Press Releases

June 28, 2011

Gillibrand, Pryor, CPSC, Consumer Advocates Applaud Strong Crib Safety Standards To Prevent Infant Deaths And Injuries

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Pryor (AR) and Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), and Commissioner Robert Adler from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), today joined consumer advocates in applauding the first day that tough new federal standards for cribs go into effect. The new, mandatory standards will stop the manufacture and sale of traditional drop-side cribs. In addition, the standard requires stronger mattress supports, more durable hardware and rigorous safety testing. The … Continue Reading

June 28, 2011

Gillibrand, Tonko Urge Feds To Approve New Food Safety Inspector At Beech-Nut To Help Grow Business

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Paul Tonko are urging the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to grant approval for a second food safety inspector for Beech-Nut Nutrition Corporation- a move that could help the thriving Capital Region business that makes nutritious infant and toddler food grow by as much as 20 percent this year. To meet the growing demand for Beech-Nut's products, the business needs to hire a second, part-time inspector at … Continue Reading

June 27, 2011

Gillibrand Calls For Historic Landmark Designation For Woodlawn Cemetery

Bronx, NY -U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) urged the U.S. Department of the Interior to designate Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx- recognized internationally as the resting place of many renowned Americans - as a National Historic Landmark. Senator Gillibrand wrote in a letter to Ken Salazar, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, "I once again would like to voice my strongest support possible for this application and hope that you can provide the final decision in an … Continue Reading

June 24, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand And Meeks Announce V.A. Abandons Plan To Allow Private Development At St. Albans Veteran's Facility

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand, and Congressman Gregory Meeks announced today that after a meeting with officials from the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) yesterday, the VA has decided to abandon its plan to allow private development at the Veterans' Facility at St. Albans. The VA, which had planned to lease out nearly half the space at the St. Albans veterans' home for private residential and commercial development, folded under … Continue Reading

June 23, 2011

Women WIN Jobs Act Means Higher Wages, More Employment Opportunities

Washington, DC - In the wake of the Supreme Court's damaging Wal-Mart employment discrimination case, Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO), Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (D-CT), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI) today introduced the Women and Workforce Investment for Nontraditional Jobs (Women WIN Jobs) Act, which would provide women with a pathway to higher paying job fields in which they are currently underrepresented. … Continue Reading

June 23, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Push To Include SUNY In National Domestic Preparedness Consortium; Reintroduce Legislation To Expand Reach of SUNY's Expertise To Emergency Personnel Nationwide

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand reintroduced legislation to make the State University of New York (SUNY) a member of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC), a partnership of several organizations meant to enhance the emergency preparedness of federal, state, local, and nongovernmental emergency responders and counter-terrorism teams. The NDPC is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency … Continue Reading

June 23, 2011

Gillibrand Applauds President For Releasing Oil From Strategic Petroleum Reserve

Washington, DC - Today, at the urging of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and her colleagues, President Obama decided to release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). In a letter earlier this year to the President, Senator Gillibrand delineated the urgency of an SPR drawdown. Gas Prices across New York are 36 percent higher than this time last year. The drawdown of 30 million barrels will help to stabilize gasoline prices. "I applaud President Obama's decision to release oil … Continue Reading

June 22, 2011

Gillibrand Statement On President Obama’s Address To The Nation On Afghanistan War

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement tonight after President Obama announced his plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Senator Gillibrand, who is one of seven co-sponsors of the Safe and Responsible Redeployment of United States Combat Forces from Afghanistan Act, traveled to Afghanistan in November of last year to meet with military commanders and troops in the field. "I want to thank … Continue Reading

June 21, 2011

Gillibrand Statement On Senate Confirmation Of Leon Panetta As Secretary Of Defense

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after voting to confirm Leon Panetta as the next Secretary of Defense: "I am proud to have voted for the confirmation of Leon Panetta who will be an outstanding Secretary of Defense. For over four decades, Leon Panetta has been an extraordinary public servant spanning several administrations. His sound judgment has made him a well respected member of the … Continue Reading

June 21, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Corning-Painted Post Airport Set To Receive Over $190,000 In Department Of Transportation Funding For Snow Removal Equipment

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that Corning-Painted Post Airport is set to receive $192,064 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funds for airport facility upgrades. Specifically, the grant will allow Corning-Painted Post Airport to acquire snow removal equipment, including a loader and snow plow, which will enhance the airport's ability to clear the airfield during adverse weather conditions. Schumer and Gillibrand applaud DOT for their work to … Continue Reading

June 21, 2011

With Jobs Growing In Advanced Manufacturing, Gillibrand Announces "Made In America" Grants To Bolster High-Tech Manufacturing In New York

Washington, D.C. - While New York has lost a total of more than 123,000 manufacturing jobs since 2005, advanced and high-tech manufacturing jobs are thriving. Computer and electronic manufacturing industries increased employment by 9 percent from 2004 to 2008. To spark more growth in high-tech manufacturing in New York and create more of these good-paying jobs right here, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced her new manufacturing agenda. Senator Gillibrand's plan creates a Made In … Continue Reading

June 21, 2011

Bipartisan Group Of Senators Calls On Veterans Affairs To Do More To Prevent Veteran Suicides

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of six Senators called on Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki to do more to stem the "unacceptable" level of suicides among veterans currently estimated to be 18 per day. The call came in a letter sent to the Administration on Friday. "Too many of our brave men and women in uniform return home from war only to struggle with the trauma of their experience and, tragically, take their own lives," Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) said Tuesday. "It is … Continue Reading

June 20, 2011

Gillibrand Statement On Supreme Court Decision to Overturn Wal-Mart Ruling

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision today to overturn the lower court's ruling that would have allowed more than one million women to proceed with a class-action discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart: "I am deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the lower court's decision and deny the largest civil rights class action suit in our history from moving forward. Pay … Continue Reading

June 20, 2011

New Crime Fighting Resources Coming To Newburgh As Schumer, Gillibrand and Hinchey Announce HIDTA Designation For Orange County

Washington, DC -- The City of Newburgh will soon receive new tools to combat the drug crime and gang violence. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) today announced that Orange County has received the federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) designation they requested and have lobbied for since May 2010. The designation, granted by President Obama's Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), will enhance … Continue Reading

June 20, 2011

Gillibrand Secures Key Committee Approval On Defense Partnership Boosting Minorities And Women In Military Leadership Positions

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced that her amendment requiring a Defense Department review of how to implement key Military Leadership Diversity Commission recommendations, including strengthening diversity among military leadership, and repealing the policy blocking women from serving in combat, was included in the FY 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. "More than sixty years after President … Continue Reading

June 16, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand, Hanna Call On Army Corps To Quickly Approve Mohawk Valley Edge's Appeal - Development Group Needs Removal Of Roadblock To Potential Chip Fab Site

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, along with U.S. Representative Richard Hanna, called on the Army Corps of Engineers to swiftly consider and approve Mohawk Valley EDGE's appeal to have Special Condition No. 1 removed from their site development permit. The appeal, filed this week, asks USACE to issue a new permit without the burdensome provision that is preventing site preparation. USACE has previously issued a permit to the Mohawk Valley Economic Development … Continue Reading

June 15, 2011

Gillibrand Secures Approval of $20 Million for Schenectady Army Reserve Center from Key Senate Committee

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced that a key Senate Panel has fully authorized $20 million for the construction of a new Army Reserve Center in Schenectady. The new facilities would allow for state-of-the-art, high security military and counter-terrorism training. "This is a great investment for Schenectady," said Senator Gillibrand. "This federal funding would allow the Army Reserve to better train soldiers … Continue Reading

June 15, 2011

Gillibrand Secures Approval of Nearly $54 Million for Fort Drum

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced that a key Senate Panel has fully authorized $53.7 million for the construction and upgrading of several facilities at Fort Drum. These facilities would help address a variety of shortages that have occurred as the base's population and mission have grown over the past years. "This is a great investment for Fort Drum and would help upgrade our military facilities while creating … Continue Reading

June 15, 2011

Gillibrand Secures Key Senate Committee Approval for an Army Reserve Installation at Fort Wadsworth

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced that a key Senate Panel has fully authorized $18.55 million for Staten Island Army Reserve Center at Fort Wadsworth. The project would upgrade the three-building complex, improving training, boosting military recruitment, and lessening the travel burden on New York reservists. "This is great news for Staten Island," Senator Gillibrand said. "Building the Army Reserve Center … Continue Reading

June 15, 2011

100 of NYC’s African-American Faith-Based Community Leaders Arrive in Washington for 2nd Annual Gillibrand Legislative Summit

Washington, DC - Today, 100 of New York City's African-American faith-based community leaders arrived in Washington, DC to attend U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's second annual Legislative Summit. The summit, titled "A New Day, A New Revelation, A New Budget Reality: A Game Plan for Faith Based Institutions" was attended by more than 170 leaders from across the state representing faith-based groups, churches and organizations serving African-American communities. "During this time of … Continue Reading

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