Press Releases

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


October 05, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $2 Million in Federal Funds to Combat Human Trafficking & Support Survivors in New York City

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,070,022 in federal funding allocated through Department of Justice (DOJ) for four New York City based organizations. Specifically, the funding will help recovery for survivors of all types of human trafficking by survivor-centered services and interagency communication. "With this critical federal funding, these organizations will be able to continue their important work, prosecuting vile sex- and labor-traffickers and … Continue Reading


October 02, 2015

On National Manufacturing Day, Senator Gillibrand Tours Defelsko Corp; Pushes for New Legislation to Boost Advanced Manufacturing & Workforce Development

Ogdensburg, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today marked National Manufacturing Day and toured DeFelsko Corporation. Friday is National Manufacturing Day, a celebration of modern manufacturing intended to inspire young Americans to learn STEM skills and pursue careers in advanced manufacturing. "As we mark National Manufacturing Day, today is an opportunity to encourage young people across New York to learn about the science and technology that goes into advanced manufacturing," said … Continue Reading


October 02, 2015

On National Manufacturing Day, Gillibrand & Higgins Cut Ribbon, Tour New Stem Learning Lab; Push for New Legislation to Boost Advanced Manufacturing

Buffalo, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Brian Higgins today marked National Manufacturing Day as they cut the ribbon at the opening of the New Additive Manufacturing Lab and discussed new legislation to boost advanced manufacturing. The new Additive Manufacturing Lab will enable high school students to learn about STEM and advanced manufacturing. The lab is equipped with individual workstations featuring laptops and LulzBot Mini 3-D printers for each student. Classes at … Continue Reading


October 01, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $10 Million in Federal Funding for Consortium of Colleges, Including $1.2 Million for SUNY Brockport in Monroe County - Schools Will Conduct Research Through Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1.2 million for SUNY Brockport. This funding was allocated through the Environmental Protection Agency to research and monitor wetlands along the shores of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. During this five year project, data collected from across the Great Lakes Basin will be used to prevent further degradation and plan for future on-the-ground wetland restoration projects. This project is a funded through the Great Lakes … Continue Reading


October 01, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand & Hanna Announce Over $2.2. Million in Federal Funds to Mohawk Valley Community College Education Initiative

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Richard Hanna today announced $2,226,635 in federal funding over five years for Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) in Oneida County. This funding was allocated through the Department of Education's Strengthening Institutions Program. The Mohawk Valley Community College will use this grant to support the Pathway to Graduation Project to introduce new initiatives to increase student success rates while in college through … Continue Reading


September 30, 2015

Gillibrand Statement on President Abbas' Comments Before United Nations

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following joint statement regarding President Abbas' comments before the United Nations: "I am deeply concerned by President Abbas's comments at the UN today. The only path to peace is through direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, and President Abbas's provocative statement about rejecting the Oslo Accords does not help us move closer to that goal. The only sustainable solution to this conflict is two states - … Continue Reading


September 30, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $150,000 for Warrensburg Fire District in Warren County

Albany, NY - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $150,627 in federal funding for the Warrensburg Fire District in Warren County. This funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. This funding will be used to purchase 26 new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). "It is critical that we provide our local fire companies with the most up-to-date equipment they need to keep our citizens … Continue Reading

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