Press Releases

March 28, 2013

Gillibrand Reacts to President Obama’s Executive Order Creating Voting Commission, Urges Congress to Do Its Part to Ensure Every American’s Voice is heard at the Ballot Box

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) released the following statement today after President Obama announced he will sign an executive order creating a Presidential Commission on Election Administration. Earlier this year, Gillibrand teamed up once again with Civil Rights icon Rep. John Lewis and re-introduced the Senate companion of the Voter Empowerment Act authored by Rep. Lewis that would modernize our voter registration system. The Voter Empowerment Act would help … Continue Reading


March 28, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $50,000 Federal Grant for City of Corning Fire Department

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the City of Corning Fire Department is set to receive $47,500 in federal funding to purchase a new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) air compressor to replace their currently outdated one. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. "With these funds, Corning firefighters will have the proper equipment to safely respond to emergencies … Continue Reading


March 28, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $228,000 Federal Grant for Greenport Fire District; Investment Means Vital Equipment for First Responders

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that the Greenport Fire District in Hudson, NY will receive $228,000 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, … Continue Reading


March 28, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $31,000 Federal Grant for Hinsdale Fire Department; Investment Means Vital Equipment for First Responders

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that the Hinsdale Fire Department will receive $31,626 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


March 27, 2013

Federal Delegation Urges VA to Fulfill Commitment to Host Golden Age Games in Western New York

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) stood with Visit Buffalo Niagara President, Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, local veterans and business representatives to protest the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) decision to "postpone" the 27th Annual "Warriors on the Waterfront" Golden Age Games, scheduled to have taken place in Western New York beginning May 30, 2013. "After years of planning, the VA has abruptly knocked the Golden Age Games off the winner's podium in … Continue Reading


March 27, 2013

Gillibrand Urges President to Exempt Bulk Shipments of Apples from Double Inspection

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a newly appointed member of the President's Export Council, today urged the President to exempt bulk shipments of apples to Canada from double inspection. Fixing this would help New York apple growers streamline operations and save money. Exempting bulk shipments of U.S. apples to Canada from double inspection required by the Apple Export Act would offer growers immediate savings of approximately $300 per truckload, and allow growers to create … Continue Reading


March 22, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $360,000 For Hudson Valley Fire Departments

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $279,990 in federal funding for the Village of Spring Valley Fire Department and $79,906 for the Mountain Dale Fire District. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program, and will be used by both departments to make equipment upgrades. "With this funding, Hudson Valley firefighters will have better equipment to keep … Continue Reading


March 21, 2013

Gillibrand Hails Queens Non-Profits As Environmental Champions

Queens, NY - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, announced that two Queens non-profits won the 2013 Environmental Quality Award. The Community Environmental Center (CEC) in Long Island City and the American Littoral Society in Broad Channel - both of whom Senator Gillibrand nominated this past February - will receive the Environmental Protection Agency's prestigious honor for their commitment and significant contributions to greening … Continue Reading


March 21, 2013

Gillibrand Hails Lumi Solair As Environmental Champion

Brooklyn, NY - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, congratulated Lumi•Solair for winning the 2013 Environmental Quality Award. Based in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the company manufactures hybrid solar and wind streetlights. During Superstorm Sandy, six Lumi•Solair lights remained operational and nearly half were functioning in the Navy Yard, despite five feet of water and over 80 mph winds. The organization, which Senator … Continue Reading


March 21, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge Feds To Extend Deadline For City Of Binghamton To Repay Federal Loan – Forcing City To Pay Too Soon Could Jeopardize Local Redevelopment & Cost Jobs

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand urged the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan to extend the City of Binghamton's deadline to repay a Section 108 loan. The City of Binghamton initially took out this loan from HUD in 1985 by pledging their Community Development Block grant funding as collateral. The loan was taken out on behalf of a developer to help build the former Regency Hotel and Conference Center as part of a larger … Continue Reading


March 20, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1.2 Million In Federal Funding For Cleanup After Superstorm Sandy In White Plains

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the City of White Plains in Westchester County was awarded $1,216,140 in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance funding which will reimburse for the cost of debris removal in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. "Superstorm Sandy wreaked significant damage in-and-around White Plains, creating a massive cleanup effort for the towns that, in turn, threatened to place a burden on local taxpayers," said … Continue Reading


March 20, 2013

Key Senate Panel Passes Gillibrand Measure Giving Army Corps Permanent Authority To Prevent Asian Carp From Invading Great Lakes, NYS Waterways

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today announced Committee passage of her measure that authorizes the Army Corps of Engineers to take emergency measures in the event of an imminent threat of Asian carp and other aquatic nuisance species entering the Great Lakes. In addition, the bill also includes the Harbor Maintenance Act, which would keep money in the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund that could help dredge … Continue Reading


March 20, 2013

Key Senate Committee Passes Gillibrand Measures To Strengthen Army Corp’s Disaster Response

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee, announced today that a key Senate panel passed two Gillibrand measures that would strengthen the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers' disaster response by authorizing the Corps to recommend specific projects to reduce flood risks in areas hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy and providing the Corps with more flexibility to put the necessary infrastructure upgrades in place to prepare for … Continue Reading


March 20, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Lead Successful Effort To Defeat Attempt On Senate Floor To Limit Use Of NYC Anti-Terror Money

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand took to the Senate floor earlier today to lead the opposition in defeating an amendment offered by Senator Coburn that would have prohibited the New York Police Department from using Urban Areas Security Initiative, or UASI funds, from being used to pay local public safety employees overtime and backfill pay. The amendment was defeated on the Senate floor by a vote of 48-51. The full text of the Senators' floor speeches are … Continue Reading


March 19, 2013

With Nearly 1.8 Million New Yorkers Earning Minimum Wage or Just Above, Gillibrand Announces New Push to Increase Federal Minimum Wage

Washington, D.C. - With nearly 1.8 million New Yorkers earning the minimum wage or just above this rate - roughly 20 percent of all workers across the state -- U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a new effort to increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 over the next three years, with future increases indexed to the rate of inflation. Senator Gillibrand is pushing to pass the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, legislation she is an original co-sponsor of that would … Continue Reading


March 18, 2013

Schumer Launches Effort to Restore Hotel Syracuse as Anchor for Downtown Development, Bring $10 Million in Tax Credits to Historic Landmark – Recently Extended New Market Tax Credits Could Help Revamp Hotel, Boost Other Business Downtown

Today, across from the Hotel Syracuse at the Syracuse Technology Garden, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer pushed a plan to bring critical funding to the Hotel Syracuse redevelopment project, which would renovate and add over 330 hotel rooms, provide a major boost to the Onondaga County Convention Center, and create nearly 400 jobs. Schumer fought successfully at year's end to extend the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC), and today urged the Department of Treasury to approve a pending application … Continue Reading


March 18, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce that Dozens of Life-Saving River Gauges in Susquehanna River Basin will Remain Up-and-Running this Year – Feds Have Heeded Call & Will Provide $215,000 in Disaster Relief Funding to Keep Gauges Online in Southern Tier

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has set aside a portion of its disaster relief funding in order to keep dozens of stream and river gauges in the Susquehanna River Basin online, which were set to be shut off March 1st. The Senators said that these devices are critical in determining when waterways throughout the Susquehanna River Basin are nearing flooding levels. In February of this … Continue Reading


March 15, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Senate Committee Passage of Bill to Create Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks – Call for Vote on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced Senate committee passage of legislation to establish the Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn as a 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


March 15, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $250,000 Federal Grant for Arlington Fire District

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced today $237,800 in federal funding for the Arlington Fire District to improve recruitment and retention programs. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program. "With these funds, Arlington residents can rest easy knowing even more firefighters stand at the ready to protect their community," said Senator … Continue Reading


March 15, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand, Bishop Announce Over $1 Million in Federal Funding for Cleanup After Superstorm Sandy in the Town of Southampton

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand and Congressman Tim Bishop today announced $1,680,101 of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance funding for the Town of Southampton, which will reimburse a majority of the cost of debris removal in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. "Superstorm Sandy hammered neighborhoods on the east-end of Long Island, creating a massive cleanup effort by Town of Southampton officials and a burden for local taxpayers," … Continue Reading

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