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05.19.16

SCHUMER FIGHTS TO BLOCK SENATE AMENDMENT THAT WOULD ELIMINATE FUNDING FOR THE ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY, A CRITICAL LINK TO LAKE ERIE, AND CRIPPLE THE WESTERN NY ECONOMY

The St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) Operates & Maintains Critical Infrastructure Throughout the Great Lakes - Including Lake Erie - and St. Lawrence Seaway System – Schumer Argues Cuts to SLSDC Funding Will Put Regional Economy and Local Jobs at Risk Schumer Vows to Block Attempt To Defund SLSDC U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced he is fighting to block an amendment on the Senate floor to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Funding Bi… Continue Reading


05.19.16

SCHUMER FIGHTS TO BLOCK SENATE AMENDMENT THAT WOULD ELIMINATE FUNDING FOR THE ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY AND CRIPPLE THE NORTH COUNTRY ECONOMY

The St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) Operates & Maintains Critical Infrastructure Throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway System - Schumer Argues Cuts to SLSDC Funding Will Put Regional Economy and Local Jobs at Risk Schumer Vows to Block Attempt To Defund SLSDC  U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced he is fighting to block an amendment on the Senate floor to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Funding Bill that would defund the… Continue Reading


05.19.16

SCHUMER FIGHTS TO BLOCK SENATE AMENDMENT THAT WOULD ELIMINATE FUNDING FOR THE ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY, A CRITICAL LINK TO LAKES ERIE & ONTARIO, AND CRIPPLE THE ROCHESTER-AREA ECONOMY

The St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) Operates & Maintains Critical Infrastructure Throughout the Great Lakes - Including Lake Erie & Lake Ontario - and St. Lawrence Seaway System – Schumer Argues Cuts to SLSDC Funding Will Put Regional Economy and Local Jobs at Risk Schumer Vows to Block Attempt To Defund SLSDC U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced he is fighting to block an amendment on the Senate floor to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Deve… Continue Reading


05.19.16

SCHUMER MEETS WITH CEO OF ROCHESTER GAS AND ELECTRIC (RG&E) TO URGE UTILITY COMPANIES TO DO RIGHT BY KRENZER FAMILY FARM IN CHILI – SENATOR SAYS COMPANY SHOULD FINALIZE MUTUALLY AGREEABLE PLAN FOR NEW ELECTRIC INFRASTRUCTURE THAT DOESN'T COST THE KRENZERS THEIR FARM

In 2013 After RG&E Announced Its Plan To Construct A New Substation and New Power Lines Across Krenzer Family Farm In Chili, Schumer Pushed RG&E To Look For Other Options That Did Not Force Fourth-Generation Family Farm to Give Up Business - Schumer Announced USDA Approved Plan in 2014 To Keep Lines Away From Family Farm, But Substation Location Remains Unresolved In February 2016, Private Talks Began Between Krenzers, Utility Companies & Public Service Commission (PSC) To Determine… Continue Reading


05.18.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $845K IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR 5 SOUTHERN TIER FIRE DEPARTMENTS

Fire Depts. In Sidney, Ithaca, Binghamton, Fillmore & Montour Falls Will Use Funds To Purchase Critical Equipment For Firefighters U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $845,284 in federal funds for five Southern Tier fire departments. This funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, Sidney EMS in Delaware County will receive $14,470 to purchase a new power stretcher to re… Continue Reading


05.18.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $620K IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR TWO CAPITAL REGION FIRE DEPARTMENTS

Cities of Troy & Watervliet Will Use Funds To Purchase Life-Saving Equipment For Firefighters U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $624,149 in federal funds for two Capital Region fire departments. This funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the Troy Fire Department in Rensselaer County will receive $523,491 in funds to purchase new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus… Continue Reading


05.18.16

SCHUMER REVEALS: RUSSIAN HACKERS ZEROING IN ON UPSTATE NY; FORCING SMALL GOVERNMENTS TO PAY BIG BILLS TO REMOVE “RANSOMWARE” THAT CAN BREACH MUNICIPAL COMPUTER SYSTEMS; UPSTATE TOWNS AND VILLAGES ARE EASY PREY FOR HACK ATTACK THAT ENDS UP COSTING LOCAL TAXPAYERS & COULD JEOPARDIZE PERSONAL INFO; SENATOR URGES FEDS TO GIVE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS THE TOOLS TO FIGHT BACK

Recent 'Ransomware' Attacks In CNY And Capital Region Point To Gaping Holes in Town & Village Cyber Security Systems; Schumer Pushes Feds - Who Have Expertise In Cyber Security - To Work With Local Governments to Protect Taxpayers Schumer Launches 3-Pronged Effort To Protect Communities from Hackers – Says Each Cyber Attack Can Cost Taxpayers Thousands of Dollars and Result in Stolen Personal Information Schumer: Feds Must Help Local Governments Hit Control-Alt-Delete On Ransomware … Continue Reading


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

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