Press Releases

July 21, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Engel Announce, After Their Push, City Of New Rochelle Will Receive More Than $1.4 Million In FEMA Funding To Repair Damages To Municipal Marina And Docks Damaged By Hurricane Sandy

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Eliot Engel announced that the City of New Rochelle will receive $1,408,044.61 in federal funding to repair damages sustained to the municipal marina and docks during Hurricane Sandy. This funding will come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which will shoulder 90 percent of the total cost of rebuilding and rehabilitation. The total cost for New Rochelle to repair the damaged marina offices … Continue Reading


July 21, 2014

At Thompson Town Park, Gillibrand Announced Bipartisan Legislation To Provide Nutritious Meals For More Children Over The Summer

Monticello, NY - Standing at the YMCA Camp in Thompson Town Park, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, joined by New York State Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther and Chef Andrew Yeomans announced the bipartisan Summer Meals Act, which would enhance the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program. The legislation would help improve nutrition and enhance learning in underserved areas by better integrating summer education and meals programs, making it easier for public-private … Continue Reading


July 21, 2014

At Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Gillibrand Announces Bill To Bring High-Tech Innovation To The Marketplace

Troy, NY - Standing at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Manufacturing Innovation Learning Laboratory in the Low Center for Industrial Innovation, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, joined by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson, announced a bipartisan bill to help translate the more than $520 million a year of research funding secured by Capital Region research institutions into successful small businesses and spur the growth of new science and technology jobs in the … Continue Reading


July 18, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $200,000 In Anti-Crime Funding For City Of Rochester

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $201,254 in federal funding for anti-crime initiatives in the City of Rochester. 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 Rochester Police Department and support "Operation Nightwatch,"of Monroe County, to better monitor the activities of individuals on probation. "There is nothing more … Continue Reading


July 18, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $130,000 In Federal Funds For Erie County Fire Departments

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced more than $130,000 in federal funding for Erie County Fire Departments. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The Buffalo Fire Department will use its $69,971 in federal funds to create a health and wellness program for firefighters as well as expand their Employee Assistance Program (EAP) capabilities. This Health and … Continue Reading


July 18, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $7 Million In Federal Funding For Sandy-Related Sewage Decontamination At 392 Homes Throughout Nassau County

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $7.3 million in federal funding for Nassau County for sewage decontamination to 392 residences that were made uninhabitable by the discharge of contaminated sewage mixed with floodwaters due to Superstorm Sandy. The funding is being provided under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "Nearly 400 homes in Nassau County were flooded with contaminated sewage after Superstorm Sandy and Nassau County worked hard to … Continue Reading


July 18, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $130,000 In Federal Funds For Erie County Fire Departments

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced more than $130,000 in federal funding for Erie County Fire Departments. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The Buffalo Fire Department will use its $69,971 in federal funds to create a health and wellness program for firefighters as well as expand their Employee Assistance Program (EAP) capabilities. This Health and … Continue Reading


July 17, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $225,000 For Olive Fire Department And The Marbletown First Aid Unit In Ulster County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $228,375 in federal funding for the Olive Fire Department and the Marbletown First Aid Unit in Ulster County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The Olive Fire Department is located in Olivebridge, New York and will use the $157,007 in federal funding to purchase new turnout gear and mandated personal escape … Continue Reading


July 17, 2014

While Israel Continues To Protect Its Citizens From Rocket Fire With Iron Dome, Key Senate Committee Approves $622 Million For U.S.-Israel Cooperative Missile Defense Programs At Gillibrand & Kirk’s Urging

Washington, DC - As Gaza militants continue to launch a heavy barrage of rockets at Israel, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Mark Kirk (R-IL) today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee has appropriated approximately $621.6 million for the U.S.-Israel cooperative missile defense programs, including $351 million for the Iron Dome system that has proved very successful in protecting the people of Israel by intercepting … Continue Reading


July 17, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Key Committee Includes Additional $450 Million In Funds For Lockheed Martin Owego’s Combat Rescue & Marine One Helicopters Has Cleared Key Senate Hurdle – Senators Urge Colleagues To Pass Defense Funding Bill That Will Keep Helicopter Programs On Track

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Department of Defense (DoD) Appropriations Act that just passed the Senate Appropriations Committee includes $348 million for the Presidential Helicopter program and $100 million for the Combat Rescue Helicopter program, two major helicopter construction projects being undertaken by a team of Sikorsky Aircraft and Lockheed Martine Owego. The bill, along with the funding allotment for these two helicopter … Continue Reading


July 17, 2014

Gillibrand Urges Feds To Add Microbeads & Microplastics To List Of Great Lakes Contaminants

Washington D.C - In response to a recent report that identified thousands of plastic particles per square kilometer in Lake Erie and up to 1.1 million particles per square kilometer in Lake Ontario, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to add microbeads and microplastics to the list of Great Lakes contaminants. Microbeads are found in personal care products like facial scrubs, body washes, hand cleansers, and toothpaste. These products are … Continue Reading


July 16, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $310,000 For Two Fire Departments In Cortland And Tompkins County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $311,850 in federal funding for the Cortlandville Fire District in Cortland County and the Dryden Fire Department in Tompkins County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The fire departments will use these federal funds to purchase 70 new self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA). "These much-needed federal funds … Continue Reading


July 15, 2014

To Protect Net Neutrality, Schumer, Gillibrand Call To Reclassify Broadband As A Utility

Washington, DC- As the comment period comes to a close for the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) proposed rulemaking on its Open Internet order, Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, along with eleven Senate Democrats, are calling on the Commission to reclassify the transmission component of broadband Internet access as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. In a letter to be sent to the FCC today, the lawmakers point to the need for the … Continue Reading


July 15, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $120,000 In Federal Funds For Capital Region Fire Departments

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $47,500 in federal funding for the Coxsackie Fire Department in Greene County and $74,670 for the Middleburgh Fire Department in Schoharie County. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The Coxsackie Fire Department will use this money to purchase a new compressor system, which is used to fill firefighters' self-contained breathing apparatuses … Continue Reading


July 14, 2014

Gillibrand, Senators Call For Review Of Trade Agreement With African Nations That Violate LGBT Rights

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) was joined by nine other senators to call on President Obama to examine whether recently enacted anti-homosexuality laws in sub-Saharan African countries should affect those countries' eligibility for duty-free imports under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Authorized in 2000, AGOA has offered tangible incentives for African countries to expand trade, stimulate economic growth, and integrate into the global economy. In … Continue Reading


July 14, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $335,000 In Federal Funds For Saint John Fisher College Nurse Practitioner Training Program In Rochester

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $335,235 in federal funding for St. John Fisher College's Wegmans School of Nursing training program in Rochester. The program, called the "Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner Traineeship Program," will help provide traineeship funding for graduate students pursuing either a Master's Degree in Advanced Practice Nursing or a Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing. This Wegmans School of Nursing Program at St. John Fisher … Continue Reading


July 11, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $17,000 For The Chazy Volunteer Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $17,078 in federal funding for the Chazy Volunteer Fire Department in Clinton County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The federal funding will be used to purchase new fire hoses. "Making sure the brave men and women that serve in our fire departments have the resources they need has always been a top priority … Continue Reading


July 10, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $325,000 For The Rochester Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $328,500 in federal funding for the Rochester Fire Department. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). They will use the funding to purchase a new advanced, life-like training system for firefighters. "These much-needed federal funds will help the Rochester Fire Department invest in the training system they need to do … Continue Reading


July 10, 2014

Funds Will Be Used to Purchase New Fire Hoses

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $21,906 in federal funding for the Hammond Fire & Rescue Department. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The federal funding will be used to purchase new fire hoses. "These much-needed federal funds will help the Hammond Fire and Rescue Department to invest in the equipment they need to do their jobs … Continue Reading


July 10, 2014

Gillibrand Statement After News Reports That Hamas Rockets Targeted Israel’s Main Nuclear Reactor

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) released the following statement today after recent news reports revealed that among 74 rockets launched by Hamas on Wednesday, three missiles were targeted at Israel's main nuclear facility in Dimona. Israel's Iron Dome air defense system intercepted one of the rockets while two others landed in open areas. Reports also show that Hamas fired a Syrian-made rocket about 78 miles from Gaza, the furthest penetration into Israel yet. "I … Continue Reading

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