Press Releases

July 11, 2012

Gillibrand Announces More Than $350,000 for Key Program to Fight Crime in Buffalo

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a federal grant worth $351,198 for the City of Buffalo from the U.S. Department of Justice's Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program to assist local law enforcement in their efforts to reduce crime and improve the criminal justice system. In April, Senator Gillibrand helped lead the effort in the Senate to protect funding for the Byrne JAG program to equip local communities with the resources they need to keep families … Continue Reading


July 11, 2012

Gillibrand Announces More Than $9.7 Million for New York State for Key Program to Fight Crime

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a federal grant worth $9,771,691 for New York State from the U.S. Department of Justice's Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program to assist local law enforcement in their efforts to reduce crime and improve the criminal justice system. In April, Senator Gillibrand helped lead the effort in the Senate to protect funding for the Byrne JAG program to equip local communities with the resources they need to keep families safe. … Continue Reading


July 09, 2012

After Gillibrand Push, Feds Move Forward to Rid NYC Airports of Bird Strikes

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced that after her push to cut through bureaucratic tape and remove Canada geese that pose a public safety risk to air travelers, the feds are finally taking action today to remove more than 750 geese from the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and protect New York City airports from bird strikes. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) last week issued its final decision to adopt their final environmental impact study laying out a … Continue Reading


July 06, 2012

At Woman-Owned Small Business in Newburgh, Gillibrand Announces Bipartisan Legislation to Extend Small Business Tax Breaks

Newburgh, NY - Standing at Global Recycling, a woman-owned small business in Newburgh, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced bipartisan legislation to extend tax breaks for small businesses. Women-owned small businesses are among the fastest growing segments of the economy. The Small Business Tax Extenders Act would provide investors strong incentives to invest in small business stock, increase deductions for start-up expenses, and continue tax credits small businesses can take … Continue Reading


July 06, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand, Israel, Bishop Announce More Than $12.7 Million for Long Island Power Authority for Irene Recovery Efforts

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressmen Steve Israel and Tim Bishop today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is awarding more than $12.7 million to reimburse the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) for repairs to the Electrical Power Transmission and Distribution System to repair damages caused by Hurricane Irene. "This is great news for Long Island," said Schumer. "Hurricane Irene left many parts of Long Island without power, but … Continue Reading


July 06, 2012

Standing at Stony Brook’s Long Island High Technology Incubator, Gillibrand Announces New Bill to Spur the Growth of New Science and Technology Jobs

Stony Brook, NY - Standing at Stony Brook University's Long Island High Technology Incubator (LIHTI), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, joined by Congressman Tim Bishop, Dr. Ben Hsiao, Stony Brook University's Vice President for Research, and Dr. Yacov Shamash, Vice President for Economic Development and Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, announced today a new bill to spur the growth of new science and technology jobs on Long Island and across New York. The Gillibrand … Continue Reading


July 06, 2012

At Woman-Owned Small Business in Troy, Gillibrand Announces Bipartisan Legislation to Extend Small Business Tax Breaks

Troy, NY - Standing at Market Block Books, a woman-owned small business in Troy, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced bipartisan legislation to extend tax breaks for small businesses. Women-owned small businesses are among the fastest growing segments of the economy. The Small Business Tax Extenders Act would provide investors strong incentives to invest in small business stock, increase deductions for start-up expenses, and continue tax credits small businesses can take advantage … Continue Reading


July 05, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $1.5 Million in Federal Fire Grants for Three Long Island Fire Departments

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that Lynbrook, Rockville Centre Fire Departments and the Great Neck Alert Company will receive grants totaling $1,481,472 in Round 9 of the FY11 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program- Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER). Lynbrook will receive $115,555, Rockville Centre will receive $865,225, and Great Neck Alert Company will receive $500,692. SAFER awards are administered by the U.S. … Continue Reading


July 05, 2012

Gillibrand Introduces Resolution Commemorating 200th Anniversary of War of 1812

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced a resolution to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, fought between the U.S. and Great Britain. Canada, a former British colony, fought alongside the British. The conclusion of the war paved the way for amicable relations among the U.S., Canada and Great Britain, now among America's closest allies. "New York's proximity to Canada made it a hotbed for conflict in the War of 1812," said Senator Gillibrand. "New … Continue Reading


July 03, 2012

After Touring the Ithaca Commons, Gillibrand Announces Support for Transit Upgrades

Ithaca, NY - After touring Ithaca Commons with Mayor Svante Myrick and Ithaca community and business leaders, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced her support for federal funding for transit upgrades. Senator Gillibrand is urging the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to fund the City of Ithaca's request for federal investments to rebuild Ithaca Commons as a community transit hub that would support a more efficient bus route between local colleges and universities and downtown, … Continue Reading


July 03, 2012

Standing at Alpina Yogurt Construction Site, Gillibrand Announces Support of Federal Investment into Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park

Batavia, NY - While touring the nearly completed Alpina Yogurt facility, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the U.S. Economic Development Administration to approve funding for the Genesee Gateway Local Development Corporation (GGLDC). The funding would be used to complete infrastructure developments in the Genesee Valley Agri-Buniness Park (Ag-Park). The increase in infrastructure would bolster real estate development investments, which could lead to a sustainable long-term economy … Continue Reading


July 02, 2012

Gillibrand Fights to Extend Priority Access to USDA Funding for Sullivan County and Town of Wawarsing in 2012 Farm Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced an extension of the Rural Economic Area Partnership (REAP) Zone designation for Sullivan County and the town of Wawarsing passed the full Senate as part of the 2012 Farm Bill. The measure would extend a designation that helps give the region priority access to federal funding from the USDA to help grow the local economy and revitalize rural communities. The current … Continue Reading


July 02, 2012

Gillibrand Fights to Extend Priority Access to USDA Funding for Tioga County in 2012 Farm Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced an extension of the Rural Economic Area Partnership (REAP) Zone designation for Tioga County passed the full Senate as part of the 2012 Farm Bill. The measure would extend a designation that helps give Tioga County priority access to federal funding from the USDA to help grow the local economy and revitalize rural communities. The current Tioga County REAP Zone designation … Continue Reading


July 02, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand, Owens Call for Federal Investment in North Country Advanced Manufacturing Project

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Bill Owens called on the U.S. Economic Development Administration to invest in a North Country Advance Manufacturing project that would create and sustain new jobs in the region. A joint proposal submitted by the North Country Chamber of Commerce (NCCC) and Clarkson University would support the growth of advanced manufacturing in transportation equipment and advanced materials in the North Country. … Continue Reading


June 29, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce New York Receives $151.6 Million in Vital Anti-Terror Funding

United States Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced today that New York City has received a total of $151,579,096 in Urban Areas Security Initiative Funding (UASI), a huge victory for the City's anti-terror efforts, in the face of steep cuts elsewhere. The UASI program is the lifeblood of New York's anti-terror programs and funds the critical surveillance program for downtown Manhattan and its expansion into Times Square and midtown. New York also received the entire … Continue Reading


June 29, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Protect New York Mass Transit Funding and Block House Efforts to Gut Transit Formula; Bill Now Headed to President’s Desk for Signature

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced that they had successfully fought for an additional $200 million in direct formula funds despite numerous efforts by the House of Representatives to take away dedicated revenues from the Mass Transit Account of the Highway Trust fund. Since 1982, the Mass Transit Fund has helped urban and suburban areas like the New York metro area expand and improve their public transportation systems by dedicating to transit one cent … Continue Reading


June 29, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Final Congressional Passage of Measure to Improve Funding for NYS Border Infrastructure Projects

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that a provision she wrote to reauthorize the Coordinated Border Infrastructure (CBI) Program to invest in border regions reached final Congressional passage as part of the Transportation Reauthorization bill. Senator Gillibrand's measure would allow states to use funding to improve motor vehicle and cargo mobility across international borders, enhancing commerce at border regions. Last year, New York State and Canada traded … Continue Reading


June 29, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Final Congressional Passage of National Teen Driving Safety Plan

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that important provisions of the Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection (STAND UP) Act she authored has reached final Congressional passage as part of the Transportation Reauthorization bill. The STAND UP Act would set national standards for states to implement Graduated Driver's License (GDL) programs that prepare teens to be safer, more responsible drivers. Senator Gillibrand led the effort in the Senate to include … Continue Reading


June 29, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand, Tonko Announce Critical Truck Stop Safety Measure Included in Must-Pass Transportation Bill

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Representative Paul Tonko announced that "Jason's Law," a measure to increase security and improve conditions at truck stops across the country, to pass both houses of Congress today as a part of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee's Transportation Reauthorization bill. The legislation is named in honor of Schoharie County trucker, Jason Rivenburg, who tragically lost his life during a robbery attempt on … Continue Reading


June 29, 2012

With Increased International Passengers Flying Through WNY Airports, Gillibrand Urges TSA to Bring Pre-Check Program to Niagara Falls and Buffalo-Niagara International Airports

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to bring their Pre-Check program for international travelers to the Buffalo Niagara and Niagara Falls International Airports. The program would increase efficiency in the flow of trusted travelers and promote cross-border commerce. In the past 10 years alone, Canadian passengers at the Buffalo airport have risen from 10 to nearly 40 percent of the airport's passengers, totaling nearly 2 … Continue Reading

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