Press Releases

05.04.18

SCHUMER: CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY COULD HELP CLINTON COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENTS QUICKLY, EFFECTIVELY, AND SAFELY IDENTIFY DANGEROUS DRUGS LIKE FENTANYL, IN THE FIELD; SENATOR SAYS AMIDST RISING NUMBERS OF OPIOID DEATHS & OVERDOSES IN NORTH COUNTRY, CONGRESS SHOULD IMMEDIATELY PASS NEW GRANT PROGRAM TO HELP LOCAL PD PAY FOR HIGH-TECH TOOL

On The Heels Of Schumer Securing Historic Levels Of Funding For Opioid Treatment And Prevention, Senator Launches A Major Push To Augment New Treatment Funds, By Supporting A New Grant Program To Help Local PD Pay For "High-Tech Chemical Detection Tool" To Sniff Out Illegal Drugs Like Illicit 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 PD Safe Schumer: Deploying New Tec… Continue Reading


05.03.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $5.7 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR HEAD START AND EARLY HEAD START IN THE CAPITAL REGION

Funding Will be Used to Support Early Childcare Services and Education for Low-Income Families in the Capital Region U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $5,732,664 in federal funding for Head Start and Early Head Start programs in the Capital Region. Specifically, the Saratoga County Economic Council will receive $4,150,016 for Head Start and Early Head Start programs, and the Parsons Child and Family Center in Schenectady will rece… Continue Reading


05.03.18

SCHUMER: SONNENBERG GARDENS FINALLY APPROVED BY FEDS TO ACQUIRE FORMER ARMY RESERVE BUILDING TO KICKOFF MAJOR EXPANSION; SENATOR SAYS LACK OF ARMY RESERVE SITE HAS BLOCKED PLANNED CONSTRUCTION OF NEW SONNENBERG WELCOME CENTER, ENTRANCE, AND MORE UNTIL NOW; SCHUMER LED CAMPAIGN TO GET FEDS TO TRANSFER SURPLUS ARMY PROPERTY TO SONNENBERG AT NO COST IN ORDER TO HELP GREEN-LIGHT MAJOR TOURISM MAGNET’S EXPANSION

Sonnenberg Gardens, A State Historic Park Built On A 19th Century Estate In Canandaigua, NY, Attracts Thousands Of Tourists A Year But Lacks Space and Facilities To Accommodate Visitors Schumer Led The Charge To Secure Federal Property Conveyance Approval So That Sonnenberg Can Finally Kickoff Its Expansion; Sonnenberg Will Be Able To Expand Parking, Build A New Visitor Welcome Center And Climate Controlled Facility To Protect Historic Collections on former Army Reserve Site Schumer: Securin… Continue Reading


05.02.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: FEDS NOW HAVE NEW SURGE IN CDC FUNDS THAT CAN FIGHT TICK-BORNE DISEASES ACROSS LI, BUT THE DOLLARS TO TRACK, TREAT & PREVENT TICK-BORNE DISEASE COULD SIT IN LIMBO AS TICK SEASON HEATS UP; SENATOR LAUNCHES MAJOR PUSH TO UNLOCK FUNDS SO LOCALS CAN USE THEM NOW, NOT AFTER DISEASE CASES SPIKE & PUBLIC IN WORRY

New York Is Target #1 For Ticks & LI Is At The Epicenter Of Tick-Borne Diseases Like Lyme, Babesea & Anaplasma; Schumer & Local Public Health Officials Warn As Summer Heats Up, Ticks Will Multiply & Many People, Especially Kids, Could Be Stricken With Illness; But We Can And Should Do More To Head Upcoming Tick Season On LI Off At Pass Schumer Reveals That Just-Passed Bipartisan Fed Budget Deal That President Trump Signed Into Law Includes $900M More In CDC Dollars That LI Dese… Continue Reading


05.02.18

STANDING AT ROCKLAND LAKE, SCHUMER REVEALS: FEDS NOW HAVE NEW SURGE IN CDC FUNDS THAT CAN FIGHT TICK-BORNE DISEASES ACROSS THE HUDSON VALLEY, BUT THE DOLLARS TO TRACK, TREAT & PREVENT TICK-BORNE DISEASES COULD SIT IN LIMBO AS TICK SEASON HEATS UP; SENATOR LAUNCHES MAJOR PUSH TO UNLOCK FUNDS SO LOCALS CAN USE THEM NOW, NOT AFTER DISEASE CASES SPIKE & PUBLIC ANXIETY SPIKES

The Hudson Valley Is The Epicenter Of Tick-Borne Diseases Like Lyme, Powassan, Babesia & Anaplasma; As Weather Heats Up, Schumer & Local Public Health Officials Warn Ticks Will Multiply & Many People, Especially Kids, Could Be Stricken With Illness; But We Can And Should Do More To Head Off Upcoming Tick Season On HV At The Pass Schumer Reveals That Just-Passed Omnibus Spending Bill, Includes $900M More In CDC Dollars - Funds That HV Deserves & Needs; Senator Makes Urgent Case … Continue Reading


05.02.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $2.2 MILLION IN FEDERAL HEAD START FUNDS FOR EASTERN ORANGE COUNTY HEAD START PROGRAM

Funding Will Be Used To Support Early Education For Low-Income Children In The Hudson Valley U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,299,875.00 for the Head Start Program at Head Start of Eastern Orange County. 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 the Orange County. "Study after study shows that the… Continue Reading


05.02.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $4.2 MILLION IN HEAD START AND EARLY HEAD START FUNDING FOR PRO ACTION OF STEUBEN AND YATES COUNTY, INC.

Funding Will be Used to Support Early Education for Low-Income Children throughout Steuben and Yates Counties U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $4,205,224 in federal funding for Head Start and Early Head Start programs at Pro Action of Steuben and Yates County, Inc. 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 familie… Continue Reading


05.01.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $174 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO AID NY STATE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) And The HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) Provide Essential Funds For Transformative Development Initiatives Across New York State; Both Programs Received Significant Increases In The Recently Passed Bipartisan Omnibus Bill Senators Say These Programs Are A Huge Win For Communities Across Upstate New York; Senators Have Pushed To Ensure Programs Create Good-Paying Jobs By Supporting Local Housing And Development Projects, And By In… Continue Reading


04.27.18

SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER SCHUMER & SPEAKER RYAN JOIN FORCES TO PROTECT DAIRY FARMERS & MILK PRODUCERS LIKE O-AT-KA MILK PRODUCTS AND CAYUGA MILK INGREDIENTS; LEADERS SAY CURRENT NAFTA NEGOTIATIONS ARE BEST CHANCE TO UNDO CANADA’S UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES THAT HAVE PLAGUED UPSTATE NY IN RECENT YEARS

Dairy Farmers and Co-Ops Are Victims Of Unfair Trade Policies That Prevent Locals From Selling Product 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) Canada's Trade-Distorting Class 7 Pricing System & Egregious "Dairy Wall" Of Tariffs Has Cost Producers Like O-AT-KA Milk & Cayuga Milk Ingredients - And Farmers– Millions Of Dollars  Schumer: New Schumer-Ryan Bi… Continue Reading


04.27.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $1 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR CLEAN-UP AT BROWNFIELD SITES THROUGHOUT THE ROCHESTER REGION AND CENTRAL NEW YORK

Senators Say Funding will be Used to Provide Technical Assistance and Resources to Help Communities Clean-Up and Reuse Polluted and Contaminated Sites U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1 million in federal funding for communities throughout the Rochester region and Central New York. The funding was allocated through the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Brownfields Program. The Senators said the funding will help localities … Continue Reading


04.26.18

IN WAKE OF FRA WARNING LETTER TO METRO-NORTH, SCHUMER RENEWS PUSH TO GET MTA TO FINALLY COMPLETE INSTALLATION OF LIFE-SAVING POSITIVE TRAIN CONTROL TECHNOLOGY; SENATOR SAYS HUDSON VALLEY/NYC COMMUTERS DESERVE A SAFE, RELIABLE, & CONVENIENT TRAIN RIDE TO NYC

New FRA Letter Says Metro-North Had Installed Just 63% Of The Hardware Required For Its PTC System At The End Of Last Year; "That's A Failing Grade," Says Schumer; Feds Deeply Concerned That 2018 Deadline Will Not Be Met Schumer To MTA: Get PTC On Track And Meet Congressionally-Mandated Deadline In the wake of a Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) letter to Catherine Rinaldi, president of MTA Metro-North Commuter Railroad, reported by the Journal News, articulating concerns that Metro-North… Continue Reading


04.26.18

SCHUMER DOUBLES DOWN ON EFFORTS TO SECURE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR GREAT SODUS BAY AND CHARLES POINT ALONG LAKE ONTARIO; SENATOR SAYS CHARLES POINT CLIFF IS AT RISK OF EROSION DUE TO FAILING STEEL WALL OWNED BY ARMY CORPS, ENDANGERING HOMEOWNERS; CALLS ON ARMY CORPS TO FIX FLOOD DAMAGED STEEL WALL & BREAKWATER TO PROTECT SODUS BAY

Flooding Along Lake Ontario Severely Exacerbated The Deteriorating Condition Of The East Breakwater In Sodus Bay And Sheet Pile Wall On Charles Point; If Wall Isn't Repaired, Erosion Will Pose A Massive Threat To Land and Homes On Top Of Charles Point Schumer: With The Omnibus Passed, Army Corps Of Engineers Finally Has The Resources It Needs To Prioritize The Repair Of The Sheet Pile Wall & East Breakwater In Their Work Plan So That No More Property Is Lost Schumer: Including Sodus Bay … Continue Reading


04.25.18

SCHUMER DOUBLES DOWN ON PUSHING ARMY CORPS TO PRIORITIZE ROUTE 5 PROJECT ALONG LAKE ERIE; SENATOR SAYS RT. 5 REMAINS VULNERABLE TO CRASHING WAVES DURING STORMS – THREATENING DRIVERS, SCHOOLS & BUSINESSES; CURRENT STONE BARRIER MEANT TO PROTECT AREA IS CRUMBLING AND NO LONGER EFFECTIVE

Schumer Said Route 5, The Main Artery Between Downtown Buffalo And The Southtowns, Carries Over 40,000 Vehicles Each Day And Provides Residents And Visitors Critical Access To Local Businesses And Schools; Road Is Only Protected From Tempestuous Waters By A Crumbling Sea Wall Nearly A Century Old Schumer: With The Omnibus Passed, Army Corps of Engineers Finally Has The Resources It Needs; Now They Should Prioritize Funding For A New, Safer, And More Durable Barrier That Will Also… Continue Reading


04.24.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND DEMAND SPECIAL DOJ IG PROBE INTO SCAM TARGETING SEPTEMBER 11TH VICTIMS COMPENSATION FUND RECIPIENTS; VCF IS OVERSEEN BY DOJ & SENATORS SAY FED AGENCY MUST SWIFTLY DETERMINE WHO IS GOING AFTER 9/11 VICS AND HOW

Senators Say DOJ Must Determine Who Is Behind 9/11 VCF Scam In Order To Fully Assess Its Impact Schumer, Gillibrand: 9/11 Families Have Suffered Enough U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today wrote a letter to Department of Justice Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz demanding an investigation into a scam targeting ill and injured 9/11 responders. Scammers are contacting the responders, claiming to be with the September 11th Victim… Continue Reading


04.24.18

SCHUMER: HERKIMER COUNTY LEADERS ARE PURSUING A MEMORIAL TO HONOR THE LIFE OF ASTRONAUT GREGORY JARVIS, A LOCAL HERO WHO TRAGICALLY LOST HIS LIFE 32 YEARS AGO ABOARD THE SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER; SENATOR CALLS ON NASA TO SHARE EXPERTISE & ARTIFACTS WITH LOCAL PLANNERS TO HELP CREATE COMMEMORATIVE DISPLAY IN HERKIMER COUNTY

Community Leaders Are Planning To Establish A Permanent Memorial To Be Displayed In Herkimer County Honoring The Life Of Astronaut, Payload Specialist and Herkimer County Native Gregory Jarvis Schumer Is Calling On NASA To Help Make Project A Reality By Working Side-By-Side With Local Planners & Sharing Memorabilia, Artifacts, And Other Official NASA Insignia That Could Be Showcased Locally Schumer To NASA: Help Herkimer County Preserve Astronaut Jarvis' Legacy For Generations To Come U… Continue Reading


04.23.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: NAFTA NEGOTIATIONS GIVE ROCHESTER FINGER LAKES DAIRY FARMERS & MILK PRODUCERS LIKE O-AT-KA MILK PRODUCTS RARE SHOT TO UNDO CANADA’S UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES BUT FEDS MUST ACT NOW TO FIX POLICIES THAT HAVE PLAGUED WNY IN RECENT YEARS; SENATOR RELAUNCHES MAJOR PUSH TO LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD & BOOST WNY AG & JOBS

In Recent Years Local Dairy Farmers and Co-Ops like Upstate Niagara Have Been Victims Of Unfair Trade Policies That Have Prevented Locals From Selling Product Mere Miles North--But Now U.S., Canadian and Mexican Trade Officials Are Nearing A Deal That's 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 & Eg… Continue Reading


04.23.18

STANDING AT NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION, SCHUMER LAUNCHES MAJOR PUSH TO SECURE NEARLY $50 MILLION WORTH OF LONG-OVERDUE UPGRADES; SENATOR SAYS FED INVESTMENT COULD IMPROVE NFAR’S CAPABILITIES, HELP OUR SERVICE MEMBERS, CREATE NEW LOCAL JOBS AND INJECT NEW LIFE INTO NIAGARA COUNTY

Schumer: NFARS Upgrades Will Help protect the base, Protect Local Jobs, & Enhance the Capabilities of the Units Serving at NFARS Standing at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS) in Niagara County, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced a major push to secure nearly $50 million worth of long-overdue upgrades for NFARS. Schumer highlighted specific projects that are desperately needed, including funding to upgrade the main security gate, expand the exist… Continue Reading


04.22.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: CRITICAL FAA OVERSIGHT ON AVIATION MAINTENANCE INTENDED TO KEEP FLIERS & SKIES SAFE HAS BEEN LACKING FOR YEARS; NEW DATA SHOWS PRECIPITOUS DROP IN FAA ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO ENSURE ACCOUNTABILITY & AIRLINE CULTURE OF SAFETY; SENATOR DEMANDS IMMEDIATE SURGE IN MAINTENANCE CHECKS ON ALL AIRLINES; FAA MUST BE AGGRESSIVE & MORE PROACTIVE IN PREVENTING TRAGEDY

On Heels Of Southwest Tragedy & Amidst Safety Concerns Raised by '60 Minutes' Report on Allegiant Airlines, Special Schumer Report Sifts Through Slew Of Fed Data To Show That Number Of FAA Enforcement Actions On Airline Maintenance Have Been Falling For Years & Fines Collected In Hopes Of Improving Safety Have Also Dropped Since 2014 Alone, FAA Enforcement On Airline Maintenance & Fines Plunged By Shocking 70%; Senator Says Demand For Industry-Wide Culture Of Safety Must Come From … Continue Reading


04.20.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $150,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR SUNY BROOME IN BINGHAMTON

Federal Funds Will Be Used to Develop an FAA-Certified Aircraft Maintenance Degree Program at SUNY Broome Today, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $150,000 in federal funding for SUNY Broome in Binghamton. The funding was allocated through the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and will be used to develop a curriculum and secure Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to teach an Associate of Occupational Science degree progr… Continue Reading


04.20.18

Schumer Announces Support For Decriminalizing Marijuana At Federal Level, Plans To Introduce New Legislation In U.S. Senate

Schumer Cites An Evolved Thinking - Both Personally And By The Nation - Among Reasons For Why He Now Supports The Decriminalization Of Marijuana New Legislation Seeks To Deschedule Marijuana At Federal Level, Takes Steps To Help Women and Minority-Owned Businesses Enter Into The Marijuana Industry, As Well As Invest In Research To Fully Understand Effects Of THC On Driving And Public Health, Particularly In Adolescents Schumer: The Time Has Come To Decriminalize Marijuana Senate Democratic L… Continue Reading

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