Press Releases

July 24, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Maffei Announce Nearly $210,000 In Federal Funding For Weedsport Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Dan Maffei today announced that the Weedsport Fire Department has been awarded $209,562 in Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Weedsport Fire Department will use this grant to purchase 25 new self-contained breathing apparatus and other equipment, including self-rescue ropes and helmets. "These much-needed funds will allow the … Continue Reading


July 24, 2014

After Schumer-Gillibrand Push, Feds Find Nine Countries Are Guilty Of Dumping Foreign Steel, Senators Announce Feds Take Major Step To Protect New York Steel Jobs From Unfairly Priced Foreign Imports

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), in their final determination, has found that companies from nine countries are dumping steel pipe products into the United States. In May, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand joined 55 of their colleagues to urge the DOC to engage in a thorough investigation of possible dumping of certain steel pipes, called Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG), which threatened U.S. … Continue Reading


July 24, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $1.6 Million For Westchester County Airport

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded a $1,687,500 federal grant to the Westchester County Airport for important infrastructure improvements. Specifically, Westchester County Airport will acquire updated snow removal and deicing equipment, which will keep the airport and aircrafts serviceable during snow periods and enhance the efficiency and safety of operations. Furthermore, funding … Continue Reading


July 23, 2014

Gillibrand, Hanna Announce Army Corps Approves Mohawk Valley Edge’s Wetland Permit, Last Major Hurdle In Moving Chip Fab Forward In Oneida County

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Richard Hanna announced that the Army Corps of Engineers approved the wetland permit for the site being developed by Mohawk Valley Economic Development Growth Enterprises (EDGE) to attract the chip fabrication industry to Marcy, New York. For several years, EDGE has been actively engaged in the development of the site to attract a semiconductor manufacturing facility in Marcy; the effort has broad support from the … Continue Reading


July 23, 2014

At Gillibrand’s Urging, Dot Proposes New Rules For Transporting Hazardous Materials, Including The Phasing Out Of Dot-111 Tankers

Washington, D.C. - At U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's urging, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today issued new proposed rules on tankers transporting oil including quickly phasing out the use of old DOT-111 rail cars for transporting crude oil and other hazardous liquids. The new proposed rule would also propose new operational requirements that would reduce operating speeds and enhance braking capabilities for high-hazard flammable trains. DOT also announced an Advanced Notice … Continue Reading


July 22, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Tonko Announce Nearly $4 Million To Rehabilitate Runway At Albany International Airport

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Paul Tonko today announced that Albany International Airport will receive $3,978,545.00 in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for airport upgrades. The federal funding will be used to rehabilitate the existing Runway, the pavement of which is nearing the end of its useful life. This federally funded grant will be issued as a multi-year grant and dispensed with $1,248,827 in fiscal … Continue Reading


July 22, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $100,000 In Fed Funding For Hudson River Museum Of Westchester – Funds Will Help Create Public Art Pieces & Bring First-Ever River Arts Festival To City Of Yonkers

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced $100,000 in federal funding will be awarded to the Hudson River Museum of Westchester. This funding will be provided through the National Endowment for the Arts' (NEA) "Our Town" grant program, and will be used to help the museum partner with the City of Yonkers to host the first-ever Downtown Yonkers River Arts Festival. As a part of this festival, the museum and city will be working to support local artists in the … Continue Reading


July 21, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $140,000 For Coventry Emergency Squad

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $143,925 in federal funding for the Coventry Emergency Squad in Chenango County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The Coventry Emergency Squad will use these federal funds to purchase a new ambulance. "These much-needed funds will allow the Coventry Emergency Squad to invest in the new ambulance they need to do … Continue Reading


July 21, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Engel Announce, After Their Push, City Of New Rochelle Will Receive More Than $1.4 Million In FEMA Funding To Repair Damages To Municipal Marina And Docks Damaged By Hurricane Sandy

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Eliot Engel announced that the City of New Rochelle will receive $1,408,044.61 in federal funding to repair damages sustained to the municipal marina and docks during Hurricane Sandy. This funding will come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which will shoulder 90 percent of the total cost of rebuilding and rehabilitation. The total cost for New Rochelle to repair the damaged marina offices … Continue Reading


July 21, 2014

At Thompson Town Park, Gillibrand Announced Bipartisan Legislation To Provide Nutritious Meals For More Children Over The Summer

Monticello, NY - Standing at the YMCA Camp in Thompson Town Park, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, joined by New York State Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther and Chef Andrew Yeomans announced the bipartisan Summer Meals Act, which would enhance the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program. The legislation would help improve nutrition and enhance learning in underserved areas by better integrating summer education and meals programs, making it easier for public-private … Continue Reading


July 21, 2014

At Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Gillibrand Announces Bill To Bring High-Tech Innovation To The Marketplace

Troy, NY - Standing at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Manufacturing Innovation Learning Laboratory in the Low Center for Industrial Innovation, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, joined by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson, announced a bipartisan bill to help translate the more than $520 million a year of research funding secured by Capital Region research institutions into successful small businesses and spur the growth of new science and technology jobs in the … Continue Reading


July 18, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $200,000 In Anti-Crime Funding For City Of Rochester

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $201,254 in federal funding for anti-crime initiatives in the City of Rochester. The funding was allocated by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Justice Programs and will be used to support safety initiatives to improve the Rochester Police Department and support "Operation Nightwatch,"of Monroe County, to better monitor the activities of individuals on probation. "There is nothing more … Continue Reading


July 18, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $130,000 In Federal Funds For Erie County Fire Departments

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced more than $130,000 in federal funding for Erie County Fire Departments. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The Buffalo Fire Department will use its $69,971 in federal funds to create a health and wellness program for firefighters as well as expand their Employee Assistance Program (EAP) capabilities. This Health and … Continue Reading


July 18, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $7 Million In Federal Funding For Sandy-Related Sewage Decontamination At 392 Homes Throughout Nassau County

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $7.3 million in federal funding for Nassau County for sewage decontamination to 392 residences that were made uninhabitable by the discharge of contaminated sewage mixed with floodwaters due to Superstorm Sandy. The funding is being provided under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "Nearly 400 homes in Nassau County were flooded with contaminated sewage after Superstorm Sandy and Nassau County worked hard to … Continue Reading


July 18, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $130,000 In Federal Funds For Erie County Fire Departments

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced more than $130,000 in federal funding for Erie County Fire Departments. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The Buffalo Fire Department will use its $69,971 in federal funds to create a health and wellness program for firefighters as well as expand their Employee Assistance Program (EAP) capabilities. This Health and … Continue Reading


July 17, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $225,000 For Olive Fire Department And The Marbletown First Aid Unit In Ulster County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $228,375 in federal funding for the Olive Fire Department and the Marbletown First Aid Unit in Ulster County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The Olive Fire Department is located in Olivebridge, New York and will use the $157,007 in federal funding to purchase new turnout gear and mandated personal escape … Continue Reading


July 17, 2014

While Israel Continues To Protect Its Citizens From Rocket Fire With Iron Dome, Key Senate Committee Approves $622 Million For U.S.-Israel Cooperative Missile Defense Programs At Gillibrand & Kirk’s Urging

Washington, DC - As Gaza militants continue to launch a heavy barrage of rockets at Israel, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Mark Kirk (R-IL) today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee has appropriated approximately $621.6 million for the U.S.-Israel cooperative missile defense programs, including $351 million for the Iron Dome system that has proved very successful in protecting the people of Israel by intercepting … Continue Reading


July 17, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Key Committee Includes Additional $450 Million In Funds For Lockheed Martin Owego’s Combat Rescue & Marine One Helicopters Has Cleared Key Senate Hurdle – Senators Urge Colleagues To Pass Defense Funding Bill That Will Keep Helicopter Programs On Track

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Department of Defense (DoD) Appropriations Act that just passed the Senate Appropriations Committee includes $348 million for the Presidential Helicopter program and $100 million for the Combat Rescue Helicopter program, two major helicopter construction projects being undertaken by a team of Sikorsky Aircraft and Lockheed Martine Owego. The bill, along with the funding allotment for these two helicopter … Continue Reading


July 17, 2014

Gillibrand Urges Feds To Add Microbeads & Microplastics To List Of Great Lakes Contaminants

Washington D.C - In response to a recent report that identified thousands of plastic particles per square kilometer in Lake Erie and up to 1.1 million particles per square kilometer in Lake Ontario, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to add microbeads and microplastics to the list of Great Lakes contaminants. Microbeads are found in personal care products like facial scrubs, body washes, hand cleansers, and toothpaste. These products are … Continue Reading


July 16, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $310,000 For Two Fire Departments In Cortland And Tompkins County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $311,850 in federal funding for the Cortlandville Fire District in Cortland County and the Dryden Fire Department in Tompkins County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The fire departments will use these federal funds to purchase 70 new self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA). "These much-needed federal funds … Continue Reading

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