Press Releases

February 13, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand And Brindisi Urge Fema To Approve Much-Needed $3.9 Million Grant To Help Alleviate Severe & Repetitive Flooding Along Sauquoit Creek; Say Fed Funding Would Advance Critical Phases Of Current Mitigation Projects Intended To Protect Residents & Businesses From Further Destruction

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Anthony Brindisi today wrote to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to give their full support for the Town of Whitestown's application for $3.9 million in federal funding through FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to alleviate repetitive flooding along Sauquoit Creek. The Representatives explained that this funding would allow Whitestown and Oneida County to implement critical aspects of the Sauquoit Creek … Continue Reading


February 13, 2019

Gillibrand Announces That Her Legislation To Begin Process Of Designating The Finger Lakes Region As A National Heritage Area Clears Senate In Just-Passed Lands Package

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that her legislation to take the first step towards designating the Finger Lakes Region as a National Heritage Area has passed the Senate as a provision in the just-passed Natural Resources Management Act. Gillibrand's legislation, the Finger Lakes National Heritage Area Study Act, authorizes the National Park Service to conduct a feasibility study in Cayuga, Chemung, Cortland, Livingston, Monroe, Onondaga, Ontario, Schuyler, … Continue Reading


February 13, 2019

Gillibrand Announces That Her Legislation To Expand The FDR National Historic Site Clears Senate In Just-Passed Lands Package

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that her legislation to expand the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) National Historic Site just passed the Senate as a provision in the Natural Resources Management Act. Gillibrand's FDR Historic Preservation Act authorizes the National Park Service to acquire 89 acres of land that are directly adjacent to the Home of FDR National Historic Site in Hyde Park and are currently owned by Scenic Hudson. "Franklin D. Roosevelt was … Continue Reading


February 12, 2019

As Momentum Continues To Grow For Congress To Take Action On Paid Family Leave, Gillibrand, DeLauro Stand With Workers, Business Leaders And Advocates To Reintroduce The Family Act To Give Every American Worker Access To Paid Family And Medical Leave

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) today stood with workers, business leaders, and advocates to announce the reintroduction of the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act, or FAMILY Act, legislation that would create a universal, gender-neutral, national paid family and medical leave program. The FAMILY Act is the gold standard for paid leave legislation in Congress and would ensure that workers can take up to 12 weeks of paid leave … Continue Reading


February 12, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand, Rice Announce Nearly $13 Million In Federal Funds For Hardening Of Sandy-Damaged Infrastructure For Lawrence Union Free School District On Long Island, NY

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice today announced that the Lawrence High School Building in Nassau County, NY, has been awarded $12,948,307.94 in federal funds for building repairs as a direct result of Superstorm Sandy. The federal funds are administered through U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The funding will be used to fix and replace piping in the high school's basement, as well … Continue Reading


February 07, 2019

Gillibrand Joins Senator Markey, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez And Other Members Of The House And Senate To Introduce Historic Resolution To Set Framework For A Green New Deal For America; Landmark Legislation Comes After Gillibrand’s Public Call Last Month Urging Her Senate Colleagues To Solve The Climate Change Crisis, Eliminate Carbon Emissions, Modernize Our Economy And Create Good, New Jobs For American Workers Throughout New York And All Across The Country

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today joined Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14), and other members of the House and Senate to introduce a bold and ambitious resolution to set a framework for creating a Green New Deal for America. The landmark bicameral resolution comes after Gillibrand's public call to action in a letter last month to Senate Environment and Public … Continue Reading


February 07, 2019

Gillibrand, Collins, Reed Introduce New Bipartisan Legislation To Protect Transgender Service Members

Washington, DC - Following the recent Supreme Court ruling that will allow President Trump's ban on transgender military service to go into effect, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Jack Reed (D-RI) today introduced new bipartisan legislation to protect transgender service members. This bill would protect currently serving transgender service members and continue to allow new transgender service members to join the military. The Senators introduced similar … Continue Reading


February 05, 2019

Gillibrand Statement On President Trump’s State Of The Union Address

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today released the following statement in response to President Trump's State of the Union address: "President Trump has had years to bring this country together, but instead he has chosen to divide the country across every single line he can imagine. If President Trump wants to convince the country that he actually cares about bringing us together, then he can start by no longer using government workers as political pawns, reuniting the … Continue Reading


February 05, 2019

As EPA Prepares To Release Second 5-Year Review Of Hudson River PCB Superfund Site To Determine Whether Cleanup Is Protective Of Human Health, Schumer, Gillibrand Call On EPA To Deny A Certificate Of Completion To GE

Washington, DC - As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prepares a second five-year review of the Hudson River Superfund site to determine whether the dredging remedy is complete, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand are calling on EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to deny a certificate of completion to General Electric at this time. The EPA is expected to soon issue its final report on the Second 5-Year Review of the Hudson River … Continue Reading


February 05, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $11 Million In Federal Funds For 24 Western New York Organizations Working To End Homelessness

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $11,455,427 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for services in Western New York that promote the goal of ending homelessness. The funding was allocated through HUD's Continuum of Care Program, which provides funding to non-profits, as well as local and state governments, to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families and promote access to programs that encourage … Continue Reading


February 05, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $1.1 Million In Federal Funding For Commission On Economic Opportunity For The Greater Capital Region Youthbuild Program

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1.1 million in federal funding for the Commission on Economic Opportunity (CEO) for the Greater Capital Region YouthBuild program in Troy to help disadvantaged young adults earn degrees and build job experience. The funding is authorized by the Department of Labor's YouthBuild program, aimed to support academic and occupational skills training for at-risk youth. "This federal funding will help … Continue Reading


February 04, 2019

Gillibrand Invites Decorated Transgender Navy Lieutenant Commander To State Of The Union Address After Supreme Court Allows President Trump’s Transgender Military Service Ban To Go Into Effect; Senator Ready To Introduce New Legislation To Protect Transgender Troops

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced that she will bring decorated transgender Navy Lieutenant Commander Blake Dremann to this year's State of the Union address as she readies new legislation to protect transgender service members in response to the recent Supreme Court ruling allowing President Trump's ban on transgender military service to go into effect. Gillibrand introduced bipartisan legislation with the late … Continue Reading


February 04, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $9 Million In Federal Funds For 45 Rochester-Finger Lakes Organizations Working To End Homelessness

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $9,959,907 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for organizations in the Rochester-Finger Lakes Region that promote the goal of ending homelessness. The funding was allocated through HUD's Continuum of Care Program, which provides funding to non-profits, as well as local and state governments, to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families and promote access to programs … Continue Reading


February 03, 2019

Gillibrand Demands Urgent Action And Answers From Bureau Of Prisons (BOP) Concerning Inhumane Conditions At Metropolitan Detention Center In Brooklyn; Calls For Immediate Action To Restore Full Heat And Power To The Facility

New York, NY - In response to reports of detainees being held in inhumane conditions without heat or electricity at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called on Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and the Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Hugh Hurwitz to take immediate action to fix this situation and also provide a detailed plan within 24 hours for the full restoration of heat and power. "These conditions are unacceptable … Continue Reading


January 31, 2019

Gillibrand Statement On New Pentagon Report Revealing An Increase In Sexual Assault And Harassment At Military Academies

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today released the following statement on the new Pentagon report showing that sexual harassment and assault at the three military service academies has significantly increased, despite promises of zero tolerance from military leaders: "Despite years of promises from the Pentagon to eliminate sexual harassment and assault from the Service Academies, this new report shows that unwanted sexual contact has increased by a staggering 47% in the … Continue Reading


January 31, 2019

As Reports Indicate EPA On Verge Of Not Setting Drinking Water Standard For Highly Toxic PFOA/PFOS, Schumer & Gillibrand Demand EPA Issue Standard For Maximum Exposure To Protect Public Health; Carcinogenic Chemical Has Contaminated Drinking Water & Endangered Public Health In Newburgh, Suffolk & Rensselaer Counties; Senators Call On EPA To Immediately Reverse Course

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today called on Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Andrew Wheeler to reverse course and commit to setting a maximum contaminant level (MCL) for PFOA and PFOS as soon as possible. The senators explained that perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, are a class of toxic chemicals, including PFOS and PFOA, that have contaminated drinking water and impacted thousands of lives in communities … Continue Reading


January 31, 2019

Gillibrand Statement On Court Ruling Ordering VA To Provide Long Overdue Benefits To Blue Water Navy Veterans

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today released the following statement regarding this week's ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturning a sixteen year old VA policy that denied benefits to thousands of Navy veterans exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War: "It is long overdue for the federal government to recognize the sacrifices of our Blue Water Navy veterans and meet its sacred obligation to these veterans. The VA must honor this … Continue Reading


January 30, 2019

After Government Shutdown Stalls Enactment Of Critical Farm Bill Provisions, Gillibrand Calls On USDA To Fast-Track Farm Bill Implementation And Provide Much-Needed Relief To Dairy Farmers And Other Producers Across New York State As Soon As Possible

Washington, DC - After the government shutdown stalled the enactment of critical Farm Bill provisions, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to fast-track Farm Bill implementation and provide much-needed relief to dairy farmers and other producers across New York State as soon as possible. "Our dairy farmers in New York have been hurting for years. They work extremely hard but have been … Continue Reading


January 29, 2019

Citing I-81 In Syracuse As Example Of A Highway That Segregated Marginalized Communities, Gillibrand Highlights Need To Address Systemic Racism In Federal Highway Projects While Questioning Nominee For Federal Highway Administrator

***Watch EPW Committee Hearing Video Here ** Washington, DC - Today, at an Environment and Public Works Committee Hearing, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand cited I-81 in Syracuse in her questioning of Nicole R. Nason, the nominee to become the Federal Highway Administrator, and highlighted the need to address systemic racism in federal highway projects. Citing I-81 in Syracuse as an example of an interstate highway that segregated marginalized communities and limited their economic … Continue Reading


January 24, 2019

As Senate Environment And Public Works Committee Prepares To Set Its Agenda For The New Congress, Gillibrand Calls For Action On Solving The Climate Change Crisis, Eliminate Carbon Emissions, Modernize Our Economy And Create Good, New Jobs For American Workers Throughout New York And All Across The Country

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today wrote a letter to Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) urging him to make climate change, green jobs, and a sustainable economy a central part of the Committee's agenda this Congress. Gillibrand's call to action comes amid overwhelming evidence that the climate change crisis is growing worse and can only be stopped with large-scale effort that … Continue Reading

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