Press Releases

May 14, 2010

Gillibrand To NYS: To Access Federal High Speed Rail Funding, We Need New Project Manager

Washington, D.C. - To make sure New York continues moving forward on developing high speed rail across the state and doesn't miss out on any available federal funding, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling on the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) to appoint a new high speed rail project manager. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has agreed to designate a top staff member to facilitate an agreement between New York State and CSX. But New York's high speed rail … Continue Reading


May 13, 2010

During Tough Economic Times, Senator Gillibrand Fights For Federal Loan Dollars To New York’s Family Farms

Washington, DC - With farms across New York struggling during these tough economic times, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged Senate leaders to include $80 million for the Farm Service Agency (FSA) to continue its critical service through the Farm Operating and Farm Ownership loans program. The FSA makes direct and guaranteed farm ownership and operating loans to family-size farmers and ranchers who cannot obtain commercial credit from a bank, Farm Credit System institution, or other … Continue Reading


May 12, 2010

Gillibrand Statement On DHS Decision To Cut NYC Terror Funding

New York, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) released the following statement on news that New York City will receive millions less in anti-terror funding under the federal Transit Security Grant Program: "There is zero question that New York City remains the number one terrorist target for terrorists around the world who want to harm Americans. After the Times Square bomb attempt, we must redouble our efforts to keep New York safe and provide more homeland security funding. I am … Continue Reading


May 12, 2010

With 180,000 Western New York Households Lacking Access To The Internet, Gillibrand Introduces Amendment To Wall Street Reform That Would Protect Western New York Seniors, Families From New Bank Fees For Paper Statements

Washington, D.C. - As the U.S. Senate moves forward on legislation to protect taxpayers and set new rules of the road for banks and lenders to keep our economy stable, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing an amendment that would make sure seniors and families that do not have adequate access to the Internet are protected from new fees banks are charging for paper statements. Increasingly more banks are punishing customers with new fees when they don't switch to paperless, electronic … Continue Reading


May 12, 2010

With 70,000 Southern Tier Households Lacking Access To The Internet, Gillibrand Introduces Amendment To Wall Street Reform That Would Protect Southern Tier Seniors, Families From New Bank Fees For Paper Statements

Washington, D.C. - As the U.S. Senate moves forward on legislation to protect taxpayers and set new rules of the road for banks and lenders to keep our economy stable, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing an amendment that would make sure seniors and families that do not have adequate access to the Internet are protected from new fees banks are charging for paper statements. Increasingly more banks are punishing customers with new fees when they don't switch to paperless, electronic … Continue Reading


May 12, 2010

With 60,000 North Country Households Lacking Access To The Internet, Gillibrand Introduces Amendment To Wall Street Reform That Would Protect North Country Seniors, Families From New Bank Fees For Paper Statements

Washington, D.C. - As the U.S. Senate moves forward on legislation to protect taxpayers and set new rules of the road for banks and lenders to keep our economy stable, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing an amendment that would make sure seniors and families that do not have adequate access to the Internet are protected from new fees banks are charging for paper statements. Increasingly more banks are punishing customers with new fees when they don't switch to paperless, electronic … Continue Reading


May 12, 2010

With 150,000 Rochester-Finger Lakes Households Lacking Access To The Internet, Gillibrand Introduces Amendment To Wall Street Reform That Would Protect Rochester-Finger Lakes Seniors, Families From New Bank Fees For Paper Statements

Washington, D.C. - As the U.S. Senate moves forward on legislation to protect taxpayers and set new rules of the road for banks and lenders to keep our economy stable, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing an amendment that would make sure seniors and families that do not have adequate access to the Internet are protected from new fees banks are charging for paper statements. Increasingly more banks are punishing customers with new fees when they don't switch to paperless, electronic … Continue Reading


May 12, 2010

With 285,000 Long Island Households Lacking Access To The Internet, Gillibrand Introduces Amendment To Wall Street Reform That Would Protect Long Island Seniors, Families From New Bank Fees For Paper Statements

Washington, D.C. - As the U.S. Senate moves forward on legislation to protect taxpayers and set new rules of the road for banks and lenders to keep our economy stable, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing an amendment that would make sure seniors and families that do not have adequate access to the Internet are protected from new fees banks are charging for paper statements. Increasingly more banks are punishing customers with new fees when they don't switch to paperless, electronic … Continue Reading


May 12, 2010

With 250,000 Hudson Valley Households Lacking Access To The Internet, Gillibrand Introduces Amendment To Wall Street Reform That Would Protect Hudson Valley Seniors, Families From New Bank Fees For Paper Statements

Washington, D.C. - As the U.S. Senate moves forward on legislation to protect taxpayers and set new rules of the road for banks and lenders to keep our economy stable, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing an amendment that would make sure seniors and families that do not have adequate access to the Internet are protected from new fees banks are charging for paper statements. Increasingly more banks are punishing customers with new fees when they don't switch to paperless, electronic … Continue Reading


May 12, 2010

With 140,000 Central New York Households Lacking Access To The Internet, Gillibrand Introduces Amendment To Wall Street Reform That Would Protect Central New York Seniors, Families From New Bank Fees For Paper Statements

Washington, D.C. - As the U.S. Senate moves forward on legislation to protect taxpayers and set new rules of the road for banks and lenders to keep our economy stable, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing an amendment that would make sure seniors and families that do not have adequate access to the Internet are protected from new fees banks are charging for paper statements. Increasingly more banks are punishing customers with new fees when they don't switch to paperless, electronic … Continue Reading


May 12, 2010

With 140,000 Capital Region Households Lacking Access To The Internet, Gillibrand Introduces Amendment To Wall Street Reform That Would Protect Capital Region Seniors, Families From New Bank Fees For Paper Statements

Washington, D.C. - As the U.S. Senate moves forward on legislation to protect taxpayers and set new rules of the road for banks and lenders to keep our economy stable, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing an amendment that would make sure seniors and families that do not have adequate access to the Internet are protected from new fees banks are charging for paper statements. Increasingly more banks are punishing customers with new fees when they don't switch to paperless, electronic … Continue Reading


May 12, 2010

With 950,000 New York City Households Lacking Access To The Internet, Gillibrand Introduces Amendment To Wall Street Reform That Would Protect New York City Seniors, Families From New Bank Fees For Paper Statements

Washington, D.C. - As the U.S. Senate moves forward on legislation to protect taxpayers and set new rules of the road for banks and lenders to keep our economy stable, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing an amendment that would make sure seniors and families that do not have adequate access to the Internet are protected from new fees banks are charging for paper statements. Increasingly more banks are punishing customers with new fees when they don't switch to paperless, electronic … Continue Reading


May 10, 2010

Gillibrand Statement On Solicitor General Elena Kagan As Next Supreme Court Justice

Washington, D.C. - As President Obama announces his choice of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to be the next United States Supreme Court Justice, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement applauding the President's selection: "I am thrilled to see another brilliant New York woman nominated to the Supreme Court. New Yorkers dream big, and nobody tells us what we can't achieve, which is why so many women have excelled from entrepreneurs and academics to scientists and … Continue Reading


May 10, 2010

Gillibrand To USDA: Get Trans Fats Out Of School Meals

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the first New Yorker to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in nearly 40 years and a strong partner with First Lady Michelle Obama working to combat child obesity, today wrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack urging him to follow recommendations made by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and remove all artificial trans-fats from school meals. Senator Gillibrand has been pushing legislation to rid trans-fats … Continue Reading


May 06, 2010

Gillibrand: No Taxpayer-Funded Bailouts For Big Oil Companies

Washington, D.C. - As BP continues to work to stop and clean up a series of leaks spewing crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, is joining with her Senate colleagues urging swift passage of legislation to prevent any taxpayer-funded bailouts for Big Oil and energy companies. "After reaping record profits year after year, Big Oil companies should pay for all the damage they have caused in the Gulf," … Continue Reading


May 06, 2010

Higgins, Slaughter, Lee, Schumer & Gillibrand Announce National Institute for Occupational Health & Safety Meeting in WNY

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28), Congressman Chris Lee (NY-26), Senator Charles Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced details of an Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health meeting to be held in Western New York. The meeting comes at the request of the Western New York federal delegation who sent a letter calling for a local meeting to provide an opportunity for local radiation workers to be heard. The Board is appointed by the … Continue Reading


May 06, 2010

Gillibrand Pushes TSA To Automatically Connect No-Fly Lists With Flight Manifests, Also Wants Penalties For Airlines That Aren’t Crosschecking No-Fly Lists

Washington, D.C. - After Faisal Shahzad made it onto an airplane at John F. Kennedy Airport and nearly left the U.S. after his Times Square bombing attempt, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is urging the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to automatically synchronize federal no-fly lists with flight manifests. On the way to automation, Senator Gillibrand is pushing for fines to penalize airlines that do not check the no-fly list or submit their manifests in a timely manner. Senator … Continue Reading


May 06, 2010

At Gillibrand’s Urging, President Obama To Visit Western New York, Showing His Strong Commitment To The Region

Washington, D.C. - For the next stop on his White House to Main Street Tour, President Barack Obama will travel to Buffalo on Thursday, May 13. President Obama will discuss latest efforts in Western New York to create good-paying jobs and rebuild the economy. "I'm proud President Obama is coming to Western New York. This shows his strong commitment to the region. It is something I advocated for because I believe Western New York can play a leading role in America's economic recovery. When … Continue Reading


May 05, 2010

Gillibrand Announces Legislation To Fully Fund Securing The Cities Initiative

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced legislation to provide long-term funding for the Securing the Cities initiative that combines federal, state and local resources to protect the New York metropolitan area against the threat of a radiological or nuclear attack. Senator Gillibrand's bill is the Senate version of Rep. Peter King's (R-NY) legislation, which passed earlier this year in the House of Representatives, to permanently authorize the Securing the Cities … Continue Reading


May 05, 2010

At Gillibrand’s Urging, Senate Homeland Security Committee To Hold Hearings Next Week On Companies Doing Business With Iran

Washington, DC - Days after U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined with a coalition of New York leaders to declare Iran's attendance at Monday's conference at the United Nations a "sham" and called for Senate hearings to investigate all companies that do business with Iran, the Senate Homeland Security Committee has announced that a hearing will take place on Wednesday, May 12. Companies that do businesses with Iran's oil and gas industry … Continue Reading

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