Press Releases

07.21.16

SCHUMER REVEALS: IF APPLES FROM POLAND ARE IMPORTED TO UPSTATE NY, IT COULD MEAN DISASTER FOR FINGER LAKES ORCHARDS; POLISH APPLES COULD CARRY INVASIVE SPECIES? THAT COULD SERIOUSLY DAMAGE NEW YORK’S ORCHARDS FOR GENERATIONS; SENATOR CALLS ON USDA TO IMMEDIATELY HALT PLANS FOR IMPORTS UNTIL APPLES ARE CERTIFIED FREE OF PESTS

Invasive Insects And Pests Like Stink Bugs Are Threatening Wayne County & Other Upstate New York Orchards Senator Says USDA Must Halt Plans for Apple and Pear Imports from Poland Before Similar New Invasive Insects like the Snout Moth, Apple Fruit Weevil, Apple Seed Moth or Pear Leaf Blister Moth Spread Like Wildfire  Schumer: Pests Could Take A Huge Bite Out Of Apple Industry  During a visit to Fruition Farm in Wayne County, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called on the … Continue Reading


07.21.16

SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO APPOVE LOCAL PROPOSAL TO ADD 24 NEW, CLEANER & RELIABLE BUSES TO THE NFTA FLEET; NFTA BUSES ARE ON AVERAGE 20% OLDER THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE; 50 BUSES ARE OUT OF SERVICE AT ANY GIVEN TIME, CAUSING DELAYS, ROUTE CANCELLATIONS AND STRANDED COMMUTERS; VOWS TO FIGHT TOOTH & NAIL TO SECURE FED FUNDING

Schumer Pushes NFTA's Grant Proposal To Receive Fed Dollars From New Bus Funding Program In The FAST Act; Schumer Helped Create New Program That Helps Erie County & Other Upstate NY Counties Replace Aging Bus Fleets Fed Investment Will Allow NFTA To Purchase 24 New, Lower-Polluting Compressed Gas Buses & Implement New Bus Safety Training Program For NFTA Drivers Schumer: WNY Commuters Deserve Clean, New Buses To Get to and From Work, Shopping and More During a visit to Buffalo, U.S.… Continue Reading


07.21.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $12K IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR JAMESTOWN FIRE DEPARTMENT IN CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY

City of Jamestown Fire Department Will Use Funds To Test Life-Saving Equipment To Ensure Firefighter Safety U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $12,728 in federal funding for the Jamestown Fire Department in Chautauqua County. This funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the City of Jamestown in Chautauqua County will use these funds to test their self-contained breathin… Continue Reading


07.21.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $1.3 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR FOUR CENTRAL NEW YORK FIRE DEPARTMENTS

Fire Depts. In Madison, Oneida, Cayuga & Onondaga Counties Will Use Funding To Purchase New Emergency & Protective Equipment For Firefighters U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,344,696 in federal funding for four fire departments throughout the Central New York region. This funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the Canastota Fire Department in Madison Coun… Continue Reading


07.21.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $124,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR WESTERLO VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY IN ALBANY COUNTY

Funding will be used to purchase new equipment for firefighters U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $124,861 in federal funding to Westerlo Fire Company in Albany County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the Westerlo Fire Company will use the funding to purchase new self-contained breathing apparatus SCBAs. "It is critical that we provide our local fire depa… Continue Reading


07.21.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $62,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR FINGER LAKES FIRE DEPARTMENTS IN LIVINGSTON & SENECA COUNTIES

Funding will be used to purchase new equipment for firefighters U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $62,242 in federal funding for Part Town of Avon Fire District located in Livingston County and Waterloo Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. located in Seneca County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the Waterloo Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. will receive $33,889 to pu… Continue Reading


07.21.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $2.7 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR EDUCATION PROGRAMS THAT HELP LOW-INCOME STUDENTS THROUGHOUT NEW YORK STATE

The U.S. Dept. of Education's "Talent Search Program" Aims to Assist Disadvantaged Students in Succeeding in Higher Education Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Funds for The University Settlement Society, Columbia University, Lehman College, The Research Foundation for the SUNY, Harlem Center for Education, Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, Brooklyn College, Fordham University Schumer, Gillibrand: There is No Better Federal Investment Than One That Helps Our Students Receive a High Qual… Continue Reading


07.20.16

SCHUMER: NEW REPORT SHOWS NEARLY HALF OF ALL SUNSCREENS MAKE FALSE CLAIMS ABOUT SPF PROTECTION; SENATOR PUSHES FDA TO TEST SUNSCREENS, CONFIRM TRUE SPF NUMBERS & CRACKDOWN ON LABELS THAT PROMISE PROTECTION BUT INSTEAD LEAVE CONSUMERS BURNED

New Report Suggests 43% Of Sunscreens Fail To Meet the SPF Level of Protection Listed On The Bottle; Shocking Results Found Some Children's Sunscreen Products Only Offered SPF 8 Even Though The Label Claimed SPF 50 Manufacturers Are Required to Test Their Own Products for SPF Levels But Tests Are Rarely Confirmed Or Re-Tested by the FDA; SPF Discrepancies Require Feds To Step In & Ensure SPF Number Delivers The Protection Promised    Schumer: FDA Needs To Give Sunscreen Labels … Continue Reading


07.20.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $36K IN FED FUNDS FOR NORTH HOOSICK FALLS FIRE DEPARTMENT IN RENSSELAER COUNTY

North Hoosick Falls Fire Dept. Will Use Funding To Purchase Critical Equipment To Keep Firefighters Safe U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $36,667 in federal funding for the North Hoosick Fire Department in Rensselaer County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the North Hoosick Fire Department will use the federal funding to replace out-of-date protective turn… Continue Reading


07.20.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $450K IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR MASSENA INTERNATIONAL-RICHARDS FIELD AIRPORT

Fed. Dept. of Transportation Funds Airport's Completion of the Final Phase of Lighting & Visual Guidance System Rehabilitation Project U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $458,937 in federal funding for the Massena International-Richards Field Airport in St. Lawrence County, NY. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This funding will allow the airport to complete the final … Continue Reading


07.20.16

SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO ESTABLISH TEMPORARY POST OFFICE IN TOWN OF PRATTSBURGH & WORK QUICKLY TO REPLACE CURRENT FACILITY THAT HAS BEEN DEEMED UNSAFE – OFFICE CLOSURE LED FEDS TO RELOCATE OPERATIONS OUTSIDE OF THE TOWN, INCONVENIENCING RESIDENTS AND LEADING TO CONFUSION

Prattsburgh Post Office Was Recently Closed Following Safety Concerns, But Postal Operations Were Shifted 9 Miles Outside Of Prattshburgh To Town Of Pulteney - Local Businesses & Residents, And Elderly Population Particular, Say New Office Is Difficult To Access Due To Lack Of Public Transportation Schumer Says U.S. Postal Service Should Immediately Establish Temporary Operation In Town Of Prattsburgh & Move Quickly To Establish New, Permanent Facility in Prattsburgh To Replace Old Offi… Continue Reading


07.20.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $540K IN FED FUNDS FOR UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER & SUNY BROCKPORT TO WORK WITH LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLS TO INCREASE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNTIES FOR DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS

Federal Dept. Of Education Funds UR And SUNY Brockport To Provide At-Risk Monroe County Children With Mentoring, Tutoring, Academic Advising Services, Visits To College Campuses and More U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a combined $547,200 in federal funds for the University of Rochester and SUNY Brockport to expand higher-education opportunities for disadvantage children. This funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Education's "the Talent Se… Continue Reading


07.19.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES HARRIS RADIO TO RECEIVE $22.5 MILLION DEFENSE CONTRACT TO MANUFACTURE CRITICAL PARTS NEEDED TO KEEP RADIO SYSTEMS FOR TROOPS UP TO DATE & SUPPORTS JOBS ON NEW RADIO LINE THAT HARRIS MOVED TO ROCHESTER LAST YEAR WITH SCHUMER’S SUPPORT

Last Year, Schumer Helped Bring Single Channel Ground And Airborne Radio System "SINCGARS" Radio Manufacturing Line To Rochester - New Line Became Operational In March Of This Year And Is Supporting 150 Jobs, Including 50 New Jobs Schumer Says New $22 Million Contract Will Allow Harris To Manufacture New, Updated Radio Components That Will Keep SINCGARS System On The Cutting Edge & Help Protect Our Troops Overseas Schumer: Fed Investment Is Critical To Supporting Rochester & Harris Ra… Continue Reading


07.18.16

SCHUMER MEETS WITH ONE OF CHENANGO COUNTY’S LARGEST EMPLOYERS, UNISON INDUSTRIES TO DISCUSS EXPANDING PRODUCTION & CREATE NEW SOUTHERN TIER JOBS

Schumer Has Long Fought For Key Programs & Funding, Like DOD's Black Hawk Program, Which Will Keep Unison Manufacturing Key Components of Helicopters That Are Critical To Both National Defense & Sustaining Local Jobs Schumer Vows To Fight For Southern Tier Jobs U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today toured Unison Industries to see first-hand the design and manufacturing process for producing aircraft components, including those used in the military's elite Blackhawk helicopter and disc… Continue Reading


07.18.16

SCHUMER: FED FUNDS ARE THE MISSING LINK THAT WILL FINALLY CLOSE THE LOOP ON ONONDAGA LAKE’S MULTI-USE TRAIL SYSTEM; LOOP-THE-LAKE TRAIL COULD SOON BE A MAGNET FOR TOURISTS AND SYRACUSE BICYCLISTS AND HIKERS; SENATOR LAUNCHES MAJOR PUSH TO SECURE MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR FED INVESTMENT

Schumer Pushes For Nearly $10 Million In Funding To Complete Final Section Of Onondaga Lake Bike & Pedestrian Trail - What Was Once Considered "Most Polluted Body Of Water In US" Could Be A Continuous Trail Network, Connecting Visitors & Residents To Local Businesses & Regional Attractions Federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant Program-Which Schumer Has Secured for NY Projects In The Past-Provides Federal Funds to Important Transportation Projec… Continue Reading


07.18.16

SCHUMER LAUNCHES MAJOR PUSH TO SECURE $18 MILLION IN FED FUNDS THAT WILL HELP BOOST COMPANIES LIKE GE & SIEMENS INCREASE EXPORTS AND CREATE JOBS IN CAPITAL REGION; SENATOR SAYS THE OVERHAUL OF BUSIEST PORT IN UPSTATE NY IS DESPERATELY NEEDED TO MAKE PORT A GATEWAY TO WORLD

Schumer Pushes For Nearly $18 Million In Funding To Improve The Port Of Albany; Funds Will Be Used To Demolish & Rebuild A New Warehouse, Reconstruct Maritime Terminal & Port Roadway And Improve Terminal Safety Federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant Program-Which Schumer Has Secured for NY Projects In The Past-Provides Federal Funds to Important Transportation Projects That Create Jobs & Boost Economy Schumer: Port of Albany Deserves To C… Continue Reading


07.18.16

SCHUMER: “ANY DECISION ON BLUEFISH FISHING SEASON MUST BE BASED ON MOST UP-TO-DATE SCIENCE, PERIOD;” SENATOR URGES NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION TO IMMEDIATELY REEXAMINE DATA USED FOR 2015 RECREATIONAL SEASON; POOR DATA USED BY NMFS COULD UNFAIRLY AND PREMATURELY CLOSE BLUEFISH SEASON, HURTING LI COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN

NOAA's National Marines Fisheries Service Concluded That Bluefish 2015 Quota Has Been Reached for First Time in 8 Years; Conclusion Spells Trouble For LI Commercial Fishermen Schumer Says NOAA Must Immediately Reexamine Questionable and Unreliable Data, And to Consider Most Recent Science & Available Data To Prevent Fishery From Closing Calling the data "out-of-date and not the best science available," U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer urged the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administratio… Continue Reading


07.17.16

SCHUMER: MOST CHEMICALS USED IN DEADLY ‘K2’ ARE STILL LEGAL; SENATOR INTRODUCES NEW LEGISLATION TO MAKE DRUGS ILLEGAL; RECENT SCOURGE IN NY DEMANDS ACTION TO CRIPPLE CHEMISTS THAT COOK UP BATCHES OF DEADLY SYNTHETIC DRUGS

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 Despite State Laws, 'K2' & Other Dangerous Synthetics Still Find Their Way Into Cities Because Lack Of Federal Solution; 'Zombie’ Side Effects Of Chemicals Just Landed Over 100 In NYC ER This Past W… Continue Reading


07.15.16

SCHUMER & GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE LEGISLATION TO REESTABLISH “EPA OFFICE OF NOISE ABATEMENT & CONTROL” SOLELY DEDICATED TO ADDRESSING NOISE POLLUTION, LIKE AIRPLANE NOISE

Current Bureaucratic Regs Give FAA Full Oversight of Airplane Noise Issues, But Senators Say EPA is Better Equipped to Handle Noise Concerns; EPA's Core Mission Aims to Protect Health & Environment Schumer & Gillibrand Announce New Senate Legislation to Restore EPA's Oversight of Airplane Noise Issues, Which Senators Say Greatly Affect Residents’ Quality of Life; Under Legislation, Sponsored by Rep. Meng in the House, EPA Experts Will Closely Examine Noise Measurement Methodologie… Continue Reading


07.15.16

SENATORS SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND AND REPRESENTATIVE CROWLEY ANNOUNCE BILL TO NAME JACKSON HEIGHTS POST OFFICE IN HONOR OF LGBT ACTIVISTS & QUEENS NATIVES JEANNE & JULES MANFORD HAS CLEARED CONGRESS; NOW HEADS TO PRESIDENT’S DESK FOR FINAL SIGNATURE –SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND & CROWLEY URGE PRESIDENT TO SIGN BILL INTO LAW

Jeanne Manford was posthumously awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal in 2013 for her advocacy on behalf of the LGBT community Queens, NY - U.S Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Joe Crowley today announced that the legislation to rename the Jackson Heights Post Office, located at 7802 37th Avenue in Queens, as the "Jeanne and Jules Manford Post Office." has passed in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. Today, the Senate unanimously passed the … Continue Reading

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