Press Releases

02.19.18

SCHUMER LAUNCHES MAJOR PUSH TO SECURE FEDERAL FUNDS TO BUILD UTICA COLLEGE’S STATE-OF-THE-ART CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT TRAINING CENTER; FACILITY WILL EQUIP STUDENTS WITH SKILLS NEEDED FOR IN DEMAND JOBS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, BUT SENATOR SAYS PROJECT NEEDS FED INVESTMENT TO PLUG FUNDING GAP

Since 2008, Utica College's Construction Management Major Has Placed 100% Of Its Students In Jobs Before Graduation & Expects To Train Over 250 Students In The Next Decade, But Program Has Outgrown Its Outdated Facility; College Has Secured Private & State Dollars For A New 15,000 Sq. Ft. Training Center With Additional Funding Needed To Make Project A Reality, Utica College Has Applied To The Federal Economic Development Administration To Fill The Gap; Funding Will Be Used To Equip Bui… Continue Reading


02.19.18

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, AFTER HIS PUSH, THE VA HAS FINALIZED CRITICAL 137-ACRE ADDITIONAL LAND ACQUISITIONS NEEDED FOR BUILDING OF NEW WESTERN NEW YORK NATIONAL VETERANS CEMETERY; SENATOR SAYS VA MUST NOW BEGIN CONSTRUCTION THIS YEAR; SCHUMER PREVIOUSLY SECURED FED FUNDING TO BUILD CEMETERY

Since 2009, Schumer Has Worked With Local Veteran Leaders To Bring Much-Needed Veterans' Cemetery To Western New York; Progress Was Slowed While The VA Completed Final Acquisition Of Two Parcels Of Land Last Month, Senator Urged VA To Complete Critical Acquisitions And Stick To A Construction Timeline That Calls For Groundbreaking To Begin This Year; Senator Says New Land Will Effectively Double The Size Of The Cemetery, To The Benefit Of Western New York's Veterans, Their Families, And Visit… Continue Reading


02.19.18

SCHUMER TOURS SUNY ADIRONDACK’S CYBERSECURITY PROGRAM; SENATOR LAUNCHES PUSH TO INCREASE FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN CYBERSECURITY TECH EDUCATION – COULD MEAN BIG THINGS FOR SUNY ADIRONDACK

Schumer Pushes For More Federal Investments To Help Foster And Create New Higher-Ed Cyber Programs Like The Cybersecurity Program At SUNY Adirondack Schumer: Congress Must Upload More Fed Investments Into Cybersecurity Higher-Ed U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer visited and toured SUNY Adirondack's Cybersecurity program. Schumer met with school leaders, heard from students about the Cybersecurity and Information Security degree programs, and launched his effort to secure more fede… Continue Reading


02.19.18

STANDING WITH JOHNSON CITY FIREFIGHTERS, SCHUMER LAUNCHES A MAJOR EFFORT TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR FIREFIGHTER GRANT PROGRAM; SENATOR SAYS CONGRESS MUST INCREASE FEDERAL INVESTMENT INTO POPULAR GRANT PROGRAM TO HELP ENSURE CASH-STRAPPED FIRE DEPARTMENTS, LIKE THOSE IN THE SOUTHERN TIER, HAVE THE FIREFIGHTERS THEY NEED TO KEEP COMMUNITIES SAFE

Senator Says Johnson City And Many Communities In The Southern Tier Depend On Fully Staffed Departments To Keep Up With 911 Fire Emergencies, But The Federal Funding Available For Fire Departments Has Not Kept Up With This Need Senator Calls For More Funds To Bring Firefighter Grant Program Into The 21st Century; Staffing Needs of Fire Departments, Like Johnson City Fire Department In Broome County, Are Far Outpacing Available Resources Schumer To Feds: With More Funds Available Under Budge… Continue Reading


02.18.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: DESPITE TRAGIC MASS SHOOTINGS, JUST-RELEASED TRUMP BUDGET WOULD CRIPPLE GUN BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM, ALLOWING DANGEROUS PEOPLE TO GET GUNS; SENATOR LAUNCHES PUSH TO UNDO WRONGHEADED CUT & ENSURE GUN CHECKS CONTINUE

Poll After Poll Shows Americans Overwhelmingly Believe In Gun Background Checks; But In The Midst Of An Ongoing National Tragedy & 30 Mass Shootings So Far This Year, The President's Budget Would Slash Funding For The Gun Check System By An Egregious 16%-Millions Of Dollars-And Threaten Public Safety Schumer Says The Gun Background Check System Is One Of The Only Firewalls We Have To Protect The Public From Dangerous People Getting Guns Because Congress Has Refused To Pass Other Gun Refor… Continue Reading


02.14.18

SCHUMER SECURES MAJOR VICTORY FOR UPSTATE NEW YORK’S RURAL HOSPITALS IN THE RECENTLY-PASSED, BIPARTISAN BUDGET AGREEMENT; DEAL INCLUDES 5-YEAR EXTENSIONS FOR THE VITAL LOW-VOLUME HOSPITAL AND MEDICARE-DEPENDENT HOSPITAL PROGRAMS ENABLING UPSTATE NEW YORK’S HOSPITALS TO CONTINUE TO GIVE NEW YORKERS THE CARE THEY NEED AND DESERVE

Congressional Inaction Caused Vital Medicare Payment Programs, Including The Low-Volume Hospital (LVH) And Medicare-Dependent Hospital (MDH) Programs, To Expire, Hurting Rural Hospitals Across New York State; Schumer Committed To Adding These Vital Programs To A Budget Agreement; Schumer Said Hospitals Across New York Rely On The Programs To Continue To Provide Top-Notch Care Senator Schumer Fought Tooth And Nail To Ensure That Programs Were Included In The Bipartisan Budget Agreement Passed L… Continue Reading


02.13.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $4 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR SANDY-DAMAGED INFRASTRUCTURE ON LONG ISLAND

Nearly $2M in FEMA Funds Will Be Provided to the Town of Hempstead for Repairs to the Merrick Sanitation Building in Hempstead; Over $2.3M in Funds to Village of Bellport for Repairs to the Bulkhead & Parking Lot at Local Marina   U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $4.3 million in federal funding for Sandy-damaged infrastructure on Long Island. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds will help pay for the localities' repairs to the Mer… Continue Reading


02.12.18

SCHUMER: ROCHESTER RESIDENTS’ PERSONAL INFORMATION IS BEING STOLEN AT AN ALARMING AND UNACEPTABLE RATE; SENATOR CALLS ON THE SECRET SERVICE TO ADDRESS UPTICK IN CREDIT CARD SKIMMERS TO KEEP PERSONAL INFO SAFE FROM CRIMINALS

In Recent Weeks, Card Skimmers Have Been Found At Gas Stations Across The Rochester-Finger Lakes Region; Skimmers Are Devices That Allow Thieves To Steal Precious Credit Card Information & Empty Bank Accounts Of Unsuspecting Residents Running Errands Or Visiting Gas Stations Senator Says Secret Service Must Triple Their Efforts To End These Scams That Are Ripping Off Rochester Residents Schumer To Secret Service: Do Everything Possible To End This Credit Skimmer Scam U.S. Minority Leader … Continue Reading


02.12.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $132,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO COMBAT THE OPIOID CRISIS IN THE SOUTHERN TIER

Funding Will Be Used By Southern Tier Health Care Systems, Inc. For A Distance Learning Program To Improve Emergency Response to Opioid Overdoses In The Southern Tier Region U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $132,899 in federal funding to Southern Tier Health Care Systems, Inc. The grant was provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Distance Learning and Telemedicine program. The funds will be used t… Continue Reading


02.12.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: NEW NTSB REPORT ON NY-METRO TRAIN CRASHES PROVES FEDS' GRAVE MISTAKE IN ABANDONING RULE TO SCREEN TRAIN OPERATORS FOR APNEA; WITHOUT FED RULE FOR APNEA SCREENING, DEADLY CRASHES WILL PERSIST; SCHUMER PUTS DOT ON NOTICE & URGES ACTION

NTSB Just Said Failure To Test And Treat For Sleep Apnea Was The Reason For Two Recent NYC-Metro Crashes; Brooklyn & Hoboken Final Conclusions Prove Fed DOT Must Reinstate Fed Rule To Screen For Sleep-Disorders  Schumer First Got Railroad Admin To Begin Process For Apnea Testing In 2016-But A Year Later Feds Bizarrely Back-Tracked On The Rule Which Would Help Save Lives Schumer To Fed DOT: Wake Up & Reinstate Fed Rule To … Continue Reading


02.09.18

ON HEELS OF JUST-PASSED BI-PARTISAN BUDGET, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES RE-PROGRAMMING OF $730 MILLION IN ARMY CORPS FUNDS FOR DESPERATELY-NEEDED & LONG-DELAYED SANDY PROJECTS, LIKE CONSTRUCTION OF STORM PROTECTION MEASURES IN ROCKAWAY

Over $700M in Funds Were Trapped in Limbo, Left Over From Already-Completed Emergency Sandy Recovery But Unable to Fund the Construction of Critical Coastline Protections; Schumer Successfully Transferred Funds To Finally Be Used for Various Vital Resiliency Projects in Army Corps Pipeline Schumer Announces, After His Push, Budget Deal Provides Big Boost to Army Corps to Pay For Critical Storm Protection Projects In Rockaway & Jamaica Bay; Without This Reprogramming, These Critical Projects… Continue Reading


02.09.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $474,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE ARC, ONEIDA-LEWIS CHAPTER IN UTICA

Funds Will Help Purchase Telemedicine Equipment To Expand Medical Services To Rural Areas Of Oneida And Lewis Counties U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $474,258 in federal funding to the Arc, Oneida-Lewis Chapter. The grant was provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Distance Learning and Telemedicine program. The funds will be used to purchase telemedicine equipment, including computer servers, … Continue Reading


02.08.18

SCHUMER SECURES MAJOR VICTORY FOR CAPITAL REGION’S PLUG POWER; SENATOR SAYS BUDGET PACKAGES INCLUDES TAX CREDIT THAT IS VITAL TO INVEST IN NEXT-GEN FORKLIFT BATTERY POWER, JOBS & PLUG POWER’S CONTINUED SUCCESS IN THE CAPITAL REGION

Investment Tax Credit For Fuel Cells Expired in 2016; Schumer Fought To Renew Tax Credit, Which Has Proven To Be A Job Creator For Capital Region Extending This Tax Credit Will Help Plug Power Continue to Improve Future Investments In Fuel Cells & Maintain Momentum For The Capital Region Schumer: Tax Credit Could Power Up New Jobs In The Capital Region U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced he successfully included legislation in yesterday's historic and bipartisan budget deal t… Continue Reading


02.08.18

AFTER MAJOR SCHUMER PUSH, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE APPROVES HISTORIC DESIGN OF NORTHLAND CORRIDOR REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT; PROPERTY DESIGN WOULD NOW MEET CRITERIA FOR HISTORIC TAX CREDITS, WHICH COULD TOTAL $19M, FOR THIS KEY PROJECT TO ADDRESS BUFFALO’S WAGE GAP

Schumer: Northland Corridor Redevelopment Project Is Essential To Help Revitalize Buffalo's East Side; Historic Northland Avenue Property is Central to the Project Northland Corridor Project and Planned Training Center Will Address Buffalo's Skills Gap and Help Prepare Workers for Jobs that Local Companies Need U.S Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced the National Park Service (NPS) has approved the Northland Corridor Redevelopment Project's design plan, a cruci… Continue Reading


02.07.18

SCHUMER DELIVERS MAJOR VICTORIES FOR NEW YORK STATE; SENATOR SUCCESSFULLY NEGOTIATED BIPARTISAN BUDGET DEAL THAT WILL INJECT NEW FEDERAL INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES THROUGHOUT THE STATE

Senator Secured New Federal Funding For Heroin-Opioid Prevention And Treatment Programs, VA Hospitals, Community Health Centers, Infrastructure, Research, And Upstate New York's Dairy Farmers & Much More Schumer: Bipartisan Funding Bill Is A Major Win For New York State On a conference call with New York State reporters, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer announced today that he successfully negotiated a bipartisan and historic agreement that will significantly increase feder… Continue Reading


02.06.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $96,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE IRA DAVENPORT MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN STEUBEN COUNTY

Funds Will Help Purchase Telemedicine Equipment To Expand Hospital Medical Services U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $96,775 in federal funding for the Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital in Steuben County. The grant was provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Distance Learning and Telemedicine program. The funds will be used to purchase telemedicine equipment such as carts, digital stethoscopes, ex… Continue Reading


02.06.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $460,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR CATTARAUGUS-ALLEGANY-ERIE-WYOMING BOCES

Funding Will Be Used To Provide Interactive Distance Learning Services U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $466,686 in federal funding for the Cattaraugus-Allegany-Erie-Wyoming Board of Cooperative Educational Services (CA BOCES). The grant was provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Distance Learning and Telemedicine program. The funds will be used to purchase video conferencing equipment, network-en… Continue Reading


02.06.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $500,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE NEW YORK STATE OFFICE OF MENTAL HEALTH

Funding Will Help Purchase Telemedicine Equipment To Provide Enhanced Mental Health Services U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $500,000 in federal funding to the New York State Office of Mental Health. The grant was provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Distance Learning and Telemedicine program. The funds will be used to purchase telemedicine equipment, such as video conference equipment, tablet… Continue Reading


02.05.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: TENS-OF-THOUSANDS OF LONG ISLANDERS HAVE PREPAID 2018 PROPERTY TAXES HOPING TO EASE PAIN OF NEW FED TAX LAW; BUT MANY UNSURE IF THEIR EFFORT WAS FOR NAUGHT; SENATOR DEMANDS IRS HONOR PRE-PAYMENTS & IMMEDIATELY ALLOW LI’ERS TO DEDUCT PREPAID TAXES THIS FILING SEASON

Long Islanders Are Now Beginning To Prepare For Filing Their Taxes & Senator Says They-And All New Yorkers-Should Be Allowed To Deduct Their 2018 Property Taxes Prepaid To State And Local Governments; New Tax Law Caps SALT Deduction At $10,000 From Hempstead To Oyster Bay To East Hampton & Brookhaven, LI'ers Have Done Everything Possible To Protect Their Wallets; Feds Should Allow 2017 Pre-payments To Count For 2018 Schumer To IRS: Allow LI'ers To Claim Their Full SALT Deduction With … Continue Reading


02.01.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $11.5 MILLION IN FEDERAL HEAD START AND EARLY HEAD START FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY ACTION ORG OF ERIE COUNTY

Funding Will Be Used To Support Early Education For Low-Income Children In Western New York U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $11,549,528 for Head Start and Early Head Start programs at the Community Action Organization of Erie County. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and will be used to support child care services and early childhood education for low-income familie… Continue Reading

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