Press Releases

01.22.20

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, FEDS APPROVE PERMIT ALLOWING AMTRAK TO MOVE NEXT GEN HIGH-SPEED TRAIN & KEEP AMTRAK GROWTH IN HORNELL ON TRACK; SENATOR SAYS REVOLUTIONARY TRAINS SUPPORT 400 SOUTHERN TIER JOBS & IMPROVE RAIL SAFETY, COMFORT & SPEED

Following his push, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today released the following statement after the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) signed off on Amtrak's permit application for a one-time movement of its just-constructed Next Generation High-Speed train to its test track in Colorado: "The FRA approving Amtrak's request to move its Next Generation High-Speed Train to its Colorado test track is a critical step in getting these state-of-the-art trains on the tracks and in improving relia… Continue Reading


01.22.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, LOWEY CALL ON FEDS TO EXTEND COMMENT PERIOD FOR INDIAN POINT TRANSFER; REPS SAY 30 DAYS ISN’T NEARLY ENOUGH TO ENSURE THOUSANDS OF NY’ERS IMPACTED BY INDIAN POINT’S CLOSURE HAVE THEIR VOICES HEARD

In 2019, Entergy Announced It Would Be Selling The Plant To Holtec For Decommissioning; Tomorrow's License Transfer Announcement Only Provides Public 30 Days To Comment On Major Agreement With Thousands Of NYers Impacted By License Transfer & Decommissioning Of Indian Point, Schumer, Gillibrand And Lowey Call For 30-Day Extension Of Comment Period Schumer, Gillibrand & Lowey To Feds: Indian Point's Closure Means Too Much To Too Many-The Public Needs More Time To Comment U.S. Senate M… Continue Reading


01.21.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND CALL ON ARMY CORPS TO ADVANCE FIRST-OF-ITS KIND RESILIENCY BLUEPRINT TO PROTECT GREAT LAKES SHORELINES; SENATORS SAY WITH UPSTATE NY BEING RAVAGED BY FLOODS IN RECENT YEARS, THERE IS A PARAMOUNT NEED TO IDENTIFY AND FIX SHORELINE VULNERABILITIES

In Both 2017 And 2019, Lake Ontario Communities Were Ravaged By Intense Flooding, Leading To Millions Of Dollars In Damages; Today's Water Levels Are Well Above Seasonal Average, With Local Communities Bracing For A Repeat Senators Urge U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers To Include "Great Lakes Coastal Resiliency Study" In Fiscal Year 2020 Work Plan, To Plan & Fund New Great Lakes Shoreline Protections Schumer, Gillibrand To Army Corps: With Risk Of Continued High Water, Army Corps Must Act Now … Continue Reading


01.17.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND REVEAL: FEDS PLOTTING TO EXCLUDE NEW YORK FROM VITAL $20 BILLION POT OF FUNDS TO EXPAND RURAL BROADBAND CONNECTIVITY; SENATORS SAY RURAL BROADBAND ACCESS IS ESSENTIAL TO THRIVE IN THE MODERN ECONOMY, CALL ON FCC TO REVERSE COURSE AT ONCE

The FCC's Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Will Allocate +$20 Billion For States To Connect Rural, Unserved Communities To High-Speed Internet; New FCC Proposal Would Unjustly Prevent New York From Participating In Fund FCC Disqualifying NYS Due To Its Participation In Previously Established Federal Rural Broadband Programs; Senators Call Decision Unfair And Urge Agency To Let All 50 States Access Vital Funding Schumer, Gillibrand To Feds: Treat Upstate New York Fairly And Do Your Part In Closin… Continue Reading


01.17.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, BRINDISI, STEFANIK CALL ON ADMINISTRATION TO ACCEPT NEW YORK STATE’S APPEAL FOR DISASTER DECLARATION

Following Catastrophic Halloween Flooding, Members of Congress Make Bipartisan, Bicameral Ask for Administration to Reconsider Denial of Individual Assistance Following the disastrous Halloween flooding in the region, New York representatives Congressman Anthony Brindisi, Senator Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik called on the Administration to reverse their denial of Individual Assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Despite … Continue Reading


01.17.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND AND BRINDISI ANNOUNCE CONSTRUCTION WILL FINALLY START ON LONG-AWAITED AND ONCE THREATENED ROME LAB PERIMETER SECURITY; REPS SAY $13.15M ARMY CORPS CONTRACT MARKS MAJOR PROGRESS IN EFFORT TO SHIELD ROME LAB FROM POTENTIAL HARM

Air Force Research Laboratory In Rome, NY Is DoD's Premier Research Organization For Command, Control, Communications, Cyber & Intelligence Technologies After Securing $13.2M Project In 2019 Defense Appropriations Package And Personally Lobbying Air Force Secretary To Move Forward With Project, Schumer, Gillibrand & Brindisi Reveal Feds Finally Award Contract & Construction Set To Begin Schumer, Gillibrand & Brindisi: It's Critical To Do Everything Possible To Secure Rome Lab, … Continue Reading


01.16.20

AS CHAUTAUQUA LAKE CONTINUES TO SUFFER FROM TOXIC ALGAL BLOOMS, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND CALL ON ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO PRIORITIZE FUNDING TO PROTECT LAKE’S WATER QUALITY

Chautauqua Lake Is A Major Recreation and Tourist Destination in Western New York - As Well As Drinking Water Source; Feasibility Study Would Develop a Strategy to Restore the Lake's Watershed ndash; U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to prioritize funding to protect the lake's water quality from toxic algal blooms by including … Continue Reading


01.13.20

STANDING WITH ROCHESTER ‘AGENT ORANGE’-AFFLICTED VIETNAM VETERANS, SCHUMER CALLS ON FEDS TO IMMEDIATELY END YEARS-LONG DELAY, FINALLY APPROVE VA CARE & COMPENSATION FOR LOCAL VETS SUFFERING; SENATOR SAYS NY’s +240,000 VIETNAM VETS FOUGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY & SHOULDN’T HAVE TO FIGHT FOR THEIR AGENT ORANGE BENEFITS, TOO

The VA Proposed Adding 4 Health Conditions To Agent Orange "Presumptive Conditions" Exposure Health Care Benefits List, But Administration Has Refused To Add Conditions & Blocked Vietnam-Era Vets From Getting The VA Coverage & Compensation They Deserve In Rochester, Schumer Calls On Feds To End Years-Long Hold-Up & Immediately Give Vets Suffering From Agent Orange-Linked Conditions Health Care & Compensation Benefits Schumer To Feds: Vietnam Veterans Fought For Our Freedom, Th… Continue Reading


01.13.20

SCHUMER URGES CANADIAN GOVERNMENT TO IMMEDIATELY IMPLEMENT PRE-CLEARANCE FOR WNY RAIL PASSENGERS AT NEW NIAGARA FALLS TRAIN STATION; SENATOR SAYS EASIER, FASTER CROSSING IS KEY TO ESTABLISH A REVOLUTIONARY BI-NATIONAL COMMUTER RAIL BETWEEN WNY AND ONTARIO & SPUR ECONOMIC GROWTH

Senator Has Long Championed Niagara Falls Station, Home To State-Of-The-Art Pre-Clearance Facility, Which Is Not Utilized By Canadian Customs Officers-Delaying Crucial First Domino In Goal Of WNY-To-Toronto Bi-National Transit Connection, Further Stalling Massive Economic Opportunity For WNY & Canada Canadian Side's Cumbersome Screening Process Adds Time To Commute & Discourages Ridership Schumer To Canadians: Implement Pre-Clearance So It Can Be "All Aboard!" For Bi-National Econo… Continue Reading


01.10.20

SCHUMER SOUNDS ALARM ON GPS COMPANIES DRAGGING FEET ON IMPLEMENTING DATA VITAL TO MILLIONS OF NY DRIVERS & THE +5,000 NY RAIL CROSSINGS; WITH MANY DEATHS IN NY SINCE 2017, SENATOR SAYS COMPANIES MUST INCORPORATE DATA TO IMPROVE THE SAFETY OF ROADS & SAVE LIVES ASAP

In 2015, The National Transportation Safety Board Issued A Recommendation That GPS Companies Add Data On Public & Private At-Grade Rail Crossings To Applications Following A Tragic Crash In California; Since Then, Companies Are Unresponsive While Lives Have Tragically Been Lost With Lives At Risk, Schumer Demands GPS Companies Quit Kicking The Can Down The Road And Add All 5,358 New York State At-Grade Crossings To Maps And Programs Immediately Schumer To GPS: Stop Ignoring The Feds And St… Continue Reading


01.08.20

SCHUMER FIGHTS FOR ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS FUNDING TO BATTLE HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOMS; SENATOR URGES ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO USE BOOSTED FED RESOURCES TO LAUNCH NEW YORK STATEWIDE EFFORT TO STOP THE SPREAD OF HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOMS PLAGUING UPSTATE NY LAKES

Recently, Upstate New York's Lakes-Including Prominent Drinking Water Sources From Great Lakes To Finger Lakes-Have Been Infected By Toxic Algal Blooms; NYSDEC Tracked +1,100 In 2019 To Stop The Rampant Spread Of Dangerous Algae, Schumer Secures $40 Million For Army Corps Of Engineers Programs That Fight Harmful Algal Blooms, And Calls On Corps To Make NY Its Top Priority Schumer To USACE: Upstate Lakes Have Been Swimming In Toxic Algae For Far Too Long, And You Have The $$$ To Do Something Ab… Continue Reading


01.08.20

SCHUMER CALLS ON FEDS TO PROMPTLY APPROVE CRITICAL PERMIT ALLOWING AMTRAK TO MOVE NEXT GENERATION HIGH-SPEED TRAIN TO COLORADO TEST TRACK; SENATOR SAYS STATE-OF-THE-ART TRAINS, WHICH SUPPORT 400 JOBS IN HORNELL, WILL BE A MAJOR BOON TO ACELA SERVICE ON AMTRAK’S NORTHEAST CORRIDOR

In 2016, Schumer Championed & Helped Secure Major Federal Loan And Approvals To Make Amtrak's Next Generation High-Speed Train Project A Reality, Which Created Roughly 400 Good-Paying Manufacturing Jobs At Alstom's Hornell Facility To Keep The Project On Track Federal Railroad Administration Must First Approve One-Time Movement Of New Train To Test Track In Colorado; Schumer Calls On Feds To Expedite The Process Schumer: Next Stop In Revolutionizing Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor Acela… Continue Reading


01.06.20

SCHUMER MEETS WITH MLB COMMISSIONER MANFRED TO URGE PRESERVATION OF UPSTATE NY MINOR LEAGUE TEAMS; SENATOR PUSHES TO SAVE THE FUTURE OF BASEBALL IN NEW YORK

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today released the following statement, following his meeting with Commissioner of Major League Baseball (MLB) Rob Manfred last month to discuss MLB's proposed plans to restructure the minor leagues and ongoing negotiations with Minor League Baseball (MiLB): "Last month, Commissioner Manfred and I had a productive meeting to discuss Minor League Baseball's presence in New York. Throughout the state, from Binghamton to Auburn, to Batavia, Staten Island and beyond … Continue Reading


01.02.20

SCHUMER: LONG ISLAND DIETARY SUPPLEMENT COMPANIES THAT RISKED HEALTH OF PUBLIC & GAVE BAD RAP TO IMPORTANT LOCAL INDUSTRY MUST BE PROBED WITH FULL FED AUTHORITY; FDA HAS DONE ITS JOB, NOW HHS MUST DO THEIRS; ONE BAD APPLE SHOULDN’T BE ALLOWED TO SPOIL ENTIRE BUNCH FOR INDUSTRY IMPORTANT TO LI ECONOMY & JOBS

LI Dietary Supplement Owner Was Just Told By The FDA To Destroy All Its Supplements & Drugs By Next Friday For Alleged & Serious Public Health Risks; Schumer Says This Cries Out For A Deeper Fed Probe Given Years Of Failed Inspections Senator Also Says To Keep Reputation Of Local Industry Strong, FDA Must Weed Out Bad Apples & Recommit To Modernizing & Reforming Its Oversight Of Dietary Supplement Industry Because A Level Playing Field Is Essential Schumer: Bad LI Pill Pract… Continue Reading


12.30.19

SCHUMER: PERSISTENT AND GROWING SPATE OF HATE CRIMES IN AMERICA IS A NATIONAL CRISIS; SENATOR DEMANDS MUCH STRONGER FED ACTION TO BRING RELEIF TO AT-RISK RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS NY & NATION; OUTLINES PLAN TO INCREASE FUNDS TO PROTECT PLACES OF WORSHIP & PROSECUTE HATE CRIMES

Schumer Recently Delivered Record Surge Of Funds To Protect Synagogues, Churches, Schools, Mosques & Other Places Of Worship, But Announces Need To Quadruple Those Funds Amid National Crisis Of Hate Wants Funding To Better Protect Places Of Worship & Prosecute Hate Crimes More Vigorously Schumer: Feds Must Strengthen Strategy Because Status Quo Is Just Not Working A day after urging the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to step in and fully investigate the horrific Monsey, New Y… Continue Reading


12.30.19

SCHUMER: PERSISTENT AND GROWING SPATE OF HATE CRIMES IN AMERICA IS A NATIONAL CRISIS; SENATOR DEMANDS MUCH STRONGER FED ACTION TO BRING RELIEF TO AT-RISK RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS NY & NATION; OUTLINES PLAN TO INCREASE FUNDS TO PROTECT PLACES OF WORSHIP & PROSECUTE HATE CRIMES

Schumer Recently Delivered Record Surge Of Funds To Protect Synagogues, Churches, Schools, Mosques & Other Places Of Worship, But Announces Need To Quadruple Those Funds Amid National Crisis Of Hate Wants Funding To Better Protect Places Of Worship & Prosecute Hate Crimes More Vigorously Schumer: Feds Must Strengthen Strategy Because Status Quo Is Just Not Working A day after urging the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to step in and fully investigate the horrific Monsey, New Yor… Continue Reading


12.29.19

Schumer Briefed By FBI On Monsey Attack; Demands Thorough Fed Investigation Of This Specific Attack & Other Anti-Semitic Attacks In Recent Days

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, after a phone briefing by the FBI, released the following statement regarding the horrific attack against the Jewish community in Monsey, New York. Senator Schumer also spoke to New Square Mayor Izzy Spitzer and Rabbi Rottenberg, offering prayers and full support. "Last night's cowardly and callous attack on the Jewish community in Monsey was one of pure evil. This attack, and other anti-Semitic attacks that have occurred in recent days, demand a top-to-bottom fede… Continue Reading


12.23.19

FOR THE 21st CONSECUTIVE YEAR, SCHUMER COMPLETES TOUR OF ALL 62 NEW YORK COUNTIES; ANNUAL TOUR OF STATE FINISHES IN WASHINGTON COUNTY; 2019 ENDS WITH 152 TOTAL VISITS TO UPSTATE NY & LONG ISLAND

During Schumer's 1998 Senate Election, He Vowed To Visit Every Single New York County Each Year-At The Close Of 21 Years, The Tradition Continues Even As Senate Democratic Leader, Schumer Staunchly Believes That Visiting Every Single New York County Is Imperative To His Daily Work In U.S. Capitol; Vows To Continue This Tradition In 2020 After 21 Years, Schumer Continues To Honor His Pledge & Listen To And Deliver For Constituents In All 62 Counties At the close of the decade, U.S. Senato… Continue Reading


12.23.19

SCHUMER REVEALS FARMERS HAVE SUICIDE RATE MORE THAN THREE TIMES HIGHER THAN GENERAL POPULATION, STANDS WITH WASHINGTON COUNTY FARMERS TO LAUNCH 2-PRONGED PLAN TO COMBAT DEVASTATING TREND; WITH INTENSIFYING PRESSURE ON FARMERS, FEDS MUST DO FAR MORE TO REACH UPSTATE NY FARMERS IN PAIN & SAVE LIVES IN CAPITAL REGION & NORTH COUNTRY

Farmers & Ranchers Are Disproportionately Impacted by Suicide; However, No Comprehensive CDC Data On The Crisis Exists To Address The Mental Health Crisis On Capital Region Farms & Throughout Upstate, Schumer Calls On CDC To Conduct Comprehensive & Much-Needed Study On Farmer Suicides; Urges Congress To Pass Seeding Rural Resilience Act ASAP Schumer: Farmers Are Calling Out For A Lifeline-The Feds Need To Lead & Extend A Hand, Now  Standing at the Walker Farms Heifer Fa… Continue Reading


12.23.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: NEW YORK IS BEING SHORT-CHANGED ON VITAL FUNDING FOR FIREFIGHTERS & THEIR DEPTS; BUT SENATOR JUST GOT MILLIONS IN RECENTLY-APPROVED FED BUDGET TO BOOST CAUSE—AND NOW HE WANTS UPSTATE NY TO GET MORE OF IT SO LOCAL HEROES AREN’T LEFT WITHOUT CRITICAL RESOURCES

The Federal Assistance To Firefighters Grant Program Is A Critical Resource For Fire Departments Across NYS To Purchase New Trucks, Safety Gear & More; In 2018, Only 26% Of NYS Apps Got Funded; Schumer Says That's Too Low Given Need & Size Of State Schumer Just Secured Combined $355M In Fed Budget For Program Local Heroes Use To Purchase Lifesaving Equipment; And Now He's Sounding The Alarm So NY Can Get Its Fair Share Schumer: It’s Not A Fire Drill To Say That Capital Region Fir… Continue Reading

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