Press Releases

September 30, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge President Obama, FEMA to Provide Individual Assistance to Oneida County After Lee

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand called on President Barack Obama and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate to immediately approve individual assistance for Oneida County residents in the wake of Tropical Storm Lee. Residents along Sauqoit Creek sustained substantial damage to their homes, losing furnaces and other essential equipment just as cold weather begins to set in. Individual assistance exists to help provide housing and aid in rebuilding efforts. "I visited … Continue Reading


September 30, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge President Obama, FEMA to Provide Individual Assistance to Orange And Public Assistance to Ulster After Tropical Storm Lee

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand called on President Barack Obama and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate to immediately approve individual assistance for Orange County residents and public assistance to Ulster County in the wake of Tropical Storm Lee. Public assistance helps local governments fund cleanup and recovery efforts of public buildings and infrastructure, and individual assistance provides housing, small business and other aid. "The Hudson Valley has been … Continue Reading


September 30, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $46 Million to Construct New Training Complex at Fort Drum

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced $46,427,807 for the design and construction of a new Operational Readiness Training Complex at Fort Drum. "This construction project will help ensure that Fort Drum continues to play a leading role in our national defense, creating construction jobs along the way," Senator Schumer said. "Our brave men and women in uniform stationed at Fort Drum deserve … Continue Reading


September 28, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Orange 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 Orange County public assistance to help rebuild and repair infrastructure damaged by tropical storm Lee. After this type of assistance was not made available in the President's initial emergency declaration, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand immediately called for Orange County to be added to the list of eligible counties. The county is now eligible for … Continue Reading


September 28, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Chemung 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 Chemung County public assistance to help rebuild and repair infrastructure damaged by tropical storm Lee. After this type of assistance was not made available in the President's initial emergency declaration, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand immediately called for Chemung County to be added to the list of eligible counties. The county is now eligible for … Continue Reading


September 28, 2011

Gillibrand Announces More Than $4 Million for Police Hiring for Capital Region Law Enforcement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the Albany Police Department is set to receive $3,928,192 and the City of Troy is set to receive $351,792 in COPS Hiring Program grants to help provide the law enforcement agencies with more of the resources they need to hire personnel to combat violent crime, drug trafficking and gang activity. "Law enforcement agencies across New York have been squeezed by budget cuts, forced to lay off critical personnel, and reduce key … Continue Reading


September 28, 2011

Gillibrand, Higgins, Slaughter, & Hochul Urge U.S. Customs And Border Protection To Support Peace Bridge Customs Plaza Renovation And Pre-Inspection Concept

Washington, DC- U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representatives Brian Higgins, Louise Slaughter, and Kathy Hochul urged the office of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to expedite the exploration of commercial pre-inspection opportunities and the implementation of Customs Plaza renovations at the Peace Bridge international border crossing in Buffalo. As the busiest passenger vehicle crossing and third busiest commercial vehicles crossing on the Northern border, the Peace Bridge … Continue Reading


September 28, 2011

Gillibrand, Graham To Help 250,000 Vietnam Vets Harmed By Agent Orange, But Ignored By Feds Due To Technicality In The Law

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced legislation to ensure that more than 250,000 Navy veterans from the Vietnam War exposed to the powerful toxin Agent Orange will be eligible to receive the disability and health care benefits they have earned for diseases linked to Agent Orange exposure. During the Vietnam War, the U.S. military sprayed approximately 20 million gallons of Agent Orange in Vietnam to remove jungle foliage. This toxic … Continue Reading


September 27, 2011

Senate Passes Resolution Honoring Sick Nuclear Workers with a National Day of Remembrance

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) today announced Senate passage of S. Res. 275, a Senate resolution designating October 30, 2011, as a national day of remembrance for nuclear weapons program workers. The Day of Remembrance honors the thousands of men and women … Continue Reading


September 27, 2011

Gillibrand Announces $100,000 To Increase Exports From New York’s Appalachia Region

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the New York Department of Economic Development is set to receive $100,000 in Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) funding to increase export sales from Appalachian New York companies. The project is expected to help stimulate $8.8 million in new export sales and help create or retain 160 jobs. Companies in Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Schuyler, … Continue Reading


September 27, 2011

Gillibrand Announces $400,000 For Victims Information Bureau Of Suffolk

Suffolk, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today announced $400,000 for the Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk (VIBS) to provide resources and counseling to young victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Partnering with the Long Island Head Start and Child Protective Services-Preventive Services, the VIBS will assist young children exposed to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking along with their non-abusing parent. The federal grant is being … Continue Reading


September 27, 2011

Gillibrand Announces Passage Of Autism Bill

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced that late last night, U.S. Senate unanimously approved legislation to combat Autism. The bill, which also passed the House of Representatives last week, now heads to the President's desk for his signature. The Combating Autism Reauthorization Act is critical, bipartisan legislation that will extend programs authorized under the original Combating Autism Act (CAA) to continue for an additional three years. "Cases of autism … Continue Reading


September 26, 2011

Gillibrand Pushes For FED Study On Moving CBP To Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today urged the Office of Management and Budget to conduct a study on a plan for the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station to serve as an effective hub for various agencies, including building an on-site facility for Customs and Border Protection (CBP), allowing them to leverage the military installation's assets and produce potential cost-saving results. With deep cuts in defense spending and New … Continue Reading


September 23, 2011

U.S. Senate Passes Resolution Designating National Estuaries Day

Washington, DC - The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved a resolution declaring this Saturday, September 24, to be National Estuaries Day. The resolution was sponsored by U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Scott Brown (R-MA) Daniel Akaka (D-HI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Ben Cardin (D-DE), Susan Collins (R-ME), John Kerry (D-MA), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Patty Murray … Continue Reading


September 23, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga And Tompkins 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 Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga and Tompkins Counties public assistance to help rebuild and repair infrastructure damaged by tropical storm Lee. After this type of assistance was not made available in the President's initial emergency declaration, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand immediately called for Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga, … Continue Reading


September 23, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce City Of Utica Set To Receive Over $1.3 Million In Department Of Transportation Funding For New Bus Transfer Facility

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the City of Utica is set to receive $1,350,000 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funds to construct a new bus transfer facility. Gillibrand and Schumer commend DOT for their work to improve transit conditions at all bus transfer facilities. "This transportation investment is great news for Downtown Utica, as it will create jobs, make transportation more efficient for bus riders and add to Genesee Street's … Continue Reading


September 23, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Sullivan County International Airport Set To Receive Over $1 Million In Department Of Transportation Funding For Airport Fire Fighting & Rescue Program

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that Sullivan County International Airport is set to receive $1,034,621 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funds for airport facility upgrades. Specifically, the grant will allow Sullivan County International Airport to construct an Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) building to house and extend the life of their life-saving ARFF equipment by protecting it from adverse weather conditions. Schumer and … Continue Reading


September 23, 2011

Gillibrand Opposes Palestinian’s Unilateral Bid For Statehood Through The UN

New York, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) released the following statement today after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke at the United Nations and officially submitted an application for a unilateral bid for statehood: "I am deeply disappointed in Palestinian President Abbas' actions today. The Palestinians' unilateral bid for statehood through the United Nations is a harmful distraction from achieving true peace and stability between Israel and Palestine. The only … Continue Reading


September 23, 2011

Gillibrand Statement On Senate’s Rejection Of House Political Games On Disaster Relief Funding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement today after voting against the House of Representative's attempt to play politics with FEMA disaster relief funding: "Americans have always stood by those who are suffering and need relief to help rebuild. That's exactly what we need to do right now for families and businesses struggling to recover from the trail of devastation that Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee left across New York State. No one can … Continue Reading


September 22, 2011

Gillibrand Votes To Secure More Aid For Laid-Off Workers

Washington, D.C. - Facing an ongoing economic crisis and continuing manufacturing job losses, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the U.S. Senate passed legislation to extend support for American workers whose jobs have been shipped overseas. The legislation makes a long-term extension of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), a federal program that has helped nearly 19,000 laid-off workers in New York continue to make ends meet since 2009, provided nearly $24 million for New York … Continue Reading

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