Press Releases

August 02, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $326,000 Federal Investment for Orange County to Develop Vacant Waterfront Property

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that $326,250 in federal funding was awarded to the New York State Department of Transportation to allow Orange County to purchase and redevelop vacant waterfront property along the Delaware River. Specifically, the funding will allow Orange County to acquire and preserve over 17 acres of vacant Delaware River waterfront property in Sparrowbush, NY. "Properly developing the area along the Delaware River will bring jobs … Continue Reading


August 02, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $85k Federal Investment for Lake Champlain Bridge

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $85,000 in federal funding has been awarded to the New York State Department of Transportation for the Lake Champlain bridge to help restore the scenic character to help restore the scenic character the byway. "New York State is full of beautiful paths and trails that require some serious preservation efforts," said Schumer. "This investment will ensure that these scenic routes are improved and … Continue Reading


August 02, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $370,000 to Upgrade County Road 41 Bridge in Lewis

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $370,000 to help replace the CR 41 bridge over Whetstone Creek in Lewis, New York. The grant funding is allocated from the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Innovative Bridge Research and Deployment (IBRD) Program, which is administered through the Federal Highway Administration. "Fixing our roads and bridges is a top priority for a healthy economy," said Schumer. "It is essential for public safety, for … Continue Reading


August 01, 2012

Gillibrand Announces More Than $60,000 for City of Cortland Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $63,115 in federal funding for the City of Cortland Fire Department on behalf of 12 local Fire Districts to purchase smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to be distributed to families throughout the community after a voluntary home inspection. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants Program. "This is an … Continue Reading


July 31, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $475k Federal Investment for Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $475,000 in federal funding awarded to the County of Tompkins from the U.S. Department of Transportation to replace the existing airport snow plow and enhance the airport's ability to maintain safety and efficiency during adverse weather conditions at Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport. "This funding will ensure that the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport will remain safely open during those unexpected winter storms," said … Continue Reading


July 31, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $4 Million for Syracuse Hancock International Airport

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced Syracuse Hancock International Airport is set to receive $3,904,200 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funds for airport facility upgrades. Specifically, the grant will help upgrade three deicing pads and the snow melt pad to improve airport safety, and improve travel during the winter months. "This funding will ensure that Syracuse Hancock International Airport has the equipment it needs to remain safely open … Continue Reading


July 31, 2012

After Meeting with FAA Acting Administrator, Gillibrand Urges Officials to Re-Admit Griffiss Airport into MAP Program

Washington, D.C. - After meeting with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Acting Administrator earlier this month, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today urged the FAA to re-admit Griffiss Airport into the Military Airport Program (MAP). Previously, Griffiss Airport participated in MAP, and Oneida County has been able to spend $40 million to date on improvements to the airport with MAP funding. With the creation of additional slots in the … Continue Reading


July 31, 2012

After Meeting with FAA Acting Administrator, Gillibrand Renews Call on FAA to Implement New Pilot Training Rule

Washington, D.C. - After meeting with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Acting Administrator earlier this month, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today renewed her call on the FAA to implement new rules for pilot training that were included in the overhauled FAA regulations that Senator Gillibrand worked hard to pass. Pilot error was identified as the cause of the Flight 3407 tragedy - forcing a major push to improve regulations through legislation that the FAA has delayed implementing … Continue Reading


July 31, 2012

With Ongoing Drought Starving NY Crops, Gillibrand Calls for Disaster Relief Package in Farm Bill to Include New York

Washington, D.C. - With farmland across upstate New York in the grip of a summer drought that is starving production from crops that are still recovering from a late spring freeze and last year's back-to-back tropical storms, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today called on leaders of the Senate and House Agriculture Committees to include New York State in any disaster relief program in the 2012 Farm Bill. "For New York State's economy to grow, we need our farms to thrive," Senator … Continue Reading


July 31, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $369k Federal Investment for Ticonderoga Municipal Airport

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $369,000 in federal funding was awarded to the Town of Ticonderoga from the U.S. Department of Transportation to replace existing access road pavement that has deteriorated and is in need of reconstruction. "This funding will ensure better access to Ticonderoga Municipal Airport," said Senator Schumer. "I applaud the DOT for helping Ticonderoga Municipal continue to serve residents and visitors alike." "This is an … Continue Reading


July 27, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $445k Investment to Niagara Falls International Airport from Federal Aviation Administration – Funding to Encourage Passenger and Cargo Growth

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded a $446,760 federal grant to the Niagara Falls International Airport for important infrastructure improvement. Specifically, this investment from the FAA via the Airport Improvement Program will help fund the Niagara Falls International Airport's environmentally sustainable master plan to grow passenger and cargo traffic and increase economic development in the … Continue Reading


July 27, 2012

Gillibrand Leads by Example Once Again, Builds on her Commitment to Transparency and Accountability by Posting Tax Returns for All Years in Elected Office on her Senate Website's “Sunlight Report” – Added Feature Breaks New Ground in the Senate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced today that she has added a new feature to the "Sunlight Report" on her Senate website by posting her personal tax returns online for every year she has held elected office, and will continue this practice in all future years. Gillibrand believes strongly that giving citizens the ability to see what their representatives are doing in Washington and providing access to information is the right thing to do. In 2006, she was the … Continue Reading


July 26, 2012

With Colony Collapse Disorder Threatening NY Crops, Gillibrand Calls for Expedited Review of Harmful Pesticides to Protect Honey Bee Health

Washington D.C. - With Colony Collapse Disorder decreasing the U.S. bee population by 30 percent since 2006, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today called to expedite the review of pesticides that could be inadvertently decimating honey bee populations. Honey bees are vital to the health of agricultural industries in New York as one in three bites of food is reliant on honey bee pollination. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is not expected … Continue Reading


July 25, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Over $60,000 for Seneca County Office of Emergency Services

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $62,000 in federal funding for the Seneca County Office of Emergency Services to purchase new smoke detectors to be distributed to low-income families with children in the region. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants Program. "This is an important investment that can help save lives of children and … Continue Reading


July 25, 2012

After Gillibrand Calls for Ban on Sale of Dangerous High-Powered Toy Magnets, Feds Announce Retailers to Stop Sale of Products

Washington, DC - With a recent rise in reported cases of toddlers and children who accidentally swallowed high-powered toy magnets that can be deadly and cause life-threatening injuries, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today announced that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reached an agreement with an estimated 10 retailers, including Amazon, Brookstone and Urban Outfitters, to stop selling these products due to the risks posed to children. The CPSC also filed a suit against … Continue Reading


July 25, 2012

Gillibrand Announces More Than $130,000 for Key Program to Fight Crime in Syracuse

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a federal grant worth $130,759 for the City of Syracuse from the U.S. Department of Justice's Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program to assist local law enforcement in their efforts to reduce crime and improve the criminal justice system. In April, Senator Gillibrand helped lead the effort in the Senate to protect funding for the Byrne JAG program to equip local communities with the resources they need to keep families … Continue Reading


July 25, 2012

Gillibrand, Schumer Secure Key Committee Passage of Legislation to Name Buffalo Courthouse After Robert H. Jackson of Jamestown

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has passed their legislation to name the Buffalo Federal Courthouse after Robert H. Jackson, the distinguished Supreme Court Justice raised in Jamestown, famous for his role as chief prosecutor in the international Nuremberg Trials. Robert H. Jackson began his legal career in a Jamestown firm and went on to serve the as Solicitor General, Attorney … Continue Reading


July 25, 2012

Gillibrand Introduces Legislation to Name Baldwinsville Post Office After Fallen Marine

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced legislation to name the United States Post Office, located at 26 E. Genesee St. in Baldwinsville, New York, after Kyle Schneider, a fallen Marine. Marine Corporal Schneider grew up in the Town of Lysander, New York, where he graduated from C.W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville in 2006. "Marine Corporal Schneider is truly a hometown hero," Senator Gillibrand said. "He made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, serving with … Continue Reading


July 24, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce FAA Has Agreed to Return Sidney Airport to Nighttime Service, Suspension Caused Significant Harm to Airport Business; Senators Successfully Urged Agency to Quickly Review Terrain Data & Restart Nighttime Flights

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has heeded their call and approved Sidney Municipal Airport's application for the Airports Geographic Information System (AGIS) program that had been preventing the critical return to nighttime travel at the airport. In late 2011, the FAA instituted a prohibition of nighttime travel at Sidney Airport in Delaware County, based on their determination that the region's … Continue Reading


July 24, 2012

With Student Debt at All-Time High and True Costs Lost in Fine Print, Gillibrand Announces Plan to Bring Transparency to Student Loan Forms

Washington, D.C. - With student loan debt now topping credit card debt at over $1 trillion, and with students and families nationwide getting lost in the fine print of financial aid documents that can hide the true cost of a college education, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a new plan to provide transparency for students and families by standardizing financial aid documents. "A college degree should be a ticket to the American Dream, not a ticket to financial ruin," Senator … Continue Reading

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