Press Releases

March 05, 2012

At Gillibrand’s Urging, Feds Set to Designate USS Slater as National Historic Landmark At Gillibrand’s Urging, Feds Set to Designate USS Slater as National Historic Landmark

Albany, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced today that the U.S. Department of the Interior is set 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. 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 National … Continue Reading


March 05, 2012

Standing at UAW Local 1097 in Rochester, Gillibrand Calls on President to take Action on China’s Harmful Trade Practices Against Auto Part Manufacturers, Announces New Legislation to Prevent Dumping by Foreign Companies

Rochester, 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 UAW Local 1097, Senator … Continue Reading


March 04, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand, Hochul: VA Decision to Close Warsaw Clinic Doesn’t Meet VA’s Clinic Closure Standards – Urges VA to Conduct Further Investigation to Understand True Importance to WNY Vets

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congresswoman Kathy Hochul urged Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to direct the VA to take another look at the benefits that the Warsaw VA clinic provides to Western New York veterans before closing the clinic. Following a briefing in which the VA presented its reasons for closing the clinic, the lawmakers today pointed out that the closure decision fails to meet the criteria that should justify the decision. The lawmakers … Continue Reading


March 02, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Over $1 Million Coming to Head Start Program in Suffolk County

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,124,581 for the Community Programs Center of Long Island. The federal funding will provide early child education to Suffolk County children. "This is great news for Suffolk County children and families," Senator Gillibrand said. "These federal dollars will help deliver quality child care, healthy food and other critical services to families who desperately need it in these tough economic times." Director of Community … Continue Reading


March 01, 2012

Gillibrand Secures Posthumous Bronze Star, Purple Heart for Buffalo Family Member of World War II Veteran

Buffalo, NY - Sixty-seven years after a World War II veteran died in combat in the Philippines, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, successfully secured posthumous Bronze Star and Purple Heart for Private First Class Raymond Dopakowski. The Buffalo native was awarded high honors for his bravery during combat in the Solomon Islands in September 1943 but never lived to receive these decorations. The soldier's nephew, Randolph Dittmar, a … Continue Reading


February 29, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Over $3 Million Coming to Head Start Program in Dutchess County

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $3,034,714 for Astor Services for Children and Families Inc. to help provide early child education to Dutchess County children. "This is great news for Dutchess County children and families," Senator Gillibrand said. "These federal dollars will help deliver quality child care, healthy food and other critical services to families who desperately need it in these tough economic times." Mary Sontheimer, Assistant Executive … Continue Reading


February 29, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Over $18,000 for Tivoli Volunteer Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $18,905 in federal funding for Tivoli Volunteer Fire Department's Fifth Battalion to purchase new pagers and radios to improve communication between firefighters so they can respond to emergencies effectively and efficiently. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. "This is an important investment for Tivoli Volunteer Fire Department," said … Continue Reading


February 29, 2012

Hochul, Schumer, Gillibrand, Slaughter & Higgins Invite Air Force Secretary to Visit Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station

WASHINGTON, D.C. - After Representative Kathy Hochul (NY-26) pressed United States Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and Chief-of-Staff Norton Schwartz on decisions regarding cuts to the Department of Defense budget yesterday, Hochul, along with U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer & Kirsten Gillibrand and Representatives Louise Slaughter (NY-28) and Brian Higgins (NY-27) yesterday afternoon sent a letter to Secretary Donley, inviting him to visit the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS) … Continue Reading


February 29, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Over $2.5 Million Coming to Head Start Programs in Southern Tier

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,055,689 for Opportunities for Broome Inc. and $1,538,197 for Opportunities for Chenango, Inc,. The federal funding will provide early child education to children in the Southern Tier. "This is great news for Broome and Chenango County children and families," Senator Gillibrand said. "These federal dollars will help deliver quality child care, healthy food and other critical services to families who desperately need it in … Continue Reading


February 29, 2012

Gillibrand to Feds: Protect Niagara Falls Manufacturer – Reject Specialty Metal Production License Applications that Would Give Unfair Advantage to Foreign Imports, Undermine WNY Economy

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today called on the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) to support domestic manufacturers of specialty metals by rejecting production license applications that would give preferential treatment to foreign producers of silicon metal. If granted, the licenses would benefit companies in other countries like Russia and China and could cripple Globe Specialty Metals, Inc. in Niagara Falls, resulting in the loss of approximately 100 jobs and millions of … Continue Reading


February 29, 2012

Video: Gillibrand Fights Back Against Latest Republican Attack on Women’s Health

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor to fight back against the extreme Blunt Amendment, the latest Republican attack on women's health. WATCH FULL VIDEO HERE Senator Gillibrand's remarks as delivered: It is with great disappointment and bafflement that I stand here yet again in the year 2012 to draw a line in the sand against another outrageous attempt to roll back women's access to basic health care services. After … Continue Reading


February 29, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand, King Cut Red Tape for Merrick Medical Supply Store, Helping Local Business Reclaim Tens of Thousands of Dollars in Unprocessed Medicare Claims

Merrick, NY - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Peter King, announced today that they were able to secure an estimated $15,000 in Medicare reimbursements for a local Long Island medical supply store in Merrick, after payments were held up by the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) due to a simple address change. After working with CMS, Schumer, Gillibrand, and King were able to resolve the administrative glitch, allowing Merrick Surgical … Continue Reading


February 28, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Nearly $2.3 Million Coming to Head Start Programs in Capital Region

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,211,374 for the Warren County Head Start and $1,084,233 for the Schoharie County Child Development. The federal funding will provide early child education to Capital Region children. "This is great news for Warren and Schoharie County children and families," Senator Gillibrand said. "These federal dollars will help deliver quality child care, healthy food and other critical services to families who desperately need it in … Continue Reading


February 28, 2012

Gillibrand Announces More Than $1.3 Million for SUNY-ESF for Manufacturing Training

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $1,387,104 in funding for the Research Foundation of SUNY, College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY- ESF). The federal funding will be used to train and educate local students and workers in the defense, automotive, electronics and medical technical manufacturing sector. In December, Senator Gillibrand wrote a letter to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and encouraged the Department of Labor to fully fund SUNY - ESF's grant … Continue Reading


February 28, 2012

As Record High Number of Americans Approach Retirement, Gillibrand Announces Priorities to Improve Services for Seniors, Save Taxpayer Money

Washington, DC - With an estimate of more than 3.5 million New Yorkers currently at least 60 years old and another 1.2 million expected to reach 60 over the next five years, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced her priorities to strengthen services for New York's seniors as part of the Older Americans Act, major legislation that delivers a broad range of senior services, from funding for nutrition and in-home care, to housing, transportation and other services. "When seniors stay … Continue Reading


February 28, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Over $7.5 Million Coming to Head Start Program on Long Island

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $7,679,246 for Long Island Child and Family Development Services, Inc. The federal funding will provide early child education to Long Island children. "This is great news for Suffolk County children and families," Senator Gillibrand said. "These federal dollars will help deliver quality child care, healthy food and other critical services to families who desperately need it in these tough economic times." Chief Executive … Continue Reading


February 24, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand, Hochul Urge Feds to Abandon Plans to Close the Warsaw VA Clinic – Lawmakers Say Decision Could Harm Vets’ Access to Care, Must Be Reconsidered

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congresswoman Kathy Hochul urged the Department of Veterans Affairs to reconsider plans to shutter the VA Warsaw Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Wyoming County. The lawmakers' letter comes following the VA's announcement that they plan to close the facility and consolidate services with the facility in Batavia, forcing local veterans who rely on the clinic to drive much further for basic healthcare. Citing the negative … Continue Reading


February 24, 2012

With Eight Out Of Nine of the Fastest Growing Industries Requiring Math and Science Proficiency, Senator Gillibrand Joins AAR and Long Island Youth to Announce New Hands-On Stem Internship for Local Students

Garden City, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and AAR Aircraft Component Services, a leading provider of products and services to the worldwide aviation industry, joined by Westbury High School students at AAR's Garden City office, announced today a new partnership aimed to provide Long Island students with science and technology internships and access to STEM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers. Partnering with the Westbury Union Free School District and … Continue Reading


February 23, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $45,000 for Sayville Fire District

Sayville, NY - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $45,050 in federal funding for the Sayville Fire District. This grant will go towards purchasing a new breathing air replenishment system which provides firefighters with the ability to refill their self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) bottles with clean, filtered air before, during and after emergency responses. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance … Continue Reading


February 22, 2012

Gillibrand Welcomes Asteelflash To Owego, Offers Tools to Grow Company, Expand Manufacturing Capabilities

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand welcomed AsteelFlash, a multi-national electronic manufacturing company, to Owego, NY, offering resources to ease the company's transition to the region, and ensure its success and growth. AsteelFlash recently acquired Owego-based Catalyst Manufacturing Services, a contract manufacturer that produces electronic equipment for the medical, defense and aerospace industries, and employs 150 people in the city of Owego. In a letter to Gilles … Continue Reading

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