Press Releases

October 27, 2014

Gillibrand And Maloney Tour House Rebuilt By Poughkeepsie Youthbuild Students, Emphasize Importance Of Federal Funding For Vital Job Training Programs

Poughkeepsie, N.Y. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) were joined today by New York State Senator Terry Gipson, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, and Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik for a tour of a newly renovated, energy-efficient house at 206 Winnikee Avenue, which was rebuilt by students in the Poughkeepsie YouthBuild Program. Senator Gillibrand spoke to the students before the tour and called for continued federal support for vital … Continue Reading


October 27, 2014

Standing On The Shore Of Lake Ontario, Gillibrand Pushes New Legislation To Ban Plastic Microbeads In Personal Care Products

Oswego, NY - Standing at The Port of Oswego Marina today in Oswego, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, joined by Terry Hammil, Port of Oswego Chairman of the Board, Sarah Eckel with Citizens Campaign for the Environment, and Oswego Mayor Tom Gillen, urged Congress to pass new legislation to ban plastic microbeads in personal care products. Plastic microbeads are found in personal care products like facial scrubs, body washes, hand cleansers, and toothpaste. These products are designed to be … Continue Reading


October 24, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $800,000 In FEMA Funding For The Town Of Richmondville In Schoharie County

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced a total of $822,543.87 in FEMA funds for the Town of Richmondville, located in Schoharie County. Of these funds, $647,339.23 will be used by the town to make repairs to its business district, which was badly damaged during Hurricane Irene back in August of 2011. These funds were allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) program. The funds will be used to reimburse the town … Continue Reading


October 24, 2014

Gillibrand Statement On Murder Of Three-Month-Old Infant In Jerusalem

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement today in response to the murder of three month old, Chaya Zissel Braun, whose family members reside in Monsey, New York. The infant was killed in Jerusalem by a man described as a convicted Palestinian terrorist: "This cold-blooded murder of an infant child is an unspeakable tragedy that is truly heartbreaking. My thoughts and prayers are with the Braun family as they grieve the murder of their three-month-old … Continue Reading


October 24, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Owens Announce $325,000 In USDA Funding For The Village Of Castorland

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Bill Owens today announced $325,000 in federal funding for the Village of Castorland in Lewis County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program and will be used to upgrade the sewer collection system and to construct a sewer treatment plant. "It is difficult to attract new residents and businesses with a faulty sewer … Continue Reading


October 24, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $669,600 In FEMA Funding For Flood-Prone Herkimer County Bridge

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $669,600 in federal funding to upgrade and repair a flood-prone bridge in Herkimer County. The Town of Stark will receive the money for the Route 168 bridge over a tributary of Otsquago Creek. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), and will fund necessary safety improvements for bridges in high-risk flood areas. The … Continue Reading


October 24, 2014

Ex-Im Bank Links With Development Authority Of The North Country To Boost Regional Exports

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Congressman Bill Owens (D-N.Y.), the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank), and the Development Authority of the North Country announced that Ex-Im Bank has joined forces with the Development Authority in order to help local businesses boost export sales and jobs. In April 2014, Senator Gillibrand, who is a member of the President's Export Council, and Owens hosted a roundtable conversation in Ogdensburg between … Continue Reading


October 24, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $1.5 Million In U.S. Dept Of Agriculture Funds For Cornell University To Research & Address Integrated Pest Management

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that Cornell University will receive $1,529,329 in federal funds through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Cornell University will use these funds to research and address integrated pest management (IPM) in Upstate New York. This federal funding will provide Cornell the resources to research and develop ways to protect crops and livestock against pests, … Continue Reading


October 23, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $90 Million In FEMA Funding For Flood-Prone Bridges In The Hudson Valley

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $89,553,600 in federal funding to upgrade and repair flood-prone bridges in Ulster, Delaware, Westchester and Orange counties. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), and will fund the necessary improvements for bridges in high-risk flood areas. A total of 18 bridges in the Hudson Valley will receive funding to make … Continue Reading


October 23, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $14 Million In FEMA Funding For Flood-Prone Capital Region Bridges

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $13,888,000 in federal funding to upgrade and repair flood-prone bridges in Warren and Columbia counties. The Town of Warrensburg will receive $8,308,000 for the Route 28 bridge over the Hudson River, and the Town of Claverack will receive $5,580,000 for the Route 9H bridge over the Taghkanic Creek. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation … Continue Reading


October 23, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $47 Million In FEMA Funding For Flood-Prone Bridges In Long Island

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $47,582,050 in federal funding to upgrade and repair flood-prone bridges in Suffolk and Nassau counties. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), and will be used to fund the necessary improvements for damaged bridges in high-risk flood areas. A total of eight bridges in Long Island will receive funding to make … Continue Reading


October 23, 2014

Gillibrand, Franken, Casey Push For Enhanced Safety Guidelines For Students Studying Abroad

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Al Franken (D-MN) and Robert Casey (D-PA) released a letter today to the U.S. Department of Education urging the adoption of enhanced safety guidelines for students studying abroad. The request comes after Senator Gillibrand was contacted by a Newburgh, New York family whose son, Ravi Thackurdeen, a sophomore pre-medical student at Swarthmore College, drowned while studying abroad in Costa Rica in 2012. Thackurdeen was participating … Continue Reading


October 22, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $2.4 Million In Federal Funds For Sandy-Repairs At Long Beach’s West Elementary School—Reimbursement Is The Last Portion Of Federal Funding Needed To Make School Whole Again Post- Sandy

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced over $2.4 million in federal funds, through the FEMA Public Assistance program, for Long Beach City Schools for the repair and restoration of the West Elementary School building, which sustained damaged after Superstorm Sandy. The City of Long Beach has already received $3.1 million in federal funding for West Elementary School. Today's announcement is the last portion of federal funding that West Elementary School was … Continue Reading


October 22, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $5 Million In Federal Funds For Ulster County Business To Expand Production & Create Jobs

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has provided Tuthilltown Spirits, LLC and Tuthilltown Holdings, LLC a guaranteed loan of $4,950,000 to expand its distillery operation. Tuthilltown Spirits is a popular farm distillery located in Ulster County that will use these funds to expand its business by creating larger production space. The company will also use these funds to create three local jobs and retain 56, … Continue Reading


October 22, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $660,000 In Federal Funds To Improve And Repair Sewer System In Town Of Owego – Senators Pushed FEMA To Increase Funding Allocation After Initial Allocation Was Insufficient To Cover Damage From Tropical Storm Lee

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced $662,504.37 in funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance Grant program for the Town of Owego. This federal funding will be used to improve the sewer system for local residents. The Town of Owego will utilize these funds to repair Main Street Pump House #4, which supplies drinking water to approximately 1,700 homes in Apalachin, located in the Town of Owego. The pump house became … Continue Reading


October 22, 2014

After Gillibrand’s Push, Barge Canal To Be Placed On The National Register Of Historic Places

Washington, D.C. - At U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's urging, the National Park Service will now place the Barge Canal on the National Register of Historic Places. Senator Gillibrand urged the National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis to add the Barge Canal to the National Register of Historic Places in September and stressed its significance. Including the Erie Canal, Oswego Canal, Champlain Canal and Cayuga-Seneca Canal, this designation will expand opportunities for federal … Continue Reading


October 21, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $1.1 Million In Affordable Housing Funding For Ithaca

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,117,312 in federal funding for the City of Ithaca. The funding was allocated through two U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs and will be used to support various housing and economic development initiatives that address homelessness and help low-income individuals in need. $675,538 was allocated through HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and $441,774 was … Continue Reading


October 20, 2014

Gillibrand, Feinstein, Durbin Announce Release Of Gao Food Safety Report Showing Bacteria In Poultry Not Being Sufficiently Monitored By USDA; Senators Urge USDA To Upgrade Poultry Bacteria Monitoring

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Richard Durbin (D-IL) today announced the release of a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) detailing several major shortcomings in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) food safety regulations. Senators Gillibrand and Feinstein requested the report in March to evaluate the effectiveness of pathogen standards implemented by the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS), the federal … Continue Reading


October 17, 2014

Gillibrand Announces More Than $850,000 To Bolster Research And Nutrition Education At Cornell University

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $856,250 in federal funding for Cornell University. Cornell is one of five universities awarded the grant, which designates it as a Regional Center of Excellence for Research and Nutrition Education. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and will be supported through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program … Continue Reading


October 17, 2014

After Gillibrand-Clarke Push, Feds To Expedite Reunification Of Haitian Families In U.S.

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Yvette Clarke today announced, after their push, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will implement the Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) program. Senator Gillibrand and Congresswoman Clarke led a bi-partisan group of 87 members of Congress in 2011 in urging President Barack Obama to create the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program which would help promote legal and safe immigration of Haitians … Continue Reading

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