Press Releases

March 02, 2015

After Explosive ‘60 Minutes’ Story: Gillibrand, Schumer, Menendez, Booker Call For New Congressional Oversight Hearings In Senate Banking Committee Of FEMA-Run National Flood Insurance Program Ridden With Evidence Of “Widespread Fraud” And Potential Criminal Activity

New York, NY - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Charles E. Schumer, Robert Menendez and Cory Booker today called on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs to hold new oversight hearings of the flood insurance claims of homeowners impacted by Superstorm Sandy through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which is run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). According to federal court records and recent news reports, including a months-long investigation … Continue Reading


February 26, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Town Of Marshall To Receive More Than $2.7 Million In FEMA Funds To Upgrade Flood-Prone Bridge Over The Oriskany Creek

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced $2,737,500 in federal funding for the Town of Marshall in Oneida County to upgrade and scour the flood-prone bridge over the Oriskany Creek on Buell Avenue. These funds, which are being awarded as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) will cover 100 percent of the cost for the project. The funds will allow the county to improve the State Route 315 bridge over the … Continue Reading


February 26, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Town Of Keene To Receive More Than $3.4 Million In FEMA Funds To Upgrade Flood-Prone Bridge Over East Branch Ausable River

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced $3,472,000 in federal funding for the Town of Keene in Essex County to upgrade and scour the flood-prone bridge over the East Branch Ausable River on Route 73. These funds, which are being awarded as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) will cover 100 percent of the cost for the project. The funds will allow the county to improve the Route 73 bridge over the … Continue Reading


February 26, 2015

Expanded Bipartisan Coalition Introduces Legislation to Prevent Sexual Assaults on College and University Campuses, Protect Students & Create Real Accountability

WASHINGTON - An expanded bipartisan coalition of 12 Senators - including two newly elected members - today introduced a strengthened version of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act. With added input from survivors, students, colleges and universities, law enforcement and advocates, the bill would flip the current incentives of a broken system to provide real accountability and transparency from higher education institutions. The legislation would professionalize the response to and … Continue Reading


February 24, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand, De Blasio Announce $116 Million In Federal Sandy Relief Funding For NYC’s Rapid Repairs Program

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced over $116 million in federal funding to reimburse New York City's Rapid Repairs Program, which was established in the wake of Superstorm Sandy to make emergency repairs to damaged homes. Emergency work through this program included basic repairs to electrical systems, heat and hot water in homes, or the installation of temporary boilers. These repairs helped make homes livable until permanent … Continue Reading


February 24, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand, Higgins & Collins Urge Air Force To Make Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station Host For New Refuel Tankers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representatives Brian Higgins and Chris Collins urged the Air Force to choose Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS) as a host station for the third main operating base (MOB 3) for the new KC-46A Pegasus tankers. The new tankers are used to refuel aircrafts and are vital to Air Force operations. Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and Reps. Higgins and Collins have long supported Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. … Continue Reading


February 24, 2015

A Week After Feds Bust Trafficking Ring In Rochester, Senator Gillibrand Spotlights Problem Of Human Trafficking, Testifies At Senate Judiciary Hearing

Watch Senator Gillibrand Testify Before the Committee HERE Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand spotlighted the problem of human tracking today as she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee at a hearing on protecting victims. This hearing was a result of a letter by Senator Gillibrand and all 19 of her women colleagues to the Committee's Chair and Ranking members, demanding a hearing to address this issue. Earlier this month, Senator Gillibrand introduced a human … Continue Reading


February 24, 2015

Senator Gillibrand & Congressman Higgins Announce Award Of More Than $2 Million For Roswell Park Study On Breast Cancer Metastasis

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Brian Higgins today announced a Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) researcher has received a five-year, $2.01 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to explore the paradoxical observation of how normal cells of the body influence the progression of breast cancer. "The battle against breast cancer is ongoing and it's critical that we invest in cutting-edge, life-saving cancer research," Senator Gillibrand … Continue Reading


February 24, 2015

Gillibrand Statement On Urgent Need To Fully Fund Homeland Security Department

Washington, DC - With three days left before funding for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security runs out, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today released the following statement urging Congress to quickly pass a bill that would fully fund DHS: "A fully funded Department of Homeland Security is vitally important to ensuring the safety of New Yorkers and Americans across the country. While there are strong opinions on both immigration and national security, that debate cannot interrupt our … Continue Reading


February 24, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $700,000 In Federal Funds For New Water Infrastructure In Orleans County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $692,000 in funding for the Town of Barre in Orleans County to make new investments in local water infrastructure. The Town of Barre will receive a $384,000 loan, along with a grant of $308,000 to construct a new water main, valves and hydrants that will extend clean water access to residents on Eagle Harbor, Route 31A and Long Bridge roads who currently have contaminated private wells. The funding was … Continue Reading


February 23, 2015

At North Shore Lij’s Unified Behavioral Health Center, Gillibrand, King And Zeldin Hail Passage Of The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention For American Veterans Act And Make Push For Continued Bipartisan Action To Help Veterans

Bay Shore, NY - Standing at the North Shore LIJ's Unified Behavioral Health Center, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Pete King (NY-2) and Rep. Lee Zeldin (NY-1) praised the passage of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act. Gillibrand is an original cosponsor of the bill (S. 167/H.R. 203) which the House and Senate unanimously passed this month and was signed into law. The bill aims to help reduce veteran suicides by improving mental health care and enhancing … Continue Reading


February 23, 2015

Ahead Of National Debate On 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

Ithaca, NY - Standing in the Beverly J. Martin Elementary School cafeteria, 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


February 23, 2015

Ahead Of National Debate On 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

Binghamton, NY - Standing in the Binghamton High School cafeteria, 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 … Continue Reading


February 18, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $9 Million In Head Start Grants For Brooklyn & Staten Island

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced more than $9 million in grants for early childhood education programs in Brooklyn and Staten Island, which will serve children from low-income families. Community organizations from across the state applied for the funding, and the award to three programs in New York City will support Early Head Start and Head Start programs that provide critical education and development services. "Skillfully educating … Continue Reading


February 17, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $5 Million In Federal Sandy-Relief Funding For Long Island Beaches, Including Replacement Of Long Beach Dune Walkovers & Permanent Repairs Throughout Hard-Hit Jones Beach

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced over $5 million in federal Sandy relief funding for Long Island. Specifically, $4.1 million in federal funding will be provided to the city of Long Beach to replace city-owned dune overwalks and mobi-mats (beach access mats) damaged in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. In addition, over $1 million in federal funding will be provided to Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation for permanent work of the Jones Beach … Continue Reading


February 17, 2015

At Central New York Veteran’s Outreach Center, Senator Gillibrand Hails Passage Of The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention For American Veterans Act And Makes Push For Continued Bipartisan Action To Help Veterans

Utica, NY - Standing at the Central New York Veteran's Outreach Center, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand praised the passage of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act. Gillibrand is an original cosponsor of the bill (S. 167/H.R. 203) which the House and Senate unanimously passed and was signed into law Thursday. The bill aims to help reduce veteran suicides by improving mental health care and enhancing suicide prevention resources. Following the swift bipartisan … Continue Reading


February 17, 2015

At Watertown Vet Center, Senator Gillibrand Hails Passage Of The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention For American Veterans Act And Makes Push For Continued Bipartisan Action To Help Veterans

Watertown, NY - Standing at Watertown Vet Center, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand praised the passage of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act. Gillibrand is an original cosponsor of the bill (S. 167/H.R. 203) which the House and Senate unanimously passed and was signed into law Thursday. The bill aims to help reduce veteran suicides by improving mental health care and enhancing suicide prevention resources. Following the swift bipartisan passage of this legislation, … Continue Reading


February 13, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $2.4 Million In Funding For Sandy-Related Repairs To Staten Island’s St. George Ferry Terminal & Whitehall Ferry Terminal

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced over $2.4 million in federal funding for Sandy recovery projects at the Staten Island St. George and Whitehall Ferry Terminals as well as bus stops citywide. The funding will be provided to the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) as part of the Hurricane Sandy Relief-Public Transportation Emergency Relief Program through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). "Superstorm Sandy highlighted how … Continue Reading


February 13, 2015

Senator Gillibrand Announces 2015 Service Academy Nominations From New York City

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced her nominations of New Yorkers to the nation's leading service institutions - the United States Air Force, Military, Naval and Merchant Marine Academies. A selection committee formed by Senator Gillibrand chose the nominees from a large group of qualified applicants. Decisions were based on criteria including: academic record, leadership potential, and overall achievement. … Continue Reading


February 13, 2015

Senator Gillibrand Announces 2015 Service Academy Nominations From Long Island

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced her nominations of Upstate New Yorkers to the nation's leading service institutions - the United States Air Force, Military, Naval and Merchant Marine Academies. A selection committee formed by Senator Gillibrand chose the nominees from a large group of qualified applicants. Decisions were based on criteria including: academic record, leadership potential, and overall … Continue Reading

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