Press Releases

September 05, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Griffiss International Airport to Receive Over $5.5 Million in Dept. of Transportation Funding for Taxiway, Hangar Rehabilitation

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that Griffiss International Airport is set to receive $5,524,237 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funds for airport facility upgrades. Specifically, a $3,945,000 grant will allow Griffiss to start a new phase of the rehabilitation process for the taxiway: resurfacing the runway. The airport will finish the current phase this week, and this funding will allow them to proceed without delay, adding new FAA … Continue Reading


September 04, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce New York City Set to Receive Over $4 Million in DOJ Grant; Investment Will Help Improve Public Safety in NYC

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced a $4,038,230 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) from the Department of Justice that will focus on making New York City safer. This investment will support a range of program areas including prosecution initiatives to target violent offenders, crime prevention and education efforts, drug treatment and alternatives to incarceration, crime victim and witness support, and planning, evaluation and technology … Continue Reading


September 03, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $30k for the City of Troy, Support for Critical Law Enforcement Initiatives

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Department of Justice has awarded $31,630 to the City of Troy under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. The City of Troy will use federal funding to deploy patrol officers in uniform and plain clothes for additional investigative duties in areas experiencing enhanced criminal activity. With these adequate resources, Troy police can boost patrol of high crime areas and investigate … Continue Reading


August 30, 2013

After Senators Push, Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $1.5m Investment in Port of Oswego to Modernize Rail Link – Connector Project Will Ensure CNY Businesses, Global Users Have Reliable Supply Chain & Will Keep Port Globally Competitive

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Port of Oswego will receive a $1.5 million TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Discretionary Grant through the Department of Transportation (DOT). The grant would allow the port to make critical upgrades to infrastructure and equipment so that it can meet future shipping demands, increase productivity, and preserve its role as a critical resource for businesses throughout Central New … Continue Reading


August 30, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $40,000 Federal Grant for North Tonawanda Fire Department

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced North Tonawanda Fire Department will receive $40,644 in federal grants to purchase new protective gear. The funding comes from the FY12 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. AFG awards are administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and are designed to help firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency … Continue Reading


August 29, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $468k in Fed National Science Foundation Award for Binghamton University

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that a $468,259 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant will be awarded to Binghamton University. The Senators announced that the federal grant will fund the study of advanced data-transfer techniques and technology, including the encryption of data migration, to make cloud computing and large data centers more efficient and secure. "Binghamton University is a hub for nationally-recognized technology research and this … Continue Reading


August 29, 2013

Ahead of Labor Day Weekend, Gillibrand Renews Call for Amtrak to Include Bicycle Racks on New Baggage Cars

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today renewed her call for Amtrak to include bicycle racks in its plans to modernize the rolling stock used in train services between New York City and Buffalo. The inclusion of bicycle racks would provide ease of access for those wishing to bike to tourist destinations throughout New York State, providing more streamlined travel for active tourism along New York's Erie Canalway Trail and creating the opportunity to generate revenue from these … Continue Reading


August 28, 2013

Gillibrand Statement on 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement today to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington: "Today's 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King's historic dream is a moment for national reflection about how far we have come towards ending inequality and discrimination, and how far we still have left to go. "Dr. King spoke of 'the fierce urgency of now' - which I hope this Congress will embrace. Among the many … Continue Reading


August 28, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand, Tonko Announce Almost $2 Million for Albany International Airport

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressman Paul Tonko today announced $1,984,358 in federal funding has been awarded to the Albany International Airport for construction of a sand and chemical storage building. The funding is allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program. "I am pleased to add this two million dollar grant to the list of 'arrivals' at Albany International Airport," … Continue Reading


August 28, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $35k for the City Of Utica Police Department for New Safety Equipment

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Department of Justice has awarded $35,197 to the City of Utica Police Department under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. The City of Utica Police Department will use the funding to purchase portable ballistic protection equipment. This penetration-resistant, energy-dispersing ballistic shield is light weight and projectile absorbing, and will supply much needed protection in … Continue Reading


August 28, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $9.7 Million for North Country Airports

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $4,143,110 in federal funding is being awarded to the Massena International-Richards Field Airport to acquire safety equipment runway upgrades and $508,520 for Malone-Dufort Airport for runway upgrades. The Senators also announced $3,103,654 in federal funding for Ogdensburg International Airport and $1,956,862 for Watertown International Airport for runway upgrades. The funding is allocated through the U.S. Department of … Continue Reading


August 28, 2013

Gillibrand Urges Feds to Boost Genesee County’s Exports

Bergen, NY - With support from U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of President Obama's Export Council, Genesee County was granted Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) status just a few months ago. This designation will encourage more companies with import and export operations across the region to take advantage of associated tax breaks and incentives. After touring Liberty Pumps, the first company in the county to apply for FTZ status, Senator Gillibrand urged the U.S. Commerce Department to … Continue Reading


August 28, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Three Fed Dept. of Transportation Awards, Over $1.2 Million for Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that over $1.2 million in three separate grants would be awarded to Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport. The Senators announced $949,215 in federal funding for new security measures, including the construction of perimeter fencing; $225,000 for the acquisition of snow removal equipment; and $67,500 for the acquisition of aircraft rescue and firefighting safety equipment. The funding is allocated through the U.S. Department of … Continue Reading


August 27, 2013

Gillibrand Urges Feds to Boost Ontario County’s Exports

Geneva, NY - After touring the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of President Obama's Export Council, today urged the U.S. Commerce Department to approve Ontario County's application for its Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) program, which would encourage more companies with import and export operations across the region to take advantage of associated tax breaks and incentives. "The Finger Lakes Region is well positioned to grow its exports and … Continue Reading


August 27, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $5 Million for Buffalo Niagara International Airport to Execute Critical Noise Mitigation House Work for Nearly 600 Residents Living Near Airport

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that $5,169,399 in federal funding is being awarded to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) to complete noise mitigation measures on 187 homes near the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport. The funding is allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program. In 2007, the FAA and Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) … Continue Reading


August 27, 2013

Standing Overlooking Owasco Lake, Gillibrand & Maffei Announce Legislation to Prevent Future Invasive Species

Auburn, NY - Standing at Owasco Lake, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, and Congressman Dan Maffei today announced the Invasive Fish and Wildlife Protection Act, comprehensive legislation to stop the spread of invasive species and protect New York's waterways. Senator Gillibrand's legislation would protect New York from the threat of invasive species by preventing the importation of potentially harmful species across state lines … Continue Reading


August 27, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $360k for Monroe County for Forensic DNA Backlog Reduction Program

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Department of Justice has awarded $366,885 to Monroe County under the DNA Backlog Reduction Program to cut DNA backlogs and increase the efficiency of DNA analysis. Monroe County will use the funding to increase capacity and accuracy within their DNA testing laboratory, and reduce the existing backlog of unprocessed DNA samples, which has burdened the efficiency of the criminal justice system for years. "DNA … Continue Reading


August 26, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $350,000 for Chautauqua-Dunkirk Airport

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $352,031 in federal funding is being awarded to the Chautauqua-Dunkirk Airport to replace 24 airfield guidance signs, install two wind cones and rehabilitate taxiway lighting. The funding is allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program. "When it comes to New York's regional and international airports, safety comes first; that's why I'm so … Continue Reading


August 23, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $610,000 in Federal Funding for Border Security Program & Over $150,000 in Port Securities Grants in Central & Northern New York – Investments Provide for Enhanced Port Security & Law Enforcement Cooperation at Border

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that Central and Northern New York is set to receive $768,562 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) allocations. First, Schumer and Gillibrand announced that $617,022 in funding for Cayuga, Jefferson Oswego, and St. Lawrence Counties through the Operation Stonegarden Program (OPSG) in the FY2013 Homeland Security Grant Program Allocation. The OPSG … Continue Reading


August 23, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $545,000 in Federal Funding for Border Security Program & Almost $260,000 in Port Securities Grants in Western New York – Investments Provide for Enhanced Port Security & Law Enforcement Cooperation at Border

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that Western New York is set to receive over $800,000 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) allocations. First, Schumer and Gillibrand announced that $547,468 in funding for Niagara, Erie, & Chautauqua Counties through the Operation Stonegarden Program (OPSG) in the FY2013 Homeland Security Grant Program Allocation. The OPSG program provides … Continue Reading

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