Press Releases

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


May 05, 2010

In Honor Of Mother’s Day This Weekend, Gillibrand Announces New Agenda To Continue Battle Against Breast Cancer

Washington, DC - As New Yorkers pay honor to all mothers this weekend, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is announcing a new legislative agenda to battle breast cancer. On average, over 14,000 New York women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, and nearly 3,000 New York women lose their lives to breast cancer each year. Over a quarter of a million women in America were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, according to the American Cancer Society. Senator Gillibrand's new effort … Continue Reading


May 05, 2010

Gillibrand Announces $70,000 For Central New York Economic Development

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $70,000 for Central New York from the Economic Development Administration. The federal funding will be used by the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board to encourage economic development projects in Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, and Oswego Counties. "This is a great investment for Central New York," Senator Gillibrand said. "These federal dollars will help develop partnerships between the public and … Continue Reading


May 05, 2010

Gillibrand Announces $74,000 For Mohawk Valley Economic Development

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $74,000 for the Mohawk Valley from the Economic Development Administration. The federal funding will be used by the Mohawk Valley Economic Development District to encourage economic development projects in Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego, and Schoharie counties. "This is a great investment for the Mohawk Valley," Senator Gillibrand said. "These federal dollars will help develop partnerships between the public and … Continue Reading


May 05, 2010

Gillibrand Announces $70,000 For Southern Tier Economic Development

Washington, DC- U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $70,000 for the Southern Tier from the Economic Development Administration. The federal funding will be used by the Southern Tier East Regional Planning and Development Board to encourage economic development projects in Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Tioga, and Tomkins Counties "This is a great investment for the Southern Tier," Senator Gillibrand said. "These federal dollars will help develop partnerships between the public and … Continue Reading


May 03, 2010

Gillibrand To New CEO Of Merged United Airline: Don’t Cut Flights To Upstate New York

Washington, DC - With the announced merger this morning between Continental and United Airlines, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the new CEO of the merged company to not cut flights to Upstate New York. Continental and United both currently service airports in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Albany. Continental has flights out of Jamestown and Ithaca and United has flights out of Binghamton and White Plains. In her letter to CEO Jeffery Smisek, Senator Gillibrand wrote, … Continue Reading


May 03, 2010

As Ahmadinejad Attends U.N. Conference On Nuclear Non-Proliferation, Gillibrand, Leaders Call For Senate Hearings To Investigate Companies Doing Business With Iran

New York, NY - With Iran blatantly ignoring its obligations to honor a nuclear non-proliferation treaty, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and a coalition of New York leaders, including Representatives Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler, Joseph Crowley, Anthony Weiner, New York State and City officials, Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC-NY), UJA-Federation of New York and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish … Continue Reading


May 02, 2010

Senator Gillibrand Commends New York Heroes For Averting Explosion In Times Square

New York, NY - Following a failed car bomb found in Times Square yesterday evening that was defused by a heroic street vendor and New York City police, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) issued the following statement: "I want to commend all the heroes who acted quickly to avert a potential disaster in Times Square yesterday - from the T-shirt vendor who saw something and did something, to Officer Wayne Radigan, to the entire NYPD and other law enforcement professionals who worked … Continue Reading

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