Press Releases

04.12.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND URGE FEMA TO RENEW FEDERAL FUNDS FOR NEWBURGH FIRE DEPARTMENT- FUNDS SENATORS SECURED IN 2013 SET TO EXPIRE THIS MAY

Schumer, Gillibrand Urging to Renew $2.4 Million in Federal Funds to Hire 15 Additional Firefighters for Newburgh Community U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today urged Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) to renew federal funds for the City of Newburgh's Fire Department. The Senators previously wrote individual letters to FEMA urging to renew this funding prior to the expiration in May. Initially, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand secured the $2.4 million in … Continue Reading


04.11.16

SCHUMER: THOUSANDS OF LUKE BRYAN TICKETS VANISHED AFTER HACKERS USED COMPUTER BOTS TO BUY UP TICKETS, WHICH WERE RESOLD FOR OUTRAGEOUS PRICES, LEAVING FANS FURIOUS; SCHUMER PUSHES CONGRESS TO PASS NEW SENATE BILL THAT CRACKS DOWN ON UNFAIR CYBER-SCALPING

Hackers Are Using Bots To Scoop Up Thousands Of Concert Tickets, Which Are Then Sold On Other Ticket Websites Marked Up At 100%, According to Some Sites; Senator Says Upcoming Amphitheater Could Be Next Hacker Target  Schumer Introduces New Senate Bill That Finally Cracks Down On Hackers Being Able to Use Bots To Steal Popular Tickets Before True Fans Have A Chance To Purchase At Face Value Schumer: Congress Needs To Pull Plug On Ticket Bots Standing at the Carrier Dome Box O… Continue Reading


04.11.16

WITH ISIS USING SOCIAL MEDIA AS WEAPON OF CHOICE TO RECRUIT, PLAN TERROR ATTACKS HERE IN U.S. & REACH DISAFFECTED LONE WOLVES, SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO OFFER MINIMUM $25K REWARD FOR ANY TIP THAT HELPS THWART TERROR PLANNING IN U.S.

Social Media Posts Can Be Warning Signs To Prevent Real Time Threats Before They Become Tragedies; Feds Must Do More To Increase Awareness Of Those Using Social Media To Prevent Potential Attacks Current Law Does Not Specify A Tip Generated By Social Media As Eligible For Cash Reward; Schumer Wants Rewards For Social Media Tips To Be Written Into Law & Better Publicized ‎ Schumer: Public Should Be Encouraged To Say Something If They See Something, Especially On Their Newsfeed U.S. S… Continue Reading


04.08.16

SCHUMER, CORNYN, CRUZ, AND BLUMENTHAL INTRODUCE BILL TO HELP RECOVER NAZI-CONFISCATED ART

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) along with Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), today introduced the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act to help facilitate the return of artwork stolen by Nazis during the Holocaust to their rightful owners or heirs. The Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act would ensure that American law encourages the resolution of claims on Nazi-confiscated art on the merits, in a fair and just manner. Doing so i… Continue Reading


04.08.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, VELAZQUEZ, SERRANO ANNOUNCE MAJOR, POSITIVE CHANGES TO PUERTO RICO’S MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PROGRAM THAT WILL BENEFIT THOUSANDS OF RESIDENTS & INCREASE ANNUAL PAYMENTS BY MORE THAN $40M

Lawmakers Have Been Fighting to Address Puerto Rico's Health Care Crisis, Including the Unfair Medicare Advantage Rates That Include Inadequate Payments to Individuals With Dual Eligibility After Lawmakers' Push, CMS is Implementing New Formula That Will Increase Medicare Advantage Payment Rates for Low-Income Beneficiaries & Lead to An Expected Revenue Change of 1.25 Percent Schumer, Gillibrand, Velazquez, Serrano: These Are Significant Steps to Address the Unequal Healthcare Reimburseme… Continue Reading


04.08.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND & RICE ANNOUNCE SANDY RECOVERY GRANT AWARDS FOR REPAIRS TO ISLAND PARK SCHOOL, LONG BEACH WATER PURIFICATION PLANT

$2.6 million awarded for repairs to Island Park middle school, nearly $1.7 for repairs to Long Beach water purification plant and eight wells 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 more than $2.65 million in federal grant funding to the Island Park School District and nearly $1.7 million to the City of Long Beach for repairs to damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.… Continue Reading


04.07.16

SCHUMER: AIRLINE AMENDMENT TO ALLOW MORE LEGROOM & EXPAND SEAT SIZE DEFEATED; SCHUMER VOWS TO KEEP TRYING TO RETURN LOST INCHES TO TRAVELERS

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today reacted to Congress' inability to pass legislation to establish minimum seat size standards for airplanes. "When talking to travelers, the number one compliant I hear is shrinking legroom and cramped seats - unfortunately that's a message most republicans in Congress chose to ignore. Airlines have been cramming consumers into airplanes like sardines and instead of lowering their prices several major airlines went the other direction - they started chargin… Continue Reading


04.07.16

SCHUMER: THE TOWN OF PALMYRA IS VOLUNTARILY DEMOLISHING A CONDEMNED HOUSE ON TELLIER ROAD THAT IS AT RISK OF COLLAPSING ONTO NEARBY TRAIN TRACKS, BUT CSX NOW WANTS TO CHARGE PALMYRA ADDITIONAL FEES FOR THE DEMO – SENATOR CALLS ON MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR CORP, CSX, TO WORK WITH LOCALS TO WAIVE OR DRASTICALLY REDUCE UNFAIR FEE

While The Town of Palmyra Has No Obligation To Demolish The Decrepit House, It Is Planning To Do So In The Interest of Safety; Palmyra Is Willing To Cover The $21K Cost of Demo, But CSX Still Wants More Schumer Said The Town Should Not Have To Pay Additional Fee - Nearly $9,000 - When It Is Voluntarily Removing The Condemned House; Schumer Calls On CSX To Work With The Town To Significantly Reduce Or Waive The Cost Schumer To CSX: Don't Tread on Palmyra; Mitigate This Fee So Demolition Can Co… Continue Reading


04.06.16

IN WAKE OF RECENT TERROR ATTACKS AT BRUSSELS AIRPORT, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES MAJOR PUSH TO PASS CRITICAL LEGISLATION THAT WILL STRENGTHEN SECURITY AT AIRPORTS ACROSS UPSTATE NEW YORK

Schumer Announces Push To Include New Airport Security Proposal To The FAA Reauthorization Legislation; Urges Colleagues To Immediately Pass Proposal Which Will Strengthen Upstate NY's Most Vulnerable Targets Proposal Will Enhance Security In The Non-Secure "Soft" Target Areas At Airports, Such As Check-In And Baggage Claim Areas; Senator Will Also Push To Increase Presence Of Federal Agents With Bomb-Sniffing Canines At Non-Secure, Perimeter Areas At Airports Schumer: Upstate NY Needs More Co… Continue Reading


04.05.16

NEW YORK, CONNECTICUT SENATORS MAKE FRIENDLY WAGER ON WOMEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

New York Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today made a friendly wager with Connecticut Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)on tonight's NCAA Women's Basketball Championship Game between the UConn Huskies and Syracuse Orange. Senators Schumer and Gillibrand have staked beer from Empire Brewing Co. and barbecue from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que on Syracuse. Senators Blumenthal and Murphy wagered barbecue from Bear’s Smokehouse in Hartford and be… Continue Reading


04.04.16

SCHUMER: EPA HAS COMPLETED A PLAN TO REDUCE LI SOUND NITROGEN LEVELS BUT NOW MUST IMPLEMENT IT; SENATOR CALLS ON FEDS TO PRIORITIZE FUNDS NEEDED TO COMPLETE NEWLY RELEASED ‘NITROGEN - REDUCTION STRATEGY’ FOR THE LI SOUND; WITHOUT FED FUNDING, PLAN WILL STALL WHILE SOUND SUFFERS

Senator Points To EPA, USDA And LI Sound Federal Dollars To Help Get Job Done; Efforts Have Been Made To Address Nitrogen Pollution Along South Shore But North Shore Still In Trouble; New Plan To Reduce Nitrogen Will Require Fed Help Along The Way  Every Summer, Beaches Are Closed & Shell Fishing Areas Are Contaminated Due To Nitrogen & Wastewater Pollution That Hurts Boaters, Tourists, Anglers & Other Shore Goers  Schumer: Sound Strategy Will Requ… Continue Reading


04.04.16

SCHUMER: NEW HANDGUN THAT LOOKS LIKE AN iPHONE POSES SERIOUS THREAT TO POLICE, KIDS & SAFETY; BEFORE SALES START IN MERE MONTHS, SENATOR URGES SWIFT FED INVESTIGATION TO STOP WEAPON FROM EVER HITTING SHELVES; UNDER FIREARMS ACT, LEGALITY IS DUBIOUS

Gun Designed To Be Exact Replica Of iPhone-But Cheaper-Will Be Available For Sale In Just Months; With 4,000 People Ready To Pull The Trigger On This Dangerous Purchase, Schumer Says Product Is Imminent Threat Feds Must Address Senator Says iPhone Gun Could Already Be Illegal Under Federal Law; Urges ATF& DOJ ‎To Investigate Before Sales Take Off And Weapon Winds Up Causing Disaster Schumer: With Sales Starting Soon, We Are Under The Gun To Stop This Dangerous 'Saturday Night Special… Continue Reading


04.04.16

SCHUMER REVEALS: ISIS' GO-TO EXPLOSIVE—TATP—COULD BE DETECTED WITH NEW TECHNOLOGY BUT FEDS MUST FAST-TRACK MORE TESTING; SENATOR SAYS DETECTORS COULD BE PLACED IN AIRPORTS, TRAIN STATIONS & MAKE NEW YORK SAFER ONCE TECHNOLOGY IS APPROVED

TATP Is A Highly Volatile Explosive Powder Cooked Up By Terrorists Using Ingredients Available At Every Corner Store; Mere Ounces Have Generated Massive Blasts In Recent Terror Attacks Though Easy To Make & Conceal, TATP Could Be Sniffed Out Using Promising New Technology That Must Be Field Tested Quickly; Senator Says Technology Could Be Game-Changer For Security  ‎ Schumer: There Is No Time To Waste In Perfecting TATP Detectors  In the wake of continuing terror attack… Continue Reading


04.01.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND & GIBSON STATEMENTS ON KINGSTON POST OFFICE RENAMING CEREMONY IN HONOR OF WORLD WAR II MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT ROBERT H. DIETZ

Schumer, Gillibrand & Gibson: Dedication of Kingston Post Office in Staff Sergeant Dietz's Name Is a Fitting Memorial to Honor His Heroic Service U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson today released the following statements on the Kingston Post Office renaming ceremony in honor of Kingston native and World War II hero, Staff Sergeant Robert Dietz. "Staff Sgt. Robert Dietz was a true American hero - and the newly renamed Kingston Post … Continue Reading


03.29.16

SCHUMER UNVEILS NEW LEGISLATION TO FUND LEAD-TESTING AT SCHOOLS & DAYCARE CENTERS; WITH YOUNG CHILDREN MOST AT RISK, TESTING IN PLACES WHERE OUR YOUNGEST GATHER IS CRUCIAL; TOXIC WATER & CHILDREN SHOULD NOT MIX

Lead Testing Drinking Water At Schools And Daycare Centers Is Essential Because The Youngest Are the Most Vulnerable to Lead's Pernicious and Permanent Damages; Early Poisoning In Children Can Go Unnoticed Until Damage Is Irreversible New Schumer Bill Will Provide Federal Grants For Daycare Centers & NYS Schools That Want to Test Drinking Water; Results Will Protect Students, Teachers, & Caregivers' Health While Arming Experts With Key Info Needed To Address Potential Danger Schumer:… Continue Reading


03.29.16

SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO GREEN-LIGHT NEW & REDESIGNED TZ BRIDGE DESIGNED PEDESTRIAN-ACCESS PLAN; SENATOR SAYS NEW CONSTRUCTION PLAN, UNLIKE OLD ONE, HAS FULL SUPPORT OF LOCALS & NYS, BUT FED REVIEW IS NEEDED TO MOVE IT FORWARD; QUICK ACTION WILL AVOID DELAYS TO VITAL ACCESS PROJECT, WHICH WILL IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR SOUTH NYACK

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Is Serving As Federal Lead Agency and Needs to Approve New Shared-Use Path Plan; Schumer Urges Feds To Back Plan That Is Widely Supported In South Nyack Schumer Says The Shared-Use Path Parking Facilities and Bicycle/Pedestrian Connections for Nyack and Tarrytown Needs Final Fed Approval To Move Forward; Urges Feds to Immediately Approve The Plan to Maintain Construction Timeline Schumer To Feds: Immediately Green Light Local Plan To Maintain Project T… Continue Reading


03.29.16

SCHUMER: FED WETLAND REVIEW IS STANDING IN THE WAY OF AMY’S KITCHEN AND NEARLY 1,000 NEW JOBS; SCHUMER PUSHES ARMY CORP TO EXPEDITE REVIEW THAT COULD UNLOCK OPPORTUNITY FOR ORANGE COUNTY

Schumer Urges Army Corps To Issue Review Proposal So Project Can Move Forward In Orange County So Amy's Kitchen Can Turn Vacant Property in Orange County Into A Major Distribution Center Before Construction Can Begin, U.S. Army Corps Must Issue Wetlands Permit for Site Development At Goshen Property To Create The State of The Art Facility; Schumer Vows To Support Amy's Kitchen Development & Add New Jobs  Schumer: Federal Wetlands Review Is Important Remaining Ingredient For Amy&rsquo… Continue Reading


03.28.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND URGE FERC TO OPEN NEW PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR NATURAL GAS STORAGE FACILITY IN SCHUYLER COUNTY– SENATORS SAY RESIDENTS SHOULD BE GIVEN A SECOND OPPORTUNITY TO VOICE CONCERNS IN LIGHT OF COMPANY’S EXPIRING FERC AUTHORIZATION AND NEW, PENDING ENVIRONMENTAL SAFETY REGULATIONS

With FERC Authorization Set to Expire In May, Pending Arlington Project Would Expand an Underground Gas Storage Facility Near Seneca Lake Schumer, Gillibrand: Subsequent Events and Information Have Increased Significant Community Concerns & Residents Deserve to Have Their Voices Heard on Major Project That Could Impact the Environment and Their Quality of Life U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to open a n… Continue Reading


03.28.16

SCHUMER: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN FANS IN ROCHESTER ARE FURIOUS AFTER BEING LEFT EMPTY HANDED FOR CONCERT; THOUSANDS OF SPRINGSTEEN TICKETS VANISHED IN MINTUES AFTER HACKERS USED COMPUTER BOTS TO BUY UP TICKETS, WHICH WERE RESOLD FOR OUTRAGEOUS PRICES; SCHUMER INTRODUCES NEW SENATE BILL THAT PUTS AN END TO UNFAIR CYBER SCALPING

Hackers Are Using Bots To Scoop Up Thousands Of Concert Tickets, Which Are Then Sold On Other Ticket Websites At Much Higher Prices - Upwards of $5,000 According to Some Sites  Schumer Introduces New Senate Bill That Finally Cracks Down On Hackers Being Able to Use Bots To Steal Popular Tickets Before True Fans Have A Chance To Even Turn On Their Computer  Schumer: Congress Needs To Pull Plug On Ticket Bots Standing at the Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial in Rochester,… Continue Reading


03.28.16

SCHUMER, RICE ANNOUNCE LONG BEACH DUNE PROJECT ADVANCES; $37 MILLION CONTRACT INCLUDES GROIN REHABILITATION & NEW GROINS ALONG WATERFRONT

Schumer Secured Funds to Complete Long Beach Protection Project-Between East Rockaway Inlet & Jones Inlet-Seven Miles of Shoreline A Contract for Phase 1 of Project Has Officially Been Awarded; Construction of Long Beach Dune Project Will Ensure Community is Not Left Vulnerable in Event of Future Storm U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice today announced that a contract has been awarded for phase one of the Long Beach Island Dune Project. The $37,595,900 co… Continue Reading

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