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  • Washington, DCSenators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee authorized an improvement under the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) for the Upper Susquehanna River Basin (USRB) project. The bill will now be sent to a House and Senate Conference Committee to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. The Water Resources Development Act authorizes Corps of Engineers civil works projects,... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to approve later today $200,000 for the Points North Housing Coalition in the FY07 Appropriations Bill for Transportation, Treasury, the Judiciary, Housing and Urban Development. Schumer had aggressively lobbied members of the Appropriations Committee to include funding for the project in this years spending bill. This is great news for the North Country, Schumer said. With the expansion of Fort Drum,... Read More
  • U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to approve later today $500,000 for Haverstraw Ferry Terminal Improvements under the FY07 Appropriations Bill for Transportation, Treasury, the Judiciary, Housing and Urban Development. Schumer and Clinton had aggressively lobbied members of the Appropriations Committee to include funding for the project in this years spending bill. This is great news for the Rockland... Read More
  • U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today urged the U.S. Department Of Commerce to designate Schott Lithotec in Poughkeepsie as a ForeignTrade Subzone to help against an import duty exemption on glass that will eliminate a 4.9 percent cost disadvantage for Schott Lithotec. There are no U.S. sources for the special glass substrates imported by Schott Lithotec as a key input, so the company has to import all the raw materials from Japan and Germany. Their primary... Read More
  • Washington, DCSenators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced a grant of $1, 942,653 for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority to purchase six replacement buses and associated capital maintenance items, from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Nassau Countyowned bus depots in Rockville Center and Garden City are the recipients of the six replacement buses. This grant gives the MTA the necessary funds to upgrade its bus fleet and provide its passengers... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced legislation that would overhaul the criteria the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) uses to determine highthreat area funding. Schumer will offer his bill as an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill. Specifically, Schumers bill calls on DHS to compile a new inventory of all current threats, critical infrastructure vulnerabilities, and national monuments and icons located in high threat areas. This report from the... Read More
  • As a number of insurance companies that underwrote the World Trade Center have yet to categorically commit to provide the required insurance payouts necessary to rebuild the site, today Senator Charles E. Schumer sent them a letter prodding them to immediately make good on their commitments. Schumer believes that despite changes to the WTC plan under the new agreement between the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Larry Silversteins companies, the insurers of the Ground Zero site have... Read More
  • As the negotiations continue between National Grid and LIPA, today Senator Charles E. Schumer called for the repowering of the Northport power plant to be a part of the final agreement. With KeySpan being sold to National Grid, Schumer said today that the pending partnership of National Grid and LIPA presents a onceinalifetime opportunity to repower, or modernize, the Island's largest and dirtiest power plant at Northport, a widely desired and sorely needed action that was left out of the... Read More
  • Washington, DC Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Charles Schumer announced that legislation to honor Lt. Michael Patrick Murphy was passed yesterday by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs. Senator Clinton and Senator Schumer, who was a cosponsor, welcomed approval of the bill which would designate the United States Postal facility located in Patchogue, NY as the Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy Post Office Building. Lt. Murphy, a U.S. Navy SEAL, was killed at age 29... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is sending temporary living trailers to areas damaged by last months flooding. Schumer, who earlier this month called on David Paulison, head of FEMA to move the trailers to New York swiftly, said the counties that have been approved to receive the trailers are Broome, Delaware, Chenango, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Orange, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan, Tioga, and Ulster. The two counties that... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support the Niagara Falls Housing Authoritys (NFHA) recent application for funding under the HOPE VI grant program, which seeks to revitalize severely distressed public housing. Schumer, who serves on the Senate Banking Committee, which oversees HUD, said that federal assistance could lead to economic revitalization, jobs, and better homes in Niagara Falls. "Development of the Center... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Greece Central School District will receive $399,374 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Educations Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Demonstration Program. The grant will be used to support counseling programs in target elementary schools. Our children deserve the resources they need to excel in school, Schumer said. It is essential they have access to counseling and developmental programs and experts they can trust.... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, in a meeting Friday, called on federally chartered housing entities, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to develop a concrete plan to help address the Fort Drum housing issues. As a member of the Senate Banking and Housing Committee, Schumer is working to provide the federal resources and expertise necessary to make sure affordable housing in place for Ft. Drums new troops and the community at large. In January, Schumer attended the Fort Drum Housing Summit with local... Read More
  • In the past months, as workers prepare to tear down the Deutsche Bank building that still stands at Ground Zero, tiny bits of human remains have been found on the roof and in air vents. Many of these pieces of bone are as small as one sixteenth of an inch. Identifying these fragments is painstaking work that is currently done by the medical examiners office who is still working to find everything as the demolition proceeds. In an effort to expedite the process and widen the search, today Senator... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that, at his urging, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the CSX Corporation have agreed to participate in a town hall meeting with Hamburg community on March 1st. Last week, Schumer asked that representatives from the FRA and CSX come to Hamburg to and hear community concerns regarding noise from constant freight train horn blasts. Schumer has also invited representatives from Norfolk Southern to participate. Community leaders asked for... Read More
  • New York fire departments could lose out on $31 million for equipment, training, and vehicles under a new federal budget proposal, US Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today. Schumer unveiled his grassroots plan to restore full funding for Assistance to Firefighters Grant program (also known as FIRE grants) that has provided fire departments throughout New York $102 million since it began in 2001 but is now slated for severe cuts. Since 2001, Essex County Fire Departments have netted more... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today revealed that major commercial airlines in the United States are lobbying to loosen advertising restrictions, which could lead to misleading prices for consumers. Currently airlines have to advertise the full fare for ticket prices, and are allowed advertise certain government mandated taxes and fees separately. Under the proposed regulation change supported by the legacy carriers, the airlines would be permitted to unbundle fares and define fees as they... Read More
  • Sen. Chuck Schumers Opening Statement from todays Judiciary Committee hearing on the domestic spying program: Thank you Mr. Chairman. General Gonzales, I want to make a couple points that are important to keep in mind as we ask you questions. We all support a strong, robust, and vigorous national security program. Like everyone else in this room, I want the President to have all the legal tools he needs as we work together to keep our nation safe and free, including wiretapping. I appreciate the... Read More
  • Under the most recent federal budget proposal, more than 280,000 upstate New York veterans would be shortchanged almost $80 million in health care funding, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer revealed today. Schumer announced an amendment to the pending Emergency Supplemental spending bill, which would add $430 million to current funding for veterans health care, and send New York more than $15 million in additional funding for Vet Centers, mental health services, and general health care. This is... Read More
  • U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged CSX Rail Corporation and Norfolk Southern Corporation to repair three dilapidated and leadladen railroad bridges on Union Road in the Town of Cheektowaga. The town is unable to shoulder the burden of painting and potential lead abatement. With CSX and Norfolk Southerns assistance, there is a real possibility to transform a rusty eyesore into a positive community amenity, Schumer said. This is a great opportunity to turn three old railroad bridges into... Read More