Press Releases

July 07, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge FEMA To Stand Ready To Quickly Approve Disaster Declaration For Lake Ontario Communities Impacted By Severe Flooding

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today again urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to stand ready to quickly approve any request from New York State for a major disaster declaration for communities affected by flooding along Lake Ontario. In a letter to FEMA Administrator Brock Long, Schumer requested that FEMA stand ready to approve any forthcoming requests from the state for expedited assistance for municipalities affected by Lake … Continue Reading


July 07, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $421,000 In Federal Funds For Three Capital Region Fire Departments

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $421,097 in federal funding for three fire departments in the Capital Region. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). Specifically, the Oppenheim Volunteer Fire Co. Inc. in Montgomery County will receive $82,600, to purchase backpacks, harnesses, face pieces, and two cylinders. The Johnsonville … Continue Reading


July 06, 2017

Gillibrand, Suozzi Introduce New Legislation To Legally Require U.S. Merchant Marine Academy To Address Sexual Assault of Midshipmen

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Tom Suozzi introduced bicameral legislation known as the Merchant Marine Academy Improvement Act. This legislation would help address sexual assault and harassment by giving midshipmen more resources to report these crimes and give the Academy more training and resources to respond to and prevent sexual assault on campus and at sea. The bill would also, for the first time, make the Merchant Marine Academy subject to the … Continue Reading


July 05, 2017

Gillibrand, McCaskill Call On Secretary Devos To Reverse Decision Hindering Sexual Assault Investigations

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) are calling on Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to reverse a decision made by the Department's Office for Civil Rights which would hinder its ability to enforce Title IX rules and investigate sexual assault on college campuses. "[Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Candice] Jackson's decision allows regional administrators to use broad discretion when determining what past information is relevant to … Continue Reading


June 30, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $500K In Fed Funding For Medical Research For Westchester Inst. For Human Development

U.S Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) was awarded $547,000 for medical research. The funding was allocated through the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Administration for Community Living (ACL).This funding will enable WIHD's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), to continue groundbreaking research in areas like disabilities and human … Continue Reading


June 30, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $190K In Federal Funding For Cortland Fire Department In Cortland County

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $190,477, in federal funding for the Cortland Fire Department. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The Cortland Fire Department will use this funding to purchase new vehicles. "It is essential that we provide our firefighters with the tools they need to do their jobs effectively," said Senator Schumer. "Our … Continue Reading


June 30, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $397 Million In Federal Funding For Public Housing Programs Across New York State

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand today announced $397,628,820 for housing authorities across New York State. The funds were allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Public Housing Capital Fund. Schumer and Gillibrand said the funding will help housing authorities develop, finance and modernize their public housing facilities. "Having a roof over your head is one of life's basic necessities, so we must do everything we can to help … Continue Reading


June 29, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $14K In Federal Funding For Johnson City Fire Department In Broome County

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a total of $14,834 in federal funding for the Johnson City Fire Department in Broome County. This grant will be used to purchase a high performance firefighting turnout gear washing machine, which decontaminates firefighters' gear. "It is essential that we provide our firefighters with the tools they need to do their jobs effectively," said Senator Schumer. "Our first responders are our local heroes … Continue Reading


June 28, 2017

Senator Gillibrand Statement On Majority Leader McConnell's Decision To Pull The Vote On Bill To Dismantle The Affordable Care Act

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today released the following statement on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's decision to pull the vote on GOP health care bill to dismantle the Affordable Care Act: "Health care in America should be a right, not a privilege. The decision to pull back a vote on the disastrous GOP health care bill was the right one. But make no mistake, just like the House of Representatives did after their initial failure, I take Majority Leader McConnell at his … Continue Reading


June 27, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $3 Million In Federal Funding to Help Remove Lead Hazards From Homes In The City of Schenectady

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,999,754.87 in Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration (LHRD) funding for the City of Schenectady. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to address lead hazards in 218 housing units, providing safer homes for low and very low-income families with children. "Lead poisoning is an irreversible, preventable tragedy that robs many families and children … Continue Reading


June 27, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $1 Million In Federal Funding to Help Remove Lead Hazards From Homes In The City of Rochester

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,000,000.00 in Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration (LHRD) funding for the City of Rochester.The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to address lead hazards in housing units, providing safer homes for low and very low-income families with children. "Lead poisoning is an irreversible, preventable tragedy that robs many families and children of … Continue Reading


June 27, 2017

Following Their Push, Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Vital 3407-Inspired Aviation Safeguards Are Protected In Senate FAA Bill; Senators Pledge to Continue to Fight Efforts to Water Down Hard-Fought Rules Throughout FAA Reauthorization Process

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced essential aviation safety regulations put in place after the disastrous crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407, which cost the lives of 49 passengers and one person on the ground in 2009, are protected in the initial Senate FAA re-authorization bill. However, the bill is only the first step in the FAA reauthorization process and is still subject to amendment at both the committee level and on the Senate … Continue Reading


June 27, 2017

Federal Funding Secured to Initiate Anti-Obstruction Project at Gabreski Airport

Westhampton, NY - U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer (D, NY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D, NY), Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced today that a $150,000 federal grant has been awarded to Francis Gabreski Airport in Westhampton, home of the 106th Rescue Wing of the Air National Guard. The grant, secured through the U.S. Department of Transportation, is being provided to Suffolk County to begin an anti-obstruction project at Gabreski, which is a … Continue Reading


June 26, 2017

Senator Gillibrand Statement On Reports That State Department Is Planning to Eliminate Its Anti-Semitism Envoy

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today released the following statement on reports that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is planning to eliminate the State Department's Special Envoy to Monitor and Counter Anti-Semitism position: "I am very disturbed that less than a month after I introduced my bipartisan bill to elevate and empower the State Department's Special Envoy to Monitor and Counter Anti-Semitism, I am now seeing reports that Secretary of State Tillerson is letting … Continue Reading


June 26, 2017

Senators Gillibrand, Cotton Introduce New Bipartisan Bill to Give Military Families With Children Better Support and More Flexibility

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Tom Cotton (R-AR), members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today introduced new bipartisan legislation that would give military families with children better support and more flexibility when they use child care facilities on military installations or seek child care from community providers. "Our military families sacrifice an enormous amount for our country, but their unique needs are not being met by our military's … Continue Reading


June 26, 2017

Gillibrand, Ernst Offer Bipartisan Solution to Improve Military Justice System

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Joni Ernst (R-IA), members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, put forward legislation to create a career track for the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps in order to improve expertise within the military justice system. This bipartisan legislation would improve the quality of litigation expertise by requiring each branch of our military to implement a career litigation track that allows a portion of its attorneys to specialize … Continue Reading


June 23, 2017

At Capital Roots Urban Grow Center, Senator Gillibrand Urges Senate To Reject Trump Administration's Cuts To SNAP Benefits For New York Families

Troy, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today visited the Capital Roots Urban Grow Center to urge the Senate to reject the Trump Administration's budget proposal to cut SNAP benefits for low-income families. The Trump Administration's proposed budget would cut SNAP funding by $193 billion over 10 years, even though 12 percent of all Rensselaer County residents rely on SNAP for their meals. "When Congress talks about destroying the SNAP … Continue Reading


June 23, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $14.5 Million In Federal Funding For Orange County Airport

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $14,520,795 for the Orange County Airport. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Specifically, Orange County Airport will use the funding to realign the runway to create a runway safety zone and install runway navigational devices. "Keeping our airports and infrastructure in top-notch shape is crucial to … Continue Reading


June 23, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $16.5 Million In National Endowment For The Arts Funding For New York State

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $16,523,220 in federal funding through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17). This funding will support 549 NEA projects around New York State in the arts and humanities. "An investment in the arts is an investment in Upstate New York's future, as both a tourist destination and a vibrant place to live. This federal funding will help regions across the … Continue Reading


June 23, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $104,000 in Federal Funds For Jamesport Fire Department in Suffolk County

Long Island, NY - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $104,762 in federal funding for the Jamesport Fire Department in Suffolk 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 Jamesport Fire Department to purchase new communications equipment. "It is critical that we provide our local fire departments, like Jamesport Fire Department, with … Continue Reading

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