Press Releases

November 18, 2014

Gillibrand Statement On Terror Attack In Jerusalem Synagogue

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement today in response to the murder of four rabbis who were worshipping in a synagogue in Jerusalem: "This massacre in a house of worship while innocent people prayed is absolutely horrifying and unconscionable. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who were killed and injured. Those responsible for these heinous and cold-blooded murders must be held … Continue Reading

November 17, 2014

Gillibrand, Schumer Push For Formation Of A Combined New York And New Jersey Cyber Protection Team; Urge Army National Guard Director To Approve Bid For Team Located In Albany County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) along with Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) today announced their support for the New York and New Jersey Army National Guards' formation of a combined Cyber Protection Team. In a letter to the Army National Guard's Acting Director, Major General Lyons, the senators urged for swift approval of a proposal allowing the New York and New Jersey Army National Guards to form a joint team … Continue Reading

November 17, 2014

Gillibrand Calls For Sylvester Manor To Be Placed On The National Register Of Historic Places

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the National Park Service to place Sylvester Manor Educational Farm on the National Register of Historic Places. Sylvester Manor is a former 17th-century farmstead that currently serves as a non-profit organic farm and educational center. This designation would expand opportunities for federal historic tax credits and other resources, to support preservation and economic development initiatives at Sylvester Manor. "Sylvester Manor … Continue Reading

November 17, 2014

Gillibrand Applauds Passage Of Legislation To Provide Vouchers Easing Burden Of Sky-High Child Care Costs For Working Families

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today applauded the passage of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program, bipartisan legislation that will greatly ease the burden of child care costs for hundreds of thousands of families. The vote passed in the House of Representatives in September 2014 and passed in the Senate today by a vote of 88 to 1. "These Child Care and Development Block Grants are so important to our families and to our national economy," said Senator … Continue Reading

November 14, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand: FEMA Must Conduct Top-To-Bottom Investigation Into Repeated Red Flags In How Insurance Companies Have Handled & Denied The Claims Of Sandy Flood Victims For Damage To Their Homes

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today called on the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) to immediately investigate repeated red flags involving Superstorm Sandy insurance claims for homeowners on Long Island. The Senators said that FEMA must conduct a top-to-bottom investigation to ensure that insurance companies have evaluated Long Island homeowners' insurance claims fairly and without bias, in light of many serious signs that this is not the case, … Continue Reading

November 14, 2014

Gillibrand Awards Veteran With Army Commendation Medal

Hudson Falls, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today awarded Corporal James Ganser (Ret.) with the Army Commendation Medal. Corporal Ganser is an Army veteran who served in the 1950s and went on to have a storied journalism career. Corporal Ganser's famous radio shows entertained American troops during the height of the Cold War. The Army Commendation Medal is awarded to soldiers who distinguished themselves by heroism, meritorious achievement, or meritorious service. It can be given to … Continue Reading

November 14, 2014

Pallone, Gillibrand Urge FDA to Evaluate Safety of Plastic Microbeads in Oral Care Products

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) sent a letter to Margaret A. Hamburg, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), urging the agency to evaluate the safety of oral care products, such as toothpastes and gum, that contain polyethylene microbeads. Accounts from both consumers and dental professionals suggest that these small bits of plastic, which are not biodegradable, may get lodged in crevices between the teeth … Continue Reading

November 14, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Hanna Urge Armed Services Committee Leaders To Continue To Protect Rome DFAS Jobs – Push Leaders To Green-Light Provision That Would Provide Congress With Oversight Over DFAS Personnel Plans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Richard Hanna called on both the chairs and ranking members of the Senate Armed Services Committee and House Armed Services Committee to preserve language from the already-passed House version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would help provide additional protections for Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) to be included in the final version of the NDAA for Fiscal Year … Continue Reading

November 14, 2014

Standing On The North Shore Of Long Island, Gillibrand Pushes New Legislation To Ban Plastic Microbeads In Personal Care Products

Oyster Bay, NY - Standing at the Waterfront Center on Long Island's north shore, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, joined by Citizens Campaign for the Environment Executive Director of Programs Maureen Dolan Murphy, Long Island Commercial Fishing Association Executive Director Bonnie Brady, and Associate Dean for Research and Professor within the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University Chris Gobler, urged Congress to pass new legislation to ban plastic microbeads in … Continue Reading

November 13, 2014

Gillibrand Pushes For $50 Million In Additional FDA Funding To Support Food Inspector Training And Enhanced Food Safety Research

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the Senate Committee on Appropriations to provide the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with an additional $50 million in funding for fiscal year 2015 to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The request comes in support of a letter released by the Pew Charitable Trusts and dozens of foodborne illness victims. "The Food Safety Modernization Act will help strengthen our nation's food safety infrastructure so … Continue Reading

November 13, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1m In Federal Funding For Town Of Hempstead’s Infrastructure Repairs Following Superstorm Sandy

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Town of Hempstead will receive over $1 million in federal funding for the repair and replacement of street lights and underground electrical wiring throughout the Town that were damaged as a result of Superstorm Sandy. The reimbursement is being provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under authority of Section 406 of the Robert T. Stafford Act. "After Superstorm Sandy, infrastructure including … Continue Reading

November 12, 2014

At Gillibrand’s Recommendation, White House Formally Nominates Lashann DeArcy Hall For U.S. District Court Judge, Eastern District Of New York

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the White House has formally nominated Ms. LaShann Moutique DeArcy Hall to serve as U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York after Senator Gillibrand recommended her for the position in April. Her appointment would add another exceptional female jurist to the federal bench. "Ms. DeArcy Hall is an accomplished attorney, who is extremely well qualified to serve as a federal court judge," Senator Gillibrand … Continue Reading

November 10, 2014

Gillibrand Speaks In Olean About Federal Pedestrian Safety Legislation

Olean, NY - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand spoke about major pedestrian safety legislation she has pushed for in the Senate, and the local benefits these bills can bring to communities like Olean. Standing at a local woman-owned small business on one of Olean's main retail thoroughfares, Senator Gillibrand commended the Walkable Olean project, which received a $6.5 million TIGER Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation in 2013, and called for it to be used as a model for … Continue Reading

November 10, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Maffei Announce More Than $4 Million In USDA Funding For Central New York

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Dan Maffei today announced $4,091,000 in federal funding for Central New York. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. The Village of Tully will receive a $3,131,000 loan to replace an outdated well house, replace an old water tank and to replace a small waterline. The Town of Brutus will receive a $430,000 grant and … Continue Reading

November 08, 2014

Gillibrand: Loretta Lynch Is An “Exceptionally Well-Qualified Candidate For Attorney General, Deserves Swift Confirmation”

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement today as President Obama is set to formally announce U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch as his nominee to become the next Attorney General of the United States: "President Obama has made a fantastic choice by nominating Loretta Lynch for Attorney General. I have long fought in the Senate to add more women to the federal bench, and am pleased to see such a highly qualified woman make history as the nation's top law … Continue Reading

November 07, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Approximately $1.5 Million In FEMA Funds For High-Priority Stream Gauges Along Mohawk River, Oswego River & Upper Hudson River Basins; Will Help Mitigate Flood Risk In 23 Counties – Gauges Will Aid Existing Canal Flood Warning System To Protect Upstate Communities

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the New York State Canal Flood Warning System has received $1,483,125 in federal funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the installation of rain and stream gauges along the Mohawk River, Oswego River and Upper Hudson River Basin. Stream gauges, also known as precipitation gauges, measure rainfall in areas at risk of flooding. These stream gauges also measure the water level of rivers and … Continue Reading

November 07, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Call On Fifa To Hold 2015 Women’s World Cup On Grass, Not Artificial Turf, Just Like Men’s World Cup – Senators Urge Fifa To Work With World Cup Game Organizers & Female Athletes To Bring Equality To Tournament

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand called on the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) to reconsider its short-sighted and counterproductive decision to allow games in the 2015 Women's World Cup tournament, which is being held in Canada, to be played on artificial turf. FIFA bans artificial turf fields in the men's World Cup. A group of more than 40 top international women's soccer players have filed a lawsuit against FIFA and the Canadian Soccer … Continue Reading

November 06, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Call On Va Secretary To Swiftly Approve Contract That Would Enable Local Veterans To Receive Inpatient Psychiatric Care Right Here In Finger Lakes – Va Currently Sending Vets To Buffalo, Syracuse & Albany

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand pushed the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to finalize and swiftly approve a contract that would allow the Canandaigua VA Medical Center and a local health provider to make acute psychiatric inpatient care services available to veterans in the Finger Lakes area. The Senators explained that, as revealed in information provided by the VA to the Finger Lakes Veterans Advisory Council, many veterans have been transferred to … Continue Reading

November 03, 2014

At Gillibrand’s Urging, $1.5 Million In Rural Development Funds Awarded To Hudson Opera House

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a $1,500,000 loan for the Hudson Opera House in Columbia County. The funding was allocated through the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development Community Facility Loan program and will be used to renovate the Hudson Opera House. Senator Gillibrand urged USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack in May, to approve the funding for the Hudson Opera House. "This is great news for Columbia County and for New York … Continue Reading

October 30, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Join With Army Officials To Celebrate Army’s Largest Ever Renewable Energy Project Coming To Ft. Drum – Local Biomass Energy Producer, Reenergy, To Provide Renewable Power To Fort Drum; Project Will Create 170 North Country Jobs

Today at Fort Drum, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand joined with Army officials for a signing ceremony celebrating the recent awarding of a 20-year contract, worth up to $289 million, to ReEnergy Holdings, a renewable power provider in Latham, for them to supply power to Fort Drum. Schumer and Gillibrand said that this is the Army's largest renewable energy project and that it will help to make Fort Drum energy independent, support hundreds of jobs locally and create 170 … Continue Reading

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