Press Releases

December 10, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Slaughter Announce More Than $67 Million in Federal Funding for Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Just-Unveiled Omnibus Bill

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Louise Slaughter today announced that the Omnibus spending bill - a must-pass bill that funds the federal government through the end of the fiscal year - includes $67.016 million in funding for Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), which is a much-needed increase of $725,000 from last year's funding level. NTID provides a college education to deaf and … Continue Reading


December 10, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $23 Million in Federal Funding for New Army Reserve Training Center in Mattydale in Just-Unveiled Omnibus Bill

Washington, DC - US Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Omnibus spending bill - a must-pass bill that funds the federal government through the end of the fiscal year - includes $23 million in funding to build a new Army Reserve Training Center in Mattydale, New York. The training facility will include administrative, education, assembly, library, and physical fitness areas for fifteen Army Reserve units, including the 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion, a … Continue Reading


December 10, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $122.4 Million in Federal Funds for Canandaigua VA is Included in Just-Unveiled Omnibus Bill; Will Help Move Construction Forward – Passage in Congress Would Send Legislation to President’s Desk

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the just-unveiled Omnibus spending bill - a must-pass bill that funds the federal government through the end of the fiscal year - includes $122,400,000 for construction at the Canandaigua VA Medical Campus. The bill, along with the funding allotment for construction at the Canandaigua VA Medical Campus, could be voted on by both the House and Senate as early as this week. The Canandaigua VA is one of only four VA … Continue Reading


December 10, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $1.1 Billion in Fed Funding for Harbor Maintenance Projects Included in Just-Unveiled Omnibus Bill, an Increase of $100 Million Over Last Year’s Funding Level; Funding Will be Available For Dredging Projects at Great Lakes Harbors

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Omnibus spending bill - a must-pass bill that funds the federal government through the end of the fiscal year - includes $1.1 billion in funding for the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF), an increase of $100 million over last year's allocation. The Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund provides funding for operations and maintenance of federal ports and harbors, including for dredging and upkeep projects at ports like … Continue Reading


December 10, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Maloney Announce 3-Year Extension of Critical Funding For Highland Falls School District & Millions in Fed Aid, Which Would Have Otherwise Been Lost, are Included in Just-Unveiled Defense Bill & Fed Spending Bill

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, announced that two provisions that would secure millions in federal funds for the Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery School District are included in two upcoming pieces of must-pass legislation. Specifically, a provision that allows the school district to receive $3.5 million in annual funding that would have otherwise been eliminated has been included in the omnibus federal spending … Continue Reading


December 10, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Tonko Announce $1.238 Billion in Fed Funding For Naval Nuclear Reactors is Included in Just-Unveiled Omnibus Spending Bill; Would Provide Funding Capital Region’s Kesselring Needs to Keep Training Program Running – Passage in Both House & Senate Would Send Legislation to President’s Desk

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Paul Tonko announced that the Omnibus spending bill - a must-pass bill that funds the federal government through the end of the fiscal year - includes $1.238 billion in funding for the Naval Reactors program, which will help maintain and grow sites like the Kenneth A. Kesselring site in West Milton, which is operated by Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory (KAPL), and KAPL in Niskayuna. The bill also includes a special … Continue Reading


December 10, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Higgins, Collins Announce USDA Has Issued Secretarial Disaster Declaration For 7 WNY Counties Devastated By November Snowstorm

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representatives Brian Higgins and Chris Collins announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved primary and contiguous disaster designations for seven Western New York counties, due to losses caused by excessive snow, flooding, freeze, and high winds that occurred from November 17 through November 24, 2014. The Secretarial natural disaster declaration will apply for the following counties: Genesee, Erie, … Continue Reading


December 09, 2014

Senate Panel Examines Role of Law Enforcement in Campus Sexual Assault Cases

Washington, DC - With some estimates indicating that nearly one in five women experience some form of sexual assault in college but that the vast majority go unreported, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism today held a hearing about the role of law enforcement in campus sexual assault cases. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) chaired the hearing, which examined whether victims of sexual assaults should be encouraged to report their experiences to the police; why victims … Continue Reading


December 09, 2014

Gillibrand Testimony Before Senate Judiciary Committee At Hearing To Examine Role Of Law Enforcement In Campus Sexual Assault Cases

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand testified today on behalf of the bipartisan Campus Accountability and Safety Act before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism at a hearing entitled, "Campus Sexual Assault: the Roles and Responsibilities of Law Enforcement." Senator Gillibrand, who is an author of this legislation, also addressed the recent Rolling Stone story creating national headlines. Following are the full prepared remarks of her testimony at today's … Continue Reading


December 09, 2014

Fallen Cia Officer Gregg David Wenzel Has Cleared Congress; Now Heads To President’s Desk For Final Signature – Urge President To Sign Bill Into Law, Name Post Office After Cia Hero

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Sean Patrick Maloney announced that legislation that would rename the Post Office at 787 State Route 17M in Monroe the "National Clandestine Service of the Central Intelligence Agency NCS Officer Gregg David Wenzel Memorial Post Office" has passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate. With passage secured in both chambers of Congress, the bill now heads to the President's desk for his signature. … Continue Reading


December 05, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce FEMA Fixes To Help Homeowners Fallen Victim To Flood Insurance Process That’s Stacked Against Them

United States Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a critical commitment they received from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) to take major actions to help homeowners still struggling to rebuild their homes by increasing transparency, fairness and credibility within the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) claims process. Senators Schumer, Gillibrand, Menendez and Booker met with FEMA Administrator Fugate this week to push for many of these … Continue Reading


December 05, 2014

Senator Gillibrand And Congressman Collins Announce House Approval Of DOD Pilot Program To Bring High-Tech Innovation To The Marketplace

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) announced that the House of Representatives has approved as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) a provision to extend and enhance a Department of Defense (DOD) Proof of Concept Commercialization Pilot Program based on key provisions from their legislation to help accelerate the commercialization of basic research. This provision authorizes military departments across DOD to make … Continue Reading


December 04, 2014

Meeks, Schumer, Gillibrand Secure Passage of Bill Honoring Queens’ Cynthia Jenkins

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, Senator Chuck Schumer, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement today concerning the passage of the renaming of the post office at 218-10 Merrick Boulevard in Springfield Gardens, New York to the Cynthia Jenkins Post Office Building: "Today, with the passage of the Cynthia Jenkins Post Office Building renaming, the legacy of Southern Queens's first African-American Assemblywoman, Cynthia Jenkins, has been recognized. … Continue Reading


December 04, 2014

Meeks, Schumer, Gillibrand Secure Passage Of Bill Honoring Queens’ Cynthia Jenkins

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, Senator Chuck Schumer, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement today concerning the passage of the renaming of the post office at 218-10 Merrick Boulevard in Springfield Gardens, New York to the Cynthia Jenkins Post Office Building: "Today, with the passage of the Cynthia Jenkins Post Office Building renaming, the legacy of Southern Queens's first African-American Assemblywoman, Cynthia Jenkins, has been recognized. … Continue Reading


December 04, 2014

Shaheen, Cantwell and Gillibrand Announce Inclusion of Women’s Small Business Procurement Parity Act in National Defense Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today announced that the Women's Small Business Procurement Parity Act has been included in the FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Their legislation would encourage women's business ownership and give women-owned small businesses (WOSBs) more opportunities to win federal contracts. It would provide tools available under other contracting programs to help federal agencies … Continue Reading


December 04, 2014

Gillibrand and Maloney Announce Renewal of Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area

Washington - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) today announced the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area designation will be reauthorized as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This extension through 2021 keeps the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area operating to promote recreation and tourism, as well as enables the area to access federal funding for local projects. After passage in the House of Representatives … Continue Reading


December 04, 2014

Senator Gillibrand & Congressman Higgins Announce House Approval Of Measure Reauthorizing Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives has approved reauthorization of the Erie Canal as a National Heritage Corridor. Through this legislation the federal designation, which is set to expire in 2015, will be renewed for the next fifteen years. The bill is expected to be before the Senate next week. "This is an important step for communities on the Canalway Corridor," said Senator Gillibrand. "New York State is blessed … Continue Reading


December 04, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $336 Million In Federal Sandy Funding For MTA’s Brooklyn Battery Tunnel & Queens Midtown Tunnel

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced over $336 million in federal funding for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to make permanent repairs on the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and the Queens Midtown Tunnel. The funding is authorized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s Alternative Procedures, which provides a lump sum payment instead of the typical incremental funding by FEMA. "New York City's Brooklyn Battery and Queens Midtown … Continue Reading


December 04, 2014

Shaheen, Cantwell And Gillibrand Announce Inclusion Of Women’s Small Business Procurement Parity Act In National Defense Bill

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today announced that the Women's Small Business Procurement Parity Act has been included in the FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Their legislation would encourage women's business ownership and give women-owned small businesses (WOSBs) more opportunities to win federal contracts. It would provide tools available under other contracting programs to help federal agencies … Continue Reading


December 03, 2014

Gillibrand Statement On Grand Jury Decision Over Death Of Eric Garner

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement today after a grand jury did not indict a New York City police officer for the death of Eric Garner: "While this decision is shocking, I want to echo the statement of a wide range of leaders inside and outside of government who are urging that protests remain peaceful in the aftermath of this decision. The death of Eric Garner is a tragedy that demands accountability. Nobody unarmed should die on a New York … Continue Reading

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