Press Releases

May 15, 2018

With Historically Low Milk Prices Continuing To Hurt Dairy Farmers Across New York, Gillibrand Calls On USDA To Approve Immediate Emergency Funding To Support Farmers

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today called on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to authorize $300 million in emergency relief funding for dairy farmers immediately. Dairy farmers across New York are suffering from historically low dairy prices and are forced to shoulder an increasing amount of debt in order to continue operating their farms. The USDA has the authority to provide direct financial … Continue Reading


May 14, 2018

Gillibrand Visits Rochester To Announce Bipartisan Co-Op And Employee Ownership Legislation

Rochester, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today stood with Mayor Lovely Warren at H&C Tool Supply and Hewes Fastener Corporation to announce her bipartisan legislation the Main Street Employee Ownership Act, which would support small businesses that invest in and reward their workers and communities by transitioning to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) or a cooperative (co-op). ESOPs and co-ops have demonstrated that employee ownership is good for businesses, workers, and the … Continue Reading


May 14, 2018

Gillibrand Announces Bipartisan Legislation To Expand Small Business Administration’s Microloan Program, Help Minority- And Women-Owned Businesses Succeed

Utica, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today stood with local business owners and community leaders at the Utica Women's Business Center to announce bipartisan legislation, the Microloan Modernization Act, to expand the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Microloan Program that provides loans and technical assistance to minority and women business owners, among other entrepreneurs. These entrepreneurs face challenges accessing the capital needed to start and expand small businesses … Continue Reading


May 14, 2018

Gillibrand Visits Long Island Association To Announce Bipartisan Co-Op And Employee Ownership Legislation

Melville, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited the Long Island Association to announce her bipartisan legislation the Main Street Employee Ownership Act, which would support small businesses that invest in and reward their workers and communities by transitioning to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) or a cooperative (co-op). ESOPs and co-ops have demonstrated that employee ownership is good for businesses, workers, and the local economy. Companies that transition to … Continue Reading


May 11, 2018

Gillibrand Announces Legislation To Increase Transparency And Accountability For Border Patrol And Ice Agents

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced new legislation, the Department of Homeland Security Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act, S.2832, which would require accountability and transparency within Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) by establishing a formal record-keeping process of all stops and searches. Currently, there is no required record-keeping process for officers making a patrol stop or inspection, except … Continue Reading


May 09, 2018

Gillibrand, Sanders, Pocan Introduce Legislation To Protect And Strengthen Workers’ Rights

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI), and their colleagues in both chambers of Congress introduced legislation, the Workplace Democracy Act, that would strengthen the middle class by restoring workers' rights to bargain for better wages, benefits, and working conditions. The legislation has been endorsed by nearly every major union in America. The bill is cosponsored by Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Cory … Continue Reading


May 09, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce: Over $6.3 Million In Fed Funds On The Way To Staten Island Ferry For Major Improvements; Platform & Walkway Work Will Improve Safety, Flow Of Passengers & Ferry Function

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $6,303,200 in federal funding for the New York City Department of Transportation. The funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and will be used for improvements for the Staten Island Ferry. This grant will fund two projects. The first project will modify raised platforms and walkways for personnel to safely access Staten … Continue Reading


May 08, 2018

Gillibrand Statement On President Trump’s Decision To Leave The Iran Nuclear Agreement

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today released the following statement after President Donald J. Trump announced that he would break U.S. commitments and withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran Nuclear Agreement: "I strongly oppose President Trump's shortsighted and dangerous decision to leave the JCPOA. The agreement gave us the critical ability to aggressively monitor and verify Iran's behavior. By walking away from the … Continue Reading


May 08, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $500,000 In Federal Funds For Binghamton University

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $448,607.00 in federal funding for Binghamton University. The funding was allocated through Health and Human Services' (HHS) National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). The funding will be used to support researchers at Binghamton University and their important efforts in studying how cells develop in order to help prevent defects from occurring during cell … Continue Reading


May 08, 2018

Senators Schumer And Gillibrand Call On Department Of Transportation To Give The Approvals Needed To Help Chautauqua County Land A New Air Service Provider

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand wrote to Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine Chao to urge her to provide the necessary waivers and approvals that could allow for a new air service provider to land at Chautauqua County's Jamestown Airport. The Senators said access to commercial air service, when reliable, can be a critical resource for Chautauqua County and that the Department of Transportation should issue the … Continue Reading


May 07, 2018

In Buffalo, Gillibrand Pushes Bipartisan Legislation To Increase Access To Capital For Small Manufacturers

Buffalo, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood today with community leaders at Rigidized Metals to push bipartisan legislation, the Investing in America's Small Manufacturers Act, that would increase the availability of affordable loans for small manufacturers through the Small Business Administration's (SBA) 7(a) and 504 loan guarantee programs. The bipartisan legislation would increase the loan guarantee limit for loans to small manufacturers, eliminate a penalty that new manufacturers … Continue Reading


May 07, 2018

After Successfully Securing $16 Million Increase In Federal Funding For Historic Preservation, Gillibrand Visits Historic Elmira To Push For Expansion Of National Registry Designation

Elmira, NY - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited historic Elmira and stood with local elected officials and community leaders to call on the National Park Service (NPS) to approve the boundary expansion for the Elmira Civic Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. In the Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations bill, passed in March, Gillibrand secured an increase of $16 million for the Historic Preservation Fund, increasing the level of funding for this program to … Continue Reading


May 07, 2018

Gillibrand Visits Adirondack North Country Association To Announce Bipartisan Co-Op And Employee Ownership Legislation

Saranac Lake, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) to announce her bipartisan legislation the Main Street Employee Ownership Act, which would support small businesses that invest in and reward their workers and communities by transitioning to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) or a cooperative (co-op). ANCA is currently developing an initiative to assist business owners across the North Country who are at or near retirement in … Continue Reading


May 03, 2018

Following Reports That Trump Administration Is Dismissing Hundreds Of Civil Rights Complaints Without Justification, Gillibrand, Mccaskill Call Out Secretary Of Education Devos For Rolling Back Title Ix Protections, Demand Release Of Detailed Information On All Title Ix Cases

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) today wrote a letter calling out Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos for rolling back Title IX protections and demanding the Department of Education release detailed information on all Title IX cases. This letter comes following reports that under DeVos's leadership, the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is dismissing civil rights cases that they consider burdensome. "We are concerned by … Continue Reading


May 03, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $5.7 Million In Federal Funding For Head Start And Early Head Start In The Capital Region

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $5,732,664 in federal funding for Head Start and Early Head Start programs in the Capital Region. Specifically, the Saratoga County Economic Council will receive $4,150,016 for Head Start and Early Head Start programs, and the Parsons Child and Family Center in Schenectady will receive $1,582,648 for Early Head Start. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department … Continue Reading


May 02, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $4.2 Million In Head Start And Early Head Start Funding For Pro Action Of Steuben And Yates County, Inc.

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $4,205,224 in federal funding for Head Start and Early Head Start programs at Pro Action of Steuben and Yates County, Inc. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and will be used to support child care services for low-income families throughout Steuben and Yates counties. "Study after study shows that the better we … Continue Reading


May 02, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $2.2 Million In Federal Head Start Funds For Eastern Orange County Head Start Program

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,299,875.00 for the Head Start Program at Head Start of Eastern Orange County. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and will be used to support child care services for low-income families in the Orange County. "Study after study shows that the better we prepare our young children, through programs like Head Start, the better they … Continue Reading


May 02, 2018

Gillibrand Statement On Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Reported Comments On The Holocaust

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today released the following statement responding to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's reported comments that the Jewish people were to blame for the Holocaust: "President Abbas's reported statement about the Holocaust is a reprehensible lie and deeply offensive to the memory of the six million Jewish men, women, and children who were slaughtered in the Holocaust. There is no excuse for this shameful and dangerous rhetoric. We all … Continue Reading


May 01, 2018

Gillibrand Statement On New Investigation Shedding Light On A “Broken” National Flood Insurance Program That Continues To Shortchange Homeowners Nearly Six Years After Superstorm Sandy

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) released the following statement today regarding the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) after a CBS News investigation last night reported that after flooding in Louisiana in 2016, "much of the money that should have helped people rebuild…instead goes to the very people fighting against them." This report comes nearly six years after the same "broken system" systematically … Continue Reading


May 01, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $174 Million In Federal Funding To Aid Ny State Economic Development & Affordable Housing

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $174,612,269 in federal funding for communities across New York. The funding was provided by the Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD), which is part of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Specifically, the funding comprises $125,737,252 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and $48,875,017 in HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funding. As the Senate … Continue Reading

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