Press Releases

December 03, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $130k In Federal Funding For The Village Of Whitehall In Washington County For A Sewer System Improvement Project

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $130,000 in federal funding for the Village of Whitehall in Washington County. The funding was provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development Grant Program. The Village of Whitehall will use the funding to upgrade the village's sewer system. Specifically, the village will eliminate three storm sewer cross connections, consolidate and manage sewer … Continue Reading


November 30, 2018

Gillibrand, Schumer, Maloney, Velázquez, Nadler, Espaillat Introduce Legislation To Rename Manhattan Va Medical Center After Revolutionary War Hero Margaret Corbin

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, and U.S. Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney, Nydia Velázquez, Jerrold Nadler, and Adriano Espaillat today announced new legislation to rename the Manhattan Campus of the VA New York Harbor Health Care System after Revolutionary War hero Margaret Corbin. Margaret Corbin fought alongside the Revolutionary Army and was the … Continue Reading


November 30, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Reveal: Buffalo And Tonawanda Waiting On Over $15 Million In Critical Hud Community Development Block Grant Funding, Holding Up Essential Development Projects And Hurting Local Service Providers; Senators Demand Hud Immediately Release Much-Needed Federal Funds To Buffalo And Tonawanda

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today called on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to deliver delayed Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program funding to the City of Buffalo and the Town of Tonawanda. Schumer and Gillibrand explained that Buffalo is owed a total of $13,677,706 and Tonawanda is owed a total of $1,665,083 and that this delay in funding delivery has had major consequences for the … Continue Reading


November 30, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $401k In Federal Funding For The Town Of Sterling In Cayuga

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $401,000 in federal funding for the Town of Sterling in Cayuga County. The funding was provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development Grant Program. This federal funding will specifically be used to finance the construction of Water District #3 in the Town of Sterling. This service area currently has no municipal water system and residents must … Continue Reading


November 27, 2018

In A Speech On Senate Floor, Gillibrand Opposes Confirmation Of Thomas Farr Over His Biased Record On Voting Rights

**WATCH Senator Gillibrand's Speech on the Senate Floor HERE** Washington, DC - With the Senate expected to vote on Thomas Farr's nomination for a lifetime appointment to the federal bench, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today took to the Senate floor to oppose his confirmation. From designing North Carolina's voter suppression laws, to defending racially discriminatory gerrymandering in court, Thomas Farr has worked to undermine the voting rights for black Americans throughout his legal … Continue Reading


November 27, 2018

With An Increase In Cases Of Polio-Like Disease Causing Paralysis In Children, Gillibrand Calls On Congress To Immediately Provide Emergency Funding For Research, Treatment, And Prevention Efforts For Acute Flaccid Myelitis (Afm)

Washington, DC - With an increase in cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), a debilitating, polio-like disease that has been affecting children in New York and across the country, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today called on Congress to immediately provide emergency funding for research, treatment, and prevention efforts against this disease. AFM is a rare condition that targets the nervous system, specifically the spinal cord, and can cause serious muscle weakness or paralysis. There is no … Continue Reading


November 26, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $16 Million In Federal Funding To Be Used For Repairs At The World’s Fair Pavilion In Flushing

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $16,468,030 in federal funding to be used for repairs at the World's Fair Pavilion in Flushing. The funding will be provided to the New York Office of Management and Budget and will be used to repair and replace several electrical units at the World's Fair Park, which were severely damaged during Hurricane Sandy. The funding will also be used to implement mitigation measures to … Continue Reading


November 19, 2018

With Thanksgiving Around The Corner, Senators Gillibrand And Blumenthal Call On The USDA To Disclose Information Regarding Deadly Strain Of Salmonella Linked To Raw Turkey

Washington, DC - With Thanksgiving around the corner, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) today called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide the public with critical information regarding a deadly strain of multidrug-resistant Salmonella linked to raw turkey products. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that 164 people from 35 states, including twelve people in New York and three in Connecticut, have been … Continue Reading


November 19, 2018

As Final Farm Bill Negotiations Continue This Week, Gillibrand Calls On President Trump To Reject Any Farm Bill That Does Not Include Refund For Dairy Farmers Who Paid Into Failed Insurance Program

Washington, DC - As the Farm Bill Conference Committee works to craft a final Farm Bill in the final days of the current session of Congress, today U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called on President Trump to only support a Farm Bill that includes a refund for the failed Dairy Margin Protection Program and puts money back into the pockets of New York dairy farmers. "Our dairy farmers have been suffering from abysmally low milk prices, unfair trade policies, and a failed insurance system for … Continue Reading


November 19, 2018

As Families Prepare For Holiday Travel, Senator Gillibrand Announces That Following Her Push, Airlines Must Now Allow Parents Traveling With Children To Check Strollers Of All Sizes At Gates

Washington, DC - As families prepare for holiday travel, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that following her push, parents traveling with children are now able to their check strollers at airline gates, regardless of size. Some airlines had previously placed size and weight restrictions on gate-checked strollers. These restrictions resulted in instances where gate agents denied parents with strollers the ability to check their strollers at the gate, when they have already made … Continue Reading


November 14, 2018

Senators Gillibrand And Paul Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Protect Pregnant Women In Federal Prisons

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) today introduced the Pregnant Women in Custody Act of 2018, bipartisan legislation that would create a national standard of care for pregnant and postpartum women in federal prisons, prohibit the use of restraints and restrictive housing on pregnant and postpartum women, and require the Department of Justice (DOJ) to collect data on the mental and physical health of pregnant women in custody. According to … Continue Reading


November 12, 2018

Gillibrand Statement On Rocket Attack Against Israel

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today released the following statement after more than 200 rockets were fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip: "The escalation in violence on the Israel-Gaza border is deeply disturbing, and I am relieved that Israel's missile defense programs were able to avert civilian fatalities from this disgraceful terror attack. I urge calm so the situation does not further escalate, and I still remain hopeful for a long-term, peaceful solution to this … Continue Reading


November 05, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $79K In Federal Funding For Cayuga Economic Development Agency

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $79,035 in federal funding for the Cayuga Economic Development Agency. This funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Business Development Grant Program. Cayuga Economic Development Agency will use the funding to purchase grain drying and cleaning equipment and lease it to Preferred Quality Grain in the town of Cato. There is a rapidly expanding … Continue Reading


November 02, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Push Amtrak & MTA To Do The Deal ASAP To Create New & Needed Metro North Line For East Bronx & Westchester Commuter; Penn Access Plan Would Reduce Travel Times, Create One-Seat Ride To Penn Station & West Side Of Manhattan, Boost Economy & Create Vital System Resiliency & Help Support Job Growth

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released a public letter to Amtrak and the MTA today pushing the two agencies to quickly advance efforts to create a new Metro North service to connect East, South Bronx and Westchester directly to Penn Station. The new Penn Access plan would establish four new stations and a new route featuring one-seat rides to Manhattan's West Side. The senators said the new line would also reduce travel time, boost economic growth, help … Continue Reading


November 01, 2018

As Trump Administration Continues To Sabotage Access To Health Insurance For People With Preexisting Conditions, Gillibrand Announces Bill To Expand Access To High-Quality, Low-Cost Basic Health Program For Hundreds Of Thousands Of New Yorkers.

White Plains, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited Greenburgh Health Center in White Plains to announce the Basic Health Program Expansion Act of 2018. This legislation would allow New York State to expand access to the high-quality, low-cost Basic Health Program (BHP) to low- and middle-income New Yorkers and people across the United States who don't qualify for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) but might not be able to pay for health insurance on their … Continue Reading


November 01, 2018

As Trump Administration Continues To Sabotage Access To Health Insurance For People With Preexisting Conditions, Gillibrand Announces Bill To Expand Access To High-Quality, Low-Cost Basic Health Program For Hundreds Of Thousands Of New Yorkers.

Amityville, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited HRHCare Maxine S. Postal Tri-Community Health Center in Amityville to announce the Basic Health Program Expansion Act of 2018. This legislation would allow New York State to expand access to the high-quality, low-cost Basic Health Program (BHP) to low- and middle-income New Yorkers and people across the United States who don't qualify for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) but might not be able to pay for … Continue Reading


November 01, 2018

As Trump Administration Continues To Sabotage Access To Health Insurance For People With Preexisting Conditions, Gillibrand Announces Bill To Expand Access To High-Quality, Low-Cost Basic Health Program For Hundreds Of Thousands Of New Yorkers.

Albany, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited the Whitney M. Young Jr. Health Center in Albany to announce the Basic Health Program Expansion Act of 2018. This legislation would allow New York State to expand access to the high-quality, low-cost Basic Health Program (BHP) to low- and middle-income New Yorkers and people across the United States who don't qualify for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) but might not be able to pay for health insurance on … Continue Reading


October 30, 2018

Gillibrand Calls On Congress To Fund Nonprofit Security Grant Program At Highest Possible Level, Ensure Houses Of Worship And Nonprofit Organization Have The Funds They Need To Protect Themselves Against Terrorist Attacks

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today called on leaders of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees to provide $60 million for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) in the upcoming fiscal year. Currently, the Senate has only allocated $35 million for this national security initiative, which is critical to providing at-risk religious and nonprofit organizations with the funding they need to protect their facilities and keep people safe from terrorist attacks. The … Continue Reading


October 30, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $3.5 Million In Federal Head Start Funds For Astor Services For Children And Families Head Start Program In Dutchess County

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $3,500,025 for the Head Start Program at Astor Services for Children and Families. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and will be used to support child care services for low-income families in Dutchess County. "Study after study shows that the better we prepare our young children, through programs like Head Start, the better they … Continue Reading


October 29, 2018

Gillibrand Statement On Mass Shooting At Tree Of Life Synagogue In Pittsburgh

New York, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement regarding this weekend's devastating hate crime and mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. Gillibrand spent Sunday afternoon with leaders and members of the Jewish community in Brooklyn, NY: "It is hard to find the words to express how heartbroken and devastated I am. The United States is supposed to be a safe haven for the Jewish people, where you can worship freely and honor the Sabbath … Continue Reading

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