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  • WASHINGTON, DC With Brookhaven National Lab threatened by significant cuts to major scientific programs, New York Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Congressman Tim Bishop met in the U.S. Capitol today with the Energy Departments chief science officer, Dr. Raymond Orbach, to urge him to restore funding to BNLs Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). Schumer, Clinton and Bishop requested the meeting last month (letter attached). Dr. Orbach agreed with the members of Congress... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today he will be hosting a worksession tomorrow with five Mayors from Western New York to brainstorm options for required documentation for travel at the U.S.Canada border. On September 1st, the Departments of State (DOS) and Homeland Security (DHS) initiated a public comment period on proposed plan to be implemented as the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative and Schumer has been working with local community and business leaders to fleshout an... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that three organizations in Rockland and Westchester Counties will be awarded $697,889 as part of the U.S. Department of Justices (DOJ) Transitional Housing Grant Program. Westchester Residential Opportunities will receive $348,314, My Sisters Place will receive $175,000, and Rockland Family Shelter will receive $174,575. The money will be used to provide housing assistance for victims of domestic violence. We need to send an unequivocal message... Read More
  • In light of high gas prices in Orange County, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called for temporary windfall profit levy on oil companies. Schumer released a survey that shows the range of gas prices throughout Orange County, and expressed serious concern that people could be profiting in the wake of the devastation caused by recent hurricanes. Schumers bill would impose a levy on big oil windfall profits and get revenue to victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita relief efforts, forcing... Read More
  • In light of a $1.2 billion projected increase in New York City home heating costs this winter, today U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the Administration to tap the government's emergency heating oil stockpile as soon as possible to help bring down high heating fuel prices. The 2 million barrels in the Northeast Heating Oil Reserve would give consumers in the region supplies for about 10 days, the time needed for ships to carry heating fuel from Gulf of Mexico refiners to New York... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that five emergency response departments in Hudson Valley have received federal grants totaling $404,403 from the 2005 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Hudson Valley fire departments will use the grants for operations and safety. This funding will go a long way in supporting the fire and emergency response departments in Hudson Valley, said Schumer. We can never truly repay... Read More
  • While just this week Avian Flu came even closer to New York with the first ever confirmed cases in Europe and as experts predict a shortage for Tamiflu, the only known effective treatment for Avian Flu in humans, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called for the temporary suspension of the Tamiflu patent so that the drug can be mass produced. Schumers call comes on the heels of worldwide concern that this particular strain may soon develop into a deadly pathogen in humans and cause a horrible... Read More
  • U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that the United States Senate approved $1.5 million for the Syracuse University Connective Corridor project. The funds are included in the FY2006 Transportation, Treasury, the Judiciary, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill, which passed the full Senate last night and will now go to a joint HouseSenate conference committee. This great news for Syracuse and all of Central New York, Schumer said.... Read More
  • US Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved over $15.1 million in the FY06 Defense Department Appropriations bill for projects to benefit the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes regions. Projects to be funded under the bill include, $1.65 million for Oblique Angle Hyperspectral Image Fusion and Analysis for Change Detection research at Virtual Scopics, $1.5 million to Integrated NanoTechnologies for BioWarfare... Read More
  • Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that the Joint HouseSenate Appropriations Conference Committee is likely to approve $1 million to upgrade the instruments systems at Westchester County Airport. The funds would be included in the FY2006 Transportation, Treasury, the Judiciary, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill, which is expected to be passed by the Joint HouseSenate Appropriations Conference Committee tonight and will then be voted upon by... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced $200,000 for the Rochester Institute of Technology as part of the U.S. Department of Education, Steppingstones of Technology Innovation Program. The federal funds will be used to develop the tablet Personal Computer as a new means of academic support for deaf and hardofhearing middle and high school students integrated in mainstream classes. Educating our children must be a top priority, says Senator Schumer. The Rochester Institute of Technology... Read More
  • Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that the Joint HouseSenate Appropriations Conference Committee will likely approve $5 million for the Rochester Renaissance Square project. The funds would be provided in the FY 2006 Transportation, Treasury, the Judiciary, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill, which is expected to be passed by the Joint HouseSenate Appropriations Committee Conference tonight and will then be voted upon by the House and... Read More
  • U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved $27 million in the FY06 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for projects to benefit the Southern Tier, including $2 million for the Small Scale Systems Packaging Center at Binghamton University, $20 million for Schweizer Aircrafts RQ8B Fire Scout VTUAV, $2 million for Rockwell Collins GATM for the KC135 project and $3 million for the GunnerCrew Chief Station... Read More
  • Senator Chuck Schumer informed the Administration that he will move forward with a vote on the SchumerGraham China Currency bill when the Senate reconvenes if the Chinese do not make significant progress in the revaluation of the Yuan. In a phone call to Treasury Secretary Snow yesterday, Schumer was told that the Administration was optimistic the Chinese would move soon. The following is a statement from Sen. Schumer: "The Administration has told me that they are hopeful China will revalue... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that $150,000 will be awarded to the Town of Brighton for the Meridian Centre Park by the National Park Service's Land and Water Conservation Fund. The grant will help in developing a passive park on land that is adjacent to the existing park. "This is great news for Brighton," Schumer said. "The beauty of the Meridian Centre is important to maintain, and the development of the park will help preserve it. I will continue to fight... Read More
  • US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $250,000 under the FY06 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Act for the CoronaElmhurst Center for Economic Development to help support its efforts to improve the economic outlook of the business community in the CoronaElmhurst district of Queens, New York. The bill must now be approved by the full Senate and House before being signed into law by the President. Schumer had aggressively lobbied... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced the Village of Endicott Fire Department will received $109,763 from the 2005 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Village of Endicott Fire Department will use the federal funds for operations and safety improvements. This funding will go a long way in supporting the Village of Endicott Fire Department, said Schumer. We can never truly repay our firefighters and first responders... Read More
  • In light of an $112 million projected increase in the Rochester area home heating costs this winter, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called on the Administration to fully fund the Low Income Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and to tap the government's emergency heating oil stockpile as soon as possible to help bring down high heating fuel prices. The 2 million barrels in the Northeast Heating Oil Reserve would give consumers in the region supplies for about 10 days, the time needed... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that former New York Assemblyman and Acting New York State Supreme Court Justice Eric Vitaliano was formally nominated to fill one of two existing vacancies on the Eastern District Federal Bench this morning. Last May, Schumer asked President George W. Bush to nominate Judge Vitaliano, and if approved by the Senate, he would become the only judge on that court to hail from Staten Island. "Judge Vitaliano has had a distinguished career as a... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the SenateHouse Conference Committee approved $200,000 for Griffiss Local Development Corporation under the FY06 Transportation, Treasury, HUD Appropriations Act. The federal funds will go to the development of a technology office complex to support the real estate needs of the information security and research efforts on going at the Griffiss Park. The bill should clear the conference committee tonight and then needs to be approved by the... Read More