Press Releases

06.29.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND SECURE OVER $5.1 MILLION TO IMPROVE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FOR RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS & ORGANIZATIONS IN-AND-AROUND NYC; GRANTS AWARDED TO 66 AT-RISK JEWISH SCHOOLS AND CONGREGATIONS

Schumer and Gillibrand Secured over 25% Of Total Funding For Organizations Based in New York - Out of the Total $20 Million Granted to Awardees Across the Country The Awardees Include 66 Jewish Educational Institutions and Congregations; The Money Will Help These At-Risk Nonprofits For Security Preparedness Schumer, Gillibrand: These Schools and Congregations are Vital Parts of our Community and Like Institutions Have Been Targeted Before; We Must Do All we can to Protect all At-Risk Instituti… Continue Reading


06.29.16

SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO ISSUE AN EMERGENCY ORDER TO REQUIRE OIL COMPANIES TO MAKE HIGHLY FLAMMABLE CRUDE OIL LESS VOLATILE BEFORE IT IS SHIPPED THROUGH NYS COMMUNITIES; SENATOR SAYS CRUDE OIL IS BEING SHIPPED THROUGH UPSTATE NY IN HUNDREDS OF TANK CARS EACH DAY; BAKKEN OIL IS FAR MORE FLAMMABLE & DANGEROUS THAN OTHER TYPES

Schumer's Effort To Make Tank Cars Stronger Is A Critical Component To Make Oil-By-Rail Safer, But Making The Actual Crude Oil Contained In Oil Cars Less Volatile Is Another Important Step That Feds Must Undertake Recent Oil Train Derailment In Oregon, 16 Cars Derailed, 4 Caught Fire; Area Residents Were Evacuated & More Than 40,000 Gallons Of Crude Oil Were Spilled Schumer: Feds Need To Fix Shipping Standards Before It's Too Late U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer on a conference call with… Continue Reading


06.29.16

SCHUMER REVEALS: NEW FBI DATA SHOWS HATE CRIMES AGAINST LGBT COMMUNITY ON RISE—EVEN BEFORE TRAGIC ORLANDO TERROR ATTACK THAT SHOOK NATION; SENATOR SAYS THIS TREND MUST REVERSE; PUSHES NEW SENATE PLAN TO GIVE DOJ MORE TOOLS TO BEAT BACK HATE CRIMES & DEFEAT HATE

Despite Overwhelming Majority Of Americans Accepting Of LGBTQ Community, New FBI Data Reveals LGBT Community #1 Target Of Hate Crimes In 2014; Schumer Cites NY Crimes New Senate Amendment Schumer Is Pushing Would Provide An Additional $41 Million for Department Of Justice's Civil Rights Programs & Funds For NY To Help Prevent, Investigate, & Prosecute Crimes  Schumer: Feds Have Sounded Alarm On Hate Crime Trend Against LGBT Community & Now Congress Must Act  U.S. Senator… Continue Reading


06.29.16

SCHUMER: EAST RIVER TUNNEL CRISIS AVERTED; MASSIVE CASH SHORTFALL RISKED CATASTROPHIC DELAYS & POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS CONDITIONS FOR LIRR RIDERS; PROJECT NOW BACK ON TRACK AFTER SCHUMER PUSH DELIVERS MORE THAN $430M FOR CRITICAL REPAIRS; FUNDS NOW IN PLACE TO REPAIR TUNNELS & AVERT DELAYS FOR THOUSANDS OF LONG ISLAND COMMUTERS

Last Year, Schumer Made The Case For Why Tunnels Essential To LI Deserved Millions in Federal Funds To Ensure East River Tunnel Repairs; Warned Lack of Funding Could Cause Significant LIRR Outages and Delays Schumer Says The Hundreds of Millions in Sandy Transportation Funds-That LIRR Desperately Needs- Should Get East River Tunnel Work Back On Track, As Well as Avoid Unnecessary East Side Access Disruptions Schumer: $432 Million Is Rightfully On Track For Critical LIRR Project; Hundreds of … Continue Reading


06.28.16

IN WAKE OF DHS REPORT, BLUMENTHAL, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, MURPHY RENEW CALL TO PROTECT PLUM ISLAND

U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Chris Murphy (D-CT) are renewing their call to protect Plum Island in the wake of a report released by the Department of Homeland Security. Due to its partial use as a federal research facility, most of the 840-acre island has remained an undeveloped sanctuary for wildlife. However, Congress voted in 2008 to close the research facility, move its work to Kansas, and sell the island to the highest bidder.… Continue Reading


06.28.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $800,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR LIGHTING UPGRADES AT BROOKHAVEN & REPUBLIC AIRPORT

Brookhaven Airport's Current Taxiway Lighting System Has Reached End of Its Useful Life & Requires Rehabilitation to Enhance Safe Airfield Operations; Republic Airport is In Need of a New Beacon Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Federal Aviation Administration Grants for Brookhaven Calabro Airport's Taxiway Lighting System & Installation of New Beacon at Republic Airport U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced more than $800,000 in Federal Aviation Administra… Continue Reading


06.28.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $10 MILLION IN FEDERAL SANDY RELIEF FUNDS FOR REPAIRS TO NASSAU COUNTY BUILDINGS & EQUIPMENT

FEMA Funds Will Go Towards Sandy-Related Repairs to Nassau County Buildings, Including Bay Park Sewer Maintenance Building, Cow Meadow Park Buildings, Wantagh Park Community Center & More Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $10M in FEMA Funding To Reimburse The Cost Of Repairs For Nassau County Public Works U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced $9,848,434 in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding for Nassau County, which will reimburse the cost … Continue Reading


06.27.16

SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH TO INCLUDE, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, PHOTONICS & OPTICS INDUSTRY IN ‘AMERICA COMPETES ACT’ REAUTHORIZATION – INCLUSION WOULD ALLOW NATIONAL SCIENCE AGENCIES TO PRIORITIZE PHOTONICS & DIRECT MORE FUNDING AND RESOURCES TO WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, RESEARCH, ACADEMIC PROGRAMS TO BOLSTER INDUSTRY AND KICKSTART JOB CREATION EFFORTS

Schumer Says New 'American Innovation And Competitiveness Act' Reauthorizes Many Of 'America COMPETES Act' Provisions That Expired In 2013; Reauthorization Provides Perfect Opportunity To Include Photonics & Optics Industry - Including Photonics Would Allow Top Science Agencies To Focus On Bolstering Developing Industry & Directing Resources To Centers Like AIM Photonics In Rochester Senate Committee Has Incorporated Photonics Into Bill - Schumer Urges Full Senate To Pass It, Citing It… Continue Reading


06.27.16

SCHUMER REVEALS: WHILE NUMBER OF SMALL PLANE CRASHES ON LONG ISLAND HAS RISEN, NUMBER OF CRITICAL PLANE INSPECTIONS AT NY AIRPORTS—INCLUDING REPUBLIC—HAS DRAMATICALLY FALLEN; SHOCKING 73 PERCENT DECREASE IN FAA SAFETY CHECKS REQUIRES IMMEDIATE CHANGE; SENATOR CALLS ON FAA TO ‘RAMP’ UP INSPECTIONS NOW

Like Restaurant Health Inspections, Airport 'Ramp' Inspections are Unscheduled & Conducted By FAA Experts Who Check For Airplane Safety, Compliance & More; Since 2006, the Number of Annual Ramp Inspections at Major NY Airports Precipitously Dropped From Over 2,800 to Just 748 On Long Island, Inspections At Airports Like Brookhaven, Republic, Were Down Last Year Compared To Past Years; Ramp Inspections Were Also Down At Other Small Airports Involved In LI Crashes Schumer: It's Time For… Continue Reading


06.27.16

AFTER SCHUMER’S PUSH, THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION HAS VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO PROTECT NUCOR VULCRAFT AND OTHER NY STEELMAKERS

Schumer Recently Called On Feds To Ramp Up Laws To Protect NY Steel Companies From Unfair Foreign Competition U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that, following his push, the International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted unanimously to protect American steel making jobs that were being put at risk by unfair trade practices. The ITC's decision puts in place duties on foreign companies that were unfairly undercutting Nucor. These duties will prevent unfairly subsidized and artificia… Continue Reading


06.26.16

SCHUMER: NEW YORKERS SHOULD BE ABLE TO ‘TEXT 911’ IN CASE OF EMERGENCY; TEXTS CAN SAVE LIVES WHEN SITUATION PREVENTS YOU FROM SPEAKING TO DISPATCHER—LIKE THOSE WHO HID DURING ORLANDO ATTACK; SENATOR URGES FEDS TO HUDDLE WITH PHONE CARRIERS & NYC ASAP TO MAKE TEXT IMPLEMENTATION A REALITY

Orlando Terror Attack Proves 911 Text Capability Is Essential; New York City Has Been Fervently Working To Integrate Texting Capability Into Overall 911 System; Yet, Biggest City In America Still Faces Hurdles To Implement Life-Saving Cellular Features Rapidly Growing Need Exists To Adapt 911 Operations To The Way People Communicate Today; Technology Could Thwart Attacks & Save Lives Schumer: The Message Is Clear-We Should All Be Able To 'Text 911' Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer p… Continue Reading


06.24.16

SCHUMER, GOLDFEDER: ROCKAWAY DESERVES—AND WANTS—FULL DETAILS & STATUS UPDATE ON ‘ROCKAWAY REFORMULATION STUDY’ PROJECT; LAWMAKERS URGE ARMY CORPS TO QUICKLY RELEASE THEIR DRAFT REPORT & IMMEDIATELY HOLD COMMUNITY MEETINGS

Schumer Pushed For & Secured Full Federal Funding for Long-Stalled Army Corps Study, Which Will Ultimately Determine Best Possible Coastline Defense to Protect The Rockaways and Communities Within East Rockaway Inlet, Rockaway Inlet & Jamaica Bay; Draft Report Has Yet to Be Released to the Public Schumer, Goldfeder Urge Army Corps to Organize Public Meetings on Status & Details of Rockaway Reformulation Study; Public Forums Will Help Sandy-Impacted Families and Communities to Better… Continue Reading


06.24.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, NADLER, CUOMO, DE BLASIO & NY ELECTED OFFICIALS LAUD PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR DESIGNATING STONEWALL NATIONAL MONUMENT

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYS Senator Brad Hoylman, NYS Assemblymember Deborah Glick, Councilmember Corey Johnson, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, NYC Public Advocate Letitia James, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Manhattan Community Board 2 and NPCA applauded President Obama's designation of a new national monument commemorating the Stonewall Uprising of 1969. The Stonewal… Continue Reading


06.23.16

SCHUMER: LONG ISLANDERS DESERVE—AND WANT—FULL DETAILS & STATUS UPDATE ON ‘FIRE ISLAND TO MONTAUK POINT’ PROJECT; SENATOR URGES ARMY CORPS TO RELEASE THEIR DRAFT REPORT & IMMEDIATELY HOLD PUBLIC, COMMUNITY FORUMS ON PROJECT’S PROGRESS

Schumer Pushed For & Secured Full Federal Funding for Long-Stalled Army Corps Project, Which Studies 83-Mile of Coastline Between Fire Island & Montauk to Determine Best Possible Coastline Defense to Protect Communities; Project Details Have Yet to Be Released And No Public Meetings Have Been Scheduled  Schumer Urges Army Corps to Organize Community Meetings on Status & Details of 'FIMP' Project; Public Forums Will Help Sandy-Impacted Families and Communities to Better Underst… Continue Reading


06.22.16

SENATOR SCHUMER STATEMENT ON WARBY PARKER:

"Today's announcement that eye glass company Warby Parker will be adding 128 new jobs in Rockland County is tremendous news for New York and brings into sharp focus just how talented the Hudson Valley workforce is. Over the last several months, I've worked closely with New York State and Warby Parker to make this project a reality, and today’s announcement is the culmination of that vision. Warby Parker is a strong and growing New York company and today’s news only expands on their N… Continue Reading


06.22.16

SCHUMER REVEALS: THOUSANDS OF UPSTATE NEW YORKERS 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 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 Help Address The Problem Schumer: A… Continue Reading


06.21.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND LAUNCH PUSH TO SECURE FIRST OF ITS KIND, $5 MILLION FEDERAL GRANT TO REPLACE FAILING, LEAD-BASED PAINT PROTECTION SYSTEM ON THE OGDENSBURG-PRESCOTT INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE – SENATORS SAY NEW SYSTEM WILL PREVENT CORROSION OF THE BRIDGE, WHICH IS A MAJOR POINT OF ENTRY AND COMMERCE FOR THE NORTH COUNTRY

Currently, Lead-Based Paint Protection System Covers Steel Spans Along The Ogdensburg-Prescott Bridge, Which Is Critical Link Between U.S. & Canada - But Present System Is Not Only Failing, But Posing Hazard To Area Ecosystems Schumer, Gillibrand Push For Major Federal Grant of $5 Million From Fed Dept. Of Transportation That Would Replace Current System With Zinc-Based Paint Protection System - Senators Say Modernized System Will Protect Spans & Help Avert Potentially Significant Lead-… Continue Reading


06.21.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND LAUNCH PUSH TO SECURE FIRST OF ITS KIND, $85 MILLION FEDERAL GRANT TO OVERHAUL THE LYELL AVE INTERCHANGE IN THE TOWN OF GATES – SENATORS SAY CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENT PROJECT IS CRITICAL TO EASING TRAFFIC CONGESTION, CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT OF AREAS LIKE EASTMAN BUSINESS PARK, AND ATTRACTING NEW HIGH-TECH COMPANIES TO ROCHESTER AREA THROUGH IMPROVED INFRASTRUCTURE

Project Will Improve Rush Hour Traffic Flow, Reduce Congestion & Curb Accidents At Lyell Ave Interchange, Where I-490, Route 390 & Lyell Ave (Route 31) Meet Schumer, Gillibrand Push For Massive Federal Grant of $85 Million From Fed Dept. Of Transportation That Would Revamp Lyell Ave Corridor's Entire Interchange, Improving Transportation For 200,000 Vehicles That Move Through The Area Daily & Opening Area Up To Greater Development Opportunities Schumer, Gillibrand: Critical Traff… Continue Reading


06.21.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE EDA ACCEPTS BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY PROPOSAL AFTER THEIR PUSH; NY WILL RETAIN ITS TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE CENTER AND RECIEVE NEARLY $1 MILLION IN FED FUNDING TO HELP COMPANIES ADAPT FOREIGN COMPETITION

Decision by Federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) Will Allow Center In Broome County To Help Companies in NY and Beyond Facing Foreign Competition To Successfully Adapt To Changing World Markets Schumer, Gillibrand: Federal Investment in Binghamton Trade Adjustment Center Will Preserve American Jobs U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the EDA has accepted a proposal submitted by Binghamton University to retain a Trade Adjustment Assistance C… Continue Reading


06.20.16

WITH CONFIRMED ZIKA CASES IN ALBANY & SCHENECTADY, SENATOR URGES CONGRESS TO IMMEDIATELY PASS EMERGENCY FUNDING TO BATTLE ZIKA VIRUS BEFORE IT SPREADS; SCHUMER: FUNDS WILL GREATLY BOLSTER CAPITAL REGION’S EFFORTS TO FIGHT ZIKA

Schumer: Fight To Prevent Zika Virus Is Dramatically Underfunded; Upstate NY Health Officials & Medical Providers Need Immediate Federal Funding Senator Says $1.9 Billion In Emergency Fed Funding Is Vital To Preventing The Spread of Zika Virus In The Capital Region Schumer: Congress Must Get Serious And Swat Down Rising Number of Cases Across the U.S. Before Summer Of Zika Takes Hold Standing at Albany Medical Center, and in the wake of the recently reported 189 cases of Zika virus in New… Continue Reading

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