Press Releases

June 20, 2013

$600,000 Federal Grant for Holbrook Fire District, Schumer, Gillibrand, Bishop, King Announce

HOLBROOK -- Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressmen Tim Bishop and Peter King announced today that the Holbrook Fire District will receive a federal grant of $600,000 in round 31 of the FY 2012 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Holbrook Fire District will use the federal funding to address much needed equipment upgrades, specifically the purchase two new Base Stations. These Base Stations will replace now outdated equipment in compliance with Federal … Continue Reading


June 19, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $200,000 in Federal Funds to Bolster Food Hub, Create Jobs in Sullivan County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $213,400 for the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) to launch a satellite Food Distribution Hub Project, providing Sullivan Country farmers an effective distribution line to move their goods to local and regional markets, an effort that is expected to create up to 19 new local jobs. The federal funding is allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Business Enterprise … Continue Reading


June 18, 2013

Gillibrand, Tonko, Kennedy Introduce Bill to Improve Engineering Education in Schools

WASHINGTON - Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Representatives Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Joe Kennedy (D-MA) introduced legislation this week that would help boost science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) education programs in the nation's elementary, middle and high schools. The Educating Tomorrow's Engineers Act (ETEA) would help increase student achievement and interest in science and engineering disciplines by removing barriers at the federal level that prevent schools from … Continue Reading


June 18, 2013

Gillibrand Statement on Pentagon Women in Service Review

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Chair of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, issued the following statement today as the Pentagon made its formal announcement on setting goals to allow women to serve in elite combat roles: "This is another step in the right direction in opening combat roles to women. Women are already fighting and dying for our country shoulder-to-shoulder with their brothers in uniform on the frontlines, but without the formal recognition … Continue Reading


June 17, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $5 Million in Federal Investment to Help Improve Water Service to City of Norwich Residents

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 City of Norwich with a $5,022,000 Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant. Specifically, this $4,022,000 loan and $1,000,000 grant will go towards the construction of a much-needed water treatment plant (WTP) in Norwich, to replace a century-old facility. In March 2013, Schumer argued in his letter to the USDA that a new WTP is … Continue Reading


June 14, 2013

Schumer and Gillibrand: New York Set to Receive $211 Million Boost in Sandy Recovery Costs – At Senators’ Urging, Feds Agreed to Cover 90% of Federal Share After NYS Crossed Critical Threshold Allowing for Increased Federal Aid

After Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the White House heeded U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand's recent call and agreed to increase the share the federal government is paying for repairing public property damage by Superstorm Sandy from 75% to 90%, the Senators announced today that more than a dozen Sandy recovery projects across New York City and Long Island will now be eligible for an additional $211 million in federal funds. The more than $1 billion in … Continue Reading


June 14, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Secure Nearly $60,000 Federal Grant for Livingston Fire District

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the Livingston Fire District will receive $59,531 in federal funds to upgrade their air compressor 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 needed equipment, protective gear, … Continue Reading


June 13, 2013

Gillibrand Joins Kaine, Rubio, 11 Other Senators in Letter to Egyptian President Morsi Condemning June 4 Sentencing of NGO Workers as Broader Threat to Human Rights

Washington, D.C. - In a letter sent to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi today, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Jon Tester (D-MN), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Jim Risch (R-ID), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Chris Coons (D-DE) expressed grave concern about the June 4, 2013 decision by an Egyptian court to sentence 43 Egyptian … Continue Reading


June 12, 2013

Gillibrand Statement on Senate Armed Services Committee Dropping Military Justice Improvement Act from National Defense Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Chair of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, issued the following statement today after the Senate Armed Services Committee cut the Military Justice Improvement Act, bipartisan legislation she wrote and introduced with the support of 27 co-sponsors, from the markup of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014: "I am deeply disappointed the voices of the victims of sexual assault have been drowned out by … Continue Reading


June 12, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $21 Million in Sandy Relief Funds Being Delivered to NYC Dept of Transportation—Large Portion of Funding Will Go Towards Staten Island Ferry

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced that $21,889,326 in federal emergency funding from the Sandy Relief Bill will be obligated to the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) for transportation projects including the Staten Island Ferry. The projects being funding are for preparation or response to the effects of Superstorm Sandy. "Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on New York City's transit systems, including the heavily used Staten Island … Continue Reading


June 12, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $54 Million in Federal Sandy Aid for Port Authority of NY & NJ

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced today the Department of Transportation (DOT) is awarding the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey $54,243,826 million in federal funding for infrastructure repairs in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Federal funds will go towards Sandy-related emergency preparation and response, including replacement and repair of mechanical and electrical equipment, structural and architectural rehabilitation, and emergency operating … Continue Reading


June 11, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Village of Morris to Receive Over $2 Million in Federal Funding for Water Management

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that the Village of Morris has received a Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant for a total of $2,475,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Rural Development's Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. The funding will be used for several water management projects, including construction of a new water storage tank that will replace the existing 130 year old tank. In addition, Morris will replace aging … Continue Reading


June 11, 2013

Gillibrand Opening Remarks at Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee Markup of National Defense Authorization Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Chair of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, delivered the following opening remarks today at the Subcommittee's markup of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014: Good afternoon. The Personnel Subcommittee will come to order. In prior years, the Personnel Subcommittee markup has been held in closed session. I am pleased that this mark-up, my first as Chairwoman of the Personnel Subcommittee, … Continue Reading


June 11, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1.2 Million in Federal Funds to Build New Water Line for Families, Businesses in Batavia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced federal funding worth a total of $1,220,600 for the Town of Batavia to help finance a project to deliver public water to 59 residents. This loan and grant are through the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Rural Development's Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. "This is great news for the Town of Batavia, which will mean new water delivery to about 59 more residents. Supporting New York's … Continue Reading


June 11, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Village of Deferiet to Receive Over $620k in Federal Funding for Water Management

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that the Village of Deferiet has received a Water and Waste Disposal Grant for $622,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Rural Development's Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. The funding will be used to provide a new transmission line between the Villages of Deferiet and nearby Herrings, and will make distribution system improvements in both villages, including the addition of several new fire … Continue Reading


June 10, 2013

Gillibrand Announces Nearly $1.7 Million in Federal Funds to Build Water Line for Families, Businesses in Genesee County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a set of federal funding worth a total of $1,673,000 for the Town of Alexander in Genesee County to help finance a project to deliver public water to 66 residents and four local businesses. "Investing in water infrastructure like this is one of the smartest and most effective ways to lead us to new economic growth," Senator Gillibrand said. "Upgrading water infrastructure can help local families live healthier, while helping … Continue Reading


June 10, 2013

Gillibrand Urges SBA to Expedite Disaster Loans for Nearly One Thousand Small Biz and Homeowners Devastated by Superstorm Sandy

New York - With nearly one thousand New Yorkers facing delays on securing Sandy-related federal loans and hundreds more still waiting on a final decision on their disaster loan applications, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to expedite and streamline the disaster loan application process for New York businesses and homeowners devastated by Superstorm Sandy. Senator Gillibrand is also urging the agency to ensure that disaster loans are in … Continue Reading


June 10, 2013

At Gillibrand’s Urging, Feds Add Cherry Grove Community House and Theater to National Register of Historic Places

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced today that the U.S. Department of the Interior's National Park Service placed Cherry Grove Community House and Theater on the National Register of Historic Places. Last month, Senator Gillibrand urged the Chief of the National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks Program to designate the Fire Island site on the official list of the country's historic places worthy of preservation. Located on Fire … Continue Reading


June 07, 2013

Standing at the Boscobel House and Gardens, Gillibrand, Lowey, Maloney Announce Plan to Maximize Hudson River Valley’s Recreation, Tourism, and Economic Development Potential

Garrison, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswoman Nita Lowey, and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney today announced a plan to harness the economic potential and protect the natural beauty of the Hudson Valley. Stretching from Saratoga to Westchester Counties, the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area links over 100 individual sites that promote tourism and recreation in the region while showcasing the Hudson Valley's unique role in American history and development. Extending … Continue Reading


June 07, 2013

Standing at Lake George, Gillibrand, Owens to Announce Comprehensive Legislation to Stop Spread of Invasive Species, Prevent Future Invasive Species

Bolton Landing, NY - Standing at Lake George, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, 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 and Rep. Owen's legislation comes on the heels of a new Federal, State and local agreement to fund two boat inspection and washing stations to add to its current station. … Continue Reading

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