Press Releases

August 08, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand, McCarthy, Israel, Meng Call for Additional Airplane Noise Monitors in Queens and Nassau Communities Surrounding Laguardia & JFK Airports

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, Congressman Steve Israel and Congresswoman Grace Meng today called on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to install additional airplane noise monitors in Queens and Nassau County communities, in the wake of new flight patterns into and out of LaGuardia and JFK airports. The federal representatives are asking for these monitors to be placed in coordination with the Federal Aviation Authority … Continue Reading


August 08, 2013

Gillibrand, Savino, Titone, Northfield LDC, Staten Island Development Corporation Announce Bipartisan Bill To Help Revitalize Inactive, Contaminated Sites On Staten Island

Staten Island - Standing with local community leaders in Port Richmond, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was joined today by New York State Senator Diane Savino, Assemblyman Matthew Titone, Councilwoman Debi Rose, Northfield Community Local Development Corporation (Northfield LDC) Executive Director Joan Catalano, and Staten Island Economic Development Corporation's Steven Grillo to announce bipartisan federal legislation that would jumpstart development efforts and provide additional resources … Continue Reading


August 08, 2013

Gillibrand, Velázquez, Clarke, Montgomery, Ortiz, Camara, New York Urban League, Urge Congress to Restore Voting Rights Act this Year in Wake of Supreme Court Decision that Gutted Key Provision at the Very Heart of the Law

Brooklyn, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representatives Nydia Velázquez and Yvette Clarke were joined today at Brooklyn Borough Hall by State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, Assemblyman Karim Camara, New York Urban League (NYUL) President Arva Rice, and the Puerto Rican Bar Association in calling on Congressional leaders of both chambers to pass a bipartisan legislative solution this year to restore the Voting Rights Act in advance of the upcoming 2014 … Continue Reading


August 07, 2013

Gillibrand, Nadler, Espaillat, Rosa Urge Congress to Restore Voting Rights Act this Year in Wake of Supreme Court Decision that Gutted Key Provision at the Very Heart of the Law

Washington Heights, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, were joined today at the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation by State Senator Adriano Espaillat (D-Manhattan/Bronx), Assemblywoman Gabriela Rosa, Juan Cartagena, President of LatinoJustice PRLDEF (Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund) and Bianka Perez-Vega, President of the … Continue Reading


August 07, 2013

Gillibrand, Serrano, Engel, Heastie, Diaz Jr. Urge Congress to Restore Voting Rights Act this Year in Wake of Supreme Court Decision that Gutted Key Provision at the Very Heart of the Law

Bronx, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressmen José E. Serrano and Eliot Engel were joined today at the Bronx County Courthouse by State Senator José Serrano, Assemblymen Carl Heastie and Luis Sepulveda, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., and the Puerto Rican Bar Association in calling on Congressional leaders of both chambers to pass a bipartisan legislative solution this year to restore the Voting Rights Act in advance of the upcoming 2014 midterm elections to … Continue Reading


August 07, 2013

Gillibrand Statement on President Obama’s Commitment to End Military Sexual Assaults

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement today after President Obama spoke about ending military sexual assaults during his remarks to U.S. Marines at Camp Pendleton: "I could not agree more with President Obama's assessment that sexual assaults in the military undermines our entire military. It is up to Congress to seize the opportunity and act this year on the fundamental reform the brave survivors deserve. The problem of sexual assault in the … Continue Reading


August 06, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $50,000 Federal Grant for Stony Creek Volunteer Fire Co., Inc.

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced Stony Creek Volunteer Fire Co. Inc. will receive $52,440 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, … Continue Reading


August 02, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $22 Million in Federal Funds for New York City After Superstorm Sandy

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced that New York City is receiving over $22 million in funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The entities receiving these funds include the New York City Housing Authority, Department of Parks and Recreation, and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The funds are for services dispensed and repairs made immediately after Superstorm Sandy struck. "These New York City departments helped countless … Continue Reading


August 02, 2013

Gillibrand, Reed Announce Senate Passage of Bill to Rename Tyrone Post Office After Local Hero Killed In Afghanistan

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Tom Reed today announced Senate passage of legislation to designate the United States Postal facility in Tyrone the "Specialist Christopher Scott Post Office Building." Specialist Christopher Scott was killed on September 3, 2011 in Kandahar, Afghanistan at the age of 21 while serving in the United States Army. Now the legislation awaits passage from the House of Representatives. "Specialist Scott is a true hometown hero who … Continue Reading


August 02, 2013

Gillibrand, Slaughter Announce Senate Passage of Legislation to Name Brockport Post Office After Fallen Army Staff Sergeant

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter today announced Senate 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. Now the legislation awaits passage from the House of Representatives. "Staff Sergeant Reid served with truly heroic bravery," Senator Gillibrand said. "He … Continue Reading


August 01, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $200,000 for Joseph Y. Resnick Airport

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $211,486 in federal funding is being awarded to Joseph Y. Resnick Airport to improve airport lighting. 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 federal investment to the list of 'arrivals' at Joseph Y. Resnick Airport," said Senator Schumer. "We should always strive to achieve the highest … Continue Reading


August 01, 2013

Sen. Gillibrand, Rep. Nadler Introduce Bill to Reduce Air Pollution by Ports, Port Trucking

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), the most senior member from the Northeast on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, introduced the Clean Ports Act of 2013 in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives respectively. "Congress must act to provide New York, and cities all across the country, with the common sense tools they need to improve the quality of air and quality of life for millions of people," … Continue Reading


August 01, 2013

Gillibrand Bill to Connect Youth With Strong Job Opportunities Clears Key Committee

Washington, D.C. - With more than 16 percent of youth unemployed, including about one-third of the nation's minority youth, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced key provisions from her legislation to help increase employment among at-risk youth have passed the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) as part of the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Senator Gillibrand's Urban Jobs Act would provide federal funding to nonprofit … Continue Reading


August 01, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand, Tonko Announce Over $1 Million for Albany International Airport

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressman Paul Tonko today announced $1,080,000 in federal funding is being awarded to the Albany International Airport to rehabilitate the airfield service roads located in the northwest and southwest portions of the airport. 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 million dollar grant to the list of … Continue Reading


July 31, 2013

New York Officials Express Outrage with Valeant’s Plans to Move Bausch + Lomb Headquarters to New Jersey and to Slash Workforce – Call for Concrete Commitments That Robust Manufacturing and R&D Units Remain in Rochester for Long-Term

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Representatives Louise Slaughter and Dan Maffei, Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, and Rochester Mayor Tom Richards released a letter to Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. CEO J. Michael Pearson to express their outrage with the company's recent announcement that Bausch + Lomb's U.S. headquarters will be consolidated with Valeant's existing U.S. headquarters in New Jersey, resulting in … Continue Reading


July 31, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $390k for Corning-Painted Post Airport from Federal Aviation Administration – Funding for New Parking Apron

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded a $394,200 federal grant to the Town of Erwin Industrial Development Agency for improvements at Corning- Painted Post Airport. Specifically, this investment from the FAA via the Airport Improvement Program will allow Corning- Painted Post Airport to construct an apron that is needed to provide aircraft parking at the airport. This phase of the project will provide … Continue Reading


July 31, 2013

Gillibrand, Rangel Introduce New Legislation to Combat HIV/Aids Among Minority Communities

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Charles Rangel today introduced federal legislation in both chambers of Congress that would help combat the dramatic increase of HIV/AIDS in minority communities. The Communities United with Religious Leaders for the Elimination of HIV/AIDS (CURE) Act of 2013 would authorize the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health to provide grants to health agencies, and community and faith-based … Continue Reading


July 31, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $4.4 Million Investment to Syracuse Hancock Int’l Airport from Federal Aviation Administration – Funding for Taxiway Upgrades

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded a $4,491,000 federal grant to the Syracuse Hancock International Airport for important infrastructure improvements. Specifically, this investment from the FAA via the Airport Improvement Program will allow Syracuse Hancock International Airport to construct a new taxiway and apron to allow more planes to stay overnight in Syracuse. "This Federal Aviation … Continue Reading


July 30, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $20 Million in FEMA Funding for Debris Removal on Long Island After Superstorm Sandy

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $19,795,669.05 of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance funding for the New York State Department of Transportation which will reimburse the costs of the contracted collection, hauling, segregation, final disposal, and debris monitoring necessary on Long Island after Superstorm Sandy. "Superstorm Sandy wreaked significant damage throughout Long Island, creating a massive cleanup effort," said … Continue Reading


July 30, 2013

At Gillibrand & Schumer’s Urging, Feds Lift Restrictions for Hundreds of Sandy Homeowners Currently Disqualified for Disaster Aid

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, and Charles E. Schumer announced that the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) agency revised its regulations to allow New York City to expedite reimbursement for home repairs and rehabilitation for hundreds of Sandy homeowners currently deemed ineligible. Previously, HUD regulations blocked the City from conducting environmental reviews for Sandy victims' homes that were … Continue Reading

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