Press Releases

May 04, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand, Maloney Call On EPA To Provide Immediate Assistance To Help City Of Newburgh Comprehensively Test Water For PFOA-Related Contamination; Say EPA Experts Should Help Newburgh To Identify Sources- And Develop A Plan To Eradicate Any Threats

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, today called on the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection (EPA) to immediately provide testing and planning assistance to the City of Newburgh, where two bodies of water were found to contain a highly-toxic chemical, perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS). Schumer, Gillibrand and Maloney also called on the EPA to finally publish their promised new standards for the related chemical, PFOA … Continue Reading


May 04, 2016

Gillibrand Urges National Park Service To Designate FDR Presidential Library And Museum-The Nation's First Presidential Library, As National Historic Landmark

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today wrote to the National Park Service urging that the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, be designated as a National Historic Landmark. The FDR Library, located in Hyde Park, first opened to the public in 1941, and highlights the lasting contributions of President Franklin and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. The library and museum details his political career and interests with personal memorabilia and … Continue Reading


May 02, 2016

Gillibrand Urges Dept. Of Housing And Urban Development To Designate City Of Schenectady As A Federal Promise Zone

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today wrote the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to designate the City of Schenectady as a federal Promise Zone. The proposed Promise Zone would help address living conditions and economic development in the North End, Central Business District, Eastern Avenue, Hamilton Hill, Mont Pleasant, and Central State Street neighborhoods in the city. The designation would provide federal support to programs that focus on creating … Continue Reading


May 02, 2016

Gillibrand Urges Dept. Of Housing And Urban Development To Designate Utica As A Federal Promise Zone

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today wrote the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to designate the City of Utica as a federal Promise Zone. The proposed Utica Promise Zone (UPZ) would cover a population of 20,228 where the average household income is approximately $20,299 - less than half of the national household median income. The designation would provide federal support to programs that focus on creating sustainable jobs, supporting economic development, … Continue Reading


April 29, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Call On Obama Administration To Immediately Grant Temporary Protected Status To Ecuadorian Nationals Residing In U.S.-Will Allow Them To Stay In U.S. While Ecuador Recovers From Devastating Earthquake

In the wake of the Ecuadorian earthquake, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today called for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Ecuadorian nationals currently residing in the United States. The TPS designation is a temporary benefit aimed at providing relief to foreign nationals in the United States and countries devastated by natural disasters. It would allow Ecuadorian nationals, now in the country, to stay in the … Continue Reading


April 29, 2016

Gillibrand Announces Key Long Island Sound Environmental Provisions Passed Out Of Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, Headed To Senate Floor For A Vote

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, announced today new provisions to improve environmental measures for the Long Island Sound and revise the Army Corps of Engineers' standards for disposing dredged material have passed out of committee and are headed to the Senate floor for a vote. Gillibrand's two provisions passed out of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee as part of the final Water Resources … Continue Reading


April 28, 2016

Senators Request Meeting With Defense Secretary Carter To Discuss Allegations That DOD Deliberately Misled Congress On Military Sexual Assault Cases

Washington, D.C. - In a letter to Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Rand Paul (R-KY), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) today requested a meeting to discuss new reports that allege the U.S. Department of Defense deliberately misled members of Congress as they were considering policy to address sexual assault in the … Continue Reading


April 28, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Completion Of Beach Renourishment Project At Long Island's Smith Point County Park; Dunes And Berms Are Part Of 83-Mile Long Federally-Funded 'Fire Island To Montauk Point' Protection Project

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the beach renourishment project at Smith Point County Park is complete. The project is part of the larger New York Fire Island to Montauk Point Reformulation Study known as FIMP. Completion of this project was critical in protecting Long Island's south shore in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, as low-lying communities like Mastic Beach remained unprotected by the flattened dune system. "After more than 50 years of … Continue Reading


April 26, 2016

To Combat Campus Sexual Assault, Republican Leaders And Sexual Assault Survivors Join Senators Gillibrand And McCaskill To Renew Push For Senate To Pass Campus Accountability and Safety Act

***WATCH Full Press Conference HERE**** Washington, D.C. - To mark Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate and survivors of sexual assault joined Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Claire McCaskill today to urge the Senate to pass the Campus Accountability and Safety Act. This bipartisan legislation would protect students, professionalize the response to and reporting of sexual assault cases, and provide colleges and universities with incentives to solve the problem … Continue Reading


April 26, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $165,000 In Federal Funding For Stepping Stones Lighthouse In The Town Of North Hempstead

Long Island, N.Y. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $165,000 in federal funding to the Stepping Stones Lighthouse: First Steps to Rehabilitation initiative in the Town of North Hempstead on Long Island. Funding was allocated through the Department of Transportation's National Maritime Heritage Program and the National Park Service. The initial funding will be used to install a temporary floating dock and ramp and includes further construction to prevent … Continue Reading


April 25, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge Commerce Department To Reorganize Foreign Trade Zone Application Process For Oneida County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the U.S. Commerce Department to approve Oneida County's application to reorganize under the Alternative Site Framework (ASF) application process, which would allow more businesses in the region to benefit from duty savings. Reorganization under the ASF would allow Oneida County businesses to tap into duty savings opportunities in the Mohawk Valley Region by streamlining the process for businesses to apply … Continue Reading


April 25, 2016

Gillibrand Announces EPA Environmental Champion Award Recipients From New York State

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, today announced six New York recipients of the Environmental Protection Agency's annual Environmental Champion Awards. Last March, Senator Gillibrand nominated NY Sun Works and Alexandra Ferguson, based in New York City, Christopher J. Gobler, based on Long Island, Sherri Mason, based in Western New York, Save the Rain, based in Central New York, and Dani Glaser, based in the Hudson Valley. These award recipients, nominated by Senator … Continue Reading


April 22, 2016

After Urging From Senators, Schumer & Gillibrand Announce The Dept. Of Justice Approves The Agreement To Establish The Harriet Tubman Residence In Auburn As A National Historic Park

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Attorney General, Loretta Lynch signed on to the General Agreement that will allow the Harriet Tubman Residence in Auburn to become a National Park. The Harriet Tubman Residence, a historic landmark in a region with a strong history of individuals rooted in social activism and justice. An escaped slave herself, Tubman used her home in Auburn to shelter her parents and many African Americans who … Continue Reading


April 21, 2016

Gillibrand Amendment Allowing Residents Affected By Natural Disasters To Make Energy Efficient Upgrades With Federal Relief Aid Passes Senate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, today announced her bipartisan amendment to allow homeowners, public utilities, and communities affected by natural disasters to make energy efficient upgrades with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds passed the Senate. Senator Gillibrand's amendment, which was co-authored by Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA), passed as part of the Energy Policy Modernization Act. "This … Continue Reading


April 21, 2016

Gillibrand Goes To Senate Floor To Read Survivor Story, Urge Passage Of Bipartisan Legislation To Fight Campus Sexual Assault

**WATCH Senator Gillibrand's Speech on the Senate Floor Here** Washington, D.C. - To mark Sexual Assault Awareness Month, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today delivered a speech on the Senate floor urging her colleagues to pass the bipartisan Campus Accountability and Safety Act to combat sexual assault on college campuses. Below are Senator Gillibrand's remarks as delivered: "Mr. President, "April is actually Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and I rise to speak about two … Continue Reading


April 19, 2016

Senators Gillibrand & Grassley Ask President Obama To Investigate Pentagon Testimony After Report Found It Misled Congress On Sexual Assault Cases

Washington, D.C. - In a letter to President Obama, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) today called for an investigation into Pentagon testimony before Congress after a report released yesterday revealed that Pentagon officials misled Congress about sexual assault cases in an effort to curb efforts to enact legislation to reform how such cases are handled. The report, which was compiled by the advocacy organization Protect Our Defenders (POD), and follow-up … Continue Reading


April 19, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $1.5 Million In Federal Head Start Funds For The Parsons Child And Family

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,540,289.00 in federal funding for the Parsons Child and Family Center in Albany, N.Y. The federal funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Early Head Start Program, and will be used to support and grow education and development services for low-income families in the community. "Study after study shows that the better we prepare our young children through programs like Early Head … Continue Reading


April 19, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand, Donovan, De Blasio Announce $6 Million In Federal Funds For Upgrades To Staten Island Ferry

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressmember Dan Donovan and Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced that $6 million in federal Department of Transportation grant funds will be provided to the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) for Staten Island Ferry-related upgrades. Specifically, the funds will be used to replace deck scows for the Staten Island Ferry Dockbuilding Unit, and upgrade ramps and racks at the ferry maintenance facility. The funds come … Continue Reading


April 15, 2016

Senator Gillibrand, Joined By Bipartisan Group Of 26 Senators And Representatives, Urges President Obama To Remove Barriers To Research On Medical Marijuana

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), joined by a bipartisan group of 26 Senators and Representatives, today sent a letter urging President Obama to remove barriers to research on medical marijuana and facilitate new medical research on cannabis and its derivatives. "Twenty-three states have passed laws establishing medical cannabis programs and an additional seventeen have passed laws regarding the medical use of cannabidiol (CBD), a compound derived from cannabis," the … Continue Reading


April 15, 2016

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

Albany, 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

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