Press Releases

10.21.16

WITH DANGEROUS TOXIC ALGAE DRAMATICALLY SPREADING ACROSS SENECA COUNTY, SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH TO SECURE MORE FED RESOURCES TO HELP STOP THE SPREAD OF TOXIC ALGAE TO PROTECT SENECA RESIDENTS AND WATER BODIES

Algal Blooms Could Contaminate Drinking Water And Negatively Impact Local Economies Dependent On Tourism and Fishing NY Has Over 200 Reported Outbreaks Across More Than 150 NY State Bodies of Water This Year; Senator Says Feds Need To Help In Combating The Spread Of Toxic Algae Schumer: Seneca's Lakes Have Been Swimming In Toxic Algae For Way Too Long  During a visit to Standing Stone Vineyards in the Town of Lodi, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today revealed a plan to help combat t… Continue Reading


10.20.16

SENATORS URGE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE TO UNLOCK FEDERAL FUNDS FOR U.S. DAIRY FARMERS STRUGGLING WITH HISTORICALLY LOW MILK PRICES

Many Dairy Farmers Have Seen Their Income Cut In Half as Milk Prices Dropped By More Than 40 Percent Over The Past Two Years U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand were joined by Susan Collins (R-ME), Jack Reed (D-RI), Bernard Sanders (I-VT), Angus King Jr. (I-ME), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Al Franken (D-MN), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jeanne Shaheen (D- NH), Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT), Chris S. Murphy (D-CT), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Kelly A. Ayotte (R-NH), Robe… Continue Reading


10.19.16

SCHUMER BRINGS FRA ADMINISTRATOR FEINBERG TO SCHENECTADY, MAKES PERSONAL CASE FOR $33 MILLION FEDERAL GRANT TO INSTALL LIFE SAVING PTC TECHNOLOGY ON TRACKS FROM POUGHKEEPSIE TO SCHENECTADY; SENATOR SAYS GRANT COULD SAVE LIVES AND PREVENT DANGEROUS ACCIDENTS

Schumer & Feinberg Discuss Importance of Quickly Installing Life-Saving PTC Technology; Senator Urges FRA to Use Newly Created Federal Grant Program to Help Fund Rail Improvements On State Run Portion of Empire Corridor Section Of Track Between Poughkeepsie & Amsterdam is Leased By NYS Which Must Implement PTC - Schumer Urges FRA To Award $33M In FAST Act Funds So There Are No Gaps In Safety & PTC Coverage Schumer: PTC System Can Help Prevent Fatal Crashes, And Empire Corridor Ca… Continue Reading


10.19.16

SCHUMER STANDS WITH SYRACUSE FIREFIGHTERS AT STATION 5 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 SYRACUSE FIREFIGHTERS WOULD BENEFIT

New 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 Says Legislation Could Help Save The Lives Of Our Brave Firefighters Who Put Their Life On The Line Everyday Schumer: Our Syracuse Firefighters Protect Us, So We Need To Protect Them   Surrounded by dozens of local Syrac… Continue Reading


10.19.16

IN PERSONAL CALL, SCHUMER URGES GE CEO TO WORK WITH ALLEGANY COUNTY TO BREATHE NEW LIFE & JOBS INTO LUFKIN-RMT PLANT IN WELLSVILLE – OVER THE SUMMER, GE ANNOUNCED IT WOULD CLOSE THE FACILITY; SCHUMER SAYS GE MUST NOW WORK WITH LOCAL OFFICIALS TO DEVELOP PLAN TO GET FACILITY BACK ON-LINE

In August, GE Announced It Would Close Its Lufkin-RMT Plant In Wellsville; Facility Is Set To Close By End Of November - GE Has Yet To Find A Buyer For The Plant, And County Has Offered To Take It Over If None Emerges So Local Community Can Position Facility For More Incentives & Private Investments Schumer Elevates County's Request & Goes Straight To The Top; Urges GE's CEO, Jeff Immelt, To Work With Local Officials To Come To A Deal That Will Put Facility On Best Track For Future D… Continue Reading


10.18.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: STUDENT LOAN COMPANY, COAST PROFESSIONAL, WILL NEARLY DOUBLE WORKFORCE, CREATING OVER 200 NEW JOBS IN GENESEO; IN JUNE 2015, SENATOR SUCCESSFULLY LOBBIED DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO ENSURE COAST COULD KEEP NEW 5-YEAR CONTRACT; ELIMINATION OF CRITICAL FED CONTRACT WOULD HAVE BEEN DEVASTATING TO LIVINGSTON COUNTY

In June 2015, Threats Loomed That U.S. Department Of Education Could Break A Pending Contract With Geneseo Company, Coast Professional; Schumer Immediately Intervened & Convinced Top Education Officials To Move Forward With Pending Contract - Paving The Way To New Jobs With New Contract Secured, Coast Will Begin Construction in 30 Days To Nearly Double The Size Of Its Geneseo Facility & Workforce  Schumer: New Fed Contract Means Over 200 New Jobs for Geneseo During a visit to Gen… Continue Reading


10.18.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND URGE DEPT. OF ENERGY TO AWARD $70M TO ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY TO LEAD NEW CLEAN ENERGY MANUFACTURING INSTITUTE; SENATORS SAY RIT IS UNIQUELY SUITED TO HEAD PROJECT FOCUSED ON SPURRING INNOVATION & CREATING CLEAN, HIGH-TECH JOBS

RIT-Led Sustainable Manufacturing Innovation Alliance Is Poised To Develop New, Critical, Environmentally Sustainable Technologies In Order To Reduce Waste & Emissions In Manufacturing Industry Project Aims To Deliver 50% Increase in US Manufacturing Sales and Spur The Next-Generation Recycling and Manufacturing Workforce - Senators Urge DOE To Award Critical $70M To Make Institute A Reality Schumer, Gillibrand to DOE: As A Center Of Clean Energy Technology and Manufacturing Innovation, … Continue Reading


10.18.16

SCHUMER’S INTERVENTION UNLOCKS NEARLY $17 MILLION IN FUNDING TO SPUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS ACROSS WESTERN NEW YORK; SENATOR SUCCESSFULLY BROKERED AN AGREEMENT WITH FEDERAL AGENCIES ON BEHALF OF ERIE COUNTY, ENDING OVER DECADE LONG TUG-OF-WAR

Schumer Compromise Ends 10 Year Game of Tug-of-War Between The Fed Economic Development Admin & Dept. Of Housing And Urban Development; The Bureaucratic Issue Has Prevented Erie County from Using Funding for Critical Economic Development Projects Schumer Intervention Means a Number of Local Projects including Remediation of Bethlehem Steel Site, Lead Paint Abatement and Blighted Building Demolition and Dozens of Other Projects Can Now Move Forward Schumer: Unlocking Frozen Federal Funds Wi… Continue Reading


10.17.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, FEDS ARE CONSIDERING PLAN TO LET NEW YORK KEEP CRITICAL FUNDS TO HELP EXPAND BROADBAND – WITH NY STATE’S PETITION NOW FILED, SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO MAKE IT OFFICIAL & GIVE FINAL STAMP OF APPROVAL ON NY’S REQUEST TO DIRECT THE MONEY TO UPSTATE NY COMMUNITIES THAT NEED RELIABLE INTERNET ACCESS

Verizon Did Not Use Fed "Connect America Fund" Money To Expand Broadband Upstate, And Feds Planned to Reallocate That Money Nationally, But Schumer Said Other NY Companies Should Be Given A Chance & Money Should Not Be Sent Away - FCC Is Considering New Proposal That Would Not Divert Upstate NY's Funds To Other States Now That NY's Has Submitted Official Petition To Spend The Money Where It Was Intended - Upstate NY – Schumer Urges FCC To Give Final Stamp Of Approval; Schumer Has Lon… Continue Reading


10.16.16

SCHUMER: SPEEDING TRUCKS ARE NO STRANGER TO NY’ERS BUT NEW TECHNOLOGY—READY FOR INSTALLATION—COULD MAKE BARRELING BIG RIGS A THING OF THE PAST; SENATOR SAYS DRIVERS WOULD BE SAFER & THOUSANDS OF ACCIDENTS COULD BE PREVENTED & LIVES SAVED

Speed Limits Don't Exceed 65MPH But Any NY'er Can Tell You That Big Rigs, Even Large Buses, Often Give It The Gas & Exceed The Limit, Putting Thousands Upon Thousands Of Everyday Commuters At Risk For Accidents-Or Worse Ready-To-Go Technology That Caps Big Rig Speed Has Far & Wide Support But Requires Feds To Approve Across-The-Board Installation  Schumer: Capping Big Rig Speed Should Get Green Light Standing amidst passing trucks as they careen alongside Tramway Park Plaza, ex… Continue Reading


10.14.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $132K FOR CAPITAL & CENTRAL NY REGION POLICE DEPARTMENTS – FUNDS WILL HELP EXPAND & IMPLEMENT PROGRAM THAT BUILDS & PROMOTES POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN AREA LAW ENFORCEMENT & AT-RISK YOUTH

Albany Police Department's Youth Police Initiative Has Been In Effect Since 2014 & Shown Promise - Fed Investment Would Support Current Program & Start YPI Pilot Programs At Police Depts. in Cities of Schenectady, Troy & Syracuse Program Will Create Classes & Forums to Enhance Community Relations, And Then Evaluate Programs So Capital Region & CNY Cities Can Determine Best Ways To Curb Crime in Communities U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand tod… Continue Reading


10.14.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES U.S. POSTAL SERVICE WILL BRING POST OFFICE BACK TO PRATTSBURGH BY END OF THE MONTH – FACILITY WAS PREVIOUSLY DEEMED UNSAFE AND OPERATIONS WERE RELOCATED OUTSIDE OF THE TOWN, INCONVENIENCING RESIDENTS & LEADING TO CONFUSION

Over The Summer, Prattsburgh Post Office Was Closed Following Safety Concerns, And Postal Operations Were Shifted 9 Miles Outside Of Prattsburgh To Town Of Pulteney - Local Businesses & Residents, And Elderly Population In Particular, Found New Office Difficult To Access Due To Lack Of Public Transportation Schumer Pushed U.S. Postal Service To Move Quickly To Reestablish Postal Operations In Central Prattsburgh After‎ Building Was Deemed Unsafe - Repairs Have Been Made To The Facility … Continue Reading


10.13.16

SCHUMER LAUNCHES MAJOR PUSH TO SECURE FED INVESTMENT THAT WILL SUPPORT UPSTATE JOBS AT LOCKHEED MARTIN; SENATOR SAYS INCREASING F-35 PROGRAM WILL BE SHOT IN THE ARM FOR REGION AND EMPLOYEES

Schumer Says F-35 Is Expected To Ensure Future Air Superiority For US Military And, If Program Is Fully Funded, Could Lead To Growth At Major Aircraft Manufacturers Like Lockheed Martin Schumer Urges Senate Defense Appropriations Committee To Fully Fund And Allow For Increased Production Of The F-35 Fleet - Senator Says Additional $100 Million Proposed For F-35 Program Could Support And Sustain 150 Jobs In Upstate NY Schumer: Full Funding & Increased Need For Aircraft Could Mean "Lift Of… Continue Reading


10.13.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, AFTER HIS PUSH, NEW CRIME FIGHTING RESOURCES COMING TO NIAGARA COUNTY WITH DESIGNATION OF COUNTY AS “HIGH INTENSITY DRUG TRAFFICKING AREA” – DESIGNATION WILL NOW MEAN ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO FIGHT SCOURGE & HELP DISRUPT TRAFFICKING

Schumer Successfully Called on Fed. Office of Drug Control to Designate Niagara County A 'High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area,' Which Will Provide Much-Needed Resources to Help County Address Growing Drug Problem Niagara County Has Experienced Explosion of Drug Use Including Fentanyl-Laced Heroin & Meth, As Well As Drug-Related Crime Schumer: This Designation Will Bring Resources, Expertise & Intel To Help Niagara Battle Heroin Scourge U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced … Continue Reading


10.11.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $7.8 MILLION IN FED FUNDING FOR MAJOR BORDER TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS IN WESTERN NY

Grant Will Support New High-Tech System To Streamline Border Crossings, Increase Security, Reduce Congestion, Provide Travelers With Real-Time Traffic Information & More Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, NYS Department Of Transportation Will Partner To Implement Technology To Improve Security And Efficiency U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $7,813,256 in Federal Highway Administration… Continue Reading


10.11.16

FOLLOWING MAJOR PUSH, SCHUMER SUCCESSFULLY PUSHES FEDS TO FIX RULE THAT DID NOT ALLOW PHOTONICS COMPANIES TO SELL HIGH-TECH PRODUCTS FOR NON-MILITARY USES OVERSEAS; SENATOR PREVIOUSLY URGED FEDS TO IMPLEMENT RULE BEFORE PHOTONICS & OPTICS PRODUCTS WERE PUT ON OVERLY RESTRICTIVE EXPORT CONTROL LIST

In 2015 Fed's Proposed Initial Rule Would Have Put Optics & Photonics Products On An Overly Restrictive Export Control List, Preventing Companies From Selling, Non-Military High-Tech Products In Foreign Markets Then, Schumer Successfully Urged Feds To Go Back & Revise Rule To Ensure Photonics Industry Would Not Be Disadvantaged By Overly Restrictive Regulations, But 4 Key Agencies Had Not Yet Finalized Revised Rule - Schumer Urged Feds Not To Fumble On The 1-Yard Line Schumer: NY's Bur… Continue Reading


10.09.16

SCHUMER URGES INSTALLATION OF INWARD FACING CAMERAS ON NJT TRAINS; SENATOR LED SUCCESSFUL CHARGE TO INSTALL INWARD CAMS ON METRO NORTH & AMTRAK; SAYS INWARD CAMS NEEDED ON ALL METRO-AREA TRAINS; ALSO TELLS NJT ‘CULTURE OF SAFETY’ MUST BE TOP PRIORITY WHEN PRECIOUS LIVES ON BOARD

NJT Crash Proves Need For Wide Installation Of Inward Facing Cams Across Public Transit; Missing Safety Measure Could Make The Difference In Knowing What Is Going On & Fixing It Schumer Championed Effort That Increased Fed Inspections & Imposed New Safety Requirements On Metro-North, LIRR & Amtrak -But Much More Should Be Done To Correct FRA Violations; Sleep Apnea & Worker Training Must Also Be Addressed; FRA & NTSB In Support of Schumer's Call for Inward Cameras Today, … Continue Reading


10.07.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $808,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR BULLET PROOF VESTS FOR NEW YORK STATE POLICE OFFICERS

Schumer, Gillibrand Secure Over 13,000 New Bullet Proof Vests for Police Officers Across 192 Jurisdictions New York, N.Y. - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $808,198.45 in new federal funding for the State of New York to purchase 13,005 bullet proof vests for police officers across 192 jurisdictions. The funding was allocated through the DOJ's Bureau of Justice Assistance Bulletproof Vest Partnership program to purchase new bullet proof vests for police offic… Continue Reading


10.06.16

SCHUMER DEMANDS NEW JERSEY TRANSIT IMPROVE COMMUNICATION WITH RIDERS DURING & AFTER EMERGENCIES; ORANGE COUNTY & ROCKLAND COUNTY COMMUTERS WERE LEFT STRANDED WITHOUT CLEAR DIRECTION ON HOW TO GET IN AND OUT OF NYC AFTER LAST WEEK’S TRAIN ACCIDENT

Schumer Pushes NJT & Metro-North To Make Commitment To Ensure Stations Are Adequately Staffed With Clearly Identified Employees to Provide Directions During Emergencies; Improve Alert & Public Address Systems; And Expand Use of New Technologies Including Mass Text Alerts and Social Media ‎via Facebook, Instagram and More Schumer Says Riders Were Only Given Limited Information About What to Do and How to Get In & Out of NYC During Service Outage Schumer: NJT Communication Breakd… Continue Reading


10.06.16

SCHUMER: LIE IS NO STRANGER TO SPEEDING TRUCKS, BUT NEW TECHNOLOGY—READY FOR INSTALLATION—COULD MAKE BARRELING BIG RIGS A THING OF THE PAST; SENATOR SAYS LI DRIVERS WOULD BE SAFER & THOUSANDS OF ACCIDENTS COULD BE PREVENTED AND LIVES SAVED

LIE Speed Limit Is 55MPH But Any LI'er Can Tell You That Big Rigs, Even Large Buses, Often Give It The Gas & Exceed The Limit, Putting Thousands Upon Thousands Of Everyday Drivers At Risk For Accidents-Or Worse Ready-To-Go Technology That Caps Big Rig Speed Has Wide Support But Requires Feds To Approve Across-The-Board Installation Schumer: Capping Big Rig Speed - On The LIE and Elsewhere - Should Get Green Light  Standing nearby the Long Island Expressway, amidst passing trucks, U… Continue Reading

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