Press Releases

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


March 23, 2011

Gillibrand Announces More Than $311,000 For Central Islip Fire District

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $311,850 in federal funding for the Central Islip Fire District. These federal dollars will be used by the Central Islip 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 Central Islip," Senator Gillibrand said. … Continue Reading


March 23, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $6 Million For Fresh Fruits And Vegetables For New York Schools

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced that the USDA is expanding funding for its Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program including allocating $6,736,788 for the New York State Department of Education's programs in New York. The Fruit and Vegetable Program provides fresh produce to low-income elementary schools. With this significant additional funding, the program will serve an additional 600,000-950,000 students nationwide, including thousands in New York. … Continue Reading


March 23, 2011

Gillibrand Announces More Than $66,000 For Arlington Fire District

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $66,719 in federal funding for the Arlington Fire District. These federal dollars will be used by the Arlington Fire District for equipment vital to improve EMT services for patients. 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 Poughkeepsie," Senator Gillibrand said. … Continue Reading


March 23, 2011

Gillibrand Statement on Bomb Attack in Jerusalem

Washington, DC - Following a bomb explosion near Jerusalem's central bus stop today which injured dozens of people, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) released the following statement: "This is a reprehensible act of terrorism against Israeli civilians. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the attack and their families. We stand with the people of Israel during this difficult … Continue Reading


March 23, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Reintroduce Legislation To Help Save Long Island's Fishing Industry By Increasing Flexibility In Arbitrary Federal Fishing Rules

Today, United States Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced they have reintroduced legislation in the Senate that will bring much-needed flexibility to the federal rules now stifling Long Island's once thriving commercial and recreational fishing industry. The bill is co-sponsored by North Carolina Senators Kay Hagan and Richard Burr. The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, as it is presently written, requires any fishery designated by the … Continue Reading


March 21, 2011

Gillibrand Stands With Long Island First Responders To Call For Upgrade To Emergency Communications Systems

Bethpage, New York - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano stood with Long Island 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 … Continue Reading

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