Press Releases

October 30, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Call on USAF to Choose Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station As a Main Operating Base to Bring the KC-135 Fleet to WNY- Schumer, Gillibrand Say Existing a Perfect Fit for Supporting Additional Transport Aircraft & Missions

NFARS Previously Flew KC-135 And Has Existing Infrastructure That Would Enable Base To Once Again Be The Home To This Air Force Tanker Which Has Proven Its Enduring Value Over Time - Schumer & Gillibrand Say USAF Should Select NFARS As Site Of KC-135 Fleet Again, Citing Base's Strategic Location And Critical Role In Protecting National Security Schumer, Gillibrand: The KC-135 Fleet Belongs in Niagara Falls U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today urged … Continue Reading


October 29, 2015

Gillibrand Announces Filibuster-Proof Majority of 61 Senate Cosponsors for Permanent & Fully Funded 9/11 Zadroga Health & Compensation Bill, 237 Bipartisan Cosponsors in the House of Representatives

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act, a bill to permanently extend and fully fund the 9/11 health and compensation programs, has garnered 61 Senate cosponsors, including 15 Republicans? - a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate - and 237 cosponsors in the House of Representatives. "61 Senators have done the right thing for our heroes by supporting legislation that ?reauthoriz?es? and … Continue Reading


October 29, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1.8 Million in Federal Funds to Nassau Community College Education Initiative

Long Island, N.Y. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,887,950 in federal funding over the next five years for Nassau Community College. This funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Education's TRIO Student Support Services Program. Nassau Community College will use the grant to provide academic support services to over 450 students with disabilities. The installment for the first budget period is $377,588. Nassau Community College will … Continue Reading


October 27, 2015

Senator Gillibrand, Chef Tom Colicchio & Padma Lakshmi Push to Keep Strong Nutrition Standards At School, Provide Students with Healthy Meals

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, with Chef Tom Colicchio, Food Policy Action and the Center for Science in the Public Interest, today brought real school lunches to Congress that meet the updated nutrition standards and called on lawmakers to fight back against attempts to weaken school meal nutrition standards. "For too many children, the only healthy meal they eat during the day is the meal they're given at school," said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the first New York … Continue Reading


October 26, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand, Serrano, De Blasio Announce $10 Million in Federal DOT Funding to Complete Final Link Along Bronx River Greenway; Federal Investment Means Thousands of South Bronx Residents Will Be Better Connected to Other Neighborhoods in the Bronx Via Bicycle & Pedestrian Bridges

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman José Serrano and Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded the City of New York with $10 million in federal funds that will go towards finishing the construction of the final link needed to connect thousands of South Bronx residents to the Bronx River Greenway. According to the New York City Department of Transportation, the federal funding will go towards … Continue Reading


October 26, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce: U.S. Dept of Transportation Has Awarded City of Buffalo $18 Million in Fed Funds to Transform Buffalo's Lower Main Street - Project Will Reopen Car Access, Revamp Metro Rail Facilities on City's Main Street & Continue to Breathe New Life into Buffalo's Downtown

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded the City of Buffalo with $18 million in federal funds that will allow the city to transform Buffalo's lower Main Street by making it accessible to both cars and light rail. Schumer previously pushed for Buffalo to receive this critical federal investment from this extremely competitive process. Schumer and Gillibrand said the City of Buffalo will now be able to … Continue Reading


October 25, 2015

After Superstorm Sandy Victims Faced Burdensome & Fraudulent Insurance Claims Process, Senator Gillibrand Announces New Reforms To Protect Homeowners In Future Storms; Renews Push For FEMA To Move Faster On Claims

New York, NY - After Superstorm Sandy victims faced an extensive, burdensome and fraud-ridden flood insurance claims process, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced new legislation to require more transparency and accountability from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) so that home and property owners who carry flood insurance policies are better protected in the event of another storm. Gillibrand also renewed her push for FEMA to expedite its review of insurance claims - a … Continue Reading


October 23, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Feds Have Released More Than $326 Million in Critical Funds Families Across NY State Rely On To Heat Their Homes - With Winter Just Around The Corner, Senators Urged Feds To Release Home Heating Assistance Funds Immediately, And At Highest Levels Possible, For NY's Most Vulnerable Residents

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has heeded their call and released more than $326 million in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding to New York, which residents across the state rely on to pay their high heating costs during the winter. Schumer and Gillibrand previously pushed HHS to provide the maximum level of LIHEAP funding possible, and as soon as possible, to New York. … Continue Reading


October 23, 2015

Gillibrand Urges National Park Service to Place Lincoln Gardens on the National Register of Historic Places

Rochester, N.Y. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the National Park Service to place Lincoln Gardens on the National Register of Historic Places. This designation would expand opportunities for federal historic tax credits and other resources to support future preservation and development initiatives. Lincoln Gardens, formally known as Lincoln Elementary School, has been a landmark in the City of Hornell since its construction in 1924. The school closed in 1979 and was temporarily … Continue Reading


October 22, 2015

On Senate Floor, Gillibrand Honors 11 First Responders Who Have Died Since 9/11 Anniversary Just Six Weeks Ago; Urges Congress to Renew 9/11 Health Program

**WATCH Senator Gillibrand's Remarks on the Senate Floor Here** Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today spoke on the Senate floor to honor the first responders who have lost their lives due to 9/11-related illnesses, including the 11 first responders who have died since the 14th anniversary of 9/11, just six weeks ago. Gillibrand once again urged Congress to pass a permanent extension of the programs on which thousands of 9/11 first responders, survivors and their families … Continue Reading


October 22, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More than $113 Million in USDA Funding for Consortium of Colleges Including More Than $6 Million for Cornell University

Ithaca, N.Y. - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $6,129,896 in federal funding for Cornell University. This funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to advance and support research and programs that help support specialty crop growers, including locally grown fruits and vegetables, through research and programs to help increase … Continue Reading


October 21, 2015

Gillibrand Statement On UNESCO Resolution

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today issued the following statement on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) adoption of a resolution regarding the Temple Mount. "The resolution as originally proposed before the UNESCO Executive Board was a dangerous attempt to undermine the arrangement governing the Temple Mount, and would have incited even more violence at a time when so many have been killed and wounded. Any discussion of the … Continue Reading


October 21, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand & Gibson Announce Final Passage of Bill to Rename Kingston Post Office in Honor of World War II Medal of Honor Recipient Robert H. Dietz; Now Heads to the President's Desk for Signature

Kingston, N.Y. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson today announced that the bill to rename the Kingston Post Office in honor of Kingston native and World War II hero, Staff Sergeant Robert Dietz, has passed the Senate and now heads to the President's desk for final signature. Congressman Chris Gibson introduced the House version that recently passed with bipartisan support. Located at 90 Cornell Street in Kingston, Schumer and Gillibrand … Continue Reading


October 21, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Bill to Rename East Rochester Post Office in Honor of Fallen Local Hero, Daryl Pierson, has Passed the Senate; Now Heads to President's Desk for Signature

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the legislation to rename the East Rochester Post Office in honor of fallen Rochester City Police Officer, Daryl Pierson, has been passed by the Senate. Now, this bill heads to the President's desk for final signature. In February, Schumer stood with Amy Pierson, the wife of fallen Rochester City Police Officer Daryl Pierson, and many local police officers to launch his campaign to rename the East Rochester Post … Continue Reading


October 19, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand & Katko Announce Over $1.6 Million for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester

Rochester, N.Y. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative John Katko today announced $1,658,429 in federal funding for the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester. The grant was allocated through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Healthy Marriage and Education Grant Program to fund a new family initiative in Wayne County. Catholic Charities of Wayne County (CCWC), a sub-agency of the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester … Continue Reading


October 15, 2015

Gillibrand Statement on Attacks in Israel

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today issued the following statement on the recent attacks in Israel: "I'm deeply disturbed by the violence that has killed and injured the innocent, and continues to threaten the people of Israel. These attacks have been waged against people doing nothing more than living their lives: commuting to work and school, running errands, visiting family and friends. President Abbas musts disavow this campaign of terror and remain focused on the … Continue Reading


October 09, 2015

Gillibrand Holds Roundtable Meeting on Gun Trafficking With Law Enforcement, Community Members, Discuss Bipartisan Bill to Crack Down on Flow of Illegal Guns

Central Islip, NY -U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone 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. Gillibrand's legislation the Hadiya Pendleton and Nyasia Pryear-Yard Gun Trafficking & Crime Prevention Act of 2015 would, for the first time, make gun trafficking a … Continue Reading


October 08, 2015

On Senate Floor, Gillibrand Outlines Bipartisan Bill to End Gun Trafficking, Part of New Push for Gun Safety Laws

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today outlined her bipartisan bill to make gun trafficking a federal crime - part of a new push by lawmakers to pass federal gun safety laws. Gillibrand introduced the Hadiya Pendleton and Nyasia Pryear-Yard Gun Trafficking & Crime Prevention Act of 2015 in July with Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) to provide law enforcement with the tools needed to stop the flow of illegal guns and hold irresponsible gun dealers accountable. Currently, there is … Continue Reading


October 08, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Bill to Rename Kingston Post Office in Honor of World War II Soldier Robert H. Dietz has Cleared First Key Senate Hurdle- Senate Committee has Passed Bill and it Now Heads to Floor for Full Senate Vote; Senators Vow to Fight for Passage

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the bill to rename the Kingston Post Office in honor of Kingston native and World War II hero, Staff Sergeant Robert Dietz, has passed the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC). Schumer and Gillibrand said it will now head to the Senate floor for a full vote and they will fight for its passage. Located at 90 Cornell Street in Kingston, Schumer and Gillibrand said renaming the post … Continue Reading


October 08, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $195K in Fed Funding for Chester Fire Department in Orange County

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $194,715 in federal funding for the Chester Fire Department. This funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the Chester Fire Department will use these federal funds to purchase 30 new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) packs and 10 complete sets of protective turnout gear. Funds will also be used to train members to use this new … Continue Reading

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