Press Releases

July 15, 2014

To Protect Net Neutrality, Schumer, Gillibrand Call To Reclassify Broadband As A Utility

Washington, DC- As the comment period comes to a close for the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) proposed rulemaking on its Open Internet order, Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, along with eleven Senate Democrats, are calling on the Commission to reclassify the transmission component of broadband Internet access as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. In a letter to be sent to the FCC today, the lawmakers point to the need for the … Continue Reading


July 15, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $120,000 In Federal Funds For Capital Region Fire Departments

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $47,500 in federal funding for the Coxsackie Fire Department in Greene County and $74,670 for the Middleburgh Fire Department in Schoharie County. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The Coxsackie Fire Department will use this money to purchase a new compressor system, which is used to fill firefighters' self-contained breathing apparatuses … Continue Reading


July 14, 2014

Gillibrand, Senators Call For Review Of Trade Agreement With African Nations That Violate LGBT Rights

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) was joined by nine other senators to call on President Obama to examine whether recently enacted anti-homosexuality laws in sub-Saharan African countries should affect those countries' eligibility for duty-free imports under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Authorized in 2000, AGOA has offered tangible incentives for African countries to expand trade, stimulate economic growth, and integrate into the global economy. In … Continue Reading


July 14, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $335,000 In Federal Funds For Saint John Fisher College Nurse Practitioner Training Program In Rochester

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $335,235 in federal funding for St. John Fisher College's Wegmans School of Nursing training program in Rochester. The program, called the "Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner Traineeship Program," will help provide traineeship funding for graduate students pursuing either a Master's Degree in Advanced Practice Nursing or a Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing. This Wegmans School of Nursing Program at St. John Fisher … Continue Reading


July 11, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $17,000 For The Chazy Volunteer Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $17,078 in federal funding for the Chazy Volunteer Fire Department in Clinton County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The federal funding will be used to purchase new fire hoses. "Making sure the brave men and women that serve in our fire departments have the resources they need has always been a top priority … Continue Reading


July 10, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $325,000 For The Rochester Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $328,500 in federal funding for the Rochester Fire Department. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). They will use the funding to purchase a new advanced, life-like training system for firefighters. "These much-needed federal funds will help the Rochester Fire Department invest in the training system they need to do … Continue Reading


July 10, 2014

Funds Will Be Used to Purchase New Fire Hoses

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $21,906 in federal funding for the Hammond Fire & Rescue Department. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The federal funding will be used to purchase new fire hoses. "These much-needed federal funds will help the Hammond Fire and Rescue Department to invest in the equipment they need to do their jobs … Continue Reading


July 10, 2014

Gillibrand Statement After News Reports That Hamas Rockets Targeted Israel’s Main Nuclear Reactor

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) released the following statement today after recent news reports revealed that among 74 rockets launched by Hamas on Wednesday, three missiles were targeted at Israel's main nuclear facility in Dimona. Israel's Iron Dome air defense system intercepted one of the rockets while two others landed in open areas. Reports also show that Hamas fired a Syrian-made rocket about 78 miles from Gaza, the furthest penetration into Israel yet. "I … Continue Reading


July 10, 2014

Gillibrand-Fattah Bill To Connect Youth With Strong Job Opportunities Passes Congress – Heads To The President’s Desk To Be Signed Into Law

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) today announced key provisions from their legislation to help increase employment among at-risk youth passed Congress as part of a bipartisan, bicameral deal - the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) - which reauthorizes federal job training programs under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). The bill now heads to the President's desk to be signed into law. The Urban Jobs Act would provide … Continue Reading


July 10, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Maffei Announce Senate Passage of Bill To Create Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Dan Maffei today announced Senate passage of legislation to establish the Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn as a National Historical Park, which would also encompass the Tubman Home for the Aged, the Thompson Memorial AME Zion Church and Rectory. The bill also establishes the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Maryland. Schumer and Gillibrand are sponsors of the Senate legislation, … Continue Reading


July 09, 2014

Hobby Lobby: Schumer, Gillibrand To Introduce Legislative Fix To Protect Women’s Health In Aftermath Of Supreme Court Decision

(Washington, D.C.)- Today, U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand will introduce the Protect Women's Health from Corporate Interference Act to restore the contraceptive coverage requirement guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act and protect coverage of other health services from employers who want to impose their beliefs on their employees by denying benefits. Representatives Diana DeGette (D-CO), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) are introducing companion … Continue Reading


July 08, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce FEMA Has Issued Disaster Declaration For 11 Upstate Counties, Which Will Unlock Critical Federal Funds That Will Help Upstate NY Recover From Recent Storms & Flooding

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced New York State's request for federal support to help communities across upstate New York recover from recent severe flooding has been approved. Specifically, the Major Disaster Declaration for 11 impacted counties includes Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Delaware, Herkimer, Lewis, Livingston, Ontario, Otsego, Steuben, and Yates. Back-to-back severe storms in May and June caused significant flooding, forcing residents … Continue Reading


July 08, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $500,000 For Capital Region Fire Departments

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced nearly $500,000 in federal funding for Capital Region fire departments. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The grants are awarded on a competitive basis to the applicants that most closely address the program's priorities and demonstrate financial need. "These much-needed federal funds will help six Capital … Continue Reading


July 08, 2014

After Harmful Algal Blooms Found In Long Island Lakes & Waterways, Gillibrand Announces Bipartisan Legislation To Stop The Spread Of Harmful Algal Blooms Signed Into Law By The President

Washington, D.C. - After harmful algal bloom was discovered in a Southampton pond this month, totaling four water bodies across Suffolk County tainted with this bacteria, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, today announced that President Obama recently signed into law the Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act, bipartisan legislation aimed to help prevent the spread of harmful algal blooms in New York … Continue Reading


July 07, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $165,000 For The Briarcliff Manor Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $167,451 in federal funding for the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The Briarcliff Manor Fire Department will use these federal funds to purchase a new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) fill station, a mobile data terminal and pagers for firefighters and emergency … Continue Reading


July 07, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $580,000 In Federal Funds For Suffolk County Fire Departments; Investment Means Vital Equipment For First Responders At Medford Fire District, Jamesport Fire Dept & Gordon Heights Fire District

United States Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that three fire departments on Suffolk County are set to receive a total of $583,786 in federal funding. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The Jamesport Fire Department is set to receive $24,791 in federal funding to purchase protective equipment for fire fighters. Some of these items include: eight helmets, eight fire … Continue Reading


July 07, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $11.5 Million In Federal Sandy Aid For Critical Runway Repairs At JFK And Laguardia Airports

New York - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is awarding $11.5 million in federal funding to the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) for Superstorm Sandy-impacted damage to both JFK and LaGuardia Airports' arrestor bed technology designed to prevent aircraft from overrunning runways, known as Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS). An estimated $8.24 million will go towards JFK Airport … Continue Reading


July 03, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $20,000 In Federal Funds For Cortlandville Fire District In Cortland County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $23,465 in federal funding for the Cortlandville Fire District in Cortland County. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) and will be used to purchase 2,500 feet of new fire hoses and six nozzles. The hose and its nozzles have reached the end of their reliable life and have begun deteriorating, making the need for new equipment … Continue Reading


July 03, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $40,000 In Federal Funds For Village Of Speculator Volunteer Fire Department In Hamilton County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $40,128 in federal funding for the Village of Speculator Volunteer Fire Department in Hamilton County. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) and will be used to purchase new Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). PPE is designed to protect firefighters from serious injuries resulting from contact with chemical, physical or … Continue Reading


July 03, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $40,000 For Middlesex Valley Volunteer Ambulance

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $40,945 in federal funding for the Middlesex Valley Volunteer Ambulance in Yates County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The Middlesex Valley Volunteer Ambulance will use these federal funds to purchase new life-saving medical equipment. "Our firefighters are our local heroes-they protect our residents and our … Continue Reading

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