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01.05.18

SCHUMER: NEW REPORT REVEALS OPIOID SCOURGE IS ACCELERATING AND TAKING DEADLY TOLL IN WESTCHESTER & ROCKLAND COMMUNITIES – UP NEARLY 200%; SENATOR WILL LAUNCH A NEW PUSH TO FIGHT CRISIS BY INCREASING FED FUNDS DURING NEXT WEEK’S FINAL BUDGET NEGOTIATIONS

New Data Shows 2016 Rate of Drug Overdose Deaths In The U.S. Increased By An Unprecedented 21%; Westchester And Rockland Counties Have Not Been Spared, With 143 Opioid Overdose Deaths In 2016, A Nearly 200% Increase From 49 Deaths In 2015 Schumer Says Startling New CDC Data Serves As Shot Across the Bow And Reason We Must Secure Additional Federal Funds Here At Home    Schumer: Westchester And Rockland Counties Desperately Need Additional Federal Funding To Beat Back Opioid Sco… Continue Reading


01.05.18

IN WAKE OF RECENT FATAL CHEMICAL EXPLOSION AND FIRE AT COSMETIC FACTORY, SCHUMER VISITS NEW WINDSOR TO CALL ON FEDS TO IMMEDIATELY IMPROVE THEIR COORDINATION & COMMUNICATION SYSTEM WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, FIRE DEPARTMENTS & FIRST RESPONDERS, WHEN A COMPANY IS CITED WITH SERIOUS VIOLATIONS, ESPECIALLY WITH FLAMMABLE AND COMBUSTIBLE MATERIALS

Schumer Launches Effort To Ensure Local Governments Are Notified When Companies Like Verla International Are Cited For Mishandling Of Flammable Or Hazardous Substances Senator Says  Emergency Response Agencies Should Always Be Notified Of Serious Health & Environmental Violations So They Can Proactively Prevent Accidents and Prepare To Respond When An Issue Arises  Schumer: Feds Notification System To Local First Responders For Serious OSHA Violations Needs A Complete Makeover … Continue Reading


01.05.18

SCHUMER CALLS ON U.S. ARMY TO POSTHUMOUSLY HONOR 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 of Six & Went Back Into Inferno Four More Times To Save Others When He Was Killed Schumer Says Mensah, an Immigrant from Ghana, Showed Courage, Sacrifice & Utter Selflessness & Deserves To Be Recognized Schumer: Pfc. Mensah Was A Soldier, Immigrant, First Generation American, NY'er, But Above All Else, He Was a Hero U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the U.S. Department… Continue Reading


01.02.18

SCHUMER PUSHES PLAN TO RESTORE PENSION TO THOUSANDS OF LONG ISLAND FAMILIES WHO WORKED THEIR WHOLE LIVES & ARE LOSING LONG-PROMISED PENSION PAYMENTS THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN; NEW LEGISLATION COULD PULL PENSION PLAN OUT OF FINANCIAL TROUBLE TO AVOID FURTHER BENEFIT CUTS IN YEARS TO COME

Over 4,500 Long Island-Area Teamster Families Are Now Victims Of A Pension System That Could Collapse On Itself; These Teamsters Have Worked For Years Paying Into The System, But Now Have Been Forced to Take a 30 Percent Cut in Benefits & Could Lose Even More Of Their Hard-Earned Pension Without Action, The Plan Could Suffer Further Financial Trouble and Beneficiaries Could See Additional Cuts; But Schumer-Backed "Butch Lewis Act" Would Help Plans Meet Their Obligations Without Hurting Ret… Continue Reading


01.02.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: NEW REPORT SAYS OPIOID SCOURGE TAKING HUGE TOLL; STATEN ISLAND IS AT NYC'S OPIOID EPICENTER; SENATOR LAUNCHES PUSH TO FIGHT CRISIS & INCREASE FED FUNDS TO NEW YORK AS BUDGET DEAL LOOMS

New Data Shows 2016 Rate of Drug Overdose Deaths in the U.S. Increased by 21 Percent; Staten Island Has Not Been Spared, With Highest Rate of Overdose Deaths in All of NYC Schumer Says Startling New Data Serves as Shot Across the Bow And Reason We Must Secure Additional Federal Funds Here At Home Schumer: SI Depends On Upcoming Budget Deal To Beat Back Opioid Scourge  U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today launched a public push to fight the deadly opioid crisis and said he will do ever… Continue Reading


12.22.17

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF “KEVIN & AVONTE’S LAW”; SCHUMER’S BILL WOULD HELP LOCATE CHILDREN WITH AUTISM WHO WANDER FROM THE SAFETY OF THEIR CAREGIVERS; SENATOR NOW CALLS FOR SWIFT PASSAGE IN THE HOUSE

Just This Month, Two NYC Children With Autism Went Wandering, But Were Thankfully Found Safe; Incidents Could Have Been Prevented By Wearable Tracking Devices That Allow Law Enforcement To Locate Vulnerable Children And Adults - Almost Half Of Children With Autism Will Wander At Least Once Schumer's Legislation, "Kevin & Avonte's Law," Which Just Passed the Senate, Would Create A Vital Grant Program To Provide Families With Lifesaving Locator Devices Schumer: Now, House Must Act & Quic… Continue Reading


12.22.17

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND AND 13 SENATE DEMOCRATS CALL ON THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO HOLD RAILROADS ACCOUNTABLE FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF POSITIVE TRAIN CONTROL AFTER FATAL DERAILMENTS AND SAFETY LAPSES

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined a group of 13 Senate Democrats to call on Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao to hold railroads accountable for failing to implement sufficient safety measures. The Senators have requested a status report on railroads' implementation of positive train control (PTC), a lifesaving technology required by Congressional mandate to be fully implemented by 2018. The Senators' letter comes four days after an Am… Continue Reading


12.21.17

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $1.5 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR NEW ADVANCED MANUFACTURING FACILITY AT HUDSON VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Schumer, Gillibrand: Federal Investment Will Train Workers To Adapt To New World Of High-Tech Manufacturing U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,500,000 in federal funding for Hudson Valley Community College. The funding was allocated through the Economic Development Administration (EDA) and will be used for a new Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (AMT) training facility.  Specifically, this investment will support a n… Continue Reading


12.18.17

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES UPSTATE NY COMPANY – PIONEER IN WYOMING AND CHEMUNG COUNTIES – HAVE BEEN AWARDED CRITICAL CONTRACT THAT IS ESTIMATED TO CREATE 200 JOBS ACROSS UPSTATE NY

The Department of Education Awarded Pioneer New Contract to Resume Its Work With Federal Student Loan Borrowers Recovering From Defaults  - With New Contract, Local Wyoming & Chemung County Company will Hire 200 Workers U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced that Pioneer Credit Recovery with operations in Wyoming County and Chemung Counties will begin hiring 200 new workers as a result of a new award-term extension contract awarded to Pi… Continue Reading


12.18.17

SCHUMER URGES FEDERAL WETLAND REVIEW AND APPROVAL TO CLEAR THE WAY FOR LEGOLAND DEVELOPMENT AND HUNDREDS OF NEW JOBS AND NEW TAX REVENUE; SCHUMER URGES ARMY CORPS TO EXPEDITE REVIEW THAT COULD UNLOCK OPPORTUNITY FOR ORANGE COUNTY

Schumer Urges Army Corps To Issue Review And Approve Proposal So Legoland Can Turn Vacant Property In Orange County Into A Family Theme Park Destination That Will Provide Jobs For Residents and Significant Tax Revenue for Localities, Including Goshen; Schumer Says Park Can Boost The Local Economy And Bring Hundreds Of Jobs To Orange County Project Expected To Employ More Than 500 Permanent Full-Time Jobs, 500 Seasonal Jobs, 300-Part-Time Jobs And An Additional 800 Construction Jobs; But Before… Continue Reading


12.17.17

SCHUMER REVEALS: FEDS POSSESS TECHNOLOGY TO HELP DETECT SUICIDE VESTS IN SUBWAYS, TRAIN STATIONS & AIRPORTS – BUT WITHOUT MORE TESTS, LIFE-SAVING, TERROR-PREVENTING TECHNOLOGY COULD SIT IN LIMBO FOR YEARS; SENATOR URGES TSA TO PARTNER WITH TRANSIT AGENCIES, BRING NEXT-GEN TECH TO NYC FOR TESTS & SPEED UP PLANS TO ADOPT NATIONALLY

Amidst New ISIS Threat To NYC & On Heels Of Last Week's Failed Terror Attack In Subway, Schumer Says Feds Must Rigorously Test Bomb Detection Technology In NYC & Speed-Up Adoption Of Machines That Should Be Placed In Some Of NYC's Busiest Transit Hubs, Like Subways, Penn Station & Airports TSA Has Been Working On The Technology Since 2004 With Partners Like Amtrak & NJT; Schumer Says, Given Era Of Terror & Lone Wolves, Feds Must Put Device That Can Detect Suicide Vests On Th… Continue Reading


12.15.17

SCHUMER: FCC VOTE TO END NET NEUTRALITY – ALLOWING ACCESS TO THE WEB TO BE BLOCKED OR SLOWED FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS -- SIMPLY CANNOT STAND; REPEAL OF NET NEUTRALITY WILL TURN INTERNET INTO A TOLL ROAD, WHERE ONLY THE HIGHEST PAYING CUSTOMERS WILL RULE; SENATOR PUSHES PLAN TO OVERTURN DECISION WITH A MAJORITY VOTE BY CONGRESS

Yesterday's Vote By The FCC To Repeal Net Neutrality Could Jack Up The Cost Of Internet Access & Means The Internet Is No Longer Open Or Fair Internet Service Providers (ISPs) Will Now Be Allowed To Deliberately Speed Up Or Slow Down Traffic From Specific Websites, Apps, Or Charge More For Different Content Schumer: We Must Hit 'Control, Alt, Delete' On FCC’s Vote To Kill The Open Internet Standing at WeWork headquarters, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced support for… Continue Reading


12.14.17

SCHUMER REVEALS: SOLDIERS ABROAD MAY NOT GET THEIR CHRISTMAS TREES THIS YEAR; RED-RIBBON TAPE IS STOPPING U.S. POSTAL SERVICE FROM DELIVERING TREES; SENATOR DEMANDS FEDS IMMEDIATELY SHIP TREES & SAVE CHRISTMAS FOR SOLDIERS SERVING ABROAD

Schumer: Fed Policy That Blocks Shipping Christmas Trees Is Straight Out of The Grinch's Playbook U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today urged United States Postal Service Postmaster General Megan Brennan to immediately waive any and all procedural changes that are preventing New Yorkers from sending donated Christmas trees to soldiers serving overseas. According to Schumer, this week dozens of donated Christmas trees in New York were returned to sender by the United States Posta… Continue Reading


12.14.17

AHEAD OF CHRISTMAS, SCHUMER PUSHES FED BOP TO HIRE ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST IN BROOKLYN’S FEDERAL PRISON; INMATES HAVE BEEN WITHOUT CHAPLAIN SINCE FEBRUARY; CHAPLAINS HELP MAKE PRISONS SAFER & MORE SECURE

Despite Months Without Permanent Coverage, Federal Bureau of Prisons Has Yet to Hire A Priest at Metropolitan Detention Center With Christmas Fast Approaching, Schumer Says a Catholic Chaplain Should Be Hired Immediately; Senator Says Priest Could Help Provide a Safer Environment & Offer Spiritual Guidance to Inmates Seeking Support Amidst the Christmas season, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer revealed that the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is dragging on hiring a priest for Brooklyn's … Continue Reading


12.14.17

SCHUMER REVEALS: SOLDIERS ABROAD MAY NOT GET THEIR CHRISTMAS TREES THIS YEAR; RED-RIBBON TAPE IS STOPPING U.S. POSTAL SERVICE FROM DELIVERING TREES; SENATOR DEMANDS FEDS IMMEDIATELY SHIP TREES & SAVE CHRISTMAS FOR SOLDIERS SERVING ABROAD

Schumer: Fed Policy That Blocks Shipping Christmas Trees Is Straight Out of The Grinch's Playbook U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today urged United States Postal Service Postmaster General Megan Brennan to immediately waive any and all procedural changes that are preventing New Yorkers from sending donated Christmas trees to soldiers serving overseas. According to Schumer, this week dozens of donated Christmas trees in New York were returned to sender by the United States Pos… Continue Reading


12.12.17

ON FIRST NIGHT OF HANUKKAH, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF BIPARTISAN BILL TO HELP HOLOCAUST VICTIMS & FAMILIES ACHIEVE SOME JUSTICE; BILL WILL FURTHER ADVANCE EFFORTS AT RESTITUTION OF ASSETS STOLEN BY THE NAZI REGIME FROM VICTIMS OF THE HOLOCAUST; SENATOR CALLS ON HOUSE TO PASS LEGISLATION

Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today (JUST) Act Will Help Holocaust Survivors & Families of Holocaust Victims By Requiring the State Dept. Report on Progress of The Return of or Restitution for Nazi-Confiscated Assets Schumer: JUST Act is a Drop of Justice in What Was An Ocean of Injustice U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced Senate passage of the Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today (JUST) Act, which will assist Holocaust survivors and the families of Holocaust … Continue Reading


12.12.17

SCHUMER STATEMENT ON SUPPORTING TRUCK UNDERRIDE GUARD LEGISLATION, IN WAKE OF TRAGIC I-81 ACCIDENT

Schumer: Lack Of Safety "Underride Guards" On Trucks Is A Flashing Red Light "Requiring trucks be equipped with underride guards is a proven technology that will save lives and make our roads safer. Whether to get to work or to drop their kids off at school or to get home for the holidays, most New Yorkers drive regularly on roads where our truck safety standards are lacking and in need of improvement to fill critical gaps and adapt to new safety technology. The reality is underride guards o… Continue Reading


12.11.17

SCHUMER: BUFFALO’S NORTHLAND CORRIDOR REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT IS AT RISK IF CONGRESS ELIMINATES HISTORIC TAX CREDIT; SENATOR URGES NATIONAL PARK SERVICE TO EXPEDITE APPROVAL PROCESS SO THAT PROPERTY BECOMES ELIGIBLE FOR VITAL FEDERAL HISTORIC TAX CREDITS, WHICH COULD TOTAL $16M FOR THIS PROJECT BEFORE CREDIT IS POTENTIALLY ELIMINATED BY GOP TAX BILL

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 called on the National Park Service (NPS) to approve the Northland Corridor Redevelopment Project's request for i… Continue Reading


12.10.17

SCHUMER: CONSUMERS MAY NOT BE INFORMED OF BAG FEES WHEN THEY BUY PLANE TICKETS THIS CHRISTMAS; PASSENGERS COULD ARRIVE AT AIRPORTS & BE SOCKED WITH COSTS; DOT'S NEW STANCE COULD ALLOW AIRLINES TO CHARGE CUSTOMERS EVEN MORE MONEY FOR CHECKED BAGS AT AIRPORTS & HIDE BAG FEES IN THE FINE PRINT; SENATOR PUSHES TO RESTORE RULE BEFORE BAG FEES TAKEOFF

USDOT Just Decided-- Out Of Thin Air -- To Scrap A Critical Consumer Protection That Would Have Forced Airlines to Disclose Bag Fees Upfront; Senator Worries, Without Disclosure, Bag Fee Increases Are On The Way Latest Decision Is Made Even Worse By Recent USDOT's Notices To Axe Other Consumer Protections Including Ones for Missing Or Damaged Wheelchairs; Meanwhile, Airlines Collected $7 Billion In Baggage Fees In 2016 Alone Schumer: USDOTs Last-Minute Christmas Gift To Airlines Hurts Consumer… Continue Reading


12.08.17

FOR 19 YEARS IN A ROW, DURING HIS FIRST YEAR AS U.S. SENATE DEM LEADER, SCHUMER COMPLETES TOUR OF ALL 62 NEW YORK COUNTIES; ANNUAL TOUR OF STATE FINISHES WITH VISIT TO COLUMBIA COUNTY – 2017 CONCLUDES WITH A TOTAL OF 107 VISITS TO UPSTATE NY & LONG ISLAND

During Schumer's 1998 Senate Election, He Made A Pledge To Visit Every Single New York County Each Year - After 19 Years, The Tradition Continues Even As Senate Dem Leader, Schumer Staunchly Believes That Visiting Every Single New York County Is Essential To His Daily Work In U.S. Capitol   Schumer Leaves His Mark In All 62 Counties For 19th Year In A Row   U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, now the Senate minority leader today completed his 19th consecutive tour of all 62 N… Continue Reading

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