Press Releases

January 11, 2010

Gillibrand Praises City Plan To Cut Salt: NYC Inspires Nation To Combat Obesity, Promote Healthier Choices

Washington, D.C. - As New York City officials unveil a plan to encourage food manufacturers and restaurants across the country to cut down on the amount of salt they use, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today praised the city's efforts to promote healthier food choices. Senator Gillibrand is a leading cosponsor of the MEAL Act - legislation to require chain restaurants to follow New York City's lead and post calorie information on menus nationwide. "New York city's plan to reduce salt content … Continue Reading


January 10, 2010

Gillibrand Introduces Legislation To Help Jumpstart Lending To Small Businesses, Create Jobs – Urges Senate Leaders To Include In Upcoming Jobs Package

Huntington, New York - At the Bethpage Federal Credit Union on Long Island, U.S. Kirsten Gillibrand announced bipartisan legislation to spur small business growth and create jobs by increasing access to loans from credit unions. The Small Business Lending Enhancement Act of 2009 would increase access to credit union loans. By law, credit unions are required to limit member business lending to 12.25 percent of the credit union's total assets. Senator Gillibrand's bill would raise that cap to 25 … Continue Reading


January 07, 2010

Schumer, Gillibrand, Tonko Call On ITC To Give GE A Fair Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand joined Rep. Paul Tonko today in calling on the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban the sale of wind turbines made by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) in the United States, if the Commission affirms the administrative law judge's initial decision that MHI infringed on patents held by GE. Sens. Schumer & Gillibrand and Congressman Tonko sent a letter to ITC Chairman Shara Aranoff, Vice Chairman Daniel … Continue Reading


January 07, 2010

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $4.2 Million In Economic Recovery Act Funding For Emergency Food And Shelter Program Across Upstate New York, Funds Will Help People In Need Of Assistance

In midst of brutal cold weather, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) will allocate a total of $4,243,584 for counties across Upstate New York for emergency assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). EFSP funds can be used for a broad range of services, including mass shelter, mass feeding, food distribution through food pantries and food … Continue Reading


January 07, 2010

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1.4 Million To Build New Fort Drum Connector Road

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced over $1.4 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to help build a new four-lane divided highway from I-81 to the main gate of Fort Drum. "These projects are a win-win for Fort Drum and Watertown that will bring greater investment to the area and spur job growth," said Senator Schumer. "By investing these federal dollars in a new connector road we will ensure Fort Drum is adequately … Continue Reading


January 07, 2010

Gillibrand Statement On White House Review Of Attempted Christmas Day Terrorist Attack

Washington, D.C. - In response to the White House's review of the December 25, 2009 attempted terrorist attack, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement. "President Obama is showing strong leadership by quickly undertaking a comprehensive review and taking full responsibility for our nation's security. Efforts to strengthen passenger screening and reform the watch-lists are urgently needed. But we cannot let up. We must make sure that the right information is … Continue Reading


January 07, 2010

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Erie County Steelworkers Will Get Access To More Than $4.5 Million To Update Skills For The New Energy Economy

Washington, D.C. - With nearly one-quarter of New York's once thriving manufacturing base now gone, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that laid-off Erie County steelworkers will have access to more than $4.5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to help retrain them with new skills they need to find new jobs and thrive in the new energy economy. Dislocated steelworkers in Western New York will be able to take advantage of the … Continue Reading


January 06, 2010

Gillibrand To Feds: Extend Deadline To Recycle Clunkers

Washington, DC - To give scrap yards the time they need to properly recycle vehicles that were traded in during this summer's successful Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) "Cash for Clunkers" program, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand urged the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to extend by an additional 90 days the original 6-month deadline to destroy traded-in vehicles. Scrap yards were inundated with trade-ins as a result of the popular "Cash for Clunkers" program and are … Continue Reading


January 05, 2010

Gillibrand Praises Cuomo For Joining Effort To Stop Spread Of Asian Carp

Washington, D.C. - With New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo joining the legal effort to block the spread of Asian Carp into the Great Lakes, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today praised the Attorney General for his effort to prevent the spread of the invasive species into New York waterways. Attorney General Cuomo is joining the Attorneys General of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Ohio in supporting the Michigan Attorney General's request of an injunction to close a Chicago canal connecting … Continue Reading


January 05, 2010

Gillibrand Makes Direct Appeal To National Grid USA: Don’t Outsource New York Jobs

Washington, DC - With National Grid USA considering outsourcing much of its Northeast operations that would result in significant job losses across New York State, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stepped in and urged National Grid to reconsider plans and keep these jobs in New York. According to recent news reports, National Grid is considering outsourcing much of its information services work, including software programming, computer networking and other functions. According to the … Continue Reading


December 24, 2009

Gillibrand Statement On Passage Of Health Care Reform: “A Historic Christmas”

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement on the passage of health care reform legislation: "Today is a great day for New York families. There are 2.7 million New Yorkers who are now one step closer to getting affordable, quality health care coverage, which will also reduce the hidden tax to New York for caring for the uninsured. Now, that is a historic Christmas. "This legislation will provide coverage to 31 million uninsured people across the country … Continue Reading


December 22, 2009

Gillibrand Urges Feds To Support Proposal To Construct Home For Veterans In Canandaigua

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to support a proposal to repurpose an existing VA building on Canandaigua into a veteran's home. "New York is home to more than one million men and women who have answered our nation's call and served with distinction in our Armed Forces," Senator Gillibrand said. "When these brave men and women return home to the country they served, we must deliver on our promise to them, including … Continue Reading


December 22, 2009

Gillibrand, Bipartisan Group Of Senators Introduce Legislation To Help Jumpstart Lending To Small Businesses, Create Jobs

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Kirsten Gillibrand and a bipartisan group of her colleagues introduced a bill to spur small business growth and create jobs by increasing access to loans from credit unions. The Small Business Lending Enhancement Act of 2009 was co-sponsored by Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Mark Udall (D-CO). The bill is in response to pleas the Senators have heard from small … Continue Reading


December 21, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Final Congressional Passage For $1.6 Million For Vaccine Program At Trudeau Institute

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced final congressional passage for the Department of Defense appropriations bill which includes $1.6 million for Saranac Lake's Trudeau Institute. The funding would be used to research the impact and efficacy of combining influenza vaccinations with antiviral prophylaxis. Former Congressman John McHugh helped secure this Defense funding while he was in the House. "This is great news for the Trudeau Institute in Saranac … Continue Reading


December 21, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand, Hinchey Announce Final Congressional Passage For $4 Million For Binghamton University

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Maurice Hinchey today announced final congressional passage for the Department of Defense appropriations bill which includes $4 million for the University of Binghamton's Center for Autonomous Solar Power. The funding would be used to research and develop new materials to improve the power density and energy density of ultracapacitors to help promote the use of alternative energies. "This is terrific news for Binghamton … Continue Reading


December 21, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand, Tonko Announce Final Congressional Passage For $6.4 Million For Watervliet Arsenal

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December 18, 2009

Gillibrand, Feingold Fight For Jobs Assistance For Farmers And Rural Americans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) are leading a Senate effort to ensure farmers and rural businesses have access to the same assistance provided to small businesses by the administration's jobs creation proposals. In a letter to President Barack Obama today, Feingold, Gillibrand and eleven other senators called on the administration to ensure farmers and rural businesses are a part of outreach and implementation of any jobs proposals since … Continue Reading


December 17, 2009

USDA Uses Gillibrand Model To Distribute Direct Payments To New York Dairy Farmers

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) adhered closely to the formula in U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's model legislation to distribute emergency assistance funds to dairy farmers. Senator Gillibrand introduced the Family Dairy Preservation Act this summer to provide emergency funding to small, family farms like those in New York. This fall, Senator Gillibrand helped secure $350 million for the USDA to help New York farmers struggling during the dairy crisis in … Continue Reading


December 17, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand, Slaughter Announce Final Congressional Passage For $200,000 For Monroe County Department Of Public Safety

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December 17, 2009

Gillibrand Introduces Gas Turbine Efficiency Legislation

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