Press Releases

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


07.29.16

ASH BORERS ARE DRAMATICALLY SPREADING TOWARDS THE MOHAWK VALLEY AND DIRECTLY THREATENING RAWLINGS ADIRONDACK BAT FACTORY; SCHUMER BILL WOULD PROTECT MILLIONS OF EXISTING FUNDING TO COMBAT ASH BORERS THAT ARE DESTROYING ASH TREES WHICH ARE USED TO MAKE MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL BATS

Due To Budget Restrictions, Funding Critical For Combating the Emerald Ash Borer Has Gone To Fight Wildfires In Past Years; Senator Says Wildfires Should Be Treated Like Any Other Natural Disaster and Benefit From Eligibility for Additional Disaster Funding, Allowing Existing Invasive Species Funding That Combats Ash Borer To Remain Intact Rawlings Adirondack Bat Company Produces More Than Half Of Of Its 300,000 Bats A Year - Many Going To The MLB And Its Affiliates - From Ash Trees Threatened … Continue Reading


07.29.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $650K IN FED FUNDS FOR FISHERS FIRE DISTRICT IN ONTARIO COUNTY

Federal Funding For Fishers Fire Department Will Be Used To Hire 4 New Firefighters U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $653,728 in federal funding for the Fishers Fire Department in Ontario 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 Fishers Fire Department to hire four new firefighters, increasing the Fishers De… Continue Reading


07.29.16

WITH DANGEROUS K2 SALES POPPING UP IN THE FINGER LAKES & THE SOUTHERN TIER, SCHUMER INTRODUCES NEW LEGISLATION TO MAKE CHEMICALS IN K2 DRUG ILLEGAL; RECENT SCOURGE IN BINGHAMTON AND UPSTATE NY DEMANDS ACTION TO CRIPPLE CHEMISTS THAT COOK UP BATCHES OF DEADLY SYNTHETIC DRUGS

Deadly K2 Has Made its Way Into the Southern Tier ‎Most Recently in the Binghamton Area & 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 A Federal Hammer To Nail 'K2' Down Before It Spreads Even More During a vis… Continue Reading


07.29.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: HICKEY FREEMAN TAPPED BY RALPH LAUREN TO MANUFACTURE BLAZER FOR TEAM USA’S UNIFORM FOR THE OPENING CEREMONY IN RIO THIS SUMMER; WORLD WILL SEE PRODUCTS MADE IN ROCHESTER & CEMENT HICKEY AS NATIONAL LEADER IN THE SUITING INDUSTRY

Schumer: Made In America' Means 'Made In Rochester' By Hickey Freeman Workers U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that Ralph Lauren has selected Hickey Freeman, to produce Team USA’s blazer for the Opening Ceremony uniforms. Schumer played a pivotal role to help position Hickey Freeman to grow in Rochester and be positioned to secure this contract, which will help maintain and support jobs in Rochester. Schumer said the blazer being made by Hickey Freeman would also be availa… Continue Reading


07.28.16

SCHUMER, GILIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $135K IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR MADRID VOLUNTEER FIRE DISTRICT IN ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY

Funding Will Be Used To Purchase New Protective Equipment For Firefighters U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $137,429 in federal funding for the Madrid Volunteer Fire District in St. Lawrence County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the Madrid Volunteer Fire District will use the federal funding to purchase Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) air pack… Continue Reading


07.27.16

SCHUMER: GREATER BINGHAMTON AIRPORT DESPERATELY NEEDS FEDS TO AWARD A GRANT TO COMPLETE RUNWAY IMPROVEMENTS – FEDS INITIALLY INDICATED THAT PROJECT WOULD HAVE TO BE PHASED OVER 2 YEARS, WHICH LEAVES COUNTY TO COVER MILLIONS IN SHORTFALL OR INCREASES PROJECT COSTS

Greater Binghamton Airport's Primary Runway Experienced Significant Pavement Failure Last Year - Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) & The Airport Determined That A Major Rehabilitation Project Was Necessary But Feds' Initial Indication Is To Award Only $7.5 Million This Year, Meaning Broome County Would Have To Fund Remaining $3.2 Million Or Face Multi-Year Project- Schumer Says Feds Should Award Necessary Funds, As Breaking Up The Project Could Increase Costs, Unduly Delay Vital Safety … Continue Reading


07.27.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $2 MILLION IN FED FUNDING FOR CITY OF NEWBURGH FIRE DEPARTMENT IN ORANGE COUNTY

Federal Funding For Newburgh Fire Department Will Be Used To Hire New Firefighters U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,061,516 in federal funding for the City of Newburgh Fire Department in Orange County. The City of Newburgh Fire Department will invest the funds to expand its emergency personnel by hiring new firefighters. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Staffing for Adequate Fire&… Continue Reading


07.27.16

SCHUMER SECURES COMMITMENT FROM ENERGY SECRETARY MONIZ TO VISIT THE UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER’S LASER LAB

Senator Has Long Fought to Keep U of Rochester At The Cutting Edge of High Tech Energy Research U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that he successfully convinced U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to visit the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) of the University of Rochester. Schumer, who last year helped secure $68 million in funding from the 2016 budget for the LLE, is now advocating for federal investment in the upcoming Fiscal Year 2017 federal budget to … Continue Reading


07.26.16

SCHUMER SECURES MAJOR VICTORY FOR CAPITAL REGION AND UPSTATE NEW YORK; ANNOUNCES $17 MILLION IN FED FUNDS THAT WILL HELP INCREASE EXPORTS AT THE PORT OF ALBANY AND BOOST COMPANIES LIKE GE & SIEMENS; SENATOR SAYS DESPERATELY NEEDED FUNDS WILL OVERHAUL BUSIEST PORT IN UPSTATE NY & HELP CREATE JOBS

Schumer Successfully Pushed For Over $17 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&nbs… Continue Reading


07.25.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $765K IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR CAPITAL DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY IN ALBANY

Federal Dept. of Transportation Investment Funds CDTA Purchase Of 20 New Diesel Buses U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $767,500 in federal funding for the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA), which serves the Capital Region through its extensive transit system. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Transit Authority (FTA). This funding will allow the CDTA to purchase 20 40-foot, ultra-low sulfu… Continue Reading


07.25.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: FINAL HURDLES HAVE BEEN CLEARED, AMTRAK BOARD WILL AWARD HORNELL’S ALSTOM START OF $2.5 BILLION PROGRAM TO BUILD SAFER, NEXT-GENERATION HIGH-SPEED TRAINS; SENATOR SAYS PROJECT WILL CREATE 750 JOBS INCLUDING 400 DIRECT MANUFACTURING JOBS AT ALSTOM IN HORNELL

Schumer Championed and Helped Secure Major Federal Loan and Approvals to Make Project Possible - Says NY Companies Like Alstom, ATM, and Transit Air in Hornell, as well as PWI in Wellsville and Vapor Stone Rail in Plattsburgh will all Benefit from Agreement Train Project Will be Major Lift to Upstate New York Economy, Including Alstom & Their Suppliers & Create Hundreds of Good-Paying Jobs Schumer: Next Stop Is To Just Sign On Dotted Line U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today ann… Continue Reading


07.24.16

SCHUMER: RECENT REPORT SHOWING LGA & NEWARK WITH SECURITY ‘BLIND SPOTS’—NO CAMERAS IN BAGGAGE CLAIM, PICK-UP/DROP-OFF, FOOD COURTS & MORE—DEMANDS IMMEDIATE ATTENTION; SENATOR CALLS ON DHS TO SWIFLTY INVESTIGATE NYC AIRPORTS; ONLY 360-DEGREE AIRPORT SECURITY WILL DO

Department Of Homeland Security (DHS) Makes Strong Security Recommendations For All Airports; Recommendations Should Be Followed In Cooperation With TSA To Ensure Safety Of Traveling Public; News Report Suggests Security 'Blind Spots' In At Least Two Area Airports; Could Be More Senator Urges Feds To Land At ALL NYC-Area Airports ASAP & Determine If Security Infrastructure Has Holes Evil-Doers, Terrorists Could Exploit And Then Fix Them ASAP; Unified Camera System Is Essential To Security … Continue Reading


07.22.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $5.8 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR LONG ISLAND MACARTHUR AIRPORT; FAA GRANT WILL HELP FUND CONSTRUCTION OF AIRCRAFT RESCUE & FIREFIGHTING BUILDING AT AIRPORT

Islip's Long Island MacArthur Airport Serves 2 Million Passengers Each Year; Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting Services Help Ensure Airports, Like LI MacArthur, Are Safe In The Event of an Emergency, Improves Efficiency for Daily Operations Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $5 Million in FAA Funds to Construct Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting Building at LI MacArthur; New Building Will Better Help Protect Critical Emergency Equipment From Adverse Weather Conditions U.S. Senators Charl… Continue Reading


07.21.16

SCHUMER: ERIE COUNTY NEEDS IMMEDIATE FEDERAL ASSISTANCE TO ADDRESS WATER CRISIS & AGING INFRASTRUCTURE

Senator Says Fed Funds Needed For Local Water, Sewer Projects In the wake of a major water main break in northern Erie County last night, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today said it was a "wake-up call on the urgent need to invest in our aging infrastructure" and vowed to pursue any and all available federal funds to assist Erie County in this effort. Most immediately Senator Schumer pledged to work with Erie County Water Authority (ECWA) and other municipal water providers to aggressively pu… Continue Reading


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

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