Press Releases

July 05, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $1.5 Million in Federal Fire Grants for Three Long Island Fire Departments

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that Lynbrook, Rockville Centre Fire Departments and the Great Neck Alert Company will receive grants totaling $1,481,472 in Round 9 of the FY11 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program- Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER). Lynbrook will receive $115,555, Rockville Centre will receive $865,225, and Great Neck Alert Company will receive $500,692. SAFER awards are administered by the U.S. … Continue Reading


July 05, 2012

Gillibrand Introduces Resolution Commemorating 200th Anniversary of War of 1812

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced a resolution to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, fought between the U.S. and Great Britain. Canada, a former British colony, fought alongside the British. The conclusion of the war paved the way for amicable relations among the U.S., Canada and Great Britain, now among America's closest allies. "New York's proximity to Canada made it a hotbed for conflict in the War of 1812," said Senator Gillibrand. "New … Continue Reading


July 03, 2012

After Touring the Ithaca Commons, Gillibrand Announces Support for Transit Upgrades

Ithaca, NY - After touring Ithaca Commons with Mayor Svante Myrick and Ithaca community and business leaders, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced her support for federal funding for transit upgrades. Senator Gillibrand is urging the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to fund the City of Ithaca's request for federal investments to rebuild Ithaca Commons as a community transit hub that would support a more efficient bus route between local colleges and universities and downtown, … Continue Reading


July 03, 2012

Standing at Alpina Yogurt Construction Site, Gillibrand Announces Support of Federal Investment into Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park

Batavia, NY - While touring the nearly completed Alpina Yogurt facility, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the U.S. Economic Development Administration to approve funding for the Genesee Gateway Local Development Corporation (GGLDC). The funding would be used to complete infrastructure developments in the Genesee Valley Agri-Buniness Park (Ag-Park). The increase in infrastructure would bolster real estate development investments, which could lead to a sustainable long-term economy … Continue Reading


July 02, 2012

Gillibrand Fights to Extend Priority Access to USDA Funding for Sullivan County and Town of Wawarsing in 2012 Farm Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced an extension of the Rural Economic Area Partnership (REAP) Zone designation for Sullivan County and the town of Wawarsing passed the full Senate as part of the 2012 Farm Bill. The measure would extend a designation that helps give the region priority access to federal funding from the USDA to help grow the local economy and revitalize rural communities. The current … Continue Reading


July 02, 2012

Gillibrand Fights to Extend Priority Access to USDA Funding for Tioga County in 2012 Farm Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced an extension of the Rural Economic Area Partnership (REAP) Zone designation for Tioga County passed the full Senate as part of the 2012 Farm Bill. The measure would extend a designation that helps give Tioga County priority access to federal funding from the USDA to help grow the local economy and revitalize rural communities. The current Tioga County REAP Zone designation … Continue Reading


July 02, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand, Owens Call for Federal Investment in North Country Advanced Manufacturing Project

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Bill Owens called on the U.S. Economic Development Administration to invest in a North Country Advance Manufacturing project that would create and sustain new jobs in the region. A joint proposal submitted by the North Country Chamber of Commerce (NCCC) and Clarkson University would support the growth of advanced manufacturing in transportation equipment and advanced materials in the North Country. … Continue Reading


June 29, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce New York Receives $151.6 Million in Vital Anti-Terror Funding

United States Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced today that New York City has received a total of $151,579,096 in Urban Areas Security Initiative Funding (UASI), a huge victory for the City's anti-terror efforts, in the face of steep cuts elsewhere. The UASI program is the lifeblood of New York's anti-terror programs and funds the critical surveillance program for downtown Manhattan and its expansion into Times Square and midtown. New York also received the entire … Continue Reading


June 29, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Protect New York Mass Transit Funding and Block House Efforts to Gut Transit Formula; Bill Now Headed to President’s Desk for Signature

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced that they had successfully fought for an additional $200 million in direct formula funds despite numerous efforts by the House of Representatives to take away dedicated revenues from the Mass Transit Account of the Highway Trust fund. Since 1982, the Mass Transit Fund has helped urban and suburban areas like the New York metro area expand and improve their public transportation systems by dedicating to transit one cent … Continue Reading


June 29, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Final Congressional Passage of Measure to Improve Funding for NYS Border Infrastructure Projects

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that a provision she wrote to reauthorize the Coordinated Border Infrastructure (CBI) Program to invest in border regions reached final Congressional passage as part of the Transportation Reauthorization bill. Senator Gillibrand's measure would allow states to use funding to improve motor vehicle and cargo mobility across international borders, enhancing commerce at border regions. Last year, New York State and Canada traded … Continue Reading


June 29, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Final Congressional Passage of National Teen Driving Safety Plan

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that important provisions of the Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection (STAND UP) Act she authored has reached final Congressional passage as part of the Transportation Reauthorization bill. The STAND UP Act would set national standards for states to implement Graduated Driver's License (GDL) programs that prepare teens to be safer, more responsible drivers. Senator Gillibrand led the effort in the Senate to include … Continue Reading


June 29, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand, Tonko Announce Critical Truck Stop Safety Measure Included in Must-Pass Transportation Bill

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Representative Paul Tonko announced that "Jason's Law," a measure to increase security and improve conditions at truck stops across the country, to pass both houses of Congress today as a part of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee's Transportation Reauthorization bill. The legislation is named in honor of Schoharie County trucker, Jason Rivenburg, who tragically lost his life during a robbery attempt on … Continue Reading


June 29, 2012

With Increased International Passengers Flying Through WNY Airports, Gillibrand Urges TSA to Bring Pre-Check Program to Niagara Falls and Buffalo-Niagara International Airports

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to bring their Pre-Check program for international travelers to the Buffalo Niagara and Niagara Falls International Airports. The program would increase efficiency in the flow of trusted travelers and promote cross-border commerce. In the past 10 years alone, Canadian passengers at the Buffalo airport have risen from 10 to nearly 40 percent of the airport's passengers, totaling nearly 2 … Continue Reading


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

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