Press Releases

05.04.16

SCHUMER: WITH NEWLY CONFIRMED ZIKA CASE IN ONEIDA COUNTY, SENATOR LAUNCHES MAJOR PUSH TO GET CONGRESS TO IMMEDIATELY PASS EMERGENCY FUNDING TO DEVELOP ANTI-ZIKA VACCINE, COULD GREATLY BENEFIT SUNY UPSTATE, WHERE RESEARCH FOR VACCINE HAS ALREADY STARTED

SUNY Upstate Recently Launched The Global Maternal Child And Pediatric Health Program, Which Will Address Health Issues Woman Face During Pregnancy - Including The Zika Virus; Researchers Are Currently Taking Aim At Finding Answers To Treating And Preventing The Virus Emergency Fed Funding Could Be Used By SUNY Upstate To Fund Efforts To Fight & Prevent Future Zika Outbreaks Schumer: SUNY Upstate Needs Funds To Zap Zika For Good Standing at SUNY Upstate Medical University, in the wake of … Continue Reading


05.04.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, MALONEY CALL ON EPA TO PROVIDE IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE TO HELP CITY OF NEWBURGH COMPREHENSIVELY TEST WATER FOR PFOA-RELATED CONTAMINATION; SAY EPA EXPERTS SHOULD HELP NEWBURGH TO IDENTIFY SOURCES – AND DEVELOP A PLAN TO ERADICATE ANY THREATS

Newburgh Officials Have Found Elevated Levels Of Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) - A Synthetic Chemical & Pollutant, Related to PFOA - In Silver Stream and Washington Lake; EPA Has Water Contamination Experts and Significant Experience Dealing With Such Issues Schumer, Gillibrand, Maloney Also Call on EPA to Complete its PFOA Review and Publish the New Standards So Communities Like Newburgh Can Make The Best Decisions To Protect Drinking Water Sources and the Public Health; EPA Promised … Continue Reading


05.04.16

SCHUMER: RESTRICTIVE CANADIAN TRADE RULES COULD THREATEN UPSTATE DAIRY INDUSTRY, INCLUDING PRODUCERS LIKE IDEAL DAIRY FARM IN HUDSON FALLS AND MANY WASHINGTON COUNTY DAIRY FARMERS; SENATOR DEMANDS FEDS ENSURE CANADA PLAYS BY THE RULES

Schumer Pushes USTR & USDA To Ensure Canada Keeps its Dairy Trade Open & Accessible For US Dairy Producers, Like Ideal Dairy Farm in Hudson Falls Schumer to Feds: Protect Upstate Dairy Producers From Unfair Trade Barriers   Standing at Ideal Dairy Farm in Hudson Falls, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today visited Washington County and demanded that the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) protect Washington County and Upstate New Y… Continue Reading


05.03.16

SCHUMER REVEALS: NORTH HEMPSTEAD IS LOCKED OUT OF USING $2 MILLION IN FED FUNDS THAT COULD REVITALIZE DOWNTOWN PORT WASHINGTON, BE USED FOR HARBOR TRAIL & MORE; SENATOR PUSHES TO UNLOCK FEDERAL DOLLARS SO EVERY PENNY CAN STAY IN LI TOWN & MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE

In 2005, Town of North Hempstead Secured $2M in Federal Funds For A Project That's No Longer Needed; Until Now, Federal Rules Have Blocked Reuse Of Dollars; Schumer Pushes to Unlock Leftover Money So Town Can Pay For Critical Projects Schumer-Backed Law Now Key To Unlocking Long-Awaited Federal Dollars; Senator Urges State To Unlock, Then Direct Funds To Local Projects That Will Revitalize Port Washington's Main Street, Hempstead Harbor Trail, Plandome Road & Garden City Park-All While Cre… Continue Reading


05.02.16

SCHUMER PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR NEW DUTCHESS COUNTY BIKE TRAIL DEVELOPMENT; PLAN WOULD EXPAND THE HARLEM VALLEY BIKE RAIL TRAIL WHICH CONNECTS DUTCHESS & COLUMBIA COUNTIES; SENATOR SAYS NEW BIKE PATH WOULD EXTEND SUCCESS OF WALKWAY OVER HUDSON AND BE A MAGNET FOR TOURISTS AND DUTCHESS COUNTY BICYCLISTS AND HIKERS

Schumer Lays Out Federal Funding Opportunities To Get Bike Project Moving Forward Schumer: Now Is The Time To Support Dutchess County's Bike Path Expansion Plans Standing on Parker Avenue in Poughkeepsie, NY, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today pledged his support for Dutchess County's Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant application, and highlighted other federal funding programs like the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) that could be used to provid… Continue Reading


05.02.16

SCHUMER URGES MAJOR PHARMACY CHAINS & OTHER INDEPENDENT PHARMACIES TO JOIN WALGREENS AND INSTALL CONVENIENT DRUG TAKE-BACK KIOSKS TO GET ADDICTING DRUGS OUT OF MEDICINE CABINETS AND HELP CURB RX DRUG ABUSE; OPIOID ABUSE IS WREAKING HAVOC IN ULSTER & ORANGE COUNTIES

Senator Says, If Pharmacies Install Drug Take-Back Kiosks, It Would Be A New Convenient Way For New Yorkers To Get Addictive Rx Drugs Out Of Medicine Cabinets & Homes Schumer: Across Upstate New York, Opioid Abuse Is Up, Teens Are Accessing Excess Pain Pills & Criminals Are Stealing Rx Drugs Schumer: Convenient Rx Drug Disposal Could Save Lives Standing in Kingston, NY, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called on major pharmacy chains and other large retailers to install drug tak… Continue Reading


05.02.16

SCHUMER AND GIRL SCOUT LEADERS FROM NEW YORK KICK OFF CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION OF THE “GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD” AT NYC HEADQUARTERS

This Year Marks the 100th Year of Girl Scouts' "Gold Award," the Highest and Most Prestigious Award a Girl Scout Can Earn Schumer Honors Gold Award Recipients from NY Who Have Positively Impacted Their Communities, Celebrates Centennial at Girl Scouts' NYC Headquarters, and Recognizes a Century of Girls Whose Projects Have Created Meaningful Change in Their Communities and Around the World Schumer: Centennial Celebration of Gold Award Shows the Rest of the World That All of Us-Regardless of … Continue Reading


05.02.16

SCHUMER: MANY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS STAY WITH ABUSERS BECAUSE SAFETY OF BELOVED PET IS RISKED SHOULD VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE LEAVE; SENATOR PUSHES BILL THAT WOULD HELP FUND & EXPAND WESTCHESTER & ROCKLAND COUNTIES’ EFFORT ?TO ALLOW PETS AND VICTIMS TO STAY TOGETHER

Spousal Abusers Use Pets To Maintain Control By Manipulating Victims By Inciting A Sense Of Fear That The Pet Will Be Hurt If They Leave; My Sisters' Place Fighting To Stop This Sad & Dangerous Trend Schumer Pushes 'PAWS Act' To Assist Pet-Friendly Domestic Violence Shelters Like One In Westchester; Legislation Also Expands Legal Protections For Pets & Holds Abusers More Accountable For Inflicting Harm   Schumer: Congress Should Give A PAWS Up To Help Victims Of Domestic … Continue Reading


05.01.16

SCHUMER REVEALS: NEW BILLBOARDS BEING INSTALLED ACROSS COUNTRY WILL BE USED TO COLLECT YOUR MOBILE PHONE DATA; WHETHER YOU WALK OR DRIVE BY, YOU COULD BE TRACKED; SCHUMER ASKS FEDS TO INVESTIGATE & ENSURE THAT PRIVACY OF MILLIONS IS PROTECTED

If You Carry A Cell Phone & Pass The Latest Billboards Popping Up In Cities Like NY and Along Busy Interstates, You Could Be Giving Up Treasure Trove Of Personal Info & Not Even Know It; Existing Technology In Mobile Phones Could Be Used To Track Your Movements & Unlock Key Data Schumer Urges Federal Trade Commission To Investigate Whether Billboards Gathering Intel From Mobile Phones-Even A Kid's-Requires Company To Inform Consumers, Offer Opt-Out   Schumer: Spying Billboa… Continue Reading


04.29.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND CALL ON OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO IMMEDIATELY GRANT TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS TO ECUADORIAN NATIONALS RESIDING IN U.S.—WILL ALLOW THEM TO STAY IN U.S. WHILE ECUADOR RECOVERS FROM DEVASTATING EARTHQUAKE

A 7.8 Magnitude Earthquake That Struck Off Ecuador's Central Coast Earlier this Month Destroyed Parts of Country, Killed Hundreds & Injured Thousands; In the Past, USCIS' TPS Designation Has Been Designated to Countries in the Wake of a Natural DisasterSchumer, Gillibrand Call for Department of Homeland Security to Support TPS for Ecuadorian Individuals Living in U.S.; Temporary Benefit Would Help Ecuadorians Who May Be in Danger of Being Deported Despite Severe Devastation In the wake of … Continue Reading


04.28.16

SCHUMER: NEW LEGISLATION THAT WOULD ALLOW LONG ISLAND SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO ADDRESS YAWNING GAP IN LEAD TESTING HAS BEEN INCLUDED IN BIPARTISAN SENATE WATER RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT ACT – WHICH JUST PASSED OUT OF COMMITTEE - SENATOR CALLS $20 MILLION AUTHORIZATION FOR SCHOOL LEAD TESTING A CRITICAL FIRST STEP & VOWS TO FIGHT FOR MORE FED FUNDING

Schumer Says Recent Discoveries Of Elevated Levels Of Lead In More Than 60 Water Sources In Ithaca Schools, And Others Across NY Communities, Is A Clear Signal That All NYS Schools Need Access to Fed Grants To Test For Water Contamination New Schumer Bill -Included In Must-Pass WRDA Legislation - Would Authorize $20 Million In Federal Grants For Schools That Want To Test Drinking Water; Schumer Pushes For Passage & Vows To Fight For More Funding To Protect Student and Teacher Health & T… Continue Reading


04.28.16

SCHUMER: NEW LEGISLATION THAT WOULD ALLOW STATEN ISLAND SCHOOLS & OTHER NY SCHOOLS TO ADDRESS YAWNING GAP IN LEAD TESTING HAS BEEN INCLUDED IN BIPARTISAN SENATE WATER RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT ACT – WHICH JUST PASSED OUT OF COMMITTEE - SENATOR CALLS $20 MILLION AUTHORIZATION FOR SCHOOL LEAD TESTING A CRITICAL FIRST STEP & VOWS TO FIGHT FOR MORE FED FUNDING

Schumer Says Recent Discoveries Of Elevated Levels Of Lead In Schools Around New York State, Including at Eight Schools on Staten Island, Is A Clear Signal That All NYS Schools Need Access to Fed Grants To Test For Water Contamination New Schumer Bill -Included In Must-Pass WRDA Legislation - Would Authorize $20 Million In Federal Grants For Schools That Want To Test Drinking Water; Schumer Pushes For Passage & Vows To Fight For More Funding To Protect Student and Teacher Health & To H… Continue Reading


04.28.16

SCHUMER: NEW LEGISLATION THAT WOULD ALLOW UPSTATE NY SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO ADDRESS YAWNING GAP IN LEAD TESTING HAS BEEN INCLUDED IN BIPARTISAN SENATE WATER RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT ACT – WHICH JUST PASSED OUT OF COMMITTEE – SENATOR CALLS $20 MILLION AUTHORIZATION FOR SCHOOL LEAD TESTING A CRITICAL FIRST STEP & VOWS TO FIGHT FOR MORE FED FUNDING

Schumer Says Recent Discoveries Of Elevated Levels Of Lead In More Than 60 Water Sources In Ithaca Schools, And Others Across Upstate NY Communities, Is A Clear Signal That All NYS Schools Need Access to Fed Grants To Test For Water Contamination New Schumer Bill - Included In Must-Pass WRDA Legislation - Would Authorize $20 Million In Federal Grants For Schools That Want To Test Drinking Water; Schumer Pushes For Passage & Vows To Fight For More Funding To Protect Student and Teacher Healt… Continue Reading


04.28.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE COMPLETION OF BEACH RENOURISHMNET PROJECT AT LONG ISLAND’S SMITH POINT COUNTY PARK; DUNES AND BERMS ARE PART OF 83-MILE LONG FEDERALLY-FUNDED ‘FIRE ISLAND TO MONTAUK POINT’ PROTECTION PROJECT

Superstorm Sandy Breached Smith Point County Park Leaving South Shore Communities Vulnerable to Future Storm Damage; Senators Secured Full Federal Funding for Projects Along Fire Island to Montauk Point Coastline, Including Smith Point County Park Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Approximately 2.2 Million Cubic Yards of Sand Have Been Placed At Smith Point County Park; Dunes & Beach Berm Will Make Shoreline Stronger Schumer, Gillibrand: After Decades of Planning, South Shore Communities Like … Continue Reading


04.27.16

SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO APPROVE $5.5 MILLION IN FEDERAL LEAD FUNDING FOR ONONDAGA COUNTY & CITY OF SYRACUSE – SENATOR SAYS CENTRAL NY RESIDENTS STILL SUFFER FROM LEAD-BASED PAINT HAZARDS IN THEIR HOMES, AND IT IS TAKING A TOLL ON LOCAL COMMUNITIES

Onondaga County & City Of Syracuse Are Applying For Two Separate Federal HUD Programs, Which Would Allow Them To Remove Lead-Based Paint Hazards In Homes Throughout The County While Onondaga County Has Received Fed Funding In The Past, It Is Not Nearly Enough To Mitigate All Lead-Based Paint Hazards, And Currently There is No Funding Source for a Solely City-Base Lead Remediation Program - Schumer Urges HUD To Quickly Approve Both The County And City Applications For Funding Schumer To HU… Continue Reading


04.27.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: HICKEY FREEMAN WILL MANUFACTURE SHORTS FOR TEAM USA’S UNIFORM FOR THE CLOSING CEREMONY IN RIO THIS SUMMER

Schumer: Made In America' Means 'Made In Rochester' By Hickey Freeman Workers U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that Ralph Lauren has selected Hickey Freeman, to produce Team USA’s shorts for the closing ceremony uniforms. Schumer played a pivotal role to help position Hickey Freeman to secure this contract, which will help maintain and create new jobs in Rochester. Schumer said the ? shorts being made by Hickey Freeman would be available at all Ralph Lauren stores and selec… Continue Reading


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

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