Press Releases

October 17, 2012

Gillibrand Announces More Than $25,000 to Establish Southern Tier Food Hub – Connect More Local Farms to Markets, Support Business Development, Jobs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding $25,864 to Southern Tier West to lay the groundwork for a multi-county food hub that would help move more locally grown produce to markets in the Southern Tier. "Connecting more of our local farms with local markets is good for business, and good for the health of our families," said Senator Gillibrand, the first New York Senator to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee … Continue Reading

October 15, 2012

Gillibrand, Boxer, Franken, Brown Push Feds to Ensure Autism Treatment Covered Under New 2014 Health Care Plans

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Al Franken (D-MN), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today pushed the federal government to require all health care plans to cover autism treatment by 2014. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released guidelines that leave it up to states to decide whether or not to include autism care in statewide health plans. Senators urged HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to clarify that a kind of autism treatment … Continue Reading

October 15, 2012

Gillibrand, Schumer, Maloney, Nadler, King, 9/11 First Responders and Survivors Call on Feds to Protect Zadroga Funds from Looming Sequester Cuts

New York, NY - With the deadline nearing for Congress to negotiate a balanced deficit-cutting package or face deep automatic cuts across federal programs - known as sequestration - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Charles Schumer (D-NY), joined by Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Peter King (R-NY), and 9/11 first responders and survivors, stood at Ground Zero today calling on the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to exempt the James Zadroga 9/11 … Continue Reading

October 11, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce SBA Disaster Assistance Now Available to Hudson Valley Residents and Businesses Affected by Heavy Rain and Flooding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles. E Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that New York residents and businesses affected by heavy rain and flooding on September 18th can now apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The declaration covers Sullivan, Delaware, Orange and Ulster Counties. "This decision means that communities in Sullivan, Delaware, Orange and Ulster can finally get access to the disaster loans that they desperately … Continue Reading

October 11, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $5 Million USDA Funding for Delaware County Electric Cooperative; Investment for Miles of Repairs, System-Wide Development

Today U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that Delaware County Electric Cooperative was awarded a loan of $5,000,000 through the USDA Rural Development's Rural Utilities Service. This funding will allow Delaware County Electric Cooperative to build and improve 53 miles of distribution line, two substations and make other system improvements. "This USDA award is the juice we need to power our rural communities like those throughout Delaware County," said Senator … Continue Reading

October 10, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Call for New Army Corps-FEMA Plan to Jumpstart Long Overdue Fire Island Dredging Project – Proposal Would Leverage Millions in Federal and State Aid to Dredge Dangerously Shallow Fire Island Inlet, while Renourishing Robert Moses Beach

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) to combine Army Corps "operations and maintenance funding" with federal disaster aid for the dredging of Fire Island Inlet and beach replenishment at Robert Moses and Fire Island Beaches. Fire Island Inlet is currently at dangerously low water depths - as low as 4 feet at high tide and 1 foot at low tide. Dredging is the only option … Continue Reading

October 10, 2012

At Gillibrand’s Urging, Stewart Air National Guard Base Receives Early Two C-17 Aircraft Equipped with Extended-Range Capabilities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced Stewart Air National Guard Base received its second C-17 aircraft equipped with an extended range (ER) fuel tank in an expedited fashion, with more requested for fuel tank updates. The announcement comes after Senator Gillibrand wrote to Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley in May 2012 requesting an expedited upgrade to the 105th Airlift Wing's fleet, enabling its full … Continue Reading

October 10, 2012

Gillibrand Requests Army Corps of Engineers Support for Dredging Sandy Pond in Oswego County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to offer all necessary resources to the Sandy Pond Channel Maintenance Association (SPCMA) to help stop further buildup of sand in the channel connecting Sandy Pond to Lake Ontario. The accumulation of sand in the channel has prevented boaters from entering and exiting Sandy Pond, causing a decline in the tourism and recreation industries, and costing revenue to local retail businesses that … Continue Reading

October 09, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $1.9 Million for Syracuse University to Spur Growth in Advanced Manufacturing, High-Tech Jobs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a federal investment worth $1,889,890 for Syracuse University to support the development of the Thermal and Environmental Control Systems Cluster Accelerator in Syracuse - an effort to draw on the strengths of small- and medium-sized manufacturers in Central New York, and support job creation in the fields of high-tech and advanced manufacturing. The investment comes from the U.S. Economic Development … Continue Reading

October 09, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $1.9 Million for University of Rochester to Spur Growth in Advanced Manufacturing, High-Tech Jobs

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the University of Rochester is set to receive a total of $1,889,936 in federal investment from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) and four other participating agencies to help develop the Rochester Regional Optics, Photonics and Imaging Accelerator program. The program will leverage regional strengths in education, workforce training, technology development and incubation to accelerate growth of optics, … Continue Reading

October 08, 2012

Standing at Glen Cove Ferry Terminal and Boat Basin, Gillibrand to Announce Federal Legislation to Revitalize Inactive Waterfront Industrial Sites

Glen Cove, NY - Standing at Glen Cove Ferry Terminal and Boat Basin, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, joined by Mayor Ralph Suozzi and local officials, today announced legislation to revitalize inactive industrial sites. Communities across Long Island have plans in development for waterfront brownfield revitalization. The Glen Cove Waterfront Redevelopment Area (WRA) has benefited from federal, state, and local investment and is in the final stretch of remediating all of the contaminated … Continue Reading

October 08, 2012

Standing at Binghamton University, Gillibrand Announces Bill to Spur the Growth of New Science and Technology Jobs in the Southern Tier

Binghamton, NY - After meeting with students and faculty at Binghamton University, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, joined by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan, Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger and Binghamton University Vice President of Research Bahgat Sammakia, today announced legislation to spur the growth of new science and technology jobs in the Southern Tier and across New York. The America Innovates Act would help scientists and researchers secure … Continue Reading

October 08, 2012

At Science Barge in Yonkers, Gillibrand Announces $190,000 for Groundwork Hudson Valley

Yonkers, NY - After touring the Science Barge on the Hudson River in Yonkers, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $190,000 in federal funding for Groundwork Hudson Valley to help youth to work at local farmers market and on the Science Barge, exposing students to organic farming, business, and employment skills, while also providing affordable fresh produce to Yonkers residents. The investment came through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Community Food Project. "This … Continue Reading

October 05, 2012

Gillibrand, Schumer Announce President Signs Bill into Law Naming Buffalo Courthouse After Robert H. Jackson of Jamestown

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles E. Schumer today announced that President Obama has signed their bill into law to name the Buffalo Federal Courthouse after Robert H. Jackson, the distinguished Supreme Court Justice raised in Jamestown, famous for his role as chief prosecutor in the international Nuremberg Trials. Robert H. Jackson began his legal career in a Jamestown firm and went on to serve the as Solicitor General, Attorney General, and U.S. Supreme Court … Continue Reading

October 05, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand, Owens Announce Metalcraft Marine to Receive Over $1.9 Million U.S. Coast Guard Contract to Produce Two Large Vessels in Cape Vincent – Investment will Spur Further Expansion, Job Growth for North Country Boat Manufacturer

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Bill Owens announced that MetalCraft Marine has won an $1,900,000 federal contract with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) to produce two 44-foot boats. These state-of-the-art vessels will be crafted at MetalCraft Marine's new location in Cape Vincent, which Senator Schumer visited in February 2012 and Gillibrand visited in July 2012. Schumer, Gillibrand and Owens lauded federal support for MetalCraft Marine, … Continue Reading

October 05, 2012

Gillibrand Calls for Historic Landmark Designation for Yaddo

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced her effort to designate Yaddo, a 400-acre artists' community in Saratoga, as a National Historic Landmark. "Saratoga's own Yaddo has a legacy of artistic tradition that sparked a century's worth of creativity, and should be considered a National Historic Landmark," Senator Gillibrand said. "To this day, Yaddo continues to house artists on the same grounds that were once home to some of America's influential artists. Landmark … Continue Reading

October 03, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Over $1.2 Million For Johnson City Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,259,490 in federal funding for the Johnson City Fire Department to add up to six firefighters. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program. "This is an important investment for the Johnson City Fire Department," Senator Gillibrand said. "When we keep more firefighters on the job, we can respond to more … Continue Reading

October 02, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand, Owens Announce The Wild Center-Paul Smiths College Maple Project & Massena Csx-St. Lawrence Rail Spur Connection Set to Receive Over $281,600 in Northern Border Regional Commission Funding

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Bill Owens announced that two North Country entities will receive funding through the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC). The Business Development Corporation for a Greater Massena will receive $123,500 to construct a rail spur on the existing CSX St. Lawrence Subdivision, while The Wild Center will receive $158,120 to help implement its Northern New York Maple project. Both grants are … Continue Reading

October 02, 2012

Gillibrand, Boxer Call on Department of Defense to Criminalize Military Hazing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today wrote to Jeh Johnson, the General Counsel of the Department of Defense, to urge support for the inclusion of an anti-hazing statute in the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), the code of military criminal laws that covers all U.S. military members worldwide. In their letter, Senators Gillibrand and Boxer wrote, "We strongly believe that adding a specific anti-hazing statute in military criminal law … Continue Reading

September 28, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Call on FEMA to Fund Staten Island’s Historic Cromwell Recreational Center After 2010 Nor’easter Collapse

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to fully approve the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation's application for assistance to repair the Cromwell Recreation Center on Staten Island. Cromwell Recreation Center, which served the neighborhoods of St. George, Stapleton and Tompkinsville, was severely damaged after the Nor'easter in 2010 when the front portion of the Center's structure collapsed into … Continue Reading

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