Press Releases

September 26, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Recently Senate-Passed Defense Appropriations Bill Includes: $179 Million To Remediate, Investigate, And Prevent Further Damages From Potential PFOA/PFOS Contamination At Federal Military Bases And $10 Million For CDC Health Impact Study On PFOA/PFOS

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, today announced that the recently-passed Senate Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Defense Appropriations bill, which is expected to pass the House this week, includes critical funding to help communities affected by PFOA/PFOS contamination. Specifically, the bill allocates $179 million in federal funding to remediate, investigate, and prevent damages from … Continue Reading


September 25, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $4 Million In Federal Funding For Elmira Corning Regional Airport In Chemung County

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $4 million in federal funding for the Elmira Corning Regional Airport in Chemung County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Specifically, the funding will be used to make improvements to Elmira Corning Regional Airport's terminal building. This grant will fund the final … Continue Reading


September 25, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $11 Million In Federal Funding For The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority In Buffalo For New Buses

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $11 million in federal funding for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA), which operates in Erie and Niagara Counties. The funding was provided through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and will be used to purchase modern and less-polluting Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses. Schumer previously wrote to the Department of Transportation in … Continue Reading


September 24, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Newly-Passed Senate Labor, Health And Human Services, Education Appropriations Bill Includes Over $1.4 Billion – A $32 Million Increase – In Funding For The Impact Aid Program To Provide Critical Resources For Schools On Federal Land, Including Several School Districts In The North Country, Western New York And The Hudson Valley

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, today announced that the recently-passed, bipartisan Senate Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which is expected to pass the House in the coming weeks, includes $1.446 billion in federal funding for the Department of Education Impact Aid Program. The $1.446 billion … Continue Reading


September 21, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $77 Million In Fed Funding Included For Rochester Institute Of Technology’s National Technical Institute For The Deaf (Ntid) In Recently-Passed Education Appropriations Bill

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $77.5 million for the Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) was included in the recently-passed, bipartisan Senate Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Education Appropriations bill, which is expected to be passed by the House in the coming weeks. Schumer and Gillibrand said the new bill includes an additional $4.5 million above FY18 funding levels and is the … Continue Reading


September 21, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $43k In Federal Funding For The Summitville Fire District In Sullivan County

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $43,968 in federal funding for the Summitville Fire District in Sullivan County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) and will be used to replace old and outdated extraction tools. "It is essential that we provide our firefighters with the equipment they need to stay safe on the job," said Senator Schumer. "Our … Continue Reading


September 20, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $900,000 In Federal Funding For Sexual Assault And Violence Prevention Programs In Erie County

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $900,000 in federal funding to help prevent sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in Erie County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women's Improving Criminal Justice Responses (ICJR) Program. Erie County, in collaboration with its non-profit, non-governmental victim service partners Haven House and … Continue Reading


September 20, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $600K In Federal Funding To Expand Legal And Outreach Services For Victims Of Domestic And Sexual Violence In Western New York And The Finger Lakes

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $600,000 for Legal Assistance of Western New York. The funding is provided by the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women's Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program. Legal Assistance Of Western New York will use this funding to provide assistance to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, and sexual assault. This funding will be used to provide legal … Continue Reading


September 20, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1.3 Million In Federal Funding For The Henrietta And Brighton Fire Districts In Monroe County

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,339,127 in federal funding for two fire districts in Monroe County. The Henrietta Fire District in West Henrietta will receive $669,182 and the Brighton Fire District in Rochester will receive $669,945. Both fire districts will use the funding to hire new firefighters. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire and … Continue Reading


September 19, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $188m In Federal Funding For Four Military Construction Projects Across Upstate New York As Part Of Recently-Passed Military Construction Appropriations Bill; Funding Will Be Used To Modernize And Fortify World-Class Upstate Military Facilities

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that following their push, the recently-passed Fiscal Year 2019 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related (MILCON-VA) Appropriations Bill includes federal funding for four Military Construction (MILCON) projects across Upstate New York. The federal funding came out to a total of $188.2 million, and will fund the construction of a perimeter fence at Rome Lab, a physical fitness center … Continue Reading


September 19, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $95k In Federal Funding For The Williamstown Volunteer Fire Department In Oswego County

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $95,362 in federal funding for the Williamstown Volunteer Fire Department in Oswego County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) and will be used to replace 15 self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) devices, which help firefighters breathe clean air. The department's current SCBAs are 18 years old. "It is … Continue Reading


September 19, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $732K In Federal Funding For Six Fire Departments Throughout The Finger Lakes Region And In Rochester

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $732,682 in federal funding for six fire departments in Rochester and in the Finger Lakes region. Specifically, the Hopewell Volunteer Fire Department will receive $287,332; the Lyons Fire District will receive $170,953; the Part Town of Avon Fire District will receive $71,305; the Perry Center Fire Department will receive $69,939; the Wayne Fire Department will receive $66,667; and the Ridge … Continue Reading


September 19, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $245 Million For Rome Lab Secured In Just-Passed, Bipartisan FY2019 Defense Appropriations Bill

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U. S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the just-passed, bipartisan Senate Fiscal Year 2019 Defense Appropriations bill, which is expected to pass the House in the coming weeks, includes $245.48 million in federal funding for the Information Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory, or Rome Lab. The senators explained that the FY19 funding level of $245.48 million is $32 million more than the President's budget request … Continue Reading


September 19, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $225K In Federal Funding For Oneonta Municipal Airport In Otsego County

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $225,000 in federal funding for the Oneonta Municipal Airport in Otsego County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Specifically, the funding will be used to purchase new snow removal equipment. "Keeping our airports in top-notch shape is crucial to safe travel for area … Continue Reading


September 18, 2018

Senators Schumer, Gillibrand Urge Fema To Quickly Approve New York State’s Disaster Declaration Request For Southern Tier, Finger Lakes And Capital Region Counties Impacted By Recent Flooding And Severe Weather

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to quickly approve New York State's request for a major disaster declaration following the severe thunderstorm and floods that battered counties across the Rochester-Finger Lakes region, the Southern Tier, and the Capital Region on August 14th of this year. During this thunderstorm, up to nine inches of rain fell in some areas over the span of a few … Continue Reading


September 17, 2018

With Senate Set To Vote On Major Legislation To Address Opioid Crisis, Gillibrand Makes Final Push For Funding To Help New York State Combat Opioid Epidemic, Increase Funding For Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs That Help Prevent Drug Abuse & Prescription Fraud

Harrison, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited St. Vincent's Hospital Westchester, a Division of St. Joseph's Medical Center, in Harrison to push for funding to combat the opioid epidemic and support prescription drug monitoring programs that help prevent opioid abuse and prescription fraud. Gillibrand was joined by U.S. Representative Nita Lowey, Westchester County Executive George Latimer, and community leaders. The Senate is expected to vote on the Opioid Crisis Response Act … Continue Reading


September 17, 2018

With Senate Set To Vote On Major Legislation To Address Opioid Crisis, Gillibrand Makes Final Push For Funding To Help New York State Combat Opioid Epidemic, Increase Funding For Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs That Help Prevent Drug Abuse & Prescription Fraud

Buffalo, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited Save the Michaels of the World, Inc. in Buffalo to push for funding to combat the opioid epidemic and support prescription drug monitoring programs that help prevent opioid abuse and prescription fraud. Gillibrand was joined by U.S. Representative Brian Higgins, New York State Senator Tim Kennedy, and community leaders. The Senate is expected to vote on the Opioid Crisis Response Act this week, a major legislative package that would … Continue Reading


September 14, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Inclusion Of Their Amendment In Final Must-Pass Defense Appropriations Bill Authorizing $20 Million In Federal Funding To Reimburse Local Water Authorities And New York For Clean Up Of Pfoa/Pfos At Newburgh

U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, today announced that the final FY 2019 Defense Appropriations bill, which is expected to pass both chambers of Congress in the coming weeks, includes their language that authorizes $20 million in federal funding for the Air National Guard to make payments to reimburse the State of New York and local water authorities for the cleanup of PFOA … Continue Reading


September 14, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $600K In Federal Funding For Legal Services Of The Hudson Valley

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $600,000 in federal funding for Legal Services of the Hudson Valley. The funding is provided by the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office on Violence Against Women's Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program. Legal Services of the Hudson Valley will use the funding to provide legal services such as legal representation and referrals to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, … Continue Reading


September 13, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Secure $80 Million In Funding For Rochester Laser Lab In Fiscal Year 2019 Energy And Water Appropriations Bill; $80M In Funding Rejects Administration’s Misguided Budget Proposal To Close Laser Lab And Cut Hundreds Of Rochester Jobs

Today, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the just-passed Senate Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill includes $80 million for the University of Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) and its OMEGA Laser Facility. This funding level rejects the Administration's budget request to cut the Lab's funding and a 3-year phase-out of all federal support for LLE. The bill also maintains stable support for the … Continue Reading

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