Press Releases

February 01, 2013

Gillibrand Announces “Made in America Manufacturing Act” to Help Revitalize Manufacturing in New York

Farmingdale, NY - Standing in the factory of Long Island based D'Addario & Company, Inc., the world's largest manufacturer of strings for musical instruments as well as numerous other high-quality musical accessories, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced that the first piece of legislation she introduced in the 113th Congress is a federal funding competition that encourages states and regional public-private partnerships to design and implement comprehensive strategies that … Continue Reading


February 01, 2013

Gillibrand Announces “Made in America Manufacturing Act” to Help Revitalize Manufacturing in New York

Yonkers, NY - Standing at POP Displays, a Yonkers manufacturer that produces plastic displays for major retailers and marketing companies, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), joined by Mayor Mike Spano, announced that the first piece of legislation she introduced in the 113th Congress is a federal funding competition that encourages states and regional public-private partnerships to design and implement comprehensive strategies that spur growth for local manufacturing industries and that … Continue Reading


January 31, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand, Tonko Urge DOD & National Guard to Protect Terror Response Teams in New York, Including Stratton Air Base Team in Schenectady County

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Paul Tonko today called on the Department of Defense (DOD) and the National Guard to do everything in its power to retain the two Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams (WMD-CSTs) located in New York, including one team at the Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia. WMD-CSTs provide rapid support to civil authorities in the event of a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear … Continue Reading


January 31, 2013

Gillibrand, Hanna Applaud USDA’s Pilot Program for Greek Yogurt in School Meals

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Richard Hanna today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) commitment to initiate a pilot program to increase the availability of Greek yogurt in school meal programs. In their January 17, 2013 letter to the USDA, Senator Gillibrand and Rep. Hanna urged the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a pilot program and to update the MyPlate nutrition guides to reflect the health benefits of Greek yogurt. They … Continue Reading


January 30, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand, Grimm Urge DOD & National Guard to Protect Terror Response Teams in New York, Including Fort Hamilton Team in Brooklyn

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Michael Grimm today called on the Department of Defense (DOD) and the National Guard to do everything in its power to retain the two Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams (WMD-CSTs) located in New York, including one team at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn. WMD-CSTs provide rapid support to civil authorities in the event of a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threat. Although the FY2013 … Continue Reading


January 30, 2013

Senators Gillibrand, Kirk Introduce First Bipartisan Gun Safety Bill Of New Congress

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) will introduce their bipartisan gun trafficking legislation later this morning to crack down on the daily flow of illegal guns on our nation's streets. The Gillibrand-Kirk Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2013 will for the first time make gun trafficking a federal crime to provide tools to law enforcement to get illegal guns off the streets and away from criminal networks and street gangs. This is the first … Continue Reading


January 25, 2013

As Temperatures Drop and Heating Bills Soar, Gillibrand & Tonko Urge Administration to Fund Weatherization Assistance Program

Schenectady, NY - With temperatures in the Capital Region dropping and heating bills soaring, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Paul Tonko urged the Administration to fund the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and the State Energy Program (SEP). WAP helps families reduce energy bills by making homes more energy efficient. Funds are used to improve the energy performance in homes using the most advanced technologies and testing protocols available in the housing industry. In … Continue Reading


January 25, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Town of New Haven to Receive Over $1 Million in Federal Funding for Water and Waste Management

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that the Town of New Haven has received a Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant for a total of $1,203,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Rural Development's Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. The funding will be used to install new water mains and improve access to clean and purified water for New Haven area residents. "Supporting New York's rural communities with smart investments for … Continue Reading


January 25, 2013

As Temperatures Drop and Heating Bills Soar, Gillibrand & Hanna Urge Administration to Fund Weatherization Assistance Program

Utica, NY - With temperatures in the Mohawk Valley dropping and heating bills soaring, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Richard Hanna urged the Administration to fund the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and the State Energy Program (SEP). WAP helps families reduce energy bills by making homes more energy efficient. Funds are used to improve the energy performance in homes using the most advanced technologies and testing protocols available in the housing industry. In New … Continue Reading


January 25, 2013

As Temperatures Drop and Heating Bills Soar, Gillibrand Urges Administration to Fund Weatherization Assistance Program

Watertown, NY - With temperatures in the North Country dropping and heating bills soaring, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand urged the Administration to fund the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and the State Energy Program (SEP). WAP helps families reduce energy bills by making homes more energy efficient. Funds are used to improve the energy performance in homes using the most advanced technologies and testing protocols available in the housing industry. In New York, SEP helps fund the … Continue Reading


January 24, 2013

Gillibrand Statement on Meeting with Senator Hagel

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement today after meeting with Senator Chuck Hagel ahead of his confirmation hearing next week: "Senator Hagel and I just had a frank and expansive conversation in my office that explored his record and views on a number of issues that had caused me concern. I am satisfied that his substantive answers were sincere. "I fully expect that in the upcoming confirmation … Continue Reading


January 24, 2013

Gillibrand Presses Feds to Invest in Syracuse Inner Harbor

Washington, D.C. - On the heels of winning a state grant to support development efforts at Syracuse's Inner Harbor, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is today calling for federal investment into the project. Senator Gillibrand is urging the U.S. Economic Development Agency (EDA) to direct funding to support the construction of a mixed-use community to increase public access to the waterfront, and host a range of residential and commercial uses. The effort follows legislation that Senator … Continue Reading


January 23, 2013

Gillibrand Applauds Defense Decision to Lift Ban On Women in Combat

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement after the U.S. Defense Department announced it will lift the ban on women serving in combat. Senator Gillibrand fought for and secured a Defense Department feasibility report on lifting the ban as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2013 that passed in December. "This is a proud day for our country and the step we need to formally recognize the brave women who are already fighting and dying for … Continue Reading


January 23, 2013

Gillibrand Announces More Than $75,000 for Savona Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $75,288 in federal funding for the Savona Fire Department to replace obsolete air packs to help improve safety as they respond to emergencies. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. "This is an important investment for the Savona Fire Department," said Senator Gillibrand. "Our fighters put their lives on the line to keep us safe, and it's … Continue Reading


January 23, 2013

Senator Gillibrand Teams Up With Civil Rights Leader Rep. John Lewis to Reintroduce Voter Empowerment Act in Senate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today reintroduced the Senate companion of the Voter Empowerment Act as Rep. John Lewis (GA-5), House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5), Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn (SC-6), Rep. John Conyers (MI-13), and Rep. Robert Brady (PA-1) reintroduced legislation authored by Civil Rights icon Rep. Lewis in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Voter Empowerment Act will help ensure equal access to the ballot for every eligible voter, … Continue Reading


January 23, 2013

Ayotte, Gillibrand: U.S. Must Help Expedite Delivery of Humanitarian Aid to Syrian People

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following a meeting last week with Syrian opposition leaders, U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) are urging President Obama to dramatically expedite delivery of U.S. humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people, including the Syrian Opposition Council. In a letter to President Obama yesterday, the Senators called on the Administration to review the State Department's current assistance to the Council and bolster public support for the Council. … Continue Reading


January 21, 2013

Gillibrand Statement Commemorating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "Today, as we gather in Washington see President Obama sworn-in for his second term, we also celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. His dream of freedom, justice, and equality is the American dream. "As we reflect on Dr. King's life and sacrifice, we must remain committed to his spirit of cooperation and collaboration as we face … Continue Reading


January 17, 2013

Gillibrand Announces More Than $60,000 for Batavia Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $60,367 in federal funding for the City of Batavia Fire Department to train new firefighters and upgrade equipment for first responders. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. "This is an important investment for the Batavia Fire Department," said Senator Gillibrand. "Our firefighters risk their lives day in and day out to keep us safe, and … Continue Reading


January 17, 2013

Gillibrand, Senate Colleagues Urge Feds to Delay Judgment on Same-Sex Couples’ Green Card Cases, Halt Deportation Orders Until Supreme Court Rules on DOMA

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), an original co-sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act to repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), was joined today by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chris Coons (D-DE), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Al Franken (D-MN), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Patty Murray (D-WA) in urging Attorney … Continue Reading


January 17, 2013

Gillibrand, Hanna Urge USDA to Reclassify Greek Yogurt in Nutrition Guidelines

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and U.S. Representative Richard Hanna today renewed their call to officially reclassify Greek yogurt as a source of protein under the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) MyPlate nutrition guides. Currently, Greek yogurt is not differentiated from traditional yogurt, despite having twice the amount of protein. "Greek yogurt is packed with healthy protein and should be available to our … Continue Reading

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