Press Releases

May 10, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce over $54,000 in Federal Funds for Two Volunteer Fire Departments in Central New York

Syracuse, NY - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $54,096 in federal funding for the Volney Volunteer Fire Corporation and the Oxbow Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the Volney Volunteer Fire Corporation will receive $39,810 to purchase an air compressor and cascade self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) fill station. The … Continue Reading


May 07, 2017

Gillibrand Urges Senate Colleagues to Reject Trumpcare; New Yorkers Over 50 & Women would Suffer the Most Under Disastrous AHCA Law

New York, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged her Senate colleagues to reject the disastrous American Health Care Act (AHCA) that passed the House of Representatives earlier this week on a party-line vote. If Trumpcare passes the Senate and becomes law, at least 24 million Americans would lose their health coverage and insurance companies would once again be allowed to charge people with preexisting conditions unaffordable prices for their insurance plans. According to the U.S. … Continue Reading


May 04, 2017

Gillibrand Statement on House Party-Line Vote To Dismantle The Affordable Care Act

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today issued the following statement on the House party-line vote to dismantle the Affordable Care Act: "The Trump health care bill that passed today on a party-line vote is atrocious and must be defeated in the Senate. Health care shouldn't be about politics - it is about people - and this bill would harm people. The only beneficiaries of this bill are big insurance companies and the wealthiest among us, with the price tag being paid by … Continue Reading


May 04, 2017

Sens. Ernst and Gillibrand Introduce Legislation To Examine Women-Owned Small Business Opportunities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today introduced bipartisan legislation to direct the Small Business Administration (SBA) to conduct a comprehensive study on women-owned small business (WOSB) participation in multiple award contracts (MACs) from the federal government. This study would address concerns that WOSBs are underrepresented in MACs, and would also examine the … Continue Reading


May 03, 2017

At Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing, Gillibrand Pushes for Flexible Measures to Support Troops and Military Families

**WATCH Senator Gillibrand's Remarks at Senate Armed Services Committee HERE** Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today at the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel hearing on the Bipartisan Policy Center report "Building a F.A.S.T. Force: A Flexible Personnel System for a Modern Military" pushed for flexible measures to help recruit and retain service members and their families in the 21st century. Today's all-volunteer force has changed significantly since it was … Continue Reading


May 03, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $23 Million Increase In Impact Aid That Will Benefit North Country Schools, Especially Near Fort Drum

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the federal funding deal provides $1.3 billion, a $23 million increase from last year, for the Impact Aid Program. The Impact Aid program is a federal program designed to supplement schools in districts that are on a large portion of federally-owned, nontaxable land. Several districts in New York including schools in the North Country around Fort Drum rely on this funding in order to support educational development at … Continue Reading


May 01, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand, Tonko & Higgins Announce Recently Announced Federal Funding Bill Authorizes An Additional $2 Million In Federal Funding To Preserve Erie Canal Way National Heritage Corridor

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representatives Paul Tonko and Brian Higgins today announced that the Omnibus Appropriations package, which is set to pass Congress, raises the lifetime funding cap for the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor to $12 million. Designated as a National Heritage Area in 2000 (NHA), the federal investment is $2 million more than the previously authorized level. "This increased funding cap for the Erie Canalway … Continue Reading


May 01, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand, Blumenthal, Murphy, Zeldin, Suozzi & DeLauro Announce Recently Announced Federal Bill Includes $8 Million In Federal Funding To Protect Long Island Sound

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Chris Murphy (D-CT), and U.S. Representatives Lee Zeldin (NY-1), Tom Suozzi (NY-3) and Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) today announced that the Omnibus Appropriations bill, which is set to pass Congress, includes $8 million in federal funding for the Long Island Sound program. The federal investment is over $4 million more than last year's funding level. "The Long Island Sound is a natural … Continue Reading


May 01, 2017

Senator Gillibrand Statement On Latest Department Of Defense Report On Sexual Assault In The Military

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today released the following statement on the Department of Defense's latest report on sexual assault in the military: "While DoD touts progress, the truth is that the scourge of sexual assault in the military remains status quo. Today's report disappointedly shows a flat overall reporting rate and a retaliation rate against survivors that remains at an unacceptable six out of ten for a third year in a row. This report does not reflect having … Continue Reading


April 25, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $490,000 In Federal Funding For Brooklyn Public Library

New York, NY - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $494,223 in new federal funding for Brooklyn Public Library. The funding was allocated through the Institute of Museum and Library Services's Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. Specifically, Brooklyn Public Library will use the funding to create an internship program for 180 high school students in the field of library and information services. The program will be composed of a two-month summer … Continue Reading


April 21, 2017

Senator Gillibrand Joins Local Community Advocates at Erie Canal Museum, Calls on Senate to Reject President Trump's Cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities

Syracuse, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited the Erie Canal Museum and stood with community leaders to call on the Senate to reject President Trump's budget proposal to zero out funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities. "The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities allow families and community organizations to help give our children the chance to experience and learn about art, music, dance, … Continue Reading


April 21, 2017

Senator Gillibrand Joins Local Arts Advocates at World Awareness Children's Museum, Calls on Senate to Reject President Trump's Cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities

Glens Falls, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited the World Awareness Children's Museum and stood with arts advocates and community leaders to call on the Senate to reject President Trump's budget proposal to zero out funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities. "The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities allow families and community organizations to help give our children the chance to … Continue Reading


April 21, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $25 Million in Federal Funding to Combat Opioid Epidemic in New York State

New York, NY - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $ 25,260,676 in federal funding to the State of New York to combat opioid addiction. The funding was allocated through the Department of Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants. Specifically, the funding administered through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will support prevention, treatment, and recovery service … Continue Reading


April 19, 2017

Gillibrand, With 24 Senate Colleagues, Urges Appropriations Committee To Designate $154 Million To EPA Brownfields Program In Fiscal Year 2018

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, with 24 Senate colleagues, urged federal appropriators to include $154 million in federal funding for the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Brownfields Program in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget. The EPA's Brownfields Program is a federal program that provides funding and technical assistance to assess and clean up contaminated property sites for redevelopment, and help promote local economic development in communities across the United … Continue Reading


April 17, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand, Menendez, & Booker Announce Over $229 Million in Federal Funding for Repairs to the Holland Tunnel

New York, NY - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced $229,627,041.30 of new federal funding to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to make necessary repairs to 22 sites on the Holland Tunnel damaged as a result of Superstorm Sandy. "The Holland Tunnel was severely flooded by storm surge after Superstorm Sandy and repairs were sorely needed in … Continue Reading


April 14, 2017

Gillibrand, with 41 Senate Colleagues, Urges Appropriations Committee to Designate $3.3 Billion to HUD Community Development Funding in Fiscal Year 2018- President's Budget would Eliminate Funding to HUD Program

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, with 41 Senate colleagues, urged federal appropriators to include $3.3 billion in federal funding for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget. CDBG is a federal program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Over the last 40 years, the program invested more than $149 billion … Continue Reading


April 13, 2017

Gillibrand Urges Senate Appropriations Committee To Boost Federal Funding For Omega Laser Facility At University Of Rochester- Pushes For $75 Million In 2018 Funding Bill To Advance Research & Development

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged federal appropriators to include $75 million in federal funding for the University of Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill. Gillibrand is also advocating for the inclusion of $68 million in the final FY 2017 appropriations bill as Congress aims to fund the government at the end of April. This funding would provide the necessary resources to support the Lab's … Continue Reading


April 13, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand & Lowey Announce Over $95,000 In Federal Funds For Stony Point Ambulance Corps

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Nita Lowey today announced $95,239 in federal funding for the Stony Point Ambulance Corps. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the Stony Point Ambulance Corps will use the federal funding to purchase new Stryker Power-Load Model 6390 Cot Loaders and Fasteners to secure patients during emergency rescues … Continue Reading


April 13, 2017

Senators Gillibrand and McCain Announce Bipartisan Legislation To Combat Opioid Crisis By Limiting Prescriptions To Seven Days

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and John McCain (R-AZ) today announced bipartisan legislation to combat opioid addiction by limiting the supply of an initial opioid prescription for acute pain to seven days. Many individuals become addicted to opioids after taking prescriptions for acute pain, such as a broken bone or wisdom tooth extraction. This federal legislation is modeled after laws in several states, including New York and Arizona. "Our bipartisan bill would … Continue Reading


April 12, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $23K In Fed Funds For Victor- Farmington Volunteer Ambulance Corp. In Ontario County

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $22,691 in federal funding for the Victor-Farmington Volunteer Ambulance Corp. in Ontario County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The Victor-Farmington Ambulance Corp. will use federal funding to enhance support for emergency medical services, including towards improving their operations and safety infrastructure. "Emergency … Continue Reading

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