Press Releases

May 28, 2014

Key Senate Panel Includes Gillibrand, Schumer Measure to Provide $25 Million to Upgrade School Kitchens Across The Country

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles E. Schumer today announced a $25 million school kitchen equipment measure was included in the Fiscal Year 2015 Agriculture Appropriations bill, which passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee late last week. The funding would be allocated through a competitive grant program for schools across the country. Senators Gillibrand, Schumer and twelve of their colleagues urged funding for this program. The legislation now heads … Continue Reading


May 28, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Rochester, Finger Lakes Region Have Won Key Federal Designation That Will Deliver Economic Development Grants, Support New Manufacturing At Eastman Biz Park, & Provide Huge Boost to Local Economy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that Rochester has won a key national "manufacturing community" designation that can help businesses grow and support job creation. Earlier this year, the Senators lobbied the EDA and sent a letter to U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker calling for the swift approval of the city of Rochester's application for the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) Program, which was today … Continue Reading


May 27, 2014

Key Senate Committee Passes Gillibrand Legislation Requiring Mental Health Professional on Military Review Board

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a Senate Armed Services Committee member, announced today that a key Senate committee passed her legislation that would require the panel that reviews military discharges to have at least one mental health professional on its board. After hearing from a local Long Island veteran who was discharged from the military as the result of an undiagnosed mental health condition, Senator Gillibrand introduced legislation last month that would ensure … Continue Reading


May 27, 2014

Senators Welcome New Timeline for Food Safety Standards

Washington-The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced it will draft new safety standards for Campylobacter in poultry, in addition to the previously-announced timeline on Salmonella. These standards are expected to be ready by the end of September. The letter announcing the actions can be found here. The Department took this step in response to an April letter from Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) that expressed concern over food … Continue Reading


May 23, 2014

Ahead Of Memorial Day Weekend, Gillibrand Honors 83 Year-Old Korean War Veteran From Orange County

Warwick, NY - Ahead of Memorial Day weekend, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today honored Korean war veteran John O'Neill, thanking the 83 year-old Orange County resident for his courageous service and sending Mr. O'Neill a United States flag that was flown over the Capitol in Washington, DC. According to O'Neill's family, Mr. O'Neill served as a prison guard at Koje-do Island Prison Camp for North Korean and Chinese prisoners of war (POWs) during the camp's final months of operation in … Continue Reading


May 23, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Secure Key Committee Approval of $23 Million for New Army Reserve Training Center in Mattydale

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced that the Senate Armed Services Committee has authorized $23 million for a new Army Reserve Training Center in Mattydale as part of the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act. In addition, a $23 million appropriation for the construction has passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The funding package now heads to the full Senate for … Continue Reading


May 23, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $27 Million in Funding for Fort Drum’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Hangar Clears Key Senate Panel

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Armed Services Committee, today announced funding to build the unmanned aerial vehicle hangar at Fort Drum in the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). In addition, a $27 million appropriation for the construction has passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The funding package now heads to the full Senate for a vote. Fort Drum's Gray Eagle UAS mission became active in … Continue Reading


May 23, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Key Senate Panel Approves Final $58 Million to Build New Barracks at West Point

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and West Point Board of Visitors, today announced that $58 million in authorized funding for the construction of new barracks at West Point as part of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act has passed out of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and a $58 million appropriation for the construction has passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The funding … Continue Reading


May 23, 2014

Gillibrand Secures Impact Aid for Highland Falls in NDAA, Which Passed Committee Yesterday

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced that the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed out of committee yesterday, includes funding for Impact Aid and extends the Impact Aid Improvement Act of 2012 for an additional three years. Senator Gillibrand secured $25 million for Impact Aid nationwide and an additional $5 million for severely disabled military kids. The Highland Falls school district relies on the … Continue Reading


May 23, 2014

Gillibrand Announces Inclusion of Provision to Maintain Watervliet Arsenal’s Critical Workforce in Ndaa, Which Passed Committee Yesterday

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced that the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed out of committee yesterday, includes a provision that eliminates the authority of the Secretary of the Army to abolish arsenals. This measure would also make it the objective of the Secretary of the Army to maintain the critical workforce capabilities identified in the Army Organic Industrial Base Strategy … Continue Reading


May 23, 2014

Gillibrand, Senate Colleagues Honor The Contributions Of Holocaust Survivors During Jewish American Heritage Month

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, along with her Senate colleagues, announced passage by the Senate of a bipartisan resolution (S. Res. 458 ) recognizing May as Jewish American Heritage Month and honoring Holocaust survivors for their contributions to the United States of America. The resolution, which was led by Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and cosponsored by Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ohio), and Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Cory Booker (D-NJ), … Continue Reading


May 23, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $122 Million In Funding for Canandaigua Va Campus Clears Key Senate Hurdle – Senators Urge Colleagues to Pass Military Funding Bill So Long-Awaited Construction At Canandaigua Va Can Get Underway

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill that just passed the Senate Appropriations Committee includes $122,400,000 for the Canandaigua VA Medical Campus. The bill, along with the funding allotment for construction at the Canandaigua VA Medical Campus, now heads to the Senate floor for a vote. The Canandaigua VA is one of only four VA construction projects in the country that Senate … Continue Reading


May 23, 2014

As Nation Honors Fallen Heroes On Memorial Day, Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Congressional Passage Of Legislation Awarding Congressional Gold Medal to Puerto Rican Army Regiment

Washington, D.C. - As America honors our fallen heroes who have died defending our country this Memorial Day, U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced today that Congress passed a bill awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the 65th Infantry Regiment, also known as the 'Borinqueneers,' the only Latino-segregated active-duty unit in the U.S. Armed Forces. The bill, which the Senate passed last night and which Senators Schumer and Gillibrand co-sponsored, now heads to … Continue Reading


May 23, 2014

At Gillibrand’s Urging, Feds Set to Add Brooklyn Navy Yard to National Register of Historic Places

Since Last Year, Senator Pushed for Historic Landmark Designation For Iconic Site Brooklyn, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced today that the U.S. Department of the Interior's National Park Service is set to place the Brooklyn Navy Yard on the National Register of Historic Places. Since last year, Senator Gillibrand has urged the National Park Service to provide this federal designation for the iconic site, a key thriving and cutting-edge manufacturing hub. This federal … Continue Reading


May 22, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport to Receive $360,000 in DOT Funding for Infrastructure Improvements

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport will receive $360,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for airport upgrades. The funding will be used to design the rehabilitation of the airport's runway. Once rehabilitated, this project would ensure safer airfield operations at the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport by improving the structural integrity of the pavement and removing foreign … Continue Reading


May 22, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $30,000 in Federal Funds for Munnsville Volunteer Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $30,210 in federal funding for Munnsville Volunteer Fire Department (FD). The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The funds will be used to purchase new fire suits to replace their current stock of 20 year-old turnout gear, which includes boots, pants, coats and helmets. According to the Munnsville FD, they estimate they will … Continue Reading


May 22, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $4.3 Million in Federal Sandy Funding for Bellevue Hospital

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced over $4.3 million in federal Sandy funding for the New York Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC)'s Bellevue Hospital. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance funding will reimburse Bellevue Hospital for the cost of replacing critical equipment, tools and other contents that were kept in the basement, which flooded during the storm. This funding will help restore Bellevue Hospital to its … Continue Reading


May 22, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $25,000 for Valhalla Volunteer Ambulance Corps in Westchester County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $24,687 in federal funding for Valhalla Volunteer Ambulance Corps in Westchester County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) and will be used to purchase a new in-house oxygen system. "These much-needed federal funds will provide the assistance that Valhalla Volunteer Ambulance Corps needs to replace critical … Continue Reading


May 22, 2014

Gillibrand Urges USPS to Keep Fire Island’s Cherry Grove Post Office Open During Peak Season

Fire Island, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today called on the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to ensure that the Cherry Grove Post Office remains open on Fire Island during the peak season between Memorial Day and Labor Day. USPS recently failed to renew the independent operator's contract for this post office, which provides the only postal service for thousands of residents of the Brookhaven hamlet of Cherry Grove throughout the spring and summer and serves as a community center for the … Continue Reading


May 22, 2014

Gillibrand Statement After Senate Armed Services Passed Annual Defense Bill Reversing Proposed Cuts to Commissary Benefits And New Tricare Fees – Includes Gillibrand Backed Measures to Help Protect Victims Of Sexual Assault And Provide Care For Military Children With Developmental Disabilities

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Chair of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, released the following statement today after the full Armed Services Committee passed its version of the annual defense bill known as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Gillibrand included a series of measures authored by Senators McCaskill, Ayotte and Fischer aimed at strengthening protections for victims of military sexual assault, in addition to her own measure … Continue Reading

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