Press Releases

December 13, 2011

Gillibrand, Senate Colleagues Announce U.S. Postal Service Agreement to Delay Postal Facility Closures for Five Months

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and 14 Senators from around the country today announced that, at their request, the U.S. Postal Service has voluntarily agreed to put in place a five-month moratorium on closing postal facilities, which would give Congress more time to enact postal reform legislation. During the moratorium, scheduled to end on May 15, 2012, the Postal Service will continue to study the impact of proposed closures on service and costs and to solicit community … Continue Reading


December 13, 2011

Gillibrand, Over Dozen Senators Call on Sec. Sebelius to Explain the Science Behind Plan B Decision

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and more than a dozen of her Senate colleagues called on Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to provide the scientific basis behind her decision to limit the availability Plan B emergency contraception. Last Wednesday, Secretary Sebelius overruled the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by refusing to allow emergency contraceptives to be sold over the counter, despite the FDA's recommendation to do so. "We … Continue Reading


December 13, 2011

With Holiday Shopping in Full Swing, Gillibrand Announces Plan to Protect Children from Toxic Toys

Washington, DC - While New York parents shop for gifts this holiday season, only a fraction of the chemicals commonly found in children's toys are tested by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A new report released today by "Safer Chemicals, Health Families" entitled Poison in Paint, Toxins in Toys reveals that more than 650 household products contain one of two toxic chemicals of high concern, including BPA in 280 plastic toys. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced her plan to … Continue Reading


December 13, 2011

With Holiday Shopping in Full Swing, Gillibrand Announces Plan to Protect Children from Toxic Toys

Washington, DC - While New York parents shop for gifts this holiday season, only a fraction of the chemicals commonly found in children's toys are tested by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A new report released today by "Safer Chemicals, Health Families" entitled Poison in Paint, Toxins in Toys reveals that more than 650 household products contain one of two toxic chemicals of high concern, including BPA in 280 plastic toys. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced her plan to … Continue Reading


December 13, 2011

With Holiday Shopping in Full Swing, Gillibrand Announces Plan to Protect Children from Toxic Toys

Washington, DC - While New York parents shop for gifts this holiday season, only a fraction of the chemicals commonly found in children's toys are tested by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A new report released today by "Safer Chemicals, Health Families" entitled Poison in Paint, Toxins in Toys reveals that more than 650 household products contain one of two toxic chemicals of high concern, including BPA in 280 plastic toys. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced her plan to … Continue Reading


December 13, 2011

With Holiday Shopping in Full Swing, Gillibrand Announces Plan to Protect Children from Toxic Toys

Washington, DC - While New York parents shop for gifts this holiday season, only a fraction of the chemicals commonly found in children's toys are tested by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A new report released today by "Safer Chemicals, Health Families" entitled Poison in Paint, Toxins in Toys reveals that more than 650 household products contain one of two toxic chemicals of high concern, including BPA in 280 plastic toys. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced her plan to … Continue Reading


December 13, 2011

With Holiday Shopping in Full Swing, Gillibrand Announces Plan to Protect Children from Toxic Toys

Washington, DC - While New York parents shop for gifts this holiday season, only a fraction of the chemicals commonly found in children's toys are tested by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A new report released today by "Safer Chemicals, Health Families" entitled Poison in Paint, Toxins in Toys reveals that more than 650 household products contain one of two toxic chemicals of high concern, including BPA in 280 plastic toys. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced her plan to … Continue Reading


December 13, 2011

With Holiday Shopping in Full Swing, Gillibrand Announces Plan to Protect Children from Toxic Toys

Washington, DC - While New York parents shop for gifts this holiday season, only a fraction of the chemicals commonly found in children's toys are tested by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A new report released today by "Safer Chemicals, Health Families" entitled Poison in Paint, Toxins in Toys reveals that more than 650 household products contain one of two toxic chemicals of high concern, including BPA in 280 plastic toys. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced her plan to … Continue Reading


December 13, 2011

With Holiday Shopping in Full Swing, Gillibrand Announces Plan to Protect Children from Toxic Toys

Washington, DC - While New York parents shop for gifts this holiday season, only a fraction of the chemicals commonly found in children's toys are tested by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A new report released today by "Safer Chemicals, Health Families" entitled Poison in Paint, Toxins in Toys reveals that more than 650 household products contain one of two toxic chemicals of high concern, including BPA in 280 plastic toys. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced her plan to … Continue Reading


December 13, 2011

With Holiday Shopping in Full Swing, Gillibrand Announces Plan to Protect Children from Toxic Toys

Washington, DC - While New York parents shop for gifts this holiday season, only a fraction of the chemicals commonly found in children's toys are tested by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A new report released today by "Safer Chemicals, Health Families" entitled Poison in Paint, Toxins in Toys reveals that more than 650 household products contain one of two toxic chemicals of high concern, including BPA in 280 plastic toys. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced her plan to … Continue Reading


December 13, 2011

With Holiday Shopping in Full Swing, Gillibrand Announces Plan to Protect Children from Toxic Toys

Washington, DC - While New York parents shop for gifts this holiday season, only a fraction of the chemicals commonly found in children's toys are tested by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A new report released today by "Safer Chemicals, Health Families" entitled Poison in Paint, Toxins in Toys reveals that more than 650 household products contain one of two toxic chemicals of high concern, including BPA in 280 plastic toys. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced her plan to … Continue Reading


December 12, 2011

Gillibrand Announces City of Buffalo to Receive $15 Million DOT Grant

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced today that the City of Buffalo will receive $15 million in Department of Transportation (DOT) grants from the National Infrastructure Investments or TIGER III Discretionary Grants program, funds that would allow the city to upgrade transit and pedestrian amenities by returning automobile access to Main Street and restore aging Metro Rail facilities in downtown Buffalo. Senator Gillibrand wrote to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray … Continue Reading


December 12, 2011

Gillibrand Announces $10 million in Federal Funding to Complete Construction of Syracuse Connective Corridor

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Kristen Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the City of Syracuse will receive $10 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to complete Phases II and III of Syracuse Connective Corridor, a project to connect downtown Syracuse and University Hill, two burgeoning areas of economic and cultural growth. Senator Gillibrand personally spoke with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood last week in support of the funding and wrote a letter in October … Continue Reading


December 09, 2011

Gillibrand Urges Hearing Aid Company to Stay in New York

Long Island, NY - After reports that a manufacturer of hearing aids is looking to relocate their offices to Suffolk County, New Jersey or Pennsylvania, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today urged the President and CEO of Widex USA to keep their corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility in New York. While Senator Gillibrand encourages the company to remain at its current locations in Nassau and Queens, she pointed out that Suffolk County is a strong choice for merging its … Continue Reading


December 09, 2011

Gillibrand Fights for TAA Assistance for Fulton Birds Eye Workers

Washington, D.C. - With the impending closure of the Birds Eye plant in Fulton expected to affect upwards of 300 workers in Central New York, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is urging the U.S. Labor Department to support Workers United's bid for Trade Adjustment Assistance ( TAA) to provide impacted workers with new training opportunities, job search and income support, relocation allowances and other important assistance. "We need to stand by these Central New York workers who are losing … Continue Reading


December 09, 2011

Gillibrand’s Bipartisan Stock Act Continues to Build Momentum as Key Senate Committee Moves Forward On Closing Insider Trading Loopholes

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) commended Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman (I-CT) for continuing to build momentum around her strong bipartisan STOCK Act legislation to close loopholes for any insider trading by lawmakers, their families and staffs. Senator Lieberman has referred to his committee members a newly revised comprehensive measure today which builds on Gillibrand's initial legislation and will be marked-up by … Continue Reading


December 09, 2011

Gillibrand, Hochul, Schumer, Higgins, Slaughter Urge Farm Aid to Choose Buffalo as Host for 2012 Benefit Concert

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Kathy Hochul joined with Senator Charles E. Schumer and Representatives Brian Higgins and Louise Slaughter today in urging Farm Aid to choose Buffalo as the host city for the annual Farm Aid benefit concert in 2012. World-renowned artists, including Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews, are slated to perform at next year's benefit concert. The benefit not only has potential to generate millions in … Continue Reading


December 08, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Reveal: House Budget Cuts Could Delay Construction of Brookhaven National Lab’s National Lightsource II; Senators Urge Key Senate Committee to Fully Fund BNL’s Crucial Programs

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today revealed that under the budget passed by the House of Representatives, funding for key programs at the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) would be slashed, jeopardizing research and high-tech jobs on Long Island. The House version of the Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill would cut funding for the ongoing construction of the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), delaying and increasing the total cost of … Continue Reading


December 08, 2011

Gillibrand Statement on Obstruction of Consumer Watchdog

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement today after Senate Republicans blocked the confirmation of Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: "The American people expect and deserve better than today's filibuster in the Senate. Creating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was an important step to ensure fundamental fairness for consumers when it comes to lending practices and much more. Richard Cordray has all the qualities … Continue Reading


December 08, 2011

With Final Decision Approaching, Gillibrand Renews Call for Historic Landmark Designation for USS Slater

Washington, DC - After a key decision last week paving the way to designate the USS Slater, one of the remaining World War II naval ships and only destroyer escort afloat in the United States, as a National Historic Landmark, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is renewing her call for its final approval, a decision expected within months. In her letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Senator Gillibrand wrote, "The USS Slater played a prominent role in American naval strategy and … Continue Reading

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