Press Releases

September 29, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge DOJ to Grant New York A Medical Marijuana Waiver

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to grant New Yorkers immediate access to a strain of medical marijuana mostly commonly known as "Charlotte's Web" before legalization is implemented in the state. The waiver requested by the Senators in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder would allow cannabidiol, from the cannabis plant, known as cannabis oil, to be transported across state lines from Colorado into … Continue Reading


September 29, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $230,000 For Watertown International Airport In Jefferson County

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced $235,000 in federal discretionary funding for the Watertown International Airport in Jefferson County. The funding was allocated through the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Small Community Air Service Development Program. The Watertown International Airport will use these funds to invest in a community outreach and marketing program in order to increase awareness of the current options available at the airport. … Continue Reading


September 29, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Tonko Announce Nearly $300,000 In Fed Funds Coming To City Of Troy To Put Three More Cops On The Beat – Funds Will Help Ensure Safer Streets

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and Representative Paul Tonko announced that Troy will be receiving $299, 392 in federal funding to hire three new police officers. This funding comes from the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program, which helps cities around the country put more cops on the beat. Schumer and Gillibrand said that, given how tight city budgets are, these funds are critical in enabling Troy to bolster its … Continue Reading


September 29, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Tonko Announce City Of Schenectady Set To Receive $3.1 Million To Remove Lead From Homes – Lead Is A Serious Health Hazard & These Fed Funds Will Help Decrease Exposure

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control Program (OHHLHC) has awarded the City of Schenectady $3,190,570 in federal funding to address lead hazards in 225 housing units. Upstate New York counties and municipalities are receiving a total of $13,760,570. The City of Schenectady will collaborate with the Schenectady County Public Health Services (SCPHS), New York State Department of … Continue Reading


September 29, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Slaughter Announce Monroe County Set To Receive More Than $3.2 Million To Remove Lead From Homes – Lead Is A Serious Health Hazard & These Fed Funds Will Help Decrease Exposure

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control Program (OHHLHC) has awarded Monroe County $3,270,000 in federal funding to address lead hazards in 270 housing units. The Monroe County Department of Public Health will receive $3,000,000 in Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control grant funding, in addition to $270,000 in healthy homes funding, to perform healthy homes assessments in all 270 of … Continue Reading


September 29, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Higgins Announce Erie County Set To Receive $3.4 Million To Remove Lead From Homes – Lead Is A Serious Health Hazard & These Fed Funds Will Help Decrease Exposure

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control Program (OHHLHC) has awarded Erie County $3,000,000 in federal funding to address lead hazards in 180 housing units. Erie County will also receive an additional $400,000 in healthy homes funding to perform healthy homes assessments in 90-100 of these housing units. Upstate New York counties and municipalities are receiving a total of … Continue Reading


September 26, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Maffei Announce $823,000 In Federal Funding For Lyons Central School District

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Dan Maffei today announced that the Lyons Central School District has been awarded $723,102 through the Department of Education and $100,000 through the U.S Department of Health and Human Services as part of an initiative to improve school safety and expand mental health services for students and young adults. "This much-needed funding will allow the Lyons Central School District to improve school … Continue Reading


September 26, 2014

Gillibrand, Maloney Announce Early Childhood Education Investment at Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum

Poughkeepsie, NY - Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced a $146,799 early childhood education investment at Mid-Hudson Children's Museum in Poughkeepsie. This investment from the Institute of Museum and Library Service's (IMLS) highly competitive Museums for America program will enhance school readiness among low-income and underserved children, develop new teaching techniques for early childhood teachers and provide resources for parents in the … Continue Reading


September 26, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $1.5 Million In Anti-Human Trafficking & Anti-Domestic Violence Funds For Organizations In Westchester County

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced $1,489,933 in federal funding for two Westchester County organizations, My Sister's Place and Westchester Hispanic Coalition. The funding was allocated through the Office for Victims of Human Trafficking (OVC). My Sister's Place will use its $999,509 in federal funds to provide human trafficking victims with the comprehensive and timely services they need to recover and lead stable lives. Specifically, $499,509 of the … Continue Reading


September 25, 2014

Gillibrand Statement On The Deaths Of Three 9/11 First Responders Suffering From Ground Zero Related Cancers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement today following news reports that three FDNY members and 9/11 first responders - Retired Lt. Howard (Howie) Bischoff and retired firefighters Robert Leaver and Daniel Heglund - passed away on Monday from 9/11 related cancers. "My heart is with the families and friends of these three heroic men. The bravery, courage and dedication that Lt. Howard Bischoff, Robert Leaver and Daniel Heglund showed at Ground Zero … Continue Reading


September 24, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Tonko Announce More Than $3.2 Million for Schenectady Housing Development

SCHENECTADY - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Paul Tonko today announced that the City of Schenectady will receive $3,207,442 in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to develop viable urban communities, support housing and a suitable living environment for low- and moderate-income individuals, and improve the number, quality and operations of emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families. "This funding is great … Continue Reading


September 24, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $63,000 In USDA Rural Business Grant Funding For Tug Hill Vineyards In Lewis County

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $62,924 for Tug Hill Vineyards in Lewis County. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program (RBEG) and will be used to purchase essential equipment needed to efficiently increase wine production at Tug Hill Vineyards. "This is federal funding is great news for Lewis County and Tug Hill Vineyards," said Senator Schumer. … Continue Reading


September 24, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Maloney Announce, After Their Push, City Of Newburgh Will Receive $500k In Federal Funds To Hire Four New Police Officers – Small City With High Crime Rate Will Now Have Funds To Improve Foot Patrol & Community Policing Efforts

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Sean Patrick Maloney announced that the City of Newburgh, whose police force has declined from 125 officers in 2000 to a little under 80 officers today despite a crime rate that is among the highest in the nation, will receive $500,000 in federal funds to hire four additional police officers for its force. The funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) COPS Hiring Program (CHP). In July, … Continue Reading


September 24, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $190,000 In Funding For Tioga County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a $189,808 grant for the Tioga County Rural Economic Area Partnership (REAP) in Tioga County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) program and will be used to purchase essential equipment that is currently too costly for rural businesses. This will allow businesses the ability to expand, retain and increase employees, and … Continue Reading


September 23, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Maffei Announce More Than $360,000 In Federal Funding For Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency, Inc.

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Dan Maffei today announced that the Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency, Inc. in Auburn has been awarded $364,681 through the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women. The Agency will use this funding to strengthen their existing programs that support survivors of domestic violence. This grant will also be used to hire a court advocate to help victims navigate the legal system and … Continue Reading


September 23, 2014

Gillibrand Announces $500,000 To Support Domestic Violence And Rape Survivors In Suffolk County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $500,000 for the Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk, Inc. (VIBS) in Suffolk County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office on Violence Against Women and will be used to bolster assistance programs for survivors of domestic violence and rape. The grant will allow VIBS to provide a wide range of legal and support services and will also help enhance safety procedures, to better protect … Continue Reading


September 23, 2014

Gillibrand: On National Voter Registration Day, Let's Commit To Bringing Our Voting System Into The 21st Century And Ensure Every Voice Is Heard At The Ballot Box

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) released the following statement today in recognition of National Voter Registration Day. With only half the nation currently allowed to register to vote online, Gillibrand has introduced federal legislation that would modernize the country's online voter registration system and bring the election process into the 21st century by allowing every eligible voter in the country to register online. Currently, 46.5 percent of eligible voters, … Continue Reading


September 22, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand, Maffei Announce $250,000 In Federal Funding For Oswego County Opportunities, Inc.

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Dan Maffei today announced that Oswego County Opportunities, Inc. has been awarded $250,000 through the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women. Oswego County Opportunities is a private, nonprofit human service agency serving 30,000 people each year through more than 50 programs including services for victims of domestic violence. The agency will use this funding to strengthen and … Continue Reading


September 22, 2014

Gillibrand Joins Mississippi Senators In Pushing For Congressional Gold Medal For Freedom Summer Activists From New York

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today joined Mississippi Senators Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran, to introduce legislation that would award a posthumous Congressional Gold Medal to James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner who lost their lives in 1964 while campaigning for voting rights during Mississippi's Freedom Summer. Both Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were New Yorkers who traveled to Mississippi to protest for justice and equality for African Americans. … Continue Reading


September 22, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $2.5 Million In Federal Funding For Finger Lakes Regional Airport In Seneca Falls

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,538,284.00 in federal funding, which includes $2,388,284.00 in discretionary funding and $150,000.00 in entitlement funding, for the Finger Lakes Regional Airport. This funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and will be used to replace and rehabilitate the taxiway. Specifically, this award will replace 4,500 feet of taxiway … Continue Reading

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