Press Releases

September 30, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $750K In Fed Funds To Combat Human Trafficking In The Hudson Valley

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $749,927 in federal Department of Justice (DOJ) funding for My Sister's Place, a White Plains-based nonprofit, to provide services to victims of human trafficking in Westchester County and the Lower Hudson Valley region. This funding was allocated through the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office of Justice Programs' Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office for Victims of … Continue Reading


September 28, 2016

Senators Gillibrand, Portman And Blumenthal And U.S. Representatives Wagner, Gabbard, And Jolly Announce Bipartisan Legislation To Clear Criminal Records Of Human Trafficking Victims

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Rob Portman (R-OH) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and U.S. Representatives Ann Wagner (R-MO), Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), and David Jolly (R-FL) today introduced new bipartisan legislation, the Trafficking Survivors Relief Act of 2016, which would clear criminal records of victims of human trafficking. This bill would apply to non-violent crimes committed by individuals as a direct result of human trafficking. Human trafficking is a modern … Continue Reading


September 28, 2016

Gillibrand Statement On The Passing Of Former Israeli President Shimon Peres

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today issued the following statement on the passing of former Israeli President Shimon Peres: "I am very saddened by the death of Shimon Peres. Israel and the world have lost a visionary leader who was devoted to security, prosperity, and peace for his country and the whole Middle East. President Peres's long life in many ways reflected the story of Israel, from its founding to its search for stability, security, and ultimately peace. We … Continue Reading


September 28, 2016

Senators Gillibrand, Capito Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Help Close Broadband Gap In Rural Areas, Build An Improved Broadband System In Areas Of Highest Need

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today introduced the Broadband Connections for Rural Opportunities Program Act, bipartisan legislation that would help close the broadband gap in rural areas to ensure that all Americans have access to high-speed Internet. This bill would expand resources available for building high-speed broadband infrastructure by creating a new program to combine grants and loans to help finance projects serving rural … Continue Reading


September 27, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $115K In Federal Funds For University of Rochester's AIN Center For Entrepreneurship - Center Aims To Spur Innovation & Job Creation Across Rochester-Finger Lakes Region

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $116,667 in federal funding for the Ain Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Rochester. The funding was allocated through the federal Economic Development Administration's (EDA) University Center grant program. This federal investment will support the Ain Center's efforts to cultivate innovation, expand business in urban and rural areas across the Finger Lakes region, and develop a high-skilled regional … Continue Reading


September 25, 2016

Senator Gillibrand Announces Legislation To Clear Criminal Records Of Human Trafficking Victims

New York, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today stood with survivors of trafficking and advocacy groups to announce new bipartisan legislation, the Trafficking Survivors Relief Act of 2016, which would clear criminal records of victims of human trafficking. This bill would apply to non-violent crimes committed by individuals as a direct result of human trafficking. "We need to make sure we're doing everything we can to take care of human trafficking survivors who manage to escape from … Continue Reading


September 23, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $2 Million In Federal Funding For Job Training Program Provided To NYCHA Residents

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2 million in federal U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). Specifically, the funding is authorized by HUD's Jobs-Plus Pilot Program, which provides public housing authorities and their partners with funding to help residents increase their earned income and become self-sufficient. Jobs-Plus supports work readiness and connects public housing … Continue Reading


September 23, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $1.1 Million In Federal Funding For United Way Of Long Island's Youthbuild Program

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1.1 million in federal funding for United Way of Long Island's YouthBuild program to help disadvantaged young adults earn degrees and build construction-related job experience. The funding is authorized by the Department of Labor's YouthBuild program, aimed to support academic and occupational skills training for at-risk youth. "This federal funding will help the United Way of Long Island continue its great work by … Continue Reading


September 23, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $220,000 In Dept. Of Agriculture Funding For Distance Learning Initiative In Western New York

Buffalo, N.Y. - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $221,780 in federal funding for the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Board of Cooperative Educational Services. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) program to advance educational opportunities and expand access to health care to rural areas through communications technology. Specifically, the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Board of Cooperative … Continue Reading


September 22, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $150,000 In Federal Funding For Small Business Growth Accelerator Programs In New York City

New York, N.Y. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $150,000 in federal funding for Harlem Biospace, Veteran Incubator and Coalition for Queens. The federal investment was allocated through the U.S. Small Business Administration's Growth Accelerator Fund. Through the Growth Accelerator Fund, each recipient receives $50,000 used to assist entrepreneurs in growing their businesses. These investments will help launch successful companies by providing … Continue Reading


September 22, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1.2 Million In Federal Funding For Water And Infrastructure Upgrades In The Southern Tier

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a grant of $1,230,000 for the Village of Montour Falls in Schuyler County and City of Norwich in Chenango County. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. Specifically, the Village of Montour Falls will receive $500,000 in federal funds along with a federal low-interest loan of $695,000 to … Continue Reading


September 21, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $8 Million In Fed & State Funds That Will Allow Communities Across Upstate NY To Make Sidewalks & Crosswalks ADA Compliant

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) have awarded $11,307,342 in federal and state funds. These funds will allow communities across Upstate NY to make their sidewalks and crosswalks compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). "Individuals with disabilities have the right to live independent, fulfilling lives," said Senator Schumer. "We have a … Continue Reading


September 21, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $3.4 Million To Complete Connection Between The Canalway Trail & I-390 Trail & Start Of New Eastman Trail- Critical Extension Will Finally Link North-South I-390 Trail & Begin Eastern Link Via New Eastman Trail's Ridgeway Segment Enhancing Efforts To Redevelop Eastman Biz Park & Making Trail System More Viable For Area Recreation & Transportation

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) awarded $3,457,770 to close a gap in the overall trail system through the Town of Greece and City of Rochester knitting together the Canalway Trail with the I-390 Trail and creating the first segment of the new Eastman Trail. Schumer said finally linking these trails would make this trail system much more viable for both … Continue Reading


September 21, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $10 Million For Transportation Projects In Syracuse & Onondaga County

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced today that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has unlocked more than $10 million in federal funding for major transportation projects in Onondaga County and the City of Syracuse. The funding was allocated for transportation projects ten years ago, but remained unspent and blocked from reuse by federal rules. However, a newly enacted Schumer-backed law gave FHWA … Continue Reading


September 21, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand & Donovan Announce Nearly $12,000 In Federal Grant Funding For Staten Island Museum

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) today announced that the Staten Island Museum will receive $11,715 in federal grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The funding will be provided through IMLS's Museums for America (MFA) program, which supports projects that strengthen a museum's ability to serve its local community. Specifically, the Staten Island Museum will use the MFA funding to preserve and digitize … Continue Reading


September 20, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1 Million In Federal Funding For The Greater Rochester International Airport

Rochester, N.Y. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,005,892 for the Greater Rochester International Airport. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Specifically, the Greater Rochester International Airport will use the funding to design and reconstruct 800 feet of the existing Taxiway H pavement. This latest over $1 million investment follow's similar recent federal … Continue Reading


September 20, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $1.7 Million In Fed Funding For Water Infrastructure Upgrades In Towns Of Arcadia And Sodus

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,770,000 in federal funding for the Towns of Arcadia and Sodus, located in Wayne County, to make new investments in local water infrastructure. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. Specifically, for the Town of Arcadia, this funding comes in the form of a $500,000 grant and a $961,000 low-interest loan. This … Continue Reading


September 20, 2016

Senator Gillibrand Requests CDC To Proactively Conduct Public Health Assessment Of Saint-Gobain Site In Hoosick Falls

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today sent a letter urging the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to use its authority to immediately conduct a public health assessment of the Saint-Gobain site in Hoosick Falls and surrounding communities. A public health assessment would allow the CDC to do the comprehensive review necessary to develop … Continue Reading


September 20, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $19,000 In Federal Funding For Westville Volunteer Fire Department In Franklin County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $19,088 in federal funding for the Westville Volunteer Fire Department. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the Westville Volunteer Fire Department located in Franklin County will purchase replacement fire hose and related attachments. "With this funding, our Westville firefighters can focus on their … Continue Reading


September 20, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $200,000 In Federal Funding For Massena International Airport In St. Lawrence County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $209,000 for Massena International-Richards Field Airport in St. Lawrence County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Specifically, the Massena International-Richards Field Airport will use the funding to replace a large carrier vehicle with high capacity snow plow to keep the airport serviceable during snow periods and … Continue Reading

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