Press Releases

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


07.14.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF ‘FILIPINO VETERANS OF WORLD WAR II CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL ACT OF 2015’; APPROXIMATELY 300,000 FILIPINO SOLDIERS FOUGHT IN WWII, YET HAVE NEVER BEEN FORMALLY RECOGNIZED BY THE U.S.

In 1941, Filipinos in the U.S. Enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces During WWII & Approx. 300,000 Filipino Soldiers Fought; Command Center for United States Army Forces in the Far East Was Designated in the Philippines Legislation Recognizes & Honors 300K Filipino Veterans of WWII With Congressional Gold Medal for Service; Veterans of Foreign Wars Supports the Legislation Schumer: This is a Long Overdue Honor for These Filipino WWII Heroes U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced … Continue Reading


07.14.16

SCHUMER: RADIOACTIVE HOTSPOTS ARE PLAGUING NIAGARA COUNTY & COULD POSE THREAT TO RESIDENTS’ HEALTH – SCHUMER DEMANDS EPA IMMEDIATELY LAUNCH MAJOR EFFORT TO DETERMINE WHERE HOTSPOTS ARE LOCATED, HOW DANGEROUS THEY ARE & DEVELOP REMEDIATION ACTION PLAN

Schumer Says EPA Must Conduct Updated Assessment Of Identified Radioactive Hotspots To Determine How Dangerous They Are, Then Feds Must Work With Community and State To Develop Full Remediation Plan Schumer: 40 Years Have Already Passed - EPA Must Move Into Higher Gear for Niagara County U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct an updated and comprehensive assessment of the numerous radioactive hotspots in Niagara County and the Gr… Continue Reading


07.13.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, BILL THAT INCLUDES EXTENSION OF NUAIR TEST SITE DESIGNATION AT GRIFFISS AIRPORT UNTIL 2019 HAS PASSED CONGRESS –EXTENSION WOULD PROTECT JOBS, SPUR NEW TECHNOLOGY & SUPPORT CUTTING-EDGE RESEARCH AT GRIFFISS

Schumer Previously Led The Charge To Get The FAA To Choose NUAIR As A Premier National UAS Research And Testing Site Legislation That Includes 3-Year Extension Of NUAIR Test Site Just Passed Congress; Schumer Previously Pushed To Pass Extension In The Senate Schumer: NUAIR Can Continue To Put Oneida County On The Map As A Leader In UAS Testing And Research U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that, following his push, the Senate has passed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)… Continue Reading


07.13.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $930,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR UPSTATE NEW YORK HOUSING ORGANIZATIONS

Funding will provide financial counseling services to new homebuyers, homeowners and renters U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $936,606 in federal funds to regional housing organizations stationed in the Capital Region, Rochester, Western New York, Central New York and the Southern Tier. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Housing Counseling Program and will be used to advance local prog… Continue Reading


07.12.16

SCHUMER SAYS TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR FEDS TO FINALIZE RULE THAT ALLOWS PHOTONICS COMPANIES TO SELL HIGH-TECH PRODUCTS FOR NON-MILITARY USES OVERSEAS; URGES FEDS TO IMMEDIATELY IMPLEMENT RULE BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE

Previously, Proposed Fed Rule Would Have Put Optics & Photonics Products On Restrictive Export Control List, Preventing Companies From Bringing High-Tech Products To Foreign Markets Schumer Successfully Urged Feds To Go Back & Revise Rule To Ensure Photonics Industry Would Not Be Disadvantaged By Overly Restrictive Regulations Schumer: We Can't Risk A Photonics Fumble On The 1-Yard Line U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged four federal agencies to expeditiously finalize the n… Continue Reading


07.11.16

SCHUMER: ZIKA HAS A BULLSEYE ON LI WITH CONFIRMED CASES NOW IN THE DOZENS; DESPITE REAL HEALTH THREAT, SENATE ABOUT TO BREAK—THIS WEEK—FOR REST OF SUMMER WITHOUT TAKING ACTION; SCHUMER PUSHES $1.9 BILLION EMERGENCY BILL TO HELP LI & NYC STOP LATEST SPREAD

Schumer Points to Growing & Alarming Number of Zika Cases in LI & NYC-Now Almost 300 Combined Cases & Things Could Get Worse; NYC, LI Have More Confirmed Zika Cases Than Any Other Region in New York Senator Says $1.9 Billion In Emergency Fed Funding Is Vital To Preventing LI Zika Spread As Summer Heats Up Schumer: Locals Are Doing What They Can, But LI Needs Fed Help This Bill Would Deliver Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer detailed the latest Zika virus numbers, which show … Continue Reading


07.11.16

WITH LOOMING FEAR OF SIGNIFICANT JOB LOSS, DUE TO BANK MERGER, SENATOR SCHUMER & REP. HIGGINS ANNOUNCE MAJOR AGREEMENT WITH KEYBANK TO HELP SAVE AT-RISK JOBS AND DRAMATICALLY REDUCE JOB LOSS IN THE REGION; AGREEMENT WILL ALSO PAVE THE WAY FOR GROWTH IN UPSTATE AND INCREASE IN JOBS WITHIN NEXT 5 YEARS

KeyBank Agrees To Significant Job Retention And Growth of New Business Lines Based In WNY And Throughout Upstate Keybank Commits To Workforce Levels That Are Equal To Or Greater Than The Current Combined Footprint Of The Two Banks By 2021, And All Keybank And First Niagara Branch Employees Will Be Offered A Full-Time And Comparable Job With The Bank Schumer & Higgins Also Secure Commitment That Keybank Will Become National Leader In Addressing Zombie Properties U.S. Senator … Continue Reading


07.07.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $1.5 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ADIRONDACK REGIONAL AIRPORT IN FRANKLIN COUNTY

Federal Dept. of Transportation Funding Will Be Used To Expand Critical Aircraft Rescue, Firefighting & Snow Removal Operations U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $ 1,546,405 in federal funding for the Adirondack Regional Airport in Franklin County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). These federal funds will allow the airport to further upgrade its emergenc… Continue Reading


07.07.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES $2 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR GRIFFISS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Federal Dept. of Transportation Funding Follows Steady Flow Of Fed Resources The Lawmakers Have Helped Steer To Griffiss  U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Richard Hanna today announced $2,048,340 in federal funding for the Griffiss International Airport located in Rome. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This federal funding will enable the airport to re… Continue Reading


07.07.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $6.8 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ORANGE COUNTY AIRPORT

Federal Dept. of Transportation Funding Will Be Used to Build New Runway and Expand Airport U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $6,866,280 in federal funding for the Orange County Airport in Montgomery, NY. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This federal funding will allow the airport to construct a new runway, taxiway, and mitigate environmental pollution. With these funds, t… Continue Reading


07.07.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $270K IN FED FUNDS FOR CENTRAL NEW YORK REGION FIRE DEPARTMENTS IN CAYUGA, CORTLAND AND ONEIDA COUNTIES

Funding Will Be Used To Purchase New Equipment To Protect Firefighters & Keep Uniforms Clean For Reuse U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $272,022 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 Fleming Volunteer Fire Department #1 in Cayuga County will receive $13,681 in funding t… Continue Reading


07.07.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $75K IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR TWO WESTCHESTER COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENTS

Funds Will Be Used To Purchase New Protective & Communications Gear For Firefighters U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $78,668 in federal funds for two Westchester County fire departments. This funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the Irvington Fire Department will receive $27,239 to purchase new protective turnout gear to keep firefighters safe while in burnin… Continue Reading


07.07.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $234K IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR NORTH COUNTRY FIRE DEPARTMENTS

Fire Depts. In Essex & Jefferson Counties Will Use Funding To Purchase Critical Equipment To Keep Firefighters Safe U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $234,081 in federal funding for two fire departments in the North Country. The funding was awarded through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the Upper Jay Volunteer Fire Department in Essex County will receive $34,286 in funding to purchase … Continue Reading


07.07.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $650K IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR OSWEGO COUNTY AIRPORT

Federal Dept. of Transportation Funding Will Be Used to Install New Lighting and Visual Guidance Systems U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $648,255 in federal funding for the Oswego County Airport. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). These federal funds will allow the airport to replace its runway's aging lighting system to ensure safe operations, departures and arrivals duri… Continue Reading


07.06.16

SCHUMER: WITH ONLY A WEEK LEFT BEFORE THE SENATE BREAKS FOR RECESS AND 33 CONFIRMED ZIKA CASES IN UPSTATE NY, SENATOR URGES CONGRESS TO PASS A REAL EMERGENCY FUNDING BILL; FUNDS WILL GREATLY BOLSTER UPSTATE NY’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 Upstate NY U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today held a conference call with reporters to demand Congress pass a real funding bill to help combat the Zika virus. Schumer said that with the Senate set to recess at the end of next week through th… Continue Reading


07.06.16

NADLER, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $10.6 MILLION FEDERAL GRANT TO PORT AUTHORITY FOR CROSS HARBOR FREIGHT PROGRAM

Port Authority awarded $10,672,590 to advance the Cross Harbor Freight Program, which would connect Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, Westchester, and Southern Connecticut to the national freight rail grid. New York City remains the only major city not connected to the country's national freight rail network, with more than $1 trillion worth of freight per year entering NYC almost entirely by truck. The Cross Harbor Freight Program is one of only eighteen projects selected out of over 200 nationa… Continue Reading


07.06.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $80K IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR TWO DUTCHESS COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENTS

Fire Depts. In Fishkill & Arlington Will Use Funds To Purchase New Emergency and Protective Equipment For Firefighters U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $82,927 in federal funds for two Dutchess County fire departments. This funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the Village of Fishkill Fire Department in Dutchess County will receive $58,381 to purchase new protec… Continue Reading


07.05.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE, FOLLOWING THEIR PUSH, ROCHESTER AREA HAS SECURED FIRST OF ITS KIND, $32 MILLION FED GRANT THAT WILL OVERHAUL LYELL AVE/RT 390/RT 490 INTERCHANGE IN MONROE COUNTY – CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENT PROJECT IS CRITICAL TO EASING TRAFFIC CONGESTION, CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT OF AREAS LIKE EASTMAN BUSINESS PARK, AND ATTRACTING NEW HIGH-TECH COMPANIES TO AREA THROUGH IMPROVED INFRASTRUCTURE

In June, Schumer & Gillibrand Pushed For Massive Grant From Fed Dept. Of Transportation That Would Revamp Lyell Ave Corridor's Entire Interchange - Project Will Help Improve Transportation For 200,000 Vehicles That Move Through The Area Daily & Open Area Up To Greater Development Opportunities Schumer & Gillibrand Helped Secure Critical $32 Million in Fed Funds That Will Now Allow Project To Move Forward - Improving Rush Hour Traffic Flow, Reducing Congestion & Curbing Accidents… Continue Reading


07.05.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $720K IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR SYRACUSE HANCOCK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Federal Dept. of Transportation Funding Will Be Used to Purchase Critical Snow Removal Equipment U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $720,000 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). This federal funding will allow the airport to purchase vital equipment needed for snow removal during the winter mo… Continue Reading

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