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Schumer Visits All NY Counties for 25th Straight Year

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Marking the silver anniversary of his beloved tradition, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer has completed his landmark 25th year of his annual 62-county tour, with his final stop earlier this week in Columbia County.

According to the Senator’s Office, over the past 25 years, Schumer visited Upstate New York and Long Island 4,500+ times with 112 non-NYC county visits this year alone. Schumer was the first New York public official to start a tour of every single county in New York, a tradition he has continued each year he has been in office.

“25 years ago, I made the promise to visit every county, but little did I know that this tradition would bring me across our great state over 4,500 times. From Buffalo to Brooklyn, meeting with New Yorkers from every walk of life on my tour is what inspires me, it is how I learn, and it is what motivates me every day in Washington,” said Senator Schumer. “This was a landmark year, and one of my most meaningful tours, as we got to see firsthand many of the historic investments we made from my CHIPS & Science Act, the Bipartisan Infrastructure & Jobs Law, the Inflation Reduction Act and more really start to bloom. We have delivered billions for long overdue infrastructure projects from roads to broadband, new cutting-edge industry and thousands of good paying jobs coming back from overseas to Upstate NY. All of that would not be possible without the knowledge and motivation I gain from the people I meet on the 62 county tour.”

Schumer added, “God gave me a lot of energy. Many people said that when I became majority leader, I wouldn’t have time for the 62 county tour, but even though I carry a bigger title in Washington and I now have to lead international trips on diplomacy, my favorite two titles will always be New York’s senator and a New Yorker. After 25 incredible years of traveling the state, I have no plans of slowing down anytime soon, and I look forward to continuing this tradition again next year.”

Schumer touted some of his highlights for the region:

ROCHESTER-FINGER LAKES 

Secured a major investment of $68 million from General Motors for Rochester –  fueling revival of Finger Lakes auto industry and creating 100 new jobs:

After fighting to save the Rochester plant from closure years ago, Schumer announced that General Motors will invest $68 million at their Rochester manufacturing plant for the production of electric vehicle battery components that will position the plant at the forefront of the rapidly growing electric vehicles market as well as for production of components for GM’s next-generation Gen6 V8 light duty truck engine. The represents the culmination of years of efforts by Schumer to bring new work to the Rochester GM facility, personally lobbying GM, and creating new federal incentives to spur electric vehicle production. Sen. Schumer said Rochester’s production facility will now be at the heart of GM’s transformation to electric and that this work will help sustain their nearly 750 workers for years to come.

Saved over 200 union jobs after urging Tom James Company to buy former Hickey Freeman Factory:

After years of working to protect Hickey Freeman’s highly skilled, mostly unionized workers, Schumer announced that the Tom James Company, the largest U.S maker of custom clothing, would purchase the Rochester factory, maintaining nearly 200 union employees and promising to add up to an additional 45 jobs over the next five years. With the company struggling, Schumer directly called the Tom James Company and convinced them to purchase the historic, 112-year old facility, protecting the existing workforce and securing their commitment to grow the workforce of the newly dubbed “Rochester Tailored Clothing.” 

Delivered $3 million to greenlight Rochester’s urban tree program and plant over 6,000 new trees across the city:

After visiting Rochester in May to launch his support for the city’s application to the USDA’s Urban and Community Forestry grants program, Schumer wrote to USDA Secretary Vilsack and successfully secured funding for the program to plant thousands of new trees across areas of need throughout the city. Rochester’s poorer neighborhoods and communities of color currently have 30% fewer trees than more affluent areas, leading to urban heat islands and worsening health disparities. 

Successfully resolved Baxter International’s chip shortage, protecting the jobs of the company’s 300-person workforce:

After standing with workers of Baxter International in Orleans County promising to fight to help solve their microchip supply chain issues, Schumer announced that his relentless advocacy was successful and that the previous shortages that hindered production have been resolved. In August of 2022, the senator personally visited Orleans County to launch a two-pronged plan to address the microchip shortage. Schumer said that Baxter’s infusion pumps are classified as in “critical need” by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the nation’s pandemic response, so it was crucial their manufacturing supply chain be preserved. Schumer began working with Texas Instruments, one of Baxter’s primary chip suppliers, to help prioritize components for their lifesaving medical devices. After months of work, Baxter confirmed that Schumer’s support was successful and they have the necessary chips to produce their infusion pump technology and preserve the company’s 300-person workforce. 

CENTRAL NEW YORK

 Persuaded TTM Technologies to select DeWitt for $130M investment in state-of-the-art printed circuit board manufacturing facility expected to create 400 good paying Central New York jobs:

Following a yearlong site assessment process involving 27 markets in 16 states, Schumer and Governor Hochul successfully persuaded TTM Technologies to locate it’s new, state-of-the-art $130M printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturing expansion facility in the Town of Dewitt. The expansion facility will be co-located on 24 acres adjacent to TTM’s existing production facility in DeWitt and is expected to create 400 good-paying manufacturing and engineering jobs, as well as an equal number of construction jobs during the design and build. This trailblazing investment furthers Schumer’s plan to transform Central New York into a global epicenter of semiconductor manufacturing by adding one of the nation’s first, specialized PCB manufacturing and advanced packaging facilities to the region’s semiconductor ecosystem. The 160,000+ sqft facility will manufacture ultra-high-density PCB’s for defense and commercial semiconductor applications. TTM will also invest in research and development that will further integrated-circuit substrate and HDI PCB technologies across the United States. The project will support around 400 construction jobs during development and construction of the facility.

Ensured Verizon can hear us now, successfully pressuring Verizon to get to work on fixing the infamous Oneida Street wireless dead zone plaguing Utica:

Standing side-by-side with Utica residents, small business owners, and public safety officials in April, Schumer sounded the alarm on a dangerous wireless dead zone that stretches along one of Utica’s busiest streets and impedes calls, mobile payments and even presents a public safety risk. After years of complaints from small businesses and public officials went unheard, Schumer turned up the volume by calling on Verizon to investigate the problem, meet with local officials, and come up with a plan to fix the dead zone. Verizon heeded Schumer’s call before the end of summer, engaging with the City of Utica, the Village of New Hartford, and Schumer staff to formulate a plan to fix the dead zone. Verizon identified the New Hartford Recreation Center site for a new tower, had engineers visit and evaluate the site, and worked with the Village of New Hartford to fast track approvals. More progress has been made in the few months since Schumer’s call to action than over the many years of effort preceding it.

Secured nearly $15 million for workforce development and training across Central New York and the Mohawk Valley:

After writing to Defense Secretary Austin, Schumer secured $5 million for CenterState CEO, the Griffiss Institute, Syracuse University and partners to build out the region’s defense manufacturing workforce. Schumer advocated for Syracuse University, successfully securing $2.5 million in NSF funding to attract, retain, and increase diversity and access for underserved populations in the region’s STEM workforce and $900,000 in BIL-powered DOE funding to become an Industrial Assessment Center. Schumer supported Mohawk Valley Community College by securing $2 million for a new, state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing training center at Mohawk Valley Community College and $440,000 in BIL-powered DOE funding to become an Industrial Advancement Center. Schumer secured $2 million for Onondaga Community College to create a state-of-the-art hospital simulation education and training center to address the critical shortage of health care workers and train the next generation of health care practitioners. Schumer secured nearly $2 million for the Workforce Development Board of Herkimer, Madison, and Oneida Counties to design, develop and grow a training program that prepares local job seekers for high-demand, high-quality career pathways.

Delivered over $13 million to revitalize urban tree canopies from Utica to Auburn and plant thousands of trees across Central New York:

After personally calling and writing USDA Secretary Vilsack to advocate for funding, Schumer secured over $13M to rejuvenate urban greenspaces in the City of Syracuse, the City of Auburn, the CNY Regional Planning and Development Board, the City of Utica, and Olmsted City of Greater Utica. With urban tree canopies across the region in need of a green thumb, this federal funding will help breathe new life into neighborhoods and greenspaces from Utica to Syracuse to Auburn by planting thousands of new trees, reducing extreme temperatures from urban heat islands, and connecting youth to good paying jobs that foster a cleaner, greener environment. The funding is made possible thanks to the historic increases secured by Schumer in the Inflation Reduction Act, which included over $1 billion for the UDSA to increase equitable access to trees. Funding for the City of Syracuse builds on the city’s 2018 urban forestry master plan, to which the city has already committed $2 million in federal dollars from Schumer’s American Rescue Plan.

Landed $46 million in National Defense Authorization Act for cutting-edge Quantum Computing and Unmanned Aerial Systems R&D in Rome:

Schumer reinforced his reputation as a champion of Rome’s Air Force Research Labs (AFRL) by securing $46 million in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to supercharge quantum computing and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technology. Schumer’s efforts will advance AFRL’s pioneering R&D by supporting major projects, such as a quantum networking testbed and quantum cloud computing environment, a next-generation ion-trap quantum computer, a joint all-domain command and control testbed, and a multi-domain radio frequency spectrum test environment.

SOUTHERN TIER

Secured $50+ million investment from Menlo Microsystems to retrofit a Microelectronics Manufacturing Fab and create 100+ new good-paying jobs in Tompkins County:

After personally calling the CEO of Menlo Micro, Schumer announced the company heeded his call and will invest over $50 million to build their first domestic microelectronics fabrication (“fab”) facility in Tompkins County, creating over 100 new good-paying jobs. Menlo Micro’s next-generation switch technology are a vital component of the microelectronics industry, supporting the growth of the domestic semiconductor industry across Upstate NY that is being driven by Schumer’s CHIPS and Science Act.

Secured Federal Tech Hub Designation for Binghamton to become the nation’s next hub for battery innovation, research, and manufacturing:

After delivering historic federal investment to jumpstart Binghamton’s growing battery hub last year, Schumer announced that Binghamton University’s New Energy New York (NENY) project won a highly-competitive federal Tech Hub designation, which he created in the CHIPS and Science Act, officially recognizing the region to lead the nation in battery innovation and manufacturing. Binghamton is now part of an exclusive group of only 31 regions in America eligible to compete for significant federal funding.

Secured $1.2 million for regional workforce development effort to help 135+ workers access jobs in advanced manufacturing and construction trades:

After personally writing to the Department of Labor Secretary, Schumer announced nearly $1.2 million for Ithaca Area Economic Development through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) Initiative to expand existing and establish new career readiness programs that are expected to connect at least 135 workers for entry-level, good-paying jobs in advanced manufacturing and the construction trades.  

Delivered $400,000 for Delaware County Line-Worker Training Program to power hundreds of good-paying jobs and upgrade critical infrastructure:

After visiting Delaware County earlier this year to launch an all-out push, Schumer delivered $400,000 through the Appalachian Regional Commission for Delaware County Electric Cooperative in partnership with SUNY Delhi to develop an advanced line-worker training program, which is projected to train hundreds of workers for good-paying jobs improving electricity service, expanding access to affordable clean energy, and upgrading telecommunications infrastructure in rural communities across Upstate NY.

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