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11.19.15

SCHUMER PUSHES TO CLOSE LOOPHOLES IN VISA WAIVER PROGRAM THAT COULD ALLOW ISIS TERRORISTS TO SNEAK INTO THE U.S & DEMANDS CONGRESS CLOSE DANGEROUS LOOPHOLE THAT COULD ALLOW TERRORISTS TO BUY GUNS & EXPLOSIVES

U.S. Officials Have Expressed Concerns in Recent Days that ISIS Recruits Could Slip into the U.S. By Taking Advantage of Visa Waiver Program Schumer Also Calls On Congress to Close Outrageous Loophole in Federal Law That Allows People on Terror Watch List to Purchase Guns & Explosives Schumer: We Need To Focus Our Attention Where It Matters - On Individuals Who Are Coming Here To Do Us Harm U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced a new two-pronged push to ensure that ISIS terror… Continue Reading


11.19.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, SENATE PUTS THE BRAKES ON TRACTOR TRAILER PROVISION THAT OTHERWISE WOULD HAVE ALLOWED EXCESSIVELY LONG & DANGEROUS 84-FOOT TRUCKS – THE SIZE OF AN 8-STORY BUILDING ON ITS SIDE – ON UPSTATE ROADS & BRIDGES

Earlier This Year, Senate Appropriations Committee Adopted A Provision That Would Have Allowed Twin 33' Trucks On NYS Roadways & Bridges; Schumer Launched Campaign to Fight against Legislation That Would Preempt New York Law Schumer Announces, After His Push, Senate Successfully Struck Provision in the T-HUD Appropriations Bill That Would Have Allowed Oversized Trucks On Major NYS Roadways On Average 4,000 People Die In Truck-Related Accidents Every Year; Longer Trucks, With Wider Turning… Continue Reading


11.19.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES SENATE PUTS THE BRAKES ON TRACTOR TRAILER PROVISION THAT OTHERWISE WOULD HAVE ALLOWED EXCESSIVELY LONG & DANGEROUS 84-FOOT TRUCKS – THE SIZE OF AN 8-STORY BUILDING ON ITS SIDE – ON L.I.E & OTHER LI ROADWAYS

Senate Appropriations Committee Recently Adopted A Provision That Would Have Allowed Twin 33' Trucks On LIE & NYS Roadways & Bridges; Schumer Launched Campaign to Fight Against Legislation That Would Preempt New York Law Schumer Announces Senate Successfully Struck Provision in the T-HUD Appropriations Bill That Would Have Allowed Oversized Trucks On Major NYS Roadways On Average 4,000 People Die In Truck-Related Accidents Every Year; Large Trucks Have Been Responsible For Over 80 Fa… Continue Reading


11.18.15

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, FIRST INSTALLMENT OF CRITICAL FEMA FUNDING FOR VILLAGE OF GOWANDA HAS RECEIVED FINAL APPROVAL – SCHUMER SAYS FEMA HAS AGREED TO $436K FOR DEBRIS REMOVAL FROM PETER POINT RESERVOIR, WHICH WAS DAMAGED IN 2014 FLOOD; SCHUMER VOWS TO CONTINUE FIGHTING FOR IMPENDING SECOND INSTALLMENT OF $829K NEEDED TO COMPLETE REPAIRS

Village Has Been Unable To Use Reservoir Since 2014 Disaster & Has Been Relying On A Back-Up Well To Provide Water For Local Residents At A Major Cost To The Village - Schumer Successfully Urged FEMA To Agree To Final Project Plan That Would Fix Damaged Reservoir & Build it Back Stronger To Prevent Future Flooding  First $436K In FEMA Funding Will Pay for Removal of Dead Trees, Sediment, & Other Debris; Schumer Vows to Continue Pushing For Approval of Final $829K That Will Allo… Continue Reading


11.18.15

SCHUMER RECOMMENDS KATHLEEN SWEET, BUFFALO NATIVE & DISTINGUISHED WESTERN NY ATTORNEY, TO SERVE ON THE WESTERN DISTRICT COURT – IF CONFIRMED, SWEET WOULD BE FIRST-EVER WOMAN TO SERVE ON THE FEDERAL BENCH IN BUFFALO

Kathleen Sweet, Born & Raised In Buffalo, Has Had A Tremendous Career As A Top Litigator In Buffalo - Ms. Sweet Has Earned A Reputation As A Formidable Legal Professional, Particularly In The Fields Of Medical & Health Law Schumer: Kathleen Sweet is Extremely Bright, Fair-Minded and Experienced; She Embodies All The Best Qualities Of A Legal Professional and will be Great Judge U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today he is recommending Kathleen Sweet to President Obama to ser… Continue Reading


11.17.15

SCHUMER: PECONIC BAY MEDICAL CENTER REMAINS VULNERABALE TO FUTURE STORM DAMAGE; URGES FEMA TO AWARD PECONIC BAY MEDICAL CENTER $6.5 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING; MORE THAN 200,000 ARE AT RISK WITHOUT VITAL STORM-PROOFING UPGRADES

PBMC Lacks Necessary Protection Against Powerful Storms Like Superstorm Sandy - Similar Storm Could Disable Power Generators, Damage Roofs and Doors, Putting Patients, Doctors, and Families in Danger Schumer Calls for Millions in Federal Hazard Mitigation Funding to Install and Protect Generators, Upgrade Doors and Windows, and Retrofit Roof - Updates Would Greatly Improve the Safety for all the residents of the East End During Storms Schumer: Federal Funding Must be Approved; PBMC is Vital … Continue Reading


11.17.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $225,000 IN FEDERAL USDA VALUE-ADDED PRODUCER GRANTS FOR AGRICULTURAL CENTERS IN JEFFERSON COUNTY

USDA Value-Added Funds Will be Used to Promote Growth & New Products for Small, Independent Producers; Boost Marketing Capabilities; Increase Brand Awareness U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $225,723 in federal funding for Deluke Lawnscapes, Inc. and Thousand Island Meats, LLC in Jefferson County. The funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) Program. This funding was created to promote growth for… Continue Reading


11.17.15

SCHUMER LAUNCHES PUSH TO SECURE MILLIONS IN CRITICAL FED FUNDING THAT WILL HELP PUT JAMESTOWN’S NATIONAL COMEDY CENTER IN THE SPOTLIGHT – $3 MILLION PROJECT WILL ALLOW CITY OF JAMESTOWN & CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY TO COMPLETE NEXT PHASE OF CONSTRUCTION, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO GENERATE MILLIONS IN REVENUE & CREATE LOCAL JOBS

City of Jamestown & Chautauqua County Have Already Begun Construction of State-of-the-Art Museum and Performance Center, But Need Final Phase Funding To Make Schumer Says Jamestown, Home of Entertainment Legend Lucille Ball, Could Be Home to National Comedy Destination Schumer: Make Jamestown The "Cooperstown of Comedy"  U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today launched his push to secure approximately $3 million in federal funds to aid the construction of the National Comedy Center (… Continue Reading


11.16.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $11 MILLION IN FEMA FUNDS TO UPGRADE BRIDGES OVER FLOOD-PRONE WATERS IN NEW YORK

Essex & Greene Counties Will Use Funds to Upgrade Bridges and Make Them More Resilient to Flooding U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $11,875,000 in federal funds to upgrade and enhance the resiliency of select bridges over flood-prone waters in order to protect them against threats from future, repeated flooding. These funds, allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to the New York State D… Continue Reading


11.16.15

SCHUMER REVEALS: WITH HUDSON RIVER BECOMING MAJOR CONDUIT FOR OIL SHIPMENTS, HUDSON RIVER MAPS USED BY OIL SHIP CAPTAINS ARE DANGEROUSLY OUTDATED, RISKING SHIPS SLAMMING INTO ROCKS OR COLLIDING, RESULTING IN A MAJOR OIL SPILL; SENATOR SAYS, WITH INCREASED CRUDE OIL & GASOLINE BEING SHIPPED UP & DOWN THE RIVER, FEDS SHOULD IMMEDIATELY UPDATE CRITICAL HUDSON RIVER CHARTS BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE

With Over 25 Million Gallons Of Crude Oil Being Shipped Per Week On Hudson River, Senator Says It Is Imperative That The National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Immediately Update The Current Nautical Maps And Charts Federal Nautical Charts That Are Vital To Oil Ship Captains Are Over 115 Years Old; Schumer Says New Technology Can Give More Accurate Picture of Hudson River To Prevent Future Environmental Disasters Schumer To Feds: Ancient Hudson River Charts Leave Ship Capt… Continue Reading


11.16.15

SCHUMER REVEALS: WITH HUDSON RIVER BECOMING MAJOR CONDUIT FOR OIL SHIPMENTS, HUDSON RIVER MAPS USED BY OIL SHIP CAPTAINS ARE DANGEROUSLY OUTDATED, RISKING SHIPS SLAMMING INTO ROCKS OR COLLIDING, RESULTING IN A MAJOR OIL SPILL; SENATOR SAYS, WITH INCREASED CRUDE OIL & GASOLINE BEING SHIPPED UP & DOWN THE RIVER, FEDS SHOULD IMMEDIATELY UPDATE CRITICAL HUDSON RIVER CHARTS BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE

With Over 25 Million Gallons Of Crude Oil Being Shipped Per Week On Hudson River, Senator Says It Is Imperative That The National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Immediately Update The Current Nautical Maps And Charts Federal Nautical Charts That Are Vital To Oil Ship Captains Are Over 115 Years Old; Schumer Says New Technology Can Give More Accurate Picture of Hudson River To Prevent Future Environmental Disasters Schumer To Feds: Ancient Hudson River Charts Leave Ship Captai… Continue Reading


11.16.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $157,000 IN FEDERAL USDA VALUE-ADDED PRODUCER GRANTS FOR AGRICULTURAL CENTERS IN HUDSON VALLEY

USDA Value-Added Funds Will be Used to Promote Growth & New Products for Small, Independent Producers; Boost Marketing Capabilities; Increase Brand Awareness U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $157,785 in federal funding for Marc Jaffe, owner of Snowdance Farm in Sullivan County and Yiddish Farm Education Center Inc. in Orange County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) Program. Thi… Continue Reading


11.16.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $190,000 IN FEDERAL USDA VALUE-ADDED PRODUCER GRANTS FOR TRINITY VALLEY IN CORTLAND COUNTY

USDA Value-Added Funds Will be Used to Promote Growth & New Products for Small, Independent Producers; Boost Marketing Capabilities; Increase Brand Awareness U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $192,000 in federal funding for Trinity Valley LLC Cortland County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) Program. This funding was created to promote growth for small, independent producers, by… Continue Reading


11.13.15

SCHUMER SAYS HE IS CONFIDENT CUMMINS IS COMMITTED TO JAMESTOWN ENGINE PLANT & LOCAL JOBS; SENATOR CALLED CUMMINS CEO TOM LINEBARGER IN LIGHT OF NEWS THAT THE COMPANY, CHAUTAUQUA’S LARGEST PRIVATE SECTOR EMPLOYER, COULD BE LAYING OFF THOUSANDS OF WORKERS WORLDWIDE

Cummins Recently Announced Plans To Lay Off As Many As 2,000 Workers Worldwide - Schumer Called Company's CEO To Urge Him To Keep Jobs In Jamestown Engine Plant Schumer, Following Call to Cummins CEO, Says He is Optimistic There Will Be No Reductions In Workforce Levels At Jamestown Plant, Which Employs 1,500 Residents Locally Schumer: Cummins Sees Jamestown Operation as One of its Very Best Assets U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today said, during a phone call with Cummins Chairman and CEO… Continue Reading


11.13.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE, FOLLOWING THEIR PUSH, FUNDING FOR FLOYD BENNET FIELD’S BROOKLYN MARINE CORPS BASE IN MILITARY CONSTRUCTION APPROPRIATIONS BILL HAS PASSED CONGRESS & IS NOW ON ITS WAY TO THE PRESIDENT’S DESK – LEGISLATION INCLUDES FUNDING FOR $2.4 MILLION FACILITY UPGRADE

Brooklyn Marine Corps Base at Floyd Bennet Field Does Not Have Enough to Space to Store Critical Communications & Electronic Equipment Funding Will Be Used to Build New Storage Facility & Will Allow Large Marine Corps Unit in Brooklyn to Better Store Specialized Communications Vehicles & Electronic Equipment Schumer, Gillibrand: Marine Corps Base in Brooklyn Will Get Upgrade It Needs & Deserves U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced today that seve… Continue Reading


11.12.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $250K IN FEDERAL VALUE-ADDED PRODUCER GRANTS FOR 2 FAMILY FARMS IN ALLEGANY AND OTSEGO COUNTIES

Funds Will Help Farms In The Southern Tier Region Study New Products & Increase Marketing Capabilities For Current Products U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $256,517 in federal funding for two farms in the Southern Tier. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Value Added Producer Grants program. Northern Timber Harvesting, LLC in Allegany County will receive $10,000 in order to complete an independent feasibility st… Continue Reading


11.12.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NEARLY $990K IN FEDERAL VALUE-ADDED PRODUCER GRANTS FOR 6 WINERIES AND FAMILY FARMS IN GENESEE, ONTARIO, ORLEANS, WAYNE, WYOMING & YATES COUNTIES

Funds Will Help Wineries And Farms Throughout Rochester-Finger Lakes Region Promote New Products, Boost Marketing Capabilities, Increase Brand Awareness & Grow Business U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $988,908 in federal funding for six wineries and small farms in the Rochester Finger Lakes area. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Value Added Producer Grants program. Specifically, Potoczak Bee Farms, Inc. in Ge… Continue Reading


11.12.15

GOVERNORS, SENATORS ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT THAT PAVES THE WAY FOR GATEWAY TUNNEL PROJECT TO PROCEED FULL STEAM AHEAD

AGREEMENT FORGED BY FEDERAL-STATE OFFICIALS SPELLS OUT 50/50 FUNDING AGREEMENT AND CREATES NEW 'GATEWAY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION' UNDER THE PORT AUTHORITY TO MANAGE AND FUND THE MASSIVE UNDERTAKING Agreement Establishes New Federal Commitment to fund 50% of project costs and Establishes New Gateway Development Corporation to Leverage Billions in Federal Grant and Loan Funding for Hudson River Gateway Program Development Corporation, Including NJ, NY, USDOT and Amtrak as Members, Will be Es… Continue Reading


11.11.15

SCHUMER TOURS LOWVILLE KRAFT-HEINZ PLANT; MEETS WITH WORKERS, MANAGEMENT & LOCAL LEADERS TO DISCUSS RECENT DEAL FORGED WITH GOVERNOR CUOMO THAT SUPPORTED PLANT AND WILL BRING MILLIONS IN INVESTMENT & SCORES OF NEW JOBS

Schumer: Kraft-Heinz and NY Investment in Lowville Will Be A Massive Shot In The Arm For Lewis County During his visit to Lowville, NY, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today spoke to workers, management and local leaders about both the future and new employment opportunities. Last week, Schumer and New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a deal that would retain all of their existing employees at the Lowville Facility and add scores of jobs and millions in investments over the next … Continue Reading


11.11.15

SCHUMER: ROME LABS MUST REMAIN A NATIONAL LEADER IN COMMAND, CONTROL, COMMUNICATIONS, CYBER-AND-INTELLIGENCE TECHNOLOGY – SENATOR WILL TOUR LAB & OUTLINE PLAN TO PROTECT FED FUNDING; WILL ALSO UPDATE ON EFFORTS TO PRESERVE DFAS

Schumer Vows to Fight Tooth & Nail to Protect Rome Labs And DFAS During a visit to Rome, NY, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer reaffirmed his strong commitment to preserving and increasing funding for Rome Labs. In addition, Schumer spoke to employees and officials about his commitment to grow Rome Labs and his effort to urge U.S. Air Force (USAF) leadership to find a new director as soon as possible. Finally, the Senator, a longtime ardent champion of jobs at the facility, offered an update … Continue Reading

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