Press Releases

January 07, 2019

Gillibrand, Velázquez And Senate Colleagues Reintroduce Bill To Establish Puerto Rico Hurricanes Commission

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced she has reintroduced legislation to establish a "9/11-style" independent commission to investigate the federal response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico. The National Commission of the Federal Response to Natural Disasters in Puerto Rico Act would analyze several factors that impact the disaster response. Those factors include death toll accuracy and methodology, federal preparedness guidelines issued ahead of the … Continue Reading


December 20, 2018

Senators Schumer, Gillibrand And Congresswoman Clarke Announce Passage Of Legislation To Name Brooklyn Post Office In Honor Of Major Owens

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Representative Yvette D. Clarke today announced that legislation to rename a Brooklyn post office after former U.S. Representative Major Owens was signed into law last week. The post office is located at 1234 Saint Johns Place in Brooklyn, New York. Schumer and Gillibrand introduced legislation in the Senate to rename this post office after Representative Owens back in March. Clarke … Continue Reading


December 20, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Statement On Lack Of NTSB Access To Schoharie Limo

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today released the following statement after it was revealed that the NTSB has not yet been given access to the stretch limousine involved in the fatal Schoharie crash this October: "We have said a number of times that the criminal and safety investigations can and should parallel each other, but the NTSB must gain full access to the limo. We understand the immense significance this criminal … Continue Reading


December 20, 2018

Gillibrand Announces That Farm Bill That Was Just Signed Into Law Includes Her Provisions To Protect New York’s Farmers And Producers And To Strengthen Rural Economies

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the just-signed Farm Bill includes several of her provisions that protect New York's farmers and producers and that strengthen rural economies. This includes her bill to put money back into the pockets of New York dairy farmers and new grant programs to invest in New York's rural economies. Gillibrand worked in the Senate Agriculture Committee to include these provisions in the Farm Bill and fought to ensure that they were … Continue Reading


December 18, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1.3 Million In Federal Funding To Help Remove Lead Hazards From Homes In Rensselaer County

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $ 1,301,366 million in Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction (LBHRD) grant program funding for the Rensselaer County Department of Health. The funding was awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and will be used to address lead hazards in housing units for low- and very low-income families with children. "Lead poisoning is an irreversible, preventable … Continue Reading


December 18, 2018

Following Trump Administration Move To Roll Back Methane Pollution Requirements For Oil And Gas Companies, Senators Gillibrand, Whitehouse, Van Hollen, And Senate Democrats Determine That Scott Pruitt’s Conflicts Of Interest Renders Proposed Methane Rule Invalid

Washington, DC - Following the Trump Administration's move to roll back methane pollution requirements for oil and gas companies, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, and U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) determined that former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt's conflicts of interest render the EPA's … Continue Reading


December 17, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $4.6 Million In Federal Funding For Towns Across The Rochester-Finger Lakes Region To Address Water Infrastructure

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $4,639,000 in federal funding for 6 water infrastructure improvement projects across the Rochester-Finger Lakes Region. The funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development's Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants Program. Specifically, Schumer and Gillibrand explained, the Town of Alabama in Genesee County will receive $1,653,000 to create Water District … Continue Reading


December 16, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $300k In Federal Funds For Excell Partners, Inc. In Rochester

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $300,000 in federal funding for Excell Partners, Inc. in Rochester to fund the Excell Upstate New York Seed Fund. This funding was allocated through the Economic Development Administration's (EDA) Seed Fund Support Grant Program. Specifically, Excell Partners will use these federal funds to assist innovative local startups to establish a presence throughout Upstate New York. Schumer previously … Continue Reading


December 16, 2018

With Congress Set To Finally Take Action On Criminal Justice Reform On Monday, Gillibrand Says There’s Much More Work To Be Done, Stands With Rev. Sharpton And Other Community Leaders To Call On Congress To Take Up Legislation Early Next Year To End Cash Bail System

New York, NY - With Congress set to finally take action on criminal justice reform on Monday, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today stood with Reverend Al Sharpton, Geoffrey Eaton, 1st Vice President NAACP New York State Conference, and other community leaders and criminal justice reform advocates to say there's more work to be done and called on Congress to pass legislation to end the current federal cash bail system that disproportionately results in low-income people of color being locked … Continue Reading


December 14, 2018

Following Reports That Trump Administration Is Threatening To Shut Down Vital Organizations That Help Refugees Arriving In Buffalo, Gillibrand Calls On State Department To Reject Any Reduction Or Closures Of Resettlement Agencies In New York

Washington, DC - Following reports that the Trump Administration is threatening to close vital organizations that help refugees arriving in Buffalo, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that she is calling on the U.S. Department of State to reject any plan to reduce or close resettlement agencies in New York State. Buffalo has four refugee resettlement agencies - Journey's End Refugee Service, Jewish Family Service of Buffalo and Erie County, International Institute of Buffalo, and … Continue Reading


December 13, 2018

Following President Trump’s Alarming Decision To Develop New Nuclear Weapons While Also Moving To Unilaterally Abandon The Bipartisan Nuclear Treaties That Have Helped Keep The World Safe From Nuclear War For Decades, Senators Gillibrand, Merkley, Warren, Markey, Feinstein, Klobuchar Lead Group Of 26 Senators In Calling On President Trump To Work To Preserve These Vitally Important Treaties, Avoid Dragging Our Country Into A Dangerous New Nuclear Arms Race With Russia

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Jeffrey A. Merkley (D-OR), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today led a group of 26 Senators in urging President Trump to uphold the longstanding bipartisan consensus on nuclear arms control. The Senators' letter follows President Trump's alarming decision to develop new nuclear weapons while also moving to unilaterally abandon vitally important nuclear weapons treaties. … Continue Reading


December 13, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $300k In Federal Funding For Launch Ny In Buffalo

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $300,000 in federal funding for Launch NY in Buffalo. The funding was provided by the federal Economic Development Administration's Regional Innovation Strategies Program. In August, Gillibrand wrote to the Department of Commerce to support Launch NY's application for this funding. Launch NY provides entrepreneurs throughout Upstate New York with the resources they need - such … Continue Reading


December 13, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $3.5 Million In Federal Funding To Help Remove Lead Hazards From Homes In The City Of Utica

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $3,532,078 in federal funding for the City of Utica. The funding was awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and will be used to help remove or address lead hazards in 180 housing units for low and very low-income families throughout Utica. Specifically, Utica will receive $2,932,078 from the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction grant program and … Continue Reading


December 13, 2018

As New York’s Barley Industry Continues To Grow And With Brewers Around The State And The Country Relying On High-Quality New York Barley To Produce Their Beer, Gillibrand Announces That Her Amendment To Support New York’s Barley Growers Has Passed The House And Senate In Final Version Of The Farm Bill

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that her amendment to support barley growers in New York State has passed the House and Senate as part of the final conferenced version of the Farm Bill. The Farm Bill now heads to the President's desk and is expected to be signed into law. Gillibrand's amendment would direct the National Agricultural Statistics Service of USDA to document barley production in New York State. This would ensure that producers have the information … Continue Reading


December 13, 2018

Following Her Push, Gillibrand Announces That Final Farm Bill – Which Just Passed Senate And House – Includes Her Amendment To Protect Long Island Shellfish Producers And Expand Insurance Coverage

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that a provision she introduced and fought to pass to protect Long Island shellfish and aquaculture producers was included in the final Farm Bill, which just passed the Senate and House of Representatives. Shellfish producers are at high risk of losing their crops and equipment because of weather, diseases, and changes in the marine environment. This provision would allow shellfish … Continue Reading


December 12, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $4 Million In Federal Funding To Help Remove Lead Hazards From Homes In Broome County

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $3,500,000 in Lead Hazard Reduction (LHRD) grant program funding and $600,000 in Health Homes Supplemental funding for Broome County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to address lead hazards in 160 housing units, providing safer homes for low and very low-income families with children. "Lead poisoning is an irreversible, preventable tragedy … Continue Reading


December 12, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $2 Million In Federal Funding To Help Remove Lead Hazards From Homes In Niagara County

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,000,000 in Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration (LHRD) grant program funding for Niagara County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to address lead hazards in 100 housing units in Niagara County, providing safer homes for low and very low-income families with children. "Lead poisoning is an irreversible, preventable tragedy that robs many … Continue Reading


December 12, 2018

Following Her Push, Gillibrand Successfully Includes Bipartisan Rural Broadband Legislation In The Final Senate-Passed Version Of The Farm Bill

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that after her consistent push, her bipartisan Broadband Connections for Rural Opportunities Program Act (B-CROP Act), was included as a provision in the final Senate-passed version of the Farm Bill. This bipartisan legislation, introduced by Senator Gillibrand and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), would expand the current USDA Rural Utilities Service Broadband Program to allow … Continue Reading


December 12, 2018

As Rural Communities Throughout New York State Face Declines In Businesses And Jobs, Gillibrand Announces That Her Bipartisan Amendment To Invest In New Rural Businesses And Create Rural Jobs Has Passed The Senate In Final Conferenced Version Of The Farm Bill

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that her bipartisan bill, the Rural Jobs and Investment Act, has passed the Senate as part of the final conferenced version of the Farm Bill. The legislation now heads to the House of Representatives for a final vote. Gillibrand's legislation would expand access to much-needed resources and investment for rural entrepreneurs in Upstate New York to start and expand local businesses. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 57 percent … Continue Reading


December 12, 2018

Following Her Push, Gillibrand Announces That Senate-Passed Final Version Of The Farm Bill Includes Her Bill To Provide Refund For Dairy Farmers Who Paid Into Failed Insurance Program

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that the Senate-passed final version of the Farm Bill includes a proposal she fought for that would put money back into the pockets of New York dairy farmers who paid into a failed system that did not help them when milk prices dropped. Gillibrand has been fighting for this funding since earlier this year when she introduced the Dairy Premium Refund Act. "I am thrilled to announce … Continue Reading

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