Press Releases

03.26.18

SCHUMER: JUST-ANNOUNCED FEDERAL SPENDING BILL INCLUDES AMENDMENT TO REVERSE DEPT. OF EDUCATION POLICY THAT PUT MILLIONS OF DOLLARS DESTINED FOR BUFFALO AND SYRACUSE STUDENTS IN LIMBO; SAY YES SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM CAN NOW ACCESS THE INFO THEY NEED TO MAKE PAYMENTS ON TIME

Recent Changes to the Department of Education's Guidance Prohibited 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 U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced the reversal of a harmful U.S. Department of Education policy that is preventing&… Continue Reading


03.26.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND SECURE $70 MILLION IN FED FUNDING FOR CLEAN ENERGY MANUFACTURING INNOVATION INSTITUTES, INCLUDING NATIONAL ‘REMADE’ MANUFACTURING HUB LED BY ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY; RIT-LED INSTITUTE WON THE NATIONAL 5-YEAR DOE COMPETITION LAST YEAR TO BUILD A NEW MANUFACTURING INSTITUTE IN ROCHESTER; VITAL FUNDING WILL KEEP REMADE’S DOORS OPEN AND ALLOW RIT TO BE ON THE FOREFRONT OF INNOVATION & CREATING CLEAN ENERGY, HIGH-TECH JOBS

Schumer & Gillibrand's Continue Multi-Year Effort To Secure Funding; New Funding Will Keep RIT-Led Manufacturing Institute in Business, Deeply Enriching the Regional Economy And Opening New National Clean Manufacturing HQ in Rochester Schumer, Gillibrand: With This New Funding RIT Can Continue To Revolutionize The US Manufacturing Industry And Bring Good-Paying Jobs to Rochester Today, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced that … Continue Reading


03.26.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $73 MILLION IN FED FUNDING INCLUDED FOR ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY’S NATIONAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE FOR THE DEAF (NTID) IN OMNIBUS BILL

Schumer & Gillibrand Have Long Fought For Funds For NTID To Help Deaf And Hard-Of-Hearing New Yorkers Get Education and Find Jobs U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced more than $73 million was included in the omnibus bill for the Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID). Schumer and Gillibrand said the new bill included an additional $3 million above Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 levels. The … Continue Reading


03.23.18

SCHUMER: CAPITAL REGION CIDERIES LIKE ROGERS CIDERYARD IN FULTON COUNTY COULD BE FORCED TO USE TERMS LIKE ‘SPARKLING’ OR ‘CARBONATED’ ON ALL 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 Rogers Cideryard in Fulton County, 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 all of New York’s hard ciders products. Schumer said requiring cideries to label their cider as "carbonated" is confusing fo… Continue Reading


03.23.18

SCHUMER AND GILLIBRAND: JUST-PASSED FEDERAL SPENDING BILL INCLUDES MORE THAN $700 MILLION IN FUNDS FOR U.S. ISRAELI MISSILE DEFENSE PROGRAMS

Federal Funding Bill Fully Funds Several Joint Defense Programs Including the Iron Dome; Massive Investment is $105 Million More Than Last Year Gillibrand Led Bipartisan Letter Push with 40 Senators Calling for full U.S.-Israel Cooperative Missile Defense Funding for Iron Dome, David's Sling, and Arrow 3 Programs Schumer and Gillibrand Say Funding Will Tremendously Benefit Both Countries And Lead To Improved Security And Safety For One of Our Closest Allies, The State Of Israel U.S. Senate M… Continue Reading


03.23.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OMNIBUS BILL INCLUDES $132 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE ALEXANDRIA BAY PORT OF ENTRY PROJECT

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $132 in federal funding for the Alexandria Bay Port of Entry Project. Funding was provided through the recently announced omnibus bill and will support the second phase of renovations for the project. Schumer and Gillibrand secured funding for phase one of the project in 2015 after nearly a decade of advocating the federal government to improve the border crossing. "After breaking ground last year… Continue Reading


03.23.18

SCHUMER LAUNCHES A MAJOR EFFORT FOR ONEIDA HEALTHCARE TO ADDRESS SERIOUS DOCTOR SHORTAGE IN CENTRAL NEW YORK; SENATOR URGES CONGRESS TO IMMEDIATELY PASS CRITICAL LEGISLATION THAT WILL DELIVER MORE DOCTORS TO SMALLER COMMUNITY HOSPITALS AND HEALTH SYSTEMS LIKE ONEIDA HEALTHCARE

Senator Says U.S. Could Have Physician Shortage of More Than 100,000 by 2030; Physician Shortage Crisis is Only Getting Worse and CNY Communities Will Pay the Price for Generations to Come Congress Should Be Doing Everything Possible To Address Severe Doctor Shortage That Is Already Putting Patient Care At Risk, Must Act Now To Reverse Course Before It's Too Late; Urges Senate to Pass Doctor Shortage Bill Schumer: Congress Must Help Alleviate Central New York's Doctor Shortage Joined by local… Continue Reading


03.23.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND: JUST-PASSED FEDERAL SPENDING BILL INCLUDES $12 MILLION TO PROTECT LONG ISLAND SOUND—HIGHEST LEVEL OF FUNDING IN 25 YEARS; SENATORS SAY 50 PERCENT INCREASE IN FUNDS FROM LAST YEAR WILL HELP BETTER PROTECT ENVIRONMENT & LI ECONOMY

More Than 23 Million People Live Within 50 Miles of Sound, Which Is Home to More Than 120 Species of Fish Senators Have Led Fight to Improve LI Sound, Which is a Vital Part of Long Island Economy & Fishing Industries U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the just-passed federal spending bill includes $12 million to fund the Environmental Protection Agency's Long Island Sound program, an increase of $4 million from the year prior. The Senators said t… Continue Reading


03.23.18

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $40 Million In Federal Funding For The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

The Recently Passed Omnibus Bill Increases Funding for SLSDC by Over $3.9 Million From Previous Year's Allotment U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the recently passed omnibus bill includes $40 million in federal funding for the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), which is $3.972 million more than it received last year. The funding will support the continued operations of the SLSDC, as well as projects to m… 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; FOLLOWING TRAGIC LOSS OF ROCHESTER’S TREVYAN ROWE, SCHUMER JOINED ROCHESTER AUTISM COMMUNITY TO PUSH FOR FINAL PASSAGE ONCE AND FOR ALL

Just This Month A Rochester Teen Trevyan Rowe Tragically Went Missing From School; Senator Says Trevyan's Search Shows How Important The Passage Of This Law Is; 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 … Continue Reading


03.22.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND SECURE MAJOR VICTORIES FOR UPSTATE NEW YORK IN JUST-ANNOUNCED FEDERAL FUNDING BILL

Schumer & Gillibrand Announce: Bipartisan Funding Bill Is Filled With Dozens Of Important Victories For Upstate New York Senators  Successfully Pushed For Including Opioid Treatment & Prevention Programs,  HOME/CDBG Funding, Great Lakes Initiative, Transportation &  More  Schumer & Gillibrand: New Federal Funding Bill Is A Major Win For Upstate NY  U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced majo… Continue Reading


03.22.18

SENATORS SCHUMER AND GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $155 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ESSENTIAL AIR SERVICE PROGRAM

Funding Will Ensure Continued Commercial Service to Massena International Airport, Ogdensburg International Airport, Plattsburgh International Airport, Adirondack Regional Airport, and Watertown International Airport U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Omnibus Appropriations package will fully fund the Essential Air Service (EAS) program, which provided funding to maintain scheduled commercial air service at airports acros… Continue Reading


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

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