Press Releases

03.22.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND SECURE $75 MILLION IN FED FUNDING FOR CLEANUP OF THE WEST VALLEY DEMONSTRATION PROJECT IN 2018 SPENDING BILL; PROGRAM HAS BEEN SHORTCHANGED FOR YEARS & SITE CONTINUES TO POSE ENVIRONMENTAL RISK TO WNY; SENATORS SAY FUNDING WILL BE USED FOR WASTE CLEANUP AT THE CATTARAUGUS COUNTY SITE

The Recently Released Omnibus Funding Bill Allocates $75 Million to West Valley, an Increase of Nearly $9 Million Over Last Year's Funding Levels To Clean Up Out-of-Use Former Nuclear Site Schumer, Gillibrand: Increase In Fed Funds to Appropriate Levels Will Finally Give West Valley The Necessary Funds to Keep Cleanup on Track for 2019, But More Will Be Needed In The Future  U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announ… Continue Reading


03.22.18

SCHUMER: JUST-ANNOUNCED FEDERAL SPENDING BILL INCLUDES “KEVIN & AVONTE’S LAW,” WHICH WOULD HELP LOCATE CHILDREN WITH AUTISM PRONE TO WANDERING; SCHUMER HAS CHAMPIONED THIS BILL SINCE 2014, FOLLOWING THE TRAGIC DEATH OF AVONTE OQUENDO WHO BOLTED FROM HIS QUEENS SCHOOL

Just This Week, a Long Island Teen With Autism Went Missing From His Home in Franklin Square And Was Thankfully Found Safe; Almost Half Of All Children With Autism Will Wander At Least Once--Incidents Could Be Prevented By Wearable Tracking Devices That Allow Law Enforcement To Locate Vulnerable Children And Adults Schumer's Legislation, "Kevin & Avonte's Law," Will Create A Vital Grant Program To Provide Lifesaving Locator Devices to Families In Need Schumer: "Kevin & Avonte’s L… Continue Reading


03.22.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE: MORE THAN $21 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ROME LAB IN JUST-UNVEILED OMNIBUS BILL

Senators: Rome Lab Is At The Epicenter Of Cyber-Defense And Cutting-Edge Communications And Deserves Significant Federal Investment U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U. S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the bipartisan spending bill includes an increase of more than $21 million in funding for Rome Lab. The senators were successful in securing a total of $243,329,000 in funding for Rome Lab's operations and personnel. "In an era of constant hacking and cyber-spy… Continue Reading


03.22.18

SCHUMER: FEDERAL SPENDING BILL INCLUDES ‘TAYLOR FORCE ACT’; SENATOR CO-SPONSORED LEGISLATION, WHICH CUTS U.S. FUNDS THAT DIRECTLY BENEFIT THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY UNLESS PAYMENTS TO TERRORISTS AND THEIR FAMILIES ARE HALTED

Legislation is Named for Taylor Force, An American Student Who Was Tragically Killed By a Palestinian Terrorist in Israel Last Year; Schumer Met With Parents of Taylor Force Earlier This Year on Capitol Hill; Relatives of the Terrorist Who Killed Taylor Force-And Other Terrorists Who Have Committed Heinous Acts--Are Being Paid a Monthly Stipend From the 'Palestinian Authority Martyr's Fund' After Schumer’s Push, Taylor Force Act Was Included in the Just-Unveiled Appropriations Bill; Legi… Continue Reading


03.22.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $75 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR ROCHESTER LASER LAB INCLUDED IN JUST-UNVEILED OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL – PASSAGE IN CONGRESS WOULD SEND LEGISLATION TO PRESIDENT’S DESK

Schumer & Gillibrand's Multi-Year Effort To Secure Funding Continues, New Funding Will Keep 340 Workers On The Job At UR Lab To Continue Vital National Nuclear Security And Energy Innovation Work - Rochester Laser Lab Will Now Receive Boost In Funding, $75 Million, $7 Million More Than Last Year The Pending Bill Represents An $7 Million Increase Over Previous Year's Allotment, Allowing Rochester Lab To Expand Its World-Class Research, And Role Keeping U.S. Nuclear Weapon… Continue Reading


03.22.18

AFTER MAJOR PUSH BY SCHUMER, AND GILLIBRAND SENATE FUNDING BILL WILL INCLUDE ITHACA INSPIRED LEGISLATION THAT WILL HELP UPSTATE NY SCHOOL DISTRICTS ESTABLISH & PAY FOR A LEAD TESTING PROGRAM

New York's Senators Say Discoveries Of Elevated Lead Levels In Schools Across New York State Are A Clear Signal That NYS Schools and Day Care Centers Need Access to Fed Grants To Test For Water Contamination The Recently Released Omnibus Funding Bill Allocates $20 Million For Federal Grant Program For Schools and Day Care Centers That Want to Test Drinking Water; Results Will Protect Student and Teacher Health and Help Experts Determine The Extent Of Lead Contamination in Upstate NY Schools … Continue Reading


03.21.18

Chairman Crowley, Sens. Schumer, Gillibrand Announces $300 Million in Funding for New Training Vessel at SUNY Maritime

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY), U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced $300 million in federal funding for a new training vessel at SUNY Maritime College. This funding is critically needed to replace the aging Empire State VI and will allow SUNY to prepare academy members on the most modern and efficient technologies. "A new training vessel is an investment in the next generation of … Continue Reading


03.21.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE: AMTRAK WILL RENAME ROCHESTER TRAIN STATION AFTER FRIEND & COLLEAGUE CONGRESSWOMAN LOUISE M. SLAUGHTER

Senators Say Rep. Slaughter's Legacy Will Forever Be Honored By This Fitting Recognition U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced Amtrak will rename the Rochester Intermodal Station the "Louise M. Slaughter Intermodal Station in Rochester." Last week, Schumer and Gillibrand in a letter to Amtrak said, renaming the train station is fitting for such an individual who busted through every bureaucratic hurdle and was solely responsible for… Continue Reading


03.20.18

AFTER THEIR PUSH, SCHUMER & DE BLASIO SECURE MAJOR VICTORY FOR ROCKAWAY RESIDENTS: ARMY CORPS WILL EXPEDITE TIMELINE ON ‘ROCKAWAY & JAMAICA BAY REFORMULATION’; ARMY CORPS ACCELERATION MEANS CONSTRUCTION CAN BEGIN AS EARLY AS NEXT YEAR – NEARLY A YEAR AHEAD OF SCHEDULE!

After Meeting With the Army Corps, Schumer & de Blasio Announce Feds Have Heeded Their Call By Moving Full Steam Ahead on Vital Rockaway Reformulation Project for Ocean and Bay Sides Under New Agreement, Draft Report Will Be Issued For Public Comment in August & Final Report In November; Speedier Timeline Means Construction Can Begin Next Year Instead of 2020 Schumer, de Blasio: Army Corps Acceleration Means Sea Wall, Jetties & Groins Will Be Delivered to Rockaway On Greatly Acce… Continue Reading


03.20.18

SCHUMER PUSHES BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT WILL HELP CHILDREN OF FALLEN COPS, FIREFIGHTERS, AND EMTS PAY FOR COLLEGE; SENATOR SAYS BILL SHOULD PASS IMMEDIATELY

Schumer: Congress Should Help Children of Fallen First Responders Go to College U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today launched an effort to urge his colleagues in the House of Representatives to follow the Senate's lead by passing Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Act. Schumer said this bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) would make it easier for children of fallen first responders like firefighters, cops, and emergency me… Continue Reading


03.20.18

SCHUMER: OSHA WILL JOIN WITH OTHER FED AGENCIES TO CREATE NEW PROTOCOLS REQUIRING NOTIFICATIONS AND COORDINATION WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENTS & EMERGENCY SERVICES WHEN A COMPANY IS CITED WITH SERIOUS VIOLATIONS; MOVE PUSHED HARD BY SCHUMER COMES IN WAKE OF THE DEADLY CHEMICAL EXPLOSION AND FIRE AT VERLA INTERNATIONAL COSMETIC FACTORY IN NEW WINDSOR

In January, Schumer Launched An Effort To Ensure Local Governments Are Notified When Companies Like Verla International Are Cited For Mishandling Of Flammable Or Hazardous Substances New Fed Protocol Aims To Ensure Emergency Response Agencies Be Notified Of Serious Health & Environmental Violations So They Can Proactively Prevent Accidents And Prepare To Respond When Accidents And Fires Occur Schumer: This New Protocol Could Save Lives Of First Responders & Employees  U.S. Sena… Continue Reading


03.19.18

SCHUMER BEGINS PUSH FOR MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROPOSAL THAT COULD PAVE THE WAY FOR DESPERATELY NEEDED REPAIRS TO LOCAL WATER AND SEWER SYSTEMS AND REPLACING LIVINGSTON AVENUE BRIDGE – WITHOUT CRUSHING LOCAL TAXPAYERS; SENATOR SAYS THE CAPITAL REGION’S AGING INFRASTRUCTURE IS CRUMBLING AND POLLUTING OUR RIVER AND IN DESPERATE NEED OF REPAIRS

Area's Aging Water-Sewer Infrastructure Is Costing Taxpayers and Local Gov't Budgets Millions Of Dollars A Year, According To The Senator  Schumer Says New Infrastructure Plan Would Create Jobs And Provide Federal Funding Needed To Upgrade The Capital Region’s Water-Sewer Systems & Address The Future Of The Livingston Avenue Bridge  Schumer: The Capital Region Water & Sewer Systems & Livingston Avenue Bridge Need Major Overhauls, This Plan Will Pave Our Way Forward&… Continue Reading


03.19.18

STANDING AT ONONDAGA COMMUNITY COLLEGE, SCHUMER REVEALS: NEW DEPT. OF EDUCATION POLICY PUTS MILLIONS OF SCHOLARSHIP DOLLARS DESTINED FOR SYRACUSE STUDENTS IN LIMBO; SENATOR PUSHES EDUCATION SEC. DEVOS TO MAKE SURE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS LIKE “SAY YES” CAN ACCESS THE INFO THEY NEED TO GAIN THEIR SCHOLARSHIPS AND ACCESS THEM AS THEY HAVE IN THE PAST

Recent Changes May Well Be A Sneaky Way To End Or Limit Program, The Department Of Education's Guidance Prohibits FAFSA Data From Being Released To Private Scholarship Providers Like Syracuse 'Say Yes' Chapters, Which Help Local Students Attend Colleges Throughout New York Senator Says 'Say Yes’ Provides Millions Of Dollars In Scholarships For Central New York’s Students Every Year, Including Thousands of Students from Syracuse and We Should Be Making It Easier for Them, Not Throw… Continue Reading


03.19.18

SCHUMER DEMANDS INSPECTOR GENERAL INVESTIGATION INTO FAA APPROVAL PROCESS TO EXAMINE HOW ‘DOORS OFF’ FLIGHTS, DANGEROUS HARNESS SYSTEM EVER RECEIVED FED APPROVAL IN THE FIRST PLACE; AND TO DO THOROUGH EXAMINATION OF WHAT OTHER UNSAFE PRACTICES MIGHT STILL BE ALLOWED

Tragic East River Chopper Crash Has Spurred Serious Action By FAA To Now Halt Dangerous Chopper Flying But Schumer Argues Harness Never Should Have Been Permitted In First Place & Demands Probe Into FAA Policies & Procedures That Allowed Dangerous System   Schumer, With Support From Gillibrand, Says Present Investigation Shouldn't Stop With Crash Itself; Entire System Behind Approving These Dangerous Operations Needs Its Own Deep-Dive Review ASAP Schumer, Gillibrand: Restraint Sy… Continue Reading


03.19.18

SENATORS SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND AND CONGRESSWOMAN CLARKE INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO NAME BROOKLYN POST OFFICE IN HONOR OF MAJOR OWENS

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced new legislation to rename the U.S. Post Office at 1234 Saint Johns Place in Brooklyn, New York, after former U.S. Representative Major Owens. Companion legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congresswoman Yvette Clarke with the full support of the New York delegation. "Brooklynites, like myself, will never forget Rep. Major Owens's tireless leadership, ability to delive… Continue Reading


03.19.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $125,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR CHAUTAUQUA OPPORTUNITIES, INC.

Funding Will Be Used To Expand Education On Fair Housing Rights And Practices Throughout Chautauqua And Cattaraugus Counties Today, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $125,000 in federal funding for Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. (COI). The funds were provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) Education and Outreach Initiative grants. The funding will specifically be u… Continue Reading


03.16.18

SCHUMER STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF CONGRESSWOMAN LOUISE SLAUGHTER

"Congresswoman Louise Slaughter was a giant. She had deep convictions -- on both issues important to the people of Rochester, and for the integrity and honesty of the political system. Throughout her entire career, Louise worked with people from so many different philosophies and backgrounds, because she was such a genuine human spirit. The ferocity of her advocacy was matched only by the depth of her compassion and humanity. Her passing will leave a gaping hol… Continue Reading


03.15.18

SCHUMER URGES ACTING U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE SULLIVAN TO IMMEDIATELY USE ALL DIPLOMATIC RESOURCES AND LEVERAGE TO EXTRADITE SUSPECT IN MURDER OF HALEY ANDERSON TO BINGHAMTON FOR TRIAL

Schumer: Feds Must Do Everything Possible To Deliver Justice To The Anderson Family U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today called on Acting United States Secretary of State John J. Sullivan to immediately use all available diplomatic influence to convince the Nicaraguan government to extradite murder suspect Orlando Tercero to be tried for the murder of Haley Anderson, a nursing student and native of Westbury, Long Island. Schumer said his office is working hand in glove with Broo… Continue Reading


03.14.18

SCHUMER STATEMENT ON SOKOLOW V. PLO

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today released the following statement on Sokolow v. PLO: "Congress passed the Antiterrorism Act to hold accountable dangerous entities for acts of terrorism. In the case of Mark Sokolow, the judge and jury found the Palestinian Authority and the PLO guilty in the heinous attack that maimed and killed dozens, including our fellow Americans. Despite this, the Trump administration has urged the Supreme Court to not take up this case - a move that goes against the w… Continue Reading


03.14.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: NEW DEPT. OF EDUCATION POLICY PUTS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS DESTINED FOR BUFFALO AND SYRACUSE IN LIMBO; SENATOR PUSHES EDUCATION SEC. DEVOS TO MAKE SURE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM CAN ACCESS THE INFO THEY NEED TO MAKE PAYMENTS ON TIME

Recent Changes to the Department of Education's Guidance Prohibits FAFSA Data From Being Released To Private Scholarship Providers Like Buffalo/Syracuse 'Say Yes' Chapters Senator Says 'Say Yes’ Provides Millions Of Dollars In Scholarships For Upstate New York’s Students Every Year, Including Thousands of Students in Buffalo and Syracuse Schumer To Department Of Ed: Expel This New, Disruptive Policy Immediately U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today pointed to a ha… Continue Reading

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