Press Releases

May 26, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $150,000 In Federal Funds For Southern Tier Library System

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $150,000 in federal funding for the Southern Tier Library System (STLS) in Allegany, Steuben, Yates, Schuyler, and Chemung counties. The funding was allocated by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and will allow the STLS to upgrade existing fiber infrastructure that delivers broadband internet capabilities connecting 21 of its public libraries in the five-county region. "Investing in the Southern … Continue Reading


May 26, 2017

Gillibrand, Young, and Grassley Lead Reintroduction of Legislation To Improve And Modernize Placement of Foster Children

Washington, DC - Senators Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY), Todd Young (R-IN), and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) led a bipartisan effort to modernize the foster care placement process. Their effort takes steps to alleviate our overwhelmed adoption system. Senators Gillibrand, Young, and Grassley were joined in introducing the Modernizing the Interstate Placement of Children in Foster Care Act by Senators Al Franken (D-MN), Gary Peters (D-MI) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). Currently, states use antiquated … Continue Reading


May 25, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $33M In Funding For Positive Train Control, Rail Safety Improvements

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $33,749,974 in federal funding for New York State Department of Transportation. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to advance safety precautions on railways and provide engineering assistance to implement the Positive Train Control (PTC) system from Poughkeepsie to just west of Schenectady. PTC is used to monitor train speeds and prevent collisions and derailments … Continue Reading


May 25, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $9 Million In Department of Education Funding To Promote Student Readiness For Post-Secondary Programs In New York State

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $9,045,777 in grants for New York state post-secondary education programs. The funding was allocated through the Department of Education's Upward Bound program. Specifically, the federal funding will be used to bring more access and support services to college-readiness programs in New York City, Long Island, Capital Region, Central New York, Western New York, Southern Tier, Rochester Finger Lakes, and the … Continue Reading


May 25, 2017

Gillibrand, Ernst Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Thwart Military Sexual Assault

Washington, DC - Today, United States Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), ranking member of the Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, and Joni Ernst (R-IA) introduced bipartisan legislation known as the Educating Servicemembers in Training On Prevention (E-STOP) Act. This legislation would implement educational steps to thwart military sexual assault by mandating in-person, comprehensive sexual assault prevention training, and teaches proper use of social media for newly enlisted … Continue Reading


May 25, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand: In The Face of Penn Station's Crumbling Infrastructure Crisis, Trump's Response Is To Double Down on Dilapidation; Senators Say Just-Released Budget, Which Yet Again Cuts Amtrak Capital Budget, Will Lead To More Delays, Derailments & Collapsing Infrastructure

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today slammed President Trump's proposed budget cuts to critical transportation programs that help fund regional mass transit systems throughout New York that millions of commuters rely on each and every day. The Senators especially pointed to the Administration's proposed cuts to Amtrak as an example of "doubling down on dilapidation" at exactly the moment when more is urgently needed to repair and modernize our aging transit … Continue Reading


May 25, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $3.7M In Federal Funds For Cornerstone Family Health Center; Resources Will Be Used To Provide Services To Medically Underserved Populations And Communities In Upstate NY

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $3,706,177 in federal funding for the Cornerstone Family Health Center. The funding was allocated by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Service Area Competition (SAC). The funding will be used to provide essential primary and preventive healthcare services to underserved populations in Orange and Broome counties in Upstate NY. Cornerstone also serves the homeless and families in transition … Continue Reading


May 24, 2017

Gillibrand, Maloney, Tonko, Lowey & Engel Urge EPA to Expand Agency Assessment of PCB Removal In Hudson

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee and U.S. Representatives Sean Patrick Maloney, Paul Tonko, Nita Lowey, and Eliot Engel today wrote to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calling on Administrator Scott Pruitt to incorporate data provided to the EPA as part of its Second Five-Year Review showing the continued presence of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contaminants in the Hudson River. The members cited the Second … Continue Reading


May 22, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $118,000 In Federal Funds for Danby Fire District In Tompkins County

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $118,096 in federal funding for the Danby Fire District in Tompkins County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The federal funding will allow the Danby Fire District to purchase 20 self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) units. "It is essential that we provide our firefighters with the tools they need to do their jobs … Continue Reading


May 22, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $183,000 In Federal Funds for Watkins Glen Fire Department In Schuyler County

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $183,048 in federal funding for the Watkins Glen Fire Department in Schuyler County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The federal funding will allow the Watkins Glen Fire Department to purchase 31 new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) units. "It is essential that we provide our firefighters with the tools they need to do … Continue Reading


May 18, 2017

Gillibrand, Higgins Urge U.S. Department Of Energy To Suspend Transport Of Radioactive Liquid In New York State Until Thorough Environmental Impact Statement Is Conducted

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Congressman Brian Higgins today wrote to the U.S. Department of Energy calling on Secretary Rick Perry to conduct a new Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on their plan to transport radioactive liquid material from a site in Ontario, Canada to South Carolina via the Peace Bridge through many municipalities in New York. "We are … Continue Reading


May 18, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $4.5M in Neighborworks Funding to Develop and Preserve Affordable Housing, Revitalize Neighborhoods, and Create Jobs Across NY

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $4,804,166 in grants for New York state community development organizations in the national NeighborWorks® network. The funds will support developing and preserving affordable housing, maintaining and expanding neighborhoods, and growing jobs. The FY 17 grant funding will be released by NeighborWorks America. "Access to affordable housing is essential for the health of our families and the economic strength of our … Continue Reading


May 17, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $89,000 in Federal Funds for Norwich Fire Department in Chenango County

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $ 89,524 in federal funding for the Norwich Fire Department in Chenango County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The federal funding will allow the Norwich Fire Department to purchase a new vehicle exhaust extraction system. "It is essential that we provide our firefighters with the tools they need to do their jobs effectively," … Continue Reading


May 17, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce over $78K in Federal Funds for Brighton Fire Department in Tonawanda

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $78,309 in federal funding for the Brighton Fire Department, which has 70 active volunteers and serves the Town of Tonawanda. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The federal funding will allow the Brighton Fire Department to replace large diameter hoses which connect to fire hydrants and well as 2.5in hoses, and service hoses. "It is … Continue Reading


May 17, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $120K in Fed Funds for Locke Fire District in Cayuga County

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $120,000 in federal funding for the Locke Fire District in Cayuga County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The federal funding will allow the Locke Fire District to purchase 21 new air packs, and 21 spare bottles, which will support firefighting operations and safety. "It is essential that we provide our firefighters with the … Continue Reading


May 17, 2017

Grassley, Gillibrand Bill to Assist Families of Fallen Officers Passes Senate

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate today unanimously passed legislation authored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to reduce the backlog of families awaiting approval of survivor benefits of public safety officers killed in the line of duty. The bill, passed during Police Week alongside other measures supporting law enforcement, now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration. "As a society, we've promised to support the loved ones of … Continue Reading


May 17, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $500,000 in US Department of Agriculture Funding for Clarkson University

Potsdam, NY - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $500,000 in new federal funding for Clarkson 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 dairy producers and growers achieve long-term viability, high yield, and labor efficient production of local agricultural products. Clarkson University will use the funding … Continue Reading


May 15, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $137,000 In Federal Funds For Corning Fire Department

Corning, NY - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $137,143 in federal funding for the Corning Fire Department in Steuben County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the Corning Fire Department will use the funding to purchase 24 new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) air packs. "It is essential that we provide our firefighters with the tools they need to … Continue Reading


May 15, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $160K In Fed Funds For Palmyra Fire Department In Wayne County

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $163,917 in federal funding for the Palmyra Fire Department in Wayne County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The federal funding will allow the Palmyra Fire Department to purchase new National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) compliant self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) units. These new supplies will support firefighting … Continue Reading


May 11, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $118,000 In Federal Funds For Herkimer Fire Department

Herkimer, NY - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $118,096 in federal funding for the Herkimer Fire Department. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the Herkimer Fire Department will use the funding to purchase 20 new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) air packs. "It is essential that we provide our firefighters with the tools they need to do their jobs … Continue Reading

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