Press Releases

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


03.14.18

SCHUMER: TOYS R US IS IN SERIOUS THREAT OF CLOSURE & MAY SOON SHUTTER, LEAVING CONSUMERS STUCK WITH USELESS GIFT CARDS; SENATOR SAYS COMPANY MUST ALLOW CONSUMERS TO TURN THOSE GIFT CARDS BACK INTO CASH BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE; MANY CONSUMERS GIFTED TOYS R US CARDS THIS PAST HOLIDAY SEASON & SHOULD NOT BE LEFT HOLDING THE BAG IF THE DOORS CLOSE AND SHELVES GO BARE

Schumer-Backed Rule Forced Retailers To Honor Gift Cards For Five Years-But The Facts Show Toys R Us May Not Be Around That Long & That A Public Liquidation Process Has Begun; This Would Mean Toy Store Gift Cards Grow More Useless By The Minute Senator Demands Toys R Us Allow Consumers To Turn The Gift Cards They May Have Just Purchased Or Received Back Into Cash; Urges FTC To Take Immediate Look To Ensure No Laws Are Being Violated & That Consumers Have Time To Cash-Out Their Gift Car… Continue Reading


03.13.18

SCHUMER SUCCESSFULLY PUSHED IRS TO EXTEND SMALL BIZ TAX DEADLINE FOR VICTIMS OF WINTER STORMS RILEY & QUINN WHICH RAVAGED THE HV AND LEFT HUNDREDS OF SMALL BUSINESSES WITHOUT POWER

Schumer Sent Letter Urging the IRS To Extend Important Extension Deadline For Hudson Valley Residents Reeling From The Aftermath of Winter Storms Riley and Quinn Schumer To IRS:  Do Not Penalize Victims Of These Major Storms, Help Hudson Valley Residents Rebuild U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced that after 12 hours of poking and prodding, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has extended its deadline for businesses affected by winter storms Riley and Quinn. Ta… Continue Reading


03.13.18

SCHUMER URGES IRS TO IMMEDIATELY EXTEND SMALL BUSINESS TAX DEADLINE FOR HUDSON VALLEY BUSINESSES THAT WERE SLAMMED BY RILEY & QUINN; SENATOR SAYS HV IS STILL RECOVERING FROM WINTER STORMS AS 3RD NOR'EASTER APPROACHES

Schumer Sent Letter Urging The IRS To Extend Important Extension Deadline For Hudson Valley Small Biz Owners Reeling With The Aftermath Of Winter Storms Riley & Quinn Schumer To IRS:  Do Not Penalize Victims Of These Major Storms   U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer is urging the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to extend its deadline for businesses affected by Winter Storms Riley and Quinn. Taxpayers who were unable to file their business tax returns can request … Continue Reading


03.12.18

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: AFTER ALL-OUT PUSH, INCLUDING SECURING VISIT OF NAVY SECRETARY SPENCER TO LI, USMC HERO, CORP. PATRICK GALLAGHER – AN IRISH IMMIGRANT HAILING FROM LONG ISLAND AND NAVY CROSS WINNER—WHO MADE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE IN VIETNAM WAR WILL BE POSTHUMOUSLY HONORED WITH NAVY DESTROYER SHIP NAMED IN HIS HONOR

During LI Visit, Schumer Connected Gallagher Family and Navy Sec. Spencer to Explain Why USMC Corporal Patrick Gallagher, Navy Cross Winner For Extraordinary Heroism Before Being Tragically Killed In Action Days Before His Tour Ended, Deserved Navy Ship Named in His Honor; Schumer and Family Made The Case & Cited Precedent For Ship Naming for Marine Corps Heroes Now, Just in Time For St. Patrick's Day, Schumer Says: "Corporal Patrick Gallagher's Ship Has Come In. It Is a Great Day for Amer… Continue Reading


03.12.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $125,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR CNY FAIR HOUSING, INC. IN SYRACUSE

Funding Will Be Used To Expand Education On Fair Housing Rights And Practices Throughout Central New York Today, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $125,000 in federal funding for CNY Fair Housing, Inc. in Syracuse. 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 used to increase educ… Continue Reading


03.10.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND DEMAND ANSWERS FROM NEW YORK’S UTILITIES AS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF NEW YORKERS FACED EXTENDED POWER OUTAGES IN THE WAKE OF WINTER STORMS

Schumer, Gillibrand: It Is Inexcusable That Many Hudson Valley Residents Have Been Without Power For Over A Week As The Days Continue To Pass U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today wrote letters to the heads of two major power utility companies, Con Edison and New York State Electric and Gas, demanding answers for why thousands of New Yorkers still lack power in the wake of winter storms Riley and Quinn. The letters also questioned the utility… Continue Reading


03.09.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND URGE FEMA TO REVERSE DECISION DENYING DISASTER DECLARATION FOR THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY SEVERE SUMMER STORMS IN UPSTATE NEW YORK; SENATORS SAY FLOODING COST MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN DAMAGES AND THAT FEMA’S DENIAL IS SHORTSIGHTED

During The Summer Of 2017, 15 New York Counties Were Devastated By A Severe Weather System That Wreaked Havoc on Communities, Causing Tens Of Millions Of Dollars In Damages To Public Infrastructure; Schumer And Gillibrand Say These Counties Are Still Reeling, And Require Federal Aid To Complete Their Recovery Fed Disaster Declaration Would Make Funds Available To Impacted Communities; FEMA Recently Denied NYS' Appeal Of FEMA's Denial Of A Disaster Declaration For Communities; Senators Are Now U… Continue Reading


03.09.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND URGE FEMA TO STAND READY TO QUICKLY APPROVE DISASTER DECLARATION FOR HUDSON VALLEY COUNTIES IMPACTED BY WINTER STORMS RILEY AND QUINN

Senators Say Disaster Declaration Would Unlock Federal Funds for Impacted Counties Still Recovering From Double Punch Of Back To Back Winter Storms Schumer & Gillibrand To FEMA: Stand Ready To Approve Any Requested Aid for Hudson Valley Residents U.S. Senate Minority Leader  Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to stand ready to quickly approve any request from New York State for a major disaster declaratio… Continue Reading


03.07.18

SCHUMER: UPSTATE NEW YORK’S AGING INFRASTRUCTURE IS FALLING APART; SENATOR ANNOUNCES MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROPOSAL THAT WILL PAVE THE WAY FOR DESPERATELY NEEDED REPAIRS – WITHOUT CRUSHING LOCAL TAXPAYERS

Schumer's Infrastructure Plan Will Create Jobs And Provide The Federal Funding Needed To Upgrade Upstate New York's Crumbling Water-Sewer Systems, Roads, Bridges, Energy Grids, Improve Access To High-Speed Internet And Build New Schools Schumer: Upstate New York’s Infrastructure Is Falling Further And Further Behind And Has Become A Drag On Regional Economies, Costing Middle-Class Families Millions And Hurting Job Growth Schumer: This Is A Real Plan To Rebuild Our Decrepit Roads, Bridges… Continue Reading


03.07.18

SCHUMER: LONG ISLAND & NEW YORK’S AGING INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS REPAIRS; SENATOR ANNOUNCES MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROPOSAL THAT WILL PAVE THE WAY FOR DESPERATELY NEEDED OVERHAULS – WITHOUT CRUSHING LOCAL TAXPAYERS

Schumer's Infrastructure Plan Will Create Jobs And Provide The Federal Funding Needed To Upgrade Upstate LI/New York's Crumbling Water-Sewer Systems, Roads, Bridges, Energy Grids, Improve Access To High-Speed Internet And Build New Schools Schumer: This is A Real Plan to Rebuild Our Decrepit Roads, Bridges & Water-Sewer Systems On a call with Reporters, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced his Jobs and Infrastructure Plan that would make a historic $1 trillion fed… Continue Reading


03.05.18

SCHUMER REVEALS MAJOR PLAN TO SAVE UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER’S LASER LAB FROM BEING ELIMINATED; SENATOR SAYS LAB IS VITAL TO THE REGION AND NATIONAL SECURITY; SENATOR VOWS TO USE CONGRESSIONAL POWER TO MAINTAIN FUNDING FOR THE LAB’S INNOVATIVE RESEARCH

Senator Also Invites Top Department of Energy Official To Laser Lab, And Calls On DOE Secretary Perry To Stand Ready To Approve A New 5-Year Cooperative Agreement, Keeping The Lab Open For Years To Come Senator Says U of R's Laser Lab Is Critical To National Security And The Future Of American Innovation And Must Stay Fully Operational  Schumer Vows To Vaporize Any Cuts To Rochester's Laser Lab  U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced a three-pronged push to … Continue Reading


03.05.18

SCHUMER LAUNCHES MAJOR EFFORT TO SECURE $35 MILLION IN JOB-CREATING NEW MARKETS TAX CREDITS FOR EXPLORE & MORE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM AT CANALSIDE; SENATOR SAYS MUSEUM IS NEXT IN LINE TO HELP BOLSTER CANALSIDE REVITALIZATION AND ATTRACT EVEN MORE TOURISTS TO BUFFALO’S WATERFRONT

Senator Says $35M Project Will Support Jobs And Regional Tourism, And Have A $400M Economic Impact; Project Is Underway And Attracting Private Donations, But Requires NMTC To Get Over The Financing Finish Line Schumer Has Made The Extension Of The NMTC Program A Top Priority; Program Has Proved to Be Effective Time & Time Again Schumer: New Markets Tax Credits Will Put The FUN In Funding For Explore And More Children's Museum During a visit to Buffalo, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles… Continue Reading


03.04.18

STANDING WITH STUDENTS, SCHUMER LAUNCHES NEW SENATE PUSH TO REQUIRE UNIVERSAL GUN BACKGROUND CHECKS, REIN IN ASSAULT WEAPONS & ENSURE DANGEROUS PEOPLE CAN’T KEEP THEIR WEAPONS; SENATOR MAKES PUSH FOR FLOOR VOTE BECAUSE GRIDLOCK ON GUNS IS UNACCEPTABLE

Standing With Students At The Julia Richman Education Complex, Schumer Launches New Push To Put The Pressure Needed To Take a Vote On Reforms That Would Help Stop Mass Shootings Like Parkland-- & Save Lives Earlier This Past Week, President Trump Even Endorsed Commonsense Ideas To Stop Gun Violence & Mass Shootings But The NRA Got To Him; Schumer Says The President Can Provide Republicans The Cover They Need To Stare Down NRA & Pass Reforms, But He'll Need To Lead Schumer: Thanks… Continue Reading


03.02.18

SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO APPROVE ISRAEL’S MEMBERSHIP IN GLOBAL ENTRY PROGRAM; WITH 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF U.S.-ISRAEL RELATIONS THIS YEAR, SENATOR SAYS GLOBAL ENTRY WILL STRENGTHEN U.S.- ISRAEL PARTNERSHIP & PROVIDE PRE-APPROVED VISITORS FROM ISRAEL A SMOOTHER VISIT

Since 2012, Israel Has Been in a Limited Global Entry Pilot Program; Schumer Says Leisure & Business Travelers from Israel Have Made A Significant Contribution To The U.S. Economy, Yet Travel From Israel Has Declined Schumer Says Israel's Membership In the Global Entry Program Will Attract More Visitors By Providing a More Seamless Travel Experience; Would Also Promote Closer Security Cooperation Schumer: Israel's Participation in Global Entry Is Win-Win-Win for Visitors, Economy & E… Continue Reading

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