Press Releases

04.11.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $63.8 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR CLEANUP, RESTORATION, AND RESEARCH EFFORTS FOR COMMUNITIES AFFECTED BY PFOS AND PFOA CONTAMINATION

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Armed Services Committee, today announced that the recently passed omnibus bill authorizes $63.8 million for remediation and research efforts for communities contaminated by perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). Specifically, $43.8 million will be allocated to the Air Force Environmental Restoration fund, which allows the Department of Defense to identify, investigate… Continue Reading


04.10.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND DEMAND REVIEW OF PROCESS FOR NEW YORK’S UTILITIES AS THOUSANDS OF NEW YORKERS FACED EXTENDED POWER OUTAGES IN THE WAKE OF WIND STORMS

Schumer, Gillibrand: Fully Examine Your Response to Last Week's Wind Storm; Look Closely at the Procedures You Used to Communicate with Members of the Public and with Local Officials U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today wrote a letter to the President and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E, demanding a review of the process for restoring full power after outages in the wake of last week's wind storms. The letter also requests transparency about what co… Continue Reading


04.09.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: DOG DAYS OF SUMMER LOOM BUT THE NORTHPORT VA’S COOLING SYSTEM STILL NEEDS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN REPAIRS TO AVERT ANOTHER CRISIS; SENATOR LAUNCHES ALL-OUT PUSH FOR JUST-SECURED FED FUNDS TO GO STRAIGHT TO LI’S ONLY VA -- FOR ‘EMERGENCY’ WORK & TO ENSURE LOCAL VETS RECEIVE TOP-NOTCH CARE

LI's Only VA Medical Center Has Delayed Or Canceled Vet Surgeries Because Badly Aged Heating & Cooling System Failed; And Risk For More HVAC Problems This Summer Remains But Now There Are $4 Billion New Fed Funds That Senator Just Secured That Can Help Avoid Crisis; Millions Of Dollars In Repairs Can Happen If Feds See the Light and Cut Check To Northport VA Schumer To Feds: Don't Make LI Vets Sweat Over Their Healthcare; Cut The Check To Make Needed HVAC Repairs  On the heels of t… Continue Reading


04.04.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: JUST-PASSED SPENDING BILL PROVIDES OVER $270 MILLION IN FED FUNDS FOR BUREAU OF PRISONS, YET BROOKLYN’S METROPOLITAN DETENTION CENTER IS STILL WITHOUT A CHAPLAIN; SCHUMER RENEWS PUSH TO HIRE ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST AT BROOKLYN’S FEDERAL PRISON USING NEWLY-SECURED FUNDS

Given the Large Catholic Population of Inmates, Schumer Last Year Called on BOP to Hire Roman Catholic Chaplain at Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center; Senator Says Hiring a Catholic Chaplain Would Help Provide A Safer Environment & Help Ensure Inmates Can Seek Support & Properly Worship If They Choose Just-Passed Federal Omnibus Spending Bill Provides $7.28 Billion for Federal BOP, An Increase of $271M; Schumer Says Newly Secured Funds Can Be Tapped To Hire Catholic Chaplain… Continue Reading


04.04.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $89 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR YOUTHBUILD PROGRAM IN JUST-PASSED BIPARTISAN OMNIBUS LEGISLATION

More Than 1,200 Young New Yorkers Have Participated In Youthbuild in the Past Three Years; Valuable Apprenticeship Program Helps At-Risk Youth Develop Skills and Knowledge to Get Jobs U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the just-passed bipartisan omnibus included $89,500,000 for the U.S. Department of Labor's YouthBuild program, a $5 million increase from Fiscal Year 2017. YouthBuild is a pre-apprenticeship program that helps… Continue Reading


04.04.18

SCHUMER DEMANDS FERC - FED AGENCY WITH JURISDICTION - TO IMMEDIATELY LAUNCH INVESTIGATION INTO WIDESPREAD & LONG-LASTING POWER OUTAGES YEAR AFTER YEAR IN WESTCHESTER, PUTNAM COUNTIES; URGES FEDS TO UNCOVER FACTS, ASSIST COUNTIES IN IDENTIFYING PROBLEM & COME UP WITH PERMANENT SOLUTIONS

Schumer Pushes Feds To Work Hand-In-Hand With State & Local Governments To Prevent Massive Power Outages During Future Storms Schumer: Widespread & Long-Lasting Power Outages Cannot Continue Year After Year  On the heels of Westchester, Putnam and the Hudson Valley being slammed by winter storms Riley and Quinn, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today called on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to immediately launch a top to bottom investigation int… Continue Reading


04.04.18

SCHUMER: AMY’S KITCHEN NEEDS RELIABLE, REGIONAL AND ORGANIC PRODUCE AS THEY START COOKIN' UP NEW PASTA-BILITIES FOR ORANGE COUNTY, SENATOR WILL JOIN AMY’S KITCHEN CEO AND HUDSON VALLEY FARMERS TO IDENTIFY WAYS TO HELP MEET AMY’S KITCHEN’S NEEDS

New Orange County Employer Amy's Kitchen Will Soon Create 700 Good-Paying, Local Jobs With The Potential To Expand To Nearly 1,000 Jobs, However Amy's Needs Reliable, Regional And Organic Produce To Plant Long-Term Roots Schumer & Amy’s Kitchen CEO Will Talk To Hudson Valley Farmers About Opportunities To Supply Organic Ingredients For Producers Like Amy’s; As New Farm Bill Approaches’, Senator Will Hear Input From Local Farmers And Agricultural Stakeholders On How To Stre… Continue Reading


04.04.18

SCHUMER STATEMENT ON NEW FRONTIER FLIGHTS AT SYRACUSE AIRPORT

"Today's announcement is further proof that if you invest in a community's infrastructure, good economic news follows. The $48M renovation of Hancock - $9M of which is federal funding I helped land - has breathed new life into the airport, attracting new business and flights to the area. I have made it a priority to expand air service in Central New York because there is no question about it - increased access to air travel is good for businesses, good for jobs, and good for the economic he… Continue Reading


04.03.18

SCHUMER: SOUTHERN TIER REGION CIDERIES LIKE AWESTRUCK CIDERS IN DELAWARE COUNTY COULD BE FORCED TO USE TERMS LIKE ‘SPARKLING’ OR ‘CARBONATED’ ON 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 Awestruck Ciders in Sidney, NY, 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 most of New York’s hard ciders products. Schumer said requiring cideries to label their cider as "carbonated" is confusing for … Continue Reading


04.03.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $4 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR WESTCHESTER COUNTY TO REPLACE BUSES ON THE BEE-LINE BUS SYSTEM

The Bee-Line's Bus Fleet Is Aging, and Many Buses are Past Their Useful Life; Schumer And Gillibrand Say New Federal Investment Will Improve the System and Ensure it Continues To Operate With Minimal Interruption Schumer & Gillibrand: New Articulated Vehicles For Westchester County Will Alleviate Pressures On System & Help Local Economy U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a $3,600,000 U.S. Department of Transportation (DO… Continue Reading


04.03.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $2 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR BROOME COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Federal Funds Will Be Used To Purchase New Hybrid Electric Public Transportation Buses To Replace Diesel Fuel Buses Today, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $2,040,000 in federal funding for the Broome County Department of Public Transportation (BC Transit). The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA). This funding will allow BC Transit to purchase new hybrid elec… Continue Reading


04.03.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: WHILE RESIDENTS SEEKING OPIOID ADDICTION TREATMENT IN OSWEGO COUNTY IS INCREASING, FARNHAM FAMILY SERVICES - THE COUNTY’S ONLY MEDICALLY-ASSISTED TREATMENT PROVIDER - IS FORCED TO PLACE NEW PATIENTS ON A 4 WEEK WAITLIST; SENATOR SAYS CENTRAL NEW YORK URGENTLY NEEDS NEWLY AVAILABLE FUNDING TO FIGHT NATIONAL OPIOID EMERGENCY & CUT LOCAL TREATMENT WAIT TIMES IN HALF

Schumer Secured Billions In Just-Passed Spending Bill To Beat Back Growing Scourge Of Opioid Drug Abuse & Trafficking By Providing More Aggressive Enforcement Measures & Increasing Treatment, Prevention & Education Efforts Schumer Says, Without Immediate Action, Money To Stop Traffickers, Execute Prevention Campaigns, And Increase Treatment Programs Could Get Mired In Red Tape And Remain In Limbo Doing Nothing For Oswego County And Central New York  Schumer To Feds: We Need T… Continue Reading


04.03.18

SCHUMER: IF NRG CUTS OFF WATER SUPPLY FROM FORMER HUNTLEY COAL PLANT IT, COULD PUT THOUSANDS OF JOBS AT RISK – AT PEROXYCHEM, DUNLOP SUMITOMO, 3M AND DUPONT; SENATOR WILL DEMAND NRG IMMEDIATELY REVERSE COURSE BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE

Schumer Says That NRG Just Benefited From Massive Corporate Tax Cut And Announced A $1 Billion Stock Buyback Plan And Should Be Good Neighbor And Use A Smidgen Of Its Massive New Windfall To Pay Very Modest Amount To Extend Grey Water Contract Past Its Current End Date To Protect Local Jobs  Huntley Currently Provides Desperately Needed Water Resources To Major Employers Throughout The Region, Accounting For Approximately 4,000 Jobs In Western New York  Schumer To NRG:  Th… Continue Reading


03.30.18

SCHUMER: AMIDST RISING NUMBERS OF OPIOID DEATHS & OVERDOSES, JUST-SIGNED SPENDING BILL PROVIDES OVER $3 BILLION TO HELP COMBAT RAGING EPIDEMIC; SENATOR DEMANDS FEDS NOT DAWDLE AND CUT THE OPIOID-CRISIS CHECK TO SOUTHERN TIER NOW

Schumer Secured Billions in Just-Passed Spending Bill to Beat Back Growing Scourge of Opioid Drug Abuse & Trafficking By Providing More Aggressive Enforcement Measures & Increasing Treatment, Prevention & Education Efforts BUT Schumer Warns, Without Immediate Action, Money To Stop Traffickers, Execute Prevention Campaigns, and Increase Treatment Programs Could Get Mired in Red Tape and Remain In Limbo Doing Nothing For Ithaca and NY; Opioid Crisis is National Emergency That Needs to… Continue Reading


03.30.18

WITH $4 BILLION INCREASE FOR VA FACILITIES, SCHUMER LAUNCHES NEW PUSH TO SECURE FINAL $190 MILLION IN FED FUNDING NEEDED TO COMPLETE LAST PHASE OF CANANDAIGUA VA CAMPUS EXPANSION; SENATOR SAYS UPGRADE CAN’T BE LEFT HALF-FINISHED & IS NEEDED TO PROTECT LOCAL VETERANS FROM ANY FUTURE CLOSURE THREATS

After Canandaigua VA Was Targeted For Closure in 2003, Schumer Led the Charge to Secure Over $161 Million in Funding from the VA To Modernize the Canandaigua Campus Senator Says with $161 million Phase I Expansion Breaking Ground Next Month, Now is Time to Secure Final $190 Million To Complete Final Phase Once and For All Schumer: Rochester-Area Veterans Need & Deserve This Increased Access To Care At A State-Of-The-Facility U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today launched a … Continue Reading


03.30.18

SCHUMER LAUNCHES MAJOR EFFORT FOR FORMAL CONGRESSIONAL DESIGNATION OF THE NATIONAL COMEDY CENTER IN JAMESTOWN; SENATOR SAYS NEW DESIGNATION WILL MAKE JAMESTOWN THE "COOPERSTOWN OF COMEDY," ATTRACTING VISITORS FROM FAR AND WIDE, CREATING NEW JOBS & BRINGING MILLIONS OF TOURISM DOLLARS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TO WESTERN NEW YORK

National Comedy Center Will Be A Cultural Institution: Connecting, Inspiring, And Educating Visitors From All Over The Country About America's Rich History Of Comedy National Comedy Center Will Also Build on a Tradition of Comedy History in Jamestown, NY, the Brithplace of Legend Lucille Ball Schumer: National Comedy Center Is No Joke!  U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced he will introduce a congressional resolution that will designate James… Continue Reading


03.28.18

WITH HATE CRIMES ON THE RISE, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $60 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO PROTECT RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS AND NONPROFITS FROM THREATS

The Funding Doubles Spending For Security Grants To Protect Synagogues, Churches, Mosques And Community Centers In 2017, Anti-Semitic Incidents Increased By 57% Over The Previous Year U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the omnibus spending bill that passed last week includes $60 million in funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program, which more than doubles the $25 million in federal funding provided to the program las… Continue Reading


03.28.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: FIVE YEARS AFTER SANDY, BAY PARK SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT STILL RELIES ON GENERATORS; PLAN TO FIX POWER PROBLEM & TREAT MORE WATER, WHILE KEEPING NITROGEN DIVERSION PLAN ON SCHEDULE, REQUIRES FEMA APPROVAL; OTHERWISE, FACILITY COULD FAIL; SENATOR URGES FEMA TO APPROVE NASSAU PLAN

Nassau Has Been Working Day & Night To Come Up With A Permanent Plan To Deliver Power To Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant-And Now They Have One; New Partnership With PSEG-LI Will Deliver The Extra Power Needed To Clean More Water And Address Nitrogen, But It Requires FEMA To Give Blessing Without Swift FEMA Approval Facility Could Reach Maximum Load, LI Water Treated By Bay Park Site Would Be Limited & Western Bays Resiliency Plan That Would Tackle Nitrogen Levels Could Derail Schumer … Continue Reading


03.28.18

SCHUMER: AMIDST RISING NUMBERS OF OPIOID DEATHS & OVERDOSES, JUST-SIGNED SPENDING BILL PROVIDES OVER $3 BILLION TO HELP COMBAT RAGING EPIDEMIC; SENATOR DEMANDS FEDS NOT DAWDLE AND CUT THE OPIOID-CRISIS CHECK TO NY NOW

Schumer Secured Billions in Just-Passed Spending Bill to Beat Back Growing Scourge of Opioid Drug Abuse & Trafficking By Providing More Aggressive Enforcement Measures & Increasing Treatment, Prevention & Education Efforts BUT Schumer Warns, Without Immediate Action, Money To Stop Traffickers, Execute Prevention Campaigns, and Increase Treatment Programs Could Get Mired in Red Tape and Remain In Limbo Doing Nothing For Staten Island and NY; Opioid Crisis is National Emergency That N… Continue Reading


03.28.18

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: JUST PASSED FEDERAL SPENDING BILL WILL INCLUDE SCHUMER-ORIGINATED BILL THAT ALLOWS CAMPS & CHILDREN ORGS TO GAIN ACCESS TO FBI SEX OFFENDER BACKGROUND CHECKS ON NEW EMPLOYEES AND VOLUNTEERS, ADDING AN ADDITIONAL LAYER OF PROTECTION AND SAFETY FOR CHILDREN NATIONWIDE

Legislation First Introduced By Schumer Will Unlock Database For Summer Camps & Other Organizations To Access Fed Background Check On New Employees and Volunteers Schumer Says Day Camps, Afterschool Programs Will Now Have The Ability To Conduct Sex Offender Background Checks On Prospective Employees To Protect Children  Schumer: Camps and Child Care Org Access To The FBI Database Will Help Keep Our Children Safe  U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced th… Continue Reading

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