Press Releases

12.21.20

SCHUMER DETAILS IMPACT OF JUST-PASSED COVID RELIEF DEAL TO UPSTATE NEW YORK; BIPARTISAN SPENDING PACKAGE DELIVERS MORE THAN $54+ BILLION TO NY WORKERS, FAMILIES, RENTERS & SMALL BUSINESSES; INCLUDES DIRECT FUNDING TO STATE GOVERNMENT & NY VACCINE FUNDS

Comprehensive Deal Includes $13+ Billion Flowing DIRECTLY To New York State Governments, Including $5B For Education, $1.6B For COVID Fight & Vax Effort, & $1.3B For Historic Rent Relief $20B For Small Biz PPP Assistance, Including New Expanded Forgivable Loan For Restaurants, $1B For Small Business Grants & Billions For Live Venues, Movie Theaters, & Cultural Institutions, Billions More Into People's Pockets Via Direct Checks & Enhanced UI Second Biggest Relief Bill In Nat… Continue Reading


12.18.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, KATKO ANNOUNCE SENATE PASSAGE OF BILL TO RENAME FAYETTEVILLE POST OFFICE TO HONOR CNY WWII VETERAN

Schumer, Gillibrand, Katko: Designating the Fayetteville Post Office, the 'Corporal George H. Bacel Memorial Postal Facility,' Will Serve as Lasting Memorial to Bacel's Life & Legacy WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Representative John Katko today announced the U.S. Senate has passed bipartisan legislation to designate the Fayetteville Post Office, the 'Corporal George H. Bacel Memorial Postal Facility.’ This bill, which now head… Continue Reading


12.17.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $892 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR NEW YORK’S HOSPITALS BATTLING SECOND WAVE OF COVID PANDEMIC

Schumer Secured Tranche Of Funding For 4,941 NY Hospitals & Providers As Part Of COVID-19 Response Bills; Gillibrand Sheparded Legislation To Final Passage First Revenue-Based Tranche Will Make Up For At Least 87% Of Lost Revenue At All Hospitals And Providers Through Q2 Senators: More Help On The Way For NY Hospitals Still Fighting On The Frontlines U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced today that 4,941 hospitals across New York will receive … Continue Reading


12.17.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE FINAL 2020 WATER RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT ACT INCLUDES AUTHORIZATION OF CRITICAL PROVISIONS FOR NEW YORK

Includes: Authorization of New Studies and Projects to Address Lake Ontario Flooding, Restore Hudson River Ecosystems, Protect the Rockaways and Long Island From Future Storms and Flooding, and More U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today announced that, following their push, essential provisions to protect and harness New York's water resources are included in the final 2020 Wa… Continue Reading


12.16.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND PERMANENTLY BLOCK REQUIRED SALE OF PLUM ISLAND TO ‘HIGHEST BIDDER’ BY NEGOTIATING REPEAL OF SALE INTO MUST-PASS SPENDING BILL; SCHUMER-LED EFFORT 1) REPEALS SALE 2) ALLOWS LOCALS TO DECIDE ON ISLAND’S FUTURE & 3) PROVIDES $18.9M TO DHS TO START CLEANUP OF LAND

Existing Law That Required Plum Island To Be Sold By Admin Of General Services Admin (GSA) Is Finally Repealed   Schumer, Gillibrand Have An Extensive History Fighting For Plum Island & Always Said Its Sale & Development Threatened Irreplaceable Habitat For Endangered Species & Environmental Resources on LI  Schumer, Gillibrand: Longtime Push To Save Plum Island From Some 'High Bidder' Is Now Official    On the heels of negotiations to reach a deal on a f… Continue Reading


12.13.20

SCHUMER: NEW YORK’S TRANSIT SYSTEM IS DESPERATE FOR CASH INFUSION TO WEATHER PANDEMIC; WITH RELIEF NEGOTIATIONS NOW DOWN TO THE WIRE, SENATOR FIGHTS TO SECURE ANOTHER $4 BILLION IN MTA RELIEF FUNDS ASAP

With NEW Deadline For A Govt Funding Bill Set For Friday, Schumer Says Mass Transit & MTA/LIRR/NJT Funds Must Be Part Of Any Final Deal Schumer Already Delivered $4B To MTA Via CARES Act Months Ago-But With Pandemic Raging, Ridership Down & Costs Climbing, Billions More Will Be Needed Before President-Elect Biden Even Gets Sworn In Schumer: Without Transit Funds NOW, NYC, LI, Hudson Valley & NJ Will Face Even Harder Recovery On the heels of a now Friday, December 18th deadline to … Continue Reading


12.11.20

SCHUMER AND GILLIBRAND STATEMENT ON U.S. TAKING ACTION TO PROTECT NEW YORK’S DAIRY FARMERS BY FILING FIRST-EVER USMCA ENFORCEMENT ACTION

After first raising concerns about Canada's allocation of tariff-rate quotas for U.S. exports of dairy products in June and again in September, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand applauded the U.S. Trade Representative's decision to file a USMCA enforcement action against Canada to protect New York’s dairy farmers and ensure fairer market access: Schumer and Gillibrand said, "Dairy is New York’s primary agricultural product and our dairy farmers ar… Continue Reading


12.11.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $174,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITIES

Shortfall Grants Awarded to Westchester County, The Cities of Geneva and Batavia Funding Will Assist Housing Agencies Experiencing Financial Insolvency Schumer, Gillibrand: Access to Affordable Housing Crucial to Public Health and Safety During Pandemic U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $174,305 in federal funding for Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) in Batavia, Geneva, and Sleepy Hollow. The funding was allocated by the U.S. Department of Housi… Continue Reading


12.10.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, BRINDISI SECURE ADDITIONAL LAYER OF PROTECTION FOR FUNDING AND JOBS AT DFAS ROME; NEW PROVISION ADDS CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT TO IMPEDE ANY EFFORT TO REDUCE DFAS JOBS IN ROME

Reps Have Been Staunch Advocates For DFAS Employees, Preventing Job Transfers & Losses Over The Years; Worked Tirelessly To Preserve Efficient, Productive, And Cost-Effective Workforce At DFAS, Which Anchors Nearly 1000 Good-Paying Jobs In Mohawk Valley Reps Say Legislation Will Require A DoD Report Submitted to Congressional Armed Services Committees Prior To Transitioning Any DFAS Functions Elsewhere; Report Would Require Justifications For Changes, Adding Another Layer Of Protection For… Continue Reading


12.09.20

SCHUMER STATEMENT ON MLB’S ANNOUNCEMENT OF TEAM AFFILIATES FOR MiLB, CONFIRMING THE VALLEYCATS WILL BE PLAYING WITHOUT AN AFFILIATION NEXT SEASON

Following his advocacy for the ValleyCats this year , Schumer released the following statement regarding MLB's announcement of team affiliates for the MiLB, which did not include a major league affiliation for the Tri-City team: Senator Schumer said, "I am very, very disappointed for Capital Region baseball fans and the ValleyCats organization. For 18 years the ValleyCats have delivered both good players and fan satisfaction that minor league franchises strive for. In return, fans turned out in… Continue Reading


12.09.20

SCHUMER: L3HARRIS TO MAKE RADIOS UNDER THIRD U.S. ARMY CONTRACT WORTH $57 MILLION; SENATOR SAYS ARMY RECOGNIZES ROCHESTER COMPANY PROVIDES THE MOST DURABLE, DEPENDABLE AND INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY

Federal Investment Is Critical To Economic Recovery Of Rochester & Growth of L3Harris Schumer: Contract Is A Win For Our Troops, L3Harris, And The Rochester-Finger Lakes Regional Economy U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that L3Harris Technologies, in Rochester, New York, has been selected by the U.S. Army to manufacture Falcon IV® AN/PRC-163 two-channel handheld radios, along with related equipment and services. This is the third order of radios that L3Harris will pro… Continue Reading


12.08.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND CALL ON IJC TO ALLOW INTERNATIONAL LAKE ONTARIO-ST. LAWRENCE RIVER BOARD TO DEVIATE FROM PLAN 2014 AND PREVENT SPRING FLOODING IN 2021; SENATORS SAY MAXIMIZING MOSES-SAUDERS DAM OUTFLOWS NOW WILL STAVE OFF PROPERTY DAMAGE & ECONOMIC LOSSES OF LAKE ONTARIO AND ST. LAWRENCE RIVER COMMUNITIES ALREADY REELING FROM PANDEMIC

With All Upstream Great Lakes Already Above Their Average December Water Levels, Lake Ontario Must Be Ready For Spring Draining; Lake Erie Alone Is 25 Inches Above Average Senators Say Measures Last Winter To Increase Outflow From Lake Ontario Saved Lakefront Communities From Spring Flooding Risk; Same Action Must Be Taken This Winter Schumer, Gillibrand To IJC: Action Now Will Prevent Devastation Of Lake Ontario Next Spring Continuing their efforts to secure federal support for Lake Onta… Continue Reading


12.07.20

STANDING WITH CONGRESSMAN-ELECT BOWMAN, JONES & TORRES, SCHUMER PUSHES PLAN TO IMMEDIATELY CANCEL UP TO $50,000 IN STUDENT LOAN DEBT PER STUDENT; WITH 2.4 MILLION NY’ERS OWING ALMOST $90 BILLION, SENATOR & INCOMING REPS LEAD CHARGE TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION IN 2021 TO ATTACK STUDENT DEBT CRISIS

Senator & Soon-To-Be-Sworn-In Reps Say President Biden Will Have Executive Authority To Cancel Student Loan Debt; Nearly 2.4 Million New Yorkers Owe $89.5 Billion In Federal Student Loans Canceling Student Loan Debt Will Relieve A Huge Burden On NY's Young People, Particularly People Of Color & Families; Student Debt Accounts For Substantial Percentage of Racial Wealth Gap Schumer & Rep-Elects: New Yorkers Need Substantial Relief From Burden Of Student Loans The Pandemic Has Only M… Continue Reading


12.07.20

CULMINATING HIS MAJOR PUSH TO INCLUDE FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND SEMICONDUCTOR AMENDMENT, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES MASSIVE FEDERAL INITIATIVE FOR SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING IN FINAL NATIONAL DEFENSE BILL – TO CREATE UNPRECEDENTED FEDERAL INVESTMENT FOR COMPANIES LIKE GLOBALFOUNDRIES, IBM, AND MORE, GENERATE NEW JOBS, AND KICK UPSTATE ECONOMY INTO HIGH GEAR

With The U.S. Leading The Microelectronics Industry, Schumer Fought to Secure This Critical Federal Support For Commercial & Defense-Related Microelectronics Projects To Keep U.S. On Top Senator Says Provision Will Allow NY-Based Companies, Like ON Semiconductor, Cree, Inc., IBM, GlobalFoundries, To Grow And Will Ease U.S. Reliance On Foreign-Made Semiconductors, Alleviating National Security Risks And Boosting U.S. Competitiveness Schumer: U.S. Semiconductor Industry And Upstate Economy … Continue Reading


12.04.20

FOLLOWING NATIONAL PUSH LAUNCHED IN UPSTATE NEW YORK, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES MUST-PASS NATIONAL DEFENSE BILL WILL AUTHORIZE $8 BILLION IN NEW CRITICAL HEALTH BENEFITS FOR VETS SUFFERING FROM AGENT ORANGE-LINKED ILLNESSES

Schumer Has Been Pushing To Expand List Of Diseases Associated With Exposure To 'Agent Orange' Herbicide That NY Vets Came Into Contact With During Vietnam War Service; But Feds Have Been Foot-Dragging-- Even Blocked Action-UNTIL NOW; Secures Billions For As Many As 240,000 NY Vietnam Vets Senator Says Legislation Will End Unwarranted Delay, Adds Parkinson's, Bladder Cancer, And Hypothyroidism To Existing Federal List of Ailments Tied To Agent Orange Exposure, & Gives Vets Their Healthcare… Continue Reading


12.04.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $600,000 TO SUPPORT HALOMINE INC’S RESEARCH EFFORTS TO IMPROVE FOOD SAFETY AND DISINFECTANT PROCESS

Forty-Eight Million Americans Suffer From Foodborne Illnesses Yearly; Ithaca Based Research Could Revolutionize Sanitization Of Food Processing Equipment  U.S. Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $600,000 in federal funding for Halomine, Inc, a Cornell University-based company. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Small Business Innovation Resear… Continue Reading


12.03.20

SCHUMER, DURING FIRST MEETING WITH PRESIDENT-ELECT BIDEN’S DHS NOMINEE, ALEJANDRO MAYORKAS, PUSHES HOMELAND SECURITY NOMINEE TO ADDRESS CONGESTION AT THE NORTHERN BORDER UPON CONFIRMATION; BEFORE EVEN PRESIDENT-ELECT TAKES OFFICE, SENATOR MAKES WESTERN NY SECURITY, ECONOMIC CONCERNS, AND PROSPERITY A TOP PRIORITY

Schumer Has Worked For Years With Multiple Administrations To Resolve Delays At Peace Bridge, Which Impede Cross-Border Commerce & Create Security Vulnerabilities Senator Plugs WNY Priority To DHS Nominee Mayorkas, To Ensure WNY Security & Commerce Issues Are Addressed ASAP By Incoming Administration Schumer To DHS Nominee: Congestion At The Norther Border Must Be Resolved To Secure Western New York's Future Continuing his efforts to ensure the security and prosperity of Western New … Continue Reading


12.02.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $5 MILLION FOR NEW YORK STATE IN HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT VOUCHERS TO PREVENT YOUTH HOMELESSNESS AND TO SUPPORT INDEPENDENT LIVING FOR THE DISABLED

U.S. Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $4,842,051 in federal funding allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The COVID-19 health and economic crisis has put 30-40 million people at risk of eviction. This federal funding will provide direct financial assistance for at-risk tenants to prevent homelessness in New York's communities. Specifically, this funding will provide support and assistance to youth exper… Continue Reading


11.30.20

CULMINATING OVER A DECADE OF WORK & ADVOCACY ON BEHALF OF WNY VETERANS, SCHUMER DEDICATES WESTERN NEW YORK NATIONAL CEMETERY; IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING CEREMONY, SENATOR STANDS WITH LOCAL HEROES AND VET LEADERS TO CELEBRATE SERVICE & SACRIFICE OF THOUSANDS OF WNY VETERANS WHO CAN NOW BE LAID TO REST AT A NATIONAL CEMETERY

WNY Veterans, Who Earned The Right To Be Buried In A National Cemetery, Have Not Had Access To Such An Honor With The Nearest National Cemetery Hours Away; With Today's Dedication Of The Western New York National Cemetery, WNY Vets Can Be Buried With The Honor They Deserve Senator Has Worked With Local Vets For Over A Decade To Secure A Site & Push The VA To Finally Have A Place Where WNY Vets Can Be Laid To Rest Schumer: Today Marks Not Only The Culmination Of Ten Years Of Work, But Also… Continue Reading


11.24.20

ON LONG ISLAND & STANDING WITH STUDENTS, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES PLAN TO IMMEDIATELY CANCEL UP TO $50,000 IN STUDENT LOAN DEBT PER STUDENT; WITH 2.4 MILLION NY’ERS OWING ALMOST $90 BILLION & AVG LI’ER OWING $35K, SENATOR LEADS CHARGE TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION IN 2021 TO ATTACK STUDENT DEBT CRISIS BEING FELT ON LI

Nearly 2.4 Million New Yorkers Owe $89.5 Billion In Federal Student Loans, Many On LI; Senator Says President Biden Will Have Executive Authority To Cancel Student Loan Debt Canceling Student Loan Debt Will Relieve A Huge Burden On LI Young People and Families During COVID-19 & Beyond And Boost Economy Schumer: Plan Will Provide Substantial Forgiveness Of Student Loans On LI  Standing at Nassau Community College with students and local officials, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer pushed… Continue Reading

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