Press Releases

August 22, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $60,000 Federal Grant for Belgium Cold Springs Fire District

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced Belgium Cold Springs Fire District will receive $57,000 in federal grant funding to replace their compressor and cascade system. 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 … Continue Reading


August 15, 2013

Gillibrand Statement on New Pentagon Sexual Assault Policy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement today after the Pentagon issued new policies to address sexual assault in the military: "The Pentagon taking action is a good thing and these are positive steps forward but it is not the leap forward required to solve the problem. As we have heard over and over again from the victims, and the top military leadership themselves, there is a lack of trust in the system that has a chilling effect on reporting. 302 … Continue Reading


August 15, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce the Town of Leon to Receive Over $200,000 in Federal Funding – Investment for New Snowplow Truck to Improve Public Safety During Storms

Today, United States Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Program will award the Town of Leon a $204,000 Community Facility Loan and Grant. Specifically, this $154,000 loan and $50,000 grant will go towards the purchase of a 2014 Mack snowplow truck with equipment to serve the local rural area during winter storms and improve safety. "With this funding, the Town of Leon will be prepared for upcoming winter … Continue Reading


August 15, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1 Million for New Water District in Oakfield

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a federal loan worth $479,000 and a federal grant worth $650,000 for the Town of Oakfield. The funding is allocated through the USDA's Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program and will be used to establish water district No. 3, increasing access to water service for local residents. "Supporting New York's rural communities with smart investments for water management is pivotal … Continue Reading


August 15, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $2.5 Million for Waste Water Treatment Plant in Caneadea

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a federal loan worth $1,353,000 and a federal grant worth $1,117,000 for the Town of Caneadea. The funding is allocated through the USDA's Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program and will be used to make upgrades to the Wastewater Treatment Plant. "Efficiently supporting our rural communities with funding for clean water and sewer repairs is pivotal for our community and our … Continue Reading


August 15, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1 Million in FEMA Funding for Debris Removal in Floral Park After Superstorm Sandy

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,452,461 of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance funding for Floral Park which will reimburse the costs of the contracted hazardous debris removal after Superstorm Sandy. "Superstorm Sandy wreaked significant damage throughout Floral Park, creating a massive cleanup effort," said Schumer. "This federal reimbursement for debris cleanup is critical in making sure that Long Islanders are not … Continue Reading


August 15, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $4 Million in Federal Funding for Sandy-Damaged Boardwalks in Brookhaven

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced over $4 million in federal funding for the Town of Brookhaven for the repair of five boardwalks as a result of Superstorm Sandy. The funding is being provided through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance program. "Superstorm Sandy caused significant damage to the boardwalks in Brookhaven," said Schumer. "I am pleased to announce this necessary federal funding to repair the boardwalks in … Continue Reading


August 14, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce the Village of Attica to Receive $160,000 in Federal Funding – Investment for New Ambulance

Today, United States Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Program will award the Village of Attica a $160,000 Community Facility Loan and Grant. Specifically, this $136,000 loan and $24,000 grant will go towards the purchase of a new ambulance to serve the local rural area and improve emergency response and safety. "With this investment, Attica first responders can focus on their important work knowing … Continue Reading


August 09, 2013

Gillibrand, Gibson Push for Passage of Farm Bill that Extends Priority Access to USDA Funding for Sullivan County

Liberty, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, today pushed for passage of the Farm Bill, including an extension of the Rural Economic Area Partnership (REAP) Zone designation for Sullivan County and the Town of Wawarsing (Ulster County) that was part of the Senate version of the reauthorization. The measure would extend a designation that helps give the region priority … Continue Reading


August 09, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Service to Receive $118,000 in Federal Funding – Investment for New Ambulance

Today, United States Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Program will award the Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Service in Clayton, NY a $118,000 Community Facility Loan and Grant. Specifically, this $76,700 loan and $41,300 grant will go towards the purchase of a Type III ambulance to serve the local rural area and improve emergency response and safety. "With this funding, Thousand Islands first … Continue Reading


August 09, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Development Authority of the North Country to Receive $28,100 in Federal Funding – Investment for Cape Winery Expansion

Today, United States Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Program will award the Development Authority of the North Country a $28,100 Rural Business Enterprise Grant. Specifically, the Development Authority of the North Country will use this investment for the new and already-successful Cape Winery in Cape Vincent, NY to expand and add a 480 sq. ft room for the fermentation process in wine production. "With … Continue Reading


August 09, 2013

Gillibrand, Marshall, NYS NAACP President Dr. Dukes, Advocates 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

Queens, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Queens Borough President Helen Marshall were joined today at Queens Borough Hall by New York State NAACP President Dr. Hazel Dukes, Jerry Vattamala of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) and National Women's Chair of the Alliance of South Asian American Labor (ASAAL) Mazeda Uddin in calling on Congressional leaders of both chambers to pass a bipartisan legislative solution this year to restore the Voting Rights Act in … Continue Reading


August 08, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $267k Federal Grant for International Association of Arson Investigators; Investment for Fire Prevention and Investigation Training

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI), based in Calcium, New York, will receive a grant totaling $267,000 in Round 15 of the FY11 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) for Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S). AFG awards are administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and are designed to strengthen the nation's ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards and improve … Continue Reading


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

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