Press Releases

June 25, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $760K In Fed Funding For Syracuse Hancock International Airport In Onondaga County

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $762,300 in federal funding for the Syracuse Hancock International Airport in Onondaga County. This funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This funding will allow the airport to purchase vital equipment needed for snow removal during the winter months as well as improve runway safety by removing obstructions. "Making sure our runways are clear … Continue Reading


June 25, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $315K In Fed Funding For Westchester County Airport

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that Westchester County Airport in White Plains will receive $315,000 in federal funding. This funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and will allow the airport to make critical upgrades to its infrastructure. Specifically, it will allow for the installation of new drainage systems to enhance airport operations and improve overall safety. "Keeping … Continue Reading


June 24, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand & Tonko Announce Over $554,000 In Federal Funding For Albany International Airport

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Paul Tonko today announced that Albany International Airport will receive $554,850 in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for airport upgrades. This project will fund the replacement of 134 airfield guidance signs to enhance aircraft visibility and enhance safety of aircraft movements. "Making sure our runways are clear for takeoff is essential for the safety of our Capital Region travelers," said … Continue Reading


June 24, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $500K In Fed Funding For Waste Water Infrastructure Upgrades In Western NY Communities

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $500,000 in federal funding for the Town of Machias in Cattaraugus County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Grant Program and allows the Village of Arcade and Town of Machias to make critical improvements to their wastewater and sewage systems. Specifically, these funds will allow Machias to construct a wastewater collection system … Continue Reading


June 24, 2015

At Senate Medical Marijuana Hearing, Gillibrand Pushes Bipartisan Reforms To Give Patients Access To Critical Care Without Fear Of Federal Prosecution & Promote Needed Research

**Watch Senator Gillibrand's Opening Remarks HERE** Washington, D.C. - In a hearing today on medical marijuana, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand pushed Congress to pass the bipartisan reform bill that would allow patients to access medical marijuana in states where it is legal without fear of federal prosecution, and would also promote research to understand how the plant can treat illness and disease. The legislation, the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) … Continue Reading


June 22, 2015

Senator Gillibrand Announces New Push To Designate Finger Lakes Region As a National Heritage Area

Penn Yan, NY - Standing at Red Jacket Park on the bank of Keuka Lake, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a new push to designate the Finger Lakes Region as a National Heritage Area. Gillibrand introduced legislation that would authorize the National Parks Service to take the first step towards designating the region as a National Heritage Area by conducting a feasibility study in Cayuga, Chemung, Cortland, Livingston, Monroe, Onondaga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, … Continue Reading


June 22, 2015

At Workforce Development Event Senator Gillibrand Announces New Legislation To Address Skills Gap, Enhance Job Training With Apprenticeship Programs

Syracuse, NY - During an event at Onondaga Community College to address growing workforce demands in New York State's growing food and beverage manufacturing industry, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced new 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 … Continue Reading


June 22, 2015

Gillibrand, Schumer, Blumenthal, Murphy, Israel & Zeldin Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Protect & Restore Long Island Sound

U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Charles E. Schumer, Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy with Representatives Steve Israel a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, and Lee Zeldin today introduced legislation to continue to support the restoration of Long Island Sound through 2020. The Sound borders New York and Connecticut, with 9 million people living on the coast and 24 million people living within 50 … Continue Reading


June 22, 2015

Gillibrand: White House Right To Lift Barrier To Marijuana Research, But Obstacles For Medical Care Remain

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement on the White House proposal to eliminate the Public Health Service review, a requirement applied only to non-federally funded marijuana research. The process has long been considered an obstacle to research and no other substance is subject to similar requirements. "The White House is right to lift a major barrier to conducting essential medical marijuana research. The onerous requirement took too long and cost … Continue Reading


June 22, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $39,000 In Federal Funding For The Elmira Fire Department In Chemung County

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $39,150 in federal funding for the Elmira Fire Department. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The Elmira Fire Department will use this federal investment to outfit active members with new protective gear. "These funds will provide essential upgrades for the Elmira Fire Department," said Senator Schumer. "Firefighters are our … Continue Reading


June 16, 2015

Gillibrand Statement Following Vote On Military Justice Improvement Act

Washington DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement following the vote on the bipartisan Military Justice Improvement Act: "Once again, a majority of the U.S. Senate supported a strongly bipartisan measure to finally hold the military accountable and create a fair, non-biased military justice system. Yet, once again, Senate filibuster rules protected military brass. Still, we will not back down. "I'm encouraged by the growth of our coalition and am grateful to … Continue Reading


June 15, 2015

Tomorrow: Vote Expected On Gillibrand Bipartisan Amendment To Create Unbiased Military Justice System As Average Of 52 New Cases Of Sexual Assault Occur Daily & Retaliation Rate Against Survivors Who Report Unchanged

Speech Text Copied Below with Video Available HERE Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate is expected to vote Tuesday on Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's bipartisan amendment to create an unbiased military justice system following more than two decades of failure by the Department of Defense to address the crisis of sexual assault in the military. Despite incremental reforms, the DoD reported an average of 52 new cases of sexual assault each day and admitted zero progress in curbing the rampant … Continue Reading


June 12, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $585,000 In Federal Funding For Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport will receive $585,000.00 in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for airport upgrades. This project will fund the acquisition of a new replacement Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting vehicle to assist the airport in meeting safety requirements. This is great news for those who fly in and out of the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport every day," said Senator Schumer. … Continue Reading


June 12, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $151,000 In Federal Funding For Adirondack Regional Airport

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that Adirondack Regional Airport in the Saranac Lake area will receive $151,525.00 in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for airport upgrades. This project will fund the installation of a new Runway 27 lighting system to enhance safe airfield operations during low visibility conditions. "This is an important investment that will ensure pilots flying into Adirondack Airport and the Tri-Lakes area will … Continue Reading


June 11, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce FEMA Will Cover Costs Needed To Relocate Niagara Engine Company No. 6 Fire House Out Of Floodplain- Senators Say FEMA Has Approved Additional $6.4 Million To Replace Volunteer Fire Dept. That Was Severely Damaged In Hurricane Irene & Tropical Storm Lee, Rebuilding Will Allow Emergency Responders To Better Protect Residents

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), following their urging, had approved additional federal funds to rebuild the Niagara Engine Company No. 6 Fire House. The fire house was previously located in a high hazard floodplain in Schoharie County, where it was severely damaged during Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. The fire house, built in the 1950s, was flooded with approximately eight feet of water, and … Continue Reading


June 09, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1.2 Million In Federal Funding For Joseph Y. Resnick Airport

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Joseph Y. Resnick Airport in Ulster County will receive $1,214,190.00 in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for airport upgrades. The federal funding will be used for runway renovations and repairing lighting systems. This will enhance the runway's structural integrity and improve safety conditions. "Making sure our runways are clear for takeoff is essential for the safety of our Hudson … Continue Reading


June 08, 2015

As Congress Debates Child Nutrition Standards, Senator Gillibrand Pushes For Fresh Fruits And Vegetables At School & Announces Legislation To Provide More Students With Nutritious Meals When School Is Out For Summer

Buffalo, NY - Standing at Buffalo Promise Neighborhood Children's Academy U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said she will fight to protect healthier food standards and programs for schools as Congress prepares to debate child nutrition standards. Gillibrand also announced bipartisan legislation to provide more children with nutritious meals throughout the summer. Gillibrand's proposed legislation would give more children access to healthy summer meals by expanding the U.S. Department of … Continue Reading


June 08, 2015

As Congress Debates Child Nutrition Standards, Senator Gillibrand Pushes For Fresh Fruits And Vegetables At School & Announces Legislation To Provide More Students With Nutritious Meals When School Is Out For Summer

Rochester, NY - Standing at Foodlink Headquarters, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said she will fight to protect healthier food standards and programs for schools as Congress prepares to debate child nutrition standards. Gillibrand also announced bipartisan legislation to provide more children with nutritious meals throughout the summer. Gillibrand's proposed legislation would give more children access to healthy summer meals by expanding the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food … Continue Reading


June 08, 2015

As Congress Debates Child Nutrition Standards, Gillibrand & Tonko Push For Fresh Fruits And Vegetables At School & Announce Legislation To Provide More Students With Nutritious Meals When School Is Out For Summer

Albany, NY - Standing at Albany School of the Humanities, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Paul Tonko said they will fight to protect healthier food standards and programs for schools as Congress prepares to debate child nutrition standards. Gillibrand and Tonko also announced bipartisan legislation to provide more children with nutritious meals throughout the summer. The proposed legislation would give more children access to healthy summer meals by expanding the U.S. … Continue Reading


June 08, 2015

Gillibrand Urges FAA To Fund Ogdensburg Airport Expansion, Bring In Lower Cost Flights

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fund Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority's $15 million runway expansion request for Ogdensburg International Airport. The expansion would allow for larger aircraft delivery services. The overall project will create construction jobs, bring in lower cost flight options for North Country residents and attract an estimated 38,000 new Canadian tourists into the North County. "This expansion project is a … Continue Reading

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