Press Releases

June 13, 2017

Gillibrand, With Seven Senate Colleagues, Urges Appropriations Committee To Maintain Critical Funding To Appalachian Regional Commission In Fiscal Year 2018

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, with seven Senate colleagues, urged federal appropriators to fully fund the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget at $152 million - in opposition to the Trump Administration's proposal to end the state-federal partnership. For more than fifty years, ARC has provided funding and support for job-creating community projects across the 13 Appalachian states, producing an average of $204 million in annual earnings for … Continue Reading


June 13, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1.1M in Fed Funding for Great Lakes Restoration; Urge President To Reverse Course and Fully Fund Program Next Year

U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,150,000 in federal funding for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). The DEC will use these vital resources to support projects along the Great Lakes in New York. The GLRI was launched by the Obama Administration in 2010, and has funded projects in New York to improve water quality, combat invasive species … Continue Reading


June 09, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge Senate Appropriations Committee to Provide Robust Federal Funding to Brookhaven National Lab

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand urged the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development to support critical funding for Brookhaven National Lab (BNL) through the Department of Energy (DOE) for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18). This funding would enable Brookhaven National Laboratory to continue to ramp-up research operations at its National Synchrotron Light Source II, and allow all the Lab's facilities to continue to serve over 2,500 … Continue Reading


June 09, 2017

Gillibrand Introduces Legislation To End Discrimination Against Potential LGBT Adoptive and Foster Parents Based on Their Sexual Orientation; Open More Loving Homes To Children Being Left Behind

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today introduced legislation the Every Child Deserves a Family Act to open more homes to children by ending discrimination against adoptive and foster parents based on sexual orientation, gender identity and marital status. This legislation would bar any entity that receives federal funds and is involved in adoption or foster care placement from discriminating against parents based on sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status. … Continue Reading


June 08, 2017

Following Gillibrand's Urging, EPA Extends Public Comment Period For Hudson River Superfund Site Designation

Washington, DC- Following the urging of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) extended the public comment period on the Agency's second five-year review of the Hudson River polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) Superfund Site. With the original comment period scheduled to close on Friday, June 30th, Gillibrand called for an additional 90-day extension to allow local residents and public officials the opportunity to fully express their comments and concerns about … Continue Reading


June 08, 2017

Senator Gillibrand Statement On Former FBI Director James Comey’s Senate Intelligence Committee Testimony

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today issued the following statement on former FBI Director James Comey's testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence: "It was stunning to hear the former FBI Director testify under oath today that President Trump 'defamed' him and the Bureau and told lies about them, and that Director Comey began writing contemporaneous memos after their first meeting because he was concerned the President may lie about the interaction. Even … Continue Reading


June 08, 2017

Gillibrand, Cassidy, Capito Introduce National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization Bill

Washington, DC - US Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced legislation to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for 10 years. The NFIP is currently set to expire on September 30, 2017. "Millions of New Yorkers rely on the National Flood Insurance Program to protect their property when a flood occurs," said Senator Gillibrand. "After Superstorm Sandy hit New York, this program failed too many families who had … Continue Reading


June 07, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $299K In U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Funding For Cornell University

U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $299,692 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). NIFA grants support research and programs that help specialty crop growers achieve long-term viability, high yield, and labor efficient production of locally grown grains, fruits, and vegetables. Cornell University will use the funding to … Continue Reading


June 07, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $80,000 In Federal Funds For Hartwick College

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $83,300 in federal funding for the Hartwick College Center for Craft Food and Beverage in Otsego County. The funding was allocated by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and will allow Hartwick College to develop a new Malting Barley Quality Laboratory. The laboratory will provide testing, research, and technical assistance to farmers who want to cultivate value-added crops, such as malting barley … Continue Reading


June 07, 2017

Gillibrand, Rubio Introduce Bipartisan Legislation Enhancing State Dept Role In Combating Anti-Semitism

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act, bipartisan legislation that would enhance the State Department's role in combating anti-Semitism across the globe. U.S. Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Eliot Engel (D-NY) introduced the companion bill in the House of Representatives. "At a time of growing anti-Semitism across the globe and here at home, it is vital that we prioritize the … Continue Reading


June 05, 2017

President Trump Signs Gillibrand-Grassley Bill Helping Families of Fallen Officers Into Law

Washington, DC - Bipartisan legislation aimed at helping families of fallen first responders receive the survivor benefits they'd been promised was signed into law. The Public Safety Officers Benefits Improvement Act, led by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) reduces processing times through increased transparency of application backlogs. "I'm very pleased the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Improvement Act was signed into law," said Senator Gillibrand. "When a … Continue Reading


June 05, 2017

Gillibrand Leads Letter Demanding Answers From Trump Administration After Multiple Reports of Inhumane Conditions In Immigrant Detention Centers

Washington, DC - Senator Kirsten Gillibrand led a letter with 11 Senate colleagues to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly demanding answers to a series of urgent questions after multiple reports of inhumane conditions in immigrant detention centers. Senator Gillibrand and her colleagues have received a number of reports that under the Trump Administration, detained immigrants are not receiving adequate medical attention when they need it. "We have received multiple … Continue Reading


June 01, 2017

Senator Gillibrand Statement on President Trump's Decision To Withdraw From Paris Accord

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today issued the following statement on President Donald J. Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord: "This decision by President Trump to leave the Paris Accord is irresponsibly shortsighted and harmful to the United States. There is no credible doubt that climate change is real and is caused by human activity. We have irrefutable data that temperatures are rising, Arctic ice is melting, sea levels are rising, and extreme weather is … Continue Reading


June 01, 2017

Senator Gillibrand Statement on the Environmental Protection Agency's Five-Year Review of PCB Contamination in the Hudson River

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today issued the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency's five-year review of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination in the Hudson River: "Clean water should not be debatable for families in New York. This decision is awful news for the Capital Region, the Hudson Valley, and all of the families who live near the Hudson River. I am disappointed that the EPA couldn't muster up the courage to do the job they set out to do … Continue Reading


June 01, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $720K In Fed Funding For Roswell Park Cancer Institute; Funds Ensure Ground-Breaking Cancer Research Will Continue In Buffalo

U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that Roswell Park Cancer Institute will receive $722,480 in federal funding to continue their groundbreaking cancer research. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and will support Roswell Park's research involving the composition and function on psychological outcomes of pediatric cancer caregiving. Schumer and Gillibrand's success in securing federal funding for Roswell … Continue Reading


June 01, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $1 Million in Federal Funds for Long Island Macarthur Airport in Islip; FAA Grant Will Rehabilitate the Airport's Longest Runway

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that The Town of Islip is receiving a $900,000 U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant to rehabilitate Long Island MacArthur Airport's longest runway. "Keeping our airports running smoothly and safely each and every day is essential to the health of the region's economy and the safety of air travelers," said Senator Schumer. "In order for Long Island's economy to thrive and to … Continue Reading


May 31, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $17 Million in Department of Transportation Funding To Upgrade Airports Throughout Upstate New York

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $17,182,465 in federal funding for 36 critical infrastructure projects at local airports across Upstate New York. This funding was allocated through the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Specifically, the federal funding will be used for renovations and improvements to operational efficiency to airports in the Capital Region, Hudson Valley, Southern Tier, Central … Continue Reading


May 31, 2017

Gillibrand, Blumenthal, Murphy Urge Appropriators To End Outdated Mandate Threatening Plum Island

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) wrote leaders of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations subcommittee seeking repeal of the misguided and outdated mandate requiring the sale of Plum Island. "It is imperative the sale requirement be repealed for two critical reasons. First, the sale will no longer serve the purpose for which it was intended. We support the transition to the new facility, but the Kansas … Continue Reading


May 31, 2017

Senator Gillibrand Statement on President Trump's Expected Decision To Withdraw From Paris Accord

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today issued the following statement regarding multiple new reports on President Donald J. Trump's expected decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord: "A decision by President Trump to leave the Paris Accord would be irresponsibly shortsighted and harmful to the United States. There is no credible doubt that climate change is real and is caused by human activity. We have irrefutable data that temperatures are rising, Arctic ice is melting, sea … Continue Reading


May 26, 2017

Senator Gillibrand Visits The Harriet Tubman Home National Historical Park

Auburn, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited the Harriet Tubman Home National Historical Park. She was joined by Karen Hill, Executive Director of the Harriet Tubman Home; Auburn Mayor Michael Quill; Rev. Carter, Manager of the Harriet Tubman Home site; and the Harriet Tubman Home Inc. Board of Directors. "I take great strength from Harriet Tubman's story," said Senator Gillibrand. "Harriet Tubman is best known for bravely devoting her life to the end of slavery in America, but … Continue Reading

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