Press Releases

October 19, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce That Provision To Quickly Complete The Rockaway Reformulation Project And Protect The Rockaway Peninsula From Storm And Erosion Damage Is Included In Recently Passed America’s Water Infrastructure Act

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today announced that the recently passed America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 includes a provision that directs the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to quickly complete the Rockaway Reformulation Project. This project will evaluate solutions to protect the Rockaway Peninsula from long-term erosion and evaluate coastal … Continue Reading


October 17, 2018

Following Tragic Limousine Crash In Schoharie County That Claimed The Lives Of Twenty New Yorkers, Senators Schumer, Gillibrand, Blumenthal Call On National Highway Traffic Safety Administration To Immediately Implement New Federal Safety Rules For Stretch Limos

Washington, DC - Following the tragic limousine accident that claimed the lives of twenty New Yorkers earlier this month, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) today called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to implement new federal safety regulations for stretch limousines. The October 6th crash in Schoharie County was the nation's deadliest transportation accident in almost a … Continue Reading


October 16, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Legislation To Protect Chautauqua Lake Water Quality In Recently-Passed Bipartisan, Bicameral 2018 Water Resource Development Act; Chautauqua Lake, An Important WNY Recreational Destination, Is Plagued By Harmful, Recurring Algal Blooms

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today announced that, following their push, an authorization for the Chautauqua Lake Feasibility Study was included in the 2018 Water Resource Development Act (WRDA), which has passed both the Senate and the House and heads to the President's desk for final signature. Chautauqua Lake currently suffers from continued environmental and economic … Continue Reading


October 15, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $133,000 In Federal Funding For The County Of Sullivan Industrial Development Agency

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $133,000 in federal funding for the County of Sullivan Industrial Development Agency. This funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Business Development Grant Program. The County of Sullivan Industrial Development Agency will specifically use the funding to purchase brewing equipment and lease it to the Catskill Brewery. The new equipment will … Continue Reading


October 12, 2018

Gillibrand, Schumer, Meng, Crowley Announce That Just-Passed FAA Bill Directs FAA To Designate Regional Ombudsmen And Help Address Excessive Aircraft Noise Concerns

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, and U.S. Representatives Joe Crowley and Grace Meng today announced that following their push, key provisions to address excessive aircraft noise concerns were included in the recently passed FAA Reauthorization Bill. The legislation includes Gillibrand's provision to require the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to designate a regional ombudsmen in each FAA region to serve as a point of … Continue Reading


October 12, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Passage Of Legislation To Rename The “STOCK Act Of 2012” In Honor Of The Late Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, Who Authored It; Legislation Passed The House In Late September

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Senate has passed legislation to rename the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act of 2012 after the late Representative Louise Slaughter. Schumer and Gillibrand said that since this bill, introduced by Rep. Paul Tonko (D-Amsterdam, Montgomery County), passed the House last month and has now been passed by the Senate it is expected to be signed into law … Continue Reading


October 12, 2018

With 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Set To Expire In 2020 And 9/11 First Responder Cancer Rates Continuing To Rise, Senators Gillibrand, Gardner, Schumer & Representatives Maloney, Nadler, King Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Permanently Reauthorize And Fund VCF For 9/11 Heroes And Their Families

Washington, DC - Following the recent announcement that the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) could run out of funding before its expiration date in 2020, and with cancer rates among 9/11 first responders starting to increase 17 years after the 9/11 attacks, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), and U.S. Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY-12), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-10), and Peter T. King (R-NY-2) … Continue Reading


October 12, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand, Engel Announce Inclusion Of Mamaroneck And Sheldrake River Basin Project In Bipartisan Agreement For Water Resource Bill; Project Is Vital To Protect Mamaroneck Residents’ Homes & Businesses, Which Remain At Risk Of Flooding

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, and U.S. Representative Eliot Engel today announced they were successful in securing authorization to continue to move forward with the Mamaroneck-Sheldrake River project in the final, bipartisan agreement for the 2018 Water Resource Development Act (WRDA), which passed the Senate on Wednesday and passed the House last week. The … Continue Reading


October 12, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Call On NTSB To Complete A Thorough Investigation Into Stretch Limousine Accident And Issue Concrete Safety Recommendations Immediately

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today thanked the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) for their immediate response to the tragic limousine crash that killed 20 people in Schoharie, NY on October 7th, 2018, and called on the agency to conduct and conclude a thorough investigation into this accident, that should include specific new recommended safety requirements for altered stretch limousines that protect passengers, drivers, those in … Continue Reading


October 11, 2018

Following Defense Secretary Mattis’s Comment That “The Jury Is Out” On Whether Women Can Be Successful In Military Combat Roles, Gillibrand And Blumenthal Lead Group Of 11 Senators Demanding Respect For Female Servicemembers And Commitment To Pentagon’s Ongoing Combat Integration Efforts

Washington, DC - Following comments by Defense Secretary James N. Mattis that "the jury is out" on whether women can be successful in military combat roles, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) wrote a letter to Secretary Mattis outlining the Defense Department's own hard-fought progress in opening all combat roles to women and urging him not to stand in the way of continued integration. Secretary Mattis made the comments during a question-and-answer session … Continue Reading


October 11, 2018

Gillibrand Statement On Social Security Administration’s Latest Cola Announcement

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Aging Committee, today released the following statement regarding the Social Security Administration's announcement of a 2.8 percent Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2019 Social Security benefits: "Today's announcement from the Trump Administration of just a 2.8% cost of living adjustment for seniors on their Social Security is inadequate. At a time when Congress is rewarding their corporate donors with tax breaks … Continue Reading


October 10, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Recently-Passed Faa Reauthorization Bill Includes Funding Authorizations For The Essential Air Service And Airport Improvement Programs

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the recently passed five-year Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bill, which was signed into law on Friday, October 5, includes funding authorizations for both the FAA's Essential Air Service (EAS) program and the Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Specifically, the EAS program was authorized at an average of $163 million, and the AIP was authorized for $3.35 billion each … Continue Reading


October 10, 2018

Gillibrand, Schumer Announce That The Fort Ontario Study Act Has Been Signed Into Law

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced that their legislation to begin the process of creating a national park site at Fort Ontario was signed into law last night. The Fort Ontario Study Act will authorize the National Park Service (NPS) to conduct a study to assess the feasibility of incorporating Fort Ontario and the Safe Haven Holocaust Refugee Shelter Museum in Oswego County as a unit of the National Park Service. … Continue Reading


October 10, 2018

Senators Schumer And Gillibrand Announce That Recently Passed Bipartisan Federal Funding Bill Includes Significant Investments For Education, Health, And Child Development Programs That Support New York Families

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the recently passed Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill includes significant investments for K-12 learning programs, higher-education programs, and health and child development programs. Schumer and Gillibrand fought to make sure that this funding bill prioritized critical investments for New York students, … Continue Reading


October 10, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Call On U.S. Air Force To Make Critical Infrastructure Upgrades At NFARS; Senators Say Improvements Would Greatly Enhance NFAR’s Ability To Execute Its Essential KC-135 Tanker Mission, Promote Economic Development In Western NY

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today called on the United States Air Force (USAF) to make critical infrastructure upgrades to the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS). Schumer and Gillibrand said that NFARS is home to the 914th Refueling Wing's KC-135 mission and that improvements to NFARS' apron, runway, hangars, and hydrant system would greatly benefit their ability to execute their critical mention. The senators explained that the … Continue Reading


October 04, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $461k In Federal Funding For Five Fire Departments Throughout The Capital Region

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $461,477 in federal funding for five fire departments in the Capital Region. Specifically, the Broadalbin Kennyetto Fire Company will receive $153,524, the Lebanon Valley Protective Association will receive $104,096, the Schodack Landing Fire Company will receive $98,572 the Speigletown Fire District will receive $52,381, and the Stephentown Fire District No. 1 will receive $52,904. The funding … Continue Reading


October 04, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1.3 Million For Two Southern Tier School Districts To Improve Literacy Skills

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,398,952 for two school districts in the Southern Tier. Specifically, the Elmira City School District will receive $727,431 and the Hornell City School District will receive $671,522. The federal funds are administered through the U.S. Department of Education's Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program. The City School District of the City of Elmira will use the funding to further the … Continue Reading


October 02, 2018

With 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Set To Expire In 2020, Senators Schumer, Gillibrand & U.S. Reps Maloney, Nadler, & King Urge Congress To Stand Up For 9/11 Heroes; Cosponsor Upcoming Legislation To Permanently Reauthorize And Fund VCF

Washington, DC - On the heels of today's announcement that the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) could run out of funding before its expiration date in 2020 and with cancer rates among 9/11 first responders continuing to rise, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) and U.S. Representative Peter T. King (NY-2) released the following joint statement … Continue Reading


October 02, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Fema Has Heeded Their Call, Approved Major Disaster Declaration For New York State To Aid Seven Rochester-Finger Lakes, Southern Tier Counties Impacted By Severe Flooding This August

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that, following their push, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved New York State's request for a major disaster declaration following the severe thunderstorm and floods that battered counties across the Rochester-Finger Lakes Region and the Southern Tier from August 13th to 15th of this year. During this thunderstorm, up to nine inches of rain fell in some areas over the … Continue Reading


October 01, 2018

Senators Schumer And Gillibrand Announce That Just-Passed Health And Human Services Spending Bill Includes $3.7 Billion For The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program To Help Seniors And Families Pay Their Energy Bills

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the just-passed Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill includes $3.7 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This bipartisan legislation was signed into law on Friday and provides a $50 million increase from FY 2018. LIHEAP is the main federal program that helps low-income households and seniors … Continue Reading

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