Press Releases

08.08.16

WITH SYRACUSE BEING LABELED AN EPICENTER OF SYNTHETIC DRUGS, SENATOR INTRODUCES NEW LEGISLATION TO MAKE CHEMICALS IN ‘SPICE’ AND ‘K2’ DRUG ILLEGAL; MOST CHEMICALS USED IN DEADLY SYNTHETIC DRUGS ARE STILL LEGAL; RECENT SCOURGE IN NY DEMANDS ACTION TO CRIPPLE CHEMISTS THAT COOK UP BATCHES OF DEADLY SYNTHETIC DRUGS

Deadly 'Spice' & 'K2' Have Continued to Plague Syracuse & Onondaga County & Synthetic Drug Makers Have Been Step Ahead Of Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) For Years-Cooking Up New Chemicals As Old Ones Are Made Illegal Schumer’s Legislation Would Make 22 Chemicals-Including Powerful Variants of Fentanyl—Illegal, Allowing Feds To Play Essential Catch Up  Schumer: We Need To Dethrone Syracuse’s Label As "Upstate Synthetics King’  During a vis… Continue Reading


08.07.16

SCHUMER REVEALS: VITAL VACCINE CLINICAL TRIAL TO BEAT ZIKA IS RUNNING OUT OF MONEY & FACES SUDDEN CLOSURE; SCHUMER DEMANDS CONGRESS RETURN—ONLY ONE DAY IS NEEDED—TO FUND VACCINE TRIAL; WINDOW TO SQUASH ZIKA NOW CLOSING; CITIES –LIKE NY—ON EDGE

Zika Vaccine Trials Started This Past Week, But Will Cease Without Zika Bill Dollars-Wasting The Money Already Spent & Irresponsibly Endangering Public Health; NYS Cases Now Approaching 500, With Over 400 In NYC Schumer Push Comes On Heels Of Historic U.S. Zika Travel Warning; $1.9 Billion In Emergency Fed Funding Is Vital To Preventing More Spread Now & In Future; Schumer Letter To Congressional Leaders Implores Action Schumer: Real Shot At The Vaccine To Stop Zika Demands Congress … Continue Reading


08.05.16

SCHUMER URGES CANADA BORDER AGENCY TO IMMEDIATELY ADDRESS LONG WAIT TIMES AT BUFFALO-CANADIAN BOARDER CROSSINGS

Short-staffing Causing Delays During the Height of Busy Summer Travel Months And is Hurting Both Sides of the Border Schumer To Canada: Be A Good Neighbor And Add More Border Agents During the busiest travels days of the year, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged Canada Border Services Agency President Linda Lizotte-MacPherson to immediately address staffing issues that are causing long wait times at all international border crossings between Buffalo and Canada including the Rainbow, L… Continue Reading


08.05.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $2.4 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR SYRACUSE HANCOCK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Federal Dept. of Transportation Grant Funds Improvements To Airport Terminal & Taxiways U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,479,500 in federal funding for the Syracuse Hancock International Airport in Onondaga County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Specifically, the funding was allocated through two separate grants. The first grant of $1,980,000 will provide for th… Continue Reading


08.05.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $2.5 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR ROCHESTER-FINGER LAKES AIRPORTS IN MONROE, GENESEE & YATES COUNTIES

Federal Dept. of Transportation Grants Fund Critical Infrastructure Upgrades At Area Airports U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,529,490 in federal funding for airports across the Rochester-Finger Lakes region. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Specifically, the Greater Rochester International Airport in Monroe County will receive $1,930,500 to design and construct an 1… Continue Reading


08.05.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $22K IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR THE SCRANTON VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY INC. IN ERIE COUNTY

Funds Will Be Used To Purchase Vehicle Extrication Equipment U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $22,329 in federal funding for the Scranton Volunteer Fire Company Inc. in the town of Hamburg in Erie County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the Scranton Volunteer Fire Company Inc. will use the federal funding to purchase vehicle extrication equipment that will… Continue Reading


08.05.16

SCHUMER: SEVERE DROUGHT IN UPSTATE NEW YORK COULD MEAN TROUBLE FOR FARMERS; SENATOR CALLS ON USDA TO CONDUCT A DAMAGE ASSESSMENT FOR LIKELY DISASTER DECLARATION FOR IMPACTED COUNTIES SUFFERING EXTENSIVE DAMAGE THIS SUMMER

Farmers Anticipate Worst Drought In Years, But Won't Know Full Extent of Damage Until the Fall, Then Farmers Will Need Quick Turnaround in USDA Assistance Programs To Mitigate Crop Loss Schumer To USDA: Do Not Delay; Prepare Damage Assessment NOW So We Are Ready to Promptly Provide Relief to Drought-Impacted Upstate NY Farmers U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to begin the process of issuing a disaster declaration to help Upstate New York farm… Continue Reading


08.05.16

SCHUMER LOBBIES ATTORNEY GENERAL LORETTA LYNCH IN SUPPORT OF NEWBURGH’S “DOJ COPS GRANT”; SENATOR INTENSIFIES PUSH TO GET 4 NEW, DESPERATELY NEEDED COPS FOR NEWBURGH PD – FED INVESTMENT WOULD HELP SMALL CITY WITH HIGH CRIME RATE IMPROVE COMMUNITY RELATIONS & PATROL EFFORTS IN AREAS WITH HIGHEST INCIDENCES OF VIOLENT CRIME

Schumer Previously Secured Critical $500K In Federal Funds That Allowed Newburgh To Hire 4 Police Officers - Newburgh Currently Seeking New Fed Funds To Hire 4 Additional Cops 4 More Officers Would Help Dept. Increase Patrols In Areas With Highest Incidences Of Gun Violence And Build Trust With Residents & Businesses - Schumer Made Call To Attorney General Loretta Lynch To Urge Her & Dept. Of Justice To Approve Critical Request Schumer: Funds Could Help Make Big Difference In Bolsteri… Continue Reading


08.04.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $400K IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR FULTON FIRE DEPARTMENT IN OSWEGO COUNTY

Funding Will Be Used To Purchase New Fire Engine U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $428,572 in federal funding for the Fulton Fire Department in Oswego County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the Fulton Fire Department will use the federal funding to purchase a new fire engine. "With this funding, the brave firefighters of the Fulton Fire Department … Continue Reading


08.04.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $46K IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR RICHMONDVILLE VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY IN SCHOHARIE COUNTY

Funding Will Be Used To Purchase Critical Equipment To Keep Firefighters Safe U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $46,834 in federal funding for the Richmondville Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. in Schoharie County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the Richmondville Volunteer Fire Company will use the federal funding to purchase seven Self-Contained Breathing Ap… Continue Reading


08.04.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $4.2 MILLION IN US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FUNDING FOR CORNELL UNIVERSITY

Schumer & Gillibrand urged the creation of NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative in 2014 Farm Bill Apple producers face annual costs of nearly $300 million to improve tree health; Cornell University to use funding for research in apple rootstock for more efficient commercial production First installment of new federal funds to Cornell University scheduled begin in September Ithaca, N.Y. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $4,281,618 in new federal … Continue Reading


08.04.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $970K IN FED FUNDS FOR TROY FIRE DEPARTMENT IN RENSSELAER COUNTY

Federal Funding For Troy Fire Department Will Be Used to Hire 7 New Firefighters U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $972,377 in federal funding for the Troy Fire Department in Rensselaer County. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. The federal funding will allow the Troy Fire Department to expand its emergency personnel by hiring seven new firefig… Continue Reading


08.03.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES $2 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR PHOTONICS RESEARCH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER

National Science Foundation Grant Will Fund Ground-Breaking Integrated Quantum Photonics Research Project U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced $2,000,000 in federal funding for photonics research at the University of Rochester. The funding was allocated through the National Science Foundation (NSF). These funds will allow researchers at the University to further investigate challenges in quantum photonics. This research is aimed at transforming the capacity of information processing … Continue Reading


08.02.16

SCHUMER REVEALS: CITY OF UTICA IS LOCKED OUT OF USING NEARLY $2 MILLION IN FED FUNDS TO PROPEL CRITICAL UTICA HARBOR POINT PROJECT; SENATOR PUSHES TO UNLOCK FED DOLLARS SO EVERY PENNY CAN STAY IN UTICA & KEEP CITY’S MASTER PLAN ON TRACK

In 2005, City of Utica Secured $2.1M in Federal Funds For A Project That's No Longer Needed; Until Now, Federal Rules Have Blocked Reuse Of Dollars, Even In Adjacent Area; Schumer Pushes to Unlock Leftover Money So City Can Use It At the Harbor Schumer-Backed Law Now Key To Unlocking Long-Awaited Federal Dollars; Senator Urges State To Unlock, Then Direct Funds To Harbor Point; Harbor Redevelopment Part of Utica's Master Plan Schumer: These Fed Funds Could Be Anchor For Even More Harbor Funds… Continue Reading


08.02.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $4.4 MILLION IN HEAD START FUNDS FOR WESTERN NEW YORK ORGANIZATIONS IN ERIE & CHAUTAUQUA COUNTIES

Federal Head Strat Program Funds Early Education Programs for Low-Income Children in Buffalo & Dunkirk U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a total of $4,384,012 in federal funding for two Early Head Start Programs in Western New York. Specifically, Community Action Organization of Erie County, Inc., located in Buffalo, will receive $3,040,919 to support its Early Head Start program. In addition. Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc., located in Dunkirk, will receiv… Continue Reading


08.02.16

SCHUMER: OGDENSBURG HARBOR IS IN DIRE NEED OF DREDGING; SENATOR PUSHES FOR IMMEDIATE FED FUNDS TO DEEPEN OGDENSBURG HARBOR, WHICH WAS LAST DREDGED IN 1984; DEEPENING HARBOR WILL DECREASE SHIPPING COSTS AND UNLOCK NEWBUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE PORT OF OGDENSBURG

Lack Of Dredging Over The Years Has Resulted In Unnecessary Congestion, Increased Handling Costs And Lost Business Opportunities U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Which Determined Federal Interest In Dredging Back In 2011, Is Nearing Completion Of Feasibility Study; Schumer Urges Feds To Expedite Final Approval Schumer: Fed Funds Are Needed To Keep Ogdensburg Harbor Clear For Business  During a visit to St. Lawrence County, U.S. Senator Charles E Schumer today pledged his support for … Continue Reading


08.02.16

SCHUMER URGES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO IMMEDIATELY PASS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT WILL BLOCK IRS FROM TAXING OLYMPIC MEDALS; SENATOR SAYS OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC ATHLETES SHOULD NOT HAVE TO PAY A VICTORY TAX

Schumer Bill Would Exempt US Olympic And Paralympic Athletes From Being Forced To Pay Taxes On Medals And Prize Money From The Olympic Games In Rio Schumer: Olympians Shouldn't Be Taxed For Winning Gold During a visit to the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer joined with Olympic athletes and launched a major push to urge the U.S. House of Representatives to pass legislation that would prevent the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from taxing Olympic and Paral… Continue Reading


08.02.16

GILLIBRAND, SCHUMER & COLLINS ANNOUNCE BERGEN POST OFFICE OFFICIALLY RENAMED AFTER BARRY MILLER WITH PRESIDENT’S SIGNATURE

In September 2015, Bergen volunteer firefighter & EMT Barry Miller tragically lost his life in the line of duty Earlier this year, Gillibrand and Collins introduced legislation to rename Bergen Post Office; passed unanimously in both the Senate & House Gillibrand, Schumer & Collins: Renaming Bergen Post Office after Barry Miller is a fitting tribute to a fallen hero Bergen, NY - U.S Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles E. Schumer and Congressman Chris Collins today announced Pr… Continue Reading


08.02.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND: AIR NATIONAL GUARD MUST PLEDGE—NOW—TO PAY FOR SUFFOLK INVESTIGATION & CLEAN-UP OF PFOS-RELATED CONTAMINIATION IF FOUND RESPONSIBLE; SENATORS SAY ANG MUST ALSO COMPENSATE HOMEOWNERS; EVIDENCE POINTS TO ANG AS LIKELY POLLUTER

Recent Investigation Found Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) In Local Groundwater Wells - Toxic PFOS Was Used by The Air National Guard (ANG) At Grabeski For Fire Prevention Schumer, Gillibrand Say Air National Guard Fire Retardants Could Be To Blame & Guard Must Take Responsibility By Footing Bill For Suffolk's & Homeowners' Costs  Schumer, Gillibrand: Suffolk County Taxpayers Deserve Both Crystal Clear Drinking Water & Compensation Pledge From ANG U.S. Senators Charles E. S… Continue Reading


07.31.16

SCHUMER: FEDS TOO SLOW AT GETTING BAD FOODS OFF SHELVES; FOOD RECALL PROCESS ONE BIG MESS; NEW FED REPORT & RECENT MASSIVE RECALL CONFIRM CONSUMERS AT RISK OF CATCHING STOMACH-TURNING BACTERIA FROM VARIETY OF FOODS; SENATOR PUSHES FOR CHANGES IN FOOD RECALL PROCESS

Just This Week, 15 Million Pounds Of Flour Recalled Due To 21-State E. Coli Outbreak; Outbreak Began In December 2015 But Recall Wasn't Issued Until May 2016; FDA Taking Too Long While Consumers Endure Sour Health Effects     Recent Recalls Have Impacted New York, Including 45 Million Pounds Of Flour, 3,500 Lbs of Beef, 3,000 Lbs of Chicken, Batches Of Baby Food, Veggies, Cheese & Other Everyday Foods; Slow Food Recall Response Contributes To Consumers Getting Listeria, E-Col… Continue Reading

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