Press Releases

December 01, 2011

Gillibrand: New Yorkers Have Two Weeks to Apply for Disaster Assistance from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is urging New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee to file their applications for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster assistance. December 15, the deadline to apply for federal assistance, is just two weeks away, and Senator Gillibrand wants to ensure that all New Yorkers eligible for federal assistance have access to it. "Hurricane Irene and Tropical Strom Lee had a … Continue Reading


November 30, 2011

With Key Decision on Historic Landmark Status for Montauk Point Lighthouse, Gillibrand Renews Call to Approve Status for Iconic Site

Suffolk, NY - With a key decision this week on whether or not to designate the Montauk Point Lighthouse as a National Historic Landmark, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today renewed her call for the National Park Service to approve the status for the iconic lighthouse- New York State's oldest lighthouse and one of the first seacoast lighthouses authorized by Congress. The National Park System (NPS) Advisory Board Landmarks Committee will make a key recommendation this week, with final … Continue Reading


November 28, 2011

Gillibrand Announces More Than $8.5 Million to Upgrade Senior Housing in Syracuse

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, today announced an $8,587,883 Assisted Living Conversion Program (ALCP) grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for Loretto in Syracuse to support a multi-year project to renovate 39 units of affordable housing and install a full size elevator for senior citizens living at the Bernardine assisted living facility. "This is a great investment for Syracuse seniors," … Continue Reading


November 21, 2011

Gillibrand Applauds President’s Signing of Legislation to Put America’s Heroes Back to Work

Washington, D.C. - After a unanimous vote in the House last week, the President has signed the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, legislation co-sponsored by Senator Gillibrand that addresses unacceptably high rates of unemployment among veterans, including measures to incentivize their hiring and ease their transition into the work force. The bill, which passed the Senate with broad bipartisan support, aims to ensure that all troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have the necessary tools … Continue Reading


November 18, 2011

Gillibrand, Snowe, Feinstein Resolution Honoring the Life and Legacy of Evelyn H. Lauder Passes U.S. Senate

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) announced today their resolution honoring the life and legacy of Evelyn H. Lauder, a world-renowned champion of breast cancer research and advocate for women's health, has passed the U.S. Senate. Mrs. Lauder, who passed away this week at the age of 75, helped create the ubiquitous pink ribbon campaign which has increased breast cancer awareness around the globe. "We honor a great … Continue Reading


November 18, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Fight to Protect Farmers Health Insurance Through Dairy and Farmer Co-Ops

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today are calling on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to help protect Upstate New York farmers' access to health care through dairy and farmer cooperatives. In a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Dr. Donald Berwick, the senators asked CMS to consider allowing farmers who are eligible for the new Health Reform law health insurance subsidies to be able to purchase their … Continue Reading


November 18, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Final Congressional Passage that Includes Billions in Disaster Aid to Help Recovery from Irene and Lee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the House and Senate have passed final legislation that includes billions of dollars in disaster funding, which would help New Yorkers recover from Tropical Storms Irene and Lee. Nearly $40 million of this funding is for New York State, as called for in the Gillibrand-Schumer amendment they fought hard to pass to help farmers recover and rebuild from the storms. "Farmers and businesses across the state can't … Continue Reading


November 18, 2011

Bipartisan Group of Senators Announce Introduction of New Bill Prohibiting Insider Trading by Members of Congress

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and a bipartisan group of Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jon Tester (D-MT), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) today announced the introduction of their new STOCK Act legislation to prohibit members of Congress from engaging in insider trading. The legislation redefines insider trading to include knowledge gained from Congressional work and service, … Continue Reading


November 17, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority set to Receive Over $300,000 in DOT Funding for Energy Saving Operations

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority (RGRTA) is set to receive $352,140 in funding from the Department of Transportation (DOT) FY 2011 Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) Program for the purchase of energy efficient heating and ice control systems. Specifically, RGRTA will use this investment for several energy-saving measures, including the replacement of two … Continue Reading


November 17, 2011

Gillibrand Applauds BAE Systems Decision to Stay, Keep Jobs in Southern Tier

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement today applauding BAE System's decision to remain in the Southern Tier, keeping 1,350 local jobs. "I am incredibly pleased to hear BAE Systems will remain in Binghamton. Even in the face of a difficult economy, and coping with damage from natural disasters, the Southern Tier is a place where businesses can grow and thrive," said Senator Gillibrand. "I applaud the leaders at BAE Systems for their commitment to … Continue Reading


November 17, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Call on Army Corps to Expedite Asian Carp Study to Help Keep Invasive Species Out of New York State Waterways

Washington, D.C. - To prevent the spread of Asian carp into New York's waterways through the Great Lakes, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are urging the Army Corps of Engineers to quickly investigate the effectiveness of a hydrological separation of the Chicago Area Waterway System from Lake Michigan. The effort is being included as an amendment to the Energy and Water and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. Last year, Asian carp were found just six miles from the … Continue Reading


November 16, 2011

Gillibrand, Tester, Stabenow Announce Plans to Introduce Stock Act, Prohibits Members of Congress from Engaging in Insider Trading, Increases Transparency

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), announced today with Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), all long time advocates for increasing government transparency and accountability, that they are working with several of their Senate colleagues in introducing the STOCK Act to prohibit members of Congress from engaging in insider trading. The legislation redefines insider trading to include knowledge gained from Congressional work and service, creates rules and … Continue Reading


November 16, 2011

Gillibrand Cuts through Red Tape – Binghamton Small Business Paid on Overdue Accounts by Feds

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand helped secure overdue payments from the federal government for Enviren Services Inc., a small business located in Binghamton. In 2010, Enviren received a contract from the United States Navy to support closing and relocating the Naval Weapons Research Station in Colts Neck, New Jersey. Payment from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) was due in mid October, but was never paid. With payment several weeks overdue, Enviren Services … Continue Reading


November 16, 2011

Gillibrand, McCain, Lieberman, Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Strong Resolution on Iran at Tomorrow’s IAEA Board of Governors Meeting

Washington D.C. - Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), John McCain (R-AZ), Joseph I. Lieberman (I-CT), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) released their bipartisan letter sent to President Obama today, urging the United States to seek a strong resolution concerning Iran when the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors convenes in Vienna tomorrow.  The letter comes less than a week after the Director-General of the IAEA … Continue Reading


November 15, 2011

Gillibrand Announces New “Upstate Works Act” to Create New Jobs, Set Foundation for Strong, Growing Upstate Economy

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the Upstate Works Act, legislation she wrote to put New Yorkers back to work and help create the environment for a strong and growing upstate economy. The Upstate Works Act retools New York's manufacturers for the clean energy economy, provides tax relief for family farms to diversify and expand their production, provides resources to help students and working adults get the new training they need for the jobs of the future, … Continue Reading


November 15, 2011

Schumer & Gillibrand Announce: Bill Expected to Pass This Week Contains Billions in Disaster Aid Funding to Help Recovery from Lee and Irene

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that legislation expected to clear both Houses of Congress this week includes billions of dollars in disaster funding, which would help New Yorkers recover from Tropical Storms Irene and Lee. Nearly $40 million of this funding is expected for New York State, as called for in the Gillibrand-Schumer amendment they fought to pass to help businesses and farmers recover and rebuild from the storms. "Several … Continue Reading


November 14, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Capital District Transportation Authority Set to Receive $2.5 Million in DOT Funding for Hybrid Electric Buses

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) is set to receive $2.5 Million in funding from the Department of Transportation (DOT) for the purchase of hybrid electric buses. Gillibrand and Schumer commend DOT for their work to improve transit vehicles across the state. "The Capital Region is growing through green jobs and new technologies and our public transit system must be ready to handle the load. I … Continue Reading


November 11, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $90,000 in Federal Investments for Schuyler County Veterans’ Service Agency; Investment will Implement State-Of-The-Art System that Secures Reliable Transit for Veterans

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded a Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative grant totaling $93,750 to Schuyler County Veterans' Service Agency (VSA). The grant, administered through the Federal Transit Administration, will help implement a one-call/one-click system to accommodate veterans' transit needs. Specifically, this ride reservation system will provide up to date software to … Continue Reading


November 11, 2011

On Veteran’s Day, Gillibrand Secures Posthumous Navy Cross, Purple Heart for Family of Long Island Vietnam Vet

Long Island, NY - Forty-five years after a Long Island marine died in combat in Vietnam, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, successfully secured long overdue posthumous medals for the family of Lance Corporal Richard Kaler. Standing at the North Shore LIJ Health System's Rosen Family Wellness Center, Senator Gillibrand and State Senator Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) presented the soldier's family with the following medals on Veteran's Day: … Continue Reading


November 11, 2011

After Years of Waiting, Disabled Saratoga Veteran Finally Receives $3k in Monthly Benefits After Gillibrand Comes to His Aid

Corinth, NY - After a bungled application process left a disabled 46 year-old veteran waiting years for VA benefits, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, successfully expedited Daniel Sweet's case, securing nearly $3,000 in monthly benefits for the Saratoga soldier and approximately $23,000 in retroactive benefits over the past year. Senator Gillibrand is now taking on a new fight for the veteran, pushing the Veterans Affairs to reopen Mr. … Continue Reading

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