Press Releases

07.12.19

FOLLOWING HIS +18 MONTH ADVOCACY & VISIT TO THE DILAPIDATED TRACKS, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES CSX HAS FINALLY COMPLETED LONG-TERM FIXES TO DANGEROUS CSX CROSSINGS IN NEW WINDSOR; SENATOR SAYS REPAIRS AT TEMPLE HILL RD & UNION AVE CROSSINGS WILL REDUCE ACCIDENTS & BOOST SAFETY ON MAJOR ROADS

Temple Hill Rd & Union Ave Rail Crossings In New Windsor Have Been In A State Of Disrepair For Years-Resulting In Dozens Of Incidents, Thousands Of Dollars In Damages & Causing Significant Safety & Quality Of Life Issues After Writing To CSX In January 2018, Visiting New Windsor Last November, Speaking To CEO In December, Schumer Reveals Company Has Heeded His Calls And Paved Over Perilous Crossings Schumer: CSX Rail Crossing Repairs Will Get Orange County Driver Safety Back On T… Continue Reading


07.12.19

SCHUMER STATEMENT ON ADMINISTRATION’S THREAT TO BLOCK MUST-PASS DEFENSE BILL OVER PROVISIONS TO SHIELD DRINKING WATER FROM TOXIC PFAS

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today released the following statement after the administration threatened to veto the must-pass House NDAA over its inclusion of provisions to protect drinking water from the toxic carcinogen PFAS: "The administration's promise to veto the must-pass House defense authorization bill, that includes countless provisions to fund our military, because it has vital protections against toxic PFAS contamination in our drinking water that go 'too far' is ill-informed and… Continue Reading


07.09.19

DURING ALL-CAUCUS, BICAMERAL PRESS CONFERENCE TO DEFEND COVERAGE FOR AMERICANS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, SCHUMER HIGHLIGHTS 11-YEAR-OLD HUDSON VALLEY NATIVE EMILIE SALTZMAN’S COURAGEOUS RECOVERY FROM TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY AND HER NEED FOR THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT PROTECTIONS

At 7-Years Old, Emilie Saltzman, Hopewell Junction Resident, Was Thrown From A Horse And Suffered A Traumatic Brain Injury; 4 Years Later Emilie Has Re-Learned How To Walk, Talk & Eat, Because Of Affordable Care Act Protections On The Day Oral Arguments Will Be Heard In Supreme Court Case To Deem Affordable Care Act Unconstitutional, Schumer Points To Story Of Saltzman As Example Of Life-Saving Law's Critical Importance Schumer: Emilie Saltzman Is Proof Positive The ACA Must Be Protected … Continue Reading


07.08.19

SCHUMER LAUNCHES MAJOR EFFORT TO SECURE $25 MILLION TO BRING CAR TRAFFIC BACK TO BUFFALO’S MAIN STREET & CONNECT DOWNTOWN CORE WITH CANALSIDE; WITH +1,000 NEWS JOBS COMING DOWNTOWN, SENATOR SAYS SIGNIFICANT INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT IS CRUCIAL TO SUPPORTING EMERGING TECH HUB & BRINGING BUFFALO’S INFRASTRUCTURE INTO 21ST CENTURY

1980s Urban Planning Eliminated Vehicular Access To Buffalo's Lower Main Street; Schumer Has Secured $33 Million In Fed Funding For City's Main Street Transformation Project In Recent Years Standing At Seneca One Tower, Schumer Launches Major Push To Secure $25M BUILD Grant For Critical Phase Of "Cars On Main" Project, To Connect Buffalo’s Main Street To Bustling Canalside Neighborhood And Enhance Growing Downtown Technology Ecosystem Schumer To Feds: Investment Is Critical To Keep Buff… Continue Reading


07.08.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: AS ROCHESTER-FINGER LAKES REGION FACES A CRIPPLING SHORTAGE OF CRITICAL LIFESAVING BLADDER CANCER DRUG, CARELESS & CONFLICTING FED POLICIES DIRECT DOCTORS TO THROW AWAY UNUSED MEDS; STANDING WITH LOCAL IMPACTED PATIENTS, SENATOR CALLS ON FEDS TO COORDINATE EFFORTS TO ENSURE ALL PATIENTS GET THEIR VITAL TREATMENT ASAP

Tice BCG, A Lifesaving Bladder Cancer Drug, Is Facing A Critical Shortage Across The Rochester-Finger Lakes Region & Upstate NY As Patients Are Routinely Denied Care Schumer Uncovers Major Inconsistency In Fed Regulations That Could Result In Unemptied Vials Of Essential Medication Being Thrown Away; Senator Launches Major Effort To Eliminate Misguided Policy Schumer To Feds: With Lives On The Line, Finger Lakes Patients Deserve To Have Every Drop Of BCG Used Standing at the University… Continue Reading


07.03.19

FOLLOWING RECENT FLOOD OF ROBOCALLS THAT WOKE UP THOUSANDS OF UPSTATE NY’ERS IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT, SCHUMER URGES HOUSE TO PASS ROBOCALL LEGISLATION TO PROTECT SOUTHERN TIER IDENTITIES, WALLETS AND CURB ROBOCALLS

On Top Of The +284M Robocalls Made To New York In May, NY-ers Were Also Inundated With Calls Appearing To Come From Overseas; Residents Duped Into Calling Back Paid Exorbitant International Fees Schumer Urges The House Of Representatives To Follow Senate's Lead And Pass Comprehensive Robocall Legislation, Giving Feds Authority To Combat Costly Schemes, Require Call Authentication & Rid Consumers Of Dreaded Robocalls Schumer: It's Time To Hang Up Robocalls Once And For All Standing at the… Continue Reading


07.03.19

ON A PERSONAL PHONE CALL WITH NEW CEO OF CANOPY GROWTH, SCHUMER SECURES COMMITMENT FROM NEW LEADERSHIP THAT $125M INVESTMENT IN THE SOUTHERN TIER REMAINS UNAFFECTED; SENATOR SAYS PROJECT REMAINS UNTOUCHED & CANOPY WILL STILL BRING FIRST-EVER HEMP INDUSTRIAL PARK & HUNDREDS OF JOBS TO BROOME COUNTY

On Wednesday Morning, Canopy Growth Announced Mark Zekulin As Company's New Interim CEO Schumer Today Called Zekulin To Ensure Leadership Transition Would Not Result In Any Changes To Company's Planned First-Ever Hemp Industrial Park In Broome County; Receives Commitment From Zekulin Investment Will Go Unaltered Schumer: Full Steam Ahead For Canopy In Broome County! On a personal call with new Interim CEO of Canopy Growth Mark Zekulin, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today pushed for and rec… Continue Reading


07.03.19

FOLLOWING RECENT FLOOD OF ROBOCALLS THAT WOKE UP THOUSANDS OF UPSTATE NY’ERS IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT, SCHUMER URGES HOUSE TO PASS ROBOCALL LEGISLATION TO PROTECT WESTERN NEW YORK IDENTITIES, WALLETS AND CURB ROBOCALLS

On Top Of The +284M Robocalls Made To New York In May, NY-ers Were Also Inundated With Calls Appearing To Come From Overseas; Residents Duped Into Calling Back Paid Exorbitant International Fees Schumer Urges The House Of Representatives To Follow Senate's Lead And Pass Comprehensive Robocall Legislation, Giving Feds Authority To Combat Costly Schemes, Require Call Authentication & Rid Consumers Of Dreaded Robocalls Schumer: It's Time To Hang Up Robocalls Once And For All Standing at Jo… Continue Reading


07.03.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: CANNED WINE IS HOTTEST NEW TREND BUT FINGER LAKES WINERIES ARE MISSING OUT ON BARRELS OF BUSINESS DUE TO BURDENSOME CAN SIZE & LABEL RESTRICTIONS; SENATOR CALLS ON FEDS TO CUT THROUGH BUREAUCRATIC RED TAPE, LIFT CANNING RESTRICTIONS, & UNLEASH WINE PRODUCTION IN REGION

Finger Lakes Wineries, Like Fox Run Vineyards, Are Held Back From Hottest New Trend, Canned Wine; Vineyards Hindered From Selling Wine In Traditional Cans & Struggle To Have Products Approved For Market, Missing Out On Major Potential Revenue Schumer Urges TTB To Eliminate Can Size Restrictions & Change Burdensome Labeling Process To Unlock Finger Lakes Winery Industry & Boost Regional Economy Schumer To TTB: Unnecessary Regs Cause Rochester-Finger Lakes Wine Industry To Sour; The… Continue Reading


07.03.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $1.2 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR TOWN OF SCHROEPPEL IN OSWEGO COUNTY

Funding Will Be Used To Construct a New Water Distribution System U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,200,000 in federal funding for the Town of Schroeppel. The funding is provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development Grant Program and will be used to create a new municipal water distribution system. Specifically, the funding will be used to expand public water service to 551 residents and 12 bus… Continue Reading


07.03.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $1.4 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR TOWN OF NEW HAVEN IN OSWEGO COUNTY

Funding Will Be Used To Construct a New Water System U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,400,000 in federal funding for the Town of New Haven. The funding is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development Grant Program and will be used to create a new water system and expand residential access to potable water. Specifically, the funding will be used to construct Water Service Area #9 in the Town of… Continue Reading


07.01.19

WITH HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS ON THE LINE & CHANCE TO FINALLY PUT A MAJOR DENT IN OPIOID EPIDEMIC ON LI, SCHUMER MAKES CASE FOR SWIFT PASSAGE OF BIPARTISAN FENTANYL SANCTIONS ACT; BILL WILL HOLD CHINA ACCOUNTABLE FOR ILLICIT TRAFFICKING ON LI, SIMILAR TO RUSSIA SANCTIONS, & HELP SUPPORT LI LAW ENFORCEMENT ALONG THE WAY

Schumer Just Worked To Pass Bipartisan Fentanyl Sanctions Act In The Senate And Cited Long Island As A Reason To Act BUT Now A Vote In Congress Is Needed To Finish The Job & Direct Trump Administration To Identify & Sanction Foreign Traffickers Of Synthetic Opioids & Authorize New Funding For Law Enforcement & Intel Agencies Fentanyl's Main Path To LI Starts In China, The World's Largest Producer; New Legislation Helps Support LI’s HIDTA, New York DEA & Locals Who Have… Continue Reading


07.01.19

IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING HIS MAJOR PUSH AT WEST POINT, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES JUST-PASSED SENATE DEFENSE BILL INCLUDES DESPERATELY-NEEDED PROVISIONS TO IMPROVE HAZARD-RIDDLED HOUSING AT MILITARY INSTALLATIONS- LIKE WEST POINT & FORT DRUM- FOR NATION’S HEROES & THEIR FAMILIES

Recent News Reports & Inspections Unearthed Serious Issues In West Point's & Fort Drum's Privatized Housing Senator Announces Passage Of Senate NDAA, Including Amendments He Secured To Establish: Tenants’ Bill Of Rights For Privatized Military Housing, New Dispute Resolution Process, & Funding Authorization To Boost Housing Staff Schumer: Defense Bill Will Help Provide Our Heroes And Their Families With The Quality Housing They Deserve U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today … Continue Reading


07.01.19

SCHUMER, ZELDIN AND HIGGINS LEAD NEW YORK DELEGATION LETTER OPPOSING LOOMING HOSPITAL CUTS THAT WOULD DEVASTATE RURAL & URBAN HOSPITALS ACROSS NY

Feds Recently Proposed Cutting Payment Rates For New York Hospitals In High-Wage Areas; Adjustments Would Cripple Upstate Urban & Rural Hospitals NY Congressional Delegation Reveals That Proposed Changes Would Cost New York Hospitals An Estimated $53 Million Per Year, Creating Budgetary Restrictions, Risk Of Lay-Offs & Reduced Services Representatives To CMS: Medicare Area Wage Index Changes Disproportionately Harm New York And Must Not Stand Led by Senate Minority Leader Charles E. … Continue Reading


06.30.19

SCHUMER: SPATE OF SICKNESSES & CURIOUS DEATHS OF AMERICANS, INCLUDING NEW YORKERS, VACATIONING IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC DEMANDS MORE FED HELP & EXPERTISE TO GET FASTER ANSWERS ON POSSIBLE CAUSE; SENATOR URGES ATF & MORE CDC TO JOIN FBI WITH ONGOING INVESTIGATION INTO POSSIBLY TAINTED ALCOHOL, OTHER THEORIES

ATF Has A Special Caribbean Office & Special Expertise With Their International Affairs Division That Can Help Gather Answers On Mysterious Sicknesses & Deaths More Swiftly; Questions Swirl Around Possibly Tainted Alcohol At Resorts, Or Use Of Certain Chemicals To Control Pests With 9 American Deaths Since April - Including NY'ers - And Dozens Of Tourists Sickened, Schumer Says ATF & More CDC Experts Can Lend Critical Expertise On Possible Theories Schumer: More Questions Than Answ… Continue Reading


06.28.19

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING MAJOR PUSH, BIPARTISAN FENTANYL SANCTIONS ACT PASSES SENATE; FIRST-EVER TARGETED FENTANYL SANCTIONS BILL WILL HOLD CHINA ACCOUNTABLE FOR ILLICIT TRAFFICKING, SIMILAR TO RUSSIA SANCTIONS; ALSO COMES WITH MORE TOOLS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT

Bipartisan Fentanyl Sanctions Act, Included In Senate National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) For Fiscal Year 2020, Directs Administration To Identify & Sanction Foreign Traffickers Of Synthetic Opioids; Authorizes New Funding For Law Enforcement & Intel Agencies; Pressures China, Mexico, And Other Synthetic Opioid-Trafficking Countries To Crack Down On Traffickers China Is The World's Largest Producer Of Illicit, Deadly Fentanyl, Which Floods Into America and Causes Overdose Deaths; … Continue Reading


06.26.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $7.9 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR A NEW SUNY PRE-APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM TO HELP TRAIN NEW YORKERS FOR GOOD ADVANCED MANUFACTURING JOBS

Funding Will Help State University of New York (SUNY) Create a New Pre-Apprenticeship and Job-Training Program Program Will Help Unemployed and Underemployed New Yorkers, as Well as Veterans, Women, and People of Color, Get Good Paying Advanced Manufacturing Jobs Across New York State  U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $7,999,226 in federal funds for the Research Foundation for The State University of New York System (SUNY)… Continue Reading


06.24.19

SCHUMER: GROWING CONCERN ACROSS BETHPAGE INTO NAVY CONTRACTOR TASKED TO INVESTIGATE & REPORT ON RADIUM LEVELS AROUND PLUME DEMANDS ACTION; SENATOR PUSHES TO INCLUDE NEW AMENDMENT IN MUST-PASS LEGISLATION TO GUARANTEE LI’S GROUNDWATER TEST RESULTS GET AN INDEPENDENT, SECOND LOOK

A Navy Contractor-Tetra Tech-With A Checkered Past Is Currently Performing Sampling Of Radium Levels At Former Naval Plant In Bethpage; Concern Is Spreading That Given Firm's Past, We Need A Mandate That Their Work Be Double-Checked By An Independent Third Party Schumer Pushes Plan & Unveils Legislative Measure To Ensure That Tetra Tech, Which Fudged Toxic Reports Before, Cannot Ever Do The Same On LI Schumer: When It Comes To Radium Levels On LI, A Guaranteed Second Look Is A Sigh Of Reli… Continue Reading


06.24.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $1.5 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR OGDENSBURG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY

Department Of Transportation Grant Will Fund Critical Lighting System Upgrades U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,534,000 in federal funding for the Ogdensburg International Airport in St. Lawrence County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Specifically, the funding will be used to install a new approach… Continue Reading


06.23.19

SCHUMER URGES FED CRACKDOWN TO INSPECT, DETECT & REMOVE DANGEROUS, COUNTERFEIT E-CIG PRODUCTS MADE IN CHINA & AIMED AT KIDS FROM MARKET; FAKE PODS, WITH ALLURING FLAVORS, LIKE FRUITS & CANDY FDA HAS ACTED ON ARE NOW FLOODING MARKET ILLEGALLY

In One Recent Customs & Border Protection Seizure, Hundreds Of Fake 'Juul' Pods Were Confiscated, Headed For NY-Area; Schumer Says We Are In The Midst Of A Fake Pod Explosion That Will Get Worse If Feds Don't Huddle To Stop Foreign Shipments & Easy Online Sales Flavored 'Juice’ Inside The Chinese-Made Pods Contains Cocktail Of Questionable Chemicals That Might Be Even More Dangerous To Inhale Than Standard E-Cig Flavors FDA Has Cracked Down On At Home Schumer: Feds Must Get Rea… Continue Reading

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