Press Releases

November 13, 2015

Senator Gillibrand Statement on Utah Judge's Decision to Remove Lesbian Couple's Foster Care Child

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement today in response to a Utah judge's decision to remove a foster child from the home of a lesbian couple, stating that the child would be better off with heterosexual parents. "This judge's decision is outrageous, flies in the face of facts and should be overturned. We should be supporting loving, caring and responsible adults who want to welcome children in need of families into their homes - not turning them … Continue Reading


November 12, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $250K in Federal Value-Added Producer Grants for 2 Family Farms in Allegany and Otsego Counties

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $256,517 in federal funding for two farms in the Southern Tier. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Value Added Producer Grants program. Northern Timber Harvesting, LLC in Allegany County will receive $10,000 in order to complete an independent feasibility study of producing value-added wood products from raw roundwood logs. Magnale, LLC in Otsego County, also called B&B Ranch, … Continue Reading


November 12, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $990K in Federal Value-Added Producer Grants for 6 Wineries and Family Farms in Genesee, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne, Wyoming & Yates Counties

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $988,908 in federal funding for six wineries and small farms in the Rochester Finger Lakes area. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Value Added Producer Grants program. Specifically, Potoczak Bee Farms, Inc. in Genessee County, Three Brothers Winery and Estates LLC in Ontario County, Brightly Farms LLC in Orleans County, Nyag, LLC in Wayne County, Vineyard View Winery in Yates … Continue Reading


November 12, 2015

Senator Gillibrand Speaks At Syracuse University Event With Vice President Biden To Raise Awareness About Campus Sexual Assault

Syracuse, N.Y. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand spoke at Syracuse University today for an event with Vice President Joe Biden to raise awareness about the problem of sexual assault on college campuses. Earlier this year Gillibrand hosted a roundtable meeting there with students and officials from Syracuse University and other Central New York area colleges, as well as survivors, advocates, and law enforcement to discuss bolstering efforts to combat sexual violence on college campuses. … Continue Reading


November 11, 2015

Gillibrand Delivers Remarks at the Greenburgh Veterans Day Ceremony and Veterans Memorial Park Groundbreaking

Westchester, N.Y. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today spoke at the Greenburgh Veterans Day Ceremony and Veterans Memorial Park Groundbreaking. The full text of Gillibrand's remarks as prepared for delivery are copied below: "Thank you all for being here. "Thank you to Congresswoman Nita Lowey, to Town Supervisor Paul Feiner, to New York State Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins to Colonel Glenn Marchi and to Hugh McAuley, Chairman of the Veterans Memorial Committee. "Veterans Day honors the … Continue Reading


November 11, 2015

Gillibrand Statement on European Union's Labeling Decision

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today issued the following statement on the EU's labeling decision: "I am extremely disappointed by the EU's labeling decision today. I am concerned that this action will play directly into the hands of a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement that is attempting to delegitimize Israel. The only way to end this conflict is through direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians that address all final status issues, including … Continue Reading


November 10, 2015

Senator Gillibrand Announces Legislation to Correct Records of Service Members Discharged Due to Discrimination, Sexual Orientation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced legislation to help service members discharged solely due to their sexual orientation correct their military records to reflect their honorable service and reinstate the benefits they earned. The Restore Honor to Service Members Act of 2015 would make it easier for service members discharged because of sexual orientation to initiate a process to change their record to reflect their honorable service, and would require the … Continue Reading


November 10, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand, Donovan, de Blasio Announce Over $4 Million In Federal Funding To Rebuild Sandy-Damaged John D'Amato Field; New Location Will Be Built At Fairview Park; Will Continue To Honor & Preserve The Memory Of Beloved Staten Islander, Community Leader & Athlete John D'Amato

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Dan Donovan and Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced $4,323,626 in federal funding for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to rebuild Staten Island's John D'Amato Field, which was damaged as a result of Superstorm Sandy. The destroyed field was located in a flood zone along the shoreline. The new multi-sports facility and field will be built approximately 7.5 miles away from the former location to Fairview … Continue Reading


November 10, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce, Following Their Push, Funding For The Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station In Military Construction Appropriations Bill Has Passed Congress & Is Now On Its Way To The President's Desk - Legislation Includes $7.7 Million Facility Upgrade

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced today that several New York priorities incorporated into the Military Construction appropriations bill have passed Congress and are now on their way to the President's desk. Specifically, the bill includes $7.7 million to convert the current squadron operations facility into a fully mission-capable operations center. This major upgrade will bring squadron operations, flight training and communications maintenance facility under … Continue Reading


November 10, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce, Following Their Push, Funding For West Point Projects In Military Construction Appropriations Bill Has Passed Congress & Is Now On Its Way To The President's Desk - Legislation Includes Funding For $70 Million Waste Water Treatment Plant On Base & $55 Million To Build New West Point Elementary School

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced today that several New York priorities incorporated into the Military Construction appropriations bill have passed Congress and are now on their way to the President's desk. Specifically, the bill includes $70 million to replace the waste water treatment plant at West Point. The plant was built in 1956 and has not been upgraded since 1972. As a result, the plant suffers from leaking tanks that are beyond repair. Additionally, … Continue Reading


November 10, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce, Following Their Push, Funding For Rockland County's Army Reserve Center In Military Construction Appropriations Bill Has Passed Congress & Is Now On Its Way To The President's Desk - Legislation Includes Funding For $4.2 Million Facility Upgrade

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced today that several New York priorities included in the Military Construction appropriations bill have passed Congress and are now on their way to the President's desk. Specifically, the bill includes $4.2 million to build a new Organizational Maintenance Shop within the Army Reserve Center (ARC) in Rockland County. The current facility cannot meet the training needs of the engineer company. Schumer and Gillibrand explained that … Continue Reading


November 10, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce, Following Their Push, Funding For Ft. Drum Training Facility In Military Construction Appropriations Bill Has Passed Congress & Is Now On Its Way To The President's Desk - Legislation Includes Funding For $19 Million State-Of-The-Art Ft. Drum Training Academy

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced today that several New York priorities that were incorporated into the Military Construction appropriations bill have passed Congress and are now on their way to the President's desk. Specifically, the bill includes $19 million in funding for a new non-commissioned officer (NCO) training academy at Fort Drum in Watertown. The current NCO academy is located in twenty substandard and deteriorating World War II-era structures that … Continue Reading


November 10, 2015

Sens. Gillibrand and Cruz Lead Bipartisan Letter to the EU Opposing New Guidelines For Israeli Product Labeling

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Ted Cruz (R-T.X.) today sent a bipartisan letter signed by 36 senators to Federica Mogherini, vice president of the European Commission. The letter expresses concern over reports that the European Union (EU) intends to move forward with new guidelines this week to label certain products made by Israeli companies imported into the EU. "As allies, elected representatives of the American people, and strong supporters of Israel, we … Continue Reading


November 09, 2015

ICYMI: Senator Gillibrand On Face The Nation, Urges Renewal Of Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Programs

***Watch Gillibrand on Face the Nation Here*** Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand appeared on Face the Nation Sunday urging the permanent renewal of the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Programs. Gillibrand told Face the Nation that allowing these programs to expire is an "outrage" and renewing them is "America's moral obligation." Watch Gillibrand's interview on Face the Nation here. Excerpt from Face the Nation interview: John Dickerson: Let me talk to you about … Continue Reading


November 09, 2015

Gillibrand & Maloney Award Navy Veteran With 4 Medals, Air Crewman Badge

Newburgh, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney awarded former Petty Officer Third Class Ed Foddrill with the Vietnam Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with campaign star, and the Air Crewman Badge. Ed Foddrill is a Navy veteran who served in the Vietnam War and was stationed in Da Nang, a port city nicknamed "Rocket City, Vietnam," because of the intense fighting that took place there. … Continue Reading


November 06, 2015

Gillibrand Statement on President Obama's Rejection of Proposed Keystone Pipeline

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today issued the following statement on President Obama's rejection of the proposed construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. "President Obama made the right decision to reject the Keystone pipeline. I have long opposed this project and I am glad this export pipeline won't be moving forward. The United States and our communities would have shouldered all the risk for this export pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico only to ship oil to … Continue Reading


November 06, 2015

Slaughter, Schumer, Gillibrand Announce President Has Signed Their Bill to Honor Fallen Rochester Hero

WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today celebrated the signing into law their legislation to honor fallen Rochester Police Officer Daryl Pierson. Their bill, which was signed by President Obama last night, honors his life and sacrifice of Officer Pierson by rededicating the East Rochester Post Office as the Officer Daryl R. Pierson Memorial Post Office Building. "Today we move closer to honoring the dedication and sacrifice … Continue Reading


November 05, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand, Donovan & De Blasio Announce More Than $100 Million In FEMA Funding For Staten Island Homeport, Howland Hook Container Terminal, And Other Vital Waterfront Investments

Washington, DC-November 5, 2015.... Senators Charles Schumer and Kirstin Gillibrand, Congressman Dan Donovan, and Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced $103 million in federal funding to repair Sandy damage to the Staten Island Homeport, while also making improvements to vulnerable shorelines and other vital waterfront assets. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under authority of Section 406 of the Robert T. Stafford Act and will go to the City of … Continue Reading


November 05, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $1.9 Million In Federal Funding For Water Infrastructure Development In Central New York

Oswego, N.Y. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,947,000 in federal funding for the Town of Mexico in Central New York. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Waste and Water Disposal Loan and Grant Program. The Town of Mexico will receive a grant amount of $462,000 and an additional loan of $1,485,000 to design and cover the costs of a new water district, Water Service Area #3, to provide safe and reliable water for … Continue Reading


November 03, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $690,000 In Federal Funding for Hawthorne Valley Association Beginning Farmer Initiative

Ghent, N.Y. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced $693,918 in federal funding for Hawthorne Valley Association. This funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) and administered by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Hawthorne Valley Association will use this funding to create a training pipeline for farmers with 0-7 years of experience as a means to either … Continue Reading

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