Press Releases

September 30, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce over $880,000 in Federal Funding for Domestic Violence Enforcement Program on Long Island

Long Island, NY - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $887,198 in federal funding for Suffolk County's Domestic Violence Enforcement (DoVE) project. The funding was allocated through the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office on Violence Against Women. Funding to the Domestic Violence Enforcement project will be used to enhance survivor safety and offender accountability in cases of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking by … Continue Reading


September 29, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand, Tonko Announce $3 Million in Fed Funding for Job Training Programs at Schenectady County Community College & Across the Capital Region

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Paul Tonko today announced $3,000,000 in federal funding for the Schenectady County Community College (SCCC). Over the next five years, this funding will help 2,200 students obtain the necessary training to pursue careers in the healthcare sector. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Health Profession Opportunity Grant to Serve TANF Recipients and Other Low-Income … Continue Reading


September 29, 2015

One Day Before 9/11 Health Program Expires, Gillibrand Goes to Senate Floor to Urge Support for Bill to Make Programs Permanent

**WATCH Senator Gillibrand's Remarks on the Senate Floor Here** Washington, D.C. - With one day left before the expiration of the World Trade Center Health Program, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today spoke on the Senate floor to once again urge Congress to pass a permanent extension of the programs on which 9/11 first responders, survivors and their families rely on. Since the 14th anniversary of the attacks just two over two weeks ago, six first responders died from 9/11-related … Continue Reading


September 29, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge Air Force Brass to Select New Director of Rome Labs Who Will Ensure it Continues to be a Leading Force Against Cyber Threats and Driver of the Central New York Economy

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the Secretary of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Ms. Deborah Lee James to select a new director for Rome Laboratory in Central New York who will maintain the same innovative and forward-thinking leadership as the facility's former director, Mr. George Duchak. In a letter to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, Schumer and Gillibrand noted Rome Labs' essential work in serving as a research and development, communications and … Continue Reading


September 29, 2015

Gillibrand Urges Passage of Legislation to Help Thousands of "Blue Water" Vietnam Vets Exposed to Agent Orange in Veteran Affairs Hearing

**WATCH Senator Gillibrand's Testimony Here** Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today testified before the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee on behalf of thousands of "Blue Water" veterans from the Vietnam War who were exposed to the dangerous toxin Agent Orange but are currently ineligible to receive health and disability benefits. The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2015 would make it easier for the VA to process Vietnam War veterans' claims for service-connected … Continue Reading


September 28, 2015

Gillibrand Secures Benefits for Albany Veteran Exposed to Agent Orange

North Greenbush, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced North Greenbush veteran Keith Martel will receive his disability benefits after nearly three years of delays. The U.S. Navy veteran requested assistance from Senator Gillibrand when the VA failed to approve his claims. Martel, who retired as a Command Sergeant Major, was exposed to Agent Orange and diagnosed with cancer. He will now receive retroactive disability benefits and compensation. Gillibrand's office worked with … Continue Reading


September 28, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $440,000 in Federal Funding for Domestic Violence Program in Hudson Valley

Hudson Valley, NY - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $448,890 in federal funding for the Legal Services of the Hudson Valley. The funding was allocated through the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office on Violence Against Women. This funding will allow the Legal Services of the Hudson Valley to provide legal representation to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking in Orange County. The Legal Services of the Hudson … Continue Reading


September 28, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $4.5 Million in Federal Funding for UAlbany to Advance Early Warning Weather Detection

Albany, NY - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced today $4,497,533 in federal funding to the University at Albany. The grant, allocated through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Partnerships in International Research and Education (PIRE) program, will fund the development of a U.S.-Taiwan consortium which will advance research in early warning systems to better predict the path and course of major storms. Led by the University at Albany's Atmospheric … Continue Reading


September 28, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Bill to Name Kingston Post Office in Honor of World War II Soldier

Kingston, NY - U.S Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced legislation to rename the United States Postal Service located at 90 Cornell Street in Kingston to the "Staff Sergeant Robert H. Dietz Post Office Building." Congressman Chris Gibson introduced the House version that recently passed with unanimous bipartisan support. Staff Sergeant Robert Dietz was born in January 1921 in Kingston, NY. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 and served as a Staff Sergeant in … Continue Reading


September 28, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand, Rice Announce More than $1.3 Million in Federal Funding to Complete Sandy-Related Repair Work at Long Beach's Magnolia Senior Community Center & Recreation Center

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressmember Kathleen Rice today announced $1,397,439 in federal funding to the city of Long Beach for repairs to the Magnolia Senior Community Center and Recreation Center as a result of Superstorm Sandy. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding will specifically fund the rebuilding of the child care center, new locker rooms in the recreational center, a new filtration system for the pool, a new glass atrium, new … Continue Reading


September 25, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $182,000 in Federal Funding for Jamesport Fire Department & Cutchogue Fire Department

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $182,478 in federal funding for the Jamesport Fire Department; the regional grant money will also be shared with Cutchogue Fire Department. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The funding will be used to purchase personal protective equipment, including 80 complete sets of coats, helmets, boots, gloves, pants, ANSI vests and suspenders fore … Continue Reading


September 25, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $210,000 in Federal Funding to Port Crane Fire Company in Broome County

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $214,221 in federal funding for the Port Crane Fire Company. This funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the Port Crane Fire Company will use the federal funding to purchase 32 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 … Continue Reading


September 25, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $60,000 in Federal Funding for SUNY Cobleskill Research Foundation

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced today $64,105 in federal funding to the Research Foundation of SUNY Cobleskill. The funding was allocated through the Appalachian Regional Commission and will fund the development of the Agriculture Retail Facility Project to assist crop producers and establish a local food retail outlet on the SUNY-Cobleskill campus. This funding will be matched by SUNY-Cobleskill. The funding will support the creation of an undergraduate … Continue Reading


September 25, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $350,000 in Fed Funding for the Monroe County Crime Lab; Investment Will Help Maintain Operational Capacity and Reduce Case Backlog

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $345,144 in federal funding for the Monroe County Crime Lab (MCCL). This funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) National Institute of Justice's DNA Backlog Reduction Program. The MCCL currently services 52 law enforcement agencies across eight counties in Upstate New York. However, the lab currently does not have the funding or ability to efficiently perform DNA analyses, resulting in a large … Continue Reading


September 24, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $1 Million in Federal Funding to New York Botanical Garden & Storycorps

New York, NY - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $971,457 in funding for the New York Botanical Garden and StoryCorps. This will be matched by $1,026,458 in private funding for the two recipients. The funding was allocated through the Institute of Museum and Library Services' National Leadership Grants. Specifically, the New York Botanical Garden will receive $846,457 to expand online biodiversity literature. StoryCorps will receive $125,000 for recording … Continue Reading


September 22, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $1.2 Million in Federal Funding for Immigrant-Service Organizations in NYC; Grant Will Support Future Citizens Through Naturalization Process

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,250,000 in federal grants for organizations throughout New York City through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The organizations are each being awarded $250,000 and include: HANAC, Inc.; Shorefront YM-YHWA of Brighton-Manhattan Beach; Emerald Isle Immigration Center; Make the Road New York; and SEIU 1199 League Training and Upgrading Fund. "Immigrants are dreamers and doers and America is a great … Continue Reading


September 22, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand, Donovan, de Blasio Announce More Than One Million in FEMA Funding to Complete Sandy-Related Repairs at Wolfe's Pond Park

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) and Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced $1,427,436 in FEMA funding to repair Hurricane Sandy damage to Wolfe's Pond Park. Specifically, the funding will replace more than 600 square yards of safety surface at park playgrounds, and repair more than 1,400 square yards of asphalt path, among other work. This funding allows for the remaining Sandy-related repairs at Wolfe's Pond Park, as much of the work has … Continue Reading


September 21, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $750,000 in Federal Funding for Domestic Abuse Programs in Albany & Troy

Albany, NY - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $750,000 in federal funding for the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York and the Unity House of Troy. Specifically, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York will receive $400,000 to strengthen civil and criminal legal assistance programs for adult and youth victims of domestic violence and the Unity House of Troy will receive $350,000 to a broad range of holistic, victim-centered transitional housing … Continue Reading


September 21, 2015

Gillibrand Statement on New Campus Assault Story

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today issued the following statement on the results of the new Association of American Universities (AAU) survey that found 23.1 percent of female undergraduate students have experienced unwanted sexual contact: "This is the latest study to confirm that at least one in five undergraduate women experiences some form of sexual assault on their campus. How many surveys will it take before we act with the urgency these crimes demand? We have a … Continue Reading


September 21, 2015

Gillibrand to Push for Federal Medical Marijuana Reforms in Keynote Before the National Cannabis Industry Association

New York, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will speak today before the National Cannabis Industry Association Fall Business Summit to push for the bipartisan reform measures she introduced with Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rand Paul (R-KY). While more than 40 states have legalized some form of medical marijuana, it is still prohibited under federal law. The bipartisan Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act, introduced earlier this year, takes on the … Continue Reading

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