Press Releases

September 04, 2014

Tester, Gillibrand, Walsh, Blumenthal Applaud PTSD Change at DOD

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), John Walsh (D-Mont.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) today released the following statements after the Defense Department announced that it will more fully consider service-related PTSD when considering a veteran's petition to upgrade his or her discharge status. The Senators recently introduced a bill that requires the panel that reviews military discharges to have at least one mental health professional on … Continue Reading


September 04, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $360,000 For City Of Utica

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $363,672 in federal funding for the city of Utica Housing Authority. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program's (AFG) Fire Prevention & Safety Program (FP&S) and will be used to launch the Community Fire Safety Education project. This project will increase smoke alarm inspections throughout the city of Utica and create … Continue Reading


September 03, 2014

Gillibrand Calls For Barge Canal To Be Placed On The National Register Of Historic Places

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand urged the National Park Service to place the Barge Canal on the National Register of Historic Places. Including the Erie Canal, Oswego Canal, Champlain Canal and Cayuga-Seneca Canal, this designation would expand opportunities for federal historic tax credits and other resources, to support economic development initiatives near the Barge Canal. "The Barge Canal is a historic treasure in New York State and includes some of America's most … Continue Reading


September 03, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $145,000 For Two Capital Region Fire Departments

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $146,411 in federal funding for two Capital Region fire departments. The Rensselaerville Volunteer Fire Department in Albany County will receive $13,755 and the Burnt Hills Fire District in Saratoga County will receive $132,656. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The Burnt Hills Fire Department will use the federal … Continue Reading


September 03, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce U.S. Dept. Of Agriculture Has Agreed To Purchase Up To $25 Million In Surplus Concord Grape Juice To Stabilize Prices For Grape Growers In Upstate New York

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will use up to $25 million in Section 32 funds to purchase concord grape juice for use in domestic nutrition programs. The grape industry currently has a surplus of Concord grapes thanks to a large 2014 crop. The Senators had written the USDA to help purchase some of this surplus product to ensure that prices remain stable for the industry. New York has 281 growers and over … Continue Reading


August 28, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $32,000 In Federal Funds For Point Pleasant Fire District In Rochester

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $31,866 in federal funds for the Point Pleasant Fire District in Monroe County. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The Point Pleasant Fire District will use this funding to purchase mandated personal escape systems. These bailout systems provide the firefighters with the gear needed to safely escape from upper floors of a burning structure … Continue Reading


August 28, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Sullivan County Boces To Receive Close To $400k In Federal Funds To Start Program That Will Help Address Behavioral Issues In The Classroom

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Sullivan County Board of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES) will a receive a federal grant of $398,279 from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will be used for a number of projects, including developing a Behavioral Support Team that will be comprised of local experts who will work on addressing challenging behavioral issues in the classroom. This program is a new program for the Sullivan County BOCES … Continue Reading


August 27, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge FEMA To Reconsider Decision To Deny Steuben County Federal Disaster Assistance For Major June Storm – County Did Not Have Time To Recover From May Storms & Should Receive Disaster Assistance To Help It Rebuild

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to reconsider its decision to prevent Steuben County from being reimbursed for damages caused by a massive storm on June 8th. Steuben County and New York State had been seeking to add the June 8th storm to an already-approved FEMA disaster declaration for storms and severe flooding that hit the region between May 13th and May 22nd. The disaster declaration for the May storms … Continue Reading


August 27, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $300,000 In Anti-Crime Funding For Buffalo

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $306,302 in federal funding for anti-crime initiatives in Buffalo. The funding was allocated by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Justice Programs and will be used to support safety initiatives to improve the Buffalo Police Department. More specifically, federal dollars will be used to fund a portion of the salary for a Juvenile prosecutor in the Erie County DA's Office, upgrades and security … Continue Reading


August 27, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Slaughter Announce More Than $11 Million In HUD Funding For Rochester

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Louise Slaughter today announced $11,295,796 in federal funding for the City of Rochester. The funding was allocated through four U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant programs and will be used to support various housing and economic development initiatives that address homelessness and help low-income individuals in need. The City of Rochester will receive $7,963,860 through the … Continue Reading


August 26, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $400,000 For Two Western New York Fire Departments

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced $394,870 in federal funding for two Western New York fire departments. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The Dunkirk Fire Department in Chautauqua County will receive $360,000 in federal funds to purchase a burn trailer simulator, which will be used to help train first responders in interior firefighting techniques. The City of … Continue Reading


August 26, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $530,000 For Two Capital Region Fire Departments

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced $538,024 in federal funding for two Capital Region Fire Departments. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The Rexford Fire District in Saratoga County will receive $150,070 in federal funding to purchase and replace 25 self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and 50 SCBA cylinders. These SCBA air-packs help firefighters breathe when … Continue Reading


August 21, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Maffei Announce More Than $23,000 In Federal Funding For Minoa Fire Department

SYRACUSE, NY - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Dan Maffei today announced that the Minoa Fire Department has been awarded $23,731 in Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Minoa Fire Department will use this grant to purchase a large-diameter fire hose. "These much-needed funds will allow the Minoa Fire Department to invest in the equipment they need to do their jobs … Continue Reading


August 21, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $640,000 In Value-Added Producer Grants For Five Farms & Small Businesses In Rochester Finger Lakes Region

Washington, D.C - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand today announced $643,800 in federal funding for two farms and two small businesses in the Rochester Finger Lake Region. The funding was allocated through the U.S Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) Program. Lagoner Farms, Inc. in Wayne County will receive $49,900 in federal funds to start a hard cider business. This funding will help Lagoner afford the costs associated with producing hard … Continue Reading


August 21, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $80,000 In Value-Added Producer Grants For Two North Country Farms

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand today announced $80,211 in federal funding for two farms in Clinton County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) Program. This funding is aimed at generating new products, creating and expanding marketing opportunities, and increasing producer income for small and independent producers. Specifically, Mace Chasm Farm, located in Keeseville, will … Continue Reading


August 20, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Tonko Announce Over $24,000 In Value-Added Producer Grant Funding For Farmiemarket Online In Albany County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Paul Tonko today announced $24,490 in federal funding for FarmieMarket Online, LLC in the Town of Berne in Albany 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, but allowing them to generate new products, create and expand marketing … Continue Reading


August 20, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Maffei Announce Nearly $500,000 In Value-Added Producer Grants For Three Farms In Central New York & Empire Brewery In Syracuse

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Dan Maffei today announced $499,243 in federal funding for three Central New York farms and a brewery. Kriemhild Dairy Farms, located in Madison County, will receive $49,999; Good Life Farm, located in Seneca County, will receive $49,818; Side Hill Farmer's Cooperative, located in Onondaga County, will receive $199,426 and Empire Farmstead Brewery, located in Onondaga County, will receive $200,000. … Continue Reading


August 20, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Elmira Corning Regional Airport To Receive Over $2.7 Million In Federal Funding

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Elmira Corning Regional Airport in Chemung County will receive $2,784,633 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funds. These federal funds will be used to relocate and replace the airfield's existing electrical vault. The current vault has reached its expiration date, making the need for a new one especially acute. Replacing the vault will also ensure that the electrical operations of the Elmira Corning … Continue Reading


August 20, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $50,000 Value-Added Producer Grant For 5 Spoke Creamery In Orange County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $49,893 in funding for 5 Spoke Creamery in Orange County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program and will be used to revamp their marketing strategy to raise brand awareness and increase sales. Senator Gillibrand wrote a letter to USDA Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack, in support of the application. "A healthy dairy … Continue Reading


August 20, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $50,000 Value-Added Producer Grant For Evans Farmhouse Creamery In Chenango County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $46,977 in federal funding for Evans Farmhouse Creamery. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program and will be used to revamp their marketing strategy to raise brand awareness and increase sales. "This is exciting news for Evans Farmhouse Creamery and Chenango County," said Senator Schumer. "By providing funding to help market … Continue Reading

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