Press Releases

September 22, 2011

Gillibrand Fights For Greater Police Hiring Grants To Protect NY Communities, Families From Violent Crime

Washington, D.C. - To help put more police in communities across New York affected by rising rates of violent crime, drug trafficking and gang activity, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is urging U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to put greater emphasis on COPS Hiring Program grants for New York State. The Police Hiring Grants program authorizes $500 million per year - enough to hire up to 50,000 officers across the country for community policing. "Law enforcement agencies across New York … Continue Reading


September 21, 2011

Senators Gillibrand, Kirk, Levin And Congressman Meeks Announce Bill To Confer A Congressional Gold Medal Upon Raoul Wallenberg

Washington, DC-Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Carl Levin (D-MI), and Mike Johanns (R-NE) and Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY) announced that they introduced companion bills today to bestow the Congressional Gold Medal on Raoul Wallenberg, a hero who saved thousands of lives during Nazi occupation of Hungary during World War II. "The heroic rescue of Hungarian Jews by Raoul Wallenberg during one of the darkest hours of human history exemplifies his outstanding spirit … Continue Reading


September 20, 2011

Gillibrand Applauds Repeal Of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”

Washington, DC- Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after the military officially ended the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy: "Today, we're ending nearly two decades of injustice in our military. "'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' has been a drain on our military, our readiness, and our national security for too long, and it must end. Every American, no matter who you are, or who you love, can now serve our … Continue Reading


September 20, 2011

Gillibrand Announces Priorities For Next Farm Bill

Washington, D.C. - As Congress prepares to write and debate the next Farm Bill, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, New York's first member of the Senate Agriculture Committee in nearly 40 years, today announced her priorities to make sure the next Farm Bill is a good deal for New York. Senator Gillibrand spent time over the last year visiting farm communities across the state, holding listening sessions to gather input from New York's own local farms on their needs from the broad and sweeping … Continue Reading


September 19, 2011

Senators Urge President Obama To Underscore Strong Support For Israel During UN General Assembly

Today, 14 U.S. Senators called on President Obama to issue a strongly worded defense of Israel during his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday. In a letter, the Senators highlighted a number of recent, troubling developments in the Middle East, including the attack on the Israeli Embassy in Cairo, anti-Israeli rhetoric from Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey, and efforts to isolate Israel by unilaterally advancing a resolution on Palestinian statehood at the UN. The … Continue Reading


September 19, 2011

Gillibrand, Schumer, Higgins, Slaughter, Hochul Urge FAA To Implement New Pilot Training Rule

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles E. Schumer, together with U.S. Representatives Brian Higgins, Louise Slaughter and Kathy Hochul, today wrote to FAA Administrator Randolph Babbitt urging him to implement new rules for pilot training that were included in the overhauled FAA regulations that the New York members worked hard to pass. Pilot error was identified as the cause of the Flight 3407 tragedy. In their letter to Administrator Babbitt, the members wrote, "In … Continue Reading


September 16, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Plattsburgh International Airport Set To Receive $2.7 Million In Department Of Transportation Funding For Taxiway Rehabilitation

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that Plattsburgh International Airport is set to receive $2,700,500 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funds for airport facility upgrades. Specifically, the grant will allow Plattsburgh International Airport to rehabilitate Taxiway A, which will ensure safe airfield operations at the airport. Schumer and Gillibrand applaud DOT for their work to increase safety at all airports. "This is great news for the … Continue Reading


September 16, 2011

Key Senate Panel Includes Gillibrand Provision For $50 Million For Nanotechnology Development And Manufacturing

Washington D.C. - The Senate Appropriations Committee included U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's provision to increase focus on nanotechnology development and manufacturing by the Defense Department, including $50 million in the Defense Appropriations bill. The University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering will likely be a strong competitor for this funding. Senator Gillibrand, member of the Armed Services Committee included language in the FY 2012 National Defense … Continue Reading


September 15, 2011

Gillibrand Announces $55.4 Million In New Lending To New York Small Businesses, Help Create Jobs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the approval of New York's State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) application. The allocation is expected to spur more than $550 million in small businesses lending to help create new private sector jobs. The funding comes through the Small Business Jobs Act that Senator Gillibrand voted to pass last year. "My number one focus is creating good-paying, family-supporting jobs for New York," Senator Gillibrand said. "But … Continue Reading


September 15, 2011

Gillibrand Announces Senate Passage Of Disaster Relief Bill

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced Senate passage today of the Disaster Relief legislation. The $6.9 billion disaster funding bill included $5.1 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and $266 million for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Senator Gillibrand aggressively lobbied her Senate colleagues to pass this disaster package. Senator Gillibrand has traveled across the state, receiving briefings and viewing the damage caused by Hurricane … Continue Reading


September 15, 2011

Gillibrand Announces $150,000 For The Town Of Campbell To Develop Public Water Supply

Campbell, NY - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) approved a $150,000 federal-state grant for the Town of Campbell to develop the Campbell Water District #3. The installation of a public water supply stretching more than 2.5 miles will be installed to provide quality water to dozens of residences, the Greater Southern Tier BOCES Coopers Education Facility, and possible commercial development sites. Last month, Senator … Continue Reading


September 15, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Buffalo Niagara International Airport Is Set To Receive Over $5 Million In Department Of Transportation Funding For Noise Mitigation For Nearly 300 Homes

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that Buffalo Niagara International Airport is set to receive $ 5,221,553 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funds for airport facility upgrades. Specifically, the grant will fund noise mitigation design for 149 nearby homes and noise mitigation construction efforts for 150 homes in close proximity to the airport. Schumer and Gillibrand applaud DOT for their work to increase safety at all airports. "This is great … Continue Reading


September 14, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Schenectady County Residents Set To Receive Critical FEMA Assistance

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded individual assistance to Schenectady County. Schumer and Gillibrand said that this was an important first step in making sure that these counties get the help they needs to recover from Tropical Storm Lee. "I called Administrator Fugate to tell him that FEMA needs to work hand in glove with state and local leaders to make sure Schenectady County residents … Continue Reading


September 14, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Greater Rochester International Airport Is Set To Receive More Than $3.3 Million In Dot Funding To Improve Runway Safety

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced Greater Rochester International Airport is set to receive $3,307,553 from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to improve runway safety at the airport. Schumer and Gillibrand applaud DOT for their work to increase safety at all airports. "This is great news for the passengers and pilots that fly in and out of Greater Rochester International Airport every day," said Schumer. "With this investment, Greater … Continue Reading


September 14, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Franklin, Hamilton, & Herkimer Counties To Receive Critical FEMA Assistance

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded individual assistance to Herkimer County residents, and public assistance to local governments in Franklin, Hamilton, and Herkimer Counties. Schumer and Gillibrand said that this was an important first step in making sure that these counties get the help they needs to recover from Irene. "I called Administrator Fugate to tell him that FEMA needs to work hand … Continue Reading


September 14, 2011

Gillibrand Announces More Than $2 Million For Rochester Midtown Plaza Redevelopment

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the City of Rochester is set to receive $2,057,850 to support infrastructure upgrades at the Midtown Plaza Redevelopment project. The competitive grant funding is being awarded through the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA). Last July, Senator Gillibrand wrote to Assistant Commerce Secretary John Fernandez urging his support for the project that can help strengthen businesses and create new … Continue Reading


September 13, 2011

As NYS Rebuilds From Storms & Flooding, Gillibrand Announces Agenda To Strengthen New York’s Rural Economy For Long-Term

Washington, D.C. - As New York continues to dig out from the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand spent time in communities across the state, touring damaged farms, business districts and communities, hearing from everyday families and business leaders, and is fighting everyday to secure every federal resource New York needs to aid in the recovery. Now, Senator Gillibrand is announcing an agenda to put New York's rural communities on … Continue Reading


September 13, 2011

After Push To Regulate 6, Deadly Unchecked E. Coli Strands, Gillibrand Announces USDA Approval To Name 6 Strands As Dangerous Adulterants

Washington, DC - After U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)'s push to regulate 6 deadly, unchecked E. coli strands, Senator Gillibrand announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has named the six E. coli strands as dangerous adulterants that need to be tested by the USDA. This new measure would make it illegal to sell ground beef tainted with what's known as the "Big 6" E. coli strands or non-0157 STECs, in addition to the most common form of E. coli that is already … Continue Reading


September 13, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Dutchess County Airport Is Set To Receive Over $120,000 In Department Of Transportation Funding For Facility Upgrades, Taxiway Improvements

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that Dutchess County Airport is set to receive $122,550 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funds for airport facility upgrades. Specifically, the grant will allow the airport to conduct the second phase of a planning study to help design the extension of a runway at the airport. Schumer and Gillibrand applaud DOT for their work to increase safety at all airports. "This is great news for the passengers and pilots … Continue Reading


September 13, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $8.5 Million For Elmira Corning Regional Airport To Extend Runway

Washington, D.C. -- Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that Elmira Corning Regional Airport is set to receive $8,556,627 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funds to extend the runway and parallel taxiway at the airport. "This is great news for the passengers and pilots that fly in and out of Elmira Corning Regional Airport every day," said Schumer. "With this investment, Elmira Corning airport will make runway and taxiway renovations that will … Continue Reading

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