Press Releases

April 15, 2016

Gillibrand Urges National Park Service To Designate New York State Barge Canal As National Historic Landmark

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today wrote to the National Park Service urging for the New York State Barge Canal to be designated as a National Historic Landmark. The NYS Barge Canal extends through Albany, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo and includes the Erie Canal, the Oswego Canal, the Cayuga-Seneca Canal, and the Champlain Canal, stretching 525 miles across New York State. This designation would provide additional economic development and tourism promotion … Continue Reading


April 12, 2016

On Equal Pay Day, Gillibrand Goes To Senate Floor To Urge Support For Paycheck Fairness

**WATCH Senator Gillibrand's Speech on the Senate Floor HERE** Washington, D.C. - On Equal Pay Day, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today delivered a speech on the Senate floor urging her colleagues to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act and close the wage gap. Below are Senator Gillibrand's remarks as prepared for delivery and video is available here: "Mr. President, after another whole year, a very unfortunate milestone has once again arrived. "Today is Equal Pay Day. "This is the day in … Continue Reading


April 12, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Urges FEMA To Renew Federal Funds For Newburgh Fire Department-Funds Senators Secured In 2013 Set To Expire This May

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today urged Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) to renew federal funds for the City of Newburgh's Fire Department. The Senators previously wrote individual letters to FEMA urging to renew this funding prior to the expiration in May. Initially, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand secured the $2.4 million in 2013 to hire fifteen additional firefighters. Funds were allocated through FEMA's Staffing for Adequate … Continue Reading


April 08, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand & Rice Announce Sandy Recovery Grant Awards For Repairs To Island Park School, Long Beach Water Purification Plant

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $2.65 million in federal grant funding to the Island Park School District and nearly $1.7 million to the City of Long Beach for repairs to damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. The Island Park School District will receive $2,654,312 for repairs to the Lincoln Orens Middle School, which sustained heavy … Continue Reading


April 07, 2016

Gillibrand & Clarke Urge National Park Service To Place Crown Heights North Historic District On The 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 wrote to the National Park Service urging for Crown Heights North Historic District to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Senator Gillibrand and Representative Clarke requested to extend the original boundary in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood currently covered by the National Register after the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission revealed an additional 636 … Continue Reading


April 04, 2016

As Opioid & Heroin Related Deaths In New York Continue To Climb, Senator Gillibrand And Rep. Katko Urge Passage Of Bipartisan Legislation To Fight Opioid Epidemic

Syracuse, N.Y. - As opioid and heroin related deaths in New York continue to climb, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative John Katko 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 … Continue Reading


April 01, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand & Gibson Statements On Kingston Post Office Renaming Ceremony In Honor Of World War II Medal Of Honor Recipient Robert H. Dietz

Kingston, N.Y. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson today released the following statements on the Kingston Post Office renaming ceremony in honor of Kingston native and World War II hero, Staff Sergeant Robert Dietz. "Staff Sgt. Robert Dietz was a true American hero - and the newly renamed Kingston Post Office will be a lasting tribute to his courage and service. I was honored to help pass the legislation that made this a reality, and it … Continue Reading


March 30, 2016

Gillibrand Statement On Meeting With Supreme Court Nominee Judge Merrick Garland

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today released the following statement after meeting with President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Merrick Garland: "After meeting with Judge Merrick Garland, it is clear he is highly qualified to serve on the Supreme Court. I urge all my colleagues to meet with him and assess his qualifications, hold hearings and vote on his confirmation. The issues before the Supreme Court are too important to go months with a vacancy on the … Continue Reading


March 28, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge FERC To Open New Public Comment Period For Natural Gas Storage Facility In Schuyler County- Senators Say Residents Should Be Given A Second Opportunity To Voice Concerns In Light Of Company's Expiring FERC Authorization And New, Pending Environmental Safety Regulations

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to open a new public comment period for the Arlington Storage Company's proposal to expand its underground gas storage facility near Seneca Lake - the largest glacial lake of New York's Finger Lakes region, a source of clean drinking water to over 100,000 residents in the area, and one of the most trafficked tourist destinations in the region. Senators Schumer … Continue Reading


March 23, 2016

Gillibrand Urges Senate Appropriations Committee To Boost Federal Funding For The Appalachian Regional Commission - Funding To Support Economic Development Projects Across 14 NYS Counties

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged federal appropriators to include funding for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget. The Senator is requesting $120 million in federal funding for ARC, which includes $70 million to support economic development efforts across Appalachia and $50 million for the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative. New York is currently one of 13 states … Continue Reading


March 23, 2016

Gillibrand Reminds 9/11 First Responders, Survivors Of Possible Tax Relief Available Through IRS

IRS Resource Page Available Here Washington, D.C. - Two years after announcing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had updated Publication 3920: Tax Relief for Victims of Terrorist Attacks, Senator Gillibrand today reminded 9/11 responders and survivors about IRS tax relief that they may be eligible to receive. This updated publication clarifies eligibility for tax relief under the Victims of Terrorism Tax Relief law and provides examples relevant to present-day situations faced by the … Continue Reading


March 22, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $190,000 In Federal Housing & Urban Development Funding For Akwesasne Housing Authority

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $193,164 in federal funds to the Akwesasne Housing Authority in Hogansburg, located in Franklin County. 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 … Continue Reading


March 21, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Make New Senate Push To Preserve Plum Island & To Prevent Sale To Highest Bidder; Unless Congress Acts, Home To Endangered Species & Wildlife Sanctuary Will Be Sold, Possibly Uprooted By Private Developer

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the Senate Committee on Appropriations to prevent Plum Island from being sold to a private developer. Schumer and Gillibrand are pushing to repeal law that would allow the land to be sold to be the highest bidder. Plum Island is currently home to the Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC), a federal facility that will soon be put up for sale by GSA in order to offset the construction costs of new facility being constructed … Continue Reading


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

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