Press Releases

September 02, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Cattaraugus County- Olean Airport Is Set To Receive Over $475,000 In Department Of Transportation Funding For Weather Reporting Equipment, Taxiway Improvements

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that Cattaraugus County-Olean Airport is set to receive $475,000 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funds for airport facility upgrades. Specifically, the grant will allow Cattaraugus County-Olean Airport to install weather reporting equipment, airfield guidance signs, and taxiway lighting. Schumer and Gillibrand applaud DOT for their work to increase safety at all airports. "This is great news for the … Continue Reading


September 01, 2011

Gillibrand, Bishop Applaud Recall Of Millions Of Liquid Firepot Fuel, Urge CPSC To Continue Push To Recall All Harmful Gel Fuel Products

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Congressman Tim Bishop applauded the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)'s recall of approximately 2 million gel fuel firepot products sold by 9 companies and urged the agency to continue the push to remove all harmful gel fuel products from the market. In June, the lawmakers called for an immediate recall of all forms of liquid firepot fuel and urged CPSC to investigate manufacturer's labeling which claimed that the … Continue Reading


September 01, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Push To Boost Federal Disaster Relief Funding To Help New York Rebuild After Irene

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand wrote to Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew, urging the Obama administration to seek sufficient funding for the Disaster Relief Fund to cover the cost of damage to New York communities in the wake of Irene. Governor Cuomo has estimated that the damage costs in New York would exceed $1 billion, but the federal disaster relief fund currently only has $792 million available. The funds in this account are meant to be … Continue Reading


August 31, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge President Obama, FEMA To Provide Individual Assistance To Staten Island Residents After Irene

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand called on President Barack Obama and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate to immediately approve individual assistance for Staten Island residents in the wake of tropical storm Irene. President Obama granted individual and public assistance to New York counties this morning and while Richmond County was granted public assistance for local governments, individual homeowners have not yet been granted individual assistance to help … Continue Reading


August 31, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge President To Quickly Declare Remaining NY Counties Eligible For Disaster Assistance

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today urged President Obama and FEMA Administrator Fugate to quickly declare remaining counties in New York State eligible for Individual and Public Assistance. For Individual Assistance, these counties include Bronx, Clinton, Columbia, Kings, Montgomery, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Rensselaer, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Warren, Washington and Westchester. For Public Assistance, these include the counties of … Continue Reading


August 31, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge USDA To Issue Agricultural Disaster Declaration To Expedite Federal Aid To Farms Across Nys Damaged By Irene

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today wrote to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to issue an agriculture disaster declaration and to expedite disaster assistance for areas of New York hard hit by Hurricane Irene from Long Island, through the Hudson Valley and up to the Capital Region and North Country including Broome, Clinton, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, … Continue Reading


August 31, 2011

At Applied Energy Solutions In Livingston County, Gillibrand Announces “Made In America” Grants To Bolster High-Tech Manufacturing For New York

Caledonia, NY - While New York has lost a total of more than 123,000 manufacturing jobs since 2005, advanced and high-tech manufacturing jobs are thriving. Computer and electronic manufacturing industries increased employment by 9 percent from 2004 to 2008. To spark more growth in high-tech manufacturing in New York and create more of these good-paying jobs right here, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced her new manufacturing agenda. Senator Gillibrand's plan creates a Made In … Continue Reading


August 30, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge President & FEMA To Approve Emergency Declaration For Capital Region & North Country Counties

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand called on President Obama to approve New York State's anticipated request and declare a federal state of emergency for Albany, Essex, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington Counties in light of the severe flooding following Irene. In their letter to the President, the Senators pointed out that other New York counties have already been declared eligible for emergency assistance, and that the flooding … Continue Reading


August 30, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge President To Swiftly Declare New York Counties Federal Major Disaster Areas; Irene Caused Millions Of Damage To Homes, Business, & Critical Infrastructure

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand wrote to President Barack Obama and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, urging the immediate approval of New York State's recent request for a major federal disaster declaration in response to Irene, which caused unprecedented damage throughout the state. The affected counties include Albany, Bronx, Clinton, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Greene, Kings, Montgomery, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Rensselaer, Richmond, … Continue Reading


August 29, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge President & FEMA To Approve Emergency Declaration For Dutchess County

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand called on President Obama to approve New York State's anticipated request and declare a federal state of emergency for Dutchess County in light of the severe flooding in Dutchess County following Irene. In their letter to the president, the Senators pointed out that other Hudson Valley Counties have already been declared eligible for emergency assistance, and that the flooding in Dutchess County clearly warrants the same … Continue Reading


August 28, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Catskills, Hudson Valley And Mohawk Valley Counties Included In FEMA Emergency Declaration

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that President Obama has approved an emergency declaration for Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester Counties in the wake of Hurricane Irene. Governor Cuomo officially requested the pre-landfall declaration yesterday. Many counties have already experienced severe flooding, which could get worse in coming days. An emergency declaration was declared prior to … Continue Reading


August 26, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge President To Declare State Of Emergency For New York

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand called on President Obama to declare a federal state of emergency for New York in light of the projected path of Hurricane Irene. Governor Cuomo officially requested the declaration yesterday. In their letter to the president, Schumer and Gillibrand pointed out that New York has seen near record rainfall amounts during August and grounds in and around New York City are already saturated. "New York has already been battered … Continue Reading


August 25, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $160,000 Coming To Port Of Oswego To Beef Up Port Security, Surveillance, And Improve Emergency Preparedness

Today, Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Port of Oswego Authority is set to receive $160,400 through the Port Security Grant Program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This funding will be used to build and install a 17 camera Integrated Surveillance System at the Port of Oswego Authority. This surveillance system will be accessible to all levels of law enforcement involving the Oswego Harbor, and will help the U.S. port prepare for … Continue Reading


August 25, 2011

Gillibrand Meets With Finger Lakes Region Farmers, Continues Listening Tour To Discuss 2012 Farm Bill

Wolcott, NY - As Congress begins debate over the next Farm Bill, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the first New Yorker to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in nearly 40 years, today met with Finger Lakes Region farmers to continue her statewide listening sessions to discuss new efforts to help New York farmers and farming communities. Senator Gillibrand plans to focus on key areas of the Farm Bill that will have major influence on New York, including access to financing, new market … Continue Reading


August 24, 2011

At Elna Magnetics In Ulster County, Gillibrand Announces “Made In America” Grants To Bolster High-Tech Manufacturing For New York

Saugerties, NY - While New York has lost a total of more than 123,000 manufacturing jobs since 2005, advanced and high-tech manufacturing jobs are thriving. Computer and electronic manufacturing industries increased employment by 9 percent from 2004 to 2008. To spark more growth in high-tech manufacturing in New York and create more of these good-paying jobs right here, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced her new manufacturing agenda. Senator Gillibrand's plan creates a Made In … Continue Reading


August 24, 2011

At Glynwood Farm In Putnam County, Gillibrand Announces Legislation To Promote Community Supported Agriculture

Cold Spring, NY - After touring Glynwood Farm in Putnam County, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced legislation that would create a competitive grant program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) dedicated to the promotion of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). CSA is a renowned and proven system that directly connects consumers with the farmers who grow their food. At the beginning of each growing season, members of CSA pay for a share of a farm's produce. Throughout … Continue Reading


August 22, 2011

Gillibrand Urges Libyan Transitional National Council To Hold Lockberbie Bomber Accountable For Terrorism

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement today urging the Libyan Transitional National Council to hold Abdelbaset al-Megrahi fully accountable for his terrorist actions in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103: "The release of al-Megrahi was a total miscarriage of justice. Seeing him participate in good health at a pro-Qaddafi rally recently was another slap in the face not just for the families of the Lockerbie victims, but for all Americans and all … Continue Reading


August 19, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Watertown Int’l, Ogdensburg Int’l, Massena Int’l Airports Set To Receive Over $430,000 In Department Of Transportation Funding For Taxiway Rehabilitation, Infrastructure Improvements

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that Watertown International Airport is set to receive $193,800, Ogdensburg International Airport is set to receive $166,250 and Massena International-Richards Field is set to receive $72,200 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funds for airport facility upgrades. Specifically, the grant will allow Watertown International Airport to plan the design of the runway, which will ensure safe airfield operations at the … Continue Reading


August 18, 2011

At Ioxus In Otsego County, Gillibrand Announces “Made In America” Grants To Bolster High-Tech Manufacturing For New York

Oneonta, NY - While New York has lost a total of more than 123,000 manufacturing jobs since 2005, advanced and high-tech manufacturing jobs are thriving. Computer and electronic manufacturing industries increased employment by 9 percent from 2004 to 2008. To spark more growth in high-tech manufacturing in New York and create more of these good-paying jobs right here, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced her new manufacturing agenda. Senator Gillibrand's plan creates a Made In … Continue Reading


August 18, 2011

Gillibrand Statement On Obama Administration’s Call For Syrian President Assad To Step Down

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement today after the Obama Administration called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down: "President Assad has brutally violated the human rights of his own people while killing thousands of Syrian citizens and fostering terrorism across his borders. I commend President Obama for sending a clear message to Syria that the Assad regime must respond to the democratic urging of the Syrian people by stepping … Continue Reading

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