Press Releases

July 07, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $234K In Federal Funds For North Country Fire Departments

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $234,081 in federal funding for two fire departments in the North Country. The funding was awarded through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the Upper Jay Volunteer Fire Department in Essex County will receive $34,286 in funding to purchase 15 new sets of personal protective equipment sets as well as replace its 1,000 foot long fire hose, which is over 20 … Continue Reading


July 07, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $650K In Federal Funding For Oswego County Airport

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $648,255 in federal funding for the Oswego County Airport. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). These federal funds will allow the airport to replace its runway's aging lighting system to ensure safe operations, departures and arrivals during low-visibility conditions. These funds will also allow the airport to construct a new visual guidance … Continue Reading


July 06, 2016

Gillibrand Announces USDA To Expand Barley Crop Insurance Coverage To New York State Producers, Boosting Local Breweries & Distilleries

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) will be expanding conventional barley crop insurance to 13 new counties this year and an additional 16 counties for crop year 2017. Additionally, RMA will begin offering coverage for malting barley in four counties beginning in 2017. This expansion comes after Senator Gillibrand called on USDA Secretary Vilsack to provide crop insurance for barley in … Continue Reading


July 06, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $80K In Federal Funds For Two Dutchess County Fire Departments

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $82,927 in federal funds for two Dutchess County fire departments. This funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the Village of Fishkill Fire Department in Dutchess County will receive $58,381 to purchase new protective turnout gear to keep firefighters safe while in burning buildings and dangerous situations. The Arlington Fire … Continue Reading


July 06, 2016

Nadler, Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $10.6 Million Federal Grant To Port Authority For Cross Harbor Freight Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced over $10.6 million in federal grant money awarded to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for key elements of the Cross Harbor Freight Program, which will finally connect the New York City region to the national freight rail grid. The grant is part of the Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects Program, also known as the FASTLANE program, which Congress authorized as part of the Fixing … Continue Reading


July 05, 2016

Senator Gillibrand Statement On Veterans First Legislation

"While I support the initiatives in the Veterans First Act, this is not how we should be funding these important measures. The New GI Bill is a critical tool in the reintegration of our veterans after service and we should be looking for ways to fund these new and improved veterans programs without harming this program. I am also frustrated that the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act was excluded from the Veterans First Act. Thousands of Vietnam Veterans are suffering horrific health … Continue Reading


July 05, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $720K In Federal Funding For Syracuse Hancock International Airport

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $720,000 in federal funding for the Syracuse Hancock International Airport in Onondaga County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This federal funding will allow the airport to purchase vital equipment needed for snow removal during the winter months. With these funds, the Syracuse Hancock International Airport will be able to purchase … Continue Reading


June 30, 2016

Senator Gillibrand Statement On Secretary Carter's Decision To Lift Ban On Transgender Service In The Military

"I congratulate Secretary Carter for making the decision today to lift the ban on transgender service in the military, ending this outdated and discriminatory policy," said Senator Gillibrand, ranking member of the Senate Armed Service Committee's Personnel Subcommittee. "Service members who are willing to die for our country deserve to be allowed to live and serve openly and the only thing that should matter is an individual's ability to serve. I will do everything I can to support the … Continue Reading


June 30, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand & Rice Announce Nearly $4.5 Million In Federal Funding For Sandy-Damaged East Rockaway High School

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded nearly $4.5 million to the East Rockaway School District for Sandy-related repairs and mitigation work at East Rockaway High School. Students at the high school were displaced for six months after Superstorm Sandy severely damaged the school's entire electrical system, main boilers, the gymnasium floor, multiple … Continue Reading


June 30, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $1.2 Million To Support Domestic Violence Survivors In NYC

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,283,497 in federal funding to the Gay Men's Health Crisis, Inc. (GMHC) in New York City. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) under the Violence Against Women Act and Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (VAWA/HOPWA). The GMHC will receive $1,085,977 through HOPWA and another $197,520 through the … Continue Reading


June 30, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $1 Million To Support Domestic Violence Survivors In Troy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,066,776 in federal funding to the Unity House of Troy, Inc. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) under the Violence Against Women Act and Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (VAWA/HOPWA). The Unity House of Troy will receive $869,257 through HOPWA and another $197,519 through the transitional … Continue Reading


June 30, 2016

Senator Gillibrand, Joined By Bipartisan Group Of Senators And Representatives, Urge DEA To Remove Barriers To Research On Medical Marijuana, Request Meeting

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), along with Senators Cory A. Booker (D-NJ), Jeffrey A. Merkley (D- OR), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and U.S. Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO) and Ted Lieu (D-CA) sent a letter today urging acting Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator Chuck Rosenberg to remove barriers to research on medical marijuana to facilitate new medical research on cannabis and its derivatives. The Senators and … Continue Reading


June 29, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $257 Million In Anti-Terrorism Funding For NYPD & Law Enforcement Agencies

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced today that New York is set to receive $257,236,686 million in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). First, Schumer and Gillibrand announced $178,623,000 in Fiscal Year 2016 funding for the New York City area through the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI). The UASI program provides funding to address the unique needs of high-threat, … Continue Reading


June 29, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $780K In Federal Funding For North Country Airports In Franklin, St. Lawrence, Jefferson & Clinton Counties

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $786,432 in federal funding for airports across the North Country. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Specifically, the Malone-Dufort Airport in Franklin County will receive $434,972 in funding to reconstruct 5,000 square yards of the airport's aircraft parking apron pavement, which has reached the end of its useful life. The Potsdam … Continue Reading


June 29, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $300K In Federal Funding For Oneonta Municipal Airport In Otsego County

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $306,255 in federal funding for the Oneonta Municipal Airport in Otsego County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). With these funds, the airport will be able to expand its aircraft apron by 2,200 square yard in order to provide additional space for aircraft parking. "Keeping our airports up-to-date is crucial to attracting business and … Continue Reading


June 29, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Secure Over $5.1 Million To Improve Emergency Preparedness For Religious Institutions & Organizations In-And-Around NYC; Grants Awarded To 66 At-Risk Jewish Schools and Congregations

U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced today that 66 New York Jewish organizations, including schools and congregations, and more have received a combined total of $5,172,143 for the 2016 fiscal year as Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) Awardees. The program, run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), awards federal funds to nonprofit organizations that are at a high risk of a national terrorist attack to … Continue Reading


June 28, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $800,000 In Federal Funding For Lighting Upgrades At Brookhaven and Republic Airport

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced more than $800,000 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant funding for upgrades at airports on Long Island. Specifically, $234,338 in funds will be provided to Brookhaven Calabro Airport for new taxiway lighting and $569,605 in funds will be provided to Republic Airport for the installation of an airport beacon. "This important investment will help improve safety at both Brookhaven Calabro Airport and Republic … Continue Reading


June 28, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $10 Million In Federal Sandy Relief Funds For Repairs To Nassau County Buildings & Equipment

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced $9,848,434 in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding for Nassau County, which will reimburse the cost of Superstorm Sandy-related repairs for buildings and equipment. The funds also include hazard mitigation efforts. "Buildings throughout Nassau County were hit hard by Superstorm Sandy and in need of critical repairs," said U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer "These federal funds will not only help make Nassau … Continue Reading


June 27, 2016

Gillibrand, Feinstein, DeLauro & Slaughter Urge USDA To Revise Pathogen Testing Protocols

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Dianne Feinstein and Representatives Rosa Luisa DeLauro and Louise Slaughter today wrote to the U.S. Department of Agriculture urging them to revise current pathogen testing protocols to improve test accuracy and protect the public health. The members wrote to USDA Secretary, Thomas J. Vilsack in response an article published this month by the Agricultural Research Service entitled, "Effect of Simulated Sanitizer Carryover on Recovery of … Continue Reading


June 24, 2016

Gillibrand Announces Legislation To Protect New York's Natural Resources, Prevent Invasive Species From Entering The U.S.

Ithaca, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today announced the Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention Act, legislation to protect New York's natural resources from the threat of invasive species. This legislation would prevent potentially harmful species from being imported into the country and across state lines. "The Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention Act would give federal wildlife officials new tools to keep out invasive … Continue Reading

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