Press Releases

12.10.15

SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH TO SECURE CRITICAL FUNDING FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW WNY VETERANS’ CEMETERY – 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 FUNDED; SENATOR SAYS VA MUST PRIORITIZE FIRST-EVER VET CEMETERY IN BUFFALO-ROCHESTER AREA

Since 2012, Schumer Has Worked With Local Veteran Leaders To Bring Much-Needed Veterans' Cemetery To Western New York; Closest Vet Cemetery is Currently 100+ Miles Away From Buffalo & 85 Miles Away From Rochester Cemetery Site Is Currently In Planning & Design Stages, Which Are Set To Be Completed In 2016, But Schumer Says Subsequent Funding For Construction Set To Start In 2017 Has Not Yet Been Determined Schumer To VA: Prioritize WNY Vet Cemetery Construction Funding Right Now - Buff… Continue Reading


12.10.15

SCHUMER: JETBLUE FLIGHTS FROM ALBANY INTERNATIONAL ARE NOW DEPARTING; NON-STOP SERVICE TO FT. LAUDERDALE & ORLANDO BEGINS TODAY; SENATOR FOUGHT TO BRING JETBLUE AFFORDABLE AIR SERVICE & FLIGHTS TO ALBANY

Schumer Pushed Hard To Bring JetBlue To Albany Int'l; Bringing Affordable Air Service To Upstate NY Has Long Been One Of Senator's Major Priorities Schumer: The Sky is the Limit When it Comes to the Benefits of New Albany to Florida Direct Flights U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that non-stop JetBlue flights from Albany International Airport are officially departing to Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale. Schumer previously visited the airport in April to announce these direct flights -… Continue Reading


12.10.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $397,000 IN HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT FUNDS FOR WESTERN NEW YORK

Five Municipalities and Housing Authorities in Capital Region Will Receive HUD Family Self Sufficiency Program Funds Funds Will Be Used To Support Housing & Job Training Programs For Those in Need U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $397,147 in federal funds for five municipalities and housing authorities in Western New York. These funds were allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) prog… Continue Reading


12.09.15

NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY LAWMAKERS ANNOUNCE NEW CYBER PROTECTION TEAM

After Lawmakers' Year Long Push - National Guard Chooses Latham Armory as the Mission Command Site - Establishes New York and New Jersey As Leader In Counter-Terrorism & Cyber-Terrorism Research Cyber Protection Team Would Bring New Cyber Jobs To Both NY and NJ & Help Boost Region's Economy Joint Reserve Intelligence Center in Rome also Designated for Cyber Protection Missions    U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and … Continue Reading


12.09.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, CONGRESS HAS PASSED SWEEPING ELEMENTARY & SECONDARY EDUCATION ACT THAT MEANS OVER $300 MILLION IN FED FUNDS FOR NEW YORK SCHOOLS – SCHUMER FOUGHT HARD TO PROTECT FUNDING FOR OVER 680 NY STATE DISTRICTS; LEGISLATION NOW HEADS TO THE PRESIDENT’S DESK FOR FINAL SIGNATURE

Senate & House Have Passed The K-12 Education Bill, "Every Student Succeeds Act," Which Includes Critical Funding For NY - Previously, Proposed Amendment To Bill Sought To Drastically Change Existing Fed Funding Formula For Title I In Many Eastern States, Effectively Slashing Critical Funds For LI Families & Teachers Schumer Fought Hard Against Cuts & Successfully Beat Back Efforts To Slash $16 Million In Long Island Funding; Schumer Calls Bill - Now Headed To The President's Desk F… Continue Reading


12.09.15

SCHUMER LAUNCHES A MAJOR PUSH TO RESTORE EXPIRED FED INCENTIVES FOR BUSINESSES TO HIRE UNEMPLOYED VETERANS IN UPSTATE NY; SENATOR SAYS THIS VITAL TAX CREDIT – WHICH IS INCLUDED IN MAJOR TAX BILL & COULD BE VOTED ON THIS WEEK – IS A PROVEN SUCCESS IN HELPING UPSTATE BUSINESSES HIRE MORE VETERANS

Schumer Says Veteran Tax Credits Should Be One Of The Senate's Top Priorities Before Year's End; Urges Colleagues To Reauthorize The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), Which Incentivizes Employers to Hire Unemployed Veterans Schumer Says Boosting Job Market for Unemployed Veterans Is The Right Thing To Do To Honor The Sacrifices Made By Our Heroes In Uniform Schumer: Even One Unemployed Veteran In Upstate New York Is One Too Many On a conference call with reporters, U.S. Senator Charles E. S… Continue Reading


12.09.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, CONGRESS HAS PASSED SWEEPING ELEMENTARY & SECONDARY EDUCATION ACT THAT MEANS OVER $300 MILLION IN FED FUNDS FOR UPSTATE NY SCHOOLS – SCHUMER FOUGHT HARD TO PROTECT FUNDING FOR OVER 680 NY STATE DISTRICTS; LEGISLATION NOW HEADS TO THE PRESIDENT’S DESK FOR FINAL SIGNATURE

Senate & House Have Passed The K-12 Education Bill, "Every Student Succeeds Act," Which Includes Critical Funding For NY - Previously, Proposed Amendment To Bill Sought To Drastically Change Existing Fed Funding Formula For Title I In Many Eastern States, Effectively Slashing Critical Funds For Upstate Families & Teachers Schumer Fought Hard Against Cuts & Successfully Beat Back Efforts To Slash $100 Million In Upstate NY Funding; Schumer Calls Bill - Now Headed To The President's… Continue Reading


12.09.15

ON FLOOR OF SENATE, SCHUMER URGES CONGRESS TO PASS LEGISLATION THAT WILL PROVIDE PUERTO RICO ACCESS TO BANKRUPTCY PROTECTIONS; SCHUMER’S ‘PUERTO RICO CHAPTER 9 UNIFORMITY ACT’ WILL GIVE PUERTO RICO—A U.S. TERRITORY—SAME CHAPTER 9 AUTHORITY AS U.S. STATES

With Over 1M Puerto Ricans Living in New York, Schumer Has Been Strong, Outspoken Leader On Providing Puerto Rico & Its Residents With Equitable Treatment; Schumer is Sponsor of Two Pieces of Legislation That Help Puerto Rico By Providing it Access to Chapter 9 Bankruptcy Protections & By Treating PR Fairly in Federal Health Programs - Medicare & Medicaid On Senate Floor, Schumer Calls On Congress to Pass 'Puerto Rico Chapter 9 Uniformity Act' Without Objection; Senator Says Passa… Continue Reading


12.08.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $74,000 IN HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT FUNDS FOR SULLIVAN COUNTY

Sullivan County Housing Authority Will Receive HUD Family Self Sufficiency Program Funds Funds Will Be Used To Support Housing & Job Training Programs For Those in Need U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $ 74,839 in federal funding for the Monticello Housing Authority in Sullivan County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program. The FSS program assists local social service… Continue Reading


12.08.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $137,000 IN HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT FUNDS FOR THE CITY OF ITHACA

Ithaca Housing Authority Will Receive HUD Family Self Sufficiency Program Funds Funds Will Be Used To Support Housing & Job Training Programs For Those in Need U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $137,360 in federal funding for the Ithaca Housing Authority in Tompkins County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program. The FSS program assists local social services agencies, co… Continue Reading


12.08.15

SCHUMER MEETS WITH AMY’S KITCHEN FOUNDERS TO DISCUSS WAYS TO CREATE NEW JOBS IN ORANGE COUNTY; SENATOR VOWS TO HELP COMPANY GROW JOBS & PROSPER IN NEW YORK

In 2014, Amy's Kitchen Announced Plans To Build A New Facility In Goshen, NY - Facility is Expected to Create 600-1,000 Local Jobs In Orange County Schumer: Amy's Kitchen and Hudson Valley’s World Class Workforce are the Perfect Ingredients Needed to Cook Up Jobs For Orange County U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer recently met with Andy and Rachel Berliner, co-founders and owners of Amy’s Kitchen, to discuss ways to help the company create jobs and prosper in the Hudson Valley. Amy&r… Continue Reading


12.07.15

SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO FAST TRACK ESTABLISHMENT OF TUBMAN PARK – A RECENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN LOCALS AND FEDS PAVES THE WAY FOR THE PARK TO BECOME A REALITY, BUT DOJ/DOI & NPS STILL NEED TO COMPLETE FINAL STEPS

Schumer Authored and Passed Legislation Creating A Historical National Park Celebrating The Life Of American Hero Harriet Tubman, In Her Longtime Home Of Auburn; But Park Must First Be Officially Established Under Nat'l Park Service In Order To Make Park A Reality, DOI & DOJ Need To Complete A Land Transfer To Establish Site As Official Unit Of NPS - Schumer Urges Feds to Expedite the Recent Agreement That Would Open Tubman Park To The Public Schumer to Feds: Expedite Land Transfer Agreeme… Continue Reading


12.07.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $150K IN HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT FUNDS FOR THE CENTRAL NY REGION

3 Municipalities and Housing Authorities in Oneida & Oswego Counties Will Receive HUD Family Self Sufficiency Program Funds Funds Will Be Used To Support Housing & Job Training Programs For Those in Need U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $149,500 in federal funds for three municipalities and housing authorities in the Central New York Region. These funds were allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Family Self… Continue Reading


12.07.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $240K IN HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT FUNDS FOR THE ROCHESTER-FINGER LAKES REGION

2 Housing Authorities in Monroe & Ontario Counties Will Receive HUD Family Self Sufficiency Program Funds Funds Will Be Used To Support Housing & Job Training Programs For Those in Need U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $241,456 in federal funds for two housing authorities in the Rochester-Finger Lakes Region. These funds were allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) program. The F… Continue Reading


12.07.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $2.3 MILLION IN HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT FUNDS FOR THE CAPITAL REGION

16 Municipalities and Housing Authorities in Capital Region Will Receive HUD Family Self Sufficiency Program Funds Funds Will Be Used To Support Housing & Job Training Programs For Those in Need U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,318,695 in federal funds for 16 municipalities and housing authorities in the Capital Region. These funds were allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Family Self Sufficiency (FS… Continue Reading


12.07.15

SCHUMER, BOOKER, AMTRAK CHAIR ANNOUNCE BREAKTHROUGHS ACHIEVED IN JUST-PASSED TRANSPO BILL THAT PROVIDES CLEAR PATH TO FEDERAL FUNDING FOR GATEWAY TUNNEL; NEW LAW PUTS GATEWAY ON TRACK FOR BILLIONS OF MUCH-NEEDED, ADDITIONAL FEDERAL DOLLARS

In Trifecta Victory, Bill Allows: 1) Profits on Northeast Amtrak Line To Be Used for Tunnel, Approximately $200-$300M A Year; 2) New Federal Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) Rules Making Federal Low-Interest Loans More Accessible To Development Corp. Structure & Improving Repayment Structure‎; and 3)Expansion Of "New Starts" Transit Program That Will Allow Gateway To Secure Even More Federal Funds Schumer, Booker: New Law Is Trifecta Victory That G… Continue Reading


12.07.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, TOWN OF UNION WILL RECEIVE FULL FED FUNDING FOR REPAIRS MADE TO IMPORTANT ROADWAY THAT WAS SEVERELY DAMAGED IN TROPICAL STORM LEE – SCHUMER URGED FEMA TO STEP UP TO PLATE & APPROVE APPEAL AFTER FEDS INITIALLY DENIED TOWN ADDITIONAL $100K IT DESPERATELY NEEDED FOR REPAIRS & REBUILDING

Struble Road Is A Major Thoroughfare In Town Of Union & Was Severely Damaged During Tropical Storm Lee - Floodwaters Overwhelmed Road's Drainage Pipe & Washed Away a 50-Foot Stretch Of Road In 2012, FEMA Approved Initial $290K In Fed Funds For Town Of Union To Repair Roadway, But Town Also Needed To Replace Drainage Pipe To Guard Against Future Storms - FEMA Denied Town's Application For Reimbursement For The Additional $100K in Hazard Mitigation Efforts, Until Schumer Stepped In &… Continue Reading


12.04.15

FOLLOWING YEARS OF WORK, SCHUMER SECURES MAJOR VICTORIES FOR NEW YORK IN JUST-PASSED 5-YEAR TRANSPORTATION BILL

FAST (Fixing Americas Surface Transportation) Act Will Provide Over $16 Billion in Direct Infrastructure Funding To NY State Over The Next 5 Years - NYC Will Benefit Greatly With Approximately $1.5B Increase for Projects Over 5 Years; Bill Rolls Back Threats to Cut Transit Funding for NY Subway & Bus Riders Schumer Fought For Provisions That Will Increase Funds For NYC Transit Projects Like Second Avenue Subway, BQE Triple Cantilever, North Shore BRT, Select Bus Service Routes; Bill Will I… Continue Reading


12.03.15

SCHUMER SECURES, FOLLOWING YEARS OF WORK, MAJOR VICTORIES FOR NEW YORK IN 5-YEAR TRANSPORTATION BILL, WHICH IS SET TO BE PASSED THIS WEEK

FAST (Fixing Americas Surface Transportation) Act Will Provide Over $16 Billion in Direct Infrastructure Funding To NY State Over The Next 5 Years - Upstate NY Will Benefit Greatly From 16.5% Increase From Previous Years Schumer Fought For Provisions That Would Keep Rental Cars Under Recall Off The Roads, Increase Funds For Local Bridge Repairs, Provide Funds For Replacing Aging Bus Fleets, Create a New Freight Grant Program, And More Schumer: Victories For Upstate NY Right On Track U.S. Sena… Continue Reading


12.02.15

FUNDS FOR CRITICAL GRANT PROGRAM FOR UPSTATE NEW YORK FIREFIGHTERS ARE DANGEROUSLY LOW; SCHUMER LAUNCHES MAJOR PUSH TO INCREASE FUNDING TO HELP FIRE DEPARTMENTS BUY FIRE EQUIPMENT & RECRUIT MORE FIREFIGHTERS

Two Important Firefighter Grant Programs Help Local Departments Protect Their Communities, But Are Continually Short-Changed By Congress Department Needs Are Far Outpacing Available Resources; For "Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program," Only 22% of Departments That Applied in 2014 Received Funding, And For "Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grant Program," Only 19% of Departments That Applied For 2014 Grants Received Funding Schumer: Firefighters Deserve The Best Equipm… Continue Reading

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