Press Releases

September 14, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Greater Rochester International Airport Is Set To Receive More Than $3.3 Million In Dot Funding To Improve Runway Safety

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced Greater Rochester International Airport is set to receive $3,307,553 from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to improve runway safety at the airport. Schumer and Gillibrand applaud DOT for their work to increase safety at all airports. "This is great news for the passengers and pilots that fly in and out of Greater Rochester International Airport every day," said Schumer. "With this investment, Greater … Continue Reading


September 14, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Franklin, Hamilton, & Herkimer Counties To Receive Critical FEMA Assistance

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded individual assistance to Herkimer County residents, and public assistance to local governments in Franklin, Hamilton, and Herkimer Counties. Schumer and Gillibrand said that this was an important first step in making sure that these counties get the help they needs to recover from Irene. "I called Administrator Fugate to tell him that FEMA needs to work hand … Continue Reading


September 14, 2011

Gillibrand Announces More Than $2 Million For Rochester Midtown Plaza Redevelopment

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the City of Rochester is set to receive $2,057,850 to support infrastructure upgrades at the Midtown Plaza Redevelopment project. The competitive grant funding is being awarded through the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA). Last July, Senator Gillibrand wrote to Assistant Commerce Secretary John Fernandez urging his support for the project that can help strengthen businesses and create new … Continue Reading


September 13, 2011

As NYS Rebuilds From Storms & Flooding, Gillibrand Announces Agenda To Strengthen New York’s Rural Economy For Long-Term

Washington, D.C. - As New York continues to dig out from the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand spent time in communities across the state, touring damaged farms, business districts and communities, hearing from everyday families and business leaders, and is fighting everyday to secure every federal resource New York needs to aid in the recovery. Now, Senator Gillibrand is announcing an agenda to put New York's rural communities on … Continue Reading


September 13, 2011

After Push To Regulate 6, Deadly Unchecked E. Coli Strands, Gillibrand Announces USDA Approval To Name 6 Strands As Dangerous Adulterants

Washington, DC - After U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)'s push to regulate 6 deadly, unchecked E. coli strands, Senator Gillibrand announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has named the six E. coli strands as dangerous adulterants that need to be tested by the USDA. This new measure would make it illegal to sell ground beef tainted with what's known as the "Big 6" E. coli strands or non-0157 STECs, in addition to the most common form of E. coli that is already … Continue Reading


September 13, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Dutchess County Airport Is Set To Receive Over $120,000 In Department Of Transportation Funding For Facility Upgrades, Taxiway Improvements

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that Dutchess County Airport is set to receive $122,550 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funds for airport facility upgrades. Specifically, the grant will allow the airport to conduct the second phase of a planning study to help design the extension of a runway at the airport. Schumer and Gillibrand applaud DOT for their work to increase safety at all airports. "This is great news for the passengers and pilots … Continue Reading


September 13, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $8.5 Million For Elmira Corning Regional Airport To Extend Runway

Washington, D.C. -- Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that Elmira Corning Regional Airport is set to receive $8,556,627 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funds to extend the runway and parallel taxiway at the airport. "This is great news for the passengers and pilots that fly in and out of Elmira Corning Regional Airport every day," said Schumer. "With this investment, Elmira Corning airport will make runway and taxiway renovations that will … Continue Reading


September 13, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Call On The President To Finalize Flight Safety Regulations Passed As Part Of Landmark Legislation In The Wake Of Flight 3407

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand called on President Obama and the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to finalize strong pilot fatigue regulations, that are required by a law they helped pass, as quickly as possible. Schumer and Gillibrand's call comes after the Administration missed the August 1st deadline to implement these regulations. The Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Extension Act of 2010 requires the FAA to issue a final rule on … Continue Reading


September 08, 2011

Gillibrand Statement On President Obama’s Address To Nation On Jobs Proposals

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement tonight after President Obama addressed the nation on proposals to create jobs. "Tonight was a call to action from the President. Congress must rally around bold new ideas that encourage businesses to hire Americans who are ready to work, and ideas that unlock the full potential of American innovation, entrepreneurship and hard work. "I've traveled throughout New York State this summer, hearing from small … Continue Reading


September 08, 2011

Gillibrand Announces Key Senate Committee Passes Transportation Authorization Extension

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted to extend authorization for transportation investments. The extension will protect 120,000 jobs in New York State, and more than $3.2 billion of investment in New York's roads, bridges and public transit systems. The bipartisan legislation will extend the transportation authorization through January 2012 as Congress continues to work on a new, multi-year transportation … Continue Reading


September 08, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Putnam County To Receive Public & Individual Assistance From FEMA

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded Putnam County public assistance and individual assistance to help rebuild and repair infrastructure damaged by Irene and to provide assistance to local families and businesses. After this type of assistance was not made available in the President's initial emergency declaration, Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand immediately called for Putnam County to be … Continue Reading


September 08, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Columbia & Washington Counties To Receive Public & Individual Assistance From FEMA

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded Columbia and Washington Counties public assistance and individual assistance to help rebuild and repair infrastructure damaged by Irene and to provide assistance to local families and businesses. After this type of assistance was not made available in the President's initial emergency declaration, Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand immediately called for … Continue Reading


September 08, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge President & FEMA To Approve Emergency Declaration For Southern Tier, Capital Region, Central NY, Catskills Counties

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand called on President Obama to approve New York State's request and declare a federal state of emergency for Albany, Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Greene, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Orange, Otsego, Putnam, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Schoharie, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins and Ulster Counties in light of the severe flooding following recent rainstorms. In their letter to the President, the Senators said that severe flooding … Continue Reading


September 08, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce: NY Dairy Farmers Who Had To Dump Milk After Irene Will Receive Payments To Relieve The Burden Of Lost Revenue

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that dairy farmers who were forced to dump milk, due to power outages and washed out roads and bridges preventing transportation, will receive payments at the market value for the milk that they had to dump. Instead of being saddled with lost revenue because their milk never made it to market, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking administrative action that will result in dairy farmers receiving a check as if they … Continue Reading


September 08, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand, Israel Announce Long Island Macarthur Airport Is Set To Receive More Than $725,000 In Department Of Transportation Funding To Design New Fire Rescue Building

Long Island, NY - Today, U.S. Senators Charles Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressman Steve Israel announced that the Long Island MacArthur Airport is set to receive $725,779 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funds to design a state-of-the-art fire rescue facility and help create dozens of new jobs. The facility, located at the center of Long Island's major transportation hub and outside the Island's coastal flood area, will serve as an Emergency Command Center to support the … Continue Reading


September 08, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $500,000 To Erie County Sheriff’s Office And Local Groups To Combat Human Trafficking In Western New York

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $500,000 for the Erie County Sheriff's Office to support efforts to combat human trafficking as part of an initiative with the International Institute of Buffalo, the U.S. Attorney's office and a regional task force to prevent human trafficking. The competitive federal grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice to support a comprehensive strategy against human trafficking in all forms. Earlier … Continue Reading


September 07, 2011

Gillibrand, Schumer, Gibson, Hinchey, Tonko, Owens Introduce New Bill To Provide Emergency Resources To Help Ny Farmers Recover From Irene

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles E. Schumer, together with Congressmen Chris Gibson, Maurice Hinchey, Paul Tonko and Bill Owens, today introduced the Post-Irene Emergency Farm Aid Act, legislation to provide the resources that farmers across New York State need to help recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene. The legislation would authorize $10 million to support the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) and the Emergency Watershed Program (EWP) … Continue Reading


September 07, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Orange County To Receive Public Assistance From FEMA

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded Orange County public assistance to help rebuild and repair infrastructure damaged by Irene. After this type of assistance was not made available in the President's initial emergency declaration, and Schumer visited to tour the local damage first-hand, Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand immediately called for Orange County to be added to the list of … Continue Reading


September 07, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Schenectady County To Receive Public Assistance From FEMA

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded Schenectady County public assistance to help rebuild and repair infrastructure damaged by Irene. After this type of assistance was not made available in the President's initial emergency declaration and Schumer toured the damage at Schenectady County Community College, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand called for Schenectady County to be added to the list of … Continue Reading


September 07, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $180,000 To Help Reduce DNA Backlog In Central New York

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $180,218 for the Onondaga County Health Department to support efforts to reduce the DNA backlog. The competitive federal grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice to help local government reduce forensic DNA sample turnaround time, increase the throughput of public DNA laboratories, and reduce DNA forensic casework backlogs. "Utilizing DNA technology to put and keep criminals behind bars is a … Continue Reading

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