Press Releases

July 07, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $580,000 In Federal Funds For Suffolk County Fire Departments; Investment Means Vital Equipment For First Responders At Medford Fire District, Jamesport Fire Dept & Gordon Heights Fire District

United States Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that three fire departments on Suffolk County are set to receive a total of $583,786 in federal funding. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The Jamesport Fire Department is set to receive $24,791 in federal funding to purchase protective equipment for fire fighters. Some of these items include: eight helmets, eight fire … Continue Reading


July 07, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $11.5 Million In Federal Sandy Aid For Critical Runway Repairs At JFK And Laguardia Airports

New York - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is awarding $11.5 million in federal funding to the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) for Superstorm Sandy-impacted damage to both JFK and LaGuardia Airports' arrestor bed technology designed to prevent aircraft from overrunning runways, known as Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS). An estimated $8.24 million will go towards JFK Airport … Continue Reading


July 03, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $20,000 In Federal Funds For Cortlandville Fire District In Cortland County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $23,465 in federal funding for the Cortlandville Fire District in Cortland County. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) and will be used to purchase 2,500 feet of new fire hoses and six nozzles. The hose and its nozzles have reached the end of their reliable life and have begun deteriorating, making the need for new equipment … Continue Reading


July 03, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $40,000 In Federal Funds For Village Of Speculator Volunteer Fire Department In Hamilton County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $40,128 in federal funding for the Village of Speculator Volunteer Fire Department in Hamilton County. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) and will be used to purchase new Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). PPE is designed to protect firefighters from serious injuries resulting from contact with chemical, physical or … Continue Reading


July 03, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $40,000 For Middlesex Valley Volunteer Ambulance

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $40,945 in federal funding for the Middlesex Valley Volunteer Ambulance in Yates County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The Middlesex Valley Volunteer Ambulance will use these federal funds to purchase new life-saving medical equipment. "Our firefighters are our local heroes-they protect our residents and our … Continue Reading


July 03, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $925,000 In Funding For Groundwork Usa In Yonkers

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will provide $928,592 for Groundwork USA in Yonkers, to provide technical assistance to communities working to clean up their brownfield sites. Federal funding was awarded through EPA's Brownfields Program, which helps communities assess, clean up, redevelop and reuse contaminated properties. "This major award from the EPA will tremendously benefit the City … Continue Reading


July 03, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Maffei Announce Over $850,000 In Federal Funding For Six Fire Departments In Onondaga County

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Dan Maffei today announced that six fire departments in Onondaga County have been awarded a total of $852,225 in Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Taunton Fire Department, together with departments in Solvay, Lakeside, Onondaga Hill and the Northwest Fire District, will use a regional grant to replace outdated equipment with … Continue Reading


July 01, 2014

Gillibrand, Reed Announce Key Senate Committee Passage Of Legislation To Name Corning Post Office After Fallen Army Specialist

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Tom Reed today announced legislation to name the U.S. Post Office in Corning after Army Specialist Ryan Jayne passed out of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Army Specialist Ryan Jayne is an Elmira native who died in 2012 while serving in Afghanistan. The legislation passed the House on June 17, 2014 and now heads to the Senate floor for a final vote. "Specialist Jayne served with truly … Continue Reading


July 01, 2014

Gillibrand, Collins Announce Key Senate Committee Passage Of Legislation To Name Alden Post Office After Fallen Army Sergeant

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Chris Collins today announced legislation to name the U.S. Post Office in Alden after Army Sergeant Brett Gornewicz passed out of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Army Sergeant Brett Gornewicz is an Alden native who died in 2012 while courageously serving in Afghanistan. The legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives on June 17, 2014, and now heads to the Senate floor for a final … Continue Reading


July 01, 2014

At Gillibrand’s Urging, Albany Pine Bush Preserve Designated National Natural Landmark

Washington, D.C. - At U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's urging, Albany Pine Bush Preserve, a 3,200-acre nature preserve, received a National Natural Landmark (NNL) designation. Senator Gillibrand sent a letter to U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Sally Jewell in September 2013, highlighting the Albany Pine Bush's unique ecosystem. "The Albany Pine Bush Preserve is a unique sanctuary," Senator Gillibrand said. "The National Natural Landmark status will help preserve this park for … Continue Reading


July 01, 2014

Gillibrand Statement On Deaths Of Three Israeli Teenagers

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) released the following statement as funerals are being held today for three kidnapped and murdered Israeli teenagers Naftali Frankel, Eyal Yifrach, and Gilad Shaar. "My thoughts and prayers are with the three families and with the Israeli people in this moment of great tragedy and loss. Those responsible for these heinous and cold-blooded murders must be held accountable. If, as suspected, members of Hamas are responsible, it is further … Continue Reading


June 30, 2014

Senator Gillibrand’s Statement On Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Decision

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement following the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling today in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that closely held companies with religious objections can opt out of providing contraception coverage: "I am disappointed in today's misguided ruling. It is shocking that in 2014 women still have to fight over access to birth control. For the first time in our history, the Supreme Court has declared that some for-profit corporations have … Continue Reading


June 30, 2014

Gillibrand, Colleagues Urge Indian Prime Minister To Combat Gender-Based Violence And Improve Safety Of Women In India

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and nine of her colleagues sent a letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this month urging him to take immediate action to combat gender-based violence and improve the safety of women and girls in India. The Senators' letter to the newly-elected Prime Minister comes after reports that two young Indian girls were raped and murdered in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. The letter was also signed by U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer … Continue Reading


June 27, 2014

At Booker T. Washington Community Center In Auburn, Gillibrand Announced New Bipartisan Legislation To Provide Nutritious Meals For More Children Over The Summer

Auburn, NY - Standing at the Booker T. Washington Community Center in Auburn, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, joined by Auburn Mayor Michael Quill, Booker T. Washington Community Center Executive Director Denise Farrington and the Food Bank of Central New York's Outreach Director Amalia Swan, announced introduction of 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 … Continue Reading


June 27, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $160,000 For The Lewiston Fire Department In Niagara County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $159,828 in federal funding for Lewiston Fire Department in Niagara County. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) and will be used to purchase 30 new self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA). These air-packs help firefighters breathe when in burning buildings and hazardous environments. The Lewiston Fire Department serves … Continue Reading


June 27, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $23,000 For The Lisle Fire Company

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $23,736 in federal funding for the Lisle Volunteer Fire Company. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The Lisle Volunteer Fire Company will use these federal funds to purchase new extrication equipment. "Making sure the brave men and women that serve in our fire departments have the resources they need has always … Continue Reading


June 27, 2014

Senator Gillibrand & Congressman Higgins Announce Legislation To Reauthorize Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

Standing along the western terminus of the Erie Canal, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced introduction of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Act (HR 4641), a bill to extend the Canalway's authorization for the next fifteen years. "The Erie Canal Corridor is one of America's richest treasures, and holds enormous potential that we are still unlocking," Senator Gillibrand said. "From the waterfront in Buffalo where we stand today through … Continue Reading


June 27, 2014

Standing At Stony Brook’s Calverton Business Incubator, Gillibrand, Bishop Announce Bill To Bring High-Tech Innovation To The Marketplace

Stony Brook, NY - Standing at Stony Brook University's Calverton Business Incubator, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Tim Bishop, joined by Stony Brook University President Sam Stanley, and Long Island Association President Kevin Law, Accelerate Long Island Executive Director Mark Lesko, and Polynova Chief Science Officer Dr. Danny Bluestein, announced today a bipartisan bill to help translate the more than $1 billion a year of research funding secured by Long Island research … Continue Reading


June 27, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Maffei Announce, After Joint Push, HUD Has Made Decision To Allow Syracuse To Apply For Critical Lead Funds – Together Urged Both HUD Secretary Donovan & HUD Secretary Nominee Castro To Remove High-Risk Designation & Consider City's App

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Representative Dan Maffei, today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has decided to remove the "high-risk" designation they had given Syracuse, which was preventing the city from submitting an application to receive critical lead removal funds and meant that Syracuse actually owed HUD a one-time, $1.4 million re-payment of funds HUD had allocated to the city that HUD claimed the city … Continue Reading


June 26, 2014

Gillibrand Bill To Connect Youth With Strong Job Opportunities Passes Senate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced key provisions from her legislation to help increase employment among at-risk youth have passed the Senate as part of the bipartisan, bicameral deal, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which reauthorizes federal job training programs under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Senator Gillibrand's Urban Jobs Act would provide federal funding to nonprofit organizations, allowing them to carry out programming to … Continue Reading

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