Press Releases

November 02, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand, Menendez And Booker Urge Secretary Of State Tillerson And Acting Secretary Of Homeland Security Duke To Extend Temporary Protective Status For Approximately 58,000 Haitians Before Upcoming Deadline

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Bob Menendez and Cory Booker called on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke to extend Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for approximately 58,000 displaced Haitians before the November 23rd Department of Homeland Security (DHS) decision deadline. There are an estimated 5,200 Haitians who are TPS recipients living in New York State, and … Continue Reading

November 01, 2017

Gillibrand Introduces Pedestrian Safety Bill To Provide Federal Funding For Installation Of Bollards And Traffic Barriers

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that she has introduced the Stopping Threats on Pedestrians (STOP) Act in the U.S. Senate. The STOP Act would create a new grant program at the U.S. Department of Transportation to fund the installation of traffic barriers, including bollards, jersey barriers, and planters, that are designed to keep vehicles away from bicycle paths, sidewalks, pedestrian plazas, and walkways. This bill will provide local governments with more … Continue Reading

October 25, 2017

Senators Gillibrand And Schumer Announce Karen Hill's Appointment To Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission In Honor Of 100th Anniversary Of Passage And Ratification Of 19th Amendment

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced the appointment of Karen Hill, President and CEO of the Harriet Tubman Home and Park (HTH), to the Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission. The State of New York was the birthplace of the women's suffrage movement and is home to some of the most notable landmarks in the history of the women's suffrage movement. This appointment will allow Karen Hill to serve as a voice for New … Continue Reading

October 22, 2017

As GOP Moves To Pass Tax Overhaul That Protects Corporate Profits, Gillibrand Calls On Congress To Close Tax Loopholes That Force Taxpayers To Subsidize Massive CEO Compensation

New York, NY -U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today stood with community advocates and workers and called on Congress to reject the GOP's tax overhaul that protects corporate profits and the wealthiest Americans, and urged her colleagues to pass her legislation to close tax loopholes that force taxpayers to subsidize massive CEO compensation. Gillibrand's legislation, the Stop CEO Excessive Pay Act would put taxpayers first by closing the tax loophole that allows companies to deduct part of … Continue Reading

October 20, 2017

Gillibrand Urges EPA Administrator Pruitt To Continue Dredging Of Upper Hudson, Investigate PCB Contamination In Lower Hudson

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and U.S. Representatives Sean Patrick Maloney, Paul Tonko, Nita Lowey, Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler and Eliot Engel wrote to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week calling on Administrator Scott Pruitt to initiate further dredging to clean up polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) in the Upper Hudson and investigate PCB contamination in the Lower Hudson. "As the EPA report … Continue Reading

October 18, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $495,000 In U.S. Department Of Agriculture Funding For Cornell University

Ithaca, NY - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $495,000 in new federal funding for Cornell University. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Specifically, Cornell University will use the funding to research new identification methods, treatment techniques, and develop automated health- monitoring technology. Dairy farmers spend substantial … Continue Reading

October 17, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $149 Million In Fed Funding To Aid Ny State Economic Development & Affordable Housing

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $149,651,762 in federal funding for communities across New York. The funding was provided by the Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD), which is part of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Specifically, the funding comprises $72,988,441 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and $76,663,321 in HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funding. "The Community … Continue Reading

October 16, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $5.8 Million In Federal Funding For Emergency Operation Upgrades In The Town Of Brookhaven

Long Island, NY - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $5,870,613.20 in federal funding for the Town of Brookhaven. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and will be used to upgrade emergency operations and enhance emergency response capabilities in the community. Specifically the funding will be used to upgrade the Town's Command and Control (Emergency Operations) Center and purchase … Continue Reading

October 13, 2017

Senator Gillibrand Statement On President Trump’s Decision Not To Recertify The Iran Nuclear Deal

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement after President Donald J. Trump announced his decision not to recertify the Iran nuclear deal: "It is unfortunate that President Trump has ignored the findings of his Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs that Iran is complying with the agreement and that the agreement is in our national interest, and has chosen not to certify the Iran deal. This purely political act undermines America's position … Continue Reading

October 06, 2017

Gillibrand, Kaine, Johnson, Gardner, Blumenthal To Travel To Puerto Rico On Bipartisan Codel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Saturday, October 7, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) will travel to Puerto Rico to survey hurricane damage and relief efforts. The Senators will travel as a part of a bicameral and bipartisan CODEL through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Gillibrand, Kaine, and Blumenthal are members of the Senate Armed Services … Continue Reading

October 05, 2017

Congressman Higgins & Senator Gillibrand Invite High School Students & Parents to Service Academy Night

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and representatives from the office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand are hosting Service Academy Night 2017, an opportunity for high school students, families, school administrators and counselors to learn more about service academy institutions, programs and the application process. Representatives from the U.S. Military Academy, Naval Academy, Coast Guard Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, Air Force Academy and R.O.T.C programs will be in attendance. Each … Continue Reading

October 04, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand To Sec. Tillerson: Nazi-Era Guard Currently Living In Queens Must Be Deported Immediately; Despite Having U.S. Citizenship Stripped More Than A Decade Ago, NY Nazi Has Continued To Live Here Because No Other Country Will Accept Him

Washington, DC -- U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand urged the State Department to immediately deport a Nazi-era guard, Jakiw Palij, currently living in Queens. Mr. Palij was allowed to enter the United States because he concealed his prior service to the Nazi regime. After determining that he had lied in order to enter the country, Mr. Palij's American citizenship was stripped and it was ordered that he be deported. However, since then, his deportation case has stalled … Continue Reading

October 04, 2017

Gillibrand & 15 Senators Urge President Trump To Prioritize Relief Efforts For Puerto Rican Islands Of Vieques And Culebra

**Text of the letter available here (PDF)** Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and 15 of her Senate colleagues today called on President Trump to step up disaster recovery efforts on the Puerto Rican islands of Vieques and Culebra after the islands were devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tom Carper (D-DE), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Kamala Harris (D-CA.), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), … Continue Reading

October 02, 2017

To Help Address The Threat Of Invasive Species Such As The Emerald Ash Borer, Gillibrand Visits Paul Smith’s College To Announce Legislation To Protect New York’s Natural Resources, Prevent Invasive Species From Entering The United States

Paul Smiths, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today visited Paul Smith's College to announce the Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention Act, legislation to protect New York's natural resources from the threat of invasive species. This legislation would prevent potentially harmful species, like the Emerald Ash Borer, from being imported into the country and across state lines. The Emerald Ash Borer is a beetle first found in the … Continue Reading

October 02, 2017

Gillibrand Announces Bipartisan Legislation To Promote Vocational Education & Entrepreneurship, Train Future Workforce For 21st Century Economy

Albany, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will visit the South Colonie Central School District to announce her bipartisan legislation, 21st Century Strengthening Hands On Programs that Cultivate Learning Approaches for Successful Students Act. This bill would direct federal funding to high-tech training and education programs in high schools and institutions of higher education, which would give more students the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to get good-paying jobs in the … Continue Reading

October 02, 2017

As Short-Term Flood Insurance Extension Set To Expire In Coming Months, Gillibrand Urges Senate To Pass Her Bipartisan Legislation To Make Flood Insurance More Affordable For New Yorkers

Long Island, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited the Freeport Village Municipal Building to discuss her bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for 10 years. As the short-term flood insurance extension that Congress recently passed it set to expire in coming months, Gillibrand will urge her colleagues to pass her bipartisan legislation, which creates a long-term solution to make flood insurance more affordable for New Yorkers. This legislation … Continue Reading

September 29, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $849,000 Federal Funding For Water And Infrastructure Upgrades In Western New York

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $849,000 in federal assistance for the Town of Ripley in Chautauqua County. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. Specifically, the Town of Ripley will receive $750,000 in federal grant funds through the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and $99,000 through the Rural Business Service (RBS) … Continue Reading

September 28, 2017

Senators: DeVos’ Decision to Revoke Sexual Assault Guidance “Shows A Clear Lack of Concern” for Survivors

(Washington, D.C.) - Led by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), 32 U.S. Senators sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos slamming her decision to revoke guidance that directs schools on how to handle investigations of sexual assault and urging her to reverse course. Secretary DeVos' decision … Continue Reading

September 28, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $2,677,000 In Rural Economic Development Funding For Town Of Romulus In Seneca County

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,677,000 in federal funding including a loan of $2,177,000.00 and a grant of $500,000.00 for the Town of Romulus in Seneca County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development program. Specifically, the Town of Romulus will use the funding to create a new water district that will increase access to safe, potable water to an additional 129 of … Continue Reading

September 28, 2017

Puerto Rico Food Assistance and Disaster NAP

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