Press Releases

August 12, 2011

At Bombardier, Gillibrand Announces “Made In America” Grants To Bolster High-Tech Manufacturing For New York

Plattsburgh, NY - 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

August 10, 2011

Hinchey, Gillibrand Urge U.S. Postmaster General to Maintain Full Operations at Mid Hudson Mail Processing Facility in Newburgh

Newburgh, NY -- Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) this week urged U.S. Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe to maintain and continue full mail sorting operations at the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) facility in Newburgh, New York. The lawmakers sent a letter yesterday to Donahoe in response to a current study that the U.S. Postal Service is conducting to potentially consolidate mail sorting operations at the Mid Hudson General Mail Facility (GMF) in … Continue Reading

August 10, 2011

Gillibrand Urges Feds To Support NYC’s Formal Challenge To 2010 Census Figures

New York, NY - After Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg submitted New York City's initial submission to the U.S. Census Bureau formally challenging new 2010 figures released earlier this year that appear to significantly undercount New York City communities, particularly in Queens and Brooklyn - two of the city's most populous boroughs, U. S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) wrote to Dr. Robert Groves, Director of the U.S. Census Bureau, in support of the City's challenge. New York City is … Continue Reading

August 07, 2011

Gillibrand Statement On The Passing Of Former Governor Hugh Carey

New York, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) released the following statement on the passing of former New York Governor Hugh Carey: "Today, we mourn the loss of Governor Hugh Carey, an extraordinary public servant who loved New Yorkers with all of his heart. The way he brought people together to lead our great state through an economic crisis and rescue New York City from the brink of financial collapse should serve as an inspiration for all elected officials today. My thoughts and … Continue Reading

August 04, 2011

Gillibrand, Hoeven Fight To Protect Consumers, U.S. Honey Industry From Mislabeled Products

Washington, D.C. - With deceptive manufacturing practices by foreign companies threatening domestic honey producers, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and John Hoeven called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to implement a national standard of identity for honey. While New York and North Dakota's honey producers generated $53.4 million in sales in 2009, producers have been strained as cheap, adulterated honey from abroad has inundated the U.S. market. "New York has some of the nation's … Continue Reading

August 03, 2011

Gillibrand Launches Effort To Make Newtown Battlefield A National Park

Washington, DC -U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced legislation to begin the process of making the Newtown Battlefield National Historic Landmark a National Park. As the site of a critical victory for the Continental Army during the American Revolution, the Newtown 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 economic development, … Continue Reading

August 03, 2011

Gillibrand Fights To Arm Local Law Enforcement With More Resources To Protect Ny Communities, Families

Washington, D.C. - To help relieve the strain of tight local budgets on New York's law enforcement agencies, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is co-sponsoring the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Improvements Act, legislation to strengthen resources for local law enforcement, giving them more of the tools they need to protect local communities and keep New Yorkers safe. "Law enforcement agencies across New York have been squeezed by budget cuts, forced to lay off critical … Continue Reading

August 02, 2011

Blumenthal, Gillibrand, Brown Introduce Legislation Outlawing Discriminatory Hiring Practices

Washington, D.C. -- Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) today introduced the Fair Employment Opportunity Act of 2011, legislation that will make it illegal for employers and employment agencies to unfairly discriminate against unemployed job seekers, a counterproductive practice that persists in spite of high unemployment rates. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) are original co-sponsors of the legislation and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT, 3rd District) has … Continue Reading

August 02, 2011

Gillibrand Statement On Senate Vote

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement today after casting her vote in the Senate against the Budget Control Act: "I strongly believe America must reduce its debt and rein in federal spending. Earlier this week, I supported over $2 trillion in spending cuts without additional revenues, and last December I voted to roll back the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans that are blowing a hole in the deficit. However, I do not believe this proposal … Continue Reading

August 02, 2011

Senators Gillibrand And Hatch Introduce Aggressive Measure To Strengthen Global Cybersecurity And Protect America

Washington, D.C. - With the growing cost of cybercrime in America and across the globe, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) today introduced the International Cybercrime Reporting and Cooperation Act - bipartisan legislation that takes aggressive action to combat cybercrime against America and foster cooperation with other countries. "Cybercrime must be a top priority for our national security," Senator Gillibrand said. "If we're going to protect our networks, our … Continue Reading

August 02, 2011

With Growing Violence In Syria, Gillibrand, Kirk, Lieberman Call For Tough, New Sanctions Against Syria

Washington, DC - With Syrian government forces launching a new wave of violence against civilians this week killing more than 125 protestors, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Mark Kirk (R-IL), and Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) will introduce the Syria Sanctions Act of 2011 this week - new bipartisan legislation that would establish tougher U.S. sanctions against Syria and hold President Bashar al-Assad's regime accountable for its human rights abuses. Under this bill, the President would be … Continue Reading

August 01, 2011

Gillibrand Statement On Rep. Giffords’ Inspiring Return To The House Floor

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement after Congresswomen Gabrielle Giffords' inspiring return to the House of Representatives floor to vote earlier this evening: "I had tears of joy seeing Gabby on the floor tonight where she belongs. Gabby is a fighter and I always knew this day would come. She continues to inspire the nation with her strength and … Continue Reading

August 01, 2011

Gillibrand Announces $197,500 Grant For Weeksville Heritage Center

Brooklyn, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced today $197,500 in federal funding for the Weeksville Heritage Center to provide low-income Brooklyn residents with access to fresh, healthy food and nutrition education while keeping with Central Brooklyn's African American gardening and cooking traditions. Funding was awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). "It's important to keep Brooklyn communities green and healthy," Senator Gillibrand said. "Federal funding … Continue Reading

August 01, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Push Feds To Grant Individual Disaster Assistance In Wake Of April Storms & Flooding

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand wrote to President Obama and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, urging them to reverse an earlier decision to deny New York counties individual assistance in the wake of flooding from April storms. Schumer and Gillibrand believe the damage from these storms should make Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Herkimer, Oneida, Onondaga, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Tompkins, Warren, Washington, and Yates counties eligible for … Continue Reading

July 29, 2011

Gillibrand, Senate Colleagues Urge Major Airlines To Pass Expired Tax Savings Along To Travelers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today joined with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Finance Committee members Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.), Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), as well as Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) to call on major U.S. airlines to reduce airfares and pass the cost savings from temporarily expired aviation taxes onto travelers. In a letter to United Continental, American, Delta, US Airways, … Continue Reading

July 29, 2011

Key Senate Committee Bill Includes Gillibrand’s National Teen Driving Safety Plan – Important New Step To Save Lives

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that a section of the Transportation Authorization bill taken up by Senate Commerce Committee includes Senator Gillibrand's Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection (STAND UP) Act. The legislation would set national standards for states to implement Graduated Drivers License (GDL) programs that prepare teens to be safe, responsible drivers. The Senate Commerce Committee introduced the Motor Vehicle and Highway Safety … Continue Reading

July 29, 2011

Gillibrand Statement On Senate Vote To Protect Economic Stability

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement tonight after the Senate struck down the House Republicans' short-term plan that risks a credit downgrade: "Tea Partiers need to stop playing games with legislation that risks a credit downgrade, which would essentially raise taxes on all Americans. Linking the paying of our bills to amending the constitution is political theater. The economy demands a long-term solution, which House Republicans themselves have … Continue Reading

July 28, 2011

At Gillibrand’s Recommendation, White House Formally Nominates Ronnie Abrams For U.S. District Court Judge, Southern District Of New York

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the White House has formally nominated Ms. Ronnie Abrams to serve as U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York after Senator Gillibrand recommended her for the position in April, marking Senator Gillibrand's first judicial recommendation. Her appointment would add another exceptional female jurist to the federal bench. A distinguished prosecutor, Ms. Abrams rose to Deputy Chief, Criminal Division at the … Continue Reading

July 26, 2011

Gillibrand Announces Legislation To Promote Community Supported Agriculture

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today introduced legislation that would create a competitive grant program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) dedicated to the promotion of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). CSA is a renowned and proven system that directly connects consumers with the farmers who grow their food. At the beginning of each growing season, members of CSA pay for a share of a farm's produce. Throughout the season, members receive a weekly box … Continue Reading

July 26, 2011

Gillibrand Urges Feds To Speed Up Research Linking Cancer To 9/11 Toxins, Make Decision To Add Cancer To List Of 9/11 Illnesses

Washington, DC - After a report released today by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) noted insufficient data linking cancer to toxins at Ground Zero, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) urged the Director of NIOSH, Dr. John Howard, to speed up research and data collection examining ties between cancers and Ground Zero toxins so that an expedited decision can be made on adding the disease to the list of 9/11 health-related illnesses. With growing rates of … Continue Reading

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