Press Releases

March 14, 2011

Gillibrand Announces Nearly $1.5 Million for Port of Rochester

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,450,000 in federal funding for boating infrastructure projects in Rochester. These federal dollars will be used to add 64 transient slips with dockside utilities, create a deep-draft safe harbor, create an access point for the city of Rochester, and provide boater services and education on Lake Ontario. The funding is allocated through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program. "This is a … Continue Reading


March 10, 2011

As White House Convenes Anti-Bullying Summit, To Gillibrand, Senate Colleagues Introduce Bill To Protect LGBT Students From Bullying At School

Washington, DC - As President Obama convenes a White House Summit on anti-bullying, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today joined with a coalition of 21 Senate colleagues to introduce the Student Non-Discrimination Act, legislation to protect students who are -- or are perceived to be -- lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) from harassment, bullying, and violence at school. "All children should always feel safe and secure in our schools," said Sen. Gillibrand. "While at school to … Continue Reading


March 10, 2011

Gillibrand Announces Watkins Glen Central School District Chosen For National Innovative Educational Pilot Program

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Greater Southern Tier Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (GST BOCES) in Watkins Glen has been chosen as one of twenty national projects eligible for up to $170,000 in funding allocated through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and its "Learning On-The-Go" wireless pilot program. These federal dollars will be used by the GST BOCES for its Mobile Learning Device Project. "Education is one of the most … Continue Reading


March 10, 2011

Gillibrand Announces Nearly $70,000 For Barnard Fire District

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $67,140 in federal funding for the Barnard Fire Department. These federal dollars will be used by the Barnard 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 Greece," Senator Gillibrand said. "This federal … Continue Reading


March 10, 2011

Gillibrand Announces Nearly $1 Million For Utica Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $956,006 in federal funding for the Utica Fire Department. These federal dollars will be used by the Utica Fire Department to hire additional firefighters. 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 Utica," Senator Gillibrand said. "This federal investment will help improve the fire department's … Continue Reading


March 10, 2011

Gillibrand Announce Stewart Air National Gaurd Base To Keep New C-17 Mission

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced that the Air Force has completed their environmental assessment and concluded that Stewart Air National Guard Base is its preferred choice for a C-17 mission that will boost the 105th Airlift Wing's ability to provide trans-Atlantic flights to service members abroad. The move will help ensure the base's continued strategic importance enabling it to continue as one of the Lower … Continue Reading


March 09, 2011

Gillibrand Announces Nearly $100,000 For Niskayuna Fire Department 2

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $92,625 in federal funding for the Niskayuna Fire Department 2. These federal dollars will be used by the Niskayuna Fire Department 2 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 Niskayuna," Senator Gillibrand said. "This … Continue Reading


March 08, 2011

Car Crashes Number One Killer Of American Teens - Gillibrand, Bishop, NY Family Announce New National Safety Plan

Washington, DC - With car accidents the number one cause of death among teenagers in America, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Tim Bishop today announced a new national plan to make our roads safer and save lives. Senator Gillibrand and Congressman Bishop are introducing the Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection (STAND UP) Act, legislation to set national standards for states to implement Graduated Drivers License (GDL) programs that prepare teens to be safe, … Continue Reading


March 04, 2011

Gillibrand Statement On Speaker Boehner's Move To Defend Unconstitutional DOMA Law

Washington, DC - After House Speaker John Boehner announced earlier today that he is taking action to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who urged Speaker Boehner this week not to waste taxpayer money defending the unconstitutional law, issued the following statement: "I am disappointed that Speaker Boehner has decided to waste taxpayers money by initiating action in the House to defend the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act. At this critical … Continue Reading


March 04, 2011

Gillibrand, Kerry, Leahy, Lautenberg, Menendez Move To Reduce Backlog Of Visas For Haitians Struggling To Reunite With Their Families

Washington, DC -U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), John Kerry (D-MA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) announced today that they reintroduced legislation that would allow an estimated 35,000 Haitians who already have approved immigration petitions to join their relatives in the United States. The HELP Act would also provide the opportunity to apply for work, and send money back home. The bill, authored by Senator Gillibrand, would fast-track … Continue Reading


March 04, 2011

Gillibrand, Kyl Lead Bipartisan Coalition Of 25 Members Of Congress Calling For Int'l Atomic Energy Agency To Conduct Special Nuclear Inspections In Syria

Washington, DC - As Syria denies access to U.N. nuclear inspectors, and with mounting concerns over Syria's suspected nuclear activities at the Dair Alzour site and other possible locations, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) led a bipartisan effort of 25 Members of Congress today in urging Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency to bring transparency to the state of Syria's nuclear program. In advance of the IAEA's March meeting next … Continue Reading


March 03, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge Sec. Sebelius To Approve Compensation For Linde Ceramics Workers Exposed To Harmful Radiation

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand urged Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to swiftly approve the Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health's recommendation to compensate eligible retirees of Linde Ceramics facility for the illnesses caused from radiation exposure on the job. During the Cold War, employees of Linde Ceramics were exposed to radioactive materials, which then caused a variety of cancers and other injuries in … Continue Reading


March 02, 2011

With Gas Prices Expected To Skyrocket, Gillibrand Urges President to Release Oil From Strategic Petroleum Reserve

Washington, DC - With gas prices rapidly increasing due to turmoil in the Middle East, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is urging President Obama to release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). In the last year, gas prices in New York State have increased by 25 percent. This action would immediately stabilize gasoline prices which, according to the Energy Information Administration, were higher last month than in any February on record. "Gasoline prices are at an all time high this … Continue Reading


March 02, 2011

Gillibrand To House Gop: Don’t Spend Taxpayer Money Defending Unconstitutional DOMA Law

Washington, D.C. - After House Republican leadership announced yesterday they would consider taking action to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) against recent legal challenges, despite the Justice Department's finding that Section 3 of the law is unconstitutional, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is writing to House Speaker John Boehner this morning urging him not to appoint special counsel at unnecessary cost to taxpayers, while distracting from the shared goals of cutting wasteful … Continue Reading


March 01, 2011

Gillibrand Announces Laurentian Aerospace To Break Ground On Plattsburgh Facility In April

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that Laurentian Aerospace Corporation will break ground on a state-of-the-art maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Plattsburgh, New York. Laurentian secured funding for the $175 million facility designed to service wide-body aircraft. Ground breaking on the facility will take place in April at Plattsburgh International Airport. Laurentian initially plans to hire 200 to 300 employees and potentially up to 900 over … Continue Reading


March 01, 2011

Senator Gillibrand Urges FBI To Relocate Hudson Valley Office In Newburgh

Washington, DC - After a steady increase in gang and drug activity in the City of Newburgh, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today called on the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to relocate their Hudson Valley Resident Agency offices to Newburgh. A decision is expected in the next few weeks. Last May, Senator Gillibrand hosted a roundtable discussion with Congressman Maurice Hinchey, Mayor Nick Valentine, community leaders and local activists to discuss long term efforts to combat violence … Continue Reading


March 01, 2011

Gillibrand Announces Plan To Provide Support To New York Dairy Farms

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a comprehensive plan to provide immediate support for New York's dairy farmers who are facing an imminent crisis. After hearing from dairy farmers at six agricultural listening sessions across New York State in preparation for the 2012 Farm Bill, Senator Gillibrand concluded that farmers cannot wait for solutions, and that steps are needed now. The cornerstone of Senator Gillibrand's plan is overhauling the milk pricing … Continue Reading


February 25, 2011

Gillibrand Announces New Proposal To Spur Innovation And Job Creation In Corning

Corning, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a new proposal to spur innovation and job creation in the Southern Tier. At Corning, Senator Gillibrand detailed a new proposal to expand, simplify, and make permanent the Research and Development Tax Credit. With leading research institutions, cutting edge businesses, and highly-skilled entrepreneurs, New York is poised to lead America's high tech economy. More than 2,000 New York companies could take advantage of the R&D … Continue Reading


February 23, 2011

Gillibrand Announces Nearly $39,000 For Jamesport Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $38,570 in federal funding for the Jamesport Fire Department. These federal dollars will be used by the Jamesport Fire Department to purchase essential air supply equipment. This 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 Jamesport," Senator Gillibrand said. "This federal … Continue Reading


February 23, 2011

Gillibrand Announces More Than $211,000 For Albany Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $211,269 in federal funding for the Albany Fire Department. These federal dollars will be used by the Albany 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 Albany," Senator Gillibrand said. "This federal … Continue Reading

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