Press Releases

February 01, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Over $30,000 for Brier Hill Fire District

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $31,350 in federal funding for the Brier Hill Fire District to purchase a new air compressor that will help them respond to emergencies more effectively. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. "This is an important investment for the Brier Hill Fire District," Senator Gillibrand said. "It is critical that our fire fighters have the proper … Continue Reading


February 01, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge Feds to Fully Fund Streamflow Information Program That Local NY Communities Rely on for Life-Saving Flood Warnings, Emergency Preparedness

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand urged the federal government to fully fund the National Streamflow Information Program (NSIP) that provides advance warning of high water rises in streams and rivers to warn of imminent flooding. In a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Senators urged the federal government to support funding for the critical US. Geological Survey stream gauges program in the Fiscal Year 2013 budget. In New York, … Continue Reading


January 31, 2012

Gillibrand Announces New Bipartisan Iran Bill Includes Her Proposals to Toughen Sanctions Against Iran

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced that three of her measures to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions and strengthen economic sanctions against Iran are included in the Senate Banking Committee's new Iran sanctions bill. Senator Gillibrand's proposals would impose sanctions against those who aid in Iran's human rights abuses and require companies that trade on the U.S. stock exchange to disclose any sanctionable business activities with Iran to the Securities … Continue Reading


January 31, 2012

As Gillibrand Bill to Begin Restoring Faith in Congress Heads Toward the Senate Floor for Passage, Senator Renews Push for Additional Reforms to Make Congress More Transparent, Accountable

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the first member of Congress to post her official daily schedule, all of her earmark requests, and personal financial reports online, today announced a new reform agenda to make Congress more transparent, accountable and responsible. Senator Gillibrand's plan starts by passing the bipartisan STOCK Act, commonsense legislation she helped write and push through committee passage to make insider trading in Congress clearly and expressly … Continue Reading


January 30, 2012

Gillibrand, Lowey Announce Push for Early Childhood Education Funding at the Lois Bronz Children’s Center

Greenburgh, NY - Standing at the Lois Bronz Children's Center (LBCC), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Nita Lowey, along with LBCC Executive Director Dr. Michael Rush, today announced their push to help low-income Westchester families access quality child care and early childhood education. Senator Gillibrand and Representative Lowey urged President Obama to protect funding levels for the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) and Head Start by including at least $10.9 … Continue Reading


January 30, 2012

Gillibrand Praises Important Step Forward as Stock Act Passes Key Senate Procedural Vote, Moves to Full Debate on Senate Floor

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement today after the bipartisan STOCK Act overwhelmingly passed a key procedural vote in the Senate 93 to 2, sending the bill to the Senate floor to begin formal debate on the legislation: "Tonight's vote was an important step forward to begin restoring the trust that's been lost in our government," said Senator Gillibrand, the first member of Congress to post her official daily schedule, all earmark requests and … Continue Reading


January 27, 2012

Senator Gillibrand Announces 2012 Academy Nominations from New York City

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced today her nominations of New Yorkers to the nation's leading service institutions - the United States Air Force, Military, and Naval Academies. A selection committee formed by Senator Gillibrand chose the nominees from a large group of qualified applicants. Decisions were based on criteria including academic record, leadership potential, and overall achievement. Final acceptance is determined solely by the service academies. … Continue Reading


January 27, 2012

Senator Gillibrand Announces 2012 Academy Nominations from Long Island

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced today her nominations of Long Islanders to the nation's leading service institutions - the United States Air Force, Military, and Naval Academies. A selection committee formed by Senator Gillibrand chose the nominees from a large group of qualified applicants. Decisions were based on criteria including academic record, leadership potential, and overall achievement. Final acceptance is determined solely by the service academies. … Continue Reading


January 27, 2012

Senator Gillibrand Announces 2012 Academy Nominations from Upstate New York

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced today her nominations of Upstate New Yorkers to the nation's leading service institutions - the United States Air Force, Military, and Naval Academies. A selection committee formed by Senator Gillibrand chose the nominees from a large group of qualified applicants. Decisions were based on criteria including academic record, leadership potential, and overall achievement. Final acceptance is determined solely by the service … Continue Reading


January 26, 2012

Video: Gillibrand Urges Senate to Pass Bipartisan Stock Act to End Insider Trading in Congress

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand took to the Senate floor today to urge her colleagues to pass the bipartisan STOCK Act that would make insider trading in Congress clearly and expressly illegal. CLICK HERE FOR FULL VIDEO Senator Gillibrand's full remarks: Like millions of American's all across the country, I was shocked to learn that insider trading by members of Congress, their families, or their staff, using non-public information gained through their Congressional work … Continue Reading


January 26, 2012

Gillibrand Seeks Department of Education Collaboration with City of Buffalo to Bolster Say Yes to Education Program

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the Department of Education (DOE) to collaborate with Buffalo city officials to identify potential funding opportunities for "Say Yes to Education" in Buffalo, a national non-profit organization aimed at drastically increasing high school graduation and college attendance rates for inner-city youth. In a letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Senator Gillibrand noted that Buffalo Public School's graduation rate is below the … Continue Reading


January 26, 2012

Gillibrand Joins Hanna to Introduce National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act to Honor Cooperstown

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today introduced in the Senate the National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act, legislation to mint gold, silver and clad coins by the U.S. Treasury in honor of the upcoming 75th anniversary of the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. U.S. Representative Richard Hanna (NY-24) introduced the House version of the legislation, which passed in October by a vote of 416 to 3. Additionally, Senator Gillibrand is urging the Treasury Department to … Continue Reading


January 25, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Nearly $40,000 for Homer Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $39,631 in federal funding for the Homer Fire Department to purchase new equipment that will help them respond to emergencies more effectively. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. "This is an important investment for the Homer Fire Department," Senator Gillibrand said. "This federal grant will help update their equipment, and give them the … Continue Reading


January 23, 2012

Gillibrand, Velazquez, Chu, Honda Call for Army to Conduct Comprehensive Review of Hazing Incidents and Training After Private Danny Chen’s Death was Found by Army Investigators to Have Come Due to Abuse by Fellow Soldiers and Superiors

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Representatives Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), Judy Chu (D-CA), and Mike Honda (D-CA) called on the U.S. Army to provide a comprehensive review on how the department tracks its hazing and harassment incidents and implements anti-hazing training. The urging by the four members of Congress comes after Army investigators found that a New York resident, Private Danny Chen, was subjected to daily race-based hazing and physical abuse … Continue Reading


January 22, 2012

Gillibrand Statement on Gabby Giffords Resignation from Congress: “This is Just the Beginning of the Next Chapter of Her Story”

New York, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) released the following statement today after Rep. Gabby Giffords announced her decision to resign from the U.S. House of Representatives: "For the past year, Gabby has shown the world the person I have always known - an extraordinary woman of fierce drive, determination and courage. Gabby made the right decision for her and her family, but this is just the beginning of the next chapter of her story. I know that Gabby will find other ways … Continue Reading


January 22, 2012

Gillibrand, Schumer Unveil Sanctions Bill Against Syria

United States Senators Kirsten E. Gillibrand and Charles E. Schumer announced today that they would be introducing the Syrian Human Rights Accountability Act to impose sanctions of the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad in the face of a violent and bloody crackdown the government has executed on opposition protestors in the country. The bill, set to be introduced this coming week, would require the president to identify those persons in the Syrian government, and those helping them, who have … Continue Reading


January 20, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announces $800,000 to Develop University of Rochester Transit Center to Link City’s Largest Employer to Downtown

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $800,000 for the Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority (RGRTA) to create an indoor transit facility that links the University of Rochester, the city's largest employer, to downtown and the rest of the community. The funds will be used as part of the University of Rochester's proposed College Town Project to foster a greater ease in travel from the city of Rochester to the University. "This … Continue Reading


January 20, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand, Owens Announce: Feds Release First-Ever Northern Border Anti-Drug Strategy – Plan Improves International Coordination to Shut Down Flow of Drugs from Canada to NY

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressman Bill Owens announced that the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has released the first ever National Northern Border Counternarcotics Strategy. According to ONDCP the, "Strategy outlines new actions that seek to reduce the two-way flow of illicit drugs between the United States and Canada by increasing coordination among Federal, state, local, and tribal enforcement authorities, enhancing intelligence … Continue Reading


January 20, 2012

Gillibrand to Sec. Vilsack: Keep New York’s USDA Offices Open

Washington, D.C. - With seven USDA offices across New York State facing closure, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, New York's first member of the Senate Agriculture Committee in nearly 40 years, is urging U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to keep all of New York's USDA offices open and available to New York State's agriculture communities. "New York's farmland saw the worst of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee this summer - one right after the other," Senator Gillibrand said. … Continue Reading


January 19, 2012

Gillibrand Calls for Boost in Water, Sewer Infrastructure Funding in President’s FY 2013 Budget

Washington, DC - With President Obama set to unveil his annual budget plan next month, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today urged the Office of Management and Budget Director to include more federal funding for water and sewer infrastructure in the President's final FY 2013 budget. Senator Gillibrand called for allocating at least $2.1 billion for the federal clean water program and $1.4 billion for drinking water improvement programs in this year's blueprint - a significant increase … Continue Reading

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