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01.14.16

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 an… Continue Reading


01.14.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, AFTER HIS PUSH, NEW CRIME FIGHTING RESOURCES COMING TO BROOME COUNTY WITH DESIGNATION OF COUNTY AS “HIGH INTENSITY DRUG TRAFFICKING AREA” – DESIGNATION WILL NOW MEAN ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO FIGHT SCOURGE & HELP DISRUPT TRAFFICKING

Broome County Has Experienced Explosion of Drug Use Including Heroin & Meth, As Well As Drug-Related Crime - Broome County Has Fourth Highest Meth Lab Seizure Rate in of All NYS & Heroin And Drug-Related Overdose Deaths in Broome Have Quadrupled Over Last 5 Years In 2015, Schumer Called on Fed. Office of Drug Control to Designate Broome A 'High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area' to Provide Additional Fed Resources, Expertise and Coordination to Disrupt Drug Crimes & Usage Schumer: Th… Continue Reading


01.14.16

SCHUMER: NORTH HEMPSTEAD’S CENTURY OLD ‘STEPPING STONES LIGHTHOUSE’ CONTINUES TO DETERIORATE, THREATENING ITS FUTURE AS A HISTORIC MARITIME STRUCTURE IN THE LONG ISLAND SOUND; URGES NATIONAL PARK SERVICE TO PROVIDE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR REMEDIATION EFFORTS THAT WILL HELP RESTORE LIGHTHOUSE

Long Island's 'Stepping Stones Lighthouse' Dates Back to 1877 & Was Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005; Over the Years, the Historic Lighthouse Has Tragically Fallen Into Disrepair & Needs to be Rehabilitated Schumer Urges NPS Director Jarvis to Provide $165K in Federal Funding to Halt Future Deterioration of the Lighthouse & Ready the Structure for Full Rehabilitation; There Will Be Local Matching Funds Town of North Hempstead & The Great Neck Part Dist… Continue Reading


01.14.16

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, AFTER HIS PUSH, NEW CRIME FIGHTING RESOURCES COMING TO ULSTER COUNTY WITH DESIGNATION OF COUNTY AS “HIGH INTENSITY DRUG TRAFFICKING AREA” – DESIGNATION WILL NOW MEAN ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO FIGHT HEROIN SCOURGE

Ulster County, Like The Rest Of The Hudson Valley, Has Experienced Explosion Of Heroin Use & An Increase in Drug-Related Crime Schumer Previously Called on Fed. Office of Drug Control to Designate Ulster A 'High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area' to Provide Additional Fed Resources, Expertise and Coordination to Disrupt Drug Crimes & Usage Schumer: This Designation Will Bring Resources, Expertise & Intel To Help Ulster Battle Heroin Scourge U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today ann… Continue Reading


01.14.16

SCHUMER TOURS SITE OF DANGEROUS RAIL-GRADE CROSSING IN CORNWALL-ON-HUDSON, THE LOCATION OF SEVERAL RAIL ACCIDENTS AND DERAILMENT IN ORANGE COUNTY; SENATOR PUSHES CSX TO HELP CORNWALL-ON-HUDSON OFFICIALS PREVENT FUTURE RAIL ACCIDENTS

Local Officials Have Deemed Rail Crossing in Cornwall-On-Hudson Unsafe, Senator Pushes CSX to Make Changes to Improve Safety at the Crossing and in the Cornwall Area Cornwall-On-Hudson Officials Have Several Ideas Including: Mobile Barriers, Enhanced Crossing Gates, and More That Would Significantly Improve Safety at Site of Recent Accident Schumer: CSX Should 'Get All Aboard' With Cornwall-On-Hudson Officials' Efforts To Improve Safety  Standing at Donahue Memorial Park in Cornwall-on-… Continue Reading


01.13.16

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $710,000 IN NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS FUNDING THROUGHOUT UPSTATE NEW YORK

Funds to Support Public Arts Programs in Capital Region, Western New York, Rochester-Finger Lakes, Central New York, Mohawk Valley, Hudson Valley & North Country 2015 Marked 50th Anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $712,500 in federal funds through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The funding will allow organizations to support residencies for artists, exhibitions, professional development and … Continue Reading


01.12.16

SCHUMER: WITH MORE THAN 300,000 PASSENGERS EACH DAY, NYC’S L-TRAIN IS PACKED TO CAPACITY; CALLS ON FTA TO PROVIDE FEDERAL FUNDS FOR L-TRAIN INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES TO IMPROVE SERVICE AND INCREASE CAPACITY

NYC's L-Train Runs Through Rapidly Growing Neighborhoods Like Williamsburg & Bushwick; Since 1998, the L-Line Has Seen a Passenger Increase of 98 Percent; Trains & Platforms Are Often Bursting at the Seams with Overcrowding Schumer Calls on FTA to Include MTA's Proposed 'Canarsie Line Power Improvements’ Project in Upcoming DOT Budget Recommendation; $300M MTA Project Would Allow for Two Additional Trains Per Hour, Carrying an Additional 2,200 Passengers Per Hour, & New Entra… Continue Reading


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

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