Press Releases

February 24, 2010

To Put New Yorkers Back To Work, Gillibrand Helps U.S. Senate Pass New Bipartisan Jobs Bill

Washington, DC - The U.S. Senate today passed the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act - legislation to cut taxes for businesses that hire new workers, invest in infrastructure projects and reduce financial burdens on small businesses to put more Americans back to work starting right now. "No one is feeling the burden of this economic downturn like New York families," Senator Gillibrand said. "After months of continued job loss, it's time to do whatever it takes to put New … Continue Reading


February 24, 2010

Gillibrand Takes Action To Help Local Communities Refurbish Military Bases

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced a bill to eliminate the cost-sharing requirement for Economic Development Administration (EDA) projects to fund the refurbishment of former military facilities for civilian uses. Congressman Michael Arcuri introduced the House version of the legislation. "During this time of economic difficulty, local governments cannot afford to be burdened with the costs of salvaging and refurbishing former military facilities for civilian … Continue Reading


February 23, 2010

As NYers Prepare Their Taxes, Gillibrand Outlines How To Take Full Advantage Of Middle Class Tax Cuts She Helped Create

Washington, D.C. - As New Yorkers get ready to file their tax returns for 2009, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is urging New York taxpayers to take full advantage of tax cuts she worked hard to secure. In addition to creating a broad range of tax relief for New Yorkers through the Property Tax Deduction and Child, Tuition and First Time Home-Buyer tax credits, Senator Gillibrand cut taxes for approximately 6.3 million middle class New York families - 93 percent of New Yorkers - through the … Continue Reading


February 22, 2010

Ahead Of Senate Hearing On Asian Carp, Gillibrand Pushes Legislation To Require Feds Temporarily Close Locks To Prevent Asian Carp From Invading NYS Waterways

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today pushed the Close All Routes and Prevent Asian Carp Today Act of 2010, which would require the Secretary of Army to temporarily close the O'Brien and Chicago Locks as a temporary management solution to stop the spread of Asian Carp making their way into the Great Lakes and toward New York's waterways. The closure would be a temporary solution until a long-term … Continue Reading


February 22, 2010

Gillibrand Praises New Senate Bill To Repeal DADT

Washington, DC - As U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) announced his intention to introduce legislation that would fully repeal the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement praising the new bill and commending Senator Lieberman: "I commend Senator Lieberman for helping lead the charge to repeal a policy that weakens our nation, both morally and militarily. There is tremendous momentum behind our cause. Opponents are on the … Continue Reading


February 22, 2010

Gillibrand, Schumer Introduce Legislation To Name Lansingburgh Post Office After Martin G. Mahar

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles E. Schumer today introduced legislation that would rename the Post Office in Lansingburgh after Martin G. "Marty" Mahar. Congressman Paul Tonko introduced HR. 4425 last month. "Marty Mahar represented the very best of Troy and all of New York," Senator Gillibrand said. "He served his community and country with honor, integrity and dignity. Naming the Lansingburgh Post Office after him will honor his legacy in the community he loved … Continue Reading


February 19, 2010

Schumer And Gillibrand Announce $550,000 Coming To Greater Binghamton Airport To Expand And Improve Service

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirstin Gillibrand announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has granted the Greater Binghamton Airport a total $550,000 to expand and improve service. The grant was awarded under the Small Community Air Service Development (SCASD) Program and will spread hub service westward and increase airline competition. Senator Schumer wrote a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in support of Binghamton's application last fall. "This … Continue Reading


February 19, 2010

Gillibrand Pushes Bipartisan Legislation To Cut Mercury Emissions 90 Percent From Coal-Fired Power Plants, Limit Other Emissions

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, helped introduce The Clean Air Act Amendments of 2010 last week. This legislation would cut mercury emissions by 90 percent from coal-fired power plants and tighten national limits on emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx). According to the American Lung Association, 186 million Americans live in areas where air pollution endangers lives. The bipartisan … Continue Reading


February 19, 2010

Gillibrand Helps Oswego Senior Dial Up Free Cell Service

Oswego, NY - After an Oswego senior tried for months to obtain a free cell phone under a government-backed program, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, helped the 68 year-old resident secure one. The legally blind senior, who enjoys staying active throughout the day, feels safer now that he has a way to reach someone at all times. Oswego resident Ron Weaver said, "I'm glad that we have a Senator who listens to the people and their problems. I … Continue Reading


February 16, 2010

Gillibrand Pushes To Include Public Option In Health Insurance Reform Reconciliation Package

Washington, D.C. - In the continued effort to pass health care reform that lowers costs and leads to higher quality care, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is working to pass health insurance reform that includes a public health insurance option under budget reconciliation rules. Senator Gillibrand joined Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) to write to Senate Majority Leader Reid highlighting findings from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office … Continue Reading


February 15, 2010

Gillibrand Announces Bipartisan Legislation Imposing Targeted Sanctions Against Human Rights Abuses in Iran

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, along witha bipartisan group of Senators, announced their intention to introduce legislation that will impose targeted sanctions against members of the Iranian government responsible for human rights abuses. The legislation - cosponsored by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Evan Bayh (D-IN), Susan Collins (R-ME), Robert Casey (D-PA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sam Brownback (R-KS), Ted Kaufman (D-DE), and … Continue Reading


February 12, 2010

Gillibrand Unveils Comprehensive Plan To Battle HIV/AIDS Among African American Communities

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced today that she has introduced comprehensive legislation in the Senate to reduce, prevent, treat and fight against HIV/AIDS among African American communities. The National Black Clergy for the Elimination of HIV/AIDS Act of 2009, which was authored and introduced in the House by Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY), would expand outreach and prevention efforts, train health care providers, create care centers, and develop research … Continue Reading


February 12, 2010

Gillibrand Applauds Reserve Officers Association For Rejecting “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”

Washington, D.C. - The Reserve Officers Association, the nation's largest organization of retired U.S. military reserve officers, voted this week to end its decade-long position of excluding gays and lesbians from the U.S. military and rejected the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement: "I am pleased and proud to see the Reserve Officers Association take this important step to make our country stronger morally and militarily. "Each … Continue Reading


February 12, 2010

On Anniversary Of Buffalo Plane Crash, Gillibrand Stands With Families Of Victims To Introduce “Flight 3407 Memorial Act” To Enact Safety Recommendations

Buffalo, NY - Standing with family members of the victims of Buffalo Flight 3407 that crashed one year ago today killing all 49 passengers on board, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today introduced the Flight 3407 Memorial Act -- new legislation that would require the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to implement all standards established in the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigative report. "Time and time again the FAA has failed to heed the calls by the NTSB to … Continue Reading


February 11, 2010

Senator Gillibrand Announces 2010 Academy Nominations From Upstate New York

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced today her nominations of Upstate New Yorkers to the nation's leading service institutions - the United States Air Force, Military, Naval, and Merchant Marine Academies. A selection committee formed by Senator Gillibrand chose the nominees from a large group of qualified applicants. Decisions were based on criteria including academic record, leadership potential, and overall achievement. Final acceptance is determined solely by the … Continue Reading


February 11, 2010

Senator Gillibrand Announces 2010 Academy Nominations From Long Island

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced today her nominations of Long Island residents to the nation's leading service institutions - the United States Air Force, Military, Naval, and Merchant Marine Academies. A selection committee formed by Senator Gillibrand chose the nominees from a large group of qualified applicants. Decisions were based on criteria including academic record, leadership potential, and overall achievement. Final acceptance is determined solely by … Continue Reading


February 09, 2010

Sens. Gillibrand, Voinovich Introduce Resolution to Designate September “National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) and George V. Voinovich (R-OH) today introduced a resolution to designate the month of September as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, bringing national attention to a growing epidemic among youth in the United States. In addition, the resolution requests that the president issue a proclamation calling on the federal government, states, tribes and localities to observe September with programs that promote healthy eating and … Continue Reading


February 09, 2010

Gillibrand Praises First Lady Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined First Lady Michelle Obama today to kick off Let's Move -- a new campaign to fight the childhood obesity epidemic and improve health and nutrition for our children. Senator Gillibrand issued the following statement praising First Lady Obama's leadership to put our children on a path to healthier, more successful future: "First Lady Obama understands that child obesity is a crisis that our nation must urgently address. "Every New … Continue Reading


February 09, 2010

With Approximately 2.1 Million New Yorkers Retiring In Next 10 Years, Gillibrand Unveils Plan To Help Middle Class Nyers Save For Retirement

Washington, D.C. - With approximately 2.1 million New Yorkers set to retire in the next 10 years and approximately 5 million to retire in the next 20 years, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today unveiled plans to help hardworking middle class New Yorkers save for retirement. Her new legislative agenda would expand tax credits that match contributions to retirement plans, protect 401(k)s with more security and transparency, and encourage automatic enrollment in Individual Retirement Accounts … Continue Reading


February 05, 2010

Gillibrand Introduces Solar Energy Legislation

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced legislation this week to encourage the installation of 10 million solar systems on the rooftops of homes and businesses over the next decade. According the New York State Department of Labor report from 2009, New York has nearly 75,000 jobs associated with solar manufacturing and installation in more than 7,000 New York companies. Based on average wages, New York's solar industry payroll is approximately $4.8 billion dollars. … Continue Reading

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