Press Releases

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


February 23, 2011

Gillibrand Praises Obama Administration’s Decision to No Longer Defend DOMA in Court

Washington D.C. - After U.S. Attorney General Holder's announcement today that the Department of Justice, at the instruction of President Obama, will no longer defend Section 3 of Defense of Marriage Act lawsuits in court, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a leading voice in the Senate to repeal DOMA, released the following statement: "Sexual orientation discrimination has no place in American law. I commend the Obama administration for upholding this American value today by concluding this … Continue Reading


February 22, 2011

22% Of Young Vets Out Of Work – Gillibrand Hosts Important Roundtable With Long Island Veterans And Business Leaders To Find Solutions

Farmingdale, NY - With 22 percent of young veterans out of work, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today held an important roundtable meeting with Long Island veterans and business leaders at Farmingdale State College to discuss solutions. Senator Gillibrand, who began work on the Senate Armed Services Committee this month, discussed her plans to provide tax credits for businesses who hire vets, provide more job training for veterans, and establish better methods to prepare troops that are … Continue Reading


February 22, 2011

More Than 300 Vets From Iraq & Afghanistan Out Of Work In Westchester And Rockland Counties – Gillibrand Hosts Important Roundtable With Local Veterans And Business Leaders To Find Solutions

Dobbs Ferry, NY - With more than 300 veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan out of work in Westchester and Rockland Counties, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today held an important roundtable meeting with veterans and business leaders at Mercy College to discuss solutions. Senator Gillibrand, who began work on the Senate Armed Services Committee this month, discussed her plans to provide tax credits for businesses who hire vets, provide more job training for veterans, and establish … Continue Reading


February 18, 2011

Gillibrand Statement On U.S. Veto Of U.N. Resolution On Israel

Washington, DC - After the U.S. vetoed an anti-Israeli resolution at the U.N. Security Council today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) released the following statement: Today, when a resolution that could have damaged the fragile Middle East peace process was offered at the United Nations Security Council, the United States did the right thing and stood up for a consistent and principled position. Issues involved in the peace process can only be resolved by the two parties negotiating … Continue Reading


February 18, 2011

More Than 800 Vets From Iraq & Afghanistan Out Of Work In Capital Region – Gillibrand Hosts Important Roundtable With Local Veterans And Business Leaders To Find Solutions

Albany, NY - With more than 800 veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan out of work in the Capital Region, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today held an important roundtable meeting with veterans and business leaders in Albany to discuss solutions. Senator Gillibrand, who began work on the Senate Armed Services Committee this month, discussed her plans to provide tax credits for businesses who hire vets, provide more job training for veterans, and establish better methods to prepare troops … Continue Reading


February 18, 2011

23 Year-Old Haitian Amputee Begins Life-Saving Recovery After Gillibrand, Engel Help Extend His U.S. Stay

Rockland, NY - A 23 year-old Haitian engineer, who was trapped under a collapsed school in Haiti and underwent an amputation of his left leg, faced the threat of ending his medical recovery in the U.S. and returning to Haiti after his humanitarian parole was set to expire this week. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee (D-Suffern) announced today they have secured a one-year extension allowing Ralph-Marie Gedeon to continue … Continue Reading


February 18, 2011

Gillibrand Statement On House Passage Of Pence Amendment

Washington, DC - After the House voted today to pass Representative Mike Pence's (R-IN) amendment slashing critical funding for women's health services, including cancer screenings and standard contraception through Title X, U.S. Senator Gillibrand (D-NY) released the following statement: "When we should all be focused on creating jobs and growing our economy, House Republicans are mounting an egregious, ideological effort to please their base and threaten the lives of women and girls. … Continue Reading

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