Press Releases

June 13, 2013

Gillibrand Joins Kaine, Rubio, 11 Other Senators in Letter to Egyptian President Morsi Condemning June 4 Sentencing of NGO Workers as Broader Threat to Human Rights

Washington, D.C. - In a letter sent to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi today, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Jon Tester (D-MN), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Jim Risch (R-ID), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Chris Coons (D-DE) expressed grave concern about the June 4, 2013 decision by an Egyptian court to sentence 43 Egyptian … Continue Reading


June 12, 2013

Gillibrand Statement on Senate Armed Services Committee Dropping Military Justice Improvement Act from National Defense Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Chair of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, issued the following statement today after the Senate Armed Services Committee cut the Military Justice Improvement Act, bipartisan legislation she wrote and introduced with the support of 27 co-sponsors, from the markup of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014: "I am deeply disappointed the voices of the victims of sexual assault have been drowned out by … Continue Reading


June 12, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $21 Million in Sandy Relief Funds Being Delivered to NYC Dept of Transportation—Large Portion of Funding Will Go Towards Staten Island Ferry

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced that $21,889,326 in federal emergency funding from the Sandy Relief Bill will be obligated to the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) for transportation projects including the Staten Island Ferry. The projects being funding are for preparation or response to the effects of Superstorm Sandy. "Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on New York City's transit systems, including the heavily used Staten Island … Continue Reading


June 12, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $54 Million in Federal Sandy Aid for Port Authority of NY & NJ

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced today the Department of Transportation (DOT) is awarding the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey $54,243,826 million in federal funding for infrastructure repairs in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Federal funds will go towards Sandy-related emergency preparation and response, including replacement and repair of mechanical and electrical equipment, structural and architectural rehabilitation, and emergency operating … Continue Reading


June 11, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Village of Morris to Receive Over $2 Million in Federal Funding for Water Management

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that the Village of Morris has received a Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant for a total of $2,475,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Rural Development's Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. The funding will be used for several water management projects, including construction of a new water storage tank that will replace the existing 130 year old tank. In addition, Morris will replace aging … Continue Reading


June 11, 2013

Gillibrand Opening Remarks at Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee Markup of National Defense Authorization Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Chair of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, delivered the following opening remarks today at the Subcommittee's markup of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014: Good afternoon. The Personnel Subcommittee will come to order. In prior years, the Personnel Subcommittee markup has been held in closed session. I am pleased that this mark-up, my first as Chairwoman of the Personnel Subcommittee, … Continue Reading


June 11, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1.2 Million in Federal Funds to Build New Water Line for Families, Businesses in Batavia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced federal funding worth a total of $1,220,600 for the Town of Batavia to help finance a project to deliver public water to 59 residents. This loan and grant are through the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Rural Development's Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. "This is great news for the Town of Batavia, which will mean new water delivery to about 59 more residents. Supporting New York's … Continue Reading


June 11, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Village of Deferiet to Receive Over $620k in Federal Funding for Water Management

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that the Village of Deferiet has received a Water and Waste Disposal Grant for $622,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Rural Development's Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. The funding will be used to provide a new transmission line between the Villages of Deferiet and nearby Herrings, and will make distribution system improvements in both villages, including the addition of several new fire … Continue Reading


June 10, 2013

Gillibrand Announces Nearly $1.7 Million in Federal Funds to Build Water Line for Families, Businesses in Genesee County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a set of federal funding worth a total of $1,673,000 for the Town of Alexander in Genesee County to help finance a project to deliver public water to 66 residents and four local businesses. "Investing in water infrastructure like this is one of the smartest and most effective ways to lead us to new economic growth," Senator Gillibrand said. "Upgrading water infrastructure can help local families live healthier, while helping … Continue Reading


June 10, 2013

Gillibrand Urges SBA to Expedite Disaster Loans for Nearly One Thousand Small Biz and Homeowners Devastated by Superstorm Sandy

New York - With nearly one thousand New Yorkers facing delays on securing Sandy-related federal loans and hundreds more still waiting on a final decision on their disaster loan applications, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to expedite and streamline the disaster loan application process for New York businesses and homeowners devastated by Superstorm Sandy. Senator Gillibrand is also urging the agency to ensure that disaster loans are in … Continue Reading


June 10, 2013

At Gillibrand’s Urging, Feds Add Cherry Grove Community House and Theater to National Register of Historic Places

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced today that the U.S. Department of the Interior's National Park Service placed Cherry Grove Community House and Theater on the National Register of Historic Places. Last month, Senator Gillibrand urged the Chief of the National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks Program to designate the Fire Island site on the official list of the country's historic places worthy of preservation. Located on Fire … Continue Reading


June 07, 2013

Standing at the Boscobel House and Gardens, Gillibrand, Lowey, Maloney Announce Plan to Maximize Hudson River Valley’s Recreation, Tourism, and Economic Development Potential

Garrison, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswoman Nita Lowey, and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney today announced a plan to harness the economic potential and protect the natural beauty of the Hudson Valley. Stretching from Saratoga to Westchester Counties, the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area links over 100 individual sites that promote tourism and recreation in the region while showcasing the Hudson Valley's unique role in American history and development. Extending … Continue Reading


June 07, 2013

Standing at Lake George, Gillibrand, Owens to Announce Comprehensive Legislation to Stop Spread of Invasive Species, Prevent Future Invasive Species

Bolton Landing, NY - Standing at Lake George, 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 and Rep. Owen's legislation comes on the heels of a new Federal, State and local agreement to fund two boat inspection and washing stations to add to its current station. … Continue Reading


June 07, 2013

Gillibrand Tours First-Of-Its-Kind Veterans Health Center on Long Island, Pushes for Improved Behavioral Health Care for Veterans, Service Members, and Their Families

Bay Shore, N.Y. - Today, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Chair of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, toured the North Shore LIJ's Mildred and Frank Feinberg Division of the Unified Behavioral Health Center for Military Veterans and Their Families - the first-of-its-kind veterans behavioral health facility in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that provides critical services and treatments for veterans returning home from combat and their family members. … Continue Reading


June 06, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $30k for Scotia Fire Department; Funding Means Vital Equipment for First Responders

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the Scotia Fire Department is set to receive $31,464 in Round 29 of 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, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect … Continue Reading


June 06, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand, Maloney Announce Nearly $160,000 Federal Grant for Poughkeepsie Area Fire Department

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney announced the Fairview Fire District is set to receive $158,948 in federal funding to replace outdated personal protective equipment, including updated SCBA breathing apparatus units. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. "With this funding, Fairview's first responders can focus on their important work … Continue Reading


June 03, 2013

Gillibrand Statement on Passing of Senator Lautenberg

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement today on the passing of Senator Frank Lautenberg: "I am saddened by the loss of my dear friend and colleague Senator Frank Lautenberg, and my heart goes out to his wife and family. Frank was a true champion for those who need a voice in Washington. I am honored to have had the privilege to fight side-by-side to secure health care for our 9/11 first responders, ensure federal support for the families and … Continue Reading


May 31, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $30,000 Federal Grant for Schuyler Volunteer Fire Company; Investment Means Vital Equipment for First Responders

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that the Schuyler Volunteer Fire Company in Oneida County was awarded a $29,693 federal grant in Round 28 of 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, emergency … Continue Reading


May 31, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $100,000 Federal Grant for New Haven Volunteer Fire Corp.; Investment Means Vital Equipment for First Responders

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that the New Haven Volunteer Fire Corporation was awarded a $101,757 federal grant in Round 28 of 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, emergency vehicles, … Continue Reading


May 30, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $300,000 for Capital Region First Responders

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $184,274 in federal funding for the Albany Fire Department, $136,278 and Speigletown Fire District to purchase new firefighting equipment and gear, including new self-contained breathing apparatus, air tanks and new swift water rescue suits. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. "With this funding, firefighters in … Continue Reading

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