Press Releases

07.25.18

SCHUMER: WITH NY JOBS & LOCAL NEWSPAPERS ON THE LINE, COMMERCE DEPARTMENT MUST REVERSE COURSE ON PENDING AUGUST 1st DECISION; SENATOR DOUBLES DOWN ON COMMERCE SECRETARY NOT TO UNJUSTLY HAMMER NEW YORK’S AT-RISK NEWSPAPER INDUSTRY; IF PERMANENT TARIFF TAKES SHAPE, NEWSPAPERS COULD BE FORCED TO RAISE PRICES, LOSE CUSTOMERS AND SLASH LOCAL STAFF – OR EVEN GO OUT OF BUSINESS

In January 2018, At Behest Of One Failing West Coast Firm And Its Wall Street Owner, The Department Of Commerce Imposed Preliminary Duties On Uncoated Groundwood Paper From Canada That Have Drastically Reduced The Profitability Of Newspapers And Printers Throughout Upstate NY; Vital Newspaper Ingredient Is Not Produced In The Northeast US Schumer Doubled Down On Call To Department Of Commerce To Consider The Crushing Impact Permanent Duties Will Have On Already-Struggling Companies And New… Continue Reading


07.24.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND URGE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO PREVENT ANY LAPSE IN ACCESS TO FARMERS MARKETS FOR VITAL FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM; SENATORS WARN THAT ANY DISRUPTION COULD HAVE DEVASTATING IMPACT ON FAMILIES, SENIOR CITIZENS, AND FARMERS WHO SUPPLY FARMERS MARKETS

With Electronic Benefit Transfer Services At Farmers Markets Under Threat By Novo Dia Ending Operations, Schumer And Gillibrand Urge The Department Of Agriculture's Food, Nutrition And Consumer Services To Do Everything Possible To Prevent Any Potential Disruptions U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged Acting Deputy Undersecretary of Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Brandon Lip… Continue Reading


07.20.18

DURING IN-PERSON MEETING, SCHUMER URGES ACTING DIRECTOR OF OFFICE OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY TO GRANT OSWEGO COUNTY’S REQUEST TO BE DESIGNATED A HIGH INTENSITY DRUG TRAFFICKING AREA; SENATOR SAYS DESIGNATION WILL MEAN ADDITIONAL RESOURCES, INTELLIGENCE, AND COORDINATION TO HELP DISRUPT TRAFFICKING

Oswego County Has Seen A Rise In Drug Trafficking & Overdose Deaths In Recent Years; Oswego County Law Enforcement Needs Additional Support to Beat Back Scourge Schumer Calls On Fed. Office Of Drug Control Policy To Designate Oswego County A 'High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area,' Which Will Provide Much-Needed Resources To Help County Address Growing Drug Problem Schumer: We Must Provide Money, Expertise & Intel To Help Oswego County Battle Heroin Scourge Recently, U.S. Senate Minor… Continue Reading


07.19.18

WITH RISE IN TODDLER DROWNINGS, SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO INVESTIGATE & DEVELOP SPECIAL OUTREACH CAMPAIGN TO REACH MORE PARENTS & SAVE PRECIOUS LIVES

As The Summer Heats Up, New Schumer Report Sounds Alarm & Shows Deadly Spike In Drowning Deaths Among Kids Senator's Report Finds Little Boys Are Drowning Twice The Rate Of Girls; Hundreds Of NY Tragedies Like Last Summer's Long Island Death Of Twin Boys, 3, Is Especially Painful & Why Spike Should Be Addressed Schumer: CDC Must Quickly Investigate What The Causes Are & Develop Outreach Program To Parents Amidst the most popular months for swimming, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer c… Continue Reading


07.18.18

IN DIRECT CALL TO UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE ROBERT LIGHTHIZER, SCHUMER PRESSES US NEGOTIATOR TO DO MORE TO PROTECT UPSTATE NEW YORK’S DAIRY FARMERS & MILK PRODUCERS; SENATOR SAYS NAFTA NEGOTIATIONS ARE A REAL CHANCE TO UNDO CANADA’S UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES THAT HAVE HIT UPSTATE NEW YORK DAIRY FARMERS BETWEEN THE EYES

Dairy Farmers And Co-Ops Are Victims Of Unfair Trade Policies That Prevent Locals From Selling Product Mere Miles North - As Negotiations with Canada Set to Resume; Schumer Says It is Vital That Upstate NY Dairy Producers Are Protected From Protectionist Canadian Trade Policy Schumer, In A Direct Call To USTR Lighthizer, Urged Him To Work With Stakeholders To Fix Unfair Canadian Dairy Trade Barriers Last week, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer spoke directly to United States Tr… Continue Reading


07.18.18

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

Funding Will Be Used to Extend the Chugnut Trail, Connecting the Village of Endicott to the Town Of Union The Trail Extension Will Connect Several Local Parks and Communities to Each Other and To Various Recreation Locations U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $150,000 in federal funding for Broome County. The funding was allocated through the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and will be used to extend and improve the Chugnu… Continue Reading


07.18.18

STANDING WITH VETS, SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH FOR FEDS TO OPEN OUTPATIENT CLINIC IN NORTH HEMPSTEAD; COMMUNITY-BASED MED CLINIC WOULD GIVE THE MANY VETS ON NORTH SHORE BETTER ACCESS TO THE CARE THEY’VE EARNED; LONG DRIVE TIMES & MARKED NEED MAKE THE CASE FOR NEW CLINIC

LI Vets In North Hempstead Can Waste Hours Driving To & From VA Medical Center In Northport For Some Of The Most Basic-Yet Critical-Care; Senator Says Travel For North Hempstead Vets To Northport, East Meadow Or Valley Stream Could Be Thing Of Past If Feds Green Light Plan While Senator Works To Add North Hempstead Clinic To VA Capital Plan, He Urges Feds To Immediately Deploy A 'Mobile Vet Center' To Town To Handle Any Overflow Cases Schumer: A Nearby Clinic Makes All The Sense In The Wo… Continue Reading


07.13.18

SCHUMER: DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE RELEASES LONG OVERDUE NEWBURGH PFOS INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after the Department of Defense released their long overdue Site Investigation Report: "It was like pulling teeth, but, belatedly, the Department of Defense finally released their investigative report on toxic PFOA contamination at Stewart AFB and the surrounding waterways. This report must be immediately shared with the public and environmental experts so we can quickly understand the extent of the contamination and peruse the q… Continue Reading


07.12.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $3 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY

Funding Will Be Used To Continue Groundbreaking Research Into Battery Systems And Energy Storage U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $3 million in federal funding for Binghamton University. The funding was allocated through the Department of Energy's (DOE) Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) program. According to the DOE, Binghamton University is one of 42 EFRCS in the country selected for $100 million in funding. Specifically, … Continue Reading


07.10.18

FOLLOWING PUSH BY SCHUMER, NASA AGREES TO SEND ASTRONAUT TO SEPTEMBER 7TH COMMUNITY STARWALK EVENT AT THE WALKWAY OVER THE HUDSON; SENATOR SAYS ASTRONAUT’S ATTENDANCE WILL LAUNCH WALKWAY’S APPEAL IN HUDSON VALLEY AND BEYOND -- AND BOOST EFFORTS TO EDUCATE AND INSPIRE NEXT GENERATION OF AMERICAN STEM STUDENTS

The Recently Announced STARWALK Series, By The Walkway Over The Hudson, Brings Local Communities And Tourists Alike To The Walkway Over The Hudson State Park While Learning About Astronomy Schumer Led the Push To Secure An Astronaut's Attendance; Says NASA Presence Will Inspire And Engage Students and Stargazers Of All Ages, As Well As Tourists, On Importance Of Science, The Beauty of the Hudson, and the Wonder of the Cosmos Schumer: Astronaut Visit on September 7th Will Launch Walkway O… Continue Reading


07.10.18

SCHUMER STATEMENT ON FIREFIGHTER CANCER REGISTRY BECOMING LAW

Senator Schumer released the following statement today: "Every day firefighters risk everything to protect communities and families across New York. We owe it to these fearless men and women to ensure that if they get sick, they will be cared for in the same way that they care for us. This new law will help firefighters across the country by establishing the national firefighter cancer registry - allowing researchers to track, treat, and I hope to prevent cancer. I pushed hard this year to get … Continue Reading


07.10.18

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES $275,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ELMIRA CORNING REGIONAL AIRPORT IN SOUTHERN TIER; SENATOR SAYS NEW FUNDING WILL SUPPORT AIRPORT OPERATIONS AND MARKETING EFFORTS

Department of Transportation Funding Will Be Used For Marketing Of New Air Travel Services Between Elmira, N.Y., And Newark, N.J. U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced $275,000 in federal funding for Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM). The funding was allocated by the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Small Community Air Service Development Program (SCASDP), and will be used to market the airport's newly expanded service between Elmira, N.Y., and Newark, N.J., in… Continue Reading


07.10.18

AFTER MAJOR PUSH BY SCHUMER, CDC AGREES TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR CRITICAL AND COST-EFFECTIVE FARM-SAFETY PROGRAM THAT COULD HELP PREVENT DEADLY TRACTOR ROLLOVERS THROUGH END OF FY2019; SENATOR SAYS NEWLY ANNOUNCED FUNDING WILL KEEP THE TRACTOR ROLLOVER PROTECTION PROGRAM RUNNING AT FULL SPEED

The Federally-Funded Northeast Center For Occupational Safety And Health For Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (NEC) Provides Farmers With Important Resources, Like A Special 1-800 Safety Number, Access To Farm-Safety Experts And Information On Next-Gen Farm Safety Equipment Like Tractor Rollover Bars After Schumer's Major Push, The CDC Agrees To Administratively Fund The Program; Senator Is Now Calling On Agency To Protect Program For The Long-Term Schumer: I Laud The CDC For Plowing Ahead … Continue Reading


07.09.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $52,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE TOWN OF HARTWICK

Funding Will Be Used to Evaluate Alternative Options for Providing Drinking Water and Sewer Services Along Route 28 Corridor Commercial and Residential Properties Along Corridor Currently Rely on Private Wells for Drinking Water and on Individual Wastewater Septic Systems U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced $52,000 in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding for the Town of Hartw… Continue Reading


07.09.18

SENATORS SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND AND CONGRESSMAN FASO ANNOUNCE THAT LEGISLATION TO NAME SAUGERTIES POST OFFICE IN HONOR OF MAURICE HINCHEY PASSES IN THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Bill Now Heads to President's Desk for Signature U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressman John Faso today announced that legislation to rename a Saugerties post office after former U.S. Representative Maurice Hinchey has passed in both the Senate and House of Representatives. The post office is located at 111 Market St., Saugerties, New York. Schumer and Gillibrand introduced legislation to rename this post office after Congressman Hinchey… Continue Reading


07.08.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: MANY USED CARS—DAMAGED IN LAST SUMMER'S HURRICANES—ARE NOW BEING SOLD WITH NO NOTIFICATION TO CONSUMERS THAT CARS HAVE BEEN DAMAGED BY FLOODING; BUYERS MUST BE NOTIFIED OF OTHER DAMAGES—BUT NOT HURRICANE FLOODING; SENATOR URGES FEDS TO EXPOSE ‘HURRICANE CARS’ USING LAW ON BOOKS

Hundreds-Of-Thousands Of Last Summer's Hurricane-Damaged Cars Are Now 'Cleaned Up' For This Summer & Could Be Driving A Used Car Sales Surge At Lots Across Country; National Insurance Crime Bureau Recently Issued New Warning  But Fed "Used Car Rule" Already On Books Could Better Protect Consumers If FTC Would Mandate A 'Flood Check’ To Buyer’s Guide Sticker On Every Used Car Window  Schumer: Feds Should Take Wheel On Disclosing ‘Hurricane Cars’ To Buyers; … Continue Reading


07.05.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: RECENTLY IMPOSED HARMFUL DUTIES ON GROUNDWOOD PAPER COULD COST SARATOGA SPRINGS QUAD GRAPHICS MORE THAN $90 MILLION A YEAR & HURT VULNERABLE UPSTATE NY NEWSPAPER INDUSTRY; SENATOR URGES DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE TO PROTECT AT-RISK PRINTING & NEWSPAPER JOBS WHO DEPEND ON LOW PRICED PAPER FROM CANADA

In January 2018, The Department Of Commerce Imposed Preliminary Duties On Uncoated Groundwood Paper From Canada That Have Drastically Reduced The Profitability Newspapers And Printers Throughout Upstate NY Schumer Calls On The Department Of Commerce To  Consider The Adverse Impact Duties Could Have On Companies Like Quad Graphics And Reverse Course  Schumer: Permanent Duties On Canadian Paper Could Literally Stop The Presses At Our Newspapers And Printing Companies St… Continue Reading


07.05.18

SCHUMER: OUTDATED FED REGS ARE TAKING A BITE OUT OF NY APPLE CIDER INDUSTRY, THREATENING ROCHESTER FINGER LAKES CRAFT HARD CIDERIES TO THE CORE; DESPITE SCHUMER-BACKED CIDER ACT THAT LOWERED CIDER TAX ON PAR WITH BEER, OUTDATED FED REGS NOW BLOCKING NY CIDERIES, LIKE ROOTSTOCK CIDERWORKS, FROM PACKAGING ALL CIDERS IN 12 OZ CANS LIKE BEER; PLUS NEW PROPOSED REG COULD FORCE LABELING OF CIDERS AS ‘SPARKLING’ OR ‘CARBONATED’ THAT WILL CHEAPEN NY’S HARD CIDER INDUSTRY; SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO IMMEDIA

Schumer To Feds: Take Your Buzz Words Off of New York's Hard Cider Today, at DeFisher Fruit Farm's Rootstock Ciderworks in Williamson, Wayne County, NY, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) Administrator John J. Manfreda to immediately address cider canning and labeling regulations that are driving up cider production costs and threatening to undermine New York cideries’ efforts to accurately market cider to consumers. Specifically,… Continue Reading


07.03.18

HOLDING BACK COLUMBIA COUNTY FARMERS FROM COMMERCIALLY GROWING INDUSTRIAL HEMP, USED TO MAKE VARIETY OF DIFFERENT GOODS LIKE CLOTHES AND PAPER; SENATOR ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR BIPARTISAN SENATE LEGISLATION THAT WOULD ALLOW CAPITAL REGION FARMERS TO GROW NEW CROP WITHOUT HARSH RESTRICTIONS

Currently Hemp Is Classified As A Controlled Substance, Putting It On Par With Other Substances Like Heroin And Other Opioids Due To Trace Amounts Of THC; However, Senator Says Industrial Hemp Can Be Used To Make Paper, Clothing, Plastics And Even Fuel Bipartisan Bill Removes Fed Roadblock That Obstructs Hemp's Full Potential As an agricultural commodity In Columbia County; Senator Says New Bill Empowers States To Act As Primary Regulators of Hemp, Allows For Hemp Researchers To Apply For Rese… Continue Reading


07.03.18

SCHUMER VISITS BREWERY OMMEGANG TO PUSH FOR A PLAN TO HELP BOLSTER FAST-GROWING CRAFT BREW INDUSTRY IN OTSEGO COUNTY AND THE SOUTHERN TIER: LEGISLATION TO PERMANENTLY CUT SMALL BREWERIES EXCISE TAX IN ½ AND INCREASED FEDERAL RESOURCES TO FAST TRACK RELEASE OF SEASONAL AND SPECIALTY BEER

Standing At Brewery Ommegang Schumer Unveils Push To Support Legislation That Will Enable Them, And Small Otsego County Breweries Like Red Shed Brewery, Butternuts Beer And Ale, And Council Rock Brewery, To Fully Tap Their Business Potential New York State Craft Beer Industry Supports Nearly 60,000 Jobs In NY & Has A $4 Billion Economic Impact- Cutting Taxes On Dozens Of Small Brewing Operations In The Southern Tier Will Allow Small Breweries To Hire More Employees, Buy More Equipment, Boos… Continue Reading

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