Press Releases

April 14, 2011

Gillibrand Joins With Bipartisan Coalition of Senators to Introduce “Serve” Act to Protect Sanctity of Military Funerals

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today joined with a bipartisan coalition of Senators to announce the introduction of a bill to protect military funerals from disruption by outside groups. The bipartisan legislation would amend existing federal laws to help prevent disruptions at military funerals. The Sanctity of Eternal Rest for Veterans, or "SERVE" Act (S.815), defines the time and place for protests at funerals, and it provides clear remedies and increased penalties when … Continue Reading


April 14, 2011

Gillibrand Urges President to Halt Deportations of Dream Act Youth

Washington, DC - U.S .Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined Majority Leader Harry Reid, Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin, and 19 of her Senate colleagues today in calling on President Obama to halt deportations of young people who qualify for the DREAM Act and grant those students and young people deferred action on deportation proceedings. Currently, tens of thousands of young people who were brought to this country by their parents and pose no threat to our national security face the … Continue Reading


April 13, 2011

Gillibrand Announces More Than $500,000 For Cortland Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $535,598 in federal funding for the Cortland Fire Department. These federal dollars will be used by the Cortland 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 Cortland," Senator Gillibrand said. "This federal investment will help improve the … Continue Reading


April 13, 2011

Gillibrand, Senate Democratic Women Call on Republicans to End Continued Assault on Women’s Health

Washington, DC-Today, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, together with Senate Democratic women, urged their Republican colleagues to vote against the upcoming resolutions that would eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood and roll back health care reform, and to end a continued legislative assault on women's health care options. The Senators highlighted the devastating impacts these resolutions would have on women and families across the country. "The election last November was not a mandate … Continue Reading


April 12, 2011

On Equal Pay Day, Gillibrand Joins Senate Colleagues In Introducing Bill To Close Pay Gap For Women

Washington, D.C. - In recognition of Equal Pay Day today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined with more than 20 of her Senate colleagues in introducing the Paycheck Fairness Act to strengthen federal pay equity laws and ensure equal pay for equal work. Equal Pay Day represents how much longer women must work, on average, to earn as much as what men earned the previous year. "As we mark yet another Equal Pay Day, it is alarming that in the 21st century, millions of women who make up half … Continue Reading


April 12, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand: New York has The Right Stuff; NASA Chooses Intrepid To Host Space Shuttle Enterprise

United States Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced today that after a year of relentless lobbying, NASA has chosen New York City, out of 20 applications nationwide, as the final home for Space Shuttle Enterprise, one of three space shuttles that are scheduled to be displayed across the country. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will be home to the Enterprise in 2012. "Fifty years ago, President Kennedy chose to go to the Moon. Today, NASA chose New York. With … Continue Reading


April 11, 2011

Gillibrand, NYPD Commissioner Kelly Call for Nationwide Wireless System to Effectively Respond to Major Crisis, Thwart Attacks

New York, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly urged Congress today to pass critical public safety legislation before the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that would create a nationwide wireless broadband network for emergency responders. The Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act would create a nationwide, interoperable wireless broadband network equipping all first responders across local, state, and federal levels with … Continue Reading


April 06, 2011

Gillibrand Announces More Than $80,000 for Brighton Fire District

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $82,442 in federal funding for the Brighton Fire District to improve equipment that is vital to firefighter safety. The funding is allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). "This is a great investment for Rochester," Senator Gillibrand said. "This federal investment will help improve the fire department's … Continue Reading


April 04, 2011

Gillibrand Joins 40 of Her Senate Colleagues to Oppose Extreme GOP Plan to End Support for Women’s Health and Family Planning Services

Washington, D.C. - U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today joined with 40 of her Senate colleagues to urge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to oppose extreme proposals by House Republicans to eliminate support for women's health and family planning programs and providers. In the letter, the Senators point out that Title X family planning program serves about five million low-income women and men at more than 4,500 health centers each year. … Continue Reading


March 31, 2011

At Gillibrand Urging, Feds Agree To Extend Deadline So Hospital Projects Can Move Forward - Billions Of Dollars For NY Hospitals Now Restored

Washington, DC - After U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) urged the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Jacob J. Lew to extend an important construction completion deadline in order to ensure that critical federal-funded projects at New York State hospitals and other health facilities can move forward, Senator Gillibrand announced today that HHS agreed to extend the construction completion deadline for 30 months. The … Continue Reading


March 30, 2011

Gillibrand Announces More Than $50,000 For Gates Fire District

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $53,123 in federal funding for the Gates Fire District to improve equipment that is vital to firefighter safety. The funding is allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). "This is a great investment for Rochester," Senator Gillibrand said. "This federal investment will help improve the fire department's equipment, … Continue Reading


March 30, 2011

Gillibrand, Crowley Introduce Resolution to Honor Geraldine A. Ferraro

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) introduced matching resolutions in the Senate and House to honor the life and accomplishments of former Congresswoman and Vice-Presidential candidate Geraldine A. Ferraro. The resolutions, which recognize Ferraro's service to Queens and New York, as well as pay tribute to her indelible impact as a trailblazer in American politics, passed the Senate by Unanimous Consent late last … Continue Reading


March 29, 2011

Gillibrand, Rangel Statement On Dedication Of New State Department Building Honoring The Late Ronald H. Brown

New York, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY) released the following statement on today's dedication of the Ronald H. Brown United States Mission to the United Nations Building. Gillibrand and Rangel passed legislation in both chambers of the U.S. Congress designating the building in Ron Brown's honor. "Dedicating the United States Mission to the United Nations building in Ron Brown's honor is a fitting tribute," said Senator Gillibrand. "Ron … Continue Reading


March 29, 2011

Gillibrand To Serve As Chair For The Subcommittee On Livestock, Dairy, Poultry, Marketing And Agriculture Security

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that she will serve as Chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, Poultry, Marketing and Agriculture Security. The first New York Senator in 40 years to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator Gillibrand also served on the House Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry while representing New York's 20 Congressional District. Senator Gillibrand will continue to work hard in the Senate to overhaul … Continue Reading


March 28, 2011

Gillibrand, Nadler, Mayor Bloomberg, Yassky, Announce New Legislative Push on Capitol Hill For Fuel -Efficient Taxi Fleets After Supreme Court Decision Grids NYC Plan To A Halt

New York, NY - Just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked a New York City program aimed to create a fuel-efficient taxi fleet, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and TLC Commissioner/Chair David Yassky stood in front of City Hall today to announce the Gillibrand-Nadler Green Taxis Act will be re-introduced in both houses of Congress this week. This federal legislation would allow all major cities to raise fuel … Continue Reading


March 24, 2011

Gillibrand Urges American Lobster Board To Keep Current Rules For Long Island Lobstermen

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand recently urged the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's (ASMFC) Lobster Management Board to keep current rules in place for Long Island lobstermen rather than issue new changes that would threaten the lobster industry and drastically limit lobstermen on amount of lobsters caught. The board is set to make their recommendation later this year. "Without sufficient and clear data being used to assess the stocks, it is impossible to … Continue Reading


March 24, 2011

Gillibrand Announces Nearly $200,000 For City Of Tonawanda Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $194,263 in federal funding for the City of Tonawanda Fire Department. These federal dollars will be used by the City of Tonawanda Fire Department for equipment vital to the firefighter's safety. The funding is allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). "This is a great investment for Tonawanda," Senator … Continue Reading


March 24, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Richardson Olmsted Complex To Receive $200,000 Grant From Interior Dept. For Roof Renovations

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Richardson Olmsted Complex has received a $200,000 grant from the Department of Interior, National Park Service (NPS) through the Save America's Treasures (SAT) grant program, for the rehabilitation of the Richardson Olmsted Complex. The grant funds will be to fund part of a slate roof replacement of the Towers Building 45 roof, estimated to cost $493,000. At the same time copper replacement of the Towers roofs … Continue Reading


March 24, 2011

Gillibrand Praises UN Decision To Create Human Rights Investigator For Iran

Washington, DC - Following today's UN Human Rights Council decision to establish a UN human rights investigator for Iran, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) released the following statement: "For the first time in over a decade, the UN Human Rights Council is finally responding to Iran's continuing, brutal abuses by appointing a special investigator. The international community is rightfully alarmed by Iran's violence overseas and oppression at home. As Americans, it is our duty to send a … Continue Reading


March 23, 2011

Gillibrand Announces Nearly $55,000 for Floyd Fire District

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $54,986 in federal funding for the Floyd Fire District. These federal dollars will be used by the Floyd Fire District for equipment vital to the firefighter's safety. The funding is allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). "This is a great investment for the Rome area," Senator Gillibrand said. "This federal … Continue Reading

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