Press Releases

June 29, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Over $100,000 for Hudson Valley Urban Water Projects

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $59,855 in federal funding for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater Inc. and $51,401 for Groundwork Hudson Valley to develop and implement plans to incorporate green infrastructure and eco-friendly sustainability practices to local communities. "The Hudson River Valley is one of our state's greatest treasures - with the ability to help grow the local economy, offer miles of recreation, and provide clean drinking water for millions of … Continue Reading


June 29, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Critical Asian Carp Legislation Included in Must-Pass Transportation Bill – Plan Directs Army Corps to Prioritize Separating Great Lakes and Mississippi River Basin to Prevent Destructive Spread of Asian Carp

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the STOP Asian Carp Act is included in the must-pass transportation bill that will achieve final Congressional passage today. Specifically, the Senators' legislation requires the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to expedite a study of the physical separation of the Mississippi River from the Great Lakes in the Chicago Area Waterway System to prevent the transfer of Asian carp and other aquatic species between these … Continue Reading


June 28, 2012

Gillibrand Statement on Supreme Court Ruling to Uphold Health Care Law

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement today after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to uphold the Affordable Care Act: "I am pleased the Supreme Court reaffirmed the hard fought progress that was made to ensure that no one can be denied coverage for a pre-existing condition, being a woman will no longer be a pre-existing condition, young adults will be covered, prescription drug costs for seniors will be reduced, preventive care including life-saving … Continue Reading


June 26, 2012

.S. Senate Passes Gillibrand-Rubio Resolution Calling for One Minute of Silence At The 2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony to Recognize the 40th Anniversary of the 1972 Munich Olympics Terrorist Attack

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) today announced passage of their Senate resolution urging the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to observe one minute of silence during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games to recognize the 40th Anniversary of the 1972 Munich Olympics terrorist attack which killed 11 athletes and coaches from the Israeli Olympic Team. The Senators' bipartisan resolution, which is co-sponsored by more than … Continue Reading


June 26, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand, Owens Announce $150,000 USDA Funding for Town of Jay

JAY - Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressman Bill Owens announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded to the Town of Jay a rural development grant in the amount of $150,000. Rural development funds will be used to repair the Au Sable Forks Water System, which incurred damages due to flooding from Hurricane Irene in August 2011. "I will never forget the destruction I saw first-hand after Hurricane Irene and grants like this help hard-hit … Continue Reading


June 25, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $2.5 Million in Cops Funding Coming to Yonkers Police Department to Hire or Rehire Veterans; 15 New Police Officers Will Mean Safer Streets

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that $2.5 million in Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grants will be awarded to the Yonkers Police Department. The COPS Hiring Program (CHP) funding will support the hiring or rehiring of up to fifteen police officers to ensure that the agency has adequate staff for vital community programs like Project SNUG, Peacekeepers, Operation Ceasefire, and other programs. A unique change for the … Continue Reading


June 22, 2012

Gillibrand, Schumer, Lieberman & Blumenthal Announce Key Senate Panel Passes Legislation to Protect Long Island Sound

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Charles E. Schumer, Lieberman, and Richard Blumenthal today announced a key Senate panel's passage of legislation to bring federal dollars to support the restoration of Long Island Sound. The Sound borders New York and Connecticut, with 8 million people living on the coast and 20 million people living within 50 miles. Although decades of overdevelopment, pollution, dumping of … Continue Reading


June 22, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $8.2 Million for Capital Region & Mohawk Valley from FEMA for Tropical Storm Lee Recovery Efforts

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants worth nearly $8.2 million for the New York State Canal Corp for debris removal from sections of the Erie Canal expanding across the Capital Region as a result of Tropical Storm Lee and Irene. Specifically, the project will remove sediment from Locks E-8 to E-22 and C-2 to C-12, and to dredge debris and remove sediment from the waterway between E-6 and E-20. "Tropical … Continue Reading


June 21, 2012

Gillibrand Statement on Final Senate Passage of Farm Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, New York's first member of the Senate Agriculture Committee in nearly 40 years, issued the following statement today after the 2012 Farm Bill cleared the Senate for final passage. "Over the last three years, I've been using my seat on the Senate Agriculture Committee to try to give New Yorkers a voice where they haven't had one in too long. I traveled all across New York State, meeting with our farmers in their own communities, hearing their … Continue Reading


June 21, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $63,000 for Syracuse Hancock International Airport

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a federal grant worth $63,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for Syracuse Hancock International Airport. The funds will be used to purchase aircraft rescue and firefighting proximity suits. "This is great news for Central New York and for travelers who use Syracuse Hancock Airport," said Schumer. "This FAA grant for safety and rescue equipment at Hancock will allow the airport to go … Continue Reading


June 21, 2012

At Schumer’s, Gillibrand’s & Higgins’s Urging, Army Corps Will Reduce Cost of Canadaway Creek Erosion Project by Over $58k, Paving the Way for Vital Improvements to Move Foward

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirstin Gillibrand and Congressman Brian Higgins announced that the US Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to exclude certain costs from the Canadaway Creek Stream Bank Erosion Project. The creek has eroded more than 100 feet in the past 50 years and continued erosion could threaten sewer lines and access roads, making the Village's project critical to local infrastructure. The representatives wrote to the Army Corps of Engineers in March and urged … Continue Reading


June 21, 2012

Gillibrand Secures $487,500 for the Community Health Center of Richmond

Staten Island, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that she secured $487,500 in federal funding for the Community Health Center of Richmond (CHCR) Dental and Medical Specialty Center. Funding will allow CHCR to expand specialty primary care health care services to low-income Staten Island families at their second site located at 439 Port Richmond Avenue. In 2010, Senator Gillibrand urged U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to secure … Continue Reading


June 20, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Nearly $230,000 for Stanwix Heights Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $228,000 in federal funding for the Stanwix Heights Fire Department to purchase a new tanker fuel truck. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. "This is an important investment for Stanwix Heights firefighters," Senator Gillibrand said. "Our first responders put their lives on the line day in and day out to keep us safe. We need to make sure … Continue Reading


June 20, 2012

Gillibrand Announces More Than $30,000 for Lewiston Fire Company No. 1

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $30,181 in federal funding for Lewiston Fire Company No. 1 to purchase a new Jaws of Life to add to their rescue equipment. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. "This is an important investment for Lewiston's firefighters," Senator Gillibrand said. "Our first responders put their lives on the line day in and day out to keep us safe. We need … Continue Reading


June 20, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Bipartisan Farm Bill Amendment that Provides Disaster Relief Loans to Commercial Fishermen Passes Full Senate

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, announced today that a bipartisan amendment to the 2012 Farm Bill that would help commercial fishermen obtain disaster relief loans has passed the full Senate late last night. "On Long Island and across the country, fishing is a way of life and a major economic engine," said Senator Gillibrand. "Providing emergency relief to our Long Island commercial fishermen ensures that they have … Continue Reading


June 19, 2012

Gillibrand Bipartisan Amendment to Study Stable Milk Pricing Reforms Passes Full Senate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Kirsten Gillibrand today announced her bipartisan amendment, authored with Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) to jumpstart the process to bring certainty for the nation's dairy farmers by stabilizing milk pricing, has passed the full Senate as part of the 2012 Farm Bill. "For years, New York's dairy farms have endured volatility in the market - as feed and fuel costs rise, the price of milk plummeted," said Senator Gillibrand, New York's first member of the Senate … Continue Reading


June 19, 2012

Gillibrand Announces $300,000 for Job Training Opportunities for Struggling Rochester Veterans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a federal grant worth $300,000 for the Veterans Outreach Center in Rochester to help provide new job training opportunities for veterans struggling to transition to civilian life and find a job in the tough economy. The federal grant funding is allocated from the U.S. Department of Labor's Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program. "New York's veterans are some of the bravest, hardest working men and women you could ever ask … Continue Reading


June 19, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Nearly $120,000 for Job Training Opportunities for Struggling Capital Region Veterans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a federal grant worth $118,800 for the Albany Housing Coalition to help provide new job training opportunities for veterans struggling to transition to civilian life and find a job in the tough economy. The federal grant funding is allocated from the U.S. Department of Labor's Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program. "New York's veterans are some of the bravest, hardest working men and women you could ever ask for," said … Continue Reading


June 19, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand, Crowley, Serrano Announce $10,000,000 Tiger Grant to Modernize Hunts Point Terminal

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand and Congress members Joe Crowley and Jose Serrano today announced $10 million in vital federal funding to modernize the transportation infrastructure and warehouse facilities at Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market. The funding was secured after intense lobbying from Schumer, Gillibrand, Crowley, and Serrano from the federal Department of Transportation's TIGER grant program, to help redevelop this critical center of New York commerce. … Continue Reading


June 19, 2012

At Schumer’s & Gillibrand’s Urging, Rochester’s Intermodal Transportation Center Set to Receive $15 Million in Competitive Federal Tiger Grant Funding—Project Will Prime City for High-Speed Rail Service, Unleash Business Development & Major Job Creation

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that at their urging, the City of Rochester has been awarded a highly competitive $15 million TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Discretionary Grant, for Rochester's Intermodal Transportation Center (RITC). The RITC project will replace the existing Intercity Passenger Rail station and single low-level platform with a new multi-modal facility and a high level island platform with two edges. It … Continue Reading

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