Press Releases

08.08.17

SCHUMER REVEALS: EFFORT TO MAKE SLEEP APNEA TESTING & SCREENING LAW OF THE LAND FOR RAIL WORKERS & COMMERCIAL DRIVERS HAS JUST BEEN ABRUPTLY CANCELLED BY THE FEDS—AND FOR NO GOOD REASON; SENATOR CITES LIRR LESSONS FROM ACCIDENTS LIKE ATLANTIC TERMINAL & SPUYTEN DUYVIL IN DEMANDING FEDS GET NATIONAL SLEEP APNEA TESTING PLAN BACK ON TRACK

After Long Fought Schumer Push, In 2016 Fed Railroad Admin Finally Agreed To Begin Process For Requiring Sleep Apnea Testing For Train Operators; But Now With Sudden Fed Back-Track On Critical Safety Pledge, Senator Says Lives Are At Risk; And Even Though LIRR Has Committed To Implementing Testing, Lack Of Fed Mandate Is Cause For Real Concern Senator Says Without Proactive Testing & Screening, Deadly Derailments & Big-Rig Accidents Will Keep Happening; Failure To Implement Testing … Continue Reading


08.07.17

SCHUMER: ROCHESTER VIETNAM VET BATTLING TERMINAL CANCER LINKED TO AGENT ORANGE EXPOSURE DURING HIS MILITARY SERVICE IS SEEING HIS COMPENSATION CLAIMS DENIED BECAUSE VA DOESN'T AUTOMATICALLY RECOGNIZE HIS CANCER AS ‘AGENT ORANGE-RELATED’; SENATOR CALLS ON FEDS TO ESTABLISH A PRESUMPTION OF SERVICE CONNECTION FOR GLIOBLASTOMA SO VETERANS CAN GET THE BENEFITS THEY’VE EARNED & DESERVE

Schumer: Vets Like Rochester Resident Tom Cray -Who Served Two Combat Tours In Vietnam And Was Exposed To Agent Orange- Are Now, Decades Later Being Diagnosed With Glioblastoma VA Does Not  Recognize Glioblastoma‎ ‎As An Agent Orange-Related Illness And Thus Forces Vets Like Tom To Pursue An Arduous Years-Long Appeals Process To Get Disability Compensation Schumer Calls On U.S. Department Of Veterans' Affairs To Establish A Presumption Of Service Connection For Glioblastoma,… Continue Reading


08.07.17

SCHUMER: PROPOSED CUTS TO WEATHER SATELLITE PROGRAM COULD LEAD TO MORE DANGEROUSLY DELAYED TORNADO & OTHER STORM WARNINGS; LAST MONTH’S RARE TORNADOS IN BUFFALO DEMONSTRATE THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING DEPENDABLE, ACCURATE WEATHER FORECASTS; CALLS ON NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TO INVESTIGATE REPORTED DELAYED TORNADO MOBILE ALERT?, AND CALLS ON HOUSE OF REPS TO REVERSE MASSIVE CUTS TO WEATHER SATELLITE PROGRAM

Schumer: Satellites Orbiting High Above Earth Gather 85% Of Crucial Forecast Data To Protect Upstate New York's Towns & Farms; Senator Says Proposed Cuts To Satellite Program Could Lead To Less Accurate & Timely Warnings Of Megastorms And Tornados Schumer: With Stronger & Unpredictable Weather Conditions Almost On Regular Basis In Upstate, Senator Launches Push To Protect Millions Needed To Upgrade, Repair & Replace Essential U.S. Extreme Weather Satellite System Schumer: Any … Continue Reading


08.07.17

SCHUMER REVEALS: PROPOSED $369M CUT TO WEATHER SATELLITE PROGRAM COULD LEAD TO DANGEROUSLY DELAYED STORM WARNINGS IN NYC & LI; THIS WEEK’S STORMS GENERATED WEATHER ALERTS THAT COULD BE INACCURATE IF CUTS ARE NOT REVERSED; SENATOR CALLS ON HOUSE OF REPS TO UNDO MASSIVE CUTS TO WEATHER SATELLITE PROGRAM; CITES LESSONS OF SANDY & NEW WARNINGS ABOUT THIS YEAR’S HURRICANE SEASON

President Just Tweeted About Hurricane Preparedness But Schumer Says Slashing Funds To These Critical Satellites That Gather 85% Of U.S. Weather Data Could Do Big Harm To NYC & LI, Where Down-To-The-Block Forecasts Are Demanded; Big Storms Like Sandy Or Joaquin, Even Average Summer Thunderstorms Need Satellites To Deliver Accurate Forecasting This Year's Hurricane Season Predictors Put NY At More Risk Than Some Mid-Atlantic States; Senator Launches Push To Protect Fed Funds Needed To Upgra… Continue Reading


08.04.17

IN ONE-ON-ONE MEETING, SCHUMER URGES FEMA ADMINISTRATOR BROCK LONG TO SWIFTLY APPROVE DISASTER DECLARATION FOR AREAS IMPACTED BY SEVERE FLOODING FROM LAKE ONTARIO

Senator To FEMA: Swiftly Approve Aid For Communities Ravaged By Lake Ontario's Record High Water Levels U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, during an in-person meeting with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator, urged him to swiftly review and approve New York State's request for a major disaster declaration for communities affected by flooding along Lake Ontario. Schumer urged the Administrator to expeditiously review and recommend that the President approve … Continue Reading


08.04.17

STANDING AT ADIRONDACK REGIONAL AIRPORT, SCHUMER DOUBLES DOWN ON HIS EFFORT TO FIGHT HARMFUL CUTS TO ESSENTIAL AIR SERVICE PROGRAM; SENATOR SAYS FED FUNDING IS VITAL TO AIR SERVICE IN THE NORTH COUNTRY AND VOWS TO PREVENT HARMFUL CUTS FROM EVER TAKING-OFF

Admin Budget Seeks To Eliminate Funds That Are Critical To Air Service In Saranac Lake, Watertown, Massena, Ogdensburg And Many Other Airports Schumer: Cuts To North Country's Airports And Air Service Should Not Clear Senate Runway U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today launched a major push to protect important air service in Upstate New York, especially at Saranac Lake, Watertown, Massena and Ogdensburg International Airports from proposed cuts by the Administration. The recent… Continue Reading


08.04.17

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $787,000 IN CDBG FUNDING FOR POUGHKEEPSIE

Funding Will Be Used To Upgrade Hazardous Sidewalks, Purchase Vehicles And Vital Safety Equipment For The Fire Department, Repair Aging Infrastructure And Support Programs For A Needy Seniors And Children U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kristen Gillibrand today announced $787,692 in federal funding for the City of Poughkeepsie. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) … Continue Reading


08.04.17

SCHUMER CO-SPONSORS BIPARTISAN TAYLOR FORCE ACT, WHICH WILL CUT U.S. FUNDS THAT DIRECTLY BENEFIT THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY UNLESS PAYMENTS TO ?TERRORISTS AND THEIR FAMILIES ARE HALTED

Legislation is Named for Taylor Force, An American Student Who Was Tragically Killed By a Palestinian Terrorist in Israel Last Year; Relatives of the Terrorist Who Killed Taylor Force-And Other Terrorists Who Have Committed Heinous Acts--Are Being Paid a Monthly Stipend From the 'Palestinian Authority Martyr's Fund' Taylor Force Act Aims to Stop Palestinian Authority’s Policy of Rewarding Terrorists & Their Families By Restricting U.S. Funds That Benefit the PA, Unless They Cease Thi… Continue Reading


08.03.17

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $3 MILLION IN FEDERAL EARLY HEAD START FUNDS FOR THE COMMUNITY ACTION ORGANIZATION OF ERIE COUNTY

Funding will be used to Support Early Education for Low-Income Children in Western New York Buffalo, NY - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $3,040,919 for 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 for low-income families in Western New York. "Stu… Continue Reading


08.03.17

IN ONE-ON-ONE MEETING, SCHUMER URGES FEMA ADMINISTRATOR BROCK LONG TO STAND READY TO SWIFTLY APPROVE DISASTER DECLARATION FOR UPSTATE NEW YORK COUNTIES IMPACTED BY RECENT THUNDERSTORMS AND SEVERE FLOODING

Schumer To FEMA Boss: Stand Ready To Approve Aid for Upstate New Yorkers U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, during an in-person meeting with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator, urged him to stand ready to swiftly review and approve any forthcoming requests from New York State for a major disaster declaration following recent thunderstorms and severe flooding in Upstate New York last month. Schumer pushed the Administrator to stand ready to expeditiously re… Continue Reading


08.03.17

SCHUMER, IN MEETING WITH SECRETARY OF THE ARMY NOMINEE, DR. MARK ESPER URGES HIM, IF CONFIRMED, TO CONTINUE WORKING WITH HARRIS CORP

During In-Person Meeting With Nominee For Secretary Of The Army, Schumer Urges Him To Continue The Army's Work With Harris Radio Schumer Told The Army Secretary Nominee, Dr. Mark Esper, Of The Importance Of Harris' Radios To Our Military And The Rochester-Finger Lakes’ Economy Schumer To Army Secretary Nominee: Products Made By Harris Corp Are Used Every Day Around The World U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, during an in-person meeting with the nominee for U.S. Secretary … Continue Reading


08.02.17

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $42,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR FIVE MILE POINT FIRE COMPANY, INC

Federal Funding Will Be Used To Purchase System Filling And Maintaining Breathing Apparatus Tanks U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $42,048 in federal funding for the Five Mile Point Fire Company, Inc. in Broome County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the Five Mile Fire Company, Inc. will use the funding to purchase new air casca… Continue Reading


08.02.17

IN ONE-ON-ONE MEETING, SCHUMER URGES SECRETARY OF THE ARMY NOMINEE, DR. MARK ESPER, IF CONFIRMED, TO CONTINUE MAKING FORT DRUM AN ARMY PRIORITY AND TOUTS BASE’S POSITIVE IMPACT ON REGION; SCHUMER ALSO URGES NOMINEE TO VISIT FORT DRUM

In Recent Years, Schumer Has Successfully Fought To Shield Fort Drum From Budget Cuts And Has Secured Significant Investments For The Base Schumer Stressed To Nominee, Dr. Mark Esper, How Essential Fort Drum Is To Both Our Nation's Defense And The North Country's Economy Schumer To Army Secretary Nominee: Come Witness Fort Drum’s Capabilities First-Hand U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, during an in-person meeting with the nominee for U.S. Secretary of the Army Dr. Mark Es… Continue Reading


08.02.17

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $25K FOR THE VILLAGE OF JOHNSON CITY IN BROOME COUNTY

Federal Funding Will Be Used For New Emergency Vehicle Equipment U. S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $25,000 for the Village of Johnson City in Broome County. The funding was allocated through the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Economic Impact Initiative Program. Specifically, the Village Johnson City will use the funding to purchase a new 2017 patrol SUV and an unmarked 2017 police vehicle. The vehicles will be … Continue Reading


08.02.17

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $3 MILLION IN FEDERAL HEAD START FUNDS FOR THE COMMISSION ON ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY IN THE CAPITAL REGION

Funding will be used to Support Early Education for Low-Income Children in the Capital Region Albany, NY - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $3,192,469 for Head Start and Early Head Start programs at the Commission on Economic Opportunity (CEO) for the Greater Capital Region. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and will be used to support and grow early education and de… Continue Reading


08.02.17

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $2 MILLION IN FEDERAL HEAD START FUNDS FOR ALBANY COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP

Head Start Program Will Use Funding to Continue to Provide Early Education for Low-Income Children in Albany County Albany, NY - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,336,005 for Head Start services at Albany Community Action Partnership (ACAP). The federal funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Head Start Program and will be used to support and grow early education and development service… Continue Reading


08.01.17

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES $12 MILLION ARMY ORDER FOR HARRIS MANPACK RADIOS; WORK WILL BE A BIG SHOT IN THE ARM FOR THE FINGER LAKES’ ECONOMY AND WILL ENHANCE TROOP COMMUNICATION

This Fed Investment Is Critical To Growth Of Rochester & Harris Radio Schumer: This Is A Win-Win For Our Troops, Harris, And the Finger Lakes' Economy U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer announced today that Harris Corp. in Rochester New York received a $12 million order from the U.S. Army to deliver 100 manpack radios. "This well-earned, $12 million order will support jobs at Harris Radio, in addition to boosting the entire Rochester-area economy. Harris Radio has proved tim… Continue Reading


08.01.17

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $1.5 MILLION IN FEDERAL HEAD START FUNDS FOR THE SALVATION ARMY IN CENTRAL NEW YORK

Early Head Start Program Will Use Funding to Continue to Provide Early Education for Low-Income Children in Central New York U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,529,532 for Early Head Start Programs run by the Salvation Army. The federal funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Early Head Start Program and will be used to support child care and grow early education and development services f… Continue Reading


07.31.17

IN THE WAKE OF A DEATH & ANOTHER CONFIRMED CASE OF POWASSAN VIRUS IN CAPITAL REGION, SCHUMER WILL DOUBLE DOWN ON HIS PUSH TO GET FEDS TO STOP MOVING AT SNAIL’S PACE, AND INSTEAD TO AGGRESSIVELY IMPLEMENT NEW LAW THAT WOULD FAST-TRACK RESEARCH, VACCINES & STRATEGIES TO STAMP OUT DISEASE-CARRYING-TICKS – AND BETTER PROTECT CAPITAL REGION KIDS & FAMILIES

Senator: With More Reported Lyme Infections Each Year From Lyme-Carrying Ticks - Some Also Infected With Rare, Powassan Virus - Feds Need To Stop Crawling While Tick-Borne Diseases Are Rapidly Spreading And Putting Kids And Families At Risk Schumer:  With Recent Death & Another Confirmed Case Of Deadly Powassan Virus, Feds Must Work Faster So Cures Are Delivered & So Public-Especially Kids-Are Better Protected Schumer To Feds: Get Serious About Preventing More … Continue Reading


07.31.17

SCHUMER: THE OWASCO FLATS WETLAND RESTORATION PROJECT – WHICH WILL REDUCE DANGEROUS TOXINS IN OWASCO LAKE, THE COUNTY’S LARGEST SOURCE OF DRINKING WATER – HAS BEEN HELD UP BY RED-TAPE FOR OVER 6 YEARS; SENATOR SAYS U.S. ARMY CORPS MUST IMMEDIATELY ISSUE PERMIT SO PROJECT CAN FINALLY BEGIN

In Recent Years, Cayuga County Found Detectable Levels Of Toxins In Auburn and Owasco Treated Water Drawn From Algae-Plagued Owasco Lake; Owasco Flats Wetland Restoration Is One Tool Officials Will Use To Beat Back Algae Blooms And Protect Drinking Water Owasco Flats Wetland Restoration Project - Which Is Imperative To Reducing The Sediment and Nutrient Run-Off That Causes Algae Blooms in Owasco Lake - Was Funded By NYS In 2011, But Has Been Held Up By State and Federal Permitting Processes … Continue Reading

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