Press Releases

04.13.20

SCHUMER CALLS ON PRESIDENT TRUMP TO IMMEDIATELY APPROVE NEW YORK’S COST-SHARE WAIVER AND PICK UP 100% OF CORONAVIRUS DISASTER COSTS

As The Epicenter Of Pandemic And Suffering From Highest Number of Cases and Costs, NY Should Not Have To Foot The Bill For This Virus & Deserves Full Federal Support ASAP, Schumer Says - Just Like After Superstorm Sandy & 9-11 Following Personal Call To FEMA Administrator And The President, Schumer Urges Feds To Grant A Top NY Ask: 100% Federal Cost Share Schumer To Trump: NYers Continue To Pay The Ultimate Price Battling On The Frontlines Of COVID-19, They Shouldn't Have to Foot The B… Continue Reading


04.10.20

AFTER SECURING BILLIONS FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS IN ‘CORONA 3’ EMERGENCY PACKAGE, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND REBUKE FEDS FOR FAILNG TO DISTRIBUTE FUNDS BASED ON NEED; WITH NY AS EPICENTER OF PANDEMIC, NY’S 63 COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS HAVE BEEN LIFELINES TO BURSTING HOSPITALS & NEED ALL AVAILABLE RESOURCES ASAP

With The Coronavirus Pandemic Peaking In New York, NY's 63 Health Centers Are Playing A Big Role On The Front Lines; However, Funding Allocated Through HRSA Is Not Need-Based & Is Disproportional To Severity Of NY's Outbreak As Part of Marshall Plan for Healthcare, Schumer Allocated $$$ For Community Health Centers; However, Funding Must Be Fairly Distributed Schumer & Gillibrand Say Senators: New York Deserves More - Why Aren’t CHC’s Getting The Dollars They Need? Follo… Continue Reading


04.09.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $200,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR PRATTSBURGH BUSINESS DISTRICT WASTEWATER PROJECT

The Town Of Prattsburgh's Current Wastewater Treatment System Is Only Used By The Local School District; Regional Investment Will Be Used To Build Sewage System Capable Of Supporting Business Growth In Town Central Business District Schumer, Gillibrand Say $ Will Lead To Economic Revitalization Of Town & Bring New Jobs To Prattsburgh   Schumer, Gillibrand: Wastewater Project Is Investment Flowing Into Prattsburgh's Economic Future After calling for funding to support Prattsbur… Continue Reading


04.07.20

SCHUMER UNVEILS COVID-19 “HEROES FUND” PROPOSAL TO PROVIDE $25,000 PAY INCREASE TO ESSENTIAL WORKERS IN NY ON THE FRONT-LINE OF NATION’S PANDEMIC RESPONSE; UPSTATE WORKERS WHO ARE LEADING CORONAVIRUS FIGHT WOULD BENEFIT, FROM NURSES TO GROCERY STORE WORKERS

Schumer-Led "Heroes Fund," Proposal Would Provide Premium Pay To Reward, Retain, And Recruit Essential Frontline Workers Across Upstate New York Proposed COVID-19 "Heroes Fund" Consists Of Two Major Components-A $25,000 Premium Pay Increase For Essential Workers + A $15,000 Essential Worker Recruitment Incentive To Attract And Secure Workforce Needed To Fight Public Health Crisis Schumer: Essential Frontline Workers Across Upstate NY Are True Heroes Of COVID-19 Pandemic Response-“… Continue Reading


04.06.20

SCHUMER REVEALS: UPSTATE FARMERS FORCED TO WASTE MILK, CROPS, & MONEY IN THE MIDST OF GLOBAL PANDEMIC DUE TO DRAMATIC SUPPLY CHAIN DISRUPTIONS; SENATOR URGES SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE TO IMMEDIATELY RELEASE THE $9.5B SECURED IN RECENT EMERGENCY PACKAGE TO HELP NEW YORK’S +33,000 FARMS

With Restaurants, Schools, And Other Industries Shuttered Due To Coronavirus Outbreak, Demand For Dairy, Specialty & Local Crops Has Plummeted; With Millions In Losses Already - And Millions More Expected, NY Farmers Are Forced To Dump Product As Revenue Streams Dry Up During Health Crisis When Food Insecurity Is Rampant, Schumer Says New York Farms Are Essential Businesses & Need Support ASAP Schumer To USDA: With Wasted Milk, Crops, & Money, It's Time To Harvest The $9.5B In Em… Continue Reading


04.03.20

SCHUMER SUCCESSFULLY DEMANDS IRS SEND EMERGENCY $$$ TO NY SENIORS & MOST VULNERABLE ON SOCIAL SECURITY WITHOUT REQUIRING BUREAUCRATIC PAPERWORK; FOLLOWING SCHUMER’S CALL, IRS REVERSES COURSE & STREAMLINES MONEY TO NY SENIORS

In CARES Act, Schumer-Secured Provisions Provided Direct Cash Assistance To NY Seniors Without Having to File Tax Returns After Initially Releasing Guidance That Went Against Provisions Signed Into Law, IRS Heeds Schumer's Call, Reversing Requirements That Placed Unnecessary Burdens on Seniors and Other Vulnerable NYers In Accessing Critical $ Schumer: NY Seniors Have Enough To Worry About - Just Give Them Their Money! After successfully delivering billions to New York as part of last week's … Continue Reading


04.02.20

AFTER SECURING $100 BILLION MARSHALL PLAN FOR HEALTH CARE IN EMERGENCY PACKAGE, SCHUMER, IN DIRECT CALL TO HHS SECRETARY ALEX AZAR, DEMANDS IMMEDIATE GUIDANCE FOR PROGRAM & RELEASE OF DESPERATELY NEEDED FUNDS TO UPSTATE NEW YORK HOSPITALS & COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS ON THE FRONTLINES OF COMBATTING CORONAVIRUS

As Coronavirus Continues To Spread Throughout New York, Upstate Hospitals Are Increasingly Overwhelmed And Desperately Seeking Federal Aid; Funding Can Be Used For Beds, Retrofitting Facilities, Surge Capacity, and More As The Champion Of $100B Marshall Plan For Healthcare, Schumer Calls Sec. Azar & Demands Plan Be Enacted Immediately & Relief Sent to NY ASAP Schumer to HHS: I Fought For $100B Fund To Help NY Hospitals, Clinics, & Health Centers - It's Time To Put That $ To Work! … Continue Reading


03.31.20

FOLLOWING UNANIMOUS PASSAGE OF STIMULUS, BRINGING +$115 BILLION TO NEW YORK IMMEDIATELY, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NY COMMUNITIES WILL GET AN ADDITIONAL $2.4 BILLION IN CDBG FUNDING

The Coronavirus Pandemic Has Stretched Upstate NY Facilities Thin And Left Vulnerable Populations Behind; Schumer Fought To Include $$ For Upstate Public Infrastructure, Creating Good-Paying Jobs & Supporting Local Housing And Development Projects Schumer, Gillibrand Say Additional Dollars for CDBG Program Will Help Mitigate Local Economic Crises By Investing In Neighborhood Revitalization Efforts & Provide Essential Funds For Transformative Development Initiatives Across New York State… Continue Reading


03.25.20

WITH SENATE PASSAGE OF “CORONA 3” EMERGENCY LEGISLATION, SCHUMER DELIVERS $40 BILLION+ TO NEW YORK & ITS CITIZENS; SENATOR SAYS FINAL DEAL PUTS WORKERS & FAMILIES FIRST, WHILE SUPPORTING PUBLIC HEALTH EFFORTS & INSTITUTIONS VITAL TO COMBATING THE VIRUS

Schumer Doggedly Negotiated For Days To Deliver On A Plan That Best Protected NY Workers, Small Biz & Health Centers So They Can Receive The Help They Need Amid Crisis; Plan Will Also Deliver Billions In Sorely Needed State & Large County Aid Senator Secured Historic 'Unemployment On Steroids'; His 'Marshall Plan' For Hospitals & Health Centers; Billions To Rescue NY Hospitals & Critical Assistance For Seniors, Child Care, Families & More Amid Crisis; Deal Puts New York&rsqu… Continue Reading


03.24.20

SCHUMER, HIGGINS REVEAL: CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION OFFICERS, INCLUDING THOSE WORKING IN WNY WORKING ON THE FRONTLINES OF CORONAVIRUS FIGHT, ARE NOT RECEIVING HAZARD PAY; REPS DEMAND DHS SECRETARY IMMEDIATELY IMPLEMENT PAYSCALE MEANT FOR OFFICIALS WORKING IN HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS

Despite The Quick, Devastating Spread Of Coronavirus In NY, CBP Officers Are Still Showing Up To Serve The Country CBP Officers Come Into Close Contact With Cross Border Traffic; Reps Say They Deserve Higher Pay For The Daily Risk They And Their Families Undertake Reps To DHS: CBP Officers Are Working In Hazardous Conditions; They Should Be Paid Accordingly ASAP On the heels of the U.S.-Canadian agreement on border travel restriction, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and U.S. Congressman B… Continue Reading


03.24.20

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, MORELLE URGE GENERAL MOTORS TO IMMEDIATELY BEGIN PRODUCING VENTILATORS AT ROCHESTER PLANT; REPS SAY ROCHESTER WORKFORCE CAN AND SHOULD PLAY A ROLE IN CORONAVIRUS FIGHT

With Severe Shortage Of Ventilators Expected As COVID-19 Rapidly Spreads, GM Is Ramping-Up Production Of Live-Saving Medical Device; Schumer, Gillibrand, Morelle Say GM's Rochester Plant Is The Perfect Place To Increase Production Reps Explain That GM's Rochester Plant Already Has The Facilities And Workforce At-The-Ready To Fight The Global Pandemic Reps To GM: Rochester Plant Is Revved Up And Ready To Go U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Congressman J… Continue Reading


03.20.20

AFTER PUTTING PRESSURE ON THE ADMINISTRATION EARLIER THIS WEEK, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP APPROVED NEW YORK’S REQUEST FOR A MAJOR DISASTER DECLARATION

Schumer, Gillibrand Successfully Demand For Administration To Approve Nation's First Major Disaster Declaration In Response To Coronavirus, Unlocking Full Disaster Relief Fund And Billions More For New York The Major Disaster Declaration Will Ensure FEMA Has Full Resources And Authority To Address Outbreak In New York, ASAP Senators: Get New York The Dollars And Support It Needs On The Frontlines of the Coronavirus Battle Following a major push to get full and expedited consideration for Ne… Continue Reading


03.19.20

SCHUMER CALLS ON DHS ACTING SECRETARY WOLF TO IMMEDIATELY CLARIFY ALL TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS TO CANADA, ALLOW VITAL CROSS-BORDER MEDICAL PERSONNEL & OTHER INDUSTRIES TO HELP AID PANDEMIC RESPONSE

WNY-ers Depend On Canadian Healthcare Workers To Staff Hospital, Clinics, & Medical Practices; Unclear Travel Rules To And From Canada Jeopardizes Access To Medical Care In Midst Of Public Health Emergency Schumer Reveals That Not Only Will Healthcare Be Affected By Border Closing, But Also Food-Banks, Homeless Shelters, & Sanitation And Manufacturing Industries: All Are Necessary In Coronavirus Fight Schumer to DHS: Clarify Border Rules ASAP To Prevent Confusion and Response Disrupti… Continue Reading


03.18.20

AFTER SCHUMER’S SUCCESSFUL PUSH TO INCLUDE NY-SPECIFIC MEASURES INTO FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND CORONAVIRUS BILL, SENATE PASSES FMAP LEGISLATION, UNLOCKING OVER $6 BILLION FOR NYS – THE MOST OF ANY STATE –AND MILLIONS FOR COUNTIES, TO SUPPORT NY’S FIGHT TO CONTAIN CORONAVIRUS SPREAD & COVER MOUNTING LOCAL COSTS

With Thousands Of New Yorkers Sick & Hundreds More Diagnosed Each Day, Schumer, Who Worked With House Leadership And Secured Senate Passage, Ensures Billions For NY To Fight Coronavirus With Bill Headed To President's Desk, Schumer Will Deliver Immediate Flow of +$6 Billion to NY State & Localities For Healthcare Costs, Plus $1B In Unemployment Benefits, Free Testing, Paid Emergency Leave, & Millions More For Homebound Seniors Who Need Meals & Other Critical Efforts Schumer: Ne… Continue Reading


03.11.20

WITH 190+ CONFIRMED CASES, NY HAS BECOME NATION’S EPICENTER OF CORONAVIRUS, BUT NY-ERS’ ACCESS TO TESTING CONTINUES TO LAG; SCHUMER DEMANDS ADMIN DO FIVE THINGS RIGHT NOW TO EXPAND, SPEED & AUTOMATE TESTING IN NY; SUSTAINED FOOT-DRAGGING ON TESTING IS NO HELP TO CONTAINING SPREAD & HAS LEFT US ALL WITH MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS

With NY In The Midst Of A State Of Emergency, Capacity To Test For Virus Is Still Largely One Giant Mishmash Senator Says Feds Must Approve Local Labs In Waiting, Create Special HHS Team To Manage Those Tests & Get Widely Distributed, Approve Automated Testing Still Sitting In Limbo, Staff A Special COVID-19 Hotline & Make Virus Tests' Co-Pay Free Schumer: Admin Has Created Its Own 'Cluster' On Corona While Failing Initial Response 'Test’ - 5 Immediate Actions Must Be Taken To F… Continue Reading


03.10.20

SCHUMER URGES ARMY TO REPLACE FORT DRUM FIRE DEPARTMENT’S TWO-DECADE OLD EMERGENCY APPARATUS; SENATOR SAYS WITHOUT OPERATIONAL LADDER TRUCK AND SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF FIRE ENGINES, COURAGEOUS FORT DRUM FIRST RESPONDERS ARE SEVERELY HAMSTRUNG

Fort Drum Fire Department's Emergency Apparatus Is Over Two-Decades Old And Obsolete; Five Of Installation's Fire Engines Recently Failed Inspection, First Responders Have No Access To A Ladder Truck Schumer Today Calls On Army To Expedite Its Planned Delivery Of A New Fire Engine To Fort Drum & Do Everything Possible To Help Installation Acquire A New Ladder Truck-Impossible Under Current Army Policy Schumer To Army: Provide Fort Drum’s Courageous Firefighters With The Tools They Ne… Continue Reading


03.10.20

ON THE HEELS OF +$1.5 MILLION IN FUNDING FROM APPALACHIAN REGIONAL COMMISSION FOR SOUTHERN TIER NETWORK IN CORNING, SCHUMER CALLS FOR EDA TO IMMEDIATELY AWARD A MATCHING $1.5 MILLION IN FEDERAL DOLLARS TO GET CRITICAL BROADBAND PROJECT STARTED ASAP

ARC Funding Will Be Used To Increase Corning's Internet Connection Redundancy & Resilience; However, Additional Federal Funding Is Needed For This Regional Investment To Start Schumer Calls For $1.5M To Bring High-Speed Internet To Steuben, Schuyler, Chemung, Yates, Tompkins, & Tioga Counties Schumer to EDA: It's Time to Advance This Critical Project For The Southern Tier Following a recent federal funding award of $1,552,594 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for the Sou… Continue Reading


03.05.20

AS CORONAVIRUS CONTINUES TO SPREAD IN NEW YORK, SCHUMER PUSHES TO MAKE CORONAVIRUS VACCINE FULLY COVERED BY MEDICARE ASAP; UPSTATE SENIORS WHO WILL NEED VACCINE THE MOST SHOULD NOT HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN SHELLING OUT OR GOING WITHOUT

With Over 20 Confirmed Cases In NY, Schumer Pushes A Special Protection Ensuring Those Most Susceptible To The Virus-Medicare's Seniors-Get The Vaccine Free If They Want It Senator Says New Push Can -And Should—Garner Bipartisan Support Schumer: It's Worth A Shot To Push Plan That Ensures Those Who Will Need Coronavirus Vaccine Most Can Get It Following multi-billion dollar bipartisan deal to fund the federal response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), U.S. Senator E. Charles Schum… Continue Reading


03.02.20

SCHUMER REVEALS: LONG ISLAND COUNTIES, LOCALITIES & HOSPITALS COULD SPEND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS TO TACKLE CORONAVIRUS; SENATOR UNVEILS FED PLAN TO GET THEM INJECTION OF FUNDING IN UPCOMING EMERGENCY DEAL

Right Now, Schumer Is Negotiating An Emergency, Bipartisan Funding Bill To Attack & Act On Coronavirus; He'll Cite LI Costs In Push To Make State & Local Needs Part Of This Week's Deal Announces Counties & Northwell Combined Could Spend Millions On Coronavirus Efforts As More NY Cases Could Present; It’s Only Fair To Provide Millions in Grant Funding Schumer: LI Will See Higher Costs, Simply Because Of Proximity-They Must Receive Fed Funds As the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19… Continue Reading


03.01.20

SCHUMER PUSHES TO MAKE CORONAVIRUS VACCINE FULLY COVERED BY MEDICARE; SENIORS WHO WILL NEED VACCINE THE MOST SHOULD NOT HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN SHELLING OUT OR GOING WITHOUT

Schumer Announces He'll Push A Special Protection In Looming Coronavirus Funding Deal That Ensures Those Most Susceptible To The Virus-Medicare's Seniors-Get The Vaccine Free If They Want It Senator Says New Push Can -And Should—Garner Bipartisan Support Schumer: It Is Worth A Shot To Push Plan That Ensures Those Who Will Need Coronavirus Vaccine Most Can Get It As he negotiates the multi-billion dollar bipartisan deal to fund the federal response to the Novel Coronavirus, U.S. Senato… Continue Reading

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