Press Releases

February 21, 2014

Gillibrand, Collins Announce 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, an Alden native who died while courageously serving in Afghanistan. "Sergeant Gornewicz represented the very best of Alden and all of New York," Senator Gillibrand said. "He answered the highest call, put his life on the line for others, and made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. Naming the Alden Post … Continue Reading


February 20, 2014

Gillibrand Announces Senate Passage of Bipartisan Legislation to Stop the Spread of Harmful Algal Blooms in NY Waterways

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, today announced final Senate passage of the Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act, bipartisan legislation that can help prevent the spread of harmful algal blooms in New York State waterways. Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are a problem across New York, and have resulted in the closure of beaches and lakes, as well as damage to fish habitats off the coast. … Continue Reading


February 18, 2014

Gillibrand in Plattsburgh Announces Federal Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act

Plattsburgh, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced federal legislation that would create paid family and medical leave. The Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act would establish a national paid family and medical leave insurance program, ensuring that American workers would no longer have to choose between a paycheck and caring for themselves or a family member. "When a young parent needs time to care for a newborn child - it should never come down to an outdated … Continue Reading


February 12, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Honor 5th Anniversary of Flight 3407 Tragedy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statements today to honor the fifth anniversary of the Flight 3407 tragedy: "Five years ago, we senselessly lost mothers, brothers, children, loved ones and friends in a tragic accident, and we remember them today with heavy hearts," said Senator Schumer. "In spite of that tragedy, which shed harsh light on the need to make sweeping changes to our flight safety regulations, the loved ones of those … Continue Reading


February 11, 2014

Gillibrand, Crowley Praise Enactment of Amendment to Include Kosher, Halal Food in Emergency Food Supply in Farm Bill

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Congressman Joe Crowley (D-NY) today applauded the enactment of their amendment to ensure that kosher and halal food pantries receive an adequate supply of food for hungry families as part of the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). Included in the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act, or the FARM bill, signed by President Obama on Friday, the Gillibrand-Crowley amendment requires the U.S. Department of Agriculture … Continue Reading


February 10, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Hanna Issue Statement on DFAS meeting

UTICA, N.Y. - Today, federal, state and local elected leaders convened a meeting at Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr.'s office to discuss U.S. Army proposals regarding the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) in Rome. U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Richard Hanna issued the following statement after today's meeting: "Today we met with Oneida County stakeholders to assess the information currently on hand regarding an Army … Continue Reading


February 07, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Direct at Least $30 Million in Federal Funds for Dredging & Navigation Projects along the Great Lakes – Congress Just Boosted USACE Funding in Recent Budget

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to dedicate at least $30 million from their budget for infrastructure improvements along the Great Lakes. The Senators sent the letter, along with Senators Kirk, Levin, Baldwin, Klobuchar, Franken, Brown, Portman, Stabenow, Donnelly, Johnson and Durbin, to push for dedicated Great Lakes funding from the $200 million pot of eligible funding in the USACE budget. Senators Schumer and … Continue Reading


February 06, 2014

Ahead of Sexual Assault Vote Expected on Senate Floor Next Week, Bipartisan Group of Senators, Survivors, Advocates Continue Push for Independent Military Justice System

Washington, D.C. - As the U.S. Senate prepares for an expected vote on the bipartisan Military Justice Improvement Act next week, a strong bipartisan coalition continued the push earlier today for an independent, objective and unbiased military justice system. U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Dean Heller (R-NV), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Ted Cruz (R-TX), together with Jeremiah Arbogast, … Continue Reading


February 06, 2014

Gillibrand, Schumer, Blumenthal, Murphy Announce Key Senate Committee Passes Legislation to Protect Long Island Sound

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Charles Schumer (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Chris Murphy (D-CT) today announced a key Senate committee's passage of legislation to bring federal dollars to support the restoration of Long Island Sound. The Long Island Sound Stewardship Act that Senators Gillibrand, Schumer, Blumenthal and Murphy introduced last year passed out of the Senate Environment and Public … Continue Reading


February 06, 2014

Gillibrand, Schumer, King, Israel, Bishop Urge FEMA to Award Disaster Funding for Suffolk County to Make Needed Upgrades to Bergen Point Outfall Pipe

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Charles Schumer, and Congressmen Pete King, Steve Israel, and Tim Bishop today urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to back Suffolk County's application for federal disaster funding through the agency's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to help make critical infrastructure upgrades to the county's largest sewage treatment plant. The Bergen Point Sewage … Continue Reading


February 05, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Hanna Call on Army to Provide Answers on Potential Changes to DFAS Rome, Drop Any Plan that Would Negatively Impact the Operation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Richard Hanna in a letter to U.S. Army Secretary John McHugh underscored their unified support for maintaining and growing the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) in Rome, N.Y., and requested a thorough explanation of any proposals now in formulation that impact the facility. The Members of Congress emphasize that they are strongly opposed to any changes or efforts to reduce or transfer … Continue Reading


February 03, 2014

Gillibrand, Maloney Announce Federal Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act

Newburgh, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney today announced federal legislation that would create paid family and medical leave. The Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act would establish a national paid family and medical leave insurance program, ensuring that American workers would no longer have to choose between a paycheck and caring for themselves or a family member. "When a young parent needs time to care for a newborn child - it should … Continue Reading


February 03, 2014

Gillibrand Unveils Plan to Update Rules of the Modern Workplace, Ensure Women Workers Have a Fair Shot at Earning Their Financial Security, Strengthen Middle Class Families

Ithaca, NY - In a policy speech today at Ithaca College, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand unveiled a five-point package aimed at ensuring more working women have a fair shot at earning financial security by modernizing America's outdated workplace policies that have failed to keep pace with the demands on the new workforce driving our economy and limits economic growth. With more dual income households than ever before, and 40 percent of women with children at home serving as sole breadwinners, … Continue Reading


February 03, 2014

Gillibrand, Hanna Announce Legislation to Expand Access to Pre-K Programs

Herkimer, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Richard Hanna today announced legislation to expand access to high-quality early learning programs for children from birth to age five. The Strong Start for America's Children Act focuses on four key goals: boosting funding for high-quality preschool programs serving low- and moderate-income families; increasing the quality of infant and toddler care offered by providers; supporting broad-scale quality improvements to child … Continue Reading


January 31, 2014

Gillibrand Statement on New GAO Report Released Showing Federal Government Profit of $66 Billion on Federal Student Loans – Graduates Currently Saddled with Over $1 Trillion in Student Loan Debt

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) released the following statement today after a new GAO report shows the federal government received $66 billion in profits on student loans between 2007-2012, a 14 percent profit margin. With student loan debt at approximately $1.2 trillion, surpassing auto loan and credit card debt, and New Yorkers facing sky-high student debt at an average of more than $27,000 per graduate, Senator Gillibrand has repeatedly called for allowing … Continue Reading


January 31, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce U.S. Dept. of Agriculture has agreed to Purchase $11.5 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 that they have successfully petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to use $11.5 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 used to make Concord juice, as a carryover from a large 2013 crop of grapes. The Senators had written the USDA to help purchase some of this surplus product to … Continue Reading


January 31, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1.7 Million for New Drinking Water System in Town of Volney

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a $1,765,000 loan and grant for the Town of Volney in Oswego County to bring clean drinking water to more local residents. The federal investment is awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. "This targeted federal investment will help Volney improve its infrastructure, enhance public health, and spare local finances," said Senator Schumer. … Continue Reading


January 30, 2014

Gillibrand Announces More Than $50 Million for Home Heating Aid for New York State from Federal Funding Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that New York State is set to receive more than $50 million for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) as part of the 2014 omnibus appropriations bill that passed Congress and was signed by the President earlier this month. LIHEAP funds are critical in helping millions of Americans who struggle with their energy bills during the winter season. More than one million New Yorkers rely on LIHEAP to heat their homes … Continue Reading


January 30, 2014

Gillibrand Announces Senate Passage of Bipartisan Flood Insurance Bill to Delay Rate Hikes, Includes her Amendment Protecting New York City Homeowners Whose Homes are Impossible to Elevate

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced that today, the U.S. Senate passed the bipartisan Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act that she has co-sponsored to delay the most aggressive rate increases and fix major flaws in the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform law to make the National Flood Insurance Program affordable, accessible and self-sustainable. The bill, which also includes Gillibrand's amendment that will help thousands of New York City homeowners whose … Continue Reading


January 30, 2014

Gillibrand Announces Senate Passage of Bipartisan Flood Insurance Bill to Delay Rate Hikes, Provide Relief for Thousands of NY Homeowners

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced that today, the U.S. Senate passed the bipartisan Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act that she has co-sponsored to delay the most aggressive rate increases and fix major flaws in the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform law to make the National Flood Insurance Program affordable, accessible and self-sustainable. The bill now heads to the House for a vote. Specifically, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act would … Continue Reading

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