Press Releases

July 26, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1 Million in FEMA Funding for Debris Removal for Hempstead Sanitary District No. 1 After Superstorm Sandy

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,144,833 of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance funding for the Hempstead Sanitary District No. 1 which will reimburse the costs for debris removal operations as a result of Superstorm Sandy. Sanitary District No. 1 in the Town of Hempstead covers the Long Island towns of Lawrence, Cedarhurst, Woodmere, Inwood, Hewlett, Lynbrook, and Valley Stream. "Superstorm Sandy wreaked significant damage … Continue Reading


July 26, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand, Hanna Announce New York’s Chobani Yogurt Chosen for Greek Yogurt Pilot Program in School Lunches

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and Representative Richard Hanna today announced New York-based Chobani Greek Yogurt will be the yogurt of choice in a USDA pilot program to serve Greek yogurt in school lunches. New York State was chosen for the pilot program earlier this month because of its burgeoning Greek yogurt manufacturing sector and the high level of interest in the program among New York State school districts. The federal officials announced … Continue Reading


July 25, 2013

Gillibrand Fact Sheet on Sexual Assaults in the Military

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's office released the following facts today. Any of the following can be attributed to Senator Gillibrand's office: Today we heard more of the same in opposition to the bipartisan coalition sponsoring the Military Justice Improvement Act. This carefully crafted legislation supported by 44 Senators from both sides of the aisle seeks to reverse the systemic fear that numerous victims of military sexual assault have told us they have in … Continue Reading


July 25, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand, Bishop, Israel Announce Over $150,000 in Federal Funding for Suffolk County Fire Rescue & Emergency Services

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Tim Bishop and Congressman Steve Israel today announced $159,000 in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding for the Suffolk County Fire Rescue and Emergency Services. The funding is being awarded under the FY 2012 Fire Prevention and Safety Program, an initiative included in the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. Suffolk County Fire Rescue and Emergency Services will be using the funding to purchase an all … Continue Reading


July 24, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Federal Dept of Transportation to Provide $5 Million in Immediate Aid to New York State for Road, Highway Work in Flood-Damaged Upstate New York Counties

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, after speaking with federal Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, announced that the Dept. of Transportation (DOT) will provide $5 million in immediate storm relief funding to help state, local and municipal governments rebuild roads and highways. The funding is part of the Federal Highway Administration Quick Release Emergency Relief Program which provides funds to New York State for the repair or reconstruction of … Continue Reading


July 24, 2013

Gillibrand, Bishop Host Federal Fire Grant Workshop

YAPHANK -- Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Tim Bishop sponsored a workshop last night in Yaphank to provide Eastern Suffolk Fire Districts with information and strategies to obtain federal grants. Approximately 25 local firefighters from 12 different departments attended the workshop to learn more about funding opportunities through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program for new equipment such as improved breathing apparatus and … Continue Reading


July 24, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1 Million for Penn Yan Airport

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,046,328 in federal funding is being awarded to Penn Yan Airport to improve runway infrastructure. The funding is allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program. "This Department of Transportation grant will ensure that Penn Yan Airport can continue to safely serve residents, businesses and visitors to the area for years to come," said … Continue Reading


July 22, 2013

Gillibrand Statement on European Union’s Designation of Hezbollah’s Military Wing as a Terrorist Organization

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) released the following statement today after the European Union added the military wing of Hezbollah to a list of terrorist organizations. Last September, Senator Gillibrand signed a letter with 62 of her Senate colleagues to Baroness Catherine Ashton urging the EU to take such action. "I commend the European Union for recognizing Hezbollah for what it is - a terrorist organization. The evidence is clear that Hezbollah has conducted … Continue Reading


July 19, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $100,000 Federal Grant for Delhi Fire Department

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the Delhi Fire Department will receive $97,537 in federal grants to purchase new hoses, nozzles, and thermal imaging cameras. 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, … Continue Reading


July 19, 2013

Standing Overlooking Lake Champlain, Gillibrand Announces Legislation to Prevent Future Invasive Species

Plattsburgh, NY - Standing at Lake Champlain, 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's legislation would protect New York from the threat of invasive species by preventing the importation of potentially harmful species across state lines or into the United … Continue Reading


July 18, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce HUD to Provide Additional Flexibility to Sandy-Victims Who Declined Gov’t Loans Immediately After Superstorm Sandy; Senators Pushed for Rule Change to Allow for Maximum Sandy-Aid

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced that, after their push, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will issue new guidelines providing more flexibility for Sandy-victims who turned down Small Business Administration (SBA) loans in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Many victims rejected these loans because they couldn't afford to take on more debt, or because the terms were less generous than initially expected. HUD's initial … Continue Reading


July 18, 2013

Gillibrand Announces Partnership Between West Point and Fredonia High-Tech Start-Up

Washington, D.C - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that Silicon Wolves Computing Society LLC., a high-tech start-up based in Dunkirk, New York, teamed up with West Point to host an intern this summer. While touring the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator last year, Senator Gillibrand met with the Silicon Wolves Computing Society (SWCS) CEO and pledged to help the company build a relationship with West Point for their internship program. The company, which turned two years old in … Continue Reading


July 18, 2013

Bipartisan Momentum Continues…Another Retired General Comes Forward in Support of Gillibrand Proposal to Create Independent, Non-Biased, Objective Military Justice System for Victims of Sexual Assault in the Military

Washington D.C. - Just two days after announcing that Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) have joined a growing bipartisan coalition of 41 Senators publicly supportive of creating an independent military justice system outside the chain of command, including 34 cosponsors of the Military Justice Improvement Act, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released a letter from the latest retired General to speak out in favor of this carefully crafted proposal. In a letter to Gillibrand (see full … Continue Reading


July 17, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $15 Million Army Contract Awarded for Fire Island Inlet Dredging & Repairs at Sandy-Ravaged Gilgo Beach

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that a $15 million Army contract has been awarded for emergency dredging and beach nourishment for the Fire Island Inlet and Shore Westerly to Jones Inlet. Schumer and Gillibrand successfully secured approval from the Army Corps to begin this multi-purpose project which will provide much-needed dredging at the Fire Island Inlet and simultaneously help the Sandy-damaged Gilgo Beach by replenishing it with the dredged sand. … Continue Reading


July 17, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1.4 Million for Greater Rochester International Airport; Funding to Improve Runway Safety Area

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced Greater Rochester International Airport will receive a $1,450,461 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. Rochester Airport will use the funding to replace sections of runway and extend the safety area, increasing overall airport safety. "This Department of Transportation grant will ensure that the Rochester airport can continue to safely serve residents, businesses and visitors to region for years to come," said … Continue Reading


July 17, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $14 Million in FEMA Funding for Debris Removal in Suffolk County After Superstorm Sandy

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $14,892,111of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance funding for the Suffolk County Public Works - Sanitation Department which will reimburse the costs for debris removal operations as a result of Superstorm Sandy. "Superstorm Sandy wreaked significant damage throughout Suffolk County, requiring a massive cleanup effort," said Schumer. "This federal reimbursement for debris cleanup is critical in … Continue Reading


July 17, 2013

Gillibrand Announces $815,000 in EPA Funding for Glen Cove for Clean-Up at Brownfield Site

Glen Cove, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, announced today that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will provide $815,000 to Nassau County for clean-up of Doxey site in Glen Cove, which is the final brownfield site in Glen Cove's Waterfront Redevelopment Area to be cleaned. Federal funding was awarded through EPA's Brownfields Program, which helps communities assess, clean up, redevelop and reuse contaminated … Continue Reading


July 16, 2013

Rand Paul and Ted Cruz Join Gillibrand, Boxer, Grassley Effort to Create Independent, Non-Biased Military Justice System for Victims of Sexual Assault When Defense Bill Comes to Senate Floor This Month

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) joined Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Charles Grassley (R-IA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today to announce their full support of a proposal offered by a bipartisan coalition of 33 Senators that seeks to reverse the systemic fear that numerous victims of military sexual assault have described in deciding whether to … Continue Reading


July 16, 2013

Gillibrand Announces $300,000 in EPA Funding to Ogdensburg for Clean-Up at Brownfield Site

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, announced today that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will provide $300,000 to the City of Ogdensburg for the clean-up of the former Augsbury Tank Farm site, to be used to build a mixed use development along the shoreline of the St. Lawrence River. Federal funding was awarded through EPA's Brownfields Program, which helps communities assess, clean up, redevelop and reuse … Continue Reading


July 15, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $96k for Rochester Fire Department; Funding for City’s Southwest Fire Safety Project

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the Rochester Fire Department is set to receive $96,320 in Round 11 of the FY12 Fire Prevention & Safety program (FP&S), an initiative included in the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. FP&S awards are administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and are designed to increase public safety and fire fighter safety. The Rochester Fire Department will use funding to implement the proposed … Continue Reading

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