Press Releases

July 18, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $2.2 Million for Broome County to Buy New Buses, Boost Transit System

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,240,000 in federal funding for the Broome County Department of Public Transportation (BCDOT) to purchase seven new buses. The funding is allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) State of Good Repair Program. In a March letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Senator Gillibrand advocated for the federal investment for Broome County, and in April Senator Schumer also wrote a letter of … Continue Reading


July 18, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Secure Federal Investment for Central New York Regional Transportation Authority – Over $4 Million Will Fund New Radio and Communications Systems, Boosting Transit System

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that $4,095,000 in federal funding was awarded to Central New York Regional Transportation Authority (CNYRTA) through the Department of Transportation State of Good Repair Program. CYNYRTA will replace its existing radio and data system, allowing it to restore full voice and data communications to the entire four-county system. Additionally, this funding will restore the silent alarm system, provide functional and … Continue Reading


July 18, 2012

Gillibrand Welcomes Tomorrow’s Grand Opening of Intrepid Museum’s Space Shuttle Enterprise Exhibit

New York, NY - With the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum set to launch the grand opening tomorrow of the Space Shuttle Pavilion showcasing the Space Shuttle Enterprise, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement welcoming NASA's first space shuttle to its new home: "I am thrilled that the long-awaited day will finally be here tomorrow and I can't wait for my two young boys to experience the Enterprise," Senator Gillibrand said. "As the cultural and economic capital of … Continue Reading


July 18, 2012

Sens. Brown, Gillibrand, Menendez, Casey, and Blumenthal Ask U.S. Olympic Committee to Consider Domestic Sourcing Summit with American Apparel Manufacturers for 2014 Games and Beyond

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Following the news that the Olympic opening ceremony uniforms that will be worn by American athletes are entirely made in China-spurring bipartisan outrage-U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) are asking the CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) to consider holding a domestic sourcing summit with American apparel manufacturers for the Olympic Games in 2014 and … Continue Reading


July 18, 2012

Gillibrand Statement on Terror Attack Against Israelis in Bulgaria

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) released the following statement after a deadly terror attack killed at least six Israeli people and injured dozens who were on a tourist bus in Burgas, Bulgaria. "My deepest condolences go out to the victims of this heinous attack and their loved ones and those responsible must be brought to justice. This tragedy and the recent string of terror threats against the people of Israel are all too real and they are mounting. The U.S. must … Continue Reading


July 17, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Over $1.2 Million to Fight Homelessness Among Veterans and Families in Hudson Valley

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced federal grants worth $1,206,025 to help prevent homelessness among struggling veterans and their families in the Hudson Valley. The federal grant funding is allocated from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. "New York's veterans and the families who stand by them bravely serve our country, and now we need to fight for them," Senator Gillibrand said. "We can't allow … Continue Reading


July 13, 2012

Menendez, Lautenberg, Casey, Schumer, Gillibrand, Brown to Introduce Legislation Requiring U.S. Olympic Committee Produce Uniforms in America


July 13, 2012

Gillibrand Statement on Announcement that Uniforms for Next Olympic Games to be Made in the U.S.A.

Washington, DC - U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement after it was announced tonight that Team USA uniforms will be made in America in future Olympic Games. The announcement comes after Senator Gillibrand and Congressman Steve Israel wrote a letter yesterday to the CEO of the USOC calling for Team USA to wear uniforms in all future Olympics that are made by American workers. "When America's best athletes are representing our country on the world stage, we should be … Continue Reading


July 12, 2012

American Athletes Kicking Off 2012 Olympic Games in Uniforms Made in China - Gillibrand and Israel Outraged, Call on U.S. Olympic Committee to Only Use Uniforms Made in America For Future Olympics

Washington, D.C. - Following reports that American athletes will be kicking off the 2012 Olympics in uniforms made in China, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Steve Israel expressed outrage, and called on the U.S. Olympic Committee to produce uniforms for Team USA for all future Olympics that are made by American workers. Manufacturing Olympic garments in America would bring $1 billion into the U.S. economy. Senator Gillibrand said, "When America's best athletes are … Continue Reading


July 12, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Eased Hiring Certification for Vets Clears Final Congressional Passage – On to President’s Desk to Become Law

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced a new measure that will ease the hiring and certification process for veterans entering the civilian workforce has passed both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate this week, and now heads to President Obama's desk to be signed into law in the coming days. Specifically, the bipartisan Veterans Skills to Jobs Act requires agencies to recognize relevant military … Continue Reading


July 12, 2012

After Sudden Fishery Closure Notice Forced Squid Vessels to Return To Shore With Thousands of Dollars in Lost Expenses, Schumer, Gillibrand, Bishop Blast Agency for Lack of Notification that Could Easily Have Been Avoided

United States Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Tim Bishop blasted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for failing to properly notify the local fishing industry that a closure of the squid fishery was imminent, costing local fishermen thousands of dollars in haul preparation costs that cannot be recovered. Last Friday, NOAA sent out notification to a limited universe of fishing interests, via fax, notifying them that the 90 percent of the … Continue Reading


July 12, 2012

Post Office Reverses Decision on Hornell Post Office Naming

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Tom Reed announced today that the U.S. Postal Service has reversed its decision and will allow Zachary Smith's name to be placed on the outside of the Hornell Post Office branch. Senator Gillibrand and Congressman Reed have been proactively putting pressure on the Postal Service to make an exception to its regulations prohibiting honoree's names to be placed on the outside of its branches. "Zachary Smith is truly a hometown hero," Senator … Continue Reading


July 12, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Congressional Passage of Bill to Confer a Congressional Gold Medal Upon Raoul Wallenberg

Washington, DC- Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced that Congress passed a bill to bestow the Congressional Gold Medal on Raoul Wallenberg, a hero who saved thousands of lives during the Nazi occupation of Hungary during World War II. The bill, which the Senate passed last night and mirrors Senate legislation introduced by Senator Gillibrand in April, now heads to President Obama's desk for his signature. The House unanimously passed similar legislation in April. "Raoul … Continue Reading


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

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