Press Releases

06.09.16

SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO APPROVE $5.1 MILLION IN CRITICAL FED LEAD FUNDING FOR ERIE & NIAGARA COUNTIES – SENATOR SAYS LEAD-BASED PAINT HAZARDS POSE A SERIOUS THREAT TO WESTERN NEW YORK CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, AND IT IS TAKING A TOLL ON LOCAL COMMUNITIES

Erie County & Niagara County Are Applying For Two Separate Federal HUD Programs, Which Would Allow Them To Remove Lead-Based Paint Hazards & Conduct Lead Risk Assessments In Hundreds Of Homes Throughout The Two Counties Lead is a Potent Neurotoxin That Can Cause Permanent Learning Disabilities, Especially in Children - More Than 40% of Niagara Housing Stock Was Built Before 1950 & Could Contain Lead, And More Than 42% of Erie's Housing Stock Was Build Pre-1950 Schumer To HUD: Fed F… Continue Reading


06.09.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES NEW POLICY TO HELP REUNITE FILIPINO WWII VETERANS & THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS WITH THEIR LOVED ONES ABROAD; DEPT. OF HOMELAND SECURITY WILL FINALLY ALLOW CERTAIN VETERAN FAMILY MEMBERS TO COME TO THE U.S. EXPEDITIOUSLY, AHEAD OF VISA

During WWII, Approximately 3,000 Filipino Soldiers Enlisted & Fought in the United States Armed Forces Schumer Announces New DHS Policy Will Allow Certain Filipino WWII Veteran Family Members to Seek Discretionary Grant of Parole to Come to U.S.; Schumer Says This Will Encourage Family Unity and Improved Quality of Life for Filipino-American Veterans Schumer: This is a Long Overdue Measure To Support Family Unification for Heroic Filipino Veterans - Who Helped America in Its Hour of Need … Continue Reading


06.08.16

SCHUMER REVEALS: CURRENT FEDERAL LAWS ARE PREVENTING UPSTATE NEW YORK SUMMER CAMPS AND CHILDREN’S ORGS FROM GAINING ACCESS TO FBI SEX OFFENDER BACKGROUND CHECKS ON NEW EMPLOYEES AND VOLUNTEERS

With Summer Around the Corner, Schumer Pushes For Critical Legislation That Will Allow Summer Camps & Other Organizations Access to Federal Background Check of New Employees and Volunteers Schumer Will Highlight The Fact That Child-Serving Organizations Want The Ability To Conduct Sex Offender Background Checks On Prospective Employees To Protect Children, But Cannot Access National FBI Sex Offender Database Schumer Bill Would Give Summer Camps Greater Access To Screen New Employees And K… Continue Reading


06.08.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $500K IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE PLATTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN CLINTON COUNTY

Department of Transportation Funding Will Be Used to Make Critical Infrastructure Upgrades At Airport U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $509,500 in federal funding for the Plattsburgh International Airport in Clinton County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). With these funds, the airport will be able to rehabilitate 9,058 feet of the existing runway that has reached the end… Continue Reading


06.08.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $11,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR GATES FIRE DISTRICT IN MONROE COUNTY

Funding will be used to purchase new equipment for firefighters U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $11,382 in federal funding for the Gates Fire District in Monroe County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the Gates Fire District will use the federal funding to purchase a new fire hose and attachments that comply with the current firefighting standards to hel… Continue Reading


06.07.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $520K IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR WATERTOWN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Department of Transportation Funding Will Be Used to Purchase Critical Snow Removal Equipment U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $527,136 in federal funding for Watertown International Airport in Jefferson County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This federal funding will allow the airport to purchase vital equipment needed for snow removal during the winter months. With th… Continue Reading


06.07.16

SCHUMER SPEAKS ON ‘HOLOCAUST EXPROPRIATED ART RECOVERY ACT’ AT SENATE JUDICIARY HEARING; URGES CONGRESS TO PASS LEGISLATION, WHICH WILL HELP RECOVER NAZI-CONFISCATED ART & REUNITE VICTIMS WITH LOST HERITAGE

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer urged Congress to pass the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act. Schumer's remarks were made at a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee's hearing on the bill. The legislation, which Schumer introduced along with Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), aims 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 … Continue Reading


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

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