Press Releases

July 14, 2015

Senator Gillibrand Introduces Bipartisan Bill To Crack Down On The Flow Of Illegal Guns To New York State Through The “Iron Pipeline” And Prevent Gun Violence

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today introduced bipartisan gun trafficking legislation aimed at cracking down on the daily flow of illegal guns on our nation's streets. Authored along with Republican Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), the Hadiya Pendleton and Nyasia Pryear-Yard Gun Trafficking & Crime Prevention Act of 2015 would make gun trafficking a federal crime and provide tools to law enforcement to get illegal guns off the streets, away from criminal networks and street … Continue Reading


July 14, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand, Meeks, De Blasio Announce Over $35 Million In Sandy-Relief Funding For Repairs Made To Rockaway’s Beach Channel High School

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Gregory Meeks and Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced $35,264,759 in federal funding for the New York City School Construction Authority. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding is a reimbursement for permanent Sandy-related repairs made to the Beach Channel High School. Beach Channel High School, in Jamaica Bay, Queens suffered severe damage during Hurricane Sandy. Some of the funds will be used for … Continue Reading


July 14, 2015

Gillibrand Statement On The Iran Nuclear Agreement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today issued the following statement on the announcement of the Iran nuclear agreement: "I strongly supported and helped pass the sanctions that were put in place that brought Iran to the table, but sanctions alone won't work. The best outcome for the national security interests of the United States and Israel is a strong, verifiable deal that prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Now that the deal is complete, it is Congress's duty … Continue Reading


July 13, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $560K In Federal Funding For City Of Norwich Fire Department In Chenango County

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced today $560,694 in federal funding for the City of Norwich Fire Department in Chenango County. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. The federal funding will enable the department to hire three new, full-time firefighters, allowing the City of Norwich to increase the number of firefighters on duty from a … Continue Reading


July 13, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $645K For Seven CNY Fire Departments In Oswego, Oneida, Cortland And Madison Counties

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced nearly $645,000 in federal funding for seven fire departments in the Central NY region. This federal funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, $141,667 in funding will be awarded to the New Haven Volunteer Fire Corporation in in Oswego County, $24,953 will be awarded to the Deerfield Fire District in Oneida County, $202,381 will … Continue Reading


July 13, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $60K In Fed Funding For Limestone Volunteer Fire Department In Cattaraugus County

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $66,343 in federal funding for Limestone Volunteer Fire Department in Cattaraugus County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The Limestone Volunteer Fire Department will use this federal funding to purchase new Self Contained Breathing Apparatuses (SCBAs), or air packs. These SCBA air-packs help firefighters breathe when in burning … Continue Reading


July 13, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $53,000 In Federal Funding For The Delanson Fire Company In Schenectady

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $53,953 in federal funding for the Delanson Fire Company to purchase new equipment. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The Delanson Fire Company will use this federal investment to purchase ten Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) or air packs. "It is critical that we provide our fire departments with the cutting edge … Continue Reading


July 12, 2015

Gillibrand With NYPD, Everytown For Gun Safety & Community Advocates Unveil Bipartisan Bill To Crack Down On The Flow Of Illegal Guns Through The “Iron Pipeline” And Gang Violence – With 3 NYPD Officers Murdered By Illegal Guns In A Span Of 4 Months This Year, Time For Congress To Act

New York, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) with NYPD Chief of Department James P. O'Neill, Everytown for Gun Safety, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence and Harlem Mothers Save today announced the introduction of bipartisan gun trafficking legislation aimed at cracking down on the daily flow of illegal guns on our nation's streets. Authored along with Republican Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), the Hadiya Pendleton and Nyasia Pryear-Yard Gun Trafficking & Crime Prevention Act of 2015 … Continue Reading


July 10, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $500K in Fed Funding For Lackawanna Fire Department In Erie County

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $536,324 in federal funding for the Lackawanna Fire Department in Erie County. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. The federal funding will allow the Lackawanna Fire Department to hire four new, full-time firefighters, increasing the Department's full-time staff substantially, by nearly ten percent. … Continue Reading


July 09, 2015

Gillibrand Statement On Fort Drum And Army Structure Changes

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement today on the Army's announcement that it will reduce Fort Drum by 28 Military Personnel: "As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I've fought tirelessly and will continue to fight for Fort Drum because the base and the soldiers stationed there are critical to the Army's mission, to our national security and to the North Country. Fort Drum's troops are not only among the best prepared but they are … Continue Reading


July 09, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand, Serrano, Rangel, Crowley Announce Congress Has Passed Legislation That Will Recognize The First Puerto Rican Congressman In Us History, Herman Badillo, By Naming Bronx’s Morrisania Post Office In His Honor; Urge President To Sign Legislation Immediately

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressmembers José E. Serrano, Charles Rangel, and Joseph Crowley today announced that both the Senate and the House of Representatives have passed legislation to rename the Morrisania Post Office, located in the Bronx, in honor of former Congressman and Bronx Borough President Herman Badillo. Badillo became the first Puerto-Rican city commissioner and borough president, and was the first Congressman to be born in Puerto … Continue Reading


July 09, 2015

Gillibrand And Portman Lead Bipartisan Push To Protect Federal Funds For Teacher Training With New Amendment To Prevent Cuts To Schools Across The Country

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rob Portman (R-OH) today introduced a new amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act, the elementary and secondary education reauthorization bill that would dramatically reduce the federal funds allocated to 14 states for teacher and principal professional development. The amendment corrects the formula used to distribute funding for professional development, known as Title II-A, to ensure states receive the investment they need. … Continue Reading


July 08, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $30,000 For Ogdensburg And Richville Fire Departments In St. Lawrence County

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $16,366 in federal funding for the Ogdensburg Fire Department and $14,286 in federal funding for the Richville Volunteer Fire Department. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). "It is critical that we provide our local fire companies with the resources and tools they need to keep our citizens safe and do their jobs effectively," said Senator … Continue Reading


July 08, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand & De Blasio Announce Over $115 Million In Federal Sandy Funding For Waste Water Treatment Plant Repairs & resiliency Throughout NYC

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced $115,872,995.47 in federal funding for Sandy-related repairs throughout New York City. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under authority of Section 406 of the Robert T. Stafford Act and will be used to repair and make more resilient damaged electrical conduits at fifteen wastewater treatment facilities that was caused by Hurricane … Continue Reading


July 08, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $152,000 In Federal Funding For The Oneida Fire Department

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $152,858 in federal funding for the Oneida Fire Department. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The Oneida Department will use this federal investment to replace all of the fire department's Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) or air packs. The current inventory of the department's SCBAs are over twenty years old. "It is … Continue Reading


July 06, 2015

Gillibrand, Hanna Announce New Push To Help Thousands Of “Blue Water” Vietnam Vets Harmed By Agent Orange But Ignored By Feds Due To Technicality In The Law

Utica, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Richard Hanna today announced a new push to pass bipartisan legislation to ensure thousands of Navy veterans known as "Blue Water" vets from the Vietnam War exposed to the powerful toxin Agent Orange will be eligible to receive disability and health care benefits they have earned for diseases linked to Agent Orange exposure. Gillibrand is rallying support for the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2015, legislation that would … Continue Reading


July 06, 2015

Gillibrand, Gibson & Tonko Announce New Push To Help Thousands of “Blue Water” Vietnam Vets Harmed By Agent Orange But Ignored By Feds Due To Technicality In The Law

Albany, NY - Standing at the American Legion Post - Joseph E. Zaloga Post 1520, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representatives Chris Gibson and Paul Tonko today announced a new push to pass bipartisan legislation to ensure thousands of Navy veterans known as "Blue Water" vets from the Vietnam War exposed to the powerful toxin Agent Orange will be eligible to receive disability and health care benefits they have earned for diseases linked to Agent Orange exposure. Gillibrand is rallying … Continue Reading


July 06, 2015

Gillibrand, Maloney Announces New Push To Help Thousands of “Blue Water” Vietnam Vets Harmed By Agent Orange But Ignored By Feds Due To Technicality In The Law

Maybrook, NY - Standing at the Maybrook VFW Post 2064, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Sean Patrick Maloney today announced a new push to pass bipartisan legislation to ensure thousands of Navy veterans known as "Blue Water" vets from the Vietnam War exposed to the powerful toxin Agent Orange will be eligible to receive disability and health care benefits they have earned for diseases linked to Agent Orange exposure. Gillibrand is rallying support for the Blue Water Navy … Continue Reading


July 02, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $2.3 Million In Federal Head Start Funds For Oswego County Opportunities, Inc.

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,302,042 in federal funding for the Oswego County Opportunities, Inc., a community based organization in Fulton County. Schumer and Gillibrand said this funding will continue to support the organization's efforts to improve education for low-income children at their earliest age, when major learning strides take place. "Children are most impacted by their earliest lessons and carry those teachings through their academic … Continue Reading


June 26, 2015

Gillibrand, Rounds Lead Bipartisan Letter To Obama On Israel

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) today led 22 Senators in a bipartisan letter to President Obama urging him to continue to reinforce the United States' unwavering commitment to Israel. The letter encourages the administration to continue the long-standing U.S. policy of focusing on negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians as they work toward a long-term, viable solution leading to two states living side by side in peace and security. … Continue Reading

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