Press Releases

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


June 19, 2012

Gillibrand Urges Feds to Ban the Sale of Dangerous High-Powered Toy Magnets

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 urged the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC) to ban the sale of these dangerous, high-powered magnetic balls that can be formed into different shapes from the retail market. This year alone, there were at least 19 reported incidents of children who … Continue Reading


June 18, 2012

After Sidney Manufacturer Flooded, Gillibrand Calls on Feds to Help Amphenol Aerospace Relocate

Washington, D.C. - After a local Sidney manufacturer was flooded, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand urged the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to help Amphenol Aerospace relocate locally in Delaware County. Over the past five years, Amphenol Aerospace has experienced nearly $40 million in repeated flood damage at their current facility, putting nearly 1,200 jobs at risk. Through the Federal Disaster Relief Opportunity Program, the EDA can help foot the bill for the company to relocate … Continue Reading


June 15, 2012

At Woman-Owned Small Business in Buffalo, Gillibrand & Higgins Announce Bipartisan Legislation to Extend Small Business Tax Breaks

Buffalo, NY - Standing at Blue Sky Design Supply, a woman-owned small business in Buffalo, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Brian Higgins today announced bipartisan legislation to extend tax breaks for small businesses. Women-owned small businesses are among the fastest growing segment of the economy. The Small Business Tax Extenders Act would provide investors strong incentives to invest in small business stock, increase deductions for start-up expenses, and continue tax … Continue Reading


June 15, 2012

Gillibrand Statement on Obama Administration Granting Deferred Action for Dream Act Youth

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), an original co-sponsor of the DREAM Act, released the following statement today after President Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that the Administration will halt deportation actions and grant work permits for certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children, and do not present a risk to national security or public safety. Gillibrand joined Majority Leader Harry Reid, Assistant … Continue Reading


June 15, 2012

At Woman-Owned Small Business in Rochester, Gillibrand & Hochul Announce Bipartisan Legislation to Extend Small Business Tax Breaks

Rochester, NY - Standing at Complemar, a woman-owned small business in Rochester, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Kathy Hochul today announced bipartisan legislation to extend tax breaks for small businesses. Women-owned small businesses are among the fastest growing segment of the economy. The Small Business Tax Extenders Act would provide investors strong incentives to invest in small business stock, increase deductions for start-up expenses, and continue tax credits small … Continue Reading


June 15, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Senate Hearing on her Legislation to Extend Authorization for Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold a hearing on June 27 to discuss the extension of the authorization for the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area for 10 more years. The extension would keep the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area operating to promote recreation and tourism, as well as enabling them to continue to access matching federal funding for projects in the area. In April, … Continue Reading


June 15, 2012

At Woman-Owned Small Business in Syracuse, Gillibrand Announces Bipartisan Legislation to Extend Small Business Tax Breaks

Syracuse, NY - Standing at Potter Heating & AC and Perrone Plumbing, a woman-owned small business in Syracuse, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced bipartisan legislation to extend tax breaks for small businesses. Women-owned small business are the fastest growing segment of the economy. The Small Business Tax Extenders Act would provide investors strong incentives to invest in small business stock, increase deductions for start-up expenses, and continue tax credits small … Continue Reading

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