Press Releases

May 01, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge FAA and Port Authority to Streamline Complaint Hotline for New Yorkers

New York - Today, U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand urged Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to work together to streamline and create one uniform complaint hotline and website for residents to voice their concerns over aircraft noise at both JFK International and LaGuardia Airports. Many Long Island and Queens residents who experience excessive jet noise do not know how best to log their complaints since each agency uses a … Continue Reading

April 27, 2012

After Touring FEMA Designated Flood Zone, Gillibrand & Miner Discuss Syracuse’s Technical Challenges to Latest FEMA Flood Maps

Syracuse, NY - U. S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Mayor Stephanie Miner today toured portions of Onondaga Creek included in the proposed Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood maps with several local residents. Mayor Miner briefed the Senator on the latest technical challenges the city will forward to FEMA by April 30, including a request for FEMA to evaluate the impact of the removal of abandoned railroad bridges over Onondaga Creek near Armory Square. In response, Senator … Continue Reading

April 27, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Naming of Geneva Post Office on Castle Street in Honor of Corporal Steven Blaine Riccione, a Brave Geneva Native & Vietnam War Veteran

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that as a result Senate-passed legislation, the Post Office at 67 Castle Street in Geneva will be renamed the "Corporal Steven Blaine Riccione Post Office." The post office renaming is in honor of Steven Riccione, a deceased Geneva native that volunteered for the Army during the Vietnam War and sacrificed his life while evacuating fellow soldiers that were wounded in battle. Schumer and Gillibrand said that today's … Continue Reading

April 27, 2012

Senator Fought to Keep New York City’s Chances Alive When Congress Tried To Scuttle Its Bid

New York, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement today as the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum welcomes the Space Shuttle Enterprise to New York City to serve as the orbiter's new permanent home. After a year of relentless lobbying along with Senator Charles E. Schumer, NASA chose New York City out of 20 other applications nationwide. In August of 2010, Gillibrand successfully stepped in and kept New York City's bid alive when members of the Senate Commerce … Continue Reading

April 27, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Key Senate Panel Approves Bill to Provide Accountability for Post-Earthquake Relief Efforts in Haiti

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today announced that a key Senate panel has passed a bill that would hold U.S. agencies accountable for the aid sent to Haiti. The bill also directs the President to report on the progress of humanitarian, reconstruction, and long-term development efforts in Haiti, including efforts to prevent the spread of cholera and treat persons infected with the disease. The bill, which passed out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, now … Continue Reading

April 26, 2012

Gillibrand Brings EDA to Syracuse Inner Harbor to Learn About $350 Million Redevelopment Project

Washington D.C.- U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today brought Economic Development Administration (EDA) officials to tour and meet with project stakeholders on the $350 million redevelopment project of Syracuse's inner harbor. The project would create a mixed use community that focuses on increasing public access to the waterfront, and developing 1.4 million occupied squared feet to be used by Syracuse University, Onondaga Community College, as well as creating 8,194 short-term jobs and … Continue Reading

April 26, 2012

VIDEO: Gillibrand Urges Senate Not to Tighten Our Belts on Backs of the Hungry at Farm Bill Hearing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Kirsten Gillibrand released the following opening statement on the Farm Bill for today's Agriculture Committee Mark-Up: "Thank you, Madam Chairwoman, for your leadership. Thank you, Ranking Member Roberts, for your leadership. Both of your dedication and extraordinary hard work has led us up to today. I do appreciate the great work you did in terms of including some of my amendments in the Manager's Package. I am particularly grateful for the investment in rural … Continue Reading

April 26, 2012

Gillibrand Announces More Than $4,000 for Fremont Volunteer Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $4,167 in federal funding for the Fremont Volunteer Fire Department to purchase new fire hoses to replace outdated hoses from the 1970's. This will allow them to respond to emergencies safely and more effectively. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. "This federal funding is so important for the Fremont Volunteer Fire Department," said … Continue Reading

April 26, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand: Senate-Passed Postal Reform Bill Would Keep Williams St. Processing Center Open for at Least Three Years if it Becomes Law – Providing Key Window to Fight for Long-Term Survival

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Senate postal reform bill that passed yesterday would keep the Buffalo Mail Processing Center open for at least three years if it becomes law. Schumer and Gillibrand pushed for the provision to keep this facility open as part of S. 1789, the 21st Century Postal Service Act, which reforms the Postal Service and identifies cost savings to keep the Postal Service strong. It passed the Senate 62 to 37. In February, … Continue Reading

April 25, 2012

Gillibrand, Lieberman, Udall Urge Department of Defense to Streamline Process to Correct Discharge Documents for Veterans Dismissed Under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Joseph Lieberman, and Mark Udall today urged the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to streamline their process for veterans discharged under Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) to have their discharge documents changed so that it is easier for veterans to gain employment. In their letter to DOD Secretary Leon Panetta, the Senators urged him to expedite the creation of a process that would streamline the process for these veterans who were discharged … Continue Reading

April 25, 2012

Senators Gillibrand, Brown to DOD: Maintain Civilian Workforce Before Awarding More Costly Private Contracts

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Sherrod Brown today led 26 senators on a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urging the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to implement sourcing and workforce management laws, and to use civilian personnel where possible as opposed to awarding more costly private contracts. The senators are urging the Department to make sourcing decisions based on merit, and urge against using contract … Continue Reading

April 25, 2012

Gillibrand Introduces Legislation to Rid NYC Airports of Bird Strikes by Cutting Through Federal Bureaucratic Red Tape

Washington D.C. - After another plane departing from a New York area airport was struck by geese last night forcing an emergency landing, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, introduced new legislation today that would cut bureaucratic red tape between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and National Park Service (NPS) allowing for the swift removal of Canada geese currently posing a public safety risk at major New York airports. Since the … Continue Reading

April 24, 2012

Gillibrand Urges Air Canada to Land at Long Island MacArthur Airport

Islip, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today urged Air Canada to come to Long Island MacArthur Airport (LIMA) and create a Long Island-Toronto flight service route after recent reports that Air Canada may be considering expansion. Senator Gillibrand touted the advantages Air Canada would have from serving nearly two million travelers in the airport's immediate area and the accessibility that MacArthur airport would offer. Senator Gillibrand wrote in a letter to Air Canada CEO … Continue Reading

April 24, 2012

Gillibrand Calls for Historic Register Listing for Kenmore-Tonawanda Municipal Building

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged National Park Service (NPS) to include the Kenmore-Tonawanda Municipal Building on the National Registry of Historic Places. This designation would increase tourism profits while preserving the historic architectural tradition of Western New York. "Western New York is home to some of the most historic architecture in the country," Senator Gillibrand said. "Giving the Kenmore-Tonawanda Municipal Building historic status would help … Continue Reading

April 23, 2012

Gillibrand: NYU-Poly Applied Sciences Campus in Downtown Brooklyn is a Winning Idea for NYC

New York, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today commended the launch of the new partnership among New York City, New York University and The Polytechnic Institute of New York University to create a new applied sciences campus in Downtown Brooklyn, with a preferred location of the underutilized building at 370 Jay Street. In a December letter to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, the Senator applauded his administration for the successful Applied Science New York competition that resulted in … Continue Reading

April 23, 2012

Gillibrand, Schumer, Brown Praise President's Executive Order to Impose Sanctions Against Syria and Iran

Washington, DC - United States Senators Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Charles E. Schumer and Sherrod Brown today praised President Obama's executive order to impose sanctions against the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad and the government of Iran. The executive order comes after the Senators introduced a similar measure against Syria, which passed a key Senate committee in February. In the face of the Syrian government's violent and bloody crackdown on opposition protestors in the country, the … Continue Reading

April 19, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Reveal Plan to Name Buffalo Federal Courthouse After Robert H. Jackson, Supreme Court Justice From WNY, Famous for Role in Nuremberg Trials

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand reveal their plan to name the Buffalo Federal Courthouse after Robert H. Jackson, the distinguished Supreme Court Justice raised in Jamestown, famous for his role as chief prosecutor in the international Nuremberg Trials. Ahead of the official May 3rd dedication ceremony, Schumer and Gillibrand will introduce Senate legislation for the Courthouse to be named after Robert Jackson who began his legal career in a Jamestown firm and … Continue Reading

April 17, 2012

Following Year of Unprecedented Natural Disasters, Gillibrand Fights to Protect Investments that Help New York Communities Increase Preparedness, Reduce Costs, Damage of Disasters

Washington D.C. - Following a year of disaster declarations in 41 of New York's 62 counties, including back to back tropical storms, the Department of Homeland Security budget faces devastating cuts to funding for the National Pre-Disaster Mitigation Fund, which supports efforts to reduce the cost and damage of disasters. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today is urging Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Committee leaders to protect this important funding, as well as investments in the … Continue Reading

April 13, 2012

Standing at Werecycle! in Mount Vernon, Gillibrand Announces Legislation to Promote Domestic Recycling of Electronic Waste, Combat Dangerous Handling of E-Waste Overseas

Mount Vernon, NY - Standing at one of Westchester County's largest electronic waste recycling facilities, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced legislation to promote domestic recycling of electronic waste. The Responsible Electronics Recycling Act would grow the domestic electronic recycling industry by limiting the export of electronic waste to countries that disregard the environmental impacts of their practices and exploit their workers. While many countries have laws in place to … Continue Reading

April 13, 2012

Gillibrand, Israel Host Protect Long Island Sound Roundtable

Oyster Bay, NY - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Steve Israel hosted a Protect the Long Island Sound roundtable with local stakeholders at the Sagamore Yacht Club. Federal funding for restoration and stewardship programs to protect Long Island Sound expired at the end of 2011. Senator Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Rep. Israel, a co-chair of the Long Island Sound Caucus, introduced legislation last month to support the … Continue Reading

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