Press Releases

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


May 01, 2018

ICYMI: More Than 80 Days After The House Unanimously Passed Congressional Sexual Harassment Reform, Republican Senate Leadership Has Yet To Bring Senator Gillibrand’s Bipartisan Legislation To The Floor For A Vote

Washington, DC - More than 80 days after the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed bipartisan legislation to end taxpayer-funded settlements in sexual harassment cases by members of Congress, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand continues to urge Republican Senate leadership to bring her bipartisan legislation, the Congressional Harassment Reform Act, to the Senate floor for a vote. Gillibrand's legislation has 32 co-sponsors, and in March Gillibrand led a letter with Senators Klobuchar … Continue Reading


April 30, 2018

Gillibrand Statement On Latest DoD 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: "For over 20 years, every Secretary of Defense has pledged zero tolerance for sexual assault in the military. Last week, Secretary Mattis specifically called sexual assault in the ranks a 'cancer.' Today's FY17 SAPRO report may come with new platitudes from the DoD, but the end result is unchanged. "Last year, 6,769 brave … Continue Reading


April 30, 2018

Gillibrand Visits Schenectady Steel Company In Rotterdam To Announce Bipartisan Co-Op And Employee Ownership Legislation

Rotterdam, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited Schenectady Steel Company 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


April 30, 2018

Gillibrand Visits Syracuse Label & Surround Printing In North Syracuse To Announce Bipartisan Co-Op And Employee Ownership Legislation

North Syracuse, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited Syracuse Label & Surround Printing, which supports worker-owned co-ops, 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 … Continue Reading


April 27, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $1 Million In Federal Funding For Clean-Up At Brownfield Sites Throughout The Rochester Region And Central New York

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1 million in federal funding for communities throughout the Rochester region and Central New York. The funding was allocated through the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Brownfields Program. The Senators said the funding will help localities throughout Rochester and Central New York survey, clean-up, redevelop, and reuse contaminated and abandoned properties. The City of … Continue Reading


April 27, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $1 Million In Federal Funding For Clean-Up At Brownfield Sites Throughout The Rochester Region And Central New York

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1 million in federal funding for communities throughout the Rochester region and Central New York. The funding was allocated through the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Brownfields Program. The Senators said the funding will help localities throughout Rochester and Central New York survey, clean-up, redevelop, and reuse contaminated and abandoned properties. The City of Rochester, … Continue Reading


April 26, 2018

After All Four Military Service Chiefs Confirm Transgender Troops Have Not Harmed Unit Cohesion, Discipline, Or Morale, Gillibrand Leads Bipartisan Group Of 50 Senators In Telling Defense Secretary Mattis Transgender Troop Ban Is Harmful To Military

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, today led a bipartisan group of 50 Senators in a letter to Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis opposing the Trump Administration's ban on transgender service members and decrying the Secretary's implementation recommendations for the ban. The Senators' letter follows statements by the chiefs of the Army, Navy, and Air Force and commandant of the Marine Corps … Continue Reading


April 25, 2018

Gillibrand Announces Major New Legislation To Create A Postal Bank To Wipe Out Predatory Payday Lending Industry Practices, Ensure All Americans Have Access To Basic Banking Services

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced major new legislation to create a Postal Bank, which would establish a retail bank in all of the U.S. Postal Service's 30,000 locations. The Postal Bank would effectively end predatory payday lending industry practices overnight by giving low-income Americans, particularly communities of color and rural communities, access to basic banking services that they currently don't have. The lack of access to traditional banking services … Continue Reading


April 24, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Demand Special DOJ IG Probe Into Scam Targeting September 11th Victims Compensation Fund Recipients; Vcf Is Overseen By Doj & Senators Say Fed Agency Must Swiftly Determine Who Is Going After 9/11 Vics And How

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today wrote a letter to Department of Justice Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz demanding an investigation into a scam targeting ill and injured 9/11 responders. Scammers are contacting the responders, claiming to be with the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund (VCF), and requesting personal and private information. "Targeting 9/11 families to trick them into stealing their sensitive … Continue Reading


April 22, 2018

As Trump-Era Drug Policies Continue To Target Communities Of Color For Low-Level Marijuana Possession, Senator Gillibrand Demands Attorney General Jeff Sessions Meet With New Yorkers Whose Lives Have Been Upended By Failed War On Drugs, End DOJ Directive That Disproportionately Hurts Black And Latino New Yorkers

New York, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today stood with State Senator Liz Krueger, advocates, and community leaders to demand that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions meet with New Yorkers whose lives have been upended by the failed war on drugs. Gillibrand called on Sessions to reverse the Department of Justice (DOJ) directive currently in place that empowers the prosecution of low-level, non-violent marijuana possession offenses, which disproportionately hurt communities of color in … Continue Reading


April 20, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $150,000 In Federal Funding For SUNY Broome In Binghamton

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $150,000 in federal funding for SUNY Broome in Binghamton. The funding was allocated through the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and will be used to develop a curriculum and secure Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to teach an Associate of Occupational Science degree program in Aircraft Maintenance. The degree program will certify community college students to … Continue Reading


April 19, 2018

As Republicans In Congress Move To Take Away SNAP Food Assistance For Low-Income Families Across The Country, Gillibrand Introduces New Legislation With Sanders, Warren, Booker, And Harris To Expand Food Assistance For Our Most Vulnerable Children

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today introduced the SNAP for KIDS Act with Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Kamala Harris (D-CA). This new legislation would expand the current Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food assistance program for the most vulnerable children across the country. Gillibrand's legislation comes on the heels of the recent announcement by … Continue Reading

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