Press Releases

02.28.16

SCHUMER: AIRLINE SEATS & LEGROOM HAVE BEEN SHRINKING FOR YEARS, MAKING AIR TRAVEL UNCOMFORTABLE & OVERCROWDED; SENATOR PUSHES FOR UPCOMING FAA REAUTHORIZATION BILL TO REQUIRE AIRLINES TO RETURN LOST INCHES TO FLIERS—IN BOTH SEATS & LEGROOM

Legroom Was Once About 35 Inches-Now Closer To 31-& Average Airline Seat Width Was Once 18.5 Inches—Now Shrunk To About 17; To Boot, You're Charged Big Dollars If You Want More Legroom & If You Don't Pay, You’re Squeezed   For Years Now, Economy & Coach Class Seats On Airplanes Have Been Shrinking; Meanwhile, Airlines Are Bulking Up With Record Profits; Senator Says Industry Standard For Seat Size Is Now A Top Legislative Priority Ahead Of Upcoming FAA Vote   … Continue Reading


02.26.16

SCHUMER CALLS ON EPA TO SEND INSPECTORS TO HELP ITHACA FURTHER TEST WATER FOR LEAD CONTAMINATION; SENATOR SAYS EPA EXPERTS SHOULD HELP ITHACA DEVELOP A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TO IDENTIFY SOURCE OF WATER CONTAMINATION AND A PLAN TO ERADICATE IT

Ithaca Officials Have Found Elevated Levels Of Lead In More than 60 Water Sources At Their Public Schools; EPA Has Lead Contamination Experts and Experience Dealing with Lead in Schools Senator Says It Is Critical That The EPA Lend Expertise To Collaborate with School District, Help The Community Test The Water and Identify The Source and Extent Of The Contamination Schumer To EPA: Send Inspectors and Lead Experts to Ithaca To Prevent More Water Contamination U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer t… Continue Reading


02.26.16

SCHUMER URGES PSC TO WORK WITH REENERGY HOLDING & OTHER STATE AND LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS TO IMMEDIATELY CRAFT A PLAN TO KEEP THE WOOD-CHIP BURNING PLANT OPEN; SENATOR SAYS PLAN SHOULD FOCUS ON SAVING JOBS IN THE NORTH COUNTRY AND PRESERVING AN ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCE

Without Immediate Intervention, Lyonsdale's Wood-Chip-Burning Plant Could Close; Senator Says A Comprehensive Plan Could Help Save The Plant & Vital North Country Jobs Schumer To PSC: Don't Let The Fire Go Out In The Wood-Chip Burning Plant   U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called on the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC), which regulates and oversees the energy industry, to work with ReEnergy, North Country leaders and relevant government agencies to p… Continue Reading


02.26.16

SCHUMER PUSHES LEGISLATION TO DELIVER MORE OF THE LIFE-SAVING OVERDOSE DRUG—NALOXONE—TO LONG ISLAND; OPIOID ANTIDOTE HAS SAVED LIVES ACROSS NASSAU & SUFFOLK; NOW, SCHUMER-BACKED BILL WOULD EXPAND NALOXONE AVAILABILITY TO MORE LI FIRST RESPONDERS TO SAVE MORE LIVES

Opioid & Heroin Abuse Crisis On Long Island Has Reached Epidemic Levels & Locals Need Both Supply & Access To Naloxone As They Work To Turn The Tide Against Scourge Schumer Says Legislation Just Passed Out Of The Judiciary Committee & Will Now Go On To Full Senate; Schumer Will Make A Push To Get It Passed; Says Preventing Opioid Overdose Deaths Is Essential  Schumer: Facing Down This Crisis Must Be National Priority   U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer … Continue Reading


02.25.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, VILLAGE OF GOWANDA WILL RECEIVE CRITICAL SECOND INSTALLMENT OF FED FUNDING NEEDED TO REPAIR POINT PETER RESERVOIR – SCHUMER SUCCESSFULLY SECURED FINAL $830K, AFTER SECURING INITIAL $430K NEEDED FOR DEBRIS REMOVAL

Village Has Been Unable To Use Reservoir Since 2014 Disaster & Has Been Relying On Other Means To Provide Water For Local Residents - At A Major Cost To The Village; Schumer Successfully Secured First $436K In FEMA Funding to Pay for Removal of Dead Trees, Sediment & Other Debris  Schumer Now Secures Final $829K That Will Finally Allow Gowanda To Complete Repairs & Build Back Stronger Than Ever - Repairs Will Include Replacement of South Wall, Construction of Access R… Continue Reading


02.25.16

SCHUMER ELEVATES TO SECRETARY OF DEFENSE CARTER THE USS FRANK E. EVANS VICTIMS’ APPEAL; WOULD ETCH NAME OF SON OF WESTERN NY FAMILY ON VIETNAM MEMORIAL WALL – TERRY LEE HENDERSON OF CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY DIED IN VIETNAM WAR TRAINING EXERCISE IN 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

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 The Combat Zone; Adding the Names of These Heroes to the Vietnam Memorial i… Continue Reading


02.25.16

SCHUMER ELEVATES TO SECRETARY OF DEFENSE CARTER THE USS FRANK E. EVANS VICTIMS’ APPEAL; WOULD ETCH NAME OF SON OF SYRACUSE MAN ON VIETNAM MEMORIAL WALL – LARRY REILLY JR. DIED IN VIETNAM WAR TRAINING EXERCISE IN 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

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 Zone; Adding the Names of These Heroes to the Vietnam Memorial is the P… Continue Reading


02.25.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: WINNING BID TO DREDGE THE ROCHESTER HARBOR EXPECTED NEXT WEEK, AND WORK WILL BEGIN EARLY THIS SUMMER – SCHUMER SUCCESSFULLY SECURED $2.3 MILLION ARMY CORPS NEEDED TO FULLY DREDGE HARBOR

In December, Schumer Successfully Secured Fed Funding As Part of FY2016 Spending Bill - Schumer Argued The Cost of Not Dredging the Rochester Harbor Would Have Meant a Loss of Commercial and Recreation Revenue & Could Have Put Local Jobs At Risk Dredging Funding Was Particularly Important, Since New City of Rochester Marina Opens for Business, Boaters in 2016; Schumer Secured $1.5 Million Federal Grant in 2011 to Help Construct Marina Schumer: Fed Funds Can Now Keep Rochester Harbor Clear … Continue Reading


02.24.16

SCHUMER, JEFFRIES, DEUTSCH, TREYGER URGE ARMY CORPS TO FOCUS ON SOUTHERN BROOKLYN COASTAL PROTECTION PROJECTS IN UPCOMING FEASIBILITY REPORT FOR NEW YORK HARBOR; LAWMAKERS SAY SOUTHERN BROOKLYN REMAINS VULNERABLE AND DOESN’T HAVE ANY ADEQUATE LONG-TERM RESILIENCY MEASURES PLANNED BY FEDS; FINAL REPORT MUST INCLUDE PROPOSED MITIGATION FOR BROOKLYN SO COMMUNITIES ARE BETTER PROTECTED IN THE FUTURE

Southern Brooklyn Communities, Including Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Coney Island, Canarsie Were Hard-Hit By Superstorm Sandy; In Some Communities, Floodwaters Reached a Height of Ten Feet, Destroying Homes, Businesses & Infrastructure Following Superstorm Sandy, Schumer & Jeffries Secured Federal Funding in Sandy-Relief Bill for a 2-Year Comprehensive Study to Identify Areas of Flood Risks Along North Atlantic Coast; Feasibility Study for Protection Projects in New… Continue Reading


02.24.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES NEW LEGISLATION TO COMBAT MAJOR LEAD CRISIS PLAGUING UPSTATE NY; SENATOR SAYS CONGRESS MUST VOTE ON BILL TO HELP HOMEOWNERS IN UPSTATE NY REMOVE HAZARDOUS LEAD FROM THEIR HOMES

Upstate New York's Housing Stock Is Old & Many Housing Units Built Pre-1980 Could Contain Lead Paint - In 2014, Over 2,300 Upstate New York Children Tested Were Found To Have Lead Poisoning Schumer Will Also Announce Push to Increase Funding for HUD Lead Hazard Control Program Grant Program; Funding Has Plummeted Since 2003 Schumer: Bill Would Provide Federal Tax Credits to Help Homeowners Get The Lead Out During a conference call with reporters, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today ann… Continue Reading


02.22.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE: U.S. AIR FORCE SENDING 8 KC-135 PLANES TO NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION WILL MEAN NEARLY $25 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL INVESTMENT FOR THE BASE, INCLUDING 27 NEW JOBS IN 2017 & MORE FLIGHT HOURS; SENATORS SUCCESSFULLY URGED U.S. AIR FORCE’S TOP BRASS TO BRING THE KC-135 BACK TO NFARS

Senators: 8 KC-135 Tankers Will Help Protect Jobs at NFARS & Enhance Our Nation's Security  With News That Old C-130 Tankers Will Be Replaced By KC-135s, Senators Announce Nearly $25 Million In Additional Investment For NFARS Schumer, Gillibrand: New Jobs, Additional Fed Investment & Increased Flying Hours Will Make NFARS Ever-More Valuable and Viable  U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the U.S. Air Force's (USAF) decision to transfe… Continue Reading


02.22.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, VELAZQUEZ, DE BLASIO ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $4.8 MILLION TO COMPLETE SANDY-RELATED REPAIRS AT BROOKLYN NAVY YARD

FEMA Funds to Cover Electrical Repairs and Dock Renovations at the Brooklyn Navy Yard After Meeting With Navy Yard Leadership and Touring New Building Projects, Gillibrand Announces FEMA Funds for Additional Upgrades U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez and Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced over $4.8 million in federal FEMA funding for the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC) for repairs to electrical substation G i… Continue Reading


02.22.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: FRA HAS HEEDED HIS CALL & HAS PROPOSED DOUBLING THE NUMBER OF RAIL BRIDGE INSPECTORS; SENATOR SAID MORE INSPECTORS ARE DESPERATELY NEEDED

Schumer Previously Pushed To Increase The Number Of Fed Railroad Bridge Inspectors, Because FRA Only Has 1 Inspector For All 3,000 Train Bridges In NY Following Schumer's Push, FRA Has Proposed Doubling The Number Of RR Bridge Inspectors & Establishing "Nationwide Bridge Inventory" Schumer: More RR Bridge Inspectors Are Needed To Keep Our Communities Safe U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that, following his push, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has propose… Continue Reading


02.18.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND URGE FCC TO GRANT PHASE-IN PERIOD FOR WESTELCOM TO MAINTAIN BROADBAND SERVICES TO THE NORTH COUNRTY

Senators: FCC Is Miscategorizing Watertown as an "Urban Area," Not a Rural One, Preventing Westlecom From Accessing the Vital "Rural Exemption" Rate It Deserves for Serving the North Country If Approved, FCC Waiver Would Reverse 96 Percent “Flash Cut” and Replace with Gradual Adjusted Rates Until 2020, and Ensure the Infrastructure For Expanded Rural Telehealth Medicine Schumer and Gillibrand: North Country Residents Deserve High-Speed Broadband and This FCC Waiver for Westlecom Wi… Continue Reading


02.18.16

SCHUMER LAUNCHES MAJOR EFFORT TO FIGHT DRUG CRISIS IN BUFFALO; SENATOR SAYS CRISIS IS SO GREAT, CONGRESS MUST IMMEDIATELY VOTE ON SENATE FUNDING BILL NEXT WEEK; FUNDS WILL SEND EMERGENCY DRUG RESOURCES TO BUFFALO & UPSTATE NY TO BEAT BACK THE HEROIN & OPIOID EPIDEMIC

Schumer Says Legislation Just Passed Out Of The Judiciary Committee Was A Positive Step But Doesn't Provide Real Resources - Senator Demands Real Funding To Actually Combat Drug Epidemic In Western New York Buffalo Public Health Officials And Local Law Enforcement Need Immediate Federal Funding For Prevention, Treatment & Emergency First Responders; More Resources Are Vital To Stemming The Opioid Epidemic On The Ground Schumer: Both Talk & Heroin Are Far Too Cheap; Buffalo Urgent… Continue Reading


02.17.16

SCHUMER REVEALS: TAX SCAM TARGETING LI SENIORS DIRECTS VICTIMS TO MONEY TRANSFER OPERATIONS AT WALMART STORES TO SWINDLE UNSUSPECTING SENIORS—SOMETIMES OUT OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS; SENATOR CALLS ON WALMART TO HELP WARN LI RESIDENTS BEFORE UNWITTING VICTIMS TRANSFER MONEY TO SCAMMERS FALSELY CLAIMING VICTIMS OWE IRS $$$

Many Constituent Calls To Schumer's LI Office-Most By Seniors-Tell Story Of Being Directed To "Closest Walmart" On LI; IRS Imposters Demand Money ASAP, Make Threats Schumer Says Walmart Should Provide Warning of Scam To Seniors Before They Make Any Money Transfers, And Should Install Signage At LI Stores To Be Added Firewall Of Consumer Protection; Senator Has Already Urged Feds & Money Transfer Companies To Join In Fight Against Scammers Who Have Collected Millions Posing As IRS Schumer: … Continue Reading


02.17.16

SCHUMER URGES ARMY CORPS TO EXPEDITE REVIEW & CONSTRUCTION OF VITAL STATEN ISLAND EAST SHORE SEA WALL; IDENTIFIES UNNECESSARY STEPS AND RED TAPE THAT THE ARMY CORPS CAN & SHOULD CUT OUT TO EXPEDITE RESILIENCY PROJECT

Schumer, Long-Time Supporter of Staten Island Sea Wall Project, Helped Secure Federal Funding for Necessary Resiliency Project to Finally Implement Coastline Defense Along East Shore Communities Army Corps is Finalizing Sea Wall Report and About to Start the Internal Review Process; Schumer Says Army Corps Could & Should Utilize a Newer, Expedited Review Process That Could Shave Months Off Project Approval Timeline Schumer: When It Comes to Resiliency Measures on Staten Island, Like … Continue Reading


02.16.16

SCHUMER: ZOMBIE UTILITY POLES, WEIGHING MORE THAN 1000LBS, ARE A THREAT TO ORANGE COUNTY PEDESTRIANS & ARE AN EYESORE; SENATOR SAYS COMPANIES HAVE FAILED TO REMOVE OLD &? POTENTIALLY UNSTABLE POLES; SCHUMER URGES COMPANIES RESPONSIBLE TO REMOVE POLES ASAP

Schumer Says Companies That Install New Utility Poles Are Leaving Old Poles Behind to Rot; Poles That Are No Longer In Service Are Neglected, Potentially Hazardous‎, and an Eyesore Schumer Demands The ‎Responsible Companies Immediately Remove The Hazardous and Redundant Poles That Could Fall Down & Cause A Horrible Accident   Schumer To Utility Companies: Tear Down These Poles!   Standing outside the Wallkill Town Hall in Middletown, NY, U.S. Senator Charles E. … Continue Reading


02.16.16

SCHUMER LAUNCHES MAJOR EFFORT TO FIGHT DRUG CRISIS IN ULSTER COUNTY; SENATOR SAYS CRISIS IS SO GREAT, CONGRESS MUST VOTE ON SENATE BILL NEXT WEEK; FUNDS WILL SEND EMERGENCY DRUG RESOURCES TO ULSTER & UPSTATE NY TO BEAT BACK THE HEROIN & OPIOID EPIDEMIC

Schumer Says Legislation Just Passed Out Of The Judiciary Committee Was A Positive Step In Addressing Crisis But Doesn't Provide Real Resources - Senator Demands Real Funding To Actually Combat Drug Epidemic In Ulster County Ulster County Public Health Officials And Local Law Enforcement Need Immediate Federal Funding For Prevention, Treatment & Emergency First Responders; More Resources Are Vital To Stemming The Opioid Epidemic On The Ground Schumer: Talks Is Cheap; Ulster Needs More Res… Continue Reading


02.16.16

SCHUMER LAUNCHES MAJOR EFFORT TO FIGHT DRUG CRISIS IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY; SENATOR SAYS CRISIS IS SO GREAT, CONGRESS MUST VOTE ON SENATE BILL NEXT WEEK; FUNDS WILL SEND EMERGENCY DRUG RESOURCES TO WESTCHESTER & UPSTATE NY TO BEAT BACK THE HEROIN & OPIOID EPIDEMIC

Schumer Says Legislation Just Passed Out Of The Judiciary Committee Was A Positive Step In Addressing Crisis But Doesn't Provide Real Resources - Senator Demands Real Funding To Actually Combat Drug Epidemic In Westchester County Westchester County Public Health Officials And Local Law Enforcement Need Immediate Federal Funding For Prevention, Treatment & Emergency First Responders; More Resources Are Vital To Stemming The Opioid Epidemic On The Ground Schumer: Talks Is Cheap; Westchester … Continue Reading

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