Press Releases

04.26.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $165,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR STEPPING STONES LIGHTHOUSE IN THE TOWN OF NORTH HEMPSTEAD

Schumer, Gillibrand secure key funding to begin initial Stepping Stones Lighthouse renovations; Installation of temporary floating dock and ramp to be built for safe access & construction to prevent further water damage to the foundation After infrastructure renovations to lighthouse are completed, Stepping Stones can move forward with full construction process U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $165,000 in federal funding to the Stepping Stones Lightho… Continue Reading


04.25.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND URGE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT TO REORGANIZE FOREIGN TRADE ZONE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR ONEIDA COUNTY

Under current framework, Oneida County's FTZ process burdens businesses with lengthy and complex application process Reorganization through the Alternative Site Framework would cut through red tape and streamline process for businesses to apply for FTZ benefits; Instead of seven month waiting period, business would be able to process applications within one to four months U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the U.S. Commerce Department to approve Oneida County'… Continue Reading


04.25.16

SCHUMER: ALBANY’S LANDMARK “NIPPER” BUILDING SHOULD BE ADDED TO THE NATIONAL & STATE REGISTERS OF HISTORIC PLACES; SENATOR URGES NATIONAL PARK SERVICE & NYS HISTORIC PRESERVATION TO EXPEDITE APPROVAL PROCESS SO THAT VITAL FEDERAL HISTORIC TAX CREDITS CAN BE USED TO TRANSFORM THE BUILDING AND PRESERVE THE BELOVED STATUE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS

The Old RCA Victor Dog Nipper Is Still Sitting On The Roof of The Former RCA Building In Albany; Senator Says The Statue Has Become a Regional Icon, And Represents A Part Of Albany History: New Development Plan Would Transform Nipper Building Into a Vibrant Downtown Residential and Commercial Space Schumer To Feds: Expedite Application To Unlock Tax Credits Before Nipper Is "Ruffed" Up U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today visited Albany and urged the National Park Service (NPS) and the State … Continue Reading


04.25.16

SCHUMER: WITH CONFIRMED ZIKA CASES IN NIAGARA & ERIE COUNTIES, SENATOR URGES CONGRESS TO IMMEDIATELY PASS EMERGENCY FUNDING TO BATTLE ZIKA VIRUS BEFORE IT SPREADS; FUNDS WILL GREATLY BOLSTER WESTERN NEW YORK’S EFFORTS TO FIGHT ZIKA

Schumer: Fight To Prevent & Treat Zika Virus Is Dramatically Underfunded; Upstate NY Health Officials & Medical Providers Need Immediate Federal Funding, Before Mosquito Season Takes Hold Senator Says $1.9 Billion In Emergency Fed Funding Is Vital To Preventing & Treating The Spread of Zika Virus In WNY Schumer: Congress Must Get Serious About Stopping The Spread of Zika Standing at Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo, in the wake of recently rep… Continue Reading


04.25.16

SCHUMER VISITS ROCHESTER TO CUT RIBBON AT RIT'S NEW BIZ INCUBATOR; SENATOR SAYS NEW FACILITY COULD CREATE MANY NEW BUSINESSES AND NEW JOBS IN THE ROCHESTER AREA

Senator Led Push to Secure $1.5 Million EDA Grant to Renovate Building To House RIT's New Biz Incubator Standing at Rochester Institute of Technology's brand new Center for Urban Entrepreneurship (CUE) business incubator at the redeveloped historic former Rochester Savings Bank building in Rochester, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today participated in a historic ribbon cutting, which symbolized the official opening of Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) brand new Ce… Continue Reading


04.24.16

FOLLOWING HEIGHTENED THREAT & 60 ZIKA CASES IN NEW YORK, SCHUMER PUSHES EMERGENCY $1.9 BILLION FUNDING TO HELP STEM SPREAD OF VIRUS; STITCH IN TIME WILL SAVE NINE; EMERGENCY PLAN HEADED TO SENATE FLOOR

Funds Must Be Delivered Before Mosquito Season Takes Hold; Already, More Than 800 Americans In 40 States Have Been Infected; New York State Saw New Case Just Days Ago, For Total Of Over 60; Swift Action is Necessary For Travelers, Pregnant Women & New Yorkers' Health Schumer Says Critical Fed Funds Would Allow Funding for Mosquito Control Programs Across Country & Diagnostic Testing to be Perfected & Simplified; Vaccine Development Would Also Progress Schumer: Anyone Repellent to … Continue Reading


04.22.16

SCHUMER, CANTWELL PUSH NATIONAL PLAN TO INCREASE FEDERAL RESOURCES IN NYC FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING & TO FIGHT HOMELESSNESS; NEW EFFORT WOULD BE KEY TO EXPANDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS IN NYC

Schumer & Cantwell, Joined By Leading NYC Housing Builders and Advocates, Urge Congress to Expand Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, Critical Resource That Has Helped Finance Nearly 3M Homes Across the United States, Thousands in NYC Schumer's & Cantwell's Affordable Housing Proposal Would Add 400,000 Additional Units of Affordable Housing Nationwide Over the Next Decade U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) were today joined by local housing builders and … Continue Reading


04.22.16

AFTER URGING FROM SENATORS, SCHUMER & GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE THE DEPT. OF JUSTICE APPROVES THE AGREEMENT TO ESTABLISH THE HARRIET TUBMAN RESIDENCE IN AUBURN AS A NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK

With key approval secured, Harriet Tubman Residence one giant step closer to becoming a National Historic Park Schumer, Gillibrand: National Park would preserve the historic site of a woman who was a beacon of freedom and played an integral role in our nation's history  U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Attorney General, Loretta Lynch signed on to the General Agreement that will allow the Harriet T… Continue Reading


04.21.16

SCHUMER PUSHES TO PASS PROVISION IN ADAM WALSH REAUTH ACT THAT WOULD GIVE CHILD VICTIMS OF SEX CRIMES & ABUSE MORE TIME TO SUE THEIR ABUSER; CURRENT LAW SAYS VICTIM ONLY HAS THREE YEARS AFTER THEY TURN 18 TO SEEK JUSTICE; SENATOR SAYS THAT’S JUST NOT ENOUGH

 Schumer Champions Provision In His Adam Walsh Bill That Would Give More Power To Victims Of Sex Crimes Like Trafficking, Abuse & Child Pornography; Passage Would Guarantee More Time To Sue For Pain & Suffering Schumer Says Minors May Not Even Learn They Were Victims Of Child Porn Until Later In Life    Schumer: Provision in the Adam Walsh Act Reauthorization Gives Victims Of Abuse More Time To Seek Justice  U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced today that a… Continue Reading


04.21.16

AFTER SCHUMER’S URGING, DRONE GEO-FENCING PROPOSAL PASSES THE SENATE; NEWTECHNOLOGY COULD PROHIBIT DRONES FROM FLYING NEAR AIRPORTS, SENSITIVE AREAS, SPORTING EVENTS & ABOVE 500FT

Schumer Pushed For Drone Safety Language In FAA Reauthorization Legislation That Has Now Passed The Senate; Senator Cited This Past Weekend's Drone Collision With British Airways Plane, NYC Near-Misses & Pilot Sightings When Making Final Push For Passage Geo-Fencing & Other Similar Technology Solutions Prevent Drones From Flying Where They Shouldn't & Can Help Stop Drones From Colliding With Planes Schumer: Geo-Fencing Could Soon Become Law Of The Sky U.S. Senator Char… Continue Reading


04.20.16

SCHUMER URGES DOD TOP BRASS TO WORK DIRECTLY WITH AMPHENOL TO GET SHIPMENTS FLOWING & GET WORKERS BACK ON THE JOB – SENATOR SAYS COMPANY IS STRUGGLING WITH BUREAUCRATIC RED TAPE

Amphenol is Critical to the Southern Tier Economy and to the Nation's Defense Industry; Schumer Urges Top Brass To Immediately Intervene And Work Directly With Company Schumer to DOD: Don't Let Red Tape Choke Off Amphenol Jobs U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that he spoke with Mr. Alan Estevez, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and the Director of Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Lt. General Busch at the Department of &nb… Continue Reading


04.20.16

SCHUMER: WITH DISCOVERIES OF LEAD IN ITHACA AND THROUGHOUT UPSTATE NEW YORK, SENATOR LAUNCHES A MAJOR PUSH TO PROTECT UPSTATE NY’S DRINKING WATER; NEW BILL WILL HELP PREVENT WATER CONTAMINATION, IMPROVE WATER INFRASTRUCTURE & CREATE HUNDREDS OF NEW CLEAN WATER JOBS IN NY

Across Upstate NY, Communities Have Experienced Decades Of Underinvestment And Lax Regulation Of Water Infrastructure, Especially When It Comes To Lead Contamination; New Senate Bill Will Tackle Lead Problem Head On Schumer-Supported Bill Would Create New Grants, Loans And Tax Credits, Investing Over $70 Billion Over The Next 10 Years Into Water Infrastructure And Lead Relief Programs; Creating Hundreds of Jobs In NY Schumer: It's Time Congress Shows True LEADership In Protecting Our Drin… Continue Reading


04.19.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES THAT FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, $36 MILLION IN FED FUNDING NEEDED FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW WNY VETERANS’ CEMETERY HAS BEEN INCLUDED IN THE SENATE MILITARY CONSTRUCTION APPROPRIATIONS BILL – SCHUMER VOWS TO CONTINUE FIGHTING TO ENSURE FULL FUNDING IS INCLUDED IN FINAL BILL

Since 2009, Schumer Has Worked With Local Veteran Leaders To Bring Much-Needed Veterans' Cemetery To Western New York - Cemetery Site Is Currently In Planning & Design Stages, Which Are Set To Be Completed In 2016, But Subsequent Funding For Construction, Set To Start In 2017, Had Not Yet Been Prioritized by VA While VA Has Funding Needed To Complete Design & Planning Phases Of The Project Through 2016, Subsequent Construction Phase - Expected To Start In 2017 – Has Not Yet Been … Continue Reading


04.19.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, BILL THAT INCLUDES FIVE-YEAR EXTENSION OF NUAIR TEST SITE DESIGNATION AT GRIFFISS AIRPORT HAS PASSED THE SENATE – SCHUMER URGES HOUSE TO PASS THIS BILL; EXTENSION WOULD PROTECT JOBS, SPUR NEW TECHNOLOGY & SUPPORT CUTTING-EDGE RESEARCH AT GRIFFISS

Schumer Previously Led The Charge To Get The FAA To Choose NUAIR As A Premier National UAS Research And Testing Site Legislation That Includes 5-Year Extension Of NUAIR Test Site Just Passed The Senate; Schumer Urges House To Pass This Bill Schumer: NUAIR Has Put Oneida County On The Map As A Leader In UAS Testing And Research U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that, following his push, the Senate has passed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill, which in… Continue Reading


04.19.16

GOVERNOR CUOMO AND SENATOR SCHUMER ANNOUNCE EXPANDED SLEEP APNEA SCREENING FOR MTA EMPLOYEES

Screenings for employees in safety-sensitive positions will identify those deemed at risk and provide them with treatment Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced the expansion of a successful sleep apnea testing program for MTA employees. Testing was first begun as a pilot program in January 2015 to screen Metro-North Railroad train engineers, and now the MTA will make the program permanent at Metro-North and bring it to other agencies in the MTA family, includin… Continue Reading


04.19.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, DONOVAN, DE BLASIO ANNOUNCE $6 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR UPGRADES TO STATEN ISLAND FERRY

Federal Funds Will Be Used to Replace Deck Scows on Dock, Upgrade Ramps at Ferry Maintenance Facility Schumer, Gillibrand, Donovan, de Blasio Announce Passenger Ferry Grant Funds for NYC DOT U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressmember Dan Donovan and Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced that $6 million in federal Department of Transportation grant funds will be provided to the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) for Staten Island Ferry-related upg… Continue Reading


04.19.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $1.5 MILLION IN FEDERAL HEAD START FUNDS FOR THE PARSONS CHILD AND FAMILY CENTER IN ALBANY COUNTY

Funding Provides Early Education Assistance for Low-Income Families U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,540,289.00 in federal funding for the Parsons Child and Family Center in Albany, N.Y. The federal funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Early Head Start Program, and will be used to support and grow education and development services for low-income families in the community. "Study after study shows that the bet… Continue Reading


04.19.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY AWARDED THE ‘2016 NATIONAL MEDAL FOR MUSEUM & LIBRARY SERVICE’

Brooklyn Public Library is One of Just Ten Winners From Across the Country; Honor Recognizes Exceptional Service in Communities Schumer Supported Brooklyn Public Library's Nomination for This Award; Senator Highlighted Its Innovative Educational & Cultural Programs That Are Offered to 2.5M Brooklynites Across the Borough Schumer: Brooklyn Public Library is Deserving of This Award Because Of Its Commitment to Providing Brooklynites Of All Backgrounds & Circumstances With Access to… Continue Reading


04.15.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE, FOLLOWING THEIR PUSH, OGDENSBURG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO RECEIVE MORE THAN $11 MILLION IN FED FUNDING TO COMPLETE AIRPORT EXPANSION & BEGIN LOW-FARE SERVICE WITH ALLEGIANT AIR

Schumer, Gillibrand Have Long Fought To Make Critical Airport Expansion A Reality, Which Would Enable Ogdensburg Airport To Bring Low-Cost Air Service To North Country - By Accommodating New Allegiant Flights, The Airport Could Add Thousands Of Passengers Per Year & Expand Economic Footprint In The North Country In 2015, Schumer & Gillibrand Secured Initial $7.5 Million In Fed Funding To Extend The Airport's Runway By 1,200 Ft. - Ogdensburg Airport Needed Rest Of The Funding Needed To F… Continue Reading


04.15.16

SCHUMER: WITHOUT FED ACTION, STATEN ISLAND’S SAW MILL CREEK WILL REMAIN LOCAL DUMPING GROUND; SENATOR PUSHES FEDS TO GREENLIGHT NYC PLAN TO CLEAN, RESTORE & TRANSFORM SITE WITH OVER $12M IN FEDERAL SANDY FUNDING; CHANCE TO BEAUTIFY MARSH & PROTECT AGAINST LOCAL FLOODING IS CHANCE WE CANNOT PASS UP

Saw Mill Creek & Surrounding Community Remain Vulnerable to Storms & Flooding; Marsh Area Was Hard-Hit By Superstorm Sandy & Currently Littered with Waste, Overrun By Invasive Weeds Schumer Calls on U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to Approve NYC's Proposed Saw Mill Creek Mitigation Project; Coastal Resiliency Project Will Restore & Protect 68 Acres of Degraded Wetlands Schumer: In Wake of Sandy, We Must Not Pass Up Any Opportunity to Make Shoreline More Resilient U.S. Se… Continue Reading

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