Press Releases

January 14, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $10 Million In USDA Funding For Long Island Sound Watershed Conservation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $10 million in federal funding for the Long Island Sound Watershed. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) and will be used to help improve soil health, assist farmers in implementing whole-farm nutrient management programs, and will establish a program to protect agriculture and forestry in the region. The award announced … Continue Reading


January 13, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge Fed Dept. Of Defense To Select Rochester-Suny Proposal For Final Round Of Competition For $110 Million To Create New National Institute Of Photonics – Senators Say Rochester Is Well-Positioned To Compete, As Home Of World’s Greatest Concentration Of Expertise In Optics, Photonics, Imaging

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand urged the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to select the joint proposal led by the University of Rochester (UR) and the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) to advance to the final application round of the administration's new Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IP-IMI) program. Schumer and Gillibrand explained that, in October 2014, the Obama Administration launched a new … Continue Reading


January 09, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $2 Million In Funding For Repairs At Hudson River Park Pier 40

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,973,384.77 in federal funding for the Hudson River Park Trust. 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 as a reimbursement for ongoing repairs to the electrical feeder at the Hudson River Park Pier 40 in Manhattan. The Hudson River Park's electrical system was damaged during Superstorm … Continue Reading


January 01, 2015

Gillibrand Statement On Passing Of Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo

New York, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement today on the passing of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo: "I am deeply saddened to learn about the passing of former Governor Mario Cuomo. His outstanding service to our state and his commitment to the ideals that founded our nation inspired a new generation to devote their lives to public service. "I learned from Governor Cuomo's example, and his extraordinary legacy will continue to guide my own work on … Continue Reading


December 29, 2014

Gillibrand Statement on Unilateral Palestinian Efforts at UN

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement today after Palestinian leadership presented its latest proposal in an attempt to achieve statehood through unilateral actions at the United Nations: "I am disappointed that the Palestinian leadership continues to try to circumvent a negotiated agreement with Israel. A real and sustainable solution to this conflict can only be achieved through negotiations between the two parties, with the goal of Israel … Continue Reading


December 19, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $300,000 In Funding To Provide College Courses For Students In Rural Northern Catskills School Districts

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $312,138 in federal funding for the Otsego Northern Catskills Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) program and will be used to support distance learning initiatives in rural areas throughout the Northern Catskills. With this funding, students from 17 rural school districts in … Continue Reading


December 17, 2014

Senate Confirms Gillibrand Recommended Judge Joan Azrack To Sit On Federal Bench For U.S. District Court, Eastern District Of New York

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced today that the U.S. Senate has confirmed Ms. Joan Azrack to serve as a U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York. Gillibrand recommended her for the Central Islip seat to President Obama in September, in an effort to add another exceptional female jurist to the federal bench. With Gillibrand's push, the Senate Committee confirmed Ms. Azrack in April and her nomination was confirmed by the full Senate last … Continue Reading


December 17, 2014

At Gillibrand & Gibson’s Urging, Department Of Labor Will Provide Trade Adjustment Assistance For Laid-Off Oak-Mitsui Technologies Workers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Chris Gibson (NY-19) today announced the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has approved a much-needed Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) certification for laid off workers at Oak-Mitsui Technologies in Hoosick Falls. Former employees will now be able to apply for critical TAA benefits. "This trade adjustment assistance will help ease the burden for our laid-off Oak-Mitsui workers as they look for new jobs," said Senator … Continue Reading


December 16, 2014

Jeffries, Gillibrand, Schumer Announce Passage Of Study To Review Adding The Prison Ship Martyrs Monument As A Unit Of The National Park Service In National Defense Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries, and Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer today announced a measure they pushed for, to require the Secretary of the Interior to study making the Prison Ship Martyrs monument a unit of the National Park Service, has passed Congress in the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The legislation passed the House on December 4, 2014, passed the Senate on December 12, 2014 and now heads to the President's desk … Continue Reading


December 15, 2014

Senator Gillibrand & Congressman Higgins Announce Congress Passes Measure Reauthorizing Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that Congress has approved reauthorization of the Erie Canal as a National Heritage Corridor. Through this legislation, the federal designation, which was set to expire in 2015, will be renewed through 2021. The bill passed the House of Representatives on December 4th and passed the Senate on December 12th. "The Canalway Corridor is one of New York and the nation's great treasures," said Senator … Continue Reading


December 15, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $1.6 Million For Brooklyn Navy Yard

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a federal grant of $1,687,002.30 to help improve infrastructure at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in the aftermath of the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy. Sandy caused unprecedented levels of damage and destruction across New York City. This award will specifically assist the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC) in performing permanent repairs to docks and berths that were damaged during … Continue Reading


December 15, 2014

Senators Warren, Feinstein and Gillibrand Ask Interagency Task Force About Efforts to Combat Antibiotic Overuse in Food Animals

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) today sent a letter to Secretaries Hagel, Vilsack, and Burwell, co-chairs of the newly formed interagency Task Force for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, to ask about how the Task Force plans to address critical gaps in current Food and Drug Administration (FDA) policies to address the public health threat posed by the overuse of antibiotics in food … Continue Reading


December 12, 2014

Gillibrand Statement On Tonight's Vote On Annual Defense Bill

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today after voting against the FY'15 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed the Senate earlier this evening: "While there are priorities of mine that I have fought hard for in this bill, and I am proud they are in the final bill, I could not in good conscience vote in favor of this bill authorizing the arming of Syrian rebels," said Senator … Continue Reading


December 12, 2014

Gillibrand Announces Senate Passage Of DOD Pilot Program To Bring High-Tech Innovation To The Marketplace

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced that Congress passed 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 her legislation to help accelerate the commercialization of basic research. This provision authorizes military departments across DOD to make competitive awards to universities, non-profit research institutions, and … Continue Reading


December 12, 2014

Gillibrand Announces Senate Passage Of DOD Pilot Program To Bring High-Tech Innovation To The Marketplace

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced that Congress passed 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 her legislation to help accelerate the commercialization of basic research. This provision authorizes military departments across DOD to make competitive awards to universities, non-profit research institutions, and … Continue Reading


December 12, 2014

Gillibrand Announces Senate Passage Of DOD Pilot Program To Bring High-Tech Innovation To The Marketplace

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced that Congress passed 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 her legislation to help accelerate the commercialization of basic research. This provision authorizes military departments across DOD to make competitive awards to universities, non-profit research institutions, and … Continue Reading


December 12, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Hanna Announce After Their Push, Provisions That Would Provide Congress With More Oversight Over DFAS Personnel Plans And Add Protections For Rome DFAS Workers Passes Congress In Annual Defense Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Richard Hanna today announced, after their push, Congress passes a measure that would help provide additional protections for the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS). The measure was included in the FY 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and includes language requiring an independent review by the Deputy Chief Management Officer of an Army pilot program that threatens to harm … Continue Reading


December 12, 2014

Senate Passes Gillibrand Secured Measure In NDAA Bill Requiring Air Force To Provide Timeline On C-130s Return To Niagara Falls Air Force Reserve Base

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced a measure she pushed for that would require the U.S. Air Force to provide information about the return of the C-130H3s to the 914th Air Force Reserve unit at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, was passed by the Senate today in the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Senator Gillibrand successfully passed this measure out of the Senate Armed Services … Continue Reading


December 12, 2014

Gillibrand And Maloney Announce Measure To Renew The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Designation Passes Congress

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) today announced a measure to reauthorize the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area designation has passed the Senate in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This reauthorization 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. The legislation … Continue Reading


December 12, 2014

Senate Passes Gillibrand Legislation Requiring Mental Health Professional On Military Review Board

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a Senate Armed Services Committee member, announced today that the Senate has passed her legislation that would require the panel that reviews military discharges to have either a mental health professional or a doctor with a mental health certification on its board. After hearing from Kristofer Goldsmith, a local Long Island veteran who was discharged from the military as the result of an undiagnosed mental health condition, Gillibrand … Continue Reading

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