Press Releases

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


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

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