Press Releases

11.02.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND PUSH AMTRAK & MTA TO DO THE DEAL ASAP TO CREATE NEW & NEEDED METRO NORTH LINE FOR EAST BRONX & WESTCHESTER COMMUTERS; PENN ACCESS PLAN WOULD REDUCE TRAVEL TIMES, CREATE ONE-SEAT RIDE TO PENN STATION & WEST SIDE OF MANHATTAN, BOOST ECONOMY & CREATE VITAL SYSTEM RESILIENCY & HELP SUPPPORT JOB GROWTH

Brand New Service With Four Bronx Stations Would Create One-Seat Train Ride For East, South Bronx & Westchester to Penn Station, And Aid Reverse Commuters, Too; Reduced Travel Time, Access To Major Job Market & Overall Convenience Will Help Drive Transportation Relief For Countless NY Commuters Senators Schumer and Gillibrand Want Amtrak & MTA To Get On Same Page ASAP, Sign A Formal Agreement Senators Schumer and Gillibrand: Don't Block The Tracks! Do The Deal Now To Get New Metr… Continue Reading


11.02.18

SCHUMER LAUNCHES MAJOR PUSH TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR AND EXTEND CRITICAL FED MAPLE PROGRAM; SAYS PROGRAM WILL FURTHER TAP POTENTIAL OF THE NORTH COUNTRY’S BURGEONING MAPLE INDUSTRY

The Acer Access And Development Program Has Invested In Initiatives That Helped North Country Maple Producers Increase Production, Strengthen Conservation And Drive Efficiency, Boosting The Regional Economy At The American Maple Museum In Lewis County, Schumer Urges Colleagues In Congress To Increase Funding For The Acer Program In Final Agriculture Appropriations Bill & Extend Program For Long-Term Future In Final Farm Bill Report Schumer: Boosting Acer Program Will Spout Sweet Results F… Continue Reading


11.01.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: LI’S HEALTH CARE ANCHORS—THEIR HOSPITALS—WHICH SERVE SOME OF THE MOST NEEDY & SICK, COULD LOSE MANY MILLIONS UNLESS DRAMATIC, UNDER-THE-RADAR FEDERAL CUT THAT HITS THEM HARD & JEOPARDIZES CRITICAL SERVICES IS REVERSED; SENATOR URGES ACTION

LIJ, Stony Brook University Hospital, Mercy & Other LI Anchors Are In Midst Of Massive Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Cut To Fed Drug Discount Program Called '340B'; Schumer Launches Push To Reverse Cuts, Arguing They Will Hurt Critical Care Across Island & Cost Millions Services Such As Addiction, Mental Health, Cardiac & Cancer Care Could All Suffer - Including Opioid Treatment Schumer: Without Fed Action, LI Hospitals & Patients Stand To Lose $170 Millio… Continue Reading


11.01.18

IN A PERSONAL CALL WITH ARMY SECRETARY ESPER, SCHUMER URGES ARMY TO MAKE FORT DRUM RAILHEAD IMPROVEMENTS A TOP PRIORITY; PROJECT WOULD MODERNIZE BASE INFRASTRUCTURE, ENHANCE READINESS

Current Railhead Severely Limits Fort Drum's Ability To Meet Mission Requirement & Is Incapable Of Safely Operating At Full Capacity During Harsh Winter Months Senator Says Railhead Improvements Are Installation Command's #1 Infrastructure Priority; Urges Department Of Defense To Prioritize $21M Project In The Army’s FY2020 Budget Request Schumer To DOD: New Fort Drum Railhead Would Boost Mission Readiness & Bring                  … Continue Reading


10.30.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $3.5 MILLION IN FEDERAL HEAD START FUNDS FOR ASTOR SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES HEAD START PROGRAM IN DUTCHESS COUNTY

Funding Will Be Used To Support Early Education For Low-Income Children U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $3,500,025 for the Head Start Program at Astor Services for Children and Families. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and will be used to support child care services for low-income families in Dutchess County. "Study after study shows that the better we prepare our… Continue Reading


10.29.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: CENTRAL NEW YORK SCHOOL DISTRICTS HAVE BEEN HIT WITH NINE CYBER-ATTACKS THIS YEAR, PUTTING VALUABLE DATA AT RISK & COSTING TAXPAYER RESOURCES; SENATOR CALLS ON FEDS TO UNCOVER FACTS & HELP PREVENT FUTURE ATTACKS

The Central New York Regional Information Center, Which Provides Technology Services To Over 50 Local School Districts, Has Fallen Victim To 9 Recorded Cyber-Attacks Since April; Repeated Attacks Are Impeding Student Learning, Siphoning Valuable Resources & Could Jeopardize Student Data Standing In Syracuse, Schumer Today Called On The Department Of Homeland Security (DHS) To Investigate These Attacks Immediately, Identify Gaps In Cybersecurity And Work Hand-In-Hand With Locals To Prevent F… Continue Reading


10.29.18

STANDING AT ALBANY MEDICAL CENTER, SCHUMER URGES ADMINISTRATION TO REVERSE DRAMATIC CUT TO UPSTATE NEW YORK’S HOSPITALS; SAYS CUTS PUT COMMUNITIES IN JEOPARDY OF LOSING CRITICAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES

In 1992, Congress Enacted The 340B Drug Pricing Program, Requiring Pharma Companies Participating In Medicaid Program To Provide 20%-50% Discounts To Health Care Orgs That Serve A High Number Of Low-Income And Uninsured Patients; Program Allows Organizations To Stretch Limited Federal Resources To Expand Services And Reduce Costs To Patients In January 2018, The Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Imposed A 28.5% Cut To Reimbursement For 340B Drugs; Schumer Launches Push To Reve… Continue Reading


10.26.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: GRIFFISS HAS NEW CHANCE TO LAND CRITICAL FED FUNDS TO KEEP COMMERCIAL UAS PROGRESS AT FAA TEST SITE GOING STRONG; SENATOR LAUNCHES PUSH TO PASS FUNDING IN UPCOMING TRANSPO BILL & DIRECT NEW FED RESOURCES TO ONEIDA COUNTY’S NATIONALLY KNOWN UAS TEST SITE

In 2014, Schumer Led The Charge To Get The FAA To Choose Griffiss And Its Partner NUAIR, As One Of 7 Test Sites Nationwide, Putting Region On The Map As A Leader In Developing Safe UAS Commercial Technologies & Growing Jobs In CNY Senator Details Push To Pass Bill With First-Ever Funding Stream Specifically For Test Sites & For The FAA To Send Some Of The $6 Million To Griffiss For Continued UAS Integration Research Schumer: Griffiss Is Flying High With UAS & Drone Innovation And … Continue Reading


10.26.18

STANDING AT CATSKILL WATERFRONT, WHERE VILLAGE HOPES TO INCREASE PUBLIC RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO UNDERUTILIZED WATERFRONT, SCHUMER URGES CONGRESSIONAL COLLEAGUES TO PERMANENTLY REAUTHORIZE AND FULLY FUND THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND; LWCF PROTECTS NY TREASURES LIKE THE CATSKILL CREEK & INVESTS IN CONSERVATION & ACCESS TO PUBLIC LANDS

The Land And Water Conservation Fund, Which Protects Our Public Lands For Conservation And Recreation, Helps State And Local Communities Build Parks And Recreation Facilities & Invests In Voluntary Conservation On Private Lands, Expired For Only The Second Time In Its Over 50-Year History Schumer: Congress Must Reauthorize & Fully Fund Upstate's Primary Source Of Conservation And Recreation Funding Standing at the Catskill Creek in Catskill, NY, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer t… Continue Reading


10.26.18

STANDING AT CHOBANI IN CHENANGO COUNTY, SCHUMER REVEALS: OUTDATED AND UNFAIR PROTEIN CREDITING SYSTEM DRIVING UP THE COST OF PROTEIN-RICH GREEK YOGURT IN NATIONAL SCHOOL MEAL PROGRAMS; SENATOR CALLS ON USDA TO IMMEDIATELY FINALIZE NEW PROTEIN CREDITING SYSTEM, ISSUE FINDINGS TO CONGRESS

After Schumer's Major Push, In 2015, USDA Finally Included Greek Yogurt On Its List Of Items Available In The School Lunch Program; However, USDA's Outdated Protein Crediting Policy Has Driven Up The Cost Of Greek Yogurt For Schools, Preventing It From Being More Widely Available Schumer Calls On USDA To Immediately Finalize An Updated Protein Crediting Policy And Issue Results To Congress ASAP - To Ensure Greek Yogurt Is Treated Fairly Schumer To USDA: The Fair Treatment Of Greek Yogurt Is … Continue Reading


10.25.18

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $1.5M IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR FARNHAM FAMILY SERVICES TO ADDRESS OPIOID EPIDEMIC IN OSWEGO COUNTY

Farnham Family Services Will Receive $524K Per Year For Three Years To Expand Medication Assisted Treatment In Oswego County U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Farnham Family Services today announced over $1.5 million in federal funding for Farnham Family Services in Oswego, NY. The funding, which includes $524,670 per year for the next three years, was allocated by the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAM… Continue Reading


10.23.18

IN THE MIDST OF ONGOING DOCTOR SHORTAGE ACROSS UPSTATE NEW YORK, SCHUMER VOWS TO LEAD CHARGE FOR FIRST-EVER DUTCHESS COUNTY MED SCHOOL; URGES CONGRESS TO PASS CRITICAL LEGISLATION THAT WILL DELIVER MORE DOCTORS TO UPSTATE NEW YORK

This September, Marist College And Health Quest Announced Their Partnership To Establish The First Medical School In Poughkeepsie At Vassar Brothers Medical Center, The Marist Health Quest School Of Medicine; Schumer Today Voiced His Full Support For The Project, Vowed To Lead It Through The Accreditation Process Additionally, With Upstate New York Still Plagued By A Major Shortage Of Doctors, Schumer Called On Congress To Pass The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act At Once Schumer: N… Continue Reading


10.23.18

SCHUMER TO FEDS: WHEN IT COMES TO DANGEROUS OIL TRAINS, DON’T SKIMP ON THE BRAKES; SENATOR SAYS OIL TRAINS MUST HAVE THE BEST BRAKING SYSTEMS AVAILABLE TO SAFEGUARD OUR HUDSON VALLEY AND UPSTATE COMMUNITIES

The Fast Act Of 2015 Included A Provision Requiring All Freight Carriers To Equip Trains Carrying Crude Oil With Electronically Controlled Pneumatic Brakes; This September, Federal DOT Repealed The Critical Regulation Standing In Newburgh NY, Schumer Today Called On DOT To Reverse Course And Leave The Brake Provision In Place; Said Installing Most-Effective Brake Systems Possible On Dangerous Trains Is Critical To Public Safety Standing in Newburgh NY, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today cal… Continue Reading


10.23.18

SCHUMER: CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY COULD HELP PUTNAM 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 Police Pay For High-Tech Chemical Detection Tool To Sniff Out Illegal Drugs Like Fentanyl 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 The Public and Police Safe Schumer: Deploying New Tech Across The Hudson Valley Could Be A Game-Changer To Keep Police Officers Safe And Protect From Lethal Fentanyl OD's Standin… Continue Reading


10.23.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $550,000 TO HELP VETERANS SUFFERING FROM OPIOID ADDICTION IN MONROE COUNTY

Federal Funding Will Be Used To Expand Monroe County's Veterans Treatment Court to Combat the Opioid Epidemic Among Veterans U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $550,000 in federal funding for Monroe County. The funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program and will be used specifically to expand the Monroe County Veterans Treatment Court. Monroe County has experienced a… Continue Reading


10.22.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND CALL ON ARMY CORPS TO DIRECT CRITICAL FUNDING TO PROTECT GREAT LAKES FROM INVASIVE ASIAN CARP; SENATORS SAY FUNDS CAN HELP THWART CARP’S ACCESS TO LAKES ERIE AND ONTARIO

The Invasive Asian Carp Are A Major Threat To The Lake Erie And Lake Ontario Ecosystems Due To Their Disruption Of The Lakes' Natural Food Chain Schumer And Gillibrand Today Called On The U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers To Prioritize Initiatives That Would Help Prevent Asian From Traveling Into The Great Lakes Through Other Waterways Senators To Army Corps: We Must Ensure Asian Carp Do Not Destroy The Beauty, Balance And Fishing Industry Of The Great Lakes U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E… Continue Reading


10.19.18

SCHUMER TO FEDS: WHEN IT COMES TO DANGEROUS OIL TRAINS, DON’T SKIMP ON THE BRAKES; SENATOR SAYS OIL TRAINS MUST HAVE THE BEST BRAKING SYSTEMS AVAILABLE TO SAFEGUARD OUR COMMUNITIES

The Fast Act Of 2015 Included A Provision Requiring All Freight Carriers To Equip Trains Carrying Crude Oil With Electronically Controlled Pneumatic Brakes; This September, Federal DOT Repealed The Critical Regulation Standing In Fonda NY, Schumer Today Called On DOT To Reverse Course And Leave The Brake Provision In Place; Said Installing Most-Effective Brake Systems Possible On Dangerous Trains Is Critical To Public Safety   Standing in Fonda, NY, beside the CSX main freight line, U.S. … Continue Reading


10.19.18

SCHUMER: CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY COULD HELP HERKIMER 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 Police Pay For High-Tech Chemical Detection Tool To Sniff Out Illegal Drugs Like Fentanyl 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 The Public and Police Safe Schumer: Deploying New Tech Across The Mohawk Valley Could Be A Game-Changer To Keep Police Officers Safe And Protect From Lethal Fentanyl OD's Standin… Continue Reading


10.19.18

STANDING AT UNITED MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER IN BATAVIA, SCHUMER URGES ADMINISTRATION TO REVERSE DRAMATIC CUT TO UPSTATE NEW YORK’S RURAL HOSPITALS; SAYS CUTS PUT COMMUNITIES IN JEOPARDY OF LOSING CRITICAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES

In 1992, Congress Enacted The 340B Drug Pricing Program, Requiring Pharma Companies Participating In Medicaid Program To Provide 20%-50% Discounts To Health Care Organizations That Serve A High Number Of Low-Income And Uninsured Patients; Program Allows Organizations To Stretch Limited Federal Resources To Expand Services And Reduce Costs To Patients In January 2018, The Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Imposed A 28.5% Cut To Reimbursement For 340B Drugs; Schumer Launches Push… Continue Reading


10.18.18

SCHUMER DEMANDS TONAWANDA COKE MAKE FINAL, COURT-ORDERED $2 MILLION COMMUNITY SERVICE PAYMENT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE; SENATOR SAYS COMPANY HAS OBLIGATION TO HELP ASSESS AND CLEAN UP THE MASSIVE MESS IT MADE IN WESTERN NEW YORK

Tonawanda Coke's Court-Ordered, $12 Million Community Service Payment Is Important For The Future Health And Economic Development Of the Community; Researchers Are Gathering Information About Health Impacts And Soil Contamination Around The Site After Filing For Bankruptcy, Tonawanda Coke Recently Signaled Their Intention To Not Make Their Final, $2 Million Community Service Payment; Schumer Today Told Tonawanda Coke That This Payment Must Be Made Schumer To Tonawanda Coke: After Years Of Sh… Continue Reading

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