Press Releases

01.11.16

SCHUMER: WITH STUDENTS AND PARENTS STRUGGLING TO PAY FOR COLLEGE, SENATOR LAUNCHES ONLINE CAMPAIGN TO GATHER INPUT FROM STUDENTS – SENATOR SAYS INPUT FROM INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS WILL HELP FORCE CONGRESS TO CONFRONT THE ISSUE OF COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY

Schumer Will Use Valuable Input From Upstate NY Families In Renewed Push In Congress To Further Address College Affordability In 2016 Legislative Session Many Young New Yorkers, Including Veterans, Can't Start Their Own Small Businesses, Afford Rent, Buy Homes Or Cars Because They Are Drowning In College Debt - 61% of NY College Graduates Have Student Loan Debt & Average NY Grad Has Over $27,000 in Student Debt Schumer to College Students and Parents: If You Are Struggling With High Colleg… Continue Reading


01.11.16

SCHUMER: MOST WESTCHESTER & HUDSON VALLEY RESIDENTS ENTITLED TO LARGE TAX BREAK FOR MASS TRANSIT, BUT MANY DON’T KNOW IT; SCHUMER, WHO SUCCESSFULLY INCLUDED COMMUTER BENEFIT IN RECENTLY-PASSED FED LEGISLATION, TELLS METRO-NORTH RIDERS ABOUT BENEFIT & URGES SIGN UP; COMMUTERS CAN SAVE OVER $1,000 PER YEAR

Over 170,000 Westchester, Rockland & Putnam Commuters Who Take Metro-North Daily Are Eligible to Receive Now-Permanent Commuter Tax Break-But Some Don't Know About The Benefit Or How Easy It Is To Access Schumer Successfully Pushed to Reinstate & Extend Commuter Benefit At Rate of $250 for 2015 and $255 for 2016 in Monthly Pre-Tax Savings; Legislation Now Provides Permanent Savings Commuters Can Bank On Schumer: Mass Transit Users Should Get On Board With Commuter Tax Benefit So They C… Continue Reading


01.10.16

SCHUMER CHALLENGES NRA: AFTER REPEATEDLY STATING “WE MUST ENFORCE THE LAWS ON THE BOOKS” WHEN IT COMES TO GUN VIOLENCE, SENATOR NOW CHALLENGES NRA TO SUPPORT PRESIDENT’S CALL FOR 200 MORE ATF AGENTS; PRESENT LAWS ARE HAMSTRUNG WITH CONTINUED CUTBACK IN ATF AGENTS

Amongst Other Crucial Duties, ATF Agents Help Enforce Gun Background Check System & Shutdown Law-Breaking Gun Dealers Who Skirt The Law; ATF Agents Keep Americans Safe & Are Now In Real Need Of New Agents To Replace Many Who Have Retired Schumer Says President's Order To Hire New Agents Hits The Bullseye On What NRA Says They Actually Stand For; Now NRA Must Come Clean To American People With Clear Answer Schumer To NRA: Opposing ATF Agent Hiring Would Be Shooting Own Stance In T… Continue Reading


01.07.16

SCHUMER: NEW YORKERS WITH DISABILITIES SHOULD NOT BE PREVENTED FROM RESIDING IN THEIR COMMUNITIES IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE CRITICAL SERVICES THEY NEED ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS; SENATOR PUSHES LEGISLATION THAT GIVES INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES THE OPTION TO LIVE AT HOME OR IN THE COMMUNITY & RECEIVE LONG-TERM SERVICES AND SUPPORTS THAT WILL HELP THEM LEAD FULLER, MORE INDEPENDENT LIVES

Right Now, Individuals With Disabilities Who Might Need Help With Everyday Tasks Such as Eating, Dressing, Bathing, Maintaining Meds & More Are Not Given the Option to Live In the Setting of Their Choosing; Schumer Says This Denies People With Disabilities the Freedom to Live Independently Schumer's Bill, the Disability Integration Act of 2015, Rights This Wrong By Ensuring Services Are Provided to Any Individual Who is Found Eligible for Institutional Care to Receive Critical Services and … Continue Reading


01.07.16

SCHUMER: NEW YORKERS WITH DISABILITIES SHOULD NOT BE PREVENTED FROM RESIDING IN THEIR COMMUNITIES IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE CRITICAL SERVICES THEY NEED ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS; SENATOR PUSHES LEGISLATION THAT GIVES INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES THE OPTION TO LIVE AT HOME OR IN THE COMMUNITY & RECEIVE LONG-TERM SERVICES AND SUPPORTS THAT WILL HELP THEM LEAD FULLER, MORE INDEPENDENT LIVES

Right Now, Individuals With Disabilities Who Might Need Help With Everyday Tasks Such as Eating, Dressing, Bathing, Maintaining Meds & More Are Not Given the Option to Live In the Setting of Their Choosing; Schumer Says This Denies People With Disabilities the Freedom to Live Independently Schumer's Bill, the Disability Integration Act of 2015, Rights This Wrong By Ensuring Services Are Provided to Any Individual Who is Found Eligible for Institutional Care to Receive Critical Services and … Continue Reading


01.07.16

SCHUMER TOURS ANGIODYNAMICS IN GLENS FALLS ON THE HEELS OF IMPORTANT TWO-YEAR FREEZE IN THE MEDICAL DEVICE TAX; SENATOR SAYS 2-YEAR TAX REPRIEVE GIVES COMPANY A CHANCE TO REINVEST IN GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES, CREATE NEW JOBS, DEVELOP CUTTING-EDGE MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES

Schumer Says, At A Time When The Federal Government Is Working To Promote Investment In U.S. Industries Of The Future, It Was Inconsistent That A Tax Of This Magnitude Was Placed On The Medical Device Industry High Tax Put U.S. Companies At A Competitive Disadvantage With Companies Overseas & Has Been Seen As Innovation Deterrent By Industry Leaders Schumer: Medical Device Tax Freeze Will Help Make Glens Falls The Center Of Medical Technology Standing at AngioDynamics in Glens Falls, NY,… Continue Reading


01.06.16

SCHUMER: ONONDAGA COUNTY HAS SECOND HIGHEST CASES OF INFANTS BORN DEPENDENT ON RX DRUGS & OPIOIDS IN UPSTATE NY – WITH NEW ANTI-DRUG RESOURCES IN JUST-PASSED BUDGET, SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO IMMEDIATELY DIRECT FUNDS TO ONONDAGA COUNTY SERVICE PROVIDERS – LIKE CROUSE HOSPITAL – TO ADDRESS THIS EPIDEMIC; NUMBER OF DRUG-DEPENDENT BABIES BORN AT CROUSE UP 100%

Just-Passed Fed Budget Bill Includes Increased Funds To Fight Heroin Epidemic; Schumer Wants Some Of It Directed As Emergency Dollars Towards Drug-Dependent Baby Crisis In Onondaga County & Across CNY Schumer, Joined by Pediatric Doctors & Nurses, Calls For an Federal 'Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)' Funding to Be Used Specifically To Help Treat and Prevent Growing Cases of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome; Increased Funds Will Allow Onondaga County T… Continue Reading


01.06.16

SCHUMER: BROOME COUNTY BUSES ARE SEVERELY OUTDATED & IN CONSTANT NEED OF SERVICING; NEW FEDERAL BUS PROGRAM INCLUDED IN RECENTLY PASSED TRANSPORTATION BILL WILL HELP TRANSIT AUTHORITIES IN BUS-DEPENDENT COUNTIES, LIKE BROOME COUNTY’S B.C. TRANSIT, PURCHASE NEW & RELIABLE BUSES; SENATOR VOWS TO FIGHT TOOTH & NAIL TO SECURE FED FUNDING FOR BROOME COUNTY & OTHER UPSTATE NY COMMUNITIES

Schumer Successfully Persuaded Senators To Create New Bus Funding Program in The FAST Act; New Program Creates A Discretionary Fund That Communities Like Broome County Can Apply To, Allowing Them To Access Funds For Replacing Aging Bus Fleets Senator Vows To Fight to Deliver Federal Bus Money To The Southern Tier & Upstate NY; Additional Bus Funding Is Win For Upstate Transit Systems That Have Been Struggling To Shoulder The Cost To Replace Aging Fleets In Recent Years; Additional Transport… Continue Reading


01.05.16

SCHUMER: RECENTLY PASSED CIDER ACT WILL BE A SWEET SUCCESS FOR CAPITAL REGION & UPSTATE NEW YORK APPLE PRODUCERS; SENATOR, JOINED BY LOCAL HARD CIDER PRODUCERS, REVEALS HOW NEW LEGISLATION MEANS FOR CAPITAL REGION & THE UPSTATE NY REGIONAL ECONOMY

Schumer Bill - The CIDER Act - Lowers Taxes On Hard Cider, Now Treated Like Beer Rather Than Higher Taxed Wine; Benefits Allows Producers that Often Suffer from Frost & Bad Weather to Add New Stable Source of Income The Capital Region Has More Than 200 Apple Growers; Legislation Will Boost Business For Growers and Hard Cider Producers Like Nine Pin & Slyboro Schumer: NY Could Soon Be At The Core of Hard Cider Production Standing at Nine Pin Ciderworks in Albany, NY, U.S. Senator Cha… Continue Reading


01.05.16

IN THE WAKE OF RECENT ISIS-RELATED ARREST IN ROCHESTER, SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO BOLSTER STRATEGIES TO COMBAT RAPID RISE OF TERRORIST USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA TO RECRUIT LONE WOLVES; SUSPECTED ROCHESTER TERRORIST WAS RECRUITED & INSPIRED ON SOCIAL MEDIA; SENATOR PUSHES LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE U.S. GATHERING & ASSESSING OF TERRORIST SOCIAL MEDIA MESSAGING

The "Combat Terrorist Use Of Social Media Act Of 2015" Just Passed House-Schumer Launches Effort To Get Senate To Pass It Immediately Schumer Says Two Recently Exposed Rochester Terrorist Links-And the San Bernadino Terror Attack-Show Social Media Is Playing Direct Role In How Terrorists Inspire, Possibly Coordinate Attacks Feds Need A "Status Update" When It Comes To Analyzing Facebook Posts and Other Rapidly-Evolving Social Media Methods Of Global Terror Groups like ISIL Standing at the R… Continue Reading


01.05.16

SCHUMER WILL MEET WITH NEWLY ELECTED ONEONTA MAYOR AND OTHER LOCAL OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS WAYS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN SUPPORT THE CITY AND COUNTY WITH IMPLEMENTING JOB CREATING INITIATIVES; SENATOR WILL URGE LOCAL BUSINESSES TO APPLY FOR “FOREIGN TRADE ZONE” DESIGNATION & VOWS HIS SUPPORT FOR FEDERAL APPROVAL; DESIGNATION COULD HELP LOCAL BUSINESSES GROW & CREATE NEW JOBS IN ONEONTA AND BEYOND

Schumer Will Push For A Critical Application that Could Help Businesses Throughout Otsego County; Senator Says Local Companies Are Being Hit With High Duties On Imported Materials Schumer: Application Is The First Step To Grow Businesses & Create New Jobs Standing at the Otsego County IDA Offices in Oneonta, NY, and after meeting with Mayor Gary Herzig, Otsego Board of Representatives Chairwoman Kathy Clark and other local officials about local projects and creating new local jobs, U.S. S… Continue Reading


01.04.16

SCHUMER: MOST LONG ISLANDERS ENTITLED TO LARGE TAX BREAK FOR MASS TRANSIT BUT DON’T KNOW IT; SCHUMER, WHO SUCCESSFULLY INCLUDED COMMUTER BENEFIT IN RECENTLY-PASSED FED LEGISLATION, TELLS LIRR RIDERS ABOUT BENEFIT & URGES SIGN UP; COMMUTERS CAN SAVE OVER $1,000 PER YEAR

Over 300K Commuters Who Take LIRR Daily Are Eligible to Receive Now-Permanent Commuter Tax Break-But Some Don't Know About The Benefit Or How Easy It Is To Access Schumer Successfully Pushed to Reinstate & Extend Commuter Benefit At Rate of $250 for 2015 and $255 for 2016 in Monthly Pre-Tax Savings; Legislation Now Provides Permanent Savings Commuters Can Bank On Schumer: Mass Transit Users Should Get On Board With Commuter Tax Benefit So They Can Put The Savings To Good Use U.S. Senator … Continue Reading


12.23.15

SCHUMER: NUMBER OF INFANTS BORN DEPENDENT ON RX DRUGS & OPIOIDS ON THE RISE IN ORANGE; WITH NEW ANTI-DRUG RESOURCES IN JUST-PASSED BUDGET, SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO IMMEDIATELY DIRECT FUNDS TO ORANGE COUNTY TO ADDRESS THIS EPIDEMIC – NUMBER OF DRUG-DEPENDENT BABIES UP MORE THAN 270% IN ORANGE COUNTY ALONE OVER THE LAST 5 YEARS

Just-Passed Fed Budget Bill Includes Increased Funds To Fight Heroin Epidemic; Schumer Wants Some Of It Directed As Emergency Dollars Towards Drug-Dependent Baby Crisis In Orange County & Across New York State Schumer, Joined by Pediatric Doctors & Nurses, Calls For an Federal 'Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)' Funding to Be Used Specifically To Help Treat and Prevent Growing Cases of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome; Increased Funds Will Allow Orange Co… Continue Reading


12.23.15

SCHUMER: DUTCHESS COUNTY HAS HIGHEST INCIDENCES OF INFANTS BORN DEPENDENT ON RX DRUGS & OPIOIDS – WITH NEW ANTI-DRUG RESOURCES IN JUST-PASSED BUDGET, SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO IMMEDIATELY DIRECT FUNDS TO DUTCHESS COUNTY TO ADDRESS THIS EPIDEMIC; NUMBER OF DRUG-DEPENDENT BABIES UP 1,000% IN DUTCHESS COUNTY ALONE OVER THE LAST 5 YEARS

Just-Passed Fed Budget Bill Includes Increased Funds To Fight Heroin Epidemic; Schumer Wants Some Of It Directed As Emergency Dollars Towards Drug-Dependent Baby Crisis In Dutchess County & Across New York State Schumer, Joined by Pediatric Doctors & Nurses, Calls For an Federal 'Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)' Funding to Be Used Specifically To Help Treat and Prevent Growing Cases of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome; Increased Funds Will Allow Dutches… Continue Reading


12.23.15

IN WAKE OF RECENT BOWMAN AVENUE DAM HACK DISCLOSURE, SCHUMER VISITS RYE BROOK TO CALL FOR THOROUGH INVESTIGATION BY DHS OF AMERICA’S CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE; RECENT REVELATION ABOUT WESTCHESTER DAM IRANIAN HACK ATTACK POINTS TO POTENTIAL VULNERABILITIES OF OUR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE TO CYBERATTACK

Schumer Launches 2-Pronged Effort To Ensure Critical Infrastructure, Like Dams, Power Grids, Telecommunications Systems And More Are Safe From Hackers Schumer Pushes Feds To Further Investigate Hacks And Work Hand-In-Hand With State & Local Governments To Prevent Future Cyber Attacks Schumer: Our Number One Priority Should Be Protecting Our Critical Infrastructure From Evil-Doers Standing at the Bowman Avenue Dam in Rye Brook, NY, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called for an immed… Continue Reading


12.22.15

SCHUMER JOINS COLLEAGUES TO EXPRESS SERIOUS CONCERN OVER IRAN’S SECOND BALLISTIC MISSLE TEST

In Letter to President, Schumer & 20 Senators Express Serious Concern Over Iran's Continued Violations of UN Security Council Resolution 1929 By Testing a Second Ballistic Missile U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, along with twenty democratic Senators, expressed deep concern with Iran's second ballistic missile test conducted on November 21st. Schumer and his colleagues voiced their concerns in a letter to President Obama. In their letter, the Senators said "In the absence of a UN Security … Continue Reading


12.22.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: AFTER HIS URGING, THE SIBLEY BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN ROCHESTER WILL BE AWARDED OVER $40 MILLION IN FEDERAL “NEW MARKETS TAX CREDITS” TO COMPLETE MASSIVE SIBLEY CONSTRUCTION PLAN; SENATOR SAYS FUNDING WILL HELP REVITALIZE DOWNTOWN ROCHESTER, THE NEW HOME FOR PHOTONICS, HIGH-TECH BIZ INCUBATOR

Schumer Has Championed Federal New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Funding for Sibley, the Anchor for New Downtown Innovation Zone Securing Federal NMTCs Was The Final Financing Piece Needed In Order For The Sibley Building Developers To Greenlight Entire Project Schumer: Federal Investment is Final Piece of the Puzzle to Complete the Transformation To Re-Energize Downtown Standing at the Sibley Building, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today visited Rochester and announced that he has helped sec… Continue Reading


12.22.15

SCHUMER: RECENTLY RENEWED SOLAR TAX CREDIT WILL BE A GAME CHANGER FOR WESTERN NY & SOLARCITY; SENATOR, JOINED BY SOLARCITY CHIEF EXECUTIVE, WILL REVEAL WHAT NEW LEGISLATION MEANS FOR WNY & THE UPSTATE NY REGIONAL ECONOMY

During SolarCity Visit In August, Schumer Said Tax Incentive Allows Savings on Investment in Solar Projects, However Tax Credit Was Scheduled To Phase Down After 2016 and Companies Only Receive Benefits Upon Completion Of A Project Schumer Not Only Pushed to Include Long-Term Extension of Tax Benefit, Also Revised Provision That Prevented Businesses Like SolarCity From Reaping Full Financial Benefits Schumer: Solar Tax Credit Will Power Up New Middle-Class Jobs‎ in Western NY Standing at… Continue Reading


12.21.15

SCHUMER TO LAY OUT ACTION PLAN TO USE FUNDS FROM JUST-PASSED FEDERAL BUDGET TO REDUCE NUMBER OF STATEN ISLAND BABIES BORN DEPENDENT ON PAINKILLERS & OPIOIDS; NUMBER OF DRUG-DEPENDENT BABIES ON SI HAS INCREASED 34 PERCENT SINCE 2009; JUST-PASSED FED BUDGET PROVIDES NEW INCREASE IN FED DOLLARS TO HELP ADDRESS UPSURGE IN DRUG-DEPENDENT BABIES; STATEN ISLAND HOSPITALS RELY ON FED FUNDS TO SUPPORT THEIR EFFORTS

Just-Passed Fed Budget Bill Includes Increased Funds To Fight Heroin Epidemic; Schumer-Backed $47M Investment And Now Calls On Feds To Direct Emergency Dollars Towards Drug-Dependent Baby Crisis On SI & Across New York State Schumer, at RUMC, Calls For an Emergency Surge of  Federal 'Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration' (SAMHSA) Funding to Be Used Specifically  By Hospitals To Help Prevent & Address Growing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome; Increased… Continue Reading


12.21.15

SCHUMER DEMANDS FEDS COME UP WITH NEW PLAN TO COMBAT RAPID RISE OF TERRORIST USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA; TERRORISTS USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO RECRUIT AMERICANS, INSPIRE LONE WOLF ATTACKS & EVEN RAISE MONEY; SENATOR PUSHES LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE U.S. GATHERING & ASSESSING OF TERRORIST SOCIAL MEDIA MESSAGING

The Combat Terrorist Use Of Social Media Act Of 2015 Just Passed House-Schumer Launches Drive To Get Senate To Pass It Immediately Schumer Says Recent San Bernardino Terror Attack-And This Past Week's Rochester Arrest Of ISIS Recruiter—Shows Social Media Is Playing Direct Role In How Terrorists Inspire, Possibly Coordinate Attacks  Schumer: Feds Need A "Status Update" When It Comes To Analyzing Facebook Posts, Other Social Media Methods Of Terror Groups U.S. Senator Charles E. Sch… Continue Reading

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