Press Releases

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


10.06.16

SCHUMER: THOUSANDS OF WESTCHESTER & ROCKLAND RESIDENTS COULD BE LEFT UNINSURED OR FORCED TO PAY MASSIVE, LIFETIME FEES & PENALTIES IF THEY DO NOT REGISTER IN TIME FOR MEDICARE; SCHUMER BILL WOULD REQUIRE FEDS TO NOTIFY SENIORS BEFORE ANY NEW YORKER IS GUT-PUNCHED WITH PENALTIES

Medicare Enrollment Is Complex And Those Not Receiving Social Security At 65 Are Required To Enroll Themselves; Schumer Bill Would Require Feds To Notify Individuals Turning 65 To Enroll Before They Are Forced To Pay Lifetime Penalties And Fees Enrollment Errors Have Affected Thousands Of Upstate and Hudson Valley New Yorkers; If Enrollment Missed, Individuals Must Often Wait A Full Year to Receive Insurance; Clear And Simple Advice To Those Approaching Eligibility Age Could Rectify The Problem… Continue Reading


10.05.16

NEW YORK LAWMAKERS URGE PRESIDENT OBAMA TO REJECT RESTRICTIVE CANADIAN TRADE BARRIERS IMPACTING NEW YORK DAIRY FARMERS

New York is the Third Largest Exporter of Diary in the U.S., Exporting Nearly 13 Million Gallons a Year New Canadian Regulations Create Trade Barriers; Limiting New York Dairy Farmers' Ability to Export Products U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representatives Charles B Rangel (NY-13), Brian Higgins (NY-26), Nydia Velazquez (NY-7), Steve Israel (NY-3), Daniel Donovan (NY-11), José E. Serrano (NY-15), Elise Stefanik (NY-21), Louise Slaughter (NY-25), Richard Ha… Continue Reading


10.05.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $1.2 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS TO HELP NEW YORK VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Department of Justice Grants Awarded to New York Asian Women's Center & Restore NYC; Will Provide Advocacy, Legal Assistance & Transitional Housing to Victims of Human Trafficking U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,197,064 in federal Department of Justice (DOJ) funding for programs that help New York survivors of human trafficking. Specifically, the Senators announced $597,064 in funds for New York Asian Women's Center to assist Asian trafficking … Continue Reading


10.04.16

SENATORS SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE RE-DESIGNATION OF ROCHESTER FINGER LAKES MANUFACTURING COMMUNITY

Since Designation in June 2014, Rochester-Finger Lakers Region Received Over $6.3 Million in New Economic Development Funding Schumer, Gillibrand Secured Original Manufacturing Communities Partnership in 2014 Rochester, N.Y. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the re-designation of the Greater Rochester Finger Lakers application for the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) Program. The designation, approved by the Economic Developm… Continue Reading


10.04.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $125,000 IN U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FUNDING FOR FOODLINK, INC.

Foodlink initiative reaches eight counties and serves over 20,000 individuals annually Schumer & Gillibrand urged the creation of NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative in 2014 Farm Bill Rochester, N.Y. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $125,000 in federal funding for Foodlink, Inc. based in Rochester. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). NIFA grants support… Continue Reading


10.03.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND & RICE ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $4.6 MILLION IN FEDERAL RECOVERY FUNDING FOR ISLAND PARK, LAWRENCE & LONG BEACH

Island Park & Lawrence School Districts each awarded nearly $1.5 million for repairs to Sandy-damaged schools Long Beach awarded more than $1.6 million for repairs to Sandy-damaged Municipal Garage WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $4,600,000 in federal grant funding to the Island Park School District, the Lawrence School District,… Continue Reading


10.03.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, MALONEY ANNOUNCE $500K IN FED FUNDS COMING TO THE CITY OF MIDDLETOWN TO PUT FOUR MORE COPS ON THE BEAT – FUNDS WILL HELP ENSURE SAFER STREETS

Federal Funding Will Beef Up Local Law Enforcement in Middletown Schumer, Gillibrand, Maloney: These Fed Funds Help Ensure the Police Staffing Necessary to Keep Our Communities Safe U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney today announced that the City of Middletown will receive $500,000 in federal funding to hire four new police officers. This funding comes from the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Polic… Continue Reading


10.03.16

SCHUMER PUSHES ITC TO FULLY UNCOVER AND TAKE ACTION AGAINST CHINA’S PREDATORY TRADE PRACTICES THAT HAVE NEGATIVELY IMPACTED ALCOA, NOVELIS & OTHER NY ALUMINUM COMPANIES – CHINA CONTINUES TO DISTORT US ALUMINUM MARKET WITH NO END IN SIGHT

The International Trade Commission (ITC) Is Currently Conducting Investigation of Competitive Conditions Affecting the U.S Aluminum Industry, And NY Manufacturers, Like Alcoa & Novelis, Have Reported That Illicit Practices Employed By Companies From China Have Undercut Their Profits & Caused Layoffs Schumer Submits Testimony On Behalf of NY Producers & Urges ITC Complete Thorough Investigation & Press Chinese Officials To Cut Aluminum Subsidies & Unfair Trade Practices Schu… Continue Reading


10.02.16

SCHUMER: EXPLOSION THAT SHOOK NYC HIGHLIGHTS REAL RISK OF A ‘DIRTY BOMB’ IN NYC; SHOCKING FED REPORT SHOWS HOW ALMOST ANYONE CAN USE LOOPHOLE TO PURCHASE RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL REQUIRED TO CARRY OUT ATTACK IN MAJOR CITY; SENATOR URGES NUKE AGENCY TO OVERHAUL CHECK SYSTEM PUTTING NY’ERS AT RISK

Rahami Attack Brings To Light New Concerns About Who Can Acquire Radioactive Material - Schumer Demands Immediate Overhaul Of Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Policies; Urges Change To Radioactive Licensing & Tracking Policies ASAP Fed Watchdog Just Revealed How Easy It Is To Create A U.S. Shell Company & Successfully Seek Enough Radioactive Material To Build A 'Dirty Bomb' Schumer: Radioactive 'Dirty Bomb' Is A Worst-Case Terror Threat U.S. Must Prevent On the heels of the recent … Continue Reading


09.30.16

SENATORS SCHUMER & LEAHY URGE ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION TO ENSURE THAT ALL STATES ARE IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION ACT SO NO ELIGIBLE VOTERS ARE DENIED THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE ON NOVEMBER 8

In New Letter, Senators Schumer and Leahy Noted that Nine States - Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Hawaii, Mississippi, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Washington - Should Revise Their Voter Registration Deadlines to Comply With the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) NVRA Requires States To Accept Registration Forms If They Were Postmarked 30 Days Before Election Day, Yet These Nine States Posted Deadlines Would Prematurely Cut off Voter Access Schumer, Leahy to Election Assistance Commi… Continue Reading


09.30.16

SCHUMER: WITH PASSAGE OF BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION, TEAM USA WINNERS NO LONGER HAVE TO PAY A VICTORY TAX; SENATOR ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF BILL THAT WILL FINALLY BLOCK IRS FROM TAXING OLYMPIC MEDALS; BILL NOW HEADS TO PRESIDENT’S DESK FOR FINAL SIGNATURE

Schumer Bill Exempts US Olympic And Paralympic Athletes From Paying Taxes On Medals And Prize Money From The Olympic Games In Rio & In the Future U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced passage of bipartisan legislation that will finally prevent the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from taxing Olympic and Paralympic athletes on medals or other prizes awarded to them in Rio and in future Olympic and Paralympic games. Earlier this year, Schumer explained how the US should not tax the wi… Continue Reading


09.29.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, AFTER HIS PUSH, FCC TO REVAMP FED WIRELESS EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM; WILL BE UPDATED TO MATCH TODAY’S TECHNOLOGY BY ALLOWING EMBEDDED LINKS TO MULTIMEDIA, ALLOWING EASY ACCESS TO PICTURES

Right Now, Fed Alert System Is Restricted to 90 Characters & Contains No Photos Or Links; When NYC/NJ Bomber Rahami Was On The Run, Millions Of NY'ers Were Sent Alert - BUT Told To Search Online For His Photo Senator Successfully Urged Feds to Quickly Revamp System "Stuck In The 90's" Schumer: A Picture Says A Thousand Words & This Update Could Help Save A Thousand Lives   U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that, after his push, the Federal Communications Commission … Continue Reading


09.29.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, $36 MILLION IN FED FUNDING NEEDED TO START CONSTRUCTION PHASE OF THE NEW WNY VETERANS’ CEMETERY HAS BEEN INCLUDED IN THE FINAL APPROPRIATIONS BILL PASSED BY BOTH SENATE & HOUSE – PRESIDENT POISED TO SIGN IT INTO LAW

Since 2009, Schumer Has Worked With Local Veteran Leaders To Bring Much-Needed Veterans' Cemetery To Western New York - Cemetery Site Is Currently In Planning & Design Stages, Which Are Set To Be Completed In 2016, But Subsequent Funding For Construction, Set To Start In 2017, Had Not Yet Been Secured In 2015 Schumer Pushed VA To Make Sure Funding Was Included In VA Budget Request This Year and in Final Senate Bill; In Addition, Environmental Review Process Will Be Completed Next Month, Me… Continue Reading

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