Press Releases

February 14, 2013

Gillibrand Fights to Secure VA Benefits for Victims of Sexual Assault in Military

Washington, D.C. - As part of her broad effort to strengthen the rights and protections for victims of sexual assault in the military, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced her co-sponsorship of the Ruth Moore Act, legislation to make it easier for survivors of military sexual assault to get the benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that they need. "Our best, brightest and bravest join our armed services for all the right reasons - to serve our country, protect … Continue Reading


February 14, 2013

Gillibrand Resolution Celebrating 2013 Black History Month Passes U.S. Senate

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced today that a resolution she introduced with a bipartisan group of more than 30 of her colleagues commemorating Black History Month has unanimously passed the U.S. Senate. The resolution honors the contributions and achievements of African American pioneers and modern day leaders who have overcome injustices and forged the fight for freedom, equality and opportunity for all Americans. "We cannot move forward on the path to … Continue Reading


February 14, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $125,000 for Rochester/Finger Lakes Fire Departments

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $46,585 in federal funding for the Ridge-Culver Fire District to purchase a refilling station for their self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), $53,200 for the City of Watkins Glen Fire Department to purchase an SCBA air compressor system along with fire resistant gear, and $27,313 for the Kendall Fire District to purchase a thermal imaging camera and bailout materials. The money was allocated through … Continue Reading


February 14, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $30,000 for Capital Region First Responders

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $3,319 in federal funding for the Town of Ashland Ambulance Service and $29,469 for the North Granville Hose Co., Inc. to purchase new equipment. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. "With this funding, Capital Region firefighters can focus on their important work without fear for their own safety," said … Continue Reading


February 14, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $350,000 for Syracuse Area Fire Departments

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $213,038 for the Skaneateles Fire Department and $134,663 for the DeWitt Fire District to purchase Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. In her letter to FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate, Senator Gillibrand urged the agency to give full consideration to the requests of … Continue Reading


February 14, 2013

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Tom Reed Introduce Bill to Rename Tyrone Post Office after Local Hero Killed in Afghanistan

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Tom Reed introduced 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. "Specialist Scott is a true hometown hero who will always remain in the hearts of his loved ones and the Finger Lakes community," Senator Gillibrand said. "He … Continue Reading


February 13, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Secure Over $100,000 Federal Grant for Newark Valley Fire District; Investment Means Vital Equipment for First Responders

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that the Newark Valley Fire District will receive a grant totaling $119,462 in Round 13 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 … Continue Reading


February 13, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand, Maffei Introduce Bill to Establish Harriet Tubman National Historical Park

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Dan Maffei (D-NY) introduced a bill to establish the Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn as National Historical Park, which will 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, in conjunction with … Continue Reading


February 13, 2013

Gillibrand Urges Feds to Help Speed Up $200 Million in Delayed Insurance Payments to Sandy Homeowners

New York, NY - After an investigation by New York State's Department of Financial Services found that banks have delayed approximately $200 million in Superstorm Sandy related insurance payments to thousands of New York homeowners, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand urged the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today to review the matter and find the most efficient and effective way for financial institutions to expedite insurance claims and cut through red tape. Four major U.S. banks are … Continue Reading


February 12, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Host Flight 3407 Families to Commemorate Four Year Anniversary and Push FAA for ‘One Level of Safety’

Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand urged the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to move forward expeditiously with the implementation of two critical flight safety regulations that the Flight 3407 Families and Western New York delegation fought hard to pass as part of the Airline Safety and FAA Extension Act. The Senators' letter comes in conjunction with their hosting the families of Continental Flight 3407 in Washington D.C. to commemorate the … Continue Reading


February 12, 2013

Gillibrand Statement on President’s State of the Union Address

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement tonight after President Obama delivered his State of the Union address: "In his second inaugural address from the Capitol steps last month, President Obama gave an inspiring speech laying out his vision for moving our nation forward based on our founding principles of equality, fairness and opportunity for every single American. Tonight, the President presented a clear plan to lead us there that Congress must … Continue Reading


February 11, 2013

Shaheen, Gillibrand Applaud DOD Decision to Extend Benefits to LGBT Military Families

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today applauded the decision by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to extend a slate of benefits to LGBT military families. Together, Shaheen and Gillibrand have been vocal advocates calling for the extension of benefits to LGBT servicemen and women and their families since the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell in 2011. Some of the extended benefits announced by Secretary Panetta this morning include access to … Continue Reading


February 11, 2013

Standing at INFICON Gillibrand Announces “Made in America Manufacturing Act” to Bolster High-Tech Manufacturing in New York

Syracuse, NY - Standing at INFICON, a Dewitt manufacturer of high-tech instrumentation, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the first piece of legislation she introduced in the 113th Congress is a federal funding competition that encourages states and regional public-private partnerships to design and implement comprehensive strategies that spur growth for local manufacturing industries, particularly in the thriving fields of clean-tech and high-tech manufacturing, and that train … Continue Reading


February 11, 2013

Standing at Rochester Precision Optics Gillibrand Announces “Made in America Manufacturing Act” to Bolster High-Tech Manufacturing in New York

Rochester, NY - Standing at Rochester Precision Optics, a local manufacturer that produces high-tech optical technology, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the first piece of legislation she introduced in the 113th Congress is a federal funding competition that encourages states and regional public-private partnerships to design and implement comprehensive strategies that spur growth for local manufacturing industries, particularly in the thriving fields of clean-tech and high-tech … Continue Reading


February 11, 2013

Standing at Harper International Gillibrand Announces “Made in America Manufacturing Act” to Bolster High-Tech Manufacturing in New York

Buffalo, NY - Standing at Harper International, a Lancaster manufacturer that produces high-tech thermal processing solutions, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the first piece of legislation she introduced in the 113th Congress is a federal funding competition that encourages states and regional public-private partnerships to design and implement comprehensive strategies that spur growth for local manufacturing industries, particularly in the thriving fields of clean-tech and … Continue Reading


February 08, 2013

Gillibrand Statement Celebrating Lunar New Year

New York - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement celebrating Lunar New Year this Sunday and welcoming in the Year of the Snake: "As families and friends across New York gather together to celebrate the arrival of the Lunar New Year, we reflect on the blessings this past year and look to the future with optimism and promise. As we usher in the Year of the Snake, it is my hope that we can continue to work together to forge new opportunities that unite our communities … Continue Reading


February 07, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $8,550 for Ashland Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $8,550 in federal funding for the Ashland Fire Department to purchase a new Thermal Imaging Camera to help improve safety as they respond to emergencies. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. "This Thermo Imaging Camera will allow Ashland firefighters to literally see through smoke filled rooms to find potential … Continue Reading


February 06, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand, Tonko Reveal Army will Make the Watervliet Arsenal a Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Paul Tonko revealed that the U.S. Army will soon designate the Watervliet Arsenal as a Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence (CITE). Schumer, Gillibrand and Tonko noted that the Secretary of the Army John McHugh has made the Watervliet Arsenal a CITE facility for cannons and mortars, which will allow the arsenal to join ten existing CITE facilities across the country that specialize in different core … Continue Reading


February 04, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand: Brookhaven’s Ion Collider Recommended For Closure by Non-Binding Report, Due to Lack of Research Funding; Call on Feds to Increase Funding to Keep Only Remaining Atom Smasher in Country Open

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today called on the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Energy to increase funding to its Nuclear Physics program by an additional $50 million for next fiscal year, citing a recent recommendation from the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee. The U.S. Department of Energy and National Science Foundation advisory committee was recently charged with issuing a report evaluating scientific priorities under a flat-funding or … Continue Reading


February 01, 2013

At Gillibrand’s Urging, USDA Issues Ruling to Eliminate Junk Food from School Cafeterias and Vending Machines

Washington, D.C. - At the urging of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today issued its ruling to eliminate the sale of all junk food in schools, an effort that Senator Gillibrand led as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Schools Act to reform child nutrition standards that was signed into law in 2010. "If our children are going to succeed and meet their full potential in the classroom, they need access to healthy meals in the lunchroom," said Senator … Continue Reading

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