Press Releases

June 19, 2012

Gillibrand Urges Feds to Ban the Sale of Dangerous High-Powered Toy Magnets

Washington, DC - With a recent rise in reported cases of toddlers and children who accidentally swallowed high-powered toy magnets that can be deadly and cause life-threatening injuries, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today urged the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC) to ban the sale of these dangerous, high-powered magnetic balls that can be formed into different shapes from the retail market. This year alone, there were at least 19 reported incidents of children who … Continue Reading


June 18, 2012

After Sidney Manufacturer Flooded, Gillibrand Calls on Feds to Help Amphenol Aerospace Relocate

Washington, D.C. - After a local Sidney manufacturer was flooded, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand urged the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to help Amphenol Aerospace relocate locally in Delaware County. Over the past five years, Amphenol Aerospace has experienced nearly $40 million in repeated flood damage at their current facility, putting nearly 1,200 jobs at risk. Through the Federal Disaster Relief Opportunity Program, the EDA can help foot the bill for the company to relocate … Continue Reading


June 15, 2012

At Woman-Owned Small Business in Buffalo, Gillibrand & Higgins Announce Bipartisan Legislation to Extend Small Business Tax Breaks

Buffalo, NY - Standing at Blue Sky Design Supply, a woman-owned small business in Buffalo, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Brian Higgins today announced bipartisan legislation to extend tax breaks for small businesses. Women-owned small businesses are among the fastest growing segment 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 … Continue Reading


June 15, 2012

Gillibrand Statement on Obama Administration Granting Deferred Action for Dream Act Youth

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), an original co-sponsor of the DREAM Act, released the following statement today after President Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that the Administration will halt deportation actions and grant work permits for certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children, and do not present a risk to national security or public safety. Gillibrand joined Majority Leader Harry Reid, Assistant … Continue Reading


June 15, 2012

At Woman-Owned Small Business in Rochester, Gillibrand & Hochul Announce Bipartisan Legislation to Extend Small Business Tax Breaks

Rochester, NY - Standing at Complemar, a woman-owned small business in Rochester, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Kathy Hochul today announced bipartisan legislation to extend tax breaks for small businesses. Women-owned small businesses are among the fastest growing segment 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 … Continue Reading


June 15, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Senate Hearing on her Legislation to Extend Authorization for Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold a hearing on June 27 to discuss the extension of the authorization for the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area for 10 more years. The extension would keep the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area operating to promote recreation and tourism, as well as enabling them to continue to access matching federal funding for projects in the area. In April, … Continue Reading


June 15, 2012

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

Syracuse, NY - Standing at Potter Heating & AC and Perrone Plumbing, a woman-owned small business in Syracuse, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced bipartisan legislation to extend tax breaks for small businesses. Women-owned small business are the fastest growing segment 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 … Continue Reading


June 14, 2012

Gillibrand Pushes Forward on Cutting Red-Tape to Rid NYC Airports of Bird Strikes Now That Public Comment Period to USDA’s Environmental Study Has Ended

Washington, DC - With molting season for geese expected to start later this week and only last until mid-July, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today urged U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to move forward immediately and take action to protect New York City airports from bird strikes. In April, after Gillibrand introduced federal legislation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued its final environmental impact study laying out a combination of lethal and non-lethal methods … Continue Reading


June 14, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Nearly $3 Million for High-Tech Job Training Opportunities in Capital Region

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a federal grant worth $2,999,970 for the Fulton, Montgomery and Schoharie (FMS) Workforce Development Board in Amsterdam. The federal investment will help create new career training opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to help equip Capital Region workers with the skills they need for the jobs of the new economy, and equip local businesses with a highly skilled workforce. "You won't … Continue Reading


June 14, 2012

In Honor of 237th Year, Gillibrand Wishes Army Happy Birthday

Washington, D.C. - In honor of its 237th year, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today delivered the following birthday greetings to the more than 40,000 Army Soldiers, Guardsmen and Reservists serving in New York State. WATCH Senator Gillibrand's birthday message to the U.S. Army "Today is a day to recognize and reflect on the brave and courageous commitment Americans have made to the Army over the past 237 years," said Senator Gillibrand. … Continue Reading


June 14, 2012

Gillibrand Urges Ag Department to Keep Saratoga County FSA Office Open

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to keep open the Farm Service Agency (FSA) office in Saratoga County. Local farmers count on their FSA office for technical and financial advice, direct and guaranteed loans, and emergency response services in the wake of natural disasters. Unfortunately, farmers are unable to take a full day off of work to drive to and from their local FSA office for their services. In addition, Senator … Continue Reading


June 14, 2012

Gillibrand Urges Ag Department to Keep Yates County FSA Office Open

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to keep open the Farm Service Agency (FSA) office in Yates County. Local farmers count on their FSA office for technical and financial advice, direct and guaranteed loans, and emergency response services in the wake of natural disasters. Unfortunately, farmers are unable to take a full day off of work to drive to and from their local FSA office for their services. In addition, Senator … Continue Reading


June 14, 2012

Gillibrand Urges Ag Department to Keep Sullivan County FSA Office Open

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to keep open the Farm Service Agency (FSA) office in Sullivan County. Local farmers count on their FSA office for technical and financial advice, direct and guaranteed loans, and emergency response services in the wake of natural disasters. Unfortunately, farmers are unable to take a full day off of work to drive to and from their local FSA office for their services. In addition, Senator … Continue Reading


June 14, 2012

Gillibrand Announces More Than $1.8 Million Grant for Trudeau Institute

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a federal grant worth $1,890,558 for the Trudeau Institute for research into the impacts of aging on the immune system's response to infection and vaccination. The federal investment from the National Institute of Health (NIH) is the first installment of a 5-year research grant for Trudeau, worth a total of $9 million. "This is a great investment for the Trudeau Institute and for the North Country," Senator Gillibrand said. … Continue Reading


June 13, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand, Bishop Announce Smithtown to Receive Over $1,000,000 FEMA Grant for Irene Recovery

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand and Congressman Tim Bishop today announced a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant of $1,009,769.38 for the Town of Smithtown to reimburse the town for cleanup costs associated with damage as a result of Irene last August. The storm dumped massive amounts of rain, and high winds caused hundreds of thousands of Long Island residents to lose power, but the damage was particular devastating in Smithtown, which saw over 1,800 … Continue Reading


June 13, 2012

Gillibrand Invites U.S. Education Senior Official for Innovation to Visit Long Island’s Cradle of Aviation Museum

Long Island, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged U.S. Education Assistant Deputy Secretary Jim Shelton to visit Long Island's STEM Magnet Academy at the Cradle of Aviation Museum and spend a school day this fall with local students, teachers, and business leaders. Senator Gillibrand pointed out that the school's effective programs and partnerships with local businesses would serve as a nationwide model in drawing students from underserved communities towards STEM-related (Science, … Continue Reading


June 12, 2012

With Tighter Budgets for Public Safety, Gillibrand Fights to Equip New York State’s First Responders with Tools, Resources, Technology to Keep Communities Safe

Washington, D.C. - With tighter budgets for police and firefighters at the local, state and federal level, and with first responders increasingly relying on outdated equipment to do their jobs or insufficient staff to respond to emergencies, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a comprehensive strategy to help secure the tools and resources New York State's first responders need to keep our communities safe. Senator Gillibrand's efforts include working to fund the U.S. Department of … Continue Reading


June 08, 2012

Gillibrand, Schumer: Ruling Adding All Science Committee Recommended Cancers To Zadroga Bill Is A Big Step Forward, More Work To Be Done

New York, NY - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer released the following statement today after Dr. John Howard, Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, issued a proposed rule to accept all of the Science/Technical Advisory Committee's recommendations adding certain cancers to the list of covered conditions for World Trade Center Health Program. After reviewing the science supporting a link between the exposure to toxins at Ground Zero and … Continue Reading


June 08, 2012

To Help Connect Rochester-Finger Lakes Farms and Schools, Gillibrand Urges USDA to Fund Local Foodlink Program

Washington, D.C. - In an effort to help connect Rochester-Finger Lakes farms with local schools, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to invest in the Foodlink program. Since 1978, Foodlink has grown to serve a 10-county area, distributing more than 12 million pounds of food annually to a network of 450 agencies and programs. The federal investment would help the program obtain new equipment and supplies to expand - bringing food from local farms to … Continue Reading


June 08, 2012

Gillibrand and Hochul Call on EDA to Support Cambria Tech Park

WASHINGTON D.C. - United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Representative Kathy Hochul (NY-26) sent a letter to Mr. Willie C. Taylor, Regional Director of the Philadelphia Regional Office of the Economic Development Administration, in support of Niagara County's proposal for funding to develop the Cambria Technology Park. In their letter, Gillibrand and Hochul write: "The Cambria Technology Park is very important to the strength of the region's economy. The Niagara County economy … Continue Reading

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