Press Releases

03.03.19

SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO INVESTIGATE RECENT MTA EQUIPMENT FAILURE THAT COULD—YET AGAIN—DELAY FULL-INSTALL OF PTC CRASH PREVENTION TECH ACROSS LIRR & METRO-NORTH; MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS DEMAND TOP-TO-BOTTOM REVIEW TO PREVENT SAME PROBLEMS & ANOTHER DANGEROUS SAFETY DELAY

Schumer Says MTA Just Recently Filed For Another PTC Extension In December & Would Face Big Federal Fines If Recent Equipment Glitch Upends Latest Install Schedule Federal Railroad Admin Should Be Tasked With Taking Hard Look At MTA Quality Controls & Communications Methods To Ensure Money Is Not Wasted, Installation Is Not Botched Again & Life-Saving Tech Is Fully Installed ASAP Schumer: This Stun Of A Glitch Cannot Lead To Another Major PTC Delay On the heels of a stunning MTA e… Continue Reading


03.01.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND CALL ON INTERNATIONAL JOINT COMMISSION AND INTERNATIONAL LAKE ONTARIO-ST. LAWRENCE RIVER BOARD TO TAKE ALL AVAILABLE ACTIONS NOW, INCLUDING MAXIMIZING MOSES-SAUNDERS DAM OUTFLOWS, TO MITIGATE LAKE FLOOD RISK

Rising Lake Ontario Water Levels, Additional Precipitation & Snowmelt Intensify Concern For Flooding Along Shore; Lake Ontario & St. Lawrence River Communities Still Recovering From Devastating 2017 Floods Schumer, Gillibrand Today Call On The International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board Of Control To Expediently Implement Flooding Mitigation Measures, Including Appropriately Maximizing Outflows At Moses-Saunders Dam  Schumer, Gillibrand To IJC: You Must Do Everyt… Continue Reading


02.26.19

FOLLOWING HIS TIRELESS ADVOCACY, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $68 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO BUILD A NEW GRAPE GENETICS RESEARCH LAB IN GENEVA; SAYS NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITY WILL PROVIDE CRITICAL RESEARCH FOR UPSTATE GRAPE GROWERS TO SUPPORT CONTINUED HEALTH AND GROWTH OF GRAPE INDUSTRY NATIONWIDE

The Agriculture Research Service Grape Genetics Research Unit In Geneva Provides Research For Grape Farmers On How To Enhance Their Products; Scientists Are Working In Space Leased From Cornell University That Leaves No Room For Growth Schumer Today Announces $68.9 Million From The Recent Spending Package To Build A Federal Grape Genetics Research Lab Schumer: New Grape Genetics Lab Will Help Drive Incredible Growth In The Upstate Grape Industry U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announc… Continue Reading


02.26.19

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, AFTER MAJOR PUSH IN SYRACUSE, $49 MILLION BOOST FOR ESSENTIAL HUD LEAD-HAZARD REMOVAL EFFORTS; SAYS FUNDING WILL PROTECT THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF UPSTATE CHILDREN FROM INSIDIOUS AND IRREVERSIBLE LEAD POISONING

U.S. Department Of Housing And Urban Development's Office Of Lead Hazard Control And Healthy Homes Provides Vital Funding To Rid Homes Of Lead Hazards Following Schumer's All Out Effort To Secure An Increase In Funding For The Office Of Lead Hazard Control And Healthy Homes, Senator Today Announces A $49 Million Boost For Critical Program In Recently-Passed Bi-Partisan FY 19 Spending Package Schumer: Funding Boost Will Help Get The Lead Out Of Upstate Communities U.S. Senator Charles E. Schu… Continue Reading


02.25.19

FOLLOWING SCHUMER’S PUSH AT NIAGARA FALLS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT LAST YEAR, SENATOR ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL $500 MILLION FOR THE FAA’S AIRPORT IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM, BRINGING ITS TOTAL FUNDING UP TO $3.85 BILLION FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019; SAYS FUNDING BOOST CAN BE USED TO MAKE LONG-SOUGHT UPGRADES AT AIRPORTS ACROSS WESTERN NY

The Airport Improvement Program Provides Federal Funding For Public Agencies To Make Infrastructure Improvements At Airports Schumer: Funds Will Help Prep Airports Across Upstate NY- Like Niagara Falls International -For Takeoff U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that, following his push, the recently passed minibus appropriations bill includes an additional $500 million for the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP), bringing its total funding f… Continue Reading


02.25.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $8.5 MILLION IN FEDERAL HEAD START AND EARLY HEAD START FUNDING FOR THE HEAD START OF ROCKLAND, INC.

Funding Will Be Used to Support Early Childhood Education and Family Services for Low-Income Children in Rockland County U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $8,528,137 in federal funding for Head Start of Rockland, Inc. The funding was provided by the Department of Health and Human Services Head Start Program. Head Start of Rockland, Inc. will use the funding to provide comprehensive cognitive education, health, nutrition, and fami… Continue Reading


02.25.19

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS PUSH IN LEWIS COUNTY THIS FALL, HIGHEST-EVER FUNDING TOTAL FOR CRITICAL MAPLE PROGRAM IN RECENTLY-PASSED SPENDING PACKAGE; SENATOR SAYS FUNDING WILL BE USED TO INVEST IN RESEARCH, BOOST GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS

Schumer Secures $4 Million In Total Funding For Acer Program That Increases Production, Strengthens Conservation And Drives Efficiency In Maple Sugaring Previously, Schumer Visited Lewis County Last November To Push For Funding Boost For Acer Access And Development Program, Which Was Established By His Legislation The Maple Tapping Access Program Act Funding Boost Will Spout Sweet Results For Upstate NY And The North Country U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that, following hi… Continue Reading


02.24.19

SCHUMER DEMANDS FEDS PUT UP $1.2 BILLION IN NEW FUNDS FOR PUBLIC HOUSING IN UPCOMING TRUMP BUDGET; RECENT SETTLEMENT GIVES FEDS AUTHORITY OVER NYCHA; ONLY FAIR THEY INCREASE FUNDING & REVERSE DECADES OF FED DISINVESTMENT TO MAKE VITAL REPAIRS & MORE

Schumer Personally Spoke With HUD Sec. Carson & Urged Increased Federal Resources & Investment In Authorities Like NYCHA With NYCHA Deal Done, Schumer Says Feds Should Deliver New Funds To Public Housing; Accountability Is Good-But Without Fed Dollars In Mix, Lasting Reform Will Elude Schumer: HUD Needs To Put Its Money Where Its Mouth Is To Improve NYCHA On the heels of a settlement agreement between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the City of New York and… Continue Reading


02.22.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $4.7 MILLION IN FEDERAL HEAD START FUNDING FOR ALBANY COUNTY OPPORTUNITY, INC.

Funding Will Be Used to Support Early Childhood Education and Care Services for Low-Income Children in Albany County U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $4,758,970 in federal funding for Albany County Opportunity, Inc. The funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Head Start Program and will be used to support child care and support services for low-income families throughout Albany County. "Study af… Continue Reading


02.22.19

FOLLOWING HIS MAJOR PUSH, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $312 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR NASA’S NEXT FLAGSHIP TELESCOPE PROJECT WFIRST – PRODUCED BY HARRIS CORP IN ROCHESTER; FUNDS WILL BRING REVOLUTIONARY TELESCOPE ONE GIANT LEAP CLOSER TO BLASTOFF

The WFIRST Telescope Sought By NASA - Partially Produced By Harris Corp. In Rochester - Is Designed To View An Area Of Space 100x Larger Than The Hubble Telescope Schumer Today Announces $312.2 Million For NASA To Maintain WFIRST Project In Recently-Passed Minibus Spending Package Schumer: One Step Closer To Blastoff For NASA And Harris Corp U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced, following his push, the recently-passed minibus spending package includes $312.2 million for the Nationa… Continue Reading


02.21.19

SCHUMER PUSHES FAA TO LAND MAJOR FED FUNDS AT LI’S MACARTHUR THAT COULD ADD LONG-SOUGHT WEST COAST DESTINATIONS & NEW CARRIERS TO ISLAND TRAVEL OPTIONS; SENATOR ALREADY BUILT-UP FED FUNDS AIRPORT NEEDS FOR PROJECT TO FLY

With NYC Airports Busting At Seams, MacArthur Is Poised For More Demand, But It Still Lacks Service To LA & Other Major Destinations, As Well As Carriers Needed To Answer Call Multi-Million Dollar Airport Project Would Change The Equation & Revamp Hundreds-Of-Thousands Of Square Feet To Meet Growing Demand Schumer: MacArthur & LI Will Take-Off If Feds Back Airport Overhaul With NYC Metro airports busting at the seams, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, today, urged the Federal Aviatio… Continue Reading


02.21.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $1.3 MILLION IN FEDERAL HEAD START FUNDING FOR LEWIS COUNTY HEAD START

Funding Will Be Used to Support Early Childhood Education and Care Services for Low-Income Children in Lewis County U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,339,895 in federal funding for Lewis County Head Start. The funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Head Start Program and will be used to support child care and support services for low-income families throughout Lewis County. "Study after study… Continue Reading


02.21.19

Schumer Demands New Information From Alden Global Capital, Hedge Fund Known For Destroying Local Newspapers And Slashing Jobs Across The Country, Including 5 Upstate NY Papers, Regarding Their Efforts To Acquire Gannett And The Potential Free Speech And Pension Stability Implications Of Such A Takeover

In New Letter To President Of Alden Global Capital, A Hedge Fund Known As "The Destroyer Of Newspapers", Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer Requests Information Related To Alden & MNG Enterprises' Unsolicited Bid To Take Over Gannett, Which Publishes Over 200 Newspapers Across The Country Including Many In New York State Schumer, Who Has Previously Criticized Alden's Efforts, Cites Alden’s Past Unwillingness To Publicly Disclose Details Of Their Proposed Acquisition Of Gannett, In… Continue Reading


02.20.19

OVER FOUR YEARS SINCE PFOA DISCOVERY IN HOOSICK FALLS & PETERSBURGH, FEDS HAVE YET TO SET A DRINKING WATER STANDARD FOR HIGHLY-TOXIC PFAS CHEMICALS; SCHUMER ANNOUNCES EPA’S NEW FOUND INTENTION TO FINALLY ESTABLISH STANDARD, BUT CALLS ON AGENCY MAKE STRINGENT MAXIMUM CONTAMINANT LEVEL STANDARD THEIR #1 PRIORITY

Schumer Says, After Years Of Studies & Ongoing Public Health Risks From Exposure, EPA Finally States Their Intention To Set A Maximum Contaminant Level Under The Safe Drinking Water Act, But They Won't Make A Formal Regulatory Determination Until The End Of 2019 Schumer Says It's Time For EPA To Commit To An Accelerated Timeline & Make Drinking Water Standard Their Top Priority     Schumer To EPA: No More Empty Promises, It’s Time To Expedite This Timeline & S… Continue Reading


02.20.19

SCHUMER: CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY COULD HELP ONONDAGA COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENTS QUICKLY & EFFECTIVELY IDENTIFY LETHAL DRUGS LIKE FENTANYL; SENATOR SAYS CONGRESS SHOULD IMMEDIATELY PASS NEW GRANT PROGRAM TO HELP LOCAL POLICE PAY FOR HIGH-TECH TOOL

Senator Launches Push To Pass "POWER Act" Grant Program To Help Local Law Enforcement Pay For High-Tech Chemical Detection Tool To Sniff Out Illegal Drugs Like Fentanyl & Reduce Drug-Testing Backlogs According To Drug Enforcement Experts, It Only Takes A Grain Of Fentanyl To Cause A Deadly Reaction; Senator Says Congress Must Do Everything Possible To Keep Police Safe & Help With Efficiency Of Local Investigations Schumer: Deploying New Tech Across Onondaga County Could Be A Game-Chang… Continue Reading


02.20.19

SCHUMER STATEMENT ON ROCHESTER’S ICONIC HICKEY FREEMAN EXPANDING AND ADDING NEW JOBS AT CENTURY-YEAR-OLD FACTORY

Rochester, N.Y. - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today released the following statement to celebrate Rochester's iconic, 120-year-old Hickey Freeman adding up to 80 new jobs at its famed Rochester factory: "Hickey Freeman is a New York icon, and today I couldn't be more excited to stand alongside my fellow elected officials from New York State to announce that thanks to our work at every level of government, Rochester’s 120-year-old storied institution is set up for an even longer and br… Continue Reading


02.19.19

AS THE OPIOID CRISIS CONTINUES TO PLAGUE ORANGE COUNTY & OVERDOSES CONTINUE TO RISE EACH PASSING YEAR, WITH OVER 100 OPIOID DEATHS IN 2018, SCHUMER PUSHES FOR CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY TO AID ORANGE POLICE DEPARTMENTS IN QUICKLY & EFFECTIVELY IDENTIFYING LETHAL DRUGS LIKE FENTANYL; SENATOR SAYS CONGRESS SHOULD IMMEDIATELY PASS NEW BIPARTISAN GRANT PROGRAM TO HELP LOCAL PD’S PAY FOR HIGH-TECH TOOL

With Opioid Deaths Steadily Rising In Orange, Senator Launches Push To Pass "POWER Act" Grant Program To Help Local Police Pay For High-Tech Chemical Detection Tool To Sniff Out Illegal Drugs Like Fentanyl According To Drug Enforcement Experts, It Only Takes A Small Amount Of Fentanyl To Cause A Deadly Reaction; Senator Says Congress Must Do Everything Possible To Keep The Public And Police Safe Schumer: Deploying New Tech Across The Hudson Valley Could Be A Game-Changer To Keep Police Officer… Continue Reading


02.19.19

AS THE OPIOID CRISIS CONTINUES TO PLAGUE DUTCHESS COUNTY & OVERDOSES CONTINUE TO RISE EACH YEAR, SCHUMER PUSHES FOR CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY TO AID DUTCHESS POLICE DEPARTMENTS IN QUICKLY & EFFECTIVELY IDENTIFYING LETHAL DRUGS LIKE FENTANYL; SENATOR SAYS CONGRESS SHOULD IMMEDIATELY PASS NEW BIPARTISAN GRANT PROGRAM TO HELP LOCAL PD’S PAY FOR HIGH-TECH TOOL

With Opioid Deaths Steadily Rising In Dutchess, Senator Launches Push To Pass "POWER Act" Grant Program To Help Local Police Pay For High-Tech Detection Tool To Sniff Out Illegal Drugs Like Fentanyl According To Drug Enforcement Experts, It Only Takes A Small Amount Of Fentanyl To Cause A Deadly Reaction; Senator Says Congress Must Do Everything Possible To Keep The Public And Police Safe Schumer: Deploying New Tech Across Dutchess County Could Be A Game-Changer To Keep Police Officers Safe … Continue Reading


02.19.19

AS THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC CONTINUES TO PLAGUE WESTCHESTER & ROCKLAND COUNTIES, WITH OPIOID RELATED DEATHS JUMPING 75% & 61% RESPECTIVELY BETWEEN ‘13 AND ‘16, SCHUMER PUSHES FOR CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY TO AID WESTCHESTER & ROCKLAND POLICE DEPARTMENTS IN QUICKLY & EFFECTIVELY IDENTIFYING LETHAL DRUGS LIKE FENTANYL; SENATOR SAYS CONGRESS SHOULD IMMEDIATELY PASS NEW BIPARTISAN GRANT PROGRAM TO HELP LOCAL PD’S PAY FOR HIGH-TECH TOOL

With Opioid Deaths Steadily Rising In Westchester & Rockland, Senator Launches Push To Pass "POWER Act" Grant Program To Help Local Police Pay For High-Tech Chemical Detection Tool To Sniff Out Illegal Drugs Like Fentanyl According To Drug Enforcement Experts, It Only Takes A Small Amount Of Fentanyl To Cause A Deadly Reaction; Senator Says Congress Must Do Everything Possible To Keep The Public & Police Safe Schumer: Deploying New Tech Across Lower Hudson Valley Could Be A Game-Change… Continue Reading


02.18.19

STANDING AT THE FAMED WOMEN’S RIGHTS NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK IN SENECA FALLS, SCHUMER URGES HOUSE TO SWIFTLY PASS LANDS PACKAGE THAT INCLUDES PERMANENT REAUTHORIZATION OF LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND; SENATOR VOWS TO CONTINUE FIGHT FOR FULL FUNDING FOR LWCF IN FUTURE

LWCF, The Vital Program Which Provided $336M To Preserve & Protect Public Lands Like The Women's Rights National Historical Park, The Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, And Historic Sites Across NY Like Seneca Falls, Expired Last Year For Only The Second Time In Its Over 50-Year History Last Week, The Senate Permanently Reauthorized The LWCF In 2019 Lands Package; Schumer Calls On Colleagues In House To Pass Senate Version Of Lands Package ASAP Schumer To House: Pass Lands Package To Prot… Continue Reading

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