Press Releases

April 24, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Higgins Urge Secretary of Interior to Approve HH Richardson Complex Preservation Certification; Say Approval Will Make Project Eligible for $21m in Historic Tax Credits

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand, and Congressman Brian Higgins urged the Secretary of the federal Department of Interior to approve the Richardson Center Corporation's application for Historic Preservation Certification. The corporation spent over $10M on Phase I and II stabilization projects for the 140-year old HH Richardson Complex and is now ready to move forward with a project to bring a hotel, event and conference space, and a Buffalo Architecture Center … Continue Reading


April 24, 2014

Gillibrand Joins Davidson Brothers Brewing, Calling on FDA to Ensure New Spent Grain Rules Don’t Hurt New York Breweries and Distilleries

Washington, D.C. - Just a week after hearing from Davidson Brothers Brewing at an economic development roundtable in Queensbury, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure that the new rule being considered on spent grains don't hurt local breweries, distilleries, and farmers. In her letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, Senator Gillibrand called for a risk assessment of the reuse of spent grains - byproducts of the brewing process - as … Continue Reading


April 24, 2014

Gillibrand Named One of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in The World for 2014

New York, NY - Earlier today, TIME magazine named U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to the 2014 TIME 100, the magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Senator Gillibrand, a member of the Senator Armed Services Committee, has led the year-long fight to reform how the U.S. military justice system handles sexual assault cases and vowed to continue her bipartisan push to pass federal legislation that would remove sexual assault cases from the military chain of … Continue Reading


April 23, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Call for ‘Proof Of Loss’ Extension for Sandy Victims; Deadline Fast Approaching & Many Homeowners Still Need Time to File Flood Insurance Claims

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to grant an extension to Sandy victims who still need to file flood insurance claims. Under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), Sandy-impacted homeowners must file a "proof of loss" form, a statement on the amount that the homeowner is claiming under his or her flood insurance policy. Initially, the deadline was October 29th, 2013 in order to be eligible for … Continue Reading


April 23, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $2 Million in Fed Health And Human Services Grant for University of Rochester & Naked Mole Rat Researcher – Grant Will Fund Research Into Aging Process & Cancer Prevention

U of R Conducted Famous Naked Mole Rat Study Last Year in Which they Isolated the Chemical that Keeps Some Rats Cancer-Free Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that a $1,998,703 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been awarded to the University of Rochester to examine the aging process across a series of rodent species, with the hopes of identifying treatments for improving the aging process in humans. Specifically, the grant … Continue Reading


April 23, 2014

Gillibrand Statement On Palestine Liberation Organization-Hamas Agreement

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) released the following statement after the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) reached an agreement to form a unity government with Hamas, a militant Islamic group: "Today's announcement that the PLO has reached a reconciliation agreement with Hamas, a known terrorist organization which refuses to recognize Israel and is committed to her destruction, is deeply troubling. For there to be peace, it must be achieved at the negotiating … Continue Reading


April 23, 2014

Congressman Higgins, Senator Gillibrand & Community Action Organization of Erie County Announce Over $13.66 Million Grant for Head Start/Early Head Start

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced a federal grant totaling $21,029,578 for Community Action Organization (CAO) of Erie County, Inc. to support early childhood education programs in Erie County. The funding announced jointly with CAO President & CEO L. Nathan Hare as well as CAO Early Childhood Administrator Phyllis McBride, was awarded through the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & … Continue Reading


April 23, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $2.7 Million in Rural Development Funding for Whitehall Village

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, who held an economic development roundtable in Queensbury just last week, today announced a $2 million grant and $740,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the Village of Whitehall in Washington County. The funding will be used to repair the Village's sewer system in order to meet regulations - making it more efficient for residents. "It is difficult to attract new residents and businesses with a … Continue Reading


April 23, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $1 Million for Waterloo

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a $185,000 grant and $915,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for Waterloo in Seneca County. This federal funding will be used to create a water system that provides access to clean drinking water for residents who currently extract their water from wells with poor water quality. "Access to clean drinking water is critical to public health and economic growth," said Senator Schumer. … Continue Reading


April 22, 2014

Gillibrand Announces More Than $1.4 Million Grant for Early Head Start in Capital Region

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,442,796 in federal funding for Parsons Child & Family Center, a Capital Region community based organization. This federal investment will support Early Learning and Head Start programs that provide education and development services for low-income children. "This is a smart investment that can help give more Capital Region children the chance they deserve to start out strong, and go as far as their own hard work will … Continue Reading


April 22, 2014

Gillibrand Announces More Than $2 Million Grant for Head Start of Eastern Orange County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a $2,093,981 federal grant for Head Start of Eastern Orange County. This federal funding will support Early Learning and Head Start programs that provide education and development services for low-income children. "This is a smart investment that can help give more Orange County children the chance they deserve to start out strong, and go as far as their own hard work will take them," Senator Gillibrand said. "These federal … Continue Reading


April 22, 2014

Gillibrand Announces More Than $6 Million Head Start Grant for Monroe County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a $6,498,003 federal grant for Action For A Better Community (ABC), a Rochester community based agency. Funding for ABC will support the Early Learning and Head Start programs that provide education and development services for low-income children. "This is a smart investment that can help give more Rochester children the chance they deserve to start out strong, and go as far as their own hard work will take them," Senator … Continue Reading


April 21, 2014

Gillibrand Leads Bipartisan Senate Coalition Urging White House Task Force to Adopt Key Recommendations to Combat Campus Sexual Assaults

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) released a letter today by a bipartisan coalition of seven U.S. Senators sent last week to the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault urging consideration of three key proposals as part of their upcoming recommendations that would immediately address the disturbing prevalence of sexual assaults on campus. Studies show nearly one in five women in college nationwide will be victims of attempted or actual sexual … Continue Reading


April 16, 2014

Local Long Island Veteran Prompts Senator Gillibrand to Introduce New Legislation Requiring Mental Health Professional on Military Review Board

Bill Would Ensure Service Members With PTSD Get 'Fair Shake' Garden City, NY - After hearing from a local Long Island veteran who was discharged from the military as the result of an undiagnosed mental health condition, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced legislation that would require the panel that reviews military discharges to have at least one mental health professional on its board. Senator Gillibrand's legislation would ensure these service members' appeals are expertly … Continue Reading


April 16, 2014

Feinstein, Durbin, Gillibrand Call for Safety Standards to Lower Bacteria Rates in Poultry

Washington-Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) today called on the Department of Agriculture to develop food safety standards that will significantly reduce the levels of Salmonella and Campylobacter in chicken and turkey products. "We write to urge you to develop strong performance standards for poultry products that will significantly reduce foodborne illnesses and deaths," the senators wrote to Agriculture Secretary Tom … Continue Reading


April 16, 2014

Gillibrand Calls for Usda Disaster Declaration to Help North Country Farms Damaged by Flooding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to issue an agriculture disaster declaration to send relief to farms in Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties where severe flooding is destroying roads and bridges, isolating local dairy farms, and damaging feed, bunker silos and wells. The ongoing flooding also threatens to submerge farmland and poses a significant threat to livestock. "When … Continue Reading


April 14, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Call for Designation for Rochester, Finger Lakes to Support New Manufacturing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a new effort to launch new manufacturing initiatives to the city of Rochester that can help businesses grow and support job creation. The Senators released 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. If approved, Rochester and the Finger Lakes region … Continue Reading


April 11, 2014

At Gillibrand’s Urging, Funding Secured for Owego Creek, Susquehanna, Chemung River Stream Gauges

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will provide long term funding for the Owego Creek stream gauge and other key locations along the Susquehanna and Chemung River that provide a warning system to local families and businesses that endure yearly threats to dangerous flooding. Along with the Village of Owego, USGS committed to restoring funding for stream gauges at the Susquehanna River at Unadilla, Susquehanna River at … Continue Reading


April 10, 2014

Gillibrand Announces Nearly $500,000 for Clarkson University for Clean Energy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $499,124 in federal funding for Clarkson University to expand its clean energy work by developing anaerobic digesters for North County farms. The federal funding comes from the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and allows Clarkson to join its Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). "Clarkson University is leading the way on clean energy innovation that can strengthen our farms and our economy," … Continue Reading


April 10, 2014

As Tax Day Nears, Gillibrand Announces Irs Has Finally Clarified That 9/11 First Responders and Survivors Eligible for Tax Relief

Gillibrand: 'Our 9/11 Heroes and Families Deserve the Tax Relief They Are Owed' Washington, DC - As tax day nears, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced today that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has updated and clarified the guidelines to ensure that it's clear that those that have fallen ill due to their work after 9/11 are still entitled to the tax benefits provided by the Victims of Terrorism Tax Relief law. This action comes after Senator Gillibrand, last month, urged the federal … Continue Reading

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