Press Releases

April 26, 2012

VIDEO: Gillibrand Urges Senate Not to Tighten Our Belts on Backs of the Hungry at Farm Bill Hearing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Kirsten Gillibrand released the following opening statement on the Farm Bill for today's Agriculture Committee Mark-Up: "Thank you, Madam Chairwoman, for your leadership. Thank you, Ranking Member Roberts, for your leadership. Both of your dedication and extraordinary hard work has led us up to today. I do appreciate the great work you did in terms of including some of my amendments in the Manager's Package. I am particularly grateful for the investment in rural … Continue Reading


April 26, 2012

Gillibrand Announces More Than $4,000 for Fremont Volunteer Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $4,167 in federal funding for the Fremont Volunteer Fire Department to purchase new fire hoses to replace outdated hoses from the 1970's. This will allow them to respond to emergencies safely and more effectively.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 Fremont Volunteer Fire Department," said … Continue Reading


April 26, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand: Senate-Passed Postal Reform Bill Would Keep Williams St. Processing Center Open for at Least Three Years if it Becomes Law – Providing Key Window to Fight for Long-Term Survival

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Senate postal reform bill that passed yesterday would keep the Buffalo Mail Processing Center open for at least three years if it becomes law. Schumer and Gillibrand pushed for the provision to keep this facility open as part of S. 1789, the 21st Century Postal Service Act, which reforms the Postal Service and identifies cost savings to keep the Postal Service strong. It passed the Senate 62 to 37. In February, … Continue Reading


April 25, 2012

Gillibrand, Lieberman, Udall Urge Department of Defense to Streamline Process to Correct Discharge Documents for Veterans Dismissed Under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Joseph Lieberman, and Mark Udall today urged the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to streamline their process for veterans discharged under Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) to have their discharge documents changed so that it is easier for veterans to gain employment. In their letter to DOD Secretary Leon Panetta, the Senators urged him to expedite the creation of a process that would streamline the process for these veterans who were discharged … Continue Reading


April 25, 2012

Senators Gillibrand, Brown to DOD: Maintain Civilian Workforce Before Awarding More Costly Private Contracts

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Sherrod Brown today led 26 senators on a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urging the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to implement sourcing and workforce management laws, and to use civilian personnel where possible as opposed to awarding more costly private contracts. The senators are urging the Department to make sourcing decisions based on merit, and urge against using contract … Continue Reading


April 25, 2012

Gillibrand Introduces Legislation to Rid NYC Airports of Bird Strikes by Cutting Through Federal Bureaucratic Red Tape

Washington D.C. - After another plane departing from a New York area airport was struck by geese last night forcing an emergency landing, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, introduced new legislation today that would cut bureaucratic red tape between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and National Park Service (NPS) allowing for the swift removal of Canada geese currently posing a public safety risk at major New York airports. Since the … Continue Reading


April 24, 2012

Gillibrand Urges Air Canada to Land at Long Island MacArthur Airport

Islip, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today urged Air Canada to come to Long Island MacArthur Airport (LIMA) and create a Long Island-Toronto flight service route after recent reports that Air Canada may be considering expansion. Senator Gillibrand touted the advantages Air Canada would have from serving nearly two million travelers in the airport's immediate area and the accessibility that MacArthur airport would offer. Senator Gillibrand wrote in a letter to Air Canada CEO … Continue Reading


April 24, 2012

Gillibrand Calls for Historic Register Listing for Kenmore-Tonawanda Municipal Building

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged National Park Service (NPS) to include the Kenmore-Tonawanda Municipal Building on the National Registry of Historic Places. This designation would increase tourism profits while preserving the historic architectural tradition of Western New York. "Western New York is home to some of the most historic architecture in the country," Senator Gillibrand said. "Giving the Kenmore-Tonawanda Municipal Building historic status would help … Continue Reading


April 23, 2012

Gillibrand: NYU-Poly Applied Sciences Campus in Downtown Brooklyn is a Winning Idea for NYC

New York, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today commended the launch of the new partnership among New York City, New York University and The Polytechnic Institute of New York University to create a new applied sciences campus in Downtown Brooklyn, with a preferred location of the underutilized building at 370 Jay Street. In a December letter to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, the Senator applauded his administration for the successful Applied Science New York competition that resulted in … Continue Reading


April 23, 2012

Gillibrand, Schumer, Brown Praise President's Executive Order to Impose Sanctions Against Syria and Iran

Washington, DC - United States Senators Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Charles E. Schumer and Sherrod Brown today praised President Obama's executive order to impose sanctions against the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad and the government of Iran. The executive order comes after the Senators introduced a similar measure against Syria, which passed a key Senate committee in February. In the face of the Syrian government's violent and bloody crackdown on opposition protestors in the country, the … Continue Reading


April 19, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Reveal Plan to Name Buffalo Federal Courthouse After Robert H. Jackson, Supreme Court Justice From WNY, Famous for Role in Nuremberg Trials

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand reveal their plan to name the Buffalo Federal Courthouse after Robert H. Jackson, the distinguished Supreme Court Justice raised in Jamestown, famous for his role as chief prosecutor in the international Nuremberg Trials. Ahead of the official May 3rd dedication ceremony, Schumer and Gillibrand will introduce Senate legislation for the Courthouse to be named after Robert Jackson who began his legal career in a Jamestown firm and … Continue Reading


April 17, 2012

Following Year of Unprecedented Natural Disasters, Gillibrand Fights to Protect Investments that Help New York Communities Increase Preparedness, Reduce Costs, Damage of Disasters

Washington D.C. - Following a year of disaster declarations in 41 of New York's 62 counties, including back to back tropical storms, the Department of Homeland Security budget faces devastating cuts to funding for the National Pre-Disaster Mitigation Fund, which supports efforts to reduce the cost and damage of disasters. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today is urging Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Committee leaders to protect this important funding, as well as investments in the … Continue Reading


April 13, 2012

Standing at Werecycle! in Mount Vernon, Gillibrand Announces Legislation to Promote Domestic Recycling of Electronic Waste, Combat Dangerous Handling of E-Waste Overseas

Mount Vernon, NY - Standing at one of Westchester County's largest electronic waste recycling facilities, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced legislation to promote domestic recycling of electronic waste. The Responsible Electronics Recycling Act would grow the domestic electronic recycling industry by limiting the export of electronic waste to countries that disregard the environmental impacts of their practices and exploit their workers. While many countries have laws in place to … Continue Reading


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

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