Press Releases

July 20, 2020

As New York’s Local Governments Face Billions In Lost Revenue, Gillibrand Calls For Direct Federal Relief Funding For Local Governments Responding To And Recovering From Coronavirus Pandemic In Watertown

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called for legislation to provide local governments with direct federal relief that can be used to pay for essential services and offset lost revenues and increased costs stemming from the COVID-19 crisis. As local governments have faced slashed revenues due to the pandemic, direct assistance is needed to help state and local governments recover from this crisis. Concerned about the layoffs of public health care workers, firefighters, police, sanitation … Continue Reading


July 17, 2020

Gillibrand Joins Bipartisan Call To Invest $5.6 Billion In COVID-19 Vaccine Development And Support

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined a bipartisan call to dedicate federal funding in the next coronavirus relief package to boost the country's vaccine supply and distribution system. Robust vaccine infrastructure will be critical to manufacture and deploy a future COVID-19 vaccine. Gillibrand and her colleagues are calling on Congress to provide at least $5.6 billion in funding for vaccine distribution, provider training, public education, and expanded vaccine access. "In order to … Continue Reading


July 16, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $500K In Agricultural Research Funding For Rural New York

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced $494,000 in federal funding for agricultural research and development at Cornell University and the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and will be used to develop economically, environmentally sustainable agricultural programs, and … Continue Reading


July 16, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $150K In FEMA Funding For Firefighters

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $146,847.25 in federal funding to provide essential PPE for New York's firefighters responding to COVID-19. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) - COVID-19 Supplemental Program. "In settled times, and during the peak of the pandemic in New York, our brave firefighters are … Continue Reading


July 16, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand: DOJ Must Take Immediate Action To Implement And Enforce Death In Custody Reporting Act

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand recently joined colleagues in a letter to Department of Justice Attorney General Barr requesting that Department of Justice (DOJ) take immediate action to implement and enforce the Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2013 (DCRA). The bill requires state and federal law enforcement to report to the DOJ how many individuals die each year while in police custody or during the course of an arrest. Despite a 2018 DOJ … Continue Reading


July 15, 2020

Senator Gillibrand Visits PRG Scenic Technologies, Calls For Legislation To Invest In Workforce Training And Protect American Jobs In Response To COVID-19 Crisis

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited PRG Scenic Technologies and called for legislation to invest in workforce training and technical education in response to the COVID-19 crisis. PRG Scenic Technologies, a division of Production Resource Group, known for its international live events, entertainment and scenic production, has revamped its manufacturing facility to meet public health guidelines in order to produce face shields for health care workers and thermal temperature scanning … Continue Reading


July 15, 2020

Senator Gillibrand Visits Central Association For The Blind And Visually Impaired (CABVI), Calls For Legislation To Invest In Workforce Training And Protect American Jobs In Response To COVID-19 Crisis

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited the Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI), and called for legislation to invest in workforce training and technical education in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Central Industries, the employment and manufacturing division of CABVI, employs 110 workers and trains blind and visually impaired employees to produce medical products and provide services needed by federal and state governments. Since the beginning of the … Continue Reading


July 15, 2020

Senator Gillibrand Visits The Trudeau Institute, Calls For Legislation To Invest In Workforce Training And Protect American Jobs In Response To COVID-19 Crisis

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited the Trudeau Institute and called for legislation to invest in workforce training and technical education in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The Trudeau Institute is a world-renowned immunological research facility established to study infectious diseases of the lungs and the immune system, and develop vaccines and treatments for diseases such as cancer, tuberculosis, and influenza. Due to the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Institute has … Continue Reading


July 14, 2020

Gillibrand, Colleagues Urge ICE And DHS To Withdraw New Guidance That Threatens International Students With Deportation

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined nearly 100 Senate and House Democrats in a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), urging the agencies to withdraw new guidance issued by ICE that imperils the status of international students who would be studying online at U.S. institutions this coming academic year. The guidance threatens international students with deportation if they do not comply with the requirement that they take … Continue Reading


July 13, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $6 Million In Federal Funding For Telehealth Services

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $6,211,956 in federal funding to provide additional telehealth services for New Yorkers affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. This set of telehealth funding was administered through the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) COVID-19 Telehealth Program as allocated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES). This federal funding will be used to purchase telehealth devices … Continue Reading


July 13, 2020

Gillibrand Cosponsors Legislation To Provide Resources For Senior Housing Facilities To Protect Older Adults Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Aging Committee, cosponsored legislation to ensure senior housing facilities have the resources needed to keep older adults safe during the coronavirus pandemic. The Emergency Housing Assistance for Older Adults Act would provide $1.2 billion for two critical Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) housing assistance programs for older adults to ensure that federally-assisted senior housing facilities can keep vulnerable older … Continue Reading


July 10, 2020

As New York Hospitals Face Sustained Revenue Losses Due To COVID-19 Crisis, Gillibrand Calls On Congress To Provide Additional Relief And Forgive Loans In Next Relief Package

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called on Congress to provide financial relief to hospitals struggling to stay afloat due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter to Senate leadership, Gillibrand called for Medicare accelerated/advanced payment program loan forgiveness for hospitals across New York. To date, New York State has experienced nearly 400,000 confirmed cases, nearly 100,000 hospitalizations, and approximately 25,000 deaths. New York's hospitals have had to make significant investments … Continue Reading


July 09, 2020

Gillibrand, Colleagues Call For $32B In Transit Funding In Next COVID-19 Stimulus Package

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, joined 24 colleagues in urging Senate leadership to provide an additional $32 billion in emergency supplemental funding for public transit agencies in the next COVID-19 stimulus package. "Whether it's essential workers heading to hospitals and care facilities, individuals heading to vital medical appointments, or students getting ready to head back to school in the fall, New Yorkers rely on mass … Continue Reading


July 09, 2020

Gillibrand Joins Call To Strengthen Public Health Workforce To Reinforce Nation’s Response To COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand cosponsored legislation to strengthen the public health workforce and bolster the United States' response to the coronavirus pandemic. Gillibrand is joining Senate colleagues to push for the Strengthening the Public Health Workforce Act, which would reauthorize and improve a program created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to provide education loan repayment assistance to people who work in a state, local, or Tribal public health department. "New York's … Continue Reading


July 09, 2020

Gillibrand, Stabenow Letter To Secretary Perdue: Farmers To Families Food Box Program Must Have Kosher And Halal Options

Today, United States Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Perdue requesting information on what the USDA is doing to include Kosher and Halal foods in their Farmers to Families Food Box program. "The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed what was already an unacceptable hunger crisis into an emergency that many observant communities who keep kosher and halal are struggling to manage," said Senator Gillibrand. "Our … Continue Reading


July 08, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand, Nadler Announce Over $450K In Federal Funding For Maritime Infrastructure Renovations In New York City

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), and Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) today announced $456,664 in federal funding for marine infrastructure renovations in Brooklyn, New York. The funding was administered through the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Maritime Administration Agency (MARAD) as part of the America's Marine Highway Grants program. Specifically, this funding … Continue Reading


July 07, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $2.5 Million In Federal Funding For Telehealth Services

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,377,992 in federal funding to provide additional telehealth services for New Yorkers affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The eleventh set of telehealth funding was administered through the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) COVID-19 Telehealth Program as allocated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES). The FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program enables safe and swift … Continue Reading


July 07, 2020

With Evictions Across New York Expected To Rise, Schumer, Gillibrand Push For Increased Housing Protections

With evictions in New York State expected to rise, U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are pushing for legislation to increase protections for renters by expanding the nation-wide moratorium on evictions for housing through March 27, 2021. The Protecting Renters from Evictions and Fees Act of 2020 protects renters from immediate displacement and prohibits evictions based on nonpayment of rent, similar to the provisions included in the House-passedHEROES Act. In addition to … Continue Reading


July 06, 2020

ICYMI: Gillibrand Makes Major Push For Direct Federal Relief Funding For Local Governments Responding To And Recovering From Coronavirus

In case you missed it, last Friday Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse calling for legislation to provide local New York governments with direct federal relief that can be used to pay for essential services and offset increased costs stemming from the COVID-19 crisis. The Direct Support for Communities Act would dedicate federal funding for local communities that would provide necessary relief for lost revenues. Her visits earned headlines across New York … Continue Reading


July 06, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $2 Million In Federal Funding For Local Housing And Financial Counseling Programs

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,193,208 in federal funding allocated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of the Housing Counseling Grant program. The program provides funding to approved counseling agencies that help clients achieve responsible homeownership through financial planning, literacy, educational resources, and property maintenance training for both tenants and homeowners. … Continue Reading

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