Press Releases

February 13, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand, Maffei Introduce Bill to Establish Harriet Tubman National Historical Park

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Dan Maffei (D-NY) introduced a bill to establish the Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn as National Historical Park, which will also encompass the Tubman Home for the Aged, the Thompson Memorial AME Zion Church and Rectory. The bill also establishes the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Maryland. Schumer and Gillibrand are sponsors of the Senate legislation, in conjunction with … Continue Reading


February 13, 2013

Gillibrand Urges Feds to Help Speed Up $200 Million in Delayed Insurance Payments to Sandy Homeowners

New York, NY - After an investigation by New York State's Department of Financial Services found that banks have delayed approximately $200 million in Superstorm Sandy related insurance payments to thousands of New York homeowners, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand urged the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today to review the matter and find the most efficient and effective way for financial institutions to expedite insurance claims and cut through red tape. Four major U.S. banks are … Continue Reading


February 12, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Host Flight 3407 Families to Commemorate Four Year Anniversary and Push FAA for ‘One Level of Safety’

Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand urged the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to move forward expeditiously with the implementation of two critical flight safety regulations that the Flight 3407 Families and Western New York delegation fought hard to pass as part of the Airline Safety and FAA Extension Act. The Senators' letter comes in conjunction with their hosting the families of Continental Flight 3407 in Washington D.C. to commemorate the … Continue Reading


February 12, 2013

Gillibrand Statement on President’s State of the Union Address

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement tonight after President Obama delivered his State of the Union address: "In his second inaugural address from the Capitol steps last month, President Obama gave an inspiring speech laying out his vision for moving our nation forward based on our founding principles of equality, fairness and opportunity for every single American. Tonight, the President presented a clear plan to lead us there that Congress must … Continue Reading


February 11, 2013

Shaheen, Gillibrand Applaud DOD Decision to Extend Benefits to LGBT Military Families

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today applauded the decision by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to extend a slate of benefits to LGBT military families. Together, Shaheen and Gillibrand have been vocal advocates calling for the extension of benefits to LGBT servicemen and women and their families since the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell in 2011. Some of the extended benefits announced by Secretary Panetta this morning include access to … Continue Reading


February 11, 2013

Standing at INFICON Gillibrand Announces “Made in America Manufacturing Act” to Bolster High-Tech Manufacturing in New York

Syracuse, NY - Standing at INFICON, a Dewitt manufacturer of high-tech instrumentation, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand 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, particularly in the thriving fields of clean-tech and high-tech manufacturing, and that train … Continue Reading


February 11, 2013

Standing at Rochester Precision Optics Gillibrand Announces “Made in America Manufacturing Act” to Bolster High-Tech Manufacturing in New York

Rochester, NY - Standing at Rochester Precision Optics, a local manufacturer that produces high-tech optical technology, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand 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, particularly in the thriving fields of clean-tech and high-tech … Continue Reading


February 11, 2013

Standing at Harper International Gillibrand Announces “Made in America Manufacturing Act” to Bolster High-Tech Manufacturing in New York

Buffalo, NY - Standing at Harper International, a Lancaster manufacturer that produces high-tech thermal processing solutions, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand 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, particularly in the thriving fields of clean-tech and … Continue Reading


February 08, 2013

Gillibrand Statement Celebrating Lunar New Year

New York - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement celebrating Lunar New Year this Sunday and welcoming in the Year of the Snake: "As families and friends across New York gather together to celebrate the arrival of the Lunar New Year, we reflect on the blessings this past year and look to the future with optimism and promise. As we usher in the Year of the Snake, it is my hope that we can continue to work together to forge new opportunities that unite our communities … Continue Reading


February 07, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $8,550 for Ashland Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $8,550 in federal funding for the Ashland Fire Department to purchase a new Thermal Imaging Camera 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 Thermo Imaging Camera will allow Ashland firefighters to literally see through smoke filled rooms to find potential … Continue Reading


February 06, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand, Tonko Reveal Army will Make the Watervliet Arsenal a Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Paul Tonko revealed that the U.S. Army will soon designate the Watervliet Arsenal as a Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence (CITE). Schumer, Gillibrand and Tonko noted that the Secretary of the Army John McHugh has made the Watervliet Arsenal a CITE facility for cannons and mortars, which will allow the arsenal to join ten existing CITE facilities across the country that specialize in different core … Continue Reading


February 04, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand: Brookhaven’s Ion Collider Recommended For Closure by Non-Binding Report, Due to Lack of Research Funding; Call on Feds to Increase Funding to Keep Only Remaining Atom Smasher in Country Open

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today called on the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Energy to increase funding to its Nuclear Physics program by an additional $50 million for next fiscal year, citing a recent recommendation from the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee. The U.S. Department of Energy and National Science Foundation advisory committee was recently charged with issuing a report evaluating scientific priorities under a flat-funding or … Continue Reading


February 01, 2013

At Gillibrand’s Urging, USDA Issues Ruling to Eliminate Junk Food from School Cafeterias and Vending Machines

Washington, D.C. - At the urging of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today issued its ruling to eliminate the sale of all junk food in schools, an effort that Senator Gillibrand led as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Schools Act to reform child nutrition standards that was signed into law in 2010. "If our children are going to succeed and meet their full potential in the classroom, they need access to healthy meals in the lunchroom," said Senator … Continue Reading


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

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