Press Releases

August 23, 2012

Gillibrand Announces More Than $60,000 for Hagaman Volunteer Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $61,332 in federal funding for the Hagaman Volunteer Fire Department to fund fire prevention programs to help engage and educate the community on the importance of everyday fire safety. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants Program. "This is an important investment that can help families in … Continue Reading


August 22, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand, McCarthy Announce FEMA Agrees to Extend Low-Cost ‘Preferred Risk’ Flood Insurance Policies for Nassau County Homeowners

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand and Congresswoman McCarthy announced today that FEMA has agreed to their call for an extension of the low-cost preferred risk flood insurance policies for Nassau County property owners. Under the existing flood insurance program, homeowners who live in an area designated as a flood zone are required to purchase flood insurance. These policies can cost up to $2,000 per year on Long Island. Certain residents in Nassau County, however, … Continue Reading


August 21, 2012

Gillibrand, Peralta Joined By Make the Road New York, Queens Small Business Owners, Workers in Calling for Increase in Federal Minimum Wage

Queens, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and New York State Senator Jose Peralta were joined at Make the Road New York in Jackson Heights, Queens today by Make the Road New York Co-Executive Director Ana Maria Archila, United NY, Queens small business owners, workers and advocates for working families in calling for an increase in the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9.80 over the next three years. The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2012, co-sponsored by Gillibrand, would boost the … Continue Reading


August 21, 2012

At Woman-Owned Small Business in Queens, Gillibrand, Meng Push to Extend Small Business Tax Breaks

Queens, NY - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Assemblywoman Grace Meng were joined at Great Bear Auto Repair, a woman-owned auto repair shop in Flushing, by owner Audra Fordin to announce federal legislation designed to extend targeted tax breaks for small businesses. Women-owned small businesses are among the fastest growing segments of the economy but start with eight times less capital. Senator Gillibrand and Assemblywoman Meng urged the U.S. Senate to vote on the SUCCESS Act of … Continue Reading


August 20, 2012

Gillibrand, Jeffries Joined by Brooklyn Small Business Owner Calling for Increase in Federal Minimum Wage

Brooklyn, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries were joined at Tiny Cup café in Bedford-Stuyvesant today by Brooklyn small business owner Daicha Perkins in calling for an increase in the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9.80 over the next three years. The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2012, co-sponsored by Gillibrand, would boost the incomes of an estimated 651,000 New York City workers, including approximately 195,000 Brooklyn residents, according … Continue Reading


August 20, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Nearly $200,000 Grant for Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a federal grant worth $199,821 for a secondary access road at the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park. The funding is allocated through the USDA's Rural Business Enterprise Grant program, and is being awarded after Senator Gillibrand toured the nearly-finished Alpina Yogurt facility and called for more federal investments in infrastructure at the Ag-Park in Batavia. "This is an important investment that can help attract more … Continue Reading


August 20, 2012

At Woman-Owned Small Business in Staten Island, Gillibrand, Savino Push to Extend Small Business Tax Breaks

Staten Island, NY - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and New York State Senator Diane Savino were joined at Total Electric, a woman-owned small business in Staten Island, by Total Electric Distributors President Lenore Schwartz, Staten Island Economic Development Corporation Board Member and President of Statewide Fire Corp. Pamela Columbia, and Staten Island women business leaders to announce federal legislation designed to extend targeted tax breaks for small businesses. Women-owned … Continue Reading


August 20, 2012

Sen. Gillibrand, Bronx BP Diaz Jr., Call for Tax Breaks to Boost Growing Tech Start-Ups in the Bronx

Bronx, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. were joined today by Sunshine Bronx Co-Founder & Managing Partner Cheni Yerushalmi, StartUp Box South Bronx Co-Founder Majora Carter, and Bronx entrepreneurs at the Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator in urging Congress to pass targeted tax breaks that could help spark the growth of Bronx tech start-ups and create new jobs in the borough. The Small Business Start-up Support Act, which Senator … Continue Reading


August 17, 2012

At Woman-Run Small Business in Rome, Gillibrand Pushes to Extend Small Business Tax Breaks

Rome, NY - Standing at Cathedral Corporation in Rome, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced federal legislation designed to extend targeted tax breaks for small businesses. Women-run small businesses are among the fastest growing segments of the economy, but start with eight times less capital. Senator Gillibrand urged the U.S. Senate to vote on the SUCCESS Act of 2012, legislation that would provide investors with strong incentives to invest in small business stock, double deductions for … Continue Reading


August 17, 2012

Standing at Clarkson University, Gillibrand Announces Bill to Spur the Growth of New Science and Technology Jobs in the North County

Potsdam, NY - After meeting with students and faculty at Clarkson University, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, joined by Clarkson University President Tony Collins, today announced legislation to spur the growth of new science and technology jobs in the North Country and across New York. The America Innovates Act would help scientists and researchers secure valuable resources and training to turn new discoveries into marketable products, new high-tech companies, and jobs. "New York is home to … Continue Reading


August 17, 2012

Gillibrand Announces More Than $24,000 for Ontario County Fire Departments

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $24,700 in federal funding that will serve Manchester, Farmington, Shortsville and Port Gibson volunteer fire departments in Ontario County. The funding will be used to purchase smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to be distributed to families throughout the community, and provide fire safety education in local school districts. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to … Continue Reading


August 09, 2012

Standing at SUNY Fredonia’s Technology Incubator, Gillibrand Announces Bill to Spur the Growth of New Science and Technology Jobs

Dunkirk, NY - Standing at SUNY Fredonia's Technology Incubator, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, joined by SUNY Fredonia President Dr. Ginny Horvath, Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce President Todd Tranum, and Dunkirk Mayor A.J. Dolce, today announced legislation to spur the growth of new science and technology jobs in Western New York and across New York. The "America Innovates Act" would help scientists and researchers secure valuable resources and training to turn their discoveries into … Continue Reading


August 09, 2012

After Touring Local Light Bulb Manufacturer, Gillibrand Announces New Plan to Fight Efforts to Decimate U.S. Light Bulb Standards, Keep China from Flooding U.S. Markets with Illegal Merchandise

Bath, NY - After touring a local light bulb manufacturing plant, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced her new plan to fight efforts to prevent the Department of Energy from enforcing the incandescent light bulb standard. The standard has been in effect since January 1, 2012, and promotes the use of more efficient electricity by requiring bulbs to use at least 28 percent less electricity for the same light output. All major U.S. light bulb manufacturers produce bulbs that meet this … Continue Reading


August 09, 2012

Standing at Keuka Lake, Gillibrand to Announce Comprehensive Plan to Stop Spread of Invasive Species, Prevent Future Invasive Species

Penn Yan, NY - Standing at Keuka Lake, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, today announced a comprehensive agenda to stop the spread of invasive species, and protect New York's waterways. Senator Gillibrand's plan would expedite a strategy for a physical blockade to waterways that feed the Great Lakes to prevent Asian carp from infiltrating the world's largest fresh water source, stem the growth of harmful algae blooms, and prevent … Continue Reading


August 09, 2012

Standing at the University at Albany R&D Biotech Park, Gillibrand Announces Bill to Spur the Growth of New Science and Technology Jobs in Capital Region

Rensselaer, NY - After touring the University at Albany Research and Development (R&D) Biotech Park on the East Campus, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, joined by University at Albany President George Philip and Dr. Chris Fasano, Director of Research and Development at the Neural Stem Cell Institute, today announced legislation to spur the growth of new science and technology jobs in the Capital Region and across New York. The America Innovates Act would help scientists and researchers … Continue Reading


August 03, 2012

Gillibrand, Hanna Announce National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act Signed by President

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Richard Hanna today announced the National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act was signed into law today by President Obama. The legislation will mint gold, silver and clad coins by the U.S. Treasury in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Additionally, Senator Gillibrand and Representative Hanna are urging the Treasury Department to mint the coins at the U.S. Mint at West Point, … Continue Reading


August 03, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Over $2.2 Million for New Water System in Batavia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, New York's first member of the Senate Agriculture Committee in four decades, today announced a federal loan worth $1,222,000 and a federal grant worth $1,000,000 for the Town of Batavia. The funding is allocated through the USDA's Rural Development program and will be used to provide a new sewer system in Batavia. "This is an important investment for Batavia," said Senator Gillibrand. "These federal resources to upgrade Batavia's sewer … Continue Reading


August 02, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $400,000 for Broad Street Project in Rochester

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $400,000 to support construction for the Broad Street two-way conversion project in downtown Rochester. The grant funding is allocated from the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Highway Administration. In January, Senator Gillibrand urged DOT to support Rochester's application for federal funding to support the project. "This targeted investment for Broad Street's two-way conversion will be a huge … Continue Reading


August 02, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $240,000 Dept. of Transportation Funding for Albany County to Redevelop I-787 Corridor

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that the Department of Transportation awarded Albany County $240,000 for design models for the redevelopment of the I-787 corridor. The project, which will directly benefit the City of Albany, Watervilet, Menands, and the Town of Colonie, will go towards plans to redevelop the I-787 corridor in order to support nearby economic development efforts, brownfield redevelopment, and improve pedestrian and transit access to … Continue Reading


August 02, 2012

Gillibrand, Schumer Bill to Enforce Sanctions Against Syria Passes Congress – Heads to President’s Desk as Part of Bipartisan Iran Sanctions Bill Toughening Penalties Against Iran

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) announced final Congressional passage of a comprehensive bipartisan Iran sanctions bill which includes a measure they authored along with Sherrod Brown (D-OH) that will enforce sanctions against the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad. Another measure in the bill by Senators Gillibrand and Mark Kirk (R-IL) will strengthen economic sanctions against Iran. After the Senators announced full Senate passage … Continue Reading

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