Press Releases

08.24.18

SCHUMER: CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY COULD HELP ORLEANS COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENTS QUICKLY & EFFECTIVELY IDENTIFY LETHAL DRUGS LIKE FENTANYL; SENATOR SAYS CONGRESS SHOULD IMMEDIATELY PASS NEW GRANT PROGRAM TO HELP LOCAL POLICE PAY FOR HIGH-TECH TOOL AS PART OF UPCOMING COMPREHENSIVE OPIOIDS PACKAGE

Senator Launches Push To Include In Upcoming Anti-Opioids Package New "POWER Act" Grant Program To Help Local Police Pay For High-Tech Chemical Detection Tool To Sniff Out Illegal Drugs Like Fentanyl According To Drug Enforcement Experts, It Only Takes A Grain Of Fentanyl To Cause A Deadly Reaction; Senator Says Congress Must Do Everything Possible To Keep The Public and Police Safe Schumer: Deploying New Tech Across Rochester-Finger Lakes Region Could Be A Game-Changer To Keep Police Offic… Continue Reading


08.24.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, MALONEY ANNOUNCE OVER $243K IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE WARWICK FIRE DEPARTMENT IN ORANGE COUNTY

Funding Will Be Used to Replace Outdated Breathing Equipment for Firefighters U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney today announced $243,182 in federal funding for the Warwick Fire Department in Orange County. The funding was provided through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program and will be used to replace all of the air packs in the entire fire department, which co… Continue Reading


08.24.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $29K IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR HAMMOND FIRE & RESCUE DEPARTMENT IN ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY

Federal Funding Will Be Used To Purchase Communication Devices U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $29,143 in federal funding for the Hammond Fire & Rescue Department in St. Lawrence County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The funding will be used to purchase 45 pagers and 15 portable radios. "It is vital that we provide our first responders… Continue Reading


08.24.18

SCHUMER: DANGEROUS INVASIVE PLANT THAT CAN CAUSE EXTREME BURNS AND EVEN BLINDNESS IS RUNNING RAMPANT THROUGH WESTERN NEW YORK; SENATOR CALLS ON THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO IMMEDIATELY BOOST ONGOING LOCAL EFFORTS TO ERADICATE HARMFUL PLANT; MUST ALSO INVEST FEDERAL RESOURCES TO PREVENT FURTHER SPREAD OF GIANT HOGWEED

Giant Hogweed, An Invasive Species That Can Cause Both Burns And Blindness When Touched, Has Spread Rampantly Through Wyoming County And Across Western New York In Wyoming County, Schumer Sounds The Alarm On The Dangerous "Giant Hogweed"; Senator Calls On The Department Of Agriculture To Immediately Increase Efforts To Help Local Officials Continue Eradication Of Harmful Plant While Investing Federal Resources Into Educating Locals On The Ground On Risk Of Giant Hogweed Schumer To USDA: Time… Continue Reading


08.24.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: OUTDATED FED LAW IS HOLDING BACK TIOGA COUNTY FARMERS FROM COMMERCIALLY GROWING INDUSTRIAL HEMP, USED TO MAKE VARIETY OF DIFFERENT GOODS; SENATOR DOUBLES DOWN ON SUPPORT FOR BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT WOULD ALLOW SOUTHERN TIER FARMERS TO GROW NEW CROP WITHOUT HARSH RESTRICTIONS

Currently Hemp Is Classified As A Controlled Substance, Putting It On Par With Other Substances Like Heroin And Other Opioids Due To Trace Amounts Of THC; However, Senator Says Industrial Hemp Can Be Used To Make A Variety Of Products Like Paper, Clothing, Plastics And Even Fuel Bipartisan Bill Removes Fed Roadblock That Obstructs Hemp's Full Potential As An Agricultural Commodity In Tioga County; Senator Says New Bill Empowers States To Act As Primary Regulators Of Hemp, Allows For Hemp Resear… Continue Reading


08.23.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $1.8 MILLION IN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FUNDING FOR TAXIWAY IMPROVEMENTS AT GENESEE COUNTY AIRPORT

Department Of Transportation Funding Will Be Used To Support Critical Infrastructure Upgrades U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,860,921 in federal funding for the Genesee County Airport in Batavia, NY. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Specifically, the Genesee County Airport will use the funding to rec… Continue Reading


08.23.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $2 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR SYRACUSE HANCOCK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT; SENATORS SAY NEW FUNDING WILL SUPPORT RECONSTRUCTION OF DEICING CONTAINMENT FACILITY

Department of Transportation Grant Will Fund Critical Infrastructure Upgrade at Syracuse Hancock International Airport U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,167,158 in federal funding for Syracuse Hancock International Airport in Syracuse, New York. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Specifically, the fundin… Continue Reading


08.22.18

SCHUMER: DESPITE WARNINGS THAT SCHOOL SUPPLIES ARE LADEN WITH DANGEROUS LEVELS OF TOXIC CHEMICALS, FEDS HAVE DONE LITTLE TO ACT; SENATOR SAYS PARENTS NEED TO KNOW WHAT’S IN SCHOOL SUPPLIES; URGES FED INVESTIGATION BEFORE SCHOOL BELL RINGS

Recent Reports Revealed That Common School Supplies Bought By Parents, Including Crayons, Markers, Rulers, 3-Ring Binders, Notebooks, Glue, And Lunch Boxes Are Riddled With Dangerous Level Of Toxic Chemicals Senator Says School Supplies Shouldn't Put Our Children's Health At Risk; Urges Feds To Immediately Launch Investigation Before School Starts Schumer To Feds: Investigate Toxins in School Supplies Before The School Bell Rings   On a conference call with … Continue Reading


08.21.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $1.4 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO

Federal Investment Awarded Through National Science Foundation Will Be Used For High Energy Physics Research U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,450,000 in federal funding for University at Buffalo. The funding was allocated through the National Science Foundation (NSF). Specifically, the funding will be put towards the Compact Muon Solenoid (CHS) experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in order to search for new particles,… Continue Reading


08.21.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $1.2 MILLION IN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FUNDING FOR INSTALLATION OF LIFE-SAVING POSITIVE TRAIN CONTROL TECHNOLOGY FOR MIDDLETOWN & NEW JERSEY RAILROAD IN ORANGE COUNTY

Department Of Transportation Funding Will Be Used To Install Positive Train Control Technology In Orange County, NY To Prevent Dangerous and Disruptive Derailments and Crashes U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,200,000 in federal funding for Middletown & New Jersey Railroad's Positive Train Control (PTC) system in Orange County, New York. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) FY 201… Continue Reading


08.21.18

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF $1 MILLION IN 2019 FUNDING FOR CRITICAL NATIONAL FIREFIGHTER CANCER REGISTRY AS PART OF HHS APPROPRIATIONS BILL; SCHUMER-BACKED REGISTRY WILL HELP RESEARCHERS TRACK, TREAT AND EVENTUALLY THWART CONNECTION BETWEEN FIREFIGHTERS AND CANCER

In June Of This Year, The Schumer-Backed National Firefighter Cancer Registry Was Signed Into Law; Today, As An Amendment To The Upcoming Health And Human Services Appropriations Bill, The Senate Passed $1 Million In FY2019 Funding For The Registry Firefighters Are Exposed To A Range Of Harmful Toxins And May Be At Cancer Risk; Senator Says Legislation Will Help Protect The Lives Of Our Courageous First Responders Schumer: Understanding The Link Between Firefighters And Cancer Is Of The Utmos… Continue Reading


08.21.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $12K IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE MILTON FIRE DISTRICT IN ULSTER COUNTY

Funding Will Be Used to Purchase a New Washer, Extractor, Dryer System to Protect Firefighter Gear from Contamination U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $12,143 in federal funding for the Milton Fire District. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program and will be used to purchase a new washer, extractor, and dryer system that will meet the National Fire P… Continue Reading


08.20.18

SCHUMER AND GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $150K IN RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDING FOR WELLS COLLEGE WATER PLANT IMPROVEMENTS

Funding Will Be Used By Wells College To Modify Water Plant, Address Critical Vulnerability In Filtration System Caused By Exposure To Blue-Green Algae U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $150,000 in federal funding for Wells College in Cayuga County. This federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development Business Grant Program. Specifically, the funds will be used to address a new v… Continue Reading


08.20.18

SCHUMER CALLS FOR FED INVESTIGATION OF NEW YORK AMERICAN WATER AFTER RATE HIKE MADNESS; LI’ERS STILL WANT ACTION; SENATOR SAYS COMPANY IS IN LINE FOR FED FUNDS THAT DEMAND SPECIAL SCRUTINY CONSIDERING PARENT COMPANY’S NATIONAL FOOTPRINT & LOCAL MESS

Sorting Out Depths Of Mess New York American Water Made On LI Will Take Locals, State-And Now Possibly Feds-A While; New Company-Funded 'Independent Monitor' Wouldn't Have Ability To Block Fed Dollars Senator Says Eye-Popping Rate Hikes Soaking Consumers With Questionable Billing Practices Are Relevant To The Fed Funds National Company Might Have Received Or Seeks Schumer: The Steady Drip-Drip-Drip Of Dubious Charges, Rate Hikes & Billing Demand Feds Investigate   Standing with home… Continue Reading


08.20.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: FDA HAS BEEN INVESTIGATING PRESENCE OF WEED KILLER CHEMICAL—GLYPHOSATE—IN EVERYDAY FOODS FOR TWO YEARS, BUT HAS YET TO RELEASE ANY RESULTS; RECENT REPORT ON PROBABLE CANCER-CAUSING CHEMICAL IN CEREALS, GRANOLA BARS & MORE DEMANDS FEDS UPDATE PUBLIC & ROOT OUT ANSWERS ASAP

Brand New Report Reveals Probable Cancer-Causing Chemical In Weed Killer Can Be Present In Everyday Foods Like Cereals, Oats, Granola Bars At Questionable Levels; At Same Time, FDA Has Been Studying Chemical Without Updating Public On Progress           Senator Says New Concerns From Parents & Public Demand FDA Answer Questions & Provide Public With Update  Schumer: Feds Must Weed Out Facts On Chemical Glyphosate & Update Public  On the heels … Continue Reading


08.20.18

SENATORS SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND URGE FEMA TO STAND READY TO QUICKLY APPROVE POTENTIAL DISASTER DECLARATION FOR SOUTHERN TIER AND FINGER LAKES COUNTIES IMPACTED BY RECENT FLOODING AND SEVERE WEATHER

Senators Say Disaster Declaration Would Unlock Federal Funds for Impacted Counties Still Recovering From Intense Flooding Schumer, Gillibrand To FEMA: Stand Ready To Approve Any Requested Aid For Rochester-Finger Lakes And Southern Tier Residents U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Saturday urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to stand ready to quickly approve any request from New York State for a major disaster declaration foll… Continue Reading


08.16.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $47K IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE WHITESBORO FIRE DEPARTMENT IN ONEIDA COUNTY

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $47,620 in federal funding for the Whitesboro Fire Department in Oneida County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program and will be used to replace a diesel exhaust system, which will help remove harmful chemicals and particles from the department's fire truck engines to ensure clean air in the station. "It is essent… Continue Reading


08.16.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $61K IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE RICHVILLE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT IN ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY

Funding Will Be Used to Replace Old And Outdated Breathing Equipment for Firefighters U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $61,905 in federal funding for the Richville Volunteer Fire Department in St. Lawrence County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The Richville Volunteer Fire Department will use the funding to purchase 10 new self-contained brea… Continue Reading


08.14.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $44K IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE WESTONS MILLS FIRE DISTRICT IN CATTARAUGUS COUNTY

Funding Will Be Used to Replace Outdated Equipment U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $44,062 in federal funding for the Westons Mills Fire District in Cattaraugus County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The Westons Mills Fire District will use the funding to purchase new lifting air bags, rescue struts, and battery-operated rescue tools. The f… Continue Reading


08.14.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: VA SET TO CLOSE ESSENTIAL VETERANS OUTPATIENT HEALTH CENTER IN ERIE COUNTY; SENATOR URGES DEPARTMENT TO REVERSE COURSE; SAYS ABANDONING LOCAL VETERANS WITHOUT ALTERNATIVE IN PLACE IS UNACCEPTABLE

Since 2011, The Amherst-Based VA Outpatient Has Provided Top-Notch Medical Treatment, Physical Therapy, Recreational Activites And Cognitive Care To An Average Of 37 Local Veterans Per Day Last Week, The VA Announced They Would Be Shutting Down The Health Center; Schumer Today Called On The Department To Reconsider And Develop An Alternate Plan At Once Schumer To Feds: Shutting Down The Amherst Health Center Without A Viable Alternative In Place Is An Affront To Our Veterans U.S. Senate Mino… Continue Reading

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