Press Releases

May 22, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announces $68 Million In Fed Funding For Rochester Laser Lab Has Passed Senate Appropriations Committee

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee and the Senate Appropriations Committee passed an Energy and Water Appropriations bill that includes $68 million for the University of Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE). Schumer and Gillibrand continued their multi-year effort of advocating for funding for LLE during the appropriations process this year and this funding will ensure the University of … Continue Reading


May 22, 2015

Gillibrand Secures Medals For Two Long Island WWII Veterans

Long Island, NY -Two Long Island veterans finally received the war medals they earned, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced today. After receiving requests for assistance, Senator Gillibrand secured military service medals and fixed the records of veterans Alfred Jacobson and Herbert Klein. "Our veterans should get the recognition they deserve for their service to our country, and I am pleased Mr. Klein and the late Mr. Jacobson received the honors that they earned for their brave … Continue Reading


May 20, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $180,000 In Federal Funding For The Cleveland Fire Department And Scipio Volunteer Fire Company In Central NY

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $143,810 in federal funding for the Cleveland Fire Department and $44,388 in federal funding for the Scipio Volunteer Fire Company to purchase new equipment. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. "It is critical that we provide our local fire companies with the funding they need to keep our citizens safe and do their jobs … Continue Reading


May 19, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand, De Blasio Announce Over $1 Million In Federal Sandy Funding For Repairs To Staten island

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced $1,197,251.53 in federal funding for Sandy-related repairs to Staten Island. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) used for ongoing repairs as a result of natural disasters. The funding was awarded to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYCDPR) and will be used for structural renovations to the Midland Beach Parking Lot where two parking … Continue Reading


May 19, 2015

Gillibrand Introduces New Legislation To End Discrimination Against Potential LGBT Adoptive And Foster Parents Based On Their Sexual Orientation & Open More Loving Homes To Children Being Left Behind

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today introduced new legislation to bar any entity that receives federal funds and is involved in adoption or foster care placement from discriminating against parents based on sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status. Though as many as two million LGBT people nationally would adopt if able, many states ban same-sex couples from adopting or fostering children. Nationwide, there are an estimated 402,000 children in the U.S. foster … Continue Reading


May 18, 2015

Gillibrand Statement On Shocking New Human Rights Watch Report On Retaliation Against Military Sexual Assault Survivors Shows Complete Lack Of Accountability

Washington, DC - U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement after Human Rights Watch unveiled a new report on retaliation against sexual assault survivors in the military. The Human Rights Watch report delivers more evidence that the military has not yet effectively addressed retaliation against sexual assault survivors. Based on over 255 interviews conducted between October 2013 and April 2015, the report includes … Continue Reading


May 17, 2015

Gillibrand, Families, Advocates Announce New Legislation To End Discrimination Against Potential LGBT Adoptive And Foster Parents Based On Their Sexual Orientation; Opening More Loving homes To Children Being Left Behind

New York, NY - Standing with LGBT families and advocates, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that she will introduce the Every Child Deserves a Family Act this week to open more homes to children by ending discrimination against adoptive and foster parents based on sexual orientation, gender identity and marital status. Nationwide, there are an estimated 402,000 children in the U.S. foster care system, and 23,000 children will "age out" before finding a permanent home. In New York … Continue Reading


May 13, 2015

Gillibrand Testifies Before VA Committee To Help Hundreds Of Thousands Of “Blue Water” Vietnam Vets Exposed To Agent Orange But Denied Health And Disability Benefits

**WATCH Senator Gillibrand's Testimony Before The Veterans' Affairs Committee** Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today testified before the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on behalf of hundreds of thousands "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. Here is her testimony as prepared for today's hearing: "Mr. Chairman, Thank you for holding … Continue Reading


May 13, 2015

New Investigation Finds Failing American Food Safety System Causing Millions Of Illness, Gillibrand Introduces New Legislation To Final Establish Mandatory Recall Of Contaminated Meat & Poultry

Washington, D.C. - In the wake of a devastating investigation aired last night by PBS' Frontline of the American food safety system and the millions of preventable food-borne illnesses contracted each year, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today introduced the Meat and Poultry Recall Notification Act to finally provide the USDA mandatory recall authority over contaminated meat and poultry. The Frontline report documents the spread of dangerous contaminants through poultry processors and how … Continue Reading


May 12, 2015

Gillibrand Nominates Rabbi Arthur Schneier For The Presidential Medal Of Freedom

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the nomination of Rabbi Arthur Schneier for the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award. In a letter to the President, Gillibrand celebrated Rabbi Schneier's decades-long fight for human rights around the world. The letter was also signed by Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Robert Casey (D-PA). "Rabbi Schneier has worked for 50 years on behalf of … Continue Reading


May 12, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce SBA Disaster Assistance Now Available To Hudson Valley Businesses Affected By Drought

U.S. Senators Charles. E Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that New York businesses affected by last year's drought, beginning August 15, 2014, can now apply for low-interest disaster loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBA will accept applications for emergency federal loans through June 1st. The SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and most private … Continue Reading


May 11, 2015

Senator Gillibrand Announces Legislation To Bolster Manufacturing Education At Universities And Train New York’s Workforce For 21st Century Economy

Binghamton, NY - Standing at Binghamton University today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced new bipartisan legislation to bolster manufacturing education at universities and train the workforce to meet the growing demands of the 21st century manufacturing sector. Gillibrand introduced The Manufacturing Universities Act of 2015, a bipartisan bill that would designate 25 universities as 'Manufacturing Universities' and provide schools with incentives to better align their educational … Continue Reading


May 11, 2015

Senator Gillibrand, Rochester Area Families Push For New Bipartisan Medical Marijuana Bill, Allowing New York State Patients- Including Veterans- To Access Necessary Care Without Fear Of Federal Prosecution When State Program Launches Next Year

Rochester, NY - Standing at the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Rochester Area families with children and loved ones in need of treatment today pushed for the passage of new bipartisan legislation that will allow the use of medical marijuana in states where it is legal without fear of federal prosecution. Gillibrand's new bill the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act would reschedule marijuana from a Schedule I to … Continue Reading


May 11, 2015

Senator Gillibrand, Western New York Families Push For New Bipartisan Medical Marijuana Bill, Allowing New York State Patients- Including Veterans- To Access Necessary Care Without Fear Of Federal Prosecution When State Program Launches Next Year

Amherst, NY - Standing at the DENT Neurological Institute, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Western New York families with children and loved ones in need of treatment today pushed for the passage of new bipartisan legislation that will allow the use of medical marijuana in states where it is legal without fear of federal prosecution. Gillibrand's new bill the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act would reschedule marijuana from a Schedule I to Schedule II … Continue Reading


May 11, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce SBA Disaster Assistance Now Available To Businesses Statewide Affected By Flooding

U.S. Senators Charles. E Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that New York businesses affected by last year's flooding, from April 1st through July 8th, 2014, can now apply for low-interest disaster loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and most private non-profit organizations. The SBA will accept these applications for … Continue Reading


May 11, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce over $16,000 In Federal Funding For Brier Hill Fire District

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $16,629 in federal funding for the Brier Hill Fire District in St. Lawrence County to purchase new equipment to respond to emergencies more effectively. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) Grant Program. The Brier Hill Fire District will use this federal investment to purchase 45 new pagers for fire personnel. The funding also … Continue Reading


May 08, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $23K in Fed Funds for Western Turnpike Rescue Squad in Albany County

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $23,193 in federal funding for the Western Turnpike Rescue Squad. These funds were allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). This funding will allow the Western Turnpike Rescue Squad to purchase protective gear, including pants, extrication coats, gloves and helmets. The gear will protect emergency personnel when handling the approximately 200 motor vehicle … Continue Reading


May 07, 2015

Gillibrand Statement on Senate Passage of Iran Nuclear Agreement Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today issued the following statement on the Senate's passage of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Act, which she co-sponsored: "It is in the national security interest of the United States and Israel to secure a strong, verifiable deal that prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. The Iran Nuclear Agreement Act passed today in the U.S. Senate will provide Congress with the appropriate oversight to review any potential agreement with Iran … Continue Reading


May 06, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $5.5 Million in Federal Funding for Cornell University to Study & Improve Crop Sustainability

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $5,499,997 in federal funding for Cornell University to use genome editing techniques that will allow it to study and thereby improve crop sustainability. Specifically, this funding will be allocated over four years through a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant and allow researchers to determine the positive and negative DNA strands of rice - which is a staple crop that feeds half the world's people - in order to … Continue Reading


May 04, 2015

Gillibrand Releases New Military Sexual Assault Report: New Data Revels high Prevalence of Assault Among Civilian Women & Military Spouses, Widening True Scope of Problem; underreporting and Distrust of Military Justice System Persist

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today released a new report on military sexual assault, finding in a review of 107 case files provided by the Department of Defense a high prevalence of sexual assault against civilian women near bases and civilian spouses of servicemembers - two survivor groups not counted in DoD prevalence surveys - raising new questions about the scope of both the survivor population and underreporting. The analysis reaffirms a lack of trust in the military … Continue Reading

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