Press Releases

03.01.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, HIGGINS ANNOUNCE NEW LEGISLATION THAT WILL BRING PEACE BRIDGE PRE-INSPECTION PROGRAM ONE STEP CLOSER TO PERMANANCE – CARGO PRE-INSPECTION PROGRAM WOULD BOOST EFFICIENCY & REDUCE CONGESTION AT WESTERN NY BORDER CROSSING

New Legislation Would Tackle Next Crucial Hurdle In Finalizing Permanent Pre-Inspection Schumer, Gillibrand & Higgins Bill Would Provide Legal Authority Needed for Border Agents Carrying Out Pre-Inspection in Canada U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Representative Brian Higgins today announced legislation that would bring the pre-inspection program at the Peace Bridge in Buffalo one step closer to permanence. The Senators and Congressman explained that t… Continue Reading


03.01.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, STEFANIK ANNOUNCE NEW LEGISLATION THAT WILL BRING MONTREAL-TO-ALBANY PRE-CLEARANCE PROGRAM ONE STEP CLOSER TO REALITY – PRE-CLEARANCE PROGRAM COULD SAVE OVER AN HOUR IN DELAYS AT NORTHERN BORDER CROSSING, IMPROVE LOCAL ECONOMY, AND BOOST TOURISM

New Legislation Would Tackle Next Crucial Hurdle In Finalizing Pre-Clearance Program For Passenger Trains Traveling From Montreal Through the North Country & Then On To Albany Right Now, Passengers Traveling on Amtrak's Adirondack Line Must Wait At The Border For More Than An Hour While CBP Officers Check The Entire Train - Pre-Clearance Would Speed Up That Process & Make Travel To The U.S. More Attractive Schumer, Gillibrand & Stefanik Bill Would Provide Legal Authority Needed for… Continue Reading


03.01.16

SCHUMER: NUAIR TEST SITE WILL EXPIRE IN 2017 UNLESS CONGRESS ACTS FAST; SENATOR PUSHES FOR AN EXTENSION OF NUAIR TEST SITE DESIGNATION IN CENTRAL NEW YORK IN FAA REAUTHORIZATION BILL – EXTENSION WOULD PROTECT JOBS, SPUR NEW TECHNOLOGY & SUPPORT CUTTING-EDGE RESEARCH

Schumer Led The Charge To Get The FAA To Choose NUAIR As A Premier National UAS Research And Testing Site Schumer: NUAIR Has Put CNY On The Map As A Leader In UAS Testing And Research U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today launched his push to include language that would extend the six unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research and test operators, including NUAIR, located Griffiss International Airport in Oneida County, in the upcoming FAA Reauthorization bill. According to Schumer NUAIR, is… Continue Reading


03.01.16

MIDDLETOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS SUFFERED OVER A DOZEN FAKE “SWATTING” ATTACKS THIS YEAR ALONE; SCHUMER SAYS INCIDENTS HAVE LEFT STUDENTS & PARENTS COMPLETELY TERRIFIED & FRUSTRATED; SENATOR URGES FEDS TO EXPEDITE A CRITICAL WAIVER THAT COULD FINALLY HELP LAW ENFORCEMENT ACCESS CRITICAL CALLER ID INFORMATION, SO IT COULD CATCH PERPETRATORS ONCE AND FOR ALL

Middletown Has Seen 13 Fake "Swatting" Attacks This Year Alone, But Because of Broad Call-Blocking Rules, The School District Cannot Access Critical Caller ID Information of Anonymous Perpetrators Calling In Threats Schumer Urges FCC to Expeditiously Grant District Waiver Needed To Track Down These Criminals Schumer: Middletown Schools Deserve Access To All Of The Tools Needed To Ensure These Calls Stop U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC… Continue Reading


02.29.16

SCHUMER VISITS WESTCHESTER & ANNOUNCES NEW LEGISLATION TO COMBAT MAJOR LEAD CRISIS PLAGUING UPSTATE NY; SENATOR SAYS CONGRESS MUST VOTE ON BILL TO HELP HUDSON VALLEY HOMEOWNERS REMOVE HAZARDOUS LEAD FROM THEIR HOMES

New York's Housing Stock Is Old & Many Housing Units Built Pre-1978 Could Contain Lead Paint - More Than 40% of Housing Stock in Westchester County Was Built Before 1950 And, In 2014, 158 Children Tested Were Found To Have Lead Poisoning Schumer Also Announces Push to Increase Funding for HUD's Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control Program; Funding Has Plummeted Since 2003? Schumer: Bill Would Provide Federal Tax Credits to Help Westchester & Hudson Valley Homeowners… Continue Reading


02.29.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: FEMA HAS HEEDED CALL & APPROVED MORE THAN $12.8 MILLION IN FED FUNDS NEEDED FOR PHASE 2 OF THE CRITICAL TROY SEAWALL STABILIZATION PROJECT; SECOND MAJOR INSTALLMENT OF FUNDS WILL ALLOW CITY OF TROY TO PROTECT WATERFRONT COMMUNITY AND ALLOW THE AREA TO FLOURISH

Major Flooding During Tropical Storm Irene Severely Damaged The Troy Seawall, Leaving Nearby Buildings in Harm's Way & Sewage Pipe At Risk Of Bursting In Future Major Storm or Flood Schumer Previously Fought For & Successfully Secured Initial $6.7 Million Installment of Fed Funds Needed To Begin Seawall Reconstruction Project Schumer: Second Critical Installment of Fed Funds Will Finally Allow Troy To Complete Reconstruction U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced more than … Continue Reading


02.28.16

SCHUMER: AIRLINE SEATS & LEGROOM HAVE BEEN SHRINKING FOR YEARS, MAKING AIR TRAVEL UNCOMFORTABLE & OVERCROWDED; SENATOR PUSHES FOR UPCOMING FAA REAUTHORIZATION BILL TO REQUIRE AIRLINES TO RETURN LOST INCHES TO FLIERS—IN BOTH SEATS & LEGROOM

Legroom Was Once About 35 Inches-Now Closer To 31-& Average Airline Seat Width Was Once 18.5 Inches—Now Shrunk To About 17; To Boot, You're Charged Big Dollars If You Want More Legroom & If You Don't Pay, You’re Squeezed   For Years Now, Economy & Coach Class Seats On Airplanes Have Been Shrinking; Meanwhile, Airlines Are Bulking Up With Record Profits; Senator Says Industry Standard For Seat Size Is Now A Top Legislative Priority Ahead Of Upcoming FAA Vote   … Continue Reading


02.26.16

SCHUMER CALLS ON EPA TO SEND INSPECTORS TO HELP ITHACA FURTHER TEST WATER FOR LEAD CONTAMINATION; SENATOR SAYS EPA EXPERTS SHOULD HELP ITHACA DEVELOP A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TO IDENTIFY SOURCE OF WATER CONTAMINATION AND A PLAN TO ERADICATE IT

Ithaca Officials Have Found Elevated Levels Of Lead In More than 60 Water Sources At Their Public Schools; EPA Has Lead Contamination Experts and Experience Dealing with Lead in Schools Senator Says It Is Critical That The EPA Lend Expertise To Collaborate with School District, Help The Community Test The Water and Identify The Source and Extent Of The Contamination Schumer To EPA: Send Inspectors and Lead Experts to Ithaca To Prevent More Water Contamination U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer t… Continue Reading


02.26.16

SCHUMER URGES PSC TO WORK WITH REENERGY HOLDING & OTHER STATE AND LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS TO IMMEDIATELY CRAFT A PLAN TO KEEP THE WOOD-CHIP BURNING PLANT OPEN; SENATOR SAYS PLAN SHOULD FOCUS ON SAVING JOBS IN THE NORTH COUNTRY AND PRESERVING AN ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCE

Without Immediate Intervention, Lyonsdale's Wood-Chip-Burning Plant Could Close; Senator Says A Comprehensive Plan Could Help Save The Plant & Vital North Country Jobs Schumer To PSC: Don't Let The Fire Go Out In The Wood-Chip Burning Plant   U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called on the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC), which regulates and oversees the energy industry, to work with ReEnergy, North Country leaders and relevant government agencies to p… Continue Reading


02.26.16

SCHUMER PUSHES LEGISLATION TO DELIVER MORE OF THE LIFE-SAVING OVERDOSE DRUG—NALOXONE—TO LONG ISLAND; OPIOID ANTIDOTE HAS SAVED LIVES ACROSS NASSAU & SUFFOLK; NOW, SCHUMER-BACKED BILL WOULD EXPAND NALOXONE AVAILABILITY TO MORE LI FIRST RESPONDERS TO SAVE MORE LIVES

Opioid & Heroin Abuse Crisis On Long Island Has Reached Epidemic Levels & Locals Need Both Supply & Access To Naloxone As They Work To Turn The Tide Against Scourge Schumer Says Legislation Just Passed Out Of The Judiciary Committee & Will Now Go On To Full Senate; Schumer Will Make A Push To Get It Passed; Says Preventing Opioid Overdose Deaths Is Essential  Schumer: Facing Down This Crisis Must Be National Priority   U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer … Continue Reading


02.25.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, VILLAGE OF GOWANDA WILL RECEIVE CRITICAL SECOND INSTALLMENT OF FED FUNDING NEEDED TO REPAIR POINT PETER RESERVOIR – SCHUMER SUCCESSFULLY SECURED FINAL $830K, AFTER SECURING INITIAL $430K NEEDED FOR DEBRIS REMOVAL

Village Has Been Unable To Use Reservoir Since 2014 Disaster & Has Been Relying On Other Means To Provide Water For Local Residents - At A Major Cost To The Village; Schumer Successfully Secured First $436K In FEMA Funding to Pay for Removal of Dead Trees, Sediment & Other Debris  Schumer Now Secures Final $829K That Will Finally Allow Gowanda To Complete Repairs & Build Back Stronger Than Ever - Repairs Will Include Replacement of South Wall, Construction of Access R… Continue Reading


02.25.16

SCHUMER ELEVATES TO SECRETARY OF DEFENSE CARTER THE USS FRANK E. EVANS VICTIMS’ APPEAL; WOULD ETCH NAME OF SON OF WESTERN NY FAMILY ON VIETNAM MEMORIAL WALL – TERRY LEE HENDERSON OF CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY DIED IN VIETNAM WAR TRAINING EXERCISE IN 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

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 The Combat Zone; Adding the Names of These Heroes to the Vietnam Memorial i… Continue Reading


02.25.16

SCHUMER ELEVATES TO SECRETARY OF DEFENSE CARTER THE USS FRANK E. EVANS VICTIMS’ APPEAL; WOULD ETCH NAME OF SON OF SYRACUSE MAN ON VIETNAM MEMORIAL WALL – LARRY REILLY JR. DIED IN VIETNAM WAR TRAINING EXERCISE IN 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

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 Zone; Adding the Names of These Heroes to the Vietnam Memorial is the P… Continue Reading


02.25.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: WINNING BID TO DREDGE THE ROCHESTER HARBOR EXPECTED NEXT WEEK, AND WORK WILL BEGIN EARLY THIS SUMMER – SCHUMER SUCCESSFULLY SECURED $2.3 MILLION ARMY CORPS NEEDED TO FULLY DREDGE HARBOR

In December, Schumer Successfully Secured Fed Funding As Part of FY2016 Spending Bill - Schumer Argued The Cost of Not Dredging the Rochester Harbor Would Have Meant a Loss of Commercial and Recreation Revenue & Could Have Put Local Jobs At Risk Dredging Funding Was Particularly Important, Since New City of Rochester Marina Opens for Business, Boaters in 2016; Schumer Secured $1.5 Million Federal Grant in 2011 to Help Construct Marina Schumer: Fed Funds Can Now Keep Rochester Harbor Clear … Continue Reading


02.24.16

SCHUMER, JEFFRIES, DEUTSCH, TREYGER URGE ARMY CORPS TO FOCUS ON SOUTHERN BROOKLYN COASTAL PROTECTION PROJECTS IN UPCOMING FEASIBILITY REPORT FOR NEW YORK HARBOR; LAWMAKERS SAY SOUTHERN BROOKLYN REMAINS VULNERABLE AND DOESN’T HAVE ANY ADEQUATE LONG-TERM RESILIENCY MEASURES PLANNED BY FEDS; FINAL REPORT MUST INCLUDE PROPOSED MITIGATION FOR BROOKLYN SO COMMUNITIES ARE BETTER PROTECTED IN THE FUTURE

Southern Brooklyn Communities, Including Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Coney Island, Canarsie Were Hard-Hit By Superstorm Sandy; In Some Communities, Floodwaters Reached a Height of Ten Feet, Destroying Homes, Businesses & Infrastructure Following Superstorm Sandy, Schumer & Jeffries Secured Federal Funding in Sandy-Relief Bill for a 2-Year Comprehensive Study to Identify Areas of Flood Risks Along North Atlantic Coast; Feasibility Study for Protection Projects in New… Continue Reading


02.24.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES NEW LEGISLATION TO COMBAT MAJOR LEAD CRISIS PLAGUING UPSTATE NY; SENATOR SAYS CONGRESS MUST VOTE ON BILL TO HELP HOMEOWNERS IN UPSTATE NY REMOVE HAZARDOUS LEAD FROM THEIR HOMES

Upstate New York's Housing Stock Is Old & Many Housing Units Built Pre-1980 Could Contain Lead Paint - In 2014, Over 2,300 Upstate New York Children Tested Were Found To Have Lead Poisoning Schumer Will Also Announce Push to Increase Funding for HUD Lead Hazard Control Program Grant Program; Funding Has Plummeted Since 2003 Schumer: Bill Would Provide Federal Tax Credits to Help Homeowners Get The Lead Out During a conference call with reporters, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today ann… Continue Reading


02.22.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE: U.S. AIR FORCE SENDING 8 KC-135 PLANES TO NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION WILL MEAN NEARLY $25 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL INVESTMENT FOR THE BASE, INCLUDING 27 NEW JOBS IN 2017 & MORE FLIGHT HOURS; SENATORS SUCCESSFULLY URGED U.S. AIR FORCE’S TOP BRASS TO BRING THE KC-135 BACK TO NFARS

Senators: 8 KC-135 Tankers Will Help Protect Jobs at NFARS & Enhance Our Nation's Security  With News That Old C-130 Tankers Will Be Replaced By KC-135s, Senators Announce Nearly $25 Million In Additional Investment For NFARS Schumer, Gillibrand: New Jobs, Additional Fed Investment & Increased Flying Hours Will Make NFARS Ever-More Valuable and Viable  U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the U.S. Air Force's (USAF) decision to transfe… Continue Reading


02.22.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, VELAZQUEZ, DE BLASIO ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $4.8 MILLION TO COMPLETE SANDY-RELATED REPAIRS AT BROOKLYN NAVY YARD

FEMA Funds to Cover Electrical Repairs and Dock Renovations at the Brooklyn Navy Yard After Meeting With Navy Yard Leadership and Touring New Building Projects, Gillibrand Announces FEMA Funds for Additional Upgrades U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez and Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced over $4.8 million in federal FEMA funding for the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC) for repairs to electrical substation G i… Continue Reading


02.22.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: FRA HAS HEEDED HIS CALL & HAS PROPOSED DOUBLING THE NUMBER OF RAIL BRIDGE INSPECTORS; SENATOR SAID MORE INSPECTORS ARE DESPERATELY NEEDED

Schumer Previously Pushed To Increase The Number Of Fed Railroad Bridge Inspectors, Because FRA Only Has 1 Inspector For All 3,000 Train Bridges In NY Following Schumer's Push, FRA Has Proposed Doubling The Number Of RR Bridge Inspectors & Establishing "Nationwide Bridge Inventory" Schumer: More RR Bridge Inspectors Are Needed To Keep Our Communities Safe U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that, following his push, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has propose… Continue Reading


02.18.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND URGE FCC TO GRANT PHASE-IN PERIOD FOR WESTELCOM TO MAINTAIN BROADBAND SERVICES TO THE NORTH COUNRTY

Senators: FCC Is Miscategorizing Watertown as an "Urban Area," Not a Rural One, Preventing Westlecom From Accessing the Vital "Rural Exemption" Rate It Deserves for Serving the North Country If Approved, FCC Waiver Would Reverse 96 Percent “Flash Cut” and Replace with Gradual Adjusted Rates Until 2020, and Ensure the Infrastructure For Expanded Rural Telehealth Medicine Schumer and Gillibrand: North Country Residents Deserve High-Speed Broadband and This FCC Waiver for Westlecom Wi… Continue Reading

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