Press Releases

November 24, 2014

Gillibrand Calls On HUD Secretary To Designate Rochester A Federal Promise Zone

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today called on US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro to designate Rochester, New York, a federal Promise Zone. Senator Gillibrand's letter follows a visit last week with Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren to the Teen Empowerment youth center, an organization dedicated to empowering youth as agents of change in their communities. Recent data from the US Census Bureau estimated that over one-third of … Continue Reading

November 21, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Higgins, Collins Urge USDA To Immediately Conduct Damage Assessment Of Impact Of Historic Snowstorm On WNY Farms – Urges USDA To Provide All Available Resources To Upstate Farmers Impacted By Devastating Snowfall

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representatives Brian Higgins and Chris Collins urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack provide an immediate assessment of the damage done to Western New York farms, as well as stand at the ready to swiftly approve any requests from Upstate New York farmers for federal USDA disaster assistance following the historic snow storm. County officials have said they expect the cost of this disaster to meet the … Continue Reading

November 21, 2014

Gillibrand Along With Nine U.S. Senators Urge President Obama To Include Additional $7 Million In Funding In His Fy16 Budget Request To Enforce Campus Sexual Assault Provisions Of Clery Act And Title Ix Laws

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand along with nine Senators today urged President Barack Obama to include an additional $7 million in funding to enforce campus sexual assault laws, in his FY 2016 Budget Request. The request for $2 million in additional funding for the U.S. Department of Education Clery Compliance Division and an additional $5.046 million for the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) would be used to employ and train more staff within the Clery Compliance Division and … Continue Reading

November 19, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $560,000 For New York Community Projects To Help Restore The Long Island Sound

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced nine grants totaling $562,888.88 to fund projects throughout New York that will help improve the Long Island Sound. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's (NFWF) Long Island Sound Futures Fund and will be used to fund habitat restoration projects, water quality projects, water quality monitoring and public education … Continue Reading

November 18, 2014

Gillibrand Statement On Terror Attack In Jerusalem Synagogue

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement today in response to the murder of four rabbis who were worshipping in a synagogue in Jerusalem: "This massacre in a house of worship while innocent people prayed is absolutely horrifying and unconscionable. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who were killed and injured. Those responsible for these heinous and cold-blooded murders must be held … Continue Reading

November 17, 2014

Gillibrand, Schumer Push For Formation Of A Combined New York And New Jersey Cyber Protection Team; Urge Army National Guard Director To Approve Bid For Team Located In Albany County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) along with Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) today announced their support for the New York and New Jersey Army National Guards' formation of a combined Cyber Protection Team. In a letter to the Army National Guard's Acting Director, Major General Lyons, the senators urged for swift approval of a proposal allowing the New York and New Jersey Army National Guards to form a joint team … Continue Reading

November 17, 2014

Gillibrand Calls For Sylvester Manor To Be Placed On The National Register Of Historic Places

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the National Park Service to place Sylvester Manor Educational Farm on the National Register of Historic Places. Sylvester Manor is a former 17th-century farmstead that currently serves as a non-profit organic farm and educational center. This designation would expand opportunities for federal historic tax credits and other resources, to support preservation and economic development initiatives at Sylvester Manor. "Sylvester Manor … Continue Reading

November 17, 2014

Gillibrand Applauds Passage Of Legislation To Provide Vouchers Easing Burden Of Sky-High Child Care Costs For Working Families

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today applauded the passage of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program, bipartisan legislation that will greatly ease the burden of child care costs for hundreds of thousands of families. The vote passed in the House of Representatives in September 2014 and passed in the Senate today by a vote of 88 to 1. "These Child Care and Development Block Grants are so important to our families and to our national economy," said Senator … Continue Reading

November 14, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand: FEMA Must Conduct Top-To-Bottom Investigation Into Repeated Red Flags In How Insurance Companies Have Handled & Denied The Claims Of Sandy Flood Victims For Damage To Their Homes

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today called on the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) to immediately investigate repeated red flags involving Superstorm Sandy insurance claims for homeowners on Long Island. The Senators said that FEMA must conduct a top-to-bottom investigation to ensure that insurance companies have evaluated Long Island homeowners' insurance claims fairly and without bias, in light of many serious signs that this is not the case, … Continue Reading

November 14, 2014

Gillibrand Awards Veteran With Army Commendation Medal

Hudson Falls, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today awarded Corporal James Ganser (Ret.) with the Army Commendation Medal. Corporal Ganser is an Army veteran who served in the 1950s and went on to have a storied journalism career. Corporal Ganser's famous radio shows entertained American troops during the height of the Cold War. The Army Commendation Medal is awarded to soldiers who distinguished themselves by heroism, meritorious achievement, or meritorious service. It can be given to … Continue Reading

November 14, 2014

Pallone, Gillibrand Urge FDA to Evaluate Safety of Plastic Microbeads in Oral Care Products

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) sent a letter to Margaret A. Hamburg, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), urging the agency to evaluate the safety of oral care products, such as toothpastes and gum, that contain polyethylene microbeads. Accounts from both consumers and dental professionals suggest that these small bits of plastic, which are not biodegradable, may get lodged in crevices between the teeth … Continue Reading

November 14, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Hanna Urge Armed Services Committee Leaders To Continue To Protect Rome DFAS Jobs – Push Leaders To Green-Light Provision That Would Provide Congress With Oversight Over DFAS Personnel Plans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Richard Hanna called on both the chairs and ranking members of the Senate Armed Services Committee and House Armed Services Committee to preserve language from the already-passed House version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would help provide additional protections for Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) to be included in the final version of the NDAA for Fiscal Year … Continue Reading

November 14, 2014

Standing On The North Shore Of Long Island, Gillibrand Pushes New Legislation To Ban Plastic Microbeads In Personal Care Products

Oyster Bay, NY - Standing at the Waterfront Center on Long Island's north shore, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, joined by Citizens Campaign for the Environment Executive Director of Programs Maureen Dolan Murphy, Long Island Commercial Fishing Association Executive Director Bonnie Brady, and Associate Dean for Research and Professor within the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University Chris Gobler, urged Congress to pass new legislation to ban plastic microbeads in … Continue Reading

November 13, 2014

Gillibrand Pushes For $50 Million In Additional FDA Funding To Support Food Inspector Training And Enhanced Food Safety Research

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the Senate Committee on Appropriations to provide the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with an additional $50 million in funding for fiscal year 2015 to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The request comes in support of a letter released by the Pew Charitable Trusts and dozens of foodborne illness victims. "The Food Safety Modernization Act will help strengthen our nation's food safety infrastructure so … Continue Reading

November 13, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1m In Federal Funding For Town Of Hempstead’s Infrastructure Repairs Following Superstorm Sandy

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Town of Hempstead will receive over $1 million in federal funding for the repair and replacement of street lights and underground electrical wiring throughout the Town that were damaged as a result of Superstorm Sandy. The reimbursement is being provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under authority of Section 406 of the Robert T. Stafford Act. "After Superstorm Sandy, infrastructure including … Continue Reading

November 12, 2014

At Gillibrand’s Recommendation, White House Formally Nominates Lashann DeArcy Hall For U.S. District Court Judge, Eastern District Of New York

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the White House has formally nominated Ms. LaShann Moutique DeArcy Hall to serve as U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York after Senator Gillibrand recommended her for the position in April. Her appointment would add another exceptional female jurist to the federal bench. "Ms. DeArcy Hall is an accomplished attorney, who is extremely well qualified to serve as a federal court judge," Senator Gillibrand … Continue Reading

November 10, 2014

Gillibrand Speaks In Olean About Federal Pedestrian Safety Legislation

Olean, NY - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand spoke about major pedestrian safety legislation she has pushed for in the Senate, and the local benefits these bills can bring to communities like Olean. Standing at a local woman-owned small business on one of Olean's main retail thoroughfares, Senator Gillibrand commended the Walkable Olean project, which received a $6.5 million TIGER Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation in 2013, and called for it to be used as a model for … Continue Reading

November 10, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Maffei Announce More Than $4 Million In USDA Funding For Central New York

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Dan Maffei today announced $4,091,000 in federal funding for Central New York. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. The Village of Tully will receive a $3,131,000 loan to replace an outdated well house, replace an old water tank and to replace a small waterline. The Town of Brutus will receive a $430,000 grant and … Continue Reading

November 08, 2014

Gillibrand: Loretta Lynch Is An “Exceptionally Well-Qualified Candidate For Attorney General, Deserves Swift Confirmation”

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement today as President Obama is set to formally announce U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch as his nominee to become the next Attorney General of the United States: "President Obama has made a fantastic choice by nominating Loretta Lynch for Attorney General. I have long fought in the Senate to add more women to the federal bench, and am pleased to see such a highly qualified woman make history as the nation's top law … Continue Reading

November 07, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Approximately $1.5 Million In FEMA Funds For High-Priority Stream Gauges Along Mohawk River, Oswego River & Upper Hudson River Basins; Will Help Mitigate Flood Risk In 23 Counties – Gauges Will Aid Existing Canal Flood Warning System To Protect Upstate Communities

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the New York State Canal Flood Warning System has received $1,483,125 in federal funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the installation of rain and stream gauges along the Mohawk River, Oswego River and Upper Hudson River Basin. Stream gauges, also known as precipitation gauges, measure rainfall in areas at risk of flooding. These stream gauges also measure the water level of rivers and … Continue Reading

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