with SureScan in 2003, lobbied aggressively for inclusion of the language in the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations bill... Read More
  • As a shortage a volunteer fire fighters threatens departments in Nassau and Suffolk County who rely on a nearly all volunteer fire fighting force, US Senator Charles E. Schumer today unveiled a new proposal to support volunteer firefighters and emergency medical support (EMS) providers on Long Island. Standing with volunteer firefighters who shared their recruitment struggles, Schumer announced his legislation, the Supporting Emergency Responders Volunteer Efforts (SERVE) Act, which offers a... Read More
  • US Senator Charles E. Schumer urged New York States Department of Labor today to immediately release extended unemployment insurance and job retraining benefits to those who lost their jobs at MT Picture Display. Schumer wrote a letter to New York State Commissioner of Labor to Linda Angello, calling on her to release funds due to workers so they can support their families and advance their job searches. In his letter, Schumer seeks answers on behalf of the workers, including how workers should... Read More
  • U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer, Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, and Debbie Stabenow sent a letter today urging President Bush, Senator Frist, and Speaker Hastert to immediately denounce a number of inflammatory comments made by conservative leaders openly threatening sitting judges. Many of these remarks, some by sitting members of Congress others by conservative leaders, might be misused to provide unstable individuals some justification for using violence against judges who dont rule in their... Read More
  • US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that a $221,000 grant was awarded to the Village of Margaretville to assist in locating additional well supply. The funds are being awarded through the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development program as a Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant (ECWAG). "This is great news for the Village of Margaretville," Schumer said. "The water system is critical to the livelihood of the community and the health of... Read More
  • 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
  • US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced federal legislation to reverse plans for a passport requirement at the USCanada border has been accepted the Senate. Schumer supported a bipartisan Amendment to the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill, sponsored by Senator Byron Dorgan (DND) mandating that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) cannot exclusively require passports for entry into the United States. Passage of the overall bill is expected tonight, at which time the... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer led the push in Congress for an aggressive investigation into the leaking of the identity of C.I.A. officer, Valerie Plame. Schumer called for an immediate investigation into the CIA leak and ensured that Jim Comey appointed an independent prosecutor, Fitzgerald. He also called for Alberto Gonzales and John Ashcroft to recuse themselves from the case. He released the following statement today in reaction to reports the Roves attorney denies any wrongdoing by his... Read More
  • Standing at the site of one potentially cancercausing MTBE spill like the dozens that threaten the environment and public health in the Rochester area, Senator Charles E. Schumer released a new list of MTBE hotspots. The previously undisclosed list of MTBE spills in Monroe County identifies threats to residential homes, commercial properties, and water supply sources. If a specific special interest provision included in the Energy Bill passed by the House is not removed, the enormous cleanup... Read More
  • Standing at the site of one potentially cancercausing MTBE spill like the dozens that threaten the environment and public health in the Capital Region, Senator Charles E. Schumer released a new list of MTBE hotspots. The previously undisclosed list of MTBE spills in the Capital Region identifies threats to residential homes, commercial properties, water supply wells, and the Hudson River. If a specific special interest provision included in the Energy Bill passed by the House is not removed, the... Read More