Press Releases

October 01, 2013

At Gillibrand’s & Schumer’s Urging, FEMA Extends Deadline for Flood Insurance Claims for Sandy Homeowners

Washington, DC - At the urging of U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, FEMA agreed to grant a six-month extension for thousands of Sandy-impacted homeowners to file flood insurance claims. Last week, Senator Gillibrand led a bipartisan group of Senators and House Members from New York and New Jersey calling for an immediate FEMA extension to ensure that all homeowners have a fair process when it comes to filing their flood insurance claims and receiving the full benefits they … Continue Reading


September 30, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand, Meeks, Goldfeder Announce Over $8 Million in Federal Funding for Sandy-Related Repairs to the Rockaway Water Pollution Control Plant

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Gregory Meeks and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder today announced over $8 million in federal funding for Sandy-related repairs to the Rockaway Water Pollution Control Plant. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding is being provided to the New York Department of Environmental Protection (NYDEP). "The Rockaway Water Pollution Control Plant serves nearly 100,000 and is critical in making sure that our wastewater is … Continue Reading


September 27, 2013

Gillibrand to Feds: Federal Employees Working on Sandy Recovery Programs Should be Exempt from Potential Government Shutdown

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged feds to exempt federal employees who are working on Sandy-related recovery efforts and programs from any furloughs that may result from a potential government shutdown. Senator Gillibrand noted that the exemption would protect the storm recovery process for Sandy-impacted New Yorkers from further delay and that the emergency rebuilding efforts for many hard-hit communities should continue no matter what happens to the U.S. … Continue Reading


September 27, 2013

Gillibrand, Schumer, Bipartisan Group of Congressional Members Urge FEMA to Extend Deadline for Flood Insurance Claims for Sandy Homeowners

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand led a bipartisan group of Senators and House Members from New York and New Jersey urging FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate to grant a six-month extension for thousands of Sandy-impacted homeowners to file flood insurance claims. Under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) managed by FEMA, Sandy-impacted homeowners must file a Proof of Loss (POL) form, a statement on the amount that the homeowner is claiming under his or her flood … Continue Reading


September 27, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand, Owens Announce Ogdensburg Facility Wins $20 Million Army Contract for Bomb Disposal Suits

Today, Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Bill Owens announced the Army has awarded an Ogdensburg facility with a $20 Million contract to produce the Advanced Bomb Suit Ensemble and spare parts. The suits are made by Med-Eng, a company formerly owned by Allen-Vanguard and sold this week to the Safariland Group. The Advanced Bomb Suit Ensemble is worn by U.S. soldiers around the world when they dispose of explosives, including improvised explosive devices … Continue Reading


September 27, 2013

Breaking: Defense Advisory Committee Voted Today in Favor of Removing Decision Whether to Prosecute Sexual Assaults from the Chain of Command - First Body Connected to DoD to Endorse Gillibrand Approach

Washington, DC - Today, the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) voted overwhelmingly in support of removing the decision whether to prosecute sexual assaults and other serious crimes from the chain of command, the goals of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's Military Justice Improvement Act Amendment. Ten members voted in support of the measure, five abstained to study further, none voted against. "I want to thank the panel for closely studying this issue and inviting … Continue Reading


September 27, 2013

Gillibrand Unveils New Plan to Update the Rules of the Modern Workplace, Ensure Women Workers Have a Fair Shot at Earning their Financial Security, Strengthen Middle Class Families

Washington, DC - In a major policy speech today hosted by the Center for American Progress, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) unveiled a new five-point package aimed at ensuring more middle class women workers have a fair shot at earning financial security by modernizing America's outdated workplace policies that have failed to keep pace with the demands on the new workforce driving our economy and limits economic growth. With more dual income households than ever before, and 40 percent … Continue Reading


September 26, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand, Israel Announce $1.2 Million in Federal Funding for New York Institute of Technology; Investment Will Help Create 65 Jobs by Establishing On-Campus Entrepreneurship& Technology Innovation Center

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand and Congressman Steve Israel today announced over $1 million in federal funding for the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) School of Engineering and Computing Sciences in Old Westbury. The funding is being used to establish an Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center (ETIC), expected to create 65 jobs and save 6 jobs. The funding is being awarded by the Economic Development Administration (EDA). "The high tech industry … Continue Reading


September 26, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $53 Million in Federal Funding for Debris Removal Throughout Nassau County After Superstorm Sandy

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced over $53 million in federal funding for the Nassau County Public Works for debris removal after Superstorm Sandy. The reimbursement is being provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "After Superstorm Sandy hit communities in Nassau County, the roads and right of ways were ridden with debris causing a very dangerous situation for residents," said Schumer. "This federal reimbursement will help repay … Continue Reading


September 25, 2013

Gillibrand Fights to Keep Child Care Assistance Pilot Program at VA Medical Center for Long Island Veterans

Washington, DC - With a local Northport Veterans Affairs (VA) child care pilot program set to expire at the end of the month, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today is fighting to save this important program. More than 174 local veterans per month have taken advantage of this service, which has cared for 234 children this year while their parents receive mental health services from the Northport VA. Senator Gillibrand is pushing the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Department of … Continue Reading


September 24, 2013

Gillibrand Fights to Keep Child Care Assistance Pilot Program at VA Medical Center for Buffalo Veterans

Washington, DC - With a local Buffalo Veterans Affairs (VA) child care pilot program set to expire at the end of the month, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today is fighting to save this important program. More than 100 local veterans per month have taken advantage of this service, which has cared for nearly 1,300 children this year while their parents receive mental health services from the VA. Senator Gillibrand is pushing the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Department of Veterans … Continue Reading


September 24, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce City of Troy Set to Receive Almost $300k in Dept. of Justice Grant; Investment Will Improve Services, Better Protect Victims of Domestic Violence

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the City of Troy was awarded a $299,148 Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders Program (Arrest) Grant from the Department of Justice. Specifically, the city will partner with Unity House of Troy, Inc. and Rensselaer County Probation and use this funding to encourage arrests, enforce orders of protection, and increase victim safety. This project will enhance the policies and procedures related … Continue Reading


September 24, 2013

As UN General Assembly Debate Begins, Gillibrand, Barrasso Urge U.S. to Fight UN Human Rights Council’s Anti-Israel Agenda

Washington, DC - As the UN General Assembly debate begins, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and John Barrasso (R-WY) today pressed Secretary of State John Kerry to renew the U.S. commitment to challenge the sweeping anti-Israel bias at the UN and to work with our allies to repeal the UN Human Rights Council's blatantly discriminatory Agenda Item 7, a tool used to attack Israel at every Council session. The Senators emphasized strong U.S. support for Israel and called for an … Continue Reading


September 24, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $899,721 for Nassau County to Strengthen Safety of Domestic Violence Victims, Maximize Convictions of Abusers

Nassau, NY - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $899,721 for Nassau County to enhance safety of domestic violence victims by updating the police department's CAPER (Criminal Apprehension Provided by Electronic Response) alarm system and to maximize the convictions of abusers by training police department on accessing critical information on chronic domestic violence offenders. The federal grant is being awarded through the Department of Justice's Violence … Continue Reading


September 24, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge International Delphic Council to Consider Central NY for 2015 Junior Delphic Games

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand urged the International Delphic Council to consider Central New York as host for the 2015 Junior Delphic Games. The games would bring art and cultural competition from a diverse global background to the area and would provide a boost in tourism to the region. This month, both Senators personally wrote to the International Delphic Council, urging them to consider Central New York and its rich tradition of education, … Continue Reading


September 23, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Westchester County Set to Receive $900k in Dept. of Justice Grant; Investment for Family Justice Center to Improve Services, Better Protect Victims of Domestic Violence

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced a $900,000 Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders Program (Arrest) Grant from the Department of Justice for Westchester County. Specifically, the investment will help expand and strengthen Westchester's Family Justice Center, which brings together victim advocates from non-profit, nongovernmental victim services organizations, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, probation officers, governmental … Continue Reading


September 23, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Secure Nearly $700,000 to Combat Domestic Violence in Rochester Area

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced two grants worth a total of $684,569 for Lifespan of Greater Rochester and the YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County to support efforts to protect women and children from domestic violence. The competitive federal grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice to support a comprehensive strategy against domestic violence in all forms. "There are few crimes more repugnant than domestic violence … Continue Reading


September 23, 2013

Gillibrand Calls for Historic Natural Landmark Designation for Albany Pine Bush Preserve

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced her effort to designate the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, a 3,200-acre nature preserve, as a National Natural Landmark (NNL). "The Albany Pine Bush Preserve is one of New York State's most beautiful natural treasures, and deserves National Natural Landmark status," Senator Gillibrand said. "This gem of ecological diversity and rare geological landforms make this site an important preservation area and a great place for families … Continue Reading


September 23, 2013

With Only 11 Days Remaining…Gillibrand, Victim Compensation Fund Special Master Sheila Birnbaum, Union and Community Leaders Urge All Eligible Sick and Injured 9/11 Responders and Survivors to Register for Compensation Before the Oct. 3rd Deadline

New York, NY - With only 11 days before the October 3rd deadline for injured and sick 9/11 first responders, recovery workers, and survivors to register for economic compensation through the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, VCF Special Master Sheila Birnbaum, union and community leaders, and 9/11 first responders and survivors in urging all eligible injured and sick 9/11 first responders and survivors to quickly register without any delay. The James Zadroga … Continue Reading


September 23, 2013

Three More Retired Generals Come Forward in Support of Gillibrand Proposal to Create Independent, Non-Biased, Objective Military Justice System for Victims of Sexual Assault in the Military

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced today that three more retired Generals have come out in public support of her proposal to create an independent, non-biased and objective military justice system free of the influence of the chain of command by placing the decision over whether serious crimes go to trial in the hands of trained military prosecutors where it belongs. In separate letters to Gillibrand released today, the three retired Generals adding their … Continue Reading

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