Press Releases

March 21, 2016

Gillibrand, Kirk Lead Call To Fully Fund U.S-Israel Missile Defense Cooperation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) today led a bipartisan group of 30 senators in calling for full funding of U.S.-Israel cooperative missile defense programs in the Defense Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2017. In a letter to Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Ranking Member Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the senators urged full funding for all three cooperative missile defense programs (Arrow System Improvement … Continue Reading


March 18, 2016

As Opioid & Heroin Related Deaths In New York Continue To Climb, Senator Gillibrand Urges Passage Of Bipartisan Legislation To Fight Opioid Epidemic

Binghamton, N.Y. - As opioid and heroin related deaths in New York continue to climb, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand along with families and advocates are calling on Congress to pass bipartisan legislation to help end the opioid epidemic. Senator Gillibrand introduced the Preventing Overprescribing for Pain Act, legislation that would require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue guidelines for the safe prescribing of opioids for the treatment of acute pain. The CDC … Continue Reading


March 18, 2016

As Opioid & Heroin Related Deaths In New York Continue To Climb, Senator Gillibrand & Nassau County District Attorney Singas Urge Passage Of Bipartisan Legislation To Fight Opioid Epidemic

Massapequa, N.Y. - As opioid and heroin related deaths in New York continue to climb, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas along with families and advocates are calling on Congress to pass bipartisan legislation to help end the opioid epidemic. Senator Gillibrand introduced the Preventing Overprescribing for Pain Act, legislation that would require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue guidelines for the safe prescribing of … Continue Reading


March 16, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Launch Push To Secure $75 Million In Fed Funding For The West Valley Demonstration Project In 2017 Budget-Program Has Been Shortchanged For Years&Continues To Pose Environmental Risk To WNY; Senators Say Funding Is Needed Funding Is Needed For Waste Cleanup At The Cattaraugus County Site

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today launched their push to secure $75 million in federal funding for the West Valley Demonstration Project in Western New York. Schumer and Gillibrand explained that the West Valley Demonstration Project in Cattaraugus County needs an allocation of at least $75 million per year for at least 10 years in order to complete the first phase of clean up at the former nuclear site, but it has been continually underfunded over the past several … Continue Reading


March 16, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge Appropriations Committee To Boost Federal Funding For The Knolls Atomic Power Lab In The Capital Region-Funding Would Upgrade Facilities & Advance Training Opportunities For U.S. Navy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today urged federal appropriators to include funding for the United States Navy and the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory (KAPL) in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget. The Senators are requesting $1,375,496,000 in federal funding for the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), particularly the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program (NNPP) at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory (KAPL). The … Continue Reading


March 16, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $230,000 In Federal Housing & Urban Development Funding For Binghamton Housing Authority

Binghamton, N.Y. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $230,108 in federal funds to the Binghamton Housing Authority. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) program and will be used to advance local programs designed to help those most in need become self-sufficient. "These federal funds from HUD's Self-Sufficiency program will help the Binghamton … Continue Reading


March 16, 2016

Gillibrand & Heller Postpartum Depression Legislative Priority Passes Help Commitee

Washington DC - Today, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Dean Heller (R-NV) praised the passage of the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP). Included in this bipartisan legislation was Senator Gillibrand's and Senator Heller's postpartum depression (PPD) bill, the Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act (S. 2311), which was included in Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander's manager's amendment. "I … Continue Reading


March 15, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $730K In Fed Housing & Urban Development Funding For 3 Utica Area Housing Councils

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $738,000 in federal funds for three housing councils in Utica, NY. These funds were allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) program. Specifically, a total of $246,000 will be allocated to Adrean-Matt Resident Association, Inc. in the City of Utica; another $246,000 will be allocated to Gillmore-Humphrey Resident Association, Inc. in … Continue Reading


March 15, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $1 Million In Fed Housing & Urban Development Funding For 4 Hudson Valley Area Housing Councils

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $984,000 in federal funds for four housing councils in the Hudson Valley Region. These funds were allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) program. Specifically, a total of $246,000 will be allocated to the Curran Court Homes Tenant Council in the City of Yonkers; another $246,000 will be allocated to the Troy Manor Tenant Council in … Continue Reading


March 15, 2016

Senators Schumer, Gillibrand, Blumenthal & Murphy Urge Senate Appropriations Committee To Boost Federal Funding To Protect Long Island Sound

Long Island, N.Y. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT), today urged Senate leaders of the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies to fund the Environmental Protection Agency's Long Island Sound program for Fiscal Year 2017. The Senators are requesting $10 million in federal funding for FY17 to facilitate habitat restoration projects, water quality projects and water quality monitoring. The … Continue Reading


March 15, 2016

Schumer & Gillibrand Urge Senate Appropriations Committee To Boost Federal Funding For The Northern Border Regional Commission-Funding To Promote Economic Development & Federal, State, Local Partnerships

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today urged federal appropriators to include funding for the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget. The Senators are requesting $10 million in federal funding for FY 2017 for NBRC's programming that helps support counties throughout the region in building basic water and wastewater systems and transportation infrastructure, enhancing broadband access, and increasing workforce and … Continue Reading


March 15, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand, Higgins Announce More Than $24.2 Million Head Start Grant For The Community Action Organization Of Erie County

Buffalo, N.Y. - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Brian Higgins today announced $24,294,448 in federal funding for the Community Action Organization of Erie County. The federal funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Head Start and Early Head Start Program to support and expand education and development services for low-income children in the community. Funding was allocated through two grants, one for $22,472,229 … Continue Reading


March 15, 2016

As Humanitarian & Economic Crisis In Puerto Rico Continues To Escalate, Senators Gillibrand, Warren & Schumer & NYC Council Speaker Mark-Viverito, With Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda, Announce New Push To Put Puerto Rico On The Path To Recovery

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren and Charles E. Schumer and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, with Grammy award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda of the Broadway show Hamilton, and community leaders, today launched a new push to address the humanitarian and economic crisis in Puerto Rico. Senators Gillibrand and Warren introduced new legislation that would give Puerto Rico the ability to file for bankruptcy protection and restructure its debt in … Continue Reading


March 15, 2016

As Humanitarian & Economic Crisis In Puerto Rico Continues To Escalate, Senators Gillibrand, Warren& Schumer & NYC Council Speaker Mark-Viverito, With Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda, Announce New Push To Put Puerto Rico On The Path To Recovery

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren and Charles E. Schumer and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, with Grammy award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda of the Broadway show Hamilton, and community leaders, today launched a new push to address the humanitarian and economic crisis in Puerto Rico. Senators Gillibrand and Warren introduced new legislation that would give Puerto Rico the ability to file for bankruptcy protection and restructure its debt in … Continue Reading


March 14, 2016

Senators Urge Federal Action to Save Bee Populations

Washington-Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) today urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency to better protect bee populations. The senators' recommendations include improving data collection, better identifying unregistered mixtures of pesticides and reducing unnecessary pesticide use. The letter follows the release last week of a Government Accountability Office report that detailed … Continue Reading


March 11, 2016

As Opioid & Heroin Related Deaths In New York Continue To Climb, Senator Gillibrand & Congresswoman Slaughter Urge Passage Of Bipartisan Legislation To Fight Opioid Epidemic

Rochester, N.Y. - As opioid and heroin related deaths in New York continue to climb, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) along with families and advocates are calling on Congress to pass bipartisan legislation to help end the opioid epidemic. Senator Gillibrand introduced the Preventing Overprescribing for Pain Act and Congresswoman Slaughter will introduce the companion legislation in the House of Representatives. The bill would require the … Continue Reading


March 11, 2016

As Opioid & Heroin Related Deaths In New York Continue To Climb, Senator Gillibrand Urges Passage Of Bipartisan Legislation To Fight Opioid Epidemic

Newburgh, N.Y. - As opioid and heroin related deaths in New York continue to climb, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand along with families and advocates are calling on Congress to pass bipartisan legislation to help end the opioid epidemic. Senator Gillibrand introduced the Preventing Overprescribing for Pain Act, legislation that would require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue guidelines for the safe prescribing of opioids for the treatment of acute pain. The CDC is … Continue Reading


March 10, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge Senate Appropriations Committee To Provide Robust Federal Funding To Brookhaven National Lab

Long Island, N.Y. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, today urged Senate leaders of the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development to support critical funding for Brookhaven National Lab (BNL) through the Department of Energy for Fiscal Year 2017. The Senators are urging the Subcommittee to match the President's budget request of $5,672,000,000 for the Department of Energy Office of Science, from which BNL receives a substantial portion of its funding. This funding … Continue Reading


March 10, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Launch Push To Secure $78 Million In Fed Funding For Rochester Laser Lab In 2017 Budget-Funding Will Keep University Of Rochester At The Cutting Edge Of High-Tech Energy Research & Develop New Pulsed-Power Facility

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today launched their push to secure $78 million in federal funding for the University of Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE). Schumer and Gillibrand urged federal appropriators to include this funding in the FY 2017 budget. With the first $68 million in funding, the University of Rochester will be able to continue its critical research and work in fusion power, which has the potential to completely eradicate U.S. dependence on … Continue Reading


March 09, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge FERC to Reject Proposed Permit Application for Northeast Energy Pipeline (NED) Project; Proposal Seeks to Install Gas Pipeline & Compressor Stations through Several NYS Counties - Senators Say New Yorkers Bear the Environmental & Health Risks and Reap None of the Benefits

Albany, N.Y. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, today urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to reject the current permit application for the Northeast Energy Pipeline (NED) pipeline project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan. The $5 billion NED pipeline covering over 400 miles would cut through the Schoharie Valley to Albany and Rensselaer Counties in the Capital Region. It would also require compressor stations … Continue Reading

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