Press Releases

July 01, 2011

Gillibrand Announces Over $1.1 Million In Trade Adjustment Assistance For Binghamton University Research Foundation

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced more than $1.1 million in Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) funds for the New York State Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (NYSTAAC) administered by the Binghamton University Research Foundation to help New York businesses remain competitive in the global economy. "This is a great investment for our high-tech sector in Binghamton and throughout the state," Senator Gillibrand said. "These federal dollars will support research … Continue Reading


June 30, 2011

At Gillibrand’s Urging, Feds Designate Woodlawn Cemetery As National Historic Landmark

Bronx, NY -U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced today that the U.S. Department of the Interior designated Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx - recognized internationally as the resting place of many renowned Americans-as a National Historic Landmark. Since last year, Senator Gillibrand urged Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior Ken Salazar to designate the site as a National Historic Landmark. Senator Gillibrand said, "This is great news. Woodlawn Cemetery's importance is … Continue Reading


June 30, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $123,400 Federal Fire Grant For New York Fire Patrol

Staten Island, NY - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced today $123,460 dollars in federal funding for the New York Fire Patrol, Inc. (NYFP) to provide comprehensive fire prevention training, safety education, home safety inspections, and smoke alarm installations for Staten Island families, particularly seniors and children. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Administration's Assistance to Firefighters Grant. "Our firefighters put their … Continue Reading


June 30, 2011

Gillibrand Welcomes Streamlined Plan For Peace Bridge Plaza

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement today supporting the new streamlined development plans for Peace Bridge Plaza: "I am pleased that discussions of a smaller plaza concept are underway. Allowing for pre-screening of truck traffic along the Canadian border is a significant step forward in encouraging the growth of cross-border commerce and increasing economic opportunity for Western New York businesses. A smaller plaza will reduce the cost while … Continue Reading


June 30, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $1.1 Million For New Access Road At Buffalo Niagara International Airport

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,137,321 in Department of Transportation (DOT) funds for Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The DOT grant will fund construction to rehabilitate an access road to the airport. "This is great news for passengers that use Buffalo Niagara International," said Senator Schumer. "With this investment, the airport can make roadway renovations that will ensure the smooth operation of the facility and … Continue Reading


June 29, 2011

13 Senators Team Up To Reassure LGBT Youth That “It Gets Better”

Washington, D.C. - Thirteen United States Senators have teamed up to encourage lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people not to give up, reassuring them in a video released Wednesday that they are working hard in the Senate to fulfill the promise of equality for all. The video is part of the It Gets Better Project (http://itgetsbetter.org), which was founded last year after a series of tragic suicides by LGBT youth who were bullied because of their sexual orientation or gender … Continue Reading


June 28, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1.1 Million For Lt. Warren Eaton Airport In Norwich

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a total of $1,156,800 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funding for Lt. Warren Eaton Airport in Norwich. The funds will be used for runway rehabilitation construction. "This is great news for the passengers and pilots that fly in and out of Lt. Warren Eaton Airport every day," said Senator Schumer. "With this funding, the airport can make runway renovations that will ensure passenger safety and … Continue Reading


June 28, 2011

Gillibrand, Pryor, CPSC, Consumer Advocates Applaud Strong Crib Safety Standards To Prevent Infant Deaths And Injuries

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Pryor (AR) and Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), and Commissioner Robert Adler from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), today joined consumer advocates in applauding the first day that tough new federal standards for cribs go into effect. The new, mandatory standards will stop the manufacture and sale of traditional drop-side cribs. In addition, the standard requires stronger mattress supports, more durable hardware and rigorous safety testing. The … Continue Reading


June 28, 2011

Gillibrand, Tonko Urge Feds To Approve New Food Safety Inspector At Beech-Nut To Help Grow Business

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Paul Tonko are urging the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to grant approval for a second food safety inspector for Beech-Nut Nutrition Corporation- a move that could help the thriving Capital Region business that makes nutritious infant and toddler food grow by as much as 20 percent this year. To meet the growing demand for Beech-Nut's products, the business needs to hire a second, part-time inspector at … Continue Reading


June 27, 2011

Gillibrand Calls For Historic Landmark Designation For Woodlawn Cemetery

Bronx, NY -U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) urged the U.S. Department of the Interior to designate Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx- recognized internationally as the resting place of many renowned Americans - as a National Historic Landmark. Senator Gillibrand wrote in a letter to Ken Salazar, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, "I once again would like to voice my strongest support possible for this application and hope that you can provide the final decision in an … Continue Reading


June 24, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand And Meeks Announce V.A. Abandons Plan To Allow Private Development At St. Albans Veteran's Facility

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand, and Congressman Gregory Meeks announced today that after a meeting with officials from the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) yesterday, the VA has decided to abandon its plan to allow private development at the Veterans' Facility at St. Albans. The VA, which had planned to lease out nearly half the space at the St. Albans veterans' home for private residential and commercial development, folded under … Continue Reading


June 23, 2011

Women WIN Jobs Act Means Higher Wages, More Employment Opportunities

Washington, DC - In the wake of the Supreme Court's damaging Wal-Mart employment discrimination case, Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO), Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (D-CT), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI) today introduced the Women and Workforce Investment for Nontraditional Jobs (Women WIN Jobs) Act, which would provide women with a pathway to higher paying job fields in which they are currently underrepresented. … Continue Reading


June 23, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Push To Include SUNY In National Domestic Preparedness Consortium; Reintroduce Legislation To Expand Reach of SUNY's Expertise To Emergency Personnel Nationwide

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand reintroduced legislation to make the State University of New York (SUNY) a member of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC), a partnership of several organizations meant to enhance the emergency preparedness of federal, state, local, and nongovernmental emergency responders and counter-terrorism teams. The NDPC is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency … Continue Reading


June 23, 2011

Gillibrand Applauds President For Releasing Oil From Strategic Petroleum Reserve

Washington, DC - Today, at the urging of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and her colleagues, President Obama decided to release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). In a letter earlier this year to the President, Senator Gillibrand delineated the urgency of an SPR drawdown. Gas Prices across New York are 36 percent higher than this time last year. The drawdown of 30 million barrels will help to stabilize gasoline prices. "I applaud President Obama's decision to release oil … Continue Reading


June 22, 2011

Gillibrand Statement On President Obama’s Address To The Nation On Afghanistan War

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement tonight after President Obama announced his plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Senator Gillibrand, who is one of seven co-sponsors of the Safe and Responsible Redeployment of United States Combat Forces from Afghanistan Act, traveled to Afghanistan in November of last year to meet with military commanders and troops in the field. "I want to thank … Continue Reading


June 21, 2011

Gillibrand Statement On Senate Confirmation Of Leon Panetta As Secretary Of Defense

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after voting to confirm Leon Panetta as the next Secretary of Defense: "I am proud to have voted for the confirmation of Leon Panetta who will be an outstanding Secretary of Defense. For over four decades, Leon Panetta has been an extraordinary public servant spanning several administrations. His sound judgment has made him a well respected member of the … Continue Reading


June 21, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Corning-Painted Post Airport Set To Receive Over $190,000 In Department Of Transportation Funding For Snow Removal Equipment

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that Corning-Painted Post Airport is set to receive $192,064 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funds for airport facility upgrades. Specifically, the grant will allow Corning-Painted Post Airport to acquire snow removal equipment, including a loader and snow plow, which will enhance the airport's ability to clear the airfield during adverse weather conditions. Schumer and Gillibrand applaud DOT for their work to … Continue Reading


June 21, 2011

With Jobs Growing In Advanced Manufacturing, Gillibrand Announces "Made In America" Grants To Bolster High-Tech Manufacturing In New York

Washington, D.C. - 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 today announced her new manufacturing agenda. Senator Gillibrand's plan creates a Made In … Continue Reading


June 21, 2011

Bipartisan Group Of Senators Calls On Veterans Affairs To Do More To Prevent Veteran Suicides

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of six Senators called on Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki to do more to stem the "unacceptable" level of suicides among veterans currently estimated to be 18 per day. The call came in a letter sent to the Administration on Friday. "Too many of our brave men and women in uniform return home from war only to struggle with the trauma of their experience and, tragically, take their own lives," Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) said Tuesday. "It is … Continue Reading


June 20, 2011

Gillibrand Statement On Supreme Court Decision to Overturn Wal-Mart Ruling

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision today to overturn the lower court's ruling that would have allowed more than one million women to proceed with a class-action discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart: "I am deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the lower court's decision and deny the largest civil rights class action suit in our history from moving forward. Pay … Continue Reading

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