Press Releases

February 02, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand, Higgins, Collins, Slaughter, Reed will Join Families of Flight 3407 to Launch Push to Protect 3407-Inspired Aviation Safety Regulations as Part of Upcoming FAA Reauthorization - Rules Families Fought Hard for are at Risk of being Rolled Back in Coming Months

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as Representatives Brian Higgins, Louise Slaughter, Chris Collins and Tom Reed joined together in Washington, D.C., with the families of Flight 3407, to kick off their advocacy efforts around the upcoming Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Bill. The families were also joined by 'Miracle on the Hudson' First Officer and aviation safety expert Jeff Skiles. Together, they announced their push to make sure … Continue Reading


February 01, 2016

Senator Gillibrand Urges EPA to Expedite its Response to Address Water Contamination in Hoosick Falls

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging the agency to expedite its response to address water contamination in the Village of Hoosick Falls and take immediate federal action to support and augment the State of New York's ongoing efforts. "I am extremely concerned by the presence of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in Hoosick Falls, given that studies have linked exposure to PFOA with increased detrimental health … Continue Reading


January 31, 2016

As Deadline Approaches for VA to Renew its Rule that Prohibits Medical Marijuana, Senator Gillibrand Urges VA to Fix Discriminatory Policy & Allow Doctors to Recommend Medical Marijuana to Veterans

New York, NY - Today U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand with New York veterans, medical professionals, and medical marijuana advocates urged the Department of Veterans Affairs to fix its discriminatory policy and allow VA doctors to recommend medical marijuana to veterans in states where it is legal. "Veterans who live in states where medical marijuana is legal should be able to talk to their doctor about it as a treatment option just like any other resident," said Senator Gillibrand. "Our … Continue Reading


January 28, 2016

Schumer & Gillibrand, in Joint Call with Secretary of the Air Force Debra Lee James, Urge her to Bring KC-135 Aircraft back to Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station; Senators say Existing Infrastructure and Local Workforce makes NFARS a Perfect Fit for Supporting Additional Transport & Refueling Aircraft & Missions

During a call with U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Debra Lee James, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today urged her and the U.S. Air Force (USAF) to prioritize the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS) in Western New York as they consider bases for new missions and make plans for FY 2017. Specifically, the Senators urged the USAF to consider NFARS as the next home for KC-135 tankers. Schumer and Gillibrand explained that, until 2008, the KC-135 was flown out of … Continue Reading


January 28, 2016

As Zika Virus Continues to Spread, Senator Gillibrand Urges National Institutes of Health to Accelerate Development of Vaccine and Treatment

Washington, D.C. - As Zika virus continues to spread rapidly throughout Americas, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to take immediate action to combat the spread of the Zika virus. In a letter sent to NIAID's director, Senator Gillibrand urged the agency to prioritize research on ways to combat the spread of the virus, which has already reached at least 24 countries and territories and … Continue Reading


January 27, 2016

Gillibrand Announces Bill to Name Bergen Post Office in Honor of Bergen Native Barry Miller

Bergen, NY - U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced legislation to rename the Bergen Post Office located at 15 Rochester Street in Genesee County as the "Barry G. Miller Post Office." Congressman Chris Collins recently introduced the House version of this legislation. "Barry Miller was deeply involved in the Bergen community and his passion showed in his dedication to service and answering the call of those in danger for the past 30 years," said Senator Gillibrand. "We collectively … Continue Reading


January 27, 2016

Gillibrand Urges National Park Service to Place B&B Carousell on the National Register of Historic Places

New York, N.Y. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today wrote to the National Park Service urging for B&B Carousell to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The B&B Carousel has a history spanning over 110 years, spending 84 years on Coney Island in New York City. This designation would expand opportunities for federal historic tax credits and other resources to support future preservation and development initiatives. "B&B Carousell has been a staple of Coney … Continue Reading


January 27, 2016

Gillibrand, Daines, Merkley, Blumenauer, Titus, and Rohrabacher Lead Bipartisan Effort Urging the Department of Veterans Affairs to Change its Current Policy, Allow VA Doctors to Discuss and Recommend Medical Marijuana in States where it is Legal

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Steve Daines, and Jeff Merkley and U.S. Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Dina Titus, and Dana Rohrabacher led a bipartisan group of Senators and Representatives on a letter urging the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to change its current policy to allow VA doctors to discuss and recommend marijuana as a treatment option in states where medical marijuana has been legalized. VHA Directive 2011-004, which expires January 31, … Continue Reading


January 26, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand & Rice Announce Nearly $10 Million for Repairs to Long Beach Boardwalk & Other Sandy-Damaged Facilities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice today announced that the City of Long Beach has been awarded nearly $10 million in federal grant funding for repairs to the Long Beach Boardwalk and other facilities that sustained damage during Superstorm Sandy. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) agreed to cover 90 percent of the cost of rebuilding the boardwalk, but initially declined additional costs totaling more than $9 … Continue Reading


January 21, 2016

Gillibrand Urges Environmental Protection Agency to Renew Funding for Environmental Workforce Development & Job Training Program in Glens Falls

Glens Falls, N.Y. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today wrote to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging the agency to renew federal funding for the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Program for the City of Glens Falls. This federal funding will allow Glens Falls to continue local job training initiatives for unemployed and underemployed workers. The City plans to hold three separate training sessions during the first two years of the … Continue Reading


January 21, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand & Israel Announce over $1.6 Million in Federal Sandy Funding for Restoration Project on Long Island

North Hempstead, N.Y. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Steve Israel today announced $1,670,879.76 in federal funding to the Town of North Hempstead in Nassau County for the restoration of Leeds Pond located near Plandome Road, damaged as a direct result of Hurricane Sandy. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and will be used to cover administrative costs including engineer fees and initial design plans for … Continue Reading


January 20, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Senate Greenlights Alexandria Bay Port of Entry Project

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously approved a proposal greenlighting the Government Services Administration (GSA) to move forward with construction upgrades at the Alexandria Bay Port of Entry (POE). "The long over-due, desperately needed makeover of the Alexandria Bay Border Crossing is now cleared for take-off," said U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer. "The movement of … Continue Reading


January 20, 2016

Senator Gillibrand Statement on New DOJ Study on College Campus Sexual Assault

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement on a new Department of Justice study released today on the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses: "This survey is the latest in a litany of recent studies that show just how prevalent the problem of sexual assault really is on college campuses across the country. "Our students deserve better, and we can fix this by surveying the climate on campuses more regularly. Creating more transparency and … Continue Reading


January 20, 2016

Gillibrand, Schumer, Blumenthal, Murphy Announce Legislation to Protect & Restore Long Island Sound Passes out of Environment and Public Works Committee

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Charles E. Schumer, Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy today announced their bipartisan legislation to continue to support the restoration of Long Island Sound passed out of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, bringing it one step closer to full Senate passage. The legislation now heads to the Senate floor, and the Senators are vowing to continue pushing until … Continue Reading


January 20, 2016

Gillibrand Statement on Committee Passage of the Child Nutrition Bill

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today released the following statement after voting in support of the Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act in the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee: "The child nutrition reauthorization legislation that passed out of committee today is a good step forward, and I am encouraged that the bill includes provisions from my bipartisan Summer Meals Act to help provide more children with access to healthy meals … Continue Reading


January 18, 2016

Gillibrand Statement On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

"This holiday gives us a chance to look back and celebrate Dr. King's incredible life, and then look ahead, to map out where we are heading as a nation. We can tackle inequality. We can reduce gun violence. We can make our families more stable and more cohesive, and to do it, we need new policies that actually reflect the world we live in today. "We need equal pay for equal work, so a single mom can take care of her kid just as well as a single dad. We need day care that doesn't bankrupt a … Continue Reading


January 15, 2016

Gillibrand, County Executive Mark Poloncarz, And Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen Hold Roundtable Meeting On Gun Trafficking With Faith Based Leaders, Law Enforcement, And Community Members, Discuss Bipartisan Bill To Crack Down On Flow Of Illegal Guns

Buffalo, NY -U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, County Executive Mark Poloncarz, and Bishop Darius Pridgen, along with law enforcement, advocates, and community leaders today held a roundtable meeting and discussed bipartisan gun trafficking legislation aimed at cracking down on the daily flow of illegal guns on our nation's streets. Senator Gillibrand's legislation the Hadiya Pendleton and Nyasia Pryear-Yard Gun Trafficking & Crime Prevention Act would, for the first time, make gun … Continue Reading


January 13, 2016

Gillibrand Secures $90 Million In Federal Funding For New Apprenticeship Grant Program In Omnibus Bill Signed By President

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that, following her push, the Omnibus spending bill signed by the President last year includes $90 million for a new Apprenticeship Grant program. The apprenticeship program will support grants to states in order to increase their capacity to register and oversee apprenticeship programs. The funding will be used to launch apprenticeship models, and for community-based organizations to help underserved populations and fund … Continue Reading


January 13, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $710,000 In National Endowment For The Arts Funding Throughout Upstate New York

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $712,500 in federal funds through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The funding will allow organizations to support residencies for artists, exhibitions, professional development and public engagement and outreach. "An investment in the arts is an investment in Upstate New York's future, as both a tourist destination and a vibrant place to live. This federal funding will help regions across … Continue Reading


January 12, 2016

Gillibrand Statement On President Obama's Final State Of The Union Address

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement tonight after President Obama delivered his State of the Union Address: "President Obama spoke tonight about the progress we have made toward getting our economy back on track and the ways we can continue this momentum to create more jobs and remain competitive in a growing global economy. "And while we must continue to be vigilant and work to stop terrorism from metastasizing abroad as the President outlined, … Continue Reading

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