Press Releases

March 15, 2012

New York’s Congressional Delegation Comes Together to Fight for Niagara Air National Guard Base

Washington, DC - New York's entire bipartisan Congressional Delegation came together today to fight to protect Niagara Air National Guard Base from the proposed cuts by the Pentagon. The Air Force has proposed eliminating the National Guard wing in Niagara. The New York officials endorsed the Council of Governors proposal, which would shift some of the funds out of the Air Force into the Air National Guard in order to add missions into some of the bases around the nation, including Niagara, … Continue Reading


March 14, 2012

Gillibrand Announces More Than $30,000 for Rushville Hose Company

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $30,134 in federal funding for the Rushville Hose Company to purchase a new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. "This is an important investment for the Rushville Hose Company," Senator Gillibrand said. "Our firefighters put their lives on the line on behalf of our safety, and we need to make … Continue Reading


March 14, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Final Senate Passage of Truck Stop Safety Measure, Call on House Leadership to Immediately Follow Suit

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that "Jason's Law," a measure to increase security and improve conditions at truck stops across the country is included in the Transportation Reauthorization bill that has passed the full Senate. The legislation is named in honor of Schoharie County trucker Jason Rivenburg, who tragically lost his life during a robbery attempt on March 5, 2009 while resting at an abandoned gas station in South Carolina. "With today's … Continue Reading


March 14, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Final Senate Passage of National Teen Driving Safety Plan – Calls on House to Take Same Step to Save Lives

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that important provisions of the Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection (STAND UP) Act she authored has passed the full Senate as part of the Transportation Reauthorization bill. The STAND UP Act would set national standards for states to implement Graduated Drivers License (GDL) programs that prepare teens to be safer, more responsible drivers. VIDEO: Senator Gillibrand spoke on the Senate floor to urge her … Continue Reading


March 14, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Final Senate Passage of Measure to Improve Funding for NYS Border Infrastructure Projects – Calls on House to Follow Suit

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that a provision she wrote to reform the Coordinated Border Infrastructure (CBI) Program and invest in rail infrastructure at border regions has passed the full Senate as part of the Transportation Reauthorization bill. Specifically, Senator Gillibrand's measure would allow states to use funding to improve freight mobility across international borders, enhancing commerce at border regions. Last year, New York State accounted … Continue Reading


March 13, 2012

With Good-Paying Jobs Going Unfilled Due to a Lack of Training Opportunities, Gillibrand Announces Agenda to Train More Workers for Jobs in Growing Industries

Washington, D.C. - With reports showing the lasting economic benefits of postsecondary education and career training, and with good-paying jobs going unfilled as a result of a lack of training opportunities, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a new legislative agenda to help prepare New York's workforce with the skills necessary for jobs in growing industries. Senator Gillibrand's plan would strengthen job training opportunities at community colleges, support collaborative … Continue Reading


March 12, 2012

Gillibrand, Cornyn, Durbin, Ayotte Call for End to U.S. Relationship with Russian Firm Arming Assad

Washington, DC- U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), John Cornyn (R-TX), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today led a bipartisan letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta calling for an end to the U.S. Government's relationship with the Russian state-controlled arms export firm Rosoboronexport, who until just three years ago had been the subject of U.S. sanctions for assisting Iran, and has for years been arming the Assad regime as they continue to commit atrocities against the … Continue Reading


March 09, 2012

Gillibrand, Senate Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Condemning the Killing of Journalists in Syria

Washington, D.C. - As the armed conflict in Syria continues to escalate, the brave men and women providing news reports from that region are increasingly in danger. Many have been detained or arrested while covering the unrest and some have been wounded or killed. Recognizing the essential service these reporters provide to the rest of the world at great personal risk, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), along with Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), … Continue Reading


March 09, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand and Higgins Call for Increased Eligibility for Bethlehem Steel Employee Compensation

United States Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) called on top officials at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to expand the period upon which former Bethlehem Steel workers and their survivors can apply for compensation for sicknesses incurred due to residual contamination they were unknowingly exposed to while working at the former uranium rolling facility at the Bethlehem Steel plant in Lackawanna. "The workers at … Continue Reading


March 08, 2012

Gillibrand, Senate Democratic Women Call on Boehner to Abandon Pledge to Continue Contraception Fight

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, along with eleven Democratic women Senators, sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner calling on him to rescind his pledge to push forward with efforts to restrict women's access to contraception after the Blunt amendment was defeated in the Senate. The Senators' letter comes in the wake of Speaker Boehner's public pledge to continue efforts to limit birth control access in the House, where a similar version of the Blunt amendment … Continue Reading


March 08, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Congressional Passage of Legislation to Prevent Dumping by Foreign Companies

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced Congressional passage of legislation that would allow the U.S. to enforce trade violations by China and other non-market economies. The bill, which passed Congress with broad, bipartisan support, preserves the U.S. government's ability to impose punitive tariffs on countries like China that unfairly subsidize their products to undermine the American market. Earlier this week, Senator Gillibrand urged her colleagues in Congress to … Continue Reading


March 08, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Senate Passage of Biodefense Bill to Strengthen U.S. Response to Disease Outbreaks, Bioterrorism

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced that the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan biodefense bill last night that will help strengthen the United States' response to a future bioattack or disease outbreak. The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act Reauthorization of 2011 will equip federal agencies and hospitals with the necessary tools to prepare for and adequately respond to a wide range of public health emergencies, from natural pandemics to bioterror threats. … Continue Reading


March 07, 2012

Gillibrand Announces New NYC Program to Expand Free School Meals to Thousands of City Youth

New York, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced a new federal pilot program which will connect New York City youth from low-income families with free school breakfast and lunch based on their Medicaid information. By automatically enrolling eligible youth from kindergarten through 12th grade, the City will be able to cut through bureaucratic tape and provide an additional estimated 7,000 students throughout the five boroughs … Continue Reading


March 07, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Over $17,000 for City of Amsterdam Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $17,100 in federal funding for the City of Amsterdam Fire Department to purchase two thermal imaging cameras that will expedite search and rescue operations. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The thermal imaging cameras allow for greater visibility during a fire, enabling firefighters to better identify the location of the fire and … Continue Reading


March 07, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Over $325,000 for Chili Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $325,764 in federal funding for the Chili Fire Department to purchase new air packs to upgrade their safety and operations. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. "This is an important investment for the Chili Fire Department," Senator Gillibrand said. "Our firefighters put their lives on the line on behalf of our safety, and we need to make … Continue Reading


March 07, 2012

Gillibrand AnnounceOver $35,000 for Erin Volunteer Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $35,937 in federal funding for the Erin Volunteer Department to help upgrade their communication technology. 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 Erin Volunteer Fire Department," said Senator Gillibrand. "It's our responsibility to ensure that our first responders have the most up-to-date … Continue Reading


March 06, 2012

WNY Delegation Vows to Fight for New Mission at NFARS

The following is a statement from Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representatives Kathy Hochul (NY-26), Louise Slaughter (NY-28), and Brian Higgins (NY-27) following an announcement from the Department of Defense to eliminate the jobs of the Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS): "We call on the Air Force to reverse this decision and to identify a new mission for the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. As a united … Continue Reading


March 05, 2012

Standing at Curtis Screw Company in Buffalo, Gillibrand Calls on President to Take Action on China’s Harmful Trade Practices Against WNY Auto Part Manufacturers, Announces New Legislation to Prevent Dumping by Foreign Companies

Buffalo, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today took assertive action to address unfair foreign trade practices that threaten U.S. manufacturing and stifle job growth at home. Recent reports have highlighted China's myriad strategies that unfairly benefit their auto parts producers and cripple American manufacturers, including limiting U.S. exports to the Chinese market and subsidizing their exports in order to strengthen their competitive position. Standing at Curtis Screw Company with … Continue Reading


March 05, 2012

Standing at the UAW Hall in Syracuse, Gillibrand Calls on President to Take Action on China’s Harmful Trade Practices Against CNY Auto Part Manufacturers, Announces New Legislation to Prevent Dumping by Foreign Companies

Syracuse, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today took assertive action to address unfair foreign trade practices that threaten U.S. manufacturing and stifle job growth at home. Recent reports have highlighted China's myriad strategies that unfairly benefit their auto parts producers and cripple American manufacturers, including limiting U.S. exports to the Chinese market and subsidizing their exports in order to strengthen their competitive position. Standing at the UAW Hall with UAW Local … Continue Reading


March 05, 2012

At Gillibrand’s Urging, Feds Set to Designate Montauk Lighthouse as National Historic Landmark

Suffolk, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced today that the U.S. Department of the Interior is set to designate the Montauk Point Lighthouse - New York State's oldest lighthouse and one of the first seacoast lighthouses authorized by Congress -as a National Historic Landmark. Since last year, Senator Gillibrand has urged Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior Ken Salazar and the National Park System (NPS) Advisory Board Landmarks Committee to designate the site as a … Continue Reading

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