Press Releases

Dec 10, 2012

Breakthrough For Farmers: Starting Today, Can Apply For Guest Worker Program Electronically

Issues: Agriculture, Local Issues

Representative Kathy Hochul (NY-26) said she was astounded to learn that one of the farmers in her Congressional District had mailed 18 pounds of paperwork to the Department of Labor (DOL) to apply for the same guest workers that had worked on her farm year after year. As a result, Hochul worked with the DOL to allow electronic filing and more timely responses to applicants.

Nov 27, 2012

House Passes Hochul's Bill To Help Veterans

The House of Representatives passed H.R. 6328, The Clothe a Homeless Hero Act, which was introduced by Rep. Kathy Hochul (NY-26).

Nov 22, 2012

Statement from Rep. Hochul In Honor of Thanksgiving

Issues: Local Issues

The following is a statement from Representative Kathy Hochul (NY-26) in honor of Thanksgiving

Nov 11, 2012

Statement From Representative Hochul On Veterans Day

Representative Kathy Hochul (NY-26) released the following statement in recognition of Veterans Day

Nov 2, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand, Hochul Highlight Important Work Of NFARS National Guard Members During Sandy Response; Urge DOD To Consider Lifesaving Efforts In Future Base Decisions

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Representative Kathy Hochul urged the Department of Defense (DoD) to closely examine the importance of the National Guard 107th Airlift wing, based at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS), to both Western New York, the state, and the entire Northeast. They emphasized in their letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that the 107th Airlift Wing, which has served as a proven resource in the Western New York region, also serves as a unit of Northeast regional and national importance given their response to Tropical Storms Irene and Lee last year, and their recent service during Hurricane Sandy. Schumer, Gillibrand, and Hochul highlighted that DoD should take into account the contributions that the 75 members of the 107th Airlift Wing made in response to this historic disaster after they deployed from NFARS in any future restructuring decisions.

Oct 26, 2012

In Letter To Chairman King, Hochul Urges Immediate Hearing On Student Visa Program, Security Vulnerabilities

WILLIAMSVILLE N.Y. - Today, Representative Kathy Hochul (NY-26) sent a letter to the Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Peter T. King (NY-3) urging for a hearing to be held on security vulnerabilities in the nation’s student visa program. This request follows an attempted bombing on the Federal Reserve Bank in New York, in which the primary suspect entered the United States on a student visa. According to intelligence officials and the New York Police Department (NYPD), the suspect came to the United States with the intent to commit a terrorist act and exploited the student visa program to gain entry.

Oct 26, 2012

Reps. Hochul & Higgins Join UPS to Honor Local Veterans & Longtime Employees

Representatives Kathy Hochul and Brian Higgins joined Erie County Department of Veteran Services Director Carlos M. Benitez and leaders from UPS to recognize several Western New York employees who have delivered outstanding service for the company and for the country.

Oct 25, 2012

Funding For Government Contract Assistance Center Announced By Hochul

Today, Representative Kathy Hochul (NY-26) announced that nearly $300,000 in federal funding has been awarded to the World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara (WTCBN) to establish the Niagara Procurement Technical Assistance Center (Niagara PTAC) at Niagara University. In June, Rep. Hochul sent a letter to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) in support of the WTCBN’s proposal.

Oct 24, 2012

In Letter To Board Of Veterans Appeals, Hochul Pushes For Immediate Hearing In Buffalo

Issues: Veterans

Today, Representative Kathy Hochul (NY-26) sent a letter to the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) requesting that they schedule a travel board hearing in Buffalo immediately. This letter comes after reports that an audio recording device malfunctioned the last time the travel board visited Buffalo, preventing the BVA from completing transcripts of the proceedings. The BVA told those veterans in attendance that if they would like their case to be heard in person, they need to wait for the BVA travel board to return to the Buffalo region.

Oct 22, 2012

Hochul, Gallivan Announce Support For Expansion Of WNY Auto Parts Company Through Recharge NY And Excelsior Jobs Programs

Today, on a tour of Jiffy-tite’s Lancaster facility, Representative Kathy Hochul (NY-26) and Senator Patrick Gallivan announced their support for Jiffy-tite’s application to the ReCharge NY and the Excelsior Jobs Programs to expand their facilities. Prior to the tour, Hochul and Gallivan met with Mike Rayhill, Jiffy-tite President, and company leadership to discuss efforts to strengthen American manufacturing and expand education and training opportunities to close the skills gap.