Press Releases

November 17, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority set to Receive Over $300,000 in DOT Funding for Energy Saving Operations

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority (RGRTA) is set to receive $352,140 in funding from the Department of Transportation (DOT) FY 2011 Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) Program for the purchase of energy efficient heating and ice control systems. Specifically, RGRTA will use this investment for several energy-saving measures, including the replacement of two … Continue Reading


November 17, 2011

Gillibrand Applauds BAE Systems Decision to Stay, Keep Jobs in Southern Tier

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement today applauding BAE System's decision to remain in the Southern Tier, keeping 1,350 local jobs. "I am incredibly pleased to hear BAE Systems will remain in Binghamton. Even in the face of a difficult economy, and coping with damage from natural disasters, the Southern Tier is a place where businesses can grow and thrive," said Senator Gillibrand. "I applaud the leaders at BAE Systems for their commitment to … Continue Reading


November 17, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Call on Army Corps to Expedite Asian Carp Study to Help Keep Invasive Species Out of New York State Waterways

Washington, D.C. - To prevent the spread of Asian carp into New York's waterways through the Great Lakes, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are urging the Army Corps of Engineers to quickly investigate the effectiveness of a hydrological separation of the Chicago Area Waterway System from Lake Michigan. The effort is being included as an amendment to the Energy and Water and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. Last year, Asian carp were found just six miles from the … Continue Reading


November 16, 2011

Gillibrand, Tester, Stabenow Announce Plans to Introduce Stock Act, Prohibits Members of Congress from Engaging in Insider Trading, Increases Transparency

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), announced today with Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), all long time advocates for increasing government transparency and accountability, that they are working with several of their Senate colleagues in introducing the STOCK Act to prohibit members of Congress from engaging in insider trading. The legislation redefines insider trading to include knowledge gained from Congressional work and service, creates rules and … Continue Reading


November 16, 2011

Gillibrand Cuts through Red Tape – Binghamton Small Business Paid on Overdue Accounts by Feds

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand helped secure overdue payments from the federal government for Enviren Services Inc., a small business located in Binghamton. In 2010, Enviren received a contract from the United States Navy to support closing and relocating the Naval Weapons Research Station in Colts Neck, New Jersey. Payment from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) was due in mid October, but was never paid. With payment several weeks overdue, Enviren Services … Continue Reading


November 16, 2011

Gillibrand, McCain, Lieberman, Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Strong Resolution on Iran at Tomorrow’s IAEA Board of Governors Meeting

Washington D.C. - Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), John McCain (R-AZ), Joseph I. Lieberman (I-CT), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) released their bipartisan letter sent to President Obama today, urging the United States to seek a strong resolution concerning Iran when the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors convenes in Vienna tomorrow.  The letter comes less than a week after the Director-General of the IAEA … Continue Reading


November 15, 2011

Gillibrand Announces New “Upstate Works Act” to Create New Jobs, Set Foundation for Strong, Growing Upstate Economy

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the Upstate Works Act, legislation she wrote to put New Yorkers back to work and help create the environment for a strong and growing upstate economy. The Upstate Works Act retools New York's manufacturers for the clean energy economy, provides tax relief for family farms to diversify and expand their production, provides resources to help students and working adults get the new training they need for the jobs of the future, … Continue Reading


November 15, 2011

Schumer & Gillibrand Announce: Bill Expected to Pass This Week Contains Billions in Disaster Aid Funding to Help Recovery from Lee and Irene

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that legislation expected to clear both Houses of Congress this week includes billions of dollars in disaster funding, which would help New Yorkers recover from Tropical Storms Irene and Lee. Nearly $40 million of this funding is expected for New York State, as called for in the Gillibrand-Schumer amendment they fought to pass to help businesses and farmers recover and rebuild from the storms. "Several … Continue Reading


November 14, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Capital District Transportation Authority Set to Receive $2.5 Million in DOT Funding for Hybrid Electric Buses

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) is set to receive $2.5 Million in funding from the Department of Transportation (DOT) for the purchase of hybrid electric buses. Gillibrand and Schumer commend DOT for their work to improve transit vehicles across the state. "The Capital Region is growing through green jobs and new technologies and our public transit system must be ready to handle the load. I … Continue Reading


November 11, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $90,000 in Federal Investments for Schuyler County Veterans’ Service Agency; Investment will Implement State-Of-The-Art System that Secures Reliable Transit for Veterans

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded a Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative grant totaling $93,750 to Schuyler County Veterans' Service Agency (VSA). The grant, administered through the Federal Transit Administration, will help implement a one-call/one-click system to accommodate veterans' transit needs. Specifically, this ride reservation system will provide up to date software to … Continue Reading


November 11, 2011

On Veteran’s Day, Gillibrand Secures Posthumous Navy Cross, Purple Heart for Family of Long Island Vietnam Vet

Long Island, NY - Forty-five years after a Long Island marine died in combat in Vietnam, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, successfully secured long overdue posthumous medals for the family of Lance Corporal Richard Kaler. Standing at the North Shore LIJ Health System's Rosen Family Wellness Center, Senator Gillibrand and State Senator Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) presented the soldier's family with the following medals on Veteran's Day: … Continue Reading


November 11, 2011

After Years of Waiting, Disabled Saratoga Veteran Finally Receives $3k in Monthly Benefits After Gillibrand Comes to His Aid

Corinth, NY - After a bungled application process left a disabled 46 year-old veteran waiting years for VA benefits, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, successfully expedited Daniel Sweet's case, securing nearly $3,000 in monthly benefits for the Saratoga soldier and approximately $23,000 in retroactive benefits over the past year. Senator Gillibrand is now taking on a new fight for the veteran, pushing the Veterans Affairs to reopen Mr. … Continue Reading


November 11, 2011

To Salute Veteran’s Day, Gillibrand Launches New Online Tool for Service Members, Veterans and Families to Gain Access to Resources

New York - To help salute Veteran's Day, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, launched a new online comprehensive government tool on her Senate website today to provide a one-stop online shop for New York's men and women in the military, veterans, and their families. The site aims to support veterans' local needs and equip them with federal agency resources across a wide range of topics including federal job listings, career counseling, … Continue Reading


November 10, 2011

Gillibrand Announces Senate Passage of Legislation to Put America’s Heroes Back to Work

Washington, D.C. - As the nation prepares to honor our veterans tomorrow, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced Senate passage of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, legislation that addresses unacceptably high rates of unemployment among veterans including measures to incentivize their hiring and ease their transition into the work force. The bill, which passed the Senate with broad bipartisan support, aims to ensure that all troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have the necessary … Continue Reading


November 10, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce: Bill to Create Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in Auburn Passes Key Senate Committee for the First Time

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that, for the first time ever, legislation to create a national park at the Harriet Tubman House has passed the Senate's Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The bill must now be voted on by the full Senate. The Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act would establish two parks, one in New York and one in Maryland. The National Historic Park in Auburn, NY would focus on Tubman's later years, where she was active in … Continue Reading


November 10, 2011

Gillibrand Statement as Key Senate Committee Passes Bill to Repeal “Defense of Marriage Act”

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement today after the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Respect for Marriage Act, legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA): "This is a major step forward to end the discrimination that is currently enshrined into U.S. law, and I applaud Chairman Leahy for pushing us forward. "Marriage is the true foundation for strong families. Every loving, committed couple deserves the basic human right to get … Continue Reading


November 09, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Truck Stop Safety Measure Clears Key Senate Committee

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that "Jason's Law," a measure to increase security and improve conditions at truck stops across the country is included in the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee's Transportation Reauthorization bill. 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. … Continue Reading


November 09, 2011

Gillibrand Measure to Improve Funding for NYS Border Infrastructure Projects Clears Key Senate Committee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today announced that a provision she wrote to reform the Coordinated Border Infrastructure (CBI) Program and invest in rail infrastructure at border regions is included in the EPW's Transportation Reauthorization bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). Specifically, Senator Gillibrand's measure would allow states to use funding to improve freight mobility … Continue Reading


November 09, 2011

Gillibrand: Our Servicemembers Put Their Lives on the Line for This Country and Deserve to Come Home to Good-Paying Jobs

Washington, D.C. - As Veterans' Day approaches, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called on her Senate colleagues to swiftly pass legislation to address unacceptably high rates of unemployment among veterans including incentivize their hiring and ease their transition into the work force. The VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, which includes bipartisan job training provisions from both the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committees, aims to ensure that all troops returning from Iraq and … Continue Reading


November 09, 2011

At Gillibrand’s Urging, USDA to Ease Regulations on New York Apple Producers

Washington, D.C. - At the urging of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) will ease insurance regulations on fresh apple producers. The rule change will help New York apple producers cut costs and boost efficiency in the record-keeping of their production and distribution, allow them to receive the best possible crop insurance, and end discrimination against smaller apple producers. "New York State is home to the … Continue Reading

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