Press Releases

July 11, 2010

At Long Island Senate At Your Supermarket, Gillibrand Announces New Legislation To Help Small Businesses Create Jobs

Huntington, NY - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced new Senate legislation to help small businesses create good-paying jobs across Long Island. Small businesses are responsible for half of all private sector jobs and roughly 70 percent of all new jobs in the past decade. Senator Gillibrand announced her new proposal that would support entrepreneurs, incentivize investments in small businesses, and increase lending. "The number one issue on people's mind is jobs and small … Continue Reading


July 09, 2010

After Gillibrand Push, 75 Year-Old Queens Vet No Longer Faces $24,000 In Retroactive Debt Due To Veterans Affairs Accounting Error

Queens, NY - After a handicapped Queens veteran was faced with a retroactive $24,000 fine due to a Veterans Affairs error, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) helped waive the levies, preventing the 75 year-old Korean War soldier from falling into debt as he struggles to meet basic cost of living and medical expenses. Middle Village veteran Anthony Novak said, "This is such a huge weight lifted, I couldn't be happier. It was simply impossible for me to pay this debt. I thank Senator … Continue Reading


July 08, 2010

Mayor Ryan, Senator Gillibrand, Community Partners Kick Off 3rd Annual Summer Youth Employment Program At Binghamton Urban Farm Project

Binghamton, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan today joined with community partners to kick off the 2010 Summer Youth Employment Program at the Binghamton Urban Farm (BUF) Project, where one component of the Program-the Green Job Youth Corps-will be based. "For three years running, we've used CDBG funds to offer our at-risk young people vital work opportunities, including in the green jobs of tomorrow," said Mayor Ryan. "That effort is only growing, and none … Continue Reading


July 08, 2010

Senator Gillibrand Tours Southern Tier Food Bank In Elmira, Joins Local Youth Volunteers Packing Backpacks Of Fresh, Local Foods

Elmira, NY - As Congress debates the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today toured the Food Bank of the Southern Tier in Elmira and joined local youth participating in the BackPack program. As the first New York Senator in 40 years to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator Gillibrand is playing a leading role in improving the health of children and helping farmers in this difficult economy. "The BackPack Program is a clear example of a program … Continue Reading


July 07, 2010

As NYS Legislature Passes Landmark Autism Bill, Gillibrand Launches New Effort To Make Quality Autism Treatment Affordable For Families Across America

White Plains, NY - On the heels of New York State legislature's passage of landmark legislation requiring insurance companies cover autism treatment, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand launched a new effort to make quality autism treatment affordable for families. According to data released by the American Academy of Pediatrics this past fall, 1 in 91 children suffer from Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). An estimated 48,000 children across New York suffer from Autism - more than pediatric cancer, … Continue Reading


July 07, 2010

Gillibrand, Casey Push For Restoration Of Major Cuts In Federal Anti-Terror Funding

Washington, DC -U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Robert Casey (D-PA) today called for restoration of major cuts in homeland security funding for the nation's transportation and port security systems in the upcoming fiscal year 2011. Last fiscal year, anti-terror funding for each of these programs was cut by nearly $100 million from the previous year's funding level of $400 million per program. In a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee, the Senators requested funding be … Continue Reading


July 07, 2010

After New Reports That Lockerbie Bomber Still Alive, Gillibrand, Schumer, Lautenberg, Menendez Urge British Government To Investigate Release Of Libya’s Convicted Terrorist

With new reports that Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Al-Megrahi is still alive nearly a year after the cancer-stricken terrorist was released on compassionate grounds based on medical evaluation that he had only three months left to live, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) are urging the British government to conduct a full investigation into the Scottish court's decision to release the convicted terrorist. The … Continue Reading


July 07, 2010

Senator Gillibrand And Congressman Tim Bishop Join With Sustainable Long Island And Long Island Farm Bureau To Launch Seasonal Job Program For Local Students

North Bellport, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Tim Bishop joined Sustainable Long Island and the Long Island Farm Bureau to launch a new seasonal jobs program for local students in Roosevelt and North Bellport. The Community Youth Farmers' Market program will create two youth-run farmers' markets, which will create seasonal jobs for local high school students while making more fresh fruits and vegetables available in underserved communities. Senator Gillibrand is the … Continue Reading


July 06, 2010

Standing At The Thomas P. Ryan Community Center, Gillibrand And Duffy Announce New Agenda To Combat Gang Activity

Rochester, NY - Standing at the Thomas P. Ryan Community Center, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy today announced a new agenda to combat gang activity, keep at-risk youth out of gangs, and keep communities safe. According to the National Gang Intelligence Center: National Gang Threat Assessment 2009, there are as many as 3,000 gang members in the Rochester/Finger Lakes Region. Senator Gillibrand's plan invests in after school programs, increases resources for … Continue Reading


July 06, 2010

Standing At The Massachusetts Avenue Project, Gillibrand Announces New Legislation To Help Small Businesses Create Jobs Across Western New York

Buffalo, NY - Standing at the Massachusetts Avenue Project, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced new Senate legislation to help small businesses create good-paying jobs across Western New York. Small businesses are responsible for half of all private sector jobs and roughly 70 percent of all new jobs in the past decade. Senator Gillibrand announced her new proposal that would support entrepreneurs, incentivize investments in small businesses, and increase lending. "The number one … Continue Reading


July 06, 2010

Standing At The Massachusetts Avenue Project, Gillibrand Announces New Legislation To Help Small Businesses Create Jobs Across Western New York

Buffalo, NY - Standing at the Massachusetts Avenue Project, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced new Senate legislation to help small businesses create good-paying jobs across Western New York. Small businesses are responsible for half of all private sector jobs and roughly 70 percent of all new jobs in the past decade. Senator Gillibrand announced her new proposal that would support entrepreneurs, incentivize investments in small businesses, and increase lending. "The number one … Continue Reading


July 06, 2010

Maffei, Gillibrand Introduce Onondaga Lake Restoration Act

Today Representative Dan Maffei announced that he has introduced the Onondaga Lake Restoration Act to restructure the partnership currently overseeing the cleanup of Onondaga Lake. The bill would place the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in charge of the management conference, similar to the successful Lake Champlain Basin Program, and ensure participation by state and local government, local residents and environmental groups. Senator Gillibrand announced she will also introduce a … Continue Reading


July 02, 2010

26 Senators Launch Effort To Bring World Cup To U.S.

Washington, DC - After the U.S. World Cup team won the hearts and minds of Americans everywhere with a captivating performance in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is leading a bipartisan coalition of 26 U.S. Senators in an effort to support America's bid to host the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup. Home to some the world's best and largest sporting venues, an American World Cup could draw record-breaking audiences, and hosting the largest stage of the world's most … Continue Reading


July 01, 2010

With Thousands Of New Veterans Suffering From Post Traumatic Stress Disorder And Traumatic Brain Injury, Gillibrand Announces New Efforts To Improve Treatment And Monitoring

Washington, DC - With thousands of new veterans experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) symptoms in the weeks, months and years after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is announcing new measures to bolster monitoring and treatment for men and women in uniform and new veterans. Senator Gillibrand's legislative agenda focuses on getting the bureaucracies at the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Veterans … Continue Reading


June 30, 2010

Gillibrand, Lieberman, Dodd, & Schumer Announces Key Senate Panel Passes Legislation To Protect Long Island Sound, An EPA “Imparied Water Body”

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Joe Lieberman, Christopher Dodd, and Charles E. Schumer today announced key Senate panel passage of legislation to bring federal dollars to support the restoration of Long Island Sound. The Sound borders New York and Connecticut, with 8 million people living on the coast and 20 million people living within 50 miles. Although decades of overdevelopment, pollution, dumping of dredged … Continue Reading


June 29, 2010

Gillibrand, Jewish Leaders Demand Hamas Abide By International Law, Allow Red Cross To Visit Israeli Soldier Gilad Shalit After 4th Anniversary Of His Abduction

Washington, DC - Following the fourth anniversary of Hamas' abduction of a 23 year-old Israeli soldier, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC-NY) demanded that Hamas allow the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to visit Gilad Shalit, who is being denied basic human rights in a Hamas jail and has been completely cut off from communication with his family. The ICRC has been allowed to visit nearly everyone detained in … Continue Reading


June 25, 2010

After Asian Carp Found Within Six Miles Of Great Lakes, Gillibrand Demands Swift Action To Stop Spread Of Species

Washington, D.C. - Just days after Asian carp was found six miles from the Great Lakes, U.S. Senator Gillibrand is demanding swift action to stop the spread of the species. Senator Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today again urged the federal government to temporarily close the O'Brien and Chicago Locks as a temporary management solution to stop the spread of Asian carp, which are making their way into the Great Lakes and toward New York's … Continue Reading


June 24, 2010

Gillibrand Announces Senate Passage Of Tough New Sanctions Against Iran

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today announced Senate passage of new legislation that allows President Obama to block contracts for companies that do business with Iran and enforce tough penalties against any companies that falsely claim they do not conduct business with Iran's energy sector. The legislation, which was passed by a vote of 99 to 0, will also place tough sanctions against the sale of gasoline to Iran and … Continue Reading


June 23, 2010

Schumer, Gillibrand And Owens Urge Dhs Secretary To Address Northern Border Narcotics Trafficking At Upcoming Summit With Canadian Public Safety Minister

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Bill Owens announced that they have written a personal letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, asking her to use an upcoming summit with her Canadian counterpart, the Minister of Public Safety, to develop a comprehensive approach to stemming the exploitation of Indian Reservations on the northern border by narcotics traffickers. Next month, Napolitano is scheduled to meet with Vic … Continue Reading


June 23, 2010

Gillibrand, Senate Colleagues Urge Obama Administration To Investigate Gaza Flotilla Group Ties To Terrorists, Determine Whether Group Should Be Added To Foreign Terrorist List

Washington, DC - After last month's Israeli naval blockade, which intercepted a six-ship flotilla to Gaza, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), along with more than 80 senators, affirmed their support for Israel's right to self-defense, questioned United Nations bodies which unfairly criticized Israel before all of the facts are known, and called on the Obama Administration to determine whether or not an organizer of the flotilla, the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), should be … Continue Reading

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