Press Releases

October 16, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $5.8 Million In Federal Funding For Emergency Operation Upgrades In The Town Of Brookhaven

Long Island, NY - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $5,870,613.20 in federal funding for the Town of Brookhaven. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and will be used to upgrade emergency operations and enhance emergency response capabilities in the community. Specifically the funding will be used to upgrade the Town's Command and Control (Emergency Operations) Center and purchase … Continue Reading


October 13, 2017

Senator Gillibrand Statement On President Trump’s Decision Not To Recertify The Iran Nuclear Deal

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement after President Donald J. Trump announced his decision not to recertify the Iran nuclear deal: "It is unfortunate that President Trump has ignored the findings of his Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs that Iran is complying with the agreement and that the agreement is in our national interest, and has chosen not to certify the Iran deal. This purely political act undermines America's position … Continue Reading


October 06, 2017

Gillibrand, Kaine, Johnson, Gardner, Blumenthal To Travel To Puerto Rico On Bipartisan Codel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Saturday, October 7, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) will travel to Puerto Rico to survey hurricane damage and relief efforts. The Senators will travel as a part of a bicameral and bipartisan CODEL through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Gillibrand, Kaine, and Blumenthal are members of the Senate Armed Services … Continue Reading


October 05, 2017

Congressman Higgins & Senator Gillibrand Invite High School Students & Parents to Service Academy Night

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and representatives from the office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand are hosting Service Academy Night 2017, an opportunity for high school students, families, school administrators and counselors to learn more about service academy institutions, programs and the application process. Representatives from the U.S. Military Academy, Naval Academy, Coast Guard Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, Air Force Academy and R.O.T.C programs will be in attendance. Each … Continue Reading


October 04, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand To Sec. Tillerson: Nazi-Era Guard Currently Living In Queens Must Be Deported Immediately; Despite Having U.S. Citizenship Stripped More Than A Decade Ago, NY Nazi Has Continued To Live Here Because No Other Country Will Accept Him

Washington, DC -- U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand urged the State Department to immediately deport a Nazi-era guard, Jakiw Palij, currently living in Queens. Mr. Palij was allowed to enter the United States because he concealed his prior service to the Nazi regime. After determining that he had lied in order to enter the country, Mr. Palij's American citizenship was stripped and it was ordered that he be deported. However, since then, his deportation case has stalled … Continue Reading


October 04, 2017

Gillibrand & 15 Senators Urge President Trump To Prioritize Relief Efforts For Puerto Rican Islands Of Vieques And Culebra

**Text of the letter available here (PDF)** Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and 15 of her Senate colleagues today called on President Trump to step up disaster recovery efforts on the Puerto Rican islands of Vieques and Culebra after the islands were devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tom Carper (D-DE), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Kamala Harris (D-CA.), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), … Continue Reading


October 02, 2017

To Help Address The Threat Of Invasive Species Such As The Emerald Ash Borer, Gillibrand Visits Paul Smith’s College To Announce Legislation To Protect New York’s Natural Resources, Prevent Invasive Species From Entering The United States

Paul Smiths, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today visited Paul Smith's College to announce the Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention Act, legislation to protect New York's natural resources from the threat of invasive species. This legislation would prevent potentially harmful species, like the Emerald Ash Borer, from being imported into the country and across state lines. The Emerald Ash Borer is a beetle first found in the … Continue Reading


October 02, 2017

Gillibrand Announces Bipartisan Legislation To Promote Vocational Education & Entrepreneurship, Train Future Workforce For 21st Century Economy

Albany, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will visit the South Colonie Central School District to announce her bipartisan legislation, 21st Century Strengthening Hands On Programs that Cultivate Learning Approaches for Successful Students Act. This bill would direct federal funding to high-tech training and education programs in high schools and institutions of higher education, which would give more students the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to get good-paying jobs in the … Continue Reading


October 02, 2017

As Short-Term Flood Insurance Extension Set To Expire In Coming Months, Gillibrand Urges Senate To Pass Her Bipartisan Legislation To Make Flood Insurance More Affordable For New Yorkers

Long Island, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited the Freeport Village Municipal Building to discuss her bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for 10 years. As the short-term flood insurance extension that Congress recently passed it set to expire in coming months, Gillibrand will urge her colleagues to pass her bipartisan legislation, which creates a long-term solution to make flood insurance more affordable for New Yorkers. This legislation … Continue Reading


September 29, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $849,000 Federal Funding For Water And Infrastructure Upgrades In Western New York

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $849,000 in federal assistance for the Town of Ripley in Chautauqua County. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. Specifically, the Town of Ripley will receive $750,000 in federal grant funds through the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and $99,000 through the Rural Business Service (RBS) … Continue Reading


September 28, 2017

Senators: DeVos’ Decision to Revoke Sexual Assault Guidance “Shows A Clear Lack of Concern” for Survivors

(Washington, D.C.) - Led by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), 32 U.S. Senators sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos slamming her decision to revoke guidance that directs schools on how to handle investigations of sexual assault and urging her to reverse course. Secretary DeVos' decision … Continue Reading


September 28, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $2,677,000 In Rural Economic Development Funding For Town Of Romulus In Seneca County

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,677,000 in federal funding including a loan of $2,177,000.00 and a grant of $500,000.00 for the Town of Romulus in Seneca County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development program. Specifically, the Town of Romulus will use the funding to create a new water district that will increase access to safe, potable water to an additional 129 of … Continue Reading


September 28, 2017

Puerto Rico Food Assistance and Disaster NAP

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September 27, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $300,000 In Federal Funding For Erie County’s Drug Prevention Program To Address The Scourge Of Opioid Overdose

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $300,000 in federal funding for Erie County's Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site Program. The funding was allocated by the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) program and will be used to support the County's ongoing overdose prevention and drug treatment programs. "Erie County had more treatment admissions for prescription painkillers than any other county … Continue Reading


September 26, 2017

On Senate Floor, Gillibrand Calls On Colleagues To Provide Disaster Relief To Address Urgent Humanitarian Crisis In Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands Following Hurricane Maria

**WATCH Senator Gillibrand's Speech on the Senate Floor HERE** Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand spoke on the Senate Floor this afternoon to urge her colleagues to provide desperately needed disaster relief to the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Gillibrand spoke on the Senate floor in response to the growing humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands caused by Hurricane Maria. Below are Senator Gillibrand's remarks as delivered: Mr. … Continue Reading


September 22, 2017

Blumenthal, Gillibrand, McCaskill & Casey Condemn Department Of Education Repeal Of Title IX Campus Sexual Assault Protections

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), and Bob Casey (D-PA) condemned a formal announcement today by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos confirming the Department of Education (DoE) will rescind current campus sexual assault guidance in anticipation of issuing a new rule. DeVos also announced interim guidance for schools and universities while DoE undergoes the rulemaking process. The interim guidance encourages a higher … Continue Reading


September 22, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $168,000 In Federal Funding For Launch NY In Buffalo

Buffalo, NY - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $168,000 in federal funding for Launch NY. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI) and will allow Launch NY to invest in a new initiative to promote entrepreneurship in Upstate New York. Specifically, Launch NY will use the funding for their Launch NY Seed Fund that plugs the region's gap by … Continue Reading


September 21, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $500,000 In Federal Funding For Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $500,000 in federal funding for Syracuse University. The funding was allocated through the Economic Development Administration's (EDA) i6 Challenge and will allow Syracuse University to invest in a new initiative to promote entrepreneurship in Central New York. Specifically, Syracuse University will monitor and research impacts of import competition and global trade in the region. … Continue Reading


September 20, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $10.5 Million In Department Of Transportation Funding For Elmira/Corning Regional Airport In Chemung County

Elmira, NY - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $10,500,000 in federal funding for the Elmira/Corning Regional Airport in Chemung County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Specifically, the Elmira/Corning Regional Airport will use the funding to move forward with renovations to the passenger terminal building. "Keeping our airports in … Continue Reading


September 20, 2017

Sens. Warren, Brown, Gillibrand, Rep. Sherman Introduce Legislation to Protect Workers Ahead of Upcoming NAFTA Renegotiations

Bill Text (PDF) Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) today introduced the Protecting Workers and Improving Labor Standards Act, to prohibit states from introducing laws that make it harder for workers to form unions and fight for higher wages and better working conditions. The legislation introduced today would repeal Section 14(b) of the Taft-Hartley Act, which currently gives states the ability to ban … Continue Reading

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