Press Releases

October 25, 2021

As Health Care Systems Battle Worker Shortages, Gillibrand Announces Push For $67 Million In Federal Funding For Local Health Care Workforce Development Program

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood in front of the Charles B. Wang Center to announce her push to provide $67 million for the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) program at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA); Gillibrand is pushing for the funding in a letter to congressional leadership. She was joined by Dr. Harold Paz, Executive VP of Health Sciences at Stony Brook University; Stacy Jaffee Gropack, Dean of the Stony Brook University School of Health Technology and … Continue Reading


October 20, 2021

Following Tropical Storm Fred, Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Availability Of Disaster Loans For Private Non-Profit Organizations In Upstate New York

Following their push for a Presidential disaster declaration for upstate New York after Tropical Storm Fred, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the availability of funding to aid Private Non-Profit organizations (PNPs) in recovering from damage from the storm. PNPs including food kitchens, homeless shelters, museums, libraries, community centers, schools and colleges will be eligible to apply for up to $2 million in loans through the U.S. … Continue Reading


October 20, 2021

With Heating Prices Expected To Soar This Winter, Gillibrand Fights For Robust LIHEAP Assistance To Keep New Yorkers Safe And Warm

With colder weather around the corner and energy costs projected to sharply increase this winter, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling for robust Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) assistance. October marks the start of the heating season for many states and many New Yorkers will struggle to afford the cost of keeping the heat turned on in their homes during the cold winter months. In New York State alone, there are already 1.2 million households that collectively owe … Continue Reading


October 20, 2021

Senator Gillibrand Leads Group Of Senators To Call On Congressional Leadership And Biden Administration To Prioritize Comprehensive National Paid Leave Program In Build Back Better Package

As the Senate continues negotiations on the Build Back Better legislation, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand led a group of senators to reinforce the critical need for the inclusion of a federal paid family and medical leave program in the package. The United States is the only industrialized country in the world without a national paid leave policy-investing in a national paid leave program is long overdue and would contribute more than $1.6 trillion to the economy by giving women and families … Continue Reading


October 19, 2021

Gillibrand Announces $13 Million In Federal Funding For Rural Water Infrastructure

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $13,734,000 in federal funding for water infrastructure in New York's rural communities. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program and will be used to modernize rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure throughout the state. "Community health depends on access to functional, clean and safe water infrastructure," said Senator Gillibrand. "By ensuring that water … Continue Reading


October 19, 2021

Gillibrand Successfully Leads Senate Push Encouraging EPA To Strengthen National Plan To Address PFAS Discharges

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand commends the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the improvements made to the agency's draft Strategic Roadmap to confront PFAS contamination nationwide. This week's announcement from EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan comes a few weeks after Senator Gillibrand led the charge pushing the EPA to expand and strengthen regulatory efforts to address industrial PFAS discharges and calling for a plan that is as ambitious as her Clean Water Standards for PFAS Act … Continue Reading


October 18, 2021

Gillibrand Pushes To Keep Major Affordable Housing Investments For New Yorkers In Build Back Better Package

As New York State faces an unprecedented housing affordability crisis, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined more than two dozen Senate colleagues to ensure that comprehensive housing investments stay in President Biden's Build Back Better plan. More than 10 million families in the United States spend more than half their income on housing each month. As the Build Back Better plan moves through Congress in the coming weeks, this moment represents a unique opportunity to improve the day-to-day … Continue Reading


October 15, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Agriculture Disaster Declaration For Orange County

Following multiple disaster events in the 2021 Crop Year, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a primary agricultural disaster designation for Orange County, New York. Under this disaster designation, agricultural producers in Orange County are eligible to apply for emergency loans and assistance from the Farm Service Agency in order to recoup production … Continue Reading


October 15, 2021

Gillibrand Announces $15 Billion Delivered Directly To Families In Fourth Child Tax Credit Payment; Cumulative $61 Billion Has Gone Out Since July, Including Nearly $3.3 Billion For New Yorkers

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released a statement following delivery of the fourth Child Tax Credit payments: "The American Rescue Plan's expansion of the Child Tax Credit is the largest anti-poverty measure in decades, and since July, Congress has delivered more than $61 billion to families across the country. New York families have already received more than $3 billion in direct payments and the credit will continue serving more than 3 million children in New York under 18 years … Continue Reading


October 15, 2021

Gillibrand Announces $15 Billion Delivered Directly To Families In Fourth Child Tax Credit Payment; Cumulative $61 Billion Has Gone Out Since July, Including Nearly $3.3 Billion For New Yorkers

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released a statement following delivery of the fourth Child Tax Credit payments: "The American Rescue Plan's expansion of the Child Tax Credit is the largest anti-poverty measure in decades, and since July, Congress has delivered more than $61 billion to families across the country. New York families have already received more than $3 billion in direct payments and the credit will continue serving more than 3 million children in New York under 18 years … Continue Reading


October 14, 2021

Gillibrand Releases Original Report On How The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Is Shortchanging New York Borrowers; Announces Findings And Policy Fixes To Flawed Program

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released her original report on the shortcomings of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program and how it has failed to bring relief to New York borrowers pursuing public service careers. While the program was created to alleviate student loan debt for individuals committed to public service careers for 10 years, PSLF has been plagued by administrative errors and eligibility restrictions that have prevented many Americans from receiving the … Continue Reading


October 14, 2021

Gillibrand Anuncia $35 Millones En Fondos Federales Para Instaurar Los Cuerpos De Salud Pública De La Ciudad De Nueva York

Hoy, la senadora de los Estados Unidos, Kirsten Gillibrand, anunció $35 millones en fondos federales para instaurar los Cuerpos de Salud Pública de la Ciudad de Nueva York (PHC, por sus siglas en inglés), una iniciativa innovadora para fortalecer la infraestructura de salud pública y comunitaria de la ciudad y lidiar con los retos de salud pública presentados por el COVID-19, lo que incluye la distribución y administración equitativa de las … Continue Reading


October 13, 2021

Gillibrand Applauds President Biden For Signing Bill To Designate The September 11th National Memorial Trail

Today, President Joseph Biden signed the September 11th National Memorial Trail bill to enable the Department of the Interior to assist in developing the trail route, signage, interpretative guides and educational materials for a 1,300-mile multi-use route that links the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the Flight 93 Memorial. The Senate recently passed legislation by unanimous consent to support the development of this trail. It passed the House unanimously on July 29, 2021. U.S. Senator … Continue Reading


October 13, 2021

Gillibrand Announces $35 Million In Federal Funding To Establish New York City Public Health Corps

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $35 million in federal funding to establish the NYC Public Health Corps (PHC), an innovative initiative to bolster the city's public and community health infrastructure and address COVID-19 public health challenges, including equitable vaccine distribution and administration. The funding was allocated through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will be used to invest in community health throughout New York City and prepare the … Continue Reading


October 13, 2021

To Address Bus Driver Shortage, Gillibrand Presses Department Of Education For Guidance On Emergency Relief Funds

As New York State continues to grapple with a school bus driver shortage, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is sending a letter to Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona urging him to have his agency issue clear guidance to states and school districts about using Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds to hire and retain school bus drivers. Currently, New York school districts are reporting an average bus driver shortage of 15-20 percent this school year, causing … Continue Reading


October 12, 2021

After Months Of Advocacy, Gillibrand Applauds Reopening Of U.S.-Canada Land Border To Fully-Vaccinated Travelers From Canada

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand praised the Biden administration's decision to allow fully vaccinated travelers from Canada and Mexico to travel to the U.S. for non-essential travel through all ports of entry. Gillibrand has repeatedly urged the administration to prioritize the reopening the land border to vaccinated travelers, especially for the northern Canadian border which is an economic engine for New York State. "Finally, the New York-Canadian border will be open again to … Continue Reading


October 06, 2021

Gillibrand Statement On Anniversary Of January 6 Attack On The Capitol

Addressing the anniversary of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement: "The violent insurrection on January 6th was and is a stain on our American democracy. We were doing our jobs, counting Electoral College results and making sure the election was certified when a violent mob waged an attack our Capitol in an attempt to subvert the will of the American people. I remain incredibly grateful for and inspired by our Capitol Police … Continue Reading


October 06, 2021

Gillibrand Presses EPA To Strengthen Its Draft Plan To Address PFAS Discharges From Industry

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling for the passage of her Clean Water Standards for PFAS Act of 2021 and is pushing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to expand and strengthen regulatory efforts to address industrial PFAS discharges. In September, the EPA released the Preliminary Effluent Guidelines Program Plan 15 (Preliminary Plan 15), which outlines a proposed roadmap to regulate some industrial discharges of toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals. … Continue Reading


October 04, 2021

Gillibrand Announces Over $2 Million In Funding To Accelerate Technology Entrepreneurship, Strengthen Regional Economies

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,653,546 in federal funding for programs that promote tech-based regional economic development. The funding was allocated through the Economic Development Association's Build to Scale Program and will support entrepreneurship, accelerate innovation and job creation, and provide access to capital in areas where it is in short supply. "Startups and emergent businesses are vital to the resiliency of our local economies," said Senator Gillibrand. … Continue Reading


October 04, 2021

Gillibrand Announces Legislation To Boost And Reinvigorate The City’s Creative Economy And Create Local Jobs

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood in front of the iconic Public Theater to announce the Creative Economy Revitalization Act, recently introduced legislation that would boost and reinvigorate the creative economy by creating a workforce grant program to employ artists and writers to create publicly available art. The senator was joined by U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney; NYC Council Member Carlina Rivera; Commissioner of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Gonzalo Casals; Artistic … Continue Reading

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