Press Releases

November 07, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Approximately $1.5 Million In FEMA Funds For High-Priority Stream Gauges Along Mohawk River, Oswego River & Upper Hudson River Basins; Will Help Mitigate Flood Risk In 23 Counties – Gauges Will Aid Existing Canal Flood Warning System To Protect Upstate Communities

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the New York State Canal Flood Warning System has received $1,483,125 in federal funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the installation of rain and stream gauges along the Mohawk River, Oswego River and Upper Hudson River Basin. Stream gauges, also known as precipitation gauges, measure rainfall in areas at risk of flooding. These stream gauges also measure the water level of rivers and … Continue Reading


November 07, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Call On Fifa To Hold 2015 Women’s World Cup On Grass, Not Artificial Turf, Just Like Men’s World Cup – Senators Urge Fifa To Work With World Cup Game Organizers & Female Athletes To Bring Equality To Tournament

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand called on the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) to reconsider its short-sighted and counterproductive decision to allow games in the 2015 Women's World Cup tournament, which is being held in Canada, to be played on artificial turf. FIFA bans artificial turf fields in the men's World Cup. A group of more than 40 top international women's soccer players have filed a lawsuit against FIFA and the Canadian Soccer … Continue Reading


November 06, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Call On Va Secretary To Swiftly Approve Contract That Would Enable Local Veterans To Receive Inpatient Psychiatric Care Right Here In Finger Lakes – Va Currently Sending Vets To Buffalo, Syracuse & Albany

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand pushed the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to finalize and swiftly approve a contract that would allow the Canandaigua VA Medical Center and a local health provider to make acute psychiatric inpatient care services available to veterans in the Finger Lakes area. The Senators explained that, as revealed in information provided by the VA to the Finger Lakes Veterans Advisory Council, many veterans have been transferred to … Continue Reading


November 03, 2014

At Gillibrand’s Urging, $1.5 Million In Rural Development Funds Awarded To Hudson Opera House

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a $1,500,000 loan for the Hudson Opera House in Columbia County. The funding was allocated through the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development Community Facility Loan program and will be used to renovate the Hudson Opera House. Senator Gillibrand urged USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack in May, to approve the funding for the Hudson Opera House. "This is great news for Columbia County and for New York … Continue Reading


October 30, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Join With Army Officials To Celebrate Army’s Largest Ever Renewable Energy Project Coming To Ft. Drum – Local Biomass Energy Producer, Reenergy, To Provide Renewable Power To Fort Drum; Project Will Create 170 North Country Jobs

Today at Fort Drum, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand joined with Army officials for a signing ceremony celebrating the recent awarding of a 20-year contract, worth up to $289 million, to ReEnergy Holdings, a renewable power provider in Latham, for them to supply power to Fort Drum. Schumer and Gillibrand said that this is the Army's largest renewable energy project and that it will help to make Fort Drum energy independent, support hundreds of jobs locally and create 170 … Continue Reading


October 29, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $4 Million In Federal Funding For Water And Waste Upgrades In Wawarsing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a grant of $1,973,000 and a loan of $1,873,000 for the Town of Wawarsing in Ulster County. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program and will be used to restore water storage tanks, replace the treatment facility at the 400,000 gallon tank, and replace other aged and undersized water mains that are … Continue Reading


October 28, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $1.2 Million In USDA Funding For Two Rochester-Finger Lakes Region Municipalities

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,285,000 in federal funding for the Rochester-Finger Lakes Region. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development Water and Environmental Program. The Town of Batavia will receive a loan of $516,000 and a grant of $421,000 in order to install 18,250 feet of water main down parts of Pratt and Powers Road. This water main will bring clean water to the 32 residents who … Continue Reading


October 28, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Maffei Announce More Than $1.5 Million In USDA Funding For The Town Of Marion In Wayne County

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Daniel Maffei today announced $1,501,000 in federal funding for the Town of Marion in Wayne County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development Water and Environmental Program. The town will receive a loan of $831,000 and a grant of $670,000 in order to install 26,675 feet of water line, including hydrants and multiple gate valves. The project will be completed on Owls … Continue Reading


October 27, 2014

Gillibrand And Maloney Tour House Rebuilt By Poughkeepsie Youthbuild Students, Emphasize Importance Of Federal Funding For Vital Job Training Programs

Poughkeepsie, N.Y. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) were joined today by New York State Senator Terry Gipson, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, and Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik for a tour of a newly renovated, energy-efficient house at 206 Winnikee Avenue, which was rebuilt by students in the Poughkeepsie YouthBuild Program. Senator Gillibrand spoke to the students before the tour and called for continued federal support for vital … Continue Reading


October 27, 2014

Standing On The Shore Of Lake Ontario, Gillibrand Pushes New Legislation To Ban Plastic Microbeads In Personal Care Products

Oswego, NY - Standing at The Port of Oswego Marina today in Oswego, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, joined by Terry Hammil, Port of Oswego Chairman of the Board, Sarah Eckel with Citizens Campaign for the Environment, and Oswego Mayor Tom Gillen, urged Congress to pass new legislation to ban plastic microbeads in personal care products. Plastic microbeads are found in personal care products like facial scrubs, body washes, hand cleansers, and toothpaste. These products are designed to be … Continue Reading


October 24, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $800,000 In FEMA Funding For The Town Of Richmondville In Schoharie County

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced a total of $822,543.87 in FEMA funds for the Town of Richmondville, located in Schoharie County. Of these funds, $647,339.23 will be used by the town to make repairs to its business district, which was badly damaged during Hurricane Irene back in August of 2011. These funds were allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) program. The funds will be used to reimburse the town … Continue Reading


October 24, 2014

Gillibrand Statement On Murder Of Three-Month-Old Infant In Jerusalem

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement today in response to the murder of three month old, Chaya Zissel Braun, whose family members reside in Monsey, New York. The infant was killed in Jerusalem by a man described as a convicted Palestinian terrorist: "This cold-blooded murder of an infant child is an unspeakable tragedy that is truly heartbreaking. My thoughts and prayers are with the Braun family as they grieve the murder of their three-month-old … Continue Reading


October 24, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Owens Announce $325,000 In USDA Funding For The Village Of Castorland

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Bill Owens today announced $325,000 in federal funding for the Village of Castorland in Lewis County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program and will be used to upgrade the sewer collection system and to construct a sewer treatment plant. "It is difficult to attract new residents and businesses with a faulty sewer … Continue Reading


October 24, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $669,600 In FEMA Funding For Flood-Prone Herkimer County Bridge

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $669,600 in federal funding to upgrade and repair a flood-prone bridge in Herkimer County. The Town of Stark will receive the money for the Route 168 bridge over a tributary of Otsquago Creek. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), and will fund necessary safety improvements for bridges in high-risk flood areas. The … Continue Reading


October 24, 2014

Ex-Im Bank Links With Development Authority Of The North Country To Boost Regional Exports

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Congressman Bill Owens (D-N.Y.), the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank), and the Development Authority of the North Country announced that Ex-Im Bank has joined forces with the Development Authority in order to help local businesses boost export sales and jobs. In April 2014, Senator Gillibrand, who is a member of the President's Export Council, and Owens hosted a roundtable conversation in Ogdensburg between … Continue Reading


October 24, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $1.5 Million In U.S. Dept Of Agriculture Funds For Cornell University To Research & Address Integrated Pest Management

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that Cornell University will receive $1,529,329 in federal funds through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Cornell University will use these funds to research and address integrated pest management (IPM) in Upstate New York. This federal funding will provide Cornell the resources to research and develop ways to protect crops and livestock against pests, … Continue Reading


October 23, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $90 Million In FEMA Funding For Flood-Prone Bridges In The Hudson Valley

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $89,553,600 in federal funding to upgrade and repair flood-prone bridges in Ulster, Delaware, Westchester and Orange counties. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), and will fund the necessary improvements for bridges in high-risk flood areas. A total of 18 bridges in the Hudson Valley will receive funding to make … Continue Reading


October 23, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $14 Million In FEMA Funding For Flood-Prone Capital Region Bridges

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $13,888,000 in federal funding to upgrade and repair flood-prone bridges in Warren and Columbia counties. The Town of Warrensburg will receive $8,308,000 for the Route 28 bridge over the Hudson River, and the Town of Claverack will receive $5,580,000 for the Route 9H bridge over the Taghkanic Creek. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation … Continue Reading


October 23, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $47 Million In FEMA Funding For Flood-Prone Bridges In Long Island

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $47,582,050 in federal funding to upgrade and repair flood-prone bridges in Suffolk and Nassau counties. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), and will be used to fund the necessary improvements for damaged bridges in high-risk flood areas. A total of eight bridges in Long Island will receive funding to make … Continue Reading


October 23, 2014

Gillibrand, Franken, Casey Push For Enhanced Safety Guidelines For Students Studying Abroad

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Al Franken (D-MN) and Robert Casey (D-PA) released a letter today to the U.S. Department of Education urging the adoption of enhanced safety guidelines for students studying abroad. The request comes after Senator Gillibrand was contacted by a Newburgh, New York family whose son, Ravi Thackurdeen, a sophomore pre-medical student at Swarthmore College, drowned while studying abroad in Costa Rica in 2012. Thackurdeen was participating … Continue Reading

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