Press Releases

03.16.17

SCHUMER: WESTERN NEW YORK HOMEOWNERS IN TAX JEOPARDY AS NEWLY CONFIRMED U.S. TREASURY SECRETARY SUGGESTS REDUCTION IN MORTGAGE INTEREST AND STATE & LOCAL PROPERTY TAX DEDUCTIONS; WOULD HIT ERIE COUNTY PARTICULARLY HARD; SENATOR PLEDGES TO USE NEW ROLE TO FIGHT ANY EFFORTS THAT WOULD PICK THE POCKETS OF HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS & HOMEOWNERS

Standing With Homeowners in Amherst, Schumer Pushes To Save Vital Federal Deductions Western New Yorkers Depend On; Pledges Major Fight Homeowners Have Expressed Serious Worries With Secretary Mnuchin & Future Of Critical Deductions; Schumer-Backed Deductions Put a Little Extra Money in the Pockets of Western New York Families  Schumer: Western New York Homeowners Cannot Afford A Giant Tax Increase Courtesy Of The Feds Standing with Erie County homeowners and… Continue Reading


03.15.17

WITH RECENT REPORTS OF BUDGET CUTS TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, NEW YORK & CONNECTICUT CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS URGE EPA TO MAINTAIN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR LONG ISLAND SOUND IN FISCAL YEAR ‘18

Commercial Fishing, Tourism, Sporting Industries from Long Island Sound Contribute $17-$37 Billion to the Economy Annually Members: Cuts to Geographic Program would Have Detrimental Effect on Ongoing Efforts to Restore and Protect Long Island Sound's Water Quality U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Chris Murphy (D-CT) and U.S. Representatives Lee Zeldin (NY-1) and Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) today led a bipartisan letter to the Environme… Continue Reading


03.15.17

SCHUMER CO-SPONSORS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO COMBAT BDS; BILL PROTECTS STATES & LOCALITIES THAT DIVEST FROM ENTITIES ENGAGING IN BDS ACTIVITY TARGETING ISRAEL

Schumer, a Strong Opponent of BDS Activity, Announces Support for the "Combating BDS Act;" Legislation Seeks to Protect State & Local Govt's That Divest in Companies Engaged in BDS Schumer: This Bill Helps Send the Message That We Will Not Stand for Those Who Unfairly Target and Boycott Our Ally, Israel U.S. Senator Charles Schumer today announced he is a co-sponsor of the Combating BDS Act, a bipartisan bill to fight against the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) effort's attacks ag… Continue Reading


03.15.17

SCHUMER MAKES PUSH FOR ‘MAY NEWBURGER COVE’ AT HEMPSTEAD HARBOR; NEARLY FIVE YEARS AFTER HER PASSING, SCHUMER SAYS FEDS SHOULD APPROVE DESIGNATION & HONOR HER SERVICE

Schumer First Called for Designation in 2012 But Policy Requires Naming Occur Five Years Post-Mortem; Designation Needs Federal Approval Before Navigation Charts Can Reflect Name Change Schumer Presses U.S. Board of Geographic Names to Designate Section of Hempstead Harbor In Honor of Trailblazer, May Newburger, First Female Town Supervisor on Long Island Schumer: May Newburger's Contributions to North Hempstead and All of Long Island Should Forever Be Immortalized in Hempstead Harbor Toda… Continue Reading


03.13.17

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, SERRANO, VELAZQUEZ HAMMER SUDDEN $56 MILLION TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S HUD CUT TO NYCHA AS ILL-ADVISED AND UNJUSTIFIED” – AND PUSH FOR A REVERSAL

NYCHA Provides Housing, Vouchers & Other Assistance to 400K New Yorkers; Unexpected and Unjustified Cuts Hit Agency Operating on Tight Margins, Due to Years of Federal Retrenchment; Cuts Will Impact Quality, Repairs and Services for Countless Working Families and Seniors Lawmakers Demand Answers To Unacceptable Funding; Point to HUD Secretary Carson's Hearings Pledge to "Advocate for HUD Budget" & Urge Him To Review and Reverse Cuts U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirste… Continue Reading


03.12.17

SCHUMER: WITH PROPOSAL TO BUILD EXPENSIVE WALL, TRUMP ADMIN SLASHES PROGRAMS THAT VITALLY IMPACT NY SAFETY & SECURITY; SLASHES TSA, CUTS DOG TEAMS & GREATLY HAMPERS COAST GUARD PROTECTING NY HARBOR & LI SOUND; HUGE FUNDING SLASH WOULD MAKE AMERICA LESS SAFE & LESS SECURE; SENATOR VOWS TO PROTECT FUNDING

Incoming Trump Admin Budget Threatens To Slash Already Tight TSA Budget & Coast Guard By All Told More Than $1 Billion Dollars, Schumer Highlights Security Necessities NYC Would Lose Amidst Cuts; Pushes Back Traveling Public's Safety, Airport Security & Guarding Of NYC/LI Waters Would All Suffer; Senator Makes Case To Protect NY From Trump Admin Cash Raid For Border Wall Schumer: Slashing Funds That Keep NYC Airports & Waters Safe Will Not Fly U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today… Continue Reading


03.11.17

SCHUMER TOURS WEST IRONDEQUOIT NEIGHBORHOOD IMPACTED BY WEDNESDAY’S WIND STORM; URGES FEDS TO BE READY TO ACT

Senators Send Letter Urging Feds To Be Ready To Act On Any Disaster Request To Assist Rochester-Finger Lakes Homeowners, Renters & Businesses Dealing with the Aftermath of Wednesday's Historic Windstorm  If Fed Threshold is Met, Rochester-Finger Lakes Homeowners, Businesses, Renters Will Be Eligible for Low-Interest SBA Disaster Loans to Help Recover From Severe Damage To Many Homes & Businesses  Senators To SBA & FEMA: Stand At The Ready To Help Rochester U.S.… Continue Reading


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

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