Press Releases

May 24, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $6.1 Million Investment for Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station Construction Project Clears Key Senate & House Committees – Military Construction Project Will Build Facility for State-Of The-Art Flight Simulator on Base

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced that a $6.1 million construction project for the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS) has passed two critical committees as part of the 2013 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs bill that will now head to the Senate floor for a vote. Specifically, the federal investment would allow the construction of a facility at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve … Continue Reading


May 24, 2012

Gillibrand Secures Approval for $50 Million for Nanotechnology R&D

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Armed Services Committee, secured approval for an increased focus on nanotechnology being done in conjunction with the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Senator Gillibrand fought to continue nanotechnology research she helped initiate in the Fiscal Year 2012 Defense bill with an additional $50 million of federal funds in Fiscal Year 2103. Albany's NanoCollege would need to compete with other … Continue Reading


May 24, 2012

With One of Two New York Terrorism Emergency Task Forces At-Risk of Being Cut from Defense Budget, Gillibrand Announces Key Senate Committee Passage of Provision to Preserve New York’s National Guard WMD Civil Support Teams

Washington, DC - With one of two New York terrorism emergency task forces at-risk of being eliminated in the Pentagon's upcoming budget, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced today that a key Senate panel passed her provision that would permanently authorize New York's two National Guard teams. Currently, New York has one unit near Schenectady that helps authorities fight terror and another unit located in New York City. The "National Guard … Continue Reading


May 24, 2012

Key Senate Committee Passes New Gillibrand Legislation Pushing Defense Department to Combat Hazing, Promote Diversity Among Senior Military Ranks

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a Senate Armed Services Committee member, announced today that a key Senate panel passed her legislation calling on the Armed Services to report on their policies to improve anti-hazing training, track and respond to hazing incidents in the military. Currently hazing incidents are not adequately monitored and tracked, making it difficult to determine how widespread the problem of hazing poses in our military. The Senate panel also approved … Continue Reading


May 24, 2012

Gillibrand Secures Key Committee Approval for New Air Force Cyber Security Strategy for R&D at Rome Labs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced that the Senate Armed Services Committee has passed her amendment that requires the U.S. Air Force to establish a strategy to strengthen America's cyber security with new research and development, initiated at research institutions such as the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome. Senator Gillibrand's amendment passed as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for … Continue Reading


May 24, 2012

Gillibrand, Schumer Secure Key Committee Approval of More Than $190 Million to Build New Barracks at West Point

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Senate Armed Services Committee has authorized $192 million for the construction of new barracks at West Point as part of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. Senator Gillibrand wrote and filed an amendment that included the funding for West Point as part of the broader legislation. Schumer and Gillibrand both aggressively lobbied key … Continue Reading


May 24, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Secure Key Committee Approval of Nearly $140 Million for Construction at Fort Drum

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Senate Armed Services Committee has authorized $138.2 million for the construction of several facilities at Fort Drum, including a new specialty care clinic, a new aircraft maintenance hangar, and a complex for missile tracking technology. The funding for construction is included as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 that passed the Senate Armed Services … Continue Reading


May 24, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Introduce Senate Resolution to Commemorate Bicentennial of Hamilton College in Clinton, NY

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand introduced a resolution to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. Hamilton, ranked among the top liberal arts schools in the country, received its charter from the Regents of the University of the State of New York on May 26, 1812. Schumer and Gillibrand proposed a measure in the Senate to celebrate the college's sustained commitment to its charter two centuries ago. The New York senators recognized … Continue Reading


May 24, 2012

After Irene & Lee Destroyed Homes Across NYS, Gillibrand Announces New Effort to Build Affordable Housing for Struggling Families Still in Need of a New Home

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today introduced legislation to expand access to affordable housing for New York families who lost their homes to Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee by expanding the low-income housing tax credit, legislation that provides tax incentives for developers to build new rental housing units in communities impacted by natural disasters. Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee caused widespread flooding across New York, particularly in areas … Continue Reading


May 23, 2012

Gillibrand Secures Over $15,000 in Disability Benefits for Melville Vet Suffering from PTSD

Melville, NY - After a Department of Veterans Affairs backlog left a Melville veteran's benefits claim unsettled for a year, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand successfully expedited the soldier's application, helping to secure nearly $15,000 in retroactive benefits and a monthly payment of $1,380 for 65 year-old Bob Carnesi. Mr Carnesi, who suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) due to his combat in Vietnam, is set to receive the benefits starting next month. "We must fulfill our duty … Continue Reading


May 23, 2012

Gillibrand Introduces Cody Miller Initiative for Safer Prescriptions

Washington, D.C. - U. S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand this week introduced the Cody Miller Initiative for Safer Prescriptions Act (CMISP), new legislation that would finally require the FDA to approve and standardize information distributed to patients when they pick up their prescriptions. Current information is not subject to any review or standard. The new requirements would ensure patients are kept up to date about potential adverse side effects and dangerous drug interactions. On August 4, … Continue Reading


May 22, 2012

Gillibrand: Women are Primary Bread-Winners for Almost Half of New York Families, Yet Receive 15 Percent Lower Pay for the Same Work as Men; Senator Announces New Effort to End Unacceptable Disparity

Washington, D.C. - With a new report showing that working mothers across New York state earn 14.6 percent less than men, even while an increasing amount of families rely on a mothers' earnings as their main source of income to make ends meet, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is leading the effort to finally pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation expected for a vote on the Senate floor in the coming weeks. The Paycheck Fairness Act would close loopholes employers can use to shortchange … Continue Reading


May 22, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Senate Passage of Bipartisan Iran Sanctions Bill which Toughens Penalties Against Iran, Enforce Sanctions Against Syria

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive bipartisan Iran sanctions bill which includes measures authored by Senators Gillibrand and Mark Kirk (R-IL) to strengthen economic sanctions against Iran, as well as a proposal introduced by Senators Gillibrand, Schumer (D-NY), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) that would enforce sanctions against the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad. The Iran Sanctions, … Continue Reading


May 21, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Federal Investment to Buy New Clean Energy Buses for Chemung County – Over $1.3 Million Will Fund New Buses and Power Generator, Boosting Transit System

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that $1,370,000 in federal funding was awarded to the Chemung County Transit System through the Department of Transportation State of Good Repair Program. Chemung County Transit System will use this federal grant to purchase eight new clean energy buses and a power generator that can be used in inclement weather and during emergencies. "Transit systems across the state are making strides toward cleaner, more efficient … Continue Reading


May 21, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand: New FDA Delays Will Allow Misleading Sunscreen to Be Sold Throughout Summer – Senators Blast Delays and Call on FDA to Protect Consumers as Summer Begins

Washington, DC -- In an effort to ensure sunscreen labels are clear, accurate, and provide consumers with the information they need to protect themselves, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to abandon their recently announced timeline for new standards that would allow manufacturers to continue to put products on the shelf this summer without updated labels. Last year at the request of Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, the FDA … Continue Reading


May 20, 2012

With 14 Lifesaving Cancer Drugs in Short Supply and Over 100 Drug Shortages This Year Alone, Gillibrand, Parents, and Doctors Urge Congress to Pass Legislation This Week Providing Relief for Sick Patients, Children

New York, NY - With over 100 drug shortages reported this year, including 14 lifesaving cancer medications currently in short supply, and a record-high 267 drug shortages in 2011, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged Congress to pass legislation this week to combat drug shortages. The current shortage of cancer drugs such as daunorubicin, used to treat childhood leukemia, and doxorubicin, used to treat Hodgkin's lymphoma and leukemia, puts young lives in danger. Gillibrand, joined by … Continue Reading


May 20, 2012

Gillibrand Statement on Death of Lockerbie Bomber

New York, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement on the death of Libyan terrorist and convicted Lockerbie bomber, Abdel Baset al-Megrahi: "The deaths of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi and Muammar Gaddafi brings to a close the total miscarriage of justice that needlessly brought more pain to the families of Pan Am Flight 103. While this will never heal the pain of the horrific day that took so many innocent lives, I hope this will bring families the comfort that Mr. … Continue Reading


May 18, 2012

Senators Gillibrand, Blunt Bolster Efforts to Address Needs of U.S. National Guard

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Roy Blunt sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Defense calling for an update on the implementation status of the "National Guard Employment Protection Act of 2011," a critical law introduced by Blunt and cosponsored by Gillibrand that amends the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA). Upon passage of the act last November, the Secretary of Defense was tasked with extending USERRA protections to … Continue Reading


May 18, 2012

Gillibrand Urges EDA to Fund Photech Redevelopment Project in Rochester

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today called for federal support for the City of Rochester's proposal to redevelop the Photech Manufacturing site into an industrial park. With the support of the Economic Development Administration (EDA), the park would be used by private businesses to create an estimated 200 to 250 jobs for the Rochester area. "Rochester is working hard to revitalize the local economy and this proposal would help create new jobs in our community," Senator … Continue Reading


May 18, 2012

Gillibrand Urges Amtrak to Include Bicycle Racks on New Baggage Cars

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged Amtrak to include bicycle racks in its plans to modernize the rolling stock used in train services between New York City and Buffalo. The inclusion of bicycle racks would provide ease of access for those wishing to bike to tourist destinations throughout New York State, providing more streamlined travel for active tourism along New York's Erie Canalway Trail and creating the opportunity to generate revenue from these tourists. … Continue Reading

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