Press Releases

December 13, 2016

Legislation To Rename Morris Heights Post Office In Honor Of Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. Approved In The Senate

Washington, DC - Today, Congressman Serrano announced that H.R. 6282, his legislation to rename the Morris Heights Post Office after former Tuskegee Airman and Bronx Community College President Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. has been approved in the Senate. The bill now heads to the President's desk for his approval. Congressman Serrano introduced the legislation on September 28th, along with Congressmen Charles Rangel, Eliot Engel, and the rest of the New York Delegation in the House of … Continue Reading


December 12, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand & Donovan Announce Passage Of Legislation To Rename Staten Island's South Shore Postal Facility In Honor Of Leonard Montalo, Sandy Victim And Beloved Postman; With Bill Now Headed To President's Desk, Schumer, Gillibrand & Donovan Call For Bill To Be Swiftly Signed Into Law

Staten Island, N.Y. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) today announced that the legislation to rename 3031 Veterans Road West on Staten Island in honor of Leonard Montalto has passed in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill now heads to the President's desk for final signature. Montalto, who worked as a postal worker on Staten Island, was tragically killed during Superstorm Sandy when his house was flooded by storm … Continue Reading


December 10, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Pre-Clearance Legislation Passes Congress; Program Could Save Hours Of Delays At Peace Bridge Border Crossing, Improve Local Economy, Enhance Security And Boost Tourism; Bill Now Heads To President's Desk For Final Signiture

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced legislation that would enable the pre-clearance program that allows Canadians to travel more easily and safely back and forth over Peace Bridge, passed Congress late Friday night. The Senators explained that the bill they introduced and pushed Congress to pass, the Promoting Travel, Commerce, and National Security Act of 2016, will expand U.S. jurisdiction over the American Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents that … Continue Reading


December 10, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand, Stefanik Announce Pre-Clearance Legislation Passes Congress; Program Could Save Hours Of Delays At Northern Border Crossing, Improve Local Economy, And Boost Tourism; Bill Now Heads To President's Desk For Final Signature

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Representative Elise Stefanik today announced legislation that would enable the pre-clearance program that more easily allows Canadians to travel to the North Country and Capital Region passed Congress late Friday night. The Senators and Congresswoman explained that the bill they introduced and pushed in Congress, the Promoting Travel, Commerce, and National Security Act of 2016, would expand U.S. jurisdiction over the American … Continue Reading


December 07, 2016

Senator Gillibrand Announces Passage Of Federal Legislation To Combat Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the passage of legislation that would take important steps to combat tick-borne diseases, which remain a significant public health threat in states across the country. The bill will now go to the President's desk to be signed into law. "This is an important advancement to help combat the growing epidemic of Lyme disease," said Senator Gillibrand. "Our families should be able to enjoy nature without the fear of possibly … Continue Reading


December 07, 2016

Senator Gillibrand Announces Passage Of Federal Legislation To Fight Postpartum Depression

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the passage of the bipartisan Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act to provide targeted, federal funding to screen and treat maternal depression. The bill would create a grant program administered by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to provide funding to states to establish, improve, or maintain programs designed to increase screening, assessment, and referral to treatment for maternal … Continue Reading


December 07, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $1.4 Million In Fed Funding For Cornell University To Lead New Transportation Research Center; Senators Say Cornell Is Uniquely Suited To Head Innovative Program Focused On Preserving Public Health And The Environment While Improving Transportation

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,402,200 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funding for Cornell University. The funding was allocated through the DOT's University Transportation Center (UTC) program. Specifically, Cornell will use the funding to lead a consortium of universities in researching and developing new transportation innovations to limit adverse impacts on public health and the environment. Schumer and Gillibrand said that the … Continue Reading


December 06, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $1.2 Million In Federal Funding For Kensico Reservoir In Westchester County; Funding To Help Fix Damage Caused By Hurricane Sandy

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,260,794.59 in federal funding for the Kensico Reservoir in Westchester County to repair damages caused by Hurricane Sandy. This funding was provided through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The funds will be allocated to the New York Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and allow the state to make improvements to the reservoir following its damage in the … Continue Reading


December 04, 2016

With Hate Crimes On The Rise, Senators Gillibrand, Menendez And Booker Push For Additional Funding To Protect Religious Institutions And Non-Profits From Threats

New York, NY. - With hate crimes on the rise throughout the New York area and across the country, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand along with Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and faith leaders announced a new push today for additional federal anti-terror funding to help safeguard civil, religious and community institutions. The Senators are urging a $5 million increase for a total funding level of at least $25 million in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Homeland Security appropriations … Continue Reading


December 01, 2016

Senator Gillibrand Statement On Nomination Of General James Mattis As Defense Secretary

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, ranking member on the Senate Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Personnel, today issued the following statement on President-elect Donald Trump's announcement that he will nominate General James Mattis as Defense Secretary: "While I deeply respect General Mattis's service, I will oppose a waiver. Civilian control of our military is a fundamental principle of American democracy, and I will not vote for an exception to this … Continue Reading


December 01, 2016

Gillibrand Renews Push To Designate New York State Barge Canal As National Historic Landmark; With Key Support From National Park System Advisory Board, Calls On Dept. Of Interior For Final Approval

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today wrote to the U.S. Department of the Interior urging the department to designate the New York State Barge Canal as a National Historic Landmark. Last month, the National Historic Landmarks Committee of the National Park System Advisory Board moved to approve the designation, making the Department of the Interior the final approval needed to officially designate the NYS Canal as a National Historic Landmark. "Listing the New York State … Continue Reading


November 29, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $1.5 Million In U.S. Department Of Agriculture Funding For Cornell University

Ithaca, N.Y. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,493,798 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's (NIFA) Crop Protection and Pest Management Program (CPPM) and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. Cornell University will use the funding to advance four projects in three NIFA research areas to help reduce weeds on farms … Continue Reading


November 29, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand, De Blasio Announce Over $256,000 In Housing and Urban Development Funding For New York City

New York, N.Y. - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio today announced $265,536 in federal funding for New York City. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program to provide homeless veterans access to affordable housing. Specifically, the New York City Housing Preservation Department will use the federal funds to reserve a total of 24 … Continue Reading


November 28, 2016

Standing At DFT Communications, Senator Gillibrand Announces Bipartisan Legislation To Help Close Broadband Gap In Upstate New York's Rural Area's, Build An Improved Broadband System In Area's Of Highest Need

Fredonia, N.Y. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today announced the Broadband Connections for Rural Opportunities Program Act, bipartisan legislation that would help close the broadband gap in rural areas to help ensure that all New Yorkers 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 and tribal … Continue Reading


November 28, 2016

Senator Gillibrand Announces Bipartisan Legislation To Help Close Broadband Gap In Upstate New York's Rural Areas, Build An Improved Broadband System In Areas Of Highest Need

Painted Post, N.Y. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today announced the Broadband Connections for Rural Opportunities Program Act, bipartisan legislation that would help close the broadband gap in rural areas to help ensure that all New Yorkers 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 and tribal … Continue Reading


November 22, 2016

Standing With Local Community Leaders, Senator Gillibrand Denounces Recent Spike In Hate Crimes In Rochester And Across The State

Rochester, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was joined today by local community leaders, including Mayor Lovely Warren and leaders from the faith community, to denounce the recent spike in hate crimes that have occurred in Rochester and across the state. "In recent weeks, there has been a clear and documented spike in hate crimes across New York and our country, including numerous threatening acts right here in the Rochester area," said U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. "These acts … Continue Reading


November 22, 2016

Senator Gillibrand And U.S. Ambassador To The United Nations Samantha Power Meet With Refugees In Western New York, Discuss Contributions And Challenges Confronting Refugees

Buffalo, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today was joined by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power to host a roundtable to meet with refugees and representatives from resettlement agencies in Western New York to the contributions of refugees and challenges they face. "I was honored to stand with Ambassador Samantha Power and meet with these extraordinarily brave refugee families and the selfless community leaders who are helping them adjust to their new lives here in … Continue Reading


November 22, 2016

Gillibrand Urges U.S. Army Corps To Expedite The Approval Of The Staten Island Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Report

Staten Island, N.Y. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today wrote to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urging the agency to expedite the approval of the South Shore Staten Island Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Report. Senator Gillibrand called on the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Jo-Ellen Darcy (Civil Works) to approve the report so the preconstruction engineering and design phase of the project can move forward and begin to address resiliency issues and safety concerns on the … Continue Reading


November 22, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Town Of Prattsville Will Receive $17.6 Million In Federal Funding To Upgrade Flood-Prone Bridge Over Schoharie Creek In Greene County

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $17,600,000 in federal funding for the Town of Prattsville in Greene County to upgrade and enhance the resiliency of its flood-prone bridge over the Schoharie Creek on NY Route 32. Specifically, the $17.6 million will be used to elevate the bridge and protect its foundation from future threats of repeated flooding. These funds, which are being awarded as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Hazard … Continue Reading


November 16, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $486,000 In Federal Funds For Pratt Institute's Brooklyn Fashion + Design Acceleration (BF+DA)

New York, N.Y. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $486,680 in federal funds for the Pratt Institute's Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator: Fashion Technology Program. This funding was allocated through the federal Economic Development Administration's (EDA) i6 Challenge program. Specifically, the Pratt Institute will use these federal funds to assist and mentor design entrepreneurs, creative technologists, industry professionals, and students in New … Continue Reading

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