Press Releases

April 17, 2013

Gillibrand Announces New Legislation to Include Farmed Shellfish in the Specialty Crops Services at USDA

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the first New Yorker to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in nearly 40 years, today announced new legislation to include farmed shellfish as a specialty crop. The Shellfish Marketing Assistance Fairness Act would make farmed shellfish producers eligible for the Specialty Crop Block Grant program. Currently, shellfish are ineligible for farm bill programs. However, these farmers of the sea face the same challenges as they compete with … Continue Reading


April 16, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand, Israel, King Announce Over $17 Million in Federal Funding for Cleanup after Superstorm Sandy in Oyster Bay

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Steve Israel and Congressman Peter King today announced that the Town of Oyster Bay was awarded $17,525,038 in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance funding, which will reimburse the town for the cost of debris removal in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. "Superstorm Sandy caused significant damage in Oyster Bay necessitating a massive cleanup effort for the towns that, in turn, had the potential to … Continue Reading


April 15, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge Defense Department to Work To End the Backlog of Veterans’ Disability Claims

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have joined with a bipartisan coalition to send a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel urging greater cooperation between the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help address the severe backlog of veterans' disability claims. A recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that delays in obtaining service and medical records from the Department of Defense have "significantly … Continue Reading


April 15, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge President Obama to Issue Disaster Declaration For New York State Following Winter Storm Nemo

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand urged President Obama to quickly approve Governor Cuomo's request for a Disaster Declaration for New York State after this year's winter storm on February 8th and 9th that caused extensive damage and required state resources as New Yorkers were beginning the recovery process to recover and rebuild from Superstorm Sandy. In an effort to help local communities and expedite aid, Schumer and Gillibrand today, in a personal letter to … Continue Reading


April 12, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $52,000 Federal Grant for Pleasantdale Fire District; Investment Means Vital Equipment for First Responders

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that the Pleasantdale Fire District will receive $52,868 in federal grants in Round 21 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


April 12, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $138,000 Federal Grant for Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Co; Investment Means Vital Equipment for First Responders

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that the Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. will receive $138,472 in federal grants in Round 21 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


April 11, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand, King Announce Over $200,000 for Farmingdale Fire Department; Investment Means Vital Equipment for First Responders

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand and Congressman Peter King today announced that the Farmingdale Fire Department will receive a total of $200,450 in federal funding in Round 21 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, … Continue Reading


April 11, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Secure More Than $30,000 Federal Grant for Laurelton Fire District

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $30,284 in federal funding for the Laurelton Fire District to purchase a new fire hose. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. "With this funding, Laurelton firefighters can focus on their important work knowing they have a reliable new hose that will help ensure a steady supply of water while fighting fires," … Continue Reading


April 10, 2013

With More Than One-Third of Minority Youth Unemployed, Gillibrand, Fattah Introduce Legislation to Connect At-Risk City Youth With Job Opportunities

Washington, D.C. - With more than one-third of the nation's minority youth unemployed, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Chaka Fattah today announced legislation aimed at increasing employment among at-risk youth. The Urban Jobs Act would provide federal funding to nonprofit organizations, allowing them to carry out programming to prepare youth for employment, particularly those who have dropped out of high school or have been subject to the criminal justice process. The smart … Continue Reading


April 10, 2013

Lautenberg, Gillibrand Reintroduce “Safe Chemicals Act” to Protect Americans from Toxic Chemicals in Consumer Products

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), the leader in Congress on reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today reintroduced the "Safe Chemicals Act" to protect Americans from dangerous toxic chemicals that are found in everyday consumer products. Senators Lautenberg and Gillibrand have been working to reform TSCA and provide the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the authority to protect Americans from harmful chemicals. The … Continue Reading


April 09, 2013

After Senators’ Push: Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Long Island Farms Eligible for Funding to Repair Storm-Damaged Levees, Protecting Over 700 Acres of Land

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced that, after their push, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has determined that five Long Island farms are eligible for funding to repair 4.5 miles of levees that were damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The levees protect over 700 acres of farmland and Suffolk County applied for Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) funds to repair the damaged levees. Although USDA guidelines suggested that EWP funding only be … Continue Reading


April 08, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $150,000 for Hudson Valley Fire Departments

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced Yulan Fire Department Inc. is set to receive $34,913 to purchase turnout gear and the Pelham Manor Fire Department is set to receive $108,175 in federal funding to purchase a new SCOTT SCBA's and bottles. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. "With this funding, first responders in the Hudson Valley can focus on their important work … Continue Reading


April 08, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $275,000 Federal Grant for Monroe County Fire Departments; Investment Means Vital Equipment for First Responders

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that the Clifton Fire Department, the Sea Breeze Volunteer Fire Department, and the Point Pleasant Fire District will receive a total of $279,639 in federal grants in Round 20 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 … Continue Reading


April 04, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $16,000 Federal Grant for Dundee Volunteer Fire Department

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the Dundee Volunteer Fire Department is set to receive $16,150 in federal funding to purchase a new fire hose and adapters necessary to fit the new hose to their new fire truck. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. "With this funding, Dundee Volunteer fire fighters can focus on their important work, knowing they have new and reliable … Continue Reading


April 02, 2013

As Senate Prepares to Debate Farm Bill Again, Gillibrand Announces Plan to Strengthen New York Dairy Farms

Washington, D.C. - As the Senate gets set to again take up the Farm Bill in the coming weeks, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a comprehensive plan to help provide long-term support and certainty for New York's dairy farmers by providing a fair safety net for small producers, and improving inventory reporting and transparency. The cornerstone of Senator Gillibrand's plan is the new, bipartisan Gillibrand-Collins Dairy Pricing Reform Act to reform the way the USDA sets dairy … Continue Reading


March 29, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Secure Nearly $130,000 Federal Grant for Silver Springs Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $128,464 in federal funding for the Silver Springs Fire Department to purchase new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBAs) and an air compressor and fill station. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Senators Schumer and Gillibrand appealed personally to DHS Secretary Janet A. Napolitano and FEMA Administrator … Continue Reading


March 29, 2013

At Gillibrand’s Urging, Administration Releases New Third Tier of Emission Reduction Standards

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, today announced that the Obama Administration is releasing plans to implement a third tier of emission reduction standards that will increase vehicular fuel efficiency. The President initially instructed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to move forward with a new proposal in 2010 as part of proposed vehicle efficiency standards, but the rules had yet to be formally proposed. … Continue Reading


March 29, 2013

Gillibrand, Slaughter Announce Legislation to Name Brockport Post Office After Fallen Army Staff Sergeant

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter today announced legislation to name the U.S. Post Office in Brockport after Nicholas Reid, a Brockport native and Army Staff Sergeant who died as a result of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion while serving in Afghanistan. "Staff Sergeant Reid served with truly heroic bravery," Senator Gillibrand said. "He answered the highest call, saved the lives of countless of his brothers and sisters in … Continue Reading


March 28, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $230,000 Federal Grant for Ulster Hose Company #5

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the Ulster Fire Hose Company #5 is set to receive $236,360 in federal funding to purchase new air packs that will replace their currently outdated models. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. "With this funding, Ulster Hose Company's fire fighters can focus on their important work, knowing they have new and reliable equipment," said … Continue Reading


March 28, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $464,000 Federal Grant for Jamestown Fire Department; Investment Means Vital Vehicles for First Responders

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that the Jamestown Fire Department will receive $464,364 in federal grants in Round 19 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

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