Press Releases

11.01.19

SCHUMER: FLAVORED E-CIG BAN IS UNDER REVIEW RIGHT NOW BUT COULD INCLUDE MAJOR LOOPHOLE, LEAVING SOME KID FRIENDLY FLAVORS ON THE MARKET; STANDING WITH DUTCHESS COUNTY KIDS, SENATOR DEMANDS FEDS INCLUDE THESE FLAVORS & IMMEDIATELY FINALIZE THE BAN

Schumer Has Long Pushed For A Ban On Flavored E-Cigs That Trap Kids And Hook Them Fast With Dangerous Levels Of Nicotine; But Now, Ban Being Baked By Feds Could Allow For Some Flavors To Remain On The Market With Young People All-Out Addicted To Flavors, Schumer Says Close Loophole Now & Finalize the Rule ASAP Schumer: Feds Can't Go Vanilla On Flavor Ban If They Want It To Actually Work Just as the Trump administration bakes a ban on flavored e-cigarettes, U.S. Senator Charles E, Sc… Continue Reading


10.31.19

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS MAJOR PUSH, KENT ARSENIC MINE IS NOW OFFICIALLY ON ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY’S NATIONAL PRIORITIES LIST; SENATOR SAYS, AFTER 30+ YEARS OF FOOT-DRAGGING, DESIGNATION WILL ALLOW A FEDERALLY-FUNDED REMEDIATION EFFORT TO COMMENCE

For 30+ Years, Abandoned Mine In Kent Has Seeped Arsenic Into The Ground, Poisoning Drinking Water & Endangering Public Health; Samples Surrounding Wells Contain Arsenic Levels As High As 1,600x EPA Guidance Schumer Previously Visited Putnam County And Wrote To EPA To Push For The Desperately-Needed National Priorities List Designation; Today Announces His Efforts Paid Off Schumer: After 30 Years, Uncontaminated Soil, Clean Water And Peace Of Mind Will Be Restored To Putnam County U.S. S… Continue Reading


10.30.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: CRITICAL FED REPORT ON SCHOOL BUS SAFETY THAT STUDIES NEW TECH—LIKE STOP SIGN CAMS ON A BUS’S SIDE—SITS PARKED IN FED BUREAUCRACY; WITH +2.3M NY KIDS RIDING EACH DAY, SENATOR DEMANDS FEDS RELEASE REPORT, IMPLEMENT ANY NEEDED ACTIONS & CREATE FUND TO HELP DISTRICTS PURCHASE CAMS THAT CAN PROTECT KIDS

On A Single Day This Past May, NY Law Enforcement Issued +600 Tickets To Motorists Who Illegally Passed A Stopped School Bus; Experts Say +50,000 NY'ers Illegally Pass Stopped School Buses Daily To Protect Kids, New NYS Law Permits Cams On Bus Arms When Door Opens-BUT Many Districts Can't Afford To Install Them; Senator Says Feds Should Help Schumer: If Bus-Arm Cams Can Decrease Dangerous & Illegal Passing Then Feds Should Lend A Hand On a conference call with reporters, and in the thic… Continue Reading


10.27.19

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES FIRST MAJOR STEP TO HELP NYS MEET 2050 CARBON-FREE TARGET; NY & LONG ISLAND FAMILIES WOULD SAVE THOUSANDS UNDER HIS PLAN; NEW CLEAN CAR PURCHASES WILL BE ACCESSIBLE TO ALL, MAKING CARBON-EMITTING VEHICLES A THING OF THE PAST

New York Legislators Who Passed 2050 Climate Plan Join Schumer & Praise Plan That Would Dramatically Help State Meet Its Mandated Carbon-Free Target With Clean Cars & Charging Stations Available To All Schumer Plan Would Be A Boon For Millions Of NY Families; Locals Could Swap Out Their 'Clunker' For New Electric Car Purchases, No Gas Station Trips & Save Thousands Schumer: New Clean Cars Plan Will Drive Jobs, Make New Car Purchases Easier & Affordable-And Help Kick Carbon Cit… Continue Reading


10.25.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE +$889K IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE CENTER AT SUNY BINGHAMTON

Funding Will Be Used To Help Local Companies Compete In The Global Marketplace U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $889,819.86 in federal funding for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (TAAC) Serving New York, New Jersey, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton. The federal funding was allocated through the Economic Development Administration's (EDA) Trade Adjustment Assistan… Continue Reading


10.23.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: STALLED FED GUIDANCE & UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ON CBD HAS UPSTATE HEMP FARMERS MISSING OUT ON BUDDING INDUSTRY; SENATOR CALLS ON FDA TO CLARIFY & IMPLEMENT CBD REGS ASAP TO SPUR GROWTH OF NEW JOB-CREATING INDUSTRY UPSTATE AND PROTECT CONSUMERS

The Passage of Schumer's Provision In 2018 Farm Bill Caused Explosion Of Hemp Growing & Processing But FDA Regs Still Lag For CBD Schumer Demands Clarity, Guidance & Timeline; Calls On FDA To Expediently Set Guidance On Labeling, Producing, Marketing & Selling Of Products Containing CBD Schumer To FDA: Clarify CBD Regs To Safely Unleash Emerging Industry Upstate And Protect Consumers On a conference call with reporters and in the midst of an industrial hemp explosion across Upsta… Continue Reading


10.22.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $100K IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR TOWN OF ARCADIA IN WAYNE COUNTY

Funding Will Be Used to Make Critical Water System Upgrades U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $100,000 in federal funding for the Town of Arcadia in Wayne County. The funding is provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grants program. Specifically, 24,000 feet of new water line will be constructed at Stebbins Road, Stuart Avenue, Tellier Road, Whitbe… Continue Reading


10.22.19

SCHUMER BUILDS SUPPORT TODAY—AND FORCES SENATE FLOOR VOTE TOMORROW—TO RESTORE UPSTATE HOMEOWNERS’ SALT DEDUCTION, NOW COSTING NEW YORK TAXPAYERS THOUSANDS MORE EACH YEAR; SENATOR WILL DEPLOY SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE POWER TO OVERTURN IRS RULE THAT MAKES NY’ERS INELIGIBLE FOR WORKAROUND

NY Law Allowing School Districts & Local Govs To Create Charitable Fund In Lieu Of Tax Payments Enabled Homeowners To Retain Full SALT Deduction, But IRS Swooped In & Brashly Squashed That Fed Workaround Senator's Congressional Review Act Power Will Force A Vote To Overturn IRS's Block Of State Workaround Schumer: The Tax Bill & These Unfair IRS Regs Hurt Taxpaying NY Homeowners-It’s Time To Compel This Senate Vote To Undo Harmful, Punitive SALT Caps Following the issuance … Continue Reading


10.21.19

FOLLOWING JULY’S HEARTBREAKING DEATH OF ROCHESTER TODDLER, SCHUMER JOINS VICTIM’S MOTHER TO EXPOSE GAPING LOOPHOLES IN FED GREASE TRAP REGS; SENATOR DEMANDS OSHA ADOPT COMMON-SENSE SAFETY REGS FOR GREASE TRAP LIDS ASAP, BEFORE THEY CAUSE MORE TRAGEDY

In July, A Rochester 3-Year Old, Bryce Raynor, Fell Through A Plastic Grease Trap Lid & Died; Yet Still, There Are No Specific Federal Rules Protecting From Grease Trap Tragedies To Address Gaping Loophole ASAP, Schumer Calls On OSHA To Establish Stringent Grease Trap Regs, Mandate Lids Lock, Are Durable & Include Backup Protections    Schumer To Feds: Set Safety Rules For Grease Traps Before They Become Death Traps  Following a tragic and fatal accident outside of a R… Continue Reading


10.21.19

SCHUMER: LASALLE PARK & WARD PUMPING STATION’S $100M REVITALIZATION IN DANGER FROM CRUMBLING SEAWALL; FEDS HAVE YET TO APPROVE EMERGENCY FUNDING FOR 100% OF PROJECT, +$5M, PUTTING CITY’S RENAISSANCE ON HOLD; SENATOR URGES FEDS TO APPROVE PROJECT & GET SHOVELS IN THE GROUND ASAP

As Buffalo Waterfront Prepares For $100M Upgrade, Including Historic Colonel Francis G. Ward Pumping Station, Plans Jeopardized By +1K Ft. Of Crumbling Breakwall Standing On The Picturesque Waterfront, Schumer Calls On Army Corps Of Engineers To Approve $5+ Million In Emergency Funding & Keep City's Revitalization On Track Schumer To Army Corps: Bring New Centennial Park Into The New Century  Flanked by local officials and standing on Buffalo's scenic waterfront, U.S. Senator Charl… Continue Reading


10.20.19

SCHUMER URGES FDA TO INVESTIGATE NEW REPORT SHOWING MEDLEY OF TOXIC METALS IN BABY FOODS; FEDS HAVE NOT MOVED TO SET REGS THAT WOULD FORCE INDUSTRY TO ADDRESS EXPOSURES & ALLEVIATE CONCERNS FOR HEALTH OF OUR YOUNGEST; PARENTS ARE RIGHTFULLY ANXIOUS

Just-Out Independent Report On Toxic Metals In Baby Foods Tested Across Store Shelves, Including New York, Raises Serious Concerns; Even Traces Of Certain Metals Can Damage A Baby's Brain & Development Medley Of Metals Include Arsenic, Lead, Mercury, & Cadmium; Schumer Wants FDA To Comb Latest Report & Publicly Respond -And To Move Fwd On Setting Long-Awaited Regs That Address Concerns Of Parents Schumer: Heavy Metals In Baby Foods Mixed With FDA Inaction Is A Recipe For Disaster… Continue Reading


10.18.19

SCHUMER, WITH DIRECT INTERVENTION TO USDA, CUTS THROUGH RED TAPE, SECURES WAIVER FOR PORT OF OSWEGO TO EXPORT 20K METRIC TONS OF NY SOYBEANS ACROSS GLOBE; SENATOR DEMANDS USDA GRANT YEAR-LONG EXTENSION, OPEN INTERNATIONAL MARKETS FOR NY FARMERS & ALLOW THOUSANDS OF TONS OF UPSTATE SOYBEANS TO BE SHIPPED OUT AS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ROLL INTO NY ECONOMY

As 20K Metric Ton Shipment Lay Stalled Due To A Pending USDA Waiver, Schumer Launched A Full-Court Press To Get Waiver Signed, Including A Letter To USDA & Direct Call To Secretary Of Agriculture; Today Announces Success In Preventing Local Farmers From Suffering Costly Loss Of Business However, USDA Only Granted A Temporary Waiver, Forcing the Port & NY Farmers To Jump Through Bureaucratic Hurdles During Each Export Opportunity; NY Soybean Exports From Port Expected to Exceed 55K Metr… Continue Reading


10.18.19

Schumer, Gillibrand, Tonko Announce +$62K USDA Award to Carey Institute in Rensselaerville

Grant will fund rural development and technical assistance to businesses throughout New York State ALBANY, NY-U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressman Paul D. Tonko announced today that the Carey Institute for Global Good in Rensselaerville, NY received a grant totaling $62,080.00 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development. The award will provide technical assistance and trainings to rural breweries in New York State … Continue Reading


10.17.19

SCHUMER: IN THE WAKE OF 18-DAY FOREST FIRE THAT RAVAGED PICTURESQUE DUTCHESS & PUTNAM COUNTY MOUNTAINS AND NATURAL LAND, FEDS SHOULD STEP IN & LEND A HAND; SENATOR URGES U.S. FOREST SERVICE TO COLLABORATE WITH LOCAL OFFICIALS TO IDENTIFY & SECURE FEDERAL $$$ TO RESTORE HUDSON VALLEY NATURAL BEAUTY

From Sept 20th - Oct 8th, A Forest Fire Rampaged Between Mount Beacon & Breakneck Ridge, Destroying Popular Hiking Trails On Sugarloaf Mountain & 67 Acres Of Hudson Highlands State Park & Private Land To Maintain Sugarloaf's Status As An Autumn Tourist Attraction, Schumer Urged U.S. Forest Service To Work With NYS And Counties To Identify Federal Funding Through Its Cooperative Forestry Assistance Program Schumer To Forest Service: Federal Support Needed To Help Sugarloaf-And Hud… Continue Reading


10.17.19

FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES AGRICULTURE APPROPRIATIONS BILL INCLUDES A VITAL PROVISION TO UPDATE UNFAIR PROTEIN CREDITING SYSTEM, MAKING GREEK YOGURT MORE ECONOMICAL IN NATIONAL SCHOOL MEAL PROGRAMS & SUPPORTING DAIRY INDUSTRY

After Schumer's Major 2015 Push, USDA Included Greek Yogurt In The School Lunch Program; USDA's Outdated Protein Crediting Policy Has Made Greek Yogurt Not Economical For Schools Schumer Announces Senate Agricultural Appropriations Bill Includes Language Directing USDA To Update Protein Crediting System Schumer:  Updating Protein Crediting System Will Have Delicious Results For Upstate Students, Dairy Producers And Quickly-Growing Greek Yogurt Industry U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer t… Continue Reading


10.16.19

SCHUMER, TONKO, GILLIBRAND, DELGADO, STEFANIK INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN PLAN TO SET FEDERAL LIMOUSINE-SAFETY REGULATIONS & CLOSE SAFETY LOOPHOLES TO GET DANGEROUS VEHICLES OFF THE ROAD; CALL FOR IMMEDIATE REVIEW & PASSAGE TO HONOR THE TWENTY LIVES LOST IN SCHOHARIE

Schoharie's October 2018 Limo Accident Was Nation's Deadliest Accident In Years; Reports Revealed Gaping Loopholes In Federal Safety Regulations With The NTSB’s Initial Safety Report On Stretch Limousine Safety Shortcomings Now Public And Tragic Anniversary Past, Schumer, Tonko, Gillibrand, Delgado, Stefanik Introduce Three Pieces Of Bipartisan Legislation To Boost Safety Of Aftermarket Stretch Limousines On NY Roads For Passengers, Drivers, & Pedestrians Reps: Do Not Allow The Victi… Continue Reading


10.15.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: MILLIONS OF FED DOLLARS BELONGING TO LONG ISLAND & NEEDED LOCALLY TO BATTLE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & SAVE LIVES IS LOCKED IN LIMBO UNTIL SENATE MOVES; WITH THOUSAND(S) OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ARRESTS ON LONG ISLAND LAST YEAR ALONE, SENATOR MAKES PUBLIC PUSH TO KEEP LI FUNDS FLOWING

Each Year, LI Rightfully Receives Huge Chunk Of Fed Dollars To Fight Domestic Violence & Support Victims BUT For Months Now, The Key To Those Funds-The Bipartisan, House-Passed Violence Against Women Act-Remains Held Up In Senate For No Good Reason; Status Quo Continuing Could Cripple LI Programs & Hamper Law Enforcement In United Front, Long Island's Vanguards Combatting Domestic Violence Rally With Schumer To Apply Max Public Pressure To Pass 'VAWA' Schumer: This Is Long Island&rsquo… Continue Reading


10.11.19

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, NEW & HIGHEST EVER 5-YEAR, $409.9 MILLION WORK AGREEMENT BETWEEN ROCHESTER LASER LAB AND FEDERAL DEPT. OF ENERGY; SENATOR SAYS AGREEMENT IS CRITICAL FOR LAB TO CONTINUE GROUNDBREAKING NATIONAL SECURITY RESEARCH

Prior Cooperative Agreement Between U Of R Laser Lab And DOE's NNSA Expired In 2018; Schumer Pushed For Finalization Of New Agreement In Meeting With And Letters To Top Brass At DOE And During 2018 Visit To Rochester Highlighting Its Vast Importance To National Security And The Future Of American Innovation, Schumer Today Announces New 5-Year $409.9M Cooperative Agreement For U Of R Laser Lab Schumer: New Agreement Means Laser Lab Won't Be Vaporized Any Time Soon U.S. Senator Charles E. … Continue Reading


10.10.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $395K IN APPALACHIAN REGIONAL COMMISSION FUNDING FOR THE SOUTHERN TIER WEST REGIONAL PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT BOARD IN SALAMANCA

Funding Will Be Used To Expand Broadband Wireless Service Across Allegany, Cattaraugus And Chautauqua Counties U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $395,000 in federal funding for the Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board (STW) in Salamanca for the Southwest New York Broadband project. The federal funding was allocated through the Appalachian Regional Commission, and will be used to acquire and install new broadb… Continue Reading


10.09.19

SCHUMER STATEMENT ON BINGHMATON UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR M. STANLEY WHITTINGHAM WINNING NOBEL PRIZE

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today released the following statement after Tuesday night's announcement that Binghamton University Professor in Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering, M. Stanley Whittingham, has taken home the Nobel Prize for chemistry following his revolutionary research that led to the development of the lithium-ion battery: "New York couldn't be more proud of Binghamton University’s own, Professor M. Stanley Whittingham, for winning the Nobel Prize for his… Continue Reading

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