Press Releases

January 19, 2012

Gillibrand Urges Niagara Parks Commission to Keep Jobs, Tourism Booming for New York in ‘Maid of the Mist’ Contract Talks

Washington, D.C. - With contract discussions underway deciding the future of Maid of the Mist boat tours at Niagara Falls, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is urging the Niagara Parks Commission to make a priority of protecting the 150 jobs the tours provide on the American side of the falls, and the tourism draw they provide the local economy. Senator Gillibrand also emphasized maintaining the famous Maid of the Mist brand, which has been servicing tourists worldwide for 125 years. In a … Continue Reading


January 18, 2012

Gillibrand Announces $224,000 for Northern Onondaga Volunteer Ambulance

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $224,000 in federal funding for Northern Onondaga Volunteer Ambulance (NOVA) to acquire new cardiac monitoring equipment. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG). "If we're going to keep our communities safe, our first responders need the right resources," Senator Gillibrand said. "Northern Onondaga Volunteer Ambulance will be able to use these funds to … Continue Reading


January 18, 2012

Gillibrand, Lowey Announce More Than $100,000 for White Plains Fire Bureau

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Nita Lowey today announced $102,917 in federal funding for the White Plains Fire Bureau to acquire new Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs). The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG). "If we're going to keep our communities safe, our first responders need the right resources," Senator Gillibrand said. "The White Plains Fire Bureau will be able to use these … Continue Reading


January 18, 2012

Gillibrand, Schumer Announce More Than $40 Million Now Available to Help NY Agriculture Communities Recover from Irene & Lee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles E. Schumer today announced that the $ 41,794,484 they fought together to secure in disaster relief funding is now available to help New York agriculture communities recover from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. "America has always stood by those suffering from disaster and helped them to rebuild," said Senator Gillibrand, New York's first member of the Senate Agriculture Committee in nearly 40 years. "New York's farmland … Continue Reading


January 11, 2012

Gillibrand Announces More Than $14,000 for North Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $14,012 in federal funding for the North Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps (NAVAC) to upgrade their operations and safety measures to respond to emergencies more effectively. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. "This is an important investment for the North Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps," Senator Gillibrand said. "This federal grant will help … Continue Reading


January 11, 2012

Gillibrand Announces More Than $377,000 for Fulton Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $377,150 in federal funding for the Fulton Fire Department to acquire new equipment to respond to emergencies more effectively. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG). "This funding will help equip the Fulton Fire Department with the tools they need to save lives," Senator Gillibrand said. "I will keep working to ensure our first responders have … Continue Reading


January 11, 2012

Gillibrand Announces More Than $94,000 for City of Corning Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $94,620 in federal funding for the City of Corning Fire Department to improve the safety of living spaces for firefighters. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. "We must ensure that our firefighters have safe facilities so that and effectively keep our communities safe," Senator Gillibrand said. "The City of Corning Fire Department will … Continue Reading


January 11, 2012

Gillibrand Announces More Than $46,000 for Dundee Volunteer Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $46,693 in federal funding for the Dundee Volunteer Fire Department to upgrade their operations and safety measures to respond to emergencies more effectively. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. In November, Senator Gillibrand wrote to FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate urging him to support the Dundee Volunteer Fire Department's grant … Continue Reading


January 09, 2012

Gillibrand Announces More Than $91,000 for Nanuet Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $91,401 in federal funding for the Village of Nanuet Fire Department to purchase new protective and communication equipment to respond to emergencies more effectively. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG). In October, Senator Gillibrand wrote to FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate urging him to support Nanuet Fire District's grant application for these … Continue Reading


January 05, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $5 Million for Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority to Construct New Transit Center

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority (RGRTA) is set to receive $5,064,369 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to construct a new transit center in Downtown Rochester. The new transportation hub will provide an indoor facility for local residents to catch and transfer buses. The funds will be used to construct a new 26-bay transit center in Downtown Rochester to replace its … Continue Reading


January 05, 2012

Gillibrand Urges Feds to Speed Up FDA Study On Stronger Rules for Use of Opiate Painkillers

Washington, DC - After two deadly pharmacy shootings in Medford and Seaford, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged federal agencies to speed up their study examining stronger restrictions on the use of opiates, including the powerful opiate painkiller hydrocodone. With rampant pill abuse, and a wave of crimes involving prescription painkillers across Long Island, Senator Gillibrand requested an update on the status of the study, pointing out that reclassifying hydrocodone as a "Schedule … Continue Reading


January 04, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce New York Set to Receive Nearly $90 Million in Emergency Funding for Highway Flood Damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the federal Department of Transportation is releasing $89,751,296 in congressionally-approved emergency relief money for New York State after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Specifically, this investment will help fund repairs to washed out roads and bridges, debris deposits on roadways, damaged roadway surfaces and more. Schumer and Gillibrand supported the legislation which appropriated this emergency … Continue Reading


January 04, 2012

Gillibrand Announces More Than $18, 000 for Binghamton Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced today $18,315 in federal funding for the Binghamton Fire Department to purchase new protective equipment to respond to emergencies and medical care more effectively. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant. "This funding will help equip the Binghamton Fire Department with the tools necessary to save lives," said Senator Gillibrand. "I will continue working to … Continue Reading


January 04, 2012

Gillibrand Announces More Than $343,000 for Village of Victor Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced today $343,962 in federal funding for the Village of Victor Fire Department to purchase new protective equipment to respond to emergencies and medical care more effectively. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant. "This funding will help equip the Victor Fire Department with the tools necessary to save lives," said Senator Gillibrand. "I will continue … Continue Reading


January 04, 2012

Gillibrand to Quiksilver: Bring Surfing Competition Back to Long Beach

Long Beach, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged Quiksilver to bring their annual sponsored surfing competition back to Long Island. This month, Quiksilver and the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) announced that the Quiksilver Pro New York contest will not be returning to Long Beach next year. Touting Long Beach as an ideal spot for the competition that would bring economic benefits to the region, Senator Gillibrand urged Quiksilver President and CEO to reevaluate the … Continue Reading


December 30, 2011

With Gillibrand Support, Fulton Birds Eye Workers Secure TAA Assistance

Washington, D.C. - With the closure of the Birds Eye plant in Fulton expected to affect upwards of 300 workers in Central New York, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the U.S. Labor Department has approved Workers United's application for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) to provide impacted workers with new training opportunities, job search and income support, relocation allowances and other important assistance. Earlier this month, Senator Gillibrand wrote to U.S. Labor … Continue Reading


December 23, 2011

Gillibrand Calls for Defense Department Review of Hazing and Bullying in Military After Deaths of Two Asian American Servicemembers

New York, NY - Just days after the U.S Army announced charges against eight soldiers in connection with the death of Private Danny Chen, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today called on the Defense Department to conduct a system-wide review of the armed services' hazing incidents and ties to racial discrimination. To address concerns that Private Chen's death and other cases of alleged military hazing are reflective of a larger problem, … Continue Reading


December 22, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $74,914 Federal Fire Grant for Patchogue Fire Department Ambulance Company

Patchogue, NY - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced today $74,914 in federal funding for the Patchogue Fire Department Ambulance Company to purchase the most-up-to-date biohazard protection and radio systems. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Administration's Assistance to Firefighters Grant. "This investment will be a big help to the Patchogue Fire Department Ambulance Company, better equipping our first responders to quickly and … Continue Reading


December 22, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $324,968 Federal Fire Grant for Port Washington Fire Department

Port Washington, NY - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced today $324,968 in federal funding for the Port Washington Fire Department to purchase new protective gear for firefighters. The new equipment would help firefighters battle fires and emergencies more effectively. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Administration's Assistance to Firefighters Grant. "This grant will go a long way towards ensuring that the Port Washington Fire … Continue Reading


December 22, 2011

Gillibrand Statement on One-Year Anniversary of Zadroga 9/11 Health Bill’s Passage

New York, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) released the following statement today to mark the one-year anniversary of the passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. On December 22nd of last year, Congress finally fulfilled its undeniable moral obligation to provide long-overdue health care and compensation for 9/11 responders and community survivors who became ill in the aftermath of the attacks on 9/11. "I was humbled to stand with our 9/11 heroes, survivors … Continue Reading

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