Press Releases

September 27, 2013

Breaking: Defense Advisory Committee Voted Today in Favor of Removing Decision Whether to Prosecute Sexual Assaults from the Chain of Command - First Body Connected to DoD to Endorse Gillibrand Approach

Washington, DC - Today, the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) voted overwhelmingly in support of removing the decision whether to prosecute sexual assaults and other serious crimes from the chain of command, the goals of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's Military Justice Improvement Act Amendment. Ten members voted in support of the measure, five abstained to study further, none voted against. "I want to thank the panel for closely studying this issue and inviting … Continue Reading


September 27, 2013

Gillibrand Unveils New Plan to Update the Rules of the Modern Workplace, Ensure Women Workers Have a Fair Shot at Earning their Financial Security, Strengthen Middle Class Families

Washington, DC - In a major policy speech today hosted by the Center for American Progress, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) unveiled a new five-point package aimed at ensuring more middle class women workers have a fair shot at earning financial security by modernizing America's outdated workplace policies that have failed to keep pace with the demands on the new workforce driving our economy and limits economic growth. With more dual income households than ever before, and 40 percent … Continue Reading


September 26, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand, Israel Announce $1.2 Million in Federal Funding for New York Institute of Technology; Investment Will Help Create 65 Jobs by Establishing On-Campus Entrepreneurship& Technology Innovation Center

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand and Congressman Steve Israel today announced over $1 million in federal funding for the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) School of Engineering and Computing Sciences in Old Westbury. The funding is being used to establish an Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center (ETIC), expected to create 65 jobs and save 6 jobs. The funding is being awarded by the Economic Development Administration (EDA). "The high tech industry … Continue Reading


September 26, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $53 Million in Federal Funding for Debris Removal Throughout Nassau County After Superstorm Sandy

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced over $53 million in federal funding for the Nassau County Public Works for debris removal after Superstorm Sandy. The reimbursement is being provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "After Superstorm Sandy hit communities in Nassau County, the roads and right of ways were ridden with debris causing a very dangerous situation for residents," said Schumer. "This federal reimbursement will help repay … Continue Reading


September 25, 2013

Gillibrand Fights to Keep Child Care Assistance Pilot Program at VA Medical Center for Long Island Veterans

Washington, DC - With a local Northport Veterans Affairs (VA) child care pilot program set to expire at the end of the month, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today is fighting to save this important program. More than 174 local veterans per month have taken advantage of this service, which has cared for 234 children this year while their parents receive mental health services from the Northport VA. Senator Gillibrand is pushing the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Department of … Continue Reading


September 24, 2013

Gillibrand Fights to Keep Child Care Assistance Pilot Program at VA Medical Center for Buffalo Veterans

Washington, DC - With a local Buffalo Veterans Affairs (VA) child care pilot program set to expire at the end of the month, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today is fighting to save this important program. More than 100 local veterans per month have taken advantage of this service, which has cared for nearly 1,300 children this year while their parents receive mental health services from the VA. Senator Gillibrand is pushing the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Department of Veterans … Continue Reading


September 24, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce City of Troy Set to Receive Almost $300k in Dept. of Justice Grant; Investment Will Improve Services, Better Protect Victims of Domestic Violence

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the City of Troy was awarded a $299,148 Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders Program (Arrest) Grant from the Department of Justice. Specifically, the city will partner with Unity House of Troy, Inc. and Rensselaer County Probation and use this funding to encourage arrests, enforce orders of protection, and increase victim safety. This project will enhance the policies and procedures related … Continue Reading


September 24, 2013

As UN General Assembly Debate Begins, Gillibrand, Barrasso Urge U.S. to Fight UN Human Rights Council’s Anti-Israel Agenda

Washington, DC - As the UN General Assembly debate begins, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and John Barrasso (R-WY) today pressed Secretary of State John Kerry to renew the U.S. commitment to challenge the sweeping anti-Israel bias at the UN and to work with our allies to repeal the UN Human Rights Council's blatantly discriminatory Agenda Item 7, a tool used to attack Israel at every Council session. The Senators emphasized strong U.S. support for Israel and called for an … Continue Reading


September 24, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $899,721 for Nassau County to Strengthen Safety of Domestic Violence Victims, Maximize Convictions of Abusers

Nassau, NY - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $899,721 for Nassau County to enhance safety of domestic violence victims by updating the police department's CAPER (Criminal Apprehension Provided by Electronic Response) alarm system and to maximize the convictions of abusers by training police department on accessing critical information on chronic domestic violence offenders. The federal grant is being awarded through the Department of Justice's Violence … Continue Reading


September 24, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge International Delphic Council to Consider Central NY for 2015 Junior Delphic Games

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand urged the International Delphic Council to consider Central New York as host for the 2015 Junior Delphic Games. The games would bring art and cultural competition from a diverse global background to the area and would provide a boost in tourism to the region. This month, both Senators personally wrote to the International Delphic Council, urging them to consider Central New York and its rich tradition of education, … Continue Reading


September 23, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Westchester County Set to Receive $900k in Dept. of Justice Grant; Investment for Family Justice Center to Improve Services, Better Protect Victims of Domestic Violence

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced a $900,000 Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders Program (Arrest) Grant from the Department of Justice for Westchester County. Specifically, the investment will help expand and strengthen Westchester's Family Justice Center, which brings together victim advocates from non-profit, nongovernmental victim services organizations, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, probation officers, governmental … Continue Reading


September 23, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Secure Nearly $700,000 to Combat Domestic Violence in Rochester Area

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced two grants worth a total of $684,569 for Lifespan of Greater Rochester and the YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County to support efforts to protect women and children from domestic violence. The competitive federal grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice to support a comprehensive strategy against domestic violence in all forms. "There are few crimes more repugnant than domestic violence … Continue Reading


September 23, 2013

Gillibrand Calls for Historic Natural Landmark Designation for Albany Pine Bush Preserve

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced her effort to designate the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, a 3,200-acre nature preserve, as a National Natural Landmark (NNL). "The Albany Pine Bush Preserve is one of New York State's most beautiful natural treasures, and deserves National Natural Landmark status," Senator Gillibrand said. "This gem of ecological diversity and rare geological landforms make this site an important preservation area and a great place for families … Continue Reading


September 23, 2013

With Only 11 Days Remaining…Gillibrand, Victim Compensation Fund Special Master Sheila Birnbaum, Union and Community Leaders Urge All Eligible Sick and Injured 9/11 Responders and Survivors to Register for Compensation Before the Oct. 3rd Deadline

New York, NY - With only 11 days before the October 3rd deadline for injured and sick 9/11 first responders, recovery workers, and survivors to register for economic compensation through the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, VCF Special Master Sheila Birnbaum, union and community leaders, and 9/11 first responders and survivors in urging all eligible injured and sick 9/11 first responders and survivors to quickly register without any delay. The James Zadroga … Continue Reading


September 23, 2013

Three More Retired Generals Come 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. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced today that three more retired Generals have come out in public support of her proposal to create an independent, non-biased and objective military justice system free of the influence of the chain of command by placing the decision over whether serious crimes go to trial in the hands of trained military prosecutors where it belongs. In separate letters to Gillibrand released today, the three retired Generals adding their … Continue Reading


September 22, 2013

After Touring the 4th Annual World Maker Faire at New York Hall of Science, Gillibrand Announces Education Agenda to Boost Stem Proficiency for Underrepresented Students

Queens, NY - After touring the fourth annual Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced new legislation to encourage more women, minorities, and low-income students to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math. To help close the racial, gender, and income-level gaps among our high-tech workforce, Senator Gillibrand's Supporting Underrepresented Groups' Education in STEM (SURGES) Act would create a grant program … Continue Reading


September 19, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand, and Maloney Announce $2.4 Million Investment for Newburgh Fire Department

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand and Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced today that City of Newburgh will receive $2,400,000 to hire fifteen new firefighters. Although their grant application was initially denied, the Newburgh Fire Department will now receive this important investment through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program- Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER). "With these funds, Newburgh residents can rest easy … Continue Reading


September 19, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand, Owens Announce Over $200k in Federal Funding for Town of Chester

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Congressman Bill Owens announced that the Town of Chester, in Warren County, has received a Community Facility Loan and Grant totaling $207,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Rural Development. The funding, comprised of a $187,000 loan and $20,000 grant will be used to install a new HVAC pellet boiler to improve energy efficiency at the Town Hall, which also serves as the Senior Center and the Meals on Wheels … Continue Reading


September 18, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $40,000 Federal Grant for Plymouth Volunteer Fire Department

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the Plymouth Volunteer Fire Department will receive $40,850 in federal funding to purchase new protective gear. 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


September 18, 2013

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand & Say Yes to Education Announce 11 New College and University Partners Committed to Tuition Aid for Urban Students

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Say Yes to Education Inc., a national nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing high school and college graduation rates for students in urban school districts, announced today that 11 additional private colleges and universities have joined the organization's Higher Education Compact, which offers free tuition to eligible students. The announcement was made on Wednesday at a media event on Capitol Hill by George Weiss, the money manager who founded Say Yes to … Continue Reading

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