Press Releases

June 16, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Push To Secure Over $10 Million In Federal Funds To Transform City Of Ithaca’s Bus System, Make Key Throughfares More Pedestrian- & Bike- Friendly & Promote Connectivity To Massive Ithaca Commons Overhaul

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced they are pushing to secure a $10.7 million federal grant that would transform the City of Ithaca's bus system and make improvements to streets downtown, making them more pedestrian- and bike-friendly. This federal funding from the Department of Transportation's TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Grant program would be used to transform the key transit routes of Stewart Avenue and College Avenue … Continue Reading


June 16, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Push to Secure $2 Million to Make Critical Repairs to Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced their push to secure a $2 million federal grant that would make critical repairs to the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge. The Senators announced that they are seeking the funding for this project through the federal Department of Transportation's TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Grant program, which provides funding for road, rail, transit and port projects that promise … Continue Reading


June 12, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $60,000 for Goshen Fire District

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $61,760 in federal funding for Goshen Fire District in Orange County. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) and will be used to purchase a new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) fill station. Both Senators Schumer and Gillibrand wrote letters to Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) Administrator Craig … Continue Reading


June 12, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $66,000 For Wilton Emergency Squad

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $66,604 in federal funding for Wilton Emergency Squad in Saratoga County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) and will be used to begin competency and scenario based training for emergency squad members. The funding will also be used to purchase life-like adult simulators that can be programmed to have various ailments a … Continue Reading


June 12, 2014

Gillibrand & Higgins Announce 5-Year, $1.4M Award For Summer Cancer Research Programs At Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) today announced $280,332 in 2014 funding for Roswell Park Cancer Institute's (RPCI) Summer Research Experience Programs in Cancer Sciences and Oncology in Buffalo. This federal funding, part of a five-year, $1.4 million allocation, will be used to engage college and medical school students in research and clinical internships. "It is critical that we continue to invest in cutting-edge, life-saving cancer … Continue Reading


June 11, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $700,000 for Rochester-Finger Lakes Fire Departments

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced over $700,000 in federal grant money for three Rochester-Finger Lakes are fire departments. Specifically, the Canandaigua Emergency Squad in Ontario County will receive $445,274, the Fishers Fire District in Ontario County will receive $168,150, and the Bennington Volunteer Fire Company in Wyoming County will receive $97,546. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) … Continue Reading


June 11, 2014

Gillibrand, Slaughter Announce Brockport Post Office to Be Named After Fallen Army Staff Sergeant

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter today announced final passage of legislation to name the U.S. Post Office in Brockport after Nicholas Reid, a Brockport native and Army Staff Sergeant who died as a result of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion while serving in Afghanistan. The legislation passed in late May and was signed into law by President Barack Obama earlier this week. "Staff Sergeant Reid served with truly heroic bravery," … Continue Reading


June 11, 2014

Gillibrand Statement on Filibuster of Student Loan Bill

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement today after the Senate blocked the advancement of the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act legislation introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren. New York graduates are currently saddled with an estimated $60 billion in student loan debt, this legislation would help tens of millions of graduates refinance their federal student loans. National student loan debt is now approximately $1.2 trillion, … Continue Reading


June 11, 2014

After FDA Apparently Backtracks From Altering Cheese-Making Process, Gillibrand Urges FDA to Issue Clear Guidelines Ensuring Artisan Cheese Makers Can Continue to Use Wooden Boards

Washington, DC - After the U.S. Federal and Drug Administration (FDA) seemed to backtrack from banning the traditional practice of aging artisanal cheese on wooden boards, leaving New York artisan cheese makers and small businesses in limbo over whether or not the agency may still crack down on the practice, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today called on the FDA to issue clear guidelines to assure that artisan cheese makers can continue to use the decades-old practice without fear and outline … Continue Reading


June 09, 2014

Gillibrand Urges VA to Reimburse NY Veterans Who Sought Emergency Care at Civilian Hospitals

New York - After the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) denied reimbursement for at least six New York veterans who needed urgent, timely care for their medical emergencies at civilian hospitals, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today urged Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson to provide clear guidance to VA officials to ensure veterans who paid out-of-pocket for civilian care in medical emergencies are securing the … Continue Reading


June 06, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Bishop Announce Over $5 Million in Federal Funding For Brookhaven Calabro Airport and Long Island Macarthur Airport

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Congressman Tim Bishop today announced $1,487,534 million in Federal Aviation Administration funding for Brookhaven Calabro Airport and nearly $3.6 million in funding for Long Island MacArthur Airport. The Department of Transportation funding will provide for the rehabilitation of the taxiway lighting system for taxiways, installation of new runway visual guidance system and rotating beacon at Brookhaven Calabro Airport. The … Continue Reading


June 06, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Finger Lakes Airports To Receive Over $1.8 Million In DOT Funding For Infrastructure, Safety Improvements

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that three Finger Lakes region airports will receive approximately $1.8 million in total funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for airport infrastructure and facility upgrades. Specifically, Penn Yan Airport in Yates County will receive $201,330 to conduct an airport pavement study for infrastructure upgrades and $198,000 for the purchase of snow removal equipment. Dansville Airport in Livingston County … Continue Reading


June 06, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Dutchess County Regional Airport to Receive More Than $1 Million in DOT Funding For Infrastructure Improvements

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that Dutchess County Airport will receive $1,000,800 in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for airport upgrades. "I am pleased to add this federal investment to the list of 'arrivals' at Dutchess County Regional airport," said Senator Schumer. "We should always strive to achieve the highest standards of aviation safety, and this funding will support that goal by repairing and … Continue Reading


June 06, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Chautauqua County/Dunkirk Airport Set To Receive More Than $1.1 Million in DOT Funding For Infrastructure Improvements

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that Chautauqua County/Dunkirk airport is set to receive $1,124,550 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funding for airport facility upgrades and to develop a plan for future airport needs. "Keeping Chautauqua County/Dunkirk Airport in top-notch shape is critical to attracting business and tourism to the region," said Schumer. "These federal dollars will go a long way toward helping the county … Continue Reading


June 06, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Tonko Announce Nearly $1.6 Million in DOT Funding For Albany International Airport

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Congressman Paul Tonko today announced $1,558,815 in federal funding is being awarded to the Albany International Airport for needed snow removal equipment and security enhancements. The funding is allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration. "Making sure our runways are clear for takeoff, especially during winter weather, is essential for the safety of our New York travelers," said … Continue Reading


June 06, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $25,000 for Oxbow Fire Department in Jefferson County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $24,938 in federal funding for Oxbow Fire Department, located in the Village of Antwerp in Jefferson 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 five new self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBAs). The fire department's current SCBAs are more than 20 years old. "These much-needed … Continue Reading


June 05, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $180,000 for Cattaraugus & Allegany Fire Departments

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $101,764 for the Village of Develan Fire Department in Cattaraugus County and $74,682 in federal funding for the William P. Brooks Hose Company in Allegany County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The federal grant funds will be used by both fire departments to purchase new self-contained breathing apparatuses … Continue Reading


June 05, 2014

Gillibrand Announces More Than $360,000 for Lyme Disease Research

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $369,923 in federal funding for the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Dutchess County, to conduct a study on Lyme disease. The grant was awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and will be used to complete an in-depth study of the disease's impact on mice as well as other mammals, to address the growing epidemic of Lyme disease in New York and across the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and … Continue Reading


June 04, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $6M in Fed Funds for Ferry Upgrades, Including Replacement Of Single-Boat Barges With Double-Boat Barges at East River Ferry’s Hunter’s Point South Site & Brooklyn Bridge Park Landing

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced $6 million in federal funding for ferry upgrades and improvements to ferry landing structures, including Hunter's Point South in Queens and Brooklyn Bridge Park/Pier 6. The project will replace the single-boat barges with new barges capable of receiving two boats at once, increasing efficiency and capacity. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funding will go to the New York City Department of Transportation … Continue Reading


June 03, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $720,000 In Funding for Southern Tier’s Universal Primary Care

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $726,488 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for Universal Primary Care, a network of three heath centers under Southern Tier Community Health Center Network, Inc. This federal funding will be used to expand services to more families in need of health services. "These much-needed federal funds will help Universal Primary Care provide essential health services to … Continue Reading

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