Press Releases

May 26, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $170,00 In Federal Funds For Three St. Lawrence Fire Departments

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $80,000 in federal funding for Gouverneur Volunteer Rescue Squad, $56,381 in federal funding for Pierrepont Fire and $34,448 in federal funding for West Stockholm Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the Gouverneur Volunteer Rescue Squad will use these federal funds to purchase … Continue Reading


May 26, 2016

Senators Gillibrand And Kirk Announce Key Senate Committee Approves $600 Million For Israeli Missile Defense, Measure Now Heads To Senate Floor

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) today announced that $600 million in funding for Israeli missile defense programs has cleared a key hurdle and was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The measure will now head to the Senate floor for a vote. Senators Gillibrand and Kirk have been pushing for full funding of the U.S. Israel cooperative missile defense programs to be included in the Defense Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2017. In … Continue Reading


May 24, 2016

Ahead Of Vote On National Defense Bill, Gillibrand And Grassley Lead Bipartisan Coalition Calling On Senate To Finally Pass Legislation To Address Crisis Of Sexual Assault In The Military

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), along with a bipartisan group of Senators, today called on the Senate to pass the bipartisan Military Justice Improvement Act, an amendment that will be offered to the National Defense Authorization Act that would establish an impartial, fair, and accountable military justice system to address the crisis of sexual assault. The Military Justice Improvement Act would remove sole decision-making authority over … Continue Reading


May 23, 2016

Gillibrand Urges EPA To Add Wappinger Creek To The Superfund National Priorities List-After Contamination From Manufacturing Activity, Gillibrand Calls On EPA To Expedite Designation After 60-Day Public Comment Period Officially Ends

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to add Wappinger Creek in Dutchess County to the Superfund National Priorities List. Authorization of the designation would allow for the remedial investigation and feasibility study to proceed, and would make the Dutchess County site eligible for funds to conduct long-term cleanup operations on the creek. In Gillibrand's letter to the Administrator of the EPA, explained that … Continue Reading


May 23, 2016

Senator Gillibrand Releases Latest Military Sexual Assault Snapshot Report: New Data Show Despite Recent Congressional Reforms, Dysfunction In Military Justice System Remains

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today released a new report on military sexual assault, finding in a review of 329 case files provided by the Department of Defense (DoD) that despite recent Congressional reforms, dysfunction in the military justice system remains. Gillibrand's latest report again found a high prevalence of sexual assault against civilian women near bases and civilian spouses of service members - two survivor groups not counted in DoD prevalence surveys. The … Continue Reading


May 20, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge FERC To Suspend Construction On Aim Pipeline Expansion Until Independent Health And Safety Studies Are Conducted

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to suspend action on the Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) Project until independent health and safety reviews of the project are completed. The Senators pointed to the impacted communities' significant environmental, safety and health impacts as impetus for this action, and also cited that this pass-through pipeline burdens many New York communities with risk and costs without … Continue Reading


May 19, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand & Lowey Announce Over $483,000 In Federal Funds For White Plains Fire Bureau And Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps In Westchester County

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Nita Lowey today announced $361,646 in federal funding for the White Plains Fire Bureau and $121,399 in federal funding for Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps both based in Westchester County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the White Plains Fire Bureau will replace 52 air packs for the self-contained breathing … Continue Reading


May 18, 2016

Gillibrand Urges Nuclear Regulatory Commission To Hold On Restarting Indian Point Reactor Unit 2 Until Root Cause Analysis Is Complete

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to utilize its regulatory authority to prevent the Unit 2 reactor at Indian Point from restarting until the root cause analysis of the significant incidents of baffle-former bolt degradation is complete. Currently, 227 of the 832 baffle-former bolts were found to be degraded inside Indian Point Unit 2's reactor core, and Unit 3's baffle-former bolts are not scheduled for inspection until next … Continue Reading


May 18, 2016

Gillibrand & Clarke Announce Crown Heights North Historic District Placed On National Register Of Historic Places-Location To Include Site Of The Late Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm's Residence

New York, N.Y. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Yvette D. Clarke today announced that the Crown Heights North Historic District was officially added to the National Register of Historic Places. Earlier this year, Senator Gillibrand and Representative Clarke requested to extend the original boundary in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood previously covered by the National Register after the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission revealed an additional 636 … Continue Reading


May 18, 2016

Gillibrand Introduces Bipartisan Public Safety Officers' Benefit Improvement Act

**WATCH Senator Gillibrand's Speech on the Senate Floor HERE** Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today introduced the bipartisan Public Safety Officers' Benefit Improvement Act, legislation that would ensure families of fallen officers receive benefits in a timely and transparent manner, and called for its swift passage in a speech on the Senate floor. Below are Senator Gillibrand's remarks as prepared for delivery, and video is available here: "Mr. President, I rise to … Continue Reading


May 18, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $620K In Federal Funds For Two Capital Region Fire Departments

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $624,149 in federal funds for two Capital Region fire departments. This funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the Troy Fire Department in Rensselaer County will receive $523,491 in funds to purchase new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) air packs for firefighters. It will also use these funds to provide training to … Continue Reading


May 18, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $845K In Federal Funds For 5 Southern Tier Fire Departments

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $845,284 in federal funds for five Southern Tier fire departments. This funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, Sidney EMS in Delaware County will receive $14,470 to purchase a new power stretcher to replace two 15-year-old stretchers, which will allow first responders to more easily lift and assist patients with less strain and risk … Continue Reading


May 17, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand & Lowey Announce Over $3.8 Million In Federal Funding For Westchester County Airport

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Nita Lowey today announced $3,834,000 in federal funding for two critical infrastructure projects at the Westchester County Airport. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to complete existing construction projects currently underway at the airport. The Westchester County Airport will use $2,790,000 of funding to complete the final phase of … Continue Reading


May 17, 2016

Gillibrand Urges White House Office Of Drug Policy To Host Prevention & Treatment Forums To Combat Opioid Addiction In New York State

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy to host community forums in New York State to discuss best practices and evidence-based initiatives to prevent and treat prescription drug abuse and heroin use. Last year, Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy, announced that the White House will be hosting the community forums across the country to focus on initiatives that would end the opioid epidemic. … Continue Reading


May 16, 2016

Senator Gillibrand Urges Senate To Pass Legislation To Provide Full Funding For Veterans Crisis Line

Canandaigua, NY - Standing at the Canandaigua Veterans Affairs Medical Center, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today called on the Senate to pass legislation that would provide full funding for the Veterans Crisis Line to hire, train, and staff the call center, and ensure that its facilities and technologies remain up-to-date. "Every year, a staggering number of veterans contemplate suicide or end up dying by suicide," said Senator Gillibrand. "These men and women should never be put on hold … Continue Reading


May 16, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Visit Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station; Senators Launch Campaign To Expand NFARS Training Facilities & Push For New Additions To Base That Will Lock In KC-135s-Like High-Tech Simulator To Train New Pilots-And Create Future Jobs

Standing at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS) in Western New York, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a major push to expand and update NFARS in preparation for the KC-135 tankers. In February, Schumer and Gillibrand announced that the U.S. Air Force (USAF) made the decision to transfer eight KC-135 tankers to NFARS, after their urging. Schumer and Gillibrand said that in anticipation of this transition, there are facility upgrades that still … Continue Reading


May 13, 2016

Governor Cuomo, Senator Schumer, Senator Gillibrand And Congressman King Announce Federal Approval Of $23.7 Million Project To Strengthen Southside Hospital Against Severe Weather

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressman Peter King today announced that the $23.7 million Southside Hospital mitigation project in Bayshore has received approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The Southside Hospital is a critical Suffolk County health care facility and its close proximity to the Great South Bay puts it at risk for damage during extreme weather. The project will receive $17.78 … Continue Reading


May 11, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Push To Rename Staten Island's South Shore Postal Facility In Honor Of Leonard Montalto, Sandy Victim And Beloved Postman

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced their Senate bill to rename Staten Island's South Shore Annex of the Post Office in honor of Leonard Montalto. Montalto, a postal worker on Staten Island, was tragically killed during Superstorm Sandy when his house was flooded by storm surge. The Senators today said that renaming the post office after Leonard Montalto will rightly honor his dedication to the American Postal Workers Union and the Staten Island … Continue Reading


May 11, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $200K In Fed Funds For SUNY Upstate Medical University In Syracuse To Help Combat The Spread Of Zika Virus

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $199,583.00 in federal National Science Foundation (NSF) funding for SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. Schumer recently visited the university to push for $1.9 billion in emergency federal funding to fight the epidemic. Schumer and Gillibrand said that this NSF funding will help SUNY Upstate's efforts to treat, prevent and understand the Zika Virus. The university aims to provide results that will be … Continue Reading


May 10, 2016

As Congress Debates National Defense Bill, Senator Gillibrand Announces New Push For Bipartisan Measures To Help Military Families

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a new push to include bipartisan legislation aimed at accommodating service members and their families when their duty stations change in the upcoming National Defense Authorization Act, legislation Congress is set to debate this month. Senator Gillibrand's legislation, The Military Family Stability Act, would provide flexibility to military families with up to six months of support for geographic stability either before or … Continue Reading

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