Press Releases

April 20, 2010

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Aid On Its Way, SBA Grants LI's Request For Loans For Homeowners After March Storms Devastated The Region

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced today that the Small Business Administration (SBA) has granted Long Island's request for disaster loans for the March 12-30 storms that walloped the area. The SBA Disaster Assistance Program provides low interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, non-profit organizations to clean up from the storm. "Long Island was hit with major wind and rain storms that brought a great deal of … Continue Reading


April 20, 2010

In Honor Of Earth Day, Gillibrand Announces Legislation To Renovate Over 50 Million Buildings & Homes Nationwide, Create Nearly 320,000 New Construction Jobs, Save Millions On Energy Costs

Washington, DC - In honor of Earth Day this week, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a new effort to create jobs and improve the air we breathe and the water we drink by renovating buildings and homes across the nation to make them more energy efficient. With approximately 15 percent of construction workers out of work in New York, Gillibrand's new effort tackles two of our nation's biggest challenges: unemployment and energy consumption. The new programs called "Building STAR" … Continue Reading


April 19, 2010

Gillibrand Hails City Small Biz, Non-Profits As Environmental Champions

New York, NY - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, congratulated three city organizations for winning the 2010 Environmental Quality Award. The eco-friendly small business, non-profits, and public service initiatives - all of whom Senator Gillibrand nominated this past February - will receive the Environmental Protection Agency's prestigious honor for their commitment and significant contributions to greening the city. "I … Continue Reading


April 17, 2010

More Than One Out Every Four Construction Workers Still Out Of Work – Gillibrand, Maffei, Miner Announce Federal Legislation To Spur Renovation Of Historic Buildings In Syracuse

Syracuse, New York - With more than one out of every four construction workers still out of work across the country, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Dan Maffei, and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner today announced federal legislation that would modernize and expand tax credits to renovate historic buildings. The Community Restoration and Revitalization Act would harnesses private investment to create jobs, revitalize older communities, and promote sustainable … Continue Reading


April 16, 2010

Gillibrand, Tonko Push Legislation To Help Jumpstart Lending To Small Businesses, Create Jobs In Capital Region – Urges Senate Leaders To Include In Upcoming Jobs Package

Albany, New York - At the SEFCU headquarters, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Paul Tonko today pushed bipartisan legislation to spur small business growth and create jobs by increasing access to loans from credit unions. Senator Gillibrand promoted the Small Business Lending Enhancement Act that would increase access to credit union loans. By law, credit unions are required to limit member business lending to 12.25 percent of the credit union's total assets. Senator … Continue Reading


April 16, 2010

With Drug Use And Gang Violence Surging Across Long Island – Gillibrand Launches New Education And Prevention Strategy To Crack Down And Protect Children

Washington, DC - With drug use and gang violence on the rise and scourging Long Island communities, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today unveiled new efforts to crack down on heroin sales, drug crime, gang activity and establish new prevention and education programs to protect children in communities across New York. Standing with Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, Senator Gillibrand announced that her plan includes legislation that would give law enforcement agencies more … Continue Reading


April 15, 2010

To Stave Off Teacher Layoffs, Gillibrand Introduces New Legislation To Invest Over $235 Million In Long Island Schools – Helping Communities Hold The Line On Property Taxes

Washington, DC - With New York State facing a $1.3 billion shortfall for education, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced legislation that would invest more than $235 million into Long Island schools to keep teachers in our class rooms and help local communities hold the line on property taxes. The Keeping Our Educators Working Act would help prevent some of the 19,000 expected layoffs of teachers and support staff. "We are facing a real crisis right now in New York, and as a mother and a … Continue Reading


April 15, 2010

To Stave Off Teacher Layoffs, Gillibrand Introduces New Legislation To Invest Over $90 Million In Central New York Schools – Helping Communities Hold The Line On Property Taxes

Washington, DC - With New York State facing a $1.3 billion shortfall for education, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced legislation that would invest more than $90 million into Central New York schools to keep teachers in our class rooms and help local communities hold the line on property taxes. The Keeping Our Educators Working Act would help prevent some of the 19,000 expected layoffs of teachers and support staff. "We are facing a real crisis right now in New York, and as a mother … Continue Reading


April 15, 2010

To Stave Off Teacher Layoffs, Gillibrand Introduces New Legislation To Invest Over $165 Million In Hudson Valley Schools – Helping Communities Hold The Line On Property Taxes

Washington, DC - With New York State facing a $1.3 billion shortfall for education, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced legislation that would invest more than $165 million into Hudson Valley schools to keep teachers in our class rooms and help local communities hold the line on property taxes. The Keeping Our Educators Working Act would help prevent some of the 19,000 expected layoffs of teachers and support staff. "We are facing a real crisis right now in New York, and as a mother and … Continue Reading


April 15, 2010

To Stave Off Teacher Layoffs, Gillibrand Introduces New Legislation To Invest Over $500 Million In Nyc Schools – Helping Communities Hold The Line On Property Taxes

Washington, DC - With New York State facing a $1.3 billion shortfall for education, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced legislation that would invest more than $500 million into New York City schools to keep teachers in our class rooms and help local communities hold the line on property taxes. The Keeping Our Educators Working Act would help prevent some of the 19,000 expected layoffs of teachers and support staff. "We are facing a real crisis right now in New York, and as a mother and … Continue Reading


April 15, 2010

To Stave Off Teacher Layoffs, Gillibrand Introduces New Legislation To Invest Nearly $45 Million In North Country Schools – Helping Communities Hold The Line On Property Taxes

Washington, DC - With New York State facing a $1.3 billion shortfall for education, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced legislation that would invest nearly $45 million into North Country schools to keep teachers in our class rooms and help local communities hold the line on property taxes. The Keeping Our Educators Working Act would help prevent some of the 19,000 expected layoffs of teachers and support staff. "We are facing a real crisis right now in New York, and as a mother and a … Continue Reading


April 15, 2010

To Stave Off Teacher Layoffs, Gillibrand Introduces New Legislation To Invest Over $115 Million In Rochester-Finger Lakes Region Schools – Helping Communities Hold The Line On Property Taxes

Washington, DC - With New York State facing a $1.3 billion shortfall for education, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced legislation that would invest more than $115 million into Rochester-Finger Lakes Region schools to keep teachers in our class rooms and help local communities hold the line on property taxes. The Keeping Our Educators Working Act would help prevent some of the 19,000 expected layoffs of teachers and support staff. "We are facing a real crisis right now in New York, and … Continue Reading


April 15, 2010

To Stave Off Teacher Layoffs, Gillibrand Introduces New Legislation To Invest Over $110 Million In Western New York Schools – Helping Communities Hold The Line On Property Taxes

Washington, DC - With New York State facing a $1.3 billion shortfall for education, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced legislation that would invest more than $110 million into Western New York schools to keep teachers in our class rooms and help local communities hold the line on property taxes. The Keeping Our Educators Working Act would help prevent some of the 19,000 expected layoffs of teachers and support staff. "We are facing a real crisis right now in New York, and as a mother … Continue Reading


April 15, 2010

To Stave Off Teacher Layoffs, Gillibrand Introduces New Legislation To Invest Over $60 Million In Southern Tier Schools – Helping Communities Hold The Line On Property Taxes

Washington, DC - With New York State facing a $1.3 billion shortfall for education, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced legislation that would invest more than $60 million into Southern Tier schools to keep teachers in our class rooms and help local communities hold the line on property taxes. The Keeping Our Educators Working Act would help prevent some of the 19,000 expected layoffs of teachers and support staff. "We are facing a real crisis right now in New York, and as a mother and … Continue Reading


April 15, 2010

To Stave Off Teacher Layoffs, Gillibrand Introduces New Legislation To Invest Nearly $108 Million In Capital Region Schools – Helping Communities Hold The Line On Property Taxes

Washington, DC - With New York State facing a $1.3 billion shortfall for education, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced legislation that would invest nearly $108 million into Capital Region schools to keep teachers in our class rooms and help local communities hold the line on property taxes. The Keeping Our Educators Working Act would help prevent some of the 19,000 expected layoffs of teachers and support staff. "We are facing a real crisis right now in New York, and as a mother and a … Continue Reading


April 14, 2010

Gillibrand Introduces Legislation To Name Hornell Post Office After Hometown Hero Zachary Smith

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today introduced legislation that would rename the Post Office in Hornell after Marine Lance Cpl. Zachary Smith. "Zachary Smith is truly a hometown hero," Senator Gillibrand said. "He made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, serving with honor, integrity and dignity. Naming the Hornell Post Office after him will honor his legacy in his community." Marine Lance Cpl. Smith grew up in Hornell, New York, where he graduated high school in 2008. … Continue Reading


April 14, 2010

To Help Provide Young People With Service Opportunities, Gillibrand Announces Legislation To Expand Youth Corps Program

Washington, DC - To help provide young people with service opportunities, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced legislation that would expand Youth Corps programs throughout the nation. The Youth Corps Act of 2010 would amend the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) to establish a competitive grant program to assist states and local communities in replicating and expanding Youth Corps Programs. "During these tough economic times, we must prepare our students to become tomorrow's … Continue Reading


April 14, 2010

Senator Gillibrand Condemns Anti-Semitic Incidents In Rockland County

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today expressed outrage at the anti-Semitic threats and graffiti that took place on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day in Monsey and West Haverstraw in Rockland County. "We cannot tolerate harassment and violence motivated by bigotry and hatred in our society. The anti-Semitic acts committed on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day in Rockland County are reprehensible. Any crime motivated … Continue Reading


April 12, 2010

Kerry, Gillibrand Introduce Legislation To Strengthen America’s Cybersecurity Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today introduced legislation that will strengthen the ability of the United States to develop a clear and coordinated strategy for international cyberspace and cybersecurity policy. The bill will create the framework for coordinating our efforts with other countries to defend against cyberattacks that threaten our power stations, telecommunications systems and financial … Continue Reading


April 12, 2010

Gillibrand, Velázquez, Quinn Join White House Push To Bring Fresh Food To New York’s Underserved Communities

New York, NY - To help three million New Yorkers living in so-called "food desert" neighborhoods that have little or no access to fresh, nutritious foods, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Representative Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) were joined today by New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Councilwoman Margaret Chin (D-Manhattan), UFCW Local 1500 President Bruce Both, RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum, and PolicyLink Founder & … Continue Reading

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