Press Releases

March 28, 2022

Schumer, Gillibrand Secure Nearly $7 Million For Critical Repairs To Oswego And Little Sodus Bay Harbors; Funding Will Upgrade Severely Damaged Infrastructure, Dredge To Remove Debris, Improve Trade Navigation & Protect Tourism Economy

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced nearly $7 million in funding for Oswego and Little Sodus Bay Harbors as a part of the recently passed bipartisan omnibus spending package for Fiscal Year 2022. Specifically, the senators said that $5,900,000 will go to repairs to Oswego Harbor's West Arrowhead Breakwater and fixing Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse, and $1,000,000 to dredge Little Sodus Bay Harbor. "With this funding in hand … Continue Reading


March 28, 2022

Gillibrand, Joined By Congresswoman Meng, Officials And Advocates, Announces Plan To Slash Drug Prices During Visit To The Korean Community Services Older Adult Center

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced her policy package to slash prescription drug prices, the "Gillibrand Prescription for Lower Drug Prices," and sent a letter to congressional leadership urging them to take action on reducing drug prices. Joined by Congresswoman Grace Meng, Council Member Linda Lee, Asian American Federation Associate Director of Advocacy and Policy Ravi Reddi and President & CEO at Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York (KCS) Myoungmi Kim, … Continue Reading


March 28, 2022

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Sen. Chuck Schumer & Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Secure $9.2 Million For The Brooklyn Hospital Center

Yesterday, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced that they secured $9.2 million in funding for The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC) through the recently-passed government funding law. Serving more than 70,000 patients per year in its Emergency Department, TBHC is the oldest hospital in Brooklyn and an independent, nonprofit, safety-net hospital that is neither government owned nor part of a larger … Continue Reading


March 25, 2022

Gillibrand Announces $500k In Federal Funding For Centerstate Ceo Passed In Final Bipartisan Funding Package

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is announcing that $500,000 in federal funding for CenterState CEO was successfully passed in the final omnibus funding package for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. "I'm proud that I was able to secure $500,000 in this year's funding package for CenterState CEO to support the development and initial capitalization of the Growth & Equity Fund," said Senator Gillibrand. "I will remain vigilant in the Senate fighting for the resources that will promote economic … Continue Reading


March 24, 2022

Photo Release: Gillibrand Meets With Supreme Court Nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand met with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Following the meeting, Senator Gillibrand issued the below statement: "During our meeting, as in her nomination hearing, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson made it evident that she has the temperament, the experience, and the dedication to the rule of law necessary to serve on our nation's highest court. Her confirmation would not only make history, it would mark the addition of a brilliant legal … Continue Reading


March 24, 2022

Schumer, Gillibrand, Morelle Announce $88.5 Million In Funding For Rochester Institute Of Technology’s National Technical Institute For The Deaf In Recently Passed Bipartisan Appropriations Package

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Congressman Joseph Morelle announced that following their push, the recently-passed government funding package includes $88.5 million in funding for the Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT) National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), an increase of $7 million from Fiscal Year 2021 funding levels. "The National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester is one of the nation's leading … Continue Reading


March 23, 2022

Gillibrand Announces Introduction Of Rural Prosperity Act

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the introduction of the bipartisan, bicameral Rural Prosperity Act. Currently, there are more than 400 federal programs dedicated to helping rural communities, spread across 13 departments, and over 50 offices and sub-agencies. All too often, this creates duplicative and ineffective bureaucracy in which programs are siloed and inflexible, making it challenging for small communities in rural areas to identify programs that meet their needs. This … Continue Reading


March 22, 2022

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $4 Million For Ithaca & Tompkins County Local Infrastructure Projects In Omnibus Spending Package; Funding Will Replace Crumbling Bridges, Bolster Downtown Economic Development, And Accelerate Ithaca’s Green Energy Goals

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the City of Ithaca and communities in Tompkins County will receive over $4 million in funding from the recently passed omnibus funding package for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 for critical local projects. "From replacing deteriorated bridges to spurring economic development downtown and accelerating Ithaca's clean energy goals in the fight against climate change, these projects will boost Tompkins … Continue Reading


March 22, 2022

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Legislation To Reauthorize Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor For 15-Year Extension

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand are announcing the introduction of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Act, legislation that would extend the canalway's authorization as a National Heritage Area (NHA) for the next fifteen years, through FY 2037. Currently, Congress reauthorizes NHAs in two-year periods; this 15-year extension would be a long-term solution to preserve one of New York's most critical economic engines. In addition to … Continue Reading


March 21, 2022

Gillibrand Joins Colleagues For Press Conference Following Bipartisan Delegation Visit To Germany And Poland

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, chair of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, joined her colleagues for a press conference following their bipartisan delegation visit to Germany and Poland this weekend. During the press conference, the senators discussed their engagements with top military leaders amid Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine. The delegation was led by Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA). Additionally, Gillibrand was joined by Senators Shelley Moore Capito … Continue Reading


March 21, 2022

Gillibrand Joins Colleagues For Press Conference Following Bipartisan Delegation Visit To Germany And Poland

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, chair of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, joined her colleagues for a press conference following their bipartisan delegation visit to Germany and Poland this weekend. During the press conference, the senators discussed their engagements with top military leaders amid Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine. The delegation was led by Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA). Additionally, Gillibrand was joined by Senators Shelley Moore Capito … Continue Reading


March 18, 2022

Schumer, Gillibrand, Morelle Secure $83 Million Boost In Funding For Rochester Laser Lab In The Recently Passed Bipartisan Spending Package For Fy2022; Funding Will Boost Cutting Edge Energy Research, Strengthen National Security, & Ensure New York Continues To Lead In Innovation

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Congressman Joseph Morelle announced they have successfully secured $83 million in funding for the OMEGA Laser Facility at University of Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) in the recently passed bipartisan omnibus spending package for Fiscal Year 2022. The funding is critical to the groundbreaking work being done at LLE to help support the science-based stewardship of the nation's nuclear weapon … Continue Reading


March 17, 2022

Gillibrand Joins Bipartisan Senate Delegation In Visit To Poland And Germany

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is joining nine of her Senate colleagues in a bipartisan delegation visit to Poland and Germany this weekend. "This strong, bipartisan delegation proves the Senate stands united in its support for Ukraine," said Senator Gillibrand. "During our time in Poland and Germany, we will have the opportunity to gain greater insight into the U.S. and NATO response through engagements with top military leaders. We will return with a better understanding of how Congress … Continue Reading


March 17, 2022

Gillibrand Announces Win For City Of Salamanca In Bipartisan Funding Package

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand revealed that the City of Salamanca will receive $303,000 in funding from the omnibus funding package for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. The funding will allow the city to upgrade HVAC equipment and water conservation and conduct weatherization upgrades of the City's municipal building. "By upgrading and weatherizing municipal infrastructure, these resources will lay the groundwork for the City of Salamanca's future," said Senator Gillibrand. "I am proud to have … Continue Reading


March 17, 2022

Gillibrand, Colleagues Introduce Job Protection Act To Expand FMLA Coverage To Millions Of Americans

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined five of her Senate colleagues to introduce the Job Protection Act. The legislation would expand the protections of the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which allows eligible employees to take 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in case of family or medical emergency, to millions of Americans who are currently ineligible. Only 56% of the workforce currently qualifies for FMLA and those who are not protected are disproportionately women, … Continue Reading


March 17, 2022

Gillibrand Announces Several Of Her Priorities For Central New York, Including More Than $1.2 Million In Federal Funding, Passed In Final Bipartisan Funding Package

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is announcing that several of her priorities for Central New York, including $1,280,000 in federal funding for the Town of Volney and Village of Pulaski, were successfully passed in the final omnibus funding package for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. "I'm proud that I was able to secure nearly $1.3 million in this year's funding package for Central New York to support the expansion of the region's drinking water infrastructure and strengthen the resiliency of … Continue Reading


March 16, 2022

Gillibrand Secures $2.5 Million In Bipartisan Funding Package To Rehabilitate City Of Cohoes’s Drinking Water Treatment Facilities

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand revealed that the City of Cohoes will receive $2,500,000 in funding from the omnibus funding package for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 to be used to rehabilitate the city's aging drinking water treatment facilities. "Clean and safe drinking water is more than a human right; it's a critical component of helping communities to grow healthy and strong," said Senator Gillibrand. "I'm proud that I was able to secure $2.5 million in this year's funding package to … Continue Reading


March 16, 2022

Ahead Of SASC Subcommittee Hearing On Health Effects Of Burn Pits, Gillibrand Discusses Path Forward On Bipartisan Burn Pits Legislation

Ahead of her Senate Armed Services Committee subcommittee hearing on the health effects of burn pits, Senator Gillibrand, chair of the Subcommittee on Personnel, held a video press conference to discuss the path forward on her bipartisan Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act. Gillibrand's bill passed in the House of Representatives two weeks ago as part of the Honoring our PACT Act. "Today in my capacity as chair of the SASC Subcommittee on Personnel, … Continue Reading


March 16, 2022

Gillibrand Applauds Senate Committee Passage Of COVID Commission Bill

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand applauded the passage out of committee of her provision to create a 9/11-style commission to investigate the COVID-19 outbreak and identify lessons learned regarding U.S. preparedness, response and recovery to improve our nation's ability to respond to future outbreaks. The bill was incorporated into the Prepare for and Respond to Existing Viruses, Emerging New Threats, and Pandemics (PREVENT Pandemics) Act, which passed the Senate Health, Education, … Continue Reading


March 15, 2022

Gillibrand Announces Unanimous Senate Passage Of The Sunshine Protection Act To Make Daylight Saving Time Permanent

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is announcing the Senate's unanimous passage of the Sunshine Protection Act. This bill would make daylight saving time permanent and is now headed for a vote in the House of Representatives. While Congress is following several states' lead - over the past four years, 18 states have enacted legislation or passed resolutions to provide for permanent daylight saving time - it must act before the states can adopt the change. "Americans changed their clocks … Continue Reading

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