Press Releases

06.07.16

SCHUMER: PARKING SHORTAGE IN GREAT NECK PLAZA VILLAGE CAN BE SOLVED BY OPENING UP UNUSED POSTAL SERVICE GARAGE IN VILLAGE; SENATOR URGES U.S. POSTAL SERVICE TO SIGN, SEAL & DELIVER AGREEMENT LEASING VACANT GARAGE TO VILLAGE

The Village of Great Neck Plaza is Busy Commercial District & Transportation Hub But Lacks Parking For Many Local Residents United States Postal Service Owns Vacant Parking Garage In Village; Senator Says Vacant Garage & Village's Need Is Match Made In Heaven Schumer: We've Got To Push The Envelope To Make USPS Deal Happen  Today, U.S Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the United States Postal Service (USPS) to lease their vacant parking garage to the Village of Great Neck Pl… Continue Reading


06.06.16

SCHUMER MEETS WITH USS FRANK E. EVANS FAMILY MEMBERS AT THEIR SYRACUSE HOME JUST DAYS AFTER THE 47th ANNIVERSARY OF THE DISASTER; SCHUMER IS LEADING THE CHARGE TO ADD SON OF SYRACUSE MAN, LARRY REILLY JR., TO THE VIETNAM WALL

Schumer Meets With Larry Reilly Jr.'s Father And Survivor of the Evans Wreck, Larry Reilly Sr., And Sister at Their Syracuse Home & Provide Update On Campaign To Add Names To Wall Schumer: Larry Reilly Jr. & 73 Other Sailors Paid The Ultimate Sacrifice For America & Deserve To Be Honored On The Vietnam Memorial Wall Schumer: On Heels of Memorial Day, It's Time To Etch 74 Names On The Vietnam Wall U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, for the first time, met with Larry Re… Continue Reading


06.06.16

SENATOR SAYS ASH BORERS ARE DRAMATICALLY SPREADING ACROSS BUFFALO AND WESTERN NY; SCHUMER BILL WILL OPEN UP MILLIONS TO BETTER FIGHT WILDFIRES & PROTECT EXISTING FUNDING TO COMBAT ASH BORERS THAT ARE KILLING TREES ALL OVER WNY

Due To Budget Restrictions, Funding Critical For Combating the Emerald Ash Borer Must Go To Fight Wildfires Every Year; 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  Invasive Species Like Emerald Ash Borers Are Wreaking Havoc In Buffalo, Ravaging Trees in Delaware Park and In Neighborhoods Acros… Continue Reading


06.05.16

SCHUMER REVEALS: LAST MONTH ALONE, NEARLY 50 MILLION ROBOCALLS RANG IN JUST TWO NYC AREA CODES; OLD METHODS TO HANGUP ON ROBOCALLS NOT WORKING; ANNOYING CALLS GOING UP NATIONWIDE; SENATOR INTRODUCES NEW BILL—ROBOCOP ACT—TO MANDATE BLOCKING TECHNOLOGY SO MILLIONS OF CONSUMERS CAN STOP THE CALLS

New Data Shows 2016 On Pace To Set Robocall Record With 'Do Not Call' Registry Complaints Through The Roof; Schumer's Bill Would Mandate Landline & Cellular Carriers Make Robocall-Blocking Technology Available; Most Scams Begin With A Robocall Blockimg Technology Keeps Annoying Robocalls From Bothering Consumers, Much Like Email Spam Filters; Schumer Says Congress Should Quickly Move Bill & Free Consumers Of Dreaded Robos; Bill is a No-Brainer Schumer: ROBOCOP Act Will Police Phone L… Continue Reading


06.04.16

SCHUMER, SLAUGHTER LEAD CEREMONY TO OFFICIALLY DEDICATE THE EAST ROCHESTER POST OFFICE IN HONOR OF POLICE OFFICER DARYL PIERSON, A FALLEN HOMETOWN HERO WHO TRAGICALLY LOST HIS LIFE IN THE LINE OF DUTY; SCHUMER, SLAUGHTER WERE JOINED BY MEMBERS OF PIERSON’S FAMILY, LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT & USPS OFFICIALS

In September 2014, Rochester Police Officer Daryl Pierson Tragically Lost His Life In The Line Of Duty - Pierson Was A Decorated Officer & U.S. Army Veteran And Embodied The True Spirit of Selflessness & Bravery Schumer & Slaughter Fought to Name Post Office In Officer Pierson's Honor & Successfully Passed Legislation Last Year To Make Dedication A Reality, and Will Unveil the Exterior Dedication Plaque; A Fitting Tribute to His Bravery and Dedication Schumer, Slaughter: Dedi… Continue Reading


06.03.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $496,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR SOUTHERN TIER FIRE DEPARTMENTS

Funding will be used to purchase new equipment to protect firefighters in four Northern Broome County fire companies U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $496,572 in federal funding for four Southern the Lisle Fire Company in Broome County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the Lisle Fire Company will use the federal funding to purchase new Self Contained Breat… Continue Reading


06.03.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $27K FOR MCCONNELLSVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT IN ONEIDA COUNTY

Funding Will Be Used To Purchase New Equipment To Protect Firefighters U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $26,995 in federal funding for the McConnellsville Volunteer Fire Department. This funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the McConnellsville Volunteer Fire Department will use these federal funds to purchase new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) as well as… Continue Reading


06.03.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $15 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO UPGRADE FLOOD PRONE BRIDGE IN ERIE COUNTY

Senators originally secured FEMA funds as a larger comprehensive $518 million project to restore 106 flood prone bridges around New York State FEMA previously agreed to cover 100% of the project cost, investing over $518 million in 106 bridges throughout New York Schumer, Gillibrand: With over 90% of FEMA funds received, last three installments for New York expected by August 2016 U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $15,000,000 for repairs to Harlem… Continue Reading


06.03.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND & RICE ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $1 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL FUNDS FOR SANDY-DAMAGED LAWRENCE HIGH SCHOOL

Second Federal Funding Installment Will Reimburse Lawrence School District For Emergency Repairs After Flooding From Sandy Corroded The High School's Electrical Wiring WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded an additional $1,019,197.14 in disaster relief funds to the Lawrence Union Free School District for emergency repairs and electrical work at Lawren… Continue Reading


06.02.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $440,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR HARTSDALE FIRE DISTRICT IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY

Funding Will Be Used To Purchase Protective Equipment For Firefighters U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $440,564 in federal funding for the Hartsdale Fire District in Westchester County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the Hartsdale Fire District will use the federal funding to purchase 80 new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) for three fire depar… Continue Reading


06.02.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $14K IN FED FUNDS FOR SCOTIA FIRE DEPARTMENT IN SCHENECTADY COUNTY

Funding Will Be Used To Purchase New Equipment to Keep Firefighters Safe U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $14,286 in federal funding for the Scotia Fire Department in Schenectady County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, this funding will be used to purchase personal protective turnout gear and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) air packs. The Scotia … Continue Reading


06.01.16

SCHUMER PUSHES FEDS TO MODIFY INFLEXIBLE, OUTDATED FISHING REGS & WORK WITH DEC TO ALLOW COMMERCIAL FISHERS TO CATCH BLACK SEA BASS IN JUNE; CLOSING BLACK SEA BASS FISHING SEASON—EVEN THOUGH STOCKS ARE THRIVING—MAY DRAMATICALLY HURT LI FISHING INDUSTRY

Senator Cites Healthy Stocks, Late-Arriving Bass, Below Average Catch Rates & Bad Weather As Reasons To Reassess June Closure; Senator Has Long History Supporting Anglers & Commercial Fishers Who Often Face Inflexible Rules Based on Bad Science Senator Says Commercial Fishers Are Allowed To Annually Catch Almost 200K Pounds Of Black Sea Bass But Have Barely Put A Dent Into Quota Due to Late Migration, Catching Just 40K Pounds So Far This Year; June Gap May Result In LI Fishers Losing O… Continue Reading


06.01.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $230K IN FED FUNDS FOR THE BLASDELL FIRE DEPARTMENT IN ERIE COUNTY

Funding Will Be Used to Purchase New Equipment to Keep Firefighters Safe U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $231,858‎ in federal funding for the Blasdell Volunteer Fire Department in Erie County. This funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, this funding will be used to purchase 25 new sets of personal protective turnout gear, and allow the department to replace self… Continue Reading


06.01.16

SCHUMER, DONOVAN: WITH PLANS FOR VITAL STATEN ISLAND EAST SHORE SEA WALL NOW HEADED TO ARMY CORPS’ DESK FOR FINAL APPROVAL, LAWMAKERS CALL FOR EXPEDITED REVIEW OF PROJECT AND ACCELERATED SIGN-OFF; SAY APPROVAL OF PROJECT SHOULD BE A TOP PRIORITY

Schumer, Long-Time Supporter of Staten Island Sea Wall Project, Helped Secure Federal Funding In Sandy Relief Bill for Necessary Resiliency Project to Finally Implement Coastline Defense Along East Shore Communities; Schumer Also Successfully Pushed to Expedite Project's Internal Review Process Staten Island Lawmakers Urge Army Corps to Treat Sea Wall Project As a Top Priority; Express Support for Expedited Stamp of Approval U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Congressman Dan Donovan, Borough Pr… Continue Reading


06.01.16

SCHUMER CALLS ON PORT AUTHORITY TO ACCELERATE COMPLETION OF NOISE STUDIES IN COMMUNITIES SURROUNDING JFK & LAGUARDIA AIRPORTS ; COMPLETION OF ‘PART 150 NOISE STUDIES’ COULD HELP REMEDIATE AIRPLANE NOISE & PROVIDE LONG - SOUGHT RELIEF TO COMMUNITIES

Part 150 Studies Will Better Evaluate Noise Impacts to Communities Surrounding JFK & LaGuardia Airport & Recommend Mitigation Measures; Schumer Has Long Supported Part 150 Studies, And Other Ways to Address Airplane Noise Schumer Pushes Port Authority to Expedite Completion of Part 150 Studies; Senator Says a Completed Study Could Mean Additional Federal Resources for Noise Mitigation Measures Schumer: While There Is No Silver Bullet When Addressing Airplane Noise, the Completion of … Continue Reading


05.31.16

AS WE CELEBRATE MEMORIAL DAY, SCHUMER MEETS WITH USS FRANK E. EVANS FAMILY MEMBERS AT THEIR CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY HOME; SCHUMER HAS LED THE CHARGE TO ADD WESTERN NEW YORKER TERRY LEE HENDERSON TO THE VIETNAM WALL

Schumer Meets With Terry Lee Henderson's Mother & Brother at Their Home & Provides Update On Campaign To Add Names To Wall Schumer: Terry Lee Henderson & 73 Other Sailors Paid The Ultimate Sacrifice For America & Deserve To Be Honored On The Vietnam Memorial Wall Schumer: In Honor Of Memorial Day, It's Time To Etch 74 Names On The Vietnam Wall U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, for the first time, met with Terry Lee Henderson’s mother and brother today&… Continue Reading


05.31.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $1 MILLION IN FED FUNDING FOR WASTE WATER INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES IN ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY

Town of Norfolk Will Use Funds to Extend Critical Water Mains To Provide More Than 50 Homes With Safe, Reliable Water U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $694,000 in federal low-interest loans and $500,000 in federal grant funding for the Town of Norfolk in St. Lawrence County. This funding will allow the town to make new investments in its local water infrastructure. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Developm… Continue Reading


05.31.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $575 MILLION IN FED FUNDS FOR LOCKHEED MARTIN OWEGO’S COMBAT RESCUE & MARINE ONE HELICOPTER PROGRAMS ARE INCLUDED IN JUST-UNVEILED SENATE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL – SENATOR URGES COLLEAGUES IN BOTH SENATE AND HOUSE TO PASS IT

Funding Would Keep Helicopter Programs on Track & Help Maintain Southern Tier Jobs - Bill Includes $302 Million in Funding for New Fleet of Presidential Helicopters & $273 Million in Funding for New Fleet of Combat Search & Rescue Helicopters, Major Elements of Both Are Produced By Lockheed Martin in Owego Schumer: Funding Is Critical for Lockheed Martin Owego, At The Forefront Of Two of The Most Important Helicopter Programs In World U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announce… Continue Reading


05.31.16

SCHUMER ATTENDS OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING OF OWEGO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, SURROUNDED BY STUDENTS, PARENTS & TEACHERS – SCHOOL WAS SEVERELY DAMAGED BY TROPICAL STORM LEE IN 2011; SENATOR IMMEDIATELY INTERVENED BY PUSHING FEMA TO CUT RED TAPE & AWARD SCHOOL DISTRICT MORE THAN $24 MILLION IN FED FUNDING TO BUILD NEW SCHOOL

Delays & Roadblocks From FEMA When Considering Application For New Elementary School Building Left Children Without A Local School And Left Residents To Shoulder The Cost To Rebuild Senator Played Key Role In Successfully Securing $24 Million In Fed Funding That Made Building New School A Reality Schumer: Owego Students Once Again Have Their Own School To Call Home   U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today stood with students, teachers, parents and school administration as he cut th… Continue Reading


05.30.16

WITH HOLIDAY WEEKEND TRAVEL PROVING AIRPORT LINES ARE STILL FAR TOO LONG, SCHUMER OUTLINES NEW PLAN THAT WOULD BRING MORE TSA AGENTS TO NYC & REDUCE WAIT TIMES THIS SUMMER

Schumer Says He Will Lead Push For TSA To Hire 600 More & Move $28 Million Needed To Bring Another 2,500+ Agents To Full-Time; Senator Says LGA, JFK & Newark Airports Deserve Large Share Of New Agents Schumer Recently Called on TSA to Hire More NYC Agents-Successfully Securing 200+ For City-But Schumer Says New Plan Would Convert Part-Time Agents To Full-Time & Bring Even More Agents To NYC, Really Putting Dent In Lines As Summer Travel Heats Up Schumer: Public Outcry Demands Cong… Continue Reading

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