Press Releases

April 23, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $1 Million for Waterloo

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a $185,000 grant and $915,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for Waterloo in Seneca County. This federal funding will be used to create a water system that provides access to clean drinking water for residents who currently extract their water from wells with poor water quality. "Access to clean drinking water is critical to public health and economic growth," said Senator Schumer. … Continue Reading


April 22, 2014

Gillibrand Announces More Than $1.4 Million Grant for Early Head Start in Capital Region

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,442,796 in federal funding for Parsons Child & Family Center, a Capital Region community based organization. This federal investment will support Early Learning and Head Start programs that provide education and development services for low-income children. "This is a smart investment that can help give more Capital Region children the chance they deserve to start out strong, and go as far as their own hard work will … Continue Reading


April 22, 2014

Gillibrand Announces More Than $2 Million Grant for Head Start of Eastern Orange County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a $2,093,981 federal grant for Head Start of Eastern Orange County. This federal funding will support Early Learning and Head Start programs that provide education and development services for low-income children. "This is a smart investment that can help give more Orange County children the chance they deserve to start out strong, and go as far as their own hard work will take them," Senator Gillibrand said. "These federal … Continue Reading


April 22, 2014

Gillibrand Announces More Than $6 Million Head Start Grant for Monroe County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a $6,498,003 federal grant for Action For A Better Community (ABC), a Rochester community based agency. Funding for ABC will support the Early Learning and Head Start programs that provide education and development services for low-income children. "This is a smart investment that can help give more Rochester children the chance they deserve to start out strong, and go as far as their own hard work will take them," Senator … Continue Reading


April 21, 2014

Gillibrand Leads Bipartisan Senate Coalition Urging White House Task Force to Adopt Key Recommendations to Combat Campus Sexual Assaults

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) released a letter today by a bipartisan coalition of seven U.S. Senators sent last week to the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault urging consideration of three key proposals as part of their upcoming recommendations that would immediately address the disturbing prevalence of sexual assaults on campus. Studies show nearly one in five women in college nationwide will be victims of attempted or actual sexual … Continue Reading


April 16, 2014

Local Long Island Veteran Prompts Senator Gillibrand to Introduce New Legislation Requiring Mental Health Professional on Military Review Board

Bill Would Ensure Service Members With PTSD Get 'Fair Shake' Garden City, NY - After hearing from a local Long Island veteran who was discharged from the military as the result of an undiagnosed mental health condition, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced legislation that would require the panel that reviews military discharges to have at least one mental health professional on its board. Senator Gillibrand's legislation would ensure these service members' appeals are expertly … Continue Reading


April 16, 2014

Feinstein, Durbin, Gillibrand Call for Safety Standards to Lower Bacteria Rates in Poultry

Washington-Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) today called on the Department of Agriculture to develop food safety standards that will significantly reduce the levels of Salmonella and Campylobacter in chicken and turkey products. "We write to urge you to develop strong performance standards for poultry products that will significantly reduce foodborne illnesses and deaths," the senators wrote to Agriculture Secretary Tom … Continue Reading


April 16, 2014

Gillibrand Calls for Usda Disaster Declaration to Help North Country Farms Damaged by Flooding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to issue an agriculture disaster declaration to send relief to farms in Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties where severe flooding is destroying roads and bridges, isolating local dairy farms, and damaging feed, bunker silos and wells. The ongoing flooding also threatens to submerge farmland and poses a significant threat to livestock. "When … Continue Reading


April 14, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Call for Designation for Rochester, Finger Lakes to Support New Manufacturing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a new effort to launch new manufacturing initiatives to the city of Rochester that can help businesses grow and support job creation. The Senators released a letter to U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker calling for the swift approval of the city of Rochester's application for the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) Program. If approved, Rochester and the Finger Lakes region … Continue Reading


April 11, 2014

At Gillibrand’s Urging, Funding Secured for Owego Creek, Susquehanna, Chemung River Stream Gauges

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will provide long term funding for the Owego Creek stream gauge and other key locations along the Susquehanna and Chemung River that provide a warning system to local families and businesses that endure yearly threats to dangerous flooding. Along with the Village of Owego, USGS committed to restoring funding for stream gauges at the Susquehanna River at Unadilla, Susquehanna River at … Continue Reading


April 10, 2014

Gillibrand Announces Nearly $500,000 for Clarkson University for Clean Energy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $499,124 in federal funding for Clarkson University to expand its clean energy work by developing anaerobic digesters for North County farms. The federal funding comes from the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and allows Clarkson to join its Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). "Clarkson University is leading the way on clean energy innovation that can strengthen our farms and our economy," … Continue Reading


April 10, 2014

As Tax Day Nears, Gillibrand Announces Irs Has Finally Clarified That 9/11 First Responders and Survivors Eligible for Tax Relief

Gillibrand: 'Our 9/11 Heroes and Families Deserve the Tax Relief They Are Owed' Washington, DC - As tax day nears, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced today that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has updated and clarified the guidelines to ensure that it's clear that those that have fallen ill due to their work after 9/11 are still entitled to the tax benefits provided by the Victims of Terrorism Tax Relief law. This action comes after Senator Gillibrand, last month, urged the federal … Continue Reading


April 09, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand and Maffei Announce Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans & Military Families to Receive $9 Million Contract from Small Business Administration to Help Veterans Start and Create Businesses

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressman Dan Maffei today announced that Syracuse University is receiving a $9 million contract from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to continue the great work of its Boots to Business (B2B) program, which provides top-notch entrepreneurship training and education for veterans. The B2B program has been run by Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) for the past year, and this contract … Continue Reading


April 09, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce USDA Expands Disaster Declaration To Help More Upstate Farms Damaged By Deep Winter Freeze

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued an agriculture disaster declaration for more upstate counties where grape farms and vineyards were damaged by a long winter of sub-zero temperatures. The secretarial disaster declaration now includes Onondaga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca and Wyoming Counties as part of the primary disaster declaration, giving farms in these counties additional time to … Continue Reading


April 08, 2014

On Equal Pay Day, Gillibrand Fights To Ensure Women Workers Have A Fair Shot At Earning Their Financial Security

Washington, DC - On Equal Pay Day, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand continues her fight to ensure more working women have a fair shot at earning financial security by closing the pay gap and raising the minimum wage. Equal Pay Day marks the additional time women must work into 2014 - for a total of more than 15 months - to match what their male counterparts made in 2013 in just 12 months. The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on both pieces of legislation within the next month. With more dual … Continue Reading


April 07, 2014

After Taking On Sexual Assault In The Military, Gillibrand Joined By NYC Student Survivors Launches New Effort Fighting Sexual Assaults On College Campuses

New York, NY - Just weeks after her year long fight to reform how the U.S. military justice system handles sexual assault cases came to the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was joined by New York City students and college sexual assault survivors in launching a new effort to combat the disturbing prevalence of sexual assaults on college campuses. Studies show nearly one in five women in college nationwide will be victims of attempted or actual sexual assault in the course of their … Continue Reading


April 04, 2014

Gillibrand, Mccaskill Lead Bipartisan Letter For New Resources To Fight Sexual Assaults On College Campuses

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) today released a bipartisan letter signed by 10 of their colleagues to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, & Education leaders calling for new federal funding to investigate and enforce sexual assault laws at colleges and universities. "When our young people go on to higher education, it should be an opportunity to learn, grow, pursue their dreams and prepare for … Continue Reading


April 03, 2014

Gillibrand Announces Bipartisan Bill To Revitalize Industrial Sites Clears Senate Committee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, today announced bipartisan legislation she co-sponsored to clean up and rebuild on industrial brownfield sites passed through the committee. The Brownfields Utilization, Investment and Local Development (BUILD) Act would jumpstart development efforts and provide additional resources for sites in need of redevelopment. The measure would allow local municipalities and non-profit … Continue Reading


April 03, 2014

Gillibrand, Bishop Urge Usda To Designate Long Island Sound Watershed A Critical Conservation Area – Move Would Provide More Federal Funding To Protect Water Quality, Help Long Island Farmers

Long Island, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and Congressman Tim Bishop today urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to designate the Long Island Sound and Peconic Bay watershed as a critical conservation area. Such a designation would open additional federal investment to help protect and improve the quality of our drinking water and estuaries by assisting the agricultural community in adopting more water-friendly practices. … Continue Reading


March 31, 2014

Gillibrand Appointed To West Point Board Of Visitors, Attends First Meeting Today

West Point, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced today she has been appointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point Board of Visitors by Senator Carl Levin, the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Gillibrand is attending the board's first meeting of the year today at West Point. Topics on the agenda to be discussed include cadet barracks, Sexual Harassment and Assault Response Program (SHARP), Cadets Against Sexual Harassment and Assault (CASH/A), … Continue Reading

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