Press Releases

May 03, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand, Slaughter, Higgins: Amendment to FAA Bill Threatens to Undermine New Flight Safety Rules - Members Stand With Flight 3407 Families to Oppose Attempt to Weaken Flight Safety Regulations as FAA Bill Moves Towards Final Phase

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and Congressman Brian Higgins stood with the families of the victims of Continental Flight 3407 as they continue their efforts to beat back attempts to slow down new aviation safety rules in the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill. The bill has been passed by both chambers of Congress, but the House version of the bill contains an amendment that would make it more difficult for the FAA … Continue Reading


May 01, 2011

Gillibrand Statement on Death of Osama bin Laden

"On behalf of so many New Yorkers who lost loved ones nearly a decade ago, I congratulate President Obama, our brave men and women in uniform and our intelligence community for bringing Osama bin Laden to justice. This is a tremendous victory for the world community in the fight against al Qaeda that is both deeply satisfying and historic. But we must remain vigilant. We can not take our eye off the ball in regards to security here at home or from emerging al Qaeda threats in other … Continue Reading


April 29, 2011

Gillibrand Hails Tri-State Transportation Campaign as Environmental Champion

New York, NY - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, congratulated a New York City transportation and environmental group for winning the 2011 Environmental Quality Award. This past February, Senator Gillibrand nominated the Tri-State Transportation Campaign (TSTC), a non-profit group dedicated to promoting sustainable transportation in New York. Today, the organization is set to receive the Environmental Protection Agency's prestigious … Continue Reading


April 29, 2011

Gillibrand Hails Northern Westchester Energy Action Consortium as Environmental Champion

Westchester, NY - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, congratulated a group of 14 Westchester municipalities for winning the 2011 Environmental Quality Award. This past February, Senator Gillibrand nominated the Northern Westchester Energy Action Consortium (NWEAC), an eco-friendly group of cities, towns and villages throughout Westchester. The organization is set to receive the Environmental Protection Agency's prestigious honor … Continue Reading


April 28, 2011

Gillibrand Cuts Bureaucratic Tape for Podiatry Services of Central New York, Helps Clear Thousands of Medicare Claims

Syracuse, New York - After thousands of Medicare claims for seven podiatrist offices throughout Central New York went unprocessed for nearly half a year due to a government glitch, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand cut through the bureaucratic tape and resolved the error, enabling the Podiatry Services of Central New York to finally receive between $45,000 and $60,000 in patient claims. Senator Gillibrand helped ease the serious financial strain that the Central New York offices faced due to the … Continue Reading


April 22, 2011

At Gillibrand's Urging, Defense Department Grants Crucial Extension for Hudson Valley Company's I.E.D. Technology Program

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced that the U.S. Army Geospatial Center will grant a critically needed period-of-performance extension for Fishkill-based Advanced Reconnaissance Corp. that is developing technology that could have the potential to detect Improvised Explosive Devises (IEDs), which could help save the lives of troops on the ground. Without the extension, the further development of this promising … Continue Reading


April 22, 2011

Gillibrand Announced More Than $707,000 For East Rockaway Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $707,480 in federal funding for the East Rockaway Fire Department. These federal dollars will be used by the East Rockaway Fire Department to recruit additional first responders. The funding is allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program. "This is a great investment for East Rockaway," Senator Gillibrand said. "This federal investment will help … Continue Reading


April 21, 2011

Gillibrand Ends 28 Year-Long Bureaucratic Battle for Saratoga Soldier, Helps Secure Over $40,000 in Unemployment Benefits

Saratoga, NY - After a 68 year-old Vietnam veteran waited 28 years for his unemployment and disability payments that were owed to him due to his war-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the Saratoga resident finally received $42,000 in retroactive benefits with the help of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). The Saratoga soldier, who has been out of work for nearly a decade, will also see an additional $2,600 in VA benefits each month going forward. Senator Gillibrand expedited … Continue Reading


April 21, 2011

Gillibrand Announces $645,000 for Akron Fire Company

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $645,000 in federal funding for the Akron Fire Company. These federal dollars will be used by the Akron Fire Company to recruit additional first responders. The funding is allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program. "This is a great investment for Akron," Senator Gillibrand said. "This federal investment will help improve the fire department's … Continue Reading


April 21, 2011

Gillibrand Urges Air Force Sec. Donley to Station Additional C-17s at Stewart Air National Guard Base

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today urged the Secretary of the Air Force, Michael Donley to base an additional eight C-17s at Stewart Air National Guard Base (ANGB), bringing the total to sixteen. Under the current plan, eight C-17s from Charleston AFB, SC, and McChord AFB, WA will be based at Stewart. However, both bases have in excess of 50 aircraft, and with the Air Force scheduled to take delivery of 13 new C-17s, … Continue Reading


April 21, 2011

Gillibrand Announced Nearly $64,000 For Alert Engine, Hook, Ladder and Hose Co. In Great Neck

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $63,580 in federal funding for the Alert Engine, Hook, Ladder and Hose Co. in Great Neck. These federal dollars will be used by the Alert Engine, Hook, Ladder and Hose Co. to recruit additional first responders. The funding is allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program. "This is a great investment for Great Neck," Senator Gillibrand said. … Continue Reading


April 20, 2011

Gillibrand Calls on Defense Sec. Gates to Expedite Acquisition of MRI Equipment for Troops in Afghanistan

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called on the Department of Defense to support Joint Chiefs Chairman Mullen's request to expedite the modest purchase and deployment of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) equipment to Afghanistan. Providing MRI equipment is critical in the treatment of traumatic brain injuries. Two MRI machines are being acquired through a lengthy competitive bidding process that could delay this equipment from reaching American troops on the ground in … Continue Reading


April 18, 2011

During Autism Awareness Month, Gillibrand Joins Senate Colleagues to Introduce Bill to Establish a National Autism Strategy

Washington, DC - During a month set aside to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Bob Casey (D-PA), Bob Menendez (D-NM), and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) in introducing legislation that would create a comprehensive strategy to address the needs of families affected by autism spectrum disorder. The Autism Services and Workforce Acceleration Act authorizes federal funding for a wide range of service, … Continue Reading


April 15, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand: Budget Deal Protects Long Island Commercial and Recreational Fishing Jobs; Catch Program That Could Have Put Fishermen Out of Work

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced that the 2011 Continuing Resolution will protect the Long Island commercial and recreational fishing industry and the thousands of jobs that come with it, by prohibiting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from using federal funds to implement any new flawed catch share programs in the Mid-Atlantic or New England fisheries. In a February letter to U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, … Continue Reading


April 15, 2011

Gillibrand Stands With Monroe County First Responders to Call for Upgrade to Emergency Communications Systems

Rochester, New York - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood with Rochester / Finger Lakes first responders today to announce her support of legislation that would provide first responders and public safety officials with critical interoperable radio airwaves needed to effectively communicate in the event a major response is needed. The 9/11 Commission Report identified insufficient interoperability between communications systems used by first responders during the attacks and rescue efforts. … Continue Reading


April 15, 2011

Gillibrand Stands With Western New York First Responders to Call for Upgrade to Emergency Communications Systems

Buffalo, New York - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood with Western New York first responders today to announce her support of legislation that would provide first responders and public safety officials with critical interoperable radio airwaves needed to effectively communicate in the event a major response is needed. The 9/11 Commission Report identified insufficient interoperability between communications systems used by first responders during the attacks and rescue efforts. Senator … Continue Reading


April 15, 2011

Gillibrand Stands With Central New York First Responders to Call for Upgrade to Emergency Communications Systems

Syracuse, New York - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood with Western New York first responders today to announce her support of legislation that would provide first responders and public safety officials with critical interoperable radio airwaves needed to effectively communicate in the event a major response is needed. The 9/11 Commission Report identified insufficient interoperability between communications systems used by first responders during the attacks and rescue efforts. Senator … Continue Reading


April 15, 2011

Gillibrand-Risch Resolution Urging U.N. To Retract Flawed Goldston Report Passes U.S. Senate

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and James Risch (R-ID) announced today that a bipartisan resolution calling on the United Nations Human Rights Council to rescind the anti-Israel Goldstone report passed the U.S. Senate. The Senators introduced the resolution with the support of more than 30 Senators after Judge Richard Goldstone retracted key conclusions of his flawed and inflammatory report. In a recent Washington Post op-ed, Judge Richard Goldstone retracted his … Continue Reading


April 15, 2011

Gillibrand Calls on Feds to Provide Tax Credit for Wind Turbine Production in Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, and Ogdensburg

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the federal government to approve an investment tax credit to build wind turbines in manufacturing sites in Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo and Ogdensburg. The D'Arcinoff Group, a U.S. based company, is looking to operate clean technology manufacturing facilities in 15 plants across the U.S. According to their estimates, the four New York plants could employ up to 15,000 people, working in multiple shifts. If fully financed, Phase One … Continue Reading


April 14, 2011

Gillibrand Announces $27,000 For the Village of Elmira Heights Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $27,000 in federal funding for the Village of Elmira Heights Fire Department. These federal dollars will be used by the Village of Elmira Heights Fire Department to recruit additional first responders. The funding is allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program. "This is a great investment for Elmira Heights," Senator Gillibrand said. "This … Continue Reading

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