Press Releases

November 10, 2017

In Observance Of Veterans Day, Senator Gillibrand Visits VFW Post 6778 In Wayne County, Pushes Legislation To Boost Federal Employment For Veterans And Protect Veterans’ Rights To Justice In Court

Palmyra, NY - In observance of Veterans Day, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, visited Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6778 to urge the Senate to pass two key pieces of legislation that would boost federal employment of veterans and protect the ability of veterans and service members to access justice by allowing them to exercise their right to be heard in court. "Our veterans and service members have sacrificed an enormous amount for our … Continue Reading


November 10, 2017

In Observance Of Veterans Day, Senator Gillibrand Visits American Legion Post 310 In Rockland County, Pushes Legislation To Boost Federal Employment For Veterans’ Rights To Justice In Court

Nyack, NY - In observance of Veterans Day, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, visited American Legion Post 310 urge the Senate to pass two key pieces of legislation that would boost federal employment of veterans and protect the ability of veterans and service members to access justice by allowing them to exercise their right to be heard in court. "Our veterans and service members have sacrificed an enormous mount for our country, so we ow … Continue Reading


November 09, 2017

Schumer And Gillibrand Announce Over $5 Million In Economic Development Funding For New York

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced that Otsego County, Delaware County, Chenango County, and Schoharie County are set to receive a $5,113,000 federal loan through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development program. Specifically, they will use the funding to help finance 7 new miles while also improving, 25 miles of line. The loan funding also includes $37,200 for smart grid projects. "This … Continue Reading


November 09, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1.2 Million In FEMA Funding To Mitigate Flood Risk In Schenectady

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,206,000 in federal funding to carry out projects to reduce future flood risk to the Stockade Historic District in the City of Schenectady from the adjacent Mohawk River. The neighborhood has experienced repetitive flooding, and suffered extensive damages from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011. Specifically, the federal funding will be used to evaluate the … Continue Reading


November 06, 2017

After Air Force Failure To Input Critical Records That Could Have Prevented Purchase Of Gun Used In Texas Shooting, Senator Gillibrand Calls On Secretary Of Defense Mattis To Immediately Initiate Audit Of Notifications By All Military Criminal Investigative Organizations

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today called on U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis to immediately initiate a full audit of required notifications to the FBI by all military criminal investigative organizations. This letter follows the report that the Air Force failed to input the Sutherland Springs, Texas, killer's domestic violence records into the federal database that could have blocked him from buying the gun he used in the mass shooting. "Hearing that the shooter … Continue Reading


November 06, 2017

Gillibrand Speaks On The Senate Floor Following Mass Shooting In Texas: “Americans Are Being Slaughtered, And Congress Is Refusing To Stand Up For Them”

**WATCH Senator Gillibrand's Speech on the Senate Floor HERE** Washington, DC - Following the mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, yesterday that killed 26 people, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand spoke on the Senate floor this afternoon to call out Congress's failure to take action against gun violence. Below are Senator Gillibrand's remarks as delivered: Mr. President, I rise to speak about the mass shooting in Texas yesterday - the latest mass shooting in what … Continue Reading


November 03, 2017

As Victims Of Sexual Harassment In Congress Come Forward To Tell Their Stories, Gillibrand To Introduce Comprehensive Legislation To Combat Sexual Harassment In Congress, Overhaul The Current Inadequate Process Staffers Must Go Through To Report Sexual Harassment

Washington, DC - As victims of sexual harassment in Congress come forward to tell their stories in today's AP report, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that she will introduce comprehensive legislation to combat sexual harassment in Congressional offices. This bill would create more transparency in Congressional offices and give sexual harassment victims the resources and protections they need to report incidents. "Congress should never be above the law or play by their own set … Continue Reading


November 02, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand, Menendez And Booker Urge Secretary Of State Tillerson And Acting Secretary Of Homeland Security Duke To Extend Temporary Protective Status For Approximately 58,000 Haitians Before Upcoming Deadline

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Bob Menendez and Cory Booker called on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke to extend Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for approximately 58,000 displaced Haitians before the November 23rd Department of Homeland Security (DHS) decision deadline. There are an estimated 5,200 Haitians who are TPS recipients living in New York State, and … Continue Reading


November 01, 2017

Gillibrand Introduces Pedestrian Safety Bill To Provide Federal Funding For Installation Of Bollards And Traffic Barriers

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that she has introduced the Stopping Threats on Pedestrians (STOP) Act in the U.S. Senate. The STOP Act would create a new grant program at the U.S. Department of Transportation to fund the installation of traffic barriers, including bollards, jersey barriers, and planters, that are designed to keep vehicles away from bicycle paths, sidewalks, pedestrian plazas, and walkways. This bill will provide local governments with more … Continue Reading


October 25, 2017

Senators Gillibrand And Schumer Announce Karen Hill's Appointment To Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission In Honor Of 100th Anniversary Of Passage And Ratification Of 19th Amendment

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced the appointment of Karen Hill, President and CEO of the Harriet Tubman Home and Park (HTH), to the Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission. The State of New York was the birthplace of the women's suffrage movement and is home to some of the most notable landmarks in the history of the women's suffrage movement. This appointment will allow Karen Hill to serve as a voice for New … Continue Reading


October 22, 2017

As GOP Moves To Pass Tax Overhaul That Protects Corporate Profits, Gillibrand Calls On Congress To Close Tax Loopholes That Force Taxpayers To Subsidize Massive CEO Compensation

New York, NY -U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today stood with community advocates and workers and called on Congress to reject the GOP's tax overhaul that protects corporate profits and the wealthiest Americans, and urged her colleagues to pass her legislation to close tax loopholes that force taxpayers to subsidize massive CEO compensation. Gillibrand's legislation, the Stop CEO Excessive Pay Act would put taxpayers first by closing the tax loophole that allows companies to deduct part of … Continue Reading


October 20, 2017

Gillibrand Urges EPA Administrator Pruitt To Continue Dredging Of Upper Hudson, Investigate PCB Contamination In Lower Hudson

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and U.S. Representatives Sean Patrick Maloney, Paul Tonko, Nita Lowey, Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler and Eliot Engel wrote to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week calling on Administrator Scott Pruitt to initiate further dredging to clean up polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) in the Upper Hudson and investigate PCB contamination in the Lower Hudson. "As the EPA report … Continue Reading


October 18, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $495,000 In U.S. Department Of Agriculture Funding For Cornell University

Ithaca, NY - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $495,000 in new federal funding for Cornell University. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Specifically, Cornell University will use the funding to research new identification methods, treatment techniques, and develop automated health- monitoring technology. Dairy farmers spend substantial … Continue Reading


October 17, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $149 Million In Fed Funding To Aid Ny State Economic Development & Affordable Housing

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $149,651,762 in federal funding for communities across New York. The funding was provided by the Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD), which is part of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Specifically, the funding comprises $72,988,441 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and $76,663,321 in HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funding. "The Community … Continue Reading


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

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