Press Releases

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


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

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