Press Releases

November 30, 2015

Senator Gillibrand Announces New Legislation to Address Skills Gap, Enhance Job Training with Apprenticeship Programs

Rome, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced legislation to address the skills gap employers face and enhance job training to help workers develop the skills they need for good-paying, high-demand jobs. The bipartisan Apprenticeship and Jobs Training Act of 2015 would create a $5,000 tax credit for employers that use apprenticeship programs to train workers in high-demand professions such as health care, manufacturing and technology. The bill also would allow veterans in … Continue Reading


November 30, 2015

After Superstorm Sandy Victims Faced Burdensome & Fraudulent Insurance Claims Process, Senator Gillibrand & Congresswoman Rice Push for New Legislation to Protect Homeowners in Future Storms; Renews Push for FEMA to Move Faster on Claims

Babylon, NY - After Superstorm Sandy victims faced an extensive, burdensome and fraud-ridden flood insurance claims process, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Kathleen rice today announced their push for new bipartisan 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 and Rice also … Continue Reading


November 24, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce more than $340,000 in Federal USDA Funding for New York Wine and Grape Foundation

Rochester, N.Y. - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $348,814 in federal funding for the New York Wine and Grape Foundation. The funding allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Market Access Program (MAP) focuses on consumer and brand promotion for small companies and cooperatives. The New York Wine and Grape Foundation will use this funding to expand and maintain promotions for long-term export markets. "Ensuring that agriculture is … Continue Reading


November 23, 2015

Gillibrand Announces Lincoln Gardens Placed on the National Register of Historic Places

Hornell, N.Y. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that Lincoln Gardens was officially added to the National Register of Historic Places. The site is currently undergoing structural renovations to a 25-unit apartment complex for senior citizens and persons with physical disabilities or traumatic brain injuries. Since its construction in 1924, Lincoln Gardens formally known as Lincoln Elementary School, has been a landmark in the City of Hornell. The official designation expands … Continue Reading


November 23, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $120,000 in Federal USDA Funding for Agricultural Centers in Rochester

Rochester, N.Y. - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $122,544 in federal funding for Foodlink, Inc. and Wayne-Finger Lakes Board of Cooperative Educational Services. The funding allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm to School Grant Program was created to increase local foods served through child nutrition programs, teach children about agriculture, and develop schools' and farmers' capacities to participate in farm to school … Continue Reading


November 23, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $100,000 in Federal USDA Funding for Agricultural Center in Hudson Valley

Poughkeepsie, N.Y. - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $100,000 in federal funding for the Poughkeepsie Farm Project. The funding allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm to School Grant Program was created to increase local foods served through child nutrition programs, teach children about agriculture, and develop schools' and farmers' capacities to participate in farm to school programs. The Poughkeepsie Farm Project will foster … Continue Reading


November 20, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand & Higgins Announce $45,000 in Federal USDA Funding for Niagara Falls School District

Niagara Falls, N.Y. - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins today announced $45,000 in federal funding for Niagara Falls City School District. The funding allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm to School Grant Program was created to increase local foods served through child nutrition programs, teach children about agriculture, and develop schools' and farmers' capacities to participate in farm to school programs. The … Continue Reading


November 20, 2015

Senator Gillibrand and Congressman Tonko Announce New Legislation to Address Skills Gap, Enhance Job Training with Apprenticeship Programs

Albany, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Paul Tonko announced legislation to address the skills gap employers face and enhance job training to help workers develop the skills they need for good-paying, high-demand jobs. The bipartisan Apprenticeship and Jobs Training Act of 2015 would create a $5,000 tax credit for employers that use apprenticeship programs to train workers in high-demand professions such as health care, manufacturing and technology. The bill also … Continue Reading


November 17, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $225,000 in Federal USDA Value-Added Producer Grants for Agricultural Centers in Jefferson County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $225,723 in federal funding for Deluke Lawnscapes, Inc. and Thousand Island Meats, LLC in Jefferson County. The funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) Program. This funding was created to promote growth for small, independent producers, by allowing them to generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities, and increase producer … Continue Reading


November 16, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce more than $11 Million in FEMA Funds to Upgrade Bridges over Flood-Prone Waters in New York

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $11,875,000 in federal funds to upgrade and enhance the resiliency of select bridges over flood-prone waters in order to protect them against threats from future, repeated flooding. These funds, allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to the New York State Department of Transportation, will cover 100 percent of the cost for the … Continue Reading


November 16, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce more than $157,000 in Federal USDA Value-Added Producer Grants for Agricultural Centers in Hudson Valley

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $157,785 in federal funding for Marc Jaffe, owner of Snowdance Farm in Sullivan County and Yiddish Farm Education Center Inc. in Orange County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) Program. This funding was created to promote growth for small, independent producers, by allowing them to generate new products, create and expand … Continue Reading


November 16, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce more than $190,000 in Federal USDA Value-Added Producer Grants for Trinity Valley in Cortland County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $192,000 in federal funding for Trinity Valley LLC Cortland County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) Program. This funding was created to promote growth for small, independent producers, by allowing them to generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities, and increase producer income overall. Specifically, … Continue Reading


November 13, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce, Following Their Push, Funding for Floyd Bennet Field's Brooklyn Marine Corps Base in Military Construction Appropriations Bill has Passed Congress & is Now on its Way to the President's Desk - Legislation Includes Funding for $2.4 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 $2.479 million to build a new storage facility at the Brooklyn Navy Reserve Center. The new storage facility will provide space to store specialized communications vehicles and communications/electronic equipment, as the … Continue Reading


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

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