Press Releases

July 24, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $43,000 In Federal Funding For The Dekalb Junction Volunteer Fire Department In St. Lawrence County

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $43,429 in federal funding for the DeKalb Junction Volunteer Fire Department. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The DeKalb Volunteer Fire Department will use this federal investment to purchase new fire turnout gear and Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) or air packs. "The dedicated men and women at the DeKalb Volunteer … Continue Reading


July 24, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $300,000 In Fed Funding For Columbia County Airport

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $308,610 in federal funding for the Columbia County Airport. This funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This grant will fund the installation of a new 20,000 feet of perimeter fencing in two phases. The new fence will replace a 25 year-old perimeter chain-link fencing and gate system with structural defects to improve security and deter … Continue Reading


July 24, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $19,000 In Federal Funding For The Athens Volunteer Fire Department In Greene County

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $19,953 in federal funding for the Athens Volunteer Fire Department. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The Athens Volunteer Fire Department will use this federal investment to purchase a washer/extractor and dryer to clean firefighter turnout gear. "This much-needed funding will allow the Athens Fire Department to purchase the … Continue Reading


July 23, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand, Israel, Zeldin, Meeks, Rice & King Announce Over $21 Million In Federal Sandy Funding For Repairs To Long Island Power Authority

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and Representatives Steve Israel (NY-3), Lee Zeldin (NY-1), Gregory Meeks (NY-5), Kathleen Rice (NY-4) and Peter King (NY-2) today announced that the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) will receive $21,188,947.15 in federal funding for emergency work and additional protective work done as a result of Superstorm Sandy. The award will be made in two separate grants. The first grant provides $19,906,417.70 for emergency repairs to LIPA's … Continue Reading


July 22, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $270,000 For Mineola Fire Dept To Purchase New Self Contained Breathing Apparatus

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $271,143 in federal funding for the Mineola Fire Department. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). According to the Mineola Fire Department, funding will be used to purchase new self-contained breathing apparatus, including a facepiece, two air bottles and one unit. The new equipment will help protect firefighters from heat, smoke, fire and … Continue Reading


July 21, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand: Sandy Victims In New York Are Yet Again Facing Possibility Of Being Forced To Return Federal Aid Received In Aftermath Of Superstorm Sandy; Senators Urge Feds To Waive ‘Duplication Of Benefits’ Policy & Allow Federal CDBG-NY Rising Grant Recipients To Keep Additional National Flood Insurance Settlement Funds

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today called on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to forego any efforts to claw-back National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) insurance money among Superstorm Sandy victims who have recently received additional flood insurance payouts. After Schumer and Gillibrand's push, FEMA has sought to rectify the widespread evidence of systemic and potentially fraudulent of … Continue Reading


July 20, 2015

Gillibrand, Rangel & Velazquez Nominate Arturo Alfonso Schomburg For The Presidential Medal Of Freedom

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Representatives Charles Rangel (D-NY) and Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) today announced the nomination of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg for the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award. In a letter to the President, they celebrated Mr. Schomburg's social activism and dedication to preserving culture and history. "Arturo Alfonso Schomburg worked to enhance black culture around the world, and his collection of black … Continue Reading


July 20, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand & Jeffries Announce $100K In FEMAA Funding For Sea Gate Bulkhead Project, Providing Protection Between Beach 48th St. To Beach 50th St.; Hazard Mitigation Funding Covers Full Cost of Phase 1 Of Project, Which Will Protect Against Storm Damage To Sea Gate & Coney Island Community In The Future

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved $100,000 funding for phase 1 of Sea Gate's proposed bulkhead project through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). The perimeter bulkhead and sea wall of Sea Gate that previously protected the homes and buildings from storm surge and flooding was damaged by Superstorm Sandy, leaving Sea Gate and the surrounding areas of … Continue Reading


July 20, 2015

Senator Gillibrand Announces New Push To Ban Plastic Microbeads In Personal Care Products

Plattsburgh, NY - Standing at Champlain Park, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined by Bill Howland, Director of the Lake Champlain Basin Program and Mike Winslow, Staff Scientist announced a new push to ban plastic microbeads in personal care products. Senator Gillibrand introduced the bipartisan Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015, legislation to federally ban cosmetics containing synthetic plastic microbeads. Plastic microbeads are found in personal care products like facial scrubs, body … Continue Reading


July 20, 2015

Gillibrand & Schneiderman Announce New Push To Ban Plastic Microbeads In Personal Care Products

West Sayville, NY - Standing at the Long Island Maritime Museum, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, joined by Suffolk County Legislator Bill Lindsay III and Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment announced a new push to ban plastic microbeads in personal care products. Senator Gillibrand introduced the bipartisan Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015, legislation to federally ban cosmetics containing synthetic plastic … Continue Reading


July 16, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge The Small Business Administration To Be Ready To Swiftly Approve Disaster Declaration For Southern Tier And Finger Lakes Counties That Were Severely Impacted By Last Month’s Flooding

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the Small Business Administration (SBA) to be ready to swiftly approve any forthcoming requests from New York State for federal support in light of the severe flooding in communities across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes, if the damage assessment meets the federal threshold. Specifically, Schumer and Gillibrand wrote to SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet following a tour done by SBA officials in the region to perform … Continue Reading


July 15, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $45,000 In Fed Funding For Wellsville Municipal Airport In Allegany County

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $45,000 in federal funding for the Wellsville Municipal Airport in Allegany County. This funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This grant will fund the removal of obstructions on the Runway 10/28 approach and transitional surfaces to improve runway safety. "Keeping our airport runways in top-notch shape is crucial to attracting business and … Continue Reading


July 15, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $23,000 In Federal Funding For The McDonough Fire Department In Chenango County

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $23,810 in federal funding for the McDonough Fire Department to purchase new equipment. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The McDonough Fire Department will use this federal investment to purchase fire turnout gear along with additional gloves and hoods for firefighters. "It is critical that we provide our fire departments with … Continue Reading


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

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