Press Releases

08.07.18

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES $700,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR BUSINESS COMPLEX AT WATERTOWN INTERNATIONAL

Funding Will Be Used For Infrastructure Upgrades At The 100-Acre Business Complex At Watertown International Airport Schumer: Investing in Watertown's Business Park Will Boost Jobs And North Country Economy U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced $700,000 in federal funding for the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency (JCIDA) and the Town of Hounsfield. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and will be us… Continue Reading


08.07.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MAJOR FEDERAL INVESTMENT TO EXPAND HIGH-SPEED INTERNET ACCESS AND BATTLE OPIOID CRISIS IN RURAL COMMUNITIES ACROSS UPSTATE NEW YORK

Spending Bill That Just Passed The Senate Provides $425 Million For USDA Broadband Pilot Program To Install High-Speed Internet Projects In Rural Communities - And $53 Million For Telemedicine Grants, $20 Million Of Which Is Dedicated To Helping Communities Address The Opioid Crisis Schumer, Gillibrand Pushed To Include This Funding In The New Grant-Loan Broadband Program Modeled After Gillibrand's Bipartisan B-CROP Legislation This Newly-Passed Funding For The Broadband Pilot Program, Combin… Continue Reading


08.07.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE THAT SENATE INTERIOR APPROPRIATIONS BILL INCLUDES $11 MILLION TO PROTECT GREAT LAKES AGAINST ASIAN CARP

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Interior Appropriations bill that just passed the Senate includes $11 million in federal funding to help protect the Great Lakes from the threat of Asian carp. The funding would be provided to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Conservation Offices and would be used to control Asian carp in the Mississippi and Ohio River Basins to prevent them from entering … Continue Reading


08.07.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE FUNDING AUTHORIZATION FOR FIVE MILITARY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS ACROSS NEW YORK IN RECENT DEFENSE BILL; SENATORS VOW TO SEE FUNDING THROUGH APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS

Schumer, Gillibrand Fought To Secure Funding Authorizations For Military Construction Projects Ranging From A New Physical Training Center At NFARS, To Increased Perimeter Security At Rome Lab, To An Engineering Center And A Parking Structure At West Point, And A Plant Project At The Kenneth A. Kesselring Naval Nuclear Reactor Site Schumer, Gillibrand: This Federal Funding Will Keep Key New York Military Operations At Peak Of Readiness, Safety And Excellence U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charl… Continue Reading


08.06.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE: AS PART OF JUST-PASSED SENATE MINIBUS APPROPRIATIONS BILL, HIGH-INTENSITY DRUG TRAFFICKING AREAS PROGRAM WILL REMAIN UNDER OFFICE OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY, RECEIVE FULL FUNDING FOR FY2019; SENATORS SAY PROGRAM PLAYS ESSENTIAL ROLE IN COMBATTING OPIOID EPIDEMIC

The High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Program Provides Special Resources And Critical Coordination To Choke Off Drugs & Drug Trafficking In 25 New York Counties In The Recently-Passed Senate Appropriations Bill, Senators Schumer, Gillibrand Successfully Fought Admin Proposal That Would Move HIDTA Program Away From The Office Of National Drug Control Policy, Where It Works Well; Senators Also Secured Full Funding For Critical Program Schumer, Gillibrand: HIDTA Ain't Broke, So D… Continue Reading


08.06.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $1M FUNDING INCREASE FOR CRITICAL MAPLE PROGRAM IN JUST-PASSED SENATE SPENDING BILL; FUNDING WILL BE USED TO INVEST IN RESEARCH, BOOST GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS; SENATORS VOW TO SHEPHERD FUNDING THROUGH APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS

Schumer, Gillibrand Secure $4M In Total Funding For Acer Program That Increases Production, Strengthens Conservation And Drives Efficiency In Maple Sugaring Schumer, Gillibrand: Funding Increase Will Help Our Farmers And Landowners Upstate Tap Into Massive Maple Potential U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that they secured a $1 million increase in funding for the Acer Access and Development Program, for a total of $4 million i… Continue Reading


08.06.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: LOOMING FED LAW WOULD KILL LONG ISLAND’S LIFE-SAVING FIRST RESPONDER RADIO SIGNAL—‘T-BAND’; LI COPS, FIRE FIGHTERS & EMS WOULD HAVE TO GET NEW RADIOS USING UNTESTED SYSTEM WHILE SPENDING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS; SENATOR LAUNCHES PUSH TO KEEP LI EMERGENCY RADIO SYSTEM WORKING, AS IS

LI First Responders From --Nassau To Suffolk-- Have Relied On Access To Special Radio Frequency During Slew Of Emergencies This Year, Alone; Recent Babylon Inferno Required 8 Emergency Crews To Come Together To Control Blaze Special Signal Allows LI Firefighters, Cops & EMS To Communicate Day-To-Day, Even When Cell Towers, Electricity Or Internet Are Down; T-Band Even Functions Deep Underground In Tunnels Or Inside Concrete Buildings; But Fed Law Demands LI First Responders Move to an Untes… Continue Reading


08.06.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE THAT NEWLY-PASSED SENATE DEFENSE BILL INCLUDES $50 MILLION FOR IMPACT AID PROGRAM TO PROVIDE CRITICAL FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS ON FEDERAL LAND, INCLUDING SEVERAL DISTRICTS IN THE NORTH COUNTRY

National Defense Authorization Act That Just Passed The Senate Includes $40 Million For The Department Of Defense Impact Aid Program And $10 Million For Impact Aid For Severely Disabled Military Children U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, today announced that the national defense bill includes $40 million dollars of funding for the Department of Defense Impact Aid Program, and an… Continue Reading


08.03.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $24K IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR GREENE FIRE DEPARTMENT IN CHENANGO COUNTY

Federal Funding Will Be Used To Modernize Turnout Gear For Overall Protection From Hazards And Carcinogens U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $24,762 in federal funding for the Greene Volunteer Fire Department in Chenango County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The funding will be used to modernize the Fire Department's turnout gear for overall… Continue Reading


08.02.18

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: FOLLOWING HIS FULL COURT PRESS, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE REDUCES UNWISE AND UNJUST DUTIES THAT HARM AMERICAN COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS, PAPER PRODUCERS AND JOBS; SENATOR VOWS TO CONTINUE FIGHT AGAINST TARIFFS BY URGING THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION TO FULLY ELIMINATE THEM

Schumer: Local Newspapers Are Fundamental To Vibrant Upstate Communities And Healthy Democracy And Lowering These Unwise And Damaging Tariffs Is A Positive Step - But Now The ITC Must Eliminate Them U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer announced that today, following his push, the U.S. Department of Commerce lowered the rates on the tariffs on uncoated Canadian groundwood paper imports imposed earlier this year, that severely impacted New York's already at-risk community newspapers an… Continue Reading


08.02.18

AFTER MAJOR PUSH BY SCHUMER AND GILLIBRAND, JUST-PASSED DEFENSE BILL APPROVES $14.2 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO ENHANCE SECURITY AT ROME LAB

The Air Force Research Laboratory In Rome, New York Is The Nation's Premier Research Organization For Command, Control, Communications, Cyber and Intelligence Technologies Schumer And Gillibrand Today Announced That The Newly-Passed Through Conference NDAA Authorizes $14.2 Million In Federal Funding For Security Enhancements At The Lab Schumer And Gillibrand Fought Provision In Final NDAA That Required Cuts That Would Jeopardize DFAS Jobs U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S… Continue Reading


08.01.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $27K IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR WINCHESTER FIRE COMPANY IN ERIE COUNTY

Federal Funding Will Be Used To Purchase New Thermal Imaging Cameras U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $27,104 in federal funding for the Winchester Fire Company in West Seneca Fire District 1 (WSFD) in Erie County, N.Y. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The funding will be used to purchase three new thermal imaging cameras that will protect WSFD fi… Continue Reading


08.01.18

IN WAKE OF RAIL BRIDGE COLLAPSING ONTO BUSY UPSTATE NEW YORK STREET CORNER, SCHUMER DEMANDS FEDS HIRE MORE FEDERAL RAILROAD BRIDGE INSPECTORS; SENATOR SAYS WITH ONLY 3 INSPECTORS FOR ALL 3,000 TRAIN BRIDGES IN UPSTATE NY, FEDS MUST DEDICATE MORE RESOURCES TO AUDIT & INSPECT CRUMBLING BRIDGES

Schumer Says Having Only Three Bridge Safety Specialists Puts New Yorkers Increasingly At Risk; Inspectors Are Responsible For Bridges Not Only In New York, But Over A Dozen Other States; While Railroad Companies Are Responsible To Fix Their Own Bridges, Fed Inspectors Have The Nearly Impossible Task To Audit & Inspect Hundreds Of Privately Owned NY Bridges Schumer Reveals NYS Bridges Could Be At Risk If They Are Not Inspected & Audited: In The Capital Region, There Are 281 Rail Bridges… Continue Reading


07.31.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $6 MILLION IN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FUNDING FOR VITAL AIRPORT IMPROVEMENTS ACROSS UPSTATE NEW YORK

Department Of Transportation Funding Will Be Used For Variety Of Infrastructure, Environmental, And Research Upgrades For Airports Across Upstate New York U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $6,199,493 in federal funding for airports and transportation authorities throughout New York. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). "Keeping our airports in top-n… Continue Reading


07.30.18

STANDING AT NEW ROCHELLE TRAIN STATION IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY, SCHUMER URGES METRO-NORTH TO IMMEDIATELY PROVIDE CUSTOMERS & RESIDENTS WITH RAILROAD’S TIMELINE TO FULLY INSTALL LIFE-SAVING POSITIVE TRAIN CONTROL; SENATOR SAYS METRO-NORTH HAS HAD AMPLE TIME AND MONEY AND MUST PULL OUT ALL THE STOPS TO GET THIS DONE

Despite Numerous Reassurances Over the Years, Metro-North Says They Will Yet Again Ask Regulators For More Time to Install PTC; Senator Says Railroad Should Have Already Had This Done; Metro-North Has Not Provided Customers, Residents, and Workers With New Timeline Schumer To Metro-North: Enough Is Enough, It's Time To Be Honest With The Public For When To Expect PTC Installed Standing at the New Rochelle train station in Westchester County, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer tod… Continue Reading


07.27.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $249K IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR THREE FIRE DEPARTMENTS IN JEFFERSON COUNTY

Federal Funding Will Be Used To Purchase 50 New Air Packs U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $249,048 in federal funding for the Town of Brownville Joint Fire District, which encompasses the Town of Brownville Fire Department, the Glen Park Village Fire Department, and the Chaumont Volunteer Fire Department in Jefferson County, N.Y. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters… Continue Reading


07.27.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $22K IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR MARCELLUS FIRE DEPARTMENT IN CENTRAL NEW YORK

Federal Funding Will Be Used To Purchase OSHA And NFPA Compliant Washer/Extractor/Dryer System U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $22,381 in federal funding for the Marcellus Volunteer Fire Department in Central New York. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The funding will be used to purchase a new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSH… Continue Reading


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

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