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03.10.17

SCHUMER: YET ANOTHER GRADE CROSSING ACCIDENT, THIS TIME IN NEWBURGH, SHOWS RAIL SAFETY STILL OFF TRACK; SENATOR URGES FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION TO IMMEDIATELY CONDUCT REVIEW OF RAIL-CROSSING GATE-WARNING REQUIREMENTS, ESTABLISH AN OUTREACH CAMPAIGN FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES NEAR CROSSINGS & LAUNCHES PUSH FOR INCREASED FUNDING FOR RAIL SAFETY GRANT PROGRAMS

On Tuesday, A CSX Freight Train Derailed After Slamming Into A Truck In The Middle Of A Newburgh Rail Crossing, Scattering Freight Cars All Over The Tracks Many Lives Could Have Been Put At Risk - Schumer Says FRA Must Review Rail Crossing Gates' Safety Procedures, Increase Fed Grant Programs & Establish An Outreach Campaign Targeting Businesses Located Near Crossings   Schumer To Feds: Conduct Review of Rail-Crossing Gate-Warning Requirements  In the wake of Tuesd… Continue Reading


03.10.17

SCHUMER CALLS ON FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMIN TO RELEASE MORE THAN $5 MILLION IN LIFE-SAVING FUNDING FOR SAFETY UPGRADES AT LIRR & METRO-NORTH GRADE CROSSINGS; SENATOR SAYS FUNDING WAS AWARDED 6 MONTHS AGO AND SHOULD BE SENT TO NYS IMMEDIATELY

Schumer-Backed 'Railroad Safety Grants' Will Be Used to Install CCTV Cameras At 43 Grade Crossings Within LIRR & Metro-North Tracks To Enhance Safety In 2015, a Metro-North Harlem Line Train Struck an SUV in a Valhalla Grade Crossing, Tragically Killing 5 Passengers & the Car's Driver; Between 2005 and 2014, There Were 341 Railway Grade Crossing Incidents in New York That Resulted in 59 Fatalities and 96 Injuries Schumer To FRA: Get Safety Upgrades Back on Track; No More Time To Waste … Continue Reading


03.08.17

SCHUMER CALLS ON FEDS TO SIGN OFF ON AGREEMENT CLEARING FUNDS TO DEEPEN OGDENSBURG HARBOR, WHICH WAS LAST DREDGED IN 1984; DEEPENING HARBOR WILL INCREASE SHIPPING EFFICIENCY & UNLOCK NEW BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE PORT OF OGDENSBURG

Lack Of Dredging Over The Years Has Resulted In Unnecessary Congestion, Increased Handling Costs, And Lost Business Opportunities Schumer Says With Feasibility Study Completed; It Is Now Time For The Feds To Do Their Part & Sign on the Bottom Line; The Feds Must Expedite Final Approval  Schumer: Federal  Funds Are Needed To Keep Ogdensburg Harbor Clear For Business U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the Acting Secretary of Army Civil Works to approve an agreemen… Continue Reading


03.07.17

SCHUMER CALLS ON FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMIN TO RELEASE MORE THAN $5 MILLION IN LIFE-SAVING FUNDING FOR SAFETY UPGRADES AT VALHALLA GRADE CROSSING & OTHER METRO-NORTH GRADE CROSSINGS; SENATOR SAYS FUNDING WAS AWARDED 6 MONTHS AGO AND SHOULD BE SENT TO NYS IMMEDIATELY

Schumer-Backed 'Railroad Safety Grants' Will Install Signal Improvements at Seven Grade Crossings Along Metro-North's Harlem & Port Jervis Lines; Funds Will Also Be Used to Install CCTV Cameras At 43 Grade Crossings Within Metro-North & LIRR Tracks to Analyze & Study Necessary Safety Measures for the Future In 2015, a Metro-North Harlem Line Train Struck an SUV in a Valhalla Grade Crossing, Tragically Killing 5 Passengers & the Car’s Driver; Between 2005 and 2014, There We… Continue Reading


03.06.17

GILLIBRAND, SCHUMER UNVEIL NEW PLAN TO ENSURE SAFER DRINKING WATER ACROSS NY; HARMFUL CONTAMINANTS FOUND IN NEW YORK DRINKING WATER—FROM HOOSICK FALLS TO NEWBURGH TO LONG ISLAND—REQUIRE FED ACTION; SENATORS INTRO LEGISLATION TO PROTECT NEW YORKERS FROM DANGEROUS TOXINS FROM NY WATER

New Bill Would Force EPA To Develop a Maximum Contaminant Level for Perfluorinated Compounds like PFOS & PFOA, and 1,4 Dioxane, Perchlorate Federal Maximum Contaminant Level in Drinking Water Does Not Yet Exist for these Chemicals & Many Questions On Health Risks Remain Gillibrand, Schumer: We Will Use Every Ounce Of Our Influence To Drop Dangerous Chemicals From NY Water U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, today announced legislation that would require the Enviro… Continue Reading


03.05.17

SCHUMER: SPATE OF SMALL PLANE CRASHES CONTINUING IN NY; SOME CRASHES OCCUR IN THE MIDDLE OF NEIGHBORHOODS & NEARLY MISS HOMES; SENATOR DEMANDS NTSB INVESTIGATION INTO ALARMING TREND; INVESTIGATION COULD REVEAL MORE ANSWERS & PREVENT FUTURE TRAGEDIES

Two Small Plane Crashes This February Follow At Least 18 Other Crashes Last Year; Recent Crashes Took Off From LI & One Crashed There   Schumer Says NTSB Must Look For Larger Trends In ALL NY Crashes To Supplement Case-by-Case Work; Connecting Dots Could Shine Light On Possible Patterns       Schumer: Larger NTSB Investigation Could Reveal New Clues That Make The Skies Safer With a spate of New York-area small plane crashes continuing, U.S. Senator Charle… Continue Reading


03.03.17

SCHUMER REACTS TO FCC DECISION TO GRANT SPECIAL WAIVER TO JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTERS UNDER THREAT; SENATOR SUCCESSFULLY PUSHED FOR WAIVER, WHICH ALLOWS TARGETED JCCs TO TRACE CALLER INFORMATION

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced, after his push earlier this week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will grant a temporary emergency waiver to all Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) that have been targeted as part of the recent wave of bomb threats, including centers in New York. "I applaud the FCC's decision to grant a special waiver to targeted JCCs, which will help us track down and identify perpetrators making threatening calls that frighten communities and waste the… Continue Reading


03.02.17

SCHUMER & MALONEY ANNOUNCE WEST POINT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SET TO RECEIVE MORE THAN $48 MILLION TO BRING THE BASE A SAFE AND MORDERN LEARNING FACILITY

West Point Elementary School Was Originally Constructed In 1963 & Fails to Meet Federal Education Regulations - Replacing School Would Ensure Students Receive Great Education In State-Of-The-Art Facility Schumer & Maloney: West Point Elementary School Needs & Deserve to Be Updated Today, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Representative Sean Patrick Maloney announced that the Army has awarded a $48 million contract to fully renovate and expand the West Point Element… Continue Reading


03.01.17

SCHUMER: JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTERS UNDER THREAT SHOULD HAVE ABILITY TO TRACE & IDENTIFY TERRIFYING CALLS THAT FRIGHTEN RESIDENTS & COST POLICE DEPTS WHO RESPOND; SENATOR URGES FEDS TO WORK WITH LOCALS; FIND WAYS TO GET TO BOTTOM OF WHO IS PLACING THREATENING CALLS

Just This Week, SI & LI JCCs & Other JCCs Across New York Were Evacuated Because of Phony Bomb Threats; As of This Year, There Have Been A Total of 69 Anonymous 'Swatting' Incidents Targeting Jewish Centers; Incidents Instill Fear & Cost Locals Money Schumer Cites Past 'Swatting' Threat at Middletown School District When FCC Granted a Special Waiver to Access Anonymous Caller’s Information; Urges FCC to Allow JCCs To Trace Call Information So Threats Can Be Investigated &… Continue Reading


03.01.17

SCHUMER: JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTERS UNDER THREAT SHOULD HAVE ABILITY TO TRACE & IDENTIFY TERRIFYING CALLS THAT FRIGHTEN RESIDENTS & COST POLICE DEPTS WHO RESPOND; SENATOR DEMANDS FEDS GIVE UPSTATE NY JCC’S A SPECIAL WAIVER TO HELP TRACE THREATENING PHONE CALLS

Just This Week, Upstate New York JCC's Were Evacuated Because of Phony Bomb Threats; As of This Year, There Have Been A Total of 69 Anonymous 'Swatting' Incidents Targeting Jewish Centers; Incidents Instill Fear & Cost Locals Money Schumer Cites Past 'Swatting’ Threat at Middletown School District When FCC Granted a Special Waiver to Access Anonymous Caller’s Information; Urges FCC to Allow LI JCC & Others To Trace Call Information So Threats Can Be Investigated & Reign… Continue Reading


02.28.17

SCHUMER & MALONEY ANNOUNCE, AFTER THEIR PUSH: CSX WILL RESPOND TO RESIDENT CONCERNS, MAKE REPAIRS TO WATER STREET RETAINING WALL

Last October, Schumer & Maloney Urged CSX To Be Good Neighbors And Address Resident Concerns About The Aging Water Street Retaining Wall As a Result of Schumer's & Maloney's Push, CSX Has Agreed to Make Repairs to Parts of the Wall, and to Review the Entire Wall to Identify if More Work is Needed U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney today announced that, after their push, CSX visited the site and determined that the Water Street r… Continue Reading


02.23.17

SCHUMER PRESENTS CONGRESSIONAL BADGE OF BRAVERY TO TROY OFFICER JOSHUA COMITALE FOR HIS HEROIC SERVICE AFTER RISKING HIS LIFE TO STOP A CARJACKING SUSPECT IN LANSINGBURGH SHOOT OUT Despite Multiple Gunshot Wounds, Officer Comitale Exercised Tremendous Courage to Protect His Community and Fellow Officers Schumer: Today we Honor a Local Hero, Who Earned This Award For His Incredible Bravery

Despite Multiple Gunshot Wounds, Officer Comitale Exercised Tremendous Courage to Protect His Community and Fellow Officers Schumer: Today we Honor a Local Hero, Who Earned This Award For His Incredible Bravery Surrounded by dozens of Troy area police office officers, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, today presented Troy Police Officer Joshua Comitale with the Congressional Badge of Bravery. The award honors federal, state, or local law enforcement officers who display exce… Continue Reading


02.23.17

SCHUMER’S INTERVENTION SECURES MORE THAN $2 MILLION FOR BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY, AFTER DOWNTOWN CENTER SUFFERED DEVASTATING DAMAGE DURING TROPICAL STORM LEE; SENATOR SUCCESSFULLY PUSHED FEMA TO APPROVE REIMBURSEMENT FOR CRITICAL BUILDING REPAIRS AFTER FED ERRONEOUSNESS

Binghamton University's Downtown Center Was Inundated by Flood Waters ?During Tropical Storm Lee, Which Caused Extensive Damage to Electrical and Mechanical Services That Support Key Building Functions Senator Says FEMA Mistakenly Deducted Nearly $2.8 Million From That Total For Insurance The University Did Not Have - Now, Binghamton Received Some Of The Federal Investment But Is Still Owed More Schumer: NY Taxpayers ?Will No Longer Be ?Left ?Holding The Bag For FEMA's Error Standing with the… Continue Reading


02.23.17

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: HICKEY FREEMAN SECURES LARGEST CONTRACT EVER SINCE 2013; SENATOR SAYS CONTRACT WILL CREATE OVER 50 NEWS JOBS IN ROCHESTER, WHICH WILL HELP BOOST THE LOCAL ECONOMY

New Agreement Will Create An Estimated Over 50 Jobs And Boost Production By 20% In Its First Year; Contract is a Major Win For Rochester's Economy Schumer: Hickey Freeman Suiting Up For Long, Bright Future In Rochester  U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced that over 50 new jobs are estimated to be added at Hickey Freeman's Rochester factory to support a new tailored clothing line that will be produced for Trunk Club, a new consumer shopping model clothi… Continue Reading


02.22.17

SCHUMER: CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY COULD HELP CITY OF UTICA RESPOND TO AND PREVENT VIOLENT CRIME; WITH OVER 44% OF SHOTS-FIRED REPORTS LACKING CRIME SOLVING DATA, CITY HAS APPLIED FOR FED FUNDS THAT WOULD HELP IT INSTALL HIGH-TECH “SHOT-SPOTTER” AUDIO SENSORS THAT ALERT POLICE IN REAL TIME WHEN GUNSHOTS ARE FIRED; SENATOR URGES DEPT. OF JUSTICE TO AWARD FUNDING ASAP

City of Utica Has Applied For Fed Funding To Purchase High-Tech System - Called "ShotSpotter" - That Would Enable More Than 100 Audio Sensors Across City To Detect Gunshots & Send Real-Time Alerts To Police, Allowing First Responders To More Quickly And Accurately Locate Crime Scenes & Victims The department responded to 47 firearm shooting assaults over 2015 and 2016 – with 44% of reports involving a lapse in report time or uncertainty of the exact location of the shooting Schum… Continue Reading


02.22.17

SCHUMER: SYRACUSE HOMEOWNERS IN TAX JEOPARDY AS NEWLY CONFIRMED U.S. TREASURY SECRETARY SUGGESTS REDUCTION IN MORTGAGE, STATE & LOCAL PROPERTY TAX DEDUCTIONS; WOULD HIT SYRACUSE SUBURBS PARTICULARLY HARD; SENATOR PLEDGES TO USE NEW ROLE TO FIGHT ANY EFFORTS THAT WOULD PICK THE POCKETS OF ALREADY-STRAPPED TAXPAYERS & HOMEOWNERS

Standing With Bayberry Community Homeowners In Liverpool, Schumer Pushes To Keep In Place Vital Federal Deductions Central New Yorkers Depend On; Pledges Fight Onondaga County Homeowners Have Expressed Serious Worries With Secretary Mnuchin & Future Of Critical Deductions; Schumer-Backed Deductions Help Syracuse Families Pay Mortgage, State & Local Taxes Schumer: Syracuse's Hard-working Homeowners Struggling to Make Ends Meet Cannot Afford A Large Tax Increase Courtesy O… Continue Reading


02.22.17

SCHUMER STANDS WITH BUFFALO FIREFIGHTERS AT ENGINE 36/LADDER 13 QUARTERS TO LAUNCH A MAJOR PUSH TO CREATE FIRST-EVER NATIONAL FIREFIGHTER CANCER REGISTRY; FIREFIGHTERS’ CANCER RISK CAN BE DOUBLE THAT OF OTHERS DUE TO EXPOSURE TO TOXIC CHEMICALS—BUT NO REGISTRY TO TRACK & PREVENT CANCER IN FIREFIGHTERS HAS EVER EXISTED; THOUSANDS OF WNY AND UPSTATE FIREFIGHTERS WOULD BENEFIT

Vital Legislation Would, For The First Time Ever, Create A National Registry That Will Help Medical Professionals More Effectively Track And Treat Firefighters With Cancer; Firefighters Are Exposed To A Range Of Harmful Toxins And May Be At Increased Cancer Risk Senator Will Say Legislation Could Help Save The Lives Of Our Brave Firefighters Who Put Their Life On The Line Everyday Schumer Will Spark National Push To Protect NY's Firefighters By Passing Cancer Registry Surrounded by dozens of … Continue Reading


02.22.17

SCHUMER AND HIGGINS HONOR BUFFALO NATIVE GEORGE WATTS, WWII VETERAN; PRESENTING SIX MILITARY SERVICE DISTINCTIONS EARNED DURING WAR

Thousands Of African American Soldiers During WWII, Like Buffalo Native George Watts, Were Denied Recognition During a Period When Our Nation's Military Was Segregated Senator & Congressman Successfully Urged The Army To Award Long Delayed Service Distinctions To Veteran and Buffalonian George Watts  Schumer and Higgins: Today, We Finally Honor An American Hero, Buffalo's WWII Veteran George Watts, By Giving Him The Awards He Earned So Many Years Ago   Surrounded by local vet… Continue Reading


02.21.17

SCHUMER: LI HOMEOWNERS IN TAX JEOPARDY AS NEWLY CONFIRMED U.S. TREASURY SECRETARY SUGGESTS REDUCTION IN MORTGAGE, STATE & LOCAL PROPERTY TAX DEDUCTIONS; WOULD HIT LI PARTICULARLY HARD; SENATOR PLEDGES TO USE NEW ROLE TO FIGHT ANY EFFORTS THAT WOULD PICK THE POCKETS OF ALREADY-STRAPPED LI TAXPAYERS & HOMEOWNERS

Standing With Brand New LI Homeowners, Schumer Pushes To Keep In Place Vital Federal Deductions LI Depends On; Pledges Fight LI Locals Have Expressed Serious Worries with Secretary Mnuchin & Future of Critical Deductions; Schumer-Backed Deductions Help LI Families Pay Mortgage, State & Local Taxes Schumer: LI Homeowners Cannot Afford a Giant Tax Increase Courtesy Of the Feds Standing with brand new Long Island homeowners, and amidst rising local anxiety about looming tax proposals, U… Continue Reading


02.21.17

SCHUMER SLAMS AIR FORCE AND AIR NATIONAL GUARD FOR NOT INCLUDING RECREATION POND IN PFOS-CONTAMINATION SURVEY AND CLEAN-UP PLAN; SENATOR SAYS FAILURE TO INCLUDE ALL IMPACTED WATERWAYS IS A “DERELICTION OF DUTY” – DEMANDS IMMEDIATE ATTENTION FROM TOP BRASS

Senator Says Air Force/ANG Must Expand Their Work Plan to Include All Potentially-Impacted and Nearby Off-Post Waterways Like Recreation Pond, That Were Affected By Stewart's PFOS Contamination Schumer: Air Force/ANG must create a more comprehensive plan to immediately test and remediate water pollution that continues to plague Newburgh-area  U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced a new push to add Recreation Pond and surrounding waterways to the Air… Continue Reading

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