Press Releases

December 21, 2021

Gillibrand Announces Nearly $30 Million In Federal Funding For Wind Turbine Tower Manufacturing At The Port Of Albany

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced that $29.5 million in federal funding was granted for the Port of Albany's Offshore Wind Tower Manufacturing Port Project. In a letter sent earlier this year, Senator Gillibrand advocated for this funding, which was successfully awarded through the Department of Transportation's Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP) Grant. Gillibrand is a staunch advocate for local manufacturing and unionized labor in Albany and across the state of New … Continue Reading

December 17, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Newly-Passed Infrastructure Dollars Will Be Used To Clean Up Superfund Sites In Elmira, Town Of Vestal, And Niagara County

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that due to funding secured through the bipartisan infrastructure and jobs package, the Environmental Protection Agency will accelerate hazardous waste cleanup in Elmira, the Town of Vestal, and Niagara County. Some of these projects have been listed on the EPA National Priorities List (NPL) for decades waiting for federal funding. Senators Schumer and Gillibrand fought to bring this critical … Continue Reading

December 17, 2021

Gillibrand Announces Her Recommendation For U.S. District Court For The Southern District Of New York, Jennifer Rochon, Has Been Nominated By President Biden

U.S. Senator Gillibrand applauded President Biden for nominating Jennifer L. Rochon to serve on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Gillibrand recommended Rochon to President Biden earlier this year. "I am proud and grateful that President Biden has nominated Jennifer Rochon to serve on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York," said Gillibrand. "With her deep understanding of federal law, Ms. Rochon will bring a record of … Continue Reading

December 16, 2021

NDAA Final Language Includes Roadmap To Establish Gillibrand’s Seminal Cyber Academy

U.S. Senator Gillibrand is announcing that her Cyber Workforce and Education Curricula provision was included in the final language of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The United States government is currently facing severe cyber personnel shortages and capacity gaps in cybersecurity, IT, cloud computing, and AI. Already in 2021, the number of data breaches in the United States has far outpaced 2020, and cybercrime costs the nation more than $100 billion annually. The growing … Continue Reading

December 15, 2021

Gillibrand, Chair Of The Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, Announces Her Hard-Fought NDAA Wins That Will Improve The Well-Being Of Service Members And Their Families

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, chair of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, announced her FY22 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) wins that will help improve the quality of life of service members and their families. Gillibrand is a tireless advocate for New York's active-duty service members and her subcommittee oversees matters relating to active and reserve military personnel, including compensation, benefits, health care, education, child care, and more. … Continue Reading

December 10, 2021

Gillibrand, Schumer Call on Federal Transit Administration to Fund the Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand wrote to the Federal Transit Administration in support of the Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority's (RGRTA) application for funding from the Bus and Bus Facilities Grant Program. The requested funding would be used to build a facility to house administrative operations and operational staff facilities for the RGRTA, which provides transportation to tens of thousands of residents in the greater … Continue Reading

December 09, 2021

Gillibrand’s Groundbreaking Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Amendment Included In Final NDAA

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is announcing the inclusion of her Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) amendment in the FY22 NDAA. Today, UAPs pose a significant challenge to our national security, appearing in sensitive U.S. airspace and around military personnel. Gillibrand has been working alongside Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Congressman Ruben Gallego (AZ-07) to establish an office that would replace the current Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force and would have access to … Continue Reading

December 07, 2021

Gillibrand Statement On The Gutting Of Bipartisan Military Justice Reforms By House And Senate Armed Services Leadership

Addressing the gutting of bipartisan military justice reforms by House and Senate Armed Services leadership, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement: "As sexual assault survivor advocates warned would happen for months, House and Senate Armed Services leadership have gutted our bipartisan military justice reforms behind closed doors, doing a disservice to our service members and our democracy. Committee leadership has ignored the will of a filibuster-proof majority in … Continue Reading

December 05, 2021

As Omicron Cases Are Detected In New York, Gillibrand Pushes For Creation Of Covid-19 And Pandemic Response Centers Of Excellence To Prepare For Future Variants And Help Prevent Public Health Emergencies

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney held a press conference at NYU Langone Health to push for passage of the bipartisan COVID-19 and Pandemic Response Centers of Excellence Act, which would deliver funding to establish COVID-19 and Pandemic Response Centers of Excellence programs at academic medical centers across the country, potentially including at New York City locations like NYU Langone Health and Weill Cornell. The legislation would improve our … Continue Reading

December 03, 2021

Standing In Front Of Hostos Community College, Senator Gillibrand Announces Eats Act To Expand Snap Benefit Eligibility To More College Students

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, stood in front of Eugenio María de Hostos Community College in the Bronx to announce her legislation, the Enhance Access to SNAP (EATS) Act, which would expand Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit eligibility to all college students attending 2 and 4-year universities part-time or more who meet traditional SNAP income and other eligibility requirements. Gillibrand … Continue Reading

December 01, 2021

On Senate Floor, Gillibrand Urges Congress To Include Paid Leave In The Build Back Better Bill

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand spoke on the Senate floor urging her colleagues to include paid family and medical leave provisions in the Build Back Better bill. For nearly ten years, Senator Gillibrand has been fighting to create a national paid leave program, which would help prevent workers from having to choose between their paycheck and their health or the health of a loved one. During the pandemic, we saw firsthand how this affected more than 5 million women who lost their … Continue Reading

December 01, 2021

Gillibrand, Leahy, Collins Introduce Bill To Lift Voices Of Dairy Farmers By Calling For Federal Milk Marketing Order Hearings Addressing Class I Milk Pricing

Today, U.S. Senators Gillibrand (D-NY), Leahy (D-VT) and Collins (R-ME) introduced their bipartisan Dairy Pricing Opportunity Act, which would require the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to initiate the process of holding Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) hearings within six months allowing producers and industry to consider and review proposals that could change Class I skim milk pricing. This way, the producers who understand these dynamics firsthand will have a voice in formulating … Continue Reading

November 30, 2021

Gillibrand Leads 65 Colleagues In Letter Pushing Committee Leadership To Keep Senate-Passed Military Justice Bill In Final NDAA Language

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, chair of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, led a letter with 65 colleagues pushing committee leadership to keep the Military Justice Improvement and Increasing Prevention Act (MJIIPA) in the final NDAA bill language. The bipartisan and bicameral letter is signed by 44 senators and 22 members of the House. MJIIPA would professionalize how the military prosecutes serious crimes by moving the decision over whether to prosecute them to … Continue Reading

November 29, 2021

ICYMI: Military Times: Veterans Groups Urge Congress To Include Military Sexual Assault Reforms In Defense Authorization Bill

In case you missed it, the Military Times published a story about a coalition of veterans groups pushing Congress to not remove or water down military sexual assault reform provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Senate NDAA includes Senator Gillibrand's Military Justice Improvement and Increasing Prevention Act, which would move the decision of whether to prosecute serious non-military crimes out of the hands of commanders and into the hands of independent, … Continue Reading

November 24, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $300,000 In Federal Funding For Local Arts Organizations

Today, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $300,000 in federal funding for local arts agencies in Westchester and St. Lawrence counties. The funding was allocated through the National Endowment for the Arts as part of the American Rescue Plan and will be used to help local arts venues recover from the economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic. ArtsWestchester and the St. Lawrence County Arts Council will each receive $150,000 for subgranting … Continue Reading

November 23, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $500,000 In Federal Funding For Substance Use Disorder Recovery Services In Delaware And Otsego Counties

Today, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $500,000 in federal funding for the Friends of Recovery of Delaware and Otsego Counties, Inc. The funding was awarded through the Appalachian Regional Commission INvestments Supporting Partnerships In Recovery Ecosystems (INSPIRE) Initiative and will be used to provide comprehensive support and workforce re-entry services for over 100 individuals struggling with substance use disorders. The funding … Continue Reading

November 23, 2021

Gillibrand Bill Modernizes WIC Program And Makes Families First Coronavirus Response Act Waivers Permanent

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, along with Senator Roger Marshall, introduced the bipartisan More Options to Develop and Enhance Remote Nutrition in WIC Act (MODERN WIC) to make WIC more accessible to low-income families and help ensure more applicants receive needed benefits by allowing them to certify and recertify for WIC services remotely. In the first year of the pandemic alone, WIC providers reported a 2.5% increase in WIC participation and more low-income households continue … Continue Reading

November 22, 2021

Ahead Of The Holidays, Gillibrand Volunteers At The Foundry Center For Youth Development In Buffalo

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand participated in service activities across the state to help New Yorkers in need ahead of the holiday season. In Buffalo, Gillibrand volunteered at The Foundry, a community-based center committed to youth development and afterschool programming. Senator Gillibrand assisted students in building "little free libraries" that will be used for book-sharing and to inspire readers throughout Buffalo. "As New Yorkers celebrate the holidays, we must remember those who … Continue Reading

November 22, 2021

Gillibrand Visits Mary’s Place Refugee Outreach Center For Day Of Service And Joins Community Leaders To Kick Off The North Star Coalition In Rochester

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand participated in service activities across the state to help New Yorkers in need ahead of the holiday season. In Rochester, Senator Gillibrand visited Mary's Place Refugee Outreach Center to assemble food packages and hygiene products. Mary's Place has been serving refugee families living in the City of Rochester since 2009 and works to provide a safe community atmosphere while helping refugees adjust to American culture, learn English, find employment, and gain … Continue Reading

November 22, 2021

Ahead Of The Holidays, Gillibrand Volunteers At The Syracuse Northeast Community Center For Day Of Service

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand participated in service activities across the state to help New Yorkers in need ahead of the holiday season. In Syracuse, Gillibrand volunteered at the Syracuse Northeast Community Center to assemble Thanksgiving meal kits, bundle diapers for distribution, and assist with food packaging alongside Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh, State Senator Rachel May, State Senator John Mannion and Onondaga County Legislator Peggy Chase. "As New Yorkers celebrate the holidays, we … Continue Reading

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