Press Releases

February 09, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1 Million In Federal Funding For Road And Infrastructure Repairs In The Town Of Owego

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,002,634.50 in federal funding to repair roads and culverts damaged from severe flooding events in the Town of Owego. In August 2018, storms eroded the supporting soil under and near the Dutchtown Road culvert, posing an urgent threat to the health and safety of surrounding communities. This funding will fix structural concerns, repair infrastructure to its pre-disaster design, and implement … Continue Reading


February 09, 2021

Gillibrand, Trone Lead Bicameral Call To Bolster Funding For Substance Use Disorder And Mental Health Care Services As Pandemic Exacerbates Addiction And Mental Health Crises

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and U.S. Representative David Trone (D-MD) urged Congress to include robust funding for substance use disorder and mental health care services in the next coronavirus relief package. In their letters to Senate and House leadership, the lawmakers called for $10 billion in funding for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), dedicated to the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant and Community Mental Health Services … Continue Reading


February 08, 2021

Gillibrand Co-Sponsors Landmark “Baby Bonds” Legislation: A Fair Shot At Economic Opportunity From Birth

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined colleagues in the reintroduction of the American Opportunity Accounts Act, legislation she has co-sponsored seeking to create a national program commonly referred to as "Baby Bonds." The program will create a federally-funded savings account for every American child at birth. The funds will sit in an interest-bearing account, which can be accessed by account holders at age 18 for allowable uses like buying a home, paying for educational expenses or … Continue Reading


February 08, 2021

Gillibrand Calls For Robust LIHEAP Funding As Buffalo Families Struggle To Keep Heat On Amidst Economic Crisis

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood at St. John's Baptist Church in Buffalo and urged Congress to deliver robust Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding in the next coronavirus relief package in order to provide critical assistance for low-income households and seniors. Within the last year, the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic has put an unprecedented financial burden on New Yorkers. Millions of New Yorkers are finding it more difficult to afford … Continue Reading


February 08, 2021

Gillibrand Calls For Robust LIHEAP Funding As Rochester Families Struggle To Keep Heat On Amidst Economic Crisis

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood at Eastman Reserve in Rochester and urged Congress to deliver robust Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding in the next coronavirus relief package in order to provide critical assistance for low-income households and seniors. Within the last year, the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic has put an unprecedented financial burden on New Yorkers. Millions of New Yorkers are finding it more difficult to afford the cost … Continue Reading


February 08, 2021

Gillibrand Calls For Robust LIHEAP Funding As Syracuse Families Struggle To Keep Heat On Amidst Economic Crisis

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood at Jubilee Homes in Syracuse and urged Congress to deliver robust Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding in the next coronavirus relief package in order to provide critical assistance for low-income households and seniors. Within the last year, the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic has put an unprecedented financial burden on New Yorkers. Millions of New Yorkers are finding it more difficult to afford the cost of … Continue Reading


February 08, 2021

Following National Guard Helicopter Crashes In Rochester And Boise, Gillibrand Calls For Investigation Into Pattern Of Crashes Involving UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopters

Following the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crash in Rochester on January 20th, which claimed the lives of three members of the New York National Guard, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, chair of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, is urging the U.S. Department of Defense to launch an investigation into the apparent trend of crashes involving the UH-60 Black Hawk. Less than two weeks after the tragic events in Rochester, three members of the Idaho National Guard were killed while … Continue Reading


February 05, 2021

Gillibrand, DeLauro Introduce Family Act, Urge Congress To Pass Permanent Paid Leave Solution To Spur Economic Recovery

On the 28th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, their signature legislation to create a permanent, national paid family and medical leave program. The FAMILY Act would ensure that every worker, no matter the size of their employer or if they are self-employed or part-time, has access to paid leave for every serious medical … Continue Reading


February 05, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $8 Million In Federal Funding To Offset Costs For New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital’s Covid-19 Response

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $7,835,049.80 in funding for NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and will be used to cover previous COVID-19 response and operational costs, including approximately 111,000 hours of overtime and 72,700 surge staff hours. To meet increased demands, the … Continue Reading


February 04, 2021

Gillibrand Presses USDA On Purchase And Distribution Of Kosher And Halal Food In Farmers To Families Food Box Program

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, sent a letter to Acting Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Kevin Shea, inquiring how the USDA will make sure that federal feeding programs, like The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and the Farmers to Families Food Box program, are equitable and accessible for those with culturally or religiously sensitive diets. "Making sure that everyone has … Continue Reading


February 04, 2021

Gillibrand Statement On Devastating Job Cuts At Siemens Energy In Olean

Following the announcement that Siemens Energy in Olean, NY plans to halt manufacturing and cut over half of the plant's workforce, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement: "These job cuts are devastating to Cattaraugus county, especially when rural communities have already been hit hard by the economic crisis. As we work towards economic recovery, we have to ensure our rural communities and working families are supported. Creating good paying jobs in manufacturing … Continue Reading


February 03, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $12.5K In Federal Funding Awarded To The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe To Improve Transportation Safety

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that $12,500 in federal funding was awarded to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe to improve transportation services and safety in Akwesasne. This federal funding was allocated through the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund (TTPSF), and will be used to invest in public transportation safety projects consistent with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe's transit safety … Continue Reading


February 02, 2021

Gillibrand Announces Assignment To U.S. Senate Select Committee On Intelligence

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced she will be joining the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. This new important national security assignment will complement Senator Gillibrand's long tenure on the Senate Armed Services Committee, where she will continue to prioritize keeping Americans safe from threats domestic and abroad. "I am honored to have the chance to serve on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the nexus of 21st century security and international … Continue Reading


February 02, 2021

Gillibrand Statement In Response To Biden’s Immigration Executive Actions

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the statement below in response to President Biden's executive actions to rebuild and strengthen our immigration system: "Undoing Trump's chaotic, harmful and divisive immigration agenda requires us to reimagine a system that is both fair and transparent, while upholding the dignity of immigrants and asylum seekers looking to build better lives. President Biden's actions today lay the groundwork for us to do just that. I look forward to working … Continue Reading


February 02, 2021

Declaración De Gillibrand En Respuesta A Las Acciones Ejecutivas Migratorias De Biden

Hoy la Senadora de los EE.UU., Kirsten Gillibrand, emitió la siguiente declaración en respuesta a las acciones ejecutivas del Presidente Biden para reconstruir y fortalecer nuestro sistema migratorio: "Deshacer la caótica, dañina y polarizante agenda migratoria requiere que volvamos a crear un sistema que sea justo y transparente, a la vez que respete la dignidad de los inmigrantes y los que buscan asilo para construir mejores vidas. Las acciones del Presidente … Continue Reading


February 02, 2021

Gillibrand Applauds Confirmation Of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg; Commits To Working With Administration To Invest In New York State Infrastructure, Build Gateway, And Reimagine Highways

Following the Senate's confirmation of U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement: "I know that Secretary Buttigieg's experiences revitalizing South Bend position him to be a strong ally for New York's communities. Working alongside the Biden administration, we have the opportunity to make significant investment in our aging infrastructure and support innovative local projects that reconnect communities, put local … Continue Reading


February 02, 2021

Gillibrand Announces Legislation To Invest Billions In School Infrastructure And Help Cash-Strapped Schools Safely Reopen Under CDC Guidelines

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced legislation that would invest billions in public school infrastructure and help cash-strapped school districts safely reopen under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. The Reopen and Rebuild America's Schools Act of 2021 would invest more than $100 billion in grant funding to schools with facilities that pose health and safety risks to students and staff, allocate funding for updates to combat the spread of COVID-19, and … Continue Reading


February 01, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge Army Corps Of Engineers To Evaluate Environmental Risks Of Proposed Waste Transfer Facility Near Seneca Lake

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, called on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District Commander LTC Eli Adams to fully evaluate the potential environmental risks associated with the proposed materials recovery and solid waste transfer facility in the Town of Cayuta, Schuyler County, New York. Echoing community concerns, Schumer and Gillibrand urged the Army Corps of Engineers to … Continue Reading


January 29, 2021

Gillibrand Announces Keep Our Pact Act To Support Low-Income Students And Students With Disabilities

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced bicameral legislation to support educational programs for low-income students and students with disabilities. The Keep Our Promise to America's Children and Teacher's (PACT) Act would put Congress on a fiscally-responsible path to provide mandatory funding for Title I and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). School closures and remote learning during the pandemic have already impeded educational progress for millions of students, … Continue Reading


January 29, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $400K In Federal Funding To Invest In Oral Disease Technology And Research At The University Of Rochester

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $420,800 in federal funding to support the research and development of oral disease and disorder technology at the University of Rochester. The funding was allocated through the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) and was awarded to the Clinical and Translational Research Core at the University of Rochester's Eastman Institute for … Continue Reading

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