Press Releases

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


July 30, 2013

With 15 NYS Counties Confirmed to Have Emerald Ash Borer, Senator Gillibrand Calls for Funding to Eradicate Invasive Beetle

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee, today urged for additional funding to help research, control and eradicate the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive insect threatening the 900 million ash trees in New York and throughout the country. There are no known methods to control the Emerald Ash Borer. "New York State is home to some of the world's most beautiful forests that today are at a major risk," Senator … Continue Reading


July 29, 2013

Standing at Niagara Transformer Corporation, Gillibrand & Higgins Announce New Bipartisan Effort to Revitalize Inactive, Contaminated Sites

Buffalo, NY - Standing with local leaders at Niagara Transformer Corporation, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, and Congressman Brian Higgins announced a new bipartisan effort to reauthorize and improve programs to cleanup and rebuild on brownfield sites. The Brownfields Utilization, Investment and Local Development (Build) Act, would jumpstart development efforts and provide additional resources and for sites in need of redevelopment. … Continue Reading


July 29, 2013

Standing at the Former Carriage Factory Site, Gillibrand Announces New Bipartisan Effort to Revitalize Inactive, Contaminated Sites

Rochester, NY - Standing with Mayor Thomas S. Richards at the former Carriage Factory site, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, announced a new bipartisan effort to reauthorize and improve programs to cleanup and rebuild on brownfield sites. The Brownfields Utilization, Investment and Local Development (Build) Act, would jumpstart development efforts and provide additional resources and for sites in need of redevelopment. The measure would … Continue Reading


July 29, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce FEMA Approves Additional Public Assistance for Severely Impacted Counties

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that FEMA has added Broome, Chautauqua, Clinton and Essex Counties to the disaster declaration following heavy rain and flooding last month, making the counties eligible for public assistance, including: debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair or replacement of damaged public facilities. Senators Schumer and Gillibrand have continually advocated for the federal government's support for flood-ravaged … Continue Reading


July 29, 2013

Standing at the Syracuse Community Health Center’s New Healthcare Campus Project, Gillibrand & Maffei Announces New Bipartisan Effort to Revitalize Inactive, Contaminated Sites

Syracuse, NY - Standing with local leaders at the Syracuse Community Health Center's new healthcare campus project, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, and Congressman Dan Maffei announced a new bipartisan effort to reauthorize and improve programs to cleanup and rebuild on brownfield sites. The Brownfields Utilization, Investment and Local Development (Build) Act, would jumpstart development efforts and provide additional resources and for … Continue Reading


July 29, 2013

Standing in Sheridan Hollow, Gillibrand & Tonko Announce New Bipartisan Effort to Revitalize Inactive, Contaminated Sites

Albany, NY - Standing with local leaders in Sheridan Hollow, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, and Congressman Paul Tonko announced a new bipartisan effort to reauthorize and improve programs to cleanup and rebuild on brownfield sites. The Brownfields Utilization, Investment and Local Development (Build) Act, would jumpstart development efforts and provide additional resources and for sites in need of redevelopment. The measure would … Continue Reading


July 26, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand, King Announce Over $1.6 Million in Federal Funds to Repair Boardwalk at Robert Moses State Park After Superstorm Sandy

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Peter King today announced over $1.6 million in funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the restoration and repair of the Robert Moses State Park Boardwalk after it was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. The federal funds are being provided to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. "Superstorm Sandy caused significant damage to the boardwalk at Robert Moses State Park … Continue Reading

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