Press Releases

July 12, 2015

Gillibrand With NYPD, Everytown For Gun Safety & Community Advocates Unveil Bipartisan Bill To Crack Down On The Flow Of Illegal Guns Through The “Iron Pipeline” And Gang Violence – With 3 NYPD Officers Murdered By Illegal Guns In A Span Of 4 Months This Year, Time For Congress To Act

New York, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) with NYPD Chief of Department James P. O'Neill, Everytown for Gun Safety, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence and Harlem Mothers Save today announced the introduction of 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 … Continue Reading


July 10, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $500K in Fed Funding For Lackawanna Fire Department In Erie County

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $536,324 in federal funding for the Lackawanna Fire Department in Erie 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 allow the Lackawanna Fire Department to hire four new, full-time firefighters, increasing the Department's full-time staff substantially, by nearly ten percent. … Continue Reading


July 09, 2015

Gillibrand Statement On Fort Drum And Army Structure Changes

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement today on the Army's announcement that it will reduce Fort Drum by 28 Military Personnel: "As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I've fought tirelessly and will continue to fight for Fort Drum because the base and the soldiers stationed there are critical to the Army's mission, to our national security and to the North Country. Fort Drum's troops are not only among the best prepared but they are … Continue Reading


July 09, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand, Serrano, Rangel, Crowley Announce Congress Has Passed Legislation That Will Recognize The First Puerto Rican Congressman In Us History, Herman Badillo, By Naming Bronx’s Morrisania Post Office In His Honor; Urge President To Sign Legislation Immediately

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressmembers José E. Serrano, Charles Rangel, and Joseph Crowley today announced that both the Senate and the House of Representatives have passed legislation to rename the Morrisania Post Office, located in the Bronx, in honor of former Congressman and Bronx Borough President Herman Badillo. Badillo became the first Puerto-Rican city commissioner and borough president, and was the first Congressman to be born in Puerto … Continue Reading


July 09, 2015

Gillibrand And Portman Lead Bipartisan Push To Protect Federal Funds For Teacher Training With New Amendment To Prevent Cuts To Schools Across The Country

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rob Portman (R-OH) today introduced a new amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act, the elementary and secondary education reauthorization bill that would dramatically reduce the federal funds allocated to 14 states for teacher and principal professional development. The amendment corrects the formula used to distribute funding for professional development, known as Title II-A, to ensure states receive the investment they need. … Continue Reading


July 08, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $30,000 For Ogdensburg And Richville Fire Departments In St. Lawrence County

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $16,366 in federal funding for the Ogdensburg Fire Department and $14,286 in federal funding for the Richville Volunteer Fire Department. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). "It is critical that we provide our local fire companies with the resources and tools they need to keep our citizens safe and do their jobs effectively," said Senator … Continue Reading


July 08, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand & De Blasio Announce Over $115 Million In Federal Sandy Funding For Waste Water Treatment Plant Repairs & resiliency Throughout NYC

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced $115,872,995.47 in federal funding for Sandy-related repairs throughout New York City. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under authority of Section 406 of the Robert T. Stafford Act and will be used to repair and make more resilient damaged electrical conduits at fifteen wastewater treatment facilities that was caused by Hurricane … Continue Reading


July 08, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $152,000 In Federal Funding For The Oneida Fire Department

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $152,858 in federal funding for the Oneida Fire Department. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The Oneida Department will use this federal investment to replace all of the fire department's Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) or air packs. The current inventory of the department's SCBAs are over twenty years old. "It is … Continue Reading


July 06, 2015

Gillibrand, Hanna Announce New Push To Help Thousands Of “Blue Water” Vietnam Vets Harmed By Agent Orange But Ignored By Feds Due To Technicality In The Law

Utica, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Richard Hanna today announced a new push to pass bipartisan legislation to ensure thousands of Navy veterans known as "Blue Water" vets from the Vietnam War exposed to the powerful toxin Agent Orange will be eligible to receive disability and health care benefits they have earned for diseases linked to Agent Orange exposure. Gillibrand is rallying support for the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2015, legislation that would … Continue Reading


July 06, 2015

Gillibrand, Gibson & Tonko Announce New Push To Help Thousands of “Blue Water” Vietnam Vets Harmed By Agent Orange But Ignored By Feds Due To Technicality In The Law

Albany, NY - Standing at the American Legion Post - Joseph E. Zaloga Post 1520, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representatives Chris Gibson and Paul Tonko today announced a new push to pass bipartisan legislation to ensure thousands of Navy veterans known as "Blue Water" vets from the Vietnam War exposed to the powerful toxin Agent Orange will be eligible to receive disability and health care benefits they have earned for diseases linked to Agent Orange exposure. Gillibrand is rallying … Continue Reading


July 06, 2015

Gillibrand, Maloney Announces New Push To Help Thousands of “Blue Water” Vietnam Vets Harmed By Agent Orange But Ignored By Feds Due To Technicality In The Law

Maybrook, NY - Standing at the Maybrook VFW Post 2064, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Sean Patrick Maloney today announced a new push to pass bipartisan legislation to ensure thousands of Navy veterans known as "Blue Water" vets from the Vietnam War exposed to the powerful toxin Agent Orange will be eligible to receive disability and health care benefits they have earned for diseases linked to Agent Orange exposure. Gillibrand is rallying support for the Blue Water Navy … Continue Reading


July 02, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $2.3 Million In Federal Head Start Funds For Oswego County Opportunities, Inc.

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,302,042 in federal funding for the Oswego County Opportunities, Inc., a community based organization in Fulton County. Schumer and Gillibrand said this funding will continue to support the organization's efforts to improve education for low-income children at their earliest age, when major learning strides take place. "Children are most impacted by their earliest lessons and carry those teachings through their academic … Continue Reading


June 26, 2015

Gillibrand, Rounds Lead Bipartisan Letter To Obama On Israel

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) today led 22 Senators in a bipartisan letter to President Obama urging him to continue to reinforce the United States' unwavering commitment to Israel. The letter encourages the administration to continue the long-standing U.S. policy of focusing on negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians as they work toward a long-term, viable solution leading to two states living side by side in peace and security. … Continue Reading


June 26, 2015

Gillibrand, Heller & Feinstein Introduce New Bipartisan Legislation To Help Protect Children From Sexual Abuse

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Dean Heller (R-NV), and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) today introduced bipartisan legislation to help protect children from sexual abuse by funding school programs that provide age-appropriate lessons to primary and secondary school students on how to recognize and safely report sexual abuse. Twenty-six states have passed a version of "Erin's Law," legislation that requires public schools to provide child sexual abuse prevention education … Continue Reading


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

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