Press Releases

10.30.17

SCHUMER REVEALS: MTA MAY NOT MEET CRITICAL SAFETY DEADLINE TO INSTALL POSITIVE TRAIN CONTROL THAT PREVENTS DEADLY RAIL CRASHES; NEW DATA SHOWS DESPITE AUTHORITY HAVING A NEAR DECADE TO FINISH JOB, ONLY 50% IS COMPLETE & NOW DEADLINE IS AROUND CORNER; WITH CLOCK TICKING, SENATOR CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION BECAUSE PTC-INSTALL WILL SAVE LIVES AND CANNOT GET DELAYED, AGAIN…

Latest Info Says LIRR & Metro North Are Behind On Completing PTC Technology Install That Can Stop An Out Of Control Train; Despite Numerous Reassurances Over the Years, MTA Now Says Its Uncertain 2018 Deadline Will Be Met In 2015, Railroads Like LIRR & Metro North Were Granted a 3 Year PTC Extension; Senator Says It's Disconcerting That Metro North & LIRR Are Once Again Behind Schedule in Installing Life-Saving Technology Even Though He Helped Secure Nearly $1 Billion in Fed Money … Continue Reading


10.27.17

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: AFTER HIS PUSH, SPECIAL DEA ENFORCEMENT TEAM NOW HEADED TO NEW YORK; TEAM WILL COMBAT OPIOID CRISIS ACROSS ENTIRE STATE; DOSE OF NEW AGENTS WILL FIGHT FLOW & SCOURGE OF HEROIN, FENTANYL AND OTHER DEADLY DRUGS; OVERDOSE RATES HERE NOW AMONG HIGHEST IN NATION

Schumer Helped Secure Millions In Last Year's Budget Bill To Create New DEA "Heroin Enforcement Teams;" New York's Heroin Epidemic is Rampant; Reports Show Grip Of Heroin & Opioids Accounting For Average Of 4 Overdose Deaths A Day In NYC Alone; Rate Of Overdoses In NYC Has Increased 143% Since 2010; Nassau & Suffolk Seeing Similar Surge   Schumer Announces DEA Will Deploy One of Six Heroin Enforcement Teams to New York; Other Teams Will Be Sent to Charleston, Cleveland, Cincinnat… Continue Reading


10.26.17

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: FEDERAL DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION CHOSE AMERICAN AIRLINES TO CONTINUE ESSENTIAL AIR PASSENGER SERVICE FOR WATERTOWN & NORTH COUNTRY RESIDENTS—FEDS WILL PROVIDE MORE THAN $3 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO MAINTAIN SERVICE

Funding Will Enable American Airlines To Continue Indispensable Service From Watertown International Airport To Philadelphia International Airport These Connections Will Keep Open Air Travel Options For Passengers In Central New York & The North Country - Contract With American  Airlines To Continue Through 2020  Schumer: At Locals' Request, American  Airlines Will Keep Serving The North Country  Today, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer announced that th… Continue Reading


10.25.17

WITH THE SCHOOL YEAR IN FULL SWING, SCHUMER WILL CALL ON HOUSE OF REPS TO IMMEDIATELY PASS BIPARTISAN BILL THAT WILL ALLOW AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS & CHILDREN ORGS TO GAIN FULL ACCESS TO FBI SEX OFFENDER BACKGROUND CHECKS ON NEW EMPLOYEES & VOLUNTEERS; SENATOR SAYS WE MUST KEEP OUR CHILDREN SAFE

Legislation First Introduced By Schumer Has Already Passed The Senate, Will Unlock Database For After School Programs & Other Organizations To Access Fed Background Check On New Employees And Volunteers Schumer Will Say After School Programs Want The Ability To Conduct Sex Offender Background Checks On Prospective Employees To Protect Children, But Until Now Could Not Access National FBI Sex Offender Database Schumer: Student Orgs Need & Want Ability To Thoroughly Vet New Employees &a… Continue Reading


10.25.17

SENATORS GILLIBRAND AND SCHUMER ANNOUNCE KAREN HILL’S APPOINTMENT TO WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL COMMISSION IN HONOR OF 100th ANNIVERSARY OF PASSAGE AND RATIFICATION OF 19th AMENDMENT

Hill's Appointment to the Commission Recognizes Her Dedication to Honoring New York's Role in the Women’s Suffrage Movement U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced the appointment of Karen Hill, President and CEO of the Harriet Tubman Home and Park (HTH), to the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission. The State of New York was the birthplace of the women’s suffrage movement and is home to some of the most notable landm… Continue Reading


10.23.17

STANDING WITH CANANDAIGUA HOMEOWNERS ON THE BORDER BETWEEN REP REED’S & REP COLLINS’ DISTRICTS, SCHUMER CALLS ON REPS TO PROTECT WNY CONSTITUENTS BY OPPOSING REPEAL OF STATE & LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION AND ANY TAX BILL THAT CONTAINS ANY VERSION OF IT; IF ENTIRE NY DELEGATION OPPOSES BILL GUTTING STATE & LOCAL DEDUCTIBILITY, IT WOULD NOT PASS

GOP Is Moving Full Steam Ahead With Tax Proposal That Is Real Danger To Western New York's Homeowners & Middle Class; Schumer Details How Plan Totally Eliminates WNY'ers Ability To Claim Significant Deductions On State & Local Taxes (SALT); Property Taxes, Too More Than 22% Percent Of Western New Yorkers Use the SALT Deduction With An Average Deduction Worth 12K Schumer To WNY House Members: Block This Gut-Punch To Western New York’s Middle-Class Families   U.S. Senate Mi… Continue Reading


10.23.17

SENATE PASSES BIPARTISAN SCHUMER-ORIGINATED BILL THAT WILL ALLOW 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 NATION WIDE; BILL ONE STEP CLOSER TO BECOMING LAW

Legislation First Introduced By Schumer Will Unlock Data Base For Summer Camps & Other Organizations To Access Fed Background Check On New Employees and Volunteers Schumer Says Day Camps Want The Ability To Conduct Sex Offender Background Checks On Prospective Employees To Protect Children, But Until Now Could Not Access National FBI Sex Offender Database    Schumer: Access To The FBI Database Will Help Keep Our Children Safe   U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. S… Continue Reading


10.23.17

SCHUMER, CUOMO JOIN FORCES TO CALL ON NY REPUBLICAN REPS, ESPECIALLY REP. FASO AND REP. STEFANIK TO PROTECT MIDDLE-CLASS HOMEOWNERS BY OPPOSING REPEAL OF STATE & LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION —AND ANY TAX BILL THAT CONTAINS IT; IF ENTIRE NY DELEGATION OPPOSES BILL GUTTING STATE & LOCAL DEDUCTIBILITY, IT WOULD NOT PASS

GOP Is Moving Full Steam Ahead With Tax Proposal That Is Real Danger To New York Homeowners & Middle-Class; Schumer, Cuomo Will Detail How Plan Totally Eliminates New York's Ability To Claim Significant Deductions On State & Local Taxes (SALT); Property Taxes, Too In the Capital Region More Than 29% Residents Use the SALT Deduction With An Average Deduction Worth $12,916 Now At Risk  Schumer, Cuomo To NY House Members: Block This Gut-Punch To New York's Middle-Class Families… Continue Reading


10.22.17

WITH PUERTO RICO IN CRISIS, SCHUMER & REPS VELÀZQUEZ, SERRANO DEMAND WHITE HOUSE APPOINT EMERGENCY ‘CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF RESPONSE & RECOVERY’ WITH DIRECT LINE TO PRESIDENT; 80% OF ISLAND STILL HAS NO POWER, PORTS ARE A MESS; SUPPLIES CAN’T GET IN; CLEAN WATER LACKING; NEW POSITION WOULD BRING ALL FED AGENCIES TOGETHER TO TURN LIGHTS BACK ON, GET CLEAN WATER FLOWING, HELP MILLIONS RECOVER

It's Been More Than A Month Since Maria Devastated Puerto Rico; More Than One Million American Citizens Still Do Not Have Access to Running Water; Millions Lack Electricity; This Is Unacceptable President Trump Said Everything Is Going Great-But Even A Quick Look At Island Shows That Is Not The Case; Desperate Situation Needs Correction; Schumer Just Met Personally With Puerto Rico Governor Rossello; FEMA Alone Doesn't Have Ability To Manage Disaster Schumer: White House Must Appoint 'CEO Of… Continue Reading


10.18.17

SCHUMER: FED PROPOSAL TO LOWER THE BAR ON BROADBAND SERVICE UNDERCUTS THE HIGH-SPEED INTERNET ACCESS UPSTATE WANTS AND NEEDS; SENATOR DEMANDS FCC IMMEDIATELY REVERSE COURSE FROM DOWNGRADING SPEED & QUALITY BENCHMARK; NEW PROPOSED STANDARD WILL UNDERMINE ACCESS TO HIGH-SPEED BROADBAND ACROSS RURAL AREAS

FCC Plan Downgrades The Minimum Standard Of High-Quality Internet Service And Treats Lower-Quality Service As A Stand-In For Fixed Home Internet; Schumer Says Proposal Is Real Blow To Consumers, Businesses, Hospitals And Universities Upstate Who Desperately Need Better Internet Quality And Reliability FCC Rules That Promote More High-Speed Internet Access Are Threatened; Senator Says, If Approved, Internet Under New Standard Will Be Like Driving Tractor Instead Of A Trans Am Schumer: This Plan… Continue Reading


10.18.17

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $495,000 IN U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FUNDING FOR CORNELL UNIVERSITY

Cornell University Will Use NIFA Funds To Research New Identification Methods, Treatment Techniques & Establishing Automated Health- Monitoring Technology in Cows to Reduce Labor Costs of Dairy Farmers Ithaca, NY - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $495,000 in new federal funding for Cornell University. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIF… Continue Reading


10.17.17

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $149 MILLION IN FED FUNDING TO AID NY STATE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) And The HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) Provides Essential Funds For Transformative Development Initiatives Across New York State Programs Have Created Good-Paying Jobs By Supporting Local Housing And Development Projects, And By Investing In Neighborhood Rehabilitation Senators: This Funding Creates Good Paying Jobs, Promotes Economic Development And Supports Affordable Housing Projects Across New York State   U.S. S… Continue Reading


10.17.17

QUOTES FROM AROUND NEW YORK STATE OPPOSING THE ADMINISTRATION’S TAX PLAN WHICH ELIMINATES STATE & LOCAL TAX DEDUCTIONS AND HARMS THE MIDDLE CLASS

QUOTES FROM AROUND NEW YORK STATE OPPOSING THE ADMINISTRATION'S TAX PLAN WHICH ELIMINATES STATE & LOCAL TAX DEDUCTIONS AND HARMS THE MIDDLE CLASS Across New York, families, businesses, and elected officials are sounding the alarm on the administration and Republican tax plan that eliminates the state and local tax deduction. Schumer said eliminating the state and local deduction, while slashing taxes for the wealthy and huge corporations, will hurt middle-class taxpayers, damage the New Yo… Continue Reading


10.16.17

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $268K IN RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDING FOR VILLAGE OF ATTICA IN WYOMING COUNTY

USDA Funding Will Help Purchase A New Street Sweeper U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced $268,500 in federal funding, including a loan of $229,000 and a grant of $39,500, for the Village of Attica in Wyoming County. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development program. Specifically, the Village of Attica will use the funding to help finance the purchase of a new street sweeper/vacuum truck. The village needs… Continue Reading


10.15.17

SCHUMER: DRAMATIC SPIKE IN NYC/LI TEEN USE OF E-CIGS BEING FUELED BY ‘JUUL’ & OTHER NEW-AGE E-CIGS; NEW TYPE IS ODORLESS, LOOKS LIKE A SCHOOL SUPPLY & KIDS CHARGE IT IN CLASSROOM, THEN PUFF AWAY; SENATOR DEMANDS FDA DO ITS JOB & REGULATE DEVICES LACED WITH ‘MYSTERY CHEMICALS’ NOW THAT 1 IN 5 NY KIDS ARE HOOKED

New Study Shows 20% Of NY Kids Are Using E-Cigs; Almost Double National Avg; New Numbers Revealed As FDA Foot-Drags Regs To Protect NYC/LI Kids Latest Nicotine-Charged E-Cig-'Juul'-Promises The Nicotine Of An Entire Pack Of Actual Cigs & Even Masks As A Classroom Gadget; Students Say It Fools Teachers; Health Experts Warn It's The  Kids Being Fooled With 'Mystery Chemicals’  Schumer To FDA: It’s High Time To Smoke Out Dangerous E-Cigs Before More NY Kids Get Hooked … Continue Reading


10.13.17

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $5.8 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR EMERGENCY OPERATION UPGRADES IN THE TOWN OF BROOKHAVEN

FEMA Funding Will Be Used To Cover The Cost Of Emergency Response & Communications Equipment U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $5,870,613.20 in federal funding for the Town of Brookhaven. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and will be used to upgrade emergency operations and enhance emergency response capabilities in the community. Specifically the funding will be used to upgrade … Continue Reading


10.13.17

WITH THE HUDSON VALLEY HAVING THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF TOXIC ALGAE BLOOMS IN NY, SENATOR CALLS ON HOUSE TO IMMEDIATELY PASS A VITAL BI-PARTISAN PLAN TO COMBAT DANGEROUS ALGAL BLOOMS; JUST-PASSED SENATE BILL COULD DELIVER FED FUNDS TO PROTECT LAKES, PONDS—AND DRINKING WATER—IN ORANGE, SULLIVAN AND ULSTER COUNTIES, BUT IT REQUIRES HOUSE TO ACT

As Harmful Algae Has Been Detected In 6 Reports In Sullivan County This Year, Federal Program That Delivers Resources To Help Fight Problem Needs Re-Authorization; Blooms Could Contaminate Drinking Water & Put Recreational Activities At Risk Throughout The Hudson Valley Schumer Says If Bipartisan Plan, Which Has Already Passed The Senate, Passes The House, Sullivan, Orange And Ulster County Would Be Eligible For More Resources' To Combat Threat To People & Environment Schumer: If House… Continue Reading


10.13.17

SCHUMER: IF CONGRESS FAILS TO RESUSCITATE RURAL HOSPITAL FUNDING, OVER $1 MILLION FOR NATHAN LITTAUER HOSPITAL WILL BE AT RISK; SENATOR SAYS FUNDING LAPSE COULD “FLAT LINE” CARE IN FULTON COUNTY, HOSPITAL OPERATIONS, JOBS; URGES FOR IMMEDIATE RENEWAL AND TO MAKE PROGRAMS PERMANENT TO AVOID FUTURE CRIPPLING CUTS

Congressional Inaction Caused Vital Medicare Payment Programs Including The Low-Volume Hospital (LVH) And Medicare-Dependent Hospital (MDH) Programs To Expire, Hurting Rural Hospitals Like Nathan Littauer, Which Count On This Funding Each Year To Maintain Top-Notch Care For Fulton County Residents Schumer Will Call For The Immediate Renewal And To Make Permanent Key Support Programs For Hospitals That Treat Rural Communities That Rely Heavily On Medicare & Other Critical-Care Programs Sc… Continue Reading


10.12.17

STANDING IN HEART OF LI, SCHUMER TO CALL ON EVERY NY HOUSE MEMBER TO OPPOSE REPEAL OF STATE & LOCAL TAX DEDUCTION—AND ANY TAX BILL THAT CONTAINS IT; IF ENTIRE NY DELEGATION OPPOSES BILL GUTTING STATE & LOCAL DEDUCTIBILITY, IT WOULD NOT PASS

GOP Is Moving Full Steam Ahead With Tax Proposal That Is Real Danger To LI Homeowners & Middle-Class; Schumer Details How Plan Totally Eliminates LI'ers Ability To Claim Significant Deductions On State & Local Taxes (SALT); Property Taxes, Too 47 Percent of Long Islanders Use the SALT Deduction With an Average Deduction of $19,886 Now At Risk   Schumer To NY House Members: Block This Gut-Punch To LI's Middle-Class Families    Standing in Rockville Centre, U.S. Senate M… Continue Reading


10.12.17

SCHUMER: FOR YEARS, STATEN ISLAND’S GREAT KILLS PARK HAS BEEN CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC WHILE DECADES-OLD RADIOACTIVE CONTAMINATION WAS STUDIED; NOW THAT PHASE ONE REMEDIAL WORK HAS FINISHED, SENATOR CALLS ON FEDS TO FULLY FUND AND EXECUTE PHASE TWO REMEDIAL EFFORTS AT REMAINING 237 ACRES OF PARK SO CLEAN UP CAN FINISH ON SCHEDULE SCHUMER: FOR YEARS, STATEN ISLAND’S GREAT KILLS PARK HAS BEEN CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC WHILE DECADES-OLD RADIOACTIVE CONTAMINATION WAS STUDIED; NOW THAT PHASE ONE REMEDIAL WORK

At Schumer & Donovan's Request, NPS Recently Expedited & Completed the First Phase of Remedial Work at a Section of Great Kills Park That Overlaps With the Army Corps' East Shore Sea Wall Project; Completion of This Portion Means That Sea Wall Will Not Be Delayed & Phase Two of Great Kills Remediation is Next Up On NPS To-Do List Schumer, Donovan Call On Department of Interior to Fully Fund and Begin Phase Two of Remedial Efforts Needed at Great Kills Park; NPS Recently Applied for… Continue Reading

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