Press Releases

May 27, 2010

Gillibrand Statement On Meeting With Solicitor General Kagan Today

Washington, DC -- U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today met with Solicitor General Elena Kagan, nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. Photos of the meeting in Senator Gillibrand's Washington office are available here. Following the meeting, Senator Gillibrand issued the following statement: "Solicitor General Kagan is clearly an extremely brilliant and strong New York woman, who is not always focused on being right, but on getting it right. I know she would bring a greater degree of dialogue … Continue Reading


May 27, 2010

Gillibrand Introduces New Legislation To Regulate 6 Deadly, Unchecked E. Coli Strains

Washington, DC - As the Senate Agriculture Committee holds a confirmation hearing for the new head of Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today is introducing new legislation to require the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to regulate the six currently unregulated strains of E. coli proven to cause food-borne illnesses. In addition to the most common form of E. coli that is already regulated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has … Continue Reading


May 26, 2010

Gillibrand, Schumer, Crowley Announce Final Passage Of Bill To Re-Name Genesee Street Post Office After Zachary Smith

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles E. Schumer announced final passage of their legislation to rename the Genesee Street Post Office in Hornell in honor of Lance Corporal Zachary Smith, who was killed while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Congressman Joseph Crowley sponsored a companion version of the legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives. "Zachary Smith is truly a hometown hero," Senator Gillibrand said. "He made the ultimate … Continue Reading


May 26, 2010

Gillibrand, Schumer, Tonko Announce Final Passage Of Martin G. ‘Marty’ Mahar Post Office Building

Washington, DC - U. S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles E. Schumer announced final passage their legislation to rename the Lasinburgh Post Office in Troy in honor of World War II Veteran Martin G. 'Marty' Mahar who passed away in 2007 after a distinguished life as a soldier, veteran and community leader. Congressman Paul Tonko sponsored a companion version of the legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives. "Marty Mahar represented the very best of Troy and all of New York," … Continue Reading


May 26, 2010

Gillibrand, Inhofe, Landrieu Introduce Proposal To Clear Legal Hurdle For Adopted Haitian Orphans To Become U.S. Citizens

Washington, DC - Approximately 1,000 Haitian orphans who left the earthquake-ravaged country for the United States before their adoptions were finalized are now facing legal limbo and fewer legal protections. U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) proposed legislation to clear the way for these adopted Haitian orphans who were granted humanitarian parole to the U.S. to become citizens. Senator Gillibrand said, "I am relieved that the Haitian … Continue Reading


May 25, 2010

Schumer, Gillibrand Unveil Bill To Restore MTA Commuter Service Cuts And Stave Off Future Fare Hikes; Would Restore Service Cuts To NYC Mass Transit, LIRR, And Metro North

United States Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand introduced today an emergency transit bill that would restore major reductions in public transit services and stave off future fare hikes imposed on commuters throughout the New York City subway system, Long Island Railroad, and Metro North Railroad. Under existing transit formulas, the NYC-NJ-CT urbanized area would be in line to receive roughly $345 million. "Mass transit is the very lifeblood of the New York and our … Continue Reading


May 25, 2010

Gillibrand Announces New Push To Extend Tax Cuts To Help NY Middle Class Save On Property Taxes, Sales Taxes, College Tuition

Washington, D.C. - On the heels of passing landmark Wall Street reform legislation last week in the U.S. Senate to establish new rules of the road to protect taxpayers and consumers, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is now pushing to pass a series of tax initiatives to help hardworking, middle class families save on property taxes, sales taxes and college tuition. The new legislation is expected to pass this week. "New Yorkers pay some of the highest taxes in the nation," Senator Gillibrand … Continue Reading


May 24, 2010

Ahead Of Memorial Day Weekend, Senator Gillibrand Announces New Effort To Help Prepare Long Island Veterans For The Jobs Of Tomorrow

Babylon, NY - Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced landmark bipartisan veteran's employment legislation that would prepare Long Island veterans for the jobs of tomorrow. Currently, more than 21 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are unemployed. The Veterans Employment Act of 2010 is the first bipartisan legislation that would address skyrocketing veteran's unemployment rates with a series of proposals to improve job training, help veterans … Continue Reading


May 23, 2010

Gillibrand, Parents Whose Children Have Died In Drop Side Cribs Call For Federal Ban, Over 1.5 Million Deadly Drop Side Cribs Recalled From Store Shelves This Year Alone

New York, NY - Earlier this month, the fifth major drop-side crib recall of 2010 resulted in hundreds of thousands of drop-side baby cribs being removed from store shelves due to deadly defects. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) stood in midtown Manhattan with two New York families whose children died from faulty cribs today to take action, calling for a federal ban on the sale, re-sale, manufacture, and distribution of all drop-side cribs. Gillibrand's legislation would also ban … Continue Reading


May 20, 2010

Gillibrand Joins Senate Colleagues To Introduce Bill To Protect LGBT Students From Bullying At School

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined Senator Al Franken and 21 of their Senate colleagues to introduce the Student Non-Discrimination Act to protect students who are (or are perceived to be) lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) from harassment, bullying, and violence at school. "All children should always feel safe and secure in our schools," said Sen. Gillibrand. "While at school to learn, some students are forced to endure harassment, violence, bullying, … Continue Reading


May 20, 2010

Gillibrand Pushes To Make Newtown Battlefield A National Park

Washington, DC -U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced legislation today to begin the process of making the Newtown Battlefield National Historic Landmark a National Park. As the site of one of the most significant victories for the Continental Army during the American Revolution, the Newton Battlefield is an important historic and cultural landmark for the people of Chemung County and New York State. "Making Newtown Battlefield a National Park is an integral part of Chemung County's … Continue Reading


May 20, 2010

Schumer, Gillibrand Call On Feds To Make It Easier For Former WNY Nuclear Workers To Get Justice And Compensation They Deserve

Today U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today released a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Director of the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) John Howard, calling for reform of the compensation program for nuclear workers at Bethlehem Steel, Linde Steel and other former New York atomic weapons production facilities. Schumer and Gillibrand had been working to reform the compensation system through legislation … Continue Reading


May 20, 2010

Gillibrand Statement On Final Passage Of Financial Stability Act

Washington, DC - Tonight, as the U.S. Senate passes the Restoring American Financial Stability Act, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement: "Today, taxpayers and middle class families are getting the protections they deserve after experiencing the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. "The Restoring American Financial Stability Act establishes new, common sense rules of the road to protect taxpayers, ensures the stability of our economy, and prevents … Continue Reading


May 19, 2010

Gillibrand Fights For New Legislation To Prevent Foreclosure For Thousands Of New Yorkers Who Are Out Of Work And Struggling To Remain In Their Homes

Washington, DC - As families across New York and across the country struggle to find work after losing their jobs for no fault of their own, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is advancing legislation to provide temporary mortgage relief for struggling families to stave off the threat of foreclosure. The Homeowners' Relief and Neighborhood Stabilization Act of 2010 would provide $3 billion for loans for up to 24 months for out of work homeowners so they can keep their families in their … Continue Reading


May 19, 2010

Senator Gillibrand Statement On Veterans’ Affairs Committee Hearing On Her Agent Orange Legislation

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement for this morning's Veterans Affairs' Committee hearing on the Agent Orange Equity Act of 2009. Click here for more information on Senator Gillibrand's legislation. "Mr. Chairman, Thank you for holding this hearing today on the Agent Orange Equity Act of 2009, legislation that I have introduced to ensure benefits for hundreds of thousands of Navy veterans who are afflicted with devastating health effects due to … Continue Reading


May 19, 2010

Gillibrand Fights For New Legislation To Prevent Foreclosure For Thousands In Hudson Valley Who Are Out Of Work And Struggling To Remain In Their Homes

Washington, DC - As families across New York and across the country struggle to find work after losing their jobs for no fault of their own, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is advancing legislation to provide temporary mortgage relief for struggling families to stave off the threat of foreclosure. The Homeowners' Relief and Neighborhood Stabilization Act of 2010 would provide $3 billion for loans for up to 24 months for out of work homeowners so they can keep their families in their homes. … Continue Reading


May 19, 2010

Gillibrand Fights For New Legislation To Prevent Foreclosure For Thousands In North Country Who Are Out Of Work And Struggling To Remain In Their Homes

Washington, DC - As families across New York and across the country struggle to find work after losing their jobs for no fault of their own, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is advancing legislation to provide temporary mortgage relief for struggling families to stave off the threat of foreclosure. The Homeowners' Relief and Neighborhood Stabilization Act of 2010 would provide $3 billion for loans for up to 24 months for out of work homeowners so they can keep their families in their homes. … Continue Reading


May 19, 2010

Gillibrand Fights For New Legislation To Prevent Foreclosure For Thousands In Rochester-Finger Lakes Region Who Are Out Of Work And Struggling To Remain In Their Homes

Washington, DC - As families across New York and across the country struggle to find work after losing their jobs for no fault of their own, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is advancing legislation to provide temporary mortgage relief for struggling families to stave off the threat of foreclosure. The Homeowners' Relief and Neighborhood Stabilization Act of 2010 would provide $3 billion for loans for up to 24 months for out of work homeowners so they can keep their families in their homes. … Continue Reading


May 19, 2010

Gillibrand Fights For New Legislation To Prevent Foreclosure For Thousands In Southern Tier Who Are Out Of Work And Struggling To Remain In Their Homes

Washington, DC - As families across New York and across the country struggle to find work after losing their jobs for no fault of their own, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is advancing legislation to provide temporary mortgage relief for struggling families to stave off the threat of foreclosure. The Homeowners' Relief and Neighborhood Stabilization Act of 2010 would provide $3 billion for loans for up to 24 months for out of work homeowners so they can keep their families in their homes. … Continue Reading


May 19, 2010

Gillibrand Fights For New Legislation To Prevent Foreclosure For Thousands On Long Island Who Are Out Of Work And Struggling To Remain In Their Homes

Washington, DC - As families across New York and across the country struggle to find work after losing their jobs for no fault of their own, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is advancing legislation to provide temporary mortgage relief for struggling families to stave off the threat of foreclosure. The Homeowners' Relief and Neighborhood Stabilization Act of 2010 would provide $3 billion for loans for up to 24 months for out of work homeowners so they can keep their families in their homes. … Continue Reading

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