Press Releases

April 13, 2012

Gillibrand, Israel Host Protect Long Island Sound Roundtable

Oyster Bay, NY - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Steve Israel hosted a Protect the Long Island Sound roundtable with local stakeholders at the Sagamore Yacht Club. Federal funding for restoration and stewardship programs to protect Long Island Sound expired at the end of 2011. Senator Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Rep. Israel, a co-chair of the Long Island Sound Caucus, introduced legislation last month to support the … Continue Reading


April 04, 2012

President Obama Signs Gillibrand Co-Authored Stock Act Into Law Making Insider Trading by Members of Congress Illegal

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today applauded President Obama's signing of the STOCK Act into law. The bipartisan legislation passed the Senate almost unanimously and was led in the House of Representatives by fellow New Yorker Rep. Louise Slaughter. The new law is a common sense solution to make insider trading by members of Congress, their staff and their families clearly and expressly illegal. Senator Gillibrand has been a leading advocate for increasing the … Continue Reading


April 03, 2012

Gillibrand Fights to Protect Investment for Key Law Enforcement Program to Fight Crime, Drug Trafficking

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined a bipartisan coalition of Senators in urging the Senate Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies to fully support the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) Program, a grant program designed to assist law enforcement agencies in their efforts to reduce crime, prevent juvenile delinquency and reduce recidivism. Last year, New York State received a total of $19.745 million. "The Byrne JAG … Continue Reading


March 29, 2012

Gillibrand Introduces Legislation to Require National Parks to Sell Only American-Made Products

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today introduced the American Parks, American Products Act to the Senate. The bill would require all items sold by National Parks Service gift shops to be produced in the United States. "This is commonsense legislation to stamp products sold at America's National Parks with the words 'Made in America,'" Senator Gillibrand said. "The pride of our National Parks goes hand in hand with the pride of American-made products and our strong … Continue Reading


March 29, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $790,000 for Suffolk County Fire Districts

Suffolk, NY - U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $791,600 in federal funding for the Smithtown, Halesite, Kings Park, Melville, and Centerport Fire Districts. This grant will go towards purchasing new breathing apparatus for firefighters as well as additional air tanks and individual masks. "This funding will ensure that our firefighters have the latest equipment they need to protect Suffolk County residents," said Schumer. "By funding the purchase of … Continue Reading


March 29, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Nearly $140,000 for Point Pleasant Fire District

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $139,422 in federal funding for the Point Pleasant Fire District to upgrade their air packs. This will allow them to respond to emergencies safely and more effectively. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. "This federal funding is so important for the Point Pleasant Fire District," Senator Gillibrand said. "Our firefighters put their lives … Continue Reading


March 28, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Over $100,000 for City Of Beacon Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $101,856 in federal funding for the City of Beacon Fire Department to purchase new turnout gear for their firefighters. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. In September, Senator Gillibrand wrote to FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate to encourage FEMA to support the City of Beacon Fire Department's request for federal funding. "This … Continue Reading


March 28, 2012

After Natural Disasters Hit Nearly Three-Quarters of New York’s 62 Counties Last Year, Gillibrand Announces More Than $50 Million That Local Communities Can Now Apply for to Assist with Their Economic Recovery

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $53,735,000 is now available for New York communities affected by natural disasters to apply for from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA). Counties that have received major disaster declarations in the past year will be eligible for the funding designated for long-term strategic planning, infrastructure development and capital for alternative financing. "Nearly three quarters of the New … Continue Reading


March 28, 2012

Gillibrand Hails Consortium for Worker Education as Environmental Champion

Bronx, NY - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, congratulated the Consortium for Worker Education (CWE) for winning the 2012 Environmental Quality Award. The non-profit agency, which Senator Gillibrand nominated this past February, is partnering with Sustainable South Bronx and the Osborne Association to recruit and train Bronx residents for city jobs in emerging green industries. The organization is set to receive the Environmental … Continue Reading


March 28, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand: Plan to Eliminate Highland Falls Impact Aid Funding Could Be Devastating for Teachers & Students – Senators Push to Restore Funding for Highland Falls Classrooms

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced their push to protect the Highland Falls school district from steep cuts in federal Impact Aid that would cripple the school district. The Administration's proposed budget for the coming fiscal year would eliminate Impact Aid Section 8002 Funding, a program that provides funding for districts that cover a large portion of federally-owned, nontaxable land. Highland Falls relies on the program that provided over $1.9 … Continue Reading


March 28, 2012

Gillibrand Hails Onondaga Environmental Institute President as Environmental Champion

Syracuse, NY-Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Environmental and Public Works Committee, congratulated the President of the Onondaga Environmental Institute (OEI), Dr. Edward Michalenko, for winning the 2012 Environmental Quality Award. for his commitment and significant contributions to greening New York State. Senator Gillibrand nominated Dr. Michalenko this past February. "I congratulate Dr. Michalenko for his dedication to creating a cleaner New York," said Senator … Continue Reading


March 28, 2012

Gillibrand Hails NYS Pollution Prevention Institute Director as Environmental Champion

Rochester, NY - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Environmental and Public Works Committee, congratulated the Director of the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYS P2I), Dr. Anahita Williamson, for winning the 2012 Environmental Quality Award for her leadership and significant contributions to greening New York State. Senator Gillibrand nominated Dr. Williamson this past February. "I congratulate Dr. Williamson for her dedication to securing a cleaner New … Continue Reading


March 28, 2012

Gillibrand to FEDs: Protect Monroe County Manufacturer – Accept Firth Rixson’s Application for Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) License

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called on the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) to support a Monroe County metal forge, Firth Rixson, by accepting its application for full Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) manufacturing benefits through the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones Board. Earlier this year, Senator Gillibrand wrote a letter to Executive Secretary of the Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Andrew McGilvray, urging him to accept Firth Rixson's request for FTZ licensing that would allow the … Continue Reading


March 28, 2012

Gillibrand Hails Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo as Environmental Champion

Buffalo, NY - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, congratulated the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo (CFGB) for winning the 2012 Environmental Quality Award. The organization, which Senator Gillibrand nominated this past February, is set to receive the Environmental Protection Agency's prestigious honor for their commitment and significant contributions to greening New York State. "I congratulate the Community Foundation for … Continue Reading


March 28, 2012

Gillibrand Hails Ecovative Design as Environmental Champion

Albany, NY - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, congratulated Ecovative Design for winning the 2012 Environmental Quality Award. Located in Green Island, Ecovative Design is leading the way in creating environmentally-responsible products that replace traditional foam packaging, such as Styrofoam, insulation, and denser materials, such as particle board. The organization, which Senator Gillibrand nominated this past February, is set … Continue Reading


March 27, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand: Asian Carp Could Enter Great Lakes & NY Through New Avenues & Army Corps Needs New Emergency Authority to Fight Back – Urges Feds to Give Army Corps Power to Keep Pace with Growing Asian Carp Threat

To prevent the spread of Asian carp into New York's waterways through the Great Lakes, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are urging the Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development to extend the Army Corps of Engineers' emergency authority over effected waterways in any area determined appropriate by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. In 2010, Asian carp were found just six miles from the Great Lakes, prompting Senator … Continue Reading


March 25, 2012

Gillibrand Joined By Vets Calls for Aggressive Drawdown of Combat Troops from Afghanistan – Armed Services Committee Member Says Change of Policy Needed to Address Today’s National Security Threats

New York, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, was joined by veterans today as she renewed her call for an aggressive and rapid drawdown of combat troops to end the war in Afghanistan. With al Qaeda having metastasized to the Arabian Peninsula, where the unsuccessful terror attempt on Christmas Day 2009 was plotted, an unreliable partner in Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and Pakistani support for the Taliban, Gillibrand urged for a shift … Continue Reading


March 22, 2012

Senate Confirms Ronnie Abrams, First Gillibrand Recommended Judge to Sit on Federal Bench

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate today confirmed Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's first judicial nominee, Ms. Ronnie Abrams, to serve as a U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York. Senator Gillibrand recommended her for the position last April in an effort to add another exceptional female jurist to the federal bench. VIDEO: Senator Gillibrand spoke on the Senate floor to urge her colleagues to support Ms. Abrams's nomination. WATCH FULL VIDEO HERE. A distinguished … Continue Reading


March 22, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Final Passage of Stock Act to Make Insider Trading by Members of Congress Illegal

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced final passage of the STOCK Act, bipartisan, common sense legislation to make insider trading in Congress clearly and expressly illegal. Senator Gillibrand has been a leading advocate for increasing the accountability and transparency of Congress. "I strongly believe that we have to make clear - that nobody here is above the law and that members of Congress need to play by the exact same set of rules as every other American. It … Continue Reading


March 22, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand: Committee Analysis Another Step in the Right Direction for Including Cancer in Zadroga Bill

New York, NY - After the deliberations of the World Trade Center Health Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee concerning the inclusion of cancers in the Zadroga 9/11 Health Bill program were made public earlier today, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand released the following statement: "This is another important step in the right direction for our first responders," said Senators Schumer and Gillibrand. "The data studied by the committee, as well as the data that was just released by … Continue Reading

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