Press Releases

August 21, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $12K In Federal Funding For The Milton Fire District In Ulster County

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $12,143 in federal funding for the Milton Fire District. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program and will be used to purchase a new washer, extractor, and dryer system that will meet the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards for contamination control on the firefighter's turnout gear. … Continue Reading


August 20, 2018

Schumer And Gillibrand Announce $150K In Rural Economic Development Funding For Wells College Water Plant Improvements

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $150,000 in federal funding for Wells College in Cayuga County. This federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development Business Grant Program. Specifically, the funds will be used to address a new vulnerability in Wells College's water plant system, which is the water source for the campus as well as businesses and residents in the village of … Continue Reading


August 20, 2018

Senators Schumer, Gillibrand Urge FEMA To Stand Ready To Quickly Approve Potential Disaster Declaration For Southern Tier And Finger Lakes Counties Impacted By Recent Flooding And Severe Weather

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


August 16, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $47K In Federal Funding For The Whitesboro Fire Department In Oneida County

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $47,620 in federal funding for the Whitesboro Fire Department in Oneida County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program and will be used to replace a diesel exhaust system, which will help remove harmful chemicals and particles from the department's fire truck engines to ensure clean air in the … Continue Reading


August 16, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $61K In Federal Funding For The Richville Volunteer Fire Department In St. Lawrence County

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $61,905 in federal funding for the Richville Volunteer Fire Department in St. Lawrence County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The Richville Volunteer Fire Department will use the funding to purchase 10 new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) devices and 20 air bottles that are worn by firefighters to … Continue Reading


August 14, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $44K In Federal Funding For The Westons Mills Fire District In Cattaraugus County

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $44,062 in federal funding for the Westons Mills Fire District in Cattaraugus County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The Westons Mills Fire District will use the funding to purchase new lifting air bags, rescue struts, and battery-operated rescue tools. The fire district's current equipment … Continue Reading


August 13, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $46K In Federal Funding For The City Of Watertown Fire Department In Jefferson County

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $46,364 in federal funding for the City of Watertown Fire Department in Jefferson County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program and will be used to purchase three gear washer-extractors and three gear dryers - one for each of Watertown's three fire stations. "It is essential that we provide our firefighters with the … Continue Reading


August 13, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $16K In Federal Funding For The Endicott Fire Department In Broome County

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $16,191 in federal funding for the Village of Endicott in Broome County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program and will be used to purchase new equipment, including a gear washer-extractor, a gear dryer, and a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) mask cleaner. "It is essential that we provide our firefighters … Continue Reading


August 13, 2018

Following Troubling Reports That Federally Contracted, Privately Run Detention Centers Are Withholding Basic Necessities From Immigrant Detainees Unless They "Volunteer" To Work, Gillibrand Leads Group Of Six Senators In Calling On Department Of Homeland Security To Immediately End These Illegal Practices, Create More Accountability And Oversight At These Facilities

Washington, DC - Following multiple reports that federally contracted, privately run detention centers are withholding food, hygienic supplies, and contact with loved ones from immigrant detainees in order to force them to "volunteer" to perform tasks that include scrubbing toilets, mopping, waxing floors, and cleaning medical facilities, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand led a group of five other Senators in calling on Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to … Continue Reading


August 13, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $59K In Federal Funding For The Greenfield Fire District

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $59,524 in federal funding for the Greenfield Fire District. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The Greenfield Fire District will use the funding to purchase a new air compressor storage station with filling cascade system, which is used to fill the self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) devices that are worn … Continue Reading


August 07, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Major Federal Investment To Expand High-Speed Internet Access And Battle Opioid Crisis In Rural Communities Across Upstate New York

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Agriculture Appropriations bill that just passed the Senate includes $425 million for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Utilities Service's broadband grant-loan pilot program, which is modeled after Gillibrand's bipartisan Broadband Connections for Rural Opportunities Program (B-CROP) Act and will be used to help expand access to high-speed broadband … Continue Reading


August 07, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce That Senate Interior Appropriations Bill Includes $11 Million To Protect Great Lakes Against Asian Carp

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Interior Appropriations bill that just passed the Senate includes $11 million in federal funding to help protect the Great Lakes from the threat of Asian carp. The funding would be provided to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Conservation Offices and would be used to control Asian carp in the Mississippi and Ohio River Basins to prevent … Continue Reading


August 07, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Funding Authorization For Five Military Construction Projects Across New York In Recent Defense Bill; Senators Vow To See Funding Through Appropriations Process

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that following their push, the just-passed Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) included Military Construction (MILCON) funding authorizations for five projects across Upstate New York. The federal funding authorizations came out to a total of $199.1 million and will permit for the construction of a perimeter fence at Rome Lab, a physical fitness center at Niagara Falls Air … Continue Reading


August 06, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $1M Funding Increase For Critical Maple Program In Just-Passed Senate Spending Bill; Funding Will Be Used To Invest In Research, Boost Global Competitiveness; Senators Vow To Shepherd Funding Through Appropriations Process

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that they secured a $1 million increase in funding for the Acer Access and Development Program, for a total of $4 million in funding, in the just-passed Senate minibus Fiscal Year 2019 spending bill. Schumer and Gillibrand explained that the Acer Access and Development Program provides opportunities for investment and research for maple syrup, helping producers across Upstate New York increase … Continue Reading


August 06, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce: As Part Of Just-Passed Senate Minibus Appropriations Bill, High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program Will Remain Under Office Of National Drug Control Policy, Receive Full Funding For FY2019; Senators Say Program Plays Essential Role In Combatting Opioid Epidemic

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that following their push, as part of the just-passed Senate minibus appropriations bill, the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program will be fully funded in FY2019 and remain under the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The Senators said that over the years, the HIDTA program has provided both millions of dollars and priceless direct federal support for Upstate New … Continue Reading


August 06, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce That Newly-Passed Senate Defense Bill Includes $50 Million For Impact Aid Program To Provide Critical Funding For Schools On Federal Land, Including Several Districts In The North Country

Washington, DC - 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 national defense bill includes $40 million dollars of funding for the Department of Defense Impact Aid Program, and an additional $10 million for the Department of Defense Impact Aid for Children with Disabilities Program. The funding was included as a part of the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense … Continue Reading


August 03, 2018

Gillibrand Visits Syracuse To Announce Critical Federal Funding For Historic Preservation; Gillibrand's Successful Bipartisan Push To Senate Appropriators Prevented Devastating Cut To Program

Syracuse, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited the historic Hotel Syracuse to announce her successful push to include $88.91 million in the Fiscal Year 2019 Senate Interior Appropriations bill for the Department of Interior's Historic Preservation Fund. This funding amount is $56.2 million more than President Trump's budget request for the program. This funding supports historic preservation and economic development projects around the state, including the historic Hotel Syracuse, … Continue Reading


August 03, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $24K In Federal Funds For Greene Fire Department In Chenango County

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $24,762 in federal funding for the Greene Volunteer Fire Department in Chenango County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The funding will be used to modernize the Fire Department's turnout gear for overall better protection from hazards, carcinogens, and other harmful materials, crucial to the health and safety … Continue Reading


August 02, 2018

Gillibrand Announces Senate Passage Of Her Provisions To Protect Military Families From Intimate Partner And Child Abuse

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced her provisions to help protect military families from intimate partner violence and child abuse and neglect passed the Senate with bipartisan support as part of the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This legislation now heads to the President's desk to be signed into law. "Our military families have sacrificed so much to protect us, but Congress and the Defense Department haven't done enough to help protect them … Continue Reading


August 01, 2018

After House Version Of Gillibrand’s Bipartisan Blue Water Navy Veterans Bill Passed The House 382-0, Gillibrand Testifies Before Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Urges Senate To Pass Legislation To Protect Sick Vietnam Vets Who Were Exposed To Agent Orange During The Vietnam War

**WATCH Senator Gillibrand's Testimony HERE** Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today testified before the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs and urged her colleagues to pass the bipartisan Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, legislation to ensure that thousands of Navy veterans, known as "Blue Water" veterans, are able to receive the disability and health care benefits they earned after exposure to Agent Orange while fighting in the Vietnam War. Companion legislation in … Continue Reading

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