Press Releases

05.17.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF JUSTICE AGAINST SPONSORS OF TERRORISM BILL – URGES HOUSE TO QUICKLY PASS LEGISLATION ALLOWING AMERICAN FAMILIES TO SEEK JUSTICE AFTER 9/11 ATTACKS

Past Court Decisions Have Hindered Terrorism-Related Claims From Victims of Attacks Like 9/11; People Injured in Terrorist Attacks on American Soil Have Limited Recourse Against Foreign States That Funded The Terror That Took Their Loved Ones Away Schumer Urges House to Quickly Follow Suit and Pass JASTA Schumer: JASTA Will Right This Wrong & Allow American Families to Seek Justice Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) today announced Senate passage of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrori… Continue Reading


05.17.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND & LOWEY ANNOUNCE OVER $3.8 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR WESTCHESTER COUNTY AIRPORT

Department of Transportation Funding Will Be Used to Make Infrastructure Upgrades At Airport U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Nita Lowey today announced $3,834,000 in federal funding for two critical infrastructure projects at the Westchester County Airport. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to complete existing construction projects currently underway at the airport. Th… Continue Reading


05.16.16

SCHUMER: POPULAR NATIONAL DEFENSE CADET CORPS PROGRAM AT ALBANY HIGH SCHOOL – THE SGT. HENRY JOHNSON BATTALION – IS LIMITED TO 75 STUDENTS DUE TO LACK OF FUNDS; SCHUMER URGES U.S. ARMY TO RECOGNIZE & FULLY FUND ALBANY’S PRE-MILITARY PROGRAM SO SCHOOL DISTRICT CAN INCREASE NUMBER OF STUDENTS WHO BECOME CADETS

Popular Sgt. Henry Johnson Battalion Has Established A National Defense Cadet Corps (NDCC) Program, But The U.S. Army Has Not Recognized It As An Official "Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC)" Program - Which Is The Linchpin In Receiving Fed Funding Senator Says Budget Constraints Have Forced Albany City School To Exhaust Resources & Cap The Highly Successful Pre-Military Program To Only 75 Students Schumer To Army: As We Mark The 98th Anniversary Of The "Battle of Henry Joh… Continue Reading


05.16.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND VISIT NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION; SENATORS LAUNCH CAMPAIGN TO EXPAND NFARS TRAINING FACILITIES & PUSH FOR NEW ADDITIONS TO BASE THAT WILL LOCK IN KC-135s – LIKE HIGH-TECH SIMULATOR TO TRAIN NEW PILOTS – AND CREATE FUTURE JOBS

Schumer & Gillibrand Push For Funding That Would Allow for Construction of New Simulator Building and Fitness Facility; Current Buildings are Designed for Compatibility with C-130 Aircraft; NFARS Needs KC-135 Compatible Infrastructure- Simulator Will Be Used To Train Pilots To Fly New Aircraft Senators Tour NFARS With Chief of Air Force Reserve Lieutenant General Jackson; Schumer & Gillibrand Previously Secured Commitment From Lieutenant General Jackson To Visit The Base Senators: KC-1… Continue Reading


05.15.16

SCHUMER: WAIT TIMES ARE OUTRAGEOUS AT NYC AIRPORTS; AHEAD OF PREDICTED SUMMER DELAYS, SENATOR PUSHES TSA TO DELIVER TO NYC AIRPORTS A SURGE OF SCREENING-READY CANINES & MORE TSA EMPLOYEES—CANINE TEAMS CAN REDUCE WAIT TIMES FOR ALL

TSA Passenger-Screening Canines Coupled With New TSA Agents Could Prevent Wait Time 'Flypocalypse' This Summer; Improving NYC Airport Wait Time Would Benefit The Flying Public Across the Country Canines Detect Explosives And Can Also Speed Screening Passengers Now Stalled In Security Lines; Plan Could Sync With Pre-Check & Speed Things Up Without Endangering Security Schumer: NYC TSA Canine Surge Could Take A Bite Out Of Time  U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer said today that one of … Continue Reading


05.13.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND BLOCKED SENATE AMENDMENT TO MOVE DFAS JOBS

Senators Vow to Fight Any Future Threat U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand blocked an attempt in the Senate Armed Services Committee's Defense Authorization markup that would have moved Rome's Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS) division from the purview of the Defense Department to the Department of Treasury. The proposed amendment was a direct threat to 1000-plus local jobs at DFAS Rome and the regional economy, as well, and upon learning of the sudden threat,… Continue Reading


05.12.16

SCHUMER URGES EPA TO IMMEDIATELY RELEASE UPDATED DRINKING WATER GUIDELINES FOR PFOA & PFOS-RELATED CONTAMINATION; SENATOR SAYS RECENT DISCOVERIES OF DANGEROUS CHEMICALS IN UPSTATE NY WATER SUPPLIES – LIKE HOOSICK FALLS – SHOW THAT COMMUNITIES MUST BE ARMED WITH MOST UP-TO-DATE STANDARDS TO ENSURE HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT ARE NOT COMPROMISED

Recent Discovery Of Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) In Hoosick Falls & Petersburgh, And Elevated Levels Of Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) In Newburgh - A Synthetic Chemical & Pollutant, Related to PFOA - Could Pose Environmental & Health Risks To Local Communities Schumer Urges EPA To Immediately Publish A New PFOA & PFOS Health Advisory So Upstate Communities Can Make The Best Decisions To Protect Drinking Water Sources & Public Health Schumer: EPA Promised to Publish New… Continue Reading


05.12.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, TOP-LEVEL DEPT. OF DEFENSE OFFICIALS AGREE TO REVIEW THE USS FRANK E. EVANS VICTIMS’ APPEAL; WOULD ETCH NAME OF SON OF SYRACUSE MAN ON VIETNAM MEMORIAL WALL – LARRY REILLY JR. DIED ABOARD THE EVANS IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA IN 1969, BUT BECAUSE ACCIDENT WAS RULED OUTSIDE COMBAT ZONE, HE & 73 OTHER SERVICEMEN WHO PERISHED WERE LEFT OFF NATIONAL MEMORIAL WALL

In February, Schumer Elevated His Call To Sec. of Defense Ash Carter; Larry Reilly Jr. & 73 Other American Veterans Tragically Died When USS Frank E. Evans Collided With an Australian Aircraft Carrier in South China Sea in June 1969, But Because The Training Exercise Was Unjustly Deemed "Not Directly Linked to War," These 74 Names Were Not Recognized on Vietnam Veterans Memorial Schumer Says These 74 Americans, Including Reilly, Bravely Served Their Country Inside & Outside The Combat Z… Continue Reading


05.12.16

SCHUMER REVEALS: FED DOLLARS THAT FUND SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM & OTHER DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES IS BEINGSHORTCHANGED BY TENS-OF-BILLIONS; SENATOR PUSHES TOPRESERVE & STRENGTHENCRITICAL SERVICES & PROGRAMS COUNTLESS KIDS DEPEND ON

With Millions Diagnosed As Having Autism Spectrum Disorder & Other Developmental Disorders, Schumer Calls on Senate Appropriators to Fully Fund 'Individuals With Disabilities Education Act' - IDEA Act; Act Provides Funds to States for Special Educational Services to Children In FY16, Funds for These Services Fell Short By Over $17 Billion; Funds Help Ensure New York Special Education Students Have Access to High Quality Services Schumer: Shortchanging Kids With Disabili… Continue Reading


05.12.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, TOP-LEVEL DEPT. OF DEFENSE OFFICIALS AGREE TO REVIEW THE USS FRANK E. EVANS VICTIMS’ APPEAL; DOD SHOULD ETCH NAME OF SON OF WESTERN NY FAMILY ON VIETNAM MEMORIAL WALL – TERRY LEE HENDERSON OF CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY DIED ABOARD THE EVANS IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA IN 1969, BUT BECAUSE ACCIDENT WAS RULED OUTSIDE COMBAT ZONE, HE & 73 OTHER SERVICEMEN WHO PERISHED WERE LEFT OFF NATIONAL MEMORIAL WALL

In February, Schumer Elevated His Call To Sec. of Defense Ash Carter; Terry Lee Henderson & 73 Other American Veterans Tragically Died When USS Frank E. Evans Collided With an Australian Aircraft Carrier in South China Sea in June 1969, But Because The Training Exercise Was Unjustly Deemed "Not Directly Linked to War," These 74 Names Were Not Recognized on Vietnam Veterans Memorial Schumer Says These 74 Americans, Including Henderson, Bravely Served Their Country Inside & Outside… Continue Reading


05.11.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND PUSH TO RENAME STATEN ISLAND’S SOUTH SHORE POSTAL FACILITY IN HONOR OF LEONARD MONTALTO, SANDY VICTIM AND BELOVED POSTMAN

For 31 Years, Montalto Served As a Postal Worker in Tottenville; Montalto Also Worked As Secretary & Treasurer for Local Branch of American Postal Workers Union Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Senate Bill to Designate South Shore Annex Postal Facility As "Leonard Montalto Post Office Building" Schumer, Gillibrand: Renaming Post Office Will Rightly Honor Montalto's Commitment to Public Service & SI Community    U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today… Continue Reading


05.11.16

SCHUMER: CITY OF NEWBURGH HAS STRUGGLED TO CONTAIN RECORD-HIGH LEVELS OF VIOLENT CRIME; WITH OVER 300 PEOPLE INJURED FROM GUN VIOLENCE OVER THE LAST DECADE, CITY HAS APPLIED FOR FED FUNDS THAT WOULD HELP IT INSTALL AUDIO SENSORS THAT ALERT POLICE WHEN GUNSHOTS ARE FIRED – SENATOR URGES DEPT. OF JUSTICE TO AWARD FUNDING ASAP

Newburgh Has Highest Violent Crime Rate in New York State - In 2015 Alone, 55 People In The City of Newburgh Were Injured by Firearms; As of 2013, According to FBI, Newburgh Residents Had 1 In 16 Chance of Being Victim of Violent Crime or Property Crime Newburgh Has Applied For Fed Funding To Purchase High-Tech System - Called "ShotSpotter" – That Would Enable More Than 100 Audio Sensors Across City To Detect Gunshots & Send Real-Time Alerts To Police, Allowing First Responders To Mor… Continue Reading


05.11.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $200K IN FED FUNDS FOR SUNY UPSTATE MEDICAL UNIVERSITY IN SYRACUSE TO HELP COMBAT THE SPREAD OF ZIKA VIRUS

Federal National Science Foundation Funding Will Enable Researchers To Determine The Prevalence Of The Zika Virus & Fill In Current Gaps In Knowledge About How Zika Is Transmitted Results Will Provide Important Information That Can Be Used To Control The Spread Of Zika In Other Locales, Including The Continental U.S. U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $199,583.00 in federal National Science Foundation (NSF) funding for SUNY Upstate Medical University i… Continue Reading


05.11.16

SCHUMER REVEALS: OVER $170M IN FED FUNDS THAT BELONG TO NEW YORK TO HELP EXPAND BROADBAND ACROSS UPSTATE WILL BE DIVERTED TO OTHER STATES; SENATOR PUSHES FEDS TO REVERSE COURSE & DIRECT THE MONEY TO UPSTATE NY COMMUNITIES THAT NEED RELIABLE INTERNET ACCESS

Verizon Did Not Use Fed "Connect America Fund" Money To Expand Broadband Upstate, Senator Says Now Other NY Companies Should Be Given A Chance; Money Should Not Be Sent Away Schumer Has Long Advocated For & Propelled Upstate Broadband; Senator Helped Deliver These Endangered Fed Dollars To New York In The First Place Schumer Turns Up The Volume On FCC To Keep Money For NY In NY During a conference call with reporters, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today revealed that over $170 million… Continue Reading


05.10.16

AFTER SCHUMER’S PUSH, THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION HAS VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO KEEP IN PLACE CRITICAL RULE, WHICH PROTECTS CATHEDRAL CANDLE IN SYRACUSE AGAINST UNFAIRLY CHEAP CHINESE PRODUCTS THAT COULD PUT LOCAL JOBS AT RISK

Previously, The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) Said It Would Review Duties Against Chinese Candle Makers This Year; Chinese Companies Have Persistently Attempted to Evade U.S. Customs Duties - Industry Evidence Shows That in 2015, The Chinese Government Began Increasing Export Rebates & Are Attempting to Find New Ways To Dump Candles Into The U.S. Market After Schumer Petitioned The Feds In March to Protect U.S. Producers Like Cathedral, The ITC Unanimously Voted To Uphold Critic… Continue Reading


05.09.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $650K IN FED FUNDING FOR WASTE WATER INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES IN ONTARIO COUNTY

Town of Richmond in Ontario County Will Use Funds to Install Critical Water Mains, Valves, Hydrants & More U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $652,000 in federal funding for the Town of Richmond in Ontario County to make new investments in local water infrastructure. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Grant Program. Specifically, this funding comes in the form of a loa… Continue Reading


05.09.16

SCHUMER REVEALS: CONGRESS IN FINAL STRETCH TO PASS A BILL THAT CAN HELP FUND LEAD TESTING IN STATEN ISLAND SCHOOLS; SCHUMER VOWS TO FIGHT FOR BILL THAT WOULD FUND MORE TESTS & PROTECT KIDS

Schumer Rallies More Support For Lead Testing Bill; Bill Would Fund More Lead Tests Across NYS Schools; NYC Already Testing As It Should, But Needs and Deserves Federal Support Schumer's Bill Would Authorize $20 Million In Federal Grants For Schools That Want To Test Drinking Water; Legislation Will Soon Be Up For Vote on Senate Floor   Schumer: Lead & Kids Should Never Mix; More Testing Means More Protection U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today revealed that his legislation… Continue Reading


05.08.16

SCHUMER: JUST-ANNOUNCED FED RULES GIVE FDA CLEAR OVERSIGHT OVER E-CIGS, BUT GAPING HOLES IN UNDERSTANDING WHY DEVICES EXPLODE REMAIN; MANY FROM BROOKLYN, QUEENS, LI & MORE HAVE BEEN SEVERELY INJURED FROM EXPLODING E-CIGS; FEDS MUST USE NEW AUTHORITY TO INVESTIGATE E-CIGS & PROPOSE SOLUTIONS

In April Alone, Queens Woman Was Burned When E-Cig Exploded In Her Pocket; Brooklyn Teen Had E-Cig Explode In His Face; & Upstate Teen Was Hospitalized After E-Cig Exploded in His Face; Many More Across Country Have Been Seriously Injured, But Neither Defective Warnings Nor Recalls Have Been Issued FDA Just Finalized Regs Over E-Cigs & Must Now Investigate and Require Recall If Dangerous Product Flaws Show Patterns That Endanger Consumers; E-Cig Batteries, Tanks Or Atomizer Could Be Fl… Continue Reading


05.05.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $68,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR CITY OF CORTLAND FIRE DEPARTMENT

City of Cortland Fire Department Will Use Funding To Purchase New Equipment To Protect Firefighters U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $68,620 in federal funding for the City of Cortland Fire Department. This funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the City of Cortland Fire Department will use these federal funds to purchase a washer-extractor and dryer to clean t… Continue Reading


05.05.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $24,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR BRIER HILL FIRE DISTRICT IN ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY

Funding For Brier Hill Fire District Will Be Used To Purchase New Protective Turn-Out Gear U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $24,858 in federal funding for the Brier Hill Fire District. This funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the Brier Hill Fire District will use these federal funds to purchase 12 full sets of new National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) stand… Continue Reading

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