Press Releases

05.01.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $174 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO AID NY STATE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) And The HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) Provide Essential Funds For Transformative Development Initiatives Across New York State; Both Programs Received Significant Increases In The Recently Passed Bipartisan Omnibus Bill Senators Say These Programs Are A Huge Win For Communities Across Upstate New York; Senators Have Pushed To Ensure Programs Create Good-Paying Jobs By Supporting Local Housing And Development Projects, And By In… Continue Reading


04.27.18

SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER SCHUMER & SPEAKER RYAN JOIN FORCES TO PROTECT DAIRY FARMERS & MILK PRODUCERS LIKE O-AT-KA MILK PRODUCTS AND CAYUGA MILK INGREDIENTS; LEADERS SAY CURRENT NAFTA NEGOTIATIONS ARE BEST CHANCE TO UNDO CANADA’S UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES THAT HAVE PLAGUED UPSTATE NY IN RECENT YEARS

Dairy Farmers and Co-Ops Are Victims Of Unfair Trade Policies That Prevent Locals From Selling Product Mere Miles North - But Now U.S., Canadian and Mexican Trade Officials Are Nearing A Deal That Seeks to Revamp The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Canada's Trade-Distorting Class 7 Pricing System & Egregious "Dairy Wall" Of Tariffs Has Cost Producers Like O-AT-KA Milk & Cayuga Milk Ingredients - And Farmers– Millions Of Dollars  Schumer: New Schumer-Ryan Bi… Continue Reading


04.27.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $1 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR CLEAN-UP AT BROWNFIELD SITES THROUGHOUT THE ROCHESTER REGION AND CENTRAL NEW YORK

Senators Say Funding will be Used to Provide Technical Assistance and Resources to Help Communities Clean-Up and Reuse Polluted and Contaminated Sites U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1 million in federal funding for communities throughout the Rochester region and Central New York. The funding was allocated through the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Brownfields Program. The Senators said the funding will help localities … Continue Reading


04.26.18

IN WAKE OF FRA WARNING LETTER TO METRO-NORTH, SCHUMER RENEWS PUSH TO GET MTA TO FINALLY COMPLETE INSTALLATION OF LIFE-SAVING POSITIVE TRAIN CONTROL TECHNOLOGY; SENATOR SAYS HUDSON VALLEY/NYC COMMUTERS DESERVE A SAFE, RELIABLE, & CONVENIENT TRAIN RIDE TO NYC

New FRA Letter Says Metro-North Had Installed Just 63% Of The Hardware Required For Its PTC System At The End Of Last Year; "That's A Failing Grade," Says Schumer; Feds Deeply Concerned That 2018 Deadline Will Not Be Met Schumer To MTA: Get PTC On Track And Meet Congressionally-Mandated Deadline In the wake of a Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) letter to Catherine Rinaldi, president of MTA Metro-North Commuter Railroad, reported by the Journal News, articulating concerns that Metro-North… Continue Reading


04.26.18

SCHUMER DOUBLES DOWN ON EFFORTS TO SECURE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR GREAT SODUS BAY AND CHARLES POINT ALONG LAKE ONTARIO; SENATOR SAYS CHARLES POINT CLIFF IS AT RISK OF EROSION DUE TO FAILING STEEL WALL OWNED BY ARMY CORPS, ENDANGERING HOMEOWNERS; CALLS ON ARMY CORPS TO FIX FLOOD DAMAGED STEEL WALL & BREAKWATER TO PROTECT SODUS BAY

Flooding Along Lake Ontario Severely Exacerbated The Deteriorating Condition Of The East Breakwater In Sodus Bay And Sheet Pile Wall On Charles Point; If Wall Isn't Repaired, Erosion Will Pose A Massive Threat To Land and Homes On Top Of Charles Point Schumer: With The Omnibus Passed, Army Corps Of Engineers Finally Has The Resources It Needs To Prioritize The Repair Of The Sheet Pile Wall & East Breakwater In Their Work Plan So That No More Property Is Lost Schumer: Including Sodus Bay … Continue Reading


04.25.18

SCHUMER DOUBLES DOWN ON PUSHING ARMY CORPS TO PRIORITIZE ROUTE 5 PROJECT ALONG LAKE ERIE; SENATOR SAYS RT. 5 REMAINS VULNERABLE TO CRASHING WAVES DURING STORMS – THREATENING DRIVERS, SCHOOLS & BUSINESSES; CURRENT STONE BARRIER MEANT TO PROTECT AREA IS CRUMBLING AND NO LONGER EFFECTIVE

Schumer Said Route 5, The Main Artery Between Downtown Buffalo And The Southtowns, Carries Over 40,000 Vehicles Each Day And Provides Residents And Visitors Critical Access To Local Businesses And Schools; Road Is Only Protected From Tempestuous Waters By A Crumbling Sea Wall Nearly A Century Old Schumer: With The Omnibus Passed, Army Corps of Engineers Finally Has The Resources It Needs; Now They Should Prioritize Funding For A New, Safer, And More Durable Barrier That Will Also… Continue Reading


04.24.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND DEMAND SPECIAL DOJ IG PROBE INTO SCAM TARGETING SEPTEMBER 11TH VICTIMS COMPENSATION FUND RECIPIENTS; VCF IS OVERSEEN BY DOJ & SENATORS SAY FED AGENCY MUST SWIFTLY DETERMINE WHO IS GOING AFTER 9/11 VICS AND HOW

Senators Say DOJ Must Determine Who Is Behind 9/11 VCF Scam In Order To Fully Assess Its Impact Schumer, Gillibrand: 9/11 Families Have Suffered Enough U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today wrote a letter to Department of Justice Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz demanding an investigation into a scam targeting ill and injured 9/11 responders. Scammers are contacting the responders, claiming to be with the September 11th Victim… Continue Reading


04.24.18

SCHUMER: HERKIMER COUNTY LEADERS ARE PURSUING A MEMORIAL TO HONOR THE LIFE OF ASTRONAUT GREGORY JARVIS, A LOCAL HERO WHO TRAGICALLY LOST HIS LIFE 32 YEARS AGO ABOARD THE SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER; SENATOR CALLS ON NASA TO SHARE EXPERTISE & ARTIFACTS WITH LOCAL PLANNERS TO HELP CREATE COMMEMORATIVE DISPLAY IN HERKIMER COUNTY

Community Leaders Are Planning To Establish A Permanent Memorial To Be Displayed In Herkimer County Honoring The Life Of Astronaut, Payload Specialist and Herkimer County Native Gregory Jarvis Schumer Is Calling On NASA To Help Make Project A Reality By Working Side-By-Side With Local Planners & Sharing Memorabilia, Artifacts, And Other Official NASA Insignia That Could Be Showcased Locally Schumer To NASA: Help Herkimer County Preserve Astronaut Jarvis' Legacy For Generations To Come U… Continue Reading


04.23.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: NAFTA NEGOTIATIONS GIVE ROCHESTER FINGER LAKES DAIRY FARMERS & MILK PRODUCERS LIKE O-AT-KA MILK PRODUCTS RARE SHOT TO UNDO CANADA’S UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES BUT FEDS MUST ACT NOW TO FIX POLICIES THAT HAVE PLAGUED WNY IN RECENT YEARS; SENATOR RELAUNCHES MAJOR PUSH TO LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD & BOOST WNY AG & JOBS

In Recent Years Local Dairy Farmers and Co-Ops like Upstate Niagara Have Been Victims Of Unfair Trade Policies That Have Prevented Locals From Selling Product Mere Miles North--But Now U.S., Canadian and Mexican Trade Officials Are Nearing A Deal That's Seeks to Revamp The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) But Canada's Efforts To Limit Market Access For U.S. Dairy Products Might Not Be Addressed & Schumer Says This Is Unacceptable; Canada’s Trade-Distorting Pricing & Eg… Continue Reading


04.23.18

STANDING AT NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION, SCHUMER LAUNCHES MAJOR PUSH TO SECURE NEARLY $50 MILLION WORTH OF LONG-OVERDUE UPGRADES; SENATOR SAYS FED INVESTMENT COULD IMPROVE NFAR’S CAPABILITIES, HELP OUR SERVICE MEMBERS, CREATE NEW LOCAL JOBS AND INJECT NEW LIFE INTO NIAGARA COUNTY

Schumer: NFARS Upgrades Will Help protect the base, Protect Local Jobs, & Enhance the Capabilities of the Units Serving at NFARS Standing at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS) in Niagara County, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced a major push to secure nearly $50 million worth of long-overdue upgrades for NFARS. Schumer highlighted specific projects that are desperately needed, including funding to upgrade the main security gate, expand the exist… Continue Reading


04.22.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: CRITICAL FAA OVERSIGHT ON AVIATION MAINTENANCE INTENDED TO KEEP FLIERS & SKIES SAFE HAS BEEN LACKING FOR YEARS; NEW DATA SHOWS PRECIPITOUS DROP IN FAA ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO ENSURE ACCOUNTABILITY & AIRLINE CULTURE OF SAFETY; SENATOR DEMANDS IMMEDIATE SURGE IN MAINTENANCE CHECKS ON ALL AIRLINES; FAA MUST BE AGGRESSIVE & MORE PROACTIVE IN PREVENTING TRAGEDY

On Heels Of Southwest Tragedy & Amidst Safety Concerns Raised by '60 Minutes' Report on Allegiant Airlines, Special Schumer Report Sifts Through Slew Of Fed Data To Show That Number Of FAA Enforcement Actions On Airline Maintenance Have Been Falling For Years & Fines Collected In Hopes Of Improving Safety Have Also Dropped Since 2014 Alone, FAA Enforcement On Airline Maintenance & Fines Plunged By Shocking 70%; Senator Says Demand For Industry-Wide Culture Of Safety Must Come From … Continue Reading


04.20.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $150,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR SUNY BROOME IN BINGHAMTON

Federal Funds Will Be Used to Develop an FAA-Certified Aircraft Maintenance Degree Program at SUNY Broome Today, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $150,000 in federal funding for SUNY Broome in Binghamton. The funding was allocated through the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and will be used to develop a curriculum and secure Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to teach an Associate of Occupational Science degree progr… Continue Reading


04.20.18

Schumer Announces Support For Decriminalizing Marijuana At Federal Level, Plans To Introduce New Legislation In U.S. Senate

Schumer Cites An Evolved Thinking - Both Personally And By The Nation - Among Reasons For Why He Now Supports The Decriminalization Of Marijuana New Legislation Seeks To Deschedule Marijuana At Federal Level, Takes Steps To Help Women and Minority-Owned Businesses Enter Into The Marijuana Industry, As Well As Invest In Research To Fully Understand Effects Of THC On Driving And Public Health, Particularly In Adolescents Schumer: The Time Has Come To Decriminalize Marijuana Senate Democratic L… Continue Reading


04.19.18

WITH RUMORS SWIRLING REGARDING THE FUTURE OF BAINBRIDGE’S COMMUNITY-BASED OUTPATIENT VETERANS CLINIC, SCHUMER DEMANDS THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION DETAIL ITS PLANS FOR THE FUTURE OF THE FACILITY AND OF HEALTHCARE FOR SOUTHERN TIER VETERANS

Schumer: The Vets Who Depend On This Clinic For Healthcare - Many Living In Rural Areas With Limited Access To Transportation - Cannot Be Left Behind Without Access To Essential Medical Services. Senator Schumer Demands VA Immediately Detail Their Plans; Making Sure Access To Quality Healthcare Is Maintained For Those Who Depend On This Facility Schumer: The Brave Heroes Who Served To Protect Us Deserve Top-Notch Healthcare; The VA Must Maintain Its Commitment To Southern Tier Veterans U.… Continue Reading


04.19.18

SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH TO SECURE FED FUNDING FOR GRAPE GENETICS RESEARCH UNIT TO DEVELOP NEW, CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGIES TO REVOLUTIONIZE NEW YORK’S GRAPE & WINE INDUSTRIES AND SPUR ECONOMIC GROWTH IN FINGER LAKES REGION

The Finger Lakes Region Has Thriving Grape And Wine Industries; The Grape Genetics Research Unit, in Geneva, NY, A Driving Force Of Innovation In The Field, Must Be Modernized Schumer Is Pushing For A Critical USDA Investment In Geneva Agriculture Experiment Station Lab That Will Allow Researchers To Continue Developing New Technologies That Could Increase Production And Create New, Good-Paying Jobs In The Finger Lakes Region Schumer: Let's Not Leave Grape Genetics Research Unit On The Vine … Continue Reading


04.19.18

SCHUMER SUCCESSFULLY LEAD EFFORT TO BLOCK SENATE BILL THAT COULD HAVE POLLUTED NEW YORK’S GREAT LAKES

Senator Vows to Fight Any Future Threat U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, the Senate minority leader, today announced that an attempt in the Senate that would have paved the way for invasive species to spread like wild fire in upstate New York's Great Lakes was successfully stopped. Schumer, who lead the effort to kill the legislation in the Senate, said the proposed Coast Guard bill included a provision called the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA), which would have allowed ships to dump th… Continue Reading


04.18.18

SCHUMER LAUNCHES EFFORT TO SECURE $14.2 MILLION TO ENHANCE PERIMETER SECURITY AT ROME LAB IN 2019 APPROPRIATIONS BILL

The Air Force Research Laboratory In Rome, New York Is An Invaluable Program That Focuses On Gathering And Processing Cyber Intelligence, And Is Considered The Nation's Premier Research Organization For Command, Control, Communications, Cyber and Intelligence Technologies Schumer Today Announced That He Will Work Tirelessly To Ensure That The Lab's Anti-Terrorism Perimeter Security And Entry Control Point Is Fully Funded By The Upcoming Military Construction And Veterans Affairs Appropriations… Continue Reading


04.18.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: WITH A SURGE OF UPSTATE NEW YORKERS NOW ELIGIBLE FOR SOCIAL SECURITY ASSISTANCE, PHONE WAIT TIMES THROUGHOUT NEW YORK ARE INCREASING; AVERAGE DISABILITY APPEALS CLAIM TAKE OVER 680 DAYS TO PROCESS IN UPSTATE NEW YORK; SENATOR SAYS NYS FIELD OFFICES URGENTLY NEEDS NEWLY AVAILABLE FED FUNDING TO CUT WAIT TIMES

Senator Says Upstate New Yorkers Are Starting to Experience Longer & Longer Wait times For Service At Local Field Office; In Past 6 Months NY Field Offices took over 500,000 Calls With Phone Answer Rate of Only 75% Schumer: Upstate New York SSA Field Offices Can't Keep Up With Request Due To Lack Of Resources And Rate Of New Retirees; New Dollars Secured In Recent Legislation Will Help Cut Down On Wait Times Schumer: Upstate New York Seniors Are Tired Of Listening To Hold Music On a con… Continue Reading


04.18.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, HIGGINS EMPHATICALLY BACK ROSWELL PARK’S APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL AS NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE-DESIGNATED COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER

Distinction Includes Millions of Dollars in Federal Resources for Cancer Research U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) are supporting Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center's application to renew the facility's esteemed standing as a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated comprehensive cancer center, which also guarantees a federal commitment of millions of dollars. Roswell Park was in the first group of … Continue Reading


04.17.18

AFTER MAJOR SCHUMER PUSH, RIT HAS RECEIVED $4.3 MILLION IN FED FUNDING TO CONTINUE CUTTING EDGE RESEARCH TO MODERNIZE MILITARY EQUIPMENT FOR U.S. TROOPS; INVESTMENT IS A CONTINUATION OF THE GROUNDBREAKING PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN RIT AND DEPT. OF DEFENSE

In July 2014, Schumer Announced RIT Would Receive Up To $2.1 Million For Work Rehabbing & Upgrading Navy Equipment - Grant Kept 10-Year Public-Private Partnership Between RIT & DOD Now, RIT Will Receive More Than $4.3 Million To Continue Research And Equipment Modernizing Program - Schumer Has Worked To Foster The Partnership Between RIT And Navy   Schumer: Contract Ensures RIT Can Continue Supporting Defense Department, &  Add Jobs To Finger Lakes Area  U.S.… Continue Reading

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