Press Releases

01.25.18

SCHUMER URGES THE VA TO OVERCOME REMAINING IMPEDIMENT TO CONSTRUCTION OF NEW WESTERN NEW YORK NATIONAL VETERANS CEMETERY; SENATOR PUSHES VA TO COMPLETE FINAL ACQUISITION OF TWO LAND PARCELS AND COMMIT TO BEGIN CONSTRUCTION THIS YEAR; SCHUMER PREVIOUSLY SECURED FED FUNDING TO BUILD CEMETERY AND IS NOW URGING VA TO START CONSTRUCTION

Since 2009, Schumer Has Worked With Local Veteran Leaders To Bring Much-Needed Veterans' Cemetery To Western New York - Now There Is One Last Impediment Before Construction Can Begin; The VA Must Complete Final Acquisition For Two Parcels Of Land Senator Says VA Must Complete Critical Acquisitions And Stick To A Construction Timeline That Calls For Groundbreaking To Begin This Year; Senator Says Land Parcels Will Effectively Double The Size Of The Cemetery, To The Benefit Of Western New York'… Continue Reading


01.24.18

SCHUMER CALLS ON CSX TO WORK WITH NEW WINDSOR TO DEVELOP A LONG-TERM SOLUTION AT TEMPLE HILL ROAD AND ROUTE 300 RAILROAD CROSSINGS; SENATOR SAYS CROSSINGS ARE DETERIORATING RAPIDLY AND POSE A SAFETY RISKS FOR RESIDENTS & FIRST RESPONDERS; SENATOR SAYS CSX MUST ADDRESS THE SAFETY CONCERNS OF LOCAL OFFICIALS AND NEW WINDSOR RESIDENTS AND IMPLEMENT A LONG-TERM SOLUTION

Senator Says Temple Hill Road And Route 300 Crossings Are In Recurring States Of Disrepair -Causing Significant Safety And Quality-Of-Life Problems For Residents, Business Owners And Even Emergency Personnel; Senator Is Calling On CSX To Commit To A Longer-Term Solution That Will Protect Rail Crossings From Current And Future Wear And Tear Schumer To CSX: Implement Long-term Solutions To New Windsor's Rail Crossings That Are Major Accidents Waiting To Happen Today, U.S. Senate Minority Leader… Continue Reading


01.23.18

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES MAJOR WIN FOR ROCHESTER AREA VETERANS: ROCHESTER’S OWN PIKE CONSTRUCTION SELECTED TO LEAD TEAM FOR OVER $140 MILLION CONTRACT TO FINALLY BEGIN CONSTRUCTION ON THE MAJOR CANANDAIGUA VA EXPANSION; PROJECT WILL BOOST ECONOMY AND BRING VETERANS THE CARE THEY DESERVE; SCHUMER LED PUSH TO SECURE OVER $140 MILLION IN FED INVESTMENT FOR CANANDAIGUA VA CAMPUS UPGRADE

Schumer Led the Charge to Secure Over $140 Million in Funding from the VA to Modernize the Canandaigua Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center; Senator Says Selected Construction Can Finally Begin to Bring Rochester Area Veterans the Care They Need and Deserve Schumer Says Start Of Long-Awaited Construction-Phase Of New Outpatient Clinic In Canandaigua Will Upgrade State-Of-The-Art Veteran Care & Create Local Construction Jobs Schumer: The New VA Healthcare Facilities Is A Prescription For Im… Continue Reading


01.23.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $150,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO EXPAND DENTAL SERVICES IN TIOGA COUNTY

Funding Will Be Used To Expand Affordable Dental Services To Low- And Moderate-Income Residents In Tioga County U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $150,000 in federal funding to Tioga County Mobile Dental Services. The funding was allocated through the Appalachian Regional Commission and will be matched by the New York State Community Development Block Grant program, which has committed $300,000 to the project, and the Floyd Hooke… Continue Reading


01.23.18

AFTER MAJOR SCHUMER PUSH, THE FCC WALKS BACK PROPOSAL TO LOWER THE BAR ON BROADBAND SERVICE IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS UPSTATE NEW YORK; SENATOR SAYS PROPOSED CHANGES WOULD HAVE UNDERMINED ACCESS TO HIGH-SPEED BROADBAND ACROSS RURAL AREAS

A FCC Proposal Would Have Downgraded The Minimum Standard Of High-Quality Internet Service And Would Have Treated Lower-Quality Service As A Stand-In For Fixed Home Internet; Schumer Said FCC Could have been A Real Blow To Consumers, Businesses, Hospitals And Universities Upstate Who Rely On Broadband Service After Schumer Push, FCC Finally Reverses Course And Agrees To Keep Current Standards; Senator Says The Feds Should Now Work To Increase Broadband Access Instead of Lowering The Standard … Continue Reading


01.19.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE FEMA HAS ADDED MONROE AND CAYUGA COUNTIES TO DISASTER DECLARATION; SENATORS SAY NEW YORK STATE NOW HAS SUPPORT TO AID ALL LAKE ONTARIO COMMUNITIES IMPACTED BY SEVERE FLOODING

Last Month Senators Called on FEMA to Reverse its Earlier Decision and Instead Include Monroe and Cayuga in Disaster Declaration; Senators Previously Announced Declaration For Jefferson, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence, And Wayne Counties, Unlocking Key Federal Funds For Communities Impacted By Lake Ontario's Record-High Water Levels U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that following their push, the Trump administration … Continue Reading


01.18.18

AS MAIL ISSUES PERSIST, SENATOR SCHUMER & REP. ENGEL DOUBLE DOWN ON PUSHING U.S. POSTAL SERVICE TO IMMEDIATELY HOLD A PUBLIC COMMUNITY MEETING WITH LARCHMONT, NEW ROCHELLE & OTHER IMPACTED WESTCHESTER RESIDENTS TO LAY OUT A PLAN TO IMPROVE MAIL SERVICE

Larchmont, New Rochelle & Surrounding Communities Continue To Suffer From Poor Mail Delivery - Or Worse, No Mail Delivery At All, Leaving Frustrated Residents And Business Owners Empty Handed Post Office Has Continued To Fail To Deliver Bills, Passports, Medications And Other Critical Mail Residents And Small Businesses Desperately Need Schumer, Engel: It's Long Overdue For USPS To Meet With The Community And Fix This Mail-Practice U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. … Continue Reading


01.17.18

SCHUMER: EVEN AFTER D&C EXPOSE OF RAILROAD CROSSING GATE, SCHUMER REVEALS NEW 9-1-1 DATA THAT SHOWS SCOTTSVILLE ROAD GATES CONTINUE TO MALFUNCTION; SENATOR URGES CSX TO PRIORITIZE AND SUSTAIN MAINTENANCE TO PREVENT SNOW/ICE BUILDUP CAUSING GATES TO MALFUNCTION

Democrat & Chronicle Report Revealed That Many Railroad Crossing Gates in the Region Are Malfunctioning - Including the Scottsville Road Gate and South Winton Road Gate, Where 2004 Accident Cost 2 Lives Senator Says CSX Has Not Done Enough To Protect Vital Crossings From Snow And Ice Buildup; Urges CSX To Upgrade System In Light Of Recent Gate Malfunctions Schumer To CSX: Fix and Maintain Rochester-Finger Lakes Rail Crossing Gates That Are Tragedies Waiting to Happen Today, U.S. Senate … Continue Reading


01.17.18

SCHUMER: FAA APPROVAL URGENTLY NEEDED IN ORDER FOR PERRY-WARSAW AIRPORT TO BEGIN THE PROCESS OF GETTING A NEW WEATHER TOWER SYSTEM; IF FAA DOESN’T ACT THIS MONTH, AIRPORT WILL BE SHUT OUT OF FAA’S 2018 GRANT CYCLE, DELAYING NEW WEATHER TOWER CONSTRUCTION BY YEAR OR MORE; SENATOR URGES FEDS TO CUT THROUGH RED TAPE SO THAT AIRPORT CAN APPLY FOR IT’S CONSTRUCTION GRANT THIS YEAR

FAA Has Not Approved Perry-Warsaw's Weather Tower Airspace Case Application & Other Pre-Approvals Putting The Major Project At Risk For Delays; Application Proposes The New Weather Tower Location Site At The And Needs FAA Sign-Off Now So Airport Can Submit Its Construction Grant Application In Time Senator Says Project Will Remained Taxied Until The FAA Approves Application; Weather Tower Is Critical To Add Instrument Approach Capability Needed To Land New Businesses In Wyoming County And T… Continue Reading


01.16.18

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES MAJOR WIN FOR ROME: ASSURED INFORMATION SECURITY LANDS NEARLY $48M AIR FORCE CONTRACT; CONTRACT IS A WIN FOR GROWING COMPANY AND IT’S WORKFORCE

Work Is To Be Completed In Rome Over The Next Two Years Schumer: This Is A Win-Win-Win For Our Nation, Assured Information Security's Employees, And The Mohawk Valley Economy U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced that Assured Information Security, Inc (AIS)., in Rome New York was awarded a $47,974,580 Air Force contract to explore next-generation network operations and vulnerability assessment technology, or INNOVATE.  The objective of the INNOVATE effort is t… Continue Reading


01.16.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: LACK OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN FOREIGN AIRLINES & PORT AUTHORITY HELPED CREATE THE CHAOS AT KENNEDY; FOREIGN AIRLINES FLOODED JFK WITH FLIGHTS & LITTLE COORDINATION WITH PORT AUTHORITY; SENATOR ASKS USDOT TO INSTITUTE A PLAN TO MAKE SURE COORDINATION IS BETTER NEXT TIME & SO PEOPLE AREN’T IN TRAVEL-HELL

Schumer Says Improved Comms Between Foreign Airlines & JFK Airport Would Curb Potential Chaos- And That USDOT Can Help Fix It Before Next Storm Hits Some Travelers Are Still Without Luggage; While Port Authority Is Culpable, Along With Foreign Airlines, Feds Can Ensure Those Airlines Better Communicate So Chaos Doesn't Compound  Schumer: Fed Pressure On Foreign Airlines & Better Comms Can Help Prevent Winter Chaos From Snowballing   On the heels of the JFK Air… Continue Reading


01.16.18

SCHUMER CALLS ON IRS TO IMMEDIATELY GRANT NEW YORK TAXPAYERS THE ABILITY TO DEDUCT PREPAID 2018 PROPERTY TAXES FROM THEIR 2017 FEDERAL TAXES

Senator Says All New Yorkers Should Be Allowed To Deduct Their 2018 Property Taxes Prepaid To State And Local Governments Schumer To IRS: Give Middle-Class New Yorkers The Tax Savings They Need & Deserve U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to immediately grant New York residents, who paid their 2018 property taxes early, the ability to apply those taxes to their 2017 state and local tax deductions, even if their property ta… Continue Reading


01.11.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND AND 34 SENATE COLLEAGUES PUSH BACK ON TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S OFFSHORE DRILLING REVERSAL

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and 34 Senate colleagues sharply criticized the Trump administration's decision to reopen offshore drilling leases three years ahead of schedule. This decision puts vast stretches of coastline along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts and in the Arctic at risk. "This draft proposal is an ill-advised effort to circumvent public and scientific input, and we object to sacrificing public trust, community safety, and econom… Continue Reading


01.11.18

SCHUMER CALLS ON FEDS TO SWIFTLY UNFREEZE A $600K FEDERAL GRANT OWED TO CITY OF POUGHKEEPSIE

In A Letter To The FTA Schumer Makes Clear The Need To Review And Approve The City Of Poughkeepsie's Plan In Order to Unlock Funds; Senator Says FTA Approval Will Unfreeze Long Awaited $600K Federal Grant Schumer To Feds: It's Time to give Poughkeepsie the Money They Deserve After last month’s vote by the City of Poughkeepsie Common Council to lease its bus assets to Dutchess County, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer called on the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to r… Continue Reading


01.11.18

SENATORS SCHUMER AND GILLIBRAND INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO NAME POST OFFICE IN HONOR OF MAURICE HINCHEY

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today introduced legislation to rename the U.S. Post Office at 111 Market St, Saugerties, New York after former U.S. Representative Maurice Hinchey. "Congressman Maurice Hinchey or 'Mighty Moe,' as I used to call him, deserves to be honored for his determination, endless energy, rare legislative skills, and his unwavering commitment to his constituents. During his 38 years of public service, Hinchey was a truly s… Continue Reading


01.10.18

SCHUMER: REPORT REVEALS OPIOID SCOURGE IS ACCELERATING AND TAKING DEADLY TOLL IN UPSTATE NEW YORK – UP BY 23%; SENATOR LAUNCHES A NEW DRIVE TO FIGHT CRISIS BY PUSHING FOR MAJOR INCREASE OF FED FUNDS DURING NEXT WEEK’S FINAL BUDGET NEGOTIATIONS

Data Shows 2016 Rate of Drug Overdose Deaths in the U.S. Increased By An Unprecedented 21 Percent; Counties Across Upstate New York Have Not Been Spared, With a 23 Percent Increase in Number of Deaths Since Last Year Schumer Says Startling New CDC Data Is Yet Another Shot Across the Bow, And a Reason We Must Secure Additional Federal Funds To Deploy Here in New York Schumer: Congress Needs To Target More Money To Upstate New York To Beat Back Opioid Scourge - And To Treat And Cure the Afflict… Continue Reading


01.09.18

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, AFTER HIS PUSH, U.S. ARMY TO POSTHUMOUSLY AWARD HIGHEST PEACETIME MEDALS FOR VALOR TO PRIVATE FIRST CLASS EMMANUEL MENSAH, HERO WHO WAS TRAGICALLY KILLED IN BRONX APARTMENT FIRE WHILE RESCUING OTHERS

Pfc. Mensah Was Home in the Bronx For Holidays When Apartment Fire Broke Out; Mensah Evacuated a Family & Went Back Into Inferno Multiple Times To Save Others When He Was Killed  Last Week, Schumer Urged the Army to Posthumously Honor Mensah, an Immigrant from Ghana, for Courage, Sacrifice & Utter Selflessness After His Push, U.S. Army Will Award 'Soldier's Medal' & 'Medal of Valor’ to Pfc.Mensah For Saving the Lives of Four People & Rescuing… Continue Reading


01.09.18

SCHUMER: KEY FEDERAL FUNDS SECURED TO ASSIST WITH REDEVELOPMENT OF FORMER BAE SITE

After Schumer's Urging, FEDS Will Approve Broome IDA's Application; Over $200K Coming to Help The Agency Plan for Future of Prime Johnson City Site Schumer Successfully Urged, Air Force to Demolished And Cleaned Up Dilapidated Manufacturing Site After Severe Flooding Left The Former BAE Facility Uninhabitable In October, Schumer Urged DOD To Make Good On Commitment To Help With Recovery Called On DOD To Approve The Agency’s Application And Provide Funding Assistance For Site Redevelopm… Continue Reading


01.08.18

SCHUMER: WITH ILLEGAL DRUGS FLOWING INTO BORDER CROSSINGS LIKE PEACE BRIDGE AND BUFFALO-NIAGARA AIRPORT, SENATOR URGES PRESIDENT TO IMMEDIATELY SIGN BILL ON DESK THAT WOULD GIVE BUFFALO CBP AGENTS HIGH-TECH DETECTION MACHINES NEEDED TO STOP HIDDEN & DEADLY FENTANYL BEFORE IT’S SMUGGLED ONTO UPSTATE NY STREETS; BUFFALO SHOULD BE AMONGST FIRST CITIES TO RECEIVE HANDHELD DEVICES

Buffalo's Niagara International Airport And Peace Bridge Have Been Key Points Of Entry For Drug Smuggling; This Tech Can Help Derail Trafficking Across The Region  Once President Signs Bi-Partisan Schumer-Backed Bill Known As The INTERDICT Act, Senator Wants Portable Chemical Detection Technology In Buffalo ASAP to Begin to Intercept Illicit Fentanyl, and Potentially Save Lives Schumer: Buffalo Is Just One Signature Away From Writing A New Chapter In The Opioid S… Continue Reading


01.07.18

SCHUMER URGES PRESIDENT TO SIGN BILL ON DESK THAT WOULD GIVE JFK AIRPORT HIGH-TECH DETECTION MACHINES NEEDED TO STOP HIDDEN & DEADLY FENTANYL BEFORE IT’S SMUGGLED ONTO NY STREETS; SENATOR THEN WANTS NYC TO BE AMONGST FIRST CITIES TO RECEIVE HANDHELD DEVICES THAT CAN HELP CHOKE OFF TRAFFICKING & STOP THE OPIOID SCOURGE

JFK Has Been A Major Point Of Entry For Fentanyl Smuggling & Also Has An International Mail Processing Center; Drugs That Make It Out Of JFK Go All Over The Northeast; This Tech Can Help Derail Trafficking Across the Region  Once President Signs Bi-Partisan Schumer-Backed Bill Known As The INTERDICT Act, Senator Wants Portable Chemical Detection Technology To Land At JFK ASAP & Intercept Illicit Fentanyl  Schumer: New York Is Just One Signature Away From Writing A N… Continue Reading

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