Press Releases

October 19, 2011

During Teen Driver Safety Week, Gillibrand Calls for Support of Legislation to Save Lives – Passage of Critical Safety Law

Washington, D.C. - In honor of National Teen Driver Safety Week, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today called on her fellow Senators to join her in support of the Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection (STAND UP) Act, legislation she wrote to set minimum standards for states to enact Graduated Drivers License (GDL) programs that will prepare teens to be responsible drivers. Senator Gillibrand's STAND-UP Act was included in the Senate Commerce Committee's Highway Safety package in July, … Continue Reading


October 19, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand: Ruling Protecting Nucor Corporation in Auburn from Unfair Foreign Trade Practices About to Expire, Putting Jobs at Risk – Urge U.S. International Trade Commission to Keep Protections in Place

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that they are urging the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to keep in place import duties on unfairly-traded, foreign-manufactured steel plate that threatens to undercut domestic steel plate producers, including Nucor Steel in Auburn. Currently, the U.S. imposes duties, ranging from 1 to 59 percent, on imports of dumped and subsidized steel plate from India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan and Korea. These duties help … Continue Reading


October 18, 2011

New Report Gives U.S. Failing Grade on Preparedness On Tenth Anniversary of Anthrax Attacks – Gillibrand Announces Strategy to Strengthen Biosecurity

Washington, D.C. - After a new report on the 10th anniversary of the anthrax attacks concludes the threat of infectious disease and bioterrorism outweighs the threat of nuclear attack, and the U.S. is currently inadequately prepared to prevent and respond to a large-scale outbreak of infectious disease, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is announcing a new strategy to strengthen America's biosecurity. According to a report card released last week by the WMD Center, the United States receives … Continue Reading


October 18, 2011

Higgins, Schumer & Gillibrand Want Answers on Bethlehem Steel

Today Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27, ) Senator Charles Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand urged National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Director John Howard to further investigate and report on the clean-up at Bethlehem Steel after highly radioactive uranium was processed there during the Cold War. Former Bethlehem Steel workers attest that the facility where uranium was rolled was not adequately decontaminated until 1976, despite earlier company reports claiming … Continue Reading


October 17, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $400,000 in Federal Investments for Capital District Transportation Authority; Funding Will Help Improve Efficiency Along Washington and Western Ave Corridors

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded a total of $400,000 to the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) through its Alternatives Analysis program. Specifically, the investment will fund the Washington Western Bus Rapid Transit Study, in order to evaluate and develop the most efficient route from downtown Albany at Broadway northwest to the Crossgates Mall. This corridor is home to some of the … Continue Reading


October 17, 2011

Valerie Jarrett, Sandra Lee, Christine Quinn, Carmen Wong Ulrich, Majora Carter, Kathryn Wylde, Business Leaders Kick Off Gillibrand Summit Aimed to Help Women Lead Economic Recovery

New York, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) hosted her first annual "Women's Economic Empowerment Summit" in partnership with New York University at the Rosenthal Pavilion in New York City today to provide an important opportunity for women across New York to build professional skills, network, and engage in a direct conversation about the many opportunities and challenges women face in gaining equal footing in business. With more than half of all U.S. households today relying on … Continue Reading


October 17, 2011

Senate Democrats Announce Agreement with GOP’s Paul to Extend Expired Benefits for Elderly and Disabled Refugees

WASHINGTON, DC-Today, leading Senate Democrats announced a bipartisan agreement has been reached with Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) that will grant one of the nation's most vulnerable populations-elderly and disabled refugees-a one-year extension of their Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Roughly 5,600 elderly and disabled refugees who have been granted legal status in the U.S. on humanitarian grounds saw their SSI benefits expire on September 30th. With Paul's hold now lifted, the … Continue Reading


October 14, 2011

At Gillibrand Urging, FAA Approves Flights of Hancock Air National Guard Unmanned Aircraft Above Fort Drum

Washington, D.C. - At the urging of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved a Certificate of Authorization for a program to fly unmanned aircraft in Northern New York from Fort Drum into the special use airspace. These flights provide invaluable training for pilots of unmanned flight vehicles. Earlier this year, Senator Gillibrand fought for the approval of an evaluation of the pilot program as … Continue Reading


October 14, 2011

Gillibrand Secures Posthumous Purple Heart for WWII Vet’s Family

Canandaigua, NY - After the Department of Veterans Affairs refused to issue Purple Heart honors for a Canandaigua veteran's tombstone and family due to an erroneous omission in its records, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) secured a posthumous Purple Heart and funeral plaque for the family of the deceased World War II veteran and corrected his records. Senator Gillibrand presented the Purple Heart to the Frasca family today at Canandaigua Veterans Affairs Medical Center. "Mr. Frasca … Continue Reading


October 14, 2011

Gillibrand Applauds Steps to Repeal “Defense Of Marriage Act”

Washington, D.C. - As Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announces the Judiciary Committee will begin markup of the Respect for Marriage Act, legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in November, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement: "I applaud Chairman Leahy for taking these steps to end the discrimination that is currently enshrined into U.S. law. "Marriage is the true foundation for strong families. Every loving, committed … Continue Reading


October 14, 2011

Gillibrand: New York Shortchanged By COPS Hiring Program

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) urged the U.S. Department of Justice to fully disclose the factors that went into assessing grant applicants' commitment to community policing and how those factors were used decide how grant funding to hire and retain police is allocated to local law enforcement. The Justice Department recently announced more than $243 million in nationwide COPS Hiring Program (CHP) grants to hire and retain police - with only $4 million - or 1.6 … Continue Reading


October 13, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $9.5 Million in Federal Investments for Capital District Transportation Authority; Investment Will Replace Transit Buses, Complete Station Construction Projects

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded a total of $9,500,000 to the Capital District Transportation Authority. Specifically, $4 million will be used for the replacement of transit buses in the fleet. An additional $5.5 million will be used to fund eight bus shelters, emergency phones, additional real time signs and security cameras, and other amenities for NY5 bus rapid transit, a 17-mile corridor that … Continue Reading


October 13, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Chemung County Set to Receive Nearly $1.3 Million in Department of Transportation Funding for New Buses

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Chemung County Transit System is set to receive $1,290,000 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funds to support the Transit Vehicle Replacement program. The funds will be used to replace outdated vehicles in the system's fleet. Gillibrand and Schumer commend DOT for their work to improve transit facilities across the state. "Safe and reliable buses and transportation are critical to the economic future … Continue Reading


October 13, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $13.4 Million Grant for Central New York Transportation Authority; Investment Will Replace Transit Buses, Improve Transit for Commuters

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded a total of $13,418,960 to the Central New York Regional Transportation Authority to replace transit buses in the fleet. Schumer and Gillibrand applaud DOT for their efforts to improve quality and efficiency in New York's transit systems. "Safe and reliable buses and transportation are critical to the economic future of Syracuse and Central New York," Schumer said. … Continue Reading


October 13, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $4.7 Million in Department of Transportation Funding for Western New York

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) is set to receive more than $4.7 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to support the Niagara Street Corridor Project and for an Amherst-Buffalo Corridor Alternatives Analysis. Gillibrand and Schumer commend DOT for their work to improve transit facilities across the state. Earlier this year, Senator Schumer wrote a letter of support for this … Continue Reading


October 13, 2011

Gillibrand Announces More Than $6.6 Million for Cutting-Edge Broadcasting Facility at WCNY

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a $6,640,287 grant to consolidate the broadcast operations of the nine New York State public television stations into a single facility at WCNY in Syracuse. The project is expected to save participating stations more than $25 million in operating costs over the next decade, savings that will be invested in increasing local content and services, including much-needed K-12 educational activities, local election coverage and … Continue Reading


October 11, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Disaster Recovery Center Set to Open in Oneida County This Week

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that a new state and federal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open this week in Oneida County on Thursday, October 13th. The DRC will assist individuals, households and businesses affected by Tropical Storm Lee and the subsequent flooding. Operating hours will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, closed Sundays. "This disaster recovery center is a critical step in helping residents and business owners in … Continue Reading


October 11, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers Set to Open in Broome, Chenango Counties

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that two more state and federal Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers (MDRCs) will open for three days starting this Friday. One center will open in Broome County and Chenango County on Friday October 14th. The DRCs will assist individuals, households and businesses affected by Tropical Storm Lee and the subsequent flooding. Operating hours will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday through Sunday, October 16th. "These mobile … Continue Reading


October 11, 2011

Gillibrand Statement on Thwarted Terror Plot

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement today after U.S. authorities thwarted an Iranian plot to bomb the Israeli and Saudi Arabian embassies in Washington and assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States: "I want to thank the intelligence and law enforcement communities for their dedicated and outstanding work in thwarting this attempted attack. Iran has shown the world once again it poses an existential threat to the world community. We … Continue Reading


October 07, 2011

At Hypres In Westchester County, Gillibrand, Lowey Announce “Made In America” Grant Bill to Bolster High-Tech Manufacturing for New York

Elmsford, NY - While New York has lost a total of more than 123,000 manufacturing jobs since 2005, advanced and high-tech manufacturing jobs are thriving. Computer and electronic manufacturing industries increased employment by 9 percent from 2004 to 2008. To spark more growth in high-tech manufacturing in New York and create more of these good-paying jobs right here, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Nita Lowey today announced their new manufacturing agenda. Senator … Continue Reading

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