Press Releases

04.16.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: WITH A SURGE OF NEW YORKERS NOW ELIGIBLE FOR SOCIAL SECURITY ASSISTANCE, PHONE WAIT TIMES AT CAPITAL REGION SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD OFFICES HAVE REACHED CRITICAL MASS; AVERAGE DISABILITY APPEALS CLAIMS TAKING OVER 612 DAYS TO PROCESS; SENATOR SAYS ALBANY FIELD OFFICE HAS ONE OF THE POOREST RECORDS IN STATE & URGENTLY NEEDS NEWLY AVAILABLE FED FUNDING TO HELP CUT WAIT TIMES

Senator Says Capital Region Residents On Average Are Stuck Waiting 40 Minutes For Service at Albany Field Office And Individuals Appealing Disability Claims Are Forced To Wait 570 Days To Get A Hearing Schumer: Capital Region 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: Capital Region Seniors Are Tired Of listening to Hold Music Standing at the Glenville Sen… Continue Reading


04.16.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: NAFTA NEGOTIATIONS GIVE CAYUGA COUNTY DAIRY FARMERS & MILK PRODUCERS RARE SHOT TO UNDO CANADA’S UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES BUT FEDS MUST ACT NOW TO FIX POLICIES THAT HAVE PLAGUED CNY IN RECENT YEARS; SENATOR RELAUNCHES MAJOR PUSH TO LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD & BOOST CNY AG & JOBS

In Recent Years Cayuga County Has Been A Victim Of Unfair Trade Policies That Have Prevented Locals From Selling Dairy Products 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) 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 & Egregious "Dairy Wall" Of Tariffs Has Cos… Continue Reading


04.15.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: TSA IN COST-CUTTING MANIA, PLANNING TO AXE DOG-SNIFFING BOMB DETECTION TEAMS AT PENN STATION; AIRPORTS & MAJOR EVENTS; PLAN LIKE THIS PUTS HUGE HOLE IN SAFETY & PROTECTION MEASURES; SENATOR SOUNDS ALARM, DEMANDS ‘VIPR’ TEAMS STAY IN NYC, ESPECIALLY IN AGE OF INCREASED TERRORISM

This Week, TSA Chief Pekoske Said The Agency Should Eliminate Use of VIPR Canine Teams At Train Stations, Airports & Major Events & That Locals Should Foot The Bill If They Really Want To Keep The Canine Teams That Save Lives & Screen For Explosives Schumer Says Putting Burden Of National Security On Already-Strapped Localities Like NYPD Is Unacceptable; In Push Against Very Bad Idea, Senator Says Feds Must Commit More Canine Teams-Not Less-To NYC Area Schumer: Without Critical Ca… Continue Reading


04.12.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $1.5 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ALFRED STATE’S BIOREFINERY DEVELOPMENT AND COMMERCIALIZATION CENTER (BDCC)

New Federal Investment Will Be Used To Support BDCC's Research And Development And To Create A 'Forest Economy' U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1.5 million in federal funding to Alfred State College (ASC) in Alfred, New York. The funding was allocated through the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for the Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center (BDCC). The senators said the center will be a major "launching… Continue Reading


04.12.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $295,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR THE BLIND

Funds Will Help Complete an Online Digitization Project for the Largest Collection of Materials By and About Helen Keller Online Collection Will Be Fully Accessible for Visitors Who are Blind, Deaf or Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a $295,000 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant for the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB). AFB will use the funds to complete a project to fully … Continue Reading


04.11.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: UPSTATE NEW YORK VA HOSPITALS ARE NOW ELIGIBLE FOR $4 BILLION IN NEW FEDERAL FUNDS FOR MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS TO LOCAL FACILITIES; BUT WITH FUNDS NOT YET ALLOCATED, SENATOR MAKES MAJOR PUSH TO DELIVER THEM TO NEW YORK

Schumer: Upstate Veterans Need & Deserve Upgrades At Their Local VA On the heels of the just-passed bi-partisan federal spending bill that U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer negotiated and President Trump signed into law, Schumer today announced an increased pot of federal dollars - roughly $4 billion - that will be allocated to U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) Medical Centers across the country for much-needed and long-delayed repairs. In announcing these new federal d… Continue Reading


04.11.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $63.8 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR CLEANUP, RESTORATION, AND RESEARCH EFFORTS FOR COMMUNITIES AFFECTED BY PFOS AND PFOA CONTAMINATION

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Armed Services Committee, today announced that the recently passed omnibus bill authorizes $63.8 million for remediation and research efforts for communities contaminated by perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). Specifically, $43.8 million will be allocated to the Air Force Environmental Restoration fund, which allows the Department of Defense to identify, investigate… Continue Reading


04.10.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND DEMAND REVIEW OF PROCESS FOR NEW YORK’S UTILITIES AS THOUSANDS OF NEW YORKERS FACED EXTENDED POWER OUTAGES IN THE WAKE OF WIND STORMS

Schumer, Gillibrand: Fully Examine Your Response to Last Week's Wind Storm; Look Closely at the Procedures You Used to Communicate with Members of the Public and with Local Officials U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today wrote a letter to the President and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E, demanding a review of the process for restoring full power after outages in the wake of last week's wind storms. The letter also requests transparency about what co… Continue Reading


04.09.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: DOG DAYS OF SUMMER LOOM BUT THE NORTHPORT VA’S COOLING SYSTEM STILL NEEDS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN REPAIRS TO AVERT ANOTHER CRISIS; SENATOR LAUNCHES ALL-OUT PUSH FOR JUST-SECURED FED FUNDS TO GO STRAIGHT TO LI’S ONLY VA -- FOR ‘EMERGENCY’ WORK & TO ENSURE LOCAL VETS RECEIVE TOP-NOTCH CARE

LI's Only VA Medical Center Has Delayed Or Canceled Vet Surgeries Because Badly Aged Heating & Cooling System Failed; And Risk For More HVAC Problems This Summer Remains But Now There Are $4 Billion New Fed Funds That Senator Just Secured That Can Help Avoid Crisis; Millions Of Dollars In Repairs Can Happen If Feds See the Light and Cut Check To Northport VA Schumer To Feds: Don't Make LI Vets Sweat Over Their Healthcare; Cut The Check To Make Needed HVAC Repairs  On the heels of t… Continue Reading


04.04.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: JUST-PASSED SPENDING BILL PROVIDES OVER $270 MILLION IN FED FUNDS FOR BUREAU OF PRISONS, YET BROOKLYN’S METROPOLITAN DETENTION CENTER IS STILL WITHOUT A CHAPLAIN; SCHUMER RENEWS PUSH TO HIRE ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST AT BROOKLYN’S FEDERAL PRISON USING NEWLY-SECURED FUNDS

Given the Large Catholic Population of Inmates, Schumer Last Year Called on BOP to Hire Roman Catholic Chaplain at Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center; Senator Says Hiring a Catholic Chaplain Would Help Provide A Safer Environment & Help Ensure Inmates Can Seek Support & Properly Worship If They Choose Just-Passed Federal Omnibus Spending Bill Provides $7.28 Billion for Federal BOP, An Increase of $271M; Schumer Says Newly Secured Funds Can Be Tapped To Hire Catholic Chaplain… Continue Reading


04.04.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $89 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR YOUTHBUILD PROGRAM IN JUST-PASSED BIPARTISAN OMNIBUS LEGISLATION

More Than 1,200 Young New Yorkers Have Participated In Youthbuild in the Past Three Years; Valuable Apprenticeship Program Helps At-Risk Youth Develop Skills and Knowledge to Get Jobs U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the just-passed bipartisan omnibus included $89,500,000 for the U.S. Department of Labor's YouthBuild program, a $5 million increase from Fiscal Year 2017. YouthBuild is a pre-apprenticeship program that helps… Continue Reading


04.04.18

SCHUMER DEMANDS FERC - FED AGENCY WITH JURISDICTION - TO IMMEDIATELY LAUNCH INVESTIGATION INTO WIDESPREAD & LONG-LASTING POWER OUTAGES YEAR AFTER YEAR IN WESTCHESTER, PUTNAM COUNTIES; URGES FEDS TO UNCOVER FACTS, ASSIST COUNTIES IN IDENTIFYING PROBLEM & COME UP WITH PERMANENT SOLUTIONS

Schumer Pushes Feds To Work Hand-In-Hand With State & Local Governments To Prevent Massive Power Outages During Future Storms Schumer: Widespread & Long-Lasting Power Outages Cannot Continue Year After Year  On the heels of Westchester, Putnam and the Hudson Valley being slammed by winter storms Riley and Quinn, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today called on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to immediately launch a top to bottom investigation int… Continue Reading


04.04.18

SCHUMER: AMY’S KITCHEN NEEDS RELIABLE, REGIONAL AND ORGANIC PRODUCE AS THEY START COOKIN' UP NEW PASTA-BILITIES FOR ORANGE COUNTY, SENATOR WILL JOIN AMY’S KITCHEN CEO AND HUDSON VALLEY FARMERS TO IDENTIFY WAYS TO HELP MEET AMY’S KITCHEN’S NEEDS

New Orange County Employer Amy's Kitchen Will Soon Create 700 Good-Paying, Local Jobs With The Potential To Expand To Nearly 1,000 Jobs, However Amy's Needs Reliable, Regional And Organic Produce To Plant Long-Term Roots Schumer & Amy’s Kitchen CEO Will Talk To Hudson Valley Farmers About Opportunities To Supply Organic Ingredients For Producers Like Amy’s; As New Farm Bill Approaches’, Senator Will Hear Input From Local Farmers And Agricultural Stakeholders On How To Stre… Continue Reading


04.04.18

SCHUMER STATEMENT ON NEW FRONTIER FLIGHTS AT SYRACUSE AIRPORT

"Today's announcement is further proof that if you invest in a community's infrastructure, good economic news follows. The $48M renovation of Hancock - $9M of which is federal funding I helped land - has breathed new life into the airport, attracting new business and flights to the area. I have made it a priority to expand air service in Central New York because there is no question about it - increased access to air travel is good for businesses, good for jobs, and good for the economic he… Continue Reading


04.03.18

SCHUMER: SOUTHERN TIER REGION CIDERIES LIKE AWESTRUCK CIDERS IN DELAWARE COUNTY COULD BE FORCED TO USE TERMS LIKE ‘SPARKLING’ OR ‘CARBONATED’ ON HARD CIDER PRODUCTS; SENATOR SAYS THIS DOES NOTHING BUT CHEAPEN NY’S HARD CIDER INDUSTRY; URGES FEDS TO IMMEDIATELY REVERSE COURSE BEFORE THEY DERAIL NEW YORK’S CRAFT HARD CIDER MOMENTUM

Schumer To Feds: Take Your Buzz Words Off of New York's Hard Cider Today, at Awestruck Ciders in Sidney, NY, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) Administrator John J. Manfreda to immediately reverse a provision in a proposed rule which would mandate the use of the terms 'sparkling' or 'carbonated’ for most of New York’s hard ciders products. Schumer said requiring cideries to label their cider as "carbonated" is confusing for … Continue Reading


04.03.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $4 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR WESTCHESTER COUNTY TO REPLACE BUSES ON THE BEE-LINE BUS SYSTEM

The Bee-Line's Bus Fleet Is Aging, and Many Buses are Past Their Useful Life; Schumer And Gillibrand Say New Federal Investment Will Improve the System and Ensure it Continues To Operate With Minimal Interruption Schumer & Gillibrand: New Articulated Vehicles For Westchester County Will Alleviate Pressures On System & Help Local Economy U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a $3,600,000 U.S. Department of Transportation (DO… Continue Reading


04.03.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $2 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR BROOME COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Federal Funds Will Be Used To Purchase New Hybrid Electric Public Transportation Buses To Replace Diesel Fuel Buses Today, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $2,040,000 in federal funding for the Broome County Department of Public Transportation (BC Transit). The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA). This funding will allow BC Transit to purchase new hybrid elec… Continue Reading


04.03.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: WHILE RESIDENTS SEEKING OPIOID ADDICTION TREATMENT IN OSWEGO COUNTY IS INCREASING, FARNHAM FAMILY SERVICES - THE COUNTY’S ONLY MEDICALLY-ASSISTED TREATMENT PROVIDER - IS FORCED TO PLACE NEW PATIENTS ON A 4 WEEK WAITLIST; SENATOR SAYS CENTRAL NEW YORK URGENTLY NEEDS NEWLY AVAILABLE FUNDING TO FIGHT NATIONAL OPIOID EMERGENCY & CUT LOCAL TREATMENT WAIT TIMES IN HALF

Schumer Secured Billions In Just-Passed Spending Bill To Beat Back Growing Scourge Of Opioid Drug Abuse & Trafficking By Providing More Aggressive Enforcement Measures & Increasing Treatment, Prevention & Education Efforts Schumer Says, Without Immediate Action, Money To Stop Traffickers, Execute Prevention Campaigns, And Increase Treatment Programs Could Get Mired In Red Tape And Remain In Limbo Doing Nothing For Oswego County And Central New York  Schumer To Feds: We Need T… Continue Reading


04.03.18

SCHUMER: IF NRG CUTS OFF WATER SUPPLY FROM FORMER HUNTLEY COAL PLANT IT, COULD PUT THOUSANDS OF JOBS AT RISK – AT PEROXYCHEM, DUNLOP SUMITOMO, 3M AND DUPONT; SENATOR WILL DEMAND NRG IMMEDIATELY REVERSE COURSE BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE

Schumer Says That NRG Just Benefited From Massive Corporate Tax Cut And Announced A $1 Billion Stock Buyback Plan And Should Be Good Neighbor And Use A Smidgen Of Its Massive New Windfall To Pay Very Modest Amount To Extend Grey Water Contract Past Its Current End Date To Protect Local Jobs  Huntley Currently Provides Desperately Needed Water Resources To Major Employers Throughout The Region, Accounting For Approximately 4,000 Jobs In Western New York  Schumer To NRG:  Th… Continue Reading


03.30.18

SCHUMER: AMIDST RISING NUMBERS OF OPIOID DEATHS & OVERDOSES, JUST-SIGNED SPENDING BILL PROVIDES OVER $3 BILLION TO HELP COMBAT RAGING EPIDEMIC; SENATOR DEMANDS FEDS NOT DAWDLE AND CUT THE OPIOID-CRISIS CHECK TO SOUTHERN TIER NOW

Schumer Secured Billions in Just-Passed Spending Bill to Beat Back Growing Scourge of Opioid Drug Abuse & Trafficking By Providing More Aggressive Enforcement Measures & Increasing Treatment, Prevention & Education Efforts BUT Schumer Warns, Without Immediate Action, Money To Stop Traffickers, Execute Prevention Campaigns, and Increase Treatment Programs Could Get Mired in Red Tape and Remain In Limbo Doing Nothing For Ithaca and NY; Opioid Crisis is National Emergency That Needs to… Continue Reading

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