Press Releases

May 09, 2012

Gillibrand Pushes Feds to Update Years-Old Study on Summer Flounder Population

Washington, DC -U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today urged the U.S. Commerce Secretary to immediately update the years-old national study assessing the population of summer flounder, which could impact quotas for Long Island fishermen. With summer flounder season beginning, Senator Gillibrand pointed out that a new assessment is overdue and must include new scientific data to accurately determine the fish population and summer flounder quotas. Senator Gillibrand wrote in a letter to … Continue Reading


May 08, 2012

Gillibrand Statement on Senate Vote to Protect Low-Interest Student Loans

Washington, D.C. - As President Obama travels to the Capital Region today to urge Congress to take action to protect low-interest student loans and other initiatives for a strong economy and thriving middle class, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who was unable to join President Obama due to this important vote, issued the following statement: "A strong economy starts with the opportunity for all to achieve their full potential. Higher education should be the ticket to get there - not to … Continue Reading


May 08, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $2.5 Million Federal Investment in UB Emergency Medicine Department – New Health System Will be Designed to Reduce ER Visits and Cost of Care

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that $2,570,749 in federal funding is headed to the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University at Buffalo to implement a new patient care system in emergency rooms, designed to lower the cost of health care. UB has won one of 26 national Health Care Innovation Awards, designed to provide funding to implement new patient care systems that will result in health care cost savings. Under the UB plan, community health … Continue Reading


May 07, 2012

While Military Proposes Plan to Offset Budget Cuts, Gillibrand Calls for Upgrades to C-17 Fleet that Would Strengthen Stewart Air National Guard Base for Long Term

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today urged the Air Force to deliver C-17s equipped with extended range (ER) fuel tanks to Stewart Air National Guard Base. In her letter to Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Senator Gillibrand asked that they review and expedite the Air Force's scheduled upgrades that would allow the 105th Airlift Wing's fleet to fully participate in defense and homeland security mission sets. Senator … Continue Reading


May 07, 2012

Gillibrand Announces $20,000 for Mohawk Valley Economic Development District

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, New York's first member of the Senate Agriculture Committee in four decades, today announced a $20,000 federal grant for the Mohawk Valley Economic Development District to purchase new equipment that will help the Jones Family Farm expand their operations in Herkimer. Federal funding was allocated through the USDA's Rural Economic Business Enterprise Grant program (RBEG), which provides grants for rural projects that finance and facilitate … Continue Reading


May 07, 2012

Gillibrand Calls On U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to Consider Rochester for Satellite Office

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to consider Rochester as a site for a satellite office. New York State is the second highest patent issuer in the nation, with Rochester specifically known for its renowned reputation in higher education, providing New York with an abundance of creative minds. A USPTO Rochester office would cultivate a workforce of well-paid patent examiners, and foster the region's reputation … Continue Reading


May 04, 2012

Standing with Westchester Veterans, Gillibrand & Lowey Announce Legislation to Assist Veterans in Education, Job Training and Skill Recognition

Yonkers, NY -Standing with Westchester County veterans, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Congresswoman Nita Lowey today announced bipartisan legislation to help provide education and job training for young veterans and streamline certification processes for civilian jobs. Last year, Senator Gillibrand hosted a roundtable with local business and veterans leaders to discuss innovative ways to address veterans' unemployment in the lower … Continue Reading


May 04, 2012

Gillibrand Announces More than $200,000 Ffor North Country Rural Economic Development

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, New York's first member of the Senate Agriculture Committee in four decades, today announced $203,600 in federal grant funding for three North Country rural economic development organizations to provide capital and other support for local small businesses. The federal funding was allocated through the USDA's Rural Economic Business Enterprise Grant program (RBEG), which provides grants for rural projects that finance and facilitate … Continue Reading


May 04, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Nearly $100,000 for Tompkins County Area Development Corp to Support Small Business Development in Ithaca

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, New York's first member of the Senate Agriculture Committee in four decades, today announced a $99,900 federal grant for Tompkins County Area Development Corp (TCAD) to help provide access to capital for local small businesses. Federal funding was allocated through the USDA's Rural Economic Business Enterprise Grant program (RBEG), which provides grants for rural projects that finance and facilitate development of small and emerging rural … Continue Reading


May 04, 2012

Gillibrand Announces $60,000 for the Binghamton Local Development Corporation

Binghamton, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, New York's first member of the Senate Agriculture Committee in four decades, announced a $60,000 federal grant for the Binghamton Local Development Corporation (BLDC). Senator Gillibrand pushed for funds, which would establish a specialized revolving-loan program in the City of Binghamton to create green jobs in the contracting industry. Federal funding is allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Economic Business … Continue Reading


May 04, 2012

Standing with Student Veterans at Adelphi University, Gillibrand & Mccarthy Announce Legislation to Assist Veterans in Education, Job Training and Skill Recognition

Garden City, NY -Standing with student veterans at Adelphi University, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy today announced bipartisan legislation to help provide education and job training for young veterans and streamline the certification processes for civilian jobs. Both members are also encouraging all Long Island businesses to participate in local Veterans employment events later this month. Last year, … Continue Reading


May 04, 2012

Gillibrand Brings USDA Official to Batavia to Join Local Business Leaders for Rural Business Roundtable

Batavia, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, New York's first member of the Senate Agriculture Committee in four decades, today brought a USDA official specializing in rural business development to Batavia to meet with local business leaders and staff members from Senator Gillibrand's office to discuss new initiatives to help develop rural economies and to tour the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park to assess future opportunities for USDA investments. The roundtable, featuring USDA Rural … Continue Reading


May 04, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge U.S. Postal Service to Extend Moratorium on Postal Facility Closures

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today joined with a bipartisan group of 43 Senators urging the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to extend the moratorium in place to delay postal facility closures. In December, the USPS voluntarily agreed to put in place a moratorium until May 15 on closing postal facilities. Senators Schumer and Gillibrand called on the USPS to give Congress more time to enact postal reform legislation. "On the heels of a cost-saving … Continue Reading


May 03, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand: Senate Bill Saves Critical Funding at Brookhaven National Lab from Devastating Cuts - Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider and Continued Construction of National Snynchrotron Light Source 2 were Major Targets

United States Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced today that after working for weeks to increase funding for Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), the Senate Fiscal Year 2013 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill includes a net increase of $5 million over the president's proposed budget that will enable BNL's Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) to facilitate a 20 week run time for this vital research facility that serves 1,200 scientists and engineers from New York … Continue Reading


May 01, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge FAA and Port Authority to Streamline Complaint Hotline for New Yorkers

New York - Today, U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand urged Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to work together to streamline and create one uniform complaint hotline and website for residents to voice their concerns over aircraft noise at both JFK International and LaGuardia Airports. Many Long Island and Queens residents who experience excessive jet noise do not know how best to log their complaints since each agency uses a … Continue Reading


April 27, 2012

After Touring FEMA Designated Flood Zone, Gillibrand & Miner Discuss Syracuse’s Technical Challenges to Latest FEMA Flood Maps

Syracuse, NY - U. S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Mayor Stephanie Miner today toured portions of Onondaga Creek included in the proposed Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood maps with several local residents. Mayor Miner briefed the Senator on the latest technical challenges the city will forward to FEMA by April 30, including a request for FEMA to evaluate the impact of the removal of abandoned railroad bridges over Onondaga Creek near Armory Square. In response, Senator … Continue Reading


April 27, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Naming of Geneva Post Office on Castle Street in Honor of Corporal Steven Blaine Riccione, a Brave Geneva Native & Vietnam War Veteran

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that as a result Senate-passed legislation, the Post Office at 67 Castle Street in Geneva will be renamed the "Corporal Steven Blaine Riccione Post Office." The post office renaming is in honor of Steven Riccione, a deceased Geneva native that volunteered for the Army during the Vietnam War and sacrificed his life while evacuating fellow soldiers that were wounded in battle. Schumer and Gillibrand said that today's … Continue Reading


April 27, 2012

Senator Fought to Keep New York City’s Chances Alive When Congress Tried To Scuttle Its Bid

New York, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement today as the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum welcomes the Space Shuttle Enterprise to New York City to serve as the orbiter's new permanent home. After a year of relentless lobbying along with Senator Charles E. Schumer, NASA chose New York City out of 20 other applications nationwide. In August of 2010, Gillibrand successfully stepped in and kept New York City's bid alive when members of the Senate Commerce … Continue Reading


April 27, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Key Senate Panel Approves Bill to Provide Accountability for Post-Earthquake Relief Efforts in Haiti

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today announced that a key Senate panel has passed a bill that would hold U.S. agencies accountable for the aid sent to Haiti. The bill also directs the President to report on the progress of humanitarian, reconstruction, and long-term development efforts in Haiti, including efforts to prevent the spread of cholera and treat persons infected with the disease. The bill, which passed out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, now … Continue Reading


April 26, 2012

Gillibrand Brings EDA to Syracuse Inner Harbor to Learn About $350 Million Redevelopment Project

Washington D.C.- U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today brought Economic Development Administration (EDA) officials to tour and meet with project stakeholders on the $350 million redevelopment project of Syracuse's inner harbor. The project would create a mixed use community that focuses on increasing public access to the waterfront, and developing 1.4 million occupied squared feet to be used by Syracuse University, Onondaga Community College, as well as creating 8,194 short-term jobs and … Continue Reading

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